Naming names in Bridger Creek

For the past two days, the newsroom has been talking about the lawsuit threatened by residents in the Bridger Creek subdivision, which is located next to the old city landfill. The claimants — seven people so far — want the city to pay each of their four households around $3 million to compensate them for… Continue reading Naming names in Bridger Creek

A missed reporting opportunity

It must be sweeps week or close to it because the news stations in town are kicking it into high gear with special assignments and more reporting than normal.* My favorites: Who ends up paying for the county’s search and rescue operations? The answer, unsurprisingly: county taxpayers.) A local church speaks out about a handwritten… Continue reading A missed reporting opportunity

Oregon city commissioner slams newspaper on official blog

A city commissioner in Portland, Ore., sparked something of an Internet firestorm this week with a pair of posts to his official city of Portland blog slamming the local newspaper, the Oregonian. In his original post, titled “Going Richard Sherman on the Oregonian,” Steve Novick says commissioners feel attacked by the newspaper’s “criticism and contempt.”… Continue reading Oregon city commissioner slams newspaper on official blog

West Yellowstone police being investigated

Snow covers the West Yellowstone police station in this January 2011 file photo. (West Yellowstone News photo)

Our friends at KBZK are reporting tonight that the West Yellowstone Police Department and its veteran chief, Gordon Berger, are the subject of a investigation by the state’s Department of Criminal Investigations. We don’t have the story, but rest assured we will tomorrow. In the meantime, the quote from a West Yellowstone town councilman says… Continue reading West Yellowstone police being investigated

CodeMontana enrolls more than 900 Montana high school students

An educational initiative that aims to teach more Montana high school students computer programming said today that it has enrolled more than 900 participants since its launch in September. CodeMontana said students from 140 towns around the state have completed more than 26,000 programming lessons so far. Organized by RightNow Technologies founder Greg Gianforte and… Continue reading CodeMontana enrolls more than 900 Montana high school students

The ethics of a TV reporter’s “undercover” bus ride

It all started, as so many things do these days, with a tweet. This morning I went undercover on a school bus in Gallatin County. Why? Find out on the ABC Montana News at 5:30… http://t.co/ELOuQAsdHJ — Cody Butler (@CodyABCFOXMT) January 16, 2014 The post comes from Cody Butler, a reporter at our local ABC/Fox… Continue reading The ethics of a TV reporter’s “undercover” bus ride

Tester ranked high for transparency

The website GovTrack.us has named Montana Sen. Jon Tester as the Senate’s strongest supporter of government transparency issues. According to Tester’s report card on the site, the Democrat supports all eight Senate transparency-related bills GovTrack has identified in the current congressional session. Tester either introduced or supported the following bills: Senate Campaign Disclosure Parity Act… Continue reading Tester ranked high for transparency

More on so-called ‘common law’ grand juries

Frankly, I’m disappointed in myself this morning. At our newsroom meeting today, two of our reporters made some solid points about a story we ran on the front page of the paper — points we as editors should have brought up before the story ran. The story is about an effort by a woman in… Continue reading More on so-called ‘common law’ grand juries

Ohio lawsuit stops websites from charging to remove mugshots

A settlement in a federal lawsuit in Ohio means two websites can no longer charge people to remove mugshots from the sites, according to the Associated Press. Not all mugshot sites are bound by the settlement. Only BustedMugshots.com and MugshotsOnline.com were named in the suit. The AP reports that a number of states have similar… Continue reading Ohio lawsuit stops websites from charging to remove mugshots

New state ski reports site, new avalanche info app

The state’s tourism office has launched a website that aggregates snow reports at all the major ski resorts in the state. The website, which is also optimized for smartphones, provides snowfall numbers, summit depth and the number of lifts in operation, according to a press release from the Montana Office of Tourism. There are also… Continue reading New state ski reports site, new avalanche info app