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Montanans invited to apply for 2020 census jobs

The 2010 census created more than 600 temporary or part-time jobs throughout Montana, and recruiting for the 2020 count is now underway.  “In 440 days the census count will begin,” said Lt. Gov. Mike Cooney, acting as chair of the Montana Complete Count Committee. “We encourage anyone interested to apply.” Many office jobs will open Read More…

Columbia Falls man admits government benefits fraud

HELENA — A 46-year-old Columbia Falls man has admitted overstating his disabilities to receive government payments for nine years. The U.S. Attorney’s Office says it will seek $830,000 in restitution from John Cicero Hughes, a Navy veteran who pleaded guilty Dec. 12 to theft of government money and Social Security disability fraud. Sentencing is set Read More…

State superintendent proposes ban on teacher-student sex in wake of case involving 18-year-old

In November, Montana’s Board of Public Education revoked the license of a former Ronan middle school teacher who was accused of having a sexual relationship with a high school student who was 18.  It’s a devastating career impact for a teacher, effectively wiping out their ability to teach in Montana. But the state’s top school Read More…

Montana Stockgrowers Association expects market outlook to improve in 2019

Montana ranchers are heading into better economic territory in 2019, said Fred Wacker, newly appointed president of the Montana Stockgrowers Association. Wacker assumed leadership Thursday of Montana’s largest livestock organization as the group met for its annual convention and trade show in downtown Billings.  Wacker said he expects cattle prices to rebound in the coming Read More…

Fecal contamination found in Crow Reservation water system, officials say

BILLINGS — Federal investigators say tests results on a public water system serving 1,300 residents on Montana’s Crow Indian Reservation have indicated fecal material contamination that exceeds safety standards. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Inspector General said in a memo released Thursday that the contamination was found in tests conducted in April and May on the Read More…

Ex-Miles City athletic trainer accused of abusing as many as 100 boys charged with possessing child porn

Former long-time Miles City high school athletic trainer James Eric “Doc” Jensen was arrested Thursday and jailed in Custer County on 10 counts of possessing child pornography. Some of the pornographic images were of boys as young as age 9, the charges state. The 78-year-old Jensen is being held on $100,000 bail. “The criminal investigation Read More…