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2 Citizens Apply for Local Government Review Commission
HAVRE, Mont. (NMB) - For the first time since 1994, the City of Havre's government will be reviewed by three local citizens. Established as part of the 1972 Constitution, the Local Government Review election is held every 10 years for every city and county government in Montana.

Havre voters approved establishing the review during the June 3rd primary election, and the deadline for candidates to apply for the 3-person Commission ended Thursday at 5:00 PM.

It's been 20 years since the last government review in Havre, a process that current City Finance Director Doug Kaercher participated in.

"Both the City and the County elected to do that at that time. In 1994-1996, I actually served on the Hill County Study Commission."

He adds that the review typically takes 2 years to complete.

"It took lots of meetings. It takes most of a year to get all of the information together. (Then) if you're interested in putting a change on the ballot, you need to have that ready for the ballot in, in this case, 2016."

Two people applied to become part of the Study Commission: Perry Atchison and David Brewer. Havre Mayor Tim Solomon will appoint the third member.

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Man Must Return to Jail After Susp. Sentence Revoked
HAVRE, Mont. (NMB) - A 26-year-old Great Falls man serving 2 suspended sentences in 2 separate counties must return to the state Department of Corrections for 2 years.

Andrew Ketchum's suspended sentence was revoked by state District Court Judge Dan Boucher earlier this week.

Ketchum was arrested on August 7th after leading Rocky Boy police on a chase along Highway 87. He was wanted on violating conditions of his release in both counties.

In Hill County, Ketchum failed to finish chemical dependency counseling as part of a three-year deferred sentence from 2009. Ketchum pleaded guilty to felony attempted burglary and misdemeanor disorderly conduct in that case.

In 2013, Ketchum was sentenced to a 5-year deferred sentence in Cascade County after being found guilty of assault with a weapon. Ketchum violated his release in that case when he failed to give notice of a change of address.

Ketchum's 2-year sentence will run concurrently with the case from Cascade County.

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Phillips Co. Road Closed Due to Rain
TURNER, Mont. (NMB) - The Turner Cut-Across Road east of Turner through the Horseshoe Coulee is currently closed until further notice.

Phillips County Road Foreman Doyle Grant says 2 1/2 inches of rain caused heavy accumulations of mud on the road.

Stay tuned to New Media Broadcasters for updates and notification of when the road re-opens.

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Teacher Fired for Pregnancy Sues Catholic School
BUTTE, Mont. (AP) - A Havre native and former Butte Central Catholic Schools teacher who was fired for being pregnant and unmarried is suing the school district.

The Montana Standard reports Shaela Evenson filed the lawsuit Thursday alleging the firing violated federal and state laws that prohibit discrimination based on pregnancy.

Evenson taught literature and physical education for grades 6 through 8 for nine years. She was fired in January after the Roman Catholic Diocese of Helena received a letter about her pregnancy.

Evenson became pregnant through artificial insemination and gave birth to a boy on March 7, the first child for Evenson and her partner, Marilyn Tobin.

The district said it fired Evenson for violating the terms of her contract, which required her to practice the tenets of the Catholic faith.

Evenson's attorney won a $170,000 jury award in a similar case in Ohio.

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Cecilia Gardipee Faces Sentencing in Death of Infant
GREAT FALLS, Mont. (NMB) - The Box Elder woman who pleaded guilty to assault resulting in serious bodily injury in the death of 11-month-old Kaidynce Small faces sentencing in Great Falls today. Cecilia Gardipee will be sentenced before U.S. District Judge Brian Morris.

According to court documents, Gardipee told law enforcement that she had been drinking heavily on the night of October 20th, 2013 and into the morning on October 21st with her boyfriend Garrett "Kirby" LaFromboise, Small's father. She became frustrated when Small would not stop crying.

She covered his nose and mouth with her hand, then shook the child for approximately 90 seconds. Gardipee characterized the force she used as a nine on a scale of one to ten.

Earlier this year, LaFromboise was sentenced to 13 years, 4 months in prison for his role in Small's death.

UPDATE: GARDIPEE SENTENCED

Gardipee has also been sentenced to 13 years, 4 months in prison with 4 years of supervised release.

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Chouteau Co. 4-H Livestock Sale Down Slightly
FORT BENTON, Mont. (NMB) - The totals from this year's Chouteau County Fair 4-H Livestock Sale and Auction have been totaled. Over $144,000 was brought in this year, an amount that is slightly lower than last year's total of $148,000. Regardless, Chouteau County Extension Agent Tyler Lane says the community support continues to be outstanding.

"It's a wonderful partnership we have here. They're very supportive of 4-H, because 4-H cultivates responsibility, and it's just a great partnership we have here in Chouteau County."

He adds that three special awards were given out at this year's Fair, as well. Alexis Simpkins, Brook Bomgarner, and Matt Riffel won this year's Sheep, Swine and Beef Pitchfork Awards, respectively. Lane explains what the award means.

"These kids were very helpful with Cleanup Day, helpful with cleaning up during the Fair, keeping the troughs clean and helping the younger kids. It's one of our favorite awards here at the Extension Office."

Here are the complete totals from this year's sale:


TOTAL - $144,027

STEERS - 17 sold, $63,521 total, $2.80 per pound

HOGS - 38 sold, $62,989 total, $6.21 per pound

LAMBS - 8 sold, $8,615 total, $7.88 per pound

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Second Suspect in Pharmacy Robbery to be Arraigned
HAVRE, Mont. (NMB) - A Havre man is set to be arraigned this morning in state District Court in Havre for his role in the robbery and attempted distribution of over 6,000 prescription pills.

Ryan Greenough, born in 1983, is facing two felony charges of Criminal Possession with Intent to Distribute. On July 21st, Western Drug Pharmacy was robbed at gunpoint by the other suspect in this case, Arlene Morsette.

Charging documents say that Greenough allegedly tried to sell the stolen pills out of a room at the Budget Inn Motel. When police conducted a search of the room they found both Greenough and Morsette, as well as Morsette's 4-month-old child inside.

Greenough is currently on conditional release from the Montana Department of Corrections for Criminal Distribution of Dangerous Drugs.

UPDATE: ADDITIONAL CHARGE FILED

In an amended motion, Greenough has also been charged with felony use or possession of property subject to criminal forfeiture, specifically, a tan Cadillac Deville.

An omnibus hearing has been set for September 22nd.

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Demo Derby Moving to Sat. Night at 2015 G. Northern Fair
In the original version of this story, we incorrectly reported that the Demoliton Derby would take place on both Saturday and Sunday night. The Havre Jaycees only intend to run an event on Saturday night.


HAVRE, Mont. (NMB) - The 2015 Great Northern Fair will feature a new night-time lineup that will place the Demolition Derby on both Saturday and Sunday night. The move came at the request of the Havre Jaycees, the group that puts on the Demo Derby each year. Due to increased success in both revenue and the addition of new events, Fair Board Chair Bert Corcoran says their desire to move to Saturday night was granted.

"We're going to give them a chance to see how many more cars they attract, how bigger their project becomes, and then we'll assess it after that."

He adds that logistically the two-day event should make it easier to recruit more competitors.

"They'd like to try Saturday and Sunday because of travel for their participants. There would be more participants coming if they could have some time to travel."

Although no other official Fair slots have been filled, the Rodeo would most likely move to Thursday and Friday night, while the Junior Rodeo would take place on Wednesday evening.

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Great Northern Fair Budget Reduced for 2015
HAVRE, Mont. (NMB) - At Tuesday night's Great Northern Fair Board meeting, major news regarding the Fair budget was discussed. Board Chair Bert Corcoran says the funding the Fair receives from Hill County was reduced.

"Well, the report we got tonight is that the budget was cut by approximately $90,000, and so that means we'd probably have a shortfall of about $70,000 that we will have to make up."

He says making up that deficit will be difficult, but it can be done.

"We can still trim that probably by $10,000 or $20,000 by cutting some of the acts out. And then it means that we're going to have to go to bat, and come up with some more revenue to balance the Fair budget."

Some preliminary ideas discussed included potentially implementing parking and admissions fees to the Fairgrounds, as well as raising the rental rates for vendors.

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Havre PD Releases Statement on UKA Flyers
HAVRE, Mont. (NMB) - After multiple flyers from the United Klans of American were left on lawns and yards across the city over the weekend, more than 20 people voiced their concerns at Monday night's Havre City Council meeting.

The Havre Police Department has issued an official statement on their investigation into the matter. Acting Police Chief Gabe Matosich says his Department has developed a few leads, and are investigating those leads with the Department of Justice agencies and the FBI.

He adds that the act appears to have been random, as various areas were affected, including the east end of town, Highland Park and Smithville.

Matosich also stresses that "Although we do not condone the activity of throwing a message into a yard...we cannot simply violate anyone's rights because they may belong to a certain organization." Matosich also says that if a criminal offense did occur and is reported, the Department will fully investigate it.

Here is the complete statement from the Havre PD:


First of all, the Havre Police Department would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who attended the City Council Meeting Monday evening. We appreciate the comments, concerns and willingness to express those concerns.

Secondly, we want to reassure the public that our community is safe. Our officers work diligently at patrolling the streets, investigating crimes and ensuring the safety of the citizens of Havre. No one should every feel fearful to live in or visit our community.

The concerns expressed were about the letters found in residents' yards. This was a random act as no one in particular was targeted. The letters were placed in various areas of Havre including the east end of town, Highland Park and Smithville. The Havre Police Department is continuing to look into the incident and has developed a few possible leads. These leads are currently being explored by the police department; in conjunction with the Department of Justice agencies and the FBI.

We live in a free society and one of our Constitutional rights is the freedom of speech. Although we do not condone the activity of throwing a message into a ard, such as letters, posters and/or flyers, we cannot simply violate anyone's rights because they may belong to a certain organization. At this time, we want to assure everyone, if a criminal offense has occurred and is reported, the Havre Police Department is going to fully investigate it.

Our partnership with the community is crucial in our everyday operations in preventing and solving crimes. Crimestopper's tips and Neighborhood Watch Programs help us solve and often times prevent crimes from occurring. The Neighborhood Watch Program, for example, is an organized group of citizens in a particular neighborhood that are devoted to crime prevention. We highly recommend if your neighborhood is interested in a neighborhood watch, please contact our office for further details.

If you have any information regarding the incident in question, please contact the Havre Police Department at 265-4361. Havre is a wonderful community with great people and we don't want to allow an event like this to cause unnecessary fears or worries.

Gabe Matosich
Acting Chief of Police

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MSUN Hires New Nursing Director
HAVRE, Mont. (NMB) - After an extensive nationwide search, Montana State University-Northern has named Dr. Janice Starr as their new Director of Nursing. Dr. Starr is currently the Director of Nursing and Allied Health at New Mexico State University-Alamogordo and will officially begin on September 8th.

In a press release, MSUN Provost Dr. Bill Rugg says, "We are very pleased Dr. Starr has agreed to join the team of nursing professionals at MSU-Northern. She brings all of the right skills and experiences needed to advance Northern's Nursing program to the next level."

Rugg also thanked interim Director Arlys (AR-liss) Williams, stating, "She has been doing a fantastic job. I wish to thank Arlys for her dedication and hard work, as well as the entire faculty of the nursing department for pulling together during this time of transition."

Dr. Starr has been a nurse educator since 1983, and is a Registered Nurse in Colorado, Indiana, New Mexico, Oregon and Texas.

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