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Tribes resist proposed coal mine

OTTER CREEK — Sitting just a few hundred feet from the banks of Otter Creek, on the fertile plains the Northern Cheyenne Indians have called home for thousands of years, Sundance Priest Kenneth Medicine Bull carefully packs tobacco into the bowl of a ceremonial pipe. About a hundred onlookers, many wearing red T-shirts with the […]

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Highway patrol chief disciplined in 2008 and 2011 for inappropriate comments

The retired chief of the Montana Highway Patrol was disciplined in 2008 and 2011 for inappropriate comments he made to subordinates under his command. Col. Kenton Hickethier announced Sept. 13, 2013 that he is retiring effective Sept. 30 after just seven months on the job. According to memos contained in Hickethier’s personnel file, the former […]

Posted inCorruptionNewsPolitics

Attorney General intervenes in “false claims” case against former COPP Dave Gallik

Attorney General Tim Fox’s office alerted a Missoula court Thursday that the state will intervene in a lawsuit against former Commissioner of Political Practices Dave Gallik. Gallik resigned as the state’s top political and ethics watchdog in January 2012 after the Great Falls Tribune reported allegations made by Gallik’s former staff members that Gallik, an […]

Posted inNews

Judge says false claims lawsuit against former COPP Dave Gallik can proceed

In an order filed today, Missoula District Judge John Larson said a lawsuit against former Commissioner of Political Practices Dave Gallik can proceed. Gallik resigned as commissioner in January 2012, shortly after the Great Falls Tribune reported allegations made by Gallik’s former staff members who claimed Gallik, an attorney, was conducting private law practice work […]

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Top executives for company seeking to buy Blue Cross Blue Shield MT made $59 million in 2012

The top 10 highest paid executives of the Illinois-based company seeking to buy Blue Cross Blue Shield of Montana made a combined $59 million in salaries and bonuses in 2012, according to Illinois state records. Illinois-based Health Care Service Corporation is in the process of trying to acquire BCBSMT, Montana’s largest health insurance provider, and […]