Monday Montana News In Depth


Most American Indian tribes opt out of federal death penalty

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — American Indian tribes for decades have been able to opt into the death penalty for certain federal crimes on tribal land. Nearly all reject it.

Tribes and legal experts say the decision goes back to culture and tradition, past treatment of American Indians and fairness in the justice system.

For those on the Navajo Nation, the sexual assault and murder of an 11-year-old girl near Shiprock, New Mexico, has reignited the issue. Ashlynne Mike’s mother has been urging the tribe to opt in to the death penalty, particularly for crimes that involve children.

But the Southwestern tribe has long objected to putting people to death. The culture teaches that all life is precious.

One federally recognized tribe, the Sac and Fox Nation of Oklahoma, has opted in.



Deer across Montana largely unscathed by harsh winter

(Information from: Independent Record,

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Wildlife officials say deer populations across much of Montana were largely unscathed by the brutal winter.

John Vore, game management bureau chief for Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, tells the Helena Independent Record that in most parts of the state, winterkill was minimal. But deer in northwest Montana were worse off because of heavy snow.

Mule deer estimates put populations well above the 10-year average. Biologists think more than 363,000 mule deer roam the state, compared to an average of just under 283,000.

The latest statewide estimates for whitetail deer are also above the long-term average. The estimate based on surveys and harvest put Montana’s whitetail population at nearly 221,000, compared to the 10-year average of about 204,000.



Nonnative fish to be poisoned off in Yellowstone river

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP) — Yellowstone National Park officials are about to deliberately poison off nonnative fish species in one of the park’s major river drainages.

The operation along the upper Gibbon River begins Monday and will include lakes in the river drainage.

Park officials are targeting lake-dwelling grayling as well as rainbow trout and brook trout. They plan to reintroduce native species after the operation is finished.

Trails and campsites in the area will be closed.


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Jay Scott
Jay Scott has an extensive news background. His prep school newspaper was voted #1 in the United States, and 3 years after graduation from Northwestern University, he anchored NBC Radio's national "News on the Hour" from Chicago. He has won statewide news awards in Illinois, Indiana, California, and Montana, and has won more "EB" awards (first and second) from the Montana Broadcasters Association then any other broadcaster. He has been a lecturer at Journalism Schools at Northwestern University, Columbia University, the University of Notre Dame, and the University of Montana.Jay Scott has served as play-by-play reporter for the Capital High Bruins and Helena American Legion baseball since 2000. Some prior career highlights include radio work for the Chicago Black Hawks, White Sox, Bears and Bulls, plus Northwestern University, Indiana University, Purdue University, the University of Notre Dame, and Carroll College. He has been the TV "voice" for the University of Montana and Carroll College as well.Jay was one of the first broadcasters in the U-S to web-stream high school games, beginning with Capital High in 2004. His games get regular hits from "coast to coast to Gulf coast," and all six other continents.He is also a veteran sports official, having worked high school, college and professional baseball, softball, basketball, football and hockey. He helped write national rules for high school baseball and softball. He has umpired a Montana High School state tournament in softball, and worked numerous playoff games in football.Jay also has had an active career in amateur theater. He appeared as Captain Keller in the Grandstreet Theater production of "Miracle Worker," and as also performed elsewhere as Henry Higgins in "My Fair Lady," Harold Hill in "Music Man," the Stage Manager in "Our Town," and Henry Drummond in "Inherit the Wind."

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