Sand Creek massacre healing run concludes Sunday in Denver
DENVER (AP) — Descendants of Native Americans killed in the Sand Creek massacre are on the last leg of their annual healing run marking the 152nd anniversary of the attack.
Cheyenne and Arapaho runners started the journey on Thursday after a ceremony at the Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site near Eads, where nearly 200 tribal members were killed on Nov. 29, 1864. On Sunday, they’ll visit Denver’s Riverside Cemetery to pay tribute to two U.S. Army officers who refused to participate in the attack before continuing on to the state Capitol.
The run isn’t a competition but a way to remember what happened. It’s open to anyone who wants to join.
It’s organized by the Northern Cheyenne Tribe of Montana, the Northern Arapaho Tribe of Wyoming and the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma.
Snow means ski resorts opening in Idaho
COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho (AP) — Snow sport enthusiasts have something to smile about because recent winter storms mean ski resorts are starting to open.
Coeur d’Alene Press reports that Lookout Pass Ski area opened for the season on Sunday.
Lookout had a base depth of 8 inches with 14 inches of snow at the summit as of Saturday. More snow is in the forecast through Monday.
Silver Mountain Resort opened its beginner hill for scenic rides, snow tubing and skiing this weekend.
Silver needs another foot of snow to open the rest of the mountain, but with snow expected all week, they hope to be fully open by Friday.
Schweitzer Mountain Resort reported an additional 3 inches in its village Saturday, totaling 23 inches in the past week. Schweitzer hopes to open Friday.
Farmers in Wyoming, Montana see record sugar beet harvests
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Record sugar beet harvests will keep refineries busy making sugar longer than usual.
The Billings Gazette reports the U.S. Department of Agriculture projects the worldwide demand for sugar will outpace supply.
Randall Jobman of Western Sugar Cooperative says farmers in Montana and Wyoming saw record yields.
Farmers growing beets in eastern Montana for Sidney Sugars broke a 1998 record by delivering 1.124 million tons.
The company’s agriculture manager Duane Peters said fall moisture was instrumental in reversing farmers’ losses over the summer.
Beets kept growing without a hard freeze in October.
Average sugar content is slightly lower than usual at about 17 percent.
Montana’s economy absorbs roughly $100 million annually from its sugar industry.
2 moose population studies moving forward
CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Two moose surveillance projects are moving forward in Wyoming as populations face struggles like drought and predators.
The Casper Star-Tribune reports moose will be surveilled in the Big Horns and in the Snowy Range.
Game and Fish official Doug Brimeyer says the belief was that the Big Horns population was doing well, but that there have been recent concerns.
That herd is younger and has not been studied as much as some others.
Snowy range moose are thinner and have reproductive issues. The project there continues previous work in the area.
Surveillance projects starting this winter will provide more information that could identify possible causes.
Rifle discharges at Montana gun show, injuring 2
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Authorities say a bolt-action rifle was fired during a gun show in Billings, Montana, injuring a man and a young girl.
Capt. Bill Michaelis of the Yellowstone County Sheriff’s Office told the Billings Gazette that a vendor was showing the gun to somebody when it discharged Friday.
Michaelis says the gun was pointed at the ground and left a divot in the concrete floor of Montana Pavilion.
Authorities say a man was treated for a hand injury at the scene by emergency personnel and was not taken to a hospital.
A girl was injured by shrapnel in her arm and was taken to a hospital.
Her age and the extent of her injuries were not immediately clear.
Michaelis says no charges are pending.
Judge orders new trial in 2001 Great Falls homicide
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A state judge has ordered a new trial in a 2001 Great Falls homicide after finding that Cascade County prosecutors failed to notify defense attorneys that another man had confessed to his role in the killing.
The Montana Innocence Project said Friday that District Judge John Kutzman vacated Richard Burkhart’s homicide conviction in the November 2001 death of William Ledeau and ordered a new trial. Burkhart is serving a life sentence.
Kutzman’s ruling, issued Wednesday, says the undisclosed evidence would have entitled Burkhart to a new trial, and that is a reasonable probability the outcome would have been Burkhart’s acquittal.
Kutzman noted that it did not appear Cascade County intentionally withheld the report of the jailhouse confession, but it nonetheless violated Burkhart’s rights.