KRTV News KRTV News en-us Copyright 2014, All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Sat, 25 Oct 2014 03:10:55 GMT Synapse CMS 10 144 25 "Campaign mailers" for Montana Supreme Court race continue to cause controversy KRTV News Fri, 24 Oct 2014 6:59:13 PM Sanjay Talwani (

HELENA -- U.S. Senator Jon Tester (D-MT) on Friday weighed in on a campaign mailer that that arrived in Montana this week under the guise of voter information guides.

The mailers were part of a research project organized by political science professors at Dartmouth College and Stanford University.

Tester said the mailers "apparently (are) part of a so-called research project that uses Montana elections as a political laboratory experiment."

In a letter to the presidents of Dartmouth College and Stanford University, Tester calls the mailers "misleading" and seeking to "inject partisanship into non-partisan Montana Supreme Court elections."

The mailers arrived in mailboxes this week and are labeled as "2014 Montana General Election Voter Information Guide" and use the official Seal of the State of Montana.

Tester says that the schools may have violated state and federal law, and wants the universities disclose all funding sources for the mailers.

"Your academic institutions apparently approved and sponsored this project, which was apparently undertaken without the knowledge or consent of the people of Montana or its state and local election officials," Tester wrote to Stanford president John Hennessy and Dartmouth president Philip Hanlon.

The flyers say they are referencing an academic database to identify the ideologies of the four candidates in Montana's two Supreme Court races.

One of the races, between incumbent Justice Michael Wheat and challenger Lawrence VanDyke, is widely regarded in the state as a potentially close contest.

A Stanford spokeswoman apologized Thursday for any confusion the mailers may have caused.

Stanford Associate and Vice President for University Communications Lisa Lapin said the university is investigating the project and is "conducting an inquiry into the facts of the matter" and whether proper academic protocols were followed.

She did not explain how the project was funded, but noted the project approved by the Dartmouth Institutional Review Board.

MTN asked Dartmouth about the mailer Friday morning, including how it was funded and whether Dartmouth would join in Stanford's apology and investigation. Dartmouth has not yet responded.

Lapin said the project intended to gauge voter response to such mailers, in this case, giving information in a non-partisan race by sending the mailers only to selected precincts, and then comparing voter turnout and behavior in the precincts that received the mailers against those that did not.

The flyers reference Stanford's Database on Ideology, Money in Politics, and Elections (DIME).

The professors named on DIME's website in connection with the experiment are Adam Bonica and Jonathan Rodden of Stanford and Kyle Dropp of Dartmouth.

Lapin, the Stanford spokeswoman, said about 100,000 fliers were sent to Montana and another 210,000 to voters in New Hampshire and California.

It was not clear Friday afternoon exactly who paid for the printing and postage for the mailers.

Tester also wrote to the nation's chief postal inspector, asking for an investigation into whether the mailers violate the federal Deceptive Mailings Prevention Act of 1990.

Also Friday, Montana Secretary of State Linda McCulloch filed a complaint with the Montana Commissioner of Political Practices over the use of the state seal, which would be a violation of state law. Her complaint notes that individuals or groups engaging in political activity must register with the Commissioner of Political Practices, which this group has not done.

McCulloch also accuses the project organizers of impersonating a public servant with the mailer that she says resembles an official state document; another law she cites prohibits the dissemination of misleading or incorrect election procedures information.

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GFHS Delphian Choir wins 2nd place in national competition KRTV News Fri, 24 Oct 2014 6:38:36 PM Margaret DeMarco ( GFHS Delphian Choir wins 2nd place in national competition

GREAT FALLS -- Years of hard work for the the Delphian Choir of Great Falls High School is paying off as they are getting some national recognition.

For the last few years, choir director Patrick Ryan and the students have been working hard at making this choir what it is today.

They are dedicated to building quality of character in its members through experiences in music.

Ryan decided to take some of the recordings the choir has done and submitted them for The American Prize - and they earned second place in their division.

Delphian Choir assistant director Kathleen Brown says that when the group found out they had made it all the way to finals, they were shocked and thrilled.

Brown said, "It's kind of like the Grammys for choir and they have choir, orchestra, band, and I believe they have opera. But it's for not only high school, but we also competed with colleges and universities as well. And so to get second place we were just thrilled. I mean it's a very big honor."

The group hopes to be able to put in for more awards and be able to perform at some more national competitions.

Delphian Choir's next performance will be December 8 and 9 at 7pm at Great Falls High School.

(October 21, 2014) The Delphian Choir of Great Falls High School won second place in the youth and high school chorus division of The American Prize competition.

A press release from American Choir Directors Association says that the choir was selected from applications reviewed during the summer from across the United States.

The American Prize is a series competitions unique in scope and structure, designed to recognize and reward the best performing artists, ensembles and composers in the United States based on submitted recordings.

The American Prize was founded in 2009 and is awarded annually in several areas of the performing arts.

The Delphian Choir consists of 40 students, sophomores through seniors, and membership is by audition.

Among the judges' comments about the Delphian Choir performance: ".... wonderful maturity, connectivity, and sensitivity...evident in this submission."

The Young Women's Chorus of San Francisco took the top spot in the competition.


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KRTV Evening Top News - Fri Oct 24 KRTV News Fri, 24 Oct 2014 6:08:57 PM KRTV Evening Top News - Fri Oct 24

GREAT FALLS -- Top news on KRTV for the evening of Friday, October 24, 2014:

- Attorneys for Barry Beach have started a new legal effort on behalf of the 52-year-old Montana State Prison inmate, who is serving a 100 year sentence for the 1979 murder of Poplar teen Kimberly Nees; they assert that the sentence imposed in 1984 was unconstitutional because Beach was a juvenile when Nees was murdered. Click here to read more.

- Jaylen Fryberg has been identified as the teen who opened fire at a high school near Seattle; he shot five people, killing one. Fryberg then shot and killed himself. Click here to read more.

- U.S. Senator Jon Tester (D-MT) weighed in on campaign mailers that that arrived in Montana this week under the guise of voter information guides. Tester said the mailers "apparently (are) part of a so-called research project that uses Montana elections as a political laboratory experiment." Click here for details.

- A court challenge to many of Montana's campaign laws has failed, at least for now. A group called Montanans For Community Development filed suit in September challenging several laws. Federal judge Dana Christenson denied an injunction that would have suspended the laws. The Indiana and Bozeman lawyers behind the lawsuit filed notice Thursday they would appeal the case to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Christensen said in his order that the lawsuit's demands were "breathtaking" in scope, and that public's right to know who is financing campaigns outweighs the burdens imposed by the campaign laws.

- Farmers from across the state are gathered in Great Falls for the 99th annual Montana Farmers Union meeting. On the agenda: transportation issues, food labeling, and the federal farm bill. Click here to read more.

- The Farm Bill was the focus of a listening session for farmers and ranchers at the Montana Grain Growers Association in Great Falls. MGGA vice president Lola Raska says gatherings like such as this are important to help grain growers understand the new bill and how it applies to their farms. She says the Montana Grain Growers Association played an active role in developing the new commodity programs in the bill, and an especially big role in the individual Agriculture Risk Coverage Program or ARC.


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Martinez charged with raping drunk teen KRTV News Fri, 24 Oct 2014 6:03:13 PM KRTV Martinez charged with raping drunk teen

GREAT FALLS -- Joseph John Martinez, 18 years old, has been charged with sexual intercourse without consent, a felony, after police officers found him partially clothed with a drunk and nearly-naked 15-year-old girl passed out in the bed next to him.

Police were called to the house on 7th Avenue NW for a noise complaint on Thursday night; officers found a juvenile male trying to hide in the house, but he eventually came out and spoke to them, and said that he was the owner of the residence.

Charging documents say the juvenile male told police he was having a "small gathering of friends" and that noise was caused by several girls who had just left. He told police that everything was fine, but there were still a few people in the home, including one girl who was passed out inside.

Police reported that is when they noticed Martinez in the bedroom with the girl who was "very incoherent and very intoxicated."

Martinez was lying next to the girl and was not wearing pants. Officers also noted that there was vomit on the floor nearby.

A witness told police that he found Martinez and the girl in the bedroom earlier and that they appeared to be having sex; he said that he tried to intervene, but Martinez would not stop. The witness told officers that the girl was in no condition to consent to sex due to how drunk she was.

The girl was taken to Benefis hospital by ambulance for treatment of alcohol poisoning.

Martinez reportedly told officers that he did not know the girl and "hoped that she was at least sixteen."

The charging document states that Martinez has convictions for criminal possession of drug paraphernalia and obstructing a peace officer.

He also had warrants out for his arrest on a failure to appear in court.

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Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center hosting "Voices In The Shadows" KRTV News Fri, 24 Oct 2014 5:41:57 PM Joe Huisinga ( Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center hosting

GREAT FALLS -- The Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center is turning down the lights for its 13th annual "Voices In The Shadows" presentation.

This year's presentation, called "Coming Home," focuses on the last few months of the expedition during 1806 after the Corps of Discovery reached the Pacific Ocean.

Guests will be guided through the interpretive center exhibits by candle-light, where they will meet various members of the expedition helping to bring history to life.

"It's a chance to get a personal angle on the story of Lewis and Clark," explained Jeff LaRock, Interpretive Center interim manager. "You can read history, we can tell you about history, but when you've got the person there telling you, it adds a little bit of an extra piece to it, and when you're doing it in the dark by candle-light it gives you a very special atmosphere"

Tours are running on Friday and Saturday night, and again on October 29th and November 1st.

The event is free but guests are asked to bring a non-perishable food item for the Great Falls Community Food Bank.

For more information or to reserve a spot, call 727-8733.

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Blog: A week of solar activity KRTV News Fri, 24 Oct 2014 5:34:59 PM Meteorologist Zack Green Blog: A week of solar activity

Thank you for dropping into the STORMTracker Weather blog.

After a partial solar eclipse yesterday, the big yellow ball had more activity up it's sleeve. This week, a large sunspot (roughly the size of Jupiter), has ammassed 27 C-class flares, 9 M-class flares, and 2 X-class flares (for the categorization of solar flare groups check out the Richter Scale of Solar Flares).

The most intense of these flares came between 10 and 11 a.m. EDT according to the Associated Press. Although it posed no threat to humans, the X1.6 flare did disrupt certain radio communications earlier today.

Solar Flare

The sunspot, AR2192, is becoming large enough to be seen by the naked eye...however, if planning to obtain pictures or simply try to see it, be sure to take precautionary measures such as filtered glasses and lenses.

Sun Spot

Have a great evening!


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Great Falls is hosting annual Montana Farmers Union meeting KRTV News Fri, 24 Oct 2014 5:15:38 PM Margaret DeMarco ( Great Falls is hosting annual Montana Farmers Union meeting

GREAT FALLS -- Farmers from across the state are gathered in Great Falls for the 99th annual Montana Farmers Union meeting.

Montana Farmers Union vice president Rollie Schlepp says that they will be taking care of some normal organization business with developing policy and resolutions. These will be used throughout the next year to lobby in the state and national legislatures.

A few of the topics that will be discussed at this year's meeting will be transportation issues, food labeling, and the federal farm bill.

Schlepp explained, "The farm bill is passed by Congress and it usually spans a three, four, or five-year period. It outlines all the programs that are available to all the farms and ranchers. They sign up their farms and ranches to participate in the program. Things have changed and it is going to be a learning process for all farmers and ranchers in the near-term because we have deadlines to sign up. It helps us to plan for the future and at this state what's coming."

The meeting will continue Saturday at the Heritage Inn; members of the public are encouraged to attend.

Here is the schedule for Saturday:

Jeff & Katie Bangs, Farmers Union Enterprises Leadership couple, share their experiences of the past year.

MT Lieutenant Governor Angela McLean keynotes the Education Luncheon.


Ron de Yong, Director of MT Department of Agriculture, will share Past Accomplishments & Future Endeavors.

Dr. Nate Bickford, University of Great Falls and Mike Dalton, Sunburst Unlimited, will discuss their individual work in expanding local food availability and beginning farmer opportunities through community gardening and aquaculture growing experiments.

Bill Evans, Director of the Chouteau County FSA, will discuss the Nuts & Bolts of the Farm Bill.

Hertha Lund, Lund Law, will present a White Paper on Fracking in Montana, and Melissa Hornbein, attorney for the Dept. of Natural Resources & Conservation, will relate the latest information about water compacts in the state.

Roger Johnson, National Farmers Union president, keynotes the MFU members banquet that will feature Montana grown and raised food.

In addition to the extensive educational opportunities offered by the convention, MFU youth will be recognized for their leadership development throughout the year, a carnival and silent auction will benefit MFU educational programs and scholarships, and the Ringling 5 will top off Saturday evening.


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Police: 2 dead, including gunman, at high school near Seattle KRTV News Fri, 24 Oct 2014 4:53:32 PM Chelsea C. Carter - CNN Police: 2 dead, including gunman, at high school near Seattle

(CNN) -- Jaylen Fryberg, the teen who opened fire Friday morning at Marysville-Pilchuck High School near Seattle, played football and was recently named to the homecoming court.

Fryberg, a freshman, was in the school's cafeteria, went up to a table with students, "came up from behind ... and fired about six bullets into the backs of them," witness Jordan Luton told CNN. "They were his friends, so it wasn't just random," Luton said.

He shot five people, killing one, authorities said. A federal law enforcement official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said that Fryberg died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Investigators "are confident that there is only one single shooter," Marysville police spokesman Robb Lamoureux told reporters.

Four people were wounded, Sgt. Ryan Dalberg of Everett police told CNN.

Three people were in surgery at Providence Regional Medical Center in Everett, and one person was being transferred to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, Providence spokeswoman Erin Al-Wazan said.

Three are "very critically ill" with "very serious" injuries, she said. One is in serious condition.

Investigators are tracing a Beretta .40-caliber handgun, the weapon believed used in the attack, a federal law enforcement source with knowledge of the investigation told CNN.

Authorities first learned about the shooting after getting a 911 phone call around 10:30 a.m. (1:30 p.m. ET) from someone inside the school, which is north of Seattle and Everett, Lamoureux said.

It was an early lunch break at the school of about 2,500 students that sits in the heart of Marysville, a small city bisected by the major thoroughfare connecting the region with Vancouver, British Columbia.

Once dubbed "Strawberry City'' because of its berry farms, today Marysville is better known as the home of the Native American Tulalip Resort Casino.

'People started screaming'

Luton was sitting two tables away when the shooting began.

"I heard one loud bang and I was wondering what it was, and then I heard about four or five more. And people started screaming," he said.

Some of the students began to run. But Luton hit the ground.

Fryberg appeared to target one table, where there were about 10 students sitting. "I'm pretty sure he shot at specific people because they were pretty good friends with him," Luton said.

"He put some bullets in the back of the students," he said. "He turned and looked at me and my girlfriend ... and kind of gave us a smirk."

The shooter continued firing as he left the cafeteria, Luton said.

"I have no idea what his motive was because yesterday at football practice, he was all fine, talking .... having a good time," he said. "And then today, just horrible. I don't know what went through his head or what caused him to do it."

By all accounts, Fryberg was a popular student. Just two weeks earlier, he had been named as the high school's freshman homecoming prince, according to a YouTube video of the ceremony and accounts provided by students to CNN.

Fryberg's multiple social media accounts depict him frequently hunting and using rifles.

Those accounts say he was a Native American and a member of the Tulalip tribe.

Luton could not confirm reports that Fryberg had been bullied. But two weeks ago, according to Luton, Fryberg got in a fight after somebody said "something racist" to him.

The school was under lockdown for hours before students were put on buses and sent to a nearby church parking lot, where they were being reunited with their parents.

At first, they thought it was a fire drill

A student locked down inside a classroom told CNN by phone that the shooting began in the cafeteria.

The student, whose name is being withheld, said when the shooting began students initially thought it was a fire drill until teachers told everyone to run into classrooms because there was a shooting.

The student said she hid in a classroom with other students, all of whom are unharmed.

A student who says he was in the cafeteria when the shooting began told CNN he called the police, and then gave his phone to a teacher.

The student described a chaotic and bloody scene, saying blood was "everywhere."

He claimed to know the shooter, describing the gunman as a popular student who recently had been the victim of bullying.

Another student, identified as Austin Taylor, told CNN Seattle affiliate KING that he had just finished eating when he saw the shooter.

"He was just sitting there. Everyone was talking. All of the sudden, I see him stand up, pull something out of his pocket," he said.

"At first, I thought it was just someone making a really loud noise a big loud pop ... until I heard four more after that. And I saw three kids just fall from the table."

Austin said he ducked under a table. When the shooting stopped, he said he looked out and saw the shooter was trying to reload.

"When that happened, I just ran in the opposite direction, and I was out of there as fast as I could," he said.

Medeana Johnson, mother of a boy who is a junior at the school, told CNN affiliate KIRO-TV that her son said a boy opened fire near the cafeteria. She said her son told her he was supposed to be in the cafeteria but stopped to chat with someone and so didn't go in.

-- CNN's Jake Tapper, Shimon Prokupecz, Evan Perez, AnneClaire Stapleton and Greg Botelho contributed to this report.

-- The-CNN-Wire™ & ©Cable News Network, Inc., a Time Warner Company. All rights reserved.

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Surveillance video released of suspect in Bozeman school fire KRTV News Fri, 24 Oct 2014 4:24:47 PM MTN News - Bozeman Surveillance video released of suspect in Bozeman school fire

BOZEMAN -- An early morning fire at Heritage Christian School in Bozeman on Friday is being investigated as "suspicious."

The Gallatin County Sheriff's Office has released video and photos from surveillance cameras of a possible suspect.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriff's Office at 406-582-2121 or Crime Stoppers at 406-586-1131.

The fire was located in the same area of the gym as a fire that damaged the school in 2012, according to the superintendent of Heritage Christian School.

School officials cancelled classes for the day. They will continue assessing the scene over the weekend to determine if classes will be held on Monday.

Rae-Sourdough and Bozeman Fire Department were called to the scene of the fire, which was reported between 5:00 a.m. and 5:30 a.m.

The Heritage Christian School superintendent says the fire was small and located in the gym; it is not yet known how much damage the fire caused.

The 2012 fire was investigated as arson and closed the school for several months.

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Hawk charged with negligent homicide in shooting death of child KRTV News Fri, 24 Oct 2014 2:52:05 PM MTN News - Missoula Hawk charged with negligent homicide in shooting death of child

MISSOULA -- Galen Hawk of St. Ignatius has been charged with negligent homicide in the shooting death of a 3-year old boy on Wednesday.

Authorities say it was an accidental shooting.

The Lake County Attorney's Office charged Hawk, 26 years old, on Friday afternoon when he made his initial court appearance in Polson.

Hawk told a Lake County judge that he was intoxicated at the time of the shooting.

Hawk also told the judge he thought the gun was unloaded.

The child, whose name has not yet been released, was shot Wednesday evening at a home on Eagle Pass Trail in the Ninepipes area.

Authorities say dispatchers were called just before 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday and were told a child was being taken by personal vehicle to St. Luke's Medical Center in Ronan with a gunshot wound; the boy died shortly after arriving at the hospital.

Lake County Sheriff's Office spokewoman Karen Sargeant says Hawk is not related to the victim, but lived in the house where the shooting happened.

A state medical examiner has concluded that the 3-year-old died from a single gunshot wound to the torso from a small-caliber handgun.

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Attorneys for Barry Beach file new challenge in Montana Supreme Court KRTV News Fri, 24 Oct 2014 1:36:58 PM MTN News Attorneys for Barry Beach file new challenge in Montana Supreme Court

HELENA -- Attorneys for Barry Beach have started a new legal effort on behalf of the 52-year-old Montana State Prison inmate, who is serving a 100 year sentence for the 1979 murder of Poplar teen Kimberly Nees.

In a petition for writ of habeas corpus filed Thursday with the Montana Supreme Court, Beach's attorneys assert that the sentence imposed in 1984 was unconstitutional because Beach was a juvenile when Nees was murdered.

The petition is the latest legal effort by a team of lawyers and Beach supporters who say Beach was wrongly convicted based on a false confession and other miscues in the case.

Beach was 17 at the time of Nees' murder, but he wasn't charged until several years later. He was convicted of the murder in 1983, and sentenced in 1984 to 100 years in prison without parole.

The new petition calls Beach's 100-year sentence unconstitutional because it violates the prohibition against "excessive sanctions including cruel and unusual punishment."

"It is extremely rare in Montana and elsewhere for a person who was a juvenile at the time of the crime to receive a sentence and actually serve over 30 years in prison," the petition states. "In constitutional terms, it is 'excessive' and 'cruel and unusual.'"

The petition asks the Montana Supreme Court to vacate Beach's sentence and order a new sentencing hearing, or "strike the unlawful portion of Beach's sentence - i.e. the restriction on parole, and thereby allow the parole board to apply their judgement concerning issues surrounding his release."

The Supreme Court will review the petition and determine whether to order a response from the Montana Attorney General's Office.

Click here to read the petition (PDF).


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2 Kalispell men sentenced in deer poaching case KRTV News Fri, 24 Oct 2014 1:18:05 PM KRTV 2 Kalispell men sentenced in deer poaching case

KALISPELL -- Levi Anderson and Hadyn Johnson of Kalispell were sentenced in Flathead County Justice court recently for poaching 10 whitetail deer in the Farm-to-Market area north of Kalispell in December of 2013.

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks said in a press release that the deer were shot at night after the general season had ended, and the carcasses were left to waste.

Anderson pled guilty and was fined $4,350, ordered to pay $600 in restitution, and lost his privileges to hunt, fish, and trap in Montana and 44 states in the Interstate Wildlife Violators Compact (IWVC) for 10 years.

Johnson also pled guilty and was fined $2,100, ordered to pay $2,100 in restitution, and lost his hunting, fishing, and trapping privileges for 20 years in Montana and all states in the IWVC.

Wardens investigated several antlerless whitetail deer shot and left to waste in the Farm-to-Market area in December after the general hunting season had ended.

On December 20, 2013, at approximately 10:30 pm, game wardens Wes Oedekoven and Chris Crane made an investigative stop after hearing shots fired from a vehicle driven by Anderson and Johnson in the area where the deer had been poached.

Johnson had an active felony arrest warrant for $50,000 from Oregon and was arrested and turned over to the Flathead County Sheriff's Office.

Anderson was cooperative and gave wardens a detailed account of their illegal activities and took wardens back to the kill sites of one deer shot that night and nine other deer they had shot previously.

"It is disturbing that a culture still exists that engages in this type of destructive behavior on Montana's wildlife," said FWP Warden Captain Lee Anderson. "These animals were taken from the people of Montana and left to waste. "

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A visit to the historic hotel that spawned "The Shining" KRTV News Fri, 24 Oct 2014 12:34:57 PM DARIAN LUSK - CBS NEWS A visit to the historic hotel that spawned

It begins innocently enough: a frustrated writer takes his loving family to an isolated hotel, and despite its violent past, agrees to look after it for an entire winter. Then, things get a little out of control.

The story of the Torrence family and the Overlook Hotel is one of the most well-known in horror. While the "The Shining" is a work of fiction, it was inspired by a very real 105-year-old piece of history that is still open today.

Welcome to the Stanley Hotel, set on 160 acres of pristine Colorado land along the dramatic backdrop of the Rocky Mountains.

This majestic Georgian complex (founded in 1909 by F.O. Stanley, creator of the Stanley Steamer automobile) impressed the wealthiest of the wealthy.

Its early residents included John Philip Sousa, Theodore Roosevelt and the Emperor and Empress of Japan.


The Stanley in 1910


The Stanley in 1910

But reports of strange occurrences at the Stanley can be traced back almost as far as the hotel itself. In fact, Stephen King and his wife spent a night at the historic hotel in 1974 after hearing rumors it was haunted.

"This is where Stephen King got the inspiration for 'The Shining,'" said operations manager Anil Singh about the author's 1977 novel.

According to the staff, the Kings arrived a day before the hotel was set to close for winter, and that night, they were its only guests. King wandered the maze-like hallways, drank at the bar and stayed in room 217 (Kubrick changed the room number to 237 for the film).


The bar at the Stanley has the largest whiskey selection in Colorado; PHOTO: Scott Dressel-Martin

Now, 37 years after the publishing of that book, the Stanley fully embraces its "Shining" reputation.

The 160 guest rooms come equipped with an uncut version of Stanley Kubrick's 1980 big-screen adaptation of "The Shining" on continuous loop on channel 42. And guests can upgrade to the "Ghost Adventure Package," which comes with a K2 meter and a REDRUM mug (ax, typewriter and hallucinations sold separately).

But the hotel's biggest draw are its daily tours.

Tour manager Walter Oglesby offers four different types of historical and haunted tours throughout the year -- they gave 81,000 in 2012.

One of the ghost stories guides always tell takes place in room 217. It's said to be haunted by Elisabeth Wilson, the hotel's chief housekeeper in its early days.

According to Oglesby, she walked into room 217 on June 25, 1911 and, not realizing there was a gas leak, lit a candle, which resulted in a gigantic explosion and the loss of 10 percent of the hotel.

Somehow Wilson survived the blast and continued to serve the hotel until 1950. Although she is long gone, many guests believe her spirit remains in that room.


Room 217; PHOTO: Scott Dressel-Martin

"She had such a strong emotional connection to the room; people still think she's there today," Oglesby said. "If you leave your luggage in the room, you might find that it's been folded when you get back. One person woke up and found someone made their bed around them while they were sleeping."

Oglesby says F.O. Stanley and Flora Stanley still haunt the hotel's lobby, and guests often report hearing piano music though no one is playing (Flora was a gifted pianist).


The Stanley lobby; PHOTO: Scott Dressel-Martin

Another "active" area of the hotel, he says, is the fourth floor.

"Originally when the hotel opened, it was used for childcare, to house children and nannies" Oglesby said. "Ever since then, people will say they hear kids running around the hallways."

Remind you of a pair of twins, perhaps?

For amateur ghost hunters, there are actual paranormal investigations offered five times a month, which typically sell out weeks in advance.

The investigations take place for five hours -- from 9 p.m. until 2 p.m. -- with a maximum group of 20 people. They spend most of their time investigating the concert hall, "one of our most active rooms," Oglesby says.

"We've gotten a lot of EVP [Electronic Voice Phenomenon] recordings," he added. "People have seen things or had things move in the room on occasion. People will occasionally say they see things or hear someone."

Skeptics abound, but Oglesby stands by his experiences.

"I didn't believe in paranormal before I started, but I believe it now," he said.

Many guests "believe it now" too.

"About one out of four guests say they've felt something or experienced something, based on what they tell the front desk when they check out," Singh said. "If you don't believe it you don't see it, but yes, one out of four."

Certainly more than your average Holiday Inn Express.

Though the Stanley is often referred to as "The Hotel from the Shining," this is a misnomer; Kubrick actually used exteriors from a different hotel for the film starring Jack Nicholson and Shelley Duval.

"The one thing people notice is we have a much lighter coloring than you'd expect," Oglesby said. "Also, a lot of people think we're more isolated than we are."

The hotel is actually just outside downtown Estes Park, a popular vacation site located an hour away from Denver.

But one thing is certain: Without this historic hotel, we probably would have never had "The Shining." And the Stanley's reputation is only growing; it's becoming a cultural hub for horror movie lovers everywhere.

From April 30-May 3, 2015, the hotel will host its third annual Stanley Film Festival. It showcases four days worth of horror films from across the globe, student films and shorts.

"It's considered the Sundance of horror movies," Singh said.

Last year, Elijah Wood was the guest of honor, attending all four days and winning the festival's Visionary award. Eli Roth was awarded the honor the year before.


Stanley Film Fest Visionary Award winners Elijah Wood, Daniel Noah and Josh C. Waller; PHOTO: James Dimagiba


The exterior of the Stanley lit red for the film festival; PHOTO: The Stanley Hotel

As you might expect, Halloween is an exciting time at The Stanley.

This Saturday (Oct. 25) is the night of the annual Shining Ball, a costumed dance expecting a 270-person turnout.

"We're recreating the ball from 'The Shining.' It's probably going to be one of the biggest parties we've had," said Oglesby.

Singh added, "People come in from the town just to see the amazing costumes."

There's also a murder mystery dinner on Friday (Oct. 24), and a masquerade party Halloween night; the big send-off to the Halloween season.

"We're expecting about 800 guests for that," Singh said.

While the rooms and events are already sold out for Halloween, at the Stanley, Halloween is truly year-round.

So if you're a horror fan, or just feeling like life has been "all work and no play" lately, it may be time to book a visit...if you dare.

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FWP approves proposal for bobcat fur farm in Fergus County KRTV News Fri, 24 Oct 2014 11:21:42 AM David Sherman FWP approves proposal for bobcat fur farm in Fergus County

HELENA -- Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks has approved and issued a license to a commercial fur farm southwest of Roy, despite receiving thousands of public comments against the proposed project.

Gary Bertellotti, FWP Region 4 supervisor, said in a press release, "Based on the analysis in the environmental assessment, applicable laws, regulations and policies, FWP has determined that this action will not have a significant effect on the human or physical environment."

The license will allow the Schultz Fur Farm to possess captive-raised bobcats, lawfully obtained from a licensed dealer, for propagation and for sale of the pelts in the commercial fur industry.

FWP received more than 21,00 total comments from people across the nation and internationally, including multiple comments from the same people, representing 21,182 individual people and two groups, and one petition from a group called "Cats Are Not Crops."

Of the total comments received, 20 comments supported the proposal, and the remaining opposed the proposal based on principle and objection to fur farms and the fur industry.

The FWP said that there was "no substantive opposition" to the laws or regulations in Montana that reflect opposition to the permit.

Among the public comments and FWP responses:

Comments: Favor the proposal related to economic development in the area.
FWP response: This is a business and the potential for local tax revenue and direct revenue to other businesses are possible but are not under the FWP control.

Comment: Fur farms are inhumane and cause harm to native animals that should be free (high% of comments received had some form of reference to this):
FWP Response: Fur farms are a legal business and are controlled and monitored under Montana code 87-4-1007 (Inspection) to assure licensed operators comply with the law.

Comment: The space identified in the EA that each animal will have is less that the 42 square feet the AZA recommends.
FWP Response: Fur farms are not required to meet AZA criteria.

Comment: Bobcats are wild animals and should be respected as wild animals.
FWP Response: These bobcats are captive-bred and raised and are not, under Montana law, wild or wildlife, but domestically raised, considered private property, and can be used for the purpose identified as furbearer and industry standards and rules.

Comment: These animals will be inhumanly killed in methods contrary to the AVMA standards.
FWP Response: The methods used to dispatch these animals are up to the producer but there are industry standards that are recognized and used.

Comment: The environmental impacts due to waste and chemical releases from fur farms is well-documented and there will be impacts to the surrounding land, vegetation, wildlife and environment therefore this should not be permitted.

FWP Response: The fur farm owners and operator must comply with state standards set out by DEQ and EPA for discharge of any materials that maybe hazardous to the environment.

Comment: Very specific theme and expressed philosophy that fur farms are not acceptable and killing animals for fur is barbaric and no longer acceptable in today's world.
FWP Response: Fur farms are a recognized legitimate and licensed business and Montana.

Comment: Bobcats from this can be sold in the pet trade and kittens will grow up and be dangerous to people because they are still wild animals.
FWP Response: Many municipalities, counties and towns prohibit owning them as set by local ordinances. There is no state law that prohibits the fur farm from selling to individuals.

In the final environmental assessment, the FWP said:

Although minor impacts were identified, no potentially significant impacts to the human or physical environment were identified in the EA or through public comment. The EA and this decision notice with all applicable mitigation measures for licensing will serve as the final EA document.

After thorough review of the application, it is determined that there are no significant findings of potential environmental impacts or credible legal challenge to the laws and regulations regulating fur farms.

Click here to read the complete FWP document (PDF).

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Crew cleaning up sulfuric acid spill near Simms KRTV News Fri, 24 Oct 2014 9:45:42 AM DaVonté McKenith Crew cleaning up sulfuric acid spill near Simms

GREAT FALLS -- A sulfuric acid leak west of Great Falls has emergency crews working to clean up the spill.

Vince Kolar, the Disaster & Emergency Services coordinator for Cascade County, says that a truck driver pulled off in Simms because of an air-line issue and noticed that his tote was leaking at around 9:30 p.m. on Thursday.

The county road department hauled sand out to help contain the spill, which is estimated at about 250 gallons.

Kolar and other emergency personnel remained at the scene until a cleanup crew arrived at around 8 a.m. on Friday.

The clean-up is continuing, and Kolar says it will likely take most of the day.

Crews are putting down soda ash to neutralize the acid and repeating the process.

Kolar says that there is no public health threat.

Traffic is not being affected.


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Stanford University apologizes for Supreme Court mailers sent to Montana voters KRTV News Fri, 24 Oct 2014 9:33:17 AM Sanjay Talwani - MTN News Stanford University apologizes for Supreme Court mailers sent to Montana voters

HELENA -- Montana Secretary of State Linda McCulloch hosted a press conference in Helena on Thursday to talk about some deceptive campaign mailers (flyers) that some people have received lately.

The mailers are titled "2014 Montana General Election Voter Information Guide," and they feature the Great Seal of Montana.

They feature the names of candidates for the Montana Supreme Court, and assign each one to a point along an "ideological scale" with Barack Obama on the left, and Mitt Romney on the right.

The mailers were actually sent by researchers at Stanford University and Dartmouth University for a project called "The Database on Ideology, Money in Politics, and Elections," which they say is intended as a "general resource for the study of campaign finance and ideology in American politics."

On the project website, the researchers state: "If you received a flyer regarding candidate positioning in Montana or California, it is part of joint Stanford/Dartmouth academic study on the impact of information about candidate positioning on turnout and ballot roll-off in congressional primaries, judicial elections, and other contests where voters are unable to distinguish between candidates on the basis of partisan affiliation. For more information on how the scores are constructed, see the articles below."

McCulloch said that the mailer is not an official Montana voter guide, and it did not come from her office. She said that the Secretary of State's office does not endorse any candidate in any race, and that the mailer is deceitful because it looks as though the information provided has been endorsed by the Secretary of State's office since it uses the Great Seal of Montana.

"There's a lot of Montanans who don't understand why this sort of a document was interjected late into a hotly contested campaign and I can tell you that a lot of Montanans are particularly upset about the use of the Great Seal of the State of Montana on campaign document that didn't come out of the state of Montana," state Commissioner of Political Practices Jonathan Motl told MTN on Thursday.

It's McCulloch who has the authority to decide who can use the seal. At the press conference Thursday, she said she wouldn't approve such use in for political mailer.

"I want you to note that it says down at the bottom in really big letters, 'Take this to the polls,'" McCulloch, a Democrat, said. "This mailer is deceitful in that it looks as though the information provided has been endorsed by my office because of the use of the Great Seal of the state of Montana."

The mailer looks at both Supreme Court races. In one, incumbent Justice Jim Rice is widely expected to fend off political newcomer David Herbert.

But in the other, incumbent Justice Michael Wheat faces a tough fight against Lawrence VanDyke, with significant amounts of outside money making the outcome hard to predict.

The mailer pegs all four candidates on an ideological spectrum, placing Wheat a bit less liberal than President Barack Obama, and VanDyke a bit more conservative than 2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney.

It remained unclear Thursday afternoon exactly why political scientists at prestigious universities would send campaign literature to Montanans, and how the flyers could provide data of use to political scientists.

Two of the professors involved, Adam Bonica of Stanford and Kyle Dropp of Dartmouth, did not return calls or emails. But Stanford's Associate Vice President for University Communications, Lisa Lapin, apologized Thursday to voters and the Secretary of State.

Lapin told MTN the university is investigating whether the project followed proper academic protocols.

"This is something were taking very seriously," she said. "We are trying to determine ourselves the facts surrounding the research project."

She did not attempt to explain exactly how the flyer would generate useful scientific data, but she did note that the DIME website offers some information.

"If you received a flyer regarding candidate positioning in Montana or California, it is part of a joint Stanford/Dartmouth academic study on the impact of information about candidate positioning on turnout and ballot roll-off in congressional primaries, judicial elections, and other contests where voters are unable to distinguish between candidates on the basis of partisan affiliation," the website says, linking to a series of academic articles.

Bowen Greenwood, executive director of the Montana Republican Party, said the flyer, Great Seal issue aside, still serves an informational purpose.

"We get a lot of phone calls from voters wanting to find out about who are the more conservative candidates for Supreme Court justice, so in that sense, the fact that the flyer helps identify Jim Rice and Lawrence VanDyke as leaning a little bit more conservative, that's probably helpful to some folks," he said.

VanDyke, who has steadily accused Wheat (a former Democratic legislator) of continuing that partisan bent on the bench, saw the flyers and their context differently -- as designed to help elect Wheat.

In an email sent by a campaign staffer, VanDyke said the mailer's "illegal, fraudulent tactics are being used by a left-leaning, out-of-state special interest, trying to show Democrats that Mike Wheat has the same liberal political beliefs as Barack Obama."

A campaign staffer attending McCulloch's press conference produced a "voter's guide" from a group connected with the Montana Trial Lawyers Association, which has supported Wheat. VanDyke, in an email, said the mailer tried to "impersonate" a voter's guide from the Secretary of State's office.

Both McCulloch and Greenwood acknowledged that numerous groups distribute literature they call voter's guides, and McCulloch said she was not troubled by the newsprint guide, which contained no reference to the Secretary of State's office beyond noting its web address.

The VanDyke staffer, Karli Hill, and VanDyke himself in an email message sent by Hill, also noted an "attack video" posted on YouTube in favor of Wheat.

Both claimed the video includes the state seal, but in fact that video only includes a darkened image of the seal of the Montana Supreme Court alongside an official portrait of all seven sitting justices.

Greenwood, the state GOP leader, agreed that state law appears to requires permission from the state for use of the seal, and seeking such permission would be the "respectful" thing to do.

"Many people end up pirating the seal for one reason or another, and it's never really been objected to in the past," he said. "I understand why the secretary might have her ego bruised about this, but I don't think it's that big of a deal."

The actual Montana Voter Information Pamphlet can be found here on the Secretary of State website.

Here is the mailer:

MT Secretary of State addresses inappropriate use of Montana's Great Seal on mailers

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"Extra Life. Play Games. Heal Kids." 24-hour fundraiser in Great Falls KRTV News Fri, 24 Oct 2014 8:30:31 AM DaVonté McKenith

GREAT FALLS - Ryan and Whitney Graef of Great Falls are taking part in a fundraiser called "Extra Life. Play Games. Heal Kids."

It's a nationwide event this Saturday where gamers select the children's hospital they want to support via donations from family and friends, and then play a video game for 24 hours.

Ryan and Whitney are playing for Shodair Children's Hospital in Helena, Montana.

Shodair's provides care for children suffering from illness, diseases, and other physical, mental, and emotional conditions that impair their health and well-being.

Whitney visited Montana This Morning to talk about why the event is important to them.

Donations are tax-deductible and all proceeds will go to help kids.

Click here to support Team Graef. 

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KRTV Morning News - Fri Oct 24 KRTV News Fri, 24 Oct 2014 7:47:34 AM DaVonté McKenith KRTV Morning News - Fri Oct 24

Top stories for the morning of Friday, October 24th, 2014:

- 17 people have been arrested on federal drug and gun trafficking charges involving a suspected meth ring operating between Montana and California. Click here for more details.

- The likelihood of Ebola spreading to Great Falls is slim. Even with that low potential, health officials stress the importance of being prepared.

- A 3-year-old child is dead after what law enforcement are calling an accidental shooting in Lake County. Click here for more details.

- Homicide suspect Kevin Lino finally appeared before a Missoula Judge yesterday in Justice Court. He's the man accused of killing Gilbert "Jack" Berry back in late July.

- Democrat Norman Anderson and Republican Jim Larson are seeking to replace Bill Salina on the Cascade County Commission.

- Montana Secretary of State Linda McCulloch hosted a press conference in Helena on Thursday to talk about some deceptive campaign mailers (flyers) that some people have received lately. Click here for more details.


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Greene's Gameplan: 23 Oct KRTV News Thu, 23 Oct 2014 10:53:51 PM Brenna Greene Greene's Gameplan: 23 Oct

Just like that, we are heading into the final week of regular season football for all classifications except for AA. With the season's end looming, this week's Greene's Gameplan features several match ups that will have playoff seeding implications.

#3. Chinook at CJI.

After a crazy year in the Northern C, the crowning of the king of the conference all comes down to our number three game. If Chinook beats CJI by more than eight points they will be the top seed out of the North. But CJI has already knocked off one former Northern C #1 team, Great Falls Central, so anything could happen.

#2. Conrad at Glasgow.

For the first time this year, Glasgow may actually have to face a little competition in their regular season finale with Conrad. The Scotties have recorded four shutouts this season alone, and in their other four wins, they have only allowed 35 points combined. But with Conrad coming off a loss to Fairfield, motivation for the team to finish the season with a W will be at an all-time high.

#1. Roy-Winifred at Tri Cities.

How can we not pick a contest that is going to decide a conference championship as our number one game? Roy-Winifred travels to Tri Cities on Friday at 7 PM and the entire Southern C 6-man conference will be watching. If Tri-Cities wins they will be the #1 seed in the conference, but if they lose it goes to a point differential tie break between them, Roy-Winifred and Custer-Hysham. There is no doubt that this game a huge match up.


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Great Falls and Helena go 1-for-4 in state soccer play-in games KRTV News Thu, 23 Oct 2014 9:33:34 PM Tom Wylie ( Great Falls and Helena go 1-for-4 in state soccer play-in games

HELENA -- It certainly wasn't expected. The 2nd seeded Helena High Bengals were shocked by 7-seed Kalispell Flathead 4-2 in a shootout after playing to a 2-2 draw through regulation and two overtime periods.  Helena finished runner up at the 2013 state tournament and had swept Flathead in the regular season winning 2-0 and 4-1. The Braves finished the regular season with 2 wins and 10 losses so this was a shocker. Flathead advances to the state tournament as a 4-seed next week where the Braves will face top-seeded Bozeman.

In Great Falls, the CMR Rustler girls defeated Butte for the third time this season and punched their ticket to the state tournament for the 11th straight year. Tayler Pretat scored in the first half and Eme Mclaughlin added two goals in the second for a 3-0 win. CMR head coach Rob Zimmerman is stepping away from the program after 17 years, and he and the Rustlers will have a good shot to take home the first ever Great Falls soccer title in his final year. CMR will face 3-seed Kalispell Glacier in Thursday's first round at state. 

The Capital boys and girls teams both hit the road for play-in games, and were both eliminated the postseason. The Bruin boys fell to Missoula Sentinel 2-1 and the girls lost to Flathead 4-0.



1W Hellgate

3W Glacier
2E Skyview/Senior (Play Friday)

1E Bozeman
4W Flathead

3E West
2W Sentinel


1W Helena
4E West

3W Glacier

1E Bozeman
4W Flathead

3E Skyview/Great Falls (Play Friday)
2W Sentinel


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