Ups and Downs:

2014-07-06T00:00:00Z Ups and Downs: The Billings Gazette
July 06, 2014 12:00 am

Room to roam. With the bison population inside Yellowstone Park topping 4,600, the U.S. Department of Interior released a report identifying 20 possible bison relocation sites on federal lands in 10 states. However, it will be at least five years before any Yellowstone bison can be relocated by the department — after further review, public comment and years of bison quarantine.

Computer failure. The Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services notified Xerox Corp. that the state may terminate the $70 million computer contract awarded in 2012 for a new computer system to handle Montana Medicaid payments. DPHHS demands that Xerox deliver a feasible plan for fixing the system’s problems this month.

Uncooperative coroners. At least 95 deaths by suicide have occurred in Montana since Jan. 1. The state Suicide Review Team, appointed to research each occurrence and to make recommendations for reducing the state’s high rate of suicide, reported recently that county coroners have provided reports on few of the cases. The review team needs cooperation and information from coroners to do its potentially lifesaving work.

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