Ups and Downs:

2014-06-29T00:00:00Z Ups and Downs: The Billings Gazette
June 29, 2014 12:00 am

Little Bighorn Memorial. Eleven years after the Indian Memorial was dedicated at Little Bighorn National Battlefield, its completion was celebrated on the 138th anniversary of the historic fight in southeast Montana.

Healthy credit. RiverStone Health became one of 44 public health departments in the nation to earn accreditation from the Public Health Accreditation Board. Yellowstone County residents and other folks served by RiverStone now have extra assurance that local services meet the highest standards. Congratulations to RiverStone.

Insult to innocents. District Judge G. Todd Baugh managed to insult food service workers generally when he sentenced Brandon Turrell, 21, for felony vandalism that caused about $13,600 in damage. Baugh repeatedly told Turrell, who has been working for $9.50 an hour at a fast-food restaurant to get “a real job” and repay his victims. Once again, Baugh’s remarks from the bench show he’s out of touch in a state where many citizens proudly work in the food service industry and many work at low-paying jobs because high-paying jobs aren’t available.

Bronze medalists. The Special Olympics Montana basketball team won bronze medals in the Special Olympics USA games in New Jersey. Congratulations to the Billings-based team and coaches.

Jury duty scams. Yellowstone County Sheriff Mike Linder and Clerk of District Court Kristie Boelter warned about phone scams in which the intended victim is told that he missed jury duty and must pay a fine or that he failed to return a jury notice and must pay the caller a fine. Also, there have been reports of virus-carrying email that says: “Notice to appear in court” in the subject line. Those who receive suspicious email or phone calls should notify the sheriff at 256-2929 or Billings police at 657-8460.

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