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Laurel man wounded while huntingA Laurel hunter was wounded by a stray bullet Sunday morning in the Eagle Creek drainage north of Gardiner, said Randy Wuertz, a state Fish, Wildlife and Parks warden.

While hunting for elk during the annual late-season hunt, the man was shot in his buttocks, but the wound was not believed to be life-threatening, said Wuertz, who is based in Gardiner. The victim’s name was not released.

The shooting is believed to be accidental, but FWP will work with the Park County Sheriff’s Department to investigate the incident.

When reached at his home Sunday evening, Park County Sheriff Clark Carpenter said he was not aware of the shooting and declined further comment.

After being wounded, the hunter rode his horse back to his camp, Wuertz said. Another game warden helped transport the man to Gardiner, where he was transported by ambulance to a local hospital.

Wuertz said he believed the shooting to be a “freak thing,” perhaps involving a stray bullet or bullet fragment. The shooting occurred in “fairly open country,” he said, and estimated the distance between the two hunters to be in the “hundreds of yards.”

The late elk hunt near Gardiner is for a small number of hunters with special permits to pursue elk migrating from Yellowstone Park onto winter feeding areas. Peace cranes for war hawks, or,Peace cranes headed to CapitolMontana’s congressional delegation could soon have their offices filled with paper birds.

Eve Malo, a retired Dillon educator and peace activist, will be in Billings tonight as part of her statewide crusade to push for peace by sending 3,000 paper cranes to the offices of Sens. Conrad Burns and Max Baucus, and Rep. Denny Rehberg.

Malo will be speaking and teaching the Japanese origami technique of transforming a sheet of paper into a crane at 7 p.m. tonight at the American Lutheran Church, on the corner of Lewis Ave. and Division St. Her visit is organized by the Billings Peace Seekers.

The cranes represent a wish for nonviolent solutions to the world’s violence, said one of the group’s members, Betty Whiting.

“We’re trying to get our policymakers to think about non-violent ways to respond as opposed to violent ways,” Whiting said.

During the summer of 2000, Malo and another retired teacher, Clare Sinclair, traveled more than 4,000 miles around Montana visiting small communities to talk about their opposition to the death penalty. The two women were honored in October with the Jeannette Rankin Peace Award from the Institute for Peace Studies at Rocky Mountain College.CASA volunteers to begin jobsThere will be a swearing-in ceremony for Court Appointed Special Advocate volunteers at 10 a.m. Wednesday in Judge Fagg’s courtroom at the Yellowstone County Courthouse, Room 509. A reception will follow to celebrate the first year of a new and innovative child abuse prevention project in Yellowstone County.

The new volunteers will join 12 other trained and active volunteers in the successful Billings-area program. CASA volunteers work hand in hand with court appointed guardians ad litem to represent in court the best interest of children removed from their homes due to allegations of abuse, neglect or abandonment. In the first year of advocating for children, volunteers have worked with 53 children represented in 20 cases that have come before the District Court judges All together, the current volunteers spent over 800 hours advocating for children during the year 2001.

CASA volunteers are men and women who want to help their community’s children. When children are removed from their home due to abuse, neglect or abandonment, they are placed in foster care and enter the judicial system. A judge must decide their future. At any given time there are about 500 Yellowstone County children in out of home care. CASA volunteers are court appointed special advocates for children, and the volunteers are responsible for taking the time to find out as much as possible about that child. They present a recommendation to the attorney guardian ad litem for use in court in the best interests of the child.

More volunteers are needed. A CASA spends eight to 12 hours each month investigating, advocating for the child outside of court, working with the attorney guardian ad litem, and supporting the child. Knowledge of and experience in related disciplines is not required. The new volunteers recently completed 30 hours of training and an intensive application and screening process.

The local program is a project of Family Support Network, a well-respected Partnership to Strengthen Families Program serving families in Yellowstone, Big Horn and Carbon counties.

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