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Saturday, July 21, 2001

Martz appoints education study committee HELENA – Gov. Judy Martz on Friday announced the members of an advisory council appointed to help her complete a study of the state’s educational funding system mandated by the 2001 Legislature.

The study is required by House Bill 625, sponsored by Rep. John Musgrove, D-Havre. The new law asks Martz, a Republican, and Superintendent of Public Instruction Linda McCulloch, a Democrat, to closely examine public school funding and determine if there is a better way to allocate money to public schools.

The chairman of the advisory council is Martz’s education policy adviser Jeff Hindoien; vice-chairwoman is Madalyn Quinlan, McColloch’s chief of staff.

The remaining seven members of the committee represent small and large school districts, community members and parents. They are: Havre Superintendent and Board of Public Education Chairman Kirk Miller, Missoula County Superintendent Rachel Villieux, Savage Superintendent John McNeil, Rocky Boy Superintendent Sandra Murie, Helena school board member Geoff Feiss, Clancy retiree and former Montana Taxpayers Association President Dennis Burr and Kalispell mother Linda Tutvedt.

Facing disciplinary action, principal announces retirementGREAT FALLS – Great Falls High School Principal Steve Henneberg resigned Friday rather than face disciplinary action for a brawl with a jealous husband.

The retirement was announced in a two-sentence statement from Superintendent Brian Dunn, who was in Bozeman and unreachable for comment. Henneberg did not respond to requests for comment.

The fight occurred July 3 in a bank parking lot.

Henneberg, 56, and Marlowe Rames, 50, were charged with disorderly conduct and given deferred prosecutions in Municipal Court.

Rames told prosecutors the fight broke out when he spotted Henneberg with his wife, Michelle, a scheduling clerk at C.M. Russell High School.

“Rames stopped and confronted Henneberg about having an affair with his wife,” Assistant City Attorney Tony Lucas said.

Dunn suspended Henneberg with pay while he investigated the incident. His detailed report involving disciplinary action had been considered imminent.

Hillary gives $2,000 to MaxWASHINGTON – Hillary Rodham Clinton’s political action committee raised $662,325 in its first six months, catapulting the freshman senator into the top tier of fund-raisers in the U.S. Senate.

HILLPAC handed out $100,000 in contributions to other lawmakers from Montana to Georgia, according to records filed with the Federal Election Commission. Among HILLPAC’s largest donations was $10,000 to the legal defense fund of embattled Sen. Robert Torricelli, D-N.J.

Campaign finance experts called Clinton’s haul impressive, without being so large as to raise eyebrows.

Clinton doled out $2,000 donations to the re-election campaigns of many of her Senate colleagues, including Dick Durbin, of Illinois; Jean Carnahan, of Missouri; Max Cleland, of Georgia; Max Baucus, of Montana; Paul Wellstone, of Minnesota; and Jay Rockefeller of West Virginia and Carl Levin, of Michigan.

Man who says 911 advice saved his life donates $10,000MISSOULA – A man who believes quick advice from a 911 dispatcher helped save his life 13 years ago is donating $10,000 to the county dispatch center.

John Wickes suffered a burst femoral artery, the result of an infection after surgery, while at his Missoula home in 1988.

With one hand clasped to his thigh to stop the bleeding, Wickes used the other hand to call 911. The dispatcher’s advice was simple: Help is on the way. Hang up and use both hands.

Although the incident occurred years ago, Wickes said he had not forgotten about the help he received.

“It was something I have been thinking about for a long time, and I wanted to establish a memorial for my mother, Ruth, who recently died,” Wickes said.

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