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Tuesday, May 20, 2003

Arrests down at horse sale The annual Miles City Bucking Horse Sale last weekend may have been a little less rowdy than usual, according to law-enforcement officers.

Weather was cool and wet, putting a damper on the drinking, said Police Capt. Kevin Krausz.

"People drink more when it's hot," he said.

Officers arrested fewer than the normal numbers of offenders downtown, he said. They were charged with misdemeanor counts of disorderly conduct, minor in possession of alcohol and being a public nuisance, Krausz said.

He said rain that set in about 1 a.m. Sunday made for a subdued street dance. Rain started falling again in the afternoon.

Custer County Sheriff Tony Harbaugh reported that activities at the fairgrounds didn't produce any more problems than usual. There were some minor arrests, but probably fewer than in warmer years, he said.

Glacier signs off on road plan WEST GLACIER — Glacier National Park officials have signed off on a $150 million plan to rebuild the Going-to-the-Sun Road, a plan first designed by area business and commercial interests.

The proposal, as adopted in the park's recently released Sun Road Rehabilitation environmental impact statement, dovetails with a plan recommended earlier by a citizens advisory committee.

The park had initially proposed a less expensive plan, but businesses balked at ideas to close parts of the road during the height of the tourist season.

Armed with $1 million in federal tax money secured by Sen. Conrad Burns, R-Mont., the merchants themselves drafted a new, more business-friendly plan.

Work is scheduled to begin in 2004 and includes spending between $140 and $170 million to repair historic retaining walls, guard walls, tunnels and other historic features, according to the EIS.

The Sun Road is one of only two roads in the nation declared a National Historic Landmark.

The park service did change some things to the advisory committee's proposal, adding plans for expanded public transit system.

Expert to review possible targets HELENA — Helena's newly hired counterterrorism planner said the job will involve sitting at a desk more than sitting on a crisis as he reviews more than 300 potential targets.

"There's always a possibility," Brett Lloyd said. "But we're not a typical target."

Lloyd, a Forsyth High School graduate who spent five years in Army counterintelligence, said he'll compile details on everything from fire hydrant locations to personnel lists in hopes of helping law officers and medical workers if an emergency does happen.

His position was financed with a $70,000 federal grant. Yet Lloyd said the best defense against terrorism doesn't have a price. Montanans need a more watchful attitude, he said, adding that many acts of terror in Israel are prevented just because Israelis have learned to become more aware of what is happening around them.

Wolf management to cost $2 million CASPER, Wyo. — It will cost about $2 million a year for Wyoming, Montana and Idaho to manage some 40 or more wolf packs once the animal's federal protections are removed under the Endangered Species Act, according to wolf management plans of the three states.

The states must have federally approved wolf management plans in place prior to the submission of a petition to remove wolves as endangered species.

Idaho has finalized its wolf management plan. Wyoming issued a draft plan last year and is writing its final plan. Montana just completed a public comment period on its draft plan.

The three plans are designed to manage wolf numbers and distribution, and minimize conflicts between wolves and humans, while keeping wolf populations high enough so as not to warrant relisting the animal.

Wyoming's plan is estimated to cost $395,000 or more annually; Idaho's is estimated at $837,000; and Montana's at $775,000 each year.

West Virginian elected new bishop GREAT FALLS — The Rev. C. Franklin Brookhart Jr., an Episcopal minister in West Virginia, has been elected bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Montana.

Brookhart, 54, of Wheeling, was elected on the third ballot Saturday during the Montana diocese's election convention at the Church of the Incarnation in Great Falls.

Brookhart currently is rector of Lawrencefield Parish Church in Wheeling, where he has served since 1987. He is expected to be ordained and consecrated on Sept. 27 at the Helena Civic Center.

The other finalists for the Montana bishop's post were the Rev. William P. Baumgarten, 58, rector of Christ Episcopal Church, Kalispell, Mont.; the Rev. Christopher Brdlik, 51, rector of Calvary Episcopal Church, Summit, N.J.; the Rev. Richard R. Burris, 55, rector of St. Michael's Episcopal Church, Norman, Okla.; and the Rev. Warren C. Murphy, 59, rector of Christ Episcopal Church, Cody, Wyo.

Brookhart and his wife, Susan, have two daughters, Carol, 24, and Rachel, 22.

Brookhart replaces Charles I. Jones III, who resigned in February 2001 after being defrocked for what a church court called immorality and conduct unbecoming a member of the clergy.

The Rt. Rev. Charles L. Keyser of Jacksonville, Fla., has been serving as interim bishop.

The Montana diocese encompasses the entire state and includes 43 churches.

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