Friday, May 11, 2012 - Mountain FM Time Saver News
"Clean up on aisle 15!"
Shoppers and staff at a Missoula grocery store were startled when a car drove through the front of the store, narrowly missing an employee at one of the checkstands. The accident happened about 2:15pm at Orange Street Food Farm, but no injuries were reported, although a number of displays were destroyed and employees had a big mess to clean up.
Missoula dog lovers have another reason to feel virtuous when they clean up after their dog in Missoula area parks. Parks and Rec has installed plastic bag dispensers that will hold and dispense those plastic grocery bags you get at the store. Owners are encouraged to recycle their bags at 20 parks and trailheads throughout the city where the dispensers are located...and to use the bags when they need one for their dog. The pilot program is called "Take One, Leave One."
Should a mom continue nursing her child even after he’s too big to be held in her arms? For mothers who practice what’s known as “attachment parenting,” the answer is an emphatic “yes” — and some are more than happy to demonstrate. This week’s cover of Time Magazine shows Los Angeles mother Jamie Lynne Grumet nursing her 3-year-old son, who reaches her breast with the help of a chair.
Alert, beware of Amber Alter SCAM!
A new scam preying on people’s compassion for missing children is ringing telephones across the nation. In the scam, the phone rings and the caller ID reads “Amber Alert.” When the call is answered, a voice on the other end begins soliciting funds in the name of Amber Alert. Attorney General Steve Bullock says “Amber Alert is a worthwhile system that really works, but this scam is just an attempt to steal your money. Don’t fall for it.”
Montana students are better at science than almost all other states, according to the latest report card from the US Dept of Education. Montana placed third in the nation on the most recent tests, with an average score only one point behind the first place state. It is the second year in a row that Montana has placed in the top three.
Old Faithful will put on one of its first shows for summer visitors this morning when the Yellowstone Park opens it south entrance to cars. Visitor facilities at Mammoth Hot Springs and Old Faithful are also expected to open just in time for Mother's Day. The National Park Service said the south entrance - with access from Jackson, Wyoming - is the last of four into the park to be cleared for car travel, but weather in May is unpredictable and drivers may find ice and snow on the road.
A Hacker’s been harnessed
Vladimir Shved was sentenced to three years deferred for hacking into his former company’s computer system. Shved had been laid off and he was hoping to create a problem so that his former employer would want to hire him back to fix the problem. During his sentencing, Shved apologized and said it was the biggest mistake of his life.
Responding to frustration over the inability to reduce the wolf population through last winter's hunt, Montana wildlife officials gave tentative approval Thursday to loosening some restrictions on hunters and to allowing trapping of the predators for the first time. The Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Commission vote puts the proposal out for comment until June 25.
JetBlue Airways is apologizing for a "computer glitch" it blames for a family being told their 18-month-old daughter was on a government no-fly list. The parents, their infant, had boarded a JetBlue flight from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, to Newark, New Jersey, on Tuesday evening when they say an airline employee ask them to get off the plane. The employee then informed the parents that their daughter had been flagged as a no-fly. The family has lived in New Jersey all of their lives.
Time to terminate Tweeting
In hopes of getting better control of the football team, the University of Montana athletics department told the team they can no longer use Twitter. Players can still use Facebook and other forms of social media, but Tweeting is off limits. Some of the players didn’t agree to the ban, but all will be held to the same standard. However, on Wednesday Junior quarterback Gerald Kemp tweeted quote “last 24 hours tweeting not giving a (insert expletive here.)”
A Hamilton man convicted of felony tampering with witnesses and informants, will spend more than a decade in prison, despite his parents pleading for leniency. Andrew David Golie, 25, was convicted by a Ravalli County jury in March. He was found not guilty of the more serious charge of intimidation, however. On Wednesday, Golie was sentenced to 20 years in the Montana State Prison, with five years suspended.
Two Tennessee girls missing since their mother and sister were murdered were rescued in Mississippi, where their suspected abductor apparently shot himself to death. The girls were found alive and appear to be unharmed, Preliminary reports indicate Adam Mayes shot himself in the head and was later pronounced dead in an area hospital."
Just a week after Canadian killer Ronald Smith made a high-profile plea at his clemency hearing for Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer to spare him from the death penalty, he defense team and Montana Attorney General Steve Bullock say there's virtually no chance the Alberta-born double-murderer could be put to death until 2013, after Schweitzer's second and final term as governor ends on Dec. 31, 2012. Schweitzer has remained non-committal in his public statements about whether he would consider commuting Smith's death sentence.