Written by The Herald-News
David Ronald Evans Sr. was sentenced to six months in prison in connection with his guilty plea to being a felon-in-possession of a firearm.
The United States Attorney’s Office announced that during a federal court session in Great Falls on Aug. 16, before Chief U.S. District Judge Dana L. Christensen, Evans, 54, was sentenced. In addition to the prison term, he was ordered to pay a special assessment of $100 and will have three years supervised release.
In an Offer of Proof filed by Assistant U.S. Attorney Laura B. Weiss, the government stated it would have proved at trial the following:
On May 24, 1994, Evans received a felony conviction and was therefore prohibited from possessing firearms.
On Oct. 1, 2011, Evans was pulled over near Glasgow for suspected drunk driving. During his interaction with law enforcement, Evans admitted he had a firearm and removed it from his person. The firearm was a Walther/Smith & Wesson, model PK380, .380 caliber semi-automatic pistol. The firearm had been transported from one state to another.
Because there is no parole in the federal system, the “truth in sentencing” guidelines mandate that Evans will likely serve all the time imposed by the court. In the federal system, he does have the opportunity to earn a sentence reduction for “good behavior.” However, this reduction will not exceed 15 percent of the overall sentence.
The investigation was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 September 2013 09:50
Written by The Herald-News
LifeWay Christian Resources is slated to bring well-known Bible teacher and best-selling author Beth Moore to Circle Evangelical Church via simulcast on Sept. 14
Circle Evangelical Church is serving as a host location for the northeastern Montana and western North Dakota area.
Living Proof Live, sponsored by Nashville-based publishing company LifeWay Christian Resources, will feature Moore’s dynamic storytelling and passionate Bible teaching.
“Beth’s teaching is some of the most profound I’ve ever heard,” Kim Trobee, associate pastor to women at New Life Church in Colorado, said. “Her knowledge of the Word and her passionate delivery never fail to get right to the heart of the matter.”
The event, which is now in its 15th year, both challenges and encourages women to grow deeply in their faith. Join 250,000 women around the world for this live, global, Internet streaming event. The simulcast gives your church a front-row seat to one-of-a-kind Bible teaching and life-changing worship.
“I have served in women’s ministry for over 20 years now, and there is just no other event like Living Proof Live,” women’s ministry leader Missy Kintzel said. “It is one event our women do not want to miss.”
Moore has authored dozens of published Bible studies, books and devotionals specifically for women for nearly two decades. Her latest LifeWay-published release, James: Mercy Triumphs, is a Bible study that equips women to put their faith in action. Moore’s organization, Living Proof Ministries, is based out of Houston.
Dove-award winning musical artist Travis Cottrell, who also serves as worship pastor of Englewood Baptist Church in Jackson, Tenn., is slated to lead worship for the event.
Living Proof Live starts Saturday, Sept. 14, at 9 a.m. for registration and ends at 4:15 p.m. Tickets are complimentary covering one full day of music and worship; sessions led by Beth Moore; and opportunities for fellowship with other women from the northeast Montana/western North Dakota community. Lunch will be included.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 September 2013 09:45
Written by The Herald-News
Montana Attorney General Tim Fox announced last week that Montana has joined four other states protesting the U.S. Bureau of Land Management’s re-proposed rule to regulate hydraulic fracturing operations on federal and Indian lands.
In a letter to U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, the Attorneys General of Alabama, Alaska, Montana, Oklahoma and West Virginia strongly assert that the BLM cannot justify a need for new federal regulations and requirements, which will duplicate existing state programs.
“The BLM would be hard pressed to explain why it needs to impose new ‘one-size-fits-all’ regulations on states where hydraulic fracturing operations are in place,” said attorney general Tim Fox. “These states, including Montana, already have well trained staff who regulate fracking operations and issue permits. This is another example of the federal government trying to complicate the way states self-regulate in ways that work best for them, and could impede the development of oil and gas within their borders.”
The five attorneys general also questioned whether the BLM has the authority to regulate land and water use within the states, in light of the Supreme Court’s long-standing recognition of state and local regulation powers, citing the Clean Water Act and the Safe Drinking Water Act as examples.
Before the BLM finalizes its rule, the attorneys general asked the agency to defer to the states’ regulatory programs on federal lands, as well as identify any environmental, health, or safety concerns in relation to fracking operations that have not already been addressed by state regulators.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 September 2013 09:44
Written by Jaimee Green, NEMHS
Activities. Good food. Home-like surroundings. Amenities. Family pets. These are just a few qualities that make daily living more fulfilling.
Special attention to improving the quality of life for the residents of Faith Lutheran Home through personalization and care are some of the reasons it has once again been designated a 5 star facility through the Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services. It can also be attributed to the staff which views their 60 residents as close friends and family.
“This is a great honor for our entire staff,” said JoAnn Hibl, director of nurses at FLH. “We want to ensure that we give our patients the same quality of care they would receive in their own homes. When they are here, we consider them as part of our family,” she added.
Much like customers rate the experience they have while staying at hotels while traveling, Medicare representatives rate long term care facilities nationwide to determine which the best of the best are, based on quality ratings for health inspection results, staffing levels and reported quality measures.
Only the top 10 percent of nursing and long term care facilities are considered eligible for the government’s 5 Star rating.
Long term care facilities are inspected by the state annually to determine whether or not they meet certain requirements set by Congress. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services entered into agreements with state government to do health and fire safety inspections of long term care facilities and investigate complaints about care nationwide. They are ultimately responsible for naming recipients. The data comes in on a regular basis — quarterly — and facilities can move up or down on the list as quality efforts are improved.
In order to receive the 5 Star status, a facility must receive the 5 Star grade for four consecutive quarters.
“This recognition is a boost for our facility. We are honored to join the handful of facilities in the state that received this recognition,” Hibl said.
There are many ways Faith Lutheran Home goes above and beyond to ensure their residents feel they are at home. “We want them to enjoy a connection to the outside world and the activities they love. We insist they have choices and stay active in their own care,” Hibl said.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 September 2013 09:43
Written by From Northeast Montana Tobacco Prevention Coalition
Smokeless tobacco causes cancer, increases the risk of fatal stroke or heart attack, reduces fertility in men and contributes to oral disease.
Smokeless tobacco can kill. The Surgeon General has determined that the use of smokeless tobacco can lead to oral cancer, gum disease and nicotine addiction. Users of smokeless tobacco have an increased risk of death from heart attack or stroke.
Smokeless tobacco is toxic! Chewing tobacco and snuff contain 28 carcinogens (cancer causing agents). The most harmful carcinogens in smokeless tobacco are the tobacco-specific nitrosamines. Nicotine content of smokeless tobacco is highly variable — high doses may present substantial stress on the cardiovascular system.
Quit now. Help is available. Contact the Montana Tobacco Quitline at 800-QUIT-NOW (800-784-8669). Quitline Coaches are trained to assist you and support materials and sessions are free.
Further information, materials and assistance for tobacco prevention planning may be obtained from health departments and tobacco prevention coalition staff: in Daniels County, Mary Nyhus at 783-5366; in Roosevelt County, Bev Azure at 653-6212 and Bonnie Wemmer at 653-6223; and Fort Peck Tribal Tobacco Prevention, Brett Mudgett at 768-7919.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 September 2013 09:39