Inspection spurs changes at mismanaged Yellowstone jail

CODY, WYO. — The National Park Service has changed how it manages a short-term detention site in Yellowstone National Park after a review of operations there found serious deficiencies, and even recommended a temporary closure of the jail.

Following inspections of lockups at Yellowstone and Yosemite National Park conducted a year ago by the Department of the Interior Office of Inspector General, auditors determined that the Yellowstone lockup “did not provide effective security.”


Blessings, beadwork bring hope after a life of trouble


One of the most important moments in Jerel Driver’s life came 3½ years ago, two days before he was to start serving a prison term for criminal endangerment.

He was living in Glendive, where he committed most of his crimes. He said all his trouble involved the same two things: alcohol and violence.

“I grew up fighting,” he said. “That’s the way it was. You were taught to fight, to protect yourself.” Continue Reading →

Remembering a devilishly famous headline


A friend with a long habit of hanging onto curious artifacts recently gave me the banner reproduced on top of this column, clipped from the Sept. 5, 1992, edition of the Billings Gazette.

I happened to be playing tennis that morning, a Saturday, at Pioneer Park, when a Gazette truck pulled up alongside the newspaper rack just off the sidewalk. The driver jumped out and began removing the papers from the rack. Continue Reading →

Rich man’s sport: How a billionaire cut access to Spotted Dog


By Joseph Bullington, mtvigilante.org

“Keep Gate Closed,” reads the sign beside the padlocked gate blocking hunters from a swath of public land. The sign is riddled with bullet holes.

Past the gate and a mile down Jake Creek Road is a state of Montana Wildlife Management Area known as Spotted Dog. The area opened to the public just four years ago but has already become a battleground in an age-old dispute over land use. Continue Reading →