More Montanans sign up for federal health care
HELENA, Mont. (AP) - The number of Montanans to sign up for insurance on the federal exchange is going up.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on Wednesday released enrollment figures through Nov. 30, showing about 137,000 people had completed the full process to get coverage across the 36 states using the federal website.
In Montana, 1,382 had selected a marketplace plan.
Problems continued to plague the website last month.
Federal officials say they expect the pace of enrollments to pick up around the country because many of the computer glitches were repaired within recent weeks.
More than 13,000 people in Montana have applied for coverage, and 9,600 of those were deemed eligible for a marketplace plan. And about half of those were legible for federal subsidies to buy the private insurance.
MISSOULA DUI CRASH
Woman charged with DUI, car hit police car
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) - A Missoula woman faces a charge of driving under the influence after police officers say her car ran a red light and struck their unmarked police vehicle.
Sgt. Jim Klowitter says the car 36-year-old Heather Leane Bennett was driving struck the police vehicle at about 11 p.m. Monday.
Bennett faces a DUI charge as well as two counts of assault on a peace officer. Klowitter says Bennett is charged with assaulting a Montana Highway Patrol trooper who was investigating the crash as well as someone at the jail.
The police officers in the car received minor injuries as did the trooper and the jail officer.
Horse rescued from spring north of Helena
HELENA, Mont. (AP) - A 6-year-old horse that fell through ice into a spring north of Helena was rescued after spending about two hours in the chilly water.
Lewis and Clark County Sheriff Leo Dutton says the horse may have been in the water for up to an hour before Michael Harris spotted it at about 3 p.m. Tuesday.
Harris had been in and out of the water trying to rescue the horse when an animal control officer arrived just before 3:30 p.m.
Harris got back into the water to put a tow strap around the horse's head and shoulders, allowing rescuers to pull the animal out of the water at about 4:15 p.m.
The horse was covered in blankets and taken to Bridger Veterinary Hospital. A receptionist said the horse recovered and was released Tuesday evening.
Western governors gather in Las Vegas for meeting
LAS VEGAS (AP) - Leaders from around the West are meeting in Las Vegas to discuss land use, wildfires and environmental conservation.
The Western Governors' Association is holding its winter meeting on the Las Vegas Strip on Wednesday and Thursday.
Among the governors in attendance are John Hickenlooper of Colorado, Brian Sandoval of Nevada, C.L. "Butch" Otter of Idaho, Steve Bullock of Montana, Gary Herbert of Utah and Matt Mead of Wyoming.
U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell is expected to deliver a keynote address on Thursday highlighting the federal government's commitment to collaborating on conservation and water issues.
Established in 1984, the association includes governors from 19 states in the West, as well as Guam and American Samoa. Members share ideas, concerns and approaches to dealing with issues unique to the region.
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