Top stories from today’s Montana This Morning, 9-15-2021

>> FROM MTN NEWS. THIS IS MONTANA. THIS MORNING. STANDO FFBETWEEN MONTANA REPUBLICAN LAWMAKERS AND JUDGES NOT COOLING OFF AT ALL. COMING UP, A CONFRONTATION BETWEEN A LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE AND THE STATE'S CHIEF JUSTICE. >> COMING UP. >> NEAR DOWNTOWN AND BEARS OVER ON R OUPOPULAR TRAILS HOW TO STAY SAFE COMING U >> OH, THERE YOU GO. PEOPLE HA BEAUTIFUL MORNING. IT IS WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 15TH THAT JUST AHEAD A6.30 CHILEAN MEDAL WITH YOU HERE. SEPTEMBER 15TH. WE'RE IN THE MIDDLE OF SEPTEMBER. HARD TO BELIEVE ARE DOUBLY 4TH OF JULY IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER IT WILL BE IT WILL BE HERE SOON. AND WE KNOW IT, YOU'RE GOING TO WIN OR BUFFER ZONE. THAT'S SO WE'VE GOT TIME. WHAT, 8 MONTHS OF WINTER BEFORE THE 9, 9, DEFENSE AND HOW THAT GOES TEMPERATURES SITTING RIGHT NOW INTO THE 40'S AND 50'S. NOT TERRIBLY WINDY EARLY ON. WEO D HAVE SOME GUSTY WINDS OUT TOWARD JUDITH WE'RE TALKING ABOUT THAT OUT TOWARDS LIVINGSTON A BEAUTIFUL MORNING, THOUGH A FEW PASSING CLOUDS TEMPERATURES INTO THE UPPER 70'S WIND IS GOING TO BE THE NAMESAKE. WORD OF THE DAY FOR THROUGH THE AFTERNOON.

GUSTY WINDS EXPECTED. WE DO HAVE HH IGFIRE DANGER MINUTE. TALK MORE ABOUT THAT, OF COURSE, COMING UP IN JUST A LITTLE BIT. NOT JUST REMIND YOU THAT IT'S ALSO A 4 TTLEER WORD. SO IT'S NO. OR WILL ADDED TOTHE LIST. 6.30, OUR TOP STORY THIS HALF HOUR, MONTANA SUPREME COURT CHIEF JUSTICE MIKE MCGRATH. >> AND A STATE JUDGE FROM HELEN APPEARED BEFORE A LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE YESTERDAY TO TALK ABOUT THE STATE JUDICIAL STANDARDS COMMISSI, ONBUT IT DIDN'T TAKE LONG FOR THE MEETING TO BECOME YET ANOTHER FOM RUFOR REPUBLICAN LAWMAKERS TO AIR MORE CRITICISMS OF THE ROLE AND THE ACTIONS OF THE STATE'S JUDICIARY AND KIDS. CHIEF POLITICAL REPORTER MIKE DENNISON WAS THERE AND HAS THE STOR Y.CHIEF JUSTICE MIKE MCGRATH BEGAN THE MEETING BY SAYING AN INDEPENDENT JUDICIARY IS THE LINCHPIN OF ECONOMY AND SOCIETY.

>> BAUECSE THEY CAN RESOLVE DISPUTES IMPARTIALLY. >> THAT A SIGNIFICANT ADVANTAGE FOR THOSE. THE OSOF US WHO LIVE IN THE UNITED STATES AND A FE RESOCIETY FOR THE COURTS ARE THE PLACE WHERE PEOPLE CAN RESOLVE DISPUTES AND THE CIVIL WAY. HE ALSO SAID MOUNTAIN AS MY ANCHECKS ON JUDICIARY SUCH AS ELECTION OF JUDGES. THE BUILDING TO SUBSTITUTE JUDGES IN THE CASE AND COMPLAINTS FILED WITH THE JUDICIAL STANDARDS COMMISSION. BUT SOME GOP MEMBERS OF THE INTERIM LAW AND JUSTICE COMMITTEE USED THE MEETING TO RETURN TO COMPLAINTS AIR EAIER RLTHIS YEAR. THE MONTANA JUDICIARY IS BIASED AGAINST LEGISLATIVE ATTEMPTS TO REFORM IT. SENATOR THOM A BILLINGS PORTED TO DO E-MAILS THAT BELITTLED SOME LEGISLATIVE PROPOSALS. DO YOU THINK EVEN THAT WAS APPROPRIATE FOR SOME OF THE COMMENTS THAT WERE BEING SAID AND SOMEF OTHE CONDESCENDING REMARKS TOWARD THE LEGISLATURE THAT WERE NOT JUST OFFENSIVEO TTHE LEGISLATOR LEGISLATURE. BUT ALSOI JUST A LINE AND STATE REPRESENTATIVE BAR RYUSHER OF BUILDINGS, GRILLED MCGRATH OVER THE JUSTICE CALLING A PROPOSAL TO CREATE A CITIZEN PANEL THAT REMOVE JUDGES.

>> THE END OFDEMOCRACY DIDN'T TAKE BACK THOSE COMMENTS SAYING THE PANEL WOULD HAVE HAD THE POWER TO REMOVE ELECTED JUDGE FOR ALMOST ANY REASON. IT JUST MEANT THAT IF THERE WAS A MOB THAT WAS MAD ABOUT THAT THE JUDGE HAD DECIDED. THEYREMOVE THAT JUDGE FROM. EVEN THOUGH THE JUDGES ELECTED BY THE PEOPLE. AND YES, THAT IS THE FIRST STEP AND THE. DEMISE OF DEMOCRATIC SYSTEM. THE INTERIM COMMITTEE WILL CONTIE NUITS STUDY OF THE CURRENT SYSTEM THAT ALLOWS COMPLAINTS TO BE FILED AGAINST JUDGES, WHICH ULTIMATELY ARE SETTLED BY THE SUPREME COURT. >> BUT IT DOESN'T LOOK LIKE THE BAD BLOOD BETWEEN SOME REPUBLICANS AND THE JUDICIARY IS GOING AWAY ANYTIME SOON REPORTING FR OMHELENA MIKE DENNISON MTN NEWS.

>> 6.33 NOW. IT'S BEEN BUSY IN YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL IN AU GUST. IN FACT, PARK VISITATION BREAKING RECORDS ALSO NATIONAL PARK OFFICIALS SAY THE MONTH OF AUGUST, THE MOST VISITED AUGUST IN RECORDED HISTORY WITH NEARLY A MILLION RECREATIONAL VISITS PARK. OFFICIALS SAY 921,844 GUESS VISITED THE PARK LAST MONTH. THAT'S A 1 2%RISE FROM THE LAST BUSIEST AUGUST IN HISTORY WHICH WAS 4 YEARS AGO. 2017 DURING THE YEAR OF THE SOLAR ECLIPSE SOAR F THIS YEAR. THE TOTAL NUMBER OF VISITORS STILL 40% HIGHER THAN THIS TIME. LAST YEAR WITH MORE THAN 3.5 MILLION VISITS. AND IT'S JUST TIMBER. WELL, IT'S NO SECRET THE BOSEMAN'S QUICKLY GROWING, WCHHI MEANS A LOT OF NEW RESIDENTS MAY BE LIVING IN BEAR COUNTRY FOR THE FIRST TIME. DID JIM MCDONALD IS ONE OF THOSE PEOPLE LOOKS A RECENT BEAR SIGHTINGS IN SIMPLE WAYS THAT YOU CAN STAY SAFE. >> IF YOU'RE NEW TO BOZEMAN OR TO THE STATE OF MONTANA.

YOU MAY THINK THAT THERES ARE ONLY FOUND IN OUR BACK COUNTRY. WELL, THE FACT OF THE MATTER IS THIS WHOLE STATE IS BEAR COUNTRY. YOU MAY SEE A BEAR AT ANY TURN. >> YOU WANT THE BEARS FOR A REALLY ACCESSIBLE WASTE WITH BEAR SPRAY. AND THIS IS A CONTRAIOPTN WHERE A TARGET RUSSIA'S AT CLICK IN THE LAST WEEK THERE WE RE8 CALLS OF BEAR SIGHTINGS TO THE BOZEMAN POLICE DEPARTMENT AND REGULAR SIGHTINGS ONOUR TRAILS. >> I THINK IT'S ANALOGOUS TO SWIMMINGN IHAWAII WE KNOW THEIR STARTS IN HAWAII IN THE WATER, BUT I'M NOT GOING TO NOSWT IM IN HAWAII RIGHT. AND SO WHAT I WOULD DO IS I'D BE AWARE OF SCI FI DORSAL FINS IN THE WATER AND SEE IF THERE'S REPORTS OF SHARKS ONTHIS BEACH. AND IF THERE'S NOT, THOSE THINGS ARE GOING TO GO SWIM. AND I THINK IT'S ANALOGOUS TO BEING IN OUR ENVIRONMENT IN THE WOODYOU THINKING AT OTHER REPORTS OF BEARS AROUND HERE. WHAT WOULD BE GOOD TO TURN TO KERRY AND I COULD BE BEAR AWARE THAT COULD STILL ENY JOTHE OUTDOORS LIKE YOU HIKING THE M TRAIL OR VISITING GRETA FALLS.

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IT'S IMPORTANT TO TO CARRY BEAR SPRAY KNOW HOW TO USE IN THIS PHOTO SHOWS WHAT WAS LEFT BEHIND WHEN THE MOTHER BEAR AND HER CUBS FINISHEDP A U MEAL ON SOUTH WILSON AVENUE. KEEPING A TRACKED AND STORED SECURELY IS THE BEST WAY TO. >> REDUCE NEGATIVE REDUCE SAFETY RISKS FOR PEOPLE AND REDUCE CHANCES OF IT THAT THEY'RE HEADG INTO BE DEALT WITH. FROM A MANAGEME NT PERSPECTIVE BEARS ARE HERE AND THEY'RE HERE TO STAY. BUT KEEPING YOUR PETS A ONLEAD GETTING YOU SEE YOUR DETERRENTS LIKE BEAR SPRAY KEEPING YOUR TRA, SHYOUR BIRD FEEDERS IN A SECURE SPOT ARE ALL SIMPLE WAYS TO MAKE SURE YOU STAY SE. AF >> SMALLS ARE BEARS OUT IN THE COUNTRY IN BOZEMAN JAY MCDONALD MTN NEWS. >> I JUST REMIND, OF COURSE, BEARS RIGHT NOARW E IN HIGH PROFESION MEANING THEY'RE PACKING ON POUNDS OF PROTEIN BEFORE THEY HE ADINTO HIBERNATION FWP WORD AND SAY THERE'S MAYBE TO FOCUS ON EATING TO NOTICE YOU.

SO YOU NEED TO KEMA NOISE IF YOU'RE ON THE TRAIL AND AS ALWAYS, THEY SUGGEST YOU TRAVEL IN GROU. PSONE HANDFUL, RECENT STUDIES HAVE FOUND JUST HOW R FATHE NATION'S STUDENTS HAVE FALLEN BEHIND SINCE THE PANDEMIC BEGAN. EDUCATORS ARE TRYING TO HELP STUDES NTBOUNCE BACK FROM PANDEMIC. LEARNING LOSS AFTER CRASHING SHOWS US HOW AN INNOVATIVE EFFO BRTY ONE COUNTY, IT'S CONNECTING LOCAL ARTISTS EDUCATORS AND ADMINISTRATORS TO PRODUCE CONTENT FOR KIDS IN NEED OF A KNOWLEDGE BOOST. >> INSE IDTHIS PRODUCTION STUDIO. THE LETTER OF THE DAY IS D. DID YOU SAY DEH ATDEATH YOU ARE CORRECT. ACTRESS AND BILINGUAL STORY TELLER. JASMINE CARDENAS IS HARD A WORK CONFUSING ENERGY AND PASSION INTO HER PERFORMANCE. I FELL IN LOVE WITH MISTER ROGERS AND. >> AND LAVAR BURTON GROWING UP WATCHING SESAME STREET AND AND READING RAINBOW AND.

>> AND I FELT LIKE TY HEKNEW ME SO I HOPE THAT THE KIDS WILL SEE ME AS THEIR FRIENDS PROJECT. RAINBOW IS A COUNTY LEAD EARLY EDUCATION INITIATIVE BRINGS TOGETHER 2 DOZEN PARTNER ORGANIZATIONS TO PRODUCE FREE VIDEO CONTENT AND LEARNING MATERIALS DESIGNED BY EDUCATORS TO HELP FILL THE LEARNING GAP BROUGHT ON BY THE PANDEMIC WHAT WE'VE SEEN BASICALLY FOR 18 MONTHS OF THE PANDEMIC, THE KIDSF O EFFECTIVELY LOST 2 YEARS OF SCHO OLTONI PRECKWINKLE THE PRESIDENT OF THE COOK COUNTY BOARD IN ILLINOIS SAYS THE INITIATIVE WAS A WAY FOR GOVERNMENT TO STEP IN AND ADDRESS LEARNING LOSS ACROSS THE GEOGRAPHIC AND DEMOGRAPHIC SPECTRUM'S. WE'VE ASKED OUR MUSEUMS OR CULTURAL INSTITUTIONS TO ADAPT CONTENT THAT THEALREADY HAVE. >> FOR OUR AUDIENCE MORE THAN 2 DOZEN COLLABORATORS, INCLUDING ZOOS FOREST PRESERVES AND THE CHILDREN'S THEATER HAVE CREATED AND BANKROLLED THE CONTENT. LOOK AT HIS COLLARING. THEY'VE ALREADPRODY UCED OVER 30 HOURS OF EDUCATIONAL LEARNING CAN WE REALLY DON'T WANT CHIREN LDTO PASSIVELY.

>> WATCH HIM SERVE. WE WANT THEM TO PARTICIPA. TEAND SO A LOT OF WHAT WE BRING TO OUR CONTENT IS A WAY FOR CHILDREN TO REALLY PARTICIPATE IN AND ENGAGE FULLY YOU KNOW WHAT FIND IN MY SCHOOL DOING REGULARLY IS. >> PRETENDING I SEE ANHEAR THEM SO THAT WHEN ASKED THEM A QUESTION I REAL LYDO WAIT TO HEAR HOW MANY DIFFERENT ANSWERS THAT CAN GET PROJECT. RAINBOW WAS THE BRAINCHILD O NICK SHIELDS, THE FATHER OF 3 WAS SEARCHING FOR A WAY TO ENGAGE HIS YOUNG CHDRILEN WITH SCREEN TIME OF QUALITY DURING THE PANDEMIC AS A FATHER AND SEE MY KIDS AT >> IN SEEING SOME OF THE CONTENT THAT'S ON AROUND IN AVAILABLE.

WE FELT THAT WE THERE WAS A SPACE R FOTHAT SPACES ALLOW THEM TO CREATE CONTENT AROUND WILDLIFE SCIENCE ASTRONOMY AND MUSIC. >> IT'S ALREADY AVAILABLE ON YOUTUBE. GOOGLE PLAY AND SOON APPLE. WE HOPE, OF COURSE, THAT. >> OUR COOK COUNTY RESIDENTS WILL TAKE ADVAAGNTE OF IT, BUT IT'S THE CONTENT IS AVAILABLE TO ANYONE WHO HAS ACCESS T THE PLATFORMS AND THEY ALREADY ARE. THERE WAS LIKE A SCHL OO SYSTEM IN THAILAND. THAT WAS HAVING ALL THE KID WATCH THIS VIDEO. AND SO WE SUDDENLY ARE JUST FINDING THAT WE ARE RE ACHING CHILDREN EVERYWHERE. WHAT WE'RE TRYING TO DO IT IN THE DA YSINFORM INSPIRE AND IMPACT OUR KIDS AND FAMILIES. AND IT'S MY HOPE FAMILIES FEEL SOMEWHAT DINOSAURS A WINDOW TO THE WORLD FOR CHILDREN EVERYWHERE TO DISCOVER.

>> DURING A GLOBAL PANDEMIC BETTER REPORTING FROMCHICAGO YOUR PROVIDING ALQUITY SCREEN TIME. I LIKE THAT. NOW IF YOU'RE INTERESTED IN CHECKING OUT THE FREE EDUCATIONAL CONTENT. YOU CAN SEAR. CH >> PROJECT RAINBOW, COOK COUNTY TO FIND IT ON YOUTUBE OR GOOGLE PLAY. TIME FOR A QUICK BREAK HERE. WHEN WE COME BACK. AND YOU'VE SN EEIT IN GROCERY STORES. MEAT PRICES STILL GOING UP AFTER THE BREAK. LEARN WHO THE LABOR PADERTMENT IS BLAMING FOR THE BIG PRIZE SITE. >> BUT FIRST, HERE'S NATE BURLESON WITH A LOOK AT WHAT'S COMING UP ON CBS MORNING >> GOOD MORNING. AHEAD ON CBS MORNINGS WILL SPEAK EXCLUSIVELY TO A WHO WAS CAUGHT UP IN THE KABUL AIRPORT ATTACK THAT KILLED 13 SERVICE MEMBERS ALSO A SPECIAL ESSAY FROM FILMMAKER KEN BURNS BEFORE THE RELEASE OF HIS NEW DOCUMENTARY SERIES MUHAMMAD ALI, WHY HE SAYS SPORTS CAN SHOW US WHO REALLY ARE AS A COUNY TRAND GRAMMY TONY AND EMMY AWARD WINNER CYNTHIA ERIVO JOINS US IN STUDIO WILL DISC.

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