|Monday, 18 August, 2014|
Man killed by Police on Wind River rez
LANDER, Wyo. (AP) — A man has been fatally shot by police on the Wind River Indian Reservation.
Few details were released about the shooting Tuesday night near Ethete (EE'-thuh-tee). The FBI is investigating.
FBI spokesman Dave Joly says the investigation is in the early stages and additional information will be released later.
According to the Fremont County Sheriff's Office, it received a call shortly before 8 p.m. Tuesday that a man armed with a handgun had shot out the window of a vehicle.
A responding deputy stopped a vehicle missing a window. The release says one of the three occupants was uncooperative and the shooting occurred after reservation police arrived to help.
No information about the man shot to death was released.
Woman accused of killing newborn ruled competent
RIVERTON, Wyo. (AP) — A federal judge has ruled that a 20-year-old woman accused of killing her newborn son on the Wind River Indian Reservation is competent to stand trial.
The Riverton Ranger reported July 29 (http://bit.ly/1o1fn7Y ) that Ardis Sierra Enos, of Ethete, is scheduled to stand trial Sept. 15 after the judge ruled she is mentally and physically capable of defending herself in court.
Prosecutors say Enos suffocated her son March 26, minutes after giving birth to him alone in her family home. She is accused of leaving the newborn's body in a dry ditch on her property and not telling anyone about it.
Enos has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder.
Judge grants access for oil pipeline operations
GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — A refining company will be able to continue operating three pipelines that transport crude oil from Canada after a judge granted access to the final land parcel whose easement had expired.
Phillips 66 had negotiated access agreements with about 600 landowners and the tribe where the pipelines cross the Blackfeet Reservation, but filed a condemnation complaint in federal court against the owners of one parcel when negotiations failed.
The original easements for the pipelines, which ship oil from southern Canada to Billings refineries, had expired after being granted in the 1960s and 1970s. The pipelines are buried between 2 1/2 to 4 feet across agricultural lands on the northwestern Montana reservation.
“The owner or owners of the parcel haven't come forward, so if they're not representing themselves or they don't hire a legal counsel or they are non-responsive, it's hard to get an answer from the parties,'' Phillips 66 spokesman Michael Barnes told The Great Falls Tribune in a story published Wednesday (http://gftrib.com/1s0aYnk).
U.S. District Judge Sam Haddon ruled in favor of Phillips 66 and ordered the company to pay the landowners $1,450 in compensation for access to the final parcel.
Montana law says eminent domain may be used for common carrier pipelines such as the lines operated by Phillips 66, with money awarded as damages to the landowner, Haddon said in his ruling Monday.
Federal law permits condemnation for any public purpose allowed under state law, once the person or company proposing the use of eminent domain shows there is a public interest.
The judge concluded the pipeline locations are reasonable and they are necessary for public use.
The company said relocating the 8-inch and two 12-inch pipelines would have cost $2 million.
The easements were renewed for 47 years.