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Long Lines At Billings Logan International Airport Due To Staffing Issues

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BILLINGS – Travelers planning to fly out of Billings Logan International Airport are urged to arrive at least two or three hours before their flight.

Staffing shortages at airline ticket counters and TSA are creating long lines and recently caused some passengers to miss their flight.

“With most airlines and the TSA being short of staff, we see long lines on certain days and some passengers being left behind as they try to get through the check-in and screening process. 

Logan International Airport Docking of United Airlines

Right now, passengers need to get to the Airport two or three hours before their flight time to ensure they make it on to their flight. Mornings have been especially difficult with all the airlines launching their first flights for the day,” said Kevin Ploehn, City of Billings director of Aviation and Transit.

Ploehn believes the issue will not resolve any time soon.

“The mornings could worsen in October when some airline schedules change, condensing the window for getting passengers processed.  It is just a challenging time for hiring, and we expect this situation to continue right into the holidays, so arriving early is the best way to avoid any issues,” Ploehn said.

Casper Police Welcomes New PIO Officer Jessica Ostrander

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Public Information Officer (PIO), Jessica Ostrander.

Jessica grew up in a small town in Wyoming. She attended the University of Wyoming in Laramie for her Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology and Health Promotion. Shortly after, she attended Palmer College of Chiropractic, earning her Doctor of Chiropractic degree.
Chiropractic, earning her Doctor of Chiropractic degree.

Jessica’s professional background consists primarily of teaching for higher education. With this experience, Jessica grew in her skills and knowledge regarding public speaking and the use of multimedia.

Jessica has thoroughly enjoyed working with the Casper community and is excited to continue this relationship as part of the Casper Police Department family.

Outside of the office, Jessica enjoys participating in Casper’s many recreational activities and what the surrounding areas offer.


The Public Information Officer for the Casper Police Department is a civilian position that acts as a liaison between the Department and the Casper community. This position is responsible for communication between the Department, the media, and the members of the community in regard to the public relations of the Department.

Clinton Montana, 88-Year-Old Delphine A. Farmer Dies: Missoula Deputies Responded To An Assault Report

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Missoula, MT (September 28, 2022) – Missoula County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a report of an assault in the 5600 block of Donovan Creek Road in Clinton, Montana, shortly after noon on Sunday, September 25, 2022.

Upon arrival, Deputies located an unresponsive female.  The female, 88-year-old Delphine A. Farmer, was pronounced dead at the scene by medical personnel.

There is no public safety risk as a result of this incident.  

This is an active and ongoing homicide investigation.  More details will be provided as they become available.

DELPHINE A FARMER

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5675 Donovan Creek Rd,
Clinton, Missoula County, MT-59825

Theft At The Rock Springs Airport Monday Evening: Police Need Help Identifying Suspects.

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According to the Rock Springs Police Department, several persons of interest (suspects), were involved in a theft that occurred at the Rock Springs Airport on September 26, 2022.

Alleged Suspects In Rock Springs Airport

The incident took place on Monday evening between eight pm and Ten pm. So far, no information is available regarding what was allegedly stolen, as the Department has not disclosed it to the Media yet.

Alleged Suspect in RockSprings AIrport

Rock Spring Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying the alleged suspects in the photo. If you know who they are, please call 307-352-1575 and reference case #R22-19751 Any call will remain anonymous.

Bomb Threat at Cheyenne South High School Unsubstantiated

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A Bomb threat took place at the Cheyenne South High School early this morning at the school. According to the Laramie County School District #1 Mary Quast, Community Relations Director issued a statement:

At South High, the safety of our students and staff is our top priority. Law enforcement notified us at approximately 10:20 a.m. through a 911 call to place the school in a secure perimeter due to a bomb threat.

The school was rendered safe with the Cheyenne Police Department’s diligence and the use of bomb dogs. At this time, the secure perimeter was lifted at 11:45 a.m.

Throughout this time, students and staff remained safe in their classrooms. Threats like this are taken very seriously.

We appreciate the partnership with law enforcement. As always, safety is our priority.

This statement was vague to the parents. The Police Department posted on their Facebook page the following. At approximately 10:30 a.m., the Cheyenne Police Department was dispatched to a report of a bomb threat at South High School. School district resource officers and school administrators met immediately to assess the potential threat and establish a secure perimeter. No further information is available at this time.

Missoula County Sheriff TJ McDermott, Says Goodbye After 27 Years In Law Enforcement

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In a career that has spanned over 27 years and focused on public service, I have
witnessed many changes. I began my career with the Anaconda Police
Department in 1995, joined the Missoula Police Department in 1998, and in 2003
found my ‘work home’ at the Missoula County Sheriff’s Office, where I’m proud to
say that I was elected as Sheriff & Coroner for two consecutive terms starting in
2015. My wife and I are raising a beautiful family in Missoula and truly treasure
being a part of this Community.


As the days tick by and my retirement from law enforcement draws near, I find
myself reflecting on the road that led me to serve as your Sheriff and the work
that we have accomplished. It has been an honor and privilege to serve as your
County Sheriff. The community support of law enforcement and our Sheriff’s
Office is outstanding. I cannot thank the people of Missoula County enough for
their support.


I made a commitment to you when I was elected to provide a Sheriff’s Office that
offers the best possible service to you, has a balanced budget, and creates
forward thinking programming that will help Missoula County thrive. We have
made a lot of progress in my time leading this office and I want to take a minute
to mention a few successes that helped make my commitment to you a reality:
Fiscal Accountability – We consistently operate within our budget and maintain
cash savings for capital improvements and equipment on replacement
schedules.


Detention Center Management – We have come in under budget managing the
County Detention Center. We implemented creative cost saving techniques such
as installing solar panels on the roof to offset the jail’s high energy costs and
save taxpayer dollars.


Embraced a Culture of Change – I am very proud of our staff who are
committed to interacting with the public in a manner that demonstrates dignity
and respect for all involved. When the global pandemic hit, we stood up and
implemented the processes and procedures necessary to make everyone under
our care as safe as possible.


Program Enhancements – Re-established our Canine and School Resource
Officer programs. Our brave men and women prioritized safety by
ensuring deputies have all necessary safety equipment with a strong
maintenance budget. Created a third resident Deputy position in the Seeley Lake
area. Established a Crime Victim Advocate position within our detective division

to provide support to victims. Overall, we added 13 deputies and 6 detention
officers to our team to allow us to fully staff task forces.


Implementation of the Jail Diversion Master Plan – Led an effort in 2015 to
bring the Jail Diversion Master Plan forward to identify nonviolent offenders and
consider alternative solutions such as home arrest, sobriety programs and the
Crisis Intervention Team (CIT).


This is not a comprehensive list, but some of the more notable accomplishments
that have shown positive impacts within our community. The office is well
positioned for new leadership and I can assure you that your incoming Sheriff
has been integrally involved in many of the successes listed above.


As a county, we have seen an increase in violent crime, thefts, an influx of drugs,
drug-related crimes, and partner/family member assaults. These offenses
threaten the quality of life we enjoy and love in our communities and state.
The nature and the populace partaking in these unlawful acts have also
increased the challenges for our deputies as they respond to protect and serve.


There will continue to be challenges and it is paramount that Missoula County
continues to actively support your new Sheriff and the brave men and women
who consistently meet the trials of this very challenging and sometimes
dangerous job as they continue in their commitment to provide high-level
professional service.
We strive to safeguard the lives and property of those that have chosen to call
Missoula County home and treat everyone with dignity and respect.


This commitment will continue with your newly elected Sheriff. I encourage each
of you to support his tenure as Sheriff as you did for me during my time. As we
face these challenges together, we can maintain the quality of life we love in the
place we call home.
TJ McDermott

Alleged Discrimination At The Buffalo Bill Center of the West, Are Their Others?

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Does the Buffalo Bill Center of the West have issues with discrimination? That answer would be yes, according to several former employees. One such employee is Emly Zalewski.

Emily Zalewski was terminated on Monday, September 9, 2019 The excuse that Terry Harley from Human Resources used was that Zalewski was “unprofessional in your behavior towards your supervisor.”

But according to the former Buffalo Bill Center of the West, former employee Emily Zalewski, was not the real reason she was terminated. The “unprofessional in your behavior towards your supervisor” was just the excuse to get rid of her.

The real reason was a discrimination case: she was the “Whistle Blower.” Here are the facts as Documentation that the Wyoming News has obtained.

According to the EEOC, a charge of discrimination was filed by Ms. Emily A. Zalewski with the Wyoming Fair Employment Program.

In this document, Emily Zalewski was being paid less than her co-workers, and when she kept complaining to her supervisor, they at first ignored her. They started to treat her indifferently and finally accused Zalewski of “unprofessional behavior to her supervisor” because she would not continue to allow the Buffalo Bill Center of the West to continue their discrimination against her, according to Emily Zalewski.

At the time, Zalewski was 63 years young. She believed that the Buffalo Bill Center of the West had purposefully discriminated against her for several reasons, one being that Zalewski would not go along with the deception that she claims that the Buffalo Bill Center of the West was telling tourists. She refused to be involved with this action even when her supervisors told her to speak the lies/deception to tourists.

According to Zalewski, the food allegedly cooked in the cast iron pots and pans in front of the tourist was not cooked in those cast Iron Pots and Pans. Instead, they were cooked inside the Center’s food preparation and then dumped into the Cast Iron pots and pans as if they were cooked on the fire inside the cast iron pots and pans. Emily was ordered to tell customers that the food was cooked from scratch in those pans. But according to Emily Zalewski, that was a total lie and deception. Zalewski wanted nothing to do with being a part of this blatant deception that the Buffalo Bill Center of the West wanted the employees to put forth to the tourists. So, Emily became a whistleblower, and Emily paid dearly for it and lost her job.

Another form of discrimination that Emily Zalewski alleged was that she felt she was being discriminated against because of her youthful age of 63 at the time. She thought that this was a violation of the age discrimination in employment act of 1967 as amended. Emily had great reviews verbally from staff and other employees that she was satisfactorily performing her job well.

Yet Zalewski was paid less than similarly situated but substantially younger employees. When she approached her supervisor for a wage increase to match the younger employees, she was met with hostility, and the supervisor created a hostile work environment for her.

Zalewski alleges that her tips were always withheld. While at the same time, the younger employees would receive their tips, and Emily Zalewski was paid at a substantially lower rate than similarly situated but substantially younger employees.

After she was terminated, Emily Zalewski claimed that her position was filled by an individual outside her protected class or group.

Zalewski’s immediate supervisor was Josie Hedderman, who knew that Emily Zalewski 2018 was denied her tips from events but that her tips were given to other staff members, Zalewski alleges.

Zalewski also stated that Peter Seibert, Executive Director, and Bruce Sauers, Head of Kitchen and Department of Revenue, also discriminated against her.

In Wyoming Law, the Wyoming Labor Standards Division enforces laws that prohibit discrimination based on Race, Sex, Religion, Color, Age, National Origin, Ancestry, and Handicaps.

This Wyoming law also prohibits an employer from retaliating against an employee who alleges any type of discrimination or participates in an investigation. Zalewski was never given any reason why her tips were being withheld and then given to some of the younger employees.

The Wyoming News discovered that Zalewski was interviewed by the Acrum committee regarding internal theft and corruption. Zalewski was the whistleblower of internal theft that was going on and the supervisor coverups which wreaked corruption.

In the complaint, Mike Brown–Security and Brandon Walters, Head of Security, Crystal, Karina Black, Peter Keryper, Steve Cranfill, and Ann Crowell’s names are mentioned in the complaint form.

Are their other complaints filed against the Buffalo Bill Center of the West? The Wyoming News will address that in upcoming articles.

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