Archive for February 7th, 2011

by jhwygirl

Clark Fork Chronicle editor John Q. Murray followed up on one of the many Frenchtown Fire Department fiascoes. New Fire Chief John Bibler is currently on a voluntary leave of absence as the board tries to sort out allegations of threatening remarks to firefighters and intimidation and sexual harassment of volunteers.

It sure seems like that agency that has been going bizarro for darn near 3 years now.

On January 24th, Judge Orzech made findings of fact that acknowledged the validity of volunteer Jenny Ross was threatened…but dismissed the request for a protection order:

The court finds the behavior of Mr. Bibler to be threatening and abusive, yet plainly stupid. The court does not find the sixth-grade bullying behavior and posturing to be a continued credible threat. The order of protection is dismissed.

(So by my count, we’ve got two public officials behaving badly).

Orzech’s findings of fact included “Late last summer or early September the respondent Mr. Bibler threatened Jenny Ross in front of a witness saying he would kill her dog and children and her and then she would know what suffering would feel like. ” and “A reasonable person would have feared for her life at that time.”

Why dismiss a request for an order of protection when your finds of fact show that he threatened her, her kids and her dog? Especially when you say that she is a reasonable person for having feared for her life?

She waited too long? What kind of logic is that?

As for Bibler? Fire his arse.

I certainly hope it’s an unpaid leave at this point. It seems the evidence supports it.


The crazy seems to be piling up at the State House here in Montana.  The most recent example to bubble up in a legislative committee is Rep. Wendy Warburton’s HB 278.  The bill would authorize the organization of local militia “Home Guard” units that would serve as,” a volunteer community service apparatus in Montana to fill the gap between community service organizations, such as a neighborhood watch program and the Montana national guard, and to provide the state and its local communities with the ability to call upon trained and  organized volunteers when necessary resources are otherwise unavailable.”  Is this bill likely to pass, i doubt it… Wendy has a track record of sponsoring bills that go nowhere, but there is the distinct possibility that these are the types of laws that will get passed in 2013 if the wave of Tea Party angst continues to drive the political debate and election wins for ultra-conservatives.

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