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Negative mailers crowding mailboxes

ARE GIRLS OPTING OUT?

Targeted candidates say truth is distorted By John S. Adams Tribune Capital Bureau

HELENA — Voters are starting to see the first wave of negative campaign mailers fill their mailboxes as the June 3 primary election approaches. Groups backing hard-line conservative Republican candidates are sending out oversized campaign postcards attacking incumbent GOP legislators in legislative districts that lean heavily Republican. Two groups, the Laurel-based Montana Family Foundation and the Billings-based Conservative Majority PAC, sent out mailers urging voters to vote against Republicans in at least five House districts. One Montana Family Foundation mailer that began arriving in mailboxes the second week of May accuses Conrad Republican Rep. Rob Cook of Cook voting to “(deny) voters the right to decide whether or not to allow teaching sex education to children as young as kindergarten without parental consent.” A Conservative Majority PAC mailer targets Rep. Jeffrey Welborn, R-Dillon, for “vot-

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Obama, Congress move to address VA firestorm

High school association, others concerned as participation falls; many factors at play

By Matthew Daly Associated Press

By Scott Mansch

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration and Congress are moving quickly to respond to a growing political firestorm over allegations of treatment delays and falsified records at veterans hospitals nationwide. The top official for veterans health care resigned Friday, and House Republicans scheduled a vote for Wednesday on legislation that would give Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki greater authority to fire or demote senior executives and administrators at the agency and its 152 medical centers. The actions came as federal investigators visited a VA hospital in suburban Chicago to look into an allegation that secret lists were used to conceal long patient wait times for appointments. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., meanwhile, called for an investigation into reports that schedulers at a VA medical center in Albuquerque were ordered to falsify patient appointment records.

‘Refocusing’ needed Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., said the Veterans Affairs Department is suffering from “a systemic, cultural problem” that cannot be

Tribune Sports Editor

Nine years ago at Memorial Stadium in Great Falls, the girls’ track team from Anaconda clinched a state championship as four athletes combined to win both the 400 and 1600 relays. Simply assembling a foursome would be a major triumph for the program today. The Anaconda girls’ program this spring had just four athletes report for opening workouts. Period. The slim turnout, along with slender girls’ numbers at other schools across the state, has the attention of officials who are worried about the future. “It’s concerning to us,” said Mark Beckman, executive director of the Montana High School Association. “We’re going to launch an initiative to what we hope will

lead to increased participation. Of course that’s in all sports. “We want to try to make sure that student-athletes aren’t getting caught up in specializing compared to diversifying and competing in multiple sports.” The sports choices, especially for girls, have increased. Way back when, girls played basketball or ran cross-country in the fall, played volleyball in the winter and went out for track in the spring. When volleyball and basketball flopped seasons, it didn’t affect numbers much. But there are many more choices these days. Softball, soccer, golf — even hockey and wrestling — are offered for girls at many places. And not just in high school. The proliferation of club sports, along with See ATHLETICS, 7A

MONTANA HIGH SCHOOL ENROLLMENT 2002-03: ..................................... 48,913 2012-13: ..................................... 42,089 Drop: 6,824 (-14.0 percent) Source: Montana Office of Public Instruction

STATE GIRLS’ TRACK PARTICIPATION 2002-03: ....................................... 3,027 2012-13: ....................................... 2,420 Drop: 607 (-20.1 percent)

STATE GIRLS’ SOFTBALL PARTICIPATION 2002-03:........................................ 1,254 2012-13: ......................................... 1,157 Drop: 97 (-7.7 percent) Source: National Federation of State High School Association

Above from left: Butte’s Natalee Faupel and Missoula Sentinel’s Olivia Roberts; Central Catholic High’s Abby VanderKolk; Great Falls High’s Morgan Evans; Fort Benton’s Miranda Evans; CMR’s Lindsay Martinez. TRIBUNE FILE PHOTOS

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STUDENT DISCUSSES THINGS LEARNED BY THE AGE OF 17 High school junior April Hummel writes about the life lessons she has learned. Some are more important than others. Be sure to check it out /Coming Monday, Class Act

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