County nixes cross-deputization deal

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Faced with a legal challenge, the Glacier County Commission has backed off its formal cross-deputization agreement with the Blackfeet Tribe — at least for now. "We decided that the high road would be to pull out of the agreement, post a notice of meeting with more than 48 hours notice, and then go ahead and sign it again," commission Chairman Mike DesRosier said Wednesday. However, despite the lack of a written agreement, cross-deputization still is being implemented.