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BC-MT--Montana News Digest, MT

January 26, 2019

Montana at 3 p.m.

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BIGHORN SHEEP

HAMILTON, Mont. _ No one knows much about the isolated bighorn sheep herd that calls the area around Painted Rocks Reservoir home. That’s about to change. With the help of two sportsmen’s organizations, Montana Fish and Wildlife biologist Rebecca Mowry has been working this winter to capture and GPS collar eight of the animals. By Perry Backus, Ravalli Republic. UPCOMING: 536 words, photos by 4 p.m.

ROMNEY HALL

BOZEMAN, Mont. _ University leaders and students began their uphill battle Wednesday to persuade two-thirds of the 2019 Legislature to approve borrowing millions to renovate Montana State University’s Romney Hall. MSU President Waded Cruzado said the Bozeman campus has grown so much, she needs “classrooms, classrooms, classrooms.” She testified in favor of House Bill 14, the so-called bonding bill, before a joint meeting of the Joint Appropriations subcommittees on Long Range Planning and Education. By Gail Schontzler, Bozeman Daily Chronicle. SENT: 1058 words, photo.

MISSING MONARCHS

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho _ Something catastrophically wrong happened in 2018 to monarch butterflies. Idaho wildlife biologist Ross Winton spent years working with monarch butterflies. With the help of volunteers, he would carefully put a tiny tag the size of a paper hole punch on about 30 to 50 of the iconic insects each summer in the Magic Valley. Then during the summer of 2018 he could only find two to tag. By Jerry Painter, Post Register. SENT: 1128 words, photo.

IN BRIEF:

BODIES IN BASEMENT _ A Montana judge has denied a woman’s request that her trial for the deaths of two people be moved to another county.

INVASIVE MUSSELS _ Researchers are warning that invasive mussels could cost Montana’s economy more than $230 million per year in three key economic sectors: recreation, infrastructure and irrigation.

MONTANA COURTS _ The chief justice of Montana’s Supreme Court says courts are coping with a high workload for now but have been stressed by an increased number of cases.

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