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BC-MT--Montana News Digest, MT

September 26, 2018

Montana at 1 p.m.

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GRIZZLIES AND WOLVES

BILLINGS, Mont. — Galvanized by court rulings protecting grizzly bears and gray wolves, Congressional Republicans on Wednesday launched a push for broad changes to the Endangered Species Act despite strong objections from Democrats and wildlife advocates who called the effort a “wildlife extinction package.” Republicans began with a morning vote in the House Natural Resource Committee to strip protections from wolves across the contiguous U.S. By Matthew Brown. SENT: 799 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

COAL TRAIN DERAILMENT— Montana Rail Link officials say about 40 cars of a coal train derailed in south-central Montana, closing the main rail line. The derailment happened at about 11:30 p.m. Tuesday at Columbus.

MISSOULIAN PUBLISHER— Lee Enterprises has reversed its decision to hire a Gatehouse Media sales executive as its regional publisher for western Montana. Lee vice president of consumer sales and marketing Nathan Bekke said Wednesday that Paul McArthur won’t be joining Lee “due to recent developments,” but did not elaborate.

MINE PIT-WATER TREATMENT — Atlantic Richfield says the company has begun construction on a water treatment plant for the Berkeley Pit in Butte. The plan calls for the acidic, metal laden water filling the former open pit copper mine to be treated in four steps and discharged into Silver Bow Creek as early as January.

TED NATT AWARD— The Oregonian/OregonLive is the winner of the 2018 Ted Natt First Amendment Award for its commitment to fighting for access to public records and the principles of open government. The competition was open to newspapers in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Utah and Montana that are members of The Associated Press.

KILLING WOLVES— Washington state officials have determined that wolves from a pack in northeast Washington have injured five additional calves, and they continue efforts to kill some pack members. The Department of Fish and Wildlife said Tuesday the attacks occurred in Ferry County and were conducted by wolves from the Old Profanity Territory pack.

PEDESTRIAN FATAL-PLEA — A woman has pleaded not guilty to a felony charge related to a crash that killed a 20-year-old pedestrian on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation. The Great Falls Tribune reports Shayanna Marie England of Browning was arraigned in federal court Tuesday on a charge of involuntary manslaughter. Prosecutors say she was driving recklessly on Jan. 16, causing the death of 20-year-old Eljay Young Running Crane.

2018 ELECTIONS-MONTANA SENATE-ROSENDALE— Donald Trump Jr. urged Bozeman residents to send Republican Matt Rosendale to the U.S. Senate because he will support the president’s agenda. Trump Jr. said Tuesday that “we need people who will fight with my father because he’s done a lot of great things.”

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