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BC-MT--Montana News Digest, MT

January 21, 2019

Montana at 3:45 p.m.

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REMOTE RESCUE DEVICE

JACKSON — An anonymous Wyoming resident has given more than $100,000 to Teton County Search and Rescue to help purchase a system to help find people lost or injured in remote areas with no cellphone service. The device, Lifeseeker, attaches to a helicopter or plane and allows rescuers to locate people where there is no cell signal as long as their cellphone is turned on, the Jackson Hole News and Guide reported last week. SENT: 240 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ POLICE SHOOTING-BILLINGS _ Authorities have released the name of a man who was killed in a shootout with Billings police.

_ HELENA AIRPORT-PASSENGER RECORD _ Helena Regional Airport has marked its fourth consecutive record year of passenger travel.

_ MONTANA SNOWPACK _ Officials say snowpack in Montana remains close to average despite a mild winter.

_ FATAL CRASH-CHARGES _ A Montana man is facing negligent homicide charges in a crash in the western North Dakota oil patch that killed two people from Arizona.

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