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BC-MT--Montana News Digest, MT

July 15, 2018

Montana at 3:30 p.m.

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COAL-BED METHANE ROADS

CASPER, Wyo. — The U.S. Bureau of Land Management is studying what to do with 600 miles (960 kilometers) of roads that once served the Power River Basin’s coal-bed methane industry. The Casper Star-Tribune reports the agency wants to leave some roads open — to provide access to public lands in a region that was an epicenter of coal-bed methane production in the 2000s. SENT: 490 words.

IN BRIEF:

BILLINGS-BODY FOUND — Police in Billings are investigating the death of a woman whose body was found in a gully south of the city. The Billings Gazette reports the body of the 60-year-old woman was discovered Saturday, behind a home.

MOTORCYCLE FATAL — A Missoula man has died in a motorcycle crash near Lolo. The Missoulian reports the unidentified 20-year-old man failed to negotiate a left-hand curve on Highway 93 and struck a concrete traffic barrier late Friday.

POWELL-FERRET RELEASE — Biologists plan another release of black-footed ferrets in Wyoming’s Park County. The animals were thought to be extinct until a tiny colony was discovered in 1981 near the small northwestern town of Meeteetse.

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