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BC-MT--Montana News Digest, MT

May 29, 2019

Montana at 6 p.m.

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MONTANA REDISTRICTING COMMISSION

HELENA _ The Montana Supreme Court on Tuesday selected a former higher education commissioner as the crucial tiebreaking member of a redistricting commission that will redraw the state’s legislative map after the 2020 census. Sheila Stearns will be the chairwoman and the only nonpartisan member of the five-person Montana Redistricting Commission, which sets the boundaries of the state’s 100 House and 50 Senate districts every decade to align with population changes. By Matt Volz. SENT: 480 words.

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RECORD BIGHORN-TRIBAL HARVEST

BOISE, Idaho _ The Idaho Department of Fish and Game will not recognize as a state record a bighorn sheep that was killed nearly three years ago by a Nez Perce Tribe member because the agency said the ram was shot in violation of state hunting regulations, even though those regulations do not apply to tribe members hunting on ancestral lands. But the Boone and Crockett Club hunting group has recognized the kill by hunter Gary Sublett in September of 2016 as being within his tribe’s 1855 rights and has invited him to its Big Game Awards banquet in early August in Springfield, Missouri, where the bighorn’s head will go on display. By Keith Ridler. SENT: 830 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ GLACIER AVALANCHE-CYCLISTS STRANDED _ A rockslide and avalanche stranded 13 bicyclists for about eight hours on the scenic Going-to-the-Sun Road that winds through Glacier National Park. (With AP Video)

_ ELECTION 2020-MONTANA SENATE _ Helena mayor and Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Wilmot Collins has admitted in court to rear-ending another vehicle, but he is contesting a charge that he left the scene of the accident.

_ WOLVES-FEDERAL PROTECTION _ Numerous U.S. House members from the Pacific Northwest have signed a letter in support of the delisting of gray wolves from the Endangered Species Act in the Lower 48 states.

_ FORMER DEPUTY-SEX ABUSE _ A former Montana sheriff’s deputy has pleaded guilty to sexual exploitation of a child.

_ YELLOWSTONE TOURISM _ A federal report shows visitors to Yellowstone National Park spent nearly $513 million in neighboring communities last year.

_ ATV FATAL-ID _ Jefferson County officials have released the name of a 60-year-old woman who died in a weekend all-terrain vehicle crash northeast of Butte.

_ BLM RANGER HONORED _ The Bureau of Land Management has named a Montana-based officer as the 2018 Ranger of the Year.

_ MISS MONTANA-D-DAY _ A vintage airplane restored by volunteers in Montana has landed in England.

_ ROCKIES WEATHER _ More soggy, snowy weather is hitting parts of the Rocky Mountain region.

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