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BC-MT--Montana News Digest, MT

March 5, 2019

Montana at 1:05 p.m.

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MONTANA POWER

HELENA _ Montana’s largest electricity provider says relying on renewable energy for its planned power generation expansion would add $523 million to the cost compared to natural gas. The draft plan released Tuesday favored natural gas generation over wind and solar power but NorthWestern Energy officials said they would consider all competitive bids as they add up to 200 megawatts of generating power a year between 2022 and 2025. By Matt Volz. UPCOMING: 350 words by 5 p.m.

ALSO OF MONTANA INTEREST:

MILITARY BASES-CONTAMINATED GROUNDWATER

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. _ New Mexico on Tuesday sued the U.S. Air Force over groundwater contamination at two bases, saying the federal government has a responsibility to clean up plumes of toxic chemicals left behind by past military firefighting activities. The contamination — linked to a class of chemicals known as per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS — was detected last year in groundwater on and near Cannon and Holloman air bases. By Susan Montoya Bryan. SENT: 560 words, national lines.

ISLE ROYALE WOLVES

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. _ Four Canadian wolves have been relocated to Isle Royale National Park in Michigan as part of an ongoing effort to restore the predator species on the Lake Superior island chain, officials said Monday. Helicopter crews fired net guns last week to capture a female and a male near the mainland city of Wawa, Ontario, and two males on Michipicoten Island Provincial Park in Lake Superior. By John Flesher. SENT: 590 words, national lines. AP Photos.

IN BRIEF:

MONTANA WEATHER _ The thermometer hit minus 46 degrees Monday morning at Elk Park in southwest Montana, and a National Weather Service official says it could be the lowest temperature recorded in state history during the month of March.

SPORTS:

N ARIZONA-MONTANA

MISSOULA, Mont. _ Michael Oguine had 22 points and 11 rebounds as Montana edged past Northern Arizona 66-64 on Monday night. Sayeed Pridgett had 14 points and seven rebounds for Montana (22-7, 15-3 Big Sky Conference). Moved late Monday.

S UTAH-MONTANA ST

BOZEMAN, Mont. _ Harald Frey had a career-high 32 points as Montana State topped Southern Utah 90-83 on Monday night. Frey made 11 of 12 from the free throw line. He added seven rebounds and six assists. Moved late Monday.

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