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BOZEMAN, Mont. — Environmental groups seeking to block a Canadian company’s search effort for gold on private land near Yellowstone National Park face a setback after a judge found they didn’t follow procedural rules in challenging a state law. The Park County Environmental Council and the Greater Yellowstone Coalition argue a 2011 law violates Montana’s constitutional right to a clean and healthful environment. The law prevents a judge from blocking exploration work while state-issued permits are being challenged. SENT: 200 words.
—BOZEMAN PASS SHOOTOUT — Gallatin County officials are searching for an armed man who was involved in a shootout with officers near Bozeman Pass. Officers are looking for 36-year-old Shaunesy Cole, who ran away after the shootout Monday night or early Tuesday east of Bozeman.
—MONTANA-SENATE-FUNDRAISING — Republican U.S. Senate candidate Matt Rosendale says he raised $700,000 over the three weeks following his Republican primary victory on June 5. That’s a big boost in the state auditor’s campaign to unseat U.S. Sen. Jon Tester. But Rosendale has a long way to go after an expensive four-way primary to catch up to the incumbent Democrat’s fundraising.
—GRAND TETON-HIDDEN FALLS — Grand Teton National Park has closed the Hidden Falls and Inspiration Point tourist attractions because of concerns that a fissuring rock wall could pose a danger.
—MONTANA ST-QUARTERBACK — Chris Murray, Montana State’s starting quarterback for the past two seasons, will miss the 2018 season to focus on academics. Bobcat coach Jeff Choate said Wednesday that while Murray is an important part of the team, everyone that joins the program understands that academics are the top priority.
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