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BC-MT--Montana News Digest, MT

February 28, 2019

Montana at 1:05 p.m.

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WEAPONS SHIPMENT CRASH

HELENA _ Military officials say an Air Force bomb disposal unit blew up dozens of damaged projectiles along a rural Montana highway earlier this month after a truck hauling Navy weapons was involved in a crash. Air Force Lt. Daniel Rosenfield says South Dakota-based 28th Civil Engineer Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal team used 128 pounds (58 kilograms) of explosives to detonate 60 hazardous munitions after the Feb. 11 crash in southeastern Montana. By Matt Volz. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 350 words by 5 p.m.

FUNDING INFRASTRUCTURE

HELENA _ The Montana House unanimously passed a bill Thursday to set rules for lawmakers to determine how much money the state can afford to borrow and spend on building construction and maintenance. Republican Rep. Eric Moore’s bill, which includes rules for borrowing based on state revenue and existing debt, passed the House 100-0 and moves to the Senate. SENT: 300 words.

COYOTE FUR

HERKIMER, N.Y. _ Those fur-trimmed parkas so common on city sidewalks have become a boon to backwoods trappers. Coyote fur pelts are in big demand to provide the lush, silvery or tawny-tinged arcs of fur on the hoods on Canada Goose coats and their many global imitators. A good western coyote, prized for its silky, light-colored fur, can fetch more than $100. The top price at a recent Colorado auction hit $170, a 40 percent increase from four years ago. “Coyotes are hot,” says John Hughes, a longtime buyer at J and M Furs in Roundup, Montana, “and it’s all due to the trim trade. By Michael Hill. SENT: 690 words. AP Photos.

IN BRIEF:

LOGGING PROJECT _ A Montana judge has rejected an attempt to block a timber sale southeast of Bozeman. The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reports that Gallatin County District Judge Rienne McElyea signed an order Wednesday afternoon denying Save Our Gallatin Front’s request for an injunction to stop the state’s auction of the Limestone West Timber Sale.

FORMER GOVERNOR-ELECTORAL COLLEGE _ Former Maine Gov. Paul LePage says any elimination of the Electoral College would hurt white people. LePage says cutting the Electoral College would mean there is never another presidential candidate from small states like “Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Wyoming, Montana, Rhode Island.” AP Photos.

GRIZZLY BEAR KILLED _ A 57-year-old man has been fined nearly $12,000 for illegally killing a grizzly bear in 2017. The Cody Enterprise reports that Joel Blury, or Riverton, was sentenced Feb. 5 by Circuit Court Judge Bruce Waters in Park County for illegally shooting and killing the endangered species. Blury also received a misdemeanor charge for shooting wildlife from a road.

UNIVERSITY-RURAL MENTAL HEALTH _ The University of Missouri has received a $10 million federal grant to establish a National Center for Rural School Mental Health.

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