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BC-MT--Montana News Digest, MT

December 28, 2018

Montana at 6 p.m.

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CAMERON _ If there’s anything better than seeing a bighorn ram, horns fully curled, it’s seeing 12. The number seemed to keep growing on a recent morning here, the tan bodies of wild sheep standing out against the steep white slope at the southern end of the Madison Range. Ewes and lambs were grouped up. Rams were interspersed throughout, and some wandered around alone, looking every bit majestic. And, every time it seemed they’d been counted, Julie Cunningham, a biologist for Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, spotted another. By Michael Wright, Bozeman Daily Chronicle. SENT: 1800 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

INTERNET OUTAGE _ CenturyLink is experiencing internet outages across the country, spreading from New York to California.

STATE ROCK SONG _ Montana has a state song, a state ballad and a state lullaby. And, for goodness sake, Democratic Rep. Jacob Bachmeier of Havre would like to see the 2019 Legislature declare the “Hippy Hippy Shake” Montana’s official rock and roll song.

HUNGRY HORSE-SHOOTING DEATH _ A northwestern Montana man who claimed self-defense in a fatal shooting has reached a plea agreement on a lesser charge.

UNIVERSITY OF MONTANA-REFORESTATION PROJECT _ Researchers at the University of Montana have been awarded a $700,000 NASA grant to help with a reforestation project.

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