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BC-MT--Montana News Digest, MT

August 21, 2018

Montana at 6 p.m.

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WEST GLACIER —Monday’s weather was a mix of good and bad news for firefighters working in Glacier National Park. Some rain fell in the West Glacier area, offering a brief respite from the smoke, but there wasn’t enough precipitation to have much of an effect on a lightning-caused fire burning northwest of Lake McDonald. SENT: 480 words, photos.


SEATTLE — Smoke from wildfires clogged the sky across the U.S. West, blotting out mountains and city skylines from Oregon to Colorado, delaying flights and forcing authorities to tell even healthy adults in the Seattle area to stay indoors. As large cities dealt with unhealthy air for a second summer in a row, experts warned that it could become more common as the American West faces larger and more destructive wildfires because of heat and drought blamed on climate change. Officials also must prioritize resources during the longer firefighting season, so some blazes may be allowed to burn in unpopulated areas. By Sally Ho and Gillian Flaccus. SENT: 780 words, photos. Moving on national lines.


SPOKANE, Wash. —A Washington state judge has issued an emergency order blocking the state from killing members of a wolf pack that have been preying on cattle. The Department of Fish and Wildlife had announced Monday morning that it would immediately begin efforts to kill members of the Togo wolf pack who had been preying on cattle in Ferry County near the Canadian border. By Nicholas K. Geranios. SENT: 525 words.


RENO, Nev. — Destruction of sage grouse habitat by a series of large wildfires has prompted a ban on hunting for the game bird this fall across a stretch of Nevada that is nearly twice as big as the state of Delaware. The Nevada Board of Wildlife Commissioners approved the emergency closure Friday of two hunting units in Humboldt and Elko counties. By Scott Sonner. 480 words.


BUFFALO, S.D. — The company planning the Keystone XL oil pipeline is moving to condemn private land in South Dakota. TransCanada Corp. has filed eminent domain petitions in state court against parcels of Harding County land owned by two families, The Rapid City Journal reported. At least one family plans to fight. Resident Jeffrey Jensen said he’ll take the matter to court if necessary. SENT: 310 words.


OFFICER INVOLVED SHOOTING — A man was killed in an officer-involved shooting at a trailer park in Great Falls. Will be updated on merits.

YELLOWSTONE RIVER-MISSING TEEN — Searchers have recovered the body of a 15-year-old Montana boy who drowned, along with his mother, after his family was involved in a boating accident on the Yellowstone River. With file photo.

EMBEZZLEMENT SENTENCE — A former bookkeeper for a Montana trucking company was sentenced to two years in prison for embezzling nearly $100,000 from the firm.


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