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AP-MT--Montana News Digest, MT

June 13, 2018

Montana at 7:15 p.m.

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BLACKFEET WATER SETTLEMENT

BILLINGS — Leaders of the Blackfeet Nation and U.S. Interior Department on Tuesday put into effect a $471 million settlement of water rights claims that was decades in the making for the northwestern Montana American Indian tribe. Tribal Chairman Harry Barnes and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke signed documents in Washington, D.C., that set the stage for the government to begin paying for drinking water and irrigation projects envisioned in the agreement. Montana Gov. Steve Bullock signed the documents last week. By Matthew Brown. SENT: 490 words, photos.

GLACIER PARK-BURNED CHALET

HELENA — The National Park Service bypassed an open bidding process when it awarded a $4 million construction contract to a Montana company to begin rebuilding a Glacier National Park backcountry chalet that burned in a wildfire last year, officials said Tuesday. Park service officials justified skipping an open competition for the Sperry Chalet project by saying there was “unusual and compelling urgency” to begin work in July to permanently stabilize the burned chalet’s stone walls by autumn. By Matt Volz. SENT: 480 words, photos.

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VOTER ROLLS-STATES

ATLANTA — A U.S. Supreme Court ruling has cleared the way for states to take a tougher approach to maintaining their voter rolls, but will they? Ohio plans to resume its process for removing inactive voters, which was affirmed in Monday’s 5-4 ruling, after the November elections. It takes a particularly aggressive approach that appears to be an outlier among states. Few appear eager to follow. By Christina A. Cassidy. SENT: 790 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

— MONTANA-SENATE — Republican candidate for U.S. Senate Matt Rosendale is in Washington, D.C. to meet with GOP leaders and raise money.

— YELLOWSTONE-BEAR SAFETY — Yellowstone National Park administrators are telling visitors to honk their horn and drive away if a bear approaches and touches their vehicle after two cases of bears approaching cars.

— AVISTA SALE-COLSTRIP — Montana regulators have approved the sale of a Spokane, Washington-based utility that could have implications for the Colstrip coal-fired power plant’s future.

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