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BC-MT--Montana News Digest, MT

August 17, 2018

Montana at 6 p.m.

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ARCTIC GRAYLING

HELENA —An appeals court on Friday told a judge to take another look at whether a Montana fish should be protected, saying that U.S. wildlife officials did not consider all environmental factors when it decided against designating the Arctic grayling as a threatened or endangered species. The three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reversed U.S. District Judge Sam Haddon’s 2016 ruling that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s decision not to list the Arctic grayling as threatened or endangered was based on the best available science. By Matt Volz. SENT: 570 words, photo.

MONTANA WILDFIRES-THE LATEST

WEST GLACIER — Glacier National Park and Flathead County officials have issued a fire evacuation warning in the Kintla Lake and Polebridge areas. Park fire information officer Diane Sime says people in the extreme northwestern part of the park were warned Friday that they should be prepared to evacuate within 72 hours if a 100-acre (40 hectare) fire burning in the Flathead National Forest just west of the park gets much larger. SENT: 285 WORDS.

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IDAHO WILDFIRES — Residents along a stretch of a heavily traveled north-south highway in Idaho have been told to evacuate due to a wildfire. By Keith Ridler. SENT: 450 words.

IN BRIEF:

CHILD-HOT CAR DEATH — A 19-year-old eastern Montana woman is charged with negligent homicide after her 2-year-old son died from being left in a hot car.

SEXUAL ASSAULT-SUSPENDED SENTENCE — A Montana man accused of sexually assaulting a Butte woman while she slept after a night of drinking has received a 20-year suspended sentence.

WESTERN MONTANA DROWNING — Officials in western Montana are investigating after a woman drowned in a Bitterroot Valley lake.

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