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BC-MT--Montana News Digest, MT

January 12, 2019

Montana at 6 p.m.

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As President Donald Trump and Congress battle over Trump’s demand for a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border, the 3-week-old partial government shutdown has stopped federal work on Superfund sites except for cases in which the administration deems there’s “an imminent threat” to human life or property. In Montana, for instance, state officials this month found themselves fielding calls from a tribal member worried about drinking water with a funny look to it, said Kristi Ponozzo, public-policy director at that state’s Department of Environmental Quality. By Ellen Knickmeyer and Kim Chandler. SENT: 1,170 words, phtoos.


OGDEN, Utah _ Many government employees are trying to make ends meet during the partial government shutdown. Democratic U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette of Colorado said Thursday that she would not take her paycheck as long as federal workers were unpaid. U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter, another Colorado Democrat, said his staff would offer free breakfasts and lunches to unpaid federal workers at his district office in suburban Denver starting Friday. By Brady McCombs and Juliet Linderman. SENT: 829 words, photos.


PIERRE, S.D. — South Dakota lawmakers should require the Keystone XL pipeline’s developer to pay into a state oil spill cleanup fund and impose more regulations on so-called man camps, the state Senate Democratic leader said Friday. Sen. Troy Heinert, a member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe, said that the state and legislators should sit down with the tribes to hear their concerns. The proposals come a day after Rosebud President Rodney Bordeaux addressed the Legislature, saying the pipeline gives his people great anxiety. By James Nord. SENT: 440 words.


_ GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN-YELLOWSTONE _ Yellowstone National Park officials say federal employees will start providing some basic services again, despite the ongoing partial government shutdown.

_ GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN-FOREST PLAN _ The public is unable to view final updates to a northwestern Montana forest management plan due to the federal government shutdown.

_ BATHER ARRESTED _ Authorities in northwestern Montana say a bathing woman refused to get out of the tub for sheriff’s deputies with an arrest warrant and punched one of them in the face.

_ PUBLIC LANDS RALLY _ About 2,000 people filled the Montana Capitol for a rally to urge state and federal lawmakers to protect public lands.

_ UNIVERSITY OF MONTANA PRESIDENT-NATIONAL GUARD _ University of Montana President Seth Bodnar has been sworn in to the Montana Army National Guard.

_ TROOPER LAWSUIT _ A former Wyoming Highway Patrol trooper is suing the owner of a truck that turned in front of his patrol car, causing a head-on crash.


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