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AP-MT--Montana News Digest, MT

September 5, 2018

Montana at 1:10 p.m.

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DEATH AND DISAPPEARANCE IN INDIAN COUNTRY

VALIER, Mont. — The searchers rummage through the abandoned trailer, flipping over a battered couch, unfurling a stained sheet, looking for clues. It’s blistering hot and a grizzly bear lurking in the brush unleashes a menacing growl. But they can’t stop. Not when a loved one is still missing. By National Writer Sharon Cohen. AP Photos.

DEATH AND DISAPPEARANCE-REFORMING THE SYSTEM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — For generations, Native American women have been victimized at astonishing rates, with federal figures showing that more than half have encountered sexual and domestic violence at some point during their lives — even amid a wave of efforts aimed at reducing such crimes. The statistics reinforce arguments that the criminal justice system still fails to protect these women, and its shortcomings again are being exposed as another crisis gains attention: the disappearances of hundreds of Native American and Alaska Native women and girls from across the United States. By Mary Hudetz.

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ALSO OF MONTANA INTEREST:

WILDFIRE-INMATE-RAPE

SALT LAKE CITY — Idaho is reviewing its program for temporarily releasing prison inmates to help fight wildfires after an inmate was charged with raping a woman working at a remote Utah firefighting base camp. Idaho prison officials are working with the state’s lands department as they scrutinize which inmates are allowed to serve, the training they receive and how they are deployed, said Idaho Department of Correction spokesman Jeff Ray. Five crews of Idaho inmates were returned to prison after the charge was filed last week. By Lindsay Whitehurst. SENT: 460 words, national lines. AP Photos.

EXCHANGE-YELLOWSTONE-1988 FIRES

JACKSON — Four convection columns of smoke rose more than 20,000 feet into the air as high winds whipped across eerily empty walkways around Old Faithful Inn. “In all directions that we looked, it looked like the world was coming to an end,” Joan Anzelmo recalled. By Frederica Kolwey. SENT: 2,100 words. AP Photo.

IN BRIEF:

WEST YELLOWSTONE TRAFFIC — The increasing number of tourists entering Yellowstone National Park’s west gate has prompted a study of traffic congestion in West Yellowstone, Montana.

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