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31-year-old Belt woman killed in accident

GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) - The Montana Highway Patrol says a 31-year-old Belt woman has died in a single-vehicle accident.

The patrol says the accident occurred Saturday morning in Cascade County near the community of Belt.

The initial investigation indicates the vehicle the woman was driving failed to negotiate a turn, struck a power pole and rolled down an embankment.

The woman was pronounced dead at the scene.

The crash remains under investigation.


Louisiana police arrest man in Montana killing

SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) - Shreveport police say a two-day manhunt has brought the arrest of a 27-year-old man accused in Montana of killing a homeless man.

Cpl. Marcus Hines says Kevin Joseph Lino was arrested Saturday after twice evading pursuers. Hines says tips helped police track Lino to woods near railroad tracks.

Montana authorities have a warrant charging him with deliberate homicide in Barry's death

Hines says Lino reportedly has ties to northwest Louisiana. He's being held in the Caddo Parish jail as a fugitive from Missoula.

That's where 36-year-old Gilbert Barry was beaten and shot before his body was found in the Clark Fork River on Aug. 6.

Hines says the killing apparently was in July.

Co-defendant Kenneth Hickman, arrested in Missoula, has yet to enter a plea to aggravated assault.


Montana bobcat farm spurs worldwide interest

GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) - A proposal by a North Dakota couple to relocate their commercial bobcat fur farm to central Montana has generated comments from around the world.

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks game warden Shawn Briggs says a substantial numbers of comments on an environmental assessment came from all over the United States and the world, including Great Britain, New Zealand and Australia.

Briggs tells the Great Falls Tribune that the agency will analyze the comments before rendering a final decision on whether to issue a permit for the fur farm in Fergus County.

Larry and Carol Schultz currently operate a bobcat fur farm in Arnegard in western North Dakota.

They want to move because of the noise and traffic from the booming oil industry in the area.


Bison hunt starts slowly in northwest Wyoming

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) - Hunters haven't had much success at the start of the annual Jackson Hole bison hunt in northwest Wyoming.

Game managers say only 11 bison were harvested in the opening days of the hunt that started on Aug. 15 and goes on for five months.

Hunting is allowed on the National Elk Refuge and Bridger-Teton National Forest to protect forage for elk wintering on the refuge and to keep bison numbers at manageable levels.

Ten bison were killed on the refuge through the first 12 days, and a single bison was killed on Bridger-Teton land.

Elk refuge biologist Eric Cole tells the Jackson Hole News & Guide that bison that had wandered south from Grand Teton National Park, a hunt-free safe zone, quickly left the refuge once hunting started.


Feds eye stricter rules for railroad rights of way

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - The U.S. Department of the Interior says it made a mistake giving railroads too much discretion on what can be built on 200-foot-wide rights of way across thousands of miles of public land in 11 Western states.

A proposed water pipeline in California having nothing to do with railroad operations prompted the agency to fix an error from 15 years ago that could also provide a legal justification for putting in oil or natural gas pipelines on the publicly owned land.

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management issued a memorandum to field offices earlier this month about the change that requires projects on rights of way to serve railroad operations only.

The agency says up to 3,500 evaluations could be needed to determine if work done the last decade and a half meets the updated criteria.


Yellowstone, Grand Teton parks rescues near 90

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) - Rangers have conducted about 90 search and rescue operations Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks so far this year.

Yellowstone spokesman Al Nash says an estimated 15 "major" and 20 "minor" search and rescue operations have occurred in Yellowstone, which covers parts of Wyoming, Idaho and Montana.

A search and rescue operation involving emergency personnel is considered to be major when expenses exceed $500. Otherwise the event is considered minor.

In neighboring Grand Teton National Park, spokeswoman Jackie Skaggs says there have been 31 major and 23 minor search and rescue operations.

The Jackson Hole News & Guide reports that Yellowstone averages about 50 to 55 search and rescues annually, while Grand Teton records about 65 to 70.


43 to become US citizens in Yellowstone ceremony

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP) - Yellowstone National Park sees plenty of foreign visitors who come to see its unique natural features.

But this week, 43 foreigners will be coming to the park to become U.S. citizens during a naturalization ceremony at Mammoth Hot Springs.

The immigrants come from 20 different countries and currently live in Wyoming, Montana, Idaho and Utah.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark L. Carman of the U.S. District Court for the District of Wyoming will preside over the ceremony on Wednesday.

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