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KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) - A search effort for missing Montana skier will intensify this weekend with additional crews joining the effort in the backcountry near Whitefish Mountain Resort. Crews are searching for 62-year-old Columbia Falls physician Jonathan Torgerson, who was reported missing on Feb. 17.

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) - Yellowstone National Park plans to increase security after fences were damaged at a bison capturing facility outside the park, in one case undoing efforts to certify the bison hadn't been exposed to a wildlife disease and could be transferred to an Indian reservation. The bison are captured to prevent the spread of brucellosis. Park Superintendent Dan Wenk declined to comment on what extra security measures would be taken.

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) - A former chemist at Montana's state crime lab in Missoula faces felony drug charges and misdemeanor counts of theft and official misconduct for reportedly taking meth left over after testing suspected drugs at the lab. The man has not been arrested. Court records say his brother-in-law went to police saying the man had confessed to using meth taken from samples he had tested.

GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) - A Montana woman accused of orchestrating a marijuana robbery that led to the stabbing death of a Great Falls high school student was sentenced to 40 years in prison. The Great Falls Tribune reports Brianna Coombs was sentenced Friday after pleading guilty to a felony robbery charge last year. Authorities say Coombs and her boyfriend Joseph Knowles robbed 18-year-old Megan Meriwether in September 2016.

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