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Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Wolf hunting season extension rejected in northwest Montana

KALISPELL (AP) — A proposal by wildlife managers to extend the wolf hunting and trapping seasons in northwestern Montana was rejected, a wildlife commission said.

2020欧洲杯体育官方网站The state Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks voted Thursday to maintain the hunting and trapping seasons from Sept. 15 to March 15, the Daily Inter Lake reported.

The proposal would have lengthened the hunting season by six weeks from Aug. 15 to March 31, and increase the individual hunting quota from five to 10 wolves affecting Region One, which covers Lincoln, Flathead, Sanders and Lake counties, commission officials said.

2020欧洲杯体育官方网站The two proposals received about 1,000 comments online and dozens during the meeting Thursday from people as far away as Arizona.

2020欧洲杯体育官方网站Some people agreed with the proposal to raise the harvest quota, arguing elk populations could suffer if wolf populations are not under control. Others disputed the proposal saying wolves contribute to local economies and are important to state history and culture.

The commission also voted to reduce quotas in two hunting districts north of Yellowstone National Park from two wolves to one.

 

Semi crashes in Montana river

2020欧洲杯体育官方网站BILLINGS (AP) — A semitractor-trailer slid on icy roads and crashed into a guardrail in south-central Montana, causing the cab to go into the river and the load of toilet paper to be strewn across the highway, Red Lodge Fire and Rescue said.

The driver suffered minor injuries in Monday morning’s crash and 100 gallons (379 liters) or less of diesel fuel spilled into the Clarks Fork of the Yellowstone River near Belfry, officials said.

2020欧洲杯体育官方网站The driver lost control of the rig while approaching an S-curve on Montana Highway 72, officials said. The semi hit the end of a bridge guardrail, splitting the cab from the trailer. 

The cab went through a barbed-wire fence and traveled halfway across the river, but stayed on its wheels, the Montana Highway Patrol said. The water was just a couple feet deep. Rescuers in dry suits were able to get the driver back to shore. 

The trailer and the spilled toilet paper narrowed traffic down to a single lane, the patrol said.

Roads in the area have been icing up on recent mornings, Trooper Andrew Barbera told The Billings Gazette. The driver, who is not from Montana, told investigators he was unaware of the curve in the road. 

“It was essentially a solid sheet of ice,” Barbera said Tuesday.

 

NTEC reaches deal to pay taxes on Wyoming coal production

GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) — The new owner of two Wyoming coal mines has reached an agreement to pay $44 million in local taxes.

The taxes are owed to Campbell County for production at the Antelope and Cordero Rojo mines from the second half of 2017 through the end of 2019.

2020欧洲杯体育官方网站Navajo Transitional Energy Company bought the mines in 2019 in the wake of the bankruptcy of Gillette-based Cloud Peak Energy.

2020欧洲杯体育官方网站The Campbell County Commission unanimously approved the tax payment plan with the Navajo tribal company Tuesday.

The agreement calls for NTEC to make one payment right away, then monthly for a year, Campbell County Administrative Director Carol Seeger told the Gillette News-Record.

The company after that will continue to make installments on the balance through the end of 2026.

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