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Updated 4:30 p.m., Oct 15, 2019

Students at Rossiter School in Helena evacuated Tuesday morning after the Lewis and Clark’s Sheriff’s Department reported a detonated improvised explosive device found on the school playground. But law enforcement now says there was no detonation and no bomb.

Billings, Montana
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The state government awarded Montana communities more than $275,000 for infrastructure planning.

The Lolo National Forest is taking public comment on an environmental assessment for a 28,000-acre project that was delayed by fire. 

The Swamp Eddy project was initiated in 2016 but was delayed the next year when the Sheep Gap Fire burned over half the area, which is about five miles southwest of Plains.

Montana senator and wheat farmer Jon Tester is firing back after President Trump mocked the role of wheat in trade with Japan. 

Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks is proposing fishing tackle restrictions on certain sections of the Flathead River. The move is meant to protect westslope cutthroat and bull trout as angling pressure increases.

Tackle restrictions would apply upstream of the Teakettle fishing access site off U.S. Highway 2 near Columbia Falls.

Cattle grazing
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Montana is expanding the area where cattle producers are required to vaccinate animals at risk for the disease brucellosis. The Montana Department of Livestock will travel the state this month to remind ranchers and address questions ahead of next calving season.

U.S. Census Bureau Regional Director Cathy Lacy speaks at a podium
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The United States Census Bureau is taking account of buildings in Montana. It’s part of the preparation to collect census data next year.

A 14-year-old girl died Monday evening from injuries she received after a rockslide struck her family’s vehicle on Glacier National Park’s Going-to-the-Sun-Road.

During Sen. Steve Daines’ stops in Missoula and Kalispell Monday, he was asked whether he supports the Bureau of Land Management's acting Director, William Perry Pendley. Pendley’s past support for the sale of public lands concerns many, but Daines called that concern “overblown.” 

The U.S. Interior Department approved a plan to purchase 7,300 acres of former private timber lands northeast of Missoula. 

The former Plum Creek Timber company property was acquired by The Nature Conservancy in 2014. And now, as part of a deal several years in the works, that non-profit is selling it to the Bureau of Land management for $5.6 million.

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