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A grizzly bear visiting a wire hair snag station near Glacier National Park.
Glacier National Park (PD)

Updated 2:20 p.m., August 8, 2019

The Glacier park trails closed Sunday due to grizzly bear activity have re-opened. The Highline, Loop and Swiftcurrent Trail from Swiftcurrent Pass to Granite Park Chalet are now open again. Granite Park backcountry campground remains closed.

Landlocked public land in southeastern Montana.
Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership and onX; http://www.trcp.org/unlocking-public-lands/

The Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership and onX, a Montana-based land data company, analyzed land ownership patterns for a report detailing the extent of state-owned parcels that lack public access.

Montana, Arizona, New Mexico and Wyoming each have more than 1 million acres (0.4 million hectares) of state lands surrounded by private property, according to the report. Nevada has the least amount with less than 1,000 acres (405 hectares) landlocked.

72 hour quantitative precipitation accumulation (inches). Valid Sunday, August 11, 11 p.m.
National Weather Service Missoula

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Some Montana residents were cleaning up Monday after a series of thunderstorms brought large hail, heavy rain and strong winds that downed trees and power lines and damaged buildings and vehicles.

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — An appeals court on Monday upheld a Montana law requiring nonprofit groups to register with the state as political committees if they run any kind of ad that refers to a candidate or ballot issue within 60 days of an election.

Glacier National Park entrance sign.
Flickr user photommo (CC-BY-ND)

Searchers have recovered the body of a 64-year-old Canadian man who is believed to have drowned in a small lake at Glacier National Park.

The National Park Service says rangers received a report about 4:30 p.m. yesterday of a man struggling in Pray Lake and then going under water.

Witnesses reported that it appeared the man may have gone into the lake to retrieve a dog. A dog has been found dead.

Rangers dove into the lake but were unable to find the man. Rangers and others searched until dark without finding him, and the search resumed this morning.

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A U.S. Environmental Protection Agency official says a Montana area emitting toxic vapors is a candidate to become a federal Superfund site.

The Billings Gazette reports contaminants from old dry cleaning solvents are evaporating at several spots in an 855-acre (355-hectare) area in Billings.

U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens.
(PD)

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana Gov. Steve Bullock has ordered flags in the state to be flown at half-staff to honor former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens.

Flags are to be lowered Tuesday in memory of Stevens, who died earlier this month at age 99.

A sheep research flock at U.S. Sheep Experiment Station
USDA (PD)

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — A judge says he won't block sheep grazing in a mountain range on the Idaho-Montana border despite worries by wildlife advocates that federally-protected grizzly bears could be harmed.

Gov. Steve Bullock announces his candidacy for president in Helena, Mont., May 14, 2019.
Corin Cates-Carney / Montana Public Radio

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana Gov. Steve Bullock says he's excited to be taking part in the next Democratic presidential debates.

The 20-candidate field was finalized Wednesday for the televised debates in Detroit on July 30 and 31. It includes Bullock, who didn't make the cut for the first debate last month.

Glacier National Park Entrance At St. Mary
Glacier NPS

Glacier National Park officials say there has been no sign of a 66-year-old man who's been missing for over a week. The trail where he was last seen is closed because of grizzly bear activity.

Mark Sinclair of Whitefish was last seen on the Highline Trail on July 8 after leaving a vehicle with a dog inside at the Logan Pass parking lot.

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