July 22 Montana News Briefs

Monday, July 22, 2019

Superfund site focus of briefing

BILLINGS (AP) — Federal and state officials plan a public briefing this week on airborne contaminants from a state Superfund site in central Billings.

The Billings Gazette reports that Thursday’s meeting at Lewis and Clarke Middle School will address vapors emanating from old dry cleaning solvents that contaminated the area’s soil. The vapors can become trapped in buildings, posing a health threat. The 855-acre (355-hectare) area was declared a state Superfund site in 1992. Officials from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Montana Department of Environmental Quality will discuss options for eliminating ground pollutants and vapors at Thursday’s briefing. The EPA recently collected air samples at 49 homes and business and will share test results with building owners.

Boaters, officials retrieve body from Yellowstone River

BILLINGS (AP) — Boaters and sheriff’s officials have recovered the body of a man from the Yellowstone River near Worden. The Billings Gazette reports rescuers recovered the body of the unidentified man on Saturday. Boaters assisted officials from the Yellowstone County Sheriff’s Office and other agencies in retrieving the body, which was transported to the Billings State Crime Lab. An investigation is continuing.

Sheep-killing grizzly euthanized

KALISPELL (AP) — Montana wildlife officials say they have euthanized a grizzly bear after it killed 29 sheep and 11 lambs over a two-week period at a sheep bedding ground.

The Daily Inter Lake reports the 278-pound (125-kilogram) grizzly was killed on Friday near Tiber Dam in northern Montana. Fish, Wildlife & Parks officials say a rider at a sheep-raising ranch where the attacks occurred had chased the bear away twice recently, only to have it return. Efforts to trap it failed, and the grizzly ultimately was captured at the ranch. On Thursday, wildlife managers killed a grizzly bear in northwestern Montana that repeatedly broke into trailers, garages and sheds in search of food.