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EPA Cleanup: Citizens, Agencies Question Sampling Sites at Former Smurfit Mill

BY LAURA LUNDQUIST, Missoula Current Crews on contract with the Environmental Protection Agency are preparing to sample the extent of contamination around the former Smurfit-Stone Container mill, but some citizens and agency officials are questioning the selection of sampling sites. On Thursday evening, the Frenchtown Smurfit-Stone Community Advisory Group mulled its response to a 365-page Environmental Protection Agency document published…

MSU Hosts More than 100 Educators at International Symposium Focused on Rural Education

BY ANNE CANTRELL, MSU News Service BOZEMAN — Successful rural schools are able to create innovative school-community partnerships to ensure both the schools’ and the communities’ sustainability, and they have an ongoing commitment to pre-service teacher education and school-university partnerships, according to professor Simone White, an educator and expert in rural education from Australia who spoke Thursday at Montana State University.…

BNSF will Pay $200,000 and Spend $750,000 in Repairs in Settled Lawsuit

MONTANA DEP’T of JUSTICE press release  MISSOULA – The U.S. Attorney’s Office announced today that BNSF Railway Company has agreed to settle a lawsuit brought on behalf of the United States Forest Service regarding road use and damage on the Kootenai National Forest. The lawsuit alleges that BNSF Railway damaged Forest Service roads on the Kootenai National Forest and failed…

Environmental Groups Stop Lake Koocanusa Logging, File Suit Against Lindbergh Lake Project

BY LAURA LUNDQUIST, Missoula Current   The U.S. Forest Service’a faulty math helped environmental groups win an appeal to halt a logging project near Libby. Now they’re hoping the same outcome will stop a smaller project near Lindbergh Lake in the Swan Valley. Last week, the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals sided in part with Alliance for the Wild…

Idaho Teenager Dies in 100-foot fall While Visiting Glacier National Park

BY SHERRY DEVLIN, Missoula Current  An Idaho teenager visiting Glacier National Park with his parents died late Tuesday afternoon after falling 100 feet down Haystack Creek, park officials said Wednesday. Spencer Flerchinger, 15, of Kamiah, Idaho, was exploring a culvert that runs beneath Going-to-the-Sun Road when he slipped into the creek and was carried through, falling 100 feet below the…

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