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Appeals Court Affirms Yellowstone Club Ruling
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - An appellate court has affirmed a lower court ruling that allowed the bankruptcy reorganization of Montana's ultra-luxury Yellowstone Club, turning back another challenge by club founder Tim Blixseth.

A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said in its Aug. 26 ruling that Blixseth lacked legal standing to appeal the reorganization plan for BLX Group, Inc.

The panel also said the assignment of legal claims against Blixseth to a creditors' trust was final.

That upholds a previous ruling from U.S. District Judge Sam Haddon.

Creditors from the club's 2008 bankruptcy are seeking more than $200 million from Blixseth after courts ruled he fraudulently transferred a loan to the club to his personal use.

The members-only ski and golf resort near Big Sky is now under new ownership.

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Australian Company to Buy $16M in Tintina Shares
HELENA, Mont. (AP) - An Australian mining company has offered to purchase a controlling share of Tintina Resources Inc., the company that proposes a copper mine in central Montana.

Sandfire Resources NL has agreed to purchase 80 million shares of Tintina at 20 cents per share for a total of $16 million. Tintina officials say two other large shareholders have agreed to the sale.

Tintina spokeswoman Nancy Schlepp says with the investment, Tintina has about $18.5 million in cash on hand to fund a feasibility study and possibly more exploration at the proposed Black Butte Copper Mine about 15 miles north of White Sulphur Springs.

The contract includes the option for Sandfire to buy up to a 53 percent stake in Tintina.

Environmental groups are concerned that a multinational company will be controlling the proposed mine.

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Montana State Student Missing at Ennis Lake
ENNIS, Mont. (AP) - Madison County search and rescue crews planned to resume searching Tuesday for a Montana State University student who is missing and presumed drowned at a lake in southwestern Montana.

Undersheriff Roger Thompson says deputies, firefighters and search crews responded to Ennis Lake at around 1:30 p.m. Monday to a report that a 19-year-old man was missing.

Thompson says the man was swimming with a group of friends when he began struggling and went under water. The area where he disappeared isn't far from Madison Dam, which can produce a current.

The water is 30 to 40 feet deep.

The student's name and hometown haven't been released.

The search was suspended Monday night due to poor visibility and underwater debris.

Ennis Lake is about 12 miles north of Ennis.

UPDATE: BODY FOUND

Search crews have located the body of a Montana State University student who went missing while swimming in a lake in southwestern Montana.

Madison County dispatchers said the man's body was found in Ennis Lake at 12:20 p.m. Tuesday. No one was immediately available to release further information.

UPDATE: VICTIM IDENTIFIED

Madison County sheriff's Sgt. Phil Fortner says the body of Trevor Ball of Helena was found in Ennis Lake just before 12:30 p.m. Tuesday. He died of accidental drowning.

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N. Idaho Oil Pipeline Rerouted from Under River
COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho (AP) - Portions of an oil pipeline in northern Idaho are being rerouted to eliminate sections that travel under the Coeur d'Alene River.

The Coeur d'Alene Press reports that workers are scheduled to start this week on the project to bury about 9 miles of the Yellowstone Pipe Line in Shoshone County under the Coeur d'Alene River Road.

Phillips 66 spokeswoman Carrie Wildin says rerouting the pipeline from under the river will help protect the environment.

Wildin says the old pipeline will be left in place but will be purged and cleaned, and then permanently sealed.

Work is expected to continue until winter weather halts progress, and then resume in the spring.

The 690-mile pipeline carries oil from Billings, Montana, to Moses Lake, Washington, with delivery points along the way.

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Officials Identify Victim of Strip Club Shooting
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) - Officials in western Montana have identified a Louisiana man who was shot to death during an argument outside a Missoula strip club.

The Missoula County sheriff's office says 23-year-old Christopher Hymel of Madisonville, Louisiana, died shortly after 1 a.m. Monday after being shot in the chest outside the Fox Club Cabaret.

Witnesses say an altercation between Hymel and another man became violent after Hymel approached the man's vehicle and started punching him through the window.

Missoula police spokesman Travis Welsh says the shooting is still being investigated and no arrests have been made.

Police say the 27-year-old man who fired the shot turned his gun over to police and is cooperating with the investigation.

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Plane Crashes Southeast of Great Falls; 1 Killed
GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) - Authorities say one person was killed when a plane carrying four people crashed about 30 miles southeast of Great Falls.

The Great Falls Tribune reports Cascade County Sheriff Bob Edwards confirmed the death and said others on the plane had been hospitalized after the crash Tuesday afternoon.

Edwards didn't know how many were people were hospitalized or how serious their injuries were.

Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Allen Kenitzer confirmed four people were on board. He didn't know what type of plane it was.

The plane crashed near the Showdown Ski Area in the Little Belt Mountains. Edwards says a survivor apparently reached U.S. 89 nearby and summoned help.

The sheriff's department, the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating.

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Prep Coach Charged with Having Sex with Players
BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) - The girls' basketball coach at Lone Peak High School in Big Sky is charged with having sexual relationships with two of his players.

The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reports 22-year-old Cyle Keith Kokot was arrested Friday on suspicion of two counts of sexual intercourse without consent. He was expected to appear in Justice Court on Tuesday.

Charging documents say a girl and her parents told the Big Sky School District superintendent and Gallatin County sheriff's deputies that she began an intimate relationship with Kokot in January and that he raped her in February or March. The girl identified a second player who said she began a sexual relationship with Kokot in the summer of 2013.

Court records say Kokot told deputies he had been in relationships with both girls, but said the sex was consensual.

UPDATE: KOKOT APPEARS IN COURT

Cyle Keith Kokot was arrested Friday and charged Tuesday with two counts of sexual intercourse without consent. Justice of the Peace Bryan Adams set Kokot's bail at $250,000. Kokot did not enter a plea.

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Stillwater Scaling Back Work at Canada Mine Site
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - Stillwater Mining Co. is further scaling back work on a proposed precious metals and copper mine in Canada.

The Billings-based company said Tuesday it expects to spend $4 million to $6 million at the Marathon, Ontario project in 2014. It had previously said up to $10 million would be spent this year.

Spending in future years would drop to an annual range of $1 million to $3 million.

Stillwater last year reduced the Marathon project's property value by 75 percent after determining studies on the grade of palladium at the site had been overstated.

Stillwater is the only U.S. producer of platinum and palladium and is Montana's largest company by revenue.

Shares on the New York Stock Exchange were down about 4 percent Tuesday morning to $17.84.

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Deadly Strip Club Shooting in Missoula
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) - Police in Missoula say they're investigating a fatal shooting outside a strip club.

Police were called to the Fox Club Cabaret around 1:15 a.m. Monday and say they arrived to find a 23-year-old man with a gunshot wound to the chest.

The man later died at a hospital. They say the shooter was a 27-year-old male who voluntarily surrendered himself and the gun.

Police spokesman Sgt. Travis Welsh says the confrontation apparently began in the strip club parking lot and escalated when the younger man began assaulting the older one through the window of his vehicle.

The Missoulian reports the older man shot the assailant once with a handgun.

Welsh says the shooter is cooperating and no arrest have been made.

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Forest Service to Move Regional Office in Missoula
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) - The U.S. Forest Service plans to move its Region One headquarters out of a building in downtown Missoula in favor of a location at Fort Missoula on the outskirts of town.

The move saves the Forest Service an estimated $1.9 million in annual lease payments.

Forest Service officials tell the Missoulian they plan to put the money now budgeted for the building lease toward improving their existing offices at Fort Missoula.

The move will take place next spring or summer. Missoula business officials say the decision is disappointing and they will notice the absence of 230 Forest Service employees in downtown Missoula.

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Montana Man Killed by Train at Crossing Identified
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - Treasure County authorities have identified a man killed by a train near Hysham as 78-year-old Earl Corrall, of Huntley.

Montana Highway Patrol Trooper David Inman tells the Billings Gazette alcohol apparently wasn't a factor and the death apparently was an accident rather than suicide.

Corrall was driving a GMC pickup on Old Highway 10E near Hysham just after 8 a.m. Friday. Officials say Corrall froze when he saw the train coming and stopped his pickup on the tracks.

The train was unable to stop in time before hitting the pickup.

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Montana Officials Study Federal Land Takeover Idea
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - Montana officials say having the state take over management of federal lands is a complicated proposition but they're looking into it.

Gov. Steve Bullock says he doesn't advocate Montana taking over the roughly 25 million acres of federal land within the state's boundaries. However, the Montana Republican Party has endorsed just such a move and the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation is studying it.

Department spokesman John Grassy says the more the agency looks at the idea, the more complicated it gets.

The Billings Gazette reports state takeover of U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management lands could be expensive, incurring an annual deficit of $367 million.

State takeover of federal lands also has been discussed in Wyoming, Idaho and Utah.

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Montana PBS Scrubs US House Debate Coverage
BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) - MontanaPBS has canceled its broadcast coverage plans for an upcoming debate in Montana's U.S. House race now that one of the two candidates isn't planning to attend.

Republican candidate Ryan Zinke cites a scheduling conflict in pulling out of the Sept. 29 event in Billings. That leaves Democrat John Lewis as the only participant.

The Bozeman Chronicle reports a debate invitation sent to the candidates by media organizations says the event will be held even if one of the candidates doesn't participate.

Aaron Pruitt with MontanaPBS says a debate with only one candidate isn't a debate.

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Reed Point Hosts Snnual Great Montana Sheep Drive
REED POINT, Mont. (AP) - Thousands of sheep ran through the streets of tiny Reed Point during the annual Great Montana Sheep Drive.

The festival Sunday also featured a hay-bale race in which teams of three people competed to roll 1,200-pound hay bales up and down the street.

The Billings Gazette reports the festival culminates in a thunderous stampede of running and leaping sheep down the main drag in Reed Point, a town of about 200 people midway between Billings and Bozeman.

The sheep drive has been held since 1989 and was started in response to the Great Montana Cattle Drive.

Revenues from an auction, raffles and donations help fund community projects in Reed Point.

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Mountain Lion Cubs Rescued in Montana Fire
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) - Firefighters in western Montana rescued two mountain lion cubs from the burning log under which they were hiding.

Bitterroot National Forest spokesman Tod McKay told the Missoulian a crew was digging a fire line on Friday when they heard noises coming from under the log.

The fire prevented the crew from reaching the log, so they called in a helicopter that dropped 600 gallons of water.

McKay says the cubs came out when the fire was extinguished. He estimated they were less than two weeks old.

McKay says he does not know what will happen to the cubs. Crews did not see any other mountain lions in the area.

Crews are fighting a 48-acre fire in the Sapphire Mountains about nine miles east of Florence.

Update:McKay says the soaked cubs came out when the flames were extinguished. He estimated they were just a few weeks old.

McKay says Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks took custody of the cubs. Crews did not see any other mountain lions in the area of the 48-acre fire they are battling about 9 miles east of Florence.

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Hourly updates delivered every hour, every day, Monday - Sunday ... headline news, breaking stories and updates of the latest news stories affecting residents of North Central Montana.

Residents of North Central Montana have long recognized the quality and timeliness of our newscasts. Additional recognition of our news at the national, regional and state level comes from the Associated Press, Society for Professional Journalists, the Greater Montana Foundation and the Radio and Television News Director Association's prestigious Edward R. Murrow award.
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