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Too many wolves? Problem might be not enough hunters

(HAMILTON)- Even as U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy considers whether to declare a Congressional order to lift endangered species protection for wolves in Montana and Idaho, there are no questions today about whether enough hunters care to hunt the shaggy dog cousins.

Attorneys argued this week that Molloy should find the May 5th Congressional rider unconstitutional, saying it violates the Separation of Powers Doctrine. His decision may interfere with the plans of both states to re-implement wolf hunts as a means of controlling pack populations this fall.

But a Bitterroot sportsmen's group wonders whether declining elk numbers will discourage many hunters from even being out in the West Fork of the Bitterroot district, thereby also cutting the number of hunters who would be carrying wolf permits.

The group tells reporter Perry Backus of the Ravalli Republic that could make it difficult for the state to meet its wolf quotas in the Bitterroot district, thereby having further impact on the declining elk population.

Here's Perry's full story.


Gallatin Valley landmark moved

(Trident)- Anyone who was lived in the western end of the Gallatin Valley, especially in the days before the freeway shunted traffic off Highway 10, remembers the railroad depot in Trident as a well-known landmark.

Now that recognizing that landmark might be a little more confusing, after the historic depot was moved west to Three Forks this week.

The depot, which is 100 years old is slated to become a new museum in Three Forks. (KBZK photo)

KBZK has more on the story, including video of the move.


Missoula cops clear another suspicious device

(MISSOULA)- For the second time in a week, Missoula Police are scrambled to check out the report of a suspicious device.

This latest incident happened on West Broadway near Allied Waste. KPAX's Jill Valley reported from the scene that police were called to the address between 10:30 and 11. The street was blocked off for a time, but re-opened to traffic by 11:15 after everything checked out.

Last Thursday, several blocks of downtown Missoula were blocked after a suspicious package was found outside the downtown post office. Police used a robot with a high pressure water nozzle to "disrupt" the package, harmlessly blowing it apart. Later they determined it was just a box with some plastic bags inside.


Quirky travel slogan is paying off

It may have raised some eyebrows when it was introduced 2-years ago, but Montana's "There's Nothing Here" campaign is also opening wallets.

At a time when many states have drastically cut tourism marketing because of the recession and declining budgets, Montana's program is headed in the opposite direction, a point proven by new figures from the University of Montana's Institute for Tourism and Recreation.

The Flathead Beacon, following up on a recent article in the New York Times, found that "nothing" is not what's in the bank account since the campaign has been running. In fact, Montana's tourism sector are benefiting from a 36% in traveler awareness of Montana.

Here's the full article.


Saga continues over future of Missoula's water provider

(MISSOULA)- It's been months since a major investment group announced it was interesting in buying out Mountain Water, which provides service to thousands of customers in the Garden City.

But the future of the sale is still in question. Some of the delay was caused by a dust-up over what authority the state had to approve or disapprove the proposal.

Now, with the question firmly back in the hands of the Public Service Commission, a hearing on the sale to the Carlyle Group has finally been scheduled for late September.

KPAX TV has more details.