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5 Things to Know in Montana for July 29

 

July 28, 2014



Your daily look at news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today.

HEARING SET ON PROPOSED EPA RULE:

More than 400 people plan to speak at an Environmental Protection Agency hearing on proposed rules to cut pollution from power plants in Denver on Tuesday and Wednesday. They include representatives from coal mines, electric utilities, labor unions, environmental groups, renewable energy companies, government agencies and other organizations from across the West, including Montana. The EPA is holding hearings this week in Denver, Atlanta, Pittsburgh and Washington, D.C., on President Barack Obama's plan to cut carbon dioxide emissions by 30 percent by the year 2030.

LONGTIME LAWMAKER MENAHAN DIES:

William "Red" Menahan, a 30-year legislator from Anaconda and a former educator, has died at age 78. District Judge Mike Menahan says his father died Saturday in Billings of pulmonary fibrosis. Red Menahan was born in Anaconda in 1935. He was a school teacher and principal before being elected to the state House as a Democrat in 1970. He served until 2000, when voter-approved term limits went into effect.

FIREFIGHTER FOUND:

A Bitterroot National Forest firefighter who went missing while hiking to the site of a small, lightning-caused fire east of Hamilton has been located. p to 50 people along with aircraft searched for the man, who had trailed a hand crew that was going in for mop-up work on a fire. He was spotted Monday afternoon walking along a forest road several miles from the fire.

PLANE CRASH KILLS 1:

A small, home-built airplane has crashed in the Clearwater National Forest near the Idaho-Montana border, killing the pilot. The Clearwater County sheriff's office says a helicopter crew with Two Bear Air Helicopter of Whitefish, Montana, spotted the wreckage Monday near the Blackhead Mountain area west of Lolo Pass. Crews on the ground confirmed the pilot had died. No one else was on board.

MAN ACCUSED OF TRYING TO SUFFOCATE BABY:

A 29-year-old Belgrade man is charged with assault on a minor after his cousin reported he tried to suffocate her baby during an argument over the use of a pacifier. Mickey Lee Wallace made an initial appearance in Justice Court on Monday. He did not enter a plea. District Judge Bryan Adams set Wallace's bail at $100,000.

 

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