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Glacier Park visitor center reopens

(Information in the following story is from: Daily Inter Lake,

GLACIER NATIONAL PARK, Mont. (AP) — The St. Mary Visitor Center at Glacier National Park has reopened after being closed because of water damage from the center's sprinkler system.

A furnace malfunction early Thursday morning caused the sprinkler system to activate, causing water damage to the building, furnishings and some interior utilities.

The Daily Inter Lake reports that contractors and park employees worked through the day and most of the night so that the center could reopen on Friday.

Some employee offices have been relocated to the nearby park administrative area. Some office equipment, furniture and computers will need to be replaced, along with some drywall and flooring.

Some of the Glacier National Park Conservancy's sales materials were also damaged.


Remains of 7 veterans interred in Montana

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The unclaimed remains of seven veterans from various conflicts are being given proper burials at Yellowstone National Cemetery in Montana.

The effort by the Missing in America Project seeks to provide proper interment for those who served their country.

A brief ceremony was held in Bozeman on Friday at a funeral home where the remains of veterans of World War II, Korea and Vietnam had been kept after not being claimed by anyone. The urns were then taken to Billings for an interment ceremony Saturday at the cemetery in nearby Laurel.


Gov. Bullock touts forest management effort

(Information in the following story is from: Missoulian,

BONNER, Mont. (AP) — Gov. Steve Bullock says a new state forestry management effort is more than about improving timber mills and forest health.

Speaking at Milltown State Park on Friday, Bullock said the initiative is about managing state parks, looking at restoration strategy and working with federal agencies to make sure projects are done right.

The Missoulian reports that in Milltown's case, a small-scale project set for this fall would thin young Douglas fir and lodgepole pines and give more space to larger ponderosa pine and larch.

Larger efforts in the $3 million initiative include road culvert repair work for fisheries in Fish Creek west of Alberton and near Red Lodge.


Fire damages sawmill in eastern Idaho

(Information in the following story is from: KIDK-TV,

MARYSVILLE, Idaho (AP) — A fire has damaged a closed sawmill in Fremont County in eastern Idaho.

North Fremont Fire Protection District Battalion Chief Keith Richey says the fire occurred Thursday night at Fisher Logging in the small community of Marysville, which is near Ashton.

Richey tells KIDK-TV that the fire burned stacks of firewood and timber, causing an estimated $250,000 in damage.

Richey says there were reports of downed power lines in the area before the fire, but the cause of the fire is still under investigation.

The sawmill had not operated for the past six months.

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