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FLATHEAD KAYAKER

Search conducted for kayaker on Flathead Lake

POLSON, Mont. (AP) — Lake County authorities are searching for a kayaker on Flathead Lake.

The county's dispatchers received a report about 11:15 p.m. Saturday of a male kayaker who had not come back to shore at Polson Bay.

Search and rescue boats, aided by two helicopters, searched the lake until about 3:30 a.m. Sunday and then resumed the search after sunrise.

The name of the missing man has not been released.

UNDERSHERIFF-BURGLARY CHARGE

Supreme Court upholds deputy's disability denial

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The Montana Supreme Court is upholding a lower court ruling that denied disability benefits to a former Glacier County undersheriff.

Jeff Fauque had argued post-traumatic stress disorder caused by years of investigating deaths led to drug abuse that cost him his job.

Fauque was charged in October 2010 with entering a house to steal prescription narcotics. He pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges, surrendered his law enforcement certifications and went to inpatient addiction treatment.

He later applied for disability benefits under the Sheriff's Retirement System.

The Montana Public Employees Retirement Board twice denied his claim for disability benefits, disputing Fauque's claim that his PTSD was permanently disabling. A hearing examiner upheld the denial in November 2012. Last September, District Judge Mike Menahan of Helena rejected Fauque's appeal.

BOMBER TRAINING SITE

Decision near on bomber training area expansion

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Air Force officials are expected to decide as soon as next month whether to go forward with an expansion of a bomber training area over the Northern Plains that would encompass an area larger than West Virginia.

The Powder River Training Complex over portions of Wyoming, Montana and the Dakotas would be used by B-1 and B-52 bombers.

Air Force officials say the expansion of the training airspace to about 28,000 square miles is needed to maintain readiness. It also would save $23 million a year by reducing the number of sorties sent to Utah and Nevada for combat exercises.

Some members of Congress, pilots and others have resisted what one Montana official called a federal government "airspace grab." They want the proposal scaled back to ease effects on private and commercial flights.

FAIR ACCIDENT

Girl sent to hospital after incident on fair ride

(Information in the following story is from: KTVM-TV, http://www.ktvm.com)

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — An incident on a bungee jump ride at the Gallatin County Fair in Bozeman has sent a girl to the hospital.

KTVN-TV reports that the incident occurred Friday and that witnesses say the girl fell to the ground hard when it appeared a bungee snapped.

It reports that family members say the girl broke her pelvic bone.

The ride features bungee cords that hold up riders in a swing. The ride hoists riders into the air so they can bounce higher.

Gallatin County Fairgrounds manager Sue Shockley says they have closely drawn contracts with the fair attractions, which include having proper insurance and liability for accidents.

UM FUNDRAISING

UM sets fundraising record with $53.7 million

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — The University of Montana received a record $53.7 million in private donations in fiscal year 2014.

That is $16.3 million more than the previous record set in 2008.

The university reports nearly 13,600 individuals, businesses and foundations made gifts in fiscal year 2014. That is up from 12,775 donors in fiscal year 2013.

UM President Royce Engstrom says he's proud of the work by the UM Foundation, faculty, staff and students, and he deeply appreciates the dedication of donors.


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