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Montana Prairie Reserve Tops 300,000 Acres
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - A private conservation reserve on north-central Montana's open prairie now spans more than 300,000 acres with the addition of a large parcel south of Malta.

American Prairie Reserve manager James Barnett said Thursday the group recently bought a 22,000-acre ranch in Phillips County.

He says the deal marks an important step in the reserve's goal to piece together more than 3 million acres of public and private lands. That would allow the free flow of wildlife - including up to 10,000 bison.

The reserve is about 60 miles south of Canada and connects with the C. M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge.

Some surrounding ranchers worry the project will doom the remote area's agricultural communities.

Owners of 14 ranches have voluntarily sold out to the reserve since 2004.

(Copyright 2014 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
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Pair Charged with Possessing Meth in Havre
GREAT FALLS, Mont. (NMB) - A man and woman accused of conspiring to sell and possessing methamphetamine in the Havre area appeared in U.S. District Court in Great Falls on Tuesday. Jeffrey Alan Buchanan and Kristy Dawn Summers were indicted on July 10th, and arraigned before Magistrate Judge Keith Strong on July 29th.

Prosecutors allege that beginning sometime in March of 2014, and continuing through at least March 18, 2014, Buchanan and Summers conspired with each other and others to distribute five or more grams of meth in Havre and other locations throughout Montana.

They also charge the defendants with the physical possession of the meth during that same time frame.

Buchanan and Summers both pleaded not guilty, and were appointed public defenders by the court.

Their current addresses were not immediately available, although Buchanan was arrested in Havre on March 10th on charges of driving with a suspended or revoked license. At that time, his listed address was in Milwaukie, Oregon.

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Strong Support for Initial Tour de Cure
HAVRE, Mont. (NMB) - 18 bicyclists, 7 walkers and 1 runner participated in the 1st ever Tour de Cure in Hill County. The Tour serves as a major fundraiser for the American Diabetes Association. Christine Huston of Havre withstood the high temperatures and completed a 54-mile ride from MSU-Northern to the Rocky Boy Agency, and back. She says she wouldn't have been able to complete the ride without the support of numerous volunteers along the way.

"They were fantastic. Without them, there's no way I would have been able to make it, because, you know, you run out of water. And just having that support there and knowing somebody's up there or somebody's behind you, makes the ride wonderful."

She adds that riding such a long distance was new to her, but she enjoyed it.

"I wasn't really sure what I was getting myself into. I'd never gone that far. It went pretty well. Going out was a killer, coming back was real nice."

Katrese Hammond of Fort Belknap not only participated in Tuesday's Tour, but also participated in the Lodgepole Tour two weeks ago. She explains why she rode in both events.

"I have two dads, so they both have diabetes. So I rode one, because it was an 8-mile ride. So I rode one time for my dad Ed, and then I rode another time for my dad Francis."

She admits she had a little help during Tuesday's ride.

"It felt really good, but it was a little difficult. My husband, actually we did like a team thing. I only did 25 miles, he did 29. And I think I gave him the hardest part because my last 10 miles was pretty much downhill. I coasted into Havre."

According to the American Diabetes Association, in 2012, 9.3% of the American population had some form of diabetes.

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Daines, Tribal Leader Testify on Land Buy-Back Program
WASHINGTON, D.C. (NMB) - A Montana tribal leader testified on Tuesday that legislation introduced by Representative Steve Daines would improve the implementation of the Land Buy-Back Program that was established through the landmark settlement of Cobell v. Salazar.

Grant Stafne is the Tribal Executive Board Councilman of the Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes of the Fort Peck Reservation. He spoke in favor of Daines' Indian Tribal Self-Determination in Land Consolidation Act before the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Indian and Alaska Native Affairs.

"It means culture. It means everything to the Fort Peck Tribes. Simply put, this bill rights a wrong, and we applaud its introduction."

Daines himself added the importance of making improvements quickly.

"Speed may be in the eye of the beholder, perhaps. We need something better than glacial speed on this, and that's why the tribes have come to me and said, 'We want to participate in this process. Let's refine the process, and ensure that we have a great outcome here for all the parties involved'."

Daines' bill would permit tribes to assume some of the program's functions, extend the land consolidation program for 5 years and increase overall transparency.

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Energy, Emergency Officials Simulate Oil Spill
CHESTER, Mont. (NMB) - Several energy and emergency services officials conducted a training exercise on Tuesday in Liberty County. The Northern Montana Oil Spill Cooperative has representatives from energy companies CHS, Inc., Phillips 66, and Spectra Energy, while BNSF Railway will soon join as well.

Various Disaster and Emergency Services Coordinators participated in the training, as well. CHS Environmental Coordinator Joey Phillips explains what the training entailed.

"The exercise was simulating an oil spill on the Marias River that made its way into Lake Elwell, and so we deployed our oil spill response equipment, just as we would in a real spill to contain the oil and direct it to a location where we could get in there and recover it."

He adds that the Co-op does a great job of keeping all of the different entities organized and on the same page.

"Ultimately, we all have the same goal of keeping the oil in the pipe, or in the train, or in the tank, but if we do have a spill, we just try to be as prepared as we can to minimize the impact to the public and the environment."

The exercise is conducted annually at different locations in north-central Montana.

(Copyright 2014 New Media Broadcasters. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
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Phillips Co. Fair Hits 99 Years
DODSON, Mont. (NMB) - Montana's longest continuously running fair begins on Thursday. The Phillips County Fair turns 99 this year, and will run for four days in Dodson. The Carnival officially opens on Thursday evening at 6:00, and will stay open until 11:00 PM. The 4-H livestock judging also begins on Thursday.

Friday's main event is a concert by Trevor Panczak and the Rough Stock Band that starts at 7:00 PM. Saturday's schedule features the Open Rodeo, also slated for 7:00 PM. Sunday's activities include the Truck and Tractor Pull at 1:00 PM and the AMX Races at 5:00 PM.

In anticipation of next year's centennial celebration, a logo contest is being conducted this year. All submissions for next year's logo will be displayed and voted on by the public this weekend.

Stay tuned to New Media Broadcasters, as our own Ron Bruschi will be broadcasting from the 2014 Phillips County Fair.

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Tour de Cure Diabetes Ride Coming to Hill County
HAVRE, Mont. (NMB) - After a successful Tour de Cure event in Lodgepole last month, the first ever Tour in Hill County takes place on Wednesday. The Tour is a major fundraiser for the American Diabetes Association, and riders will put to the test with 54- and 66-mile routes.

The Tour will begin at the Montana State University-Northern parking lot across from the hospital. From there, riders will head south through Beaver Creek Park, and across Taylor Road. The shorter route will continue to the Rocky Boy Agency before turning around to complete the loop. The longer route will go to the Rocky Boy Pow-Wow Grounds before heading back.

Terrie Stump is a Lifestyle Coach with the Rocky Boy Diabetes Prevention Program. She says the ride will be long, but beautiful.

"Rocky Boy is beautiful at this time of year, and I am excited for people to come here and to just see our beautiful Reservation."

She adds that there are alternatives to those who don't wish to ride their bikes.

"They can take a walk on our 1- to 2-mile path that we have, so they don't necessarily have to have a bike to participate."

Registration begins at 7:30 AM. For more information, log on to www.diabetes.org/rockyboy.

(Copyright 2014 New Media Broadcasters. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
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Week Full of Activities for 50th Rocky Boy Celebration
BOX ELDER, Mont. (NMB) - The 50th Annual Rocky Boy Celebration is off and running. A week full of activities is scheduled, and started Monday with the construction of a new rodeo-themed playground in the Middle Dryfork Village. The Washington Redskins Original Americans Foundation provided the funding, while several local volunteers helped construct the playground over the weekend.

The Foundation is also sponsoring a three-day rodeo school that begins Tuesday, and concludes with the Youth Rodeo Thursday at 4:00.

The action really picks up Friday, when the three-day Pow-Wow begins. Grand entry times are scheduled for 6:00 PM Friday, 12:00 PM and 6:00 PM Saturday, and 3:00 PM Sunday.

Here is a list of all activities taking place this week:

TUESDAY, JULY 29th

9:00 AM - Rodeo School (Calf Roping, Team Roping, Steer Wrestling) at the Sybil Sangrey-Colliflower Memorial Arena


WEDNESDAY, JULY 30th

No Events Scheduled


THURSDAY, JULY 31st

8:00 AM - Team Redskins 3-on-3 Youth Basketball Jamboree at Stone Child College

9:00 AM - Rodeo School (Bareback, Saddle Bronc) at Sybil Sangrey-Colliflower Memorial Arena

10:00 AM - Celebrate Life Walk Against Meth (from the Cultural Resources Building to the Rocky Boy Pow-Wow Grounds)

4:00 PM - 2014 CCRA Youth Rodeo at Sybil Sangre-Colliflower Memorial Arena

5:00 PM - Youth Pow-Wow at the Rocky Boy Pow-Wow Grounds


FRIDAY, AUGUST 1st

9:00 AM - Sobriety Walk (from the Agency to the Pow-Wow Grounds)

11:00 AM - Ultimate Warrior Challenge at Bonneau Dam

1:00 PM - 2014 Mary LaMere Memorial Tie-Down Roping at the Sybil Sangrey-Colliflower Memorial Arena

6:00 PM - 2014 CCRA INFR Tour Rodeo (1st Performance) at the Sybil Sangrey-Colliflower Memorial Arena

6:00 PM - Grand Entry for Rocky Boy Pow-Wow


SATURDAY, AUGUST 2nd

8:00 AM - "The Memorial" 4-man Golf Tournament at Signal Point Golf Course in Fort Benton

9:00 AM - 2014 CCRA INFR Tour Rodeo (Slack) at the Sybil Sangrey-Colliflower Memorial Arena

12:00 PM - Grand Entry for Rocky Boy Pow-Wow

12:00 PM - Events Committee Stickgames at the Rocky Boy Pow-Wow Grounds

6:00 PM - 2014 CCRA INFR Tour Rodeo (2nd Performance) at the Sybil Sangrey-Colliflower Memorial Arena

6:00 PM - Grand Entry for Rocky Boy Pow-Wow


SUNDAY, AUGUST 3rd

1:00 PM - 2014 CCRA INFR Tour Rodeo (Championship Round) at the Sybil Sangrey-Colliflower Memorial Arena

12:00 PM - Events Committee Stickgames (Jackpot) at the Rocky Boy Pow-Wow Grounds

3:00 PM - Grand Entry for Rocky Boy Pow-Wow

(Copyright 2014 New Media Broadcasters. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
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