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5 Things to Know in Montana for June 16

Associated Press Updated: June 16, 2014 at 11:16 am

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

MORE THAN 2 DOZEN MONTANA WELLS UNINSPECTED:

More than two dozen newly drilled oil and gas wells with a high pollution risk went uninspected on federal and tribal lands in Montana during a recent three-year period. U.S. Bureau of Land Management data examined by The Associated Press show that 25 out of 144 wells in high-priority areas were not inspected between fiscal year 2009 and 2012. Nationwide, about 40 percent of wells went uninspected, a finding that underscores the government's struggle to keep pace with America's drilling boom.

BALLOT MEASURE SPONSORS SCRAMBLE FOR SIGNATURES:

Sponsors of proposed ballot initiatives are scrambling for voter signatures in the final days before Friday's deadline to make the Nov. 4 general election ballot. A dozen initiative petitions have been approved for signature-gathering. Initiatives must receive 24,175 voter signatures from across Montana to make the ballot, while proposed constitutional amendments need 48,349 signatures to qualify.

FIRST DEBATES HELD:

The first debates of the general election campaign were held in Butte over the weekend. Democratic U.S. Sen. John Walsh, Republican U.S. Rep. Steve Daines and Libertarian Roger Roots met as Walsh seeks to retain the seat Gov. Steve Bullock appointed him to in February. Afterward, the U.S. House candidates debated. Democrat John Lewis and Republican Ryan Zinke sparred over how a paralyzed Congress can be fixed. They were joined by Libertarian Mike Fellows.

WEEKEND SHOOTING IN RONAN LEAVES 1 DEAD:

Lake County officials have identified the victim of a weekend shooting death and have named his brother as a suspect. The sheriff's office says 51-year-old Terry Lozeau of the Charlo area died Saturday afternoon. Officers are searching for his brother, 53-year-old Harry Lozeau of Ronan, and believe he is still in the Lake County area.

LAKE MCDONALD LODGE TURNS 100:

Lake McDonald Lodge at Glacier National Park has marked its 100th anniversary since it formally opened to visitors and guests. Deirdre Shawn, Glacier's longtime historic curator, says the lodge is smaller and more intimate than other park lodges because it was built by the railroad like the other larger hotels on the east side of the park.

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