Elk from extreme southwestern Montana exposed to brucellosis

This February, 2018, photo provided by Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks shows an elk being captured south of Ennis, Mont., that was to be tested for the disease brucellosis and fitted with a radio collar to track it's movements. State officials say an elk captured in the Tendoy Mountains during a disease surveillance effort has tested positive for exposure to brucellosis.(Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks via AP)

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — State wildlife and livestock officials say an elk captured in the Tendoy Mountains in southwestern Montana tested positive for exposure to brucellosis.

Student to compete in academic bowl for hearing-impaired

In a Thursday, March 15, 2018 photo, Hannah Feurt, a junior at Cheyenne's East High, stands outside the school for a portrait. Feurt will be attending the Gallaudet University National Academic Bowl competition in Washington, D.C., as part of a team of deaf and hard-of-hearing students from Wyoming. (Blaine McCartney/Wyoming Tribune Eagle via AP)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Hannah Feurt is eager to visit Washington, D.C., for the first time.

Skagit Valley women farm for sustainability, nutrition

In this March 6, 2018, photo, Jell-O Mold Farms owner Diane Szukovathy holds cuttings Tuesday that will be made into floral arrangements in Mount Vernon, Wash. From taking over an heirloom berry farm to starting a flower farm from scratch, some Skagit Valley women are thriving in family farming. (Scott Terrell/Skagit Valley Herald via AP)

MOUNT VERNON, Wash. (AP) — From taking over an heirloom berry farm to starting a flower farm from scratch, some Skagit Valley women are thriving in family farming.

Camas inventor learns hard lesson on protecting patents

Camas-based inventor Shane Chen says he barely saw any profits from the hover board craze he helped start in 2015 with his invention, the Hovertrax. Knockoffs flooded the market and a typo in his patent later foiled attempts to sue. Here he demonstrates his latest invention, the IOTATrax, that he hopes to better protect, outside his office at Inventist in Camas, Wash., on Monday, March 5, 2018. (Alisha Jucevic/The Columbian via AP)

VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) — On the first day of the biggest annual convention for their industry, Shane Chen’s wife began to cry.

Wyoming rancher finds his artistic side with camera

This March 16, 2018 photo shows rancher-turned-photographer Scott Mooney next to his framed photographs at his home outside of Gillette, Wy. Two of Mooney's photographs were chosen to be a part of the Governor's Capitol Art Exhibit. (Rhianna Gelhart/Gillette News Record via AP)

GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) — To the untrained eye, the rocks and fluorescent colors where the earth meets the hot pools underneath the walking bridges at Yellowstone National Park can be passed over without a second glance.

Ravalli County Museum opens new spelunking exhibit

In this March 8, 2018 photo, Mike McEachern poses next to a wet suit that one of his fellow spelunkers loaned to the Ravalli County Museum as part of its new "Illuminating Darkness Cave Exploration" exhibit in Hamilton, Mont. The exhibit includes displays of the equipment that McEachern and other spelunkers have used over the decades to explore and map caves in Montana and beyond. It also offers visitors a chance to wiggle their own way through re-creations of openings that cave explorers have encountered in their underground travels. (Perry Backus/Ravalli Republic via AP)

HAMILTON, Mont. (AP) — It’s not your run-of-the-mill kind of adventurer who plunges into the darkest depths of the Earth for a chance to squeeze through the tiniest of openings, navigate pools of freezing water and avoid being crushed by balancing rocks that have never been touched by a human hand.

APNewsBreak: Montana says miner violated “bad actor” law

FILE - In this Feb. 17, 2010, file photo, the snowcapped Cabinet Mountains tower over the lush Kootenai River Valley outside of Libby, Mont. Montana regulators say an Idaho company proposing two mines beneath the Cabinet Mountains Wilderness is in violation of a state law that prohibits individuals from starting new mines if they haven't cleaned up old ones. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Montana officials singled out a mining company president as an industry “bad actor” on Tuesday, and said the company could have to reimburse taxpayers more than $35 million for past pollution cleanups if it wants to pursue two new mines in the state.



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