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5 Things to Know in Montana for Aug. 11

Published on NewsOK Modified: August 11, 2014 at 1:27 pm •  Published: August 11, 2014
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DEMOCRATS-NEW CANDIDATE

Montana Democratic Party officials say they'll hold a special nominating convention on Saturday in Helena to select a replacement candidate for Sen. John Walsh in the U.S. Senate race. The convention will start at 9 a.m. at the Lewis and Clark County Fairgrounds. Party spokesman Bryan Watt says the intent is to have a candidate nominated by the end of the day.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS

The number of prescription drug overdose deaths in Montana has declined sharply since the state began requiring that prescriptions for painkillers be registered with the state Board of Pharmacy. The Billings Gazette reports that more than 300 deaths were recorded in 2010 and 2011, but just over 100 were recorded in 2013, after the law took effect.

WILDERNESS-HUMAN REMAINS FOUND

Officials in southwestern Montana say a hiker found human remains in the Welcome Creek Wilderness in the Lolo National Forest. Granite County Sheriff Scott Dunkerson says a backpacker from Missoula found the remains in rugged country on Saturday and led a group including deputies and a medical examiner in to the area on Sunday. The remains were taken to the state crime lab.

YELLOWSTONE VISITATION

The National Park Service says visitation to Yellowstone National Park neared the 2 million mark at the end of July. There were nearly 859,000 recreational visits to Yellowstone in July, up almost 6 percent from July 2013. The highest percentage growth in visitation continues to be in the number of bus passengers.

CANYON JUMP CANCELED

A Texas daredevil says he is calling off his plans to attempt the jump over the Snake River Canyon in Idaho that Evel Knievel failed to complete 40 years ago. "Big Ed" Beckley has spent $1.6 million on the project, but has run into multiple challenges. Most recently, Fox Broadcasting decided not to broadcast the jump. Beckley says he won't attempt the jump unless a network pays him several million dollars so he can recoup his costs. Another stuntman, Eddie Braun, still plans a Sept. 7 jump.