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HELENA — A Helena judge has less than a week to decide whether the Montana solicitor general is eligible to be a Supreme Court candidate after spending five years on inactive status with the state bar. The Montana Supreme Court directed District Judge Mike Menahan to make a ruling on Lawrence VanDyke's candidacy by next Wednesday so the high court can quickly plan for an appeal by whichever side loses in the decision. SENT: 350 words.
OF MONTANA INTEREST:
BIG RIDERS-BIG HORSES
BOISE, Idaho — Wranglers in the West who have for decades cashed in on the allure of getting on a horse and setting out on an open trail say they have had to add bigger horses to their stables to help carry larger tourists over the rugged terrain. The ranches say they are using draft horses, the diesels of the horse world, in ever greater numbers to make sure they don't lose out on income from potential customers of any size who come out to get closer to the West of yesteryear. By Keith Ridler. SENT: 760 words, photos, video.
IN BRIEF: EMAIL SCAM, HIGH SPEED CHASE, ROCKY MOUNTAIN FRONT, MONTANA LOTTERY RDP, POT ARREST-TRAIN, WELFARE CHECK-ASSAULT, NURSE-INMATE SEX, TREE REMOVAL.