Potential ice jams prompt flood warnings
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - Flood warnings are in place for communities along four Montana rivers.
The National Weather Service in Billings says warnings are along the Gallatin River near Bozeman, Musselshell River from Harlowton to Roundup, Clark's Fork of the Yellowstone River near Billings, and the Tongue River near Miles City. Potential ice jams can cause water to rise a foot a minute.
Meteorologist Todd Chambers says it will take about 24 to 48 hours for the ice to work its way through the rivers.
But otherwise he says the threat of flooding is diminishing as about three-fourths of the snow at lower elevations has melted with recent warm weather.
He says melting snow last week caused lowland flooding in some areas because the ground was frozen and couldn't absorb the water.
MOUNTAIN LION KILLED
Mountain lion killed in Helena neighborhood
HELENA, Mont. (AP) - Wildlife officials have killed a mountain lion that had taken up residence in a Helena neighborhood and killed three housecats.
The Independent Record reports that Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks officials killed the adult female Friday.
Residents Gordon and Donna Klein reported spotting the lion lying in their planter outside the front window of their home on North Montana Avenue.
Warden Dave Loewen says mountain lions normally leave an area quickly if they spot humans.
He says he decided to kill the lion rather than tranquilizing it because that could take up to 15 minutes, posing a danger to people in the area.
Missoula protects osprey nest from Canada goose
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) - Workers in Missoula have made a high-profile osprey nest goose-proof.
The Missoulian reports a metal mesh cone has been placed over the nest to prevent a Canada goose named Clara from setting up housekeeping like she did last year before the osprey couple returned from migration.
University of Montana biologist Erick Greene and Garden City Tree Service owner Dale Beavers attached the metal cone Friday atop the pole near Ogren-Allegiance Park.
Last year, Clara beat the ospreys to the nest and wouldn't leave, successfully raising her own brood. The nest is atop a pole next to the baseball field where a minor league baseball team called the Missoula Osprey play.
The ospreys tried building new nests, but they were blown out of a tree, shooed away from a bank of lights and evicted from a crane and a power pole.
The ospreys eventually ended up nesting atop a 100-kilovolt power line. NorthWestern Energy workers kept the nest trimmed to prevent the birds from being electrocuted.
The osprey couple is expected back in Missoula in the next few weeks, and by then it's believed Clara will have already picked out another nest site.
When the ospreys are spotted, Greene plans to remove the mesh cone over the nest.
YOUTH CONSERVATION PROGRAM
National parks looking for conservation recruits
(Information in the following story is from: Casper (Wyo.) Star-Tribune, http://www.trib.com)
CASPER, Wyo. (AP) - Grand Teton and Yellowstone national parks are looking for teens to take part in this year's Youth Conservation Program.
The Casper Star-Tribune reports the Grand Teton program for high school students between the ages of 16 and 19 will begin June 16 and end Aug. 21. The Yellowstone program is for participants between the ages of 15 and 18. It offers two monthlong sessions - one from June 8 to July 9, and the other from July 13 to Aug. 13.
The deadline to apply for the Yellowstone program is today. Applications for the Grand Teton program are due Friday.
Both programs pay their participants.
Northern Arizona drops cold-shooting Montana 67-47
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) - Quinton Upshur scored 14 points as Northern Arizona dropped cold-shooting Montana 67-47 on Saturday.
Northern Arizona used a 7-0 run at the end of the first half to take a 26-21 lead at the break. Montana made just 5 of 19 shots before intermission.
The Lumberjacks ran away in the second half, outscoring the Grizzlies 41-26 as Montana made just one basket after the 12:31 mark, a layup by Nick Emerson with 36 seconds left in the game. For the game, Montana shot 29 percent and just 4 of 17 beyond the arc.
Ako Kaluna had 12 points while Aaseem Dixon added 11 for Northern Arizona, which shot 50 percent and enjoyed a 40-21 rebounding advantage.
Kareem Jamar led Montana with 15 points, including 7 of 10 from the line. He was the only Grizzly in double figures.
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