Search and rescue crews find body in Pattee Canyon
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — Missoula authorities say they found the body of a woman in the Pattee Canyon area while conducting a planned search for a missing person.
The Missoulian reports that police Sgt. Collin Rose says law enforcement and search and rescue crews discovered the body Sunday morning.
Rose has not yet released the name of the person who was found or said who authorities had been looking for.
The case remains under investigation.
Food stamp numbers high despite lower unemployment
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The number of people receiving food stamps in Montana remains high, despite lower unemployment rates.
According to the Billings Gazette, more Montanans are working now than were working during the recession.
However, the number of people receiving food stamps, also known as SNAP benefits, has remained about the same since the recession’s peak demand for services in 2011.
Officials say Montana’s housing construction industry is still suffering, and service industry wages are low enough for people who are working to still qualify for assistance getting food.
National park coping with housing shortage
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — The National Park Service is proposing to build housing in Glacier National Park to deal with a housing shortage.
Park officials want the housing built in the park at East Glacier in the East Glacier Ranger Station Historic District.
The Missoulian reports seasonal employees are having to double up in small dormitory rooms meant to house just one person.
The dorms also have limited bathroom and laundry facilities for 35 employees.
Great Basin rangeland facing challenges with climate change
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Fighting the effects of climate change in Great Basin rangeland is drawing together federal, state and private interests to deal with what scientists say is greater weather variability causing big swings in forage available for cattle and wildlife.
Experts say biomass can triple some years or see declines just as great, and that native vegetation in the region that has survived climate variations for tens of thousands of years now faces new challenges from invasive species and wildfires.
United States Geological Survey research ecologist Matt Germino says winter precipitation falling as rain rather than snow means perennial native plants have less water to store for summer use.
Certified animal nutritionist Marty Gill says he’s seen an increase in Great Basin ranchers pulling cattle off rangeland due to poor forage.
Sale of ski resorts won’t happen by year’s end, trust says
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A real estate investment trust isn’t going to meet its goal of selling more than a dozen ski resorts from Maine to California by year’s end.
Florida-based CNL Lifestyle Properties has sold its senior housing, many marinas and attractions, and the Mount Washington Hotel and Bretton Woods ski area in New Hampshire.
But it continues to seek buyers for 15 additional ski resorts, including Sunday River and Sugarloaf in Maine, Loon Mountain and Mount Sunapee in New Hampshire, Okemo Mountain in Vermont, Crested Butte in Colorado, Brighton in Utah and Sierra-at-Tahoe in California.
The transaction won’t have a big impact on skiers since operator leases for the resorts will remain intact. CNL told shareholders this month that it will provide an update in the first quarter of 2016.