Archive - Aug 2, 2009 - News

Officials Nearing Agreement on Water Rights Settlement

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - Federal and tribal officials say they are nearing agreement on a half-billion-dollar water rights settlement for Montana's Crow Indians that was held up by a Wyoming lawmaker.

The settlement is one of several pending in Congress to resolve Indian water claims in the West, some of them unresolved since the 1800s.

Montana, Idaho and Wyoming talk Grizzly

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - An agreement proposed between Montana,Idaho and Wyoming calls for the three states to coordinate any future public hunts for grizzly bears, although no hunts are immediately planned.

An estimated 600 grizzlies live in the three-state Yellowstone region.