Vice president to travel to Montana this week

BILLINGS, Mont. — Vice President Mike Pence is planning to travel to Montana and Yellowstone National Park next week.

Republican U.S. Sen. Steve Daines, who is up for election next year, said Pence will join him in Billings on Wednesday to talk about efforts to fight the state’s methamphetamine crisis.

The Billings Gazette reported Pence and his wife Karen will then visit Yellowstone National Park on Thursday to tour the park with Interior Secretary David Bernhardt and meet federal workers about rebuilding the National Park Service’s infrastructure.

This is the vice president’s third Billings visit in two years.

Pence and President Donald Trump campaigned several times in Montana in State Auditor Matt Rosendale’s failed bid to unseat Democratic U.S. Sen. Jon Tester.

Pilot sustains minor injuries in plane crash

MEDFORD, Ore. — Authorities say a small plane has crashed in Medford.

Local news media reported the pilot of the private plane sustained minor injuries Saturday when the aircraft crashed into trees and vehicles on Whittle Avenue.

Police said traffic is shut down in the area.

Police did not immediately respond to requests from the Associated Press for additional information.

Trumpeter swans build nest in Montana wildlife refuge

STEVENSVILLE, Mont. — Trumpeter swans have built a nest in a western Montana wildlife refuge that biologists hope will lead to the first offspring documented in the Bitterroot Valley following restoration efforts.

The Ravalli Republic reported Friday that the large waterfowl couple constructed the nest on top of a muskrat lodge on a remote pond at the Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge.

Refuge project leader Tom Reed said he discovered the nest last week.

Reintroduction efforts began decades ago after the swan population was decimated by hunters and feather collectors.

Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes wildlife director Dale Becker said 60 trumpeter young were recorded from about 18 nests in Montana last year.

He said the young usually appear right after Memorial Day, but this year they’re a bit late.

Associated Press

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