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KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) - Grizzly bears have killed ten calves on a northwestern Montana ranch. The Daily Inter Lake reported ( that the dead animals were found recently in a creek bottom on a ranch near Dupuyer in Teton County. Wildlife officials say at least 12 grizzlies have been present in the area. It's uncertain which were responsible for attacking the calves.

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) - Verizon says it will give hundreds of rural customers in eastern Montana more time to switch plans or find a new provider after members of the state's Congressional delegation objected to the company's plans to end services. Spokeswoman Meagan Dorsch said rural customers in dozens of small towns will have until Dec. 1 to switch plans or providers. Verizon had sent letters more than 900 eastern Montana customers in recent weeks letting them know their service would be terminated after Oct. 17.

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - An Oregon-based company is building a large crop processing plant in northeast Montana that it says will double the amount of peas and lentils it takes from 150 farmers. The investment by Columbia Grain comes as Montana has emerged as the largest producer of so-called pulse crops such as lentils, peas and chickpeas.

DENVER (AP) - Utilities serving more than 6 million customers primarily in Colorado and Wyoming are moving to join a larger transmission system in a move they say could reduce costs. The Denver Post reports ( the Mountain States Transmission Group said Friday it's moving to join the Southwest Power Pool. The larger group has nearly 100 member companies and an electricity transmission system serving 14 states.

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