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In brief: Government steps up search for missing service members

BELLEVUE, Wash. – About 125 people gathered in Bellevue on Saturday to learn about the U.S. government’s latest efforts to recover the remains of servicemen and women listed as missing in action in the nation’s wars.

Similar meetings are being held across the country by the Joint Prisoners of War/Missing In Action Accounting Command.

The group’s mission is to achieve the fullest possible accounting of all missing Americans and to return any prisoners of war.

It says that of the 1,719 service members reported missing in action during the Vietnam War, 43 were from Washington state. Of the 8,000 reported missing during the Korean War, 134 of them were from Washington state.

Sheep healing after operation to repair broken front leg

BILLINGS – Lucky the bighorn sheep is back at the Montana Zoo and resting after a 4-hour surgery to repair his broken right front leg.

Surgeons at the Montana Equine Medical and Surgical Center in Three Forks repaired the humerus that was broken into five pieces and dislocated near the shoulder.

Montana Equine head veterinarian Peter Heidmann says Saturday’s surgery required putting two large bone plates into Lucky’s humerus.

Zoo officials say it’s unclear how the 1-year-old Lucky broke his leg. He first appeared lame on Wednesday.

Lucky arrived at the zoo in June after a rancher found him in the Gardiner area.

Lucky lives in an enclosure designed for bighorn sheep.

Snake River will run high despite light snowpack

JACKSON, Wyo. – A cool spring and late snowmelt mean the Snake River should be running high next month as usual.

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation says the river would have increased water flows in June despite last season’s light snowpack. The agency plays a large role in the river’s flow because it controls Jackson Lake Dam in Grand Teton National Park.

The bureau projects releases will peak at 5,000 cubic feet per second June 13. The agency says flow will be reduced from the end of June through late September.

The water flow forecast is about the same as last year’s.

Drug thefts by nurses go underreported, agency says

BILLINGS – The number of Montana nurses caught stealing drugs is underreported, the narcotics bureau chief for the state Division of Criminal Investigation says.

Mark Long said that’s because employers typically make an arrangement where the nurses just leave rather than notifying authorities when a nurse is caught stealing controlled substances.

“It’s a very honorable profession chock full of good employees,” said Long. “But any group is going to have some bad apples. If you have any medical professional diverting drugs, particularly if it’s for an addiction, you have a problem.”

Officials with the state Department of Labor and Industry, which oversees the Board of Nursing, said focusing on rehabilitation rather than prosecution prevents impaired nurses from going undetected and possibly harming patients.

State to lower ferry service in San Juans for rescue training

ANACORTES, Wash. – State transportation officials say there will be decreased ferry service in the San Juan Islands through Memorial Day weekend.

The ferries division is participating in a marine rescue exercise with the U.S. Coast Guard. Two ferries are needed for the emergency response training and six vessels are being moved to different routes.

Starting today, a 34-car ferry will serve the inter-island ferry route. A bigger ferry has been added for the holiday weekend on the Anacortes-San Juan Islands, but ferry officials say passengers should still plan for delays.


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