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Butte's Touch America, has been working with a corporate turnaround specialist from Stamford, Conn. the past few months Montana Standard reporter Leslie McCartney writes.

Company officials wouldn't say why Kevin Dowd is there. His company, Nightingale and Associates, is known for operational and financial restructuring, interim management, divestiture and asset recovery, financial adviser services, cash-flow management and dispute resolution. Touch America employs about 400 people, mostly in Butte. On Friday, it announced it expected to restate its earnings back to 2000, and will likely be delisted from an over-the-counter bulletin board. It was taken off the New York Stock Exchange almost two months ago. Touch America stock closed at 21 cents Tuesday.

A Flathead County search and rescue team freed a man who was trapped about 50 feet down an icy crevasse Monday, according to the http://www.dailyinterlake.com/" target="_blank">Kalispell Daily Interlake. Roderick Dye, 23, was exploring an ice cave by Hubbart Dam west of Kalispell with friends when he fell off a makeshift ladder. He was trapped nearly two hours but was not seriously injured in the fall.

Coffee giant Starbucks is opening a stand-alone store in Helena soon, Helena Independent Republic reporter John Harrington writes. The new outlet will be just across the street from its first outpost inside Helena's Safeway grocery store. Unlike the kiosk in Safeway, the retail store will sell brewing equipment, whole-bean coffee, music and other Starbucks merchandise.

Bozeman school officials are scouting property for a new school, according to the Bozeman Daily Chronicle. Although enrollment has hit a plateau there, the Bozeman School Board of Trustees is looking at two 80-acre, undeveloped sites on the west side of town.

Montana Trout Unlimited and the Montana Wildlife Federation have named the Bitterroot River's East and West forks to its top-10 "endangered fishing holes, according to the Ravalli Republic reporter Buddy Smith. The list came out in advance of the May 17. It focused on the Bitterroot because of its threatened access. Metcalf Lake in the Swan Valley, the Smith River, an access site on the Stillwater River and the Yellowstone River are among other fishing holes cited by the groups.

Lethbridge alderwoman Darlene Heatherington appeared in Great Falls municipal court Tuesday and pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of giving a false report to law enforcement, according to the Great Falls Tribune. But the charge will be dropped if she is not convicted of any crime in the next 12 months and seeks psychiatric help. She did pay $100 to cover court costs, but wil not be charged for the $14,000 cost of the search for her after she disappeared during a business trip with other Lethbridge city officials May 3. She turned up four days later in Las Vegas claiming to have been abducted and raped. But the 39-year-old mother of three recanted that story and said she left willingly with another man. She is on paid leave from the Lethbridge City Council.

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