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Police seeking suspects

in Hamilton burglaries

Ravalli County authorities are looking for information about four burglaries in Hamilton this month.

Cenex Harvest States and a neighboring business, Quality Second Hand, were broken in to May 21, the same date that Northern Energy on South First Street was burglarized, according to Detective Scott Burlingham.

Lakeland Feed & Supply, on Mill Street, also was burglarized May 1.

The four businesses are in areas where there are few houses. Indications are the burglars, who take only cash, spend considerable time inside after they break in.

Authorities believe the burglaries are related because they occurred over a short period of time and because of the way the burglars gained entry.

At two businesses, Lakeland Feed & Supply and Northern Energy, entry was gained to a safe and an undetermined amount of money taken, he said.

While authorities have some leads they are pursuing, they are asking anyone who has information about the business burglaries, or who may have seen anything suspicious, to call detectives Sterling Maus or Burlingham at the Ravalli County Sheriff's Department, 375-6282 or Ravalli County Crimestoppers, 363-0062.

A caller to Crimestoppers can remain anonymous and could be eligible for a cash reward.

Mick Holien, Missoulian

Baucus will examine tree-thinning effort

U.S. Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., will tour the University of Montana's Lubrecht Experimental Forest on Wednesday, looking at a site where trees have been thinned to reduce the wildfire danger.

Then he'll be off for a meeting at Pyramid Mountain Lumber Co., the Seeley Lake sawmill saved from closure by a federal loan.

At Lubrecht, Baucus will tour a "harvest demonstration site," where dense stands have been cleared of woody debris and brush - thereby lowering the risk of stand-replacing wildfires. Similar projects are planned throughout western Montana this spring and summer.

In Seeley Lake, Baucus will meet with Pyramid Mountain president Roger Johnson. The mill recently received a federal loan guarantee to invest in new high-tech equipment that will allow the plant to continue operating.

Sherry Devlin, Missoulian

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