Floods, fires, other disasters add stress to state budgets

In an Aug. 31 photo, the Rice Ridge Fire burns in the Lolo National Forest near Woodworth Road northeast of Salmon Lake, Mont. Montana’s wildfire season has left lawmakers there facing difficult decisions. The state typically keeps between $50 million and $100 million on hand for wildfire costs. This year, after a relatively wet winter and facing an estimate of lower than expected tax revenue, lawmakers authorized the governor to use some of that money to help fill a budget gap — leaving about $30 million in the fund. Rion Sanders / The Great Falls Tribune via AP

ATLANTA (AP) — A summer of natural catastrophes, from epic hurricanes to scorching wildfires, has exposed another peril in disaster-prone states: How to pay for the rescues, repairs and rebuilding.

LDS Church leaders plan trek dedication

Sellars Creek Ranch Trek Facility, south of Idaho Falls, will be dedicated Saturday. The facility will offer 2 1/2- and 3 1/2-day treks on a variety of trails. Photo courtesy Reuel Smith

Church leaders on Saturday will dedicate a facility south of Idaho Falls that aims to teach history and perseverance by reenacting the pioneer handcart trekking experience.

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