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Martz would use exceptions to road-building ban


HELENA - Gov. Judy Martz said Tuesday she expects to make use of a proposed rule change by the Bush administration that would allow governors to request exemptions from a federal ban on road-building in remote areas of national forests.

The exemptions would be sought for all of the possible reasons suggested by the administration in an announcement Monday, including removal of timber that represent a hazardous level of fuel for wildfires, she said.

''I could see that Montana would be asking for exemptions at some time,'' Martz said in an interview.

''I think it's the right thing to do,'' sh...

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