BUTTE, Mont. -

The Montana Supreme Court has upheld a lower court's decision to keep open a road near Anaconda while an attempt to close it to the public moves through the courts.
The Montana Standard reports (http://bit.ly/1jXGjVp ) in a story on Saturday the court denied an appeal by Michigan-based Letica Land Co. LLC and Don McGee to close Modesty Creek Road.
Second Judicial District Court Judge Kurt Krueger in July 2012 ordered the road remain open pending trial.
Anaconda commissioners in early 2012 ordered the locks cut on a gate that had barred access for decades.
Letica and McGee contend the road isn't a county road and their property rights are being violated. Those who want the road open say it has been registered with the county for more than a century.