A woman who says that for nearly 30 years she was the other woman in Charles Kuralt's life does not have a valid claim on his fishing retreat, a state judge ruled.

A letter that the television journalist wrote to Patricia Shannon in his final days saying he wanted her to have his Montana property was not a legal will, District Judge Frank Davis ruled Tuesday. Rather, it expressed an intention to draw up a document to give her the property, the judge said."The decedent was an intelligent, educated man - an articulate writer by profession, who knew how to say what he wanted to say," Davis wrote. "He clearly knew how to draft an effective holographic will, if that was his intent."