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Lake McDonald area closed, but many parts of Glacier Park still open

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WEST GLACIER - While the Lake McDonald Lodge won't be reopening for the rest of the summer season, many other parts of Glacier Park remain open.

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Over 200,000 hair dryers recalled due to fire, shock hazards

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235,000 hair dryers were recalled this week due to fire and shock hazards.

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Red flag warnings this weekend, fire crews are on high alert

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With red flag warnings in effect this weekend, many firefighters are on high alert with strong winds and thunderstorms in the forecast. 

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The Latest: Evacuation warning issued for Polebridge area

Glacier National Park and Flathead County officials have issued a fire evacuation warning in the Kintla Lake and Polebridge areas.

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Couple gets married at historic M&M bar in Butte

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BUTTE - The M&M Bar in uptown Butte has been open since 1890, and on Thursday the historic bar hosted its first wedding.

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Missoula boy battling cancer receives support from New England Patriots

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A Missoula boy fighting a rare cancer has the New England Patriots on his side.

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Evacuated Glacier Park lodge won't re-open this season

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A century-old lodge in Glacier National Park that was evacuated last weekend due to a wildfire will not re-open this season.

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Bozeman Police investigating sexual assault; suspect at large

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Bozeman Police are investigating after a sexual assault was reported Thursday evening.

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Flathead Co. Sheriff issues evacuation warnings for Whale Butte Fire

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Flathead County Sheriff Chuck Curry has issued evacuation warnings for residents near the Whale Butte Fire, north of Polebridge, Montana. 

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Glendive mother charged in hot car death of toddler

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A 19-year-old Glendive woman has been charged with negligent homicide in the death of her 2-year-old son. 

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Ravalli County investigating drowning death at Lake Como

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HAMILTON - A 28-year-old woman drowned at Lake Como Thursday, according to the Ravalli County Sheriff.

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Missoula's Zombie Tools demonstrates can-slicing prowess

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MISSOULA - The machete-makers at Zombie Tools could use some help as they prepare for the zombie apocalypse. 

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Sen. Daines brings Senate Western Caucus to Bozeman

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BOZEMAN - The Senate Western Caucus met Friday in Bozeman to talk about issues including wildfires, the Farm Bill, national parks and energy. 

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Butte man delivers school supplies to kids

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BUTTE - It's back to school time in the Mining City, and one man is trying to ease the financial burden on parents who need to buy school supplies. This year, he's hoping that community donations will help him beat his record.

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SWX Tonight August 16, 2018

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Thursday's night's show features a sit down interview with new Griz soccer head coach Chris Citowicki on the eve of UM's first game.  Plus we have rodeo highlights, Rocky football camp, high school gridiron previews and updates on the unfortunate controversies regarding Idaho Vandal athletics and the University of Maryland football program.

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President Trump cancels military parade, 'maybe next year'

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WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump says he is canceling his plans for a military parade through the streets of Washington because the price was "ridiculously high."   On Twitter, Trump accused local politicians of price gouging, although the projected $92 million cost was largely attributed to Pentagon costs for aircraft, equipment and personnel.   Trump tweeted "maybe we will do something next year when the cost comes WAY DOWN."   The Defense ...

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Tesla's Musk says stress, overwork taking heavy toll

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Electric car maker Tesla's CEO Elon Musk has admitted in a wide-ranging interview with The New York Times that stress is taking a heavy toll in what he calls an "excruciating year."   In the newspaper's account of the interview, published Friday, Musk said he was working up to 120 hours a week and sometimes takes Ambien to get to sleep.   Musk stood by his tweet last week saying he might take Tesla private.   Reports say government regulators have subpoenaed T... More>>

Italy bridge survivor describes 'unreal silence'

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GENOA, Italy (AP) - Davide Capello was driving across the bridge toward the Italian city of Genoa when suddenly, the road dropped out from under him. A trained firefighter, he understood immediately that the structure had collapsed.   Capello was at the midpoint of the bridge, he recounted Friday, when "everything, the world, came down." The 33-year-old said: "I heard a noise, a dull noise. I saw the columns of the highway in front of me come down. A car in front o... More>>

"Clear the Shelters" this weekend and bring home a new best friend

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If you’ve been looking for a reason to finally adopt that cute dog or cat now is the time. This weekend is the nationwide “Clear the Shelters” pet adoption drive where you can adopt an animal for free or at a highly discounted price. 

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1 person injured, $175,000 in damages after Missoula house fire

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The Missoula Fire Department is investigating a house fire, after the flames spread from a nearby tree. Firefighters arrived on scene to flames coming from the basement at 1526 South Ave W. in Missoula. The fire was extending up the outside of the building and into the trees beside the business. Fire had also extended out of the basement and into the adjoining garage area. Firefighters quickly knocked down the fire and searched the building. Two people who were living in the base... More>>

Slain Colorado mother painted rosy picture of married life

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FREDERICK, Colo. (AP) - Shanann Watts painted a rosy portrait of her family on Facebook, calling her husband and the father of her two young daughters her "rock" and writing that he was "the best dad us girls could ask for."   But that idyllic image was shattered Wednesday when her husband, 33-year-old Christopher Watts, was arrested on suspicion of killing his family.   Shanann Watts, who was pregnant, and the couple's 3-year-old and 4-year-old daughters... More>>

Former US security leaders blast President Trump for yanking clearance

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Former U.S. security officials issued scathing rebukes to President Donald Trump on Thursday, admonishing him for yanking former CIA chief John Brennan's security clearance in what they cast as an act of political vengeance.   Trump said he'd had to do "something" about the "rigged" federal probe of Russian election interference.   Trump's admission that he acted out of frustration about the Russia probe underscored his willingness to us... More>>

Judge orders new State Dept. review of Keystone XL pipeline

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LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - A federal judge has ordered the U.S. State Department to conduct a more thorough review of the Keystone XL pipeline's proposed pathway after Nebraska state regulators changed the route.    U.S. District Judge Brian Morris of Montana said in a ruling Wednesday that the State Department must supplement its 2014 environmental impact study of the project to consider the new route.    The Nebraska Public Service Commission rejected pipeline develope... More>>

US pledges to work more closely with states vs. wildfires

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WASHINGTON (AP) - The Trump administration is pledging to work more closely with state and local officials to prevent wildfires and fight those choking California and other western states.    Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue says officials are targeting wide swaths of land -  including cutting down small trees and underbrush and setting controlled fires - to reduce the frequency and severity of fires now burning across the western United States.    Perdue, w... More>>

Investigation underway after drowning death on Lake Como

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The Ravalli County Coroner's Office is investigating the drowning of a 28-year-old woman from the Florence area.  The woman while swimming at Lake Como, and witnesses at the scene tried to find her after she slipped beneath the surface. The Ravalli County Sheriff's Office, Marcus Daly Ambulance, Darby Marshal's Office, and Ravalli County Search and Rescue responded to the lake where rescue attempts were made. Search and Rescue personnel located the victim approximately 80 feet... More>>

Fire crews respond to house fire in Thompson Falls

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The Thompson Falls Volunteer City Fire Department responded to a house fire on Thursday, according to Fire Chief Neal Harnatt. 

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Missoula kids get ready at the Back to School Bash Video included

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United Way of Missoula and the Salvation Army helped get kids ready for school in style at the annual Back to School Bash.

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Helena man sentenced to life in prison in girlfriend's death

A judge has sentenced a 22-year old Helena man to life in prison in the fatal shooting of the man's girlfriend last year.

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Kentucky teen fakes her own kidnapping to get $400 from her dad

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CORBIN, Ky. - A Kentucky teenager staged her own kidnapping and demanded ransom money from her father, according to police. 

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Google clarifies it tracks users who pause location history

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Google has changed a help page that erroneously described how its "Location History" setting works, clarifying for users that it still tracks their location even if they turn the setting off.    The change comes days after an Associated Press investigation revealed that several Google apps and websites store user location even if users have turned off Location History.

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US approves new generic competitor to EpiPen

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WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. health officials have approved a new generic version of EpiPen, the emergency allergy medication. 

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Name released of Kalispell woman who died in Hwy 93 crash

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KALISPELL - A Kalispell woman died on a head-on crash on Wednesday afternoon.

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Judge orders new State Dept. review of Keystone XL pipeline

A federal judge has ordered the U.S. State Department to conduct a more thorough review of the Keystone XL pipeline's proposed pathway after Nebraska state regulators changed the route.

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Gianforte, Williams hold meetings on wilderness study areas

Republican U.S. Rep. Greg Gianforte and his Democratic challenger, Kathleen Williams, are bringing Gianforte's proposal to release hundreds of thousands of acres from study for federal protection to the forefront of...

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Washington state agency has made no decision on killing wolves

The state of Washington has not made a decision on whether it will kill members of a wolf pack that have been preying on cattle.

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Defendant in baseball bat attack changes plea to guilty Video included

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MISSOULA - The man accused in a June baseball bat assault pleaded guilty in court Thursday.

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64-year-old man charged with sexual abuse of children in Missoula

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MISSOULA - Police say a man repeatedly sexually abused two young children.

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Crews recover Billings man's body from Bighorn Lake

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Search crews recovered a Billings man's body from Bighorn Lake Wednesday. 

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Fire near Glacier Park's Lake McDonald grows to 3,500 acres

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In the past 24 hours, the Howe Ridge Fire in Glacier National Park has grown by nearly 1,000 acres. The 78 firefighters assigned to the fire now have 3,500 acres of flames to extinguish. 

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Rocky Boy man charged with aggravated assault in attack

A 35-year-old Rocky Boy man is charged with aggravated assault after prosecutors say he jumped on another man's chest, breaking his ribs.

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The Latest: Body of man reported missing found in Montana

The Latest on a hiker missing in the Crazy Mountains (all times local):

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'Queen of Soul' Aretha Franklin has died

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Aretha Franklin, the undisputed "Queen of Soul" who sang with matchless style on such classics as "Think," ''I Say a Little Prayer" and her signature song, "Respect," and stood as a cultural icon around the globe, has died at age 76 from advance pancreatic cancer. 

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The Latest: Pearl Jam unapologetic for White House poster

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The Latest on a Pearl Jam concert poster that shows the White House in flames (all times local):

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Supreme Court leaves tax initiative ballot language alone

A unanimous Montana Supreme Court has rejected a tobacco industry-funded group's request to rewrite the ballot statement of a citizen's initiative to raise the state's tobacco taxes.

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Residents near Glacier park given fire evacuation warning

Montana authorities are warning residents they may have to leave their homes because of a fire burning near the southern border of Glacier National Park.

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Escape the smoke with SpectrUM Discovery science playground in Missoula

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The SpectrUM Discovery Area teaches kids about science in a hands-on, engaging way. It also offers families something to do with their kids while the air quality is smoky.

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'Queen of Soul' Aretha Franklin has died

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DETROIT (AP) - Aretha Franklin, the undisputed "Queen of Soul" who sang with matchless style on such classics as "Think," ''I Say a Little Prayer" and her signature song, "Respect," and stood as a cultural icon around the globe, has died at age 76 from advance pancreatic cancer.    Publicist Gwendolyn Quinn tells The Associated Press through a family statement that Franklin passed Thursday at 9:50 a.m. at her home in Detroit. The statement ... More>>

Back to school bash will get kids ready for the new year for free Video included

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The United Way and Salvation Army of Missoula are giving kids all they need to start the new school year off right. 

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Black bears take over Red Lodge Mountain Golf Course

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This might be the last thing you expect to while spending your day on the golf course. New photos show two black bears commandeering a golf cart at the Red Lodge Mountain Golf Course, and running around the green. The photos were taken by golfers Linnhe Reed and Kim Wright. The post on the golf course's social media page reads "It's been a wild day at the course! Thanks to Red Lodge locals Linnhe Reed & Kim Wright for the pics. Photo courtesy: Red Lodge Mountain... More>>

Rims rock slide crashes into Billings home Video included

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On Wednesday night there was a rock slide in the area of Reimers Park Drive in Billings. 

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Supreme Court leaves tax initiative ballot language alone

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HELENA, Mont. (AP) - A unanimous Montana Supreme Court has rejected a tobacco industry-funded group's request to rewrite the ballot statement of a citizen's initiative to raise the state's tobacco taxes.    The opinion by Chief Justice Mike McGrath Wednesday says the statement written by the attorney general's office meets legal standards and will appear as is before voters in November.    Montanans Against Tax Hikes had asked the court to re-word the ballot statem... More>>

Pearl Jam unapologetic for White House poster

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Pearl Jam's bassist is unapologetic for a concert poster that has Republicans crying foul.    Jeff Ament said in a statement Wednesday that he was the "sole conceptualist" for the poster depicting a burning White House and what appears to be President Donald Trump's skeleton.    Ament says the role of an artist is to make people think and feel, and the current administration has people thinking and feeling.    He says he welcomes all interpretat... More>>

Evacuation warnings in place near Glacier National Park

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HELENA, Mont. (AP) - Montana authorities are warning residents they may have to leave their homes because of a fire burning near the southern border of Glacier National Park.    The Flathead County Office of Emergency Services says Wednesday's evacuation warning affects a small number of homes threatened by the fire burning about 2 miles (5 kilometers) from the community of Essex.    It wasn't immediately clear how many homes are threatened in that area between mil... More>>

Bacon Rind remains at 1400 acres, second Yellowstone fire is fully contained

The Bacon Rind Fire burns on August 15, 2018. The Bacon Rind Fire burns on August 15, 2018.
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As the Bacon Rind Fire nears a month since it was first detected, officials hosted a meeting to update the public on the fire's progress. The Bacon Rind Fire has been burning since July 20. It is now 1,388 acres in perimeter, but remains spotty throughout. A public meeting was held on Wednesday evening to address the fire's growth.

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St. Vincent performs 6 minute emergency C-Section Video included

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The first moment of holding your newborn and hearing that first cry is so special. But when things go wrong in the delivery room those moments can be filled with panic. Sidney parents, Tamara and Miguel Romero, experienced just that. Tamara explained, "If my water would've broke while we were still here [at the Ronald McDonald House], if I didn't get in there's a good chance that he wouldn't have made it." Six minutes is all it took for Malachi to be delivered but it was in ...

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Missoula's United Way & The Salvation Army providing free school supplies for kids

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Summer break is quickly coming to a close for Missoula County public school students.

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Missoula baby with rare syndrome struggles to survive with smoky air

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As wild fires continue to burn throughout the West, air quality is becoming a bigger concern for many, but especially for those who have medical conditions. For one Missoula baby, the smokey air quality is making it difficult for him to survive.  

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Daines hopes to secure more funding to honor Vietnam veterans with new visitor center

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Senator Steve Daines spent his afternoon back on Capitol Hill fighting to build an education center at the heart of one of the nation's most recognizable memorials.  Nearly 58,000 names don the wall that was built nearly two decades after one of the most divisive times in America's history with thousands coming home from Vietnam only to be spit upon, shamed and even attacked for fighting for our country.  President and CEO of Vietnam Veteran's Memorial ...

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Search and rescue teams see busiest time of year in August and September Video included

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LIVINGSTON - It's the busiest time of year for search and rescue teams in southwestern Montana.

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Beaverhead Animal Shelter rescues 15 neglected dogs in hoarding case Video included

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DILLON- The Beaverhead Animal Shelter took in fifteen dogs that were part of an awful hoarding case about two weeks ago. The dogs were given food and water but that was about it. They lived in awful conditions and were forced to walk in their own feces in the house. The woman who surrendered the dogs to the shelter did not face any charges. The animals are now terrified of human interaction. "It's from neglect, it's from people not taking the time and giving these animals ...

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Montana Food Bank Network receives 27,000 meals' worth of donations Video included

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A large donation to the Montana Food Bank Network will make a big difference for Montana families in the coming months, and staff say it couldn't come at a better time.

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Missing hiker found dead in Crazy Mountains Video included

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Searchers found a missing hiker dead in the Crazy Mountains.

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Butte man allegedly tried to steal two cars at gunpoint

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BUTTE - A 25-year-old man is in custody after allegedly trying to rob people at gunpoint in two separate incidents.

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Sheriff issues Evacuation Warning near Essex

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Some people near Essex are now under an evacuation warning as the Paola Ridge Fire reaches about 370 acres. 

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Yellowstone visitor warned for standing too close to bison

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A Yellowstone National Park visitor standing too close to a bison said the potential danger is "fake news," according to a social media post that's going viral.

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Glacier Park's Howe Ridge fire holding at 2,600 acres, evacuations still in effect

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WEST GLACIER - The Howe Ridge Fire in Glacier Park held steady on Tuesday, and evacuations remain in place.

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Bacon Rind Fire continues to burn Yellowstone National Park

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The Bacon Rind Fire continues to burn over a thousand acres of Yellowstone National Park and the Lee Metcalf Wilderness, as fire crews attempt to slow the wildfire.  National Forest Service officials said in a press release that the fire experienced minimal growth yesterday. 

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WANTED: Man with information about possible child sexual assault victim

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The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is seeking the public’s assistance with obtaining identifying information regarding an unknown male who may have critical information pertaining to the identity of a child victim in an ongoing sexual exploitation investigation.

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Missoula Pearl Jam poster criticized for appearing to portray Trump's corpse

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Thousands of people packed Washington-Grizzly Stadium on Monday for the sold-out Pearl Jam concert. But it's a commemorative poster that's still making noise after the show is over. 

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Michigan man went missing while hiking in Montana

Crews continued searching Wednesday for a 39-year-old Michigan man who was reported missing in the Crazy Mountains northeast of Livingston.

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Wildlife officials investigate Montana grizzly bear shooting

Montana and federal wildlife officials are investigating after a grizzly bear was found with a gunshot wound last month.

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Glacier Park's July visitation number slightly below 2017

The latest statistics from the National Park Service show that last month was the second busiest July for Glacier National Park on record.

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Defense attorney seeks man's release in 2003 Montana murder

A defense attorney is asking for a Montana man imprisoned since 2003 for the murder of his uncle to be re-sentenced to time he's already served, which would result in his release.

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ROAM misses deadline leaving some UM students without a room

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The start of a new school year is only a few weeks away but some University of Montana students are still without the student housing they signed up for. 

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Driver hospitalized after car crash near Huntley canal

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A woman is in the hospital after crashing her car near a canal in Huntley, MT. Authorities responded just after 1:30 a.m. Wednesday morning at North Canal Drive. Troopers say the woman crashed her car and was unconscious when they arrived on scene. The car was still in drive. When the driver regained consciousness, crews freed her from the car and transported her to the hospital. Drugs and alcohol are suspected to be involved. More>>

Defense attorney seeks man's release in 2003 Montana murder

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BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - A defense attorney is asking for a Montana man imprisoned since 2003 for the murder of his uncle to be re-sentenced to time he's already served, which would result in his release.    The request comes after a court ruled the shooting didn't meet the definition of a violent crime.    Quinton Birdinground Jr., 38, is scheduled to appear Aug. 23 for re-sentencing before U.S. District Judge Susan Watters.    Defense attorney David Ness ... More>>

Glacier Park's July visitation number slightly below 2017

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KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) - The latest statistics from the National Park Service show that last month was the second busiest July for Glacier National Park on record.    The Flathead Beacon reports that about 905,000 people visited the northern Montana park last month, a 10 percent decrease from July 2017 when the park received more than 1 million visitors.    July 2017 remains the highest monthly total in the park's history.    The National Park Service bega... More>>

Search for missing hiker in the Crazy Mountains

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A search is underway for a missing hiker in the Crazy Mountains. He's believed to be near the cave lake area, and was volunteering on a project when he was last seen. The missing person is a 39-year-old man from Michigan, who was last seen Monday night. His car was found at the trailhead in Sweet Grass County. Crews found no sign of him during their search Tuesday, and efforts to find him will get underway again Wednesday. The terrain they're searching in is very rugged and diffi...

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Search dogs, ROVs brought in for Bighorn Lake search

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The search continues for 2 missing people after a boating accident on Bighorn Lake. According to a news release, on Saturday night, Big Horn County Montana Sheriff department received a 911 call from an off-duty deputy advising of a boating accident near Dayboard 7 with a sunken vessel and two individuals in the water.  National Park Service and Big Horn Country deputies responded.   They located Robert Ludwich, of Billings, MT, on the shoreline.  The patient was tran...

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Missoulians teaming up to help keep air healthy during wildfire smoke season Video included

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To help others breathe a little easier during wildfire season, Climate Smart Missoula is partnering with the city-county health department. The Summer Smart program helps provide HEPA air filters to schools and people in need.

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Missoula Rural Fire asks public for help

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Missoula Rural Fire is asking the public's help in determining the cause of a fire in Bonner that burned a two-story home, a garage and shed.  

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Three Things to Know About the 2018 Sentinel Spartans

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Number 1- They have some dudes at the play making positions that will be fun to watch. "For us would be our skill positions. We bring back Quarterback, Running Back, Jack Colyer and the secondary Blaze Meriweather Beau King. It could go on and on so we feel good about our skill positions," said Sentinel Head Coach Dane Oliver.  "We have great skill guys, quarterback, running back, receivers and then the defensive side a good secondary and d-line," said ... More>>

$20 million settlement between Montana Diocese and victims of sexual abuse by clergy approved

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After more than 80 claims of sex abuse have been settled with the Catholic Diocese of Great Falls Billings, the names of all the child sexual abusers have been released. 

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Butte firefighters help battle fire in California

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BUTTE - The Butte-Silver Bow Fire Department sent four firefighters and a structure truck to California to help battle the Mendocino Complex Fire. The crew was dispatched on July 31st to help battle the 35,000 acre fire in Northern California. The fire has been burning since July 27th. The Butte firefighters have been there for over two weeks now and Fire Chief Jeff Miller said, "they still have their hands full down there with this drought and some of the weather condition...

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Missoula daycare re-opens after employee arrested for meth use

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A daycare center re-opened its doors Tuesday after it was closed for cleaning when an employee was reportedly found using meth in the facility.

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Blackfeet man missing; found safe

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BLACKFEET RESERVATION: A Missing and Endangered Persons alert (MEPA) has been issued for 31-year-old Justin Patrick Spotted Bear.  

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Cabin owner "heartbroken" after Glacier Fire burns homes

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On Tuesday, Glacier National Park confirmed several cabins burned in the Howe Ridge Fire. The historic cabins are along the west side of Lake McDonald. 

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Montana Green Party challenging ballot signature rules

The Montana Green Party is challenging a state law that governs minor party ballot access.

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Carnival worker faces 4 sexual assault charges

A traveling carnival worker faces charges he sexually assaulted four people, including a 14-year-old girl, while working at the Montana State Fair in Great Falls.

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Historic buildings, homes lost in Glacier National Park Fire

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Glacier National Park officials are assessing the damage from the 2,500-acre Howe Ridge Fire.

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Carnival worker faces 4 sexual assault charges

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GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) - A traveling carnival worker faces charges he sexually assaulted four people, including a 14-year-old girl, while working at the Montana State Fair in Great Falls.    Two counts against 42-year-old Roberto Salaman-Garcia are misdemeanors and the second two are felonies. His attorney, Meghan Lulf Sutton, says Salaman-Garcia will plead not guilty to the charges Tuesday in District Court.    Salaman-Garcia was arrested after a police detective... More>>

2 grizzly bears relocated in Wyoming

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CODY, Wyo. (AP) - The Wyoming Game and Fish Department has captured and relocated two more grizzly bears last week.    The agency says it caught a sub-adult male grizzly bear on Aug. 7. 

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Couple lost in Wyoming ice cave for nearly 2 days rescued

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JACKSON HOLE, Wyo. (AP) - A man and woman got lost inside a maze-like ice cave in Wyoming for nearly two days and were hypothermic when rescuers found them.    Teton County Undersheriff Matt Carr told the Jackson Hole News and Guide that the Idaho couple had burned their backpacks and other gear to stay warm after getting soaked by a waterfall in the Darby Canyon Ice Cave.    The 27-year-old man and his 24-year-old wife left Idaho Falls at 7 a.m. Saturday to explor... More>>

Yellowstone welcomes 940,000 visitors in July

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YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP) - The National Park Service says more than 940,000 people visited Yellowstone National Park in July, which is typically the park's busiest month for recreation visits.    The number is down about 2 percent from the 962,000 visits recorded in July 2017 but is still the fifth busiest July on record at the nation's first national park. August is normally the second busiest month in Yellowstone.    So far in 2018, the park has hoste... More>>

Yellowstone welcomes 940,000 visitors in July

The National Park Service says more than 940,000 people visited Yellowstone National Park in July, which is typically the park's busiest month for recreation visits.

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Montana Treasure: Pearl Jam bassist Jeff Ament

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As if being a rock star isn't enough, Pearl Jam bassist Jeff Ament is also helping to improve the lives of Montana's youth one ollie-- pop shoveit-- and kickflip at a time. 

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Montana attorney says changes to tax initiative unnecessary

An attorney for Montana says the changes that an anti-tax group wants to make to a ballot initiative to raise the state's tobacco tax are minor and unnecessary.

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Lawmakers, conservationists ask Congress to reauthorize fund

Montana lawmakers and conservation groups say time is running out for Congress to reauthorize a program that uses offshore drilling royalties to pay for land conservation and outdoor recreational projects across the nation.

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Glacier National Park fire force evacuation of lodge

A growing wildfire in Glacier National Park in northern Montana has forced the evacuation of an historic lodge and a campground.

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Winter preparations already underway

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It may be hard to imagine winter right now with high temperatures and fires across the state, but Missoula County is already preparing. 

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Type II fire crews called in to address Madison Co. fires

The Wigwam Fire burns near Ennis on August 13, 2018. The Wigwam Fire burns near Ennis on August 13, 2018.
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Two fires burning in Madison County have prompted evacuations and caused county officials to call in a larger, Type II response team to take over direction of the fires.

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Cougar Creek fire reaches over 29,000 acres; still 5 percent contained

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The Cougar Creek fire in Chelan County remains at five percent containment, but has grown to 29,186 acres as of Monday. 

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PHOTOS: Wildfire billows smoke over Lake McDonald in Glacier Park

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Dramatic photos capture the Howe Ridge wildfire in Glacier Park.

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Bacon Rind Fire impacting Highway 191

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Highway 191 is limited to one lane between Big Sky and West Yellowstone as the Bacon Rind Fire continues to burn in the area. 

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Carnival worker charged with additional sexual assault charges

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Cascade County Attorney Joshua Racki has confirmed with KFBB a man who works for Mighty Thomas Carnival has been accused of sexual assault. 

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Reports: Aretha Franklin is seriously ill

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Aretha Franklin is seriously ill, according to a person close to the singer.

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Madison County fires continue to grow, evacuations in place

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Infrared mapping is giving fire bosses a better picture of the size of two fires burning in Madison County. 

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38-year-old man dies in head-on crash near Polson

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POLSON - A 38-year-old man died in a head-on wreck on Kerr Dam Road on Friday evening. 

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'Extreme' fire behavior in Glacier Park prompts new evacuations

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WEST GLACIER - Officials say the Howe Ridge Fire is rapidly sweeping through parts of Glacier Park, prompting several evacuations. 

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Glacier National Park fires concern visitors

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Glacier National Park closed the going-to-the-sun-road from Lake McDonald to Logan Pass on Sunday evening. 

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Lightning strikes expand Tenmile fire to Sterling Complex

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EUREKA - Rural residents are on pre-evacuation notice after lightning strikes over the weekend expanded the Tenmile Fire in Kootenai National Forest. 

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FBI fires Peter Strzok in wake of anti-Trump text messages

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The FBI has fired a longtime agent who once worked on special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation after he sent text messages criticizing President Donald Trump to a colleague.

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Bacon Rind Fire closes trails, campsites in Yellowstone National Park

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A wildfire burning in the boundary of Yellowstone National Park has forced the closure of several trails and backcountry campsites.

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Search for teen who left foster family at Yellowstone National Park

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A 14-year-old girl from Charleston, WV is missing after leaving her foster family while at Yellowstone National Park. According to the Kanawha County Sheriff's Office, Lachaela "Shay" Putnick has been in custody of WV Child Protective Services, but was temporarily placed with a foster family in Wyoming. On August 7, 2018 she left the family while at the park. She has not made contact with family or authorities since then. She has ties to North Charleston WV, For... More>>

Pearl Jam will "Rock2Vote" in Missoula

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Pearl Jam started Rock2Vote to get more people involved and signed up in local politics. The band chose four nonprofits in Missoula to donate to: Forward Montana, Montana Native Vote, Montana Conservation Voters and Planned Parenthood Advocates of Montana.

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Public asked to comment on proposed oil and gas lease sale

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HELENA, Mont. (AP) - Federal officials are taking public comment on a proposed oil-and-gas lease sale in December in Montana and western North Dakota.    The U.S. Bureau of Land Management is proposing to sell leases for 102 parcels covering 69,270 acres in 20 Montana counties and one North Dakota county.    BLM officials say in a statement the 15-day comment period seeks input on issues and potential impacts of drilling those parcels.    The public comme... More>>

Smoking Might Cost You More Than You Think Video included

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This week, doctors, nurses, and health care providers are coming together to support initiative185, which proposes to raise the tax of cigarettes by two dollars. According to Montana Healthcare Leaders, by adding an additional two dollars in tax for a pack of cigarettes, this will: • Help 9,300 adults quit smoking. • Decrease youth smoking rates by 20.6 percent • Prevent 8,000 Montana kids from becoming adult smokers The initiative will also prevent 100,000 people ... More>>

Lightning ignites several fires in Glacier National Park

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WEST GLACIER, Mont. (AP) - Firefighters are responding to multiple wildfires started by lightning in Glacier National Park.    The National Park Service says at least three fires were started Saturday night. The size of the fires has not yet been determined.    One of the fires is visible from the Going-to-the-Sun Road.    A team of smoke jumpers as well have air tankers have been ordered to help fight the fires.    The fires are not threatening... More>>

Winds cause Wigwam and Monument Fires to more than quadruple in size in a day

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ENNIS - Two fires burning in Madison County, near Ennis, prompted a public meeting on Sunday night. The Wigwam Fire was originally estimated to be about 100 acres in size. By Sunday night, it had grown to 2,100 acres - 21 times the original estimate. On Sunday morning, the Monument Fire was roughly estimated to be at 1,500 acres. By Sunday evening, it had grown to just over 6,000.

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Monument and Wigwam Fires sparked near Ennis, evacuations ordered

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ENNIS -Two fires burning near Ennis are prompting evacuations in the area. The Wigwam Fire was discovered in the early evening on August 11, and it quickly grew to 100 acres by Sunday morning. Just south of the Wigwam Fire is the Monument Fire, which is burning about 18 miles southwest of Cameron in the north part of the Gravelly Mountains.

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Evacuations ordered in Glacier National Park as winds drive wildfire

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Evacuations have been ordered in Glacier National Park and a portion of Going-to-the-Sun Road is closed as a wildfire in the park continues to grow. 

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Residents southeast of Lincoln receive pre-evacuation notice

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According to a press release from the Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest, the 467 Trail Fire burning southeast of Lincoln has prompted a pre-evacuation notice from the Lewis and Clark County Sheriff's Office. The notice is for residents in the McQuithy Gulch and Marsh Creek areas.  The fire, which is lightening-caused, is only about 20 acres in size, but firefighters are working hard to suppress the blaze due to dense timber and thick brush.  A red flag warning will re...

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Shelter open in Eureka for residents impacted by wildfires

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A shelter is open in Eureka for those impacted by wildfires burning in Lincoln County.

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Evacuations ordered in Madison County

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Evacuation orders are in place in Madison County as wildfires in the area continue to grow.

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Red Cross shelter opens in Ennis for wildfire evacuees

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A shelter is open in Ennis for residents who are evacuated because of the Wigwam Fire. 

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Pre-evacuation notices issued in Lincoln County

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The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office has issued pre-evacuation notices as wildfires in Northwest Montana continue grow.

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Judges, task forces want tougher DUI laws in Montana

Members of DUI task forces are asking legislators for tougher laws against impaired driving in Montana.

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Bozeman ammunition company operators plead guilty

Two corporate officers of a now-closed Montana ammunition company have pleaded guilty to federal charges after prosecutors alleged they dumped lead-contaminated wastewater into the Bozeman sewer system.

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Growing Spokane, Washington, sheds its sleepy city image

Spokane, Washington, has long been in Seattle' shadow. But now the Lilac City is luring more jobs and has a hot real estate market, a fast-growing population and a rising arts and entertainment sector.

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Little-known Democratic 2020 hopefuls make early Iowa visits

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In Iowa, the dozen or so little-known Democrats who have begun visiting the early presidential nominating state sometimes go unrecognized while the party's stars and rising national figures stay away for now.

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Lightning sparks multiple fires in Glacier National Park

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Glacier National Park officials say lightning activity Saturday sparked at least three fires in the park.

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Wildfire prompts evacuation warnings in Madison County

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Madison County law enforcement went door-to-door Saturday night, warning residents they may be asked to evacuate as wildfires near Ennis continue to grow.

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Name released of man who died in Hwy 93 wreck near Lolo

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One person died and two others were injured after a crash on Highway 93 near Lolo on Saturday. 

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Poison ivy found in Missoula's popular dog park

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Officials with Missoula Parks and Recreation are warning dog owners about poison ivy in the popular dog park, Jacob's Island Park.

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Search continues for Jermain Charlo

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The LifeGuard Group continues to help search for Jermain Charlo who disappeared on June 16th in Missoula. 

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Wildfire burning near Plains after house fire spreads, burns structures

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A trailer-house fire quickly spread to surrounding land in the Plains area Friday. According to Sanders County Wildland Fire Information the Weeksville Fire is being managed by a local Type 3 Incident Management Team from the Plains-Thompson Falls Ranger District.

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Plane stolen by 'suicidal' employee crashes near Seattle

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SEATAC, Wash. (AP) — A "suicidal" airline employee stole an empty Horizon Air turboprop plane, took off from Sea-Tac International Airport and was chased by military jets before crashing into a small island in the Puget Sound on Friday night, officials said.

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Hellgate Knights begin season at the stroke of midnight

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High school football teams in the state of Montana are allowed to start practicing on August 10. But it does not specifiy that the teams can't begin when the clock turns to the second Friday in August.  The Hellgate Knights began their season at midnight, and our Shaun Rainey was there with this report about three things you need to know about the Hellgate Knights.

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Firefighters suffer from heat exhaustion while battling Bonner house fire

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Two firefighters suffered from heat exhaustion while responding to a house fire in Bonner Friday.

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UPDATE: Rosebud County deputies find reported drowning victim

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According to Sheriff Allen Fulton, at approximately 11 a.m. on August 10th, Rosebud County Sheriff's Office found the drowning victim, Jason Blankenship, of Otter, MT.

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Missoula County investigating after girl falls from Typhoon carnival ride

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MISSOULA - An 11-year-old girl is in serious condition after a fall from the Typhoon carnival ride at the Western Montana Fair, officials say.

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Car chase for reckless driver ends in deadly crash near Libby

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LIBBY, Mont. (AP) - A brief law enforcement pursuit of a reported reckless driver near Libby ended in a fiery crash that killed a 31-year-old Missoula man.    Montana Highway Patrol Sgt. Neil Duram says several citizens reported a reckless driver on U.S. Highway 2 at about 5 p.m. Thursday.    Duram said he tried to pull the driver over but he sped off, swerving in and out of traffic.    Duram said Friday the pursuit lasted for just over a minute and cover... More>>

3 bats with rabies reported in Natrona County

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CASPER, Wyo. (AP) - Three bats in Natrona County have tested positive for rabies since June 7.    KTWO-AM reports the Casper-Natrona County Health Department says that is a significant increase from past years.    Dr. Karl Musgrave is the Wyoming Department of Health public health veterinarian.    Musgrave reminds people about the importance of animal vaccinations to help protect pets, horses and livestock and their owners from rabies.    He als... More>>

Montana Heat Wave: Record-breaking highs hit parts of the state

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Heat advisories and red flag warnings are in effect across Montana, with triple-digit temperatures hitting the state Friday and Saturday. According to the National Weather Service, record to near-record highs are expected over the North Central Montana plains, with highs between 95° to 105°. 110° temperatures are possible Friday and Saturday in some areas on the Hi-Line and in the Missouri River Valley. Heat exhaustion and heat stroke is possible if the right preca... More>>

Woman dies in northwestern Montana house fire

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HUNGRY HORSE, Mont. (AP) - A woman died in a fire at a trailer house in the northwestern Montana town of Hungry Horse.    Hungry Horse Fire Capt. Jared Lako tells the Hungry Horse News the fire was reported at about 8 p.m. Wednesday. Bad Rock Volunteer Fire Chief Kirk Katzenmeyer says flames were initially shooting 40 feet (12 meters) in the air and caught some nearby trees on fire, as well.    Katzenmeyer says the fire appears to have started in the kitchen, altho... More>>

Commission backs plan to maintain Montana grizzly population

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BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - Montana wildlife commissioners have endorsed a plan to manage the largest grizzly bear population in the Lower 48 states at current levels as federal officials consider lifting protections on the animals.    Thursday's decision sets a population objective of at least 800 bears across a 16,000-square mile (42,000-square kilometer) area of northwestern Montana.    Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks officials say they plan to maintain a higher num... More>>

Anaconda Smokestack marks 100 years with public tours Video included

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It's the 100th anniversary of the Anaconda Smelter. 

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Wreck snarls traffic on North Reserve near Missoula Costco

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MISSOULA - A wreck snarled traffic on North Reserve Street near Costco Thursday afternoon.

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Washington teen recovering after being pushed off a bridge

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LONGVIEW, Wash. - A high school student is recovering after being pushed off a bridge at Moulton Falls Regional Park in southern Washington.    

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Pence outlines plan for new Space Force by 2020

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Vice President Mike Pence has announced plans for a new, separate U.S. Space Force as sixth military service by 2020.

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Billings police officer saves mother and two young children from burning home

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A Billings police officer is being commended today after saving a mother and her two children from a burning home.  

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Yellowstone Park raises fire danger to VERY HIGH

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Yellowstone National Park has declared a very high fire danger risk for the entire park. 

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Crocs closes the last of its manufacturing plants, executive resigns

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Footwear maker Crocs is closing the last of its manufacturing plants.

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Graduates from Montana universities see decrease in debt

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BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) - Recent data shows students from Montana's largest universities are graduating with a little less debt.    The 2017-2018 Common Data Set that colleges submit to major publishers indicates that Montana State undergraduates who took out student loans accumulated on average $1,209 less debt than the year before.    And compared to a couple years ago, 11 percent fewer Montana State students are taking out any loan debt.    The amount of s... More>>

Employees in Montana have their nose to the grindstone, study says Video included

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According to a new study, each worker in Montana used an average of 16 vacation days in 2017.

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5k Color Run to support Great Falls Children's Receiving Home Video included

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Looking for something fun to do with the whole family this weekend? And get in that exercise? Loenbro is hosting their third annual Color Me Well 5K Fun Run on Saturday, August 11, at 11 am. 

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Arizona man's body found in southwestern Montana

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HELENA, Mont. (AP) - Authorities in south-central Montana have released the name of a man whose body was found by hikers last month near the Gates of the Mountains Wilderness Area north of Helena.    Lewis and Clark County Coroner Bryan Backeberg on Wednesday identified the man as 61-year-old David William Kell of Prescott, Arizona.    His body was found on July 20. At the time, Sheriff Leo Dutton said the body was badly decomposed and may have been in the area for... More>>

'Superman' actress Margot Kidder's death ruled a suicide

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HELENA, Mont. (AP) - Margot Kidder's daughter says the Superman actress' death has been ruled a suicide.    Maggie McGuane told The Associated Press Wednesday that she knew her mother died by suicide when she was brought to Kidder's Montana home in May, and that it is a big relief to have the truth out.    Park County Coroner Richard Wood said in a statement that Kidder died May 13 in her Livingston home "as a result of a self-inflicted drug and alcohol overdo... More>>

Oscars add popular film category, sets earlier air date

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The Oscars are adding a new category to honor popular films and promising a brisk three-hour ceremony on a much earlier air date of Feb. 9, 2020. 

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Unbowed by Russia questions, Trump Jr. becomes GOP star

The president has been privately fretting over his eldest son's legal exposure in the special counsel's investigation. But Donald Trump Jr. isn't letting any scrutiny slow him down.

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Margot Kidder died of self-inflicted drug, alcohol overdose

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The autopsy for Margot Kidder released Wednesday shows the late actress died as a result of a self-inflicted drug and alcohol overdose. 

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Police arrest suspect wanted in June 24 Sentinel shooting

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MISSOULA - Police announced Wednesday that after more than 6 weeks of searching, they have arrested a suspect in the June 24 shooting that injured two teens. 

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Oregon man pleads not guilty after viral bison-taunting video Video included

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An Oregon man appeared in federal court Wednesday after a viral video surfaced of him taunting a bison on July 29.

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How to Beat the Heat Wave Across the Treasure State Video included

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With Montana reaching into the triple digits this week, heat-related illnesses are a potential risk.  Heat-related illnesses include:  •Heat Stroke •Heat Exhaustion  •Heat Cramps  •Heat Rash It's extremely important to stay hydrated, drinking a minimum of 8 cups a day.  The best way to gauge this is by simply listening to your body.  If your urine is a light yellow, you're hydrated.  However, if your urine is a ... More>>

Veterans groups raise $58K for Bozeman veterans cemetery

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BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) - Groundwork is expected to begin this summer on a veterans cemetery within Bozeman's Sunset Hills Cemetery.    Veterans groups in southwestern Montana raised $58,000 to begin the work and the city of Bozeman is putting $88,000 toward the project.    Bozeman American Legion Cmdr. Len Albright says the money is enough to build a foundation and do some landscaping on the one-third acre plot.    Plans call for six columbariums as well as ... More>>

Red Lodge woman pleads guilty to embezzling $1.4M

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BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - A Red Lodge woman has pleaded guilty to embezzling more than $1.4 million from a wildfire suppression company where she worked.    April Drake Greer pleaded guilty Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Billings to four counts of wire fraud for transferring money from the Wildfire Defense Systems Inc. account into her bank account.    Greer was employed as director of human resources and controller for the Red Lodge company from 2010 until June 20... More>>

New search in Wyoming for suspect in Idaho triple killings

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JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) - A new search is being conducted in northwest Wyoming for a missing Utah man suspected of killing two women and a 14-year-old girl last year in Idaho.    Authorities believe Mike Bullinger has died in a remote area of the Bridger-Teton National Forest.    Teton County Sheriff's Sgt. Todd Stanyon says the search Tuesday and Wednesday is considered to be a follow-up search to recover either a body or any evidence. The new search was first reported... More>>

Yakima man says he couldn't stop for police because he had to poop

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A man in Yakima is full of it - at least that's what he's claiming. 

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Faces of ADHD: Diagnoses continue to grow Video included

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Most of us have heard about ADHD, chances are you have a family member or a friend with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. According to the 2016 National Survey of Children's Health, more than 6.1 million children and adolescents have the condition. Riley Miano is like millions of others living with ADHD. She described every day feeling like something is going around in her brain and she keeps going and can't stop. Her parent's said she's like the energizer bunny. Riley is...

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FWP proposes rule outlining grizzly bear population objectives in NCDE

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Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is proposing an administrative rule to codify the population objectives detailed in the conservation strategy for grizzly bears in the Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem.

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The famous "Donut Boy" treats Helena police

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One kid has made it his mission to bring sweet treat to his heroes. Our Bliss Zechman sat down with the famous "Donut Boy." She explains how he gave law enforcement in Helena more than just a sweet treat. Posing for pictures, petting K-9 cops, and of course, eating donuts, are all a part of Tyler Carach, better known as The Donut Boy’s job. However, the 10-year-old didn't get that title for his love of sweets. He earned it by showing gratitude to those in the line of... More>>

One fire starts, another burns out in Yellowstone National Park

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There's a new fire burning in Yellowstone National Park.  

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Red Lodge woman pleads guilty to embezzling $1.4M

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A Red Lodge woman has pleaded guilty to embezzling more than $1.4 million from a wildfire suppression company where she worked. 

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Man arrested for crushing chest of man in Havre

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One man was arrested after assaulting another man near Havre on August 1st, according to Hill County Sheriff's Deputies. Elias Stump, 36, is being held at the Hill County Detention Center. 

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Gov. Bullock adds New Hampshire trip as he probes national run

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Montana Gov. Steve Bullock has added New Hampshire to his schedule of trips to early-voting states this month as he explores a possible 2020 presidential bid. 

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Montana Treasure: Nurse still makes house calls

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For the last 30 years, one Great Falls nurse practitioner has been going above and beyond to make sure every patient is cared for, even those who are bedridden or locked up.

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Silverlake fire west of Spokane now 20 percent contained

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Officials say the Silver Lake Fire west of Spokane is now 20 percent contained and about 100 acres in size. 

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Woman helps man short on cash, finds out he's Keith Urban

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MEDFORD, N.J. (AP) - A New Jersey woman who thought she was helping a down-and-out man pay for his gas station food ended up footing the bill for country music star Keith Urban.  

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Box Elder man charged with trying to kill man near Havre

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HAVRE, Mont. (AP) - A 35-year-old Box Elder man is charged with trying to kill another man east of Havre by jumping on his chest with his knees and kneeling on his throat.    Elias Wayne Stump made an initial appearance in Hill County Justice Court Monday on a charge of attempted deliberate homicide. He did not enter a plea.    Justice of the Peace Audrey Barger set Stump's bail at $250,000 and appointed a public defender. The public defender's office did not immed... More>>

New Playground Coming to Gibson Park Video included

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The Great Falls Park and Rec Department received a grant to build two new playgrounds at Gibson Park for a total of $80,000 dollars. A brand new toddler playground, as well as a play structure for ages 5-12, will be completed near the end of August to the beginning of September.  One important piece of information is that the two playgrounds will be switching places.  Where the old toddler play structure once stood will now be the 5-12 age playground and vice ve... More>>

58K donation helping create Veterans Cemetery for Bozeman

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Coming soon to Bozeman, a Veteran’s Cemetery. This cemetery will help honor and remember those who died while serving our country.

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Rule would maintain grizzly population in northwest Montana

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BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - Montana wildlife officials are proposing to maintain the largest grizzly bear population in the Lower 48 states at its current level of about 1,000 animals even if the population loses its federal protections.    A proposed rule released Monday by Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks sets a population objective of at least 800 grizzlies in northwestern Montana, an area centered on Glacier National Park and the Bob Marshall Wilderness.    Spokesma... More>>

Trial delayed for doctor accused of abusing Blackfeet boys

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GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) - The trial of a pediatrician accused of sexually abusing young boys on Montana's Blackfeet Indian Reservation two decades ago has been delayed.    Former Indian Health Service pediatrician Stanley Patrick Weber had been scheduled to stand trial Monday on charges of aggravated sexual abuse and attempted sexual abuse of two boys below the age of 14 when he worked on the reservation between 1992 and 1995.    Weber is also accused of abusing fo... More>>

Governor Bullock plans third Iowa trip as he eyes presidential run

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HELENA, Mont. (AP) - Montana Gov. Steve Bullock is planning his third trip of the year to Iowa just weeks after traveling to the Hawkeye State as he explores a possible 2020 presidential campaign.    The Democrat is heading to the Iowa State Fair later this month. The fair typically draws presidential hopefuls because of Iowa's first-in-the-nation presidential caucuses.    Matt McKenna, a political consultant who is working with Bullock's Big Sky Values PAC, said M... More>>

Pentagon restricts use of fitness trackers, other devices

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Military troops and other defense personnel at sensitive bases or certain high-risk warzone areas won't be allowed to use fitness tracker or cellphone applications that can reveal their location, according to a new Pentagon order. 

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Bullock plans third Iowa trip as he eyes presidential run

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock is planning his third trip of the year to Iowa just weeks after traveling to the Hawkeye State as he explores a possible 2020 presidential campaign.

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Man sentenced to 10 years for scaring woman to death

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A Maine man has received a 10-year prison sentence for frightening a woman during a burglary and causing a fatal heart attack.  

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Facebook removes Alex Jones pages for hate, bullying

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LONDON - Facebook says it has taken down four pages belonging to conspiracy theorist Alex Jones for violating its hate speech and bullying policies. The social media giant said in a statement Monday that it also blocked Jones' account for 30 days because he repeatedly posted content that broke its rules. 

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Former deputy indicted on fraud charges involving non-profit

A former Skagit County Sheriff's deputy has been indicted on federal charges of using Pacific Northwest Police Detection Dog Association funds for his own benefit.

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Police seek info for dead baby floating near Brooklyn Bridge

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Police in New York City are looking for answers in the death of a baby found floating in the East River in an area popular with tourists near the Brooklyn Bridge and South Street Seaport. 

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31-year-old man stabbed to death in Kalispell, suspect jailed

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Police arrested a suspect on Sunday after finding a man stabbed to death at a residence in Kalispell.

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Investigation underway after Kalispell stabbing death

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KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) - Police in Kalispell are investigating a weekend stabbing death.    A 31-year-old man was found dead of possible stab wounds at an apartment in the northwestern part of the city on Sunday morning.    A 34-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of deliberate homicide and remained jailed Monday.    Officials have not released information on what might have led to the stabbing. More>>

Bonner bridge design seeks public opinion Monday

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A new bridge is in the process of being built over the Blackfoot River in Bonner, MT. The new bridge is expected to be finished in November of 2019, but Monday you can vote on what you want it to look like.

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Photos show fire consume building in Meagher County

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New images from Meagher County Fire and WSS Fire show flames breaking out and consuming a building. According to Meagher County Fire, crews were called to assist Wilsaw Fire with a structure fire on the Park County line. We have not heard reports of any injuries, but information is limited at this time. Photos are courtesy of Meagher County Fire's Facebook page.

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How to Stay Healthy with Low Air Quality Video included

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With wildfires in and around the Treasure State, smoke has been slowly lowering the air quality.  As a result, many people can't walk outside, much less breathe without consequences.  Thankfully, the Department of Environmental Quality keeps a close eye on the air quality with hourly updates.  Visit: http://svc.mt.gov/deq/todaysair/ for updates on your cities air quality.  More>>

Memorial service planned for boating accident victims Video included

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A memorial service to honor the victims of a fatal boating accident is set for Monday in Bozeman.

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Police: Man escapes cop car, tries to steal another vehicle

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On August 5th, GFPD says a man, identified as Neil Wilson Bird, was being transported on warrants when he escaped by breaking out the back passenger side window of the patrol car. 

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Man accused of pointing pistol at people, stealing their American flag

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A Missoula man is now facing charges after two people say he pulled out a gun during a roadside argument.

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Medicine Man Fire at 70% containment

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Lt. Kent O'Donnell with the Yellowstone County Sheriff's Office reports the Medicine Man Fire is now at 70% containment,  

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