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Drunk Driver hands officer a tube of lipstick as her identification

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Driver with a .229 blood alcohol level hands the officer a tube of lipstick when asked for her identification. 

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Mother punched in face over social media

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A dispute over problems logging into social media accounts due to a new "device" led to an assault involving a child being ripped from the mother's arms. 

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Extreme fire danger in Missoula

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Interagency wildland fire officials with the Missoula County Fire Protection Association have determined fire danger to be EXTREME.  As folks in the Missoula area can see, lightning strikes ignited multiple fires, and in the past few weeks a few have escaped initial attack. 

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DPHHS budget cuts could impact 1500 adults with disabilities

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Potential Budget cuts by the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) may impact 1500 adults with disabilities served by the Opportunity Resources, Inc. (ORI). 

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19-year-old identified as victim of Ronan fatal

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The man killed in a one vehicle motor cycle crash on July 20 has been identified as Gibson Donald Brooks, 19, of Ronan. 

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DCI to assist in suspicious death investigation

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An adult female body was found roadside near Jefferson City Sunday morning. 

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Monday morning standoff at Missoula bowling alley

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Missoula, MT.- Missoula Police responded to a standoff in the Westside Lanes parking lot on Monday.

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Man dies in Bridger Canyon crash

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A 34-year-old man died Sunday night in a single-vehicle crash on Bridger Canyon Rd. says the Gallatin Co. Sheriff's Office.

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Corvallis man dies in Glacier National Park

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WEST GLACIER, MT. - A Montana man dies after falling nearly 100 feet near Haystack Creek in Glacier National Park on Saturday. The victim has been identified as 26-year-old Robert Durbin of Corvallis, Montana. 

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WIN: Triple Play ticket give-away for Raptor Reef

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Starting Friday, July 21 we'll be giving away 5 tickets for Raptor Rapids. Just enter in the contest above on this page or head to our Facebook page to enter. You can enter once, EVERY DAY until August 11.

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RED FLAG WARNING: Fires expected to grow due to high winds

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The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning for July 24, in effect 2pm until 9pm. Winds are expected from the northwest 15-20 mph with gusts up to 30 mph. Low relative humidity will also accompany these winds.  

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Weather could further impact fires near Rock Creek: Red Flag warning issued

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According to the National Weather Service, a red flag warning is in effect Monday from 2 to 9 pm for critical weather with shifting winds out of the northwest. This could affect the three fires burning east of Missoula, which grew over the weekend. Goat Creek fire grew 498 acres to 1,817. Sliderock fire grew 11 acres to 396 and Little Hogback grew 231 acres to 2,326. Right now, there is 0 percent containment for the Goat Creek and Little Hogback fires, and 5 percent containment... More>>

Daines said it was a team effort to get Guthrie released

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Senator Daines is pleased with the outcome and said it was the best news he could have heard today. 

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Drugs stolen from Bismarck clinic pharmacy in armed robbery

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Still under investigation...

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Drought takes toll on crops across Northern Plains

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Drought across Northern Plains poses threat to crops. 

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"Prayers answered. Guthrie is home."

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Guthrie's mother told us how happy and relieved she is to have her son back. 

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UM student detained in China released Video included

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 University of Montana student detained in China is released after 40 hours hours of negotiations.

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UM Student Released After Being Held In China

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In a conference call Sunday afternoon, Senator Steve Daines announced that Guthrie McLean has been released from a China jail.  Daines said he received an email early Sunday afternoon from Guthrie's mother Jennifer saying, "Prayer's answered. Guthrie is home." The Senator says the release came after two days of negotiations stretching 20 hours each. Guthrie is in good condition and charges against him have been dropped. U.S. Senator Steve Daines today released...

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Additional resources on the way to Lodgepole Complex Fire, according to PIO Video included

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A community briefing was held Saturday evening in Jordan to inform residents of how crews are handling the Lodgepole Complex Fire. 

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UPDATED: Part of Yellowstone Lake closed for firefighting plane

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Part of Yellowstone Lake is closed until further notice, so a scooper plane fighting the June Fire can collect water.

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The Event at Rebecca Farm gave one family hope during a difficult cancer diagnosis

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Roberta Curtis was diagnosed with breast cancer and couldn’t make it because she was in the middle of receiving treatment.

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UPDATE: Goat Creek Fire brings challenges to Fire Crews

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The lightning caused Goat Creek Fire rapidly increased in size to 443 acres July 20.

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Sessions and Russia

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The Washington Post reports that the Russian ambassador to the U.S. has said he discussed election-related issues with Sen. Jeff Sessions when the two men met during the 2016 presidential race. The Post is citing anonymous U.S. officials who described U.S. intelligence intercepts of Ambassador Sergey Kislyak's descriptions of his meetings with Sessions.   More>>

Memorial service for fallen firefighter

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A celebration of life is scheduled for a fallen Missoula firefighter. 19-year-old Trenton Johnson was killed Wednesday by a snag while fighting a wildfire near Seeley Lake.

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Senator McCain's prognosis

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Sen. John McCain's treatment for brain cancer could keep him out of Washington for weeks, perhaps months, and yet it's unlikely anyone will challenge his extended leave. 

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PETA urges pet owners to be prepared for wildfire evacuations

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Due to the Goat Fire continuing to burn in Granite County, some evacuations have already taken place with additional pre-evacuation notices in effect. 

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Fire crews explain the most important part of battling a wildfire Video included

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Whenever there is a wildfire burning, there are brave men and women trying to contain it and safely put it out. While they are out battling the flames, crews must also make sure their loved ones know they are safe. 

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Zuckerberg at center of Glacier National Park controversy Video included

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An official for President Donald Trump's Interior Department says the agency pulled Glacier National Park's superintendent from a recent park tour with Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg to save money, not to mute criticism over climate change.      

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Crews battle elements in Goat Creek Fire (PHOTOS)

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At over 400 acres, the Goat Creek Fire has crews battling tricky conditions to get the blaze under control Started by lightning on July 19, the fire grew exponentially on July 20.

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Goat Creek Fire evacuations ordered

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The lightning caused Goat Creek Fire rapidly increased in size to 443 acres July 20. Granite County Sheriff's Department officials issued evacuation notices for residents in the Brewster Creek area. Residents living between milemarkers 5 and 13 are currently in pre-evacuation status. 

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Montana tree heads to the West Lawn in Washington D.C.

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For the first time in thirty years the trees for the US Capitol will come from the Kootenai National Forest.

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Montana fire fund cuts loom as blazes spread across state Video included

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HELENA, Mont. (AP) - Montana's $60 million reserve fund to fight fires could be halved as wildfires spread across the state in what officials say could be an expensive season. 

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Air quality moderate in Missoula, Frenchtown due to surrounding fires

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Courtesy Missoula City-County Health Department As of 10 a.m. on July 21, air quality is generally Moderate in Missoula and Frenchtown. We are currently surrounded by wildfires, which is leading to frequent haze and occasional air quality impacts.

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Grizzly linebacker Connor Strahm arrested for DUI

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A University of Montana Grizzly football player was recently arrested for driving under the influence. According to the Missoula County Jail Roster, Missoula Police arrested Connor Strahm on Saturday, July 15 at 12:34 a.m. He was booked into the Missoula County Jail at 3 a.m. Details surrounding his arrest were not made available on Thursday.

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Why are Millennials avoiding credit cards? - Pros and cons

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Credit card usage is dropping among the millennial generation. A surprising 67% of Americans between 18 and 29 years of age have no credit cards at all, according to a recent survey. 

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'I haven't accepted it yet,' Missoula father shares heartache for fallen firefighter son

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Teenager dies fighting a fire. 

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Lacrosse player, student, friend; loved ones remember fallen Missoula firefighter Video included

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19-year-old Trenton Johnson had just started his first year as a firefighter until the unexpected happened when he lost his life fighting a wildlife. 

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Drowsy driving: It can be just as dangerous as drunk driving

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The dangers of drinking and driving are pounded into our heads from an early age, but there's another killer on the road and you might be doing it everyday: drowsy driving. According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, driving while tired can be just as dangerous as driving while drunk. Just like when you're drunk, being tired slows down reaction time, impairs vision and causes lapses in judgment. 

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Red Ants Pants is ready to rock White Sulphur Springs

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We are one week away from one of the biggest festivals of the summer here in Montana. 

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When is hot too hot for your dog? One vet says 70 degrees

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Summers in Montana can get hot, but how hot is too hot for your pet? When a dog’s body temperature reaches above 106 degrees it could prove deadly. 

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Butte resident saved from domestic violence by Safe Space shelter

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According to the National Coalition of Domestic Violence every 9 seconds in the U.S. a woman is assaulted or beaten.

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Ban lifted on laptops on some U.S. planes

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The US says a 4-month ban on laptops in the cabins of some planes heading for the US is over. The Department of Homeland Security says all foreign airports with flights to the US have met new security measures.

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Bears are on the move across Montana: How you can live safely in bear country

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Montana wildlife officials are warning people to be vigilante as more bears appear to be wandering into populated areas.  

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Plane crash lands near Bozeman airport, no one injured

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BOZEMAN- A small passenger plane has crash landed on a field near the Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport Thursday.

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Trenton Johnson: beloved friend, son and team (SLIDESHOW)

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Trenton Johnson, 19, was a new firefighter living in Bozeman and attending Montana State. He grew up in Missoula where he excelled at lacrosse.  

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Montana senators working with Chinese Ambassador, US Embassy on UM student's release

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Senator Steve Daines is currently working with China's Ambassador to the United States, on the release of jailed University of Montana student Guthrie McLean. 

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Fire activity closes trails and roads

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Gusty winds are causing very active fire behavior according to Park Creek Fire.  

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Prosecutor seeks judge's order for congressman's mug shot Video included

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HELENA, Mont. (AP) - A Montana prosecutor is asking a judge to require U.S. Rep. Greg Gianforte to be fingerprinted and photographed after he pleaded guilty to assaulting a reporter.

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How the drought could affect your everyday meals Video included

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As the Treasure State faces a summer drought, Montanans may start to feel it in the air, as well as in their pockets.

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Tonight's Missoula Osprey game to be broadcasted on SWX

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For the first time in the history of the Missoula Osprey, one of their games will be able to be seen on television. Tonight's game against the Ogden Raptors will be aired on SWX Montana.  You can find SWX Montana on Charter cable, channel 199. You can also find it on standard cable in Missoula/Kalispell 23.3.  Osprey radio play-by-play announcer Cooper Perkins will simulcast his radio broadcast on the air tonight for your viewing pleasure. First pitch is at 7:05 PM (MT) Y... More>>

Stage II fire restrictions in Musselshell and Treasure Counties

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Drying grasses and very little moisture in Musselshell and Treasure Counties are causing the fire danger to increase rapidly.  These imminent dangers have caused authorities to increase fire restrictions for these areas. 

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Greyback Forestry comments on death of firefighter Trenton Johnson

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Grayback Forestry, Inc is commenting on the death of Trenton Johnson, a Grayback employee who was killed while fighting a forest fire on the Seely Ranger District of the Lolo National Forest. 

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Man allegedly solicited sex from cop undercover posing as teen boy

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A Great Falls man is charged with sexual abuse of a child after allegedly soliciting sex from police posing as a teenager online. According to court documents, Alex Hamilton is charged with two counts of sexual abuse of children.

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Montana residents circulating petition to recall sheriff

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Suta responded in a strongly worded text Wednesday, saying all of the allegations "are retaliatory in nature by a small number of citizens" that can be traced back to a single source.

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The Latest: McCain says he's grateful and will return soon

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WASHINGTON (AP) - The Latest on Sen. John McCain being diagnosed with a brain tumor (all times local):  Arizona Sen. John McCain says he's grateful for the outpouring of support after his brain cancer diagnosis. He's promising to be back soon. 

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The Latest: OJ Simpson's lack of convictions cited in parole

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A Nevada parole board allowing O.J. Simpson to go free in October has cited his compliance with prison rules, his lack of prior convictions, his low risk of committing another crime, his community support and stable release plans.

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OJ Simpson granted parole in Nevada robbery

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O.J. Simpson will be paroled after serving nine years in prison for a botched bid to retrieve sports memorabilia in Las Vegas.

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Research suggest Montana spends $33,000 a year per inmate

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According to research by Backgroundchecks.org Montana spends over $33,000 a year per inmate. The nation’s average came in at $33,849. 

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Wondering where all the smoke is coming from?

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MISSOULA- The National Weather Service Red Flag Warnings for areas in Montana and Idaho. Wondering where all the smoke is coming from? The Flathead Office of Emergency Services shared this picture on their Facebook page.

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Increased training hours, among new requirements for Montana school buses

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HELENA- Montana’s Office of Public Instruction reports the Board of Public Education has adopted a new bus standard which will go into effect in August 5th.

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The Latest: OJ Simpson laughs after parole member remark

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LOVELOCK, Nev. (AP) - O.J. Simpson laughed as a parole commissioner told him that he was getting the same hearing as anyone else would.

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Was your mobile phone hacked? Security breach reported

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First reported by security expert Nitay Artenstein, a bug in Apple's security allowed hackers to access Broadcom's Wi-Fi chipsets remotely without user interaction. 

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After a dog dies on a Missoula trail, 'tips' to keep them cool

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Our top trending story online is the tragic death of a Missoula dog who died of heatstroke while hiking the "M" trail.

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Support pours in for Lolo family who lost 8 year-old girl in crash

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Several fundraising efforts from local residents and businesses. 

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Anaconda woman arrested in connection with recent arson fire

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Anaconda police say they have arrested woman in connection with an ‘arson’ fire over the weekend in Anaconda. According to the Montana Standard, Anaconda police arrested 48-year-old Kellie Olson. 

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Big Sky Country State Fair's newest additions are from Down Under

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The Big Sky Country State Fair kicks off in Bozeman this week. 

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Authorities release name of fallen Missoula firefighter

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MISSOULA- The Missoula County Sheriff's Office has released the name of a wild land firefighter who was killed by a falling tree near Seeley Lake.  On their Facebook page's MCSO said 19-year-old Trenton Johnson of Missoula died of injuries sustained from a fallen tree snag. 

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Daines, Tester help UM Student held in jail

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Senator Steve Daines' office is in communications with Chinese officials regarding University of Montana student Guthrie McLean. 

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Firefighter dies on the fire line in Lolo National Forest

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A firefighter has died while fighting a fire in the Lolo National Forest.  According to a press release sent from Grayback Forestry, a 19-year-old and a Missoula resident was killed in the line while fighting a fire on the Seeley Lake Ranger District.  The Grayback Forestry employee was part of a 20-person attack crew. He was struck by a falling tree. His name is being withheld until his family has been notified. More information will be available following a me...

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Air quality dips to 'moderate' in Missoula and Frenchtown

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Coughing? Have itchy eyes? It could be due to the air quality. The Missoula City-County Health Department on Wednesday evening listed the air quality in Missoula and Frenchtown as 'moderate,' because of the wildfire burning on Lolo Peak.

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UM student in Chinese jail: Friends react

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Reaction tonight from friends of the UM student reportedly held tonight in a Chinese jail, When Guthrie McLean woke up this morning in a Chinese jail, it was day-four for him. And while there are diplomatic efforts underway to free the man, his friends say they are worried. They took time away from their efforts to bring Guthrie home, to talk with us about him, and their concern for him. Setting up a crowdfunding site for one of his best friends was the furthest thing from Zakk Wi... More>>

Large land, air attack on Dominic Butte Fire near Corvallis

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A large plume of smoke started billowing into the air from a newly-detected wildfire east of Corvallis on Wednesday.

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Gov. Bullock declares drought disaster

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Governor Steve Bullock today issued an Executive Order declaring 28 counties and five Indian Reservations in a drought disaster.

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Crop duster plane shot twice near Belgrade

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A crop duster plane was shot twice while flying near the airport, the Gallatin Co. Sheriff’s Office confirms. 

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Early fire season may signal larger fires to come

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According to fire managers, since July 1st there has been a total of ninety-five wild fires in the Flathead Valley. Firefighters in the area have told us they are surprised how early and strong fires are occurring this year.  Usually, fires don’t start until later July or August. 

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Bullock For President? Governor Creates Federal PAC

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Governor Steve Bullock has been tabbed as the top Democratic governor to potentially run against President Trump in 2020 by The New York Times. During a meeting with reporters, Bullock said he's seeking to add his voice to the national conversation on many issues, but it was premature to start talking about a presidential race. Wednesday, Bullock told KFBB he is still focused on his job leading Montana, but says the country can learn a lot from the way things are done in the Treasur... More>>

Far-ranging grizzly spotted in Montana's Big Belt Mountains

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HELENA, Mont. (AP) - Another grizzly bear has shown up in a part of Montana that hasn't seen grizzlies in as long as a century.

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FBI warrant for man charged with drug distribution and possession

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A federal arrest warrant was issued for Chase Storlie on June 9 after he failed to appear in court.  

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How to observe The Event at Rebecca Farm like a professional

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But not everyone that attends the events have deep knowledge of horses or any of the events going on. 

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GOP targets Endangered Species Act as protections lifted

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Congressional Republicans are moving forward with legislation to roll back the Endangered Species Act, amid complaints that the 44-year-old law hinders drilling, logging and other activities.

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The Latest: Putin spokesman says Trump chat was no secret

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The spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin is disputing the characterization of a previously undisclosed conversation between Putin and President Donald Trump as secret.

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Daughter of longtime Flathead County Commissioner victim of fatal hit and run Video included

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Brenneman was the daughter of Flathead County Commissioner Joe Brenneman.  Brenneman and his family reside in Kalispell.

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Crash at Brooks and Reserve Streets

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Missoula, MT.- A crash at the intersection of Brooks and Reserve Streets in Missoula.

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University of Montana may see third round of buyout offers

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MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) - A third round of buyout offers may be coming to the University of Montana. Commissioner of Higher Education Clayton Christian announced the possible action on Tuesday.

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Body of Missoula local found in van has been identified

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Last Friday around mid day Missoula City Police received a called about a suspicious white van parked on 2800 North Reserve.  

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Escapee from Great Falls pre-release center

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The Great Falls Police are looking for a walkway from their transition center. Darwin James Bailey escaped Tuesday, July 18 and has ties to Missoula.

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Ninemile fire update

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Both the Burdette and Sunrise fires are now approximately 52 acres and producing visible smoke today as available fuels burn within the fire area. Actions today included gaining access to some areas near the fires so that heavy equipment and other resources can be staged for suppression efforts.

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Bozeman fly fishing gear company is representing Montana in the White House

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This week a Bozeman fly fishing gear company is representing Montana in the White House. 

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Solar Savings: see if solar is a good choice four YOUR home

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Google has a new tool you can use to tell if your home is a good candidate before you invest in solar.

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When life hands you limes, don't squeeze them outdoors

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There's a common ingredient in popular summer food and drinks, like margaritas and guacamole, that when exposed to sun can lead to a dangerous chemical reaction. One Minneapolis man learned that the hard way. According to Good Housekeeping, Minneapolis musician Adam Levy was outside for his daughters graduation, preparing several dishes with lime juice. A few days later, he got a blistering second-degree burn on his hand.  Missoula dermatologist Charlotte Kutsch says what... More>>

Summer camps are fun for children, but how much do they cost?

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With summer in full swing, parents might be looking for something to keep their children busy. 

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Montana ranked 6th, Montana State ranked 8th in preseason poll

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The Big Sky conference released their annual preseason coaches and media poll today, and for the first time in a long time, the Montana State Bobcats and Montana Grizzlies are nowhere near the top.

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Detained student's mother emails ABC FOX Montana

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Guthrie McLean’s mother, Jennifer, is reportedly very distraught over her son's arrest in china. She sent an email to us Tuesday night.  Her email gives a much deeper understanding of which her son is... and how desperate she is to get him back. 

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Locals saw through storm debris Video included

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People in the Rock Creek area are dealing with the aftermath of strong winds from thunderstorms that knocked out several trees this past weekend.  

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Hoot owl fishing restrictions start Wednesday

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Fishing on seven sections of river in southwest Montana will be prohibited during the hottest part of the day starting Wednesday. 

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Dog dies of heatstroke following hike

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Missoula Animal Control is alerting dog owner to be extra aware of the heat after they received news of a dog who died after hiking.  Animal Control explained that the dog suffered from heatstroke after its family took a hike July 17 on the M Trail.

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Anaconda homeowner returns to ruins after Main street fires

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The owner of the residential property destroyed in the Main street fires in Anaconda returned to see his home in ruins.

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Trump asks Oman's sultan to help counter Iranian activities

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WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump is asking Oman's sultan to help counter Iran's destabilizing activities in the Middle East.

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Get to know "Super Sarah" Broussard: mom, firefighter, event coordinator at Rebecca Farm

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On the eve of the Event at Rebecca Farm, one woman is very busy and that woman is Sarah Broussard.

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Montana governor downplays presidential aspirations Video included

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HELENA, Mont. (AP) - Montana Gov. Steve Bullock is downplaying his national political ambitions even as he sets up a committee that would pay for his travel to political events across the country.

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Human Rights Commission sides with Sheriff McDermott in undersheriff's complaint

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The Montana Human Rights Commission voted unanimously to affirm the findings from a March Human Rights Bureau hearing, which stated that there was no discrimination against former Undersheriff Josh Clark following the 2015 election.  Clark's appealed to the HR Commission to review the complaint. 

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Plan for South Fork bridge closure

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Sletten Construction will close the South Fork bridge in Hungry Horse on Saturday, July 22nd from 3 a.m. to 4:30 a.m.  Sletten Construction recommends people use alternative routes or plan additional travel time during this short morning period.

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Crews attacking Lolo Peak Fire from the air

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Courtesy NFS: As of this morning, the fire perimeter and spot fires encompass roughly 60-70 acres with the fire burning mid-slope directly west of Lolo Peak between the Meadow Creek and Falls Creek sub-drainages of the South Fork of Lolo Creek. 

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Montanans donating to Carli Miller fund, 8-year-old victim of fatal crash

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A Montana family is struggling with the devastating loss of their 8-year-old daughter Carli Miller after a Sunday crash took the child's life. The Miller family has been inundated with medical bills and funeral costs, according to their gofundme page. 

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Think twice before posting pictures of your kids on social media

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Many parents turn to social media to seek and share advice about parenting challenges. But just because you can do it, should you?  Generation Z is the first generation to be born in the era of smart-phones, where their whole lives can be documented on social media. Taking a picture of your child in the bath can be adorable, but that bathtub baby is now a teenager. According to Parenting magazine, here are some photos you should never post of your children online: 

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Helping your teen navigate summer sobriety

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Summertime often brings pool parties, barbeques and trips. For teenagers, however, it means they have an open agenda, which can often lead to trouble. Teens go from being overbooked during the school year: soccer practice, school, and homework, to not having much to do at all over summer months.  It can be an especially difficult time for "tweens." They're too old for daycare, but too young to work. Experts say that boredom could lead them to drinking. In Montana, al... More>>

Kennel cough is on the rise in Montana

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The vet's office has some troubling news for dog owners. 

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Big Sky Country Fair kicks off, but how much does it cost?

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It’s that time of year again, when the smell of corn dogs and deep fried food fills the air. 

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Fighting with your spouse could prove costly to your health

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Next time you are in an argument with your spouse, make sure to think of your health. 

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Tee It Up: Hamilton Golf Club

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In the sixth installment of Tee It Up, the boys head to Hamilton Golf Club to play the par 5 5th hole. Shaun Rainey, Ben Wineman and David Winter get some tips from Griz Head Golf Coach Matt Higgins on how to loosen up, dealing with trees, and when to take the safe shot.

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Three Griz, One Bobcat placed on All-Big Sky Team

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The Big Sky Conference released their preseason all-conference teams. Three Montana Grizzly players made the list: Offensive Tackle David Reese, Wide Receiver Jerry Louie-McGee, and Outside Linebacker Josh Buss. One Montana State Bobcat player made the list as well, middle linebacker Mac Bignell.

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Identities released of woman and child killed in Sunday car crashes

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The Missoula County Sheriff and Coroner TJ McDermott is releasing the name of the victim from Sunday afternoons crash on Highway 12, near mile marker 27. 

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Kalispell woman gains fame after walking away from bodybuilding Video included

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A 26-year-old Kalispell woman is now an internet sensation and it's all thanks to her body-positive post she made on Facebook a few weeks ago. 

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UPDATE Crews battle 'Meyers Fire' near Pintler Wilderness boundary

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A fire is ongoing at Myers Creek near the Pintler Wilderness boundary line. The fire is 3 miles southwest of Moose Lake and is currently spread over 45 acres. 

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Missoula Fire Department fights Beckwith house fire

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The Missoula Fire Department saved homeowners $300,000 worth of potential damage when an E. Beckwith house caught fire. All occupants of the home were safe outside the building.

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Trail closed due to Monahan Mountain fire

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The fire is approximately 17 miles north of Ovando.

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Plume of smoke from Lolo Peak fire, visible to Missoula

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Montanans are looking toward Lolo as a fire burns in the Bitterroot Mountains. Winds are carrying the smoke at 50 miles per hour at the Lolo Peak fire, which was first discovered Saturday. Smoke is visible from Florence and Highway 93. 

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Flathead firefighters battling 10 small wildfires on public lands

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Flathead National Forest Active Fires: Emery Ridge Started July 16, .1 acres, lightning caused, resources on scene 

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Early morning earthquake shakes Lincoln Video included

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Did you feel a little shaking this morning? If you were in the Lincoln area you might have experienced the 4.0 magnitude earthquake that hit around 1:45 am.  

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Missoula County in VERY HIGH fire danger

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Missoula County remains in VERY HIGH fire danger according to the Missoula County Fire Protection Association.  Recent days, temperatures have hit the nineties and grasses are continue to cure. 

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Facebook founder tours Glacier park, Blackfeet reservation

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BROWNING, Mont. (AP) - Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg toured Glacier National Park and the Blackfeet Indian Reservation in Montana over the weekend as part of his personal challenge to visit every state this year.

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Woman gets prison for stealing from nonprofit organization

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GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) - An eastern Montana woman has been sentenced to a year in prison and ordered to repay $246,000 for stealing from two nonprofits that received federal funding.  

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Western Montana fires update

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Thompson’s Type II Incident Management Team is managing the following five fires in the Highway 2 corridor:

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Man drowns in rafting accident

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The Flathead County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a drowning on the north fork of the Flathead River, July 14. The victim had been rafting with friends, law enforcement said when their raft flipped on a hazardous section of the river just north of Glacier Rim known as the “shelf." 

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Mark Zuckerberg stops by Glacier, Blackfeet Indian Reservation during Montana visit

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Mark Zuckerberg, founder and CEO of Facebook, visits Glacier National Park. Zuckerberg spent Saturday with park rangers, learning about the impact of climate change. In his Facebook post, he says the impact of global warming is very clear...

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Two killed in separate crashes near Missoula over weekend

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Two people were killed in two separate crashes near Missoula on Sunday.  According to the Missoula County Sheriff's Office, the first crash happened on Highway 12 near mile marker 27 just after 11:45 am. An eastbound vehicle carrying a single person crossed the center-line and hit a westbound vehicle head-on. A family of five was in the westbound car. 

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Miller's Jewelry celebrates 135 years, what's the secret to success?

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Miller’s Jewelry has been operating in Bozeman for many years, 135 years to be exact. 

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Is technology ruining the relationship between parent and child? New study shows yes

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Technology is a part of everyday life. A new study shows that kids show more behavior issues the more their parents are distracted by digital technology.

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A Big Sky resident saves a Montana man with CPR while on the trails

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You could save a life by learning CPR. 

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Social media impacts the rise of syphilis in Montana

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There have already been twenty-six reported cases of syphilis in Montana this year. 

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Pattee Canyon has no threat to structures yet

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Here are the latest updates. 

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Big Sky Media Days Kickoff in Park City, Utah

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The 2017 Big Sky Conference football season officially begins Sunday in Park City, Utah. For the next two days, representatives from all 13 football members of the conference will gather to meet with the media, and kick off another exciting season of Big Sky Conference Football. Our Shaun Rainey and Ben Wineman will join you every day with news and analysis from Park City, including the pre-season offensive and defensive MVPs, first and second team selections, and the pre-season rank... More>>

Firefighters battle lightning-caused fires near Blue Mountain, Grant Creek and Hwy 12

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MISSOULA- firefighters responded to six lightning caused fires yesterday evening and today on the Missoula Ranger District. 

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Fire crews reach 'near-containment' on five NW Montana fires

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KALISPELL- Fire crews are getting to the near containment point on several fires burning in LIncoln and Sanders Counties. 

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Turn your eyes northward Sunday, because the 'Northern Lights' will dance

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MISSOULA- The National Weather Service out of Missoula is predicting a sight for sore eyes for Sunday; the Northern Lights. In a Facebook post-Sunday, the NWS posted this update to their followers. 

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Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg talks 'climate change' in Glacier Park

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MISSOULA- Facebook founder, Mark Zukerberg took to his own Facebook account over the weekend to talk and share pictures of Glacier National Park In his post, Zuckerberg said “I'm spending the afternoon at Glacier National Park in Montana with some National Park Service Rangers.

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'Flying high' at the 4th annual Ennis air show

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The Ennis Big Sky Airport is one of the fastest growing airports in the state. 

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Severe thunderstorms move through Western Montana

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Severe thunderstorms are rolling across Western Montana. 

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Fire managers check Slide Rock fire growth

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A forty acre fire still burns nine miles south of Beavertail Pond and Rock Creek near Missoula. 

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UPDATE: Personnel increases to fight Kalispell fires Video included

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The number of personnel fighting the five fires on the Highway 2 corridor in Kalispell have increased.  Personnel started at 135 and the number is now at 237.  

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Local juice company re purposes Flathead cherries

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Husband and wife team Gary and Susan Snow tell us they save pounds of perfectly good Flathead cherries from going to waste.

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Missoula Mavericks to host Legion regional tournament

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The AA state tournament starts at the end of July, and whether or not the Missoula Mavericks win state, they have already punched their ticket to the Northwest Regionals.  

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Summer heat increases crime Video included

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The heat is on and that can be a burglar's best friend.

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Yellowstone bobcat valued at $300,000+

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A famous bobcat in Yellowstone Park raises eyebrows as a new report shows it's worth more than $300,000. 

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Butte man charged for allegedly shaking baby

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A Butte man is charged with assaulting a child after court documents state he shook a four-week-old infant. 

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Owner charged in fatal dog attack

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The Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office issued citations to Wayne Bartlett, the owner of the two pit bull dogs, that law enforcement say were responsible for the death of Melissa Barnes at her home, June 24.   Bartlett is charged with two counts of Vicious / Dangerous Dog and two counts of failure to have current Rabies Vaccinations on the dogs as required. He has until July 28th, 2017, to make his appearance in Gallatin County Justice Court to answer to these charges. The ... More>>

  • White House: Budget deficit to spike to $702B

    White House: Budget deficit to spike to $702B

    Friday, July 14 2017 5:34 PM EDT2017-07-14 21:34:06 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House says worsening tax revenues will cause the budget deficit to jump to $702 billion this year. That's a $99 billion spike from what was predicted less than two months ago.

    WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House says worsening tax revenues will cause the budget deficit to jump to $702 billion this year. That's a $99 billion spike from what was predicted less than two months ago.

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  • U.S. Forest Service warns of aggressive bear on Canfield Mountain

    U.S. Forest Service warns of aggressive bear on Canfield Mountain

    Friday, July 21 2017 8:41 PM EDT2017-07-22 00:41:48 GMT

    COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - If you're planning on doing some outdoor activities on Canfield Mountain this weekend, listen up! The U.S. Forest Service wants the public to avoid the upper parking area and trail system on the mountain for the time being. An aggressive sow bear with a cub (possibly more than one cub) has been reported on the Cave Trail.

    COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - If you're planning on doing some outdoor activities on Canfield Mountain this weekend, listen up! The U.S. Forest Service wants the public to avoid the upper parking area and trail system on the mountain for the time being. An aggressive sow bear with a cub (possibly more than one cub) has been reported on the Cave Trail.

  • UPDATE: 19-year-old firefighter killed by falling tree in Montana

    UPDATE: 19-year-old firefighter killed by falling tree in Montana

    Thursday, July 20 2017 4:27 PM EDT2017-07-20 20:27:38 GMT
    Trenton JohnsonTrenton Johnson

    MISSOULA, Mont. - Authorities say a 19-year-old firefighter has died after being struck by a falling tree while responding to a small blaze in western Montana. Missoula County sheriff's officials say Trenton Johnson of Missoula died from his injuries Wednesday afternoon in a hospital. Johnson worked for a Merlin, Oregon-based private firefighting contractor called Grayback Forestry Inc. 

    MISSOULA, Mont. - Authorities say a 19-year-old firefighter has died after being struck by a falling tree while responding to a small blaze in western Montana. Missoula County sheriff's officials say Trenton Johnson of Missoula died from his injuries Wednesday afternoon in a hospital. Johnson worked for a Merlin, Oregon-based private firefighting contractor called Grayback Forestry Inc. 

  • Man with previous ties to Coeur d'Alene and Spokane wanted by the FBI on meth trafficking charges

    Man with previous ties to Coeur d'Alene and Spokane wanted by the FBI on meth trafficking charges

    Wednesday, July 19 2017 5:57 PM EDT2017-07-19 21:57:16 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - The FBI is looking for a convicted felon they believe is involved in trafficking methamphetamine in Montana.  33-year-old Chase Storlie initially had a federal arrest warrant issued for him in Montana on June 9 for failure to appear at his arraignment in Helena. Storlie was previously charged on April 26, 2017, with conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine, possession with intent to distribute meth.

    SPOKANE, Wash. - The FBI is looking for a convicted felon they believe is involved in trafficking methamphetamine in Montana.  33-year-old Chase Storlie initially had a federal arrest warrant issued for him in Montana on June 9 for failure to appear at his arraignment in Helena. Storlie was previously charged on April 26, 2017, with conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine, possession with intent to distribute meth.

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