BUTTE, Mont. (AP) - An avalanche has killed a backcountry skier in southwestern Montana. Granite County Sheriff Scott Dunkerson says a group of people was skiing northeast of Philipsburg in the Altoona Lakes area when the slide occurred around 3 p.m. yesterday. The man is the fourth person to die in western Montana avalanches since Jan. 1.
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - Swollen rivers and impassable roads have left hundreds of people cut off in rural areas of Montana. And authorities warn the flooding could worsen with more rain and snow. Gov. Steve Bullock declared a flood emergency late yesterday after forecasters put 30 of the state's 56 counties under some type of high water warning. Musselshell County in central Montana appeared to be hardest hit.
WOLF POINT, Mont. (AP) - Fire has destroyed a longtime Wolf Point furniture store. Police Chief Jeff Harada says the fire at Gysler Furniture was reported yesterday afternoon He says an employee noticed the fire, was able to alert a co-worker who was downstairs and get her and a customer out safely. Firefighters remained at the scene overnight as the building smoldered.
HELENA, Mont. (AP) - Dozens of people filed as candidates for office in Montana ahead of yesterday's deadline. Seventy people filed their last-minute paperwork online, in person, by mail or by fax by the 5 p.m. deadline. The filings set up competitive races for seats in the U.S. Senate and House, along with a slate of legislative and judicial openings in June's primary elections.
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