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Teen cyclist dies after being hit by pickup truck in Helena - KTVQ.com | Q2 | Continuous News Coverage | Billings, MT

July 5, 2015

HELENA - A 17-year-old boy died after being hit by a pickup truck in Helena on Friday.

Missoula woman leaps into action to help hot pets

July 5, 2015

The combination of heat and dry weather is not the best combination for pets and it's especially difficult summer for animals at the Missoula County Animal Control Shelter which has no cooling system. But one local woman is taking matters into her own hands.

Crews continue to fight Glacier Rim fire one week after igniting

July 5, 2015

GLACIER NATIONAL PARK - Firefighters have the upper hand on flames burning in Columbia Falls

Montana Had 2nd Highest Rate of Health Exchange Re-Enrollees - Flathead Beacon

July 5, 2015

BILLINGS — Montana has the nation’s second highest rate of people re-enrolling in the health exchanges established under the federal health care law.

No End in Sight for Yellowstone Club Founder's Jail Time - Flathead Beacon

July 4, 2015

HELENA – The founder of a Montana club for the ultra-rich will stay in jail until a federal judge is satisfied that he understands what happened to the money from a Mexican resort sold in violation of a court order.

Wind is main concern for Missoula fireworks displays | Missoula Local News - NBCMontana.com

July 4, 2015

The decision to continue or cancel the public fireworks displays on Friday and Saturday night will be up to the fire marshal, the city fire chief and lead pyrotechnician Dwayne Anderson.

Fireworks bans, restrictions in effect in western Montana | Missoula Local News - NBCMontana.com

July 4, 2015

City and county officials throughout western Montana have banned or restricted the use fireworks ahead of the Fourth of July weekend because recent hot and dry weather has increased the fire danger.

Cooler temps could be coming, but NWS sees dry spell continuing

July 4, 2015

There are some very early indications Western Montana's record-breaking heat wave may be starting to run its course.  However, forecasters with the National Weather Service are still expecting the rest of the summer to be warm, with rain at a premium. 

Great Falls star commits to the Lady Griz

July 3, 2015

Robin Selvig stocks his team with Montana raised talent and the Lady Griz just landed another star from Great Falls High School as Nora Klick verbally committed to come to UM in 2016.  

Stevensville enacts fireworks ban

July 3, 2015

STEVENSVILLE - Stevensville is the latest Western Montana community to ban the use of all fireworks.

Weather Forecast: Red Flag Warnings issued

July 3, 2015

A Red Flag Warning has been issued for the northwest quarter of the state (along & north of I-90) from 6am – 9pm Saturday.  A back door cold front will tighten the pressure gradient & that means WIND.  Expect west winds of 15-30mph with gusts at times hitting 40mph.  That combined with extremely low humidities in the single digits to low teens creates critical fire weather. 

Yellowstone Bison Gore Woman, Injure Teen - Flathead Beacon

July 3, 2015

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK — Bison gored a woman and tossed a teenager into the air in Yellowstone National Park, the latest run-ins with the massive animals during tourist season in the popular landmark.

Low water levels reduce fishing hours in areas of western Montana through July 4 weekend

July 3, 2015

Low water levels have state wildlife officials reducing fishing hours in certain western Montana waterways heading into Independence Day weekend.

HELENA, Mont.: Montana Supreme Court reverses police seizure of Hummer | State | The News Tribune

July 3, 2015

HELENA, MONT. — The Montana Supreme Court has ruled that Missoula police were wrong to seize a Hummer titled to the mother of a murderer.

Osprey product Goldschmidt dominating in MLB | Missoula Sports - NBCMontana.com

July 3, 2015

Paul Goldschmidt of the Arizona Diamondbacks has become one of the most feared hitters in the game.  The 27-year-old first baseman is having another all-star season right now as he currently leads all of Major League Baseball with a .350 batting average and a .466 on-base percentage.  He's also top 10 in the Majors with 20 homers and top five in RBI's with 65. 

Fireworks have go-ahead inside Stevensville town limits | Missoula Local News - NBCMontana.com

July 3, 2015

Although Ravalli County has enacted Stage I fire restrictions, including a ban on fireworks, Stevensville will allow the use of fireworks within town limits.

Weather Forecast: Extreme fire danger likely on Saturday

July 3, 2015

Besides a random shower or thunderstorm in the Glacier National Park area this afternoon (due to a weak disturbance overriding our ridge), expect highs in the upper 80s to mid 90s with mainly sunny skies as we move toward the holiday.  That’ll be record high territory for some on Friday (which looks to be the hottest day this week). 

Heatwave pushes Western MT into "severe" drought conditions

July 3, 2015

Our extended heatwave isn't just wearing on your nerves and interfering with your Fourth of July plans. It also means most of Western Montana is now entering "severe" drought conditions. 

Weather Forecast: Remaining hot & dry

July 2, 2015

his forecast is starting to sound like a broken record… hot & dry… but, that’s the story.

Detectives seek potential witness to June 5 shooting in East Missoula

July 2, 2015

Missoula County sheriff's detectives investigating a fatal shooting that occurred June 5 in East Missoula want to locate a potential witness to the incident.

Polygamous Montana trio applies for wedding license

July 2, 2015

A Montana man said Wednesday that he was inspired by last week's U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing gay marriage to apply for a marriage license so that he can legally wed his second wife.

Henthorn takes reins for Hellgate girls | Missoula Sports - NBCMontana.com

July 2, 2015

uly might not sound like basketball season and it certainly doesn’t feel like it out there this week.  However for high school teams the summer season of open gyms and camps can be one of the most important times of the year. 

Wildfire expert breaks down fire restriction stages | Missoula Local News - NBCMontana.com

July 2, 2015

The director of the Office of Emergency Management says Stage I fire restrictions are fairly common, but they don't usually go into effect until late summer.

Fishing restrictions coming to Western Montana rivers

July 2, 2015

Montana Fish Wildlife & Parks is putting into effect "hoot owl" fishing restrictions on the Bitterroot, Blackfoot, and Clark Fork rivers, and Flint and Silver Bow creeks, meaning they will be closed daily from 2 p.m. to midnight until conditions improve.

Current list of Western MT areas with fireworks restrictions

July 2, 2015

Prolonged hot and dry weather has officials in many Western Montana communities concerned about the higher probability for fire danger this Fourth of July.

Police looking for man convicted of 2014 Missoula beating who sk

July 2, 2015

A man accused of beating a 70-year-old man outside of Walmart in 2014 is now wanted by police for failing to appear at his sentencing hearing yesterday.

Weather forecast: Sunny and warm conditions continue

July 1, 2015

Expect a sunny sky with temperatures warming into the lower to middle 90s today.  There are a few spots that will only hit the upper 80s.

Glacier Rim fire shows big flames, small growth

July 1, 2015

COLUMBIA FALLS – The Glacier Rim fire put up some impressive flares, but only grew by five acres Tuesday.

Poor berry crop driving bears close to Missoula

July 1, 2015

State pickup trucks with big culvert traps in back are a common sight around Missoula lately, as wildlife managers scramble to respond to black bear incidents.

Welcome to Thunder Park - Flathead Beacon

July 1, 2015

BROWNING – They used to skate on a couple of scabbed-together ramps over at the old bingo hall on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation, mastering tricks and proving their mettle through dogged determination.

Satellite image shows Montana surface temps of 140 degrees

July 1, 2015

MISSOULA --The record-setting heat across western Montana on Sunday was just the air temperature. You should have seen the ground.

City Imposes Stage 1 Fire Reststrictions Bans All Fireworks | Make it Missoula

July 1, 2015

Mayor John Engen issued the emergency proclamation necessary to impose Stage 1 fire restrictions on Tuesday afternoon, joining the Missoula County commissioners, who also acted Tuesday. Fire danger in Missoula County moved to EXTREME on Monday.

Man gets 60 years in prison for stomping death in Hamilton | Missoula Local News - NBCMontana.com

July 1, 2015

A 26-year-old man who stomped a Hamilton man to death during an alcohol- and drug-fueled rage has been sentenced to 60 years in prison.

Missoula County to enact Stage I fire restrictions

July 1, 2015

There's some bad news for folks in Missoula County looking to celebrate the upcoming Fourth of July be setting off fireworks.

Brad Pitt foundation homes with flashy price tag arrive in Poplar

July 1, 2015

POPLAR - Four years after drawing up plans for energy efficient homes for a Montana Indian reservation, sketches made by Brad Pitt's foundation are finally coming off the paper and out onto the land.

Woman arrested after punching Missoula police officer in the mouth

June 30, 2015

A 21-year-old woman was arrested for allegedly punching a Missoula police officer Friday after he asked her to put down a beer.

Crews take jet boats to fight Glacier Rim spot fires

June 30, 2015

COLUMBIA FALLS – Firefighters took advantage of calm winds Monday to get a grip on the Glacier Rim fire north of Columbia Falls.

Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire spotted in Missoula

June 30, 2015

Chase Taylor might be one of the only people in the world who has talked with Leonardo DiCaprio – arguably one of the most famous celebrities on the planet – without having any idea who he was.

Missoula Osprey playing through heat wave | Missoula Sports - NBCMontana.com

June 30, 2015

Most members of the Missoula Osprey baseball team have grown up and played baseball in very hot conditions, making temperatures over a hundred degrees no big surprise. That's why when these players were sent to Montana for the summer, they thought they'd be escaping the heat. Turns out so far, they've been wrong.

UPDATE: Glacier Rim fire holding steady

June 30, 2015

ire crews continue to dig fire line around the Glacier Rim fire which blew up near Columbia Falls on Saturday.