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New crews arrive to fight Fish Creek Fire | Missoula Local News - NBCMontana.com

September 1, 2015

TARKIO, Mont. - The West Fork Fish Creek Fire is being held under 12,000 acres for now. Hundreds of homes in the area have been evacuated.

University apologizes for post-game scuffle | Missoula Local News - NBCMontana.com

September 1, 2015

The Montana Grizzly Athletic Department is apologizing for a scuffle between a Griz fan and a North Dakota State football player after the game on Saturday.

Cool Weather Gives Firefighters a ‘Window of Opportunity,’ But Season Far From Over - Flathead Beacon

September 1, 2015

Cool weather has helped firefighters gain ground on the more than one-dozen major fires burning in Northwest Montana, but officials say this year’s historic wildfire season is still far from over.

Appeals Court Allows Big Mountain Jesus to Stay - Flathead Beacon

September 1, 2015

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Monday that a six-foot-tall statue known as Big Mountain Jesus can remain on the section of Flathead National Forest at Whitefish Mountain Resort.

Proposed Grizzly Bear Protection Settlement Near Glacier Park Heads to Judge - Flathead Beacon

September 1, 2015

HELENA — The state Land Board on Monday approved a proposed lawsuit settlement between Montana and three conservation groups that would protect grizzly bears while still allowing logging in two state forests west of Glacier National Park.

Labor Report: Worker Shortage Begins as Baby Boomers Retire - Flathead Beacon

September 1, 2015

HELENA — State officials say Montana’s low unemployment rate is driving up wages but a serious worker shortage is appearing on the horizon as baby boomers begin to retire.

Man Charged with Negligent Endangerment Following Evergreen Fire - Flathead Beacon

September 1, 2015

The Flathead County Attorney’s Office has filed charges against the man who allegedly started a 6.5-acre fire that destroyed at least three homes in Evergreen in early August.

Weather Forecast - Fall-like weather to continue this week

September 1, 2015

“This has been the driest summer (June-July-August) on record for Kalispell coming in with only 1.09" of rainfall. The 2nd lowest was 1.40" set back in 1929. Kalispell also saw its 5th warmest summer. Missoula saw its 8th warmest summer while Butte was 25th warmest. Missoula also saw its 18th driest summer with 2.23" – NWS Missoula.

Smith stymies Great Falls bats in Missoula win

September 1, 2015

GREAT FALLS - Left-hander Cameron Smith stymied the Great Falls bats, allowing just one hit and one walk with four strikeouts over 6.0 shutout frames to improve to 7-1 as the Missoula Osprey (39-27) defeated the Great Falls Voyagers (31-35) by a count of 7-1 from Centene Stadium.

Future of Cold Springs School discussed

September 1, 2015

A public meeting to discuss four possible locations for a new Missoula elementary school was held Monday evening in an attempt to keep the public informed about the future of Cold Springs School.

Griz fan, Bison player involved in scuffle after Saturday's game : Griz Football

August 31, 2015

The altercations between the Griz and Bison apparently extended beyond the end of Saturday's highly anticipated college football game in Missoula.

First Alert Weather: Dry and cool start to the week | Missoula Local News - NBCMontana.com

August 31, 2015

The smoke isn't going away, but air quality should be better than last week.

Schoolhouse among buildings under evacuation notice | Missoula Local News - NBCMontana.com

August 31, 2015

The West Fork Fish Creek Fire is burning about 15 miles southwest of Tarkio. Stage three evacuations are in place along all of Fish Creek Road from I-90 to the county line.

Classes set to begin at UM Monday morning

August 31, 2015

MISSOULA - Summer's coming to an end under the Big Sky, and classes at the University of Montana are scheduled to begin on Monday morning. 

Alberton Gorge closed due to firefighting activity

August 31, 2015

ALBERTON - A popular rafting spot is now off-limits due to fire burning in Mineral County.

Weather Forecast - Air quality at healthy across all of western

August 31, 2015

MISSOULA - We are finally seeing clear blue skies. Air Quality as of early Monday morning was sitting at GOOD in the green across all of western Montana. Although some smoke may redevelop this afternoon, it won’t be nearly as thick or dense at what we saw last week.

Public briefed on Mineral County wildfire

August 31, 2015

ALBERTON - The West Fork Fish Creek fire has  scorched around 12,000 acres as it burns 15 miles south west of Tarkio and evacuation orders remain in place.

Air quality 'Hazardous' in Frenchtown, Missoula, Hamilton | Missoula Local News - NBCMontana.com

August 30, 2015

Air quality took a turn for the worst Saturday across most of western Montana.

Is Montana heading into drought?

August 30, 2015

Ask the question, “Is Montana currently experiencing a drought?” and the answer depends almost entirely upon what part of the state you’re talking about.

Fires making history - Daily Inter Lake: Members

August 30, 2015

With wildfires this summer having covered more than 144,000 acres in Northwest Montana — including more than a dozen separate fires of more than a thousand acres each — top fire officials battling the rapidly growing blazes are unanimously predicting this year will be one for the history books.

Grizzlies shock 4-time defending champ NDSU in Stitt's debut, 38-35 : Griz Football

August 30, 2015

It takes a lot to leave Joey Counts speechless. The climactic touchdown in one of the biggest events in Missoula sporting history sure did the trick though.

Missoula festival continues despite hazardous air | Missoula Local News - NBCMontana.com

August 30, 2015

The hazardous air quality in Missoula Saturday night did not keep music fans from crowding the stage downtown.

First Alert Weather: Sunday showers and cool days ahead | Missoula Local News - NBCMontana.com

August 30, 2015

Cool temperatures and a better chance for rain in the week ahead

Complaint alleges that Gianforte campaigned before registering a

August 30, 2015

Greg Gianforte toured parts of Montana during the summer to promote telecommuting in what looked to some like a political campaign. Now a Butte resident has filed a complaint about those activities w

UM students advised to make sure they're insured

August 30, 2015

University of Montana students are moving in this weekend, prompting one insurance company to encourage students to consider renter's insurance. 

Libby neighborhoods remain evacuated due to wildfire danger

August 30, 2015

Homeowners in Libby are holding their breath with evacuation orders under way in response to an aggressive wildfire. The Klatawa fire has grown rapidly, forcing evacuations from six neighborhoods. 

Griz Open Stitt Era With Memorable Win (PHOTO GALLERY)

August 30, 2015

Joey Counts scored on a 1-yard run off left tackle on fourth down with two seconds remaining to rally Montana to a 38-35 victory over four-time defending national champion North Dakota State Saturday at Washington-Grizzly Stadium in Missoula.

Montana Judge Sends Lethal Injection Challenge to Trial - Flathead Beacon

August 28, 2015

HELENA — A judge ruled Thursday that a constitutional challenge to Montana’s execution methods will go to trial.

Polygamists Ask Judge to Strike Down Montana's Bigamy Laws - Flathead Beacon

August 28, 2015

HELENA — A Billings man, his wife and his common-law wife filed a federal lawsuit Thursday that seeks to strike down Montana’s bigamy laws and argues the state is unconstitutionally preventing them from legitimizing their polygamous relationship.

World-Class Talent on Flathead’s Shores - Flathead Beacon

August 28, 2015

Playing at the Montreaux Jazz Festival in Switzerland in 2014, Brazilian guitarist Leandro Pellegrino made his guitar sing with sweet runs and easy rhythm.

Political practices complaint filed against Gianforte | Politics | bozemandailychronicle.com

August 28, 2015

A political practices complaint has been filed against a Bozeman Republican exploring a gubernatorial run in 2016.

Brewers drop the Osprey, 7-3

August 28, 2015

Eleven games separate them in the overall standings, but there hasn't been much difference between the first-place Missoula Osprey and last-place Helena Brewers in head-to-head competition this season.

Advocacy group will request to intervene in Mountain Water case

August 28, 2015

A group called Advocates for Missoula's Future will request Friday to intervene in the city of Missoula's eminent domain case – and force the disclosure of financial information.

Controversial Florence doctor facing 400 felony counts

August 28, 2015

A Florence doctor has been charged with 400 felony counts for allegedly over-prescribing controlled substances after being arrested on Thursday morning.

Weather Forecast - Smoke could thin out by Saturday

August 28, 2015

Air quality remains a huge concern here in western Montana as fires continue to produce smoke across the region.

Fires force Bob Marshall and Great Bear Wilderness Areas to clos

August 28, 2015

According to the Forest Service, the Bob Marshall and Great Bear Wilderness Areas on the Spotted Bear Ranger District will be closing due to fire activity. 

Essex evacuated as wildfire grows closer to town

August 28, 2015

ESSEX - Flathead County Sheriff Chuck Curry has called a mandatory evacuation order for the town of Essex. Highway 2 is now closed until further notice.

Feds Warns Montana It Faces Cutoff of Abuse Program Funding - Flathead Beacon

August 27, 2015

The federal government says it will strip Montana of a child abuse prevention grant if the state doesn’t start releasing information about children who die of abuse and neglect, but Montana officials say a state confidentiality law prevents them from releasing the information.

Review of Montana pathologist's work finds 'serious deficiencies'

August 27, 2015

An independent reviewer who examined autopsies by a former associate state medical examiner said she would classify one infant's death as a homicide – and others as deficient.

Stevensville family thankful of support of firefighter son burned in Washington

August 27, 2015

STEVENSVILLE – The only survivor of a four-person engine crew that was caught in a fast-moving wildfire last week in Washington state is fighting for his life in a Seattle hospital with burns over 60 percent of his body.