Missoula Area News

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Experimental vaccine could help Ebola patients, RML scientist at forefront | Missoula Local News - NBCMontana.com

August 1, 2014

The basis for an experimental Ebola vaccine is a virus found in cattle and horses. It's called vesicular stomatitis.

First Alert Forecast: Afternoon Thunderstorms | Missoula Local News - NBCMontana.com

August 1, 2014

The heat continues today with afternoon highs climbing into the mid to upper 80s for Butte and Bozeman to the upper 90s around Missoula. Once again, triple digits are possible for far northwest Montana. The combination of monsoon moisture and daytime heating will spark off showers and a few thunderstorms this afternoon. The best chance will be from Missoula to Butte.

Law enforcement ready if Testicle Festival proves rowdy | KPAX.com | Missoula, Montana

August 1, 2014

ROCK CREEK - The adult-themed Testicle Festival begins Thursday in Rock Creek and because of its rowdy and dangerous reputation, law enforcement will be ready.

Advisory remains in effect for missing Missoula children | KPAX.com | Missoula, Montana

August 1, 2014

The Missing-Endangered Person Advisory issued Wednesday afternoon remains in effect for two Missoula children taken by their non-custodial mother.

Next year's Missoula Marathon will build on this year's success | KPAX.com | Missoula, Montana

August 1, 2014

Anders Brooker, current race director for the Missoula Marathon, considers the 2014 race to have been a big success. Next year's race will build on this year's, with mostly a few minor changes - and one major one.

Weather Forecast: Afternoon and evening thunderstorms | KPAX.com | Missoula, Montana

August 1, 2014

Friday will start off calm and clear as highs soar back into the 90s and low 100s this afternoon.

Former Griz Basketball Player Pleads Not Guilty - Flathead Beacon

August 1, 2014

A former University of Montana basketball player has pleaded not guilty to a charge of selling prescription stimulants.

Fires Spark in Mountains Near Polebridge - Flathead Beacon

August 1, 2014

Fire crews are working to contain a roughly 7-acre wildfire in the mountains north of Polebridge.

First Alert Forecast: Hot temperatures, afternoon storms | Missoula Local News - NBCMontana.com

July 31, 2014

It is shaping up to be another hot day for much of western Montana. Highs will warm into the upper 80s in Butte and Bozeman to the upper 90s in Missoula. 

Weather Forecast: The heat continues | KPAX.com | Missoula, Montana

July 31, 2014

High pressure will continue to dominate our forecast through the upcoming weekend.

Former UM point guard to play for the NBA | KPAX.com | Missoula, Montana

July 31, 2014

Former Griz point guard Will Cherry has achieved his goal. According to Yahoo Sports, Cherry will play for the Toronto Raptors. Marc Spears claims Cherry will sign a two-year contract worth the NBA minimum.

Keep an eye out for Paul McCartney ticket scams | KPAX.com | Missoula, Montana

July 31, 2014

While there's no law or ordinance against scalping tickets in Missoula County, authorities say you should still be careful of where you buy them.

Ebola vaccine might be home-grown in Montana | KPAX.com | Missoula, Montana

July 31, 2014

The cure for future outbreaks of the deadly Ebola virus could one day come from our own backyard.

Fire Danger 'High' in Flathead Valley - Flathead Beacon

July 31, 2014

Local fire managers have moved the fire danger to “high” based on current and expected weather conditions.

Tribe: Remove 'Halfbreed' from Montana Place Names - Flathead Beacon

July 31, 2014

HELENA — Leaders of the Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians say the time has come to remove the words “halfbreed” and “breed” from the names of creeks, lakes and other places around the state.

Former UGF Hoops Player Named Head Coach - Flathead Beacon

July 31, 2014

GREAT FALLS — Former University of Great Falls basketball player Anthony Owens has been named the team’s head coach.

A New Study Looks at Feasibility of Bringing First Generation Broadband to Missoula

July 30, 2014

About eight months ago, a firm was hired to conduct a feasibility study on bringing high-speed broadband to Missoula. Missoula city council member Caitlin Copple said the study came about after hearing from both the private and public sector:

Fire Season in and Around Missoula is Surprisingly Calm – For Now

July 30, 2014

This time last year, fire were sweeping the Treasure State. What’s with the sudden change in smokeless air and lack of forest fires? Lolo National Forest Spokesman Boyd Hartwig said that this year’s fire season has been much easier than last year:

July hottest in more than 5 years, but still short of the record | KPAX.com | Missoula, Montana

July 30, 2014

With a few exceptions, it may seem like the thermometer has been locked at 90-degrees and above all month long. And with more 90s in the forecast to close the month you might think we're close to breaking a record.

Ex-Griz hoops player facing drug charge | KPAX.com | Missoula, Montana

July 30, 2014

A former University of Montana Grizzly basketball player is being charged with a felony after prosecutors say he sold roughly 1,000 pills of Adderall - a trend where so-called "smart pill" often abused by college students.

Tribute to Fallen Soldiers brigade swings through Missoula | KPAX.com | Missoula, Montana

July 30, 2014

A small torch has been traveling on a 2,500 mile tribute for almost two weeks.

Weather Forecast: Hot weather continues | KPAX.com | Missoula, Montana

July 30, 2014

MISSOULA - Our recent run of hot days will continue today across Western Montana.

Next-generation internet may be coming to Missoula | KPAX.com | Missoula, Montana

July 30, 2014

The Missoula City Council seems to be ready to support a plan that would build a 100-megabits-per second internet network for the city after nearly two years of discussion.

Bar Owner Sentenced For Selling Cocaine - Flathead Beacon

July 30, 2014

The former owner of a Bigfork bar was given a 10-year suspended sentence on July 24 in Flathead County District Court, nearly a year after he sold cocaine to two undercover cops.

Park Officials Respond to Two Deaths, Multiple Health Emergencies - Flathead Beacon

July 30, 2014

Glacier National Park personnel responded to a series of unrelated medical incidents in the past several days, including two visitor deaths from cardiac arrest in two separate incidents.

Three Year Old Stevensville Drowning Victim Identified

July 29, 2014

The Ravalli County Sheriff’s Office has released the name of the three year-old boy who drowned in the Bitterroot River on Friday as Tristan Iverson of Stevensville.

Ravalli Co. bans open burning, Lost Horse fire 55 acres | Missoula Local News - NBCMontana.com

July 29, 2014

A 55-acre wildland fire burning in Lost Horse Canyon between Hamilton and Darby has helped prompt Ravalli County to enact a Stage 1 fire alert.

Montana Highway Patrol adds K-9 unit | Missoula Local News - NBCMontana.com

July 29, 2014

Montana Highway Patrol has a new K-9 unit working alongside troopers to combat drug trafficking on Montana's highways.

Missoula County fire danger hiked to "very high" | KPAX.com | Missoula, Montana

July 29, 2014

The continued hot and dry weather has prompted officials with the Missoula County Fire Protection Association to move the fire danger in Missoula County to Very High, starting on Tuesday.

Weather Forecast: 90s and 100s | KPAX.com | Missoula, Montana

July 29, 2014

Tuesday looks to be another very warm day across western Montana with highs in the 90s and low triple digits.

Bond set for accused I-90 shooter | KPAX.com | Missoula, Montana

July 29, 2014

Bond was set at $.5 million for the suspect accused of shooting a man along I-90 near Turah and leaving him there to die.

Victim ID'd in plane crash near Lolo Pass | KPAX.com | Missoula, Montana

July 29, 2014

Authorities say the pilot killed in Monday morning crash near Lolo Pass was Milon Meyer, 72, from Richland Washington. who was flying from Richland to Oshkosh, WI for the EAA Convention.

Charles Russell Art Fetches Millions at Auction - ABC News

July 28, 2014

A total of 30 Charles M. Russell works fetched millions of dollars at auction in Reno, with one painting symbolizing the railroad's effect on American Indians drawing $1.9 million and another depicting a Native American chief selling for $1.1 million.

Bitterroot Fire grows to 40 acres | Missoula Local News - NBCMontana.com

July 28, 2014

The Lost Horse fire located ten miles southwest of Hamilton, has grown to 40 acres.  The fire grew to the east and north yesterday, fanned by upslope winds.

Earthquake rattles Montana | Missoula Local News - NBCMontana.com

July 28, 2014

A 3.6 earthquake rattles the community of Dillon this morning. According to the US Geological Survey web site it happened 8 miles north of Dillon and 46 miles south of Butte.

Weather Forecast: The heat s on! | KPAX.com | Missoula, Montana

July 28, 2014

The heat returns this week. Look for highs returning to the 90s both Monday and Tuesday with a few lower valley locations potentially seeing triple digits.

Hill and Sullivan Not Done With Basketball Yet | Make it Missoula

July 27, 2014

Torry Hill and Jordan Sullivan, the two seniors on last year’s Lady Griz team, both were raised on basketball, so it should come as no surprise that the conclusion of their college playing careers in March did not signal the end of their time in the sport.

Keeping Up with Summer - Flathead Beacon

July 27, 2014

Reaching the heart of summer, and the peak of tourism season, this appears to be another strong year for the Flathead Valley as it bolsters its status as a popular destination.

Weather Forecast: Sunny weekend continues | KPAX.com | Missoula, Montana

July 27, 2014

Our beautiful, clear sky will be a major part of our weather story in the coming days. The one variable will be temperatures.

Lost Horse Fire near Hamilton grows slightly overnight | Missoula Local News - NBCMontana.com

July 27, 2014

The Lost Horse fire located ten miles southwest of Hamilton in the Bitterroot Mountains near Brandy Peak, grew slightly overnight.  The quick response yesterday by fire managers and two helicopters is credited with keeping the blaze in check and from growing much larger.  The bucket work by helicopters was very effective in suppressing fire activity.