This Week’s Missoula News Highlights-Week of Aug 12


Local Basketball Standout Joslyn Tinkle appears on The Price is Right

Former Big Sky High School basketball star and Stanford hardwood standout, Joslyn Tinkle was picked to participate in the tv game show The Price is Right.  Tinkle was picked out of the audience to “come on down” after being surprised with tickets to the show from her friends and boyfriend. The group was wearing shirts with “Cinco De Plinko” printed on them and caught the eyes of the show’s producers. The show airs on Friday. (read more)

Federal Agency Changes Missoula’s Floodplain

About 100 Missoula homeowners will move out of the designated flood plain when the Federal Emergency Management Agency makes its final revisions to the flood plain maps. While these residents are mostly happy with the agency’s decision, some homeowners will not be as enthusiastic when their property is moved within the newly drawn floodplain. Officials are studying the maps and plan to adopt the newly redrawn flood plain after a period of public comment. (read more)

Nimrod Fire Spreads

The Nimrod Fire burning near Clinton expanded to nearly 350 acres. Fire officials determined that the fire was started by a downed power line on Thursday. Officials also asked motorists not to park along interstate 90 to watch the blaze out of fear dry grass along the roadway could easily ignite from the heat of a vehicle’s undercarriage. The fire started after the areas temperatures soared to 100 degrees adding to the already high fire danger. Stage 1 fire restrictions have been implemented in the region restricting campfires and smoking outdoors. (read more) other links: fire watch

Missoula Mother and 3 Children Still Missing

Missoula County Sheriff’s Office is searching for a mother and three children who failed to show up at a campsite in Gold Creek. Rhonda McCall, her 8-year-old daughter Vicki McCall, her 10-year-old son Caleb, and the children’s friend 10-year-old McKnzy Woods have been missing since Sunday. Law enforcement officials are checking Rhonda McCall’s cell-phone records in an effort to locate the group. McCall is driving a silver 1988 Dodge Dakota. Anyone with any information regarding the missing group is asked to call the sheriff’s office 406-258-4810. (read more)



Tom Diddel has lived in Missoula on and off for nearly thirty-eight years. He enjoys skiing, hiking, and many other outdoor activities. He holds a B.A. in English Literature from the University of Montana and is currently working as a Freelance Writer and a Para-Educator.




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