2 dead in western Montana plane crash
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — Authorities say two people have died after a single-engine plane crashed on the edge of Interstate 90 southeast of Missoula.
The Missoulian reports that the victims of the Sunday crash near the Rock Creek Airport have not yet been identified.
Missoula County sheriff’s Capt. Bill Burt says witnesses reported the plane had been trying to land at the south end of the runway when it crashed into some trees and went down on the side of the highway.
He says the pilot had departed from Missoula.
The impact of the Cessna 182-D had ignited a grass fire and caused the closure of the right lane of eastbound I-90 for several hours.
The National Transportation Safety Board was expected to arrive at the crash site Monday to investigate.
Man dies in Great Falls house fire
GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — A Great Falls man died in a weekend house fire.
Great Falls Fire Rescue Battalion Chief Jeff Jackson tells the Great Falls Tribune the fire was reported at about 4 a.m. Sunday.
Firefighters were able to contain the fire to a couple of rooms in the house, but a man succumbed to the injuries he suffered in the fire. The man’s name and age have not been released.
Jackson says the cause of the fire is under investigation.
More than 100 dogs seized over cruelty allegations
CHARLO, Mont. (AP) — More than 100 dogs have been seized at a Charlo kennel after prosecutors and the kennel’s owner’s reached an agreement to defer prosecution of felony aggravated animal cruelty charges.
Nadine and Larry Latzke of LDR Kennels were allowed to keep six dogs in their home.
The dogs were transferred to the Life Savers Animal Rescue of Polson, which will try to find homes for the dogs.
According to the Daily Inter Lake , the dogs were found in cages in deplorable conditions.
Girl dies after falling off truck on Crow Reservation
HARDIN, Mont. (AP) — A 12-year-old girl riding in the back of a pickup truck on the Crow Reservation died when she fell off a tool box and hit her head.
The Montana State Patrol says the accident happened on Saturday when the truck driver swerved for unknown reasons.
The Billings Gazette reports the girl had been sitting next to another girl on a toolbox, and four children were in the cab of the truck.
Authorities say the 37-year-old driver and other children were not injured. They have not been identified.
Tribal members and the Bureau of Indian Affairs are in charge of the investigation.
Fire blocking Yellowstone National Park entrance smolders on
GRAND TETON NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP) — Firefighters working on steep hillsides are chopping down trees and searching for hotspots as they battle a wildfire that’s blocking an entrance to Yellowstone National Park.
Wildfire managers say their top priority is clearing a highway in the area and protecting campgrounds, buildings and archaeological sites. They’re also making sure there are no flare-ups or falling trees that could cause injuries or death.
Strong winds blew down several trees Saturday, blocking some roads. Travelers have been warned to be cautious on area roads that are still open around the park.
The fire that began last month is blocking Yellowstone’s south entrance near Jackson, Wyoming. The park also has entrance stations in Montana and near Cody, Wyoming.
Grand Teton and Yellowstone national parks and Bridger Teton National Forest all have area closures in effect, but both national parks are open to visitors.
Visitor misbehavior abounds as US parks agency turns 100
YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP) — Record visitor numbers at the nation’s first national park have transformed Yellowstone National Park’s annual tourist rush into a sometimes dangerous frenzy.
Photo-snapping visitors routinely break the rules, getting too close to elk, grizzly bears, wolves and bison.
Officials say the rule-breaking puts visitors in harm’s way, damages resources and displaces wildlife.
Law enforcement records obtained by The Associated Press suggest such problems are on the rise.
Yellowstone rangers are seeing more wildlife violations, more people treading on sensitive thermal areas and more illegal camping.
It’s an illustration of the pressures facing America’s most treasured lands as the National Park Service marks its 100th anniversary. From the Great Smoky Mountains to the Grand Canyon, major parks are grappling with vandalism, theft of resources and other misbehavior.
Kalispell police clearing out transient camps
KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — Kalispell police are rounding up people living in transient camps around a local park.
Authorities notified the temporary park residents of evictions because of a large amount of garbage and human waste.
According to the Daily Inter Lake , transients were told they could be arrested for criminal trespassing.
On Thursday, Kalispell police officers cleared the woods of temporary residents who remained and they’re working to keep them from coming back.