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First Half Audio; Paul Panisko and John Thatcher Second Half and Both Overtimes: Game story from Butte Sports By Pat Ryan Fans who attended Butte High’s Class AA football game against Billings Skyview Friday night at a smoke-clogged Naranche Stadium certainly got their money’s worth, as the Bulldogs opened the season with a wild 24-21 […]
Better weather conditions help some Montana firefighters HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Light rain dampened some wildfires in far western Montana, while other fires closer to the central part of the state continued to spread and threaten rural residences. After most fires grew on Saturday because of warm, windy conditions, Sunday’s weather brought at least […]
China, US seek ‘clean coal’ agreement as industry struggles, Inversion holds smoke over wildfires, slows activity
China, US seek ‘clean coal’ agreement as industry struggles BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — U.S. and Chinese officials are working on an agreement to advance “clean coal” technologies that purport to reduce the fuel’s contribution to climate change — and offer a potential lifeline for an industry that’s seen its fortunes fade. U.S. Department of […]
Crews work to stop fire’s spread to highway, Montana helicopters sidelined from fighting federal fires
Crews work to stop fire’s spread to highway HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Firefighters are building fuel breaks as a barrier against a wildfire creeping through thick forest toward a main rail line and U.S. Highway 2 on Glacier National Park’s southern boundary. The nearly 1-squre mile fire is spreading northeast toward the transportation corridor, […]
What: Wildland Fire Detected: August 21, 2015 Cause: Lightning Location: Approximately ½ mile due north of Bear Lake in the Pioneer Mountains near Wise River, MT. Lat: 45° 31.5 N Long: 113°14.54 Current Size: Estimated at 1225 acres Containment: 0% Resources on Fire: 12 smokejumpers, 22 local firefighters, the Blue Ridge Hotshot Crew and 1 […]
More active burning expected in western Montana wildfires, Public hearing to be held on drilling lease near Glacier
More active burning expected in western Montana wildfires HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Firefighters and residents are bracing for a return to more intense fire activity in western Montana where wildfires have scored thousands of acres and threatened some small communities. A fire weather watch posted Sunday warned that gusty winds and low humidity were […]
State officials, most commenters confident in Medicaid plan, More fire evacuations ordered near Noxon
State officials, most commenters confident in Medicaid plan HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana health officials are hearing from people in public meetings this week about the state’s plan to expand Medicaid. State Medicaid Director Mary Dalton said after a meeting in Helena Thursday she’s confident the state will be able to offer health insurance […]
State reviews proposal for climate change ballot initiative, Supreme Court orders shaken-baby case be reconsidered
Supreme Court orders shaken-baby case be reconsidered HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A Missoula man convicted of shaking his 3-month-old son to death will get another chance to vacate or lessen his 40-year sentence. The Montana Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that a district court must reconsider Robert J. Wilkes’ appeal in the 2008 death of […]
Montana National Guard sends troops, aircraft to fight fires, Tribal jury clears chairman of fraud charges
Montana National Guard sends troops, aircraft to fight fires HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The Montana National Guard has sent four helicopters and 48 soldiers to help fight wildfires in response to a shortage of resources in the state. Maj. Chris Lunde said Tuesday that two Chinook helicopters, along with support and security personnel, were […]
Gianforte files for exploratory governor campaign, Resource shortage means some Montana fires burning unchecked
Resource shortage means some Montana fires burning unchecked HELENA, Mont. (AP) — So many wildfires are burning across the Northern Rockies that fire officials are allowing some to burn because all the manpower and equipment is committed elsewhere. The Northern Rockies Coordination Center lists 86 active fires in Montana and Idaho as of Monday […]
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