Helena man dies of carbon monoxide poisoning
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A 28-year-old Helena man has died and five other people were sickened after being exposed to high levels of carbon monoxide in a Helena residence.
Lewis and Clark County Coroner Bryan Backeberg tells the Independent Record that Kevin Faultleroy died Saturday morning. Five other adult family members were taken to the hospital, but were expected to make a full recovery.
Capt. Vince Williams with the Helena Fire Department says someone in the home called 911 at about 8:20 a.m. Saturday.
Williams says the cause of the high level of carbon monoxide is under investigation.
Glacier National Park reports record attendance in 2016
KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — Officials are looking at how well they handled huge crowds at Glacier National Park after nearly 3 million people visited this year.
The Flathead Beacon reports that’s a record high. And it comes as the park celebrated its 100th birthday.
But officials say the spike in visitors has impacted the park and surrounding communities. Parking lots were constantly full, and rangers say they often had to call tow trucks for those parked illegally. The National Park Service also says it set up portable toilets due to long bathroom lines.
But superintendent Jeff Mow says visitor feedback was almost always positive.
And official say they will try to maintain the hype surrounding the park as they prepare for what they expect will be another busy year.
Teen injured after hitting semi on I-90
KELLOGG, Idaho (AP) — A 17-year-old girl from Kellogg was injured when her car spun out on a snow-covered Interstate 90 and was hit by a semi.
The Spokesman-Review reports that the accident happened at about 8:30 a.m. Saturday.
The Idaho State Police says the girl was driving east in a 1998 Buick Century near Kellogg when she tried to pass a semi carrying cars.
She lost control on the snow-covered road and spun out before being hit by the semi, which was driven by David Boldt of Missoula.
The teen was taken to Shoshone Medical Center for treatment of her injuries.
Boldt was not injured. The highway was partially shut down for nearly three hours.
Christmas Day blizzard takes aim at the Dakotas, Montana
CHICAGO (AP) — It’ll be a white Christmas for the northern Plains and some Western states, but forecasters warn blizzard conditions are likely to affect holiday travel.
The National Weather Service issued a blizzard warning for most of North Dakota, western South Dakota and a small section of eastern Montana through Monday, with expected snow totals of 8 to 15 inches and winds up to 55 mph.
The weather service says that will make travel “very dangerous if not impossible.”
An ice storm warning is in effect through late Sunday for central South Dakota, southwest North Dakota and much of central Minnesota, with up to a ½ inch of ice expected. Forecasters said anyone who “must travel” should have an extra flashlight, food and water.
Elsewhere, dense fog had built up Sunday morning in parts of Kansas, the Ozarks, Kentucky, Tennessee and the Gulf Coast states.
Montana water district files suit over Yellowstone arsenic
GARDINER, Mont. (AP) — A Montana water and sewer district is suing Yellowstone National Park over arsenic leaking from the park that infiltrates its sewage treatment system.
The Missoulian reports that Gardiner-Park County Water and Sewer District filed a lawsuit last week in U.S. District Court in Billings against Yellowstone and the National Parks Service.
The lawsuit claims that though Yellowstone officials have acknowledged the problem and previously offered to pay the district for sludge removal, the National Park Service has provided little information on when funding will be available and how it plans to remedy the problem.
Yellowstone Park spokeswoman Morgan Warthin said Thursday that the solicitor’s office in the U.S. Department of the Interior is reviewing the lawsuit.
Earlier this year, park officials worked to address arsenic levels in the drinking water supply at Old Faithful.
Volunteers needed for yearly bald eagle count in Montana
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Bureau of Land Management needs volunteers to help count bald eagles throughout the Powder River Basin next month.
The Billings Gazette reports the national survey effort begins Jan. 14. Participants will count eagles along standard routes to chart population trends.
Ninety volunteers participated in last year’s survey, which found 547 eagles throughout the Powder River Basin. Of those, 363 were bald eagles.
Volunteers will receive training on methodology before they set out on the count.
Bond set for 2 suspects in meth lab case
BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — Bond is $50,000 each for two women suspected of running a meth lab.
KTVM-TV reports Jessica Jackson and Brittany Scarborough both face a felony charge.
A man told the Missouri River Drug Task Force that he recognized a smell coming from the women’s residence as that of methamphetamine manufacturing. He also said he saw evidence in their yard.
Sudafed was also recently stolen from a gas station where Jackson once worked. An employee said she noticed an odor at the women’s home and antifreeze on the porch.
Defense attorneys argued charging documents did not link the theft to either woman and there was no probable cause for the women’s arrests.
Items needed to make methamphetamine were found in the home.
Defense attorneys say those are simply household items.