Fire destroys Columbia Falls furniture store
(Information in the following story is from: Hungry Horse News, http://www.hungryhorsenews.com)
COLUMBIA FALLS, Mont. (AP) — A fire has destroyed the main building of a furniture and flooring store in Columbia Falls in Flathead County.
The fire at Melby’s Home Interior was first reported about 5:30 a.m. Sunday.
But Assistant Fire Chief Jesse Best tells the Hungry Horse News (http://bit.ly/1MyD9mT ) that when firefighters arrived the fire was already into the attic of the structure and it spread throughout the building.
Best says the main building is a total loss but there were no injuries.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
Melby’s is the oldest furniture and flooring store in Columbia Falls.
States monitor alcohol offenders with twice-daily tests
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A decade ago, South Dakota tried a new approach for reducing drunken driving: requiring offenders to be tested for alcohol twice a day, every day.
The approach is now gaining momentum nationwide. Neighboring North Dakota and Montana have started similar monitoring systems, and at least five more states are running or planning pilot programs. Other states are passing legislation to do the same.
Every day before sunrise, people constantly stream through a wing of the county jail in Sioux Falls. Some are dressed in neatly pressed business suits. Others wear neon-green construction uniforms or even wrinkled pajamas.
If they pass the test, they stay out of jail.
Those who fail are immediately jailed: 12 hours for the first offense, 24 hours for the second. A third failure brings incarceration.
Ranch land in Elkhorn Mountains being protected
(Information in the following story is from: Independent Record, http://www.helenair.com)
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — More than 300 acres of ranch land in the Elkhorn Mountains are being protected from development.
The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation supervised the purchase of the Jenkins Gulch land about 14 miles west of Townsend.
Jenkins Gulch is made up of open grass slopes, sagebrush and strips of conifers. The area is known big game winter range with other species also relying on the habitat.
Elk Foundation Lands Program manager Mike Mueller tells the Independent Record (http://bit.ly/1KE1zdR ) that there should be a lot of hunters happy about the news.
The Jenkins Gulch is one of several acquisitions in the Helena area that have come through the work of the foundation and other organizations such as the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Trust, the Mule Deer Foundation and Prickly Pear Land Trust.
Remote luxury ranch near Darby among world’s best hotels
(Information in the following story is from: Missoulian, http://www.missoulian.com)
DARBY, Mont. (AP) — The Triple Creek Ranch near Darby has been rated tops among the 30 best hotels in the world by a New York-based news and entertainment website Business Insider.
The ranch is located in a remote area on the West Fork of the Bitterroot River. It is owned by former Intel CEO Craig Barrett and his wife Barbara, the former U.S. ambassador to Finland.
The 700-acre, 24-cabin luxury hideaway also earned the top-ranking from Travel & Leisure magazine last year.
Ranch marketing and sales director Jennifer O’Donohue credits the ranch’s excellent customer service and the all-inclusive package of available activities.
The Missoulian reports the Triple Creek Ranch is unique in that children under 16 are not allowed.
Its activities for guests include fly-casting lessons, cattle drives and sapphire panning.