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As many as 40 UM lecturers may not be rehired in 2018

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As adjuncts, none of the roughly 40 lecturers were eligible for tenure at the University of Montana.

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Some residents near Lolo Peak Fire may return home

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Some residents living near the Lolo Peak fire west of Lolo can return home.

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WWII Missoula Marine makes good on 73 year old promise

93-year-old Marvin Strombo traveled 10,000 miles to return a flag he took on the battlefield in Japan. 93-year-old Marvin Strombo traveled 10,000 miles to return a flag he took on the battlefield in Japan.
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Marvin Strombo, 93, traveled 10,000 miles to return a flag he took on the battlefield in Japan and returned it to the soldier's family. 

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White rights activist Richard Spencer denied at University of Florida

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White rights activist Richard Spencer -- a part time Whitefish resident -- is running out of campuses to host him. 

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Weather Forecast: Sunny, dry and hazy

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A strong area of high pressure will dominate our weather pattern for the rest of the week and into next week. 

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Western Montana air quality taking another hit

The view from the KPAX - St. Patrick Hospital Eyecam on Wednesday morning. The view from the KPAX - St. Patrick Hospital Eyecam on Wednesday morning.
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Seeley Lake was once again seeing Hazardous air quality on Wednesday morning thanks to the Rice Ridge fire.

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Libby man found guilty of killing ex-girlfriend

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A Libby man has been found guilty of deliberate homicide and tampering with evidence in the death of a Lincoln County woman.

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Montana news headlines

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Here's a look at your top Tuesday news stories from across Western Montana.

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Weather Forecast: Dry period ahead

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Mostly sunny and dry conditions are expected Wednesday... well, throughout the extended forecast, actually.  Highs will top out around average (low 80s) before warming up well into the 80s to end the week. An Air Quality Alert is in effect for Missoula County (specifically the Seeley Lake area) until further notice.

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Fire restrictions reminder issued in the Flathead

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Emergency managers say some people across Northwest Montana are making some very dangerous decisions this summer.

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Federal money to fund Missoula airport expansion

Missoula International Airport (MTN News photo) Missoula International Airport (MTN News photo)
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The airport will receive $1.4 million to help build a new terminal building and upgrade its runway system.

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Residents praise correctional re-entry program, as Gov. Bullock pays a visit

Kayte Mutrie discusses her experience at Riverside Recovery Kayte Mutrie discusses her experience at Riverside Recovery
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Gov. Steve Bullock visited the Riverside Correctional Facility – and heard nothing but praise from women in its re-entry program. 

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Chick N' Chaps rodeo clinic coming to Northwest Montana Fair

The upcoming Chick N' Chaps rodeo clinic will be held at the Northwest Montana Fair and Rodeo. (MTN News photo) The upcoming Chick N' Chaps rodeo clinic will be held at the Northwest Montana Fair and Rodeo. (MTN News photo)
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The money raised benefits breast cancer patient survivors and The Valicity Princess Ball, which supports family and kids battling cancer. 

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Groups concerned about federal budget cuts’ effects on Montana

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Organizations from around Montana are raising concerns about how the Trump administration’s budget proposal could affect the state.

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Native American leaders want Confederate statue in Helena removed

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Members of the American Indian Caucus have renewed calls for the removal of a Confederate memorial in Helena.

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Man, dog hurt after Turah cabin explodes

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A man and dog are recovering after the cabin they were staying in at the Turah Store and Campground exploded and went up in flames after a propane leak.

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Kalispell Chamber of Commerce picks up national honors

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The Kalispell Chamber of Commerce has returned from a national convention.celebrating multiple achievements.

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No adult invasive mussels found in Tiber Reservoir

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The five divers involved in the search efforts were from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

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Pam Bucy leaving state Labor commissioner post

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Bucy is stepping down next month to join a private law firm in Helena, Gov. Bullock announced Tuesday. 

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Wildland officials finding illegal camp fires despite fire restrictions

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Interagency wildland fire officials with the Missoula County Fire Protection Association are reminding folks that western Montana Stage II fire restrictions remain necessary.

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Two juveniles charged with starting grass fire north of Three Forks

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Two juveniles suspected of starting a fast-moving grass fire near the Clarkston area have been charged, according to the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office.

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Trump on Charlottesville: "I think there’s blame on both sides"

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President Trump's planned statements on infrastructure derailed into explosive comments about the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.

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Montana Rail Link: Coal spill near Noxon could take weeks to clean

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Montana Rail Link says it could take several weeks before a coal train derailment northwest of Noxon is completely cleaned up.

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Investigators: Rattlesnake grass fire was human-caused

(photo credit: Charles Simmons Palmer) (photo credit: Charles Simmons Palmer)
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The fire was contained within one hour. There were no injuries or structures damaged.

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Two men charged with raping Bozeman woman in Big Sky

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Heriberto Bobadilla, and Alex Romero were charged with sexual intercourse without consent. 

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Iraqi students learn about Montana culture and values

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The students each created vision boards, a way to organize their hopes and thoughts around a certain topic.

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Judge orders halt to Roundup coal mine expansion

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A federal judge has ordered a halt to the expansion of Signal Peak Energy's Bull Mountain Coal Mine south of Roundup. 

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Meyers fire at 13,700 acres outside of Philipsburg

The Meyers fire is burning outside of Philipsburg. (courtesy photo) The Meyers fire is burning outside of Philipsburg. (courtesy photo)
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Evacuations are still in place for residents in the Frog Basin Pond, Copper Creek Campground and Moose Lake areas.

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Rice Ridge fire holding steady near Seeley Lake

The Rice Ridge fire in Seeley Lake is one of the top concerns of firefighters. (MTN News photo) The Rice Ridge fire in Seeley Lake is one of the top concerns of firefighters. (MTN News photo)
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The Rice Ridge fire near Seeley Lake has now burned 11,700 acres and is 10% contained.

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Tamarack fire holding at 300 acres

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The blaze is burning in remote terrain between Kalispell and Libby was started by lightning.

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Sapphire Complex fire burning over 30,000 acres

Evacuation and pre-evacuation notices remain in effect near the Sapphire Complex fire. (inciweb.org photo) Evacuation and pre-evacuation notices remain in effect near the Sapphire Complex fire. (inciweb.org photo)
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The Sapphire Complex fire burning approximately 25 miles south-southeast of Missoula is burning 30,400 acres.

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Blue Bay fire near Polson burning 55 acres

The Blue Bay fire is burning east of Polson along Highway 35. (photo credit: Robert Kohler) The Blue Bay fire is burning east of Polson along Highway 35. (photo credit: Robert Kohler)
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There are over 50 firefighters assigned to fight the fire which is not threatening any structures at this time.

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Sunrise fire near Superior tops 21,000 acres

The Sunrise fire has forced evacuations in Mineral County. (inciweb.org photo) The Sunrise fire has forced evacuations in Mineral County. (inciweb.org photo)
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The Sunrise fire burning 11 miles southeast of Superior is now sitting at 21,082 acres and 30% contained. 

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DEQ moves Black Butte Copper Mine permit forward

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State officials have given the company behind the Black Butte Copper Project the green light to move forward with the next step in their proposed mine.

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Air quality concerns return to Western Montana

Smoke from the Rice Ridge fire continue to poor into the town of Seelley Lake. (MTN News photo) Smoke from the Rice Ridge fire continue to poor into the town of Seelley Lake. (MTN News photo)
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The air quality in Seeley Lake dropped back to "Hazardous" on Tuesday morning thanks to the nearby Rice Ridge fire. 

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FFA, 4-H competitors ready for Northwest Montana Fair

18-year-old Krystal Sutton has been showing animals at the Northwest Montana Fair for several years. (MTN News photo) 18-year-old Krystal Sutton has been showing animals at the Northwest Montana Fair for several years. (MTN News photo)
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The Northwest Montana Fair kicks off in Kalispell later this week and the fairgrounds is already bustling with activity.

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Glacier National Park wildfire grows

The Sprague fire has forced park officials to close the Sperry Chalet. (MTN News photo) The Sprague fire has forced park officials to close the Sperry Chalet. (MTN News photo)
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The now 100-acre The Sprague fire has forced park officials to close the Sperry Chalet. 

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Montana Made: Appleton Furniture

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When the couple is around town, they enjoy seeing their finished products in people's homes.

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Evacuations lifted near Gibralter Ridge Fire

Evacuations have been lifted near the blaze that's burning outside of Eureka. (MTN News photo) Evacuations have been lifted near the blaze that's burning outside of Eureka. (MTN News photo)
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Cooler temperatures and more humid air near Eureka are proving to be an asset for firefighters taking on the 1,900-acre Gibralter Ridge Fire.

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MRL working to clear rail line near Noxon following derailment

Approximately 30 cars carrying coal jumped the tracks late Sunday in northwest Montana. (MTN News photo) Approximately 30 cars carrying coal jumped the tracks late Sunday in northwest Montana. (MTN News photo)
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Approximately 30 train cars hauling coal spilled off the tracks in a train derailment just west of Noxon Sunday night.  

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Lolo Peak firefighters expecting help from cooler temps, higher humidity

The 10,000 acre wildfire has forced mandatory evacuations along a section of Hihghway 12 west of Lolo. (MTN News photo) The 10,000 acre wildfire has forced mandatory evacuations along a section of Hihghway 12 west of Lolo. (MTN News photo)

Winds pushed the Lolo Peak Fire across more than two miles of timber Saturday night which is why authorities decided to order an evacuation.

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I-90 reopens after crash near Missoula

The crash is blocking much of I-90 near the Wye west of Missoula. (photo credit: Beth Compton) The crash is blocking much of I-90 near the Wye west of Missoula. (photo credit: Beth Compton)
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A Tuesday morning crash had forced authorities to close much of I-90 near the Wye west of Missoula.

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Crews quickly contain grass fire in the Rattlesnake

The blaze broke out in the Duncan Driver area on Monday evening. (photo credit: Black Coffee Roasters) The blaze broke out in the Duncan Driver area on Monday evening. (photo credit: Black Coffee Roasters)

Multiple units responded to the scene on Waterworks Hill shortly before 9 p.m. on Monday.

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Missoula Fair Free Admission "risk" pays off, surpasses expectations Video included

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The 138th Western Montana Fair saw record attendance thanks to free admission.

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Lolo Peak Fire evacuees find their home away from home Video included

Shelah Rupp, along with her closest neighbors, are trying to make the best of the situation by sticking together during this tense time. (Kent Luetzen/MTN News photo) Shelah Rupp, along with her closest neighbors, are trying to make the best of the situation by sticking together during this tense time. (Kent Luetzen/MTN News photo)
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These neighbors are just a handful of families that were forced to leave their homes.

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Missoula man faces double attempted murder from July domestic dispute Video included

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37-year-old Jamison Richmond faces several charges including two counts of attempted homicide, aggravated burglary and assault with a weapon. 

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3 victims of Broadwater County crash identified

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The three people who died in a crash in Broadwater County on Sunday have been identified.

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GoDaddy boots neo-Nazi site after a derogatory story on the Charlottesville victim Video included

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The Daily Stormer, a white supremacist and neo-Nazi website, needs to find another domain name provider after GoDaddy gave it the boot following a derogatory story about the woman killed at the Charlottesville, Virginia, rally.

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Missoula mayoral candidate drops out

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Candidate Madison Schroeder says she’s ending her run for mayor and is joining the team of mayoral candidate Lisa Triepke.

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Coal train derails in Northwest Montana

Nate Haflich photo. Nate Haflich photo.
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Montana Rail Link has confirmed that approximately 30 coal cars derailed Sunday night in Northwest Montana.

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Tamarack fire quickly grows in Northwest Montana Video included

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A new fire in Northwest Montana has quickly grown to over 300 acres in the past the 24 hours.

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Sunrise fire tops 19,000 acres

The Sunrise fire has forced evacuations as it burns near Superior. (inciweb.org photo) The Sunrise fire has forced evacuations as it burns near Superior. (inciweb.org photo)
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The Cougar Gulch, Quartz Creek, and Trout Creek area south of Magone Ranch -- remain under a Stage 3 evacuation warning.

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Public meeting set to discuss wildfires near Polson

A pair of fires are burning in the Mission Mountains. (photo credit: Doreen Ratzburg) A pair of fires are burning in the Mission Mountains. (photo credit: Doreen Ratzburg)
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The Blue Bay Fire is currently at 48 Acres with 10% containment. The Blue Bay Fire 2 is holding at two and acres and is now fully contained. 

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Missoula drowning victim identified

The drowning happened on 8.11.17 off of Kona Ridge Road. (MTN News photo) The drowning happened on 8.11.17 off of Kona Ridge Road. (MTN News photo)
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Missoula County Sheriff TJ McDermott says the man who fell into the Clark Fork River was Johnny Lee Syverson, 31, of Missoula.

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Pre-evacuation orders lifted near Liberty fire

The Liberty fire is still burning between Arlee and Seeley Lake. (photo credit: Kari Greer) The Liberty fire is still burning between Arlee and Seeley Lake. (photo credit: Kari Greer)
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The 5,000 acre blaze is burning in the Jocko Lakes area between Arlee and Seeley Lake.

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Violence in Virginia sparks Missoula rally for peace Video included

The Missoula vigil and march was held as part of a national day of action on Sunday. (MTN News photo) The Missoula vigil and march was held as part of a national day of action on Sunday. (MTN News photo)
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The Missoula vigil and march was held as part of a national day of action on Sunday. 

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Big improvement in Western Montana air quality

The view from the KPAX - St. Patrick's Hospital Eyecam on Monday morning. The view from the KPAX - St. Patrick's Hospital Eyecam on Monday morning.
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Most folks in Western Montana are getting some welcome relief from all of the wildfire smoke that's been hanging around. 

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Injury reported at Rice Ridge fire

The Rice Ridge fire in Seeley Lake is one of the top concerns of firefighters. (MTN News photo) The Rice Ridge fire in Seeley Lake is one of the top concerns of firefighters. (MTN News photo)
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A contractor was hurt on Sunday morning while working on the 11,300 acre Rice Ridge fire.

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Glacier National Park guests evacuate chalet due to fire Video included

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Glacier National Park guests evacuated on foot from a West Glacier chalet to avoid a wildfire.

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Lolo Peak fire evacuees face lots of questions Video included

Whitney and Jason Olson were among those forced to evacute on Sunday. (MTN News photo) Whitney and Jason Olson were among those forced to evacute on Sunday. (MTN News photo)
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"Well there's a lot of things going through our minds. We experienced this four years ago in 2013 so we're a lot more prepared this time."

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Mandatory evacuations remain due to Lolo Peak fire Video included

Approximately 160 homes remain under mandatory evacuation west of Lolo. (MTN News photo) Approximately 160 homes remain under mandatory evacuation west of Lolo. (MTN News photo)
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Extreme weather at the Lolo Peak fire prompted authorities to order an immediate evacuation for some residents west of Lolo on Sunday.

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3 dead, 2 injured in Broadwater County crash

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Three people were killed and two others were injured in a head-on crash on U.S. Highway 12 in Broadwater County on Sunday.

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Residents near Lolo Peak fire ordered to leave Video included

160 homes are under mandatory evacuations and another 140 are on pre-evacuation status. MTN News/Kent Luetzen photo) 160 homes are under mandatory evacuations and another 140 are on pre-evacuation status. MTN News/Kent Luetzen photo)
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Orders are in place for approximately 160 homes on both the north and south sides of Highway 12 starting at mile marker 20 and Fort Fizzle.

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New pre-evacuation notices issued near Lolo Peak fire

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Pre-evacuation notices have been issued for 140 residences along Highway 12 west of Lolo.

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The future of the Western Montana Fair will have a new look Video included

The new look fairgorunds is a project that's been in the works for many years. (MTN News photo) The new look fairgorunds is a project that's been in the works for many years. (MTN News photo)
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The Western Montana Fair is in full swing, but already those in charge are looking to the future.

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Investigation continues after Whitefish park bear spray incident Video included

Police were called after kids started having reactions to pepper spray on the playground equipment at Riverside Park. (MTN News photo) Police were called after kids started having reactions to pepper spray on the playground equipment at Riverside Park. (MTN News photo)
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The call came in at around 10 a.m. on Thursday after kids started having reactions to pepper spray on the playground equipment at Riverside Park.

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Boaters rescued during Glacier NP lightning storm Video included

Ricky Peterson spotted the boaters who were stranded on Lake McDonald. (MTN News photo) Ricky Peterson spotted the boaters who were stranded on Lake McDonald. (MTN News photo)
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Had it not been for the quick action of one young man, things could have turned really bad for a couple boating in Lake McDonald.

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Missoula's Oxford Bar gets new look Video included

The Oxford Bar on North Higgins Street downtown has received a bit of a makeover. (MTN News photo) The Oxford Bar on North Higgins Street downtown has received a bit of a makeover. (MTN News photo)
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The Oxford Bar on North Higgins Street downtown has received a bit of a makeover. 

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Canine Stars brings four-legged fun to Western Montana Fair Video included

Canine Stars in a stunt dog show taking that's taking place once again at the Missoula County Fairgrounds. (MTN News photo) Canine Stars in a stunt dog show taking that's taking place once again at the Missoula County Fairgrounds. (MTN News photo)
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The stars of the show are a group of incredibly talented trainers and dogs who are putting on a show for both you and your dog. 

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4-H trying to recover after cafe gutted by fire at Western MT Fair Video included

An important staple to the Western Montana Fair and a major fundraiser for the 4-H club, went up in flames Friday night.

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Flathead ranchers helping Montanans affected by Lodgepole fire Video included

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Ranchers from the Columbia Falls area and Bonners Ferry, Idaho passed through Great Falls on their way to donate hay to eastern Montana ranchers in need. 

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Meyers fire at 13,700 acres outside of Philipsburg

The Meyers fire is burning outside of Philipsburg. (courtesy photo) The Meyers fire is burning outside of Philipsburg. (courtesy photo)
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Evacuations are still in place for residents in the Frog Basin Pond, Copper Creek Campground and Moose Lake areas.

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Liberty fire at 5,000 acres, 90% contained

The Liberty fire is still burning between Arlee and Seeley Lake. (photo credit: Kari Greer) The Liberty fire is still burning between Arlee and Seeley Lake. (photo credit: Kari Greer)
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The nearly 5,000 acre Liberty fire between Arlee and Seeley Lake is now 90% contained.

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Guam, Japan prepare for possible North Korea missile launch

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A notice put out by Guam's Joint Information Center Saturday warned residents how to prepare "for an imminent missile threat."

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