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New evacuation orders in effect near Lolo Peak fire

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The Ravalli County Sheriff's Office has issued new evacuation orders near the Lolo Peak fire in the Florence area.

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Lolo Peak fire at 33,000 acres, Red Flag Warning issued

The Lolo Peak fire continues to burn between Lolo and Florence in the Bitterroot Valley. (MTN News photo) The Lolo Peak fire continues to burn between Lolo and Florence in the Bitterroot Valley. (MTN News photo)

Fire managers are gearing up for a windy afternoon that could test the fire lines on the 33,000-acre Lolo Peak fire.

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Shots fired near Lolo Peak fire, road block in place

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A "hard closure" is in place at Highway 12 and Mill Creek Road due to multiple disruptions to fire fighting suppression efforts.

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Bullock says extinguish fires, deal with costs later

Dennis Bragg photo. Dennis Bragg photo.
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“My significant concern is firefighter safety and getting these fires out," Bulock said.

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The Lone Lookout: The Man Protecting Montana’s Forests

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For the past 24 years, Leif Haugen has spent his summers living alone atop a mountain in Montana’s pristine wilderness.

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No break from wildfire smoke in Western Montana

Hazardous air quality is expected again on Thursday morning in Florence, Lolo and Seeley Lake. (MTN News photo) Hazardous air quality is expected again on Thursday morning in Florence, Lolo and Seeley Lake. (MTN News photo)
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Hazardous air quality is expected to be seen again on Thursday morning in the Florence, Lolo and Seeley Lake areas.

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Ex-Missoula cop sentenced for stealing narcotics from State Crime Lab

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A former Missoula police officer who later worked with the State Crime Lab and stole prescription narcotics will not serve jail time unless he violates his release conditions.

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Project to preserve Montana cemeteries gets $25K grant

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The Montana History Foundation recently announced it is receiving a grant from the National Park Service - one of just 12 grants given nationwide and the only one in Montana.

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Bird and snake caused 40-acre fire near Great Falls

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A wildland fire that burned an estimated 40 acres near Great Falls on Wednesday morning was caused by a hawk and a snake. 

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MT Supreme Court upholds landmark campaign-finance verdict against Wittich Video included

Former state Rep. Art Wittich, R-Bozeman Former state Rep. Art Wittich, R-Bozeman
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The Montana Supreme Court Wednesday rejected an appeal from former state Rep. Art Wittich in a landmark campaign-finance case, upholding jury findings that he accepted illegal campaign contributions in a 2010 state Senate race. 

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Uber drivers scamming customers for cleaning fees?

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The Better Business Bureau tells CBS News they've received more than 130 complaints about Uber cleaning fees.

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Lolo Peak fire evacuation, shelter and donation information

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Here is a listing of evacuation, shelter and donation information for the Lolo Peak fire.

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Sapphire Complex fire burns 38,600 acres

The Sapphire Complex fire is burning approximately 25 miles south-southeast of Missoula in the Rock Creek drainage. (inciweb.org photo) The Sapphire Complex fire is burning approximately 25 miles south-southeast of Missoula in the Rock Creek drainage. (inciweb.org photo)
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The Sapphire Complex fire burning in the Rock Creek drainage has grown to over 38,600 acres and is 49% contained.

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Wanted in Montana: BOLO Alert issued for Dakota Michael Lucero

Dakota Michael Lucero (Montana Department of Corrections photo) Dakota Michael Lucero (Montana Department of Corrections photo)
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The United States Marshals Service District of Montana has issued a BOLO Alert (Be-On-The-Lookout) for Dakota Michael Lucero. 

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Fire crews knock down Missoula grass fire

A quick moving grass fire broke out along I-90 west near Missoula on Wednesday morning. (MTN News/Don Fisher photo) A quick moving grass fire broke out along I-90 west near Missoula on Wednesday morning. (MTN News/Don Fisher photo)
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A fast moving grass fire broke out Wednesday morning along Interstate 90 west of Missoula.

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Sunrise fire holding steady, public meeting set

The Sunrise fire continues to burn 11 miles outside of Superior in Mineral County. (inciweb.org photo) The Sunrise fire continues to burn 11 miles outside of Superior in Mineral County. (inciweb.org photo)
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The blaze remains at just under 25,000 acres and is still 50% contained.

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Ground broken on new Glacier Rail Park in Kalispell

The next step in revitalizing the Kalispell downtown is underway. (MTN News photo) The next step in revitalizing the Kalispell downtown is underway. (MTN News photo)
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The first phase of the new Glacier Rail Park has broken ground as part of the larger Kalispell Core Area Project.

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Weather Forecast: Thunderstorm threat increases overnight into Thursday

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Our recent ridge of high pressure will begin to break down tonight as a cold front approaches.  Expect a few showers and thunderstorms to develop in a southwesterly flow (for mainly the northwest quarter of the state) after sunset into Thursday morning spreading eastward throughout the first half of Thursday.

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Seeley Lake schools ready to open amidst wildfire smoke

School is just about to begin and Seeley Lake District School Superintendent Chris Stout says they will take necessary precautions. (MTN News photo) School is just about to begin and Seeley Lake District School Superintendent Chris Stout says they will take necessary precautions. (MTN News photo)
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School is just about to begin and Seeley Lake District School Superintendent Chris Stout says they will take necessary precautions.

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Florence air quality "beyond hazardous" due to Lolo Peak fire

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Conditions in Florence were listed as beyond Hazardous on Wednesday morning as the Lolo Peak Fire continued its southward push.

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Missoula's city-wide elections will again be mail-in ballot only

The ballots will start arriving in Missoula mailboxes in October. (MTN News photo) The ballots will start arriving in Missoula mailboxes in October. (MTN News photo)
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Missoulians will elect a mayor, seven city council members and a municipal judge in November -- and they'll do it all by mail.

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New and improved Madison Street Bridge is open to traffic

The new and improved Madison Street Bridge near UM is expected to last 70 years. (MTN News photo) The new and improved Madison Street Bridge near UM is expected to last 70 years. (MTN News photo)
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After more than six months of continuous work, all four lanes of traffic are once again open on the Madison Street Bridge.

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Fishing restrictions lifted around Missoula

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Fishing restrictions on Silver Bow Creek, the upper Clark Fork and the lower Bitterroot Rivers have all been lifted.

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Bullock urges patience, and continued support for firefighting efforts

"We need to be patient, and we need to work with law enforcement, with the National Guard that's now in many of these communities, and this Incident Command Team." "We need to be patient, and we need to work with law enforcement, with the National Guard that's now in many of these communities, and this Incident Command Team."
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Gov. Bullock is calling on people to be "patient" and supportive of firefighters and other authorities as Montana deals with one of the worst fire seasons in years. 

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Helena civic leaders defend decision to remove Confederate Memorial Fountain

The fountain in Helena was donated in 1916 by the United Daughters of the Confederacy. (MTN News photo) The fountain in Helena was donated in 1916 by the United Daughters of the Confederacy. (MTN News photo)
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The fountain was donated in 1916 by the United Daughters of the Confederacy. It included an inscription stating: “A loving tribute to our Confederate soldiers.”

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Suspect of a statewide search arrested in Salt Lake

Eddie Sanchez, 45, of Helena Eddie Sanchez, 45, of Helena
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The Helena Police Department reported Tuesday that the suspect of a statewide search has been arrested in Utah. 

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Governor Bullock hears of progress fighting the Lolo Peak Fire

Dennis Bragg photo. Dennis Bragg photo.
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Firefighters have been using the calmer weather the past couple of days to conduct mop-up operations where the fire exploded in high winds late last week.

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Missoula housing market survey: Median home prices keep climbing

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And there isn't much relief for renters.

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Gibralter Ridge holding at at 3,500 acres, public meeting set

The Gibralter Ridge fire is burning seven miles east of Eureka. (inciweb.org photo) The Gibralter Ridge fire is burning seven miles east of Eureka. (inciweb.org photo)
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The Gibralter Ridge fire seven miles east of Eureka is holding at 3,554 acres and is 19% contained.

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Bullock admin asks state agencies to ID additional 5 percent in budget cuts Video included

Gov. Steve Bullock Gov. Steve Bullock
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The Bullock administration has asked state agencies to identify an additional 5 percent in budget cuts, MTN News has learned. 

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Wolverine Fire still burning in Glacier County

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One structure was burned, and crews are working to protect several others in the area.

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Chipotle still struggling and queso may not save it

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Shares of the once super popular Mexican food chain are in free fall again, even though Chipotle reported decent sales and earnings last month. 

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White House: Trump won't pardon Arpaio at Phoenix rally

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Arapio is awaiting sentencing after a federal judge found that he broke the law by implementing traffic stops that targeted immigrants. 

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Upcoming Western Montana coming events

Check out some of the events happening across Western Montana Check out some of the events happening across Western Montana
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Here's a list of some of the upcoming events taking place across Western Montana.

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Powerball jackpot hits $700 million

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Lottery officials say the grand prize has reached $700 million -- the second-largest on record for any U.S. lottery game. 

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West Nile Virus-positive mosquito pool detected in Montana

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The sample was confirmed to be West Nile Virus positive by the Montana Department of Public Health & Human Services on Monday, August 21. 

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The burden your veterinarian is carrying

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Imagine starting your working life with a debt of about $150,000 -- that's the situation facing most vet school graduates across the U.S. today, 

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Liberty fire burning 7,800 acres, bears posing firefighter hazard

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 Liberty fire burning between Arlee and Seeley Lake has grown to nearly 7,800 acres.

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Blue Bay fire near at 480 acres, public meeting set

The Blue Bay fire is burning east of Polson along Highway 35. (photo credit: Mission Valley initial attack crew) The Blue Bay fire is burning east of Polson along Highway 35. (photo credit: Mission Valley initial attack crew)
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A community meeting to discuss the blaze will be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday at the Blue Bay Campground.

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Increased fire activity expected at Sprague Fire

The fire is located in steep, rugged terrain. It is located approximately nine miles northeast of West Glacier. (inciweb.org photo) The fire is located in steep, rugged terrain. It is located approximately nine miles northeast of West Glacier. (inciweb.org photo)
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The fire perimeter grew about 40 acres on Monday and the blaze has now burned 1,224 acres.

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Sapphire Complex fire holding steady

The Sapphire Complex fire is burning in western Granite County. (photo credit: Jeff Pilotto) The Sapphire Complex fire is burning in western Granite County. (photo credit: Jeff Pilotto)
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The Sapphire Complex fire burning in the Rock Creek drainage is holding steady at over 38,000 acres and is now 42% contained.

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Sunrise fire holding steady, public meeting set

The Sunrise fire continues to burn 11 miles outside of Superior in Mineral County. (inciweb.org photo) The Sunrise fire continues to burn 11 miles outside of Superior in Mineral County. (inciweb.org photo)
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The Sunrise fire burning 11 miles southeast of Superior remains at just under 25,000 acres and is still 50% contained.

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More evacuation orders eased near 32,300 acre Lolo Peak fire

The Lolo Peak fire continues to burn between Lolo and Florence in the Bitterroot Valley. (MTN News photo) The Lolo Peak fire continues to burn between Lolo and Florence in the Bitterroot Valley. (MTN News photo)

The Lolo Peak fire grew to over 32,300 acres on Monday with containment growing to 11%. 

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Rice Ridge fire at 16,100 acres, public meeting set

The Rice Ridge fire is burning just northeast of Seeley Lake. (inciweb.org photo) The Rice Ridge fire is burning just northeast of Seeley Lake. (inciweb.org photo)
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The Rice Ridge fire north of the town of Seeley Lake has grown to 16,100 acres and is 9% contained.

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Highway 12 fully reopened to traffic near Lolo Peak fire

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Vehicles are no longer being piloted through the area near the Lolo Peak fire on Highway 12 west of Lolo.

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Hazardous air quality reported in Florence, Lolo and Seeley Lake

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Smoke from the Lolo Peak Fire continues to fill the air in Florence and Lolo where the air quality was listed as Hazardous on Tuesday morning. 

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Missoulians join in viewing historic solar eclipse

The Missoula Public Library helped put together the first solar eclipse viewing party in almost 40 years. (MTN News photo) The Missoula Public Library helped put together the first solar eclipse viewing party in almost 40 years. (MTN News photo)
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The Missoula Public Library helped put together the first solar eclipse viewing party in almost 40 years.

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National Guard to help out at Meyers fire

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The 25 soldiers are scheduled to arrive at the fire on Wednesday morning and will staff five security checkpoints around the fire area.

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Folks flock to Whitefish Mountain resort to take in solar eclipse

Hundreds headed up the mountain to check out Monday's histrionic event. (MTN News photo) Hundreds headed up the mountain to check out Monday's histrionic event. (MTN News photo)

Hundreds headed up the mountain in Whitefish to check out Monday's histrionic event. 

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Montana Made: Tucker Family Farm

Tucker Farm creates artisan cheeses in the Bitterroot Valley. (MTN News photo) Tucker Farm creates artisan cheeses in the Bitterroot Valley. (MTN News photo)

Those involved say it is about creating a product close to the source, in the most healthy and humane way possible.

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Sen. Tester advocates for wildfire fund to help offset USFS costs

It's cost $22 million so far just to fight the Lolo Peak fire, (MTN News photo) It's cost $22 million so far just to fight the Lolo Peak fire, (MTN News photo)
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"We're taking over half their dollars and using them to fight fires.  That's money that should be used for forest management," - Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT)

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Fire damages Kalispell restaurant

(photo credit: Kalispell Fire Department) (photo credit: Kalispell Fire Department)

Crews responded to Finnegan’s Restaurant on East Idaho Street at approximately 6 a.m. on Monday.

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Backburning operations lead to loss of 2 structures in Lolo Peak Fire

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Two homes burned in the fight to contain the Lolo Peak Fire.

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Details emerge in brutal Missoula double homicide

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The bodies had been placed into plastic tubs filled with chemicals. Investigators also located knifes and an ax covered in blood and apparent human tissue.

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VA secretary: Years before we get VA health system where we need it

U.S. VA Secretary David Shulkin (right) at a public forum in Helena with Sens. Daines and Tester (center) U.S. VA Secretary David Shulkin (right) at a public forum in Helena with Sens. Daines and Tester (center)
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VA Secretary David Shulkin came to Montana at the invitation of the state’s two U.S. senators

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Trump addresses nation on new Afghanistan strategy

President Trump is seen here speaking at the White House on Monday, Feb. 27, 2017. (Pool photo via CNN) President Trump is seen here speaking at the White House on Monday, Feb. 27, 2017. (Pool photo via CNN)
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President Trump addresses the nation at 9 p.m. ET from Fort Myer in Arlington, Virginia about the path forward for U.S. engagement in Afghanistan.  

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Secret Service can't pay agents for Trump and his family, report says

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The Secret Service cannot pay hundreds of agents to protect President Donald Trump and his large family, according to a report published Monday morning. 

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Transient who killed Billings man in 2015 dies in prison

Bauer was convicted of mitigated deliberate homicide (MTN News photo) Bauer was convicted of mitigated deliberate homicide (MTN News photo)
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Bauer died on Friday at St. Patrick's Hospital in Missoula following an extended illness, according to prison officials. 

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Former Laurel educator suspended for sending partially nude photos to teen student

Sarah Sheldon's license was suspended last month (LinkedIn) Sarah Sheldon's license was suspended last month (LinkedIn)
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The former assistant principal at Laurel Middle School had her license suspended for three years following revelations that she sent a teenage boy partially nude photos during the last school year.

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Gianforte ordered to have mug shot and fingerprints taken for assault charge

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Judge Rick West has ordered Rep. Greg Gianforte to take a mug shot and be fingerprinted at the Gallatin County Detention Center by September 15.

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More evacuation orders eased near Sunrise Fire

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 over 25,000 acres and remains 50% contained.

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Air quality knocked back in Western Montana

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The Lolo Peak fire is to blame for knocking down the air quality in the Missoula, Lolo and Florence areas. 

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A Waiting Child: Louann Rogers

Louann Rodgers is looking ofr a forever home. (MTN News photo) Louann Rodgers is looking ofr a forever home. (MTN News photo)
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This month’s A Waiting Child features 17-year-old Louann Rogers who hopes one day to find a family and become a big sister. 

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Sapphire Complex fire grows to 38,000 acres

The Sapphire Complex fire is burning in western Granite County. (photo credit: Jeff Pilotto) The Sapphire Complex fire is burning in western Granite County. (photo credit: Jeff Pilotto)
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The Sapphire Complex fire burning in the Rock Creek drainage has grown to over 38,000 acres.

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Salute to Service: Keeping animals safe and healthy

Dr. Scott Smiley with Smiley Veterinary Service. (MTN News photo) Dr. Scott Smiley with Smiley Veterinary Service. (MTN News photo)
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Thousands of animals come into contact with each other at the Northwest Montana Fair and Dr. Scott Smiley was busy checking them.

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More parking coming to Glacier International Airport

Glacier Park International Airport is expanding their parking by 30%. (MTN News photo) Glacier Park International Airport is expanding their parking by 30%. (MTN News photo)
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The expansion breaks ground on Sept. 11 so that it can be completed before the busy holiday season.

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Lolo Peak fire nears 31,500 acres

The Lolo Peak fire is burning between Lolo and Florence. (MTN News photo) The Lolo Peak fire is burning between Lolo and Florence. (MTN News photo)
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Some of the mandatory evacuation orders for residents along Highway 12 and the west side of Highway 93 have been lifted.

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The Wall That Heals comes to Missoula

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The Wall That Heals will be at Jim Palmer Trucking on Derby Drive in Missoula until Tuesday afternoon.

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Missoula gyms helping folks deal with fire season

Fuel Fitness of Missoula is letting folks use their gym for free until the end of the month. (MTN News photo) Fuel Fitness of Missoula is letting folks use their gym for free until the end of the month. (MTN News photo)
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Until the end of August, Fuel Fitness will not be charging people to use their facilities. 

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The day the sun disappears is here

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There is no way you can stop today's total solar eclipse from happening. It is celestial, and we have no control over it. 

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Ranch family receives help replacing fence lost in Lodgepole fires

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Volunteers helped a family replace fencing damaged in the Lodgepole Complex of fires that started on July 19 and burned more than 270,000 acres. 

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More residents to be allowed home near Lolo Peak fire

The Lolo Peak fire is burning between Lolo and Florence. (MTN News photo) The Lolo Peak fire is burning between Lolo and Florence. (MTN News photo)
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Some residents who have been forced from their homes by the Lolo Peak fire will be allowed to go home on Monday morning. 

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National Guard glad to help out at Lolo Peak fire

The 155 soldiers will staff 35 security checkpoints around the Lolo Peak fire. (MTN News photo) The 155 soldiers will staff 35 security checkpoints around the Lolo Peak fire. (MTN News photo)

The Montana National Guard has arrived to help man check points and road blocks in the area surrounding the Lolo Peak fire.

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Comedians and stars react to Jerry Lewis' death

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The comedian, actor and filmmaker touched the lives of many with his life's work over the years. 

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Overnight resources spike to help fight the Lolo Peak Fire

The Lolo Peak fire continues to burn between Lolo and Florence. (MTN News photo) The Lolo Peak fire continues to burn between Lolo and Florence. (MTN News photo)
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Resources are constantly being shipped in to help fire crews working on the containment lines.

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National Guard arrives to help at Lolo Peak fire

The 155 soldiers will staff 35 security checkpoints around the Lolo Peak fire. (MTN News photo) The 155 soldiers will staff 35 security checkpoints around the Lolo Peak fire. (MTN News photo)
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The 155 soldiers will staff 35 security checkpoints around the Lolo Peak fire.

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Some mandatory evacuations lifted near Lolo Peak fire

The Lolo Peak fire as seen on 8.19.17 from Lolo. (MTN News/Mark Thorsell photo) The Lolo Peak fire as seen on 8.19.17 from Lolo. (MTN News/Mark Thorsell photo)
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Evacuation orders remain in place for thousands of residents in Lolo and Florence because of the blaze.

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Sen. Daines tours Lolo Peak fire

Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT) was briefed on the ongoing efforts to battle the Lolo Peak fire. (MTN News photo) Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT) was briefed on the ongoing efforts to battle the Lolo Peak fire. (MTN News photo)
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Sen. Daines was given a full tour of the Lolo Peak fire and the new command center at the Florence Carlton School. 

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Sunrise fire at 24,000 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 over 24,000 acres and remains 35% contained.

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Ride to Remember honors POWs and those missing in action

The Ride to Remember began with a prayer and the "Star-Spangled Banner." The Ride to Remember began with a prayer and the "Star-Spangled Banner."
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About 300 motorcyclists crowded the parking lot at Memorial Park in Helena this morning for the annual Ride to Remember event. 

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Second officer dies in Florida police shooting

Sgt. Richard "Sam" Howard died Saturday afternoon. (photo credit: Kissimmee Police Dept.) Sgt. Richard "Sam" Howard died Saturday afternoon. (photo credit: Kissimmee Police Dept.)
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A second Florida police officer has died from wounds he suffered in a shooting Friday night, Kissimmee police said on its Facebook page. 

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Thousands march in Boston in protest of controversial rally

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There were no major incidents reported, but police said 33 were arrested -- mostly for disorderly conduct and assaults on police officers. 

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