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Yellowstone grizzlies moved off Endangered Species List Video included

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Federal officials are taking Yellowstone grizzly bears off the list of "threatened" species, saying there enough bears now to stabilize the population.

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County Commissioners approve Missoula disaster emergency plan Video included

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The Missoula Office of Emergency Management have released their detailed plan on how they prioritize, and would handle potential natural threats to the community. 

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Mountain Water now owned by Missoula Video included

(MTN News/Dennis Bragg photo) (MTN News/Dennis Bragg photo)
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Missoula District Court Judge Karen Townsend gave her final approval Thursday morning to the settlement worked out.

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Gianforte hits the ground running on first day in office Video included

U.S. Rep. Greg Gianforte (right) shakes hands with U.S. Sen. Jon Tester U.S. Rep. Greg Gianforte (right) shakes hands with U.S. Sen. Jon Tester
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Gianforte was elected in a May 25 special election to take the seat vacated by Ryan Zinke 

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Worst drought in nearly 30 years affecting northeast Montana

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Numerous farmers and ranchers in the area tell KRTV these are the worst conditions they've experienced since 1988.

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Search for a missing man underway near Hebgen Lake

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A search is underway for a man thought to be missing from a campsite on the Madison Arm of Hebgen Lake. 

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Missoula man accused of attacking woman with knife and mallet

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46-year-old Shawn McQuarrie faces five charges including criminal endangerment and aggravated assault.

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Investigation continues after body washes up along Flathead River Video included

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Flathead County Sheriff Chuck Curry says there are several missing persons in the county right now.

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Weather Forecast: Beautiful weather sticks around

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An isolated shower/thunderstorm is possible for those along the Divide and the Rocky Mountain Front both today and Friday.

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At least 4 Senate Republicans oppose health care bill, putting it in jeopardy Video included

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Those senators -- Rand Paul of Kentucky, Mike Lee of Utah, Ted Cruz of Texas and Ron Johnson of Wisconsin -- issued a joint statement about their position.

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Man missing in Bob Marshall Wilderness training with Missoula outfitter Video included

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Search efforts continue for Eric Hellmuth, who was reported missing in the rugged Bob Marshall Wilderness on Monday.

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Trump: I did not make recordings of Comey

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President Donald Trump did not record his conversations with fired FBI Director James Comey, he tweeted on Thursday.

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Daines hasn’t decided on latest Obamacare repeal bill; Tester blasts it

U.S. Sen. Steve Daines in his D.C. office U.S. Sen. Steve Daines in his D.C. office
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U.S. Sen. Steve Daines, fresh out of the first briefing on Senate Republicans’ bill to repeal “Obamacare” and overhaul national health-care policy, said Thursday he wants to scrutinize the measure before deciding whether to support it – and wants to hear what Montanans think, too. 

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Montana crews helping with wildfires in the Southwest Video included

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Montana firefighters are heading out to help battle wildfires burning in the southwestern United States. 

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$10K given to support DREAM Adaptive summer camp

The DREAM Summer Water Sports Program will take place from July 11 until July 14 on Echo Lake in Bigfork.  (MTN News file photo) The DREAM Summer Water Sports Program will take place from July 11 until July 14 on Echo Lake in Bigfork. (MTN News file photo)
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The Weyerhaeuser Giving Fund has donated $10,000 to help fund the non-profit’s Summer Water Sports Program. 

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Frenchtown Rural Fire District awarded grant

AAA MountainWest awards ten rural fire department grants each year, each for $1,000. (photo credit AAA) AAA MountainWest awards ten rural fire department grants each year, each for $1,000. (photo credit AAA)
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AAA MountainWest awards ten rural fire department grants each year, each for $1,000.

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Montana Department of Agriculture offers "Hay Hotline"

Severe droughts in the eastern portion of the state can mean a shortage of hay for cattle to graze on. (MTN News photo) Severe droughts in the eastern portion of the state can mean a shortage of hay for cattle to graze on. (MTN News photo)
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Severe droughts in the eastern portion of the state can mean a shortage of hay for cattle to graze on.

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Woman reported missing in Missoula found safe

The Montana Department of Justice has issued a Missing/Endangered Person Advisory for Lyneia Aja. The Montana Department of Justice has issued a Missing/Endangered Person Advisory for Lyneia Aja.
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Lyneia Aja was last seen at the women's shelter in Missoula.

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Malmstrom AFB preps to compete in Global Strike Challenge Video included

Airmen at Malmstrom Air Force Base are getting ready to defend their title as the best missile wing in the United States Air Force. Airmen at Malmstrom Air Force Base are getting ready to defend their title as the best missile wing in the United States Air Force.
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Every other year, airmen from Air Force Global Strike Command compete in the Global Strike Challenge.

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World famous San Diego Zoo brings spotlight to ZooMontana Video included

San Diego Zoo Kids films segment at ZooMontana (MTN News/Brandon Sullivan Photo) San Diego Zoo Kids films segment at ZooMontana (MTN News/Brandon Sullivan Photo)
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ZooMontana got a special visit from one of the world’s most famous zoos this week. 

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Helena roundabouts spark debate Video included

A petition at Bob’s Valley Market to stop the project has garnered more than 100 signatures. (MTN News photo) A petition at Bob’s Valley Market to stop the project has garnered more than 100 signatures. (MTN News photo)
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Residents in the North Valley are divided about proposed roundabouts.

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Montana news headlines

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

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Fraud Watch: Mortgage recovery scams Video included

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If you’re having trouble paying your mortgage, the last thing you need is to lose more money. 

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GOP Senate health care bill released Video included

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Senate Republicans unveiled a "discussion draft" of the bill Thursday of their plan to repeal and replace Obamacare.

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Age is just a number for two Octogenarian rodeo stars Video included

Bud Clemons, 80, from Colorado and JW Campbell, 84, from Alberta, Canada went head-to-head in the Darby arena. (MTN News photo) Bud Clemons, 80, from Colorado and JW Campbell, 84, from Alberta, Canada went head-to-head in the Darby arena. (MTN News photo)
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Whoever said rodeo is a young man's game has clearly never seen the National Senior Pros do their thing.

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Grizzly bear management discussed in Choteau Video included

This week the Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee is meeting in Choteau to discuss the future of bears in Montana and other states. This week the Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee is meeting in Choteau to discuss the future of bears in Montana and other states.
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This week the Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee is meeting in Choteau to discuss the future of bears in Montana and other states.

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Montana restaurant owner sentenced for bank fraud

The Shoot The Moon restaurant and the On The Border restaurant in Great Falls have closed. (MTN News/David Sherman photos) The Shoot The Moon restaurant and the On The Border restaurant in Great Falls have closed. (MTN News/David Sherman photos)
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Kenneth Hatzenbeller is the former owner of several restaurants in Great Falls and across Montana.

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Motorcyclist dies in Highway 12 crash

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A Canadian woman died in a Wednesday afternoon crash on U.S. Highway 12 in Idaho.

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Missoula City Council looking over budget request Video included

The budget requested by Mayor John Engen would amount to a tax increase of just under 4%. (MTN News photo) The budget requested by Mayor John Engen would amount to a tax increase of just under 4%. (MTN News photo)
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A public hearing on the budget is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Monday, July 17 in the Missoula City Council Chambers.

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GOP health bill: Senate preps for possible vote next week

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Senators may only have seven days to review draft language of a Republican bill to repeal and replace Obamacare before they cast a vote that could affect millions of Americans.

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Man involved in Missoula police "use-of-force review" appears in court Video included

73-year-old James G. Smith faces two felony counts of assault on a peace officer. (Don Fisher/MTN News photo) 73-year-old James G. Smith faces two felony counts of assault on a peace officer. (Don Fisher/MTN News photo)
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73-year-old James G. Smith faces two felony counts of assault on a peace officer.

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Final phase of Missoula courthouse renovation underway Video included

Missoula County Courthouse (MTN News photo) Missoula County Courthouse (MTN News photo)
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Project managers estimate that the five-year renovation will be completed this fall.

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Tester, Zinke wrangle over proposed cuts to Interior Dept. Video included

Senator Tester asked Zinke how he and President Trump can put forth a budget that in his words, "lacks vision" by cutting the program that much. Senator Tester asked Zinke how he and President Trump can put forth a budget that in his words, "lacks vision" by cutting the program that much.
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In a senate hearing on Tuesday, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke defended the $1.6 billion in funding cuts proposed by President Trump to the Interior Department.

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Missoula leaders vote "no" on municipal election primary Video included

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Missoula City Council leaders have voted against holding a city election primary in September. 

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Avalanche Lake trail re-opens after bear concerns Video included

Photo by Ariana Lake. Photo by Ariana Lake.
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The popular Avalanche Lake Trail in Glacier National Park is re-open after being shut down because of grizzly bear sightings earlier this week.

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Officials investigating after body found along Flathead River

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Authorities recovered the body of an adult woman from the bank of the Flathead River near Columbia Falls Tuesday night. 

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Missing Ravalli County man found safe

John Darby has been missing from Victor since Monday, June 19. (courtesy photo) John Darby has been missing from Victor since Monday, June 19. (courtesy photo)
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John Darby has been missing from Victor since Monday, June 19. 

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The ‘People’s Lawyers’ meet in Big Sky Video included

States can share issues and solutions for issues that may apply to other states during the event. (MTN News photo) States can share issues and solutions for issues that may apply to other states during the event. (MTN News photo)
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Attorneys General from across the country are meeting in Big Sky this week to discuss a variety of issues.

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Rare Ghost Dance artifacts on display at Montana museum

Kathy Barton, the curator at the Yellowstone County Museum, looks at a Ghost Dance shirt owned by a son of Sitting Bull, the Hunkpapa Lakota holy man. (Ed Kemmick/Last Best News) Kathy Barton, the curator at the Yellowstone County Museum, looks at a Ghost Dance shirt owned by a son of Sitting Bull, the Hunkpapa Lakota holy man. (Ed Kemmick/Last Best News)
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The centerpiece of a new exhibit at the Yellowstone County Museum is a Ghost Dance shirt made for a son of Sitting Bull.

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Gas prices are falling fast

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Drivers are enjoying the cheapest gas prices at the start of summer in 12 years. 

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Montana program teaches visually impaired life skills Video included

The Montana Association for the Blind puts on a summer program annually aimed at teaching the visually impaired life skills to make day to day tasks a little easier. (MTN News photo) The Montana Association for the Blind puts on a summer program annually aimed at teaching the visually impaired life skills to make day to day tasks a little easier. (MTN News photo)
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The Montana Association for the Blind puts on a summer program annually aimed at teaching the visually impaired life skills to make day to day tasks a little easier.

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Montana ACLU files constitutional challenge against Marsy’s Law Video included

A group led by the ACLU of Montana is challenging a voter-approved measure expanding crime victims’ rights as unconstitutional. (MTN News photo) A group led by the ACLU of Montana is challenging a voter-approved measure expanding crime victims’ rights as unconstitutional. (MTN News photo)
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A group led by the ACLU of Montana is challenging a voter-approved measure expanding crime victims’ rights as unconstitutional.

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Info released on Missoula 4th of July fireworks show

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This year’s Independence Day celebration, sponsored by Southgate Mall, will move over to the Missoula County Fairgrounds. 

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Temporary water use restrictions requested in parts of northeast MT

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"There is a major mainline leak on the Assiniboine-Sioux water pipeline that delivers water to Dry Prairie."

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Kids learn about Montana birds

The program is part of a partnership between Montana Wild and the Last Chance Audubon Society. (MTN News photo) The program is part of a partnership between Montana Wild and the Last Chance Audubon Society. (MTN News photo)
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The program is part of a partnership between Montana Wild and the Last Chance Audubon Society.

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Grizzly bears in Yellowstone put trash cans and coolers to the test Video included

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Randy Gravatt knows exactly what a bear wants. It's his job to tempt bears to break into coolers and garbage cans at the non-profit Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center.

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Manufacturing jobs in America: They're not coming back

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Though it's often cited as an example of declining manufacturing prowess, General Electric is doing pretty well. 

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Montana woman drowned in irrigation canal Video included

"I haven't felt the monster of all heat until coming here." "I haven't felt the monster of all heat until coming here."
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Deputies were called to an irrigation canal at about 9 p.m. for a report of a possible drowning.

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Eyewitness recalls deck collapse near Lakeside Video included

Over 50 people were hurt when the deck collapsed at Spruce Lodge on Flathead Lake. (MTN News photo) Over 50 people were hurt when the deck collapsed at Spruce Lodge on Flathead Lake. (MTN News photo)
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MTN News talked with a woman who shared her first-hand account of just what happened on Saturday afternoon.

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Kalispell firm tabbed for Glacier Rail Park construction Video included

City leaders are ready to move forward with moving downtown Kalispell's train tracks after five years of planning. (MTN News photo) City leaders are ready to move forward with moving downtown Kalispell's train tracks after five years of planning. (MTN News photo)
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The Kalispell City Council awarded the $11-million contract to LHC on Monday to build the 43-acre development.

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West Yellowstone area hit by swarm of small earthquakes in recent days Video included

Hundreds of small earthquakes in West Yellowstone area in recent weeks. (MTN News photo) Hundreds of small earthquakes in West Yellowstone area in recent weeks. (MTN News photo)
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The earth continues to shake under and near West Yellowstone as the region has been swarmed by several small earthquakes in recent days.

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Hiker missing in Bob Marshall Wilderness Area Video included

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A 21-year-old man has been reported missing in the Bob Marshall Wilderness.

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Flathead candidates line up for November municipal election

Kalispell City Hall. (MTN News file photo) Kalispell City Hall. (MTN News file photo)
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Absentee ballots go out October 18. The general election is November 7.

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Course on wildfire defense for homeowners coming to Hamilton Video included

"Defensible space is not a hundred-percent guarantee, but it gives you a better chance," said retired Ranger Dave Campbell. "Defensible space is not a hundred-percent guarantee, but it gives you a better chance," said retired Ranger Dave Campbell.
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The DNRC and other local partners are hosting a "Reducing Home Destruction During Extreme Wildfire" course in Hamilton Wednesday night.

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Missoula Police under "use-of-force review" by DOJ Video included

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MPD is under investigation for an incident which sent a 73 year-old man to the hospital with severe injuries. 

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Rep.-elect Gianforte swearing-in Wednesday at U.S. House

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As the issues and the weather heat up here in Washington, D.C., Montana’s new congressman, Greg Gianforte, will jump from the political frying pan into the fire Wednesday, when he’s sworn into office on the U.S. House floor. 

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Parking and shuttle info for Paul Simon concert

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Fans attending the Paul Simon concert Wednesday at Ogren Park in Missoula have plenty of parking and shuttle options.

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Missoula Airport displays retired, historic air tanker Video included

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The P2V Tanker 10 will stand guard at the airport terminal entrance on a new display. 

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Montana hiker uses lighter to alert rescuers of location

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A lost hiker was rescued northwest of Helena on Sunday night after he signaled a Whitefish-based rescue helicopter using a lighter.

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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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Missoula taxes will rise again under Engen's new budget Video included

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The Missoula City Council is considering a new budget that includes hundreds of thousands of dollars more in new tax hikes.

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Solutions still sought on troublesome stretch of Highway 2 Video included

Engineers are still puzzled over how to fix U.S. Highway 2 through Badrock Canyon. (MTN News photo) Engineers are still puzzled over how to fix U.S. Highway 2 through Badrock Canyon. (MTN News photo)
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Engineers are still puzzled over how to fix one of the worst trouble spots in the region, U.S. Highway 2 through Badrock Canyon. 

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History and art of Montana fishing on display in Helena Video included

The new exhibit traces the evolution of fishing down through the years.  (MTN News photo) The new exhibit traces the evolution of fishing down through the years.  (MTN News photo)
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The Montana Historical Society has just opened a new exhibit dedicated to a uniquely western sport.

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Montana farmer explains benefits of crop diversity Video included

Bob Quinn owns and operates an organic farm and ranch near Big Sandy. Quinn's grandfather started the operation near Big Sandy 97 years ago. (MTN News photo) Bob Quinn owns and operates an organic farm and ranch near Big Sandy. Quinn's grandfather started the operation near Big Sandy 97 years ago. (MTN News photo)
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Bob Quinn owns and operates an organic farm and ranch near Big Sandy. His grandfather started the operation near Big Sandy 97 years ago.

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Two Bear Air rescues hiker near Helena

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Authorities reported the man was cold and wet after crossing a creek, but otherwise in good condition.

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Montana seeks feedback on correctional facility calls

State officials are asking for your opinion on how much calls from correctional facilities should cost. (MTN News photo) State officials are asking for your opinion on how much calls from correctional facilities should cost. (MTN News photo)
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State officials are asking for your opinion on how much calls from correctional facilities should cost. (MTN News photo)

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7 patients still hospitalized at KRMC after Lakeside deck collapse Video included

A deck collapsed near Lakeside on 6.17.17 triggering a mass casualty incident. (MTN News photo) A deck collapsed near Lakeside on 6.17.17 triggering a mass casualty incident. (MTN News photo)
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Seven patients are still being treated in Kalispell after Saturday's deck collapse near Lakeside.

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