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Columbia Falls High School. (MTN News photo) Columbia Falls High School. (MTN News photo)

Flathead County schools back in session after cyber threats

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Columbia Falls Schools Superintendent Steve Bradshaw saying it was great having students roaming the halls again.

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Flathead students, parents reassured before classes resume Tuesday

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Students will go back to school Tuesday, but many parents had questions about whether the schools were physically safe to return to.

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Flathead Co. Sheriff: Threat suspects located outside of US, ransom note released

Classes and school-related activites were canceled Thursday through Monday across the Flathead County. (MTN News photo) Classes and school-related activites were canceled Thursday through Monday across the Flathead County. (MTN News photo)

"We now know the physical threat to our children does not exist," says Flathead County Sheriff Chuck Curry.

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Relationship between Trump admin, some Montana tribes not yet defined

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More than 200 days into the job, the relationship between some Native Americans and the new administration is not quite yet defined.

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Montana Made: Diamond Products

Starting in beakers and ending in buckets, these cleaning products are made in Montana and used beyond The Treasure State. (MTN News photo) Starting in beakers and ending in buckets, these cleaning products are made in Montana and used beyond The Treasure State. (MTN News photo)
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Starting in beakers and ending in buckets, these cleaning products are made in Montana and used beyond The Treasure State. 

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Weather Forecast: Unsettled week ahead

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Wednesday will showcase more of the same as our newly developed active pattern continues.

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Montana DNRC hearing begins on contested water bottling plant near Creston

Nicole Miller/MTN News photo. Nicole Miller/MTN News photo.
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As MTN's Nicole Miller reports, it's been an ongoing battle for more than a year between the company and Flathead residents who filed legal objections with the DNRC.

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Traditional Native American regalia displays tell historical, personal stories

Michelle Guzman, an academic advisor at the Payne Native American Center, says each outfit reflects tribal representation and history but also the personality of the man or woman wearing the regalia. Michelle Guzman, an academic advisor at the Payne Native American Center, says each outfit reflects tribal representation and history but also the personality of the man or woman wearing the regalia.
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The outfits were on display at the University of Montana Tuesday as part of American Indian Heritage week.

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For Crow relay team, it starts with a love of horses, family

At a practice session for the River Road Relay team at Crow Agency last month, team captain Cody Brown tends to one of the team's horses. (Ed Kemmick/Last Best News) At a practice session for the River Road Relay team at Crow Agency last month, team captain Cody Brown tends to one of the team's horses. (Ed Kemmick/Last Best News)
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The human beings involved in an Indian horse relay race certainly get a workout, and occasionally a few scrapes and bruises, but at practice the horses are the focus.

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'Trust has been an issue': Facebook's ads take a sour turn

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The company faces questions about how it sells ads, its safeguards for ensuring malicious or problematic ads are weeded out of the system, and whether lawmakers and regulators need to step in.

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Woman wanted by U.S. Marshals Service in Montana

Sabrina Greybull ( U.S. Marshals Service) Sabrina Greybull ( U.S. Marshals Service)
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The U.S. Marshals Service District of Montana issued Tuesday a wanted alert for Sabrina Greybull, 29.

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Central Mexico earthquake kills more than 100, topples buildings

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A magnitude-7.1 earthquake struck the central Mexican state of Puebla on Tuesday afternoon, the US Geological Survey said.

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Wet weather helping calm Rice Ridge fire

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Recent rain and cooler temps continue to help crews battling the 160,100-acre fire near Seeley Lake.

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Weather calms, Meyers, Sapphire complex fires

Debris rolled downhill onto Rock Creek Road at the Sapphire Complex fire (inciweb.org photo) Debris rolled downhill onto Rock Creek Road at the Sapphire Complex fire (inciweb.org photo)
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The recent colder temperatures and accumulated precipitation have helped to reduce fire activity on the Meyers and Sapphire Complex fires

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Stage II fire restrictions being eased in Northwest Montana

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Stage 2 Fire Restrictions will officially be rescinded at 12:01 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 20 across Northwest Montana.  

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Lolo Peak fire holds steady

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

The lightning sparked blaze has torched nearly 53,800 acres since first being spotted on July 15.

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Highway 200 Complex fires at 47,100 acres

The Sheep Gap fire as seen on 9.13.17. (photo credit: Brigitte Bernhardt) The Sheep Gap fire as seen on 9.13.17. (photo credit: Brigitte Bernhardt)
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Increased fire activity near the Sheep Gap fire forced new evacuation orders and warnings to be issued.

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Weather helps calm wildfires in Glacier National Park

The Sprague fire continues to burn near West Glacier in Glacier National Park. (inciweb.org photo) The Sprague fire continues to burn near West Glacier in Glacier National Park. (inciweb.org photo)
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The Sprague fire burning five miles northeast of West Glacier now stands at nearly 16,800 acres. 

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Hundreds turn out for Constitution Week celebration at Capitol

This year marks the 230th anniversary of the ratification of the U.S. Constitution which was signed on Sept. 17, 1787. (MTN News photo) This year marks the 230th anniversary of the ratification of the U.S. Constitution which was signed on Sept. 17, 1787. (MTN News photo)
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This year marks the 230th anniversary of the ratification of the U.S. Constitution which was signed on Sept. 17, 1787.

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Billings man accused of sexually abusing 4 young girls

Dennis Martin Friedt Dennis Martin Friedt
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A Billings man was arrested Sunday and now faces charges for the alleged sexual abuse of four young girls. 

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Dillon school evacuated after guns found

Beaverhead County High School in Dillon (MTN News photo) Beaverhead County High School in Dillon (MTN News photo)
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Two students from Beaverhead County High School were arrested Monday after allegedly bringing guns to school.

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2 dead, students injured in crash involving school bus

The crash happened at around 6:40 a.m. on Tuesday on Highway 2 near Vandalia which is northwest of Glasgow. 

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Restoration work well underway at Lolo Peak, Rice Ridge fires

Crews are had at work restoring areas near and around the Lolo Peak fire. (MTN News photo) Crews are had at work restoring areas near and around the Lolo Peak fire. (MTN News photo)

There were 150 miles of containment lines were established this summer to hem in the Lolo Peak Fire that are now being repaired.

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Rains help containment grow on Western Montana wildfires

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The latest round of storms is expected to formally end Montana’s volatile 2017 fire season. 

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Toys 'R' Us files for bankruptcy

The 69-year old Toys 'R' Us was once the mecca of kids' gifts. (photo: Mike Mozart / CC BY 2.0 ) The 69-year old Toys 'R' Us was once the mecca of kids' gifts. (photo: Mike Mozart / CC BY 2.0 )
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Suffering from slumping sales and mountains of debt, Toys 'R' Us has filed for bankruptcy. 

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1 killed in motorcycle crash near Great Falls

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One person is dead after a motorcycle crash southwest of Great Falls on Monday afternoon. 

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Cops: Thief steals purse from mom trying to locate child after school shooting

One of several images police in Washington have released of suspects in an alleged purse-snatching after the Sept. 13 shooting at Freeman High School / SPOKANE COUNTY SHERIFF One of several images police in Washington have released of suspects in an alleged purse-snatching after the Sept. 13 shooting at Freeman High School / SPOKANE COUNTY SHERIFF
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Police in Washington are looking for a suspect who allegedly stole a woman's purse out of her car while she ran to see if her child was safe during a school shooting.

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Will the Senate hold another Obamacare repeal vote?

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The bill would repeal the healthcare law's structure and replace it with block grants to states and roll back the Medicaid expansion.

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Lincoln schools get a break from smoke with 10 new air filters

Faculty at Lincoln School said the air filters will help kids to focus more on their studies and not worry about the air quality.  (MTN News photo) Faculty at Lincoln School said the air filters will help kids to focus more on their studies and not worry about the air quality.  (MTN News photo)
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Lincoln Public Schools received 10 air filters to help students breathe a little easier following the summer fire season.

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Frank Borman: From pioneering astronaut to Montana rancher

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Former astronaut Frank Borman and his wife Susan left Arizona and moved to Montana 19 years ago with a nudge from their kids 

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Pablo man charged with murder after weekend shooting

Ryan Black (Lake County Sheriffs Office photo) Ryan Black (Lake County Sheriffs Office photo)

A murder investigation is underway in the Mission Valley after a weekend shooting.

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Montana Conservation Corps to help with Hurricane Harvey recovery

The Montana Conservation Corps is doing its part to help those stricken by Hurricane Harvey. (MTN News photo) The Montana Conservation Corps is doing its part to help those stricken by Hurricane Harvey. (MTN News photo)
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The Montana Conservation Corps is doing its part to help those stricken by Hurricane Harvey.

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Salute to Service: Marion firefighters helping one of their own

Firefighter and EMT Shawna Floyd with the Marion Rural Fire Department suddenly lost her husband James to cancer. Firefighter and EMT Shawna Floyd with the Marion Rural Fire Department suddenly lost her husband James to cancer.
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Firefighter and EMT Shawna Floyd with the Marion Rural Fire Department suddenly lost her husband James to cancer.

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Cyber threats keep Flathead County schools closed Monday

Classes and school-related activites were canceled Thursday across the Flathead County. (MTN News photo) Classes and school-related activites were canceled Thursday across the Flathead County. (MTN News photo)

Flathead County students will have another day off as the probe into a cyber threat that has forced all schools to close last week continues.

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Kalispell schools sets meeting to discuss cyber threats

Classes and school-related activites were canceled Thursday across the Flathead County. (MTN News photo) Classes and school-related activites were canceled Thursday across the Flathead County. (MTN News photo)
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Superintendent Mark Flatau says several meeting have been set before students return to class on Tuesday.

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Info sought on missing Lincoln County man

Robert Joseph Dombroski (courtesy photo) Robert Joseph Dombroski (courtesy photo)
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Robert Joseph Dombroski, 35, was last seen in Libby at around 10 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 14. 

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Tribes seek name changes in Yellowstone National Park

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American Indian Tribes want to see the names changed of Mount Doane and Hayden Valley in Yellowstone National Park.

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Administrative meeting for controversial Creston water bottling plant moved

The site of the proposed water bottling plant in Creston. (MTN News photo) The site of the proposed water bottling plant in Creston. (MTN News photo)
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Originally set to take place at FVCC. the hearing will now take place at the Fairbridge Inn & Suites beginning at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 19.

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Restoration project works to decontaminate Belt Creek water

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Water from the closed entrance of the old Anaconda coal mine travels across several fields before it tumbles down a rocky ledge and into Belt Creek.

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MT Air National Guard personnel activated and trained to fight wildfires

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Sixty-six Montana Air National Guard personnel have been activated to fight wildfires in the state.

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Butte city leaders, business owners address homeless issue

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Loitering in Butte has slowed, but homelessness is still an issue.

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Teen charged with felony after incident at Great Falls High School

Great Falls High School (MTN News) Great Falls High School (MTN News)
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A 15-year-old was taken into custody and faces a felony charge after threatening a Great Falls High School student on Friday night with a BB gun.

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Volunteer program helping Northwest Montana lakes

Northwest Montana is home to about 400 lakes and a volunteer program aims to keep some of those lakes in pristine condition. Northwest Montana is home to about 400 lakes and a volunteer program aims to keep some of those lakes in pristine condition.
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Northwest Montana is home to about 400 lakes and a volunteer program aims to keep some of those lakes in pristine condition. 

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Montana Television Network Montana Wildfire Relief Fund Raises $73,070

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Montana Television Network stations across the state have now raised $73,070 as part of their Montana Wildfire Relief Fund.  The MTN stations will match the first $50,000 of that total. 

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Gianforte holds roundtable to discuss delayed timber project

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Gianforte met at his Helena office with landowners and conservation groups that took part in planning for the Stonewall Vegetation Project.

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Flathead cyber terrorist now contacting parents and students

Police say "the cyber-terrorist" who is behind the threats that closed down schools in Flathead County is now sending text messages to parents and students. 

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Chief Mountain Hotshots fight fires with honor and expertise

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While the Strawberry, Crucifixion Creek, and Scalp fires were getting drenched by recent rain and snow, the Chief Mountain Hotshots of the Blackfeet Nation spent Friday at their Browning headquarters. 

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Trump admin to expand hunting access on public lands

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke. (MTN News file photo) Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke. (MTN News file photo)
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Interior Department Secretary Ryan Zinke has signed an order to expand access for hunters and fishers to public lands and monuments.

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State doubles solar energy production capacity in two years

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Gov. Bullock released a “blueprint” for the state’s energy future, which called for Montana to double that by 2025. Instead, it happened in less than two years.

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$10M coming to Colstrip in coal plant settlement, but future of facility darkens

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$10 million coming to Colstrip in power plant settlement, but future of facility darkens  

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Amended charges filed against man in slaying of Montana deputy

Lloyd Montier Barrus. (MTN News) Lloyd Montier Barrus. (MTN News)
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The state has filed amended charges against the California man charged in the death of a sheriff’s deputy.

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Final Lolo Peak evacuations lifted

Ravalli County Sheriff Steve Holton says the evacuation warnings have been lifted west of Highway 93 from South Kootenai Creek Road to Holloway Lane.

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Fire danger to be dropped in the Bitterroot National Forest

Bitterroot National Forest office in Hamilton. (MTN News photo) Bitterroot National Forest office in Hamilton. (MTN News photo)
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The Bitterroot National Forest is looking to lower the fire danger beginning on Sunday from "Extreme" to “Moderate”. 

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Recent rains won't end firefighting efforts in Western Montana

Fire crews will now face different but equally as harsh conditions as they saw before. (MTN News photo) Fire crews will now face different but equally as harsh conditions as they saw before. (MTN News photo)
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Fire crews will now face different but equally as harsh conditions as they saw before.

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School threat hits home for Whitefish parents and students

The threat against Flathead County schools forced Whitefish to cancel their homecoming celebration.

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Fact check your information to stop hysteria from spreading

Besides just spreading inaccuracies, people who forward or report this false or exaggerated information to the police waste their time.

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Evacuation warning lifted at Glacier National Park

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The pre-evacuation warning for the Apgar area has been lifted, but a mandatory evacuation order remains in effect between Lake McDonald and Logan Pass.

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Authorities "communicating" with suspect in Flathead Co. School threat case

Classes and school-related activites were canceled Thursday across the Flathead County. (MTN News photo) Classes and school-related activites were canceled Thursday across the Flathead County. (MTN News photo)
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Authorities in the Flathead say they are communicating with a suspect in what's being called a cyber terrorism case.

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Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation offers $50,000 match to MTN Montana Wildfire Relief Fund

KPAX/KAJ, the Montana Television Network, and the Montana Community Foundation have formed the MTN Wildfire Relief Fund. 

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Flathead Co. schools threat cancels, moves events

Muldown Elementary School in Whitefish (MTN News file photo) Muldown Elementary School in Whitefish (MTN News file photo)
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School districts throughout the Flathead will not be hosting or traveling to any athletic or extracurricular activities through the weekend.

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Work begins to restore Sperry Chalet building damaged by fire

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke says that Glacier National Park has begun stabilization work at the Sperry Chalet dormitory building to prepare for winter.

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Fire and ice in Glacier National Park

The view looking east from Logan Pass on Friday. (Glacier National Park webcam) The view looking east from Logan Pass on Friday. (Glacier National Park webcam)
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Snow as falling Friday in Glacier National Park...all while the Sprague fire keeps burning.

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Kalispell Community Center picks up federal funding

The Flathead Community Center in Kalispell will be receiving a little over $175,000 of funding for their services. (MTN News photo) The Flathead Community Center in Kalispell will be receiving a little over $175,000 of funding for their services. (MTN News photo)
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The Flathead Community Center in Kalispell will be receiving a little over $175,000 of funding for their services. 

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Kalispell hosts mobile EMS training event

The Simulation in Motion-Montana program's mobile labs are helping to shape the future of medical care in Montana. (MTN News photo) The Simulation in Motion-Montana program's mobile labs are helping to shape the future of medical care in Montana. (MTN News photo)

The Simulation in Motion-Montana program's mobile labs are helping to shape the future of medical care in Montana. (MTN News photo)

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Flathead County schools threat investigation continues

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Authorities say they do have some leads into the "digital" threats that forced Flathead County schools to close on Thursday and Friday.

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$492M approved for Montana University System, cuts expected

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The Montana Board of Regents has approved a $492 million budget, but the figure is expected to be slashed once the state enacts its 10% cut from its budget.

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U.S. wildfire season costs exceed $2.2 billion

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U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue says the wildfires of 2017 will be most expensive ever.

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Montana lawmakers review falling state revenues

A state legislative committee agrees that lower than expected revenues could require Gov. Bullock to make up to 10% cuts to state agency budgets.

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Tester: Rural Montana customers unhappy with Verizon stopping cell service

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Verizon customers in rural parts of Montana say the company will terminate their cell phone service on Oct. 17.

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Weyerhaeuser Property eyed for new Flathead Co Detention Center

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The property is located in Columbia Falls that includes the “Cedar Palace” and a data center building.

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Alme confirmed as next Montana U.S. attorney

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Kurt Alme is the current President and legal counsel of the Yellowstone Boys and Girls Ranch Foundation in Billings.

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Rumors fan fears in Kalispell amidst school closures

On the same day that many Flathead Valley schools were closed due to threats, the Kalispell Center Mall had an encounter of its own.

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  • Monte goes pro… again

    Monte goes pro… again

    Thursday, October 27 2016 6:20 PM EDT2016-10-27 22:20:56 GMT

    A new Monte has again turned pro in the NBA, this time shedding the brown fur of a Grizzly bear, and donning the silver fur of “Clutch,” the Houston Rocket’s beloved bear.

    A new Monte has again turned pro in the NBA, this time shedding the brown fur of a Grizzly bear, and donning the silver fur of “Clutch,” the Houston Rocket’s beloved bear.

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