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Christopher Hansen (center) and David Toman (right) were sentenced Thursday in connection with the murder of Wade Allen Rautio. Christopher Hansen (center) and David Toman (right) were sentenced Thursday in connection with the murder of Wade Allen Rautio.

2 men sentenced in connection with Creston murder

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Two men were sentenced Thursday in Flathead District Court for their roles in the May 2016 killing of Wade Allen Rautio. 

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Self-serve kiosk debuts at McDonald's in Kalispell Video included

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A McDonald's in Kalispell is among the first in the nation to include self-service kiosk ordering and a more tech centered experience.

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South Fork Bridge to close to all traffic early Saturday Video included

The South Fork Bridge on Highway 2 near Hungry Horse (MTN News photo) The South Fork Bridge on Highway 2 near Hungry Horse (MTN News photo)
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Contractors will close the South Fork Bridge west of Hungry Horse early Saturday morning.

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Fires near Lincoln have burned thousands of acres Video included

Arrastra Creek Fire has burned more than 2,000 acres. (Photo from Inciweb) Arrastra Creek Fire has burned more than 2,000 acres. (Photo from Inciweb)
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The Park Creek Fire has burned more than 2,700 acres while the nearby Arrastra Creek has burned more than 2,000 acres.

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Fires keep burning outside of Philipsburg, public meeting set

The Meyers fire as seen from Moose Lake Road. (photo credit: USFS) The Meyers fire as seen from Moose Lake Road. (photo credit: USFS)
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A meeting to brief the public on the efforts to battle a pair of large wildfires burning outside of Philipsburg will be held on Sunday.

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Lodgepole Complex fire grows to 125K acres, evacuation order remains

The Lodgepole Complex consists of four fires burning in eastern Montana. (BLM photo) The Lodgepole Complex consists of four fires burning in eastern Montana. (BLM photo)
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The Lodgepole Complex consists of the Bridge Coulee Fire, the South Breaks Fire, the Barker Fire, and the Square Butte Fire. 

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Crews brief residents on Granite County firefighting efforts Video included

The Goat Creek fire has forced evacuations and road closures in Granite County. (MTN News photo) The Goat Creek fire has forced evacuations and road closures in Granite County. (MTN News photo)
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Nearly 50 people turned out at the Clinton Fire station, just 24-hours after a third fire erupted in the Rock Creek area.

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Weather Forecast: Hot, dry and smoky weekend

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With high pressure in place, expect very warm and dry conditions to continue across the region this weekend.  Unfortunately, with high pressure comes a lack of wind.  Wildfire smoke from regional and local fires will settle into our valleys providing poorer air quality - especially for those directly downwind of a fire.  Highs will range from the upper 80s to mid 90s this weekend.

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Montana anti-suicide coalition aims to end stigma

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An anti-suicide coalition in Helena is hoping that talking about the subject openly will remove the stigma around suicide. 

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"Rattlesnake hunter" staying busy in Great Falls Video included

Jeremy Allestad operates a "reptile removal" service, and he has been very busy over the last several days. Jeremy Allestad operates a "reptile removal" service, and he has been very busy over the last several days.
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Jeremy Allestad operates a "reptile removal" service, and he has been very busy over the last several days. 

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Western Montanans arrested after fentanyl-laced heroin found in Bozeman drug bust

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The trio was arrested after law enforcement found the group in a hotel manufacturing fentanyl-laced heroin along with other drugs. 

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Hamilton attorney says law shouldn’t infringe on his right to political speech Video included

the question is whether Robert Myers’ defiance falls within the law, and ethics which govern the legal profession. (Dennis Bragg photo) the question is whether Robert Myers’ defiance falls within the law, and ethics which govern the legal profession. (Dennis Bragg photo)
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A Hamilton attorney is arguing for his career, hoping to avoid suspension but also fiercely defending his ability to criticize a Ravalli County Judge during last year’s elections. 

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Major parts of health care bill violate Senate rule

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Senate parliamentarian says some provisions in original Senate bill require 60 votes.

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New, tougher distracted driving law starting up in Washington Video included

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The next time you're in Washington state you could get a ticket for checking your texts while you wait at the stop light or eating while driving.

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Gallatin County attorney opposes Gianforte mugshot, fingerprint motion

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After two extensions Lambert responded Thursday, asking the court not to excuse Gianforte from the normal booking procedures. 

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Fires grow outside of Philipsburg

The Meyers fire as seen from Moose Lake Road. (photo credit: USFS) The Meyers fire as seen from Moose Lake Road. (photo credit: USFS)
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Two fires that are burning outside of Philipsburg are continuing to grow larger. 

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State Capitol gets some much needed upgrades Video included

Workers have been busy this summer replacing some of the original skylights on Montana’s State Capitol. (MTN News photo) Workers have been busy this summer replacing some of the original skylights on Montana’s State Capitol. (MTN News photo)
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Workers have been busy this summer replacing some of the original skylights on Montana’s State Capitol that are more than 100 years old.

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Little Hogback, Sliderock fires show growth

The Little Hogback Fire (courtesy photo) The Little Hogback Fire (courtesy photo)
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A pair of wildfires burning near Rock Creek have grown larger.

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Lincoln area wildfires keep growing

Arrastra Creek Fire. (courtesy: Inciweb) Arrastra Creek Fire. (courtesy: Inciweb)
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Wind and heat Thursday grew two Lewis and Clark County wildfires by hundreds of acres. 

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Boulder woman killed in rollover crash

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A 38-year-old woman from Boulder was killed in a rollover accident north of Whitehall Friday morning.

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Helena man survives rollover, killed by passing vehicle at crash scene

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The Montana Highway Patrol reports a 33-year-old Helena man died when he was hit by another car on Birdseye Road Thursday night.

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Mineral County wildfire grows, public meeting set

The Sunrise fire is burning between Alberton and Superior. (Lolo National Forest photo) The Sunrise fire is burning between Alberton and Superior. (Lolo National Forest photo)
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Winds pushed the Sunrise fire which is burning between Alberton and Superior to 482 acres on Thursday.

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Evacuation orders issued near Goat Creek fire Video included

The Goat Fire in Granite County (photo credit Loren Barker) The Goat Fire in Granite County (photo credit Loren Barker)

The Goat fire has burned over 400 acres and forced evacuations in Granite County.

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Eastern Montana wildfires explode to 48,000 acres

A series of wildfires burning in Eastern Montana blew up on Thursday and now have torched approximately 48,000 acres.

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Lolo Peak fire grows, Type I Incident team ordered in Video included

A top level fire incident management team is taking over at the Lolo Peak fire. (MTN News/Mark Thorsell photo) A top level fire incident management team is taking over at the Lolo Peak fire. (MTN News/Mark Thorsell photo)
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A Type I Fire Incident Management Team is set to take over at the nearly 250 acre blaze on Friday evening. 

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New, tougher distracted driving law starting up in Washington Video included

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The next time you're in Washington state you could get a ticket for checking your texts while you wait at the stop light.or eating while driving.

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Arlee home destroyed in Thursday morning fire

Amy Knutson photo. Amy Knutson photo.
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An Arlee area home is a total loss from a fast-moving fire Thursday morning.

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Charges against 1 of 4 suspects in Poplar man's murder dismissed

The victim has been identified as Patrick Wayne Mitchell (Photo from Bureau of Prisons) The victim has been identified as Patrick Wayne Mitchell (Photo from Bureau of Prisons)
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Charges against one of the four people accused in the beating death of a Poplar man in early July have been dismissed, according to newly obtained tribal court documents.

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Former corrections director Batista temporary Parole Board appointee

Former state Corrections Director Mike Batista Former state Corrections Director Mike Batista
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Former state Corrections Director Mike Batista has been appointed to Montana’s newly configured Board of Pardons and Parole – but said Thursday he plans to serve for only a month or so. 

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Senate GOP eyes Tuesday for health care vote, but exact plan up in the air

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Senate GOP leaders are eyeing Tuesday for a health care vote, but no one knows yet which proposal will be voted on. 

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1 hospitalized, 1 arrested after Lake Co. high-speed chase

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One person is in the hospital while a second person is in jail after leading numerous law enforcement authorities on a high speed chase Wednesday night. 

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O.J. Simpson granted parole after 9 years in prison

O.J. Simpson, 70, appears in court for his parole hearing on July 20, 2017. (POOL image) O.J. Simpson, 70, appears in court for his parole hearing on July 20, 2017. (POOL image)
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A Nevada parole board granted O.J. Simpson parole on Thursday after the former NFL star apologized for his role in a 2007 armed robbery.

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Jury finds Billings man guilty of decades old child rape

Robert Calvin is charged with three felony sex offenses (MTN News) Robert Calvin is charged with three felony sex offenses (MTN News)
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Robert Calvin, accused of raping a girl for several years in the 1990s, was found guilty Wednesday of all three charges.

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Crop duster shot near Belgrade Video included

Headwaters Flying Service Facebook photo. Headwaters Flying Service Facebook photo.
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A crop duster was shot at Tuesday morning while flying 500 feet above the ground. 

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Crying Fire in Petroleum County scorches 5,000 acres

Crying Fire in Petroleum County (BLM photo) Crying Fire in Petroleum County (BLM photo)
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Crews responded to several wildland fire starts in central and eastern Montana throughout the day on Wednesday.

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Woman arrested in connection with Anaconda arson; may be linked to others Video included

Kellie Olson is in custody in connection with a Saturday arson fire to a residence on East Front Street in Anaconda. Kellie Olson is in custody in connection with a Saturday arson fire to a residence on East Front Street in Anaconda.
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A woman s in custody in connection with a Saturday arson fire to a residence on East Front Street in Anaconda. 

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Producers look toward industrial hemp future in Montana Video included

Senate Bill 261 passed in Montana in 2001, allowing the production of hemp as an agricultural crop. But, farming officials say it's taken the past 16 years to get the crop into the ground. Senate Bill 261 passed in Montana in 2001, allowing the production of hemp as an agricultural crop. But, farming officials say it's taken the past 16 years to get the crop into the ground.
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 Montana is now one of three states to allow industrial hemp farming and producers are hoping to benefit from the specialty crop.

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Bullock names new chief of staff with national political experience

Tom Lopach Tom Lopach
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Gov. Steve Bullock on Thursday named a new chief of staff, who has national political experience, MTN News has learned. 

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The Event at Rebecca Farm underway in Kalispell Video included

The Event at Rebecca Farms is marking its 16th year. (MTN News photo) The Event at Rebecca Farms is marking its 16th year. (MTN News photo)

The Event at Rebecca Farm is expected to draw record numbers both in spectators and competitors this year.

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Fire weather outlook remains status quo, despite new blazes Video included

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Numerous wildfire starts have many on edge heading into late July. 

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Sen. John McCain diagnosed with brain tumor

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Senator John McCain, R-Arizona, has been diagnosed with a cancerous brain tumor, according to a statement released by his family and the Mayo Clinic.

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Sen. Daines dines with the president; talks about filibuster, 'getting things done'

U.S. Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont. U.S. Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont.
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The discussion included health care, tax reform, the federal debt ceiling and the nation’s $20 trillion federal debt, he said.

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Daines' office working to help UM student detained in China Video included

University of Montana senior Guthrie McLean (left). (courtesy photo) University of Montana senior Guthrie McLean (left). (courtesy photo)
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Guthrie McLean is accused of assaulting a cab driver on June 10 in Zhengzhou, China. 

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CBO: Latest health bill would leave 32M more uninsured in 2026 Video included

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Seventeen million more people would become uninsured next year under a plan to repeal Obamacare now and replace it later.

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Police still looking for body of missing Billings man identified as murder victim

Rory G. Wanner (Facebook) Rory G. Wanner (Facebook)
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Three weeks after he was reported missing, the body of a Billings man has yet to be found.

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Social Security Administration warns about fraudulent callers trying to steal your checks

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The Social Security Administration is warning that schemers are impersonating government agents and stealing people's benefits. 

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Park Creek Fire continues to grow; road closures still in place

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The Park Creek Fire continues to grow with very little containment as firefighters battle the blaze located a few miles north of Lincoln.

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Morning Rounds: Climate change and your health Video included

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Dr. Kasey Harbine of St. Patrick Hospital answers your medical questions.

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Man sentenced to prison for raping Helena child Video included

Andrew Hohn has been sentenced to prison after pleading no contest to charges that he raped a 7-year old girl in Helena last year. Andrew Hohn has been sentenced to prison after pleading no contest to charges that he raped a 7-year old girl in Helena last year.
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During Wednesday's sentencing, the victim's family members told Hohn, "We will never forgive you."

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Wildfire forces thousands from homes, threatens power at Yosemite

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Around 4,000 people have been forced from their homes as a massive wildfire quickly grows in California.  

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Supreme Court says grandparents, relatives can enter US despite travel ban

The U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, DC. (photo credit: Chris Turner/CNN) The U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, DC. (photo credit: Chris Turner/CNN)
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The Supreme Court has left intact a lower court opinion that temporarily exempts grandparents and other relatives from President Donald Trump's travel ban. 

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Lolo Peak fire grows Video included

The Lolo Peak Fire (Mark Thorsell/MTN News photo) The Lolo Peak Fire (Mark Thorsell/MTN News photo)
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The latest update shows that the lightning started fire is now at 165 acres and remains 0% contained. 

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Suspect sought in Hungry Horse sparkler bomb incident

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Witnesses took a photo of a man who officials believe lit a sparkler bomb in the pipe in Hungry Horse on the 4th of July that injured a young girl.

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What you need to know about O.J. Simpson's upcoming parole hearing

(MGN image/photo: Nevada Department of Corrections) (MGN image/photo: Nevada Department of Corrections)
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His fate is in the hands of four Nevada parole board commissioners who will hear arguments Thursday about whether to release Simpson.

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Bears out and about in Western Montana

(photo credit: Mark Watson / Flickr) (photo credit: Mark Watson / Flickr)
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State wildlife officials report that bears are still being seen across Western Montana. 

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TIP-MONT line helps people report poachers

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Callers are kept confidential and rewards of up to $1,000 are possible.

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Northwest Montana wildfires fully contained

The Lazier Creek 3 fire is burning near the Bend Guard Station in Sanders County. (MTN News photo) The Lazier Creek 3 fire is burning near the Bend Guard Station in Sanders County. (MTN News photo)
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The Lazier Creek 3 and Rogers Mountain fires have been fully contained. 

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Wildland firefighting terms: what do they mean?

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People are seeing references to firefighting terms such as "Type 2" teams and "ICS." But what do they mean?

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Wildfire prevention stressed in Northwest Montana Video included

Firefighting resources are stretched thin as the fire danger rises. (MTN News photo) Firefighting resources are stretched thin as the fire danger rises. (MTN News photo)
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Fire officials say it's uncommon for the fire danger level to be elevated to "Very High," this early in the season.

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UM student arrested, detained in China Video included

University of Montana senior Guthrie McLean (left). (courtesy photo) University of Montana senior Guthrie McLean (left). (courtesy photo)
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University of Montana senior Guthrie McLean stands accused of assaulting the cab driver as retaliation for the cab driver attacking his mother.

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MT GOP’ers want straight repeal of `Obamacare’; Tester and Bullock preach bipartisan fix Video included

U.S. Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont. U.S. Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont.
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As U.S. Senate Republicans’ latest plan to repeal and replace “Obamacare” crashed and burned, two of the state’s top GOP officeholders said Tuesday they support a straight repeal of the health-care law – with a delayed effective date. 

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Gov. Bullock forms PAC to support possible run for federal office

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock Montana Gov. Steve Bullock
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Gov. Steve Bullock confirmed Tuesday that he's formed a political action committee to fund a possible run for federal office – but won't say which office. 

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Park Creek Fire causes road closures, Highway 200 traffic delays

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The fire started on Friday by lightning and is still zero percent contained. It has burned a total of 1,600 acres, according to fire officials.  

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Petition to recall Montana sheriff approved

Suta said Monday he is aware of the petition but is reserving comment until after he has spoken with his lawyer. (Facebook photo- Carl Suta for Pondera County Sheriff) Suta said Monday he is aware of the petition but is reserving comment until after he has spoken with his lawyer. (Facebook photo- Carl Suta for Pondera County Sheriff)
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Petitioners cite incompetence as their reason for recall.

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Fire season takes off thanks to hot, dry weather Video included

Montana's wildfire statistics (as of July 17) Montana's wildfire statistics (as of July 17)
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Much of Montana is experiencing "high" or "very high" fire danger at this time, and things are not expected to improve in the near future.

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McConnell's latest Obamacare repeal strategy dies in Senate

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's plan to vote on a bill from 2015 that would repeal Obamacare with a two-year delay to find a replacement plan has died.

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Soaring lumber prices a problem for home builders, buyers

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Lumber in June cost 17% more than it did just a year earlier, and it's even more expensive than during the building boom last decade. 

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Air quality taking a hit in some parts of Montana

The smoky conditions have led to reduced visibility in some areas.

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Helena police sergeant charged with aggravated DUI

Helena police Sgt. Corey Livesay has been charged with aggravated DUI. Helena police Sgt. Corey Livesay has been charged with aggravated DUI.
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A sergeant with the Helena Police Department pleaded not guilty to two driving under the influence charges.

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Big Sky Chronicles: Montana genealogy Video included

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If you know where to look and know who to ask there is a whole world of information to discover. 

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Lolo Peak fire grows southwest of Missoula Video included

The Lolo Peak fire was frist spotted on July 17, 2017. (Lolo National Forest photo) The Lolo Peak fire was frist spotted on July 17, 2017. (Lolo National Forest photo)

The fire is now 60-to-70 acres in size with the flames burning mid-slope about one mile west of Lolo Peak. 

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Suspicious wildfires reported on Flathead Indian Reservation

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Several suspicious fires have broken out over the past couple of weeks on tribal land.

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Great Falls fire being investigated as possibly suspicious Video included

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A mobile home, a shop, and an out-building were engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived at the scene.

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Wanted in Montana: BOLO Alert issued for Franklin Stanley

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The United States Marshals Service District of Montana has issued a BOLO Alert (Be-on-the-Lokkout) for Franklin Stanley. 

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Flathead County Animal Shelter picks up grant Video included

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The Flathead County Animal Shelter has picked up a $10,000 grant from the Petco Foundation.

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Lolo Peak fire continues burning Video included

(Mark Thorsell/MTN News photo) (Mark Thorsell/MTN News photo)

The fire started sending a heavy plume into the air late Monday afternoon after winds picked up at the upper elevations.

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Fire season well underway in Northwest Montana Video included

(Nicole Miller/MTN News photo) (Nicole Miller/MTN News photo)
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There have been 86 reported wildfires reported in Flathead County since July 1. 

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Salute to Service: Meet the Flathead's first responders Video included

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MTN News is proud to start a new series showcasing the efforts of Flathead County law enforcement called "Salute to Service".

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Scholarships announced for FVCC medical assistant program Video included

Flathead Valley Community College in Kalispell (MTN New file photo) Flathead Valley Community College in Kalispell (MTN New file photo)
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New scholarships support students enrolling in Flathead Valley Community College’s Medical Assistant program this August.

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Montana Made: Goertzen Adventure Equipment Video included

Goertzen Adventure Equipment owner Joe Goertzen inside his Missoula shop. (MTN News photo) Goertzen Adventure Equipment owner Joe Goertzen inside his Missoula shop. (MTN News photo)
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What started as a hobby has grown into a lucrative career for one Missoula entrepreneur.

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Wildfire burning north of Ovando

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The blaze was reported at approximately 5:30 p.m. on Sunday on Monahan Mountain approximately 17 miles north of Ovando.

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Trump invites GOP senators to White House, including Daines, while health care bill is in limbo

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Sen. Steve Daines of Montana is among the confirmed attendees, CBS News' Alan He reports. 

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State budget draining $30M from fire fund – but firefighting money still available

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A state budget-reduction bill is likely to drain $30 million from Montana’s firefighting fund this year, but enough money remains to cover 2017 firefighting costs, the state’s top lands official said Monday. 

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Billings lawyer faces sanctions for obstructing political probe

A District Court judge has agreed to impose sanctions on Billings lawyer Emily Jones, for her interference in a political practices investigation. A District Court judge has agreed to impose sanctions on Billings lawyer Emily Jones, for her interference in a political practices investigation.
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A District Court judge has agreed to impose sanctions on a Billings lawyer accused of attempting to obstruct an investigation into a so-called dark money group by the state Commissioner of Political Practices. 

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Former Montana U.S. Senator Conrad Burns laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery Video included

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The late U.S. Senator for Montana known for his powerful broadcast voice that sometimes sparked controversy was laid to rest on Monday.

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