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The battle between the company and Flathead residents has been ongoing for more than a year. (Nicole Miller/MTN News photo) The battle between the company and Flathead residents has been ongoing for more than a year. (Nicole Miller/MTN News photo)

Hearing over contested water bottling plant near Creston begins

It's been an ongoing battle for more than a year between the company and Flathead residents who have filed legal objections.

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Montana budget cuts would hit children with disabilities program

We have never, ever, ever seen cuts in Part C like this," said Child Development Center Executive Director Carolyn Prussen.  (MTN News photo) We have never, ever, ever seen cuts in Part C like this," said Child Development Center Executive Director Carolyn Prussen. (MTN News photo)
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A program that offers resources to children with disabilities -- called Part C -- serves hundreds of families across Western Montana. 

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Montana Television Network Montana Wildfire Relief Fund Raises $91,715

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Montana Television Network stations across the state have now raised $91,715 as part of their Montana Wildfire Relief Fund. 

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Montana Climate Assessment released

The assessment details impacts to the state's forests, agriculture industry, and water resources as Montana's climate changes. The assessment details impacts to the state's forests, agriculture industry, and water resources as Montana's climate changes.
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The assessment details impacts to the state's forests, agriculture industry, and water resources as Montana's climate changes.

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Montana author of “Land on Fire” talks wildfires

Montana author Gary Ferguson talks about his new book, “Land on Fire” and shares his perspective about this year’s wildfire season. Montana author Gary Ferguson talks about his new book, “Land on Fire” and shares his perspective about this year’s wildfire season.
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Montana author Gary Ferguson talks about his new book, “Land on Fire” and shares his perspective about this year’s wildfire season. 

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Weather Forecast: More rain and snow to end the week

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Good Thursday everyone, It was one week ago today that the most welcome change arrived to Western Montana, and that change has given us rain and snow showers 5 out of the past 7 days!  High pressure will begin building in again for the weekend, but not before we squeeze two more days of rain and snow out of this weather pattern shift. Thursday, will be the least active of the week. Rain and snow showers are still in the forecast, however, they will be on the ligh... More>>

Remembering those lost fighting a devastating Montana fire season

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Two firefighters paid the ultimate price to keep us safe, one working on just the second wildfire of his career, the other an elite, experienced Hotshot with a family legacy of firefighting.

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Tester on newly-proposed GOP health care bill: "It may be the worst"

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Republican Senators are pushing forward with their latest plan to repeal and replace Obamacare.

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Bomb threat evacuates St. Regis School

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The St. Regis School Superintendent said the school is being evacuated due to a bomb threat.

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Montana PSC takes public comment for proposed rate cap on inmate calls

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The Montana Public Service Commission took public comment Tuesday on a proposal to limit the costs of phone calls between jail inmates and their families. 

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$1M bond for Montana man accused of kidnapping and torturing woman

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Bond was set at over $1 million for Charles Arleigh Green of Molt, who is accused of torturing his girlfriend in a series of attacks.

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McConnell to bring up vote on Obamacare repeal next week

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Next week, Senate Republicans will make one more attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) with just 51 votes.

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Latest forecast trends toward La Nina winter conditions

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For the Northwestern United States, including western Montana, this translates to cooler and wetter than average conditions.

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Morning Rounds: What you need to know to prevent a stroke

We answer your medical questions during the Wednesday edition of Montana This Morning. We answer your medical questions during the Wednesday edition of Montana This Morning.
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We answer your medical questions every Wednesday during Morning Rounds on Montana This Morning.

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Interior Department gets arcade game "Big Buck Hunter Pro"

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The Interior Department is treating its employees to an unconventional addition to its cafeteria -- "Big Buck Hunter Pro."

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MT Supreme Court orders revisions to proposed designated bathrooms bill

The Montana Supreme Court decided Tuesday five revisions to the Act must be made before it can be placed on the ballot. (CBS News photo) The Montana Supreme Court decided Tuesday five revisions to the Act must be made before it can be placed on the ballot. (CBS News photo)

Montana Attorney General Tim Fox has been ordered to revise the ballot initiative that requires people use the bathroom that matches the sex on the person’s birth certificate.

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Educators from 12 states take 3-day firearms course

A middle school teacher faces off with a mock school shooter. (CBS News photo) A middle school teacher faces off with a mock school shooter. (CBS News photo)
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Some teachers believe the answer is to arm themselves, while others strongly disagree. 

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New safe way to dispose of medications comes to Montana

The bags are now available in all 56 Montana counties. The bags are now available in all 56 Montana counties.
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The bags are now available in all 56 Montana counties, however, there are currently only 100,000 bags available for the state. 

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Weather Forecast: Cool & unsettled weather remains

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The western US is under the influence of a large, deep upper level low pressure system which will keep things cool and wet right through the end of the work week. 

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Road, water work set for Kalispell road

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Motorists should expect road closures on Northern Lights Boulevard with detours. 

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Ronan man arrested at border crossing

The Peace Arch Port of Entry in Blaine, WA. (courtesy photo) The Peace Arch Port of Entry in Blaine, WA. (courtesy photo)
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Roy Lee Sinclair, 70, was detained at the border crossing in Blaine, Washington after authorities found he had an outstanding warrant out of Lake County.

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Sen. Tester demands action after massive delayed mail delivery report

The Office of Inspector General revealed its findings on the U.S. Postal Service mail delivery delays earlier this week. The Office of Inspector General revealed its findings on the U.S. Postal Service mail delivery delays earlier this week.
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A report released this week shows two billion pieces of mail were delayed in delivery over the course of one year. 

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Troy woman dies in crash near Glasgow involving school bus

Valley County Sheriff Vernon Buerkle told MTN News that the driver of the pickup truck was Julie Steiger of Troy.

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MT Department of Justice outlines fight against substance abuse

Since 1980, the drug offense rate in Montana has increased 559%. (MTN News photo) Since 1980, the drug offense rate in Montana has increased 559%. (MTN News photo)

From 2012-2016 the top felony conviction offenses in Montana were for possession of dangerous drugs.

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Hurricane Maria poses new threat to debt-laden Puerto Rico

Hurricane Maria is forecast to rapidly strengthen over the next two days as it takes aim at Caribbean islands devastated by Hurricane Irma just days ago. (CNN image) Hurricane Maria is forecast to rapidly strengthen over the next two days as it takes aim at Caribbean islands devastated by Hurricane Irma just days ago. (CNN image)
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Puerto Rico is years into an economic crisis. Now it's facing a potential natural disaster. 

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Central Mexico earthquake kills more than 140, topples buildings

People searching rubble of fallen building in Mexico City (photo credit: Obie Fernandez) People searching rubble of fallen building in Mexico City (photo credit: Obie Fernandez)
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At least 149 people died in Mexico City --- the country's capital -- and in the states of Puebla, Mexico and Morelos, officials said. 

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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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Flathead County schools back in session after cyber threats

Columbia Falls High School. (MTN News photo) Columbia Falls High School. (MTN News photo)
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Columbia Falls Schools Superintendent Steve Bradshaw saying it was great having students roaming the halls again.

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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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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  • 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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