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Nov 16, 2012 4:01 PM by Mark Thorsell - KPAX News

Friday afternoon Montana news headlines

KALISPELL - More details are emerging in the arrest of a Canadian man in Whitefish who was the subject of an Amber Alert issued Thursday. The Flathead County Sheriff's Office reports that Robert Barnett, was arrested in his vehicle in Whitefish at around 6:45 a.m. on Friday. Barnett allegedly abducted his three-year-old son during a supervised visitation in Fernie, B.C. on Thursday.

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MISSOULA - Without an "El Nino" weather pattern developing for this winter, the National Weather Service is expecting more of an average winter for Montana. But, forecasters say it also means it will be difficult to predict long-term weather patterns. Scientists had posted an "El Nino" watch in late summer, with Pacific ocean temperatures generating a very dry winter here in the Northwest, but the watch was dropped last week.

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MISSOULA - There will be extra police on the roads in Missoula as thousands of fans converge on the Garden City for the annual Cat-Griz football game. Missoula Police and the Montana Highway Patrol Traffic Safety Enforcement Team will be increasing DUI enforcement patrols, downtown patrols and party patrols this weekend.

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LOLO - Around 50 parents, teachers and administrators trekked to the library at Lolo School Thursday evening to hear the latest in an ongoing planning effort aimed at easing overcrowding while also dealing with aging facilities.

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KALISPELL - We've spoken to people all over the Flathead Valley this week about the upcoming Brawl of the Wild this weekend. Reporter Dax VanFossen caught up with former Montana Grizzly player and coach, and 11 year NFL veteran Doug Betters, who says despite predictions the other way, he still thinks his Grizzlies can get the win.

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MISSOULA - Santa Claus has put the Southgate Mall on his list and will be bringing his sleigh in for a landing at 6 o'clock. A party has been planned to mark his arrival, with kids and parents invited to stop by for and join in the fun.

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From the StormTracker Weather Center: Saturday afternoon will be mostly cloudy across Western Montana. And things are looking great for the Griz-Cat game with only the slight chance for a shower and temps warming from the upper 30s during tailgating to the upper 40s during the game. Northwest Montana, however, will have to watch for the development of scattered showers late Saturday afternoon.

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