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Oct 25, 2013 10:42 PM by Aaron Traylor - KPAX News

Friday evening Montana news headlines

KALISPELL - More details are emerging about the Kalispell man linked to a $100,000 burglary last month. 29 year-old Christopher Hogard was charged with felony possession of stolen property, after authorities recovered various stolen Glacier Stone Supply tools from him. He hasn't been formally charged with burglary in the case, but he is facing a felony burglary charge from another recent incident.

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MISSOULA - Halloween is turning more and more into an adult's holiday. And that means more people are looking for a good scare. "Me and a friend one Halloween night started scaring people," John Worley, Terror on 36th Street operator said.

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MISSOULA - The Montana Meth Council is fighting a new battle against drugs that maybe in your own home. Attending the panel was the dean of the school of pharmacology, a pharmacist, Missoula prescription Drug diversion Detective and first lady Lisa Bullock. They talked about the pervasive use of prescription drugs in Missoula.

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BIGFORK - The search for a missing duck hunter on the Flathead River went into day five Friday, though efforts have been scaled back. Search crews ran underwater imaging equipment in an effort to get a better look underwater. Flathead county sheriff Chuck Curry tells us they will re-evaluate plans Friday if the missing 65 year-old Kalispell man is not found.

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HAMILTON - Frustrated by finding themselves on the "outside" of the process to extend water rights to the U.S. Forest Service in the Bitterroot, Ravalli County commissioners are turning to a Wyoming attorney to help craft a better way to approach the debate. Ravalli County commissioners continue to express concerns over the move by the Forest Service to file for water rights on streams coming out of the Bitterroot. The agency gained the ability to file for those rights in negotiations with the state, with Bitterroot National Forest managers saying the effort is merely to protect fish habitat, and not to interfere with other, older uses like farming and ranching.

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The annual Montana ritual of opening day is less than 24 hours away. The general deer and elk hunting season starts Saturday. A cold snap coming this Sunday could bode well for hunters. But Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks officials want to remind hunters it could also cause problems. FWP officials say hunters should always prepare for the worst kind of weather when heading out in the backcountry. And they should always tell someone where they are going.

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Montanans are generally unhappy with the performance of their elected officials in Washington D.C., according to a new poll. In the poll conducted recently by Montana State University Billings and released this week, a narrow margin of residents said they support same-sex marriage while a strong majority opposed legalizing the recreational use of marijuana.

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HELENA - According to Sheriff Leo Dutton, someone reported on Thursday seeing a Nissan Pathfinder driving in the northwest valley of Helena on Crestwood Lane, and saw someone hanging out of the back window pointing what looked to be a pistol out of the window. The caller followed the SUV which went down by Rossiter School and down the frontage road. The SUV was pulled over by Helena police officers in front of the Motherlode on Cedar Street at around 3:40 pm.

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