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Feb 25, 2013 11:01 AM by Mark Thorsell - KPAX News

Monday morning Montana news headlines

WHITEFISH - Whitefish Mountain Resort will be teaming with athletes competing in the 18th annual Special Olympics Montana State Winter Games starting on Monday. The opening ceremonies took place Sunday and started with a parade, followed by the torch lighting ceremony, and ended with a VIP reception.

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MISSOULA - The annual Gelande jump competition wrapped up its second and final day of aerial feats on Sunday at Snowbowl. The competition has attracted it's fair share of spectators and jumpers over 35 years and this time around, 22 professional jumpers from across the country competed for an $8,000 - the largest on the circuit.

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HAMILTON - Officials are asking for the public to weigh on a proposed plan that would allow for logging on 1,860 acres near the popular Lake Como Recreation Area south of Hamilton. The whole project covers about 5,640 between Lake Como and Lost Horse Road, according to Bitterroot National Forest officials, and is aimed at improving forest health and resiliency to fires.

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MISSOULA - Wholesale Sports stores in Spokane and Coeur d'Alene will be closing down, but we've been told the Missoula location should be fine. The California-based Alamo Group recently purchased four stores with plans to close them in March. UFA Cooperative, which owns the Missoula Wholesale Sports store, is currently entertaining offers to sell the local outlet.

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GREAT FALLS - The Montana Highway Patrol is investigating a fatal accident that happened early Monday morning near the Armington Junction. Authorities have confirmed that three people are dead after a head-on collision that involved two vehicles.

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BOZEMAN - The first Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) was passed in 1994, and the reauthorized bill was recently co-sponsored by Sen. Max Baucus. The measure passed the Senate earlier this year and is now on its way to the House, with HAVEN Executive Director Kristy McFetridge, the Act is of utmost importance.

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Courtney Olish's StormTracker Weather Center forecast: A strong cold front will bring widespread snow Monday into Monday night. The mountains could see anywhere from 4'' to 8'' by this evening, with valleys seeing a trace to 2''. Wind gusts are also expected to peak around 30 mph to 40 mph with the possibility of blowing snow for higher terrain.

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