Posted: Aug 2, 2012 1:55 PM by Mark Thorsell - KPAX News
MISSOULA- State wildlife officials say they believe they have killed the mountain lion that approached a 4-year-old child at Harpers Lake Campground in the Blackfoot Valley on July 23rd. Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks personnel have been at the campground in the lower Clearwater watershed for more than a week and were able to track and kill the lion on the late evening of August 1st.
MISSOULA- Changes are coming to Missoula's Mountain Line later this month as the bus line adopts a new schedule and system map. The changes, which will take place on Monday, August 27th, will largely maintain the existing route structure and coverage while achieving for the first time ever 15 minute all day service on Route 1.
FRENCHTOWN- Fire officials fighting the Butler Fire outside of Frenchtown say they are watching the weather as winds expected later Thursday may spark spot fires. The blaze is 10% contained and has burned 100 acres since being sparked by lightning near Ch-paa-qn Peak earlier this week.
STEVENSVILLE- The South Alder Fire burning 10 miles east of Stevensville is holding at about 30 acres despite an active fire day on Wednesday. Boyd Hartwig with the Lolo National Forest reports that there were several spot fires Wednesday, but firefighters were successful in finding, and putting them out.
CONDON- Fire officials are dealing with a new wildfire that's burned around 300 acres 35 miles southeast of Condon. The lightning-sparked Bar Creek Fire was first spotted late Tuesday, July 31st ans was just 1/10th of an acre. But, the blaze has grown to 300 acres as it burns to north and east in dead lodgepole pine stands.
CHARLO- The owners of a museum filled with Montana Native American history fought for two years to keep their business going, but that battle isn't over yet, as they still have to raise $75,000 to keep the doors open. Bud Cheff can tell you the story behind every piece of history housed in his Ninepipes Museum near Charlo, after all, he built it from the ground up.
MISSOULA- It's the off-season that won't end. The Montana Grizzlies heard some more bad news earlier this week when starting quarterback Jordan Johnson was charged with rape and suspended indefinitely from the team. UM opens the season is less than a month and will do it with a very green QB wearing maroon and silver.
From the StormTracker Weather Center: A cold front will drop into the region today from Southern Canada ushering in more clouds and a cooler but pleasant air mass. This is going to be one of the most obvious changes as our highs drop into the upper 70s to mid 80s for Thursday and Friday. It also means our lows for the next several nights will be in the 40s and low 50s.