Posted: Jan 24, 2013 8:45 AM by Mark Thorsell - KPAX News
THOMPSON FALLS - President Obama's efforts to curtail gun violence are not sitting well with some law enforcement officers around the country who say his executive orders violate the U.S. Constitution. One of the latest to take a stand is Sanders County Sheriff Tom Rummel who says no matter what the President says on gun control, he won't listen.
LIBBY - Employees at the Troy Mine still have their jobs. That news comes after rock slides suspended production last month causing fear that some 200 workers might lose their jobs. Reporter Tara Oster attended a special meeting between Revett Minerals and the Lincoln County Commission to learn more about what's going on at the mine.
MISSOULA - The Pacific weather system that's moving across the area has helped to clear out the pollution in the Missoula Valley. Local health officials report air quality is rapidly improving in Frenchtown and slowly improving in Missoula.
MISSOULA - The owner of the Missoula Maulers hockey club is hoping to rally support for a renewed look at the idea of constructing a 5,000-seat multipurpose arena at the Missoula County Fairgrounds. Michael Burks' team has grown to be a major draw for the Glacier Ice Rink, with thousands of people attending Maulers' games throughout the course of the season. But in recent years, the club has been anxious for upgrades, both for club hockey and ice sports in general.
LOLO - The operators of a Lolo guest ranch are grateful a Missoula County judge is giving them permission to keep operating while they work on long-term permits, saying it helps them out of a "regulatory box". Sterling and SuZanne Miller have been locked into a regulatory battle with Missoula County over the permits needed to keep their Dunrovin Guest Ranch operating on the east side of Lolo.
ANACONDA - Anaconda Deer Lodge Health Department staff have contacted over 100 people to warn that they may have been exposed to pertussis, or whooping cough. So far, officials have confirmed four cases of the illness in teen students. Anaconda Deer Lodge Public Health Director Heidi Nielsen said it takes hours to notify everyone who's come into contact with an infected person.
Courtney Olish's StormTracker Weather Center forecast: The rain and snow mix will linger until mid-morning Thursday and clear by early afternoon. Daytime highs will reach temperatures in the upper 30s for Missoula. Overnight conditions will remain dry with mostly cloudy skies temperatures in the mid-20s.