Posted: Aug 14, 2012 1:34 PM by Mark Thorsell - KPAX News
MISSOULA- Smoke is continuing to settle into the Missoula area as wildfires burn in Montana, Idaho, Oregon and Washington. The Missoula City-County Health Department reports that air quality in the areas around Lolo and Florence may be Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups.
KALISPELL- The Flathead County Sheriff's Office has released the name of the Kalispell man who was found facedown in the Flathead River over the weekend. Sheriff Chuck Curry says Raymond Abbott died in the rafting accident on the North Fork of the Flathead River on Saturday.
CONDON- The Condon Mountain Fire burning four miles from Condon has now burned almost 975 acres since being sparked by lightning late last month. Firefighters spent Monday working on the north flank of the fire in the Dog Creek drainage, holding containment lines as the fire backs downslope toward the lines.
HAMILTON- Granite stones weighing thousands of pounds are being placed at the new Hamilton Veteran's Memorial on Tuesday. The stones represent the centerpiece of the new monument which is scheduled to be complete this year.
MISSOULA- Montana Senator Jon Tester sat down with some Missoula senior citizens on Monday to talk about what the future holds for the medical programs they use. The seniors took a survey at the Missoula Public Library and Tester took notes, telling us that there are a lot of rumors about Social Security and Medicare going around that he wanted to clear up.
MISSOULA- So far, so good. That's the assessment of University of Montana football coach Mick Delaney after the team's first scrimmage. It was played under the lights Sunday night at Washington-Grizzly Stadium and Delaney said the Griz must have liked it because they brought plenty of energy to the field.
From the StormTracker Weather Center: The next 24 hours in Western Montana are going to be busy weather wise as a cold front drops down out of Canada bringing us several changes. We'll see wind, rain and even cooler temperatures by tomorrow.