Northwestern Energy working to get ahead of ‘poop pile up’ problem in rural Montana before winter hits

Northwestern Energy is working to get ahead of a ‘poop pile up’ problem in rural Montana before winter hits. Northwestern officials say once the cold weather settles in, so do thousands of ravens who will roost on the lines resulting in a buildup of bird droppings, which can cause power outages. Crews say they will use spiked PVC pipes in hopes of deterring the birds in several spots across the state, including near Broadview.
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Crews greeted with 60 foot flames at Pacific Steel and Recycling fire in Kallispell

Crews responding to reports of a fire were greeted with 60 foot flames at Pacific Steel and Recycling in Kalispell early Tuesday morning. Evergreen Fire officials told MTN News that when firefighters arrived they found several vehicles burning. Crews battled the blaze for more than an hour and said three nearby homes off U.S. Highway 2 were evacuated, and Montclaire Drive between the highway and railroad tracks was closed for several hours. There were no reports of injuries. The cause of the fire is being investigated.
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FWP asking everyone to be bear aware this coming fall

HELENA – The Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) are asking everyone to be bear aware this coming fall. You may be greeted by a grizzly if you’re out and about in the western half of the state, and FWP officials recommend you be prepared by carrying bear spray. Homeowners are also advised to make sure there is no food on their property that would attract bears, as they become very active this time of the year in preparation for winter hibernation.
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Flu season is quickly approaching

HELENA – Flu season is quickly approaching, and the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) say the best defense is a flu shot. Stillwater Billings Clinic Community Health has already reported a confirmed case of Influenza Type A in Montana this month. DPHHS recommends people have their sot by the end of October. It can take up to two weeks for the vaccination to take full effect. More information about immunization and resources available can be found on the DPHHS website.
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HPD hosting Active Shooter Training

HELENA – The Helena Police Department (HPD) is encouraging everyone to be prepared and know what to do in an active shooter situation. HPD will be hosting Active Shooter Training at the Helena Civic Center Tuesday (September 17), from 6:00-8:00 p.m. The preparedness event will focus on the run, lock and fight model and will help people develop a plan should they be involved in a crisis situation. The presentation is free and open to the public.
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Hunter recovering after falling near Granite Butte Lookout

HELENA – A hunter is recovering after breaking his leg near Granite Butte Lookout southeast of Lincoln Friday. Lewis and Clark Sheriff/Coroner Leo Dutton said the 34-year old had been bowhunting when he fell and heard his right lower leg snap. He was found over an embankment about 50 yards from his vehicle, and rescuers were able to extract him down the mountain to an ambulance. He was transported to St. Peter’s Hospital.
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Lewis and Clark County November special election will be by mail

Lewis and Clark County is gearing up for the November 5th municipal general and county special election, which will be by mail this year. Ballots are expected to be mailed to all active electors on October 16. Voted ballots are due back in the elections office by 8 pm on Election Day, Tuesday, November 5. The deadline to register to vote for this election is October 7th. Late registrations will be accepted at the Lewis and Clark County Elections office between October 8 and November 1st.
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Contamination from century old mine blamed for fish kill on Clark Fork River

Contamination from an old mine is being blamed for a large fish kill recently found on the Clark Fork River west of Anaconda. Officials with the Clark Fork Watershed Education Program said heavy metals from the 100 year old mining operations in Butte have settled and recent heavy rains pushed the contaminated soil into the river. The Clark Fork Basin is undergoing a multi-million-dollar cleanup between Butte and Missoula, but officials said until it’s complete, there could be more fish kills.
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Recent bear sightings have the Cascade County Sheriff’s office on high alert

Recent bear sightings have the Cascade County Sheriff’s office on high alert. Authorities are working to determine if a bear spotted by a deputy along Vaughn South Frontage Road near Sun Prairie late Thursday morning is the same one reported Wednesday afternoon seen running along the road in the same area, as reported at KRTV. Witnesses told officers they had seen a mother bear and two cubs in the area. FWP is investigating.
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Helena residents got a sneak peak of plans for the Knight Street “Safe Passage Project” Thursday night

HELENA – Helena residents got a sneak peak of plans for the Knight Street “Safe Passage Project” Thursday night. Project designs were showcased for a new pedestrian-friendly infrastructure, which includes eight blocks of sidewalk, between Benton avenue and Cleveland Street, where there is a high volume of Middle Schoolers. Homeowners also expressed concern about how the project will affect their property, during the community event at C.R. Anderson Middle School. Construction is expected to begin spring of 2020, and could be funded by taxpayers.
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