Archives for July 2016

A stuffed animal can save your child’s life

(CNN) — A stuffed animal can save your child’s life. KidsAndCars.org is urging parents and caretakers to read its safety tips that include looking in the backseat each time you get out of the car and leaving a large stuffed animal in the the passenger seat to remind you the child is in the car seat. KidsAndCars says distracted parents leaving their children in a hot car has contributed to nearly doubling the death toll of the number of children to die in a hot car.
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The investigation is continuing into what caused a stack of hay to ignite in East Valley

HELENA- The investigation is continuing into what caused a stack of hay to ignite in East Valley Monday afternoon. Luckily, the fire was small, and Dave Sammons, East Valley Fire Chief, said no one got hurt trying to put out the blaze before the East Valley Volunteer Fire Department and the Sheriff’s Department arrived. Crews quickly held back the flames before they could spread. The owner of the property on Lonesome Loop lost about $1,000 in hay.
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Rumors that put local construction company on high alert are false

HAMILTON – A local construction company has received hundreds of threats, after rumors spread online claiming the Hamilton business planned to build housing for Syrian refugees in the Bitterroot. The owner, who denies the FB posts, says they’ve gotten about 1,200 threats to both his business and his family, including one in which somebody left a doll with a noose around it’s neck at his home. King says the rumor simply isn’t true and that it all started from a hypothetical classroom assignment at the University of Montana. The Ravalli County Sheriff’s Office says these threats are being taken seriously and that the case is being investigated.
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Twice burned at Helena storage facility

HELENA – A storage facility on Helena’s West Side caught fire Tuesday morning for the second time this month. The cause of the blaze at Mini Storage is being investigated, according to reports. Crews fought back flames at the same storage facility on July 11th.
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Stampede Starts Tomorrow

The Last Chance Stampede and Fair gets underway in Helena tomorrow. The fair kicks off with a concert tomorrow night by country performer Gary Allan. That will be followed by three nights of rodeo. Eleven returning Stampede champions will be competing at this year’s rodeo. Of course the Stampede also includes carnival rides . Those get rolling when the fair opens its gates at 5 pm tomorrow. Carnival and rodeo tickets are still available at discount prices at the fairground office until 4 p.m. Wednesday.

Storm Knocks Out Power For Hundreds

That was quite a storm that blew through Helena last night. More than 26-hundred homes and businesses were left without electricity for a time, according to NorthWestern Energy. Meanwhile, the Helena Brewers decided not to play thanks to the weather. Instead, they’ll make up the game with a doubleheader starting at 5 pm today.

Recovery efforts were expected to resume, Monday, for victim of fatal motorcycle stunt

HELENA – Recovery efforts were expected to resume, Monday, for a Helena man who was the victim of a fatal motorcycle stunt at Canyon Ferry Lake this weekend. Witnesses told authorities, 19-year old Blake Becker was attempting a “moonlight ride,” from the east shore to the west shore, at midnight Saturday, when the bike went into the water near Cemetery Island and he apparently got pulled under. The Lewis & Clark County Sheriff’s Office said Beckers line may have gotten caught up in the motorcycle.
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There are very few details about an early morning murder on the Fort Peck Reservation

MTN News-POPLAR) There are very few details about an early morning murder on the Fort Peck Reservation. According to the Montana Department of Justice, deputies responded to a report that someone had been killed sometime after midnight Friday, and officials did confirm they are holding a person of interest, but did not reveal much else about the homicide. DOJ officials said that the suspect is expected to be arraigned in Tribal Court on Tuesday.
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Fortunately no one was home when fire gutted house near Monarch

GREAT FALLS – Fortunately no one was home when fire gutted house near Monarch on Sunday. It took several fire departments to battle the blaze and help keep the flames from spreading to a nearby house. The State Fire Marshal is investigating.
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Beware of bears

(MTN News-HELENA) Beware of bears. State wildlife officials said several black bears and at least one grizzly have been spotted rummaging for food near homes in and around agricultural fields in the Blackfoot Valley, and in the Double Arrow area of Seeley Lake. State wildlife officials say the animals are feeding on serviceberry harvests.
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