Archives for November 2016

The rough terrain kept crews at bay as they tried to battle a wildfire northwest of Helena

The rough terrain kept crews at bay as they tried to battle a wildfire northwest of Helena Tuesday night. Lewis and Clark County Sheriff Leo Dutton said the first firefighters arrived near the scene of the blaze, on Forest Service land near mile marker 24 off of Lincoln Road/Montana Highway 279, around 6:30-last night The cause of the fire is under investigation.
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Woman Says She Was Shot While Walking In Park

Police continue to investigate a shooting in Kalispell. The victim, a 39 year old woman, reported to police that she had been shot in the leg while walking in the area of Woodland Park on Sunday evening. She said she was walking when she heard a pop and discovered she had a wound in the upper thigh. She went to the emergency room. Police say their investigation indicates the woman may have actually been shot inside a home on Woodland Avenue.

Helena man found unconscious behind the wheel is facing DUI charges

A Helena man found unconscious behind the wheel is facing DUI charges. Police found, Donald Eugene Polich, 45, passed out in his vehicle Friday afternoon, with a blood alcohol level well above the legeal limit, according to an arrest affadavit. The arresting officer noted Polich had a strong smell of alcohol and slurred speech. He also failed sobriety tests.
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Lolita Zinke helping our troops

Rep. Ryan Zinke’s team announced Monday that his wife, Lolita, will join President-elect Donald Trump’s Veterans Administration landing team. Members of the landing team will evaluate the Veterans Administration and identify changes to be made in the first 100 days. Lolita Zinke said in a press release, that as a military wife and mom she has personally seen the challenges that face veterans and our men and women in uniform.
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Missoula Mayor John Engen confeses he is recovering alcoholic

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — Missoula Mayor John Engen says he has been absent from his job for the past month because he was in a treatment program for alcoholism. Engen revealed in a media release letter that he returned to work on Monday after checking into a 28-day inpatient program in October, adding Missoula residents deserve to know their mayor is an alcoholic in recovery, and he hopes his story might help others.
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Teen Charged In Toddler’s Death

A 17 year old boy has been charged with negligent homicide in connection with the death of a 3 year old. Chasen Curley is accused of running over the child in the Northwood Trailer Park in Pablo on Thursday afternoon. The SUV that ran the boy over fled the scene . A Highway Patrol trooper located the vehicle a little while later near Ronan, and made the arrest. The child who died was 3 year old Philip Shourds, Jr.

Black Friday sales are taking a backseat to a new holiday shopping trend

Black Friday sales are taking a backseat to a new holiday shopping trend. According to the National Retail Federation, 36 percent of consumers say they plan to shop online on Cyber Monday, up from the 34 percent in 2015. Some people like to shop online because of the convenience and others like the exclusive cyber sales. But many experts say, although about 40-percent of online shoppers are millenials, there were many who preferred the feel of the Black Friday crowds and having the purchase in their hand, while a younger generation went for sleeping in and shopping via their phones or laptops for their holiday purchases.
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Black Friday sales are taking a backseat to a new holiday shopping trend

Black Friday sales are taking a backseat to a new holiday shopping trend. According to the National Retail Federation, 36 percent of consumers say they plan to shop online on Cyber Monday, up from the 34 percent in 2015. Some people like to shop online because of the convenience and others like the exclusive cyber sales. But many experts say, although about 40-percent of online shoppers are millenials, there were many who preferred the feel of the Black Friday crowds and having the purchase in their hand, while a younger generation went for sleeping in and shopping via their phones or laptops for their holiday purchases.
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Long lines kicked off Black Friday, but cyber sales were the real crowd pleasers

Long lines kicked off Black Friday, but cyber buys were the real crowd pleasers. This year, experts say, a lot of people shopped from the comfort of their own homes, using computers and phones to make most of their holiday purchases.

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Shoppers are also taking advantage of Cyber Monday. But many experts say, although about 40-percent of online shoppers are millenials, there were many who preferred the Black Friday crowds and feeling the purchase in their hand, while a younger generation went for sleeping in and shopping via their phones or laptops.
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Red Kettle Campaign is Underway

It really starts to feel like Christmas in Helena when the Salvation Army Red Kettle workers start ringing those bells. The Red Kettle campaign kicked off on Friday, and you’ll be hearing the jingle through Christmas. Last year, the community donated $73,000 to the Salvation Army and this year, the goal is at least match that, if not surpass that amount. They are currently short of volunteer bell ringers Give them a call if you would like to help.