Archives for August 2017

Camfpire ban could dampen weekend plans

Campfires will not be allowed this weekend. Beginning Saturday, all campfires will be prohibited under the Stage 1 fire restrictions in place in Lewis and Clark County. The fire restrictions already in place prohibit most campfires within the county, but the amendment this weekend will ban all campfires on federal, state, tribal and county lands across the Central Montana Zone, including fires that were exempt from the original restrictions. Glacier National park is excluded from the ban.

Vigilant Neighbors Foil Burglary

Helena police were able to capture two burglars in the act, after vigilant neighbors saw them kicking in the door of a home on Lydia Road. Deputies found them red handed inside the house with a plastic tote full of guns and hunting knives. Some of the guns were loaded.

Helena Air Quality Improves

You should find it a little easier to breath in Helena today . Air quality improved on Wednesay afternoon, after being classified as unhealthy for all populations for nearly two straight days. In fact, Helena’s worst air quality so fire this summer was early Tuesday morning.

Alice Creek Fire Continues To Grow

More than 61 hundred acres have now been scorched by the Alice Creek Fire in Lewis and Clark County. The fire has been burning since July 22nd, about 16 miles northeast of Lincoln. Firefighters estimate the fire has gained 900 acres in the past two days. Containment remains at zero percent.

Houston Ballerina Stranded In Helena

Some local ballet students getting an unexpected gift, more time with renowned ballerina Lauren Anderson of Houston’s Queen City Ballet. Anderson was here on the weekend to conduct classes. Hurricane Harvey has prevented her returning home to her son. She is using the time to continue to teach students in Helena.

Local Search And Rescue Team Standing By To Help In Texas

Lewis and Clark County officials say they’re ready to send help to Texas if needed. Undersheriff Jason Grimmis said the county might be able to send up to a dozen members of Lewis and Clark Search and Rescue. So far, there has been no formal request for help.

Governor To Seek Ten Percent Budget Cits

Most state agencies will be asked to plan on ten percent budget cuts today. Governor Bullock is expected to make the request to avoid deficit spending in Montana. State tax revenue is shrinking and firefighting costs are draining the firefighting fund, so it can’t be used to cover shortfalls elsewhere. Bullock wants the plans for ten percent cuts submitted by next week. They could be implemented this year.

Alice Creek Fire Keeps Growing

The Alice Creek fire northeast of Lincoln claimed more than 5-thousand acres as of Monday. Mandatory evacuations remain in place at 13 residences . The weather is making things worse. A Red Flag warning for extreme fire conditions with 30 mph winds took effect at midnight Monday.

School Starts Tomorrow

The summer vacation that seemed so endless to the kids a couple of months ago is coming to an end, and the first day of school is tomorrow across the Tri-County area. The Montana Highway Patrol sending out a gentle reminder for drivers that when a school bus is stopped on the road and the flashing stop sign pops out, you need to stop, too.

Woman Charged With Exposing Child To Meth

The Department of Family Services has taken custody of a young child who was pulled out of a worrisome situation in Helena. Police got involved when they arrested a wanted fugitive and heard him make a call to someone telling them to pick up his child at the Motel 6. Deputies went to the motel to check on the child’s welfare, and found the child with a woman. The officers also found glass pipes, a pie plate covered with meth, a glass bong. The woman was arrested.