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Fireworks Banned Across Western Montana As Stage 1 Restrictions Go Into Effect

Counties across western Montana today imposed Stage One fire restrictions effective this Friday morning at 12:01 a.m. The restrictions come along with a ban on fireworks on all public and private land in Missoula, Ravalli, and Lake, and Lincoln counties. Flathead County commissioners will vote Thursday on a county-wide fireworks ban.
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On Sunday the Montana Wilderness Association, Great Burn Study Group and EcoFlight offered Missoula journalists an hour-long flyover of the Great Burn Proposed Wilderness Area straddling the Montana-Idaho border west and north of Missoula.
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Sen. Daines and other officials on a tour of the Tenmile watershed.
Steve Jess

Montana Senator Steve Daines toured a beetle-infested area of the Helena National Forest Tuesday, and praised a joint federal-state effort to reduce fire danger. 

Evening Newscast 06-30-15

39 minutes ago
Josh Burnham

On tonight's evening newscast: At least seven new lighting-caused fires on the Bitterroot National Forest are small and manageable thanks to quick initial attack by fire crews. Forest spokesman Tod McKay says thunderstorms produced 175 confirmed lighting strikes in the Bitterroot and Missoula areas last night.

The U.S. Forest Service’s Jennifer Rankowski has the latest on the Glacier Rim Fire burning just south of Glacier National Park.

Counties across western Montana today imposed Stage One fire restrictions effective this Friday morning at 12:01 a.m. The restrictions come along with a ban on fireworks on all public and private land in Missoula, Ravalli, and Lake, and Lincoln counties. Flathead County commissioners will vote Thursday on a county-wide fireworks ban.

A grass fire that started this afternoon outside of Browning quickly grew from 30 to 300 acres, but firefighters expect to contain it this evening.

Starting July 1, Whitefish city resort tax will increase 1 percent as a result of a vote of city taxpayers last April. Corin Cates-Carney spoke with the town’s Major about the need for the tax bump.

The Glacier Rim Fire which started just outside Glacier National Park hasn't gronw much says a park spokesperson.

Whitefish Lake. 75% of the municipal water supply for Whitefish comes from Haskill Basin. In the summer, when that supply runs low, the city pumps and treats water from Whitefish Lake.
Katrin Frye

Starting July 1, Whitefish's resort tax will increase 1 percent as a result of a vote of city taxpayers last April. Corin Cates-Carney spoke with the town’s Mayor about the need for the tax bump.

Firefighters on the fire line.
BLM (CC-BY-2.0)

At least seven new lighting-caused fires on the Bitterroot National Forest are small and manageable thanks to quick initial attack by fire crews.

Forest spokesman Tod McKay says thunderstorms produced 175 confirmed lighting strikes in the Bitterroot and Missoula areas Monday night.

Fireworks
Flickr user Michael Cramer (CC-BY-NC-2.0)

Counties across western Montana today imposed Stage One fire restrictions effective this Friday morning at 12:01 a.m.

The restrictions come along with a ban on fireworks on all public and private land in Missoula, Ravalli, and Lake, and Lincoln counties. Flathead County commissioners will vote Thursday on a county-wide fireworks ban.

Morning Newscast 06-30-15

9 hours ago
Josh Burnham

On today's morning newscast: Montana and twelve other states sued the federal government yesterday to stop the Environmental Protection Agency from enacting a new rule extending the Clean Water Act to small streams and wetlands.

Montana is one of the 13 states with independent redistricting commissions that the U.S. Supreme Court has upheld.

A human-caused fire that began in northwestern Montana over the weekend has spread to 80 acres and has started eight spot fires in Glacier National Park.

Too little? There's no such thing! Featuring die-cut holes, There's No Such Thing as Little is a heartwarming picture book from author and illustrator LeUyen Pham. This book will encourage readers of all ages to think about what being "little" really means. With each turn of the page, a very big idea emerges, with cleverly placed cutouts on each page that help to dispel the readers' perception of which ideas or images are important.

Fire Danger 'Extreme' In Missoula County

14 hours ago
Missoula County's Fire Danger is now "extreme"
Josh Burnham

Officials have bumped the fire danger rating to "extreme" in Missoula County following a record-breaking heat wave and forecasts calling for hot, dry conditions to continue through the holiday weekend.

Evening Newscast 06-29-15

Jun 29, 2015
Josh Burnham

On tonight's evening newscast: New state data show that one in eight elementary schools in Montana have vaccination rates that are too low to ensure immunity from outbreaks of measles or whooping cough.

Montana counties will receive nearly $27 million to compensate for non-taxable federal lands within their boundaries.

Montana is one of the 13 states with independent redistricting commissions that the U.S. Supreme Court has upheld.

State wildlife officials killed two young bighorn rams after they were spotted near domestic sheep south of Malta, more than 20 miles from two nearby bighorn herds.

A man doing some fencing work in the Crazy Mountains found items belonging to a 38-year-old Bozeman man who went missing during an elk hunt last September.

On the eve of William Marcus' retirement from Montana Public Radio, enjoy some of the radio stories William produced for National Public Radio in the 1980s and 1990s.

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