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High Temperatures, Low Humidity Raise Wildfire Potential In Parts Of Montana
National Weather Service, Great Falls

Fire potential is expected to increase Friday in parts of north-central and southwest Montana, with temperatures reaching into the upper 90s.

According to the National Weather Service hot temperatures, low humidity, and winds will create critical wildfire conditions, especially along the Highway 2 corridor from Browning to Harlem.

Cindy Smith of Holiday Inn Missoula; Bob-Be Sparks of Holiday Inn Missoula; Helena Mayor Wilmot Collins; Missoula Mayor John Engen; Erica Bouris and Jen Barile, both of IRC, discuss immigration on July 11, 2018 in Missoula.
Maxine Speier

Immigrant populations in Missoula are contributing hundreds of millions of dollars to the local economy each year. At a panel held in Missoula today the mayors of both Missoula and Helena talked about the economic benefits of welcoming refugees and immigrants.

Yellowstone Sees Second-Busiest June On Record

Jul 11, 2018
Tourists at Yellowstone Park's Grand Prismatic Spring.
Jacob W. Frank - National Parks Service (PD)

Yellowstone National Park had its second busiest June on record this year. In a statement from the U.S. Department of the Interior, park officials say 810,884 people visited the park last month, up slightly from June 2017.

Neptune Aviation air tanker drops retardant on a fire.
Steve Whitby/Neptune Aviation

Summer’s barely a month old, but a Missoula aviation and air tanker company is already running at full tilt.

“Neptune Aviation is incredibly busy right now,” says Neptune Aviation spokesman Kevin Condit. “We’re really flying a lot of fires in a lot of different states. We’re everywhere from Colorado to California and in between. It’s been a busy fire season so far.”

The Montana Board of Investments is searching for a new executive director to lead the management of roughly $18 billion in pension funds, state insurance reserves, and other government assets. The four finalists for the job are being interviewed this week.

The investment board’s current Executive Director David Ewer is retiring this September, after taking on the position in 2011.

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