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The Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation has launched an initiative to update the state's water plan.

Sally Mauk

Western Montana's fire danger is back to a "low" rating, there's been plenty of rain recently - even some high-elevation snow in western Montana. The 2013 fire season is essentially behind us.

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A public hearing will be held later this month before the Missoula City Council on a proposed ordinance that would give Mayor John Engen authority to open negotiations with The Carlyle Group to purchase Mountain Water Company.

Carlyle, a global alternative asset manager, purchased Mountain Water about two years ago, with the stipulation the city of Missoula would get the first shot at buying the utility if it ever went up for sale.

In this feature interview with Edward O'Brien, Engen explains why he thinks it's important to pursue this discussion - and why now.

Individuals and groups looking for health insurance will - starting tomorrow - have another alternative at their disposal.

The national organization "Dress for Success" says it's helped hundreds of thousands of economically disadvantaged women from around the world in their job searches.

Solutions from the Land

"Solutions from the Land Dialogue" Project Coordinator, Ernie Shea, says land managers are increasingly exploring the potential of using their lands in a more sustainable way.

This from the Montana DNRC:

The Evacuation Order for residents on Oral Zumwalt Way and throughout the Upper Trails End Road area has been lifted. Residents can now return to their homes. These roads and other roads in the area are only open to residents and firefighters.

 

New information from the DNRC (11:27):

Danny Dauterive

An evacuation has been ordered for residents living on Oral

Zumwalt Way, southeast of Miller Creek Road, east of Lolo and east of the Bitterroot River. The fire is approximately 50 acres and being pushed by gusty winds. Firefighting resources are arriving on the scene and beginning to suppress the fire. Nonresidents are asked to not use Upper or Lower Miller Creek Roads at this time so fire equipment can get in and residents on Oral Zumwalt Way can safely leave. More information will be out as soon as it is available...

NIAID/RML

U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases scientists say a drug combination may prove useful in treating an emerging respiratory virus that's proven fatal outside the United States.

University of Montana

The University of Montana's Legal Counsel presented a campus lecture today examining Title IX's impact in America over the last four decades.

The Montana Department of Livestock has confirmed several new cases of West Nile virus in Montana horses over the past week.

The History Press

Beer lovers have no shortage of choice in Montana.

Institute of Tourism and Recreation Research

Most people visiting Montana - and who chose to participate in a recent survey - seem to have overwhelmingly positive comments about their experience here.

Sally Mauk

MTPR News Director Sally Mauk was given a tour of the Lolo Creek Complex today.  Here are  few shots she's sent back to us...

Sally Mauk

At Lolo Elementary School lower gymnasium at 8 pm.

From the Montana Department of Transportation, this is an alert for travelers on US-12 south of Missoula between Lolo and the Idaho State Line on Thursday August 22, 2013 at 11:00 am

The road is closed from Graves Creek at milepost 16 to the junction with US 93 at Lolo due to wildfires. The duration of the closure is unknown at this time.

Edward O'Brien

Planned Parenthood of Montana's new President and C-E-O, Martha Stahl, says she's a natural fit for the organization.

This just released from the Lolo Creek Complex public information officers:

  Incident commanders have evaluated opening Highway 12 to escort traffic through and into the fire area and determined there are still too many hazards in the area of the Lolo Creek Complex. The decision will be evaluated again at 5pm. Safety of the public and firefighters continues to be the top priority.

Sally Mauk

This just in: The Montana Red Cross has opened a shelter at Christ the King Church, 1400 Gerald Avenue in Missoula to accommodate evacuees of both the Industry Street hazmat emergency and the Lolo wildfire. The Lolo School is also  serving as a shelter for Highway 12 evacuees.

This just in From the Lolo National Forest:

A planned public meeting for tonight at Travelers Rest State Park has been cancelled due to ongoing emergency fire operations and evacuations. Residents should come to the Lolo Super Stop for fire information until 9 P.M. tonight

 

Highway 12 is now closed beginning at the junction of Highway 93. Residents are being allowed to access the area.

 

 

Missoula County Office of Emergency Services has established a hotline for landowners and residents in the fire area.

Sally Mauk

Fire, law enforcement, and emergency management officials will meet with the public tonight at 6 P.M. to brief them on the West Fork Two Fire.

 

Time: 6 P.M.

Location: Traveler’s Rest State Park, Lolo

 

The West Fork Two Fire is approximately 2,000 acres at this time.

 

Missoula County Office of Emergency Services has established a hotline for landowners and residents in the fire area.

Hotline number: 406 258-4636

Sally Mauk

Breaking: Highway 12, from the intersection of Highway 93 South to Lolo Pass is now CLOSED.

The American Cancer Society's non-profit advocacy affiliate has released a report outlining how Montana legislative activity affects cancer prevention outcomes.

Sussex School

The director of a private Missoula K-8 school attended a training seminar last month at U-C Berkeley to learn more about teaching "social-emotional learning skills".

climate911.org

Doctor Wendy Ring is bicycling across the country, speaking to various groups about the impacts of climate change.

Edward O'Brien

Missoula County Fairgrounds has a new director and his name is Todd Garrett. Garrett will replace Steve Earle who, earlier this year, announced his retirement plans.
      Garrett and his family currently live in Whitefish. He's a University of Montana grad who earned a degree in Recreation Management. Garrett says many people mistakenly assume that's a discipline rooted in fun and games, when in fact, he says he learned critically important management and communication skills.

University of California, San Francisco

Over 300 health professionals, advocates and

Mike Steinberg

Missoula's Roxy Theater has served as the headquarters of the International Wildlife Film Festival for several years.

Seeds to Cities/Adventure Cycling

Three young women are bicycling from California to New York this summer gathering information about seeds; meeting people who produce and save seeds, traditions that revolve around seeds and local agriculture.

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