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Missoula, MT, United States

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Past articles by Heidi:

Glacier Gateway fourth grader headed to prestigious STEM forum

A national youth leadership forum has chosen a Columbia Falls fourth grader to join a prestigious event in Denver. The National Youth Leadership Forum: Pathways to STEM has chosen Ryder Tucker, of Glacier Gateway Elementary, to take part in a forum next month. "I normally do engineering, like taking apart all sorts of kinds of things and putting them back together," Ryder said. "I do technology… → Read More

Flights run on time amid word of a possible walk out at Missoula's airport

Missoula International Airport officials tell NBC Montana all flights are coming in and out on time. Brian Ellestad is the new director at the Missoula International Airport. He says enough workers are on hand, doing all the needed duties for planes to take off and land properly, and he sees no demonstrations going on at the airport. Ellestad is aware of a post circulating about Unifi workers… → Read More

Illegal dumping on tribal land increases, along with environmental impact, cleanup costs

Each year the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes see more illegal dumping. Natural Resources Director Rich Janssen says the dumping damages the environment and waterways. It also impacts the tribe's budget. "In the last couple of years, we've seen an influx of refrigerators," Janssen said. "We see a lot of them coming in from south of us. → Read More

Police activity reported west of Reserve Street in Missoula

Missoula officials confirm police activity west of Reserve Street. Missoula Police Public Information Officer, Travis Welsh, tells NBC Montana local officers conducted a search warrant. This was to assist Mono County, California authorities in a case there. Welsh confirms officers were on the 4800 block of Monticello Place. NBC Montana is contacting authorities in Mono County to confirm any… → Read More

Law enforcement activity shuts down Highway 200 in Lewis & Clark County

The Lewis and Clark County Sheriff's office just provided the following emergency alert to NBC Montana:**EMERGENCY MESSAGE**Residents near the 6300 block of Highway 200 in Lincoln are asked to shelter in place due to ongoing law enforcement operations. Stay indoors and refrain from exiting your home until the sheriff has determined the situation is safe to do so. Highway 200 has been closed to… → Read More

Drummond schools announce death of child in house fire

The Drummond Public School District is releasing a letter to families announcing the death of a student. In it, administrators say a child died Thursday morning in a house fire. The district says it has met with students to tell them the facts in age-appropriate ways. Counselors are on hand to help any students and staff members. The letter indicates the school district, the Red Cross and… → Read More

Missoula City Council passes ban on sale of flavored tobacco products

The Missoula City Council approved a ban on the sale of flavored vaping products Monday night. The proposal to regulate tobacco sales and prohibit the sale of flavored tobacco products was moved and seconded during the meeting. A vote last night approved the measures eight to four. The ordinance will restrict tobacco product displays. During the public comment portion of the meeting, many spoke… → Read More

Alert issued for large bear on University of Montana campus

University of Montana Police sent an alert out at 11:30 Tuesday night, that a large bear had been spotted at about 11:10 p. m. near the University Center. It was in the area of the Prescott House. Officers ask everybody to stay clear of the area. Fish, Wildlife and Parks officials have been notified. You're asked to call 911 immediately if you encounter this bear. Officials remind the public… → Read More

Missing persons advisory issued for 14-year-old Montana girl

NBC Montana received thisMissing Endangered Person Advisory just after 2:00 a. m. Thursday. Custer County Sheriff Office is requesting a Missing Endangered Person Advisory for Serenity Rae Wilson, 14 yr old white female, brown hair, blue eyes, 5ft 3 inch, 103 pounds. Last contact was made with Serenity via text message at 4pm n in Miles City on November 3rd, 2020. Serenity was wearing black… → Read More

Elsie Arntzen wins second term as Montana Superintendent of Public Instruction

Republican Elsie Arntzen has won a second term as Montana Superintendent of Public Instruction. On Wednesday morning, the democratic candidate conceded through a message on Facebook. Melissa Romano wrote the following message. I want to extend a huge thanks to everyone who believed in this campaign - your support means the world to me and each of you made this fight worth it. This race was about… → Read More

Highway 28 reopens northwest of Polson, after wildfire cuts visibility

Highway 28 northwest of Big Arm and near Elmo is open again. Officers shut all lanes down when smoke from a new wildfire dropped visibility. Emergency calls started coming into Lake County first responders at about 6:00 p. m. Tuesday. Responders say strong wind gusts quickly spread the fire. It was difficult to estimate the size of the fire after night fell, but firefighters know it covers at… → Read More

Mountain lion spotted in residential yard east of Missoula

A resident called emergency responders , saying a mountain lion was not leaving the yard of his home Friday morning. The call came in around 2:30 a. m. NBC Montana spoke to a deputy on the phone, while he was searching the Bonner-West Riverside area for the mountain lion. The deputy says officers are looking around the Sunset Pines Court area. → Read More

Emergency teams respond to calls of a residential structure fire in Missoula

NBC Montana is working to confirm details of emergency calls describing a residential structure fire. Our live weather cameras show emergency vehicle lights on the south side of Missoula. Emergency calls began to go out to local agencies at 4:03 a. m. Wednesday. Police initially closed off streets in the area. Our reporter on the scene sees emergency vehicles near West Foothills Drive. NBC… → Read More

Infrared flight detects 102 acres of growth on Bear Creek Fire

An infrared flight overnight found the fire outside Dillon has grown 102 acres since Tuesday's estimation. The fire on the state line with Idaho now covers7,543 Acres. On this Weather Alert Day, commanders on the fire lines are concerned about winds reaching 30 mph, but also the topography shifting these gusts and making them hard to predict. The infrared flight detected areas of intense heat on… → Read More

Wildfire near Dillon grows by more than 440 acres

New maps the National Forest Service is using to plan today's fire attack show that the Bear Creek Fire has grown to 7,442 acres. This is 442 acres of growth from NBC Montana's latest update at 10:00 p. m. Monday night. The maps say an infrared flight went out over the fire in the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest overnight. A new heat source map indicates there is intense heat in a number of… → Read More

Overnight infrared flight shows growth on Bear Creek Fire

A new report out Monday morning shows that an infrared flight went over the fire outside Dillon overnight. The heat technology shows the Bear Creek Fire has grown to 6336 acres. The last report had the fire covering at least 6,100 acres. → Read More

Fatal accident reported on Highway 93, north of Kalispell

The Montana Highway Patrol is reporting a fatal crash. Troopers say a passenger car lost control just north of Olney, overcorrected, and left the roadway twice. The location is at mile marker 153. Troopers say one man was not wearing a seatbelt and was partially ejected. Olney Fire and Ambulance was dispatched to the accident at 3:33 a. m. Friday, and asking the public to keep the family and… → Read More

West Babcock closes for water line upgrades in Bozeman

Construction gets underway Wednesday on West Babcock Street between South 19th Avenue and South 15th Avenue . The following is a press release explaining details of the project. This portion of street will be closed to through traffic, and West Babcock will be closed to all traffic from addresses 1612 West Babcock to 1704 West Babcock. Signage will be in place on South 19th Avenue and South 15th… → Read More

New wildfire burns out of control west of Polson

NBC Montana is receiving viewer pictures of a new wildfire breaking out west of Polson. Lin Westphal snapped these photos of a new fire west of the family's ranch in Valley View in the Polson area. A post on the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes Division of Fire notes a new fire burning 10 miles southwest of Polson, along the Flathead River. Tribal fire authorities say reports began coming… → Read More

Overnight fire breaks out in residential structures in Polson

Polson police and Lake County Sheriff's officials confirm no injuries in an overnight fire. Polson Police Sergeant George Simpson tells NBC Montana first responders rushed to a fire on 7th Street East around 11:00 p. m. Wednesday. Simpson, and dispatchers for the Lake County Sheriff's Office confirm that nobody was inside a trailer, RV and tent involved. There are no injuries. City and rural… → Read More