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Past articles by Maritsa:

Infrared maps show Robertson Draw Fire now 20,000 acres in size

Overnight infrared maps show the Robertson Draw Fire burning near Red Lodge exploded to 20,436 acres. The fire was estimated to be 2,000 acres in size Tuesday, and the overnight flight was the first infrared mapping on the fire. The log’s interpretation of the Robertson Draw Fire says they noted intense heat “throughout much of the perimeter, particular the western part and along the edges and… → Read More

Data shows dramatic increase in median sales prices for homes in May

New real estate data for the month of May shows an increasingly competitive market in western Montana. New Multiple Listing Service data shows the median sales price in Missoula increased 41% from May 2020 to May 2021, up to $449,338. The number of sales dropped from 118 in 2020 to 102 in 2021. In Butte, the homes sold nearly doubled to 29 this May from 15 last May. The median sales price jumped… → Read More

Dillon man arrested at airport for Capitol siege

Another Montanan faces federal charges related to the U. S. Capitol Siege Jan. 6. New court documents say Isaac Steve Sturgeon of Dillon, Montana was captured on D. C. Metropolitan Police Department body cameras Jan. 6, wearing a green jacket, green scar, grey knit hat and dark backpack. The charging documents say Sturgeon and a group of others “picked up a metal police barricade and shoved the… → Read More

Health official says U.K. variant detected in Montana

Montana joins a list of 46 other states with confirmed cases of the U. K. variant of COVID-19. A local public health official told NBC Montana Wednesday afternoon that three cases were detected in the state, but did not know in which counties. We reached out to the Department of Public Health and Human Services to confirm which counties the variants were discovered, but have not yet received a… → Read More

Congressional delegation weighs in on relief bill threats, NDAA veto

Montana’s Congressional delegation is weighing in on two blows to bipartisan legislation passed before the holiday recess. On Tuesday, President Donald Trump threatened to send back the massive package containing the spending bill and the second COVID-19 relief bill. He told lawmakers to “get rid of the wasteful and unnecessary items from this legislation and to send me a suitable bill,” saying… → Read More

Woman tests positive for COVID-19 at Kalispell assisted living facility

A senior living community in Kalispell confirmed a case of COVID-19 in one of its residents Wednesday afternoon. Immanuel Lutheran Communities received word that a woman in assisted living at Buffalo Hill Terrace tested positive and is in isolation. A press release says she is stable and resting comfortably. Immanuel Lutheran Communities’ CEO says they responded immediately and are working with… → Read More

Yellowstone Co. announces 2 more deaths from COVID-19

Yellowstone County's public health department reported two additional COVID-19 related deaths Tuesday morning. A woman in her 80s, who had lived at Canyon Creek Memory Care, died Monday, July 13. An outbreak at that facility is responsible for 91 cases of COVID-19. Another woman in her 80s passed away July 12. She lived at MorningStar Senior Living. Yellowstone County reported another 32 new… → Read More

Anti-Trump Republican PAC to spend more than $1M backing Bullock

The race between Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock and incumbent Republican Sen. Steve Daines for his U. S. Senate seat is heating up, with some major ad buys from outside Political Action Committees. Advertising Analytics shows outside spending groups have already reserved more than $30 million in the race that’s now considered a toss-up by the Cook Political Report. → Read More

Mythical or mysterious -- search for Bigfoot alive among Montana believers

On any given day in a forest in the Pacific Northwest, you can find people searching for proof of a mysterious creature. “Yes, I do believe in Bigfoot. ” That’s what Joe Hauser told us on a late summer day at the Montana Vortex and House of Mystery outside Glacier National Park. Hauser walks the grounds every day. He bought the property to study the electromagnetic anomaly. He’s the first to… → Read More

Organizers hope to put on 2nd music festival in Whitefish

Organizers of the first Under the Big Sky music festival are calling it a success, and they hope to come back again. Some 15,000 people sold out the two-day festival this weekend, packing onto a ranch near Whitefish. It offered 28 different musical acts, including Dwight Yoakam and Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats. They also featured several Montana groups. Festival organizers say they… → Read More

Shooting marks another tragedy for Montana Highway Patrol

Shooting marks another tragedy for Montana Highway Patrol. NBC Montana is still waiting to hear the full extent of Trooper Wade Palmer’s injuries after prosecutors say Johnathan Bertsch gunned him down early Friday morning. The Montana Highway Patrol is a tight-knit family, and the agency is no stranger to heartache. Trooper Wade Palmer (Photo: Montana Highway Patrol) In 84 years of the patrol,… → Read More

Fatal shooting in Lake Co. under investigation

The Lake County Sheriff's office is investigating a fatal shooting that happened in Pablo just before 10 p. m. Thursday. Lake County Sheriff Don Bell says someone called 911 to report the shooting on Division Street. In a release, he says CS&KT Tribal Police, Montana Highway Patrol troopers and Lake County Sheriff's officers responded to find a male who had been shot several times. The victim… → Read More

2 safe after multiple avalanches in Flathead Valley

Two people are safe after two separate avalanches in the Flathead Valley Wednesday. The first happened in the Whitefish Range where a skier caught and carried a 3-foot by 300-foot slab. It ran about 1,200 feet near Red Meadow. A snowboarder triggered the second slide near the Whitefish Mountain Resort. People reported hearing other slides near Graves Creek to the Friends of the Flathead… → Read More

Border security compromise could come from western Montana

The president predicts failure, the house speaker digs her heels in, and we're 15 days away from another government shutdown over a border wall. But what if a bipartisan compromise could be found in western Montana? That's what we found out during our time in Washington, D. C. , going Beyond the Podium. The battle rages on in the fight for border security, but there's technology 2,200 miles away… → Read More

Crash blocks westbound I-90 near Missoula

The westbound lanes of Interstate 90 are totally blocked near mile marker 100 because of a car crash. The details are unknown at this time, but NBC Montana has a photographer on the scene. Stay with us as we get further updates. → Read More

Snow temporarily closes Logan Pass area

A fresh snowfall overnight Saturday prompted Glacier National Park officials to close Going-to-the-Sun Road between Avalanche Creek and Jackson Glacier Overlook. Park officials warn winter weather may impact other park roads over the next 24 hours. Park officials sent a press release Saturday that said winter-like weather created hazardous driving conditions like black ice, accumulating snow and… → Read More

Tourist describes narrow escape from Glacier Park wildfire

A story of survival in Glacier National Park is grabbing attention tonight. It shows just how fast a wildfire can spread and how deadly they can be. You'll want to see this over and over. Justin Bilton and his dad just arrived in Glacier Park Aug. 11 for a → Read More

Evacuation warning for fire in Madison County

The Monument Fire prompted the Madison County Sheriff's Office to issue evacuation warnings for residents near the Ruby Creek Drainage of the Gravelly Mountains south of Ennis. It's now burned through approximately 2,000 acres. Fire and law enforcement off → Read More

Davis Fire quadruples in size overnight

The Davis Fire burning in northwestern Montana exploded overnight, more than quadrupling in size. The fire has now crossed into Canada and fire bosses are coming up with a new plan. The fire grew from 385 acres to almost 1,600 acres in one day. It's burnin → Read More

Body of missing Flathead woman found in pond

The Flathead County Sheriff says his officers found the body of Alex Beltran, 23, a Whitefish woman who's been missing since July 16.A resident on the west edge of Kalispell reported what he thought was a vehicle in the pond on his property.The Flathead Co → Read More