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CHS staff said they will  continue collecting feed donations for those affected by the Lodgepole Complex Fire. CHS staff said they will continue collecting feed donations for those affected by the Lodgepole Complex Fire.

CHS Nutrition, Clients Gather 100+ Tons of Donated Feed for Lodgepole Complex Fire Video included

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CHS Nutrition staff said volunteers will drive four semi trucks filled with more than 130 tons of donated feed to the area on Saturday.

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Pet & Doll Parade in Great Falls (video + photos) Video included

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Children and pets of all sizes turned out for the parade in downtown Great Falls.

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Devastating drought worsens for the 10th week in a row Video included

Drought Monitor - updated July 27, 2017 Drought Monitor - updated July 27, 2017
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The latest U.S. Drought Monitor, released on Thursday morning, reveals nearly half the state is now experiencing a drought.

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"RikisRide" brings former MTV host to Great Falls Video included

Riki Rachtman, the former host of MTV's "Headbangers Ball," paid a visit to the Sip 'N Dip Lounge in Great Falls Riki Rachtman, the former host of MTV's "Headbangers Ball," paid a visit to the Sip 'N Dip Lounge in Great Falls
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Riki Rachtman, the former host of MTV's "Headbangers Ball," paid a visit to the Sip 'N Dip Lounge.

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Calumet refinery investigating possible small leak in the Missouri River Video included

Officials at the Calumet refinery in Great Falls are investigating a possible small leak in the Missouri River. Officials at the Calumet refinery in Great Falls are investigating a possible small leak in the Missouri River.
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Calumet employees collected a sample and are testing it to identify the material. 

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819th RED HORSE conducts training exercise near Augusta Video included

819th RED HORSE conducts training exercise near Augusta 819th RED HORSE conducts training exercise near Augusta
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The airmen found out about the exercise on Monday and only had 72 hours to prepare. 

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Number of wildfires is increasing year-to-year

Number of wildfires is increasing Number of wildfires is increasing
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Higher temperatures from increasing greenhouse gases are making conditions more conducive for the spread of fires.

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Donations wanted to help build new West Bank Park playground

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Great Falls' Park and Recreation is asking for donations to help build a new playground at West Bank Park.

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Montana Medicaid care-providers sound off against proposed rate cuts Video included

Janessa Hendon of Consumer Direct Care Network, Missoula Janessa Hendon of Consumer Direct Care Network, Missoula
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Private providers of care for the elderly, disabled and other low-income clients in Montana blasted a proposed rate cut for their services Thursday, saying it will further undercut already stressed community-based care.  

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Bannack: built on a rough and tumble reputation Video included

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“I think Bannack represents this step back into time,” said Phillips

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Obituary: Mary Ellen Van Tighem

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Mary Ellen Van Tighem, 90, of Great Falls, passed away Tuesday, July 25, 2017 at Grandview Transitional Care.

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Downtown Sidewalk Sale set for Saturday

The streets of downtown Great Falls will serve as store shelves on Saturday during the Sidewalk Sale. The streets of downtown Great Falls will serve as store shelves on Saturday during the Sidewalk Sale.
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The Downtown Great Falls Association is hosting the annual Downtown Sidewalk Sale on Saturday.

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Flash, boom: Be aware of lightning danger when thunderstorms approach Video included

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With summer fully upon us with thunderstorms in the forecast, it’s a good time to remember lightning is a force of nature not to be messed with. “Lightning is extremely hot and believe it or not, the temperature can reach 50,000 degrees Fahrenheit which is hotter than the surface of the sun,” said Keith Jaszka,  a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Great Falls. According to Vaisala, Montana has had 3 deaths due to lightning strikes since 2007. ...

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Evel Knievel Days kicks off in Butte Video included

Butte is getting fired up for the annul "Evel Knievel Days" festival Butte is getting fired up for the annul "Evel Knievel Days" festival
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The event is named for the legendary daredevil and Butte native Evel Knievel

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State approves exploration drilling near Emigrant

Emigrant Gulch sits just south of Chico Hot Springs. (MTN News photo) Emigrant Gulch sits just south of Chico Hot Springs. (MTN News photo)
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This license will allow Lucky Minerals to begin exploring in their St. Julian mine claim block

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Wildland firefighting terms: what do they mean?

July Fire in Phillips County July Fire in Phillips County
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People are seeing references to firefighting terms such as "Type 2" teams and "ICS." But what do they mean?

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KRTV Facebook Page: commenting guidelines

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The KRTV Facebook page is an open forum, but we strive to keep conversations civil, so please keep your comments on topic and in good taste. 

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Montana Supreme Court Justice Mike Wheat retiring

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Montana Supreme Court Justice Mike Wheat plans to retire at the end of this year, creating a vacancy on the seven-member high court.

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Education funding faces cuts across Montana

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In total, SB 261 will reduce school funding by about $19.1 million over the FY 2018-FY 2019 biennium. 

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  • Calumet refinery investigating possible small leak in the Missouri River

    Calumet refinery investigating possible small leak in the Missouri River

    A press release from Calumet says the City of Great Falls notified them at 2:55 p.m. of a sheen on the Missouri River south of the refinery. 

    When Calumet examined the city storm water outfall, oily liquid was found among the "rip raff" under the drain. 

    Calumet has deployed an oil-absorbent boom at the site and is deploying booms in the river. 

    Calumet officials have not yet determined how large the sheen is.

    A press release from Calumet says the City of Great Falls notified them at 2:55 p.m. of a sheen on the Missouri River south of the refinery. 

    When Calumet examined the city storm water outfall, oily liquid was found among the "rip raff" under the drain. 

    Calumet has deployed an oil-absorbent boom at the site and is deploying booms in the river. 

    Calumet officials have not yet determined how large the sheen is.

  • 819th RED HORSE conducts training exercise near Augusta

    819th RED HORSE conducts training exercise near Augusta

    About 100 airmen from Malmstrom Air Force Base headed to the hills near Augusta on Thursday for a training exercise.

    819th RED HORSE Unit Deployment Manager TSgt. Lance Westpfahl says they started planning the exercise July 1st.

    "This is really preparing us for that deployment so when we get out there we know what we are doing. Than everything is quick and efficient," Westpfahl said.

    About 100 airmen from Malmstrom Air Force Base headed to the hills near Augusta on Thursday for a training exercise.

    819th RED HORSE Unit Deployment Manager TSgt. Lance Westpfahl says they started planning the exercise July 1st.

    "This is really preparing us for that deployment so when we get out there we know what we are doing. Than everything is quick and efficient," Westpfahl said.

  • CHS Nutrition gathers over 100 tons of feed for fire

    CHS Nutrition gathers over 100 tons of feed for fire

    CHS Nutrition has gathered more than 130 tons of donated feed for farmers and ranchers affected by the Lodgepole Complex Fire. Volunteers will deliver the materials to the area on Saturday.

    CHS Nutrition has gathered more than 130 tons of donated feed for farmers and ranchers affected by the Lodgepole Complex Fire. Volunteers will deliver the materials to the area on Saturday.

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