KRTV News KRTV News en-us Copyright 2014, All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Mon, 20 Oct 2014 21:10:10 GMT Synapse CMS 10 144 25 ZooMontana wolves quarantined after child reportedly bitten KRTV News Mon, 20 Oct 2014 2:50:25 PM MTN News - Billings ZooMontana wolves quarantined after child reportedly bitten

BILLINGS -- ZooMontana officials said that a child was bitten by one of two wolves at the zoo on Sunday afternoon.

ZooMontana director Jeff Ewelt said in a press release on Monday that details of the incident are few, and it is believed the child that was bitten is 3 years old.

"It is also unknown how the child was able to scale a secondary fence, giving the child access to the main exhibit fence," Ewelt stated. "Due to the design of the exhibit and its fencing, a person would either have to scale or be lifted over the fence to gain access to the main exhibit."

ZooMontana was not made aware of the bite until later in the afternoon by a phone call from the clinic where the victim was being treated.

ZooMontana was told the wound is not severe and is being treated as a minor dog bite, according to the press release.

In accordance with Yellowstone County Animal Control protocol, both ZooMontana wolves will be placed under quarantine for 10 days.

Zoo guests will not have access to the wolf habitat during these 10 days.

Ewelt said that he is troubled by the incident.

"First and foremost, I want to be sure the child is okay," he said. "After this has been established we need to get down to the root of the issue. Was this an unfortunate decision by a guest, or is there something we can do better to ensure the safest measures are in place?"

Ewelt added that all appropriate agencies have been contacted to ensure the proper steps are taken.

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Grant will help visual learners at Foothills Community Christian School KRTV News Mon, 20 Oct 2014 1:35:20 PM DaVonté McKenith Grant will help visual learners at Foothills Community Christian School

GREAT FALLS - First Interstate Bank employee Michelle Carmicheal and KRTV presented fourth-grade teacher Alyssa Holland with a $250 check that will benefit her classroom at Foothills Community Christian School.

"Kids are so visual and they need to be able to see more exactly what I am doing and what I expect of them; and so, it's going to make a world of difference," said Holland.

Holland plans to purchase a document camera which will allow students to see how she expects work to be completed.

"We did latitude and longitude, and it was so hard because I couldn't display it on my whiteboard. Now, I can use my document camera to show them when we're plotting it out, this is how you find those places," stated Holland.

Holland also says 4th grade is a crucial time for students to have the cameras inside their classrooms.

"There are so many new procedures that they learn in 4th grade, and it's not enough to draw it out on a white board," said Holland. "So many of those new procedures - they've never seen before. It's going to be so helpful for them to actually visualize it instead of telling them what it should like. I can show them an example this is exactly what I want it to look like."

For 4th-grade student Makenna, she knows the document camera will be a great help with her favorite subject.

"I like the human body and it's really interesting. I really like to look at the chemicals and stuff like that; chemistry is really fun."

Holland says the camera will be a huge help in helping her students understand how to label papers to showing students how to write in assignment books. 

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Loma man identified in fatal crash KRTV News Mon, 20 Oct 2014 1:28:57 PM KRTV Loma man identified in fatal crash

GREAT FALLS -- The man who died in a crash on Highway 87 at mile marker 5 on Monday has been identified as 48-year old Joe Bramlette of Loma.

The Cascade County Sheriff's Office says that Bramlette was not wearing his seatbelt and died at the scene from injuries he received after being thrown from the vehicle.

According to the Montana Highway Patrol, the crash happened at around 1 a.m. as Bramlette was driving west when he failed to negotiate a right-hand curve.

Authorities say that Bramlett then crossed both the center and left-hand shoulder fog lines; he over-corrected, steering to the right and back to the left, before entering a broadside skid and rolling about three times.

The SUV came to rest on its wheels in the right-side ditch.

It is unknown if alcohol was a factor; speed was not.

The Montana Highway Patrol is continuing to investigate the crash.



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Latest news about Ebola - Mon Oct 20 KRTV News Mon, 20 Oct 2014 1:18:38 PM Holly Yan and Ashley Fantz - CNN Latest news about Ebola - Mon Oct 20

(CNN) -- Forty-three people who came into contact with Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan are now officially cleared after not demonstrating any symptoms during a 21-day monitoring period, Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins said Monday.

One more will be cleared later Monday, and four others will complete their 21-day monitoring period soon, he said.

"Thankfully, they are all asymptomatic, and it looks like none of them will get Ebola," said Jenkins, who is overseeing response efforts in Dallas.

Texas officials' conflicting numbers

The news conflicted with information Jenkins provided to CNN on Sunday indicating that all 48 people would be cleared at midnight.

Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings also provided numbers that conflicted with Jenkins' information from Sunday. Jenkins told CNN that in addition to the 48 people whose quarantine was ending Monday, there were 75 health workers being monitored.

Rawlings said 120 people were still being monitored. It was unclear how he came up with that total.

Among those in the clear is Duncan's fiancée, Louise Troh. Monday marks the 21st day since her last contact with Duncan, who was the first person to die of the disease in the United States.

"We are so happy this is coming to an end, and we are so grateful that none of us has shown any sign of illness," Troh said in a statement Sunday. "We have lost so much, but we have our lives and we have our faith in God, which always gives us hope."

Texas nurses Nina Pham and Amber Vinson, who helped care for Duncan, remain hospitalized as they battle the virus. Pham is in stable condition at a National Institutes of Health facility in Bethesda, Maryland, according to Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Vinson is at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta. Her family has not given permission to make her condition public.

While there are signs of hope in the United States and at least one more country in West Africa -- Nigeria was declared Ebola-free Monday, following an announcement that Senegal is rid of the virus -- Ebola is still spreading rapidly in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, health officials report.

More than 4,500 people have died from the virus in West Africa, according to the World Health Organization, which said the region is still suffering from "widespread and intense transmission" because patients don't have access to adequate health care. There's a social crisis, too. Orphans of victims are often abandoned, their relatives terrified of taking them in.

Here's the latest about the virus from around the world:

Ebola czar begins work this week

Ron Klain, the former chief of staff to two vice U.S. presidents who has been tapped as the Obama administration's "Ebola czar," will begin his new duties Wednesday, White House press secretary Josh Earnest said.

Klain is highly regarded at the White House as a good manager with excellent relationships both in the administration and on Capitol Hill. His supervision of the allocation of funds in the stimulus -- at the time an incredible and complicated government undertaking -- is respected in Washington. He does not have any extensive background in health care -- something many Republicans seized on -- but the job is regarded as a managerial challenge.

"He's strong. He's very tough," said CNN political analyst David Gergen. "It's important in this job to be a coordinator; you have to knock heads together. He's tough enough to do that."

A former chief of staff to Vice President Joe Biden and also to former Vice President Al Gore, Klain is president of Case Holdings and general counsel of Revolution, an investment group. He has clerked for the U.S. Supreme Court and headed up Gore's effort during the 2000 Florida recount.

Nigeria: Ebola is gone

Nigeria was thrust in the Ebola spotlight in July after an infected air traveler introduced the virus to Lagos. The case spurred fears that the disease would spread across the city of 21 million and throughout Africa's most populous country.

In the end, Nigeria confirmed 19 Ebola cases, including seven deaths.

The World Health Organization said an aggressive government response and effective contact tracing helped keep the virus in check.

"This is a spectacular success story that shows that Ebola can be contained," WHO said Monday.

"Such a story can help the many other developing countries that are deeply worried by the prospect of an imported Ebola case," it said. "Many wealthy countries, with outstanding health systems, may have something to learn as well."

Nigerian health officials reached 100% of known contacts in Lagos and 99.8% at the second outbreak site in Port Harcourt, WHO said.

And unlike in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone -- the combined epicenter of the outbreak -- all identified contacts in Nigeria were physically monitored every day for 21 days, the agency said.

The few who tried to escape the monitoring system were tracked down and returned to finish their required monitoring period.

For WHO to declare an Ebola outbreak over, a country must pass 42 days with active surveillance in place, supported by good diagnostic capacity, and with no new cases detected, the agency said.

The 42-day period is also twice the maximum incubation period for Ebola.

Doctors Without Borders: Worker has recovered

A worker with the international organization Doctors Without Borders announced Monday that a staffer in Norway who contracted Ebola in West Africa and was treated in Europe is now free of the virus.

He has been discharged from care, according to Doctors Without Borders' London office.

The organization is not releasing any more information, including the staffer's name or plans, citing patient confidentiality.

Spain: Nurse's aide free of Ebola

Teresa Romero Ramos, who had contracted Ebola after caring for a patient with the deadly disease, is now free of the virus, Spain's Special Ebola Committee said Sunday.

A third test came back negative after two earlier tests showed the levels of Ebola in her system were almost nil. Romero has recovered enough to produce antibodies, virus expert Luis Enjuanes told CNN.

But she'll stay in the hospital for days, possibly a few weeks, to recover, Enjuanes said.

U.N. worker dies

An employee with the United Nations' entity for gender equality, U.N. Women, died over the weekend from Ebola, spokesman Stephane Dujarric said Monday. The staffer worked for the organization in Sierra Leone, and the worker's spouse is receiving treatment for the virus, according to Dujarric.

-- CNN's Al Goodman, Joshua Berlinger, Eliott C. McLaughlin and Bharati Naik contributed to this report.

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Great Falls hosts "Party In Pink" Zumbathon KRTV News Mon, 20 Oct 2014 12:55:29 PM KRTV Great Falls hosts

GREAT FALLS -- More than two dozen people turned out for the "Party In Pink" Zumbathon event at the Community Recreation Center in Great Falls on Saturday.

Instructors from Helena, Great Falls, and Boulder came together for the event.

The Zumba organization has been hosting events like this worldwide for the past four years.

More than $4 million dollars has been raised with the "Party In Pink" events.

The focus is on breast cancer prevention, and promoting getting breast exams sooner.

Access Fitness instructor Catie Ruffini explained, "The money we are raising goes to the research. Breast cancer is very common in women, it's also common in men. And so everything we can do to help raise awareness and bring funding to the research, because it's very expensive. This will help increase life expectancy and cure rates for this."

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Overnight crowd welcomes Buffalo Wild Wings to Great Falls KRTV News Mon, 20 Oct 2014 12:24:15 PM DaVonté McKenith, David Sherman Overnight crowd welcomes Buffalo Wild Wings to Great Falls

GREAT FALLS -- Buffalo Wild Wings is now open in Great Falls, and scores of people lined up overnight to be among the first to get in the door of the new restaurant.

People began lining up as early as Sunday afternoon, and the overnight atmosphere was jovial and light-hearted, as some people curled up with a book on a lawn chair, while others passed the time with board games.

The first 100 people through the door when it opened at 11 a.m. on Monday received a coupon book with 52 vouchers for an order of snack-sized wings - one order for every week of the year.

The restaurant began hiring several weeks ago, and the new employees -- more than 100 -- have been training in the lead-up to Monday's grand opening.

A "soft" opening event was held on Friday night, with dozens of people checking out the food and drink by invitation only.

The Great Falls Buffalo Wild Wings is located at 117 Northwest Bypass; it will be open Sunday - Thursdays from 11 a.m until midnight, and Fridays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. until 1 a.m.

The announcement of the new restaurant was made in January 2014. There are several other location in Montana -- Billings, Bozeman, Helena, and Missoula.

The restaurant chain began in 1982 in Columbus, Ohio, and now has more than 900 locations, boasting that it specializes in "Wings. Beer. Sports."

Here is some video of the wings-ready crowd at about 2:30 a.m.


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Halloween in Great Falls: Safety Tips and Events KRTV News Mon, 20 Oct 2014 11:31:58 AM KRTV Halloween in Great Falls: Safety Tips and Events

Halloween can be a scary time of year, but officials want to make sure the scares are fun and safe for everyone. 

One of those ways is participating in a safe environment trick or treat event (scroll down or click here for list of events), but if parents and their kids still want to trick-or-treat going door to door, police also say to be mindful of traffic safety and being visible at night.

The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety says Halloween is the deadliest night for pedestrians, and offered these safety tips:

- Decorate costumes and treat bags with reflective tape or glow sticks to be more visible to motorists

- Use non-toxic face paint instead of masks to keep vision unobstructed

- Never cross the street mid-block or between parked cars

- Have parents accompany kids at least until the age of 12 and making sure older kids travel in groups

GFPD also cautions that parents should check the Sexual & Violent Offender Registry to find out if any of the houses on their planned route are home to any sexual offenders. Click here to learn more and search the registry.


Downtown Great Falls will host its annual "Downtown Safe Trick or Treat." Participating businesses will have a sign in their windows that read "Downtown Safe Trick or Treat" and hand out candy for trick or treaters. Most are along Central Avenue, with several participating businesses on 1st Avenue North and 1st Avenue South. The event runs from 3:30 p.m. until 5 p.m. on Friday, October 31st.

Sparkettes of Montana is hosting a Haunted Hayride behind the Agri-Village center at 4800 10th Avenue South. Prices are: $10 for adults, $8 for students, $5 for 10 and under, and $25 for a family pack of four. Make sure to bring a can of food for each person that plans on being scared for donation. Click here for more information.

The University of Great Falls will hosts its annual "Spook-A-Roo" from 5 pm until 7:30 pm in the UGF Student Center. Student clubs will offer activities throughout the night, including carnival-style games (with prizes), a cake walk, pumpkin bowling, a photo booth, and more. Hot chocolate and s'mores will be served. Families are also welcome to trick-or-treat with children in Emilie Hall, the University's freshman residence hall. This event is free to the public, with donations of a non-perishable food item optional.

If you know of any other Halloween events, let us know -- email details to and include date, time, location, price, and general information.

PET SAFETY: While Halloween can be an exciting time for children and adults, the Great Falls Animal Shelter cautions pet owners that it may be more scary than entertaining for your pets.

Officials at the Great Falls Animal Shelter say that Halloween noises, smells, and people in costumes can overwhelm many pets. They provide the following tips:

- Make sure that pets are wearing tags with a current ID. Opening the door repeatedly for trick-or-treaters creates plenty of escape opportunities.

- Keep candy out of pets' reach. Chocolate and other ingredients can be toxic. If you do suspect your pet has ingested something toxic, please call your veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435.

- Keep pets indoors, away from trick-or-treaters and other Halloween activities. Masks and costumes change how people look and smell to a pet, so even familiar people may become frightening.

- If you choose a costume for your pet, forgo masks and make sure costumes are comfortable and do not pose a risk for injury.

- Halloween décor can be dangerous, so keep it safely away from pets. Candle flames can set fire to their fur. Hanging or dangling decorations can be an entanglement or choking hazard.

- Leave your pet at home or in a secure environment when trick-or-treating.

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BOLO Alert - Wanted in Montana: James Edward Schreck KRTV News Mon, 20 Oct 2014 11:16:30 AM US Marshals Service BOLO Alert - Wanted in Montana: James Edward Schreck

BILLINGS - The U.S. Marshals Service has issued a BOLO (Be On the Look-Out) Alert for James Edward Schreck.

Schreck, 31, is wanted for failing to abide by conditions of his sentence for felony criminal endangerment in Cascade County.

According to state prison records, Schreck was sentenced in July 2008 to five years with the Montana Department of Corrections.

If you have information about Schreck, call the U.S. Marshals Service at 406-247-7030, your local law enforcement agency, or 911.

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Senate candidates Curtis and Daines debate on KRTV tonight KRTV News Mon, 20 Oct 2014 10:51:20 AM KRTV Senate candidates Curtis and Daines debate on KRTV tonight

GREAT FALLS -- On Monday night, Amanda Curtis (D) and Steve Daines (R), who are battling to replace John Walsh (D) in the U.S. Senate, will debate in Billings.

The hour-long debate will be broadcast live beginning at 6 p.m. on Montana Television Network stations (including KRTV) and public media outlets Montana PBS, Yellowstone Public Radio, and Montana Public Radio.

Jay Kohn of MTN News will moderate the debate. Debate wrap-up and analysis will be featured on the KRTV 10 p.m. newscast.

MTN political analyst Dr. David Parker with Montana State University says that the political stakes are high for Curtis.

"Amanda Curtis (is) of course behind the eight ball, jumping into the race in August after (Sen. John) Walsh drops out. She had to raise a lot of money, and she's raised $670,000, which is not chump change. She just put up her first TV ad."

"Stakes for her are pretty high. This is one of the few opportunities where she gets to go toe-to-toe with Steve Daines, and she's going to be aggressive. She needs to basically make a lot of points, hold Steve Daines' feet to the fire throughout this debate, so I expect her to jump out of the gate and be very, very aggressive as possible," he added.

"Daines, on the other hand, he's sitting on some polls (which) show a 16 point, 17 point lead. He basically needs to be calm, cool, collected, sound senatorial, I think he's going to go back to a lot of his stump answers, go back to a lot of the themes he's already been talking about in his ads," Parker said.

"I don't think he wants to get into that fray with Amanda Curtis as much as possible. His job is basically to make no mistakes. Don't leave anything out there that can be used in future campaigns going forward. If he plays it calm, cool and collected he will come out of this well. He wants to avoid a sound bite than can be clipped and tossed into a campaign ad," Parker concluded.

A recent poll by Gravis Marketing shows Curtis gaining on Daines, but Daines still holds a 13 point lead among likely voters.

Of those polled, 54% said they would vote for Daines, 41% for Curtis and 5% were undecided.

The poll also indicates that Ryan Zinke (R) is leading John Lewis (D) in the race to replace Daines in the U.S. House of Representatives, showing Zinke with 51% and Lewis with 41%, with 8% of respondents undecided.

Gravis Marketing conducted the random survey of 535 likely registered voters in Montana on September 29-30. The poll carries a margin of error of 4%. Click here to see the complete poll results.

The debate is being sponsored by the Greater Montana Foundation, which works to expand quality broadcasting in Montana.


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Obituary: Sharon E. Mackenstadt KRTV News Mon, 20 Oct 2014 10:39:55 AM Croxford Funeral Home Obituary: Sharon E. Mackenstadt

Sharon E. Mackenstadt, 71 of Great Falls, passed away October 17, 2014 of natural causes.

A memorial service will be held Thursday, October 23 at 10:00am in the Rose Room Chapel at Croxford Funeral Home. Private interment of ashes will take place at Mount Olivet Cemetery at a later date.

Sharon was born February 4, 1943 in Rolla, North Dakota. In 1948 she moved with her family to Chinook, MT where she attended public schools through the eleventh grade. In 1959 she was married to Dale Mackenstadt and the two were later divorced in 1985.

Sharon and her family came to Great Falls in 1967. She waitressed at Borries in Black Eagle from 1976 to 2007 when she retired.

She was a former member of the Uptown Optimists and a lifetime member of the VFW Auxiliary #1087.

Click here to read the complete obituary and share condolences.

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KRTV Morning News - Mon Oct 20 KRTV News Mon, 20 Oct 2014 8:13:25 AM DaVonté McKenith KRTV Morning News - Mon Oct 20

Top stories for the morning of Monday, October 27th, 2014:

- House candidates Zinke (R), Lewis (D), and Fellows (L) faced off in a debate Sunday at Flathead Valley Community College in Kalispell. Click here for more details.

- Tonight, the first, and likely the only televised debate in this year's Montana US Senate race will take place in Billings between Democrat Amanda Curtis and Republican Steve Daines. It will air on KRTV at 6 p.m.

- A late afternoon canoe ride turned into a river rescue after the canoe capsized on the Missouri river Sunday. Click here for more details.

- New data shows the number of abortions are at an all time low in nearly 40 years.

- Alexander Moreno was arrested on Saturday after an early-morning assault on the Montana State University campus. Click here for more details.

- Police in Billings say two 15-year-old boys who allegedly burglarized a home and stole a vehicle were caught after the young driver wrecked the stolen car early Saturday morning. Click here for more details.


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Loma man killed in overnight crash near Belt KRTV News Mon, 20 Oct 2014 4:44:04 AM DaVonté McKenith Loma man killed in overnight crash near Belt

GREAT FALLS -- The Montana Highway Patrol has confirmed one person died Monday morning on Highway 87, near mile marker 5, following a one-vehicle crash.

According to Montana Highway Patrol, around 1 a.m., a 48-year-old Loma man was driving westbound when his vehicle failed to negotiate a right-hand curve.

Authorities say following the failed negotiation, the driver crossed both the center and left-hand shoulder fog lines.

The vehicle then over-corrected, steering to the right and back to the left, before entering a broadside skid and rolling about three times.

The SUV came to rest on its wheels in the right-side ditch.

According to MHP, the male driver was dead on arrival.

It is unknown if alcohol was a factor; speed was not.

The man's name has not yet been released.

We will update you when more information is available.

UPDATE: The man who died in the crash has been identified as 48-year old Joe Bramlette of Loma.

The Cascade County Sheriff's Office says that Bramlette was not wearing his seatbelt and died at the scene from injuries he received after being thrown from the vehicle.


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Lady Argos Basketball Moves to 3-0 KRTV News Sun, 19 Oct 2014 11:08:24 PM Brenna Greene Lady Argos Basketball Moves to 3-0

UGF women having their second game in a little less than 20 hours on Saturday against Mount Royal, but their legs didn't show it.

The first nine points of the game for the Argos would belong to Darah Huertas-Vining. She would hit three threes in a row to give the Argos 9-6 lead with 17:57 left.

Another three by Erin Legel would tie them with Mount Royal at 14.

Check this out, Huertas-Vining gets the rebound, outlets it to Legel who finds Stephanie McDonagh to tie the game at 16 with 14:05 left.

It would be all Argos from there on out. They win 86 to 51.


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The Story Behind Northern's Game-Winning Touchdown KRTV News Sun, 19 Oct 2014 11:06:52 PM Brenna Greene The Story Behind Northern's Game-Winning Touchdown

MSU-Northern's football game against Montana Tech went down to the wire on Saturday.

Northern won 37-34, but only after Tech missed a field goal as time expired.

The game winning touchdown came from Quarterback Travis Dean to Wide Receiver Jake Messerly. The funny thing about it? Messerly actually ran the wrong route. But all is well that ends well in the Light's minds.

"I was supposed to run a fade. I was supposed to go to the outside but I went inside of him," said Messerly. "But I still scored so it doesn't matter. A touchdown's a touchdown, I guess."

"It was my job just to put that ball on him," said Dean. "That was the most nerve racking throw of my career so far, but I'm glad it went there. Mess busted his tail all game and he deserved that one."


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Montana Congressional candidates debate in Kalispell KRTV News Sun, 19 Oct 2014 9:47:02 PM Anna Cole - MTN News Montana Congressional candidates debate in Kalispell

KALISPELL -- Candidates Ryan Zinke (R), John Lewis (D), and Libertarian candidate Mike Fellows squared off in Kalispell on Sunday night.

The three are vying for Montana's seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. It was the fourth time Zinke and Lewis have debated, and they welcomed Fellows in Kalispell.

Nine questions were asked, including one related to dwindling log supplies at local sawmills and the blocking of timber sales.

"Too much of our timber is locked up in litigation, and that's why I support reforming the equal access to justice act. Let's reform that. That's an answer right there," Lewis said.

"We have to go back to what we were in the Forest Service, and give local rangers authority - make sure the local communities that are impacted by this have some say in the process. And make sure the Forest Service doesn't spend all their money on forest fires, doesn't spend a second batch on litigation, and finally, they don't have any money left for forest management," Zinke said.

Gun control has been a prominent topic for the candidates' campaign ads and the issue was addressed again on Sunday.

"I think we need to look at the system and keep guns out of the hands of criminals, and those with mental health issues in this country," Lewis stated.

"I will support our existing gun rights, because they're right for Montana. And I will also oppose any outside organization - including the NRA, including any gun organization - that opposes what Montana does with our ammunition, and our way of life," Zinke said.

Candidates also gave their opinions on how to deal with the current Ebola crisis.

"If we have a giant outbreak of Ebola, or what's next, are those people going to get checked for that? We need to address the underlying problems in this country in terms of our public healthcare system," said Lewis.

"Ebola is a threat. Same thing as ISIS, and I think we have to be firm. I think we should quarantine the three African states where Ebola is coming," Zinke commented.

Libertarian Candidate Mike Fellows held one main stance through most of his answers to the questions.

"Really I think we just need to get Washington out of the equation and send everything back to the state of Montana. I think we can do a better job of trying to manage these local issues than a bunch of bureaucrats in Washington, DC."

The final debate of the race will be held on Tuesday in Great Falls. The candidates are running to replace the seat held by Republican Steve Daines, who left the position to run for U.S. Senate.


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Billings man crashes motorcycle, taken to hospital KRTV News Sun, 19 Oct 2014 9:29:32 PM MTN News Billings man crashes motorcycle, taken to hospital

BILLINGS -- Shortly before 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, emergency personnel responded to a motorcycle crash at the intersection Mullowney Lane and Holiday Avenue in Billings.

According to Sgt. Ronda Fox, an 18-year-old male was traveling north on Mullowney when he left the road on the east side into gravel, losing control of the motorcycle.

He was thrown from the 2008 Yamaha motorcycle, which came to a stop roughly 270 feet away.

According to a press release, the motorcyclist was transported to the hospital with serious injuries.

He did not have a motorcycle endorsement and the wreck is under investigation.

It is not clear whether speed or alcohol were factors in the crash.


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Fatal crash reported in Big Sky KRTV News Sun, 19 Oct 2014 9:06:36 PM Judy Slate - MTN News Fatal crash reported in Big Sky

BIG SKY -- One man is dead after reportedly driving off the road in Big Sky.

The Montana Highway Patrol says the man was driving west on Highway 64, also known as Lone Mountain Trail, when he drove off the left side of the road.

The vehicle went over an embankment and driver was thrown from the vehicle.

The man was pronounced dead at the scene; his name has not yet been released.

Initial reports did not indicate whether he was wearing a seat belt.

The crash is still under investigation.

It is not yet known whether speed or alcohol were factors in the crash.

We will update you as additional details become available. 


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Great Falls woman opens her home for pumpkin carving KRTV News Sun, 19 Oct 2014 8:32:34 PM Margaret DeMarco Great Falls woman opens her home for pumpkin carving

GREAT FALLS -- Kids had an opportunity to get their creative juices flowing Sunday by carving pumpkins for Halloween.

Marsha Schumacher has opened her home in the past for kids to dye eggs for Easter but this year she decided to start a new tradition.

Families visited Schumacher's home where they craved fake or real pumpkins, though a few did paint them into creepy creations.

Stickers, paint, and all types of creepy crawlers were provided to make these unique pumpkins.

Schmacher is a portrait artist and she wants kids to unlock their creativity by using tools other that paper and pens. "When I was young my mom turned me onto art. She was an artist and we had this kind of thing all the time. So it's kind of carrying on a tradition. Plus I think it did very well for me and so I love to pass that on," Schumacher said.

Schumacher is hoping to have an event for Christmas but she does also plan on hosting a kids event for Valentine's Day.

If you would like to join Marsha Schumacher for one of her holiday events, you can reach her at 406-899-1146.


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Great Falls looking into possible new multi-purpose event facilities KRTV News Sun, 19 Oct 2014 8:04:11 PM Margaret DeMarco Great Falls looking into possible new multi-purpose event facilities

GREAT FALLS -- Between rodeos, mixed-martial arts, and other events there's usually something going on in Great Falls.

However, the Great Falls Tourism Business Improvement District believes the city doesn't have adequate facilities to host these events.

Great Falls T.B.I.D. member Sandra Thares says that the group started looking into whether or not the city needed new facilities. "Great Falls Business and Tourism District recognized that people kept saying we need a bigger and better arena for events," Thares said.

The group decided to bring in the Conversion Sports Leisure Company to perform a study that would see if the city has a need for a multi-purpose facility. "But from everything they are telling us here is that Great Falls does have a potential to support a new multipurpose facility," Thares said.

Great Falls T.B.I.D. is looking at this facility as a way to bring more visitors to the area and provide more job opportunities.

221 Industries President and CEO Cory Smith says that, with a new facility, Great Falls would be able to bring in monster truck rallies, motor cross events, and more concerts.

The multi-purpose facility could also be a boost to the Great Falls economy.

"Those people have to stay somewhere. They have to eat somewhere. People got to shop. The whole economy would benefit from it, huge," Smith said.

C.S.L. gave options for where the multi-purpose facility should be placed but the location that stood out the most was a spot that would connect it to the Four Seasons Arena at Montana ExpoPark. "I think that the option four that they were talking about, with connecting it to the Four Seasons and having the Grand Stand connected to the back, I think that's genius," Smith said.

There was also talk about improving parts of the ExpoPark so that each facility on the grounds would serve different purposes.

"If you look at the study the Four Seasons is reconfigured to be utilized as a flat floor exhibit space. Which is an ideal opportunity for that building. And the Exhibition Hall would be reconfigured into an upscale ball room, which can hold smaller meetings," Thares said.

The facility could also bring in a new minor league sports team. Indoor football, basketball, and lacrosse are a few of sports that could be played in the new facility.

"I think with something better and more modern the skies are the limit for Great Falls," Smith said.

The study is just the first step to the new facility.

Now T.B.I.D. will put together a community group to see how the city can pay for something like this.


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KRTV Evening Top News - Sun Oct 19 KRTV News Sun, 19 Oct 2014 7:52:48 PM KRTV KRTV Evening Top News - Sun Oct 19

Top stories on KRTV for the evening of Sunday, October 19:

-The Great Falls Tourism Business Improvement District is looking at the possibility of new multi-purpose event facilities. Click here for details.

-House candidates Zinke (R), Lewis (D), and Fellows (L) are facing off in a debate today at Flathead Valley Community College in Kalispell.

-The 11+ mile, $7.95 million Bootlegger Trail construction project north of Great Falls is close to wrapping up. Click here to read more. 

-Broadwater Elementary school in Helena held its third-annual Halloween Fun Run Sunday to help raise funds to renovate the school playground. Click here to read more.

-A local Great Falls woman opened her home to kids of all ages to carve and decorate pumpkins. Click here to read more.

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