KRTV.com http://www.krtv.com/ KRTV.com KRTV News KRTV News en-us Copyright 2014, KRTV.com. All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Wed, 23 Jul 2014 01:07:03 GMT Synapse CMS 10 KRTV.com http://www.krtv.com/ 144 25 Frozen yogurt shop opens up on east side of Great Falls http://www.krtv.com/news/frozen-yogurt-shop-opens-up-on-east-side-of-great-falls/ http://www.krtv.com/news/frozen-yogurt-shop-opens-up-on-east-side-of-great-falls/ KRTV News Tue, 22 Jul 2014 7:11:41 PM Matt Jones Frozen yogurt shop opens up on east side of Great Falls

GREAT FALLS -- Schulte's Coffee Shop on the corner of 38th Street and 3rd Avenue South has opened a new frozen yogurt shop and it's already proving to be a big hit.

After seeing the success of other yogurt shops across the country, owners Mark and Judy Schulte decided to open up a shop of their own.

Since opening the shop about a month ago, they have already seen a spike in business and every day the numbers to continue to increase.

Visitors will have plenty of yummy options to chose from -- more than 48 toppings are available ranging from candy and nuts to fresh fruit and 15 different flavors of yogurt are also available.

Flavors and toppings will rotate on a regular basis based on customer feedback.

Mark said, "You know, every chance we get we just kind of brainstorm about something else to put into the store that, you know, really benefits the east side and this has been an idea of ours for awhile and we decided to spend the money and go out and do it."

The official grand opening for the yogurt shop will be on August 19th and more details can be found on the Schulte's Facebook page.


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Malmstrom Airmen return home after SW Asia deployment http://www.krtv.com/news/malmstrom-airmen-return-home-after-sw-asia-deployment/ http://www.krtv.com/news/malmstrom-airmen-return-home-after-sw-asia-deployment/ KRTV News Tue, 22 Jul 2014 6:29:18 PM Cody Proctor (cody@krtv.com) Malmstrom Airmen return home after SW Asia deployment

GREAT FALLS -- Five-month-old Azara Roberts has never met her father, but that all changed on Tuesday afternoon.

As dozens of people waited for their loved ones at Great Falls International Airport, the little girl. her brother Zaiden and her mother Deziree waited impatiently for Senior Airman Clearion Roberts, one of the sixteen 341st Civil Engineer Squadron members returning to Malmstrom Air Force Base after spending half a year overseas.

Deziree Roberts says waiting "almost feels like a first date all over again. You know, you get the nervous butterflies and excitement."

The Airmen left Great Falls in early January, training first in Texas before flying to Southwest Asia.

There they helped the 577th Expeditionary Prime BEEF Squadron with tasks such as construction, maintenance and retrograding large shelters in Afghanistan so they can be used for future missions.

But being deployed takes a toll not only on the Airmen, but their families as well. For Roberts, this is her husband's first deployment.

"I didn't really think military life was all that difficult until I had to go through a deployment and then it kind of hits you that this is not the easiest job for them or for us, so it's definitely hard."

First Lieutenant Rob Pukay-Martin says the mission overseas is worth it, but admits it's nice to come home.

"It's really rewarding what they did, but it's even nicer coming home and to see that things have changed while they were gone, but they're still cared about, still loved and it's nice to take a break for a while."

And as the Airmen walked through the airport terminal, they were greeted with big hugs and long-awaited first impressions.


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Trucks crash while responding to fire near Vaughn http://www.krtv.com/news/trucks-crash-while-responding-to-fire-near-vaughn/ http://www.krtv.com/news/trucks-crash-while-responding-to-fire-near-vaughn/ KRTV News Tue, 22 Jul 2014 6:28:09 PM Shannon Newth (shannon@krtv.com) Trucks crash while responding to fire near Vaughn

NEAR VAUGHN -- Emergency crews were called out to a fire near Vaughn northwest of Great Falls on Tuesday afternoon, but some of the first-responders then needed rescuing after two Fort Shaw fire trucks collided.

One was a water tender, which tipped on its side; the driver was trapped inside and had to be extricated. The other was a pickup-truck.

Although the Mercy Flight helicopter from Benefis hospital was dispatched to the scene, the man was taken by ambulance to the hospital; he was alert and talking at the time, and his injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

Black Eagle Fire, along with Great Falls Emergency Services and Teton County ambulance, were also at the scene.

Highway 89 just west of Vaughn was shut down and traffic diverted for a few hours.

Other agencies were called to assist with the fire burning just a short distance away from the crash site, including Gore Hill.

The fire, on Sun Meadows Road, didn't burn any buildings, and no injuries have been reported from the fire.

Authorities are investigating to determine the cause of the crash, and the dollar amount of damage to the trucks.

 


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"The Wall That Heals" is coming to Great Falls http://www.krtv.com/news/the-wall-that-heals-is-coming-to-great-falls-63974/ http://www.krtv.com/news/the-wall-that-heals-is-coming-to-great-falls-63974/ KRTV News Tue, 22 Jul 2014 5:50:04 PM Margaret DeMarco

GREAT FALLS -- "The Wall That Heals" is coming to Great Falls.

The Montana Veterans Memorial Association is hosting the four-day exhibit at Elks Riverside Park.

It's a miniaturized mobile version of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C.

The project is designed to help military members and family members who were affected by the Vietnam War.

It took more than a year of planning to get it to come to Great Falls.

The wall will be open July 24th through the 27th.

There will also be an opening ceremony and memorial service at 6 p.m on July 24th.

People will be on-site to help find names on the wall and to talk with members of the community.

Click here for more information about the event and the project, including this overview:The Wall That Heals exhibition features a half-scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.

It is approximately 250 feet in length, and like the original Memorial is erected in a chevron-shape.

The replica is constructed of powder-coated aluminum, supported by an aluminum frame, and is made up of 24 individual panels, each containing six columns of names.

The panels join together to form a nearly 250 feet wide structure.

As on The Wall, the names on The Wall That Heals are listed by day of casualty. Beginning at the center/apex, the names start on the East Wall (right-hand side) working their way out to the end of that wing, picking up again at the far end of the West Wall (left-hand side) and working their way back in to the center/apex, joining the beginning and ending of the conflict at the center. 


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KRTV Evening Top News - Tue Jul 22 http://www.krtv.com/news/krtv-evening-top-news-tue-jul-22/ http://www.krtv.com/news/krtv-evening-top-news-tue-jul-22/ KRTV News Tue, 22 Jul 2014 5:36:09 PM KRTV Evening Top News - Tue Jul 22

GREAT FALLS -- Top news on KRTV for the evening of Tuesday, July 22, 2014:

- Emergency crews were called out to a fire near Vaughn, but some of the first-responders then needed rescuing after two Fort Shaw fire trucks collided. Click here for details.

- The investigation into last week's barn fire at a Hutterite colony has ended; Sand Coulee Fire Chief Larry Butler says it was caused by combustion; he was not any more specific. Click here to read more.

- Brian Neal Handy of Bozeman, 46 years old, died when his small plane crashed on Monday at the Russian Flat airstrip in Judith Basin County. Click here to read more.

- Five-month-old Azara Roberts had never met her father -- until Tuesday afternoon, when SrA Roberts of the 341 CES at Malmstrom Air Force Base returned home from deployment to SW Asia. Click here to read more.

- The Great Falls Development Authority says more than 300 jobs were added during June, from construction to tourism to manufacturing. That means for the first half of the year, job growth increased by about 3%, with more than 1,200 jobs added in the first six months.

- Montana has received a temporary reprieve from implementing provisions of the federal REAL ID Act, a law opposed by most Montana elected officials and many privacy advocates. Click here to read more.

- Billings District Judge G. Todd Baugh was formally censured by the Montana Supreme Court for comments he made suggesting that a 14-year-old rape victim may have been at least partly responsible for getting raped by her 47-year-old teacher. Click here for details.

- Lawrence Van Dyke, a candidate for the Montana Supreme Court, has had his spot on the November ballot approved by the Montana Supreme Court.

 

 

 


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Bozeman man dies in crash of small plane in Judith Basin County http://www.krtv.com/news/bozeman-man-dies-in-crash-of-small-plane-in-judith-basin-county/ http://www.krtv.com/news/bozeman-man-dies-in-crash-of-small-plane-in-judith-basin-county/ KRTV News Tue, 22 Jul 2014 5:21:25 PM Beth Saboe - Bozeman Bozeman man dies in crash of small plane in Judith Basin County

JUDITH BASIN COUNTY -- Brian Neal Handy of Bozeman, 46 years old, died when his Cessna 150 airplane crashed on Monday at the Russian Flat airstrip in Judith Basin County, about 29 miles northeast of White Sulphur Springs.

The crash was reported at around 1:25 p.m. on Monday; the Federal Aviation Administration says he took off Gallatin Field airport in Bozeman at around 12:30 p.m.

The plane came down about 100 yards past the airstrip in a marshy field.

Judith Basin County coroner Dick Brown says the cause of death is most likely blunt force trauma, but the body is being sent to Montana state lab ab for autopsy.

The investigation into what caused the Cessna 150 to go down started Tuesday afternoon; an FAA investigator arrived on scene and started collecting evidence.

"At this point you do an overall view of the aircraft, the interior, the flight controls, and see what the weather was like on that day," said Rick Koffman, an investigator with the FAA.

Once the FAA investigator is done collecting evidence, the wreckage of plane will be turned over to the National Transportation Safety Board and it will most likely be brought back to Bozeman as the investigation continues.

Judith Basin County Sheriff's Department and Coroner, Hobson Fire and Ambulance, U.S. Forest Service Fire Crew, Geyser Fire, Lewistown Fire & Rescue all responded to the scene.


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Emergency crews respond to fire south of Great Falls http://www.krtv.com/news/emergency-crews-respond-to-fire-south-of-great-falls-63965/ http://www.krtv.com/news/emergency-crews-respond-to-fire-south-of-great-falls-63965/ KRTV News Tue, 22 Jul 2014 2:46:14 PM KRTV Emergency crews respond to fire south of Great Falls

GREAT FALLS -- Emergency crews have been dispatched to a reported grass fire south of Great Falls.

The Sand Coulee Volunteer Fire Department was called out just after 2 p.m. 

The fire is burning along Wilson Butte Road south of Great Falls.

Initial reports indicate that the fire is not directly threatening any homes or structures, and there are no reports of injuries.

The photo above is from the KRTV/US Bank eyecam in downtown Great Falls, pointing south, and was taken at approximately 2:30 p.m.

We will update you as we get more information.


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Fire trucks crash responding to fire near Vaughn http://www.krtv.com/news/fire-trucks-crash-responding-to-fire-near-vaughn/ http://www.krtv.com/news/fire-trucks-crash-responding-to-fire-near-vaughn/ KRTV News Tue, 22 Jul 2014 3:55:07 PM Shannon Newth (shannon@krtv.com) Fire trucks crash responding to fire near Vaughn

(First Report, 3 pm) Emergency crews have been called out to a report of a fire on Sun Meadows Road near Vaughn.

Initial reports indicate that the fire started in or near a tree, and has since spread into the nearby field.

We have a reporter on the way to the scene and will update you as we get more details.


(UPDATE, 3:10 pm) One of the responding fire trucks has been involved in a rollover crash near the scene of the fire.

The Mercy Flight helicopter from Benefis hospital has been dispatched to the scene.

A man is trapped inside the truck, but is said to be conscious and talking.

The road has been shut down in both directions.


(UPDATE, 3:40 pm) Traffic is being diverted along the sides of the roads and moving slowly now.


(UPDATE, 3:48 pm) We've learned that the crash involved a water tender and a fire truck, both from the Fort Shaw Volunteer Fire Department; officials at the scene are not yet sure how the crash happened.

Both trucks were responding to the fire on Sun Meadows Road.


(UPDATE, 3:51 pm) The man that was trapped inside the truck has been extricated, and he is now being taken to Benefis hospital via ambulance, rather than Mercy Flight.

The nature and extent of his injuries is not yet known, but are not believed to be life-threatening, and he is conscious and alert.



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Judge Baugh formally censured by Montana Supreme Court http://www.krtv.com/news/judge-baugh-formally-censured-by-montana-supreme-court/ http://www.krtv.com/news/judge-baugh-formally-censured-by-montana-supreme-court/ KRTV News Tue, 22 Jul 2014 2:51:23 PM Sanjay Talwani (sanjay@kxlh.com) Judge Baugh formally censured by Montana Supreme Court

HELENA -- In a hearing that lasted just a few minutes, Billings District Judge Todd Baugh stood in the Montana Supreme Court to receive his censure for comments he made in his court suggesting that a 14-year-old rape victim may have been at least partly responsible for getting raped by her 47-year-old teacher.

Baugh did not address the court and then left the courtroom, ignoring reporters who followed him asking for comment.

Baugh also faces a 30-day suspension from the bench. That will be imposed in December, the final month of his six-year elected term, to avoid the interruption of cases before him.

Baugh gave the rapist, Stacey Rambold, a sentence of 30 days in jail. He also said the victim was "older than her chronological age," and was an least partially in control of the situation when she was raped.

The girl later committed suicide.

The Montana Supreme Court threw Rambold's sentence out, saying it was less than statutory minimums. Rambold is set for resentencing on September 26th.

The public censure, read by Chief Justice Mike McGrath from a unanimous order, repeated the court's declaration that Baugh "had eroded public confidence in the judiciary and created an appearance of impropriety in violation of the Montana Code of Judicial Conduct.

"Rape victims, sexual assault victims, are not being protected," Marian Bradley, former state president of the Montana chapter of the National Organization of Women, said of Baugh's words. "They will not come forward. They will not speak the truth, because they are afraid they will be victim-blamed by the judge."

The court's order includes the following:

On August 26, 2013, Rambold appeared before Judge Baugh for sentencing. Before imposing sentence, Judge Baugh spoke from the bench about his rationale for the sentence he was about to impose. Among other things, Judge Baugh stated Rambold's victim was "a troubled youth, but a youth that was probably as much in control of the situation as [Rambold], one that was seemingly, though troubled, older than her chronological age."

Judge Baugh then sentenced Rambold to 15 years in the Montana State Prison with all but 31 days suspended and with credit for one day served.

Judge Baugh later explained to members of the press that "[i]t was horrible enough as it is just given her age, but it wasn't this forcible beat-up rape."

Judge Baugh's sentence and rationale, particularly his remarks that the 14-year-old victim was "older than her chronological age" and "as much in control of the situation" as her 47-year-old teacher, sparked immediate public outcry.

The Judicial Standards Commission began receiving hundreds of complaints against Judge Baugh and, in total, eight verified complaints were filed with the Commission.

Click here to read the complete order from the Montana Supreme Court (PDF).


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Obituary: Francis Edward Flesch http://www.krtv.com/news/obituary-francis-edward-flesch/ http://www.krtv.com/news/obituary-francis-edward-flesch/ KRTV News Tue, 22 Jul 2014 2:25:57 PM Croxford Funeral Home Obituary: Francis Edward Flesch

Francis Edward Flesch, husband of Mary Flesch, loving father of Matthew and Alice Flesch, and amazing grandfather to Roger "Speeder" Nelson, Brooke "B-Mak" Nelson, and Caitlin "Catey" Flesch, passed away on July 19th 2014 at a care facility in Billings of natural causes.

Visitation will be held Wednesday, July 23rd, from 6-8pm in the Rose Room Chapel at Croxford Funeral Home. The funeral service will be held July 24th at 10am, also at Croxford's. A Trackside service will be held at the Electric City Speedway at 4pm. The family invites all those who wish to attend.

Fran was born in Lewistown Montana on October 24th 1942 and grew up in Judith Gap Montana. In 1963 he joined the United States Air Force. Francis married Mary Alice Flesch in 1966.

The Air Force moved Fran and the family around quite a bit, even landing him in Thailand for a while. He retired to civil service in 1984, and then retired completely in 2005.

During his retirement he attended countless dirt track races, which had always been a strong passion of his, along with bowling and traveling.

Click here to read the complete obituary and share condolences.


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Montana pharmacist pleads guilty in prescription drug death http://www.krtv.com/news/montana-pharmacist-pleads-guilty-in-prescription-drug-death/ http://www.krtv.com/news/montana-pharmacist-pleads-guilty-in-prescription-drug-death/ KRTV News Tue, 22 Jul 2014 1:55:22 PM MTN News - Billings Montana pharmacist pleads guilty in prescription drug death

BILLINGS -- Ben Willard Hunn,  a 47-year-old licensed retail pharmacist in Sidney, has pleaded guilty to distribution of hydrocodone resulting in death.

Hunn faces up 15 years in prison, two years supervised release, and a fine of up $500,000, according to a press release issued Tuesday by the U.S. Attorney's Office.

A sentencing date has been set for November 5 in Billings before U.S. District Judge Susan Watters. Hunn remains in custody.

Federal prosecutors state in court records that on October 19, 2013, Hunn distributed Vicodin (hydrocodone), Soma, Ambien, and Xanax to a Sidney resident. Later that night, the victim died of a drug overdose.

When Drug Enforcement Agency agents interviewed Hunn, he admitted that he diverted hundreds of prescription pills to the victim and the victim's parents over the course of a year, from October 2012 through October 2013.

Hunn admitted that he did not know which prescriptions were legitimate and which were not, and he simply printed duplicate labels from another prescription, placed them on the prescription bottles, and dispensed the controlled substances.

On the date the victim died, Hunn admitted that he "stocked up the whole family."

An autopsy report listed the probable cause of death as a mixed drug overdose. The medical examiner and toxicologists in the case also concluded that the amount of hydrocodone in the victim's system was fatal by itself.

"This conviction addresses one of Montana's most harmful yet quiet problems, the misuse of otherwise legitimate medications," said Michael Cotter, U.S. Attorney for the District of Montana. "The Department of Justice and the U.S. Attorney's Office are committed to fighting this silent scourge in our communities so that those rightfully prescribed medication are not robbed of treatment and the community is protected from those who unlawfully abuse and manipulate access to medication."


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World's largest aquatic insect specimen found in China http://www.krtv.com/news/world-s-largest-aquatic-insect-specimen-found-in-china/ http://www.krtv.com/news/world-s-largest-aquatic-insect-specimen-found-in-china/ KRTV News Tue, 22 Jul 2014 1:27:31 PM Zoe Li - CNN World's largest aquatic insect specimen found in China

(CNN) -- The world's largest flying aquatic insect, with huge, nightmarish pincers, has been discovered in China's Sichuan province, experts say.

According to the Insect Museum of West China, local villagers in the outskirts of Chengdu handed over "weird insects that resemble giant dragonflies with long teeth" earlier this month.

Several of these odd critters were examined by the museum and found to be unusually large specimens of the giant dobsonfly, which is native to China and Vietnam.

The largest one measured 8.27 inches when its wings were open, according to the museum, busting the original record for largest aquatic insect held by a South American helicopter damselfly, which had a wingspan of 7.5 inches.

Large enough to cover the face of a human adult, this scary-looking insect is also known among entomologists as an indicator of water quality, says the museum.

The giant dobsonfly makes its home in bodies of clean water and is highly sensitive to any changes in the water's pH as well as the presence of trace elements of pollutants. If the water is slightly contaminated, the giant dobsonfly will move on to seek cleaner waters.

The insect can be found in other provinces in China, India's Assam state, and in northern Vietnam. This is the first time it has appeared in Sichuan province.


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Montana company creating homes from shipping containers http://www.krtv.com/news/montana-company-creating-homes-from-shipping-containers/ http://www.krtv.com/news/montana-company-creating-homes-from-shipping-containers/ KRTV News Tue, 22 Jul 2014 12:45:02 PM Jacqueline Quynh - Missoula Montana company creating homes from shipping containers

MISSOULA -- Would you live in something that's 24 feet long, 8 feet wide, and 9.5 feet tall? That's the size of a shipping container, but those dimensions could be someone's new "home sweet home," thanks to a company in Bonner called Montainer.

Montainer CEO Patrick Collins got the idea to make prefabricated homes by recycling containers from builders in Europe and Asia.

"If this isn't being done in the US on the large scale, we need to do it," said Collins.

And so for the past year, Collins and his team have been planning and building their first prototype, inch by inch.

The homes will have a bathroom, a kitchen, and a combined living room-bedroom area. Once finished they'll be taking the prototype on the road to showcase and begin taking orders.

"Montainer has the ability or potential to become a very well-known brand in housing," said Collins.

And as interest builds, so will the potential impact to the Missoula community. Collins plan is to begin large-scale production in 2015, and to hire up to 10 employees.

He envisions his company growing the way Tesla Motors did with its electric cars, building slowly. And like a car company, Collins wants to release new models of these homes every so often to improve on the design.

Sometime in the future he envisions models homes made from one shipping container stacked on top of another.

As Collins and his team put down the finishing touches, the next step will be to convince people that an old shipping container with about 200 square feet of space is something to call a "home."

"I think when people are presented with this as an option in housing, a lot of people are really attracted to it, and their vision of what their dream home is actually changes," said Collins.

The first production model, called the Nomad 192, is listed at $65,000.

Click here to visit the Montainer website and take a tour of one of the models.



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Black bear euthanized after charging at picnickers in Glacier National Park http://www.krtv.com/news/black-bear-euthanized-after-charging-at-picnickers-in-glacier-national-park/ http://www.krtv.com/news/black-bear-euthanized-after-charging-at-picnickers-in-glacier-national-park/ KRTV News Tue, 22 Jul 2014 11:18:07 AM MTN News - Great Falls Black bear euthanized after charging at picnickers in Glacier National Park

GLACIER NATIONAL PARK -- Glacier National Park Rangers euthanized a black bear from the Two Medicine area on Friday, July 18, after several reports in which the bear exhibited apparent food-conditioned behavior, including an incident in which the bear charged a picnicking family.

A press release from park officials says that on Thursday, July 17, the black bear approached a family that was eating at a picnic table at the Two Medicine Picnic Area.

The family yelled and clapped hands, but the bear charged toward the table, and the family had to retreat to their vehicle. The bear ate the food and finally left the area after a park ranger repeatedly hazed the bear with rubber bullets and bean bags.

The same bear was later seen digging in a fire pit in the area, and did not seem bothered by the presence of people, and there were several sightings of the bear on and near the park trail system along the shore of Two Medicine Lake. As a result, trail and picnic area closures were implemented in Two Medicine.

Park staff say that the bear was determined to be a food-conditioned bear, and posed a threat to people, and the bear was euthanized in accordance with Glacier National Park's Bear Management Plan.

The male bear was approximately five years old and weighed about 225 pounds.

Food-conditioned bears are those that have look for non-natural foods, destroy property, or display aggressive, non-defensive behavior toward people and are removed from the wild. Food-conditioned bears are not relocated due to human safety concerns.

Black bears are not good candidates for animal capture facilities such as zoos and animal parks due to the plentiful nature of the species throughout the United States.

Visitors to Glacier National Park should keep campgrounds and developed areas clean and free of food and trash. Regulations require that all edibles, food containers, and cookware be stored in a hard-sided vehicle or food locker when not in use, day or night. Place all trash in bear-proof containers. Do not burn waste in fire rings or leave litter around your camp. Fire rings should be free of trash before vacating a campsite.

If you see a bear along the road, park staff say you should not stop. Stopping and watching roadside bears will likely start a "bear jam" as other drivers follow your lead. "Bear jams" are hazardous to both people and bears as visibility is reduced and bears may feel threatened by the congestion. Report all bear sightings to the nearest ranger.

Visitors to Glacier National Park are reminded that the park is home to black and grizzly bears. Hikers are highly encouraged to hike in groups, make noise when hiking, and have bear spray accessible and know how to use it.

 


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Investigation into Hutterite Colony barn fire ends http://www.krtv.com/news/investigation-into-hutterite-colony-barn-fire-ends/ http://www.krtv.com/news/investigation-into-hutterite-colony-barn-fire-ends/ KRTV News Tue, 22 Jul 2014 10:49:59 AM DaVonté McKenith Investigation into Hutterite Colony barn fire ends

GREAT FALLS -- The investigation into last week's barn fire at a Hutterite colony near Sand Coulee has ended.

According to the Sand Coulee Fire Chief Larry Butler, the fire at the Big Stone Hutterite Colony is believed to have started from combustion; Butler was not any more specific.

The Cascade County Sheriff's Office will not be investigating due to that conclusion.

The fire started around 6 p.m. on Wednesday, July 16th, at the Big Stone Hutterite Colony off Goon Hill Road.

More than 11,000 tons of hay burned and the barn was completely destroyed in the fire.

Sand Coulee Fire Department was first on scene. They were supported by Black Eagle, Ulm, Gore Hill, Manchester, Vaughn, Sun Prairie, Fort Shaw, Montana Air National Guard, Malmstrom AFB, Sun River, Simms, and Belt Fire Departments.

The firefighters worked throughout the night and into Thursday to make sure the fire did not spread to other structures and bales of hay.

The total damage amount has not yet been released from insurance personnel.


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Power outage scheduled for Power on July 24th http://www.krtv.com/news/power-outage-scheduled-for-power-on-july-24th/ http://www.krtv.com/news/power-outage-scheduled-for-power-on-july-24th/ KRTV News Tue, 22 Jul 2014 10:38:36 AM KRTV Power outage scheduled for Power on July 24th

GREAT FALLS -- NorthWestern Energy has scheduled a power outage in Power and nearby areas for Thursday, July 24, 2014.

The outage will begin at midnight and is expected to last until 5 a.m.

In a press release, the company says that the outage will allow crews to safely upgrade equipment at a substation, and estimated that about 135 customers in Power and nearby areas will be affected.

The $57,000 project is part of the company's Distribution System Infrastructure Project, a seven-year, $370 million project aimed at improving the reliability and safety of electric and natural-gas systems across Montana.

Along with substation improvements, the DSIP includes power-pole replacement, underground line upgrades, tree trimming, and enhancement of natural gas lines.

For more information, call NorthWestern at 888-467-2669.

 


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Power outage scheduled for Dutton on July 29th http://www.krtv.com/news/power-outage-scheduled-for-dutton-on-july-29th/ http://www.krtv.com/news/power-outage-scheduled-for-dutton-on-july-29th/ KRTV News Tue, 22 Jul 2014 10:31:45 AM KRTV Power outage scheduled for Dutton on July 29th

GREAT FALLS -- NorthWestern Energy has scheduled a power outage in Dutton and nearby areas for Tuesday, July 29, 2014.

The outage will begin at midnight and is expected to last until 6 a.m.

In a press release, the company says that the outage will allow crews to safely rebuild and upgrade equipment at a substation, and estimated that about 380 customers in Dutton and nearby areas will be affected.

The $300,000 project is part of the company's Distribution System Infrastructure Project, a seven-year, $370 million project aimed at improving the reliability and safety of electric and natural-gas systems across Montana.

Along with substation improvements, the DSIP includes power-pole replacement, underground line upgrades, tree trimming, and enhancement of natural gas lines.

For more information, call NorthWestern at 888-467-2669.

 


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Montana gets extension on REAL ID implementation http://www.krtv.com/news/montana-gets-extension-on-real-id-implementation/ http://www.krtv.com/news/montana-gets-extension-on-real-id-implementation/ KRTV News Tue, 22 Jul 2014 10:21:43 AM Sanjay Talwani (sanjay@kxlh.com) Montana gets extension on REAL ID implementation

HELENA -- Montana has received a temporary reprieve from implementing provisions of the federal REAL ID Act, a law opposed by most Montana elected officials and many privacy advocates.

In a July 18 letter to Governor Steve Bullock (D-MT), the U.S. Department of Homeland Security said the state had reached several security benchmarks in the licenses, the rules surrounding how people obtain them, and how the state stores that information.

But it also said it could not determine whether the state was complying with another dozen or so security provisions, and has now given Montana until October 2015 to comply.

Failure to comply with the REAL ID Act could render Montana license's invalid for gaining access to certain federal facilities. Ultimately, if the state fails to comply, the law could prohibit non-compliant licenses from being used as identification for people boarding commercial aircraft.

Montana's entire Congressional delegation along with Bullock and Montana Attorney General Tim Fox (R) have opposed the law.

The Montana Legislature in 2007 unanimously voted to forbid implementation of the law in Montana.

"Montanans have said loud and clear that they will not comply with REAL ID," Bullock said in a joint press release with Fox. "For us, REAL ID raises serious concerns about the extensive collection of their personal and private information by the federal government. I'm glad that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security recognizes the work we've done, independent of a federal mandate, to bolster the security of licenses, while protecting the right to privacy that Montanans hold dear."

"It's refreshing to see federal officials finally recognize that Montana didn't need a federal mandate to produce and issue secure state identification," said Fox, who oversees the state Motor Vehicle Division, which issues the licenses.

Click here to read the complete DHS letter granting the extension (PDF).


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Saints women host basketball camp http://www.krtv.com/news/saints-women-host-basketball-camp/ http://www.krtv.com/news/saints-women-host-basketball-camp/ KRTV News Tue, 22 Jul 2014 10:11:49 AM Alex Clark (alex@kxlh.com) Saints women host basketball camp

HELENA -- Baskets were being made all over the Carroll College campus on Monday as close to 200 girls ranging from elementary school to high school were experiencing a few days of training by the Fighting Saints.

"We do a ton of teaching, they play three on three, they play one on one, they play five on five but they don't always get the individual skills, and we do a lot of break out sessions," said women's basketball coach Rachelle Sayers.

This is no lazy summer camp. Players are in the gym at 9 am and they're still on the court at 9 pm. Their schedule is jam packed with break-out sessions, team sessions and individual hands-on help.

"We try to really work hard for the kids cause we know that if we are working hard, teaching them, they are going to work hard for us," freshmen point guard Bailey Pasta said. "And so that's our mentality coming in all the time, is making sure that we are working hard so the kids know that you got to work hard to get better."

On top of teaching the kids, this is one of the first chances the freshmen Carroll College girls have had to interact with their team. Even though the season is months away, the girls have already started to click.

"This camp, we are bonding a lot, I'm with a lot of the older girls, being in the older division, so I got to meet them a little bit, kind a way of the team, figuring out how it works and stuff," Pasta said.

The Saint Way as coach says is no easy way, she is looking forward to the season ahead and even though some of these campers have a ways to go before college, coach says its never to early to start working hard.

"My goal is, when they leave here is that, they've improved, but, they know how to improve. They know what to do, they know how to practice, they know how to practice it correctly, and than its up to them," Sayers said.

 


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Pilot killed in crash of small plane in Judith Basin County http://www.krtv.com/news/pilot-killed-in-crash-of-small-plane-in-judith-basin-county/ http://www.krtv.com/news/pilot-killed-in-crash-of-small-plane-in-judith-basin-county/ KRTV News Tue, 22 Jul 2014 9:54:43 AM Beth Saboe - Bozeman Pilot killed in crash of small plane in Judith Basin County

BOZEMAN -- According to the Federal Aviation Administration, one man died in a small-plane crash in Judith Basin County on Monday.

Preliminary information from the FAA says the Cessna crashed under unknown circumstances near Russian Flat. The pilot - whose name has not yet been released -- is believed to have been the only person on board.

The plane was registered to Cowdog Flyers LLC in Bozeman and is listed as a 1974 Cessna, which is a small fixed-wing aircraft with two seats.

Judith Basin County Coroner Dick Brown said the pilot was killed and he believes the man had recently moved to Bozeman.

The plane crashed at the end of a grassy airstrip at Russian Flat, which is located about 29 miles northeast of White Sulphur Springs.

Brown said no one witnessed the crash, so it's unclear what exactly happened, but initial findings indicate the aircraft went down as the pilot was trying to take off.

The coroner told us the man's family has been notified.

The National Transportation Safety Board and FAA are expected to arrive on scene on Tuesday to begin investigating the crash.


(UPDATE) Brian Neal Handy of Bozeman, 46 years old, died when his Cessna 150 airplane crashed on Monday at the Russian Flat airstrip in Judith Basin County, about 29 miles northeast of White Sulphur Springs.

The crash was reported at around 1:25 p.m. on Monday; the Federal Aviation Administration says he took off Gallatin Field airport in Bozeman at around 12:30 p.m.

The plane came down about 100 yards past the airstrip in a marshy field.

Judith Basin County coroner Dick Brown says the cause of death is most likely blunt force trauma, but the body is being sent to Montana state lab ab for autopsy.

The investigation into what caused the Cessna 150 to go down started Tuesday afternoon; an FAA investigator arrived on scene and started collecting evidence.

"At this point you do an overall view of the aircraft, the interior, the flight controls, and see what the weather was like on that day," said Rick Koffman, an investigator with the FAA.

Once the FAA investigator is done collecting evidence, the wreckage of plane will be turned over to the National Transportation Safety Board and it will most likely be brought back to Bozeman as the investigation continues.

Judith Basin County Sheriff's Department and Coroner, Hobson Fire and Ambulance, U.S. Forest Service Fire Crew, Geyser Fire, Lewistown Fire & Rescue all responded to the scene.


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