KRTV.com http://www.krtv.com/ KRTV.com KRTV News KRTV News en-us Copyright 2015, KRTV.com. All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Tue, 27 Jan 2015 18:01:07 GMT Synapse CMS 10 KRTV.com http://www.krtv.com/ 144 25 Blog: Monday's asteroid was not alone http://www.krtv.com/news/blog-monday-s-asteroid-was-not-alone/ http://www.krtv.com/news/blog-monday-s-asteroid-was-not-alone/ KRTV News Tue, 27 Jan 2015 11:16:02 AM Meteorologist Zack Green Blog: Monday's asteroid was not alone

The STORMTracker Weather Blog has another space filled edition on this mild Tuesday.

A close encounter ("close" being relative in this case) with asteroid 2004 BL86 Monday morning had given NASA scientists slightly more than they bargained for.

Radar data obtained from NASA's 230-foot-wide Deep Space Network antenna at Goldstone, CA, produced 20 images that revealed 2004 BL86 had itself a small orbiting moon.

The moon was measured to be 230-feet across and circles the asteroid, measured to be 1,100-feet in diameter. In regard to asteroids of this magnitude, NASA estimates that 16% have small moons orbiting them.

Take a look at the NASA imagery of the asteroid and moon as the data was collected.


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BOLO Alert - Wanted in Montana: Travis Pair http://www.krtv.com/news/bolo-alert-wanted-in-montana-travis-pair/ http://www.krtv.com/news/bolo-alert-wanted-in-montana-travis-pair/ KRTV News Tue, 27 Jan 2015 11:00:08 AM US Marshals Service BOLO Alert - Wanted in Montana: Travis Pair

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

Pair, 30, is wanted by the Montana Violent Offender Task Force based on a felony probation warrant.

Pair is 5'6" tall, about 280 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes.

Anyone with information about Pair is asked to call the U.S. Marshals Service at 406-247-7030 or their local law enforcement agency.


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Man dies in crash near Belgrade http://www.krtv.com/news/man-dies-in-crash-near-belgrade/ http://www.krtv.com/news/man-dies-in-crash-near-belgrade/ KRTV News Tue, 27 Jan 2015 9:06:23 AM MTN News - Bozeman Man dies in crash near Belgrade

BELGRADE -- A man died in a collision on Frontage Road west of Belgrade on Monday night.

According to the Gallatin County Sheriff's Office, a 62-year-old man from Bozeman was killed in the crash.

The crash happened around 6:10 p.m. near the intersection of Frontage Road and Bullrush Avenue, west of Belgrade.

The man -- whose name has not yet been released -- was driving a Chevy pickup truck and attempting to turn east onto frontage road when he was t-boned by a Dodge truck.

Authorities say the man who was killed was wearing a seatbelt.

He died at the scene.

The driver of the Dodge truck had his 4 year old daughter in the back- neither the man or his daughter sustained serious injuries.

MHP says alcohol and speed have been ruled out as factors in the crash.


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KRTV Morning News - Tue Jan 27 http://www.krtv.com/news/krtv-morning-news-tue-jan-27/ http://www.krtv.com/news/krtv-morning-news-tue-jan-27/ KRTV News Tue, 27 Jan 2015 8:14:09 AM DaVonté McKenith KRTV Morning News - Tue Jan 27

Top stories for the morning of Tuesday, January 27th, 2014:

- A car with two people inside crashed into the front of a man's house on the 2600 block of Arcadia just before 10 p.m. on Sunday. Click here for more details.

- The Lincoln County Attorney's office continues to investigate a Libby homicide case that happened late last year in the shooting death of 31-year old Michael Roloff.

- The body of a Montana man was found over the weekend along a ski trail in Yellowstone National Park. Click here for more details.

- Attorneys for Kevin Briggs, the man who escaped from Bozeman Police custody, will not be representing the man in his upcoming case.

- Thomas Sutherland, the suspect in a weekend stabbing that sent one man to the hospital has been charged with assault with a weapon. Click here for more details.

- Helena Mayor Jim Smith looked back, and ahead during his State of the City address Monday night.

- A bill to shift the power of clemency away from the Parole Board and to the governor passed second-reading in a 59-to-41 vote in the Montana House of Representatives. Click here for more details.

- A bill sponsored by MT State Representative Kim Dudik would increase the possible penalties for people convicted of stealing a child's identity. Click here for more details.

- If the U.S. Supreme Court strikes down future tax subsidies on health plans bought through the federal health care exchange, a proposal in front of Montana lawmakers says only the Legislature, not the agencies, could then establish a state exchange in Montana that would renew the subsidies.

- A Helena physician says any discussion about quitting tobacco products should include e-cigarettes.

- If you really want a new car, there are a few ways to go about it. You can save up money until you have enough to buy one. You can apply for a loan. You can scratch lottery tickets until you hit a jackpot. Or, if you're like some people, you can enter a contest and then be one of four finalists who have to "live in it to win it!" Click here for more details.

- Several Great Falls organizations are banding together to provide a community-wide alcohol-free Super Bowl party. Click here for more details.

 


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KRTV 10pm Top Stories-Mon Jan 26 http://www.krtv.com/news/krtv-10pm-top-stories-mon-jan-26/ http://www.krtv.com/news/krtv-10pm-top-stories-mon-jan-26/ KRTV News Mon, 26 Jan 2015 10:42:44 PM KRTV 10pm Top Stories-Mon Jan 26

Oil spill update: About 21,000 of 50,000 gallons that spilled into the Yellowstone River near Glendive have been recovered.  Click here to read more.

Stabbing suspect in court: Thomas Sutherland, the suspect in a weekend stabbing that sent one man to the hospital has been charged with assault with a weapon.  Click here to read more.

Kevin Briggs update: Attorneys for Kevin Briggs, the man who escaped from Bozeman Police custody, will not be representing the man in his upcoming case.

Drone crash: A person has come forward admitting to causing a security breach after a drone crashed at the White House early Monday morning.

Anti Obamacare legislation: If the U.S. Supreme Court strikes down future tax subsidies on health plans bought through the federal health care exchange, a proposal in front of Montana lawmakers says only the Legislature, not the agencies, could then establish a state exchange in Montana that would renew the subsidies.

Parole bills: A pair of bills are making their way through the legislature that would give the Governor greater power in granting clemency.

5 Under 35: KRTV is once again seeking nominations of young professionals who are striving to make a difference in the Electric City.  Click here to read more.

 


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Shots fired in Riverview http://www.krtv.com/news/shots-fired-in-riverview/ http://www.krtv.com/news/shots-fired-in-riverview/ KRTV News Mon, 26 Jan 2015 9:12:33 PM DaVonté McKenith Shots fired in Riverview

GREAT FALLS -- The Great Falls Police Department has confirmed that shots were fired in the area of 5th St NE and Skyline Drive in the Riverview neighborhood on Monday.

GFPD responded to the scene around 9 p.m.

As of Tuesday morning, police can only confirm that shots were fired and that city police "have recovered shell casings from the scene."

There are no reports that anyone was injured.

The incident is still being investigated; no one has been taken into custody.

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Meet Great Falls Central's Adult Cheer Squad http://www.krtv.com/news/meet-great-falls-central-s-adult-cheer-squad/ http://www.krtv.com/news/meet-great-falls-central-s-adult-cheer-squad/ KRTV News Mon, 26 Jan 2015 8:00:37 PM Brenna Greene (brenna@krtv.com) Meet Great Falls Central's Adult Cheer Squad

GREAT FALLS -- They're impossible to miss at Great Falls Central Catholic High School sporting events: Greg Schraner and Tim Lincoln make up GFCC's self-proclaimed Adult Cheer Squad.

"We stand up during every time out. We start the clap cheer," said Lincoln.

"We do the 'Whoosh,' for free throws and the 'Aw shucks,' when they miss... It's actually 'Aw crap'," said Schraner.

But the roots of what has become a Mustangs staple are actually quite simple.

"We just started showing up at the games cause our kids play and we found that we could just see the game better from the first row," said Lincoln. "We know some of the refs and so we started talking to them and it just kind of grew from there."

The dads are well known for their hijinks. In a world where high school students can be easily embarrassed their teenagers are all for it.

"I like it. It's good to have a supporting cast," said senior Colton Schraner.

"Some kid's parents don't come," said senior Lindsey Lincoln. "It's cool to have my parents there every single game and just to know that they're there supporting me through the whole season."

"My kids actually come and sit with me sometimes because we're having so much fun whereas before they would just ask for money," said Tim.

The squad doesn't just happen at Central. The dads take their show on the road to every 10C gym.

The reactions may be mixed, but the pride never waivers.

"The kids usually look at them funny," said Colton. "Then I say, ‘Oh yeah that's my dad.'"


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A Record-Setting Day in North Central Montana http://www.krtv.com/news/a-record-setting-day-in-north-central-montana/ http://www.krtv.com/news/a-record-setting-day-in-north-central-montana/ KRTV News Mon, 26 Jan 2015 7:50:17 PM Meteorologist Ross Giarratana A Record-Setting Day in North Central Montana

GREAT FALLS -- Thanks for stopping by the STORMTracker Weather Page.

It was a record warm day across north central Montana. Stanford fell just shy of 70F but still shattered their old record of 60F set in 1986.

Here's a list at a few other records that were beaten today:

While tomorrow will be a closer race at the record books, it is still possible we will have another record breaking day. Our forecast high temperatures tomorrow for some areas are right in the neighborhood for Tuesday's records.

 

Stay tuned and we will update you tomorrow if we have any new records to share.

Meteorologist Ross Giarratana


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Gamechangers: Jan 26 http://www.krtv.com/news/gamechangers-jan-26/ http://www.krtv.com/news/gamechangers-jan-26/ KRTV News Mon, 26 Jan 2015 7:44:19 PM Brenna Greene (brenna@krtv.com) Gamechangers: Jan 26

5. Senior at West

-Bears Trevor Spojia steals and makes the circus layup for a momentum swing. West reels off a 23-1 in the third quarter and wins by 17.

4. Simms at Great Falls Central

-Nolan Donisthorpe says, "No, no, no," to Simms' Erik Pshernig. That's out of there. GFCC wins 64-39.

3. Simms/Augusta at Great Falls Central

-The Tigers' Roxie Parenteau finds herself alone under the rim and goes for the reverse lay-up. Simms/Augusta wins 32-20.

2. Bozeman at Great Falls High

-Grant Blomstrom's pass is deflected and picked up by Matt Wyman who slams it down for two. The Hawks beat the Bison 77-76 in OT.

1. Skyview at Great Falls High

-Skyview's Tre'von Strong saves the ball from going out of bounds, but there's more where that comes from. Shot's up and Strong finishes with the strong finish. Skyview wins 69-65.

 


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Bill would increase penalties for stealing a child's identity http://www.krtv.com/news/bill-would-increase-penalties-for-stealing-a-child-s-identity/ http://www.krtv.com/news/bill-would-increase-penalties-for-stealing-a-child-s-identity/ KRTV News Mon, 26 Jan 2015 6:36:36 PM MTN News - Missoula Bill would increase penalties for stealing a child's identity

HELENA -- A lot of adults know to guard against identity theft and to periodically check their credit report -- but they may not be taking the same precautions when it comes to their children.

A bill sponsored by MT State Representative Kim Dudik (D-Missoula) would increase the possible penalties for ID theft against kids.

On Monday, the House Judiciary Committee of the Montana Legislature heard of one study of 40,000 kids that found 10% were already victims.

"Some of them had gun licenses taken in their name, 500 had mortgages, car loans, and 415 had drivers licenses taken out in their name," Bryan Lockerby of the Montana Department of Criminal Investigations said.

"There was a 17-year-old girl who discovered she had $725,000 in debt. Her Social Security number had been used by eight different suspects in different border towns," Dudik said.

Supporters say the average adult discovers identity theft in about 59 days but it can take years to discover when it happens to kids.

The bill would double the maximum penalty for felony identity theft to 20 years if the victim is a child.

Dudik says the bill would bring identity theft law in line with other laws that provide greater penalties for crimes against children.


Here is the full text of the bill:

A BILL FOR AN ACT ENTITLED: "AN ACT PROVIDING AN INCREASED PENALTY FOR THE THEFT OF IDENTITY OF A MINOR; AMENDING SECTION 45-6-332, MCA; AND PROVIDING AN APPLICABILITY DATE."

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MONTANA:

Section 1. Section 45-6-332, MCA, is amended to read:
"45-6-332. Theft of identity. (1) A person commits the offense of theft of identity if the person purposely or knowingly obtains personal identifying information of another person and uses that information for any unlawful purpose, including to obtain or attempt to obtain credit, goods, services, financial information, or medical information in the name of the other person without the consent of the other person.
(2) (a) A person convicted of the offense of theft of identity if no economic benefit was gained or was attempted to be gained or if an economic benefit of less than $1,500 was gained or was attempted to be gained shall be fined an amount not to exceed $1,500, imprisoned in the county jail for a term not to exceed 6 months, or both. If the victim is a minor, the offender shall be fined an amount not to exceed $3,000, imprisoned in the county jail for a term not to exceed 1 year, or both.
(b) A person convicted of the offense of theft of identity if an economic benefit of $1,500 or more was gained or was attempted to be gained shall be fined an amount not to exceed $10,000, imprisoned in a state prison for a term not to exceed 10 years, or both. If the victim is a minor, the offender shall be fined an amount not to exceed $20,000, imprisoned in a state prison for a term not to exceed 20 years, or both.
(3) As used in this section, "personal identifying information" includes but is not limited to the name, date of birth, address, telephone number, driver's license number, social security number or other federal government identification number, tribal identification card number, place of employment, employee identification number, mother's maiden name, financial institution account number, credit card number, or similar identifying information relating to a person.
(4) If restitution is ordered, the court may include, as part of its determination of an amount owed, payment for any costs incurred by the victim, including attorney fees and any costs incurred in clearing the credit history or credit rating of the victim or in connection with any civil or administrative proceeding to satisfy any debt, lien, or other obligation of the victim arising as a result of the actions of the defendant."

NEW SECTION. Section 2. Applicability. [This act] applies to proceedings begun on or after October 1, 2015.
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Sutherland charged with assault after stabbing http://www.krtv.com/news/sutherland-charged-with-assault-after-stabbing/ http://www.krtv.com/news/sutherland-charged-with-assault-after-stabbing/ KRTV News Mon, 26 Jan 2015 6:27:10 PM Joe Huisinga (joe@krtv.com) Sutherland charged with assault after stabbing

GREAT FALLS -- Thomas Sutherland has been charged with assault with a weapon in Great Falls after allegedly stabbing a man on Saturday.

The incident began when Sutherland and the victim where riding in the same vehicle.

Court documents state that both men got out of the car and got into a fist-fight before re-entering the car.

According to police, the men got out of the car again along the 600 block of 6th Street South when the alleged stabbing occurred.

Officers found the vehicle, which was reportedly "covered in blood," at the scene and found blood on Sutherland's shirt when he was taken into custody a few blocks away.

The victim sustained stab wounds to his upper chest and middle back; he was taken to Benefis hospital to be treated for his injuries. The extent of his injuries has not been released.

Court documents note that Sutherland was charged in Utah for "Aiding and Abetting Second-Degree Murder - Juvenile Delinquency," although the date of that charge is not listed.

Prosecutors requested that bond for Sutherland be set at $75,000.


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4 people are trying to win a new car by "living in it" at Great Falls dealer http://www.krtv.com/news/4-people-are-trying-to-win-a-new-car-by-living-in-it-at-great-falls-dealer/ http://www.krtv.com/news/4-people-are-trying-to-win-a-new-car-by-living-in-it-at-great-falls-dealer/ KRTV News Mon, 26 Jan 2015 6:18:13 PM David Sherman (david@krtv.com) 4 people are trying to win a new car by

GREAT FALLS -- If you really want a new car, there are a few ways to go about it. You can save up money until you have enough to buy one. You can apply for a loan. You can scratch lottery tickets until you hit a jackpot.

Or, if you're like these four people, you can enter a contest and then be one of four finalists who have to "live in it to win it!"

The contest is sponsored by Bennett Motors, and more than 160 people entered during football season.

The four finalists took their seats inside the new Subaru at the Bennett Motors showroom in downtown Great Falls at 11 a.m. on Saturday, January 24th -- and will be there for as long as it takes for one of them to out-last the other three.

The last one standing -- or sitting, to be precise -- will win the new car.

As of 6 p.m. on Monday, they have been in the car for 57 hours, and none of them plan to leave anytime soon.

The four finalists are Stacy Dempsey, Debi Halvorson, and Amber Erickson -- all from Great Falls -- and Alan (who declined to give his last name) from Sand Coulee.

All four of them say that they really are "in it to win it," and the Al noted that his calendar is cleared through April.

They do get occasional breaks -- ten minutes every two hours to get out, stretch their legs, use the restroom, and rotate their seating arrangements -- and all of their meals are being brought in from Clark & Lewie's restaurant in the O'Haire Motor Inn.

The four hardy contestants can't rely on their cell phones or Facebook to keep themselves busy -- no electronic devices allowed inside the car. And as for sleeping -- it's pretty much just taking naps while sitting up.

There is a livestream of the event so you can see how they are holding up, and several radio stations are broadcasting periodic updates: 97.9 The River; 92.9 92 Cool; 94.5 Max Country; K99; and 560 AM.

If the live video below doesn't work, click here.



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KRTV Evening Top News - Mon Jan 26 http://www.krtv.com/news/krtv-evening-top-news-mon-jan-26/ http://www.krtv.com/news/krtv-evening-top-news-mon-jan-26/ KRTV News Mon, 26 Jan 2015 6:04:06 PM KRTV Evening Top News - Mon Jan 26

GREAT FALLS -- Top news on KRTV for the evening of Monday, January 26, 2015:

- Thomas Sutherland has been charged for allegedly stabbing a man. Click here to read more. 

- A bill sponsored by MT State Representative Kim Dudik would increase the possible penalties for people convicted of stealing a child's identity. Click here to read more. 

- A bill to shift the power of clemency away from the Parole Board and to the governor passed second-reading in a 59-to-41 vote in the Montana House of Representatives. Click here to read more.

- The C.M. Russell Museum announced that four original watercolor paintings by Charles M. Russell will be auctioned during Western Art Week. Click here for details.


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Alcohol-free Super Bowl party in Great Falls on Sunday http://www.krtv.com/news/alcohol-free-super-bowl-party-in-great-falls-on-sunday/ http://www.krtv.com/news/alcohol-free-super-bowl-party-in-great-falls-on-sunday/ KRTV News Mon, 26 Jan 2015 4:35:00 PM Joel Lundstad Alcohol-free Super Bowl party in Great Falls on Sunday

GREAT FALLS -- Several Great Falls organizations are banding together to provide a community-wide alcohol-free Super Bowl party.

Opportunities Incorporated is spearheading the "Sober Bowl" at the Exhibition Hall of the Montana ExpoPark on Sunday.

Organizers say too many events are focused around alcohol, leading to increased drinking and driving.

They want to create an annual event where anyone can watch the Super Bowl in a fun, festive, and sober environment.

Chastity Roofner of Opportunies Inc. said, "This will give that non-alcoholic family place for people to go that have kids or are in recovery or just don't enjoy going to the bar."

Bev Matsko of Head Start noted, "There's going to a kids' area for them to play games and do some fun activities. There's going to be games for adults, door prizes, free food, and they'll be able to watch the Super Bowl as well."

The doors at the Four Seasons open at 3 p.m. on Sunday.

While the event is free, they are accepting $5 donations from those who want to contribute.

For more information, call Opportunities Inc. at 406-761-0310.

 


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Exposed oil pipeline discovered in Yellowstone River near Glendive http://www.krtv.com/news/exposed-oil-pipeline-discovered-in-yellowstone-river-near-glendive/ http://www.krtv.com/news/exposed-oil-pipeline-discovered-in-yellowstone-river-near-glendive/ KRTV News Mon, 26 Jan 2015 4:20:43 PM Dustin Klemann - MTN News, Billings Exposed oil pipeline discovered in Yellowstone River near Glendive

GLENDIVE -- The Bridger Pipeline Company confirmed via sonar on Sunday that the pipeline that leaked thousands of gallons of oil was exposed in the Yellowstone River, and was no longer underneath the riverbed.

Bridger company spokesman Bill Salvin said sonar showed 120 feet of pipeline exposed in the water, but it is still unclear how the rupture happened. At certain points, the line was at least one foot above the riverbed.

When the company inspected the pipe in 2011, the line was at least eight feet beneath the riverbed.

The leak happened on Saturday, January 17th, and since then, cleanup efforts have resulted in about 275 barrels of oil - or 11,500 gallons - taken from the river.

Salvin said the company would receive more precise numbers on the amount of oil still in the river this week.

Cleanup crews now face one of its biggest challenges this week in the weather.

Warmer temperatures have resulted in lower ice cover, which leads to dangerous conditions for crews to perform cleanup on the river.

"It makes ice conditions on the river a bit more dangerous," Salvin said in a Sunday phone interview. "There are channels that when we look at them in the morning, there's maybe five feet of open water. And by the time we got there this afternoon there is 25 feet of open water."

He explained, "That poses some particular challenges for responders and the oil recovery guys we have out there. Now we still think we have a couple of days in front of us where we can be out on the ice. And keep recovering oil. We're going to keep doing that. But clearly the warmer temperatures are posing challenges to this recovery."

Salvin said while it's important to mitigate environmental impacts, the safety of crews comes first and agencies will not risk "life or limb" on recovery efforts when it is not safe to do so.

For more information, visit PoplarResponse.com, or the Montana DEQ website.


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Blizzard set to hit northeast United States http://www.krtv.com/news/blizzard-set-to-hit-northeast-united-states/ http://www.krtv.com/news/blizzard-set-to-hit-northeast-united-states/ KRTV News Mon, 26 Jan 2015 4:04:12 PM Michael Pearson and Ralph Ellis - CNN Blizzard set to hit northeast United States

(CNN) -- The first major snowstorm of 2015 is expected to hit the Northeastern United States on Monday and Tuesday.

The National Weather Service describes the storm as a "crippling and potentially historic blizzard" that could bring up to 3 feet of snow, heavy winds, widespread power outages and epic travel difficulties.

Airlines canceled thousands of flights, and government officials across the Northeast urged residents to take heed of the weather warnings and prepare for the storm.

Here's what's expected across the region:

New York

New York officials gave a timeline for residents to get home from work ahead of the storm: All public transportation will be shut starting at 11 p.m. ET, and a travel ban on roads in 13 counties -- and in the streets of New York City -- will go into effect at the same time, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said.

"This is a serious situation. If you violate this state order, it's a possible misdemeanor; it's fines up to $300," he said.

At the governor's request, the New York National Guard put 260 soldiers and airmen on duty to assist in the storm's response.

Snow will remain light through Monday evening rush hour.

The heaviest snow is likely to fall between 7 p.m. Monday and noon Tuesday, with more than 2 feet possible by Wednesday morning, the National Weather Service said.

The state Department of Transportation warned of travel disruptions and urged people to stay home. The department said it had moved extra equipment downstate to deal with the impending storm.

New York City Public Schools are open Monday, but after-school activities are canceled because of the blizzard. Schools will be closed Tuesday, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said.

City officials restricted parking, suspended garbage collection and told residents to avoid city parks. Falling tree branches could be dangerous, they said.

Getting around the city will be tough Tuesday, too.

"The good news is the sun will come out again, we just don't know when," said Cuomo.

'Don't underestimate this storm,' mayor says

Connecticut

Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy has declared a state of emergency and signed an order banning travel after 9 p.m. Monday. Motorists should avoid travel for the duration of the storm.

"People need to take this storm seriously," he told reporters. "If current predictions are accurate, we will need people to stay off the roads so that emergency personnel and utility crews can get to the places they need to get to, and to make sure that our plows can keep critical roadways clear."

As many as 120,000 households could lose power and in all likelihood could be without power for several days, Malloy said.

All state colleges are expected to be closed Tuesday.

"I think people are going to use common sense, and certainly we're encouraging them to do it," the governor said.

Massachusetts

Snow will remain light into the evening, with the heaviest likely between 4 a.m. Tuesday and early Tuesday evening.

During that time, winds will gust to 50-plus mph, perhaps 70-plus along the Cape.

Massachusetts officials declared a statewide travel ban effective at midnight.

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker called the situation "an historic, top-five storm."

"Driving will be virtually impossible in many areas for extended periods of time," he said.

The governor activated 500 National Guard troops.

Boston public schools are open Monday, but Mayor Marty Walsh said they will close Tuesday.

Power could be out to thousands for days, officials say.

Despite the blizzard threat, there was a send-off celebration for the Super Bowl-bound New England Patriots on Monday at Boston City Hall Plaza.

Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf urged residents to get ready ahead of the storm, which started Monday and is forecast to intensify from overnight into midday Tuesday.

Philadelphia public schools dismissed students at noon Monday.

The state Department of Transportation urged motorists to postpone travel where possible.

"If you don't have to drive, don't drive," said Wolf. "Safety is first. Do what you have to do to make sure you're safe."

New Jersey

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie declared a state of emergency Monday.

He said crews are standing by to staff 3,700 trucks to salt New Jersey roads and highways.

He said many schools will probably close early Monday and be closed Tuesday.

Transit systems will probably begin to shut down Monday around 10 p.m. and will probably not be available Tuesday, Christie said.

"If you do not have to drive, please stay home and stay off the roads," he said.

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Habitat For Humanity hosting home-buying workshops in Great Falls http://www.krtv.com/news/habitat-for-humanity-hosting-home-buying-workshops-in-great-falls/ http://www.krtv.com/news/habitat-for-humanity-hosting-home-buying-workshops-in-great-falls/ KRTV News Mon, 26 Jan 2015 3:48:47 PM David Sherman (david@krtv.com) Habitat For Humanity hosting home-buying workshops in Great Falls

GREAT FALLS -- Habitat For Humanity will host two free workshops in Great Falls this week for people who would like the chance to participate in a home-building program.

To become a "partner family" and be selected to receive a new home, applicants must attend one of the two workshops, and be willing to put their hands to work.

The first session will be held on Tuesday, January 27, at 6:00 pm at Opportunities Incorporated at 905 1st Avenue North

The second workshop will be on Saturday, January 31, at 2:00 pm at the Habitat For Humanity ReStore at 401 3rd Avenue South

The workshops will feature details of the housing program.

Applications will be distributed at the end of the workshop for completion by February 11th. No registration is necessary to attend the workshops.

For more information, call Habitat at 406-453-5972 or click here to visit the website.


How to Qualify for a Habitat for Humanity Home

Need
You will be considered for a Habitat home if your present housing is not adequate, and if you are unable to obtain adequate housing through other conventional means. Lack of adequate housing may include problems with the present structure; water, electrical or sewage service systems; heating system; and/or a secure living environment for adults and children.

Income
Habitat for Humanity serves low-income families that fall within 30% - 60% of median average income. Income ranges will be reviewed at the workshop along with guidance to determine whether you qualify.

Ability to Pay
You will actually be purchasing your home from Habitat for Humanity. While the loan does not require a downpayment and is interest free, you must demonstrate your ability to make a monthly mortgage payment to Habitat for Humanity.

Willingness to Participate as a Habitat Partner
When selected, you become a "partner family" in the Habitat movement and must complete 500 hours of volunteer work before moving into your home. Your assistance in constructing your home and the homes of others is called "sweat equity." This may include clearing the lot, paintng, providing food for construction volunteers and/or helping at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore or Admin office.


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Belgrade man found dead in Yellowstone National Park http://www.krtv.com/news/belgrade-man-found-dead-in-yellowstone-national-park/ http://www.krtv.com/news/belgrade-man-found-dead-in-yellowstone-national-park/ KRTV News Mon, 26 Jan 2015 2:44:47 PM MTN News - Great Falls Belgrade man found dead in Yellowstone National Park

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK -- The body of a Montana man was found over the weekend along a ski trail in Yellowstone National Park.

Snowshoers called 911 around noon on Saturday, after spotting what they thought was a frozen human body in the snow along a groomed ski trail in the northern part of the park.

Park rangers responded to the Frog Rock Trailhead, which is south of the Grand Loop Road, eight and a half miles east of Mammoth Hot Springs.

They discovered the body of Merik Morgan from Belgrade, 52 years old, not far from the ski trail along the Blacktail Plateau Drive.

A press release from Yellowstone National Park says that initial indications are that the man succumbed to hypothermia, but they are continuing to investigate the circumstances of Morgan's death.


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Emergency crews responding to fire in Great Falls http://www.krtv.com/news/emergency-crews-responding-to-fire-in-great-falls-71431/ http://www.krtv.com/news/emergency-crews-responding-to-fire-in-great-falls-71431/ KRTV News Mon, 26 Jan 2015 2:23:50 PM Joe Huisinga (joe@krtv.com) Emergency crews responding to fire in Great Falls

GREAT FALLS -- Emergency crews have been dispatched to a reported fire near a home on the 2900 block of 9th Avenue North in Great Falls.

There is no word yet on the cause of the fire.


(UPDATE, 3:02 pm)  A pickup truck was on fire.

Crews quickly extinguished the fire.

No buildings were damaged, and no injuries reported.

Fire crews are investigating to determine what caused the fire.


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Film festival delights movie-goers in Polson http://www.krtv.com/news/film-festival-delights-movie-goers-in-polson/ http://www.krtv.com/news/film-festival-delights-movie-goers-in-polson/ KRTV News Mon, 26 Jan 2015 1:50:01 PM Don Fisher - MTN News, Missoula Film festival delights movie-goers in Polson

POLSON -- Polson played host to the Flathead Lake International Cinemafest (FLIC) over the weekend.

Frank Tyro says he co-founded the event three years ago when he saw a need for a smaller, regional film festival in the Flathead.

"It attracts people in the winter time when there's not a lot of other things going on. It also I think obviously contributes to the economy of the community and the area," he explained.

"We are really happy with it and how the community has supported it, and how the different filmmakers have really embraced what we do here," Tyro added.

The Cinemafest featured more than 80 films from 13 countries, and ranged from 30-minute animations to full-length films.

The people who put so much work into these films agree it's very rewarding to have their work shown to such an interested audience.

"We don't make any money on it, took us years to finish it, and it feels really good to be able to share that with people," film-makers Nickos Pastos and Steve Zieverick said.

"The larger film festivals, it's too much hype. This one is very sensible and it's about the films. It's about people watching films and enjoying new ideas."

"Showing it to people, you're really nervous how they're going to respond to it because it's so personal to you," explained Randa Leigh Adams.

'Even though it's not you physically in the film, you're behind the camera, but you have so much emotion into it so, really nervous at first but now watching it so many times with so many people, I just want more people to see it and see what they have to say about it."

One filmmaker told us her favorite part of the experience was not seeing her own production on the big screen, but seeing the works of her piers.

"Lots of good films. We've enjoyed the ones so far and saw some great ones last night. And they put together a good festival. I know it will just continue to grow," Wendee Pettis told us.

Tyro expects about 1,000 people to attend the festival through the weekend, and hopes they all enjoy, and learn something from the diversity of films offered.

"It's just wonderful to see all of these different films as well as different perspectives that sometimes we don't always get in Montana," Tyro said.

Click here to visit the festival website.


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