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Splash Park Fundraising Strong

Shelby Mayor Dr. Larry Bonderud notified us this morning that donations for the Shelby Splash Park have already reached $17,000.  Approximately $30,000 is needed to provide more of the "toys" for the park, so the City is well on its way to being able to purchase those "toys" and have them in place by next year

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It’s In The Cards

,Our Marias Heritage Center will be holding their infamous Card Party this afternoon (Monday) & the entire community is invited! They'll cut the cards & start the FUN at 1:30 SHARP today up at the Heritage. There'

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A firefighter patrols the Bear Creek Fire along Spotted Bear River Rd. 8-16-15 (USFS Photo)
A firefighter patrols the Bear Creek Fire along Spotted Bear River Rd. 8-16-15 (USFS Photo)
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Spotted Bear District Fires Update 8-24-15 9:00am

Bear Creek Fire:  SIZE: 19,595 Acres   Fire crews continue to mop up hot spots in the Meadow Creek Trailhead and the Meadow Creek Outfitter’s corral.  Engines are patrolling the Gorge Creek Road #549 between Meadow Creek Trailhead and Gorge Creek Trailhead to mop up hot spots and remove hazard trees.  Additional en

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The Thompson-Divide Complex’s Sheep Fire burns west of Highway 2 between Mile Markers 182 and 181 about 1 mile south of Essex, MT, Aug. 22, 2015. (photo Jonathan Moor)
The Thompson-Divide Complex’s Sheep Fire burns west of Highway 2 between Mile Markers 182 and 181 about 1 mile south of Essex, MT, Aug. 22, 2015. (photo Jonathan Moor)
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Thompson Wildfire Complex Update 8-24-15 8:00am

Sheep Fire is 1 Mile from Essex

Highway 2 is open. Pilot cars will run 24 hours a day, but the highway could be closed due to changing fire conditions. Expect delays of 10-15 minutes.

The BNSF and Amtrak trains ha

The Exercise Factor
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Get Moving Montana

The creator of "Get America Moving," Jim Kirwan, is out with, in my opinion, one of the most ambitious books ever! His new book is, "The Exercise Factor," & it's up for grabs this afternoon (Monday) on Puffman Musical Trivia. Be

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A firefighter on the Thompson Fire in Glacier National Park works to extinguish the flames. Credit: Photo by Peggy Miller
A firefighter on the Thompson Fire in Glacier National Park works to extinguish the flames. Credit: Photo by Peggy Miller
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Thompson Wildfire Complex Update – 8-23-15 8:00pm

Sheep Fire 1 mile from Essex
Highway 2 is reopened, with pilot cars escorting traffic in both directions to ensure safe traffic flow through the fire area. Pilot cars will run 24 hours a day, but the highway could be closed due to changing fire conditions. Expect delays of 10-15 minutes.
The BNSF and Amtrak trains have been running.  For more information on Amtrak call 1-(800) 872-7245.

Residents of Essex and the surrounding area have been advised that they may be evacuated if the Sheep Fire becomes an imminent threat. The American Red Cross has prepared to open a shelter at West Glacier if needed.

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CHS Foundation Executive Director, William Nelson presented a $250,000 check from the CHS Foundation to MSU-Northern Chancellor Greg Kegel for Northern’s new Diesel Technology Building. (Photo:MSU Northern)
CHS Foundation Executive Director, William Nelson presented a $250,000 check from the CHS Foundation to MSU-Northern Chancellor Greg Kegel for Northern’s new Diesel Technology Building. (Photo:MSU Northern)
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CHS Foundation Donates $250,000 to MSUN Auto/Diesel Center

Havre, Mont. - August 21, 2015 -Continuing its longstanding partnership with Montana State University-Northern, the CHS Foundation today, presented a check for $250,000 for use in  Northern's new Auto/Diesel Technology Center

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(Photo: Glacier National Park)
(Photo: Glacier National Park)
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Glacier National Park: August 25th is Fee-Free Tuesday

National Park Service Celebrates 99th Birthday

WEST GLACIER, MT.  –The entrance fee for Glacier National Park will be waived on Tuesday, August 25, in recognition of the National Park Service Birthday. The National Park Service turns 99 years old this year.

The National

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A firefighter works on the Haywood Creek fire 8-21-15 (USFS Photo)
A firefighter works on the Haywood Creek fire 8-21-15 (USFS Photo)
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L&C Nat’l Forest Wildfire Update 8-21-15

There are currently 11 fires burning on the Lewis & Clark National Forest. Most are very small, and all were caused by lightning in early August.

Current Status of the Family Creek Complex: Total acres – 698 (more accurate mapping from infrared 8/20)

Fires are currently creeping and smoldering. Structure protection established at

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The Thompson-Divide Complex’s Sheep Fire burns east of Highway 2 and south of McDonald Creek about 2 miles south of Essex, MT, Aug. 21, 2015. (photo Jonathan Moor-NPS)
The Thompson-Divide Complex’s Sheep Fire burns east of Highway 2 and south of McDonald Creek about 2 miles south of Essex, MT, Aug. 21, 2015. (photo Jonathan Moor-NPS)
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US-2 is OPEN! Pilot Cars Leading Traffic through Fire Area

Thompson Complex Fire Update for 8-22-15 9:00am

A cold front with thunderstorms and some rain late yesterday cleared the smoky conditions in the area. The rain had some slowing effect on the fires. However, all fi

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Waterton Lakes Fire 100% Contained, Under Control


The Waterton Lake wildfire is now 100% contained, and is considered “under control”.

The fire burned approximately 25 acres on the slopes of Campbell Mountain, on the west side of Upper Waterton Lake in Glacier National Park.

Parks Canada crews will contin

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Chip Chip Chipping Away

,If you're barreling down US-87 from Box Elder-North, chip seal got under way there on Thursday & there'll be a 24 hour pilot car in place throughout this weekend. You can expect chip sealing activities, loose gravel, reduced speed of 35 MPH, pilot cars, traffic controlled by signal light, & flaggers. Please

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