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Security measures around school designs Video included

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In light of the recent shootings, KFBB wanted to find out how much of a role anti-terrorism measures come into play when it comes to building schools. We spoke with the architects behind the new Giant Springs Elementary school here in Great Falls to find out.   Tim Peterson, an architect for LPW, said since Sandy Hook they have seen a spike in schools wanting that extra feel of security. To ensure that architects are even getting involved in taking active shooter courses to get t... More>>

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National Alliance on Mental Illness holding free educational classes Video included

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Join the National Alliance on Mental Health for their upcoming free program offered to folks throughout Central Montana. The two classes, both peer-to-peer and family-to-family, will discuss a range of support, education and advocacy for those with mental illness. Some potential disorders of discussion include: major depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder, borderline personality disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder,...

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Icy roads causing a number of accidents

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Montana Highway Patrol and Cascade County Sheriffs were busy Friday morning responding to an average of about 15 accidents per hour according to the MHP incident website. Just before 8 a.m. Friday morning there were reports of a person stuck underneath a vehicle near the exit for Vaughn on I-15 -. After speaking with MHP they tell us he was not pinned but did lose control of his car after sliding on some ice.  The driver refused medical treatment and was given a ride home. Then... More>>

More extreme winter weather headed for Montana

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Every year it seems as if the winters get harsher and harsher here in Montana, this year the National Weather Service said we're off to a record start. The Great Falls area has seen the second snowiest winter on record, we have already seen at just over 60 inches of snow since July 1st of last year. They said numbers will definitely go up for almost everyone across the state over the weekend. They said its always great to be prepared for any type of weather no matter what time of th... More>>

MHP responds to nearly 100 incidents across MT

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Montana Highway Patrol has already responded to 15 accidents across the state from 7:20 am - 8:55 am Friday.  

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Weather wreaks havoc on Hi-Line

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Road conditions continue to be treacherous along the Hi-Line.  

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Severe driving conditions along I-15

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MDT is reporting severe driving conditions across Montana.  

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Mother Nature hammers the Hi Line

Blackfeet Law Enforcement has told us some of the roads are open near Browning and Cut Bank, however, they expect it to only be open temporarily.  

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UPDATE: Shooting suspect facing additional charge

A shooting happened on the 700 block of 4th Ave NW at approximately 3:30 this morning. GFPD says the suspect drove up to the victims' car and accused them of having a stolen purse. When the victims' denied having the purse, the suspect shot at the vehicle "6 or7 times" according to the victim. Their car was hit twice. The victim called GFPD and told them the suspect was following him in their car and was on his way to the police station.  GFPD officers inte...

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Roads near Browning to remain closed through the night

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Montana Highway Patrol is reporting road closures all around Browning.   

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Levi Johnson identified as teacher involved with student Video included

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One Great Falls Public School Teacher has resigned after being accused of having an inappropriate sexual relationship with a 17-year-old student. 

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Man facing charges for possessing a stolen vehicle

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One man is facing charges after being found in possession of a vehicle stolen from the UM campus. 

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Four-hour long standoff leads to SWAT deploying tear gas

One man was arrested Saturday night in East Helena after a four-hour long standoff with the Lewis and Clark County Sheriff's Office. According to Sheriff Leo Dutton, deputies were called to a home on Valley View Drive in East Helena around 8 p.m. The caller said a man had pointed a gun at a woman and was riding around the property on a four-wheeler. When deputies arrived the man, identified as 21-year-old Stryker Navarre Miller, took off on foot. Deputies were able to track him to a s...

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Montana Senior Olympics

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The Winter Olympics begin today in South Korea, and while the world's top athletes are there to compete, there are also some incredible Olympians here in the Treasure State.  

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Helena and Havre schools shut down ahead of storm

Helena Public Schools will not be in session tomorrow.  The district made the announcement earlier this morning after they decided to release students early from school Thursday.

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New scam takes $1,900 from local resident

A new scam is rearing it's ugly head and this time it has to do  with your NorthWestern Energy bill. Several calls have been reported to the Cascade County Sheriff's Office, in which someone claims to be from NorthWestern Energy. 

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Parks Director says Natatorium "probably at the end or past its life expectancy," Engineers deem building safe

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The Marony Natatorium, otherwise known as the Great Falls City Pool, has been sitting with fences and caution tape around it for a couple weeks now. It has raised concerns about the building’s safety. Rest assured the pool has been deemed safe by two different structural engineers. But, the Park and Recreation Department is being extra cautious and bringing in a mason to pull structural bricks to check for deterioration. However, they know more fixes will be needed in the... More>>

Comfort Food Classic with Family Promise of Great Falls Video included

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Join Family Promise of Great Falls for their 3rd Annual Comfort Food Classic.  Different this year compared to years past, restaurants will be featuring their best "comfort food" for folks to vote on. Contestants include Golden Corral, Perkins, Beef 'O' Brady's, Clark and Lewie's, Howard's Pizza, Rikki's, Morning Light Coffee Roasters, Bert and Ernies, and Electric City Coffee.  The fun kicks off at 4:00pm on Saturday, February 10th at the Moose Lodge in Black Ea...

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Last of six defendants sentenced in gun and drug trade case

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The United States Attorney's Office announced today that the last of six co-defendants was sentenced today concerning her role in a methamphetamine for guns trade that occurred in Great Falls back in 2015. 

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Non profit supports recovery

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One local non-profit is helping give those in recovery from addictions vocational skills and good work habits as they look to be substance free, and this wintery weather has given them more to work with. 

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Experts have cautious optimism for water supply due to above normal snow pack

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According to a USDA, the state has had a favorable amount of snow and has been in good standing since November. Even with warmer temperatures, the mountain snowpack stood strong with little to no discharge at water yielding elevations. Water supply specialist, Lucas Zukiewicz said, should the weather pattern La Nina continues to favor the state with above normal snowfall, water supply could be more than adequate for irrigation and recreation this summer, but if it takes a t... More>>

UPDATE: Sheriff Carl Suta withdraws from race Video included

Sheriff Carl Suta was officially suspended by Pondera county commissioners early Wednesday morning after the county commission saw fit to do so, after Suta accusation of official misconduct. 

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Helena Schools Closed; All Basketball Games Postponed

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All Helena Public schools will be letting out early today due to weather. Elementary & High Schools will be released at 2:30pm. Middle schools will be released at 2:15pm 

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Weapon found in morning shooting in Great Falls Video included

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Possible gunshots heard near Planned Parenthood in Great Falls.

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Tintina changing name to Sandfire Resources America

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Effective Friday, February 2nd, the company behind the Black Butte Copper Mine near the Smith River will no longer be known as Tintina Resources; they are now changing their name to reflect their Australian roots, to Sandfire Resources America. Company CEO John Shanahan says while there are between 250 and 300 shareholders throughout Central Montana, the Australian company Sandfire Resources is a 78 percent shareholder. In other words, while there are a lot of players, the...

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High heel and spoon used to beat child

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Two are facing charges of assault on a minor after reportedly beating a 12-year-old girl with a high heeled shoe and kitchen utensils. 

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East Missoula manhunt

East Missoula residents urged to lock doors as deputies pursue armed fugitive

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According to an alert from Missoula County 911, East Missoula residents are urged to stay inside and lock their doors as law enforcement officers pursue an armed fugitive. 

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Slaughter announces his candidacy for Sheriff

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Jesse Slaughter announced his candidacy this morning for Cascade County Sheriff at the elections office.  He says it has been a dream of his since he was sworn in 18 years ago. Slaughter says he will focus on child and drug abuse epidemics, as well as making the Sheriff's Department more accessible to the community. "We need to re-engage with the community," Slaughter said. "There is a community trust issue and we need to get that back." We did reach out t... More>>

Local Business Spotlight: Black Eagle Country Club

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The Black Eagle Country Club, or BECC for short, has been part of the community for decades. They’re known for their great food, wonderful atmosphere, and friendly staff. But what many might not know is the behind the scenes work they do to help others. “We've tried to do a number of fundraisers, especially for the black eagle volunteer fire department, these guys are out there saving lives and putting out fires and things that most of us can’t do,” says Clay... More>>

High winds and allergies

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With the High Wind Warning in effect for much of Montana, it raises concerns for those living with asthma or allergies. Dust, debris, and mold get picked up from the wind and float around in the air. People then inhale it into their lungs to cause inflammation. David Kluge, who is a physician with the Great Falls Clinic, says that mold is the most common in the winter and if you are allergic to it you could end up in the hospital.  Kluge adds that it's important to take a... More>>

Law enforcement searching for man who walked away from Prerelease Center

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The Department of Corrections is asking for the public's help after Roy D. Smith-Mullenix failed to return to the Great Falls Prerelease Center on Wednesday, Jan. 24.  He is convicted of theft in Flathead County. If you see him, contact local law enforcement.  More>>

17-year-old dies of hypothermia in Blaine County

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A 17-year-old male was found dead in a field near Highway 2 Thursday morning.

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One killed, one injured in Helena car crash

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One woman is dead after a wreck near Helena. According to the Helena Police Department, the accident happened around 8 p.m. We're told the car was being driven by the woman when it went off the roadway and slammed into a tree. The woman was taken to the hospital where she later died. A man who was also in the car was injured but is expected to be fine. HPD speculates the crash may have been caused by a medical episode involving the driver. The name of the victim was not immediately re... More>>

One dead, one injured in Belgrade shooting

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One person is dead and another is injured after a shooting in Belgrade. According to the Belgrade Police Department, officers responded to the call around 9 in the morning on Sunday. When they arrived, they found one person was unresponsive and another was injured. The victim was quickly taken to the hospital. Police say a suspect was identified and arrested. Right now there is no threat to the community. No names have been released until family can be notified.

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Avalanche leaves semi stuck and highway closed for several hours

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An avalanche occurred Friday across highway 200 near mile-marker 55 off of Mineral Hill in Powell county. The highway was closed for several hours as first responders had to dig out a semi and a pickup truck stuck in the snow. The pictures that are linked to this story of the semi truck were posted on Facebook page by Zach Muse, fire chief of the Lincoln Fire Department. It was only the nose of the semi that was partially buried by the avalanche. According to Chief Muse the...

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MDT looking for rest stop vandal

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The Montana Department of Transportation is looking for a person of interest in a fire at a rest stop in Divide. We're told the fire did more than $7,000 in damage. This isn't the first fire MDT has had at rest stops. In fact, the department says there has been a string of 12 fire at 8 differing rest areas. The most recent blazes have been in Bozeman, Butte, and Troy. If you have any information or can help identify the person in the attached photo, you're asked to contact Mike ... More>>

MDT list some highways as "severe driving condition"

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Road conditions throughout the state are still relatively bad. Overnight snow and wind have forced some roads to put under what the Department of Transportation calls "severe driving conditions." According to Montana Highway Patrol, over the past 24 hours they have responded to over 300 accidents statewide, only 8 were classified as injury and none were fatal. Brandi Hamilton of MDT said, "When we are advising folks that traveling can be difficult and that they can run... More>>

Pet of the week: Remington

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This week KFBB is featuring Remington as our Pet of the Week. He's available for adoption right now at the Maclean Animal Adoption Center (MAAC) in Great Falls. Remington is a 2 and a half you old, small lab mix who is very outgoing, has a lot of energy, and loves to be around people. “He is very playful and energetic so he would do well in a family that can walk him regularly or have a yard to play in,” said Erin Doran His playful and outgoing character means he like... More>>

Man found beaten and unresponsive

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Paul Joseph Laverdure is charged with aggravated assault after her is accused of beating a man. Police say when the arrived to the 900 block of 2nd Ave South they found a man who was unresponsive, and appeared to be choking on his own blood. Police say he was beaten so bad that both of his eyes were swollen shut and had a busted lip. Police said Laverdure showed up to the scene shortly after them with bloody knuckles and blood on his clothes. Police said last...

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Discovering the Future from Great Falls High Video included

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The Great Falls High choir director, Patrick Ryan is playing a new tune, thanks to the GFPSF Discovery Grant program. He surprised his students with last August when they were awarded $6,000 dollars for a brand new baby grand piano. He said, "they walked in on the first day of school and saw this instrument and fell in love from the get-go." Patrick said the old piano the choir had just wasn't doing the job. The old one put out old flat sounding tunes while the new one is p... More>>

No delays or cancellations in Great falls despite emergency travel notice

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Great Falls Public Schools remained open today with no delays, even during an emergency travel only notice issued by Sheriff Bob Edwards. Great Falls Public Schools said nothing, their Facebook page had no updates. So school was still on despite the warning going until about 8 a.m. this morning when Sheriff Edwards lifted the travel notice. “I put out the advisory, you know at first I put out a warning, hey its bad out there, try not to travel if you don’t have to. As it... More>>

Maclean Animal Adoption Center pays off debt after 13 months

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The Maclean Animal Adoption Center has some big news today, they officially paid off all of their debt from building the shelter. Here’s the crazy thing, they did it in 13 months. Thanks to the Cameron family who donated more than a half a million dollars, the shelter now is virtually debt free. The adoption center says this is a huge milestone for them. “The committee worked really hard for this to raise these funds. we are so grateful to Nancy Cameron, her brother an... More>>

Tickets still available for "Art Competing for Causes" Video included

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It’s almost time for the most magical time of the year in Great Falls: Western Art Week! On Thursday’s Community Spotlight, we highlight one auction that is giving back to several organizations throughout Central Montana. The “Art Competing for Causes” will be taking place during the “Footprints on the Trail” Art Show on March 17th at the Holiday Inn in Great Falls. The art preview and silent auction kicks off at 5:00pm, the quick finish starts at ...

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School bus carrying children slides off road Video included

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A school bus carrying 8 students drove off the side of the road due to the nasty weather conditions Wednesday. This all happening on highway 287 near mile marker 47, just 12 miles north of Augusta. The Teton County Sheriff's office tells us they received a call for assistance from the Lewis and Clark County Sheriff's office, and once they got there they found the bus on the side of the road heading southbound. The bus was from the Augusta school district and Sheriff Keith Van Setten s... More>>

Hi-Line Hospitals are well prepared for blizzard conditions Video included

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The Hi-line has faced some brutal weather over the past few weeks from gusting wind to almost whiteout conditions. This raises the question how first responders and emergency services dealing with it. 

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Severe weather impacts Hi-Line roads; one fatal wreck reported

The Montana Department of Transportation has closed portions of Hwy 2 from Chester to Havre, a stretch of I-15  from the Canadian border to just north of Shelby, and Hwy 89 from Saint Mary to Browning. According to MDT road report map, those stretches of highways are seeing gusting winds and snow causing visibility to be very low. 

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Great Falls Emergency Services offers CPR Classes, says more people need training

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There may come a time when you’re walking down the street or even somewhere in your office when you run into someone having a heart attack. Unfortunately if a situation like this happens in great falls, latest statistics show fewer people know what to do. “One of the deficits of the Great Falls Area as far as cardiac arrest survivability is the lack of bystander CPR and use of an AED. This is actually a fairly crucial link in the chain of survival for a cardiac arrest vic...

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Man accused of biting woman's cheek, headbutting her

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A man is facing charges after a woman says he hit, but choked, and headbutted her before she convinced him to walk to Walmart where she could escape and scream for help.  

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Graduation Matters Month in Cascade County Video included

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United Way of Cascade County is continuing to support our students, and the future of Montana, through the Graduation Matters initiative.  Organizer Gary Owen says the entire month is dedicated to working with students, ages elementary school through high school, so they can succeed academically and come out on top. According to United Way, the high school dropout rate has nearly been cut in half since the program began in 2008.  For more information, or to participate, vi...

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UPDATE: 2016 Drive-by shooting suspect sentenced

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UPDATE: Alleged former motorcycle gang member Tyler Matthew Christiansen has been sentenced to three years in his role in a 2016 drive-by shooting.

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BBB warns consumers of shipping scams

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The Better Business Bureau warns consumers that scammers are using names like DHL, United States Postal Service, and even FedEx to steal your money.

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Beware of Valentine's Day scams

It's a holiday that lovey-dovey types are counting the hours to Valentine's day and right now we're just a few hours until the official start. Many are seeking to find love but if you're not careful you may end up finding yourself caught up in a romance scam. According to the Better Business Bureau(BBB), scammers pretend to be love interests and play on emotion for financial gain. Last year scammers stole over 1 billion dollars from the people who were looking for love. They say ther...

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Great Falls Emergency Services enacts new protocols

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After 2 years of research, new protocols have been put in place for Great Falls Emergency Services.

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Fairfield bus routes limited due to snow

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Fairfield Schools announced Tuesday evening that only two bus routes will be running Wednesday. They include are Route 3- Hausman, and Route 5, Johnson. School officials ask that students be waiting near the highway since buses will not be able to get off the highways to pick them up.   More>>

Rocky Boy water supply low, officials urge public to boil water

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The Rocky Boy reservation's water supply is dangerously low, and now officials are urging the public to boil water. KHEW 88.5 FM released this statement earlier today. "PUBLIC NOTICE DRINKING WATER WARNING The Rocky Boy Rural water supply is VERY LOW BOIL YOUR WATER BEFORE USING WHAT SHOULD YOU DO? DO NOT DRINK THE WATER WITHOUT BOILING IT FIRST. Bring all water to a boil, let it boil 3 minutes and let it cool before using or us bottled water. Boiled or bottled water should b...

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Great Falls Snowmobile Club celebrates accomplishment, future events Video included

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It may only be February, but it has already been an impressive year for the Great Falls Snowmobile Club.  The organization recently took home three top awards from the Montana Snowmobile Association, including "Club of the Year," "Snowmobiler of the Year" for member Hank Raaum, and "Groomer of the Year." President Bill McDaniel says it's a huge honor for the entire club, and it's pushed them forward to be even bigger and better.  To help make...

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Search no more for the perfect V-Day gift Video included

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Valentines day is less than 24 hours away... And safe to say a lot of people are still scrambling trying to find the perfect gift for their special somebody. Well, Benefis said they have an idea for you. Therapists from Benefis Health System said, massages are the best option for your loved one, because not only will they enjoy it, but it's healthy for them too. Adding people often come in because they are sore or want to relieve stress, but there is more to it. &nbs... More>>

Ice jam could spell trouble

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TOWNSEND, Mont.- Ice jams are nothing new for the people of Townsend. They see one about every year, but folks around here tell me its a bit more severe this time. "This one’s been worse than normal,” said David  Doig, a life-long resident. Officials with the National Weather Service agree with David. NWS' chief hydrologist made the trek from Great Falls to see just how bad things are. "In this case it’s a little bit of a unique situation because t... More>>

Finalists announced for Carroll College President

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In a press release, Carroll College has announced the two finalists vying for the position of President.  Dr. John Cech of Helena, and Dr. Thomas Powell of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania are the final two candidates.  Dr. Cech is Deputy Commissioner of Higher Education for the Montana University System, and he serves as the Chief Academic, Research and Student Affairs Officer for the 11 campuses of the Montana University System. He and his wife Victoria will be on campus Thursda...

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Keeping the dog sledding tradition alive Video included

The 33rd annual Race to the Sky, Montana's premier 300 and 100-mile dog sled races took place this past weekend. Over 100 dogs and mushers competed for the top prize but one musher said it's not all about winning. 

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GFPS Committee recommends final option for redistricting, Board makes final decision soon

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Tonight, Great Falls Public School's committee gave the school board their final recommendation for the redistricting of its elementary schools. The consulting firm which is overseeing the redistricting explained why the adjustment needed to take place, and why some options just didn't work. In short they came up with a form of option d. Some of the changes included the Sacajawea elementary school going back to existing zones. The Whittier and Giant Springs line will be drawn at ... More>>

YWCA Salute to Women Gala Video included

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Support powerful, inspiring women in our community by nominating someone for the 26th Annual Salute to Women Gala at the YWCA of Great Falls.  The event will be April 21st in Great Falls; nominations are accepted until Friday, February 23rd. From the YWCA's website:  "...six outstanding women from the community will be honored in addition to a new Lifetime Achievement Award being given to Sheila Rice. Honorees will be recognized for their contribution to their profess... More>>

Supporting our children

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Over the weekend, teams, joined together to support Big Brothers Big Sisters of Great Falls by hitting the bowling lanes in an effort to help reach their fundraising goal. 

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Winter on the ice

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With winter in full swing that has not stopped Montanans from getting outdoors and having fun! But Great Falls Fire and Rescue said there are some areas where your fun could put you in danger if you are not careful.

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Local LEGO League Champions

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4th and 5th graders at the Foothills Community Christian School got innovative earlier this month, winning first place in the state at the FIRST LEGO League Championship Tournament. The kids won in the innovative solution category and competed against 69 teams from across the state.  The theme of this year's competition was Hydro Dynamics, where the students focused on chlorine's effects on the body. "We found out that chlorine can cause itchy and burning eyes, itchy skin... More>>

Woman dies after snowmobile accident

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A woman has died following a snowmobile accident in Dog Creek near Helena.  According to the Lewis and Clark Coroner's Office, 33-year-old Laura Park died from blunt force trauma after hitting a tree Saturday afternoon. It all happened around 3:15 p.m. More>>

Pet of the week: Abby

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This week KFBB is featuring Abby as our Pet of the Week. She's available for adoption right now at the Maclean Animal Adoption Center (MAAC) in Great Falls. Abby is a 3-year-old smaller cat who is doing very well for her tough upbringing. “She was found as a stray out in Belt and she wasn’t doing very well when she was brought to us and we brought her back and she is doing wonderful now,” said Erin Doran. Abby does have some shaven spots from previous health probl... More>>

One man injured in vehicle rollover on Warden Bridge

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One man is left injured in a vehicle rollover on the 10th Ave. South bridge (Warden Bridge) over the Missouri River at approximately 10 this morning. GFPD says he has a small laceration to his head and is expected to recover. The 10th Ave South bridge is closed to eastbound traffic at this time. Because of this, expect delays in the area as numerous officers are directing traffic. We will continue to update you with more information as it becomes available More>>

Discovering the Future Video included

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We begin our series discovering the future, where we highlight how schools around the electric city are spending grants given by the Great Falls Public Schools Foundation. Students at CMR in Mr. Shaun Kohut's, auto tech class has a 1984 Pontiac they have been trying to complete for almost 2 years. The donor car was selected as a test bed for a fuel mileage testing project, where students plan and test theories related to fuel mileage.   Pat says it's not just piecing together ...

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Cascade County Sheriff's office may soon offer citizens academy Video included

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The Cascade County sheriff's office is looking to start their own citizen's academy and they are looking to hear the public's input. Sheriff Bob Edwards said there is more that goes into being a  sheriff's deputy than the public might think. He believes a citizen's academy would offer the people a chance to see some of the rigorous training a Cascade County deputy must go through in order to protect the people. Edwards said, "the duties of the sheriff are differ... More>>

Community Spotlight: No Smile Left Behind

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Great Falls College MSU and the United Way of Cascade County are teaming up for their annual 'No Smile Left Behind' event. Beth, Kim and Megan stopped by the KFBB Studios to explain how important this day is, and what it means to our community.  More>>

Snowing in the Hi line

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While we may have picked up more snow overnight, its really nothing compared to what those who live along the Hi-line are seeing. People are literally snowed in and stuck at home in places like Kiowa, Saint Mary's and Babb. Further east in Chinook drifts are forming and even one viewer in Fort Belknap had to plow out to feed his cows  

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The City of Great Falls needs public help on how to spend grant money

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The City of Great Falls Planning and Community Development receives the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnership Grant (HOME) block grant every year. What makes this year so special they are taking a new approach with a public survey. Maria Porter, grant writer for the City of Great Falls, said by having this survey it gives the city a better understanding on how to address resident needs and make them a priority. Porter said... More>>

Flu cases increasing in Montana

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Cases of the flu have picked up here in Montana.  According to Montana DPHHS, there have been 779 cases reported during week five of 2018.   More than 4,000 cases have been reported total this season, with more than 400 hospitalizations.  17 different outbreaks have also been reported. According to the CDC, the best ways to prevent the flu is to avoid close contact with those who are sick, cover your mouth and nose when sneezing, wash your hands and avoid touch... More>>

City Commissioners decide to bring park district to voters

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Tonight, the Great Falls City Commission decided to let the proposed tax increase to fund city parks heads to the may 8th ballot.   The commission held their public hearing for the proposed tax increase to fund the park district. There were numerous proponents of the tax increase, and no opponents in attendance. “I believe the establishment of park district one is needed and is valuable to the future of Great Falls. Send it to the voters,” said Roger Curtis. Afte...

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Footprints in the snow lead to arrest

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Footprints in the snow lead police right to their suspect after reports of missing items from vehicles. 

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Sheriff Bob Edwards says he won't quit after ethics panel request

Tuesday, the POST committee asked Cascade County Sheriff ,Bob Edwards, to surrender his coroner and peace officer certifications, amid his assault allegations. 

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Charles Russell Area Winter Games coming to Showdown Ski Resort Video included

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Join Special Olympics Montana for the annual Charles Russell Area Winter Games! This year’s games take place Friday, February 9th at Showdown Ski Resort. Opening ceremony is at 9:30am, and Awards ceremony is at 1:30pm. The day will feature snowshoe, snowboard, and alpine events. In addition to the sports, folks can also purchase a raffle ticket for a chance to win some incredible prizes, including a Chevy Truck and a trip to Disney! Tickets are $5/ticket, with 13 chances to wi...

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Semi Loses Part of Load Near Rogers Pass

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A semi-truck hauling a load of cars across Rogers Pass lost one of its vehicles and is blocking the eastbound lane of Hwy 200.  

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Some cities are beeting snow on roads

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Aiming to strike a balance between clear roads and a cleaner environment, public works departments around the country are looking to cut salt usage by using some unlikely, natural products. Oddly enough, beet juice, cheese brine, molasses and even beer are being slathered onto some streets. Surprisingly some Montanans are on board. "If it works and its better for the environment and it may be cheaper for communities, I’m not sure what the cost analysis would look like, b... More>>

POST keeps standards high

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Post has another 34 cases to go through. They started Tuesday with the case against Sheriff Edwards. But Sheriff Carl Suta could face the same ethics committee. 

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From Wildlands to Public lands

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Wednesday in Washington DC Senator Steve Daines introduced the Protect Public Use of Public Lands Act which is being met with a mixture of reactions from locals.  

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"The Cherry Orchard" with the University of Providence Video included

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Joint the University of Providence Performing Arts Department in their rendition of "The Cherry Orchard." Written by Anton Chekhov, Assistant Professor Michael Gilboe describes it as a "comic-tragedy," featuring "bad things that happen to silly people." Cost of the show ranges from $9-$15, military discounts are available. The show runs Friday, February 9th-February 17th, with multiple showtimes. For more information, call at 406-791-5367. To purchase t... More>>

Billings man sentenced for distributing meth in Great Falls

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53-year-old Michael Lira of Billings has been sentenced to 150 months in prison, with five years of supervised release and a $100 special assessment for trafficking methamphetamine in Montana.  According to a press release from the Department of Justice, the initial investigation into Lira began in the fall of 2016. In April of 2017, law enforcement learned of a planned transaction between Lira and Great Falls resident Robert Linn Jr., who has been sentenced to 276 months in pri... More>>

Reading for the future

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This week United Way of Cascade County is partnering with great falls public schools and an array of volunteers including our own Taylor Chase to read to students.

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Mixed Reactions after the Dow declines

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The Dow Jones fell almost 1,500 points Monday, bringing mixed reactions to investors around the world. Despite the decline, it was business as usual at D.A. Davidson. Lynda Morin, the Branch Manager at the company, said people have called voicing their concerns, but people are also ready for cheaper stock prices. We reached out to people on Facebook, and the response was mainly positive. It's also important to note the percent decline, which was 4.6 percent, was no where near the ... More>>

UPDATE: McDermott denied change of counsel

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UPDATE: Brett McDermott had a hearing to request a change of counsel, which Judge Elizabeth Best denied. He then requested to withdraw his no contest plea. Judge Best also denied this request.

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7th Annual Mardi Gras Party with Black Eagle Community Center Video included

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Join the Black Eagle Community Center for the 7th Annual Mardi Gras Party! Proceeds from the event will go towards the Center's new roof.  The celebration takes place on Saturday, February 17th from 5:00pm to Midnight. Cost of entry is $5/person plus a can of food.  The night will feature a silent auction, live auction, Johnson Brothers Band, dance, free Cajun food, 50/50, and drink specials. And of course, everything is Mardi Gras themed! For more information, search Bla...

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Sheriff Edwards under the gun

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In Helena, a group called the Public Safety Officer Standards and Training, or POST, is gathering to go over 35 cases regarding complaints against officers across the state.  

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Butte ice track could host Olympians yet again

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BUTTE, Mont.-The Butte ice skating oval- an Olympic sized track, which opened in 1987 hosted several national competitions and trained the best speed skaters in the world. At the 1992 Olympics—all but three of the medal-winning speed skaters had trained or raced at the Oval. Through the years though the refrigeration system failed. Now the rink only works when it's cold enough outside to keep the ice solid. "We have moved on and have a different focus, but no less just as...

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Montana history now just a click away

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HELENA, Mont.- Love learning about history at museums, but don't feel like braving the cold? Well, you're in luck! The Montana Historical Society just launched a new, online exhibit, so you can stay sharp on treasure state history without leaving your home. The exhibit entitled Appropriate, Curious and Rare: Montana History Object by Object, allows people an opportunity to get a closer look at artifacts that are usually protected behind a glass case. Montana Museum's Outreach Progr... More>>

MDT plans to improve Viaduct

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HELENA, Mont.- The Montana Department of Transportation proposed safety improvements for one deadly highway stretch. Locally known as the "viaduct", MDT says U.S. Highway 12 needs several improvements. 75 crashes have occurred on the stretch of highway between 2005 and 2014, according to MDT. MDT says roadway improvements could not have prevented those crashes, but some engineering upgrades will benefit drivers. The project is one step in a series of roadway improvement ... More>>

Great Falls International Airport's snowplows working 24/7 to keep runways clear

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On any given day, upwards of 50 flights can come in and out of Great Falls International Airport. Even when there is inclement weather, the planes still need to keep flying. So the airport has a lot of work to keep the runway clean. “We work around the clock plowing the snow continuously to keep the surfaces clean for the aircraft,” said Rod Hill, Assistant Director of Operations. The snow sweepers and plows are constantly moving, even if a plane is landing or taking o...

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Local Business Spotlight: The Tile Store

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Man charged after shots fired

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One man is being charged with 2 counts of assault with a weapon after he fired a gun near a park. 

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Winter Weather Warnings

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There are several different watches and warnings issued during a snow day, but have you ever wondered what they mean? A Winter Storm Watch is issued when hazardous winter weather conditions are possible, but not certain. They are usually issued between 24 to 48 hours in advance. Winter Weather Advisories are issued when winter weather is on the way, but less severe. A Winter Storm Warning includes severe weather, such as blowing snow and possible road closures.  More>>

Big Bear Sports Center is set to close

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Some big changes announced Monday morning from North 40 Outfitters and Big Bear Sports Center. It is that old saying when one door closes another opens. 

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Ice climber accident victim's name released

Lewis and Clark County Coroner, Bryan Backeberg, has identified the victim from Sunday’s ice climbing accident as 74-year-old Dr. Elton J. Adams M.D. of Great Falls. He is reported to have slipped and fallen 90  feet while climbing Cataract Falls in the Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest. The man, an avid climber, was climbing with four others. Authorities received a 9-1-1 call at 1:12 p.m. The waterfall is 20 miles off of Elk Creek Road and 15 miles southwest of ...

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UPDATE: Victim in officer-involved shooting identified

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Update: The man who died in the deputy-involved shooting that happened in East Helena early Friday morning last week has been identified. Taylor Schnortz, 26, of Townsend was shot and killed in an incident Lewis and Clark County Sheriff Leo Dutton is calling a "mental health crisis."  

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The New Frontier: A Place Nearly Forgotten Video included

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Ally and Charley Willett have an eye for cinematography; breathtaking landscapes, serene moments caught on camera... it's all part of their latest online endeavor “Into the Little Belts.” What doesn't quite fit, though, is their office, which is, essentially, their bedroom. But for the Willetts, this is where the magic happens. “Into the Little Belts” began about seven years ago, as “Into the Snow,” It's since evolved, and is now the only website o...

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Pet of the week: Mike

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This week KFBB is featuring Mike as our Pet of the Week. He's available for adoption right now at the Maclean Animal Adoption Center (MAAC) in Great Falls. Mike is a 6-year-old, small mixed breed dog, who is pretty shy, but easy going, and has the potential to be a great companion. “He is kind of an introvert so he won’t be the dog that comes running up to see you in his kennel, but he is very sweet,” said Erin Doran. Because of his shyness, the adoption center s...

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Eastern AA Divisional Wrestling

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Great Falls High's Jordan Komac keeps his undefeated streak alive as he tops Bozeman's Cody Cohenour 12-4.    More>>

Deadly crash near Cascade

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A 75-year-old man is dead after a crash near Cascade Saturday morning. It all happened around 9:00 a.m. The Montana Highway Patrol says the man over-corrected and crashed his F-350 into an embankment. The man has not yet been identified. The MHP says he was not wearing his seat belt and was ejected from his truck. Roads were dry with drifting snow at the time of the crash. Alcohol is suspected as the factor.   More>>

NorthWestern Energy builds tradition of helping special needs students

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Patrick Chapman, chances are if you have shopped at Super 1 foods on 10th Ave in Great Falls you know who Patrick is. Before Super One Patrick worked with NorthWestern Energy as one of their secondary life skills program students. This program teaches young adults with special needs how to be independent, find a job and function in society just like everyone. Patrick worked at NorthWestern for a year and a half during custodial work like sweeping the warehouse floors, brea... More>>

Roy Scott, sentenced in death of wife

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Opening arguments in Roy Scott's  deliberate homicide trial started Tuesday morning at the Cascade County Courthouse.  Scott has been accused of squeezing his wife, Stephanie Wells, so hard that she stopped breathing and died. 

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Tester's roundtable

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Tuesday night President Trump laid out a 1.5 trillion dollar infrastructure plan. And Friday Senator Jon Tester wanted to know what you think of it. Tester spent Friday at the Great Falls Public Schools District Office.

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Man dies after snowmobile hits tree near Lincoln

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A Great Falls man has died after a snowmobile accident north of Lincoln. The Lewis and Clark Coroner's Office says the man was with a group of snowmobilers when he hit a tree Friday afternoon. No one else was injured.  The man has not been identified, but officials say he was in his mid-40's. The story is still developing, check back for more updates. 

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Celebrate Super Bowl Sunday with Boston's in Great Falls

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Super Bowl Sunday is right around the corner, and Boston’s of Great Falls is ready to make your gameday experience a great one. Join the team at Boston’s for Happy Hour all day: that includes $1.50 off all Draught Domestic and Micro Brews, and ½ priced appetizers all day! Boston’s is also featuring Dine in and Take out: buy one pizza and get the second of the same or smaller size for half off. This includes gluten-free crusts. And don’t forget, all cru... More>>

Go Red For Women Campaign

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The American Heart Association is focusing on women’s heart health this month, after new research showed that heart disease is the leading cause of death for women. The campaign, being called Go Red For Women, encourages everyone to know their risk. Health experts recommend understanding your cholesterol score, blood pressure and body mass index. They say that if it’s elevated, it may increase the risk of heart disease and stroke. Diabetes can also impact the heart. An ... More>>

Man reportedly strangles wife in his sleep

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One man is behind bars after he says he strangled his wife in his sleep. It all happened just before 1:30 a.m. Friday. GFPD was sent to a home after John Howendobler called dispatch, saying he choked his wife.  When officers arrived they spoke with both Howendobler and his wife, who has not been identified. She said she was sitting on the bed as her husband slept. Howendobler suddenly woke up as if he had a bad dream and started choking her, saying he was going to cho... More>>

Northwestern Energy overcharged Montanans by $3.5 Million

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The Montana Public Service Commission announced Northwestern Energy has been overbilling customers.   They say that for the last 2 years they overcharged residents by 3 and a half million dollars. According to the Public Service Commission, they are working to now make it so residential customers are treated more fairly compared to industrial customers when it comes to paying for the same services. One of the reasons behind this is the amount of commercial and industrial c... More>>

Who is going to fight the fire

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Panic and concern flooded social media last night after a post on Facebook said a local volunteer fire department would not be able to respond to calls after midnight.  

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Great Falls Public Schools celebrate Career and Technical Education Video included

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Join Great Falls Public Schools in celebrating Career and Technical Education Courses! Throughout the month of February, GFPS will be highlighting the various programs offered that will give students a jump start into the work force, as well as a more focuses and career-driven path to success. CTE courses include health science, industrial technology, business, and family and consumer sciences. Right now, there are about 50 different courses available through GFPS. For more informa... More>>

Suspicious death reported in Great Falls

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A suspicious death has been reported in Great Falls at approximately 9:00 P.M.  Great Falls Police Department confirmed with us there is a suspicious death but there are little details at this time as it is early in the investigation. GFPD did not disclose where the incident took place. We will continue to update you with more information as it becomes available.

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Police searching for two men in Helena

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Yesterday, officers responded to the Pre Release Center in Helena for a report of two walkaways. Now Helena Police Department is asking the public for help in locating these two men. 

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GFFR appoints 8 Lieutenants to ranks

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Great Falls Fire Rescue promoted eight of their firefighter first class and driver operators to lieutenants today. This is a brand new position for GFFR, which means the public could see better service. This comes after labor and management got together, to discuss the need for an in-between position from first-class firefighter and driver operator to captain. “For people to prepare for that captain position we created the lieutenant's position, and really what Lieutenant... More>>

Do you know this man?

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GFPS is asking for the community's help. The male in these photos is wanted for questioning regarding a recent string of thefts. If you believe you know who this suspect is please call 406-455-8408 or leave us a private message here. Photos are of the suspect and the vehicle he was driving.

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Upcoming events for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Great Falls Video included

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Join Big Brothers Big Sisters of Great Falls in two upcoming events to give back to the community, while having a little fun! The first event is the annual "Bowl for Kids' Sake" on Friday and Saturday, February 9th & 10th. There are lanes available for both days still. To participate, simply register online here, form a team to fundraise, and show up for a day of bowling! You can also call 406-453-5521 to register or for more information. The bowling days will take plac...

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Eight months and still no word on missing woman

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It's been over eight months since the family of Ashley Loring HeavyRunner has seen or heard from her. We first broke the story in June after seeing desperate posts from the family looking for any information on both Twitter and Facebook.

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ACLU fights abortion laws

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Two advocacy groups that support abortion rights have brought a lawsuit on behalf of Montana nurses. Challenging the state abortion law. State law currently says abortions can only be performed by doctors and physician assistants. The ACLU and the Center for Reproductive Right's suit argues qualified nurses and midwives are also capable performing abortions, so the law should reflect that.  "There's a lot of medical studies that show APRNs can provide abortions just as saf... More>>

Can your couch give you cancer?

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Comfy, spacious, luxurious, and a commonplace in most households for all to gather, but something hidden beneath could be cancerous. Whether you know it or not some couches now come with a warning on the tag. Although they might not be verbatim, they all have the same meaning. “This product is known to the state of California to cause harm or birth defects.” This is thanks to a California law called Technical Bulletin 117. It required furniture manufacturers to use fla...

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Weaver pleads guilty to sexual exploitation charges Video included

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Timothy Allen Weaver is back in court to enter a change of plea after being charged with 74 counts of sexual exploitation of a child and two counts of receipt of child pornography. According to court documents, Weaver agrees to plead guilty to count 1 and count 67 of sexual exploitation of a child, each offense carries a maximum 30 years in prison and a 250 thousand dollar fine.  He also is pleads guilty to 1 count receipt of child pornography, which is a m... More>>

Walleyes Unlimited Annual Banquet in Great Falls Video included

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Join Walleyes Unlimited for their annual Banquet and Fundraiser! This is the only fundraiser the Great Falls Chapter holds each year; proceeds help support the mission of Walleyes Unlimited in promoting sport fishing throughout the country. This year’s banquet will take place Saturday, February 3rd at the Four Seasons Arena in Great Falls. Doors open at 4:00pm, dinner starts at 6:30pm. The night will feature a number of special prizes, and a silent auction. Tickets are $40/per...

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Two teens in Juvenile Detention receive their GED

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The HiSet program in Great Falls is making a difference, allowing teenagers in Juvenile Detention to receive their GED.  Two students graduated from the program Tuesday afternoon, and though they cannot be identified, one of the teenagers said he did it for his brother with cerebral palsy. "I know if I keep going to jail and in and out of the treatment center I can't help him," he said. "That's why I'm going to treatment and changing my life. In addition to thei... More>>

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    Cyber hacking protection tips

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    It can happen to you anytime....anywhere....even if you think it can't. That's what Eric Fulton, a former professional hacker is saying about cyber attacks. 

    It can happen to you anytime....anywhere....even if you think it can't. That's what Eric Fulton, a former professional hacker is saying about cyber attacks. 

  • Domestic violence cases increasing in Cascade County

    Domestic violence cases increasing in Cascade County

    Tuesday, January 16 2018 6:21 PM EST2018-01-16 23:21:12 GMT
    Domestic violence is a growing issue here in Cascade County. According to the Victim Witness Assistant Services, they currently have more than 350 open files. There were also more than 1,000 local victims in 2017. "Everyday we deal with it," said Tonya Rolando with the Victim Witness Assistant Services. "Some days multiple times, some days maybe once, but I would average probably daily." According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, nearly 2...
    Domestic violence is a growing issue here in Cascade County. According to the Victim Witness Assistant Services, they currently have more than 350 open files. There were also more than 1,000 local victims in 2017. "Everyday we deal with it," said Tonya Rolando with the Victim Witness Assistant Services. "Some days multiple times, some days maybe once, but I would average probably daily." According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, nearly 2...
  • University of Providence Celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. Day

    University of Providence Celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. Day

    Monday, January 15 2018 7:52 PM EST2018-01-16 00:52:59 GMT

    The University of Providence celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. with a special celebration held on campus. It all started at 10:00 a.m. with the ringing of the Chapel Bell. The University of Providence says they do it every year along with the ringing of the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia. The event also consisted of speeches, music and food.  "Martin Luther King stood for so much of what our campus stands for in terms of a commitment to justice, a commitment to peace, and t...

    The University of Providence celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. with a special celebration held on campus. It all started at 10:00 a.m. with the ringing of the Chapel Bell. The University of Providence says they do it every year along with the ringing of the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia. The event also consisted of speeches, music and food.  "Martin Luther King stood for so much of what our campus stands for in terms of a commitment to justice, a commitment to peace, and t...

  • Montana Pro Rodeo Circuit Finals: Day Three

    Montana Pro Rodeo Circuit Finals: Day Three

    Sunday, January 14 2018 11:50 PM EST2018-01-15 04:50:58 GMT
    Highlights from the final day of the Montana Pro Rodeo Circuit Finals held on Sunday, January 14th. 
    Highlights from the final day of the Montana Pro Rodeo Circuit Finals held on Sunday, January 14th. 
  • Getting to know JJ Harrison the Rodeo Clown

    Getting to know JJ Harrison the Rodeo Clown

    Sunday, January 14 2018 4:23 PM EST2018-01-14 21:23:47 GMT

    The Montana PRCA Pro Rodeo Circuit Finals are well underway and you might have noticed a certain rodeo clown.  Originally a school teacher with a masters degree, JJ Harrison says his love for being the class clown eventually became his occupation. " About 2004 a friend of mine said 'hey I'm putting a bull ride on and I want you to be my clown,' Harrison said. "I thought that's ridiculously stupid I'm not wearing make-up prancing around like some dork. No I'm not doing...

    The Montana PRCA Pro Rodeo Circuit Finals are well underway and you might have noticed a certain rodeo clown.  Originally a school teacher with a masters degree, JJ Harrison says his love for being the class clown eventually became his occupation. " About 2004 a friend of mine said 'hey I'm putting a bull ride on and I want you to be my clown,' Harrison said. "I thought that's ridiculously stupid I'm not wearing make-up prancing around like some dork. No I'm not doing...

  • Townsend and Jefferson Split Rivalry Doubleheader

    Townsend and Jefferson Split Rivalry Doubleheader

    Sunday, January 14 2018 12:15 AM EST2018-01-14 05:15:45 GMT

    The Townsend Bulldogs hosted the Jefferson Panthers for a Class B high school basketball rivalry doubleheader. 

    The Townsend Bulldogs hosted the Jefferson Panthers for a Class B high school basketball rivalry doubleheader. 

  • Montana Pro Rodeo Circuit Finals: Day Two

    Montana Pro Rodeo Circuit Finals: Day Two

    Saturday, January 13 2018 11:40 PM EST2018-01-14 04:40:17 GMT
    Highlights from day two of the Montana Pro Rodeo Circuit Finals held on Saturday, January 13th.
    Highlights from day two of the Montana Pro Rodeo Circuit Finals held on Saturday, January 13th.
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  • Actor Steve Reevis dies

    Actor Steve Reevis dies

    Thursday, December 7 2017 7:10 PM EST2017-12-08 00:10:39 GMT

    Steve Reevis was an actor and a member of the Blackfeet Nation in Browning Montana. According to the Pikanni Press & Newsfeed in Browning Reevis passed away December 7, 2017.

    Steve Reevis was an actor and a member of the Blackfeet Nation in Browning Montana. According to the Pikanni Press & Newsfeed in Browning Reevis passed away December 7, 2017.

  • Senator Daines to host press call regarding public lands

    Senator Daines to host press call regarding public lands

    Wednesday, December 6 2017 6:35 PM EST2017-12-06 23:35:45 GMT
    Today, U.S. Senator Steve Daines announced he will be hosting a press call on Thursday, December 7th, to discuss public lands with the Montana press. This story will be updated as we learn more details.
    Today, U.S. Senator Steve Daines announced he will be hosting a press call on Thursday, December 7th, to discuss public lands with the Montana press. This story will be updated as we learn more details.
  • Whitefish sues over payments for Puerto Rico power work

    Whitefish sues over payments for Puerto Rico power work

    Friday, December 1 2017 12:51 PM EST2017-12-01 17:51:08 GMT

    BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - A small Montana company that landed and lost a $300 million contract to restore Puerto Rico's hurricane-shattered electric grid is suing a subcontractor for allegedly interfering with tens of millions of dollars in payments.  

    BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - A small Montana company that landed and lost a $300 million contract to restore Puerto Rico's hurricane-shattered electric grid is suing a subcontractor for allegedly interfering with tens of millions of dollars in payments.  

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  • Escape Inmate Wanted

    Escape Inmate Wanted

    Saturday, February 17 2018 12:11 PM EST2018-02-17 17:11:11 GMT

    The Montana Department of Corrections is asking for the public's help to locate a missing inmate. 

    The Montana Department of Corrections is asking for the public's help to locate a missing inmate. 

  • Winter storm starts rolling through Rockies

    Winter storm starts rolling through Rockies

    Saturday, February 17 2018 11:12 PM EST2018-02-18 04:12:51 GMT

    A major winter storm has started sweeping through the U.S. Rocky Mountains, with heavy mountain snows and bitter cold temperatures forecast through the long Presidents Day weekend.

    A major winter storm has started sweeping through the U.S. Rocky Mountains, with heavy mountain snows and bitter cold temperatures forecast through the long Presidents Day weekend.

  • Man found beaten and unresponsive

    Man found beaten and unresponsive

    Sunday, February 18 2018 5:41 PM EST2018-02-18 22:41:35 GMT

    Paul Joseph Laverdure is charged with aggravated assault after her is accused of beating a man. Police say when the arrived to the 900 block of 2nd Ave South they found a man who was unresponsive, and appeared to be choking on his own blood. Police say he was beaten so bad that both of his eyes were swollen shut and had a busted lip. Police said Laverdure showed up to the scene shortly after them with bloody knuckles and blood on his clothes. Police said last...

    Paul Joseph Laverdure is charged with aggravated assault after her is accused of beating a man. Police say when the arrived to the 900 block of 2nd Ave South they found a man who was unresponsive, and appeared to be choking on his own blood. Police say he was beaten so bad that both of his eyes were swollen shut and had a busted lip. Police said Laverdure showed up to the scene shortly after them with bloody knuckles and blood on his clothes. Police said last...

  • Missing man found dead at old mine in western Montana

    Missing man found dead at old mine in western Montana

    Authorities say a man who was last seen in late January was found dead at an old mine in western Montana.

    Authorities say a man who was last seen in late January was found dead at an old mine in western Montana.

  • Montana town experiences 80-degree temperature swing

    Montana town experiences 80-degree temperature swing

    Saturday, February 17 2018 6:18 PM EST2018-02-17 23:18:49 GMT

    GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — The temperature in a northern Montana town changed by more than 80 degrees in a single day this week.

    GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — The temperature in a northern Montana town changed by more than 80 degrees in a single day this week.

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