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Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation

Lew Weaver (left) owns Montana Artesian Water Company, which has been embroiled in legal battles since announcing plans to operate a water bottling plant outside Kalispell three years ago.
Nicky Ouellet / MTPR

About 100 people went to a hearing in Kalispell Tuesday in a lawsuit aimed at preventing a water bottling plant from producing and distributing its product.

Montana DNRC helicopter used to fight wildfires.
Corin Cates-Carney / MTPR

Montana’s wildfire season is slowing down and trending well below average in the number of fires, acres burned and cost to the state.

The forecast of the state’s 2018 fire bill is only a sliver of the cost of last year’s historic fire season, according to a report from legislative researchers published Wednesday

Montana Artesian Water Company.
Nicky Ouellet

A contested water bottling plant outside Kalispell has begun operating and distributing as Flathead County grapples with how to interpret new zoning regulations the plant’s opponents say should shut it down.

Montana Artesian Water Company is stocking its water bottles at a local convenience store and at a few area offices and events under a private label.

Montana Wildfire Roundup For September 4, 2018

Sep 4, 2018
A view of the Howe Ridge Fire in Glacier National Park, August 22, 2018.
Glacier National Park

All Stage 1 and Stage 2 fire restrictions have been lifted across northwest Montana.

Put simply, that means campfires and outdoor smoking is allowed again. Restrictions have also been lifted on operating equipment.

Fire managers across northwest Montana will lift Stage 2 fire restrictions early Friday morning.

This means campfires and outdoor smoking will be allowed again, and "hoot owl" restrictions for operating equipment will no longer be in effect. Open pile or debris burning is still banned until October.

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