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Wintry Blast Closes Schools, Plunges Temperatures In Rockies
National Weather Service Great Falls, MT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Some schools in Montana took their earliest snow day in memory Monday after a blizzard dumped several feet of snow, while plunging temperatures threatened crops across other parts of the Rocky Mountains in an unusually early blast of wintry weather.

Airedale Terrier puppy Hilda wanders across Gene Swanson's driveway. Swanson relies on Airedales to help prevent conflicts with grizzly bears at his ranch near Augusta, MT.
Rosie Costain / Montana Public Radio

Grizzly bear populations across the state are growing, as is talk about how to minimize human-bear conflict. A Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks report released in April showed wildlife officials in northwest Montana received about 150 calls related to grizzly conflicts last year.

Some people, like residents of the Rocky Mountain Front, have dealt with the bears for a long time. MTPR's Rosie Costain reports on one of these conflict-reducing methods: dogs.

Snow geese coming in for a landing. File photo.
iStock

State and Federal wildlife officials are investigating this week’s slaughter of dozens of snow geese about two miles southeast of Augusta in western Montana.

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks game warden Brady Murphy says this is a particularly heinous poaching case.

A culvert near Rogers Pass which failed due to flooding closed Highway 200 in Montana this week.
Montana Department of Transportation

Part of Highway 200 reopened this afternoon clearing the route between Missoula and Great Falls. The section of the road near Rogers Pass was closed  for several days following flooding in the area on Tuesday.

Brent Colbert, a captain with the Lewis and Clark County Sheriff’s office, says the highway reopened a little after 3 o'clock Friday afternoon.

Nearly 140 teens and adults are evacuated via helicopter from a bible camp near Augusta, MT, June 21, 2018.
Montana National Guard

GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — The Latest on Montana flooding (all times local): 2 p.m.

The Montana Army National Guard and the U.S. Air Force are evacuating nearly 140 people from a Bible camp southwest of Augusta after the road was washed out due to flooding.

Flooding in Augusta, MT Tuesday, June 19, 2018.
Lewis & Clark County Sheriff's office

Governor Steve Bullock this afternoon declared a State of Emergency in anticipation of possible major flooding in Cascade County and Lewis and Clark County and the City of Great Falls.

Flood waters around Augusta continue to shut down roadways and make passage impossible along some highways and bridges.

Flood Warning Issued For Great Falls, Cascade

Jun 20, 2018
Numerous flood highlights continue across portions of North Central and Southwest MT. The flooding is likely to last several days in some areas. There is the potential for additional flooding later this week with more precipitation and runoff.
National Weather Service, Great Falls, MT.

GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — The National Weather Service issued a flood warning for the Missouri River between Cascade and Great Falls on Wednesday, leading residents to move belongings to higher ground and start sandbagging. Others were already surrounded.

Flooding in Augusta, MT, June 19, 2018.
Lewis and Clark County Sheriff's Office.

Heavy rain falling along the Rocky Mountain Front over the last several days has triggered flooding and road closures in and around the town of Augusta, and closed all the roads into the town.

A man shows the elk antlers he collected from Sun River Wildlife Management Area.
Nicky Ouellet

If you step into one of the ritzier vacation lodges in Montana this summer, chances are you’ll spy the tan shafts and white tips of antlers, maybe in the chandelier hanging from the ceiling, or the throne-like chair in the corner, maybe even serving as a handle on a cabinet door.

These accents fuel a multi-million dollar cottage industry in the West that supports artists and backcountry scavengers alike. I spent a few days this spring tracking down the origins of unique antler furnishings. 

Clay Scott

80-year-old leather worker Pauline Olson of Augusta, Montana, talks about God, deer hunting, and a life of struggling to keep afloat along the Rocky Mountain Front.