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Elvin Dog Taking Gun, 22, at the Trapper Creek Job Corps in Darby, June 20, 2019.
Nick Mott / Montana Public Radio

The Trump administration Wednesday reversed course on its May announcement that it would close or privatize a lot of Job Corps centers across the country, including two in Montana. The program focuses on trade skills, wildfire response and education. Nick Mott reports from the Trapper Creek Job Corps in Darby.

Greeting on the road into the Anaconda Job Corps
Nick Mott / Montana Public Radio

UPDATE: This story has been updated, adding comments from Senator Jon Tester and Governor Steve Bullock.

Republican Senator Steve Daines says President Trump will overturn the closure of the Anaconda Job Corps Civilian Conservation Center.

"There were literally some tears shed and cheering. This is some great news for Anaconda and Anaconda needs good news," Daines said on a press call Monday.

Snow plow. Stock photo.
iStock

Another blast of winter weather was expected to drop up to 8 inches of fresh powder in parts of the Missoula and Bitterroot valleys by Wednesday evening. This just two days after a powerful winter storm buried Hamilton and Stevensville in up to 2 feet of snow.

The Wigwam Fire burning near Ennis on Aug. 15.
Inciweb

Rain in western Montana Monday did little to slow fire growth across the state.

"Well it’s a mixed blessing," said Jay Nichols, a spokesperson assigned to the Monument and Wigwam Fires burning south of Ennis. "So obviously wind isn’t a good thing, rain’s a good thing, but I don’t know that it will be a substantial amount of rain."

Update 5:45 p.m.

Fire mangers report little activity on the Bacon Rind Fire burning near Big Sky on the Gallatin National Forest. New flights show the fire at 393 acres, up  from around 340 acres yesterday, according to the fire's public information officer. Crews are monitoring the fire with an eye on forecasts calling for continued hot, dry weather. Mangers are working on plans for fighting the fire if it moves closer to Highway 191. 

The Clark Fork River above flood stage in Missoula, May 7, 2018.
Josh Burnham

Flood waters remain a concern across Montana today and into next week.

Photo of a recovered bomb from the Budget Inn in Darby before it was rendered safe by authorities, May 8, 2018.
Ravalli County Sheriff's Office

A Darby man was arrested Tuesday after authorities discovered homemade explosive devices in his motel room.

Smartphone with social media icons.
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Ravalli County Sheriff Steve Holton says an 18-year-old Darby High School senior has been arrested on a felony charge after he made a social media threat toward the school district.

A press release from the Sheriff’s office says, “school officials were made aware of a SnapChat message that had been received by other students.  The message referenced the recent school shooting in Florida, and implied a threat of violence to the Darby School District.”

Montana Wildfire Roundup For July 5, 2016

Jul 5, 2016
A firefighter looks on as trees burn in the Pole and Fine fires near Ennis, Montana July 3, 2016.
Inciweb

The latest news on wildfires burning around western Montana.

A new road/area closure order was expanded Monday evening to include Lost Creek Horse Road from the junction with Lick Creek Road west to Twin Lakes, Schumaker Campground and Bear Creek Pass trailhead. The closures are for firefighter and public safety.
Bitterroot National Forest

A wildfire burning in Bitterroot National Forest has grown to over 300 acres. Most of the activity on the 322 acre Observation Point Fire is reported on its northwest flank. It’s burning in extremely steep and rugged terrain.