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Protesters at the Missoula courthouse June, 2, 2020. The death of George Floyd, a black man in Minnesota killed while in police custody, spurred protests across the country.
Nick Mott / Montana Public Radio

Protests in Montana over the death of George Floyd have remained peaceful, unlike others seen in large cities across the country. Montana police officers say they want to keep it that way, and denounce the excessive use of force by law enforcement. At the same time, public health officials are trying to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 as groups gather.

First believed to be an improvised explosive device, the object found at a Helena school was pop a bottle filled with nuts and bolts and wrapped with tape.
Lewis & Clark County Sheriff's Office

Class resumed Wednesday at a Helena elementary school that was evacuated after a bomb scare Tuesday. No bomb detonated and no one was injured.

MTPR's Edward O’Brien reports on the aftermath of the unusual day for both the school and Montana journalists.

Lewis & Clark County Undersheriff Jason Grimmis and Sheriff Leo Dutton talk to reporters about an explosion at Helena's Rossiter School, Oct. 15, 2019.
Corin Cates-Carney / Montana Public Radio

Updated 4:30 p.m., Oct 15, 2019

Students at Rossiter School in Helena evacuated Tuesday morning after the Lewis and Clark’s Sheriff’s Department reported a detonated improvised explosive device found on the school playground. But law enforcement now says there was no detonation and no bomb.

National Park Service

Update 9:45

Glacier National Park officials have expanded the evacuation order to include all businesses and private residences within the Lake McDonald Lodge complex, including the historic Lake McDonald Lodge. Visitors and employees were notified of the need to evacuate at around 9 PM. The Going-to-the-Sun Road is closed from Lake McDonald Lodge to Logan Pass.

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.

Lewis and Clark County Sheriff's department vehicle.
Josh Burnham

A Lewis and Clark County sheriff's deputy responding to a request for a welfare check on a suicidal man ended with the deputy shooting and killing the man.

USGS Community Intensity Map shows where the earthquake was felt.
USGS

Updated 5:20 a.m. 07/06/17:

Some Montanans were shaken awake at about 12:30 am by an earthquake with an epicenter about six miles south-east of Lincoln.

Randy Baldwin, a geophysicist with the National Earthquake Information Center in Golden, Colorado said, "the magnitude on the quake was a magnitude 5.8, and it occurred at a depth of about 13 kilometers, which is a little over 6 miles."

Fifteen miles outside the town of Lincoln, members of several "constitutionalist" groups including the "Oath Keepers" say they’ve helped prevent a confrontation between several miners and the U.S. Forest Service. The Lincoln County Sheriff contends there was no risk of a confrontation to start with.