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L to R: Missoula County Sheriff TJ McDermott, Sen. Steve Daines and Lake County Sheriff Don Bell during a Missoula meeting about meth, April 18, 2019.
Edward O'Brien / Montana Public Radio

Montana’s Republican U.S. Senator was in Missoula Thursday. He invited police and prosecutors to share their concerns about Montana’s meth crisis.

Sen. Steve Daines wanted straight talk on methamphetamine’s impacts on western Montana. Regional law enforcement gave him plenty to chew on.

President Donald Trump speaks in Billings, MT, Sep. 6 2018.
Corin Cates-Carney / Montana Public Radio

Rumor has it that President Donald Trump will visit Montana again next week.

If true, it would be Trump’s third rally in Big Sky Country this year. It would be his first appearance west of the divide.

Sheriff truck.
Josh Burnham (CC-BY-NC-2)

A Missoula County Sheriff’s deputy is now on paid administrative leave after briefly forgetting her service weapon in a faculty bathroom of a public school last week.

Missoula County Undersheriff Rich Maricelli says the incident unfolded last Friday afternoon.

A 5-month old baby boy rescued after being left for hours in the woods near Lolo Hot Springs.
Missoula County Sheriff's Office

We learned more Tuesday about the extraordinary details surrounding last weekend’s rescue of a baby boy from under a debris pile in the forest near Lolo Hot Springs. Some credit the infant’s rescue to remarkable police work. Others chalk it up to a one-in-a-million lucky shot. To Missoula County Sheriff’s Deputy, Ross Jessop, it was nothing less than an act of God.

A levee on the Clark Fork River near Turah, MT eroded by floodwater, May 20, 2018.
Inciweb

Missoula’s historic flood season is still going strong, but the worst of it may be over.

First, the good news as delivered Monday by Missoula National Weather Service Meteorologist Jeff Kitzmiller.

Flooding in Missoula along the north end of Tower Street, May 7, 2018.
Josh Burnham / Montana Public Radio

This post will be updated throughout the day as new information becomes available. 

Update: 4:47 p.m.

Rivers and streams across western and parts of central Montana are steadily rising as record mountain snowpack continues to melt.

It seems the passage of Montana’s seasons isn't marked so much anymore by gradually changing weather as it is natural disasters.

William Dale Newhoff
Missoula County Sheriff's Office

A man police were chasing as an armed and dangerous federal fugitive in East Missoula this morning is in police custody tonight after being caught this afternoon.

About 11 o’clock Tuesday morning, a car chase ended in a truck crashing into a tree at an East Missoula mobile home court. William Dale Newhoff fled that scene on foot. 

Dan and Michelle Schurg show how close the Lolo Peak Fire got to their home in the Folsom Road neighborhood near Florence.
Mike Albans

This fire season has seen numerous evacuation orders across Montana, but some people choose to stay, saying they want to be present to defend their homes. Among them were Dan and Michelle Schurg.

In the wee hours of August 17, The Lolo Peak Fire destroyed two homes in their Florence-area neighborhood. Dan, Michelle and a friend defied a mandatory evacuation order to defend the Schurg home in the upper reaches of the Folsom Road area. 

A firefighter on the Rice Ridge Fire
InciWeb

Early yesterday afternoon John Thompson, the incident commander on the Rice Ridge Fire outside Seeley Lake was getting ready for some big challenges.

“There is thunderstorm activity to the north of us, and thunder activity to the west of us," he said. "And one of the challenges of thunderstorms over a fire is the unpredictability of the winds that occur. It’s really hard to set up an operation when the wind is spinning 360 degrees over the span of ten to fifteen minutes.”

Florence Volunteer Fire Department truck.
Andy Lyon/Inciweb

The Lolo Peak Fire made another significant run Thursday night, and according to fire information officer, Mike Cole, this time it took a few buildings with it.

"Yesterday evening, we actually had some structures burn about a mile-and-a-half southwest of the town of Lolo; that was in the evening. The Missoula County Rural Fire Department and Sheriff’s Department is out there accessing that damage this morning, so they can notify the property owners. Those structures were in one of the evacuation order areas," Cole says.

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