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Train Cars Come Loose, Blocking Access To Helena Valley Subdivision

About 40 train cars came loose on a storage line, blocking access to Silver Creek Estates Thursday. The cause remains under investigation. Burlington Northern Santa Fe is storing the cars on tracks along Lincoln Road northwest of Helena. The reason for the cars coming loose is under investigation The company mobilized contractors and employees to bring heavy equipment to the site and move the cars, because BNSF is unable to get an engine to the cars.

Pushed By Winds And Low Humidity, Lincoln-Area Wildfires Expected To Merge

Fire officials expect two major Lincoln-area blazes to combine and become more active with forecasted winds and lower humidity. The Park Creek and Arrastra Creek fires north and northwest of Lincoln have burned about 11,000 acres since lighting sparked them in mid-July. The fires triggered a brief evacuation but have burned on federal land and mostly away from structures.

Fair Food, Carnival Sales Picking Up After Slow Start To MontanaFair

Money from food and carnival sales has picked up at MontanaFair in the past two days while overall revenue continues to lag behind a record fair in 2016, officials said on Thursday. The nine-day fair at MetraPark in Billings wraps up on Saturday after three nights of rodeo.

A Dozen Missoulians Protest Zinke, Trump

With signs with slogans like “Zinke is Stinke” and “Zinke Public Lands Enemy #1,” a dozen demonstrators gathered in downtown Missoula on Thursday in protest against the Secretary of the Interior and President Donald Trump. Secretary Ryan Zinke’s agency is scheduled to issue recommendations to the president next week regarding the designations of 27 national monuments, following an executive order earlier this spring to review them.

Lolo Peak Fire Moves East Into The Bitterroot

The Lolo Peak fire exploded to 15,900 acres Thursday, after making a four-mile run in the Mormon Creek area overnight. Despite the quick movement of the fire last night, the mood around the incident command center and on the fire line was calm. Firefighters have had a month to create their strategy for fighting the Lolo Peak fire, and were ready to implement it.

Construction To Begin On Glacier Rail Park

Construction of the long-awaited Glacier Rail Park will begin this month, kicking off the transformation of a 40-acre tract off Whitefish Stage Road into a business park that will spur more than $38 million in public and private investment over the coming years.

Fox Site Agreement Ticking Along, Tourist Homes Law In Review

The Riverfront Triangle development of a $150 million hotel, conference center, housing and shops is butting up against its Aug. 22 six-month deadline to finalize plans and agreements. The Missoula Redevelopment Agency, asked the Land Use & Planning Committee on Wednesday for a 90-day extension on finalizing the development agreement.

Liquor Licenses, For Sale At $750K In Missoula, Make Opening New Restaurants Risky

As Missoula’s economy continues to rebound from the Great Recession, the prices of quota system controlled liquor licenses are also climbing back up. Three liquor licenses are for sale in Missoula for about $750,000 apiece, according to the local Multiple Listing Service.

Lolo Peak Fire Run Spurs Late-Night Mandatory Evacuations

Mandatory evacuations were ordered late Wednesday night after the Lolo Peak fire mad a run, sending a dramatic plume of smoke high into the sky, and embers traveling up to half a mile, according to the Lolo National Forest. The terse language of the evening updae from inciweb noted “very active to extreme fire behavior.

Gianforte Says He Wants Congress To Restore Funding For EPA, Superfund Cleanups

During a stop in Butte Wednesday, Republican U.S. Rep. Greg Gianforte said he wants Congress to “put funding back in” for the Environmental Protection Agency. One of the House of Representatives’ newest members, Gianforte sits on the House Committee on Natural Resources as well as the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

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