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Tuesday, July 3, 2018 - The Boise community responds to a horrific knife attack. Also on the rundown: only four months to go till the midterm elections and
efforts are underway to ensure all voters get to the polls; plus New York State asked to set a maximum level for chemicals in water.
Big Sky Connection
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July 3, 2018
HELENA, Montana - With Independence Day celebrations comes the heightened risk of fires. Officials are cautioning folks setting off fireworks to stay safe and also be careful not to start wildfires.
Tony Harwood with FireSafe Montana says fire conditions aren't as severe as last year, but that people should still stay alert and especially make sure they are not using fireworks near dry grass or underbrush.
"Just be careful and mindful of how just one firework can make a very serious fire situation that would burn through the fuels and possibly impact your neighbors' homes and other developments," he says.
Last year, a teenager in Oregon tossed fireworks into a canyon and started a 48,000-acre blaze. 2017 was one of the most devastating wildfire seasons in Montana's history. More than 1.4 million acres burned, the most on record. The Northern Rockies Coordination Center is predicting the state will have an above-average fire season this year.
Restrictions on fireworks vary from place to place and are prohibited on state and federal lands.
Harwood says adults should always handle fireworks and people should be prepared if they are going to set them off.
"Just make sure that you read the instructions that are provided for all fireworks and have firefighting equipment, like shovels and pails of water, readily handy and available," he stresses.
National statistics show fireworks killed eight people across the U.S., injured nearly 13,000, and sparked more than 18,000 fires last year.
Monday, July 2, 2018 - A GOP Senator draws a line on Roe v. Wade. Also on our Monday rundown: State Attorneys General want Congress to slam the door
on predatory lending; and some safety tips for firecrackers and the 4th of July.
June 29, 2018
Wednesday was a busy day for Gallatin County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue. Late morning, a mutual aid call came in from Stillwater County; Two Bear Air was in the Bozeman area for a meeting with local SAR teams and was diverted to Stillwater.
Shortly after noon, Dispatch received a call about a man who had fallen while skiing the Great One and hurt himself in the slide. Search and Rescue teams and a helicopter contracted with SAR responded. The SAR helicopter transported the man to an AMR ambulance waiting at the bottom. Another skier was unable to get down safely and was given a ride to the bottom.
Sheriff Brian Gootkin would like to remind everyone that even experienced skiers can get into trouble on the Great One. Both skiers made good decisions in asking for help. If you plan to ski the Great One, don’t go before 11 am, to give it time to soften up enough to get an edge. Hike up the run to check conditions so you know what you are getting into. Always ski with at least one other person who can call for help.
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Friday, June 29, 2018 - A vendetta against the local paper appears to be the motive in the nation’s deadliest attack
on journalists. Also on the Friday rundown: Protesters vow to tell the "true story" of Foxconn deal, and women's
rights groups say Roe v. Wade faces its greatest threat.
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