Montana News

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Lockwood man injured after propane leak causes explosion in his camper

A Lockwood man was transported to Billings Clinic with severe burns on his legs after a propane leak caused an explosion in his camper Tuesday morning, according to the Yellowstone County Sheriff's Office. The man had woken up to the smell of propane. He shut off a gas tank outside the camper before trying to light his wood stove, Cpl. Rich Hoffman said. Propane still in the camper then ignited, causing a small explosion and extensive burns on his legs, he said. The explosion was reported shortly before 10 a.m. The man's next-door neighbor, Donna Kennedy, said she called 911 to report the explosion after hearing what sounded like a large firework going off.
Billings Gazette

Malta home on Central Ave. destroyed by late night fire

Malta City Volunteer Firefighters continue mop-up work on Dixie Moore's Malta home on Central Avenue last Monday morning, November 13. None of the three people how at the time were injured in the blaze, but the home has been deemed a total loss.
Phillips County News

Great Falls woman raises money for Montana Wildfire Fund

In October, Susie Watson decided to host a bake sale to help raise funds for the Montana Wildfire Relief Fund. That one sold out in four hours, so she decided to host another one on Tuesday at North 40. Watson says she understands the sacrifices these firefighters make because she used to be one. This is just one way for Watson to thank all the firefighters who helped during such a stressful fire season. People and organizations have so far donated more than $500,000 to the Montana Wildfire Relief Fund. The money from the fund will be allocated to volunteer fire departments, fire districts, and communities or individuals impacted by the recent wildfire season. The fund was created by MTN and the Montana Community Foundation to help organizations, first responders, and communities affected by the 2017 wildfire season.
KRTV-TV 3 Great Falls

Decision made on FWP Fire Salvage Project

Region One of Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks has completed the public review process for the West Kootenai Wildlife Management Area (WMA) Fire Salvage Project Draft EA. FWP proposes to conduct a timber salvage project on 506 acres of the West Kootenai WMA. The proposed project would include the use of mechanized timber harvest to remove merchantable fire-killed timber, as well as associated road maintenance work and reclamation activities. The WMA is located near the community of West Kootenai and about 6.5 miles north of Rexford, Montana, in Lincoln County (T37N, R28W, S3, 4, & 10). The draft was out for a 14-day public review through 5 p.m., Nov. 8, 2017, with 34 comments received. All the comments were supportive of Alternative B.
The Western News

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

No injuries reported in Great Falls fire

Firefighters quickly handled a fire at a home in Great Falls on Monday afternoon. It happened on the 2000 block of 32nd Street South. Initial reports indicate that the fire was contained to the back area of the home and the backyard. There were no reports of injuries. The cause of the fire has not yet been determined, nor has the dollar amount of damage.
KRTV-TV 3 Great Falls

Every Montana county will feel effects of special session cuts

It could have been worse. That’s the best most Montanans can say of the November special legislative session. In the big picture, the Legislature and Gov. Steve Bullock limited some of the fallout from the biennial budget they adopted at the end of the regular session six months ago. “We walked out in a much better place than when we walked in,” Bullock told The Gazette Friday in a phone interview. Instead of cutting $227 million from an already-lean biennial budget, Bullock and the Legislature agreed to cut $76 million. The biennial budget over-estimated how much revenue the state general fund would collect through the end of the fiscal year on June 30, and it over-estimated how much money would be collected in the first few months of the present fiscal year. Meanwhile, Montana had its most expensive wildfire season ever and burned through $70 million.
Butte Montana Standard

Obituary: James P. Winslow, former Troy Rural Volunteer Fire Chief

James Paul Winslow, Sr., 89, of Troy, died Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017, in his home on Savage Lake, surrounded by his children and his cats. He found time to become an emergency medical technician for the Troy Volunteer Ambulance. Later, he became involved with the Troy Volunteer Fire Department and Troy Rural Volunteer Fire Department, serving as chief of the city department for a time during his 45-year stint. At one time, he was mayor of Troy.

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