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Next Imperial shipment hitting the road tonight

Imperial and ExxonMobil’s second load of Alberta-bound oil equipment will be leaving the Port of Lewiston tonight.

KLEW was reporting the shipment was scheduled to hit the road in Lewiston around 10pm Saturday and begin winding its way north to Interstate 90. The shipment, which is actually two loads traveling together, will make its way along Highway 95 to Coeur d’Alene, where the trucks will turn onto the freeway and head east to Montana. The loads will be staggered by 24-hours.

That’s the same route the first, smaller load followed earlier this month without incident.

These loads are considerably smaller than the first “test load” the company sent through the mountains on U.S. 12; a load still parked at Lolo Pass where it was stopped by lawsuits filed in Montana. They measure just 17-and-a-half feet wide and are 76-feet in overall length.

A Spokane Spokesman Review writer dubbed them "mini-megaloads."

The first shipment, which left Lewiston July 17th and made rapid progress through Idaho and Montana, arrived in Edmonton in 5-days. The Calgary Herald reported on its arrival July 22nd.


Griz break 2-year old season ticket record

(MISSOULA)- The recession doesn’t seem to be having much impact on Montana football fans.

For the 4th year in a row, the University of Montana has topped 18,000 season ticket sales, setting a brand new record for Washington-Grizzly stadium.

As of Friday, 18,688 fans had plunked down the cash for season seats. That eclipses the previous mark of 18,662 season tickets in 2009.

Some season tickets are still available, but the focus will turn to single-game tickets starting Monday morning. Most of those seats will be in the Grizzly Scholarship Association section, with a few individual season tickets scattered across the stadium.

"During these tough economic times and after missing the playoffs last year, some fans thought the numbers might be down, but that's not been the case," said UM Director of Athletics Jim O'Day.

"In fact, it's been just the opposite. Grizzly home football games are the No. 1 one-day sporting event in Montana, with crowds again guaranteed to number more than 25,000 each home Saturday this fall in Missoula.

Fans looking for particular seats or seating locations in the stadium and those who are looking for non-specific seats may still have an opportunity to purchase season tickets by calling the Montana ticket office at 406-243-4051 or 888-MONTANA.

UM coaches are looking for one of the most competitive Big Sky seasons in several years. Among the early favorites is Eastern Washington, the defending NCAA Football Championship Subdivision national champion. The Eagles face the Grizzlies in Missoula on Saturday, Sept. 17, in the Big Sky opener for both teams.

When individual game tickets go on sale Monday, there will be a limited number available for the following games: Eastern Washington (Sept. 17), Portland State (Oct. 15), Weber State (Oct. 29) and Western Oregon (Nov. 5).

The games against Cal Poly (Sept. 10) and Northern Colorado (Homecoming, Oct. 1) are sold out.

If tickets become available from the block of 4,000 allotted to UM students each home game, they will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis the Thursday morning prior to each game.

Tickets for all of Montana's road games – excluding the game at Montana State on Nov. 19 – are currently on sale.

MTN Sports' Griz Central page on Facebook, or on the web at is a great place to keep up on all the preseason developments, and follow UM as the season progresses.


Missoula man arrested after running over another man with a van

(MISSOULA)- KPAX TV is reporting a 40-year old Missoula man is in custody after he ran over another man as they were fighting early Saturday morning.

Missoula Police tell Reporter Tara Oster the incident happened around 8am at the intersection of Stoddard and Milton. It appears the suspect, and others, were inside the van that ran over the victim and then fled from the scene.

Prosecutors will have to review the case, but the suspect is being held on homicide charges.


Flathead Forest looks at cutting beetle trees

(KALISPELL)- Managers of the Flathead National are looking at plans to cut or burn more than a thousand acres of forest where pine beetles have killed trees, increasing the fire danger.

This week the U.S. Forest Service released an Environmental Assessment for the Solider II Addition on the Spotted Bear District near Hungry Horse Reservoir. The 1,189 acre tract is bordered by the reservoir and the South Fork of the Flathead River on the east, on the north by Sullivan Creek and leads up to Bruce Ridge on the west.

The latest plans originated with an idea to thin beetle-kill whitebark pine to improve the health of the forest and wildlife habitat, provide better watershed protection and improve visitor safety. The thinning was first proposed in 2008, but conservation groups filed suit, saying the agency hadn’t reviewed all the wildlife impacts.

Boundaries and plans were changed somewhat and the new details are available for public comment until August 15th.


Grass fire evidence of drying conditions across the state

(GREAT FALLS)- Montana's fire season finally seems to be arriving, as hotter and drier weather combines with winds to fan flames when they start.

The latest, and one of the largest fires in the state this year, didn't scorch timber, but did flash across more than 600 acres of fields and open land near Great Falls on Friday afternoon.

KRTV is reporting the fire was probably started by haying equipment. The only structural damage was a storage shed that burned. (KRTV photo)

The Great Falls Tribune also has more details and photos of the fire.