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Missoula cops up number of vandalized cars

(Missoula)- Missoula Police now estimate as many as 35-cars will have to be fixed after a weekend vandalism spree.

The cars were hit with paint on either Friday or Saturday night and police are trying to find the suspects.

More from the Missoulian.


Man killed in Virginia City crash

(Virginia City)- A 70-year old man was killed and two children were hurt after a truck skidded and rolled near Virginia City on Sunday.

As with a fatal crash near Dillon later Sunday night, Montana Highway Patrol troopers say neither the man, nor the children were wearing seat belts.

KPAX TV has more on the story.


Glacier identifies motorcycle crash victim as Alberta man

(WEST GLACIER)- Glacier National Park rangers now say it was an Alberta man who was killed when his motorcycle crashed over the weekend.

The accident happened 10-miles east of Lake McDonald Lodge on the busy Going-to-the-Sun highway.

Rangers say 70-year old Richard Fish from Cardston, Alberta was riding east near the Logan Creek comfort station when he lost control of his bike, skidding into the on-coming traffic. Fisher was pronounced dead at the scene. No one else was injured.

The National Park Service is investigating the accident, with assistance from the Flathead County Sheriff/Coroner’s Office and the Montana Highway Patrol.  


Kalispell could allow student cell phones

(KALISPELL)- Admitting that the popularity of cell phones has outstripped the district’s old policy, Kalispell school administrators are considering a policy change that would allow some limited cell use by students.

The Kalispell School Board took its first reading of the proposed change this past week.

Currently, students can only use their cell phones outside of school during lunch breaks. But administrators say cell phones have become “a regular possession of the vast majority of most of our high school students.” And they saw they could spend an “inordinate amount of time” trying to enforce the current policy.

Instead, the district is proposing to allow for “extended use” not only on their lunch break, but when they are “passing time”. It still bans the use of video-equipped phones in locker rooms and bathrooms, but teachers would also now have the option of using cell phones as part of their instruction in the classroom.

Students wouldn’t be allowed to use smart phones to access the district’s wireless Internet, so bandwidth is saved for school use.

The district could adopt the policy by its August 15th meeting.


Montana gas prices going back up faster than national average

Montana’s “love/hate” relationship at the pumps continues in the latest survey of Big Sky gas prices from

After celebrating falling prices through early summer, motorists have watched prices start to climb again over the past couple of weeks. And unfortunately the prices are going up faster than elsewhere in the U.S.

The new report says the average retail price has risen 3.2 cents per gallon in the past week along, averaging $3.71 a gallon on Sunday. National prices went up 2-cents a gallon during the past week to a national average of $3.69 per gallon.

And while we might have had some temporary euphoria when the prices dropped in June, the sad fact is that prices are still almost a dollar higher than last summer. Sunday’s price is a whopping 88-cents higher than the end of July last year. Nationally, we’re paying an average of 94-cents a gallon more than the summer of 2010.