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  • First baby delivered at Granite Co. Medical Center in more than 20 years

    By Adam Painter, Reporter/Meteorologist, apainter@keci.com
    Published On: Nov 25 2014 05:53:35 PM MST
    Updated On: Nov 25 2014 10:57:28 PM MST
    PHILIPSBURG, Mont. -

    Subzero temperatures, icy roads, and a remote area -- those were the circumstances surrounding a young Philipsburg couple about to have a baby Tuesday morning.

    Unable to make it to the hospital in Anaconda, they parked at the Granite County Medical Center in Philipsburg, where that clinic delivered its first baby in more than 20 years.

    Around 5 a.m., on November 13, Mike Kaminski heard this, from his wife: "'Babe, I think my water broke.'  And I kind of looked at her, and I was like, 'Are you sure?'"

    He was about to go to his job as a cook at the Sunshine Station.  Instead he loaded up the car and headed south on Highway 1.

    Mike and Kari Kaminski live in Philipsburg.  It's a 40-minute drive to the hospital in Anaconda.

    Mike said neither panicked, "Sublime moments.  Everything is just there.  Calm, cool and collected.  You have a mission objective.  You know what you've got to do.  You do what you have to do to accomplish the mission."

    But he didn't get very far.  He drove two miles south of town, to Fred Burr Creek, when Kari told him the baby was coming.

    Since they did not have the time to make it to Anaconda, they went instead to the Granite County Medical Center.  Eight minutes after their arrival, Sidney was born.

    The medical center just survived a hot-button mill levy to keep its operation going.

    Mike added, "If that hospital hadn't been there, she would have calved out on the side of the road, and been having a baby there in negative 20 temperatures, you know, without proper care or anything.  It's a damn good thing this hospital is here, and I thank God every day for it."

    The clinic had one physician there that morning and two nurses who rose to the occasion.

    Mike summed it up, "One minute the baby is just a thought, and then all of a sudden you have a little life in your arms.  Greatest feeling in the world.  Wouldn't change anything for it."

    Mom chose not to get in front of the camera, but she did say Sydney Marie Kaminski is a healthy baby who was born at 6 pounds, 8 ounces, and measured 19 inches long.

  • Plane makes unplanned stop in Billings after passenger dies

    By Associated Press
    Published On: Nov 28 2014 01:01:01 PM MST
    Updated On: Nov 28 2014 01:59:52 PM MST
    BILLINGS, Mont. -

    An Alabama man died on a commercial flight from Atlanta to Seattle and the airplane was diverted to Billings Logan International Airport.
    Yellowstone County Coroner Cliff Mahoney tells The Billings Gazette the passenger was 70-year-old Charles Blackwell of Atmore, Alabama.
    Blackwell suffered a heart attack on a Delta flight on Wednesday. The airplane was diverted to Billings at about 3 p.m. and paramedics took Blackwell's body off the plane.
    Mike Glancy with airport operations in Billings said a medical doctor on the flight had been tending to the man. The flight departed for Seattle two-and-a-half hours after arriving in Billings.

  • Winter Storm Warning

    By Mark Heyka, Chief Meteorologist, mheyka@keci.com
    Published On: Nov 28 2014 08:50:53 AM MST
    Updated On: Nov 28 2014 03:08:38 PM MST

    WINTER STORM WARNING late Friday through Saturday for Glacier Park, the Flathead and Mission Valleys along with the Seeley Swan area. Snowfall of 3 to 6 inches in the valleys and 8 to 20 inches in the mountains. This includes Kalispell, Polson, Arlee, Swan Lake, West Glacier, MacDonald and Rogers Passes. Subzero wind chill is expected Saturday morning with 30 mph wind gusts with isolated areas seeing gusts over 40 mph.

    WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY for the Missoula, Butte, and Bozeman areas as well as Libby, Ovando, Philipsburg, Hamilton, Garrison, Drummond, Boulder, Townsend and White Sulphur Springs. Snowfall amounts will vary between 1 and 4 inches depending on elevation for valleys and between 6 inches and a foot of snow in many mountainous areas.

  • Idaho rockslide halts passenger, freight trains

    By The Associated Press
    Published On: Nov 28 2014 03:39:29 PM MST
    Montana rail line reopened after fiery derailment
    BONNERS FERRY, Idaho -

    A rock slide has closed a main BNSF Railway connection between Washington state and Idaho.

    BNSF spokesman Gus Melonas says a large slide 14 miles east of Bonners Ferry covered the tracks about 12:30 p.m. Friday. Amtrak passenger trains running from Seattle and Portland to Chicago have been halted for 48 hours. Freight traffic has also been temporarily suspended.

    Melonas says about 20 railway personnel along with heavy equipment have been brought in to clear the debris.

  • Former Griz coach Bobby Hauck to resign from UNLV

    By KECI Staff
    Published On: Nov 28 2014 06:57:06 PM MST
    MISSOULA, Mont. -

    After Griz head football coach Mick Delaney announced he will retire at the end of the 2014 season many names were thrown around for who will replace him.

    One of the names that came up again Friday evening was former Griz head football coach Bobby Hauck.

    Hauck recently submitted his resignation from UNLV, effective next Monday. He is finishing his fifth year at UNLV and his 12th overall as a head coach, and had two years left on his contract.

    Last year Hauck led the Rebels to their first appearance in a bowl game since 2000 with an overall record of 7-6, and became the first UNLV coach to win five Mountain West games.

    The following is a release from UNLV athletics:

    UNLV football head coach Bobby Hauck is resigning his position after coaching the team in Saturday's season-ending game against Nevada, Reno at Sam Boyd Stadium, UNLV Director of Athletics Tina Kunzer-Murphy announced Friday.

    "Bobby Hauck submitted his resignation, effective Monday, and I have accepted it," Kunzer-Murphy said. "No one has worked harder in trying to achieve consistent success with our football program than Coach Hauck and we thank him for his dedication and leadership. He and his staff have worked tirelessly in trying to achieve the results we all want to see but it unfortunately has not happened. We wish Bobby and his family the very best in their future endeavors."

    Hauck, who had two years left on his contract, will receive a one-time payment of $400,000 to complete the University's financial obligations.

    Hauck is finishing his fifth year at UNLV and his 12th overall as a head coach. He heads into Saturday's Battle for the Fremont Cannon with a record of 15-48 with the Rebels, including 11-27 in the Mountain West Conference. Before being hired as the 10th head coach in UNLV history on Dec. 23, 2009, he compiled a record of 80-17 at the FCS-level University of Montana from 2003-09.

    After three two-win seasons to start his time in Las Vegas, Hauck last year led the Rebels to their first appearance in a bowl game since 2000 with an overall record of 7-6 and became the first UNLV coach to win five Mountain West games (5-3). The 2014 Rebels go into Saturday's finale with a record of 2-10 overall and 1-6 in league play.

    "We were given an opportunity to get it done here at UNLV and we simply did not win enough games," Hauck said. "It's my responsibility to push the program forward and I wish we would have produced better results.

    "I would like to thank our University leadership for their support of our program; in particular, President Don Snyder, Athletics Director Tina Kunzer-Murphy and Board of Regents Chair Kevin Page. In addition, I would like to thank our student body, alumni and community leaders for their support of Rebel Football."

  • Mark Heyka's First Alert Video Forecast

    Arctic air will invade western Montana Friday night and Saturday.

  • Matt Gray's First Alert Video Forecast

    Arctic air reaches many areas overnight after a warm Friday.

  • Mark Heyka's First Alert Video Forecast

    Mild again on Friday.  However, some big changes toward much colder weather this weekend!