2 men die in 3-vehicle crash near SomersPublished On: Oct 30 2014 09:52:02 AM MDT
Updated On: Oct 30 2014 04:11:10 PM MDT
Two Flathead County men died in a three-vehicle crash near Somers.
The accident was north of the 101 mile marker. Traffic was delayed in the area until about 1 p.m.
Montana Highway Patrol Trooper Rick Mehring says a 61-year-old Kalispell man was driving northbound on U.S. Highway 93 just before 9 a.m. Thursday when he struck a guardrail and then swerved into the southbound lane and into the path of a Jeep driven by a 73-year-old Somers man.
The Jeep went off the road while the pickup came to rest in the southbound lane. Both men died at the scene of the crash. Their names have not been released.
Mehring says a southbound vehicle traveling behind the Jeep was unable to avoid colliding with the pickup. The driver of the third vehicle wasn't injured.
A witness said the driver of the pickup was driving erratically before the crash.
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Wildlife agency drops hunter confidentiality planPublished On: Oct 29 2014 02:52:09 PM MDT
Montana wildlife officials are dropping a proposal to keep confidential the names of hunters and trappers who kill wildlife in Montana.
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks had planned to introduce a bill in the 2015 legislative session that would make it illegal to disclose identifying information about hunters or trappers that take any kind of game animal, furbearer or other species under the department's management.
That information is now available under the state's right-to-know laws. Some hunters and trappers had claimed they were being harassed by people who had obtained the information.
FWP spokesman Ron Aasheim confirmed Wednesday the agency won't introduce the bill. Aasheim says the agency floated the idea but decided to pull back because it wasn't a high priority.
566,000 Dodges and Jeeps recalledPublished On: Oct 29 2014 06:10:37 AM MDT
Updated On: Oct 29 2014 08:36:34 AM MDT
Potential for a fuel leak and fire, as well as a separate issue impacting vehicle stability systems, are behind two Dodge and Jeep recalls Wednesday morning.
Fiat Chrysler said the fuel heater assembly used in certain 2010-2014 model year Dodge Ram diesel trucks can overheat. That can lead to fuel leaking and potentially a fire.
The company said there have been two reports of overheating, but is aware of no fires, injuries or accidents.
The recall covers Ram models 2500, 3500, 4500 and 5500. Most of the 382,000 vehicles are in the U.S. The fix involves upgrading wiring harness terminals and, if necessary, the housing for the fuel heater, the company said.
Chrysler also announced a recall of about 184,000 SUVs for an issue with the electronic stability control system.
A fault can disable the system, it said, but a software upgrade can fix that.
Dodge Durango and Jeep Grand Cherokee vehicles from 2014 are included in the recall.
This has been an epic year for recalls. Automakers have recalled a record 52 million vehicles, including 30 million recalled by General Motors.
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Man killed in crash near Thompson Falls ID'dPublished On: Oct 30 2014 07:31:14 AM MDT
Authorities have released the name of a 51-year-old man who was killed in a single-vehicle rollover crash near Thompson Falls.
The Montana Standard reports the Sanders County coroner identified the victim Wednesday as 51-year-old Ronald Cook, of Heron. Cook was most recently living in Heron but had a Butte address listed on his license.
He was westbound on Montana Highway 200 shortly before 2 a.m. Tuesday when his vehicle went off the road, rolled and hit a tree.
The Montana Highway Patrol says it was foggy and there were some wet spots on the road at the time of the crash. Speed also was a factor.
Missoula Merc building downtown under contractPublished On: Oct 29 2014 09:36:54 AM MDT
Updated On: Oct 29 2014 08:40:49 PM MDT
The Missoula Mercantile Building downtown is under contract.
According to the Missoula Mercantile website, long-time developers Stephen Glenn and Dario Passalalpi will begin work on the historic Mercantile redevelopment project.
"Our overall plan here is that we are going to spend the next couple months really getting our arms around the structural condition of this building, and figure out what kind of retrofitting needs to happen,” explained developer Stephen Glenn.
The Merc, which is currently owned by Octagon Partners of Charlottesville, Virginia, has been dormant since Macy’s department store closed its location in early 2010.
The building has been for sale for the last year. They have just been waiting to find the right owner.
"I think it's something that everybody's wanted to see, but we've needed to make sure it was the right fit for the community before moving forward, and with our initial conversations with these folks, I think it's going to be a great fit," said Zillastate owner and broker Jed Dennison.
Octagon Partners and the developers have reached a definitive agreement for the acquisition of the property, which is slated to close in the spring of 2015.
Glenn and Passalalpi have a new development plan for incorporating a retail establishment on the first floor, but they’re open to opinions for what the city wants for the second floor and basement.
"What we envision doesn't matter nearly as much as what the community envisions, and what the best use is for the building and that part of downtown are," said Glenn.
Glenn and Passalalpi are excited about the project and proud to be associated with the Merc’s redevelopment. The developers say the final project will create a hub of modern commerce while honoring the building’s legacy.
"We're excited about it. It's obviously a spectacular city, spectacular building. It's right up our alley," said Glenn.
The developers tell us that they are flying in next week to assess the building and figure out where to begin. Their goal is to have a set plan on how they are going to utilize the space by the end of the year.
They hope to start construction shortly after they close the deal in spring 2015, and would like to see businesses in the building by fall 2015 or spring 2016.