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  • Missing Montana teens found safe

    Published On: Jan 27 2015 02:26:33 PM MST
    Updated On: Jan 27 2015 10:14:58 PM MST
    BUTTE, Mont. -

    Four teens who were reported missing from the Georgetown Lake area have been located by the Lewis and Clark County Sheriff's Department at a cabin near Canyon Ferry. 

    Austin Lee, Adam Reighard, Hunter Velock and Taran Bennett are all safe.  No further details have been released at this time. 

    The Montana Department of Justice issued a Missing and Endangered Person Advisory for the teens after they went missing Monday night. 

    One of them threatened to intentionally hurt himself.

  • Student death reported on Montana Tech campus

    Published On: Jan 26 2015 10:30:17 PM MST
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    BUTTE, Mont. -

    Montana Tech administrators report a student died intentionally in a parking lot Monday, and was found by another person who happened to be passing by. 

    Butte-Silver Bow Undersheriff George Skuletich said around 3 or 4 p.m. a passerby found a 19-year-old man in his car in the parking lot behind the new energy building on campus. 

    The man was alone and Skuletich said he had a self-inflicted gunshot wound. 

    The name of the student has not been released. 

    The school will have full-time licensed counselors on staff tomorrow for student support. 

    Montana has a suicide prevention lifeline.  If you or someone you know needs help, call 1-800-273-TALK.

  • Annual skijoring event draws thousands to Whitefish

    Published On: Jan 24 2015 03:48:07 PM MST
    Updated On: Jan 24 2015 09:38:22 PM MST
    KALISPELL, Mont. -

    It’s an event that draws thousands to Whitefish every year, the annual winter skijoring championships.

    It’s a sport where skiers are pulled by a horse around a race course, they get timed and ranked.

    "Skijoring started out, it was a bet between who had the fastest skis, who had the fastest horse and who could drink as much beer and they just kind of turned it all into one event," said skijoring competitor, Brandon Hightower.

    That’s how Hightower says skijoring was born. It’s now a global sport, that boasts the Flathead Valley as its home base.

    "You’ll see people that are just new to skiing and they’re just wanting to go out and have an adventure and ski behind a horse or you've got people that have a racing background and they grew up on a pair of skis, so you can see the whole gambit of it,” Hightower said.

    Competitiors like Hightower have been doing it for years, and they say it’s a great Montana tradition.

    "It’s fun and its part of Montana and I grew up watching my step dad do it and he showed me a few things and I just like being out in the atmosphere and the people and getting to say ‘yee-haw’ and have a beer at the end of the day," said Hightower.

    Skiers and riders compete in different classes and they have to weave in and out of poles as they head over jumps.

    We’re told most of these skiers work hard to prepare for this day.

    "We’ve been able to train the last couple of Sundays and we got skiers and riders to turn out and that's where the teams really start to meet up," Hightower said.

    "It definitely helps to go to some ski conditioning classes if you can find them somewhere because these are 5 foot plus jumps and it’s good to have solid legs underneath you," said Bart Slaney.

    Slaney, another skier competing, has been racing for four years. He says it’s the excitement that brings him back every year.

    "You still get the jitters a little bit just because it’s an adrenaline rush and you know there’s so many uncontrollable things that can happen and it’s just fun," Slaney said.

    The event is also a fundraiser. The money people paid for parking will be donated to an organization called Human Therapy on Horseback.

  • New study found formaldehyde in electronic cigarettes

    Published On: Jan 28 2015 03:57:23 AM MST
    New study shows formaldehyde in electronic cigarettes
    MISSOULA, Mont. -

    A chemistry professor at Portland State University found that when using electronic cigarette's at the highest heat or setting, the vapor produced contains hidden formaldehyde at levels five to fifteen times higher than regular cigarettes.

    E-cigarette's are rechargeable cigarettes that contain nicotine. They're battery operated and there's a heating element that will heat up the vapor. The use of e-cigarettes has sky rocketed in the past couple of years, which is understandable considering that some people claim e-cigarette's are healthier for you.

    The Montana City and County Health Department tells NBC Montana that e-cigarette's are still too new to know all the chemicals you're ingesting when smoking them and they still are not FDA approved.

    Montana City and County Health Department suggests other options when trying to kick your nicotine habit.

    "That's why I always encourage people who are thinking about quitting using nicotine replacement therapies that are FDA approved like gum, lozenges and things like that, the patch for example. Because quite frankly this is kind of a scary subject where you don't know what you're body is getting itself into and some people have had success with electronic cigarettes but until we know more about it or until you know what's going to happen down the road, it's hard to promote them as a sensation device," said Senior Health Specialist Kaila Warren.

    Warren tells us that between 2011 and 2012 the number of kids using electronic cigarettes has doubled.

  • U.S. Postal Service changes mail delivery standards

    Published On: Jan 27 2015 07:20:25 PM MST
    Updated On: Jan 27 2015 08:37:21 PM MST
    MISSOULA, Mont. -

    Bills and letters may show up a day late in Missoula mailboxes, because the U.S. Postal Service is changing how they process mail.

    It will now take two days for mail to get delivered in Missoula rather then the expected one-day delivery.

    The main Missoula post office on Kent Avenue has eliminated its graveyard letter machine operator shifts, so they will not sort mail that comes in at night, meaning it won't be ready for next-day delivery.

    U.S. Postal Service spokesman Peter Nowacki said it's a sign of changing times with fewer letters and bills being mailed but more online packages delivered.

    "Not only have we lost mail volume we've lost revenue as a result, given that significant reduction we need to find different ways to do business," said Nowacki.

    We're told this change will not affect the delivery time of packages, priority mail or people who get medications in the mail.

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