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  • Pilot killed in plane crash near Montana-Idaho border

    By KECI Staff
    Published On: Jul 28 2014 01:27:18 PM MDT
    Updated On: Jul 29 2014 12:30:20 PM MDT
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    MISSOULA, Mont. -

    One person is dead after a small plane crashed near the Montana-Idaho border.

    Crews on the scene confirm the pilot was killed in the crash and there were no others on board the plane.

    The pilot was identified Monday evening as Milon Meyer, 72, of Richland, Washington.

    Meyer's bio says he worked with a consulting firm in the Tri Cities in Washington state where he specialized in "solving engineering problems for operating nuclear power plants, turbomachinery, aircraft, and related structures."

    Initial reports indicate he was heading to a convention in Wisconsin.

    Monday, a helicopter from Flathead County that was already in the area was able to locate the missing plane. It was reportedly spotted near the Black Lead area, which is northwest of Lolo Pass.

    A medic was lowered by the helicopter and was able to confirm that the pilot had died.

    Clearwater County sheriff's deputies and search and rescue workers are securing the scene, pending the arrival of crash investigators from the FAA.

    First reports of trouble came in near Helena, where the plane attempted to make contact.

    “The aircraft reporting the problem said they had oil on the windshield and were unsure if they could make Helena,” said Lewis and Clark County Sheriff Leo Dutton.

    According to the Federal Aviation Administration, the airplane was a single-engine, homebuilt Lancair Legacy flying from Richland, Washington, to Oshkosh, Wisconsin, for a convention.

  • Authorities identify boy who drowned in Bitterroot

    By The Associated Press
    Published On: Jul 28 2014 05:52:28 PM MDT
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    HAMILTON, Mont. -

    Ravalli County authorities have identified a 3-year-old Stevensville boy who drowned last week in the Bitterroot River.

    Sheriff and coroner Chris Hoffman said Monday that Tristan Iverson was pronounced dead at a hospital after the raft he was in capsized.

    The boy was with his father and older brother in the inflatable raft Friday. They survived, but Tristan was trapped underneath a log jam.

    Hoffman says the sheriff's office and Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks are investigating.

  • Early morning earthquake shakes Dillon

    By Jacqueline Gedeon, KTVM Butte Reporter, jgedeon@ktvm.com
    Published On: Jul 28 2014 05:30:31 PM MDT
    Updated On: Jul 28 2014 11:08:48 PM MDT
    DILLON, Mont. -

    An early morning earthquake shook Dillon and we were alerted by viewers just after 7 a.m. Monday.

    We immediately confirmed the 3.6-magnitude quake through the U.S Geological Survey.

    Monitors said the earthquake was centered about 8 miles north of Dillon.

    Scientists at Montana Tech said they received reports from as far east at Ennis and as far west as Salmon, Idaho.

    Dillon resident Leonard Pnakovich said he was standing in his trailer when he felt it rock back and forth shortly before 7 a.m.

    "I felt this little bit of a wave and it came up like that it was a little crisp, it went past me, and I thought, 'What is that?," said Pnakovich.

    He showed NBC Montana where he was when he felt the quake.

    "I had some cups, coffee cups on the wall here and they just kind of tinkled a little bit and moved a little bit," said Pnakovich.

    Pnakovich isn't the only one who noticed the ground shake.

    "My whole trailer home shook," said Dillon resident Elida Dugan. "And you could hear it rumble and it almost just vibrated up through my feet then through the house."

    "It was just kind of a big rumble," said Dillon resident Reica Anderson. "Like you're on a boat, like when a wave hits and you just kind of go sideways."

    At Montana Tech, specialists received phone calls from more than 25 people near Dillon about the quake.

    Director of Earthquake Studies Mike Stickney said the earthquake got as high as a magnitude of 3.9.

    "It's one of those that rattles the windows and wakes people up," he said. "But it would be very unlikely for it to cause any sort of damage."

    Stickney said they recorded at least two aftershocks of Monday's earthquake with lower magnitudes.

    "There's some minor activity following it, but nothing that, so far, has been large enough for people to have noticed," said Stickney.

    As for Pnavovich, he said this earthquake reminded him you can never predict what will come next.

    "Makes you conscious of the natural world around you, you never know," he said.

    Stickney told NBC Montana this is the strongest earthquake Dillon has seen in nine years. In July of 2005, Dillon felt an earthquake with the magnitude of 5.6 and has been feeling aftershocks ever since.

    Stickney said shortly after the 2005 earthquake, they installed a seismic monitoring station in Dillon to record the aftershocks.

  • Idaho woman's platform diving mishap goes viral

    Published On: Jul 29 2014 03:06:27 PM MDT
    Updated On: Jul 29 2014 03:15:23 PM MDT

    A YouTube video showing a high dive gone wrong at an Idaho water park gained more than 1.8 million views after the video went viral.

    An unidentified woman was preparing to jump from the high platform at Lava Hot Springs Water Park, when she was apparently spooked by a man running up behind her and jumping before she had a chance.

    She fell from the high platform onto the platform below, before falling into the water.

    A pool spokesperson told the NBC affiliate in Pocatello that the woman escaped the accident with only a strained pinky.

    The pool requires all jumpers to sign a waiver before attempting any platform dives.

  • Missing firefighter found in Ravalli Co.

    Published On: Jul 28 2014 01:44:50 PM MDT
    Updated On: Jul 28 2014 03:20:58 PM MDT
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    HAMILTON, Mont. -

    The following is a press release from the Bitterroot National Forest:

    A Bitterroot National Forest firefighter missing since yesterday afternoon was found alive this afternoon by search crews. 

    He was located walking along a forest road, several miles from the fire he was hiking to on Sunday.  The firefighter is currently being transported to the hospital.  His condition is not known.

    The effort to locate the missing firefighter was led by Ravalli County Search & Rescue and involved multiple aircraft and more than 50 searchers.  They were assisted by the Bitterroot National Forest, Ravalli County Sheriff’s Office, Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest, and Granite County Search and Rescue.

  • Brooke's First Alert Video Forecast

    Isolated thunderstorms for southwest Montana. Otherwise, mostly sunny with highs in the 80s and 90s.

  • Matt Gray's First Alert Video Forecast

    Better chances of thunderstorms later in the week

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