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Oct 4, 2012 4:15 PM by Mark Thorsell - KPAX News

Thursday afternoon Montana news headlines

MISSOULA- One of the two "so-called" Mountain Men has admitted to working as a security guard for a former statewide medical marijuana dispensary that was raided by federal agents in March of 2011. Dan Nichols and his father Don are known for the 1984 kidnapping of an Olympic athlete near Big Sky.

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CONDON- Authorities have lifted the Stage 1 "Ready" evacuation order for the residents who live east of Montana Highway 83 in the Condon area. The Condon Mountain Fire has burned over 5,200 acres and is now 50% contained after being sparked by lightning in the Swan Valley in late July.

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MISSOULA- Students and teachers now six weeks into Fall semester at the University of Montana, and campus leaders have already gotten quite a bit of feedback on the university's new sexual assault awareness program.

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KALISPELL- Slots still remain in the last wolf trapper certification classes being offered up in Kalispell. There are 30 openings remaining in the October 13th class, and 59 slots left in the December 8th class.

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WEST GLACIER- A local group is a finalist for a national grant which was created to help fund grassroots community projects, but now the fate of the Glacier Institute lies in your hands. Six non-profit groups will be awarded with the 50 States for Good grant, based off of the number of votes they receive on Facebook.

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MISSOULA- The Missoula Maulers are back on the ice. The junior hockey squad opened in Cody Wyoming over the weekend and earned a split in two games with the Yellowstone Quake. They're coming back to the Glacier Ice Rink for the home opener Friday night at 7:30 p.m.

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From the StormTracker Weather Center: After season-changing rain and snow finally brought the dry, stagnant late summer weather pattern to an end, conditions will be much different headed into the weekend. The same northerly flow that brought Wednesday's storm through the Northern Rockies remains in place.

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