Posted: Aug 8, 2012 8:29 AM by Mark Thorsell - KPAX News
MISSOULA- It wasn't just the heat that had people cranky for the opening day of the Western Montana Fair on Tuesday. Long lines and apparent problems with the carnival rides had a lot of people steamed for the first night of fun.
SEELEY LAKE- Crews have been able to get 50% containment on the West Marshall Creek Fire, which is burning in higher elevation terrain about 11 miles northwest of Seeley Lake. The lightning-caused fire started on Sunday and grew quickly to between 25 and 30 acres,
MISSOULA- Suspended University of Montana quarterback Jordan Johnson made his first court appearance Tuesday morning and pleaded not guilty to a rape charge. Court documents say the victim told investigators Johnson forced himself on top of her, held her down and raped her. She said she told Johnson "no" multiple times, but he didn't listen and she was afraid he would hit her if she resisted. Johnson told investigators the sex was consensual.
MISSOULA- People are being invited to float the Clark Fork River for a quick "clean up" event on Wednesday evening. The Clark Fork Coalition is organizing the event, which happens late Wednesday afternoon on the river through downtown Missoula.
MISSOULA- The Western Montana Fair has been bringing people to Missoula since 1879, and this year is a special one. Every summer, people come from far and wide to the Western Montana Fair, and livestock also make the trip.
CLINTON - A pastor led a search group in prayer as they set out to help find the dog of a little boy who lost his brother in a fatal crash last weekend. About two dozen people from as far away as Lolo came out to help search for Bella, a black lab with pointed ears who she was in the car with the Seattle family when they were hit by a wrong way driver on Interstate 90 early Sunday morning.
HELENA- The Missoula Osprey were kept off the scoreboard in a 7-0 loss to the Helena Brewers on Tuesday night in Helena. The Osprey were held to five hits by Brewers pitchers Taylor Wall (2-1), who allowed just three hits in his six innings of work, and Martin Viramontes, who pitched the final three innings to pick up his first save of the season.
Chrissy Kohler's StormTracker Weather Center forecast: We are in for some of the hottest weather of the year today as our temperatures soar into the mid to upper 90s. We even have a few spots such as Florence, Stevensville and Plains that could see triple digits if we get a bit more sunshine that expect. The day will start off with sunny skies but an upper level wave will bring some clouds in this afternoon. With that wave, we could also see some isolated thunderstorms develop in southwest Montana late in the day.