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burned trees uprooted by microburst
Along the Magruder Road, burned trees were uprooted by thunderstorm microbursts Friday. (USFS Photo)
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Friday Storm Snaps Trees – Humans Leave Campfires Burning

The Friday thunderstorms, which stretched from Lost Trail Pass to the Canadian border, caused power outages, fallen trees and broken branches throughout the Bitterroot Valley. Over 10,000 cloud-to-ground lightning strikes were counted by satellite

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Storm out of Blodgett. (KLYQ File Photo)
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Storm Shakes Up Hamilton Friday

A slow moving thunderstorm brought out the power crews and firemen Friday evening in Hamilton and Stevensville.

The storm built over Idaho and moved very slowly to the north, bringing with it wind, rain and lightning

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Meteors. (Istockphoto.com)
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My Favorite Meteor Shower is Happening Right Now

I don't do as much stargazing as I used to, but I always try to catch the Perseids meteor shower every autumn. The best time to see 'em - this weekend from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. each night.

The shower is associated with the comet Swift-Tuttle, which leaves debris when it passes through the orbital path of Earth every 166 years

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Bitterroot Community Band and Missoula City Band
A good crowd listening to the combined Bitterroot Community Band and the Missoula City Band at Hamilton's Daly Mansion. (KLYQ Photo)
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Bitterroot Community Band Turns Summer into a Musical Event

Thursday, August 8, the Daly Mansion grounds became a musical stage for the Bitterroot Community Band and the Missoula City Band.

The two musical groups played selections from Broadway, the movies, television and marches Thursday evening under the trees

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Gold Pan Fire burnout
A planned burnout on the Gold Pan Fire Wednesday. (USFS Photo)
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West Fork Meeting Planned Saturday August 10 for Gold Pan Fire

West Fork area residents will be updated on the Gold Pan forest fire Saturday afternoon, August 10, at 2 p.m. at the fire's incident command post. The meeting will be at the Scripps Yonder Ranch on the Nez Perce Road about 4 miles west of the West Fork Ranger Station

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Fred Thomas recieved honor from the Montana Chamber.
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Ravalli County Legislators Honored by State Chamber of Commerce

Montana Senator Fred Thomas of Stevensville has received the "Champion of Business" award from the Montana Chamber of Commerce.

The award honors legislators who showed a commitment to business issues during the latest Montana legislative session

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Burned trees along the Magruder Corridor. (USFS Photo)
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Gold Pan and Moose Meadows Forest Fire Update – August 7

Firefighters have had opportunities to prepare for movement of the Gold Pan Forest Fire in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness.

The 16,000 acre fire in the West Fork Ranger District of the Bitterroot National Forest has stayed in the wilderness area so far, but crews have built over 25 miles of fireline as a contingency to the east of the fire between the wilderness and Painted Rocks Reservoir

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The Bitterroot Community Band at theCreamery Picnic. (KLYQ Photo)
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Busy Week for Bitterroot Community Band

The next seven days will be full of music for the Bitterroot Community Band.

The group of volunteer musicians perform every other week throughout the summer at the bandshell at Claudia Driscoll Park in Hamilton, and at the Creamery Picnic and the Ravalli County Fair

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Lake Como
Lake Como. (KLYQ File Photo)
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Bitterroot Valley’s Lake Como Level is Dropping Early

It's several weeks early, butthe moveable boat dock on the south side of Lake Como is being removed Wednesday, August 7.

Tod McKay of the Bitterroot National Forest said the water level of the popular lake has dropped steadily in recent weeks

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Fairgrounds Road will not have many cars for a week. (KLYQ Photo)
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Hamilton’s Fairgrounds Road Construction Starts Wednesday

Fairgrounds Road on the northeast edge of Hamilton has new sidewalks. Work continues this week on the road itself.

Starting Wednesday, one lane of the popular street will be closed each day from Kurtz Lane to Old Corvallis Road

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