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Washington Elementary School in Hamilton. (KLYQ file photo)
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Washington Elementary School to Conduct Practice Drill April 26

The Washington Elementary School will have a full-scale emergency drill Friday, April 26, starting about 1 p.m.

In a Hamilton School District 3 news release, officials said the drill will test the response of Hamilton area police, fire department, Marcus Daly Hospital, Montana Highway Patrol, Disaster Emergency Services and other organizations that respond to emergencies

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10-Year-Old Girl Foils Abduction Attempt by Asking Stranger for Code Word

On Monday in a town outside Toronto, 10-year-old girl foiled an attempted abduction by requesting a code word she had worked out with her parents.

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Should Your Dog Wear a Yellow Ribbon?

In past years yellow ribbons were used to commemorate soldiers away at war and could be seen on almost every street. They were tied to trees, fences, mailboxes and even cars. However, today that yellow ribbon has a new meaning. Yes, thanks to The Yellow Dog Project, you can now see yellow ribbons tied to dog leashes all across the United States.

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Hamilton's Washington Elementary School. (KLYQ Photo)
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Hamilton School Superintendent Lists Safety Procedures

Hamilton School District Superintendent Tom Korst sent out a letter this week to parents, guardians and the public, outlining the safety programs in place in School District #3.

Korst emphasized that the district's emergency operations plan was developed and is fully in place, with partnership from the Hamilton Police, Hamilton Volunteer Fire Department, Public Health Department, Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital, county and Hamilton government and the 911 Center

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Montana Dept of Transportation drunk driving video. (YouTube/MDT)
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Montana Dept of Transportation Creates Good Video on Drunk Driving

Here's a new video with a touch of humor from the Montana Department of Transportation.

We like the use of the carts at the new Hub entertainment center, out toward the airport. Using a loose version of the "Mythbusters" format, they test the usefulness of those "beer goggles" that that featured in Safety Day demonstrations around the state

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Flickr.com (HAM guy)
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Tis the Season for Missoula House Fires

For the second time this month, I was scrambling to get out of my third story apartment in a panic. Both my neighbors and myself are dealing with an electrical malfunction (which seems unlikely, given that we reside in a brand new complex), or we have a derelict on our hands who finds it humorous to pull a highly illegal stunt - such as pulling our fire alarm.

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Is Your Car One of the 7 Million Toyota Is Recalling?

Toyota Motor Corporation announced on Wednesday that it will recall more than seven million vehicles to fix a power window issue that the manufacturer says could present a risk for fire.

According to a press release issued by the Japanese automaker, the voluntary recall is to inspect and apply special fluorine grease to the driver’s-side Power Window Master Switch (everyone's favorite car part) because it may become “notchy” when operated.

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Photo courtesy of Base Camp Baker/Flickr
Photo courtesy of Base Camp Baker/Flickr
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Safety is Important for Area Motorcyclists

Each day, I notice more and more motorcyclists cruising the streets. It wouldn’t be a big deal if they always obeyed the rules of the road and were courteous to other drivers. Unfortunately, that has not been the case — at least in my experience

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Photo courtesy of JOE-3PO/Flickr
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Are Fair Rides Safe in Montana?

It’s fair season in Montana, and that means folks across the state are gearing up for a days-long overload of carnival games, fried food and, of course, rides.

But, as you turn the kids loose to get their thrills on attractions with names like the Zipper, the Scrambler and the Tilt-a-Whirl, you might be wondering just how safe those rides really are.

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photo courtesy of Polka Dot/thinkstock.com
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River Safety Tips from Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks [AUDIO]

After a 44 year-old Anaconda woman was drowned in the Blackfoot River on July 4th, authorities are reminding recreationists who are rafting or tubing on Western Montana rivers to use safety equipment and common sense. Vivaca Crowser is Public Education Coordinator for Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks. She says area rivers are still running high and fast, and the cold water can slow reaction times, especially during the hot days to come next week.

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