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HELENA -- For parents who have been through it...Diana Julian knows your pain.
"Parents think, well if he's overtime tired, why isn't he just crashing? Why isn't he just falling asleep?" she asks.
Although Julian had worked with kids as a nanny for many years, she didn't know how to handle an infant that would only sleep two hours at a time.
But someone suggested she contact on out of state sleep consultant who completed a sleep plan and two weeks later, things changed dramatically, according to Julian.
Now her son Owen is 18-months-old, and along with a degree in social services, she is now a certified child sleep consultant herself.
She deals with families with children up to age five.
"I don't deal with sleep disorders, I'm not a doctor," explains Julian.
Instead she says she works with families to correct sleep schedules and behaviors--habits that they may have fallen into.
"So putting your kids down too late, at bedtime, putting them down at the wrong time for nap," naming some examples.
She adds, "If parents tell me their child has their morning nap in the swing, that's something that I would immediately address."
Families who come to her fill out extensive intake forms and from that she will create a plan, or give advice.
According to Julian, that plan varies between the age of the child and the makeup of a family.
"Had never heard of a sleep consultant," said Keri Moutaw, a mother of a 4-year-old, with four other children.
Ella is Moutaw's youngest, "Maybe it was due to having older siblings, you know, she didn't want to take naps because they weren't," she said.
Julian advised Moutaw to move Ella into her own room, so that the other kids wouldn't wake her early in the morning, or keep her up too late at night and to allow her to take naps when she isn't getting the sleep she needs at night.
Lindsay Salley is another mother who has utilized Julian's services. She has two girls, ages 11-months, and 2-years.
She is consulting her about how to deal with changes as the switch back daylight saving time arrives, but she wishes it could have come sooner, because she had trouble with daughter 2-year-old Sam and her husband works nights now.
"If I would have known about this before, then it would have made a difference," said Salley.
And with more daylight hours, she
tells families to try and darken the sleep area as you would for
nighttime and also when the time changes: "Pay more attention to
your family routine that day as opposed to the time."
Her business, called Big Sky Lullaby , is also a way for Julian to work at home and to spend time with son Owen.
Depending on a client's needs she works with families by email, phone, or face-to-face, developing a very detailed, two week schedule.
Julian says sticking to a schedule is key for a child's sleep.
According to her, certain cues like bathtime, and reading, and a song work like a charm for Owen.
(CNN) -- The closest thing to a clue in the search for a missing commercial jetliner is traces of oil found in the ocean in the same area where contact was lost with the Malaysia Airlines flight.
A Vietnamese search plane spotted the oil while flying over the search area. The oil slicks are between 6 and 9 miles long and are suspected to be from the missing plane, the Vietnam government's official news agency reported. The traces of oil were found about 90 miles south of Tho Chu Island, the report said.
In the meantime, the search area is being expanded and efforts to locate the plane will continue overnight, said Azharuddin Abdul Rahman, director general of civil aviation in Malaysia.
Nobody knows what happened to Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, other than air traffic controllers lost track of it not long after it left Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia, on its way to Beijing.
The families and loved ones of the 239 passengers and crew aboard expected the worst as they awaited any significant development.
The area of focus has been in the South China Sea, where the Malaysian airspace and Vietnamese airspace meet.
"We have no idea where this aircraft is right now," Malaysia Airlines Vice President of Operations Control Fuad Sharuji said on CNN's "AC360."
Bits and pieces of information have begun to form, but it remains unclear how they fit into the bigger picture, if at all.
For instance, after the airline released a manifest, Austria denied that one of its citizens was onboard the flight as the list stated. The Austrian citizen was safe and sound, and his passport had been stolen two years ago, Austrian Foreign Ministry spokesman Martin Weiss told CNN.
Similarly, Italy's foreign ministry confirmed that no Italians were onboard MH370, even though an Italian was listed on the manifest. Malaysian officials said they were aware of reports that the Italian's passport was also stolen, but had not confirmed it.
A U.S. intelligence official said authorities are aware of reporting about lost or stolen passports used by passengers on the missing flight.
"No nexus to terrorism yet," the official said, "although that's by no means definitive. We're still tracking."
Malaysian authorities reiterated during a news conference that they are not ruling anything out regarding the missing aircraft.
China, Vietnam, Singapore and Malaysia were conducting search and rescue operations south of Tho Chu island in the South China Sea, reported Xinhua, China's official news agency. Ships, helicopters and airplanes are being utilized.
Officials appeared resigned to accepting the worst outcome.
"I'd just like to say our thoughts and prayers are with the bereaved families," Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said during a news conference.
Grief, especially in China
More than half the passengers were Chinese nationals.
Relatives of the 154 Chinese nationals on board gathered Saturday at a hotel complex in the Lido district of Beijing as a large crowd of reporters gathered outside.
"My son was only 40 years old," one woman wailed as she was led inside. "My son, my son. What am I going to do?"
Family members were kept in a hotel conference room, where media outlets had no access. Most of the family members have so far refused to talk to reporters.
The Boeing 777-200 ER departed Kuala Lumpur International Airport at 12:41 a.m. and was expected to land in Beijing at 6:30 a.m., a 2,300-mile (3,700 kilometer) trip. It never arrived.
The plane carried 227 passengers, including five children under five years old, and 12 crew members, the airline said. Air traffic control in Subang, in Malaysia, had last contact with the plane.
At the time of its disappearance, the Malaysia Airlines plane was carrying about 7.5 hours of fuel, an airline official said.
The passengers are of 14 nationalities, the airline said.
Among the passengers there were 154 people from China or Taiwan; 38 Malaysians, and three U.S. citizens.
The airline's website said the flight was piloted by a veteran.
Cap. Zaharie Ahmad Shah, a 53-year-old Malaysian, has 18,365 total flying hours and joined Malaysia Airlines in 1981, the website said. The first officer is Fariq Ab.Hamid, 27, a Malaysian with a total of 2,763 flying hours. He joined Malaysia Airlines in 2007.
Aviation experts weren't optimistic.
"It doesn't sound very good," retired American Airlines Capt. Jim Tilmon told CNN's "AC360." He noted that the route is mostly overland, which means that there would be plenty of antennae, radar and radios to contact the plane.
"I've been trying to come up with every scenario that I could just to explain this away, but I haven't been very successful."
He said the plane is "about as sophisticated as any commercial airplane could possibly be," with an excellent safety record.
"The lack of communications suggests to me that something most unfortunate has happened," said Mary Schiavo, former inspector general of the U.S. Department of Transportation, in an interview with CNN International.
"But that, of course, does not mean that there are not many persons that need to be rescued and secured. There's still a very urgent need to find that plane and to render aid," she said.
An Asiana Airlines Boeing 777 carrying 291 passengers struck a seawall at San Francisco International Airport in July 2013, killing three people and wounding dozens more. It's unknown if mechanical failure was involved.
Search under way
Several nations launched search and rescue efforts.
The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) has deployed one aircraft and three ships in a search-and-rescue operation following the disappearance of the plane. The Malaysian government says its navy is cooperating with the Vietnamese navy.
China's Xinhua news agency says the Chinese Coast Guard is sending orders to its on-duty vessels nearby to set out to the water where the plane incident likely occurred.
Malaysia Airlines said it was working with the authorities who have activated their search and rescue team to locate the aircraft. The airline said the public can call +603 7884 1234 for further information.
Malaysia Airlines operates in Southeast Asia, East Asia, South Asia, the Middle East and on the route between Europe and Australasia.
It has 15 of the Boeing 777-200 ER planes in its fleet, CNN's Richard Quest reported. The missing airplane was delivered to Malaysia Airlines in 2002.
Part of the company is in the private sector, but the government owns most of it.
Malayan Airways Limited began flying in 1937 as an air service between Penang and Singapore. A decade later, it began flying commercially as the national airline.
In 1963, when Malaysia was formed, the airline was renamed Malaysian Airlines Limited.
Within 20 years, it had grown from a single aircraft operator into a company with 2,400 employees and a fleet operator.
If this aircraft has crashed with a total loss, it would the deadliest aviation incident since November 2001 when an American Airlines Airbus A300 crashed in Belle Harbor, Queens, shortly after takeoff from JFK Airport. Killed were 265 people, including five people on the ground.
-- CNN's Elwyn Lopez, Jim Sciutto, AnneClaire Stapleton, Tom
Watkins and Chelsea J. Carter contributed to this report.
WEST YELLOWSTONE -- Gallatin County Sheriff's Search & Rescue responded on Friday to a report of an injured snowmobiler on the Two Top Snowmobile Trail, approximately three miles west of West Yellowstone.
Personnel from the Sheriff's Office, Search and Rescue (West Yellowstone Division), and the U.S. Forest Service assisted with the rescue.
When they arrived they found a
43-year-old man from Tampa, Florida, who had sustained a laceration
on his head when he lost control of his snowmobile and was thrown.
The man's helmet flew off and he
believes it was because he did not properly fasten the chin strap.
He was taken by the rescue team to West Yellowstone and his friends took him to a doctor.
A few hours later at 11:53 a.m., the Sheriff's Search and Rescue team was called back into action for an injured snowmobiler near Reas Pass, which is southwest of West Yellowstone.
When they arrived they found a 26-year-old woman from Little Egg Harbor, New Jersey, who had sustained a pelvic injury when she lost control of her snowmobile and hit a tree.
She was loaded onto a rescue sled and taken to an awaiting Hebgen Basin Fire Department ambulance, and then taken to the Bozeman Deaconess Hospital.
(CNN) -- She was trying to get help for her sister.
Help for a woman who was distraught and uneven, having driven to Florida to get away from her husband. Who had gone, at her sister's urging, to a hospital only to sign herself out earlier in the day. A woman who was "talking about Jesus and that there's demons in my house," her sister said on a 911 call.
"I'm trying to control her," the sister said, expressing worry about her sister's three children. "... I'm trying to keep them safe."
At first, the plea appeared to pay off: Police caught up to the woman -- later identified as Ebony Wilkerson -- after she sped away from her sister's Daytona Beach apartment. An officer questioned her as her three children sat in the Honda Odyssey's backseat, smiling and seemingly calm. Wilkerson explained that she feared for her safety, worried that her estranged husband would harm them.
According to a Daytona Beach Police report, the officer believed she might have a mental illness. Despite these concerns, the officer talked to a detective also at the scene and let her go on her way, concluding she couldn't be held under a Florida law that allows for detention of people believed to be impaired by mental illness and who possibly pose a risk of harm.
Almost two hours later Tuesday, Wilkerson drove her black minivan -- with the three kids still inside -- into the surf of the Atlantic Ocean.
Tim Tesseneer was driving along Daytona Beach on Tuesday with his wife when they noticed the minivan driving through shallow water. They heard the screams, he said, of two children, who were crying and waving for help out of one of the rear windows.
Tesseneer threw the car in park and raced over to help. One child was screaming, Tesseneer recalled Wednesday to CNN's Piers Morgan. "'Please help us, our mom is trying to kill us.'"
The other child he could see was wrestling a woman for the steering wheel. But the woman just kept saying, "'We're OK. We're OK. We're OK,'" as another man joined Tesseneer trying to get the driver to stop.
With the minivan in the cold, heavy surf of the Atlantic, the second man, Stacy Robinson, opened a door and pulled out the two panicked children. There was a good chance if he and Tesseneer hadn't been there, the children, ages 10 and 9, would have drowned inside the van as it pitched in the water, officials said.
Another child, a 3-year-old girl, was strapped in a car seat. A lifeguard dived in through a front window and unbuckled the child and handed her to another lifeguard as the vehicle bobbed in water about 3 feet deep.
Meanwhile, Wilkerson walked away quietly with a strange, almost "possessed" look on her face, witnesses said.
Not for long. Authorities quickly caught up to her. And on Friday she was officially arrested on three counts of attempted first-degree murder, according to Volusia County Sheriff Ben Johnson.
Given what authorities have said since Tuesday's incident, the charges hardly come as a surprise. Still, as more details come out -- like the sister's 911 call and the charging affidavit -- they paint an ever more disturbing picture, especially for Wilkerson's children.
For evidence of their ordeal, one need only listen to what all three continuously uttered when officers caught up with them at Halifax Health Medical Center.
"Mom tried to kill us."
Mom said: 'I am keeping all of us safe'
The story begins in South Carolina, where Wilkerson and her children had been until she made the decision to leave the state, to leave her husband behind. Her children later detailed the fractured relationship between their parents, as well as the time her son got into trouble after speaking to authorities probing a domestic situation there.
"She came down to me for protection," Wilkerson's sister explained in her 911 call, of the quartet coming to the eastern Florida coast.
Wilkerson's sister was especially concerned about protecting the three children. Wilkerson's fragile mental state led her to call police to ask for a well-being check "because she's ... having psychosis or something or postpartum."
The sister explained they'd gone to the hospital Monday, only to have a pregnant Wilkerson check herself out the next day even though "she's still not all there." And she'd taken away the minivan's keys so her sister couldn't drive away with her children.
Or so she thought.
However she did it, Wilkerson drove off as her sister talked with police.
That was followed by the initial encounter with the officer and detective, then later the incident on Daytona Beach.
The children later told investigators that their mother told them "to close their eyes and go to sleep." As they screamed as the minivan went into the water, she insisted she was taking them to a better place, saying repeatedly: "I am keeping all of us safe."
After their rescue, Wilkerson herself talked to authorities. "She seemed confused and jumped from one religious topic to another," states the charging affidavit.
Wilkerson explained at one point that she'd been driving "too close to the water (when) the waves pulled her in." Then, near the end of their talk, she said she did not want her husband around her children.
On Thursday night, an arrest warrant was signed for Wilkerson. And shortly after 11 a.m. -- after being released from Halifax Health -- she was arrested.
Wilkerson was being held on three counts of aggravated child abuse in addition to the first-degree murder charge, Johnson said Friday.
Her bond has been set at $1.2 million, said James Purdy, the elected public defender for the 7th Judicial Circuit of Florida. Purdy said he would seek a court hearing on that bond, which could occur in the next week or so. He said he was going to speak with Wilkerson on Saturday.
Investigators have claimed in the charging affidavit: "Ebony Wilkerson acted with premeditated design to kill her three children.
-- CNN's Jason Hanna, Steve Almasy, Nick Valencia and Michael
Martinez contributed to this report.
Here is raw video of the event, captured by Simon Besner:
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CMR memorial: CM Russell high school was awash in purple today in memory of Samantha Sipes. The senior died in a car accident on Thursday morning. Click here to read more.
Augusta flooding: In Augusta, flood waters had residents cleaning up and bracing for more.
Flood rescue: Rescue efforts are underway near Laurel where rapidly rising water hit quickly.
Manhattan flooding: Downtown Manhattan is underwater in the worst worst flooding the southwest Montana town has seen in decades.
Helena flooding: The parking lot at Helena's Rossiter Elementary looked more like a lake Friday as volunteers scrambled to get sandbags in place.
Missing plane: A Malaysia Airlines plane has gone missing on a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, China.
Conti found guilty: A federal jury has found Gary Conti guilty of bankruptcy fraud for his association with a Blackfeet youth program.
Republican endorsements: GOP candidates for Montana's lone seat in the U.S. House are racking up endorsements from people with political clout.
Jacobson seeks re-election: Democrat Tom Jacobson, who currently serves in House District 25, will seek re-election to the Montana House of Representatives in the newly drawn House District 21.
SEVASTOPOL, Ukraine (CNN) -- Pro-Russian troops reportedly smash open the gates of a Ukrainian base. Russia's navy traps Ukrainian ships. Armed men refuse to allow military observers to enter Ukraine's Crimea region.
The crisis in Ukraine took on a decidedly military flavor Friday as tensions flared between Moscow and Kiev over control of Crimea, even as the world's diplomats said conflict could be avoided.
Crimea, a self-governing peninsula in southern Ukraine with an ethnic Russian majority and strong cultural ties to Russia, has become the epicenter of a battle for influence between Moscow, Kiev and the West since Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych was pushed out of office by protesters who were angered over his rebuff of a trade deal with the European Union in favor of one with Russia.
In the days since Yanukovych was ousted, thousands of Russian troops have surrounded military bases and key infrastructure sites, and they have taken control of border crossings.
At the same time, a political battle has been playing out between the two countries, with Russia's Parliament on Friday giving its defiant support to Crimean lawmakers who want to see their region split from Ukraine and join Russia.
The lawmakers' unanimous call for a vote on separation prompted howls of outrage Thursday in the United States and Europe and the threat of sanctions, including asset freezes, visa bans and travel bans.
The delegation from the Crimean Parliament, which said it would put the decision to a public vote on March 16, headed to Moscow on Friday and got a very different reaction.
Valentina Matvienko, speaker of Russia's upper house of Parliament, told the Crimean delegation it would "support and welcome" any decision made by the Crimean people to become a part of Russia.
Ukrainian interim Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk condemned talk of a split.
"I want to warn separatists and other traitors of the Ukrainian state who are trying to work against Ukraine, any of your decisions taken is unlawful, unconstitutional, and nobody in the civilized world is going to recognize the results of the so-called referendum of the so-called Crimean authorities," he said Friday.
Russia has denounced Yanukovych's ouster as an illegitimate coup, and Russian President Vladimir Putin has refused to recognize the new Ukrainian authorities.
Putin has insisted he has the right to use military force in Ukraine if necessary to protect ethnic Russians in Crimea.
But Ukrainian officials say no threat exists, and Putin is using it as a pretext to control the region.
U.S. President Barack Obama set out a potential solution to the crisis when he spoke to Putin on Thursday, the White House said.
The proposal includes direct talks between Kiev and Moscow, the withdrawal of Russian forces, international support for elections on May 25, and the presence of international monitors to "ensure that the rights of all Ukrainians are protected, including ethnic Russians," Obama said.
What has mostly been a peaceful standoff in Crimea, with virtually no sign of Ukrainian military movement, appeared to take a turn on Friday when pro-Russian forces smashed open the gates of a Ukrainian base near Sevastopol that controls airspace in southern Ukraine, Vitaly Onishenko, a deputy commander at the base, told CNN.
Ukraine's military spokesman initially said the forces were Cossacks, akin to Russian paramilitary troops, but Onishenko later dismissed that claim and said the forces were Russian and wore military uniforms with no insignia.
Ukrainian troops refused to surrender and barricaded themselves inside a control room, Onishenko said.
Outside the base, self-styled Crimean defense forces, similar to local militias, attacked journalists, he said. At least one person, believed to be a journalist, was injured and taken to a hospital, he said.
The standoff at the base eventually ended with the Russian-speaking forces pulling back to the outside of the base, Onishenko said.
Ukrainian authorities also reported that the Russian Black Sea Fleet sank a second of its own, old ships at the entrance to Lake Donuzlav, an inlet on the western coast of Crimea that is home to a Ukrainian naval base. Viktor Shmihanovsky, vice commander of the base, told CNN that several Ukrainian naval ships are now trapped inside.
Unidentified armed troops also have blocked unarmed European military observers from entering the country for the second straight day.
Masked men carrying rifles and wearing camouflage uniforms stopped the 43 observers from the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, a regional security organization, at a checkpoint separating the mainland from the Crimean peninsula, CNN's Matthew Chance said.
One man, speaking in Russian, said: "I've been ordered by the government of Crimea not to let anyone in."
And in signs that the pro-Russian Crimean authorities are clamping down on dissent within the peninsula, at least two Ukrainian channels, 1+1 and Channel 5, have been blocked from broadcasting. The head of 1+1 told CNN that Russian state TV outlet Channel One is now broadcasting on its frequency.
A Bulgarian freelance journalist and his colleague also were assaulted while filming in Simferopol, the regional capital. The journalist told CNN he was wrestled to the ground, and a gun was put to his head.
The incident was captured on surveillance footage and aired on a Ukrainian TV channel, Hromadske TV.
The standoff has also prompted neighboring countries and their allies to boost military defenses, with the United States beefing up its number of fighter jets in Lithuania and Poland.
The USS Truxton, a guided-missile destroyer, was also heading to the Black Sea to join in pre-planned military exercises with Romanian and Bulgarian forces.
Asset freezes, visa bans
Meanwhile, as the West seeks to put the diplomatic squeeze on Russia, European Union nations said they'll suspend some talks with Russia and have threatened travel bans, asset freezes and the cancellation of a planned EU-Russia summit.
French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius told French public radio Friday that tougher measures are planned if Moscow doesn't act to de-escalate the situation.
"And if another attempt is made, then we would enter into something completely different -- that is to say serious consequences for the relations between Europe and Russia," he said.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov warned against sanctions, saying in a statement that they would "inevitably boomerang" on the United States.
But there's help on hand for the fledgling government in Kiev.
Ukraine's new government and the EU have agreed to revive a trade deal and an aid package that could bring $15 million to Ukraine.
The International Monetary Fund is also ready to help, the head of the agency's European section said. NATO is willing to help Ukraine's military "modernize and strengthen," Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen told CNN's Becky Anderson on Friday.
Such aid is desperately needed.
The Russian gas company, Gazprom, has not received any payment from Ukraine in February, according to the company's CEO, the Russian state news agency Itar-Tass, reported Friday.
CEO Alexey Miller said Gazprom cannot give Ukraine gas for free, Itar-Tass reported.
Ukraine's Paralympic team sent just one member to participate in the opening ceremony of the Paralympic Games in the Russian city of Sochi, said Dmitry Bulatov, Ukrainian minister of sports and youth.
The decision to boycott the ceremonies, with the exception of a single flag bearer, was made unanimously by the team, he said.
"This is how our team expresses protest against aggressors and occupants entering our land," Bulatov said.
Official delegations from the United States, Britain, the Netherlands, Canada and Poland earlier announced plans not to attend the Games. Athletes from those countries will still compete.
Muslim minority fears for safety
Russian speakers make up about 60% of Crimea's population of more than 2 million, but around a quarter are Ukrainian and 12% are Crimean Tatar, a predominately Muslim minority. Neither of the latter two groups would welcome a switch to Russian control.
A CNN crew met with Crimean Tatars in the town of Bakhchisaray amid fears for their safety that have reminded some of past oppression under the Soviet Union.
Many spent years in exile -- in Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan or other Soviet republics -- after the Soviet Union deported them for supposedly collaborating with Adolf Hitler.
"It is not legal," one elderly man said. "We are the original nation of Crimea. Our Khan state was here. Russia left us with no rights.
"We don't want to be with Russia, we want to be with Ukraine," he said.
-- CNN's Diana Magnay reported from Sevastopol, and Chelsea J.
Carter reported and wrote from Atlanta. Laura Smith-Spark wrote
HELENA -- Flooding continues across much of the western and central parts of Montana, including here in Lewis & Clark County where a flood emergency was declared on Thursday. Broadwater and Jefferson counties have also declared flooding emergencies.
While temperatures are keeping some of the floodwaters at bay, residents and emergency workers are preparing for what's ahead.
Surface water from flooding continues to make its way down streets, across roads, and even into people's houses.
Pete Robbins came home Thursday night to find water had washed gravel out of his driveway.
This isn't the first time flood waters have ravaged his property; Robbins said, "The flood in 2011 was definitely worse than this, it destroyed, it took the whole driveway out and there was water all the way across the road at that point."
Emergency personnel are keeping a
close eye on the floodwaters.
Lewis & Clark County Sheriff
Leo Dutton got birds-eye view of the flooding on Friday, flying
over the Helena Valley in a Montana Highway Patrol helicopter.
"The citizens are out there,
they've been up a lot of them all night, in the central part of the
valley, sandbagging," said Dutton.
Water restoration businesses have
had dozens of calls over the last two days on requests for service.
"We've seen a whole bunch of basements flooded so far, crawl spaces, and until the water actually stops there's not a whole lot we can actually do," said Rainbow Restoration owner Richard Sparks.
"Everything that we are doing is reactive. We're going to where the water goes and trying to be as proactive as we can but you can't guess where the water is going to go," said Sheriff Dutton.
GREAT FALLS -- Top news on KRTV for the evening of Friday, March 7, 2014:
- Remembering Samantha: It was a sea of purple at C.M. Russell High School on Friday as students honored their classmate Samantha Sipes. Sipes died in a crash on Vaughn South Frontage Road on Thursday morning, and on Friday, her friends gathered to remember and honor her. Click here to read more.
- Victim Identified: Clay Spotted Bear, 19 years old, has been identified as the person who was shot and killed on the Blackfeet Reservation on Monday. Click here to read more.
- Augusta Flooding: Warm temperatures and melting snow brought flooding to Augusta. Run-off from the plains was the main contributor to the rapid flooding on Augusta's north side that covered roads and neighborhoods.
- Train Tracks: BNSF Railway has re-opened its main line across northwest Montana, after an avalanche caused the tracks to close on Thursday. Crews were able to clear away the snow and debris, re-opening the tracks around 7:30 p.m. on Thursday. The avalanche blocked both main tracks between Essex and Marias Pass.
As flooding continues in the Helena Valley, the potential for elevated water levels move towards North Central Montana through the weekend.
Temperatures continued to warm this afternoon into the low 50's and upper 40's across Central Montana, but stayed a bit cooler along the Hi Line.
Conditions will continue to warm
through the weekend with highs in the 50's and possibly 60's.
A Flood Warning remains in effect for Lewis and Clark County through Sunday afternoon, for areas including Helena and Augusta.
A Flood Advisory is in effect for Judith Basin County through Monday afternoon and for Fergus County through Monday morning.
High pressure will move in over the northwest and allow for the warmer air and dry conditions to remain constant through the weekend.
A shortwave trough will move towards the Treasure State Saturday evening, increasing down sloping winds, which could create strong gusts along the Rocky Mountain Front.
An upper level trough will move through Monday and will increase the chances of rain across Central Montana for Monday through Tuesday.
Please remove me from your contacts if you are going to send out this kind of garbage. This country needs truth not propaganda. We need solutions not fantasies. I disagree with the President on many things but I also ground my disagreements in reality and respect for the office he holds. Lying is not a conservative value. Laziness in vetting this kind of baloney is not a conservative value. Smearing ideological opponents with falsehoods for the sake of political gain is repugnant. SHAME on ANYONE who spreads this malicious lie.
I hope this isn’t about moving him out now so the Dems can get an advantage in 2014 with Walsh filling his seat. I’m tired of the cynical ‘politics first’ antics going on in D.C. So I ask again, is Max the absolute best choice for the American people as Ambassador to China or is this all politics…as ususal?
That’s not to say those programs and agencies can’t be useful as a safety net for the truly needy but too often they seem more like a safety net for government employee unions and politicians and lobbyists that harvest votes and contracts from those agency and department activities.