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GREAT FALLS -- Black Diamond Entertainment is hosting some classic rock acts from the 80s and 90s at the Montana ExpoPark on Tuesday night.
The performers are Warrant, Lita Ford, and former Ratt lead singer Stephen Pearcy.
The trio will perform in a 3+ hour show starting at 8 p.m. in the Four Seasons Arena at the Montana ExpoPark.
Hard-rockers Warrant are best known of their hits "Cherry Pie" and Heaven."
Lita Ford was a guitarist for the 70s band The Runaways, and then launched a solo career. Her biggest hits include "Kiss Me Deadly" and "Close My Eyes Forever," a duet with Ozzy Osbourne.
Stephen Pearcy was the lead singer of the band Ratt, which scored several Top 40 hits in the 80s, including "Round and Round," and "Back For More."
GREAT FALLS -- Exhibitors from all over the Treasure State put their pony-handling skills to the test at the Montana State Fair in the 57th annual Pony Show.
Eight-year old Coleton Sherman from Ronan and his pony Calipso have only known each other for about three weeks, but Coleton says there's apparently some similarities between the two.
He explained, "My mom says she has
the same personality as me...we both like to eat." He then laughed,
"And my sister says that we fart when we walk!"
Some of the classes held included
harness classes, a matched pairs class, and western horsemanship,
where contestants performed a pattern.
The difference between the pony
and horse shows is obviously height. Ponies can not be
more than 58 inches tall at the withers - just under 5 feet -
meaning that children are the perfect size to ride them.
Pony show superintendent Kathy
Krebs has been a part of the show for decades and says she's
started to see second-generation exhibitors: "This is a
good place to start. This is what this show is all about for me, is
getting kids a good safe start in horse showing and just being with
GREAT FALLS -- Supporters in the fight against breast cancer hosted a special event at the Montana State Fair on Monday evening as they made bids in the "Montana's Most Wanted" auction.
Five bachelors and one bachelorette
were auctioned off at the Montana ExpoPark, including
KRTV meteorologist Zack Green, who went for $700 after
showing off some of his dance moves.
This is the second year the auction
as been held, with all proceeds going to the Benefis Sletten Cancer
Institute to buy wigs, prosthetics, and whatever patients need.
Auction organizers say last year they made more than $7,000 dollars during the auction.
GREAT FALLS -- While Summer sizzles, the Great Falls International Airport is getting ready for the snow to fly.
Airport director John Faulkner
says they are nearing the end of construction on a new building to
house snow-removal equipment.
The 10,000-square foot facility is
replacing a structure built during WWII that no longer fits all of
the needed equipment.
The 18-month project will cost a
total of $1.5 million dollars.
Faulkner says the most of that
went into expanding utilities and sees it a head start on future
development: "With this utility expansion the utilities
are at a capacity that we opened up about 500 acres of developable
land so the retail project that we've been working of for a couple
of years. That land now all has adequate utilities some hanger
areas that we hope to develop all the utilities are in for uh those
bigger projects so that was a kind of exciting side benefit of the
snow building was all those utility expansions."
The new building will have a
2,000-square foot office area as well as a 10,000-gallon fueling
Airport workers expect to be in the new building within the next two weeks.
GREAT FALLS -- Our recent stretch of hot, dry weather is starting to take its toll on lawns and gardens in and around Great Falls, but by following just a few simple steps, you can keep your yard healthy despite what Mother Nature throws our way.
Gardening experts suggest watering the lawn before the sun rises and this will allow the water to be absorbed deeper into the ground without being evaporated.
People with sandy soil need to water more frequently but with a shorter duration and yards composed of clay soil need to be watered less frequently but for a longer time.
Watering for a brief time during the middle of the day can also be very beneficial by cooling down the lawn and reducing heat stress.
Lawns that have turned brown aren't dead but rather dormant and experts say that it's best to leave things alone until temperatures start cooling off later in the season.
When tyring to maintain a healthy lawn, it's best to keep the grass longer which will help keep the ground cool and moist.
Marcia Bundi, owner of Bundi Gardens, said, "The leaves that you leave on there help shade those roots, shade the ground, keep it a little cooler and that means that the grass is going to like you a whole lot better. Two inches, three inches would be better this time of year and I know that goes against the grain for a lot of people but it really is better for the grass."
Fertilizer should not be applied to the lawn until Autumn when temperatures start cooling off again, and potted plants need to be watered daily and fertilized once a week.
HELENA -- Jeffrey J. Brown of Great Falls, 52 years old, has been identified as the man who died after his motorcycle struck a tree near Wolf Creek on I-15 on Sunday.
Lewis & Clark County Coroner Mickey Nelson released the name on Tuesday.
Authorities with the Montana Highway Patrol say the crash happened at around 4:30 p.m. on Sunday when Brown was driving south on I-15 near mile marker 225.
He apparently tried to make a sharp left turn, but was unsuccessful, causing the motorcycle to go off-road into a ditch, hit a tree, and roll.
Brown was thrown from the motorcycle and sustained serious injuries. Several people driving by stopped and attempted to render aid, but Brown passed away at the scene.
Authorities say he was not wearing a helmet.
MIAMI (CNN) -- The 9-year-old girl critically injured when an airplane struck her on a Florida beach last weekend has died, the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office said Tuesday.
The girl, Oceana Irizarry, and her father, Ommy Irizarry, 36, of Georgia were both struck Sunday afternoon by a plane making an emergency landing, the Federal Aviation Administration said. The father died at the scene, and the girl was rushed to a hospital.
Venice Municipal Airport officials reported a plane in distress Sunday afternoon, Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Wendy Rose said.
The pilot of a 1972 Piper Cherokee radioed that he would be unable to make it back to the airport and that he was instead going to attempt a landing on Caspersen Beach, just to the south.
The investigation is continuing, the Sheriff's Office said.
The pilot, Karl Kokomoor, and his passenger, David Theen, were uninjured. Both are from Englewood, Florida.
The National Transportation Safety Board and the FAA are also investigating.
On the same day he died, Ommy Irizarry had posted a love message on Facebook to his wife, as they were celebrating their ninth wedding anniversary.
"Thank you for being with me through thick and thin. I love you with all my heart, mi Roma. I am very happy and can't wait to see what the next 100 have in store for us," Irizarry wrote.
According to his Facebook page, Irizarry was originally from Mayaguez, Puerto Rico. He was an Army Sgt. 1st Class stationed at Fort Stewart, Georgia.
He was a platoon sergeant assigned to Fort Stewart's Warrior Transition Battalion, the Army said. He twice deployed to Iraq since joining the Army in 2002.
"This is a heart-wrenching situation, especially losing loved ones while on vacation to celebrate a family milestone," said Maj. Gen. Mike Murray, commander of the 3rd Infantry Division and Stewart-Hunter. "Our thoughts and prayers are with the Irizarry family."
The pilot, Kokomoor, is president and CEO of DMK Associates, an engineering firm with offices in Englewood and Venice, Florida.
A note on the company's website states that Kokomoor was piloting the small plane when it lost power. The message expresses condolences to the Irizarry family, and says Kokomoor is cooperating with the FAA's investigation into the incident.
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TALLAHASSEE, Florida (CNN) -- The mystery behind the killing of a nationally renowned law professor has authorities in Florida asking for the public's help.
Investigators with the Tallahassee Police Department are seeking tips from anyone who might have encountered Florida State University professor Daniel Markel before he was found shot in the head at his home this month.
In a Monday news release, authorities asked anyone to come forward who might have seen Markel in specific areas, mostly on the north end of the city, but also near the centrally located FSU law school where he taught.
A department spokesman didn't comment on why authorities are looking into those particular areas.
Police went to the professor's home on July 18 after receiving a call from Markel's neighbor, who told officers he heard a loud bang before seeing a vehicle drive away from his house.
When he went to investigate, he found his neighbor inside his garage, in the driver's seat of his car, bleeding and in a daze. The driver's side window of the car had been bashed open, the report says.
A heavily redacted police report released Friday states there was no sign of forced entry, which Tallahassee police spokesman David Northway said could mean Markel knew the shooter. The report does not state whether the garage door was open.
Also in the report, the neighbor told police a white or silver vehicle left the home, describing it as a Toyota Prius, or a Prius "type" of vehicle.
Police on Wednesday released via social media a picture of a silver car they called a "vehicle of interest." Police on Facebook cautioned it may have been a resident, passerby or delivery driver.
Northway told CNN that investigators used a nearby business' surveillance camera to capture an image of what appears to be a Prius.
Police say there were no signs of a robbery and have yet to disclose a possible motive. They have been following up on more than 50 leads and offered a $3,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.
In a news release Friday, Tallahassee Police Chief Michael J. DeLeo said, "Our investigators are using all resources available to them and are continuing to explore all of the tips that we have received."
Police have been in contact with Markel's former wife, Wendi Adelson, also an FSU law professor, said her attorney, Jimmy Judkins.
She is "scared to death" that the killer may be targeting her entire family, said Allen Grossman, a close family friend, who has known Markel and Adelson for several years. The couple had two sons together.
Last week, Judkins told CNN his client has no idea why this happened.
Markel began working at FSU in 2005 after receiving his bachelor's degree at Harvard College, a master's from the University of Cambridge and a law degree from Harvard. During his FSU tenure, the Toronto native taught several classes and wrote extensively about criminal law, including articles published in the Yale Law Review, among others.
Markel also founded PrawfsBlawg, a blog focused on law and life, and his writing appeared in publications such as The New York Times, Slate, The Jerusalem Post and The Atlantic Monthly. On PrawfsBlawg, 10 fellow law professors posted about the respect they had for Markel and the mutual love he shared with his friends and family.
"His boundless energy was at the center of this community; it made it run, it gave it life. We are stunned and bereaved by his loss, and our thoughts go to his two little boys, who were precious to him, and to his family."
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GREAT FALLS -- Iconic Hi-line coach Charlie Robinson has passed away.
Robinson coached for more than 40 years in Class C at many programs including Victor, Dutton, Kremlin-Gildford, and North Star, with his latest coaching job being the Chinook head girl's basketball coach.
He also was an assistant coach at North Montana College.
In total, he had 869 wins as a coach and was second all-time in Montana boys basketball wins with 559.
He also won the 9C tournament championship with the Sugarbeeters the last three years and was named the 9C coach of the year last season.
Funeral plans have not been announced yet.
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