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The southern half of the Bitterroot Valley and points east could start seeing mountaintop snow by Tuesday as a wet weather system moves into southwestern Montana.

Up to 4 inches of snow may land on Lost Trail Pass and other areas above 6,000 feet elevation, according to an alert from the National Weather Service.

Missoula and parts of Lake County could see heavy valley rainfall and cold temperatures Tuesday and Wednesday. Travelers should be alert for sloppy roads on Lost Trail, MacDonald, and Homestake passes in Montana, as well as Gilmore Summit and Bannock Pass in Idaho. Lemhi County could feel wind gusts of more than 30 mph on Monday and Tuesday.


That means it’s time for hardcore gardeners to pull those last tomatoes off the vine and gather mulch for winter defense.

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The National Weather Service office in Missoula is predicting wet snow on some mountain passes in western Montana and eastern Idaho starting Monday afternoon and continuing through Wednesday.

Meteorologist Genke Keno said the cool wet weather will dominate the area for the first part of the week...

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POCATELLO – Stefani Bennett, 44, of Salmon, Idaho, pleaded guilty today in United States District Court to embezzlement by a bank employee, U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced.

Bennett was an employee of the U.S. Bank in Salmon, Idaho. On July 8, 2011, Bennett withdrew $100,000 from a customer’s account and converted it to five cashier’s checks and $2,407.59 in cash, which she used to pay her personal bills and make personal purchases, all without authorization. Bennett admitted to other bank employees and to special agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), who interviewed her at a later date, that she took the money.

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GILMORE — The Lemhi County Sheriff’s Office and Search and Rescue teams are searching the mountains west of Gilmore to find a man who went missing Sunday.

The man, whose name has not been release, is in his 60s and a diabetic, according to neighbors. Authorities tell that he left his home in Gilmore on Saturday morning on a yellow four-wheeler.

Officers say the man told his wife he’d be back shortly, but she became concerned and called police when he did not return home by 6 p.m.

Law enforcement, locals and campers in the area searched for the man Sunday night.

The search continued Monday morning and a helicopter with a thermal camera had been called in to assist.

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IDAHO FALLS – Heavy smoke from the Henry’s Creek Fire has forced the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality to issue an air quality alert for several areas in east Idaho.


Current elevated DEQ monitors include Salmon, Rexburg, Franklin, Garden Valley, Idaho City, Pinehurst, Potlatch, Lewiston, and the Coeur d’Alene tribal monitor in Plummer which are all reading in theModerate Category. Idaho Falls is currently reading in the Unhealthy category.

“The effects of pollution can be harmful,” Rensay Owen, DEQ regional manager for air quality, tells “Right now you’re okay to go outside but it can change on an hourly basis.”

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n 2014, the Salmon-based Gem Air started offering round-trip flights between Idaho Falls and Nampa for $300 on an eight-seat turboprop. But Craig Davis, the Idaho Falls Airport director, who has been working tirelessly to restore service between Idaho Falls and Boise, said there were only two bookings for flights in the three months that Gem Air tried to make a go of it.

“It was really an eye-opener for us,” said Davis of the low interest...

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Thunderstorms will be again possible Sunday, but storm coverage will be fairly sparse in the afternoon. The best chance for storms will be from Salmon, Idaho to Dillon, Ennis, and Big Sky south to the state line.

Elsewhere, expect mostly sunny to partly cloudy skies with highs in the mid 80s to low 90s. Areas such as Missoula and parts of the Bitterroot and Mission valleys should expect to hit 90 for the first time in a while Sunday afternoon. Morning lows will be in the 40s and 50s around the region.

Hot summertime weather continues through Wednesday with highs mainly in the 90s.

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