9:00 MTN News Top Stories with Andrea Lutz
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9:00 MTN News Top Stories with Andrea Lutz


you’re watching CW Montana this is the MTN 9 o’clock news good evening thanks for joining us on this Wednesday I’m Andrea Lutz a third roof caves in in Bozeman this time not at Montana State University but it’s still having impacts just as heavy we’re gonna show you where Plus a growing area of Missoula has a growing need for more space in the classroom we’ll take you inside and give you a look at the Missoula halgate middle school but first they’re calling it the bomb cyclone and tonight it’s grounding flights closing roads and making people miserable all across the Rockies and the United States central United States along with the snow the ferocious a winter storm is unleashing 97 mile-per-hour winds in parts of Colorado gusts in some areas equivalent to a category two hurricane and in Colorado more than a hundred thousand a hundred thousand I should say it’s a big number outages reported there and although Montana is mostly being missed by the bomb cyclone we are still feeling its impact and the impacts are being felt at Montana’s major airports all but one flight to Denver out of Billings was cancelled due to 60 mile-per-hour winds and zero visibility at the Denver International Airport both Bozeman and Great Falls are also reporting canceled flights to Denver and those with the United Airlines say that they have alerted travelers as early as Monday that flights might be impacted however we’re told United flights should start to resume later in the day on Thursday and now road closures in our neighboring states even they’re being acted as well by this bomb cyclone storm in Wyoming interstate 90 closed from the Sheridan exit to Piney Creek Road due to a law enforcement request the closures because of a blizzard which started to make its way through South Dakota this is making dangerous travel heavy snow high winds and some freezing rain conditions Wyoming officials recommend motorists do not travel on Thursday and state offices in Wyoming are also closed at the request of the governor parts of Interstate 15 shut down after a semi-truck hit a snow plow in the passing lane and it all happened in the northbound lane Montana Highway Patrol says it happened when a semi truck was passing another semi the driver didn’t see the snowplow in the passing lane then the driver of the semi swerved to avoid the snowplow and slid into the median before hitting pill a pillar at Conrad’s Midway Road overpass two occupants in the semi were taken to Pend Oreille Medical Center with unknown injuries and the drivers of the other semi and the snowplow were not hurt Wow tonight a Belgrade nonprofit is grappling with how to move forward after a roof collapsed at a horse arena the Serenity Ranch is a place for women veterans to Train rescued horses now questions remain as the collapse halts their work MTN’s Cody Boyer has the story I didn’t hear it and I just came down here in the morning and had collapsed serenity ranch executive director Suzanne Carter says the sight of her nonprofits prized arena twisted and smashed was almost too much to take in I just but you know it’s very thankful there were no horses in there and no people Suzanne’s ranch house is about 90 horses all trained to help women veterans cope with PTSD and other trauma without the arena that mission has hit a roadblock it was our arena is where we trained our horses my hay in there it was just an all-around amazing building that you know it’s very integral to how we run this place Suzanne says this barn alone the arena will cost hundreds of thousands of dollars to replace but beyond the monetary value to both veterans and horses it means so much more you can’t put a price on changing someone’s life and this is ways about Rick Franco is the CEO of hero’s and horses another organization that helps veterans like himself they too relied on the arena without Suzanne and the serenity ranch in this arena we don’t know where we would be as an organization her grace has allowed us to train horses and put veterans through the program now Suzanne says donations in the help of volunteering could make all the difference she adds that her mission will not be stopped by snow tres is a wonderful place and everybody’s welcome here in Bozeman Cody Boyer MTN news glad that nobody was hurt the ranch is accepting donations looking for volunteers to help get it back up and running Montana State University officials say that after a campus-wide evaluation all flat roof buildings are safe MSU leaders say there are no structural concerns with any buildings outside of the fitness area while the cold weather may cause those leaking roofs and some water line breaks officials say it shouldn’t constitute structural concerns however anyone who does notice an issue with the building should report it right away to facility services an investigation still underway regarding the collapse of the south and north gyms tonight we’re closely watching lowland flooding after the National Weather Service issues an alert for Montana streams and rivers this especially in light of those recent sub-zero temperatures MTN’s Rob Griggs takes us for a look at the Yellowstone River well it’s about time we start thinking about spring runoff and some potential flooding now flooding typically occurs in lowland areas because of snowmelt in the immediate vicinity also spring runoff heavy rains and ice jams right now near the Billings area along the yellowstone ice jamming isn’t too much of a concern but because we had such a stretch of super cold weather the ice is thick in some places and in the next 10 days as daytime temperatures begin to rise lowland flooding could be a concern a couple of things to keep in mind with lowland flooding you want to stay away from and certainly stay off the ice at all times you also want to bear in mind that with lowland flooding if you have livestock and cattle you want to move them away from the river get them away from the water you might also think about some flood insurance the bottom line is safety first this time of year we need to be careful around our waterways and expect some ice jam flooding within the next couple of weeks along the Yellowstone River near Billings Rob Griggs MTN news some good information thanks Rob Montana governor steve bullock unveils a proposal to do away with dark money campaign spending in montana along with the governor of Zula senator statement mate Nate McConnell is sponsoring that bill the mission is to prevent foreign nationals from spending money on Montana elections and make it illegal to accept such contributions Bullock says a recent Supreme Court ruling created a loophole that enables foreign governments to spend on American elections the bill would close that loophole ten elections ought to be decided by Montanans not foreign governments or foreign corporations now is the time to stand up to work across the aisle and to continue to fight for a system where government works for Montanans and not anybody else the foreign money ban does exactly that the bill hasn’t been scheduled for a committee hearing just yet a bill to support coal strips power plant is thrown out at the Montana Legislature but then a new bill is introduced right in its place it’s dubbed the Montana energy Security Act the bill says North Western energy gets to charge ratepayers operation costs and by the plant for a dollar critics of the new bill say it’s still a form of corporate welfare a coal strip senator Duane Ankeny says northwestern needs to recover the costs of running the plant some that degree of certainty because like I say O&M costs you don’t get a rate of return that’s year that’s just money and you got to have some kind of certainty to run them out and because it was just introduced today that new measure has not yet been scheduled for a hearing the Montana Grizzlies in Montana State Bobcats are in Boise Idaho at the Big Sky tournament all in hopes of making it to the Big Dance Bobcat men were in action today shooting for their first postseason win in ten years against Idaho and tiens Derek Berkeley picks up our coverage the Big Sky Conference men’s basketball tournament tipped off here on Wednesday in Boise and it started out with Montana state’s been the sixth seed taking on last place Idaho the Bobcats hope to make some noise here in bracket but they got a scare early from the Vandals Ida jumped out to attend a nothing lead then Montana State responded went up by as much as 15 in the second half but Idaho wouldn’t go away and they had the ball down by only two in the final seconds but Blair Hall came through or they would steal then hit two free throws to clinch it and Montana State survived 75 to 71 that is the name of the game in March survived in advance and now the cats will get to play in the quarterfinals at 8 o’clock on Thursday night against three seed Eastern Washington the top-ranked Montana man will see the floor for the first time on Thursday at noon they’ll take on 8th place Sacramento State looking for a spot in the semi-finals in Boise Derek Berkeley empty and sports a Great Falls musher voluntarily scratches from the Iditarod race even as the race continues through parts of Alaska Bret Brueggemann said a storm knocked out a trail marker and the move almost meant that breath past checkpoint completely luckily somebody saw him and yelled at him to stop but then Bret became pretty worried about his dogs due to the extreme wind so he decided that he would scratch in a Facebook post Bret said his dog’s health and safety are more important than a finish still to come on tonight’s MTN 9 o’clock news the solar energy often overlooked but it’s being thrust into the spotlight as Northwestern Energy asks for a rate hike we’re gonna take an in-depth look coming up and right after the break Bob McGuire tells us how lucky Montana is is that balm cyclone we were talking about barely misses us we’ll be right back

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