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Total of vandalized cars continues to climb

(MISSOULA)- And the total continues to grow. KPAX TV is now reporting that more than 100 vehicles both inside and outside the city were hit with spray paint during that weekend vandalism spree.

The cars were tagged with orange and black paint in a broad area extending from Target Range and South Avenue west to the airport.

Here's the latest from KPAX


Missoula cops up number of vandalized cars

(Missoula)- Missoula Police now estimate as many as 35-cars will have to be fixed after a weekend vandalism spree.

The cars were hit with paint on either Friday or Saturday night and police are trying to find the suspects.

More from the Missoulian.


Man killed in Virginia City crash

(Virginia City)- A 70-year old man was killed and two children were hurt after a truck skidded and rolled near Virginia City on Sunday.

As with a fatal crash near Dillon later Sunday night, Montana Highway Patrol troopers say neither the man, nor the children were wearing seat belts.

KPAX TV has more on the story.


Glacier identifies motorcycle crash victim as Alberta man

(WEST GLACIER)- Glacier National Park rangers now say it was an Alberta man who was killed when his motorcycle crashed over the weekend.

The accident happened 10-miles east of Lake McDonald Lodge on the busy Going-to-the-Sun highway.

Rangers say 70-year old Richard Fish from Cardston, Alberta was riding east near the Logan Creek comfort station when he lost control of his bike, skidding into the on-coming traffic. Fisher was pronounced dead at the scene. No one else was injured.

The National Park Service is investigating the accident, with assistance from the Flathead County Sheriff/Coroner’s Office and the Montana Highway Patrol.  


Kalispell could allow student cell phones

(KALISPELL)- Admitting that the popularity of cell phones has outstripped the district’s old policy, Kalispell school administrators are considering a policy change that would allow some limited cell use by students.

The Kalispell School Board took its first reading of the proposed change this past week.

Currently, students can only use their cell phones outside of school during lunch breaks. But administrators say cell phones have become “a regular possession of the vast majority of most of our high school students.” And they saw they could spend an “inordinate amount of time” trying to enforce the current policy.

Instead, the district is proposing to allow for “extended use” not only on their lunch break, but when they are “passing time”. It still bans the use of video-equipped phones in locker rooms and bathrooms, but teachers would also now have the option of using cell phones as part of their instruction in the classroom.

Students wouldn’t be allowed to use smart phones to access the district’s wireless Internet, so bandwidth is saved for school use.

The district could adopt the policy by its August 15th meeting.