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Estimates Show Up to 18K Without Power Monday Night — NorthWestern Energy Kept Customers Updated, Worked Late Into Night, Early Tuesday Morning

A category one hurricane wind gust was felt near Missoula International Airport Monday night, reaching gusts of up to 74 mph. Thousands are still without power in Missoula. 

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Obama’s ‘Clean Power Plan’ Condemned By Government – Industry Leaders [YiuTube]

'On August 3, President Obama and EPA announced the Clean Power Plan – a historic and important step in reducing carbon pollution from power plants that takes real action on climate change.'

Those were the opening lines in a Monday news release from the EPA.

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Northwestern Energy Ready for Heat Wave Power Demands [YouTube]

Western Montana will be experiencing record heat for an extended period this weekend through the Fourth of July, and Northwestern Energy officials say they're ready for the demands on the power grid.

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Construction Crew Punctures Gas Line in Lolo Triggering Emergency Response

Emergency vehicles from Missoula responded to Lolo after a gas line was inadvertently punctured by a construction crew.

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Fire Damages South Avenue Home in Missoula [AUDIO]

Missoula Rural Firefighters responded to a house fire at about 7:30 Tuesday night across from Community Medical Center, just blocks from the main fire station on South Avenue.

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Missoula Businesses Scammed Over Bogus Power Bills [YouTube]

Several Missoula businesses have fallen prey to an ongoing scam in which they are convinced their power will be shut off if they don't pay their bill immediately.

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Public Service Commission to Decide on Sale of Dams to Northwestern Energy [AUDIO]

On Friday, the Montana Public Service Commission completed two weeks of hearings on whether the sale of 11 hydroelectric dams to Northwestern Energy is in the public's best interest.

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5,900 Households Affected by Thursday Morning Bitterroot Valley Power Outage [AUDIO]

Over 6,300 households were suddenly without power early on the coldest morning of the year in the Bitterroot Valley on Thursday, February 6.

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UPDATE – Gas Line Repaired in Florence – Eastside Highway Reopened [AUDIO]

UPDATE 2:00 P.M. Tuesday, January 14

Crews from Northwestern Energy quickly repaired a two-inch gas line that had been ruptured by a crew doing excavation work in a field just off the Eastside Highway in Florence.

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New Contracts Mean Lower Rates for Northwestern Energy Customers [AUDIO]

New contracts recently signed by Northwestern Energy will bring lower electricity rates to Montana consumers, perhaps in the next few months, a company official said on Friday.

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Missoula Business Community Donates Trees – Cash to Replace Vandalized Trees [AUDIO]

The Missoula business community has come forward to replace the trees damaged or destroyed by vandals last weekend.

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‘My Corner of the World’ Photo Contest

In honor of Earth Day (April 22) and spring (we hear it just around the corner), NorthWestern Energy is asking people to take pictures of the area they live in and around, and show how they preserve their communities, conserve energy and live more efficiently. Then they're asking that those photos be submitted to their contest for a chance to win some high-value prizes.

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