The dusty stuff in a Roundup grocery store drew worldwide attention when it was auctioned Wednesday, Billings Gazette reporter Ed Kemmick reports. The Fifth Avenue Grocery had been closed and locked up for 50 years before family members took a new look at the contents. It turned out to be an untouched memorabilia treasure trove, with a Golden West coffee poster bringing $6,700 and an unopened box of Lifesavers selling for $200.
The Hamilton and Lolo telemarketing offices of J. Cross Marketing are closing, according to Ravalli Republic reporter Buddy Smith. A memo posted on the Hamilton office door said operations were being consolidated at the business' Missoula office, and employees were asked to consider transferring there. About 40 employees in Hamilton were affected.
Helena National Forest officials are considering closing 80,000 acres to snowmobiles, according to a report by Helena Independent Record reporter Eve Byron. A new travel plan for the forest would also restrict access to some forest roads and impose new closure dates for motorized travel.
IR reporter Jason Mohr adds a story that Helena health officials are postponing plans to inoculate emergency responders for smallpox. About 3,000 health workers were originally tapped for inoculations by the end of February. But concerns over the strict screening guidelines and workers' reluctance to take the dangerous vaccine prompted state health officials to slow down.