Flying burrito beans Missoula school bus
A Missoula school bus driver was served an unwanted lunch Tuesday on U.S. Highway 93 North when a wayward burrito crashed through the windshield of her southbound bus.
Missoula Sheriff's Lt. Rich Maricelli said the window of the Beach Transportation Co. bus was shattered when a passenger on a northbound school bus hurled the burrito out of the window at about 2:25 p.m. Tuesday near Evaro. There were no students on board the southbound bus at the time, Maricelli said, adding that the driver was on her way back to Missoula.
"The burrito smashed right through the front window," Maricelli said. "It was hanging there, right in the window. It really scared the driver."
Maricelli said the driver swerved, but did not lose control of the bus.
The burrito tosser was believed to be a passenger on a snub-nose bus that was headed north over Evaro Hill on Tuesday afternoon. Anyone with any information on the burrito incident is asked to call Crimestoppers at 721-4444 or the Missoula Sheriff's Department at 523-4810.
Gary Jahrig, Missoulian
River search fails to turn up body
For the second straight day, efforts to locate the body of a 20-year-old Missoula man who disappeared Tuesday after leaping into the Blackfoot River proved futile.
Missoula Sheriff's Detective Steve Peterson said search and rescue personnel had no luck Thursday in finding the body of Anthony A. Mount. He said search crews spent the day on the water scouring the area downstream from Johnsrud Park, where Mount is believed to have drowned.
Mount and two friends were jumping from some 75-foot high cliffs about 12 miles east of Missoula into the deep, swift waters of the Blackfoot. On Mount's final attempt, witnesses reported that his face or head struck the water and he may have lost consciousness. Efforts by his friends to pull him out of the cold water were unsuccessful and he was last seen in the river at about 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Gary Jahrig, Missoulian
Passes required for Lake Como Rec Area
Starting Saturday, you'll need a pass to use the Lake Como Recreation Area north of Darby.
Passes are $2 per day per vehicle, or $20 per family for a season pass. Passes for those 62 or older are $1 per day per vehicle, or $10 for the season.
The day-use fees are part of a nationwide test project to see if it is feasible for people to directly support the recreation areas they use. This is the third year fees have been charged at Lake Como.
Eighty percent of the funds are used on site. The money has been used for a variety of things, including improving beaches and boat docks, painting picnic tables, and cleaning restrooms.
"Providing a clean and safe environment for visitors coming to Lake Como is one of our top priorities," said Mary Laws, resource forester at the Bitterroot National Forest's Darby district.
Passes are available at Mr. T's Food & Fuel and Peoples Market in Darby, and in Hamilton at Gas 'N' Grub, Ole's Country Store, Cenex, Lone Pine Conoco, Anglers Roost and Bob Wards Sporting Goods.
For more information, call Laws or Dan Ritter, acting district ranger, at the Darby Ranger District office, (406) 821-3913.
Hungry Horse Dam opens to visitors
HUNGRY HORSE - The Hungry Horse Dam visitor center, located at the dam, opens to the public on Tuesday, May 29.
Guided tours of the dam and powerplant also begin on May 29. Tours will be available from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., every hour on the hour, Monday through Thursday. Tours will not be given on Friday, Saturday, Sunday or holidays, but the visitor center will remain open on those days.
Admission to the visitor center and the guided tours are free.
To get to Hungry Horse Dam, take state Highway 2 west toward Glacier Park. Directional signs are located near the Hungry Horse Ranger Station.
Daryl Gadbow, Missoulian
Trap set for black bear snares grizzly instead
KALISPELL (AP) - State wildlife officials caught a 3-year-old grizzly in a trap set for a black bear near here, and relocated the animal to an area near Hungry Horse Reservoir.
Wildlife Conflict Specialist Erik Wenum caught the animal near the Mountain Brook area Wednesday. The trap was set for a bear that had been getting into unsecured garbage and dog food, but managers were not sure the grizzly was the same animal that had been causing the problems.
Tim Manley, grizzly bear management specialist for the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and parks, relocated the bear to the east of Hungry Horse Reservoir near Unawah Creek. Officials said the animal was fitted with a radio collar, and its movements will be monitored.