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MISSOULA, Mont. - A Missoula family is mourning the loss of their 19-year-old son, Trenton Johnson, after he was killed on the job fighting a fire near Seeley Lake Wednesday.

Johnson not only leaves behind his family but great friends and colleagues. Johnson played lacrosse and ran cross-county for Hellgate High School in Missoula. He was a sophomore at Montana State University in Bozeman studying civil engineering.

Thursday officials from Johnson's crew, Grayback Forestry, Inc., spoke through tears about Johnson's hard work and dedication.

"(He was an) excellent young man, excellent moral character," said Grayback Forestry base manager Wayne Turnipseed.

Turnipseed says though he did not work with Johnson for long he could immediately tell the quality of Johnson's character.

"We had great, high hopes for him. He was already showing signs just after a couple of weeks that he was going to be an excellent firefighter," Turnipseed said.

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BOISE - The countdown is on: just a little over a month until the total solar eclipse - the first to cross the entire country since 1918!

Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to flock to the Gem State to see this phenomenon, as 19 Idaho counties are in the path of totality and people there will witness total obscuration of the sun.

Several state agencies have been working together and gearing up for the historic event since last year and they have a strong message to send to visitors and locals: if you plan on viewing the total eclipse or if you're anywhere near the path in Idaho, you will be affected by this event somehow, so state agencies want to make sure everyone is prepared and patient.

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Carmen Irizarry, a science teacher from Staten Island, has been chasing eclipses around the world. He has witnessed 20 solar eclipses in his 52 years, missing work, straining relationships and spending most of his life’s savings to chase the moon’s shadow across the globe. 

But it’s the Aug. 21 eclipse, the first in a century to cross the entire continental United States, that Kentrianakis has been looking forward to for a lifetime. As the moon races in its orbit around Earth, it will briefly pass between our planet and the sun, completely blocking out the sunlight for people standing in its 70-mile-wide shadow. Over the course of an hour and a half, that shadow will follow the moon’s path across the continent, beginning off the Oregon coast and sweeping down to South Carolina.

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A man who allegedly built a bomb capable of demolishing the Nederland Colorado police station in order to avenge the vigilante murder of a fellow member of a 1970s era hippie gang will plead guilty to an attempted bombing charge.

Ansberry, intent on avenging his buddy’s death, left his home and traveled to Salmon, Idaho, where on July 20 he bought Haxamine tablets at Murdoch’s Home and Ranch Supply store. He constructed an improvised explosive device with a cell phone, a silicon control rectifier attached by wires to a 9-volt battery, powders, and a Mason jar containing a small automotive light bulb and Hexamethylene Triperoxide Diamine. Hexamine tablets are precursor chemicals for the HMTD. He placed the bomb inside a backpack along with four plastic bags of powder that were later determined to be explosive material.


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IDAHO FALLS — Like many other agencies throughout the region and state, Eastern Idaho Public Health (EIPH) is busily planning and preparing for the total solar eclipse, which is set to appear on August 21, 2017.

All EIPH office locations except for Lemhi County will be closed on August 21. Our planning efforts revolve around some of the core public health services we provide the community including food and drinking water safety, proper disposal of sewage and solid waste (trash), and personal preparedness. This health and safety information is valuable to local community members, businesses, and individuals coming into the region to view the eclipse.

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IDAHO FALLS — Around 50 people gathered at a pavilion at Freeman Park Monday evening to pray, remember, light candles and release balloons in honor of DeOrr Kunz.

The Idaho Falls toddler vanished two years ago today while on a camping trip in Lemhi County with his parents, great-grandfather and a friend of his great-grandfather. There has been no sign of DeOrr since that day, and nobody has been charged in connection to his disappearance.

DeOrr’s mother, Jessica Mitchell, and other family members, including his aunt, Tanisha Tompkins, shared memories of the child during the 30-minute vigil. Carol Dodge led the group in a prayer and then dozens of blue balloons were released into the sky with several people saying, “Come home, DeOrr.”

“I feel like it’s people showing their support for little man,” Mitchell told EastIdahoNews.com. “That’s what this is all about. It’s not about me, it’s not about his dad, it’s really not about anybody except my son.”

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HELENA — A salmonella outbreak across the country has hit 14 people in Montana and is linked to contact with live poultry.

The Department of Public Health and Human Services said Monday that the new cases in Montana have been reported in 11 different counties. Those infected are from the counties of Cascade, Gallatin, Glacier, Jefferson, Lewis & Clark, Mineral, Missoula, Powder River, Ravalli, Roosevelt and Yellowstone.

The Centers for Disease Control said 372 people in 47 states have contracted the disease this year.

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