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Page 2A FRIDAY, DECEMBER 25, 2015 World 2 A FRIDAY DECEMBER 25, 2015 News editor: 447-4084 leah.gilman@helenair.com MANAGEMENT Editor Greg Lemon . . . . . . .447-4080 Circulation Manager Steve Biere . . . . . . . .447-4010 Advertising Manager Stephanie Bull . . . . . ..447-4042 Controller Lynn Lloyd . . . .406-496-5530 Operations Manager Anita Fasbender . . . .447-4012 (USPS 261 300) A Division of Lee Enterprises The Independent Record is published daily. Our business hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at 317 Cruse Ave. Helena, MT59601. MAILING ADDRESS Independent Record, P.O. Box 4249, Helena, MT59604 Phone:. . . . . . . . . . . . . (406) 447-4000 Toll free . . . . . . . . . . 1-800-523-2272 Fax: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 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All subscription prices are subject to change. Premium prices for some issues will apply. Postmaster: Send address changes to the Independent Record, P.O. Box 4249, Helena, MT59604. All subscription prices are subject to change. Premium prices for some issues will apply. Home delivery subscribers will see a reduction in their subscription length to offset these premium rates. For any questions, please call customer service at 406-447-4010. **If you choose EZ- Pay, you authorize The Helena Independent Record to automatically charge the credit card you indicate: any past due amounts will also be charged in the first month. If using a checking account, your draft will normally occur on the 5th or 20th of the month. Other restrictions may apply.” Publisher Tyler Miller . . . . . ....447-4002 Cold Front Stationary Front Warm FrontLow PressureHigh Pressure L H This map shows high temperatures, type of precipitation expected and location of frontal systems at noon. 40s 30s 20s 10s 90s 80s 70s 60s 50s 100s 110s 0s L L L HELENA’S ALMANAC Temperature Helena Weather Trivia Road Conditions Yesterday’s High 26 Yesterday’s Low 8 Normal High/Low 31 / 10 Record High 57 in 1919 Record Low -37 in 1983 Precipitation Yesterday 0.00" Month to date 0.67" Normal Month to date 0.31" Year to date 9.83" Normal Year to date 11.13" Moonrise and Moonset Sunrise and Sunset Today Sunrise: 8:11 a.m. Sunset: 4:45 p.m. Saturday Sunrise: 8:11 a.m. Sunset: 4:46 p.m. Sunday Sunrise: 8:11 a.m. Sunset: 4:47 p.m. Monday Sunrise: 8:11 a.m. Sunset: 4:48 p.m. Tuesday Sunrise: 8:12 a.m. Sunset: 4:48 p.m. Moon Phases RECREATION INFORMATION MONT ANA’S FORECAST MONT ANA’S 3- DAY FORECAST NATIONAL FORECAST TODA Y’S FORECAST MAP Montana statewide:1-800-226-7623 or 5-1-1 Internet:www.mdt.state.mt.gov/travinfo or www.mdt511.com Washington:1-800-695-7623 Idaho:1-888-432-7623 Boulder ’ s Forecast Lincoln ’ s Forecast T ownsend’ s Forecast Anaconda 26 12 0.00" 17 -9 sn 17 -13 s 25 0 s Baker 35 8 0.00" 20 -3 pc 17 0 mc 26 8 s Big Timber n/a n/a n/a 18 -2 sn 19 5 s 29 20 s Billings 30 20 0.00" 16 0 sn 18 4 s 25 16 s Boulder 25 0 0.00" 15 -5 sn 16 -2 s 24 9 s Bozeman 28 14 0.00" 17 -1 sn 17 3 s 25 15 s Broadus n/a 14 0.00" 22 1 pc 16 -1 pc 22 7 s Butte 24 2 0.00" 13 -11 sn 10 -23 s 22 -7 s Cut Bank 13 2 0.00" 9 -9 sn 20 7 s 33 17 pc Dillon 20 7 0.00" 15 -6 sn 14 -2 s 24 10 s Drummond n/a n/a n/a 21 -6 sn 21 -7 s 24 4 pc Glasgow 22 18 0.00" 10 -7 mc 10 -8 pc 20 5 s Glendive 27 12 0.00" 16 0 mc 14 -1 pc 28 11 s Great Falls 29 10 0.00" 12 -1 sn 20 12 s 35 22 s Hamilton 36 25 n/a 23 1 sn 21 -3 s 26 3 pc Hardin n/a n/a n/a 18 -5 sn 18 -6 s 24 4 s Harlowton n/a n/a n/a 16 -10 sn 19 -2 s 28 17 s Havre 16 -2 Trace 8 -2 sn 12 4 s 29 16 s Jordan 22 -2 0.00" 14 -7 mc 14 -7 s 29 10 s Kalispell 30 16 0.09" 25 10 sn 24 10 pc 22 12 mc Lewistown 30 11 0.00" 12 -4 sn 19 6 s 36 20 s Libby 35 25 0.05" 28 11 sn 28 8 mc 25 13 mc Livingston 30 23 0.00" 19 -2 sn 20 4 s 25 18 s Miles City 33 11 0.00" 20 -4 mc 18 -4 s 26 7 s Missoula 30 16 0.00" 21 1 sn 14 -3 pc 18 3 mc Plentywood 23 12 n/a 6 -7 pc 11 -9 s 19 8 s P olson n/a n/a n/a 24 14 sn 22 12 pc 23 14 mc Red Lodge 30 9 0.00" 16 1 sn 17 5 s 27 15 s Roundup n/a n/a n/a 16 -6 sn 18 2 s 30 17 s Sidney 27 16 0.00" 15 -2 mc 13 -2 pc 27 11 s Superior 34 18 Trace 25 9 sn 23 8 pc 26 14 mc Thompson Falls 32 25 n/a 27 15 sn 25 8 pc 26 17 mc T ownsend 33 17 0.00" 16 -4 sn 17 1 s 24 12 s W . Y ellowstone 17 0 0.03" 17 -22 mc 14 -20 s 19 -11 s Wisdom 16 -5 0.00" 13 -12 sn 12 -10 s 22 1 s Wolf P oint 24 15 0.00" 10 -6 mc 12 -7 pc 22 5 s Yesterday ’ s State Extremes : Helena 13/-1/18 30%/10%/0% Missoula 21/1/14 50%/20%/10% Albuquerque 51 33 MM 50 24 mc 34 22 sn Anchorage 14 8 25 25 mc 32 23 sn Atlanta 63 62 1.27 75 63 t 75 63 mc A ustin 82 45 77 67 mc 78 57 t Baltimore 68 63 2.02 70 54 ra 60 54 sh Bismarck 23 16 .01 19 0 pc 9 -4 pc Boise 37 28 .04 30 11 mc 21 8 s Boston 52 48 1.00 60 43 s 48 46 ra Chicago 59 36 .49 46 42 pc 50 42 sh Cleveland 65 56 .23 53 43 mc 59 51 sh Dallas 75 50 73 66 pc 72 50 t Daytona Beac h 81 71 83 65 s 82 67 pc Den ver 37 23 30 15 sn 18 3 sn Des Moines 45 27 .64 39 35 mc 40 26 ra Detroit 59 44 .45 46 38 pc 48 40 sh Fairbanks 0 -3 -4 -9 s 12 -15 pc Honolulu 84 75 84 77 s 84 77 ra Houston 81 56 79 71 t 78 69 t Kansas City 60 28 .03 52 46 pc 56 32 ra Las V egas 63 44 51 36 mc 47 30 s Los Angeles 67 49 61 41 s 61 40 s Miami 83 77 81 76 pc 80 75 s Milwaukee 58 36 .53 41 35 pc 41 34 ra Minneapolis 36 25 .38 32 27 pc 31 13 sn Nashville 70 58 .03 70 64 t 74 65 t New Orleans 80 72 .02 77 67 t 76 67 mc New Y ork 57 57 1.56 66 50 pc 48 51 ra Oklahoma City 60 42 64 52 pc 57 32 t Omaha 40 24 .58 37 34 mc 36 20 rs Orlando 80 68 86 66 s 86 68 pc Philadelphia 65 65 1.56 69 50 sh 56 51 sh Phoenix 67 54 56 34 mc 52 34 s P ortland, OR 43 37 .56 40 30 pc 38 29 s City Yesterday Hi Lo Prcp Today Hi Lo W T omorrow Hi Lo W City Yesterday Hi Lo Prcp Today Hi Lo W T omorrow Hi Lo W City Yesterday Hi Lo Prcp Today Hi Lo W T omorrow Hi Lo W Hi Lo W Rapid City 34 14 27 11 sn 19 4 s Reno 44 25 30 6 s 31 7 s St. Louis 64 35 1.02 53 48 pc 63 43 sh Salt Lake City 35 26 .05 26 14 sn 29 9 s San Diego 64 57 .01 59 41 sh 61 39 s San Francisco 55 48 .03 52 43 sh 54 42 s Santa Fe 41 26 40 19 mc 27 18 sn Seattle 41 36 .32 40 31 sn 40 32 s Sioux Falls 36 21 34 24 mc 24 3 sn Spokane ,W A 31 29 .09 24 12 sn 24 17 mc W ashington,DC 66 61 1.76 71 56 ra 64 55 sh Today ’ s highs / lows: weather key: s-sunny, pc-partly cloudy, mc-mostly cloudy, cl-cloudy, t-thunderstorms, ra-rain sh-showers, sn-snow, fl-flurries, w-wind, m-missing Today’s Phase Last 1/2 New 1/9 First 1/16 Today High 13 Low -1 Tonight INDEPENDENT RECORD WEATHER Saturday High 18 Low 5 Sunny Sunday High 25 Low 13 Mostly Sunny Monday High 27 Low 9 Mostly Sunny Tuesday High 23 Low 11 Mostly Sunny All temperature and precipitation data valid through 5 p.m.yesterday for the previous 24 hours. Full 12/25 Yesterday Hi Lo Prcp Today Hi Lo W T omorrow Hi Lo W Hi Lo W Sunday Salmon, ID 20/-7/16 20%/20%/5% Butte 13/-11/10 30%/20%/5% Bozeman 17/-1/17 30%/20%/5% Billings 16/0/18 40%/20%/5% Miles City 20/-4/18 20%/20%/5% Lewistown 12/-4/19 40%/10%/0% Great Falls 12/-1/20 30%/10%/5% Havre 8/-2/12 30%/20%/0% Glasgow 10/-7/10 20%/20%/10% Kalispell 25/10/24 40%/30%/10% Cut Bank 9/-9/20 30%/10%/0% Sidney 15/-2/13 20%/20%/10% Sunday Today Moonrise: 5:37 p.m. Moonset: 7:58 a.m. Saturday Moonrise: 6:38 p.m. Moonset: 8:48 a.m. Sunday Moonrise: 7:41 p.m. Moonset: 9:32 a.m. Monday Moonrise: 8:44 p.m. Moonset: 10:09 a.m. Tuesday Moonrise: 9:46 p.m. Moonset: 10:41 a.m. Full Moon Yesterday’s Extremes: High: 91 at McAllen, Texas Low: -18 at Gunnison, Colo. Location: Boulder R. near Boulder 5.05 35 26.0 Dearborn R. near Craig 3.33 n/a n/a Little Prickly Pear Cr. at Wolf Cr. 2.88 n/a n/a Missouri R. at Toston 3.86 2,790 3,479 Missouri R. below Hauser Lake 3.37 3,300 3,560 Missouri R. below Holter Dam 2.65 3,280 4,890 Streamflow Conditions (Source USGS) Stage (ft) Flow (cfps) low 10s / 0s High: 36 at Ekalaka Low: -7 at Rudyard Helena's temperature "averages" don't mean much in Winter. On Christmas we've hit either our average high or low only five times in 135 years, and only once, 129 years ago, did we hit both on the same day. Today 15 / -5 Snow Possible State Discussion: Temperature Precipitation Near Normal TEN-DAY OUTLOOK Areas of freezing fog this morning. Today, skies will be partly cloudy to cloudy with a chance of snow showers. Highs for most of the state will range from the single digits to the 20s. Holter Lake’s Forecast Local Mountains Mostly cloudy skies today with a 40% chance of snow, highs in the low 10s. Northwest wind 6 to 8 mph. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible. Partly Cloudy Normal Flow TomorrowSunday 16 / -224 / 9 Today 18 / -2 TomorrowSunday 20 / 026 / 9 Today 14 / 2 TomorrowSunday 20 / 1129 / 18 Today 16 / -4 TomorrowSunday 17 / 124 / 12 Near Normal Corrections If you see something incorrect in the Independent Record’s news coverage, please call the city desk at 4474080. Written requests for corrections may be sent to Corrections, P.O. Box 4249, Helena, MT 59604 or IRstaff@helenair.com. PHILLIP LUCAS and ERIK SCHELZIG Associated Press ASHLAND, Miss. — Instead of doing some last-minute shopping or wrapping gifts, families across the South spent Christmas Eve taking stock of their losses after an unusual outbreak of December tornadoes and other violent weather killed at least 11 people and damaged or destroyed dozens of homes. “Santa brought us a good one, didn’t he?” Bobby Watkins said as he and his wife took a walk amid the destruction in rural Benton County, Mississippi, where four people were confirmed dead. “I may have lost some stuff, but I got my life.” Unseasonably warm weather Wednesday helped spawn twisters from Arkansas to Michigan. The line of spring- like storms continued marching east Thursday, dumping torrential rain that flooded roads in Alabama and caused a mudslide in the mountains of Georgia. Authorities confirmed seven deaths in Mississippi, including that of a 7-year-old boy who was in a car that was swept up and tossed by a storm. Three more died in Tennessee. One person was killed in Arkansas. Dozens more were injured, some seriously, said Greg Flynn, spokesman for the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency. Search teams combed damaged homes and businesses for people still missing, a hunt made complicated because so many had left for the holidays. “Until they know for sure where those folks are, they’re going to keep looking, because we’ve had in some cases houses leveled, and they’re just not there anymore,” Flynn said. In Linden, Tennessee, Tony Goodwin ducked into a storm shelter with seven others as the storm passed. He emerged to find his house had been knocked off its foundation and down the hill. He managed to climb inside and fetch some Christmas gifts that had been under his tree. Goodwin’s neighbors weren’t so fortunate. Two people in one home were killed. “It makes you thankful to be alive with your family,” he said. “It’s what Christmas is all about.” Chris Shupiery grabbed his Santa hat along with a chain saw as he set out to help clean up on Thursday. He cut up fallen trees not far from Goodwin’s home. “This was just the right thing to do, come help a family in need,” Shupiery said. “Suit up, try to cheer people up and try to make them feel a little better with Christmas coming around.” In Benton County, Mississippi, relatives helped Daisy and Charles Johnson clean up after the storm flattened their house. They carried some of the couple’s belongings past a Santa Clause figure on a table. Daisy Johnson, 68, said she and her husband rushed along with other relatives to their storm shelter across the street from the house after they heard a twister was headed their way. “We looked straight west of us and there it was. It was yellow and it was roaring, lightning just continually, and it was making a terrible noise,” she said. “I never want to hear that again for as long as I live.” Mona Ables, 43, was driving home when the storm hit. She abandoned her car, ran to a house and banged on a window, seeking shelter. The startled man inside couldn’t open the door, which appeared to be blocked, Ables said. She huddled next to the house as another stranger pulled up, also looking for shelter. “He and I just huddled together and saw trees fly past us, and a shipping container flip over,” Ables said. “And as the debris started hitting us, he just covered me, and within a minute it was all over and there was destruction all around us and we were fine.” Peak tornado season in the South is in the spring, but such storms can happen at any time. Exactly a year ago, twisters hit Mississippi, killing five people and injuring dozens. Glenda Hunt, 69, was cooking chicken and making dressing Wednesday night at her Benton County home, where Christmas Eve lunch is a family tradition, when her daughter called to warn her of the approaching storm. Hunt and her husband ducked into their storm shelter and wrestled the door shut against the wind’s powerful suction. She started praying when she heard sheet metal hitting trees. On Thursday, heavy farm equipment and corn were strewn across the couple’s property. Their house sustained heavy structural damage but was still standing. “We’re OK and that’s all that matters,” Hunt said. “But the Lord did save my furniture.” The Associated Press Johnnie Luellen makes her way back from her bedroom on Thursday on Kathy Road in Holly Springs, Miss., where she managed to recover the only the photos she had of her parents, as she and others try to reclaim what they can from Wednesday’s severe storm system. Pope contrasts Jesus’ birth, excess in Christmas Eve homily VATICAN CITY (AP) — In his Christmas Eve homily Thursday, Pope Francis noted the simplicity of Jesus’ birth as he rebuked what he called societies’ intoxication with consumerism, pleasure, abundance and wealth. Christians around the world joyfully prepared to recall the birth of Jesus. But in his only public Christmas Mass, in the splendor of St. Peter’s Basilica, the pope counter-weighted his joy with a lament for people’s excesses and what he described as a “culture of indifference, which not infrequently turns ruthless.” Francis said Jesus “calls us to act soberly, in other words, in a way that is simple, balanced, consistent, capable of seeing and doing what is essential.” Referring to Jesus’ birth in a Bethlehem stable, the pope said the child was “born into the poverty of this world; there was no room in the inn for him and his family.” Francis also sounded a cry to right injustices. “In a world which all too often is merciless to the sinner and lenient to the sin, we need to cultivate a strong sense of justice,” he said. Since being elected pope in 2013, Francis has tried to shape the church into one marked more by loving mercy than rigid judgment. He insists that the needs of the poor and others, including refugees and migrants, be paramount. Christmastime tornadoes ravage South; at least 11 killed MERRYCHRISTMAS! FridaySaturdaySunday Closedfor Christmas! OpenEverydayuntil January3rd 9:30am–4pm9:30am–4pm Goto skigd.com forcurrentconditions Snowphone 406.447.1310 Office&Information 406.449.3746 (7amto10pm) EnjoythedaywithyourFamilyand wewillseeyouonthesnow thisweekend!

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