NBC Montana mayoral debate brings harsh criticism of incumbent Mayor John Engen's policies from his three opponents; Jacob Elder, Shawn Knopp and Greg Strandberg.

State Auditor and Air Force veteran Troy Downing leveled criticism at the Biden Administration's handling of Afghanistan, saying the U.S. should have a permanent presence in that country.

FWP spokesman Dillon Tabish said Stage 2 fire restrictions have been rescinded over all of western and northwestern Montana.

A 70 percent chance of rain in western Montana today, with highs in the upper 60's.

LOOK: Here are the best lake towns to live in

Many of the included towns jump out at the casual observer as popular summer-rental spots--the Ozarks' Branson, Missouri, or Arizona's Lake Havasu--it might surprise you to dive deeper into some quality-of-life offerings beyond the beach and vacation homes. You'll likely pick up some knowledge from a wide range of Americana: one of the last remaining 1950s-style drive-ins in the Midwest; a Florida town that started as a Civil War veteran retirement area; an island boasting some of the country's top public schools and wealth-earners right in the middle of a lake between Seattle and Bellevue; and even a California town containing much more than Johnny Cash's prison blues.