Missoula County hospitals taking necessary safety steps

As the number of COVID cases quickly rises in Missoula County, hospitals are taking the necessary precautions to keep patients and staff safe. At Missoula’s two main hospitals they are testing all admissions for COVID, and masks are mandatory, and the hospitals are working with the local health department to mitigate overcrowding, a news release states.
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Local addiction recovery centers seeing increase in patients

Local addiction recovery centers are seeing an increase in patients during the COVID-19 pandemic. Seeking Recovery and Gateway Community in Great Falls attribute the increased number to rising rates of alcohol use and addiction during coronavirus closures.
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Governor’s plan to reopen Montana schools in the fall was released

The Governor’s Plan for Reopening Safe and Healthy Schools for Montana in the fall was released Thursday. The re-opening plan for in person learning is categorized into three phases and includes safety protocols promoting social, emotional, and behavioral health of students.
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Park Lake water levels up

HELENA – Renovations at Park Ditch system has helped increase the water levels of Park Lake. In 2019, the Montana Conservation Corps renovated nearly 30 feet of the feeder stream of Park Ditch, the cause of the man-made Park Lake just south of Helena, in part to ensure a healthy eco-system, and to preserve the nearly 150 years of mining history of Park Ditch, initially created in the late 1800’s, the Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest says.
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Lewis and Clark County under fire for mayoral recall approval

The city of Helena filed a lawsuit against Lewis and Clark County for approving recall petitions targeting three city officials. The city’s complaint filed Wednesday, is seeking to prohibit the recall of Helena Mayor Wilmot Collins and two City Commissioners. The three city leaders are accused of violating Montana’s constitution when they extended a contract to interim City Manager Melinda Reed. A district court judge has yet to rule on the city’s request.
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Lewis and Clark County residents warned to follow COVID safety rules or else

Residents of Lewis and Clark County were given an ultimatum during a joint press conference Wednesday. Local leaders, and health care professionals warned residents to follow public health guidelines or face the potential of another round of COVID-19 related restrictions.
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St. Peter’s Health has reinstated stricter visitor restrictions

St. Peter’s Health has reinstated stricter visitor restrictions. The hospital announced Thursday that visitation to the regional medical center and clinics, which had been allowing two visitors per patient, will need to re-adopt stricter limitations in response to COVID-19. The state added another 50 new cases Wednesday, bringing the total number to more than a thousand.
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Teen girl hospitalized after incident on Billings Rims

A teen girl was hospitalized with a gun shot wound after an incident on the Billings Rims. The victim was injured during an argument between two groups, just after midnight Wednesday, police said on Twitter. The single gunshot would did not appear to be life-threatening, according to a press release. The investigation is ongoing.
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Helena woman pleads not guilty to assaulting BLM demonstrator

A Helena woman who was charged with assaulting a demonstrator at the June 14 Protest for George Floyd at the Montana Capitol pleaded not guilty to the misdemeanor offense Wednesday. According to the citation in Helena Municipal Court, police determined Lacee Cheschier “caused bodily injury, when she struck the victim in the face.
No other charges have been filed in the case, according to court documents.
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Billings man arrested for April homicide pleads not guilty

The Billings man arrested this week (Monday) in connection with an April homicide has pleaded not guilty. James Fisher was arraigned Wednesday in Yellowstone County District Court in connection with the death of 24-year-old Brett Ness who was found in his driveway with a gunshot wound to the head. Fisher remains in the county jail with bail set at $750,000, as reported at the Billings Gazette. The 34-year-old is now one of three others charged in connection to the April 27 shooting on Florine Lane.
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