Archives for December 2018

Tis the season for holiday travel

Tis the season for holiday travel, and more Americans than ever will journey to spend time with friends and family. AAA expects 112.5 million people will hit the roads, airways and rails-the highest number of people expected to travel since 2001, a 4.4 percent increase compared to 2017. With a record-breaking one-third of the country choosing to travel this holiday, roadways and airports are sure to be busy. Experts say the best time to travel is on Dec. 24 or 25.
Most travelers will be taking the highway to travel for the year-end holidays. More than 102 million people are expected to drive, a 4.4 percent increase in road travel compared to 2017.
You won’t notice much difference in prices at the pump as you hit the road. Nationally, gas prices are only about two cents cheaper than last year with the average price per gallon at $2.46.

If you still have Christmas gifts left to buy Monday, you are officially late

If you still have Christmas gifts left to buy Monday, you are officially late. But you’re not alone. According to the National Retail Federation’s December survey, 24 percent of Americans were expected to do their last minute shopping on Super Saturday and more than 7 percent were expected to wait until Christmas Eve. Many stores will accept online orders for in-store pickup Monday.

Hundreds of local families in need will be able to have Christmas dinner

HELENA) Hundreds of local families in need will be able to have Christmas dinner. Helena Food Share said they provided 884 people with full meals Friday, through their annual holiday meal distribution at the Lewis Street Pantry, including everything from potatoes and stuffing to fruit and vegetables. They also gave out turkeys – some of which they had collected during the annual Turkey Challenge donation drive before Thanksgiving. That event brought in a record 2,883 turkeys this year.

Major forestry project near Helena gets green light

A major forestry project near Helena got the green light this week. The Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest decided Wednesday to move forward with the Ten Mile-South Helena Project. Helena officials said Thursday the project addresses concerns about runoff into Ten Mile Creek – a major source of city water – in the event a wildfire burns through the watershed. The project is expected to produce about 30 million board feet of timber.

lans for new zoning rules to protect homeowners around Fort Harrison are moving forward

Plans for new zoning rules to protect homeowners around Fort Harrison are moving forward. The Lewis and Clark County Commission voted Tuesday to approve special zoning districts for the Fort Harrison Rural Growth Area and the Fort Harrison Urban Growth Area, which would prohibit uses like multi-family housing. Leaders say the changes are needed to minimize any future conflicts between military operations and residents in the surrounding area. The commissioners are expected to make their final decision, possibly in February.

Lewis and Clark Humane Society waiving adoption fees to get pets homes for the holidays

The Lewis and Clark Humane Society is offering a special adoption promotion to try to get as many pets as possible into new homes for the holidays. Until December 31, all adoption fees are waived when adopting a cat or dog to be replaced with a monetary donation to the shelter.
People can donate what they can afford or as much as they want to help offset some of the shelters costs.

Students get virtual sneak peek of new East Helena High School

East Valley Middle School students got a virtual sneak peek of the new East Helena High School. VR headset tours for the future East Helena High School were provided for students Wednesday (December 19), which allowed the kids to explore in 3D what the new high school might look like. Anyone with a smartphone, tablet, or computer can see 360-degree panoramas of the proposed school design at East Helena High School’s website.

More victims come forward in decades old sex abuse case of Miles City athletic trainer

BILLINGS – Another dozen victims came forward in a massive sex abuse case against a longtime Miles City athletic trainer. Lawyers representing the now 31 men who claim they were sexually abused as teenage boys by 74-year-old James Jensen while they attended Custer County High School, filed an amended complaint this week (Monday). The sexual abuse happened starting in the 1970s until he left employment with the school district in 1998, the lawsuit states.

Double shooting on Helena’s west side deemed murder suicide

(HELENA) A double shooting on Helena’s west side Tuesday evening has been deemed a murder suicide. Helena Police Department leaders said Wednesday it appeared a woman was shot by her estranged husband, who then shot himself during a domestic dispute, at the woman’s home on Hauser Boulevard. Helena police said she was hosting a birthday party, with several children and other adults in attendance, when the shooting happened. No one else was injured in the incident, according to reports. Police are continuing to investigate.

Judge dismisses lawsuit to block tree-thinning project near Helena

A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit seeking to block a tree-thinning project in the Elkhorn Mountains near Helena. U.S. District Judge Dana Christensen on Monday rejected arguments by Native Ecosystems Council and Montana Ecosystem Defense Council that the project conflicts with the Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest plan and needs deeper environmental analysis. The goal is to improve foraging and habitat for several animals, including elk, deer, moose, trout and birds.