Archives for August 2019

MIA officials planning now for busy Labor Day weekend

Missoula International Airport officials are planning now for what’s expected to be a busy Labor Day weekend. More than 16 million passengers are expected to fly during the long holiday, with several thousand anticipated in and out of Missoula. Airport officials this week began looking at parking and how to address an influx of holiday travelers and said they’ll bring on extra staff to ensure passengers reach their gate on time.
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Students attending the University of Montana will have housing options this year

Students attending the University of Montana will have housing options this year. Sawyer Student Living, years in the making, has opened up for move in, and will be a transition step for students leaving dorm rooms for more independent living. The apartments are located in the Old Sawmill District, and officials said there are rooms available to tour.
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Missoula County Sheriff’s Office debuts in the “Live PD” TV series

The Missoula County Sheriff’s Office has been chosen to take part in the “Live PD” TV series on the A&E channel. Sheriff’s deputies will be part of the Season 4 lineup, which begins on September 20, and will feature a film crew ride along with at least two deputies on patrol Friday and Saturday nights for several weeks, according to a statment from the Sheriff’s Office.
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Big Horn County teen could be facing criminal charges in connection to a fatal crash

A Big Horn County teen could be facing criminal charges in connection to a fatal crash over the weekend. Two men were killed when the semi-truck the 17 year old Hardin boy was driviving skidded into oncoming traffic heading the opposite direction on Highway 313 between Hardin and St. Xavier, according to a press release Monday from MHP. The boy was not injured and wasn’t issued any citations, but officials said when the investigation is complete it will be determined if any criminal charges should be filed, according to multiple online media reports.
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The first day of school in Clancy was cancelled

CLANCY – The first day of school in Clancy was cancelled. Classes were originally scheduled to resume Wednesday (August 28), but that has been pushed back to next Tuesday, September 3rd, due to construction being done on the school’s parking lot, according to a press release Monday. The school has also canceled their open house.
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Two people injured in a single vehicle rollover crash remained hospitalized

HELENA – Two people injured in a single vehicle rollover crash remained hospitalized Monday evening. Helena Police Officers responded to the crash on US Highway 12 East at Crossroads, and say they had to use the jaws of life to remove the driver and front passenger who were trapped in the vehicle. Preliminary reports indicate the driver was going the wrong way on US Highway 12 East, attempted to change onto the right side of the roadway, but lost control, struck a signal pole, and rolled several times. The investigation is ongoing.
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Plans to consolidate the Helena Civic Centercausing concern

Plans to consolidate the Helena Civic Center under the new Parks, Recreation and Open Lands Department is causing concern. The change will place the civic center’s manager under the supervision of the Parks Department, but several supporters of the civic center asked the commission to reconsider making the change, which could jeopardize the future of the facility, including a potential privatization of the building.
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Helena bar continues to recieve complaints about public health and safety

A Helena bar continues to recieve complaints about “public health and safety.” Earlier this year, Helena officials banned patrons from drinking on Sapphire Bar’s outdoor patio on the Downtown Walking Mall, after residents of the nearby Placer building complained about noise and trash surrounding in the area. Now the city manager announced the city-owned patio will be temporarily closed to everyone.
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New electronic ID program keeps track of Helena students

This year, Helena Public Schools will launch an electronic card ID program to help keep track of students who ride a school bus. The new system will eventually replace the pen and paper route check-off sheets, and will allow parents to access live transportation data on the district’s transportation app. Officials said they hope to have all 51 buses transferred to the online student ID system by Oct. 1, according to a news release. Students will be required to have ID cards when entering and exiting the bus.
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2019 marks historic moment for Helena Schools District

HELENA – Three new Helena elementary schools will mark an historic moment on the first day of the 2019-20 back to school fall session. Next Wednesday, students will head to class in the new Jim Darcy, Bryant and Central Schools, which are the first new schools to be built in the Helena Valley in decades, according to a press release. Voters approved a $63 million-dollar bond in 2017 to fund the new buildings.
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