Archives for October 2019

BNSF Railroad facing hundreds of asbestos-related damage claims

HELENA – Burlington Northern-Santa Fe Railroad is facing hundreds of asbestos-related damage claims. BNSF officials told the Montana Supreme Court Wednesday that the railroad should not be held liable for deadly pollution in the town from the defunct Libby mine. But an attorney for 1,200 plaintiffs said questions remain about the railroad’s role in spreading asbestos-laden material from its rail yard. The case is expected to continue to trial to decide whether the railroad actions were harmful. Supreme Court justices took the case under advisement Wednesday and will rule later.
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Trick or Treaters will want to grab their coats this Halloween

HELENA – Trick or Treaters will want to grab their coats this Halloween. Local forecasters say the kiddos can expect a light snow as they go door to door collecting candy. Temperatures will remain in the 30’s throughout today but will quickly fall into the teens later this evening, so dress warmly, and have a spook-tacular Halloween.
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Keeping kids safe focus of local law enforcement this Halloween

Keeping kids safe is the focus of area police as they issue tips for trick or treaters this Halloween. If you’re doing traditional door-to-door trick-or-treating, police say make sure you travel in groups, only approach well lit homes, and watch for cars. Motorists are also urged to drive cautiously in neighborhoods and areas where children may be trick-or-treating.
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Safety of Laurel football field questioned

The safety of the Laurel football field is being questioned. A representative from Field Turf, the Montreal, Canada company that installed the synthetic grass field in 2009, says it is in “good shape” but an MTN report earlier this month revealed it was made with a defective fiber. Now the Laurel School District faces an estimated cost of $450,000 to replace the aging field in the coming years. Laurel school officials said the district has not received direct complaints about the turf, but that going forward, they will use “due diligence” when choosing a company for its next field.
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God’s Love providing warmth and safety to Helena’s homeless this winter

As temperatures dip below zero, God’s Love is providing warmth and safety to Helena’s homeless. Early snow storms and record cold have prompted the emergency homeless shelter to open earlier this season, and God’s Love workers say with an influx of people expected they are looking for extra community assistance. Donations can be dropped off at God’s Love on North Last Chance Gulch, a press release states.
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Winter weather hampers efforts to rescue man stranded in Burris Creek area

GREAT FALLS – After winter weather conditions hampered efforts, a man stranded in the Burris Creek area over the weekend was finally rescued. Great Falls Tribune reported Monday that Two Bear Air Rescue brought the man to safety on Sunday, after a call for help was issued Saturday when he fell off his horse.
Rescuers say rifle season began Saturday and there were two calls in the first 26 hours. They expect dozens more distress reports as the season heats up.
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Helena firefighters deployed to southern California to help with wildfires

Six Helena firefighters deployed to southern California Tuesday to help with wildfire suppression efforts. The Helena crews are among the 72 from throughout Montana deployed to California to help battle multiple wildfires buring through bone-dry vegetation. Nearly 200,000 people were ordered to evacuate, as California’s governor declared a statewide emergency Sunday. The Helena firefighters will be on site for 18 days.
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Former Helena police officer facing felony theft charges

A former Helena police officer is facing felony charges. Tyler Wood is accused of using Helena Police Protective Association funds to make more than $6,800 worth of personal purchases. Wood was the organization’s treasurer and primary fundraiser for two years. He has also been permanently removed from the association’s board of directors and is no longer employed by the Helena Police Department, where he worked as a school resource officer at Helena High School. If convicted, Wood could face up to 10 years in prison, court records show.
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Two more cases of vaping related lung illness has been reported in Montana

Two more cases of vaping related lung illness has been reported in Montana. The Montana Department of Health said in a press release Monday that the new confirmed illnesses brings the number of cases related to the outbreak of e-cigarette use, or vaping to five in the state. Montana also has identified one death connected to vaping.
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Fire Tower Apartments in downtown Helena is getting some updates

Fire Tower Apartments in downtown Helena is getting some updates, thanks to a federal housing grant. The city has been awarded $6.3 million in federal housing credits to rehabilitate and preserve 44 units for seniors and tenants with special needs at the complex, as well as improve infrastructure and address failing systems, a crumbing exterior and decaying interiors. The project is expected to begin next year.
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