Archives for January 2020

The Mount Helena trailhead could soon accommodate the disabled

The Mount Helena trailhead could soon accommodate the disabled. A new proposal from the Helena Rotary Club would expand Helena’s open lands with a new ADA compliant trail that will cover about a half a mile starting from the Mt. Helena parking lot. The project will cost about $20,000, according to a press release, and the rotary club is hoping it will give everybody in the community the opportunity to enjoy the open lands.
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Firefighter killed while battling Australia fires has ties to Montana

One of the firefighters killed in a plane crash in Australia on Thursday has ties to Montana. Ian McBeth, 44, is one of three American firefighters who died when a C-130 Hercules aerial water tanker crashed in the area of New South Wales. McBeth moved to Wyoming and then Montana. He most recently lived in Great Falls. McBeth was also a member of the 120th Airlift Wing of the Montana Air National Guard.
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Suspect in 2017 fatal shooting of Broadwater deputy will be foreced to take drugs for mental issues

The man charged in the fatal 2017 shooting of a Broadwater County deputy can be involuntarily medicated to make him competent to stand trial, the Montana Supreme Court ruled Wednesday. 63-year-old Lloyd Barrus suffers from a variety of mental illnesses and has refused to take drugs to treat his delusional disorder. The Supreme Court agreed that “involuntary medication” is in Barrus’s best interest.”
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Foul play is suspected in death of 61-year-old woman in west Helena Valley

Foul play is suspected in the death of 61-year-old woman, whose body was found Tuesday in the west Helena Valley. Lewis and Clark County authorities responded to a location on Clink Court, near Green Meadow Drive, and Sheriff Leo Dutton said the death is being investigated due to some “suspicious circumstances.” He said they’re waiting on the examiner’s office to determine the exact cause of death. The body will be taken to the state crime lab in Missoula Thursday for an autopsy.
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East Helena’s newest city councilor was sworn in Tuesday

East Helena’s newest city councilor was sworn in for a four-year term Tuesday evening. After an unprecedented election last year in which the town of about 2,000 had no clear winner to take over the council seat vacated by Kit Johnson, remaining council members selected 28-year-old East Helena resident Joy Bowen as Ward 1 representative. City Councilman Johnson was elected to the Ward 1 post in November, but declined to maintain his seat.
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Indiana man rescued from Yellowstone Grand Canyon facing endangerment charges

An Indiana man who was pulled to safety after getting stranded nearly 900 feet down in the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone is facing endangerment charges. Authorities say Dave Christensen was there illegally, and it took Yellowstone National Park officials 6 hours to rescue Christensen from the canyon, which is closed to the public in the winter. The 55 year old, who officials say is lucky to be alive, is facing multiple charges, including off-trail travel in a closed area and endangering himself and rescuers.
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Memorial on York Rd., honors Helena teen killed in one car crash

HELENA – A small memorial has been placed on the side of York Road in the Helena Valley, at the site of a Saturday crash that claimed the life of a 15-year-old girl. Lewis and Clark County Sheriff-Coroner Leo Dutton said Shelby Descharme was killed when her vehicle went off the road, hit a curb and rolled over once, ejecting the teen.
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Residents warned about 2020 weight loss scams

HELENA – The Better Business Bureau is warning residents about 2020 weight loss scams. Many new year resolutions include losing weight, but the Federal Trade Commission says they see a lot more cases in the new year of people falling prey to “get healthy quick” programs. A 2018 report shows that consumers filed 37,000 complaints with an average loss of $186 per person. People should always be wary of items that promise spectacular weight-loss or anti-aging results, officials warn.
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Another candidate joins Lewis and Clark County’s justice of the peace race

HELENA – Another candidate has jumped into the race to become Lewis and Clark County’s second justice of the peace. David Rau filed his paperwork with the Lewis and Clark County Elections Office last week. He is the second candidate officially running for the newly created justice of the peace position, which is intended to reduce the caseload on Justice of the Peace Mike Swingley. This is Rau’s first time running for elective office.
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Carroll College launches fast track nursing program

A new Carroll College program will put students on the fast track to earning a nursing degree. The program will allow students to earn 57 nursing credit hours and over 800 clinical hours, to get their baccalaureate degree with a nursing major in 15 months. The new accelerated nursing program is set to start in May. Applications are due by March 20.
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