Archives for April 2020

Dog stranded on cliff near Great Falls reunited with its family

A dog stranded on a cliff near Great Falls was reunited with its family after being rescued. When a biologist for NorthWestern Energy heard the animal howling for help while he was gardening near the Morony Dam he climbed the cliff and brought the dog to safety. Other than being tired, thirsty, and hunrgy, the dog was returned to its owners, thanks to the City of Great Falls Animal Shelter and an electronic chip embedded in the animal.
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At home learning will continue in Helena

At home learning will continue in Helena. Although the governor recently announced that school districts may reopen as early as May 7, the Helena Public Schools Board of Education voted unanimously this week to keep its school buildings closed at least through the final day of the 2019-20 school year on June 10. Schools have been closed since March 15, after Gov. Steve Bullock ordered a statewide ‘stay at home’ order to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
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Police involved death of 44-year-old Butte woman being investigated

The police involved death of a 44-year-old Butte woman is being investigated. Police responded to a domestic disturbance at an apartment on South Jackson Street Sunday and say a woman threatened officers with a knife, prompting them to taser her. She later died at a local hospital, according to a Tuesday news release. An autopsy is scheduled to determine the exact cause of death.
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The state continued to see fewer COVID-19 cases

The state continued to see fewer COVID-19 cases, adding only two since Monday. That brings the number of cases to 451 in the state, with 356 recoveries. Gallatin County announced its first death from the virus on Monday, bringing the statewide total to 15. The new cases added Tuesday were in Cascade and Yellowstone counties.

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Following the lifting of a month long stay-at-home order, several churches around the state held services Sunday. And, on Monday, many retail outlets started to reopen with strict social distancing measures.
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Montana National Guard beefs up patrol in the battle against COVID19

An additional 90 members of the Montana National Guard were activated Monday, bringing the total to 200. Of that, 33 will head to Billings to help begin temporary construction of a 90-bed medical facility to treat non-COVID-19 patients at the MetraPark Expo Center. The other 57 soldiers will be part of regional response support in Helena, Billings and Kalispell, taking temperature checks at airports and train stations, and distributing medical and food supplies.
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Gallatin County announced its first death from the novel coronavirus

Gallatin County announced its first death from the novel coronavirus Monday, bringing the statewide total to 15. The person who died was a man over the age of 60 who had been hospitalized, according to a press release from the county. While Gallatin County has led the state in the number of cumulative cases, reaching more than 140 Monday, the latest data showed it only had two active cases Monday, compared to 19 in Yellowstone County and 13 in Missoula.
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Lewis and Clark County lifting some COVID19 restrictions

Lewis and Clark County will begin lifting some restrictions in accordance with Gov. Steve Bullock’s statewide plan aimed at preventing the spread of COVID-19. The City-County Board of Health recently voted to move forward in concert with the rest of the state. No new cases have been confirmed in the county since April 9, and no deaths have been attributed to the disease.
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Helena College moves business and accounting programs online

Starting this fall, Helena College will move its business and accounting programs fully online. According to officials the online learning program will include certificates for accounting technology, bookkeeping, business technology and entrepreneurship. The college said the goal is to better accommodate non-traditional students who work or raise a family. Enrollment for the fall 2020 semester and summer 2020 courses opens on May 2 for new students.
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Lewis and Clark County lifting some “Stay at Home” restrictions

Lewis and Clark County will begin lifting some restrictions in accordance with Gov. Steve Bullock’s statewide plan aimed at preventing the spread of COVID-19. The City-County Board of Health recently voted to move forward in concert with the rest of the state. No new cases have been confirmed in the county since April 9, and no deaths have been attributed to the disease.
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Helena College moves business and accounting programs fully online

Starting this fall, Helena College will move its business and accounting programs fully online. According to officials the online learning program will include certificates for accounting technology, bookkeeping, business technology and entrepreneurship. The college said the goal is to better accommodate non-traditional students who work or raise a family. Enrollment for the fall 2020 semester and summer 2020 courses opens on May 2 for new students.
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