Archives for May 2020

Helena teen pictured on Lucky Charms Cereal boxes

A Helena teen is pictured on boxes of Lucky Charms. Bella Nyman was chosen to advocate for children’s mental health care as a national champion for the Children’s Miracle Network. She is the first from Montana and the first from Shodair Children’s Hospital to be featured on the cereal boxes available in Costco stores throughout Montana, though it appears they are already sold out in Helena.
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Artwork by Kessler Elementary School student featured on Helena billboard

Artwork by a Kessler Elementary School student will be featured on a Helena billboard for the next several weeks. In honor of Celebrating Wildflowers Week, local fourth-grade students submitted their artwork electronically, and Matt Gilbert won the contest illustrating stories about native plants. Over 80 students participated in this year’s contest by remote judging. The billboard featuring Gilberts artwork is located on Euclid Avenue next to B & C Cabinets.
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Missoula joins nationwide “Black Lives Matter” protests

“Black Lives Matter” and “No Justice, No Peace” were signs carried by Missoula demonstrators following the death of an unarmed black Minnesota man. Dozens of people gathered downton to protest Monday’s death of George Floyd while in police custody.
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CDC releases guidelines on how schools can safely reopen this fall

The CDC has released guidelines on how schools can safely reopen this fall. The recommendations include social distancing and wearing face masks, and having students eat lunch in classrooms, using disposable utensils and dishes, to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
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Biker remains hospitalized after brutal bear attack near Spanish Peaks

BOZEMAN, Mont. – A biker remains hospitalized after a brutal bear attack on a trail near the Spanish Peaks Mountain Club. Peter Scherfig was biking alone on his 61st birthday Monday when he was mauled by the grizzly, the Bozeman Daily Chronicle reported. He is listed in critical but stable condition.
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Expect to pay more for Helena’s parks and facilities

Expect to pay more for Helena’s parks and facilities. The Parks, Recreation and Open Lands Department is raising prices on most department services, including damage deposits for sports field and basketball and tennis court rentals, which has the largest fee hike. The average increase to all of the department’s fees is 11.15% for city residents and 28% for nonresidents. The measures are already in effect.
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Former Lewis and Clark County deputy sentenced on 80 child molestation charges

A former Lewis and Clark County sheriff’s deputy accused of 80 child molestation charges has learned his fate. Virgil Allen Wolfe, 53, was sentenced Thursday to nearly 22 years in prison after he pleaded guilty in 2019 to molesting a girl for more than a decade. The now 17-year-old victim reported Wolfe had been molesting her since she was 6 years old, including taking photographs of her. Investigators said the abuse happened in both Cascade and Lewis and Clark counties.
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Yellowstone County jail inmate among new COVID-19 cases reported in state

HELENA, Mont. – Montana reported two more cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, including an inmate at the Yellowstone County jail in Billings. The inmate, who is in her 30?s, tested positive on Tuesday, a RiverStone Health spokesperson confirmed. The second new case involves a Big Horn County teenager. He along with five others who still have active cases are quarantining and recovering at home, county officials said.
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Missoula man facing multiple charges following wild drive through Hamilton

A 21-year-old Missoula man was charged with two felony counts of criminal endangerment and a slew of misdemeanors following a wild drive through Hamilton that ended with the man allegedly telling a deputy to shoot him. Patrick Jan James Hoskins appeared Wednesday before a Ravalli County Justice in connection to the incident on Highway 93 near Gold Creek Loop Tuesday. A preliminary breath sample showed the suspect consumed more than 3x the legal alcohol limit. Bail was set at $10,000.
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Farmers to Families Food Box program launched Tuesday

Those in need got a helping hand. Helena Food Share volunteers handed out more than 18,000 pounds of produce Tuesday as part of the Farmers to Families Food Box program, expected to be held weekly for the next six months, according to a news release. Helena Food Share Executive Director Bruce Day said the nonprofit will hand out more goods next Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. For weekly updates or to volunteer visit the nonprofit’s website, helenafoodshare.org.
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