Vaping at Capital High School in Helena could increase

HELENA – Vaping at capital high school in Helena has not been a problem so far, but school resource officer Andrew Barton says it could increase. Barton says he’s only written one citation related to electronic smoking devices so far this school year, but estimates that number will spike as the year goes on, and even exceed last year when he wrote anywhere from 30 to 50 citations. Barton also says the numbers at Helena high school are similar.
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Flooding has badly damaged the centuries old Broadwater American Legion Post 42 in Townsend

TOWNSEND – Flooding has badly damaged the centuries old Broadwater American Legion Post 42 in Townsend. The former movie theatre, which dates back to the 1800s, is looking at thousands of dollars in repairs, after an ice dam formed and sent water streaming inside the historic building. The Legion is turning to the community for help, as mounting costs are at $50,000 so far. If you’d like to donate visit the American Legion Post 42 GoFundMe page.
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Belgrade resident facing DUI charges for hit and run crash involving school bus

A Belgrade resident is facing DUI charges for a hit and run crash involving a school bus Tuesday. Police arrested 20-year-old Diego Castillo after he fled the scene of the collision on Frontage Road, according to court documents. Castillo was also driving with a revoked license and an expired insurance card. He appeared in Gallatin County Justice Court on Wednesday where bail was set at $1,500. His next court date is Sep. 27.
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Local homeowner will have to file public request to gain access to their private property

A local homeowner will have to file a public request to gain access to their private property. Attorneys for the Hamilton School District said Tuesday, that the school district would review taking down a curb that blocks a family’s garage if the family files a formal request to use the property owned by the school district. During construction on the school, a curb was put up running adjacent to the driveway that brings cars and buses onto the campus, blocking the family’s second garage, as reported at mtn.com.
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Burning restrictions have been lifted for Lewis and Clark Country

Burning restrictions have been lifted for Lewis and Clark Country. Lewis and Clark County Sheriff Leo Dutton said, after consulting with fire chiefs and other operators, he made the decision to lift the open debris burning ban this week in Lewis and Clark County for the remainder of the season. A burn permit is required for open burning and can be obtained through the county.
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No child should be hungry in America

HELENA – “No child should be hungry in America.” That was the sentiment as Helena Food Share launched their 10th annual Kid Pack Challenge Wednesday (September 11) to help fight childhood hunger. The fundraising event kicked off with a parade from the Lewis Street Pantry to Bryant Elementary with people carrying Kid Packs to present to the school. Food Share provides around 1,100 supplemental food packs to Helena-area children each week who are at risk of weekend hunger. You can donate to the Kid Pack program on Helena Food Share’s Website.
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Visitors may have to get a permit to visit Glacier National Park

Visitors may have to get a permit to visit Glacier National Park. The park is considering implementing a permitting system to control congestion at Logan Pass, just one of several ideas included in a proposed Going-to-the-Sun Road Corridor Management Plan to manage roads, trails, campgrounds and other facilities along the iconic route. Written comments on the plan are being accepted until Oct. 6. A public hearing is set for next week.
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Nationwide investigation of vaping products has state health officials on high alert

HELENA – A nationwide investigation of vaping products has state health officials on high alert. In a press release Tuesday Montanans were urged to consider not using e-cigarettes, or vaping products, after the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recently reported 450 potential cases of “severe pulmonary illnesses” in 33 states possibly linked to e-cigarettes. The state does not yet have a confirmed case, but a few potential cases are being investigated locally, according to a news release. E-cigarettes sometimes are marketed as safer alternatives to regular tobacco cigarettes.
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City of Helena looking for feedback on Knight Street corridor project

HELENA – The city of Helena is looking for feedback on the Knight Street corridor project. A proposal to add new sidewalks on Knight Street in the eight blocks between Cleveland Street and Benton Avenue, heavily used by students walking to C.R. Anderson, is part of a “safe passage project.” The public is invitied to a meeting this Thursday evening at 6 p.m. at the C.R. Anderson Middle School cafeteria, to discuss the high-priority project. Officials said the final decisions on the project could be made this winter.
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Higher property values could mean higher taxes for Helena homeowners

Higher residential property values could mean Helena homeowners will pay more in taxes. Residential property values increased by 7.3% in Lewis and Clark County, according to the Montana Department of Revenue. Helena’s housing market has historically had slow and steady growth, and while those with increasing property values can probably expect to pay more in taxes, officials said Helena residents will pay less if their home value stayed the same.
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