Predicted population boom in Lewis and Clark County

(HELENA) A predicted population boom has Lewis and Clark County commissioners working on new zoning. Commissioners said population and structurural developments in the Helena Valley outside Helena city limits is now almost as large as inside, and that growth is projected to continue. Commissioners say they are working on a “Part II” zoning system, marking the first time in Lewis and Clark County that type of zoning has been introduced.
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Making science more accessible goal of family friendly science fair at Helena High

(HELENA) Making science more accessible was the goal of a family friendly science fair at Helena High School this weekend. Dozens of Helena High students helped put on the annual Science Circus Friday and Saturday, and presented hands on demonstrations, where they were able to fire smoke from a trash can cannon, be lifted into the air using a set of pulleys, and smash flowers frozen in liquid nitrogen. The Science Circus has become a popular Helena tradition. This is the 35th year Helena High has put on the event.
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Popular Helena newsman loses battle with cancer

A popular Helena newsman has lost his battle with cancer. KTVH anchor and reporter Dennis Carlson of Helena died Friday after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer last spring, the TV station announced. He was 58.
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Man wanted in Missoula shooting caught after hours long manhunt

MISSOULA – After an extensive manhunt Missoula police caught a suspected shooter. The Missoula Police Department responded to reports of gunfire with three people shot near the Stone Creek Lodge at Expressway in Missoula just before midnight on Thursday. After a multiple agency, seven-hour search, the alleged shooter was taken into custody along U.S. Highway 93 North. One of the victims injured has died, according to the Missoula County Sheriff’s Office.

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Johnathan Bertsch is also accused in a second shooting, in which Montana Highway Patrol Trooper Wade Palmer was shot on Highway 93 at I-90, where a police perimeter had been set up to catch Bertsch, according to the MHP. Palmer was taken to an are Hospital. The investigation is ongoing.
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Lewis and Clark residents rally to help ahead of flood season

After Lewis and Clark County announced it will no longer be providing sandbags to homeowners this year some local businesses are working to fill the gap. Last year, the Helena Valley and neighboring communities, including Augusta, were devastated by flooding. Now the owner of Cutting Edge Property Services is holding a Facebook drive to help fill and distribute sandbags to Helena homeowners. He said he intends to donate 10 bags for each new customer and will match every 100 bags raised via the FB promotion.
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Luckily there were no animals in a Bozeman horse arena when it collapsed

BOZEMAN – Luckily there were no animals in a horse arena in Bozeman when it collapsed. Heavy snow, officials said, destroyed The Serenity Ranch housed at a Bozeman nonprofit dedicated to helping women veterans, according to reports. No one was injured in the incident.

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Without the arena, the ranch is left without a place to train the horses that help women veterans cope with PTSD and other trauma. Serenity Ranch is accepting donations to help. They’re also looking for volunteers at the ranch.
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“Respect Rally” inspires students at Helena’s CR Anderson Middle School

HELENA – Special Olympians shared a special message with students at Helena’s CR Anderson Middle School. As part of a “Respect Rally,” seventh and eighth graders signed a banner pledging respect for all people of all abilities, according to online media reports. Students gathered around the cafeteria during lunch to sign their names to the banner and pledge respect to those of all abilities.
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Massive fire displaces disabled Helena veteran

HELENA – A disabled veteran is now looking for a place to live after that massive fire near Hauser Lake Tuesday night gutted his home. The owner, who was inside the trailer when it exploded, quickly engulfing the structrue in flames, miraculously escaped with only bruising and minor burns. Crews battled the blaze for more than 5 hours. The home is a total loss, and officials said, the explosive fire appears to have been sparked by a propane heater.
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Drug suspect walks away from Helena Prerelease Center

A man sentenced for a drug crime was reported as a walkaway from the Helena Prerelease Center Wednesday. Devin Shea Deaton, 30, was sentenced for criminal possession of dangerous drugs in 2017. Anyone with information about his location should contact local law enforcement or call 911.
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Country wide “bomb cyclone” affects Helena air travel

Air travel in Helena was affected Wednesday by what meteorologists called a bomb cyclone that hit dozens of states. Denver International Airport canceled hundreds of flights, including several to and from Helena Wednesday, as a late winter storm brought blizzards, floods and a tornado across more than more than 25 states, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Weather Center. The vast storm stretched at least 1,000 miles.
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