Archives for April 2018

Main Street Reconstruction Begins

A big road project is getting underway south of downtown Helena today. The work of reconstructing Main Street is expected to cause traffic headaches all summer long. Main Street will be down to one lane during construction, and you need to be prepared for delays as long as 20 minutes. The project is expected to cost more than 3 million dollars.

Snowmelt Sparks Spring Flooding

Spring flooding is impacting some homes in the Helena area. Homes along Mill Road and McHugh lane were dealing with the flooding on Sunday, and the Lewis and Clark County Emergency management team is urging residents near Tenmile Creek to keep a close eye on the situation. Weather experts expect snowmelt runoff from the mountains to continueto cause minor flooding along the creek for the next few days. In addition, several roads in west central Lewis and Clark County have water on them in the Lincoln area.

Home Invasion Suspects Captured

Two women who were wanted in connection with a 2017 home invasion in the Helena area have been apprehended. The Lewis and Clark County Sheriff’s Office says tips from the public aided in the capture of Jamie Milsten and Melissa Shurtliff.

St. Peter’s warns Of Scam

A heads up from St. Peter’s Health that someone is scamming area residents. They say some Helena area residents are getting calls from people who claim to represent St. Peter’s. A spokesman says they do not , and reminds everyone not to share personal information over the phone to an unknown caller.

Town Hall Meeting On Gun Violence Planned

All 17 Montana congressional candidates have been invited to a community discussion about gun violence that’s will be held today at the Helena Middle School Auditorium. The discussion was organized by a group called Helena Youth Against Gun Violence. The town hall meeting, which begins at 5:30, will be a student-moderated forum.

Parks Department Seeks Suggestions For Improvement

Helena’s Parks and Recreation Department has been conducting focus groups this week on ways they can improve area parks and trails. Tonight, they’ll hold a public meeting to talk about what they learned from the focus groups. Parks director Amy Teegarden said one area of improvement suggested is a need for more connectivity between trails. Overall, Teegarden says, the public was happy with what the area has to offer.

Special Meeting Held On Need For Affordable Housing

Helena’s City Commission last night conducted a special hearing on the need for affordable housing. Commissioners heard from the Rocky Mountain Development Council, the Helena Housing Authority, Habitat for Humanity and other groups about what’s being done to help solve housing issues. The Housing Authority said much of the affordable housing that does exist is in need of improvements.

Police chase and shooting suspect in custody

(BILLINGS) A woman who led police on an early Monday morning chase from Laurel to Billings is in custody. Police said when they attempted to pull over Leona Holliday, 32, near East Main Street, she sped away, first onto old Highway 10 and then I-90, before crashing into the locked gates at ZooMontana where the chae ended and Holliday was apprehended, according to police. Officers recovered a pistol and drugs from the vehicle. Holliday is being held at the Yellowstone County Detention Facility.

Raises for Helena teachers in hands of voters

HELENA – Helena voters will decide next month whether to increase property taxes to fund raises for teachers and other public school employees. Helena Public Schools is proposing two additional levies in the May 8 election. One would apply only to the Helena elementary school district, and the other would be for the entire high school district.

A family feud ended with a Helena man in handcuffs

HELENA – A family feud ended with a Helena man in handcuffs Monday night. Charging documents say Marcus Daniel Upshaw punched his wife in the face during an argument at the couple’s home on North Warren. The 39 year old Upshaw told law officers the victim also punched him. A witness says the victim acted in self-defense. Upshaw is facing felony domestic violence charges. His bond was set at $10,000.