Archives for August 2018

Pooches fill pools during National Dog Day In Helena

(HELENA) Sunday was National Dog Day In Helena. More than 150 dogs came to the Last Chance Splash Waterpark and Pool Sunday afternoon for the third-annual “Paws in the Pool” event, which also marked the last day of the season for the park. Managers turned down the chlorine levels and let the dogs get in the water for a few hours, before pools were set to be drained Monday, officials said.
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Vandals videotaped at EmpowerMT’s Rainbow Crosswalk

(MISSOULA) Vandals were videotaped at EmpowerMT’s Rainbow Crosswalk. The Missoula Police Department is reviewing photos and video taken by a concerned citizen, who says he’s now getting threats after posting the viral video, to identify a group of motorcyclists, who witnesses said purposely stopped to ‘burn out’ over the LGBTQ art installation, until several bystanders stood up to protect the crosswalk. EmpowerMT Youth Programs Director Claire Michelson says the hate toward the art installation is sparking a conversation about the acceptance of the LGBTQ community. Police said the vandals could face misdemeanor charges.

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It’s back to school for students in Helena next week

HELENA – It’s back to school for students in Helena next week. The new school year for public schools in Helena begins August 29 and local law enforcement are reminding people to slow down and be alert in school zones. People should expect increased patrols around schools for for the first couple weeks of classes. East Helena drivers should also be aware of increased vehicle and pedestrian traffic on Valley Drive because of students attending the new Prickly Pear Elementary.
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One local group believes state officials should be doing more to keep families together

One local group believes state officials should be doing more to keep families together. Around two dozen people gathered outside the state Capitol Thursday morning for the “Our Kids Cry Too” rally organized by the Montana Child Protection Alliance, intended to draw parallels between Montana’s Children and Family Services Division removing children from homes deemed unsafe and the Trump administrations practice of separating children from their parents seeking asylum in the US at the Mexico border, according to a press rlease.
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Good news for Helena commuters

HELENA – Good news for Helena commuters. The West Main Street project is ahead of schedule and may be completed sooner than anticipated. Work on West Main past Reeder’s Alley began in May, and has caused up to twenty-minute delays for drivers in the area, bur officials said the major construction project is currently two weeks ahead of schedule, and crews are installing sidewalks and curbs right now. Paving will begin the week after Labor Day, which will completely close the road again, but officials said construction should be completed by the end of September.
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Share fresh produce from your garden with those in need

HELENA – Here’s an opportunity to Share fresh produce from your garden with those in need. With the start of harvest season Helena Food Share is asking anyone with extra food in their garden to donate it to the center. You can also harvest for Helena Food Share at the 6th Ward Garden this Saturday, (August 25), from 9 a.m. until noon. To learn more visit the Helena Food Share website.
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Group rallies for removal of measure to raise state tobacco taxes from November ballot

HELENA – A Montana-based citizens group wants a ballot measure to raise state tobacco taxes removed from the November ballot. The Guardian Group told MTN Wednesday that Initiative 185 violates the state constitution by appropriating money to extend Montana’s Medicaid-expansion program and the group may consider legal action to press its case. I-185, if passed by voters this November, would increase state tobacco taxes by $2 on a pack of cigarettes and by 67% on other tobacco products.
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Great Falls man gets 40 years in 2017 kidnapping assault

(GREAT FALLS) A Great Falls man charged in a 2017 kidnapping and assault case in which he was shot by police has learned his fate. Kevin Parisian was sentenced in Great Falls on Wednesday to 40 years with the Montana Department of Corrections in connection to the April 2017 incident at a Central Avenue apartment building, where Parisian allegedly held a woman against her will at knife point, court documents say.
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“The Confluence”

(HELENA) The people of Montana have a new painting after donors helped raise $30,000 to buy the piece for the Montana Historical Society. The six-by-eight foot painting is titled “The Confluence” and is currently on display in the governor’s office. It depicts the headwaters of the Missouri River in Three Forks.
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Eastgate Volunteer Fire Department getting some help

The Eastgate Volunteer Fire Department is getting some help. After reaching an all-time low in volunteers, the department has recieved a $312,000, Staffing and Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to help recruit and retain volunteers for the entirety of Lewis and Clark County. Eastgate fire officials will be working with the local non profit Domestic Preparedness Assistance Center In an attempt to reverse the downward trend in volunteerism. DPAC’s role in the process is to create a marketing campaign to help stimulate volunteer activity.
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