Archives for November 2018

2019 could mark completion of bike trail in Helena’s South Hills

Commissioners agreed Wednesday to lift the construction moratorium on the nearly-complete directional bike trail in Helena’s South Hills trail system. The city placed a moratorium on new trails Oct. 10 to allow for ongoing projects to be considered by the commission. A timeline for construction to resume has not yet been set, but commissioners said the finishing touches should begin soon and could ring in the new year for bikers who are already using the trail.

Seats up for grabs on six Helena boards and committees

The city of Helena announced Thursday that applications are being accepted to fill seven vacancies on six city boards and committees. Applications for all vacancies are available online or can be requested from the City Clerk’s office. All applications must be submitted by 4 p.m. on Dec. 13 either electronically or by mail to the City Clerk’s Office on N. Park Ave..

Dozen fatalities reported on state highways over Thanksgiving holiday

Twelve people lost their lives on state highways over the Thanksgiving holiday. MHP believes winter road conditions were a significant factor in the number of fatalities reported from November 19th through the 26th, which were more than five times higher than the last three years for the holiday week, MHP officials said.


As new year revelers prepare to ring in 2019, police are reminding drivers to make sure their vehicles are prepared for the winter, check road conditions before any long distance travel, and never drink and drive.

Safety upgrades on U.S. Highway 12 in Helena nearing completion

The second phase of work on a stretch of U.S. Highway 12 between Helena and East Helena is nearing completion. The Montana Department of Transportation announced Thursday that “major aspects” of construction, including a viaduct bridge, were completed earlier this month. The project was prompted after MDT records showed 187 crashes happened on or near the bridge from 2005 to 2017, and the viaduct identified as a dangerous section of road.

Missoula officer involved in fatal shooting identified

MISSOULA – The name of the Missoula police officer involved in a fatal shooting on November 18 has been released. Sgt. Travis Welsh said Officer Joseph Burger has been placed on administrative leave with pay for his role in the November 18, in which Jenessa Cooper, 49, was killed in a confrontation with officers at a home on Blaine Street. Burger has been with the department for about three years.

Former Silver State Post writerconfessed to possessing child pornography

HELENA – After a months long investigation a former writer for the Silver State Post has confessed to possessing child pornography.
A judge sentenced Rex Thomas Kendall, 62, of Deer Lodge on Thanksgiving to 35 months in prison and 15 years of supervised release, in connection to the case, in which the editor of the local paper, which contracted with Kendall to write stories, found child porn images on a Kendall’s computer at work, and called authorities who began the investigation last year.

The new year will ring in higher taxes for Lewis and Clark County property owners

The new year will ring in higher taxes for Lewis and Clark County property owners. Property taxes in fiscal year 2019 will go up, in part due to a number of new levies, including for East Helena High School, and the Helena Fire Department, according to the county’s property tax department report.

St. Peter’s pushing for telehealth in Helena

St. Peter’s Health Regional Medical Center is pushing for telehealth and options for specialty care in the Helena community. St. Peter’s will team up with the University of Utah Health for video-conferencing with the teaching hospital in the intensive care unit to increase access to specialty care expertise that could allow patients to remain in Helena rather than being transferred, according to a press release from St. Peter’s.

Helena residents open their hearts and wallets on Giving Tuesday

Following Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday led Helena residents to focus on giving to charitable organizations. One Helena non profit called Hands On Global said Giving Tuesday is a chance for people to donate to a small, local organization working to make an impact across the globe and closer to home.

Great Falls man accused in moving robbery sentenced

GREAT FALLS – A Great Falls man accused of tricking his friends into a robbery scheme was sentenced this week. A judge sentenced 37-year-old Patrick Joseph Adams Jr. on Monday to three years in prison in connection to the incident, in which he got some friends to help him steal nearly $40,000 in property from a Great Falls home by telling them he was moving, the Great Falls Tribune reports. Adams was also ordered to pay more than $38,000 in restitution to the victim and his insurance company.