Archives for February 2019

Community comes together to remember a Great Falls firefighter

GREAT FALLS- Several streets will be closed throughout the Electric City Tuesday as the community comes together to remember a Great Falls firefighter. Park Drive between 1st and Central Avenue and 2nd Street will be closed until 5 p.m. for a staging area. The Memorial Service for Jason Baker will be held at 2 p.m., at the Great Falls Civic Center. Jason Baker passed away last Wednesday after a two-year long battle with cancer.
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Parents woke up to delays and closures annuncements from area schools

Great Falls- Parents woke up to delays and closures annuncements from area schools Tuesday morning. All Great Falls Public Schools did open Tuesday (February 26), but officials alerted parents and students that bus routes will not run outside the city due to winter conditions. All other bus routes will run and parents are advised to watch for Edulink messages in case of delayed pickups, according to a news release. Area schools have also announced closures and bus delays because of severe winter weather.
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Subzero temps didn’t deter USSA competitors from making their final runs

Subzero temperatures, snow and fog didn’t deter competitors from making their final runs of the USSA Northern Division race Sunday. Approximately 133 young participants showed up to compete this weekend at the Great Divide Ski Area, with many teams coming from as far as Red Lodge and Whitefish. As the youths crossed the finish, they were quickly ushered to the warmth of the lodge buildings. Races are part of the USSA Northern Division and many are qualifiers for bigger races.
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Helena City Commission welcomed a new municipal court judge

The Helena City Commission welcomed a new municipal court judge. After recently interviewing both candidates (Wednesday), the commission nominated Anne Peterson to replace current Municipal Court Judge Bob Wood who plans to retire in March after more than a decade on the bench. Peterson will serve from March 1 to Dec. 31. An election to determine who will fill the next full term will occur in November of this year.
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Fate of a Last Chance Gulch bar could soon be decided

The fate of a Last Chance Gulch bar could soon be decided. The Helena City Commission will convene Monday night to address whether the Sapphire Bar will be allowed to continue serving alcohol to patrons in the right-of-way used as a patio seating area, between the Securities Building and the Placer building, after noise complaints from residents.
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Bad weather prompted Helena Public Schools to cancel a number of bus routes

(HELENA) Bad weather prompted Helena Public Schools to cancel a number of bus routes in outlying areas Monday. Buses 10, 16, 17, 15, 24 and 25 will not run, as drifting snow and worsening road conditions continue. All other bus routes are expected to run as scheduled, but leaders said students and parents should expect delays.

MEANWHILE….

Snowy sidewalks have caused complaints from some residents. City ordinance requires snow and ice be cleared from public rights-of-way outside commercial districts no more than 24 hours after snowfall. After dozens of complaints, Helena is now considering a pilot program for plowing sidewalks.
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U.S. Supreme Court rules in decades old child rape case of Montana girl

The U.S. Supreme Court decided Tuesday the state of Montana cannot move forward on prosecuting a cold case involving the rape of an 8-year-old Billings girl in 1987. The high court denied a request from Montana Attorney General Tim Fox, who had appealed a Montana Supreme Court unanimous decision last fall to drop charges against Ronald Dwight Tipton. Fox was hoping to overturn a 2003 Montana law that forbids filing rape charges after the statute of limitations has expired.
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Missoula meth dealer sentenced

MISSOULA – A 32 year old Missoula man charged in a 2018 undercover drug bust has learned his fate. Canon Jack Byers, who confidential informants identified as a meth dealer, admitted to distributing more than seven pounds of methamphetamine in 2018. He was sentenced Wednesday to seven years in prison and five years probation, according to court documents.
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Death of 18-year-old whose body was found beaten and bruised ruled accidental

The death of the 18-year-old whose body was found beaten and bruised in a vehicle in Browning last month has been ruled accidental. According to the FBI, an autopsy determined Brittany MadPlume’s died from alcohol poisoning, and no foul play is suspected. The FBI says the investigation in coordination with Blackfeet Law Enforcement, which began on January 12, has concluded and the case is closed, according to a press release.
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Victims of sex abuse came out against a bill to change Montana’s civil statute of limitations laws

BILLINGS- Victims of sex abuse came out against a bill to change Montana’s civil statute of limitations laws. More than a dozen survivors in a massive sex abuse case involving a longtime former Miles City athletic trainer met in Billings Tuesday night to oppose House Bill 202, sponsored, which is designed to extend or end the current 3-year period sex-abuse victims can file civil lawsuits. The proposed legislation has to be onto the house floor by March 4.
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