Archives for April 2019

Montana Legislature adjourned without approving preschool funding

The Montana Legislature adjourned without approving preschool funding. The move leaves more than a dozen STARS Preschool programs around Montana in an uncertain position. Gov. Steve Bullock said investing in preschool was one of his top priorities for the session, but lawmakers couldn’t reach an agreement to either create a permanent funding plan or extend STARS Preschool funding. The districts will maintain other pre-K programs funded from other sources, officials said.
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East Helena growing in leaps and bounds

EAST HELENA – East Helena is growing. The East Helena School district recently completed the new Prickly Pear Elementary School, and with construction of the district’s first high school currently underway, as well as a proposed multi use development project in East Helena, including 319 single-family homes, city officials said a study will have to be conducted in an effort to plan for the influx of traffic, MTN reports. The city is also working on a restoration plan called, “Green Way Project” to connect city trails from East Helena to the airport.
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Health care could soon be easier to get for rural residents in the tri-county area

Health care could soon be easier to get for rural residents in the tri-county area. St. Peter’s Health in Helena and the Broadwater Health Center in Townsend recently signed a letter of intent to develop a partnership over the next 90 days, in an effort to better provide health care for smaller communities, according to a news release. Broadwater officials said a partnership with a larger hospital could be an altetnative to a proposed levy to support Broadwater Health.
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Broadwater County woman accused in triple fatal DUI accepts plea deal for lesser charges

A Broadwater County woman accused in a fatal DUI accident accepted a plea deal in exchange for lesser charges. Heather Baum-Lacotta entered a no contest plea to a single count of negligent homicide in a 2017 head on collision on Highway 12 that killed three people, according to Montana Highway Patrol troopers. Her sentencing will take place on July 19 in Broadwater County.
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Helena residents could soon be paying more for some city services

Helena residents could soon be paying more for some city services. Helena City officials did some number crunching Sunday and said potential rate increases may be needed for the upcoming fiscal year 2020 budget, including to open lands, urban forestry, streets, water and waste water assessments. Proposed rate hikes will be implemented in a preliminary budget next month and could change prior to a final budget submission in June.
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Victim of boating accident in Holter Reservoir identified

The name of the man killed in a boating accident in Holter Reservoir Sunday has been released. Lewis and Clark County Sheriff/Coroner Leo Dutton said Monday the victim has been identified as, Craig Bristle, 63, of Pacific, Missouri. Authorities said Bristle was one of six people on an outfitted fishing trip when two boats capsized near the Gates of the Mountains Marina north of Helena. Bristle died at the scene. The five others were treated at St. Peter’s Health for hypothermia. The cause and manner of Bristles death are still under investigation.
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“Love One Another” theme for this year’s National Day of Prayer

“Love One Another.” That will be the theme for this year’s National Day of Prayer, which will be held May 2, in the Capitol rotunda. Hundreds are expected to attend the 68th annual observance, in conjunction with millions of people across America unititing on the National Day of Prayer, and typically over 40,000 events across the country.
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UPDATE – Fatal boat accident at Gates of the Mountains marina

(UPDATE) We have an update about a fatal boat accident at the Gates of the Mountains marina Sunday morning. Lewis and Clark County search and rescue authorities now believe wind and blowing snow may have contributed to two small fishing boats overturning on Upper Holter Lake, killing one person and injuring five others. Search and rescue teams recovered the body of one man, and five other people were rescued and taken to St. Peter’s Health in Helena, where they were reported to be in stable condition. Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks will still be investigating the incident, but authorities said it’s likely the weather played a role, MTN News reports.
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Helena area schools show higher percentages of advanced students

Helena-area schools are showing higher percentages of advanced students than the state average. That’s according to the Office of Public Instruction which released its 2017-18 school district report cards last week, and East Helena students had higher percentages of proficient students in all subjects.
The Helena elementary district showed similar trends. Helena’s high school district had higher percentages of advanced students and lower percentages of proficient students in all categories, compared to the state.
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Hundreds turned out for annual Out of Darkness Campus Walk in East Helena

Hundreds turned out for the third annual Out of Darkness Campus Walk in East Helena this weekend. The 2.5-mile trek to and from East Helena City Hall was in memory of Helena High School students that died by suicide, and coincided with nationwide walks helping to raise money for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP). Keeping with the event’s title of Campus Walk, the 330 participants, many of whom wore the names of lost loved ones, crossed Prickly Pear Elementary and East Valley Middle schools. The event raised just under $14,000, which is split locally and nationally with AFSP.
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