Archives for May 2019

Crime in Missoula is down

MISSOULA – Crime in Missoula is down. Officials are crediting the Project Safe Neighborhoods program with the drop in numbers, after a new report shows violent crime is decreased in the county, according to a news release Wednesday. The Project Safe Neighborhoods initiative was launched last year, and is aimed at preventing drug and violent crimes by connecting all levels of law enforcement.
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Helena High students learn importance of community involvement

HELENA – Kids attending the YMCA’s Camp Child this year will be greeted with new picnic tables. Woodworking students at Helena High School built five tables and ten benches and presented thier handy work Wednesday to the YMCA. The students craftsmanship will benefit campers at the Y’s Camp Child south of Elliston. Tombstone Kiwanis helped organize the project, which members say help teach the students the importance of community involvement.
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Doors will remain open at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Helena and Great Falls

HELENA – Doors will remain open at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Helena and Great Falls (BBBS). The future of the program became unclear last year, after Big Brothers Big Sisters lost funding due to state cuts. BBBS will continue to need funding and is working on replenishing their reserve funds, but say for now they will be able to keep the doors open that to community help. BBBS will also be moving to a generously provided new location in the 6th Ward at the end of June.
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VA MISSION Act goes live

HELENA – The VA MISSION Act goes live on June 6. The Department of Veterans Affairs held the first two of four MISSION Act town halls Thursday to inform veterans about the legislation which contains more than 50 sections intended to strengthen and improve how the VA provides health care. The information is also posted on the Montana VA website, Facebook page and VA clinic locations throughout the state.
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Former Lewis and Clark County deputy cops plea deal in child sex abuse case

GREAT FALLS – A former Lewis and Clark County Sheriff’s deputy has accepted a plea deal for child sex abuse charges. Virgil Wolfe, who was facing three counts of sexual exploitation of a child will now be charged with only one count, in connection to the case in which he’s accused of taking pictures of underage victims. The contents of the plea agreement are sealed until sentencing, which was set for August 29.
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Part of the Memorial Park playground has been temporarily closed

HELENA – Part of the Memorial Park playground has been temporarily closed. The City of Helena told MTN, a swing set was removed to replace a damaged sewer line, but said most of the popular playground is still open. Parks and Recreation officials said work is progressing quickly and they anticipate everything to be wrapped up the next couple weeks, before Kids activities kick off for the summer. Children and parents are asked to avoid the active construction area if visiting the park.
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Flooding leaves northern Lewis and Clark County under water

Augusta residents are still reeling in after flooding this week left northern Lewis and Clark County under water. Dozens impacted by the storms gathered at a community meeting Wednesday at the Augusta Youth Center, to put in place plans for clean up efforts, including repairing water drainage issues, coordinating communication with county and state officials, and making arrangements to assist specific locations. Clean up efforts have been scheduled for June 6th and 8th. For more details, check out the Augusta Area Chamber of Commerce Facebook page.
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Crews were quick to respond when a train jumped the tracks near East Helena during Wednesday rush hour

Montana Rail Link crews were quick to respond when a train jumped the tracks between Montana City and East Helena during Wednesday rush hour. The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office reported a train derailed near Ash Grove Cement around 6:00 p.m., blocking the roadway and briefly closing Highway 518. Crews were able to remove the train cars in under a half hour so traffic could resume. Montana Rail Link is investigating the incident.
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Visitors to downtown Helena have to pay to park

Visitors to downtown Helena have to pay to park. The city will launch a “soft opening” of new parking kiosks and meters next month before the system fully goes live in July, according to Helena Parking Commission Director Dave Hewitt. The city will not issue parking tickets during June while crews hit the street to demonstrate the new equipment. Rates at kiosks are $1 per hour for the first two hours before progressing to $1.50 for a third and $2 for every hour from the fourth on.
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Helena’s long running Alive at Five kicks off next week

Helena’s long running Alive at Five kicks off next week. This is the 22nd year of Alive at Five, the concert series put on by Downtown Helena, that brings bands from around the United States into Helena’s downtown parks. For 11 weeks, Wednesday nights will bring Helena out to dance on the greens in the parks (weather permitting of course.) This year’s lineup will include more than 75 bands. The Alive at Five celebration kicks off Wednesday.
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