Archives for June 2019

Stolen van returned to West Mont Flower and Trading Co.

HELENA – The West Mont Flower and Trading Co. got some good news. Program director Robin Farrell said Helena Police contacted him Tuesday morning saying their delivery vehicle that was reported stolen on Monday has been recovered with no serious damage. The 2008 Subaru Forester had been found outside city limits. The vehicle was returned in pretty good condition to the non-profit which uses the vehicle to assist people with developmental disabilities.
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Lewis and Clark focus on Opioid addiction treatment in jails during national conference

HELENA – Opioid addiction treatment in jails will be the focus for Lewis and Clark during a national conference. A five member team from Lewis and Clark is preparing to head to Washington, D.C. to take part in the “Planning Initiative to Build Bridges between Jail and Community-Based Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder.” On Tuesday the Lewis and Clark Commission accepted the grant to become one of 15 counties that will participate in the national initiative.
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Helena and East Helena students will still be able to get a hot meal during the summer months

Helena and East Helena students will still be able to get a hot meal during the summer months. District officials announced, beginning this week, The Summer Food Service Program will allow kids 18 and younger to receive free meals at seven sites across town. At most locations, meals are served Monday through Friday and will include one entree, milk, vegetables and fruit. For more details log onto the school district website.
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Tuesday marked Day One of Demo at Jim Darcy Elementary

(HELENA) Tuesday marked Day One of Demo at Jim Darcy Elementary School. Classes have let out for summer break and yesterday crews brought in heavy equipment to begin tearing down the school, according to a Helena Public Schools news release. The school district is moving into the final stretch of its ongoing project to build three brand-new elementary schools – Jim Darcy, Bryant and Central. The new facilities are set to open in August.
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Vice President Mike Pence’s visit to Billings this week have police on high alert

Vice President Mike Pence’s visit to Billings this week have police on high alert. Chief St. John said Tuesday the public can expect heavy delays downtown and road closures when Pence and Second Lady Karen Pence arrive at Billings Logan International Airport Wednesday afternoon. Pence will meet with local law enforcement to discuss combating Montana’s meth crisis, according to a news release.
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Judge rules Miles City Unified School District not liable in sex abuse case

Complaints from two plaintiffs in a massive civil sex abuse trial involving a former longtime high school athletic trainer and the Miles City Unified School District have been thrown out. A state judge in Custer County granted a motion to dismiss the clamis that the district was negligent in not stopping the abuse of the victims who said they informed school officials their trainer Jim Jensen, 79 was performing sexual acts during athletic rub downs. The judge ruled Monday that because Jensen was not the guardian of the abused, the district was not required to report it, according to state law.
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Crow Tribe wants Crazy Mountains protected in forest management plan

The Custer Gallatin National Forest is currently revising its management plan, and the Crow Tribe wants the Crazy Mountains protected. The current decades old forest plan does not protect any part of the Crazy Mountains which have a spiritual and historical significance to the Crow Tribe. The Forest Service is considering whether to leave the plan the way it is or to protect thousands of acres of the mountain range, which would prohibit development, road building, and motorized use.
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Semi truck crash near Bozeman creating quite the buzz

BOZEMAN- A semi truck crash near Bozeman Monday night is creating quite the buzz. Hyalite Fire crews and Gallatin County Sheriff deputies say the semi was hauling roughly 133 million bees when the truck flipped at the intersection of Gooch Hill Road and Durston Road, landing on it’s side. Both roads were closed for some time, officials said, as crews battled the swarm of bees and cleaned up fuel that had leaked from the rollover. No one was hurt in the crash.
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Indigenous Peoples Day replaces Columbus Day celebrations in Helena

The Helena City Commission passed a resolution Monday to change the name of Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples Day. A half-dozen residents spoke in favor of the decision during Monday’s meeting, saying they found some of the history written about the conquest disturbing. Earlier this year a bill to change Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples Day passed the Montana House but failed in the Senate.
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Helena’s new downtown zoning code unveiled

After two years of planning, Helena’s new downtown zoning code was revealed this week. The Helena City Commission moved several resolutions forward during Monday’s meeting regarding the aspects of the new zoning rules, designed to both encourage mixed-use development and redeveloping properties throughout the district in the future. Because this is first passage, the commission said they will consider further comment from the community and continue to work on the zoning plans. Some residents have expressed concerns about what the proposed rezoning will mean for their community.

IN OTHER POLICY NEWS….

The Helena City Commission passed a resolution Monday to change the name of Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples Day. A half-dozen residents spoke in favor of the decision during Monday’s meeting, saying they found some of the history written about the conquest disturbing. Earlier this year a bill to change Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples Day passed the Montana House but failed in the Senate.
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