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Kevin Trevellyan

Kevin is a UM Journalism graduate student and reporter for MTPR.

St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula.
Courtesy St. Patrick Hospital

Providence Montana announced Wednesday it will break ground on a multimillion-dollar medical office building across from Missoula’s St. Patrick Hospital. Residents can expect to see construction crews in the vacant gravel lot at 600 W. Broadway this fall.

Water from the Clark Fork River floods onto Tower Street in Missoula, May 7, 2018.
Josh Burnham / Montana Public Radio

A slice of west Missoula will be under a flood watch from Tuesday morning until further notice.

Missoula temperatures are expected to hit the high 70s next week as the Clark Fork swells with snowmelt.

National Weather Service Meteorologist Jeff Kitsmiller says residents near Kehrwald Drive and the north end of Tower Street should prepare their homes in advance.

“I’m sure most of those people already have their sandbags ready. But if they don’t, right now and through the weekend is the time to get them set and try to redirect that water around their house," he says.

A new emergency preparedness report shows Montana has made strides in recent years, but work remains to be done, particularly in health care.
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A new emergency preparedness report shows Montana has made strides in recent years, but work remains to be done, particularly in health care.

NATURAL RESOURCES CONSERVATION SERVICE

Continuing a trend of climatic unpredictability this winter, Montana’s very dry March was followed by above-average April precipitation.

There were also a few warm spells last month, but Lucas Zukiewicz with the Bozeman-based Natural Resources Conservation Service says subsequent cool temperatures preserved much of Montana’s snowpack as we head into the heart of spring.

Providence Health and Services announced Wednesday that it is expanding behavioral health services in all nine of its primary care clinics in western Montana.
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Providence Health and Services announced Wednesday that it is expanding behavioral health services in all nine of its primary care clinics in western Montana.

The move means more licensed clinical social workers will work in clinics in Missoula, Stevensville, Florence, Ronan and Polson. They’ll work with primary care physicians to improve patient outcomes in the kinds of places most Americans typically don’t go for mental or behavioral health specialty care.

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