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Wildland Fire In York Burns Unoccupied House

Jun 2, 2021

A volunteer fire department northeast of Helena continues to respond to a six- to eight-acre wildland fire that burned a house, outbuildings and dry grass Friday.

Restaurant window in Missoula, MT with a sign saying 'open for distant dining or delivery.'
William Marcus / Montana Public Radio

Missoula County’s Board of Health converted many of its COVID-19 rules for bars, restaurants and gyms to recommendations Thursday. The county’s mask mandate will remain in effect, but with some changes.

Veterans Affairs Opens New Health Care Clinic In Helena

Apr 8, 2021

The Montana Veterans Affairs Health Care System opened a new primary care clinic in Helena Tuesday.

The new clinic at Fort Harrison VA Medical Center will serve about 5,000 veterans living in the Helena area, according to a VA press release. The release said the facility came with a $12 million price tag and the roughly 20,000 square feet clinic will provide primary care, mental health treatment and virtual appointments.

At a House Judiciary Committee meeting at the Montana Capitol January 5, 2021 lawmakers wearing masks and those with bare faces sat next to each other. Some committee chairs are requiring participants to adhere to public health guidance, others aren't.
Shaylee Ragar / Montana Public Radio

Some Helena businesses are raising concerns about state legislators flouting public health guidance amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The Lewis and Clark County health officer says she's received reports concerning lawmakers who are in town for the current legislative session.

The Helena School District’s School Resource Officer (SRO) program will continue after a vote on July 27 by the Helena City Commission.

Commissioners voted unanimously to back a proposal by Commissioner Emily Dean to continue the contract that provides uniformed Helena Police Department officers in the city’s public schools through June 2021.

End Of An Era: Great Falls Tribune Shuts Down Printing Press

Jul 14, 2020
Printing press

It’s a paper older than Great Falls. Older than Montana, even. Folks around here got their first news from the weekly Tribune in 1885, when about 200 residents lived in the middle of the prairie. That included the Trib’s first employee, whose family lived in a tent near what’s now Broadwater Bay.

Two copies of its first issue were printed on satin and auctioned for $100 each. Less than 2 months after the Tribune came into existence, there were rumors it would leave Great Falls.

An outside group is running ads trying to influence voters in Montana's U.S. Senate race — a battle between Republican U.S. Sen. Steve Daines and Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock that could be key in determining which party holds the majority in the U.S. Senate.

Smoke from the Lump Gulch Fire burning south of Helena, MT, June 13, 2020.

Fire officials say they now know how a wildfire started last weekend roughly 13 miles south of Helena.

A man in a wheelchair is helped into an accesible vehicle.

Great Falls’ Paratransit, a transportation service for people with disabilities, recently shut down for two months. It was the only city of its size in Montana to take that step after the arrival of the novel coronavirus.

Now, Paratransit is now back up and running.

An estimated 1,000 people gathered outside the Montana State Capitol June 14 to protest the death of George Floyd in police custody and police treatment of people of color. The protest was mostly nonviolent, though a riot control team stepped in at one point to separate attendees and counter-protestors.