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Elsewhere in this paper, you will find an advertisement from Jefferson County seeking a new Health Officer, a part-time health professional charged with working with officials and agencies to “ensure health program efficiency and compliance with laws, rules and regulations…enforce health cod… Read Article

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The Montana City School Board of Trustees gave the nod to a sports spectator plan, while the Clancy Trustees listened to parent and student concerns regarding goggles and masks for volleyball players, as both boards weighed a need for normalcy for students against COVID-19 safety precautions. Read Article

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After months of confusion surrounding decision-making on public events, Jefferson County Health Board Chairperson Christina Binkowski signalled that the Board should take a more active role in reviewing health plans for gatherings of 50 or more people as it seeks a new health officer.  Read Article

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The Clancy and Montana City libraries have free face masks available for patrons who might forget to bring one. The masks are made available by the Jefferson County Disaster and Emergency Services, the Public Health Department and volunteer mask makers, according to Director of Libraries Car… Read Article

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No one wants to get that phone call — the one that identifies a person as a close contact of a positive COVID-19 case, said Jefferson County Public Health Supervisor Pam Hanna.  Read Article

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At 8 a.m. Friday, August 14, about 46 young men reported for the first official pre-season practice of the summer at Jefferson High School. Finally, amid swirling passions and conflicting decisions nationally regarding the feasibility of playing contact sports amid the COVID-19 pandemic, foo… Read Article

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While there are some activities moving forward as part of the Jefferson County Rodeo, a large portion of the annual event — the Northern Rodeo Association-sanctioned professional competition — was not approved by the county’s health officer. Read Article

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Montana City School released its reopening plan for this fall, which includes a five-day a week schedule and a request for parents to transport their students when possible as the pandemic continues to be a threat, according to the draft plan released Monday. Read Article

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A month before classes begin, school administrators are facing challenges that, in any other year, would seem routine. How will kids pass safely in the corridors? Where and when will they eat lunch?    Read Article

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As COVID-19 cases continue to rise in Montana, surveillance testing designed to serve as an early warning system to prevent large outbreaks and keep businesses open is increasingly becoming ineffective, public health officials told Montana Free Press. Read Article

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Laura Harris went shopping for masks last week at the L&P in Boulder. The grocery store not only sells surgical-style face masks, but it recently added a display rack of more fashionable face coverings, designed to forgo with the ear loops — a feature Harris was interested in. She snappe… Read Article

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As Montana’s reported COVID-19 cases spike to their highest levels since the pandemic began, tension has emerged between local officials as Jefferson County navigates the line between public health and economic resiliency. Read Article

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Local front line employees feel a mixture of nervousness, uncertainty and relief as they return to work after weeks of being either laid off or on reduced hours due to COVID-19.  They also have to learn new ways of doing business as Montana slowly reopens in the wake of the global pandemic. Read Article

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Jefferson High School opened its gyms to student-athletes on Monday, June 15, and it introduced a detailed plan to prevent the spread of COVID-19 among those participating in summer sports activities.  Read Article

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Local national forest fire management officers are planning for the possibility of a Montana wildfire season with fewer resources as the effort to prevent the further spread of COVID-19 continues, according to Jefferson County Disaster and Emergency Services Coordinator Doug Dodge. Read Article

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A recently closed small slaughterhouse in Odessa, Washington, is in the process of reopening, thanks to soaring demand for locally raised and processed meat. As large meatpacking facilities across the country have become hotspots for COVID-19 outbreaks — at least 277 cases have been confirme… Read Article

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The one screen theater in Whitehall, which remains the only movie venue in Jefferson County, and the rustic bar in Boulder, which doubles as the county’s only bowling alley, are looking forward to the end of restrictions due to COVID-19. Owners of both businesses are searching for a return t… Read Article

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Some readers know that I lead a dual life: While I own The Monitor and live in Montana for part of the year, I also have a job based in New York that requires me to remain tethered there, as well.  Read Article

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As summer approaches, Montana’s busiest tourism season, Jefferson County businesses  prepare for Phase 2 of Governor Steve Bullock’s three phase reopening plan to fight the spread of COVID-19. Read Article

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Jefferson County ranchers have struggled for the past five years with falling prices and rising expenses, but the COVID-19 crisis has exposed another crack in the system — a supply chain backup, leading to uncertainty for producers planning to sell their stock in the fall.  Read Article

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Testing is considered a major requirement on the path back to normal, and as the president has made clear, it’s largely up to the states to find the way. Are states in the Mountain West up to the task? By multiple measures, Utah and New Mexico are leading the way, while other states are stil… Read Article

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Area medical clinics have so far been able to obtain adequate supplies to conduct COVID-19 testing, with those results being processed by the state Public Health Lab, said Karen Wandel, RN, department supervisor for Jefferson County Public Health. Read Article

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Even in the best of times, depression is a major mental health issue. Recent statistics find more than 17 million Americans are affected by major depressive disorders in any given year. And in today’s period of pandemics, social distancing and wide-spread uncertainty about financial and heal… Read Article

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While teachers of academic classes have adapted their lessons to mostly online platforms for remote learning due to COVID-19, some hands-on curriculum instructors have had a harder time.  Read Article