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A county and its boundaries are a human construct. Sometimes they are based on Earth’s features, like a divide between watersheds or a river, and other times they are based on our imaginary partitions – such as townships or the lines of the graticule. Ultimately, county boundaries are jurisd… Read Article

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The Jefferson City Community Center will not be used as a polling place in November, nor will it be used as a ballot drop-off location. The former one-room brick schoolhouse in Jefferson City, built in 1911, has remained, for the first time, largely empty this year due to the ongoing pandemi… Read Article

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This is the final part of a three-part story on the Elkhorn Working Group (EWG), a citizen advisory body that recommends land use strategies to the public agencies managing the Elkhorn Range.  First convened in 2001 to overcome controversy over elk and livestock management, the EWG has evolv… Read Article

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This is the second part of a 3-part story on the Elkhorn Working Group (EWG), a citizen advisory body that recommends land use strategies to the public agencies managing the Elkhorn Range.  First convened in 2001 to overcome controversy over elk and livestock management, the EWG has evolved … Read Article

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When COVID-19 safety protocols shifted whole sectors of the healthcare industry from in-person visits to a telehealth model, Arjun and Hannah Verma watched their parents — a pulmonologist and a cardiologist — fret about some of their elderly patients who were unprepared for the switch. The e… Read Article

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Questions were answered last week on how Jefferson High School will start sports this year. Jefferson High School met with the Health Board last week along with Whitehall High School and everyone agreed that COVID-19 is a threat that we all must take seriously. All in attendance agreed that … Read Article

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As longtime volunteers grow older, many want to take a step back to allow for more travel and leisure time. What will volunteer organizations do to fill the void, and how can we keep older volunteers active? Many communities are struggling to find an answer. Read Article

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Below Elkhorn, Queen Gulch leads to destinations hidden by high country as it carves the foothold of Crow Peak.  The steep jeep road along the creek may frustrate your footing before it ends in a cirque southeast of the summit.  But the climb caches backcountry payoff:  the lurk of cutthroat… Read Article

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When I was a teenager, I would roam the hills west of Jefferson City on four wheeler and foot. It was largely undeveloped country worth exploring – open and with prospects unknown. I now live on one of those very hills, on land carved up and subdivided only a decade ago. The homes in our nei… Read Article

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Could senior cooperative housing, a model gaining popularity in states with aging populations, be the solution to alleviating social isolation and population loss in Montana’s rural small towns? Read Article

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August in a normal year finds the students and staff at Jefferson High School excited and ready to get back to football, volleyball and cross country. This year the excitement is there but there are a lot of question marks on how it is going to happen, and still a possibility that sports may… Read Article

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The Meadowlark Ridge Homeowners Association recently erected a “School Bus Stop Ahead” sign in the subdivision. One young resident of the neighborhood, Oli Davis, 9, was part of the process in getting the sign put in the ground, according to Bud Siderits, president of the MLRHOA. Read Article

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In 2010, the Whitehall Senior Center, an activity and meals hub for seniors in Whitehall, was trying to unload a bus and a van it had been using to transport its patrons and residents of a nearby assisted-living home. The Montana Department of Transportation had designated the center that ar… Read Article

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Last week in Graying Pains, the Missoulian’s David Erickson examined the introduction and implementation of Kaigo Hoken, or care insurance, in Japan, the world’s demographically oldest country. This week’s conclusion of that story explores how a similar policy might translate to Montana, the… Read Article

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This is part 1 of a two-part story about financing elder care in aging populations. Part 2 — what new strategies could Montana explore? — will be published next week.  Read Article

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Beyond the I-15 underpass, the road north out of Boulder climbs from a history of industry and enterprise toward hiking routes close to town. Sweeping overlooks and the ephemeral blooms of Montana’s state flower pivot with the past on the communications tower visible from Main Street. Read Article

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To reach the ghost town, head south down Highway 69, listen closely, and take a left when you hear the soft rush of river rapids. Then, at White Bridge Road, turn left, cross the Boulder River and continue down the back road until you hit the loose gravel of Elkhorn Road. Keep to the road, w… Read Article

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