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Twenty years ago, in the summer of 2001, John Bonan arrived in Elkhorn. Out of the tumult and hustle of Southern California came a man already familiar with grief and loss, in search of calm. He found that serenity in Elkhorn for 20 years, up until his death in June, even as the losses follo… Read Article

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Editor's note: This is the second in a series of stories about mental health and suicide among farmers and ranchers. This story discusses suicidal thoughts, suicide and those grappling with its aftermath. If you or someone you know are having thoughts of suicide, help is available from the N… Read Article

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On a warm July morning, roughly two dozen volunteers gathered at a ranch outside Cody, Wyoming, carrying wire cutters, gloves, buckets, and bottles of water. The goal was to take down several miles of barbed wire that had not been used to fence livestock for many years—and were now a useless… Read Article

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The JCRA is proud to announce Bob Marks as the 2021 Grand Marshal. Bob is a 7th generation Jefferson County resident, living at the family ranch in Clancy for 89 years. He’s served on Clancy and Jefferson High School boards and was a Clancy volunteer fireman for 40-plus years. Bob was foundi… Read Article

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Since 1981, the Jefferson County Recreation Park in Boulder, home to the annual county fair and rodeo this week and weekend, has played host to dozens of other events and groups throughout year, including long-distance cyclists, RV campers, weddings, concerts, meetings, elections, proms, hol… Read Article

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Matt Bowman knows barbecue. When he lived in Billings, before he became the music and band teacher at Jefferson High and Boulder Elementary schools, he regularly cooked for crowds of family and co-workers. Read Article

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To close out Basin Day on the right note, Clint Rieder & The Longhorn Band of Helena played from 7 p.m. until midnight on Aug. 14 outside Basin's Community Hall. At 9:30 p.m., a couple was swing-dancing to the music and sharing a kiss at the end of a song, as a crowd of about 30 people a… Read Article

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Many people don’t realize that there are two native Maple trees in Montana. These two may be the hardiest Maples in the world. One is the Acer negundo, “Sensation” Maple, a rare variety of one found growing in the wild in Idaho many years ago. The other is the Acer glabrum, commonly called a… Read Article

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A 69 percent full waxing gibbous moon appears orange from wildfire smoke in the southwestern sky over Boulder after nightfall on July 18. Smoke from around Montana and the West continues to cover Jefferson County and the surrounding area. Air quality in the county and across much of western … Read Article

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When Ellen Rae Thiel was in elementary school in Jackson, Montana, she used to listen in on the older students' history classes. She said students were only allowed to start taking history in the fourth grade, and she was not there yet. She did not know why, but she could not resist peaking … Read Article

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Ignacio Mendez-Nunez, 28, of Missoula, Montana, cruises through the final mile of the 50-mile option of the Butte 100 mountain bike race near Homestake Pass and Pipestone on July 24. Braving temperatures around 95 degrees, choking on smoke, and navigating twisty trails ranging from seemingly… Read Article

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The Boulder Community Library brought Kyle Grove (left), a magician from Party People and Theater of Mystery to Boulder Elementary School on Monday. Grove and Boulder Elementary student Walker Duenas dressed up as superheroes Super Chicken and Chicken Nugget. A crowd of students laughed and … Read Article

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Arthur Krolow from Western Sports Floors is laser focused as he works to repaint Jefferson High School's gymnasium floor on Friday. Arthur Krolow carefully laid down tape to create white space, while Kolton Krolow and Blaze Tucker painted meticulous details, in an effort to perfectly replica… Read Article

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Smoky haze from fires around Montana and the West allows an otherwise standard sunset to cast a muted, orange glow across Boulder and Jefferson County on July 11. According to the Montana Department of Environmental Quality, air quality across western Montana on Monday ranged from “unhealthy… Read Article

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The building that once housed the last drugstore in Walden, Colorado—a town of fewer than 600—is now a barbecue restaurant, where pit boss Larry Holtman dishes out smoked brisket and pulled pork across the same counter where pharmacists dispensed vital medications more than 30 years ago. Read Article

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The Elkhorn Community Foundation awarded grants to seven local organizations on July 8 as part of the foundation's annual grant cycle benefitting the Boulder and northern Jefferson County community. Representatives of the recipient organizations gathered in Veterans Park to receive checks fr… Read Article

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An interesting phenomenon is occurring in many rural spaces: Even though the population has been steadily declining for the past 50 years, there has been an increase in the number of households. Kelly Asche, a research associate for the Center for Rural Policy and Development, wrote in an Ap… Read Article

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Boulder resident Sue Pasini captured this bucolic late spring scene in the Elkhorn Mountains east of Boulder on June 13.  Read Article

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Insulation work on the interior of the enclosure that houses the historic Boulder River Carousel at Jefferson County Recreation Park began on June 17. The insulation, estimated to cost about $30,000, is part of ongoing renovations to the carousel’s enclosure that the County Commission approv… Read Article

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From left: Montana City School 8th graders Janelle Taylor, Madilyn Todorovich, Grace Liska, Kaityn McGowan and Andrew Carroll share memories from each year of their time at the school at a celebration on June 8.  Read Article

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From left: Boulder Elementary School graduating eighth graders Alexandra Abbott, Dylan Balmer, Arthur Bieler, Brooke Dixon, Arley Douglas, Myle O’Neill, Alexius Rasmussen, Samantha Ritchie, Taven Taylor and Jozlyn Zabel.  Read Article

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Clancy School eighth-grade class historians Jed Williams, Tavin Charlton, Avery Popp, Cameron Toney and Hunter Stevens speak at a graduation ceremony on May 27. All five will attend Jefferson High School.  Read Article

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