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Helena’s Umoh Essiet sells handmade African baskets and other wares at the Holiday Christmas Bazaar in Boulder on Saturday. Essiet, originally from the African nation of Cameroon, buys traditionally made goods from villages across Africa and sells them through her business in the U.S., sendi… Read Article

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Shepherded by a medieval knight, a firefighter and a few other characters—who on any other day would be dressed as teachers—a pack of ghouls, skeletons, soldiers, werewolves, princesses, witches, dragons, animals, TV and movie characters, construction workers, sports stars, cowboys, and at l… Read Article

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Just a few days after playing host to cowboys and fair-goers, the Jefferson County Recreation Park welcomed Montana Shakespeare in the Parks for a free performance of William Shakespeare's "Cymbeline." Shakespeare in the Parks, a traveling theater offered by Montana State University, perform… Read Article

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Ali May Oldenburger, 2, looks at her reflection after having her face painted at Frontier Days in Whitehall, Montana, on July 24. Face paint artist Joan Martin of Martin’s Masks in Butte braved 95­ degree temperatures to airbrush designs on faces all afternoon.  Read Article

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Cowboys and cowgirls from around the region descended upon Boulder over the weekend to compete in the Wyldman Rodeo at the Jefferson County rodeo grounds July 3–4. The two-day rodeo visited Boulder for the first time this year, offering combination events and traditional events including mut… Read Article

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Fireworks—some launched by firefighters atop Boulder's Capital Hill, some by residents around town—burst over Boulder shortly after dusk on July 4. Starting in the afternoon, a slow trickle of fireworks launched by residents across Boulder gradually increased by sundown into a town-wide aeri… Read Article

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Boulder's annual Fourth of July parade rolled down Main Street from Veterans Park to the fairground around noon, dazzling spectators of all ages with firetrucks, historical floats, vintage cars and more. Revelers lined both sides of the street and filled the median for blocks to get a view o… Read Article

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Boulder’s children have a new place to play and relax, thanks to donated funds, labor and equipment from Kiwanis, NorthWestern Energy and the city of Boulder, who worked together to fund and construct a playground in Centennial Park. The bulk of construction took place on June 4, and the pla… 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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Jefferson High students had only been waiting for, like, a year. On Saturday, May 8, prom finally arrived. Some 156 students entered the White Barn at the county fairgrounds and marched through a “Secret Garden”-themed arch. Royalty were introduced, a queen and king named. Then, parents (and… Read Article

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With the coming of spring and the end of a long winter, branding parties fill the social calendar for Valley residents. Cows commonly give birth to their calves between January and early April. The calves are then branded to reflect their origin and ownership. The branding process is labor i… Read Article

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State Senator Edie McClafferty and Representative Marta Bertoglio report back to constituents on proceedings of the 67th Montana State Legislature. The forum was co-hosted by the Boulder Monitor and the Boulder Transition Advisory Committee, and was hosted by Monitor Publisher Keith Hammonds Read Article

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The Clancy Cougars traveled to Boulder on March 17 to take on the Panthers at Boulder Elementary School. The Cougars, which had a flair for scoring in the final seconds of a quarter, defeated the Panthers  30-11. Clancy’s Hannah Stevens, #5 was the high scorer for the Cougars with 12 points,… Read Article

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The Jefferson High School girls basketball prevailed last week, earning the team a spot in the divisional tournament in Billings. The boys, however, were unable to move forward and will have to wait until next year. For more on the games, see Sports. (Photos by Rose Johnson) Read Article

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Ten newly trained firefighters graduated Saturday after completing the 60-hour Jefferson County Basic Firefighter Training, sponsored by the Jefferson County Fire Council. Read Article

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The 7th grade Clancy Cougars took on East Valley on Feb. 11, losing by just three points, 41-38. The Jefferson High School Panthers had a busy week of games, with the highlight being the defeat of the Whitehall Trojans for both the boys and the girls varsity teams. The Panther boys won 64-63… Read Article

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On January 31, State Senator Edie McClafferty (D-Butte) and Representative Marta Bertoglio (R-Clancy) joined Monitor Publisher Keith Hammonds to discuss the issues emerging in the 67th Montana State Legislature. The first Jefferson County Legislator Forum was co-sponsored by The Monitor and … Read Article

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With the boys varsity and JV sidelined due to being quarantined, it was time for the boys C team and girls' teams to have center stage. The C team boys lost to Manhattan, 51-33. The girls varsity defeated the Tigers 54-42.  Read Article

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The global pandemic changed everything. People stayed home. School went virtual. Everyone went a little stir-crazy. But Jefferson County figured out how to make it work. Here are photos from The Monitor's pages that tell the story. Read Article

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Jefferson County firefighters have begun basic instruction, a 60-hour course sponsored by the Jefferson County Fire Council and which takes several months to complete.  Read Article

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The Clancy Library hosted its annual Trunk or Treat Saturday to celebrate Halloween, with the help of organizer, Mickey Senechal, and the Jefferson County Public Health Department.  Read Article

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Thanks to those who joined last night's great candidate forum for Senate District 38 with Jim Buterbaugh and Edie McClafferty. If you missed the fun but want to catch the replay, follow this link. (You'll need this password: 75Jd+s3&) Read Article

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The Animal Shelter and Care Committee, or AS&CC, hosted a spay and neuter clinic on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 10-11, at Jefferson High School. The AS&CC works with Spay Montana, with donations used to fund the next clinic. In all, the team spayed and neutered 102 cats over the two-da… Read Article

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Jefferson County residents of all ages have been fulfilling the need for fabric masks in the fight against COVID-19. Read Article

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After Gov. Steve Bullock issued a stay-at-home order to combat the COVID-19 threat, Jefferson High School teacher and Boulder photographer Dawn Smartnick had to cancel some previously scheduled family portrait sessions. Read Article

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Dawn Smartnick’s anatomy class and Steve McCauley’s dual-credit biology class took a science field trip to Montana Tech in Butte Feb. 28. Students studied cadavers, programmed robots, extracted DNA from cheek cells and more. Read Article

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The Boulder Circuit Breakers -- eighth-grader Kael Hesford, sixth-graders Kaylee Bridgewater and Lane Phillips, and fifth-graders Gavin Phillips and Kale Strozewski -- spent part of Sunday evening at Boulder Community Library preparing for the First Lego League Tournament that takes place at… Read Article

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Plans to redevelop the MDC campus are still in limbo. The Cowboy Hall of Fame didn’t happen. But lots did. A look back at the moments, good and otherwise, that shaped 2019 in Jefferson County.  Read Article

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Boulder and Bull Mountain Volunteer Fire Departments responded Dec. 20 to their annual tradition of delivering Christmas cheer to students at Basin and Boulder Elementary schools. They also visited city and county offices along the way. Read Article

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Boulder United Methodist Church members, preparing for their holiday bake sale, set up an assembly line for apple pies at Fellowship Hall Dec. 1. Read Article

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Drama students performed “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)” Thursday, Friday and Saturday in the south gym at Jefferson High. Read Article