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Lerum Auto in Boulder is open for business — but you wouldn’t know it. The repair shop is exempt from Gov. Steve Bullock’s March 26 closure order, but “it’s really, really dead,” said owner Dana Lerum. “There’s one possible job coming, I’m not sure. I’ve been in business since 1976, and I’ve… Read Article

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The Basin County Water and Sewer District is proposing changing its rate structure and issuing about $196,000 in bonds to pay for a host of system improvements. Property owners and customers are encouraged to attend — ideally by phone, given COVID-19 social distancing — a public hearing at t… Read Article

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Your local Jefferson County Radio DES (Disaster and Emergency Services) station will provide COVID-19 news and updates at the top and bottom of each hour for the duration of this emergency. Read Article

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When the Jefferson County commissioners voted March 19 to restrict public access to county offices and buildings to minimize the risk of exposure to and the spread of COVID-19, they acted with urgency — and, as a result, with no public notice. Read Article

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Reported cases of the novel coronavirus and COVID-19, the disease it causes, came later to Montana than most of the rest of the country. But soon after the last edition of The Monitor was printed, local urgency heightened quickly: Jefferson County declared a state of emergency and limited ac… Read Article

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On Sunday evening, March 15, Jefferson High School Superintendent Tim Norbeck had just arrived at home. He had canceled a motorcycling vacation with friends in the Southwest; that was to have been his first break ever during a school year. Read Article

2020 Election
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Montana voters in state and overseas are scheduled to fill out their ballots between April 17 and June 2 to decide on Democratic and Republican candidates for Montana and national offices. A lot is at stake — the Governorship, Attorney General and Secretary of State, U.S. Senate and House se… Read Article

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The board overseeing the allocation of the Boulder Development Fund recently realized it had misunderstood a crucial deadline, but the state agency behind the $500,000 money pot has worked with the board in hopes that no funds will go unused. Read Article

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Once each month, the Jefferson County Local Emergency Planning Committee comes together, rotating between locations in Whitehall, Boulder, and Montana City. The agenda is nearly the same at every meeting – parsing the details of one section or another of the county’s Emergency Operations Plan. Read Article

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Within hours of declaring a countywide state of emergency Thursday, Jefferson County’s commissioners approved a resolution restricting public access to county offices and buildings to minimize the risk of exposure to and the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Read Article

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It looked like a lot of senior gatherings: a chatty group of folks, mostly in their 70s and 80s, with friends and family in a church basement, dining on quiche, pastries, fresh fruit, and other goodies. There was plenty of laughter, and a strong sense of camaraderie. Read Article

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Montana City Volunteer and Helena Fire Departments responded to a one-vehicle crash in the median at mile marker 190 on Interstate 15 amid a snow squall Friday, March 13. Icy road conditions were a factor, according to responders. Read Article

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Before...everything, the Jefferson High School band held its fifth annual Jazz Dinner on Thursday, March 12. The food was hot, the jazz was cool, and the event raised money for the high school’s music department. Read Article

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The Boulder and Bull Mountain Volunteer Fire Departments’ annual corned beef and cabbage dinner left diners at the fire hall, the Boulder Senior Center and the Windsor Bar with full bellies and leftovers. It netted $1077 for the departments.  Read Article

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Clancy and Montana City Volunteer Fire Departments responded to a house fire in Clancy’s Gruber Estates on March 14. Crews and equipment from Helena Fire Department, East Helena Volunteer Fire Department, East Valley Volunteer Fire Department and West Valley/Lewis and Clark County Volunteer … Read Article

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Montana Gov. Steve Bullock, citing “the potential for extraordinary health risks from [the novel] coronavirus in our state,” on Sunday afternoon ordered public K-12 schools to close from March 16 until March 27 — a decision he said was made to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus and not… Read Article

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Here's a list of events and activities in Jefferson County that have been canceled or postponed due to coronavirus risk -- as well as service advisories from area agencies and organizations. We'll keep this list current as we get news; please send your updates to info@boulder-monitor.com. Read Article

Graying Pains
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Montana is the oldest state west of the Mississippi, and demographic projections show the state growing collectively older as more Montanans enter their senior years. The economic, cultural, and personal impacts of that trend present the state and its residents with new challenges and, with … Read Article

Graying Pains
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People have been parsing the human lifespan into a taxonomy of ages forever. Aristotle proposed three categories: youthful, prime of life, and elderly. Two thousand years later, Shakespeare’s Seven Ages of Man carved human chronology into seven slices, with the body’s final frailty circling … Read Article

Jefferson County Health Department
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Instances of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) had been reported in a few dozen states as of March 8, but not in Montana. Meanwhile, worldwide more than 100,000 infected people and over 3,600 deaths had been reported in 101 countries, according to the World Health Organization Situation Report, a… Read Article

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The Montana Department of Transportation seeks public comment on a proposal to chip seal 9.6 miles of Highway 69 south of Boulder, beginning at reference post 22.2 and extending north to the intersection of Elkhorn Road at 31.8. Read Article

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The Montana Department of Environmental Quality invites public comment on a draft Environmental Assessment for a revision to the reclamation plan of the Montana Tunnels Mining facility about 25 miles south of Helena near Jefferson City. The gold, silver, lead and zinc mine has not operated s… Read Article

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After Monday’s 5 p.m. filing deadline, Jefferson County Clerk and Recorder Bonnie Ramey and the Office of Montana Secretary of State announced the candidates that filed for county and state offices, respectively. Read Article

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Montana City Library is now open 30 hours a week: 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays; and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays at 1 Jackson Creek Rd. Read Article

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Dozens of truckloads of snow and snowmaking weren’t enough to overcome Mother Nature’s lack of cooperation. Organizers of “Skijoring the Big Rock,” slated for Feb. 29 and March 1 at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds, called off the event Feb. 25. Read Article

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