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When Sarina Eckman's son began attending Boulder Elementary School, she had a unique insider perspective on her child's education that most parents lack: She was the school secretary. Now, five months into a new job as the school's first-ever family engagement facilitator, Eckman is on a mis… Read Article

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Jefferson High School’s $12.5 million bond issue, geared to fund long-anticipated expansion and improvements at the school, quickly sold out to institutional investors on Jan. 13, clearing the way for the district’s completion of the issue Feb. 1 and, then, the project’s launch. Read Article

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Jefferson County is now accepting grant application from small businesses, nonprofits and residential care facilities within the county that are interested in receiving pandemic relief funds through the American Rescue Plan Act.  Read Article

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The city of Boulder plans to retain ownership of the building it purchased and relocated from north of Helena to Boulder last year with the goal of providing a facility for affordable child care, and the city now has a draft plan for how it hopes to manage building maintenance and costs depe… Read Article

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After a dry fall and a slow start to snow accumulation in the mountains around Boulder and Jefferson County—and remarkably severe and widespread drought conditions in 2021—the current snowpack in the area is about normal for this point in winter, although the water content of snow in the Elk… Read Article

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The backers of a constitutional initiative that would cap property tax increases on Montana homeowners have been cleared by Montana’s secretary of state to start gathering the signatures they need to have the initiative placed on the 2022 ballot. Read Article

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The 80-foot-tall-sign above the Boulder Town Pump along Interstate 15 will remain as the gas station expands, and it will receive a new sign face, after a zoning ordinance variance for the sign was approved by the Boulder Board of Adjustments on Jan. 5. But the board was unsure how to handle… Read Article

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Gretchen George knows Boulder well. She grew up in town and she now lives "over the hill" in Clancy—and she knows that Boulder has an acute need for licensed child care. Since Jan. 3, she's been helping to meet that need, overseeing the opening of the new Nature Story Montessori at Boulder U… Read Article

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In April, Jefferson County learned it would receive nearly $2.4 million from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), federal legislation aimed at repairing the damage done to communities by the coronavirus pandemic. Read Article

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Editor's note: Because of incorrect information on Bloom dispensary's website, a previous version of this story stated the wrong street address for the Bloom location in Boulder. The story has been updated to reflect the correct address. Read Article

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As yet another winter storm walloped western Montana last week, the Montana Department of Transportation was trying its best to keep the 12,923 miles of road in its care clear of snow and ice. But this year, it’s doing that with about 60 fewer people than normal, thanks to a national labor s… Read Article

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One year after thousands of supporters of then President Donald J. Trump launched a violent and deadly insurrection against Congress at the U.S. Capitol with the goal of overturning the result of the 2020 presidential election, a much smaller crowd gathered in Boulder's Veterans Park for a m… Read Article

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A 22nd Jefferson County resident has died from COVID, the disease caused by the coronavirus. The death was the first COVID death announced in the county in 2022, continuing a rash of deaths in the county that began in late summer 2021 and continued through the fall and early winter. Read Article

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The Clancy Water and Sewer District is set to receive $250,000 from Jefferson County to assist in establishing a centralized drinking water system in the town, but the funds won't flow to the district quite yet. The Clancy Water and Sewer District board on Dec. 28 voted to table a vote to fo… Read Article

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At the stroke of noon on Dec. 30, the temperature in Boulder was a brisk 19 degrees. No matter: 14 residents aged 12 to over 80 layered up to join in the Jefferson County Health Department’s first annual winter wellness event. Read Article

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In the pre-dawn hours of Dec. 16, a massive haul truck inched into Boulder carrying a 70-foot-long building. Crews steered the structure off Main Street at the L&P Grocery, then down Monroe Street for a few blocks before turning onto West Fourth Avenue and settling, around 6 a.m., behind… Read Article

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Before Boulder Mayor Russell “Rusty” Giulio, President Drew Dawson, and new member Patricia “Pat” Lewis were sworn into the Boulder City Council Dec. 20, the existing council spent most of the meeting discussing changes to the city’s five-year-old Employee Policy Manual. Read Article

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Beginning on Jan. 1, water and sewer rates in Basin will return to their original structure from before April 2020. On Dec. 16, the Basin Water and Sewer District board passed a resolution reverting changes made by the previous board, which had come under heavy criticism from some residents … Read Article

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Braving 5-degree weather and a skiff of snow on the ground, dozens of Boulder residents of all ages huddled in a darkened Veterans Park, adjacent to City Hall, just before 6 p.m. They waited almost silently, hushed in frozen air. At the top of the hour, Mayor Rusty Giulio—bedecked in a top h… Read Article

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The Bureau of Land Management will study a proposal to vastly expand a Cardwell-based outfitter's permitted hunting area in the southern Elkhorn Mountains and around Bull Mountain after the agency's original plan to consider the proposal without studying its impacts drew criticism from local… Read Article

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Five more Jefferson County residents have died from COVID, the disease caused by the coronavirus. The deaths were the 16th through 20th COVID deaths recorded in the county. Read Article

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Longtime Jefferson County Commissioner Leonard Wortman, the current County Commission chair, will not seek reelection in 2022, ending a more than decade-long run that wasn't his first stint representing the county's south end on the commission. Read Article

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The seniors who run the Boulder-Basin Senior Center in Boulder—volunteers who took the helm of the local nonprofit and its facility from the generation ahead of them—worry that there will be no one for them to hand the organization to when it's time for them to step back, and that they may s… Read Article

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The owner of the Montana Tunnels mine will keep the mine property after a new company he formed paid $5.1 million in overdue property taxes just days before a Dec. 2 deadline, preventing Jefferson County from seizing the mine through a tax deed.  Read Article

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In an effort to recruit more volunteers to its Ambulance Service, the city of Boulder is covering most of participants' costs to take an upcoming emergency medical technician course scheduled to start in January, and the city will reimburse the remaining costs for participants who go on to v… Read Article

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For the first time in more than 40 years, Boulder's longtime bowling alley and bar—an institution in the town for decades—is no longer named Phil & Tim's. And though he'll still be a fixture in the establishment, Tim Yanzick is no longer the owner.  Read Article

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Leaders of Montana’s K–12 and higher education systems convened on the University of Montana campus Friday to discuss strategic goals and ongoing challenges to improve the quality of education for students across the state. Read Article

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Reports and budgeting exercises commissioned to determine the viability of redeveloping the south campus of the former Montana Developmental Center found that high costs associated with renovating two historic buildings on the site would likely preclude efforts to profitably rent them out or… Read Article

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The Boulder Ambulance Service is poised to get a new ambulance and other equipment, paid for with grants the service was recently awarded. But the service is struggling to recruit volunteers—and while city officials have applauded its grant-writing efforts, they have also sparred with Ambula… Read Article

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The Montana Department of Environmental Quality says it will not seek ownership of the defunct Montana Tunnels mine, which Jefferson County recently moved to acquire through a tax deed on more than a decade of unpaid property taxes, and which county officials worried could be subject to comp… Read Article

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A 15th Jefferson County resident has died from COVID, the disease caused by the coronavirus, closely following the 11th, 12th, 13th and 14th COVID deaths in the county. The death was the seventh COVID death in the county in just over two months and was the fifth reported in the first nine da… Read Article

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