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The one screen theater in Whitehall, which remains the only movie venue in Jefferson County, and the rustic bar in Boulder, which doubles as the county’s only bowling alley, are looking forward to the end of restrictions due to COVID-19. Owners of both businesses are searching for a return t… Read Article

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SEELEY LAKE — “Don’t bring in a rocker — I don’t need those kinds of things,” Pearl Hawkins told Seeley Lake Elementary preschool teacher Sheila Devins on her first day as a foster grandparent. “I’m going to get down in the beanbags with the kids.” Read Article

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There was seemingly little evidence of social distancing last week as Jefferson High School seniors, their families and community members participated in the Senior Cruise, nor later that evening at the annual Senior Night at The River restaurant.  Read Article

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As you probably know, the nasty invasive weed houndstongue (Cynoglossum officinale (Boraginaceae)) has small oval/flat seeds that stick to about everything.  I have spent countless hours combing them out of my Brittany’s fur after bird hunts (spray-on cooking oil helps but then you must bath… Read Article

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Volunteers were out digging up the soil and clearing weeds recently in anticipation of spring planting season at the 21st Century Youth Garden on Main Street in Boulder. Read Article

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As summer approaches, Montana’s busiest tourism season, Jefferson County businesses  prepare for Phase 2 of Governor Steve Bullock’s three phase reopening plan to fight the spread of COVID-19. Read Article

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Jefferson High School will host an in-person graduation ceremony on Sunday, May 31, 1 p.m. on the football field. The event is limited to the graduates and their guests due to COVID-19 and social distancing requirements. A parade will follow, beginning 10 minutes after the last graduate walk… Read Article

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Jefferson High School Co-Valedictorian Faith Dobyns plans to attend North Central University in Minneapolis, Minn. to study psychology. Read Article

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Jefferson High School Salutatorian Jadyn Bellander plans to attend Montana State University- Bozeman to study environmental sciences. Read Article

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Jefferson High School Co-Valedictorian Ethan Smartnick plans to attend Montana Tech to study biomedical engineering.  Read Article

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Gracie Olds is 16 and she is graduating — and no, it’s not a common route. She took the fast track through Jefferson High and came out the other side with admiration for the family and community that embraced her and encouraged her along the way. Read Article

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“The best thing I learned in high school was the meaning of Carpe Diem,” said Jefferson High School senior Santana Page. He considers this to be the best thing he learned. Read Article

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Not only is Alexis Kresge able to get dolled up and embrace her femininity or get her hands dirty, but she’s also comfortable in both of those roles and enjoys both equally. This speaks to her unique flexibility as a young lady. Before entering JHS, she knew she relied heavily on help from o… Read Article

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The Boulder Monitor met online with two graduating Jefferson High School seniors on May 21, Hadassah Auch of Boulder and Mariah Maichel of Montana City. They both volunteered to share their views. They told us how COVID-19 has affected their senior year, they looked toward the future, as wel… Read Article

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Montana City School will celebrate its eighth grade graduates with individual yard signs and videos to be posted on Facebook and given to parents as a keepsake. The signs will be placed along McClellan Creek Road. Read Article

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A man who intended to press the brakes instead hit the gas and drove his tan Chevy SUV over a curb and into the side of an apartment at Big Boulder Residences on May 20 at 5:40 p.m., according to Boulder chief of police, Joe Canzona and a complaint filed in Jefferson County Justice Court. Read Article

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Jefferson County ranchers have struggled for the past five years with falling prices and rising expenses, but the COVID-19 crisis has exposed another crack in the system — a supply chain backup, leading to uncertainty for producers planning to sell their stock in the fall.  Read Article

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Testing is considered a major requirement on the path back to normal, and as the president has made clear, it’s largely up to the states to find the way. Are states in the Mountain West up to the task? By multiple measures, Utah and New Mexico are leading the way, while other states are stil… Read Article

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Area medical clinics have so far been able to obtain adequate supplies to conduct COVID-19 testing, with those results being processed by the state Public Health Lab, said Karen Wandel, RN, department supervisor for Jefferson County Public Health. Read Article

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Dante Filpula Ankney is joining The Boulder Monitor this summer as an intern from the University of Montana. He is a rising junior with a double major in journalism and Spanish. Filpula Ankney is originally from Laurel and has worked as a reporter for the Montana Kaimin in Missoula. While in… Read Article

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While teachers of academic classes have adapted their lessons to mostly online platforms for remote learning due to COVID-19, some hands-on curriculum instructors have had a harder time.  Read Article

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Boulder Hot Springs Inn, Spa and Retreat Center plans to re-open its outdoor pool and allow limited guest stays after Gov. Steve Bullock last week issued new guidelines for preventing the spread of COVID-19. Read Article

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The Montana Department of Health and Human Services reported a third COVID-19 case in Jefferson County on Monday, but at least one local official complained that the information was misleading. Read Article

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