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The 4th of July isn't quite what it used to be in Boulder: Gone is the holiday fair that once jammed Veterans Park, a casualty of a shortage of volunteers. But the Independence Day weekend, the gateway to summer in Jefferson County, will still be bustling with activities old and new. Read Article

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On May 24, an armed, 18-year-old gunman opened fire on Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas. Twenty-one people, 19 children and two teachers, died as a result of the attack. Although this tragic incident took place nearly 1,700 miles away from Jefferson County, local schools still felt th… Read Article

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Walking down the halls of Boulder's Youth Dynamics Community Office with Tim Norbeck, one would think he ran the place. He greets the staff casually and cordially. The receptionist, summer instructors and students stop what they are doing and greet him. A teacher even asks him to give a pres… Read Article

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The Elkhorn Landowners’ Association held its annual meeting on June 25 at the Elkhorn fire hall to discuss and start six projects to restore and maintain aspects of the historic townsite. Read Article

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A Conoco sign now stands tall above Boulder, signaling to residents that Town Pump has made some big changes — most visibly, the completion, after three years in the works, of a 14,437-square-foot building. The new store's bronze roof sits high enough to catch the eyes of drivers on top of t… Read Article

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Skeeter the Clown visited the Boulder Community Library on Thursday, June 16, to help bring circus festivities to town–as she does for all Culpepper and Merriweather circuses–before the June 22 event in Boulder. Read Article

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In the past several months the country has seen sharp increases in fuel prices with close to a 50% increase from last year in most places, with the national average (as of press time) up to $4.98. Jefferson County has not been left untouched, with the lowest price per gallon being well above… Read Article

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Nattlie Cragen, a Jefferson High sophomore, was one of five winners of the 2022 Wilderness Essay contest. The contest is managed by Wild Montana’s Wild Divide Chapter. The contestants were asked to read “A Wild Land Ethic: The Story of Wilderness in Montana” and were then asked to reflect an… Read Article

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For nearly 32 years, the Culpepper Merriweather Circus has been performing in towns across the country, including Boulder several times. Due to different circumstances the show was skipped last year, but will be returning at the end of the month. Read Article

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It was a clash of the purple teams at the North Jefferson Baseball Little League Championship game when the M5 Montana City team faced off against the M8 Boulder team in Clancy on Thursday evening. Read Article

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Saturday's Clancy Days celebration put a smile on everyone's faces--no matter their age. Before 10 a.m., dozens of visitors packed a 400-foot stretch of Clancy Main Street to peruse the vendors and informational booths.  Read Article

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Many members of the Basin community came out Monday morning to watch the demolition of the Leaning Tower of Pizza building, once Basin's Masonic Lodge. Brian Alexander of R.S. Giulio Contractor led the demolition as Rusty Giulio gave direction. There had been several attempts through the yea… Read Article

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After a seven-year hiatus, the Montana Artists Refuge has returned to downtown Basin, kicking off last week with a reception at the newly renovated Emmabell, or “E” log cabin. Read Article

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Jefferson High School's Board of Trustees took an initial step last month to replace its Coach's Code of Conduct after it was revealed to have been identical to a Bible-based code of conduct used by private Christian schools. The religious Code of Conduct used by Jefferson High, a public sch… Read Article

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Tim McKenrick, a candidate in the Republican primary election for state House District 75, has been charged with deceptive election practices, a felony, after allegedly submitting a ballot with a falsified signature. The candidate claimed he falsified the signature to "test the system," acco… Read Article

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A 24th Jefferson County resident died from COVID, the disease caused by the coronavirus, last fall, but the death was announced months later at a time when cases in the county are again on the rise after dropping to nearly zero this spring. Read Article

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Jefferson County Public Health is moving to automated COVID-19 contact tracing beginning Wednesday, June 1, 2022. We are moving away from universal contact tracing and will now send SMS text messages to positive COVID-19 individuals in our county. Automated contact tracing allows our staff t… Read Article

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People driving by the main station of the Montana City Volunteer Fire Department may notice things are greening-up! What’s in bloom is the first phase of a firewise demonstration garden, the result of a partnership effort between Tri-County FireSafe Working Group (TCFSWG) and the fire depart… Read Article

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Put seven different Jefferson High seniors hailing from across the county in a room and start asking questions—there isn't much they'll agree on. Except one thing: After four years of high school that included 18 months or more of pandemic disruption, remote learning, tumultuous returns to t… Read Article

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Two conservative Republicans—one incumbent and one challenger—will face off in the June 7 primary election to see who will advance to November's general election to represent Montana House District 75, which encompasses much of Jefferson County. The eventual nominee will be unchallenged in t… Read Article

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Sunday's graduation ceremony at Jefferson High School was, in many ways, like so many others across the U.S. this spring and in Boulder in years past: graduates walking in to a recording of "Pomp and Circumstance," creatively decorated mortarboard caps, student and faculty speeches, nervous … Read Article

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A group of about a dozen Boulder Elementary School parents is working to form a parent-teacher association for the school with the goal of offering a variety of extracurricular events and fostering closer involvement between families and the school.  Read Article

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Following last summer’s wildfires, the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest (BDNF) has developed a morel mushroom permit system for the anticipated surge in personal and commercial mushroom collection. In order to provide opportunity for both groups to harvest mushrooms while minimizing the … Read Article

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Four candidates are running for a single seat on the Jefferson County Commission representing the county's south end. Although this commission seat represents southern Jefferson County, including the communities of Cardwell, Whitehall and Pipestone, and the candidates must live in the south … Read Article

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When the Montana Highway Patrol moved its headquarters last August from a single rented building in Helena to the state-owned North Campus of the former Montana Developmental Center in Boulder, it inherited a diverse array of buildings that now contain the agency's car and radio shop, house … Read Article

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The Montana City School board has cancelled the trustee election portion of the district's annual regular school election, which sought to fill two trustee seats. The board made the decision to cancel this portion of the election, previously approved in February, at its April 13 meeting beca… Read Article

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The Clancy Water and Sewer District's first test well—an early step toward establishing a central water delivery system in the town—has failed due to lower water yield, the district's board announced at its April 26 meeting. Read Article

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Nineteen Jefferson High School students were inducted into the National Honor Society at an annual ceremony held April 25, postponed from April 11 because of a spring snow storm. Lindsey Parsons, a 2007 grad and NHS member who went on to earn a Ph.D. in 2019, spoke at the ceremony. Front row… Read Article

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Three Jefferson High School seniors in Dave Heimann’s welding class will leave a lasting and long-needed mark on their alma mater long after graduation later this month. After hours of design and labor, the large building at the south end of Boulder’s Main Street finally has a sign denoting … Read Article

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A year ago, no one expected to see the money from the Montana Tunnels mine's delinquent property taxes, so Jefferson County was pleasantly surprised when Denver-based Goldfield Funding Partners LLC paid $5.1 million in back taxes last fall. Now the county is distributing the multimillion-dol… Read Article

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Fourteen years after its closure in 2008, the Montana Tunnels mine near Jefferson City is taking steps that could position it for a reopening, and plans submitted to the state by the company target a resumption of mining this fall.  Read Article

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Candidates Sarah Brown and Gina Davis will fill the two trustee seats on the Clancy School Board up for election this year after finishing first and second out of four total candidates according to unofficial election results, District Clerk Jennifer Goehring wrote in an email on May 5. Read Article

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Due to an editing oversight, a letter to the editor published in the April 27 issue misspelled the name of a candidate for Jefferson County Commission. The letter was in support of Mary Janacaro Hensleigh (not Hensley).  Read Article

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Special education staff and para-educators at Boulder Elementary School were honored late last month for outstanding work by the state Comprehensive System of Professional Development’s region four. The staffers won the ParaEducator/Teacher Team Award for the 2021-2022 school year, according… Read Article

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