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On June 2, the Boulder Elementary School will bid farewell to 10 graduates — and to Maria Pace, its superintendent and principal since 2012. Pace will become director of special education at the Prickly Pear Cooperative in East Helena.  Read Article

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Clancy residents, who once confronted the prospect of switching to a public sewer system, now are facing another change when it comes to their septic systems. The Jefferson County Health Board has proposed the creation of a Special Management Area and Septic Maintenance Program, to be discus… Read Article

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The City of Boulder faces the possibility of a year and a half review by the state Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) of water rights that would make possible construction of a housing development near Boulder Cemetery. Read Article

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Monica Linkenbach looks at her empty field off Warm Spring Creek Road in Clancy and sees striking, high-end events — tastefully designed weddings and showers, and lavish group date nights.  Read Article

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Eight officers and delegates from Oro Fino Chapter, National Society Daughters of the Amercan Revolution attended the 118th State Conference in Butte April 21-24. Veronica Bovee-Anderson, Chapter regent and State Society vice regent, received an historic preservation award for her leadership… Read Article

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More rodeo could soon be coming to Boulder:  The Jefferson County Rodeo Association last week announced plans to host a new, two-day competition on Independence Day weekend. Read Article

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Last March 12, the Boulder-Basin Senior Center served what would turn out to be its last lunch for more than a year. (For the record, the menu that day featured oven herbed chicken with brown rice, steamed broccoli, garden salad, and fruit medley.) The COVID-19 pandemic had just hit Montana,… Read Article

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Left with an empty Board of Directors to guide the Basin Water and Sewer District, the Jefferson County Commission stepped in April 21 to encourage folks to serve, as well as answer questions about how the District will move forward.  Read Article

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The four members of the Basin Water and Sewer District Board have resigned after a year marked by controversy over proposed upgrades to the community’s water system. The four members, MJ Williams, Joy Lewis, Mike Jellison and David England had all recently been served by recall petitions. Read Article

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A retention pond designed to alleviate stormwater runoff will likely not be part of the Town Pump expansion, according to Boulder Mayor Rusty Giulio. Read Article

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While the Clancy Water and Sewer District Board continues to consider the possibility of a centralized water system, the pastor of the Clancy United Methodist Church has voiced concerns that the financial burden of the project could cause the church to close. Read Article

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After a heated discussion that devolved into pointed jabs between Board members, the Clancy Water and Sewer District (CWSD) agreed to have a town hall meeting with the Jefferson County Health Board, County Commissioners, and the public at a date and place to be determined. Read Article

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The Boulder City Council passed a resolution at its March 15 meeting “enthusiastically” supporting the Montana Highway Patrol moving its operations to the former Montana Development Center campus.  Read Article

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A Helena man plead guilty to assault, a charge that involved a Boulder police officer during a 2019 welfare check in the city.  Read Article

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The Jefferson County Sanitarian has recommended that the area lying within the current Clancy Water and Sewer District be placed under a special management area for septic systems in an attempt to improve water quality due to elevated levels of nitrates in some private wells.  Read Article

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The Montana Highway Patrol is eying a portion of the former Montana Development Center campus for part of its operation — a move that could bring more than 20 employees to Boulder and assist with the reuse of the facility that has sat vacant since 2018. Read Article

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The results of a community survey in Clancy so far show that close to half of those who responded do not support any action toward building the centralized water system being proposed by the Clancy Water and Sewer District.  Read Article

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Granny’s Wacky Prizes, Spleems, Tootles and a vision board  — it’s an odd-sounding group of concepts, but they’re part of a social and emotional learning model called PAX that Jefferson County wants to implement in more of its elementary schools over the next three years.  Read Article

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At the January meeting of the Jefferson County Health Board, County Commissioner Leonard Wortman brought up the possibility of declaring a “state of emergency” concerning ongoing water quality issues in Clancy — signaling frustration with the lack of movement toward alleviating the problem, … Read Article

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The Basin Water and Sewer District Board has asked the City of Boulder to assist with running its water system after its operator quit in November due to the ongoing controversy over proposed improvements that had included installing water meters.  Read Article

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When Montana City School went remote in November for an extended period due to COVID-19, it was able to use additional CARES Act funding to cover the ongoing costs associated with the pandemic.  Read Article

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