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The Haystack Fire east of Elk Park and southwest of Boulder has grown to more than 1,760 acres and is burning in the upper reaches of the Little Boulder River drainage after high winds, low moisture and hot temperatures helped the fire run about 1.5 miles to the northeast last week, expandin… Read Article

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The Montana City School and Clancy Water and Sewer District will likely receive funding for proposed water projects through competitive grants offered by the state with money from the American Rescue Plan Act; the Basin Water and Sewer District is unlikely to receive funding, as is a propose… Read Article

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In the past few weeks, Basin Avenue pedestrians may have noticed strange shapes emerging and gradually growing larger behind the windows of Basin’s former Artists Refuge building. Maybe they saw rhubarb leaves drying over balloons a month ago, or ladders made of black and white sticks, resti… Read Article

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The Haystack Fire in southwestern Jefferson County grew to an estimated 150 acres by midday Tuesday, three days after being estimated at just 1.5 acres. The Gatlin Gulch Fire southwest of Boulder was mostly contained, smoldering and not expected to grow. Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest … Read Article

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UPDATE: An updated version of this story can be found by clicking HERE.Original story, 11 p.m. Aug. 16:The Haystack Fire in southwestern Jefferson County grew to an estimated 100 acres by Monday night, less than 48 hours after being estimated at just 1.5 acres. Information about the fire's r… Read Article

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A semitruck traveling northbound on Interstate 15 caught fire between Bernice and Basin on Friday morning, starting a grass fire adjacent to the interstate and delaying traffic as firefighters from a variety of agencies extinguished the truck and the small brush fire.  Read Article

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The Basin Water and Sewer District board is currently in the process of crediting back Basin residents for a $12 monthly rate increase that the previous board implemented in February. The current board determined that the previous board improperly raised water rates without the passage of a … Read Article

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UPDATE, 2:30 p.m. July 23: Firefighting crews from local volunteer agencies, Butte, the state Department of Natural Resources and Conservation, and the U.S. Forest Service were mopping up the fire on Friday afternoon. The truck, which Jefferson City Volunteer Fire Department Chief Bud Sideri… Read Article

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The Jefferson County Commission allocated $250,000 each to the Basin and Clancy water and sewer districts, out of the $891,000 in American Rescue Plan Act funds the county received for local water and sewer projects, leaving almost $400,000 remaining. The remaining funds could be distributed… Read Article

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The newly appointed Basin Water and Sewer District Board of Directors moved on June 8 to loosen lawn-watering restrictions for the summer months. A proposed ordinance would allow residents with odd house numbers to water only on odd-numbered days and those in even-numbered houses could water… Read Article

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A man currently serving a prison sentence for firing shots into a Basin home in March 2020 has been indicted on a federal hate crime charge and a federal firearm charge for allegedly targeting the victim in that case because of their sexual orientation.  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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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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The Basin Water and Sewer District Board may now consider a more detailed analysis of its water system after it learned that meters are not required to obtain the loan it is pursuing to put the Quartz Avenue pump house back online and install new curb stops.  Read Article

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A group of Basin residents submitted their written alternative plan for improving the community’s water system, but near the end of a contentious discussion at the Sept. 8 Water and Sewer District meeting, the group’s spokesman, Jack Lundberg, threatened to dissolve the District.   Read Article

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A few ideas bubbled to the surface last week from residents who offered alternatives to the Basin Water and Sewer District’s plan to take out a loan to install water meters and put the Quartz Avenue pump house back online.  Read Article

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One of the recurring complaints lodged against the Basin Water and Sewer Board at a recent community meeting was that the residents do not believe they were adequately informed of the plans to take out a loan to install water meters and make repairs to the system.  Read Article

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The Basin County Water and Sewer District Board spent three hours last week defending its plans to install water meters and borrow $196,000 for repairs that have resulted in a rate change that began June 1.  Read Article

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Maintenance to the transmission system will necessitate a power outage from 8 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, July 21 for NorthWestern Energy electric customers in Basin. The work will improve service reliability for customers in the area. Read Article

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The usage-based water rates that will replace flat rates in Basin on June 1 will mean unchanged monthly bills for residential customers and reduced bills for business customers -- so long as their usage does not exceed 10,000 gallons a month. Read Article

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A Jefferson County judge declined a request to reduce bond for John Russell Howald, 43, of Basin, who is accused of multiple counts of criminal endangerment, as well as assault on a county deputy.  Read Article

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Jefferson County has managed to keep the number of COVID-19 cases down to two, and it’s been a few weeks since those individuals — a man and a woman — tested positive, said Karen Wandel, RN, department supervisor for Jefferson County Public Health.  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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