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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 Park Lake Campground and Picnic Area 5 miles west of Clancy reopened to the public on Monday as firefighters continued to mop-up a small wildfire that ignited near Park Lake on July 16.  Read Article

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Jefferson County's North Tax Increment Finance Industrial District is operating at a deficit and unable to afford expenses and bond payments that exceed revenue, and leaders are unsure of the district's path forward.  Read Article

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UPDATE, 6:30 p.m. July 16: According to Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest Public Affairs Officer Chiara Cipriano, firefighters have managed so far to limit the Park Lake fire to about 3–5 acres.  Read Article

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Jefferson, Gallatin and Broadwater counties have committed funds to replace Meridian Bridge, a 107-year-old single-lane truss bridge at the junction of the counties and whose load limit is currently 2 tons per axle—the lowest rating before a bridge is deemed impassible, according to Jefferso… Read Article

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Restrictions outlawing most fires and other open flames went into effect across Jefferson County beginning at 12:01 a.m., just after midnight, on June 10.  Read Article

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This year's fire season could be among the worst in years, due to a combination of weather and environmental factors including dry fuels, hot and windy conditions, and a thin snowpack the past winter, according to local fire officials, who are bracing for a challenging summer.  Read Article

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In 2001, Tom Harrington began working part-time at the then relatively new Jefferson Local Development Corporation. Since then, as co-head of the JLDC and an economic and community development agent at Montana State University’s Madison-Jefferson County Extension, he has been at the heart of… Read Article

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The date was set, the invites were sent out, and after much planning, Destiny Jensen was ready to marry her then-fiancé, Dell Jensen, on June 23, 2020, at the fairground in Boulder. However, the coronavirus pandemic had other plans for the Jensens: Restrictions on gatherings forced them to c… Read Article

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The Center for Mental Health will bring counseling services to an office in Boulder Catholic Church’s parish hall starting June 25. Licensed Clinical and Professional Counselor Jessica Gruber from the CMH in Helena will offer in-person counseling appointments every Friday from 1–5 p.m. Read Article

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Jefferson County will receive $891,000 for water and sewer projects from the state as part of the funds Montana received from the federal American Rescue Plan Act—separate from the $2.37 million that ARPA sent directly to the county.  Read Article

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An elderly client called Jefferson Public Health Department Supervisor Pam Hanna on May 18, asking for help registering for a vaccine appointment. The client mentioned that he “had trouble getting around,” so Hanna asked if she could just bring a vaccine to his home. Read Article

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Students in Kelsey Voeller’s journalism and Honors English classes at Jefferson High School chose seniors to profile as the school year wound down. Here are their stories. Read Article

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The Jefferson High School gymnasium buzzed with excitement as at least 400 family members and friends gathered to celebrate JHS’s 55 graduating students of 2021. The cloudy skies and forty degree chill, or even the sleet falling outside, couldn’t dampen this parade.   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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Dalmatian toadflax (Linaria dalmatica) and yellow toadflax (Linaria vulgaris) are two closely related state designated noxious weeds that were inadvertently brought over from Eurasia.  Both damage farming, range lands and wildlands.  They have yellow flowers that look like garden snapdragon … 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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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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The Whitehall Biological Weed Control Project is up and running this season, modified a bit due to COVID-19.  The first step is looking for eight to 10 Canada thistle fungus release sites.  This will include two visits to each site, (May/early June) to set up a long-term sampling transect.  … Read Article

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Jefferson High School and Basin and Clancy elementary schools are the latest Jefferson County schools to decide not to reopen for the remainder of the academic year.  Read Article

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Parent survey results from four county schools — Jefferson High School and Boulder, Montana City and Clancy elementary schools — showed that parents of K-8 students are more inclined to remain closed, while the high school parents are about equally split on the question of reopening.  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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Haley Pesta, a Jefferson High School senior, was selected by Oro Fino Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution to receive the $500 Montana State Society DAR Traveling Scholarship for 2019-2020. A resident of Jefferson City, Pesta will attend Helena College University of Montana to study … 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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Tory Vincent Gee, the man who escaped from Jefferson County Detention Center last Oct. 11 and was apprehended a week later in Lake County, was sentenced April 8 to five years in prison. Read Article

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Your local Jefferson County Radio DES (Disaster and Emergency Services) station will provide COVID-19 news and updates at the top and bottom of each hour for the duration of this emergency. Read Article

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