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The U.S. Census Bureau has released 2020 population data for cities and unincorporated places. The new numbers aren’t surprising: Communities in Helena’s orbit, to the north, have accounted for nearly all of Jefferson County’s overall growth. Boulder and Whitehall, meanwhile, have stayed abo… Read Article

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Despite ongoing uncertainty surrounding the coronavirus pandemic, upcoming projects and several injections of relief funds from the federal government, Jefferson County and the city of Boulder are working through this fiscal year with budgets kept mostly level from last year. The Jefferson C… Read Article

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Students are back in schools, and so is the coronavirus—but this year, schools across Jefferson County have so far maintained relative normalcy and continued in-person instruction without seeing large outbreaks of the virus or reverting to widespread remote learning and mandated mask wearing.  Read Article

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What could the South Campus of the former Montana Developmental Center and the lands south of the fairground look like in the years and decades to come? County leaders aren't yet sure, but they're coming up with ideas and taking public comments in an attempt to figure it out.  Read Article

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For a third consecutive weekend, a massive plume of smoke rose from the mountains south of Boulder and towered over the town and surrounding terrain to the north and east, depending on the wind. But the smoke this past weekend was different: It was more from fires intentionally lit by the fi… Read Article

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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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Previous reporting on coronavirus cases and other health issues described Molly Carey as the "Boulder medical clinic coordinator." Carey is the clinic coordinator for the Jefferson County Public Health Department, which shares the Taylor Medical Building in Boulder with an SCL Health clinic.… Read Article

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Fire restrictions across Jefferson County have been rolled back from stage-two restrictions to stage-one restrictions—allowing, among other activities, campfires in designated areas and the operation of motor vehicles off-trail where otherwise normally allowed.  Read Article

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Due to an editing error, an Aug. 18 story about a sharp rise in the number of coronavirus cases in Jefferson County incorrectly referred to the Headwaters Country Jam as having already occured. The concert was held Aug. 19–21.  Read Article

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Correction: Due to an editing error, the original version of this story, published Aug. 18, incorrectly referred to the Headwaters Country Jam as having already occured. The concert was held Aug. 19–21. 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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Jefferson County commissioners have approved a conceptual outline of how they will use the county’s $2.4 million in American Rescue Plan Act funds. To finalize funds allocation, Commissioner Cory Kirsch said at the body’s Aug. 3 meeting, the commissioners will go through each of many broad s… Read Article

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Registration is open for entries in Jefferson County's 2021 edition of A Fair of the Heart, the county fair and rodeo at the end of the month, and registration this year moved to an online system—but analog registration via the annual Fair Guide is still available.  Read Article

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"Buried up to his ears in debt/Fighting the heat, and cold, and wet,/His chances worse than an even bet--/You’ll find the homesteader," reads the circa-1920 poem by Elliott C. Lincoln currently hanging on the wall of the Jefferson County Museum in Clancy as part of Lee Sillman’s exhibit on t… Read Article

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The Jefferson County Commission unanimously voted to approve the city of Boulder’s request for $110,000 in county American Rescue Plan Act funds to purchase and transport a building from Jim Darcy Elementary School north of Helena to use as a child care facility in Boulder.  Read Article

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Favorable weather conditions including recent rain showers have aided firefighters in gaining the upper hand over local wildfires that ignited in recent weeks, including the Gatlin Gulch Fire southwest of Boulder, which was 70% contained as of Monday.  Read Article

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The video, taken by a farmer in a field of hay that had just been harvested, showed dry stalks poking up from arid earth that seemed to writhe on its own—a plague of grasshoppers dining on the plants that normally become livestock feed, completely blanketing the ground and buzzing through the air.  Read Article

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Both parents and one of three children in a family of five from South Dakota are dead after their vehicle was struck by a wrong-way driver on Interstate 90 near Pipestone early Saturday morning. The driver of the vehicle traveling the wrong direction also died.  Read Article

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Fire restrictions outlawing all campfires, operation of vehicles off of designated roads and trails, and the discharge of firearms in most cases went into effect across Jefferson County on Saturday, July 31, and the restrictions were already in effect on some lands in the county before Saturday.  Read Article

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The future of a child care initiative spearheaded by the city of Boulder is unclear after two Jefferson County Commissioners were split on Tuesday over whether to spend $110,000 in county American Rescue Plan Act funds to purchase and transport a building from Jim Darcy Elementary School nor… 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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Jefferson County could become the next owner of the Montana Tunnels Mine, a large open-pit mine near Corbin, west of Jefferson City, and the state Department of Environmental Quality may take over the mine's permit.  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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