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A recently closed small slaughterhouse in Odessa, Washington, is in the process of reopening, thanks to soaring demand for locally raised and processed meat. As large meatpacking facilities across the country have become hotspots for COVID-19 outbreaks — at least 277 cases have been confirme… Read Article

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Montana is the oldest state west of the Mississippi, and demographic projections show the state growing collectively older as more Montanans enter their senior years. The economic, cultural, and personal impacts of that trend present the state and its residents with new challenges and, with … Read Article

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People have been parsing the human lifespan into a taxonomy of ages forever. Aristotle proposed three categories: youthful, prime of life, and elderly. Two thousand years later, Shakespeare’s Seven Ages of Man carved human chronology into seven slices, with the body’s final frailty circling … Read Article

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Since 2013, Jon Bennion of Clancy has served as Montana’s deputy attorney general under Tim Fox, overseeing the Legal Services Division. Now, he’s aiming to become the state’s top law enforcement official; a year ago, he announced his bid for attorney general. Read Article

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While the U.S. House and U.S. Senate have each passed a version of federal tax reform, with support divided along party lines, the legislation must still be revised to come to a consensus that both houses agree on. As the end of the year nears, that work continues, with a final vote expected… Read Article

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What are the challenges that face Montana’s rural communities struggling to survive and thrive? And, more importantly, are there solutions that can be found by looking at a variety of those communities? Those were the questions facing a group of Montana journalists who met in Missoula Octobe… Read Article

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Boulder resident and long- time Jefferson High coach Mike Charlton was honored as part of the 1967 University of Montana Western football team over the weekend. The team, which earned Western its first Frontier League championship, was inducted into the college’s Hall of Fame at a ceremony Friday.  Read Article

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Nine days after it was first reported, the Conrow Fire near Whitehall was 95 percent contained, fire officials said Saturday. Periodic smoke columns may continue to rise for some time from the fire’s interior as unburned fuels ignite, said fire personnel. The lightning-triggered fire grew qu… Read Article

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In the dark about the upcoming solar eclipse everyone is talking about? Here’s a few facts. A total solar eclipse, caused by the moon passing in front of the sun, will cross the United States on August 21 beginning on the Oregon coast around 11:20 in the morning Montana time. The path in whi… Read Article

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When Pvt. William Gruber finally came home to Montana Saturday, nearly 75 years after dying in a World War II Japanese prisoner of war camp, his return was greeted with respect and solemnity by hundreds.  Read Article

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Leah Lewis of Boulder was one of six recipients of the 2017 Montana Neighbor Awards presented by Governor Steve Bullock August 1. The award recognizes Montanans for their “dedication to cooperation, land stewardship, conservation ethic, neighborly land access, and community leadership.”  Read Article

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After a two-day trial last week, a district court jury acquit- ted Dan Johnson of Boulder of charges of felony assault with a weapon and partner/family member assault, a misdemeanor. It took the jury barely over an hour to reach its verdict. Shortly before announcing it had a verdict, the ju… Read Article

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Mother Nature tested the versatility of area residents July 5 and 6. Within a 24 hour period, heat in the mid-90s, humidity barely above single digits, a red-flag warning, thunder, lighting, hail, winds described by some as a microburst and the largest Montana earthquake in decades passed through.  Read Article

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With the June 22 announcement by the U.S. Department of Interior that the Yellowstone population of grizzly bears has recovered sufficiently to remove federal protections and return management to the states and tribes, Montana’s two Republican members of Congress praised the action.  Read Article

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Montana’s Republican Senator Steve Daines has introduced a Constitutional Amendment intended to reverse a 1989 U. S. Supreme Court ruling on flag burning. That ruling found burning the American flag to be protected Constitutional free speech under the First Amendment. Daines wants to give Co… Read Article

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Boulder’s economic outlook took a boost last week as the Montana Legislature finalized passage of a bill to provide $500,000 for community development, extend some operations at the Montana Developmental Center for up to two years, and establish a 12-bed intensive behavior center.  Read Article

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With a bill including $500,000 for revitalization of Boulder headed into its final legislative hurdle, Boulder Transition Advisory Committee Chair Drew Dawson says the community’s work is only just beginning. The likely authorization of the fund came from a lot of hard work by HB 387 sponsor… Read Article

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The spring issue of “Montana The Magazine of Western History” features an article about Boulder resident Dr. Philip Pallister. Titled “We Had to Start Treating Them as Human Beings,” the article covers Pallister’s time with the state facility now known as the Montana Developmental Center. A … Read Article

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Billboards promoting the Jefferson County Fair & Rodeo will go up this summer, thanks to the work of county event coordinator Bruce Binkowski and funding approval by the county commission. In a unanimous vote April 18, the commission authorized $1985 to erect three billboards for 30 days… Read Article

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