(HELENA) On Tuesday morning, about 30 Capital High School seniors walked through the halls of Jim Darcy Elementary School, dressed in caps and gowns. As “Pomp and Circumstance” played over the school’s public-address system, they got applause and high-fives from Jim Darcy students and staff.
The new rules allow medical marijuana dispensaries in areas zoned for commercial and industrial uses. Grow operations will be allowed in industrial areas, but only with a conditional use permit.
The budget proposal lays out over $22 million in general fund spending for each of the 2020 and 2021 fiscal years. City Manager Ana Cortez said it was crafted to reflect the city commission’s goals to ensure city services are reliable, but also more responsive.
The Montana Legislature passed a bill earlier this year to make it easier for counties to ask whether voters want to switch from partisan elections to nonpartisan elections, or vice versa.
On Saturday, free shuttles ran every 30 minutes from the downtown Women’s Mural, carrying bike riders to the Mt. Helena Ridge trailhead or a trailhead off Arrowroot Drive, leading to Mt. Ascension.
PureView will provide comprehensive primary care and dental services, while Intermountain will offer behavioral health services for children and families.
City Manager Ana Cortez said leaders wanted to ensure Helena spent only as much general fund money each year as it brought in revenues. That means they had to cut about $1.4 million in expenditures for the year.
The areas are currently served by the Lewis and Clark County Volunteer Fire Department. Leaders say the York fire station is much closer, so firefighters will be able to respond more quickly if there is an emergency in the area.
The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation plans to purchase 442 acres of private land in the Dearborn Canyon area to turn over to the U.S. Forest Service. Supporters say it will preserve important wildlife habitat, protect water quality in the Upper Dearborn River and Falls Creek, and improve public access.
HELENA- Helena Mayor Wilmot Collins announced he is running for U.S. Senate on Monday.
On Saturday, FWP opened up inspection stations at Canyon Ferry and Tiber for the first time in 2019. This is the third year of increased requirements for boaters on those bodies of water, after tests in 2016 showed Tiber was “positive” for invasive mussel larvae and Canyon Ferry was “suspect.”
315 students celebrated the final chapter of their careers at Carroll College. Among those graduating Saturday were Carroll’s first-ever master’s-level students, from the college’s master’s program in accountancy.
243 graduates were recognized for completing an associate degree or certificate program, during the annual commencement ceremony at the Lewis and Clark County Fairgrounds.
Bullock signs package of infrastructure bills, including bonding bill and Historical Society funding
House Bill 652 authorizes the state to issue almost $80 million in bonds to fund large and small construction projects across the state. Senate Bill 338 would increase the state lodging tax to help fund a new museum for the Montana Historical Society and grants to local museums and historical sites statewide.
HELENA – Voters in the Helena school district have made their choices on a property tax levy and on new members of the school board.