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Undersheriff George Skuletich readies to turn in his badge

It’s the end of an era for Butte-Silver Bow County Law Enforcement. Come June 26, it will be the first time in 60 years that a Skuletich has not been on the police force. While Undersheriff George Skuletich knows he will miss the place, he’s decided, just as his father and police officer, George, did before him — it was time to close this chapter in his life.
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County kicks off media campaign to get Butte vaccinated

As vaccination rates taper off, Butte-Silver Bow wants to get more shots in arms, and will use a media campaign to do so. “It’s important to educate and let the public know the truth about the vaccination instead of the myths,” Chief Executive J.P. Gallagher said. The Town Pump Charitable...
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Updated: Solar array proposal debated in marathon Zoning Board meeting

In a marathon meeting Thursday evening and into Friday morning, the Butte-Silver Bow County Zoning Board heard passionate arguments for and against a proposal for a massive 1,600-acre solar array on private ranchland south of Butte. The $250 million project requires a special use permit because the land, part of...
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Guest view: Solar project support

The Butte-Silver Bow Zoning Board is considering a Special Use Permit and variance this Thursday to allow continued progress on the landmark Basin Creek Solar development. The proposed project is located south of town on approximately 1,600 acres of the Gozden-McDermott ranch property. Development of the project by Madison River Equity/FX Solutions includes ~700,000 solar panels that may produce up to 300MW of renewable energy. Currently the undeveloped area borders both residential and industrial-zoned properties and is largely zoned for suburban residential, thus requiring the special use variance.
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Butte-Silver Bow looking for potential jurors

Hundreds of Butte-Silver Bow residents are receiving postcards as potential jurors for District Court trials over the next year. Clerk of Courts Tom Powers sent out 2,400 printed notifications to residents on Tuesday asking them to respond to questionnaires electronically if possible, and said Wednesday some folks have already done so.
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Montana Tech's Bob Green Field to bring back atmosphere with a new look

BUTTE — After working with the Montana University System (MUS), the Butte-Silver Bow Health Department and state entities, Montana Tech athletic director Matt Stepan said fans will recognize some visual changes in the fall, but a full stadium of fans will be welcomed back barring extreme changes in COVID-19 trends.
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Applications due June 30 for B-SB Community Foundation grants

The Butte Silver Bow Community Foundation will award financial grants in early July totaling $6,500 to groups or organizations who qualify under IRS code section 501(C)3, according to Mike O’Neill, the group’s chairperson. Grant applications must be submitted by June 30 by completing the form online at the Butte Silver...
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Mining City History: Popular sheriff died after winning verdict

Lawrence Weir was born in Butte August 2, 1899. His father James was a pumpman at the Anaconda Mine, and the family lived at 313 S. Idaho Street. After his grade-school education at Webster School, Larry became a driver for the Montana Dairy, and in 1918 was on his own, rooming at the Ansonia Block at 60 West Park where Mrs. Clotilde Strobel managed the boarding house above the Ansonia Theater.
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Committees set for COVID spending, mine waste depository in Butte

A newly formed committee to set goals in Butte-Silver Bow for spending an influx of $15 million in federal money will hold its first meeting Tuesday, and another panel has been established to discuss the site of a mine-waste repository. The fiscal committee meets at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday at the...
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Presentation on W.A. Clark set for Thursday

The works of five esteemed 18th and early 19th century European artists will be on display from June 10 through Aug. 13 at the Butte-Silver Bow Public Archives, 17 W. Quartz St. The pieces, seven in total, were part of Copper King W. A. Clark’s vast collection of artwork. The...
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New committee brainstorms relief money allocation for Butte-Silver Bow

A newly formed local committee met Tuesday to discuss the allocation of $15 million in federal COVID-19 relief money. Butte-Silver Bow was allocated $15 million by the American Rescue Plan Act, or ARPA, as part of a $1.9 trillion COVID-related spending bill approved by congressional Democrats in March. Half will be received this year and half next year. So far, Butte-Silver Bow has received about $3.3 million.
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Watering restrictions take effect Monday in Butte-Silver Bow

It’s not unusual for Butte-Silver Bow to impose watering restrictions in late spring or early summer, even in years when there’s been plenty of snow and rain in March, April and May, simply to conserve water. They go into effect again starting Monday, but this time, dry conditions are a...
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Anaconda woman killed in single-vehicle rollover on I-15

MISSOULA, Mont. — Montana Highway Patrol troopers say a rollover crash on Interstate 15 in Silver Bow County left an Anaconda woman dead and a man hospitalized with injuries Thursday afternoon. It happened just before 3:30 p.m. at mile marker 123 near Butte. A Nissan Xterra driven by a 28-year-old...
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Still lots available for cleanup in 2021 Beautify Butte campaign

The 2021 Beautify Butte volunteer initiative is underway with the "Adopt-a-Lot" campaign’s 93 sites identified as cleanup targets. The lots or stretches of road have been identified by Beautify Butte as areas that don't normally get a lot of attention and are available to be adopted by any person or group willing to invest some time and effort in cleaning them up.
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COVID-19 vaccine sweepstakes set to begin in Butte

BUTTE, Mont. — Residents in Butte-Silver Bow County are eligible to win up to $10,000 in a new vaccine sweepstakes. The catch is you need to get both of your COVID-19 vaccine shots. Starting on June 24 and continuing until Sept. 30, up to 75 winners will be selected. There...