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Havre Police Relax Arrest Criteria; Group Sues To Reduce Montana’s Inmate Population

The threat of COVID-19 has shaken and, in some cases, loosened the shackles of the criminal justice system from top to bottom. Locally, Havre’s police department recently relaxed its arrest policy. At the state level, the ACLU of Montana filed a lawsuit Monday on behalf of a nonprofit watchdog group, asking the Montana Supreme Court to intervene and reduce the…

Residents Can Attend City Council Meeting Virtually

Local residents now have an easier way to attend Monday’s Havre City Council meeting. You can listen in your living room in your pajamas if you want. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the city has set up a GoToMeeting account so people can take part without going to council chambers. Council will meet at 7 p.m. Monday with a light…

Local Doc Suspects More COVID-19 Cases Than Confirmed; Health Professionals Expect Traffic Increase At Flu Clinic

It’s been a week since Hill County’s lone confirmed COVID-19 case was announced. But there are “almost assuredly” more people in the county with the respiratory illness, according to Dr. Kevin Harada of Northern Montana Health Care. Fourteen people have been tested locally. As of Tuesday, there are still two outstanding test results. Tests are sent to the state laboratory…

Keep Kids Off The Playground

Havre’s parks remain open, but the city’s Parks and Recreation Department has closed the playgrounds. “PLEASE KEEP KIDS OFF THE EQUIPMENT,” an announcement stapled onto the park’s sign says. The playgrounds are another in a long line of closures caused by the COVID-19 pandemic that continues to spread across the country, prompting local municipalities — just like state and federal governments…

Hill, 3 Surrounding Counties Will Hold Mail-In Primary

Four of central Montana’s Hi-Line counties will switch to all-mail ballots for the June 2 primary. Officials in Hill, Blaine, Chouteau, and Liberty counties said they will use only mail-in ballots to make the process easier during the COVID-19 pandemic. Liberty County commissioners passed a resolution to do so Tuesday. Gov. Steve Bullock allowed counties to make a decision on…

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