Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Helena Montana
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1. Daines: GOP-controlled Congress will have active agenda
HELENA – Montana’s next U.S. senator, Republican Steve Daines, says the new GOP-controlled Congress will have an active agenda next year, such as taking on “Obamacare,” passing a balanced budget, blocking costly federal regulations and approving the Keystone XL oil pipeline.
2. Bullock: Democrats can't 'unilaterally disarm' as Republicans raise big money
HELENA – Montana Gov. Steve Bullock, a vocal critic of corporate money in politics, now heads up the Democratic Governors Association, which raises millions in corporate dollars to help elect Democratic governors – but says that doesn’t make him a hypocrite.
3. Montana Community Foundation offering college scholarships
HELENA -- The Montana Community Foundation is awarding more than 50 college scholarships for the 2015-2016 school year.
4. Montana Awarded $10 Million Grant for Preschools
HELENA — Montana was awarded a $10 million federal grant Wednesday to help develop preschool programs for 4-year-olds from low- and moderate-income families.
5. Kalispell, MT | Continuous News and Weather
HELENA - Montana's top health insurance provider is paying $1 million to resolve hundreds of complaints.
6. Missoula, MT | Continuous News and Weather
HELENA - Montana's top health insurance provider is paying $1 million to resolve hundreds of complaints.
7. State fines Blue Cross $1M over customer service
HELENA - Montana's top health insurance provider is facing a big fine from state authorities. State Insurance Commissioner Monica Lindeen said Thursday Blue Cross has agreed to a $1 million fine to settle hundreds of customer service complaints.
8. GOP: Public Doesn’t Complain About Caucus Meetings
HELENA — Montana House Republicans are asking a Helena judge to dismiss a motion filed by media organizations seeking an order holding them in contempt of a 1998 court order that says party caucuses cannot meet in private.
9. GOP secret meeting not the first – but are they illegal?
HELENA – Montana’s 2015 House Republican caucus got itself in hot water last week, when two news reporters found its member in the basement of a Helena restaurant, at a secret meeting – a poss…
10. Judge overturns Montana's gay marriage ban
HELENA, Montana (AP) " A federal judge in Montana on Wednesday overturned the state's gay marriage ban.U.S. District Judge Brian Morris ruled that Montana's constitutional amendment limiting marriage to between a man and a woman...
In 1864 the discovery of gold by four prospectors commonly referred to as the “Four Georgians”, started a mini-gold rush into the area. After three successful years of mining the region, these four gentlemen returned east with their fortunes secured. Soon after, the area began to see a wide variety of newcomers “westering” to seek their own fortunes. As the town grew in population, the name of Helena was eventually settled upon after much debate. Helena became the capital of Montana Territory in 1875, and after Montana gained statehood, Helena was named as state capital.

Helena Capital

Perhaps the most unique feature of Helena is its architecture. The State Capitol building is a fine example of Greek Renaissance architecture, and the murals inside depict Montana historical themes. There are still many splendid 19th-century mansions in perfect condition scattered around the city and the down town area has several original buildings still serving as city offices and new businesses. Among the most impressive structures remaining, the St. Helena Cathedral was constructed along the lines of a cathedral in Cologne, Germany and the Votive Church in Vienna. Its twin spires reach majestically 230 feet towards the heavens and the interior boasts gold leaf and mosaic windows extensively.

Conditions for Helena, MT at 2:52 pm MST

Current Conditions:
Fair, 36 F

Forecast:
Wed - Partly Cloudy. High: 34 Low: 20
Thu - Partly Cloudy. High: 35 Low: 22
Fri - Partly Cloudy. High: 37 Low: 23
Sat - Mostly Cloudy. High: 34 Low: 27
Sun - AM Showers. High: 41 Low: 31

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