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Erin Loranger


Helena, MT, United States

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Past articles by Erin:

New principals take the helm at three Helena schools

New principals will take over at three Helena schools this fall, but the leaders will be familiar faces within the Helena School District. → Read More

'Dark Money' documentary on Montana campaign finance laws opens in Helena

Award-winning filmmaker and Helena native Kimberly Reed will introduce her documentary on dark money in politics at the Myrna Loy on Friday. → Read More

Kids cooking camp aims to help East Helena become a food and cultural hub

On the first day of cooking camp in East Helena, students were learning how to make a simple caprese salad recipe. By the end of the four-week course, they were → Read More

Helena gearing up for Last Chance Stampede and Fair

The 2018 Last Chance Stampede and Fair kicks off Wednesday with a performance from country music star Dustin Lynch. → Read More

Democrat Rob Farris-Olsen to replace Jenny Eck in election for legislative seat

Democrat Rob Farris-Olsen will replace House Minority Leader Jenny Eck on the ballot in the election for her Helena seat. → Read More

Crowd gathers in Great Falls to protest Trump rally for Rosendale

Nearly four hours ahead of a speech by President Donald Trump in Great Falls on Thursday, protesters chanted “don’t stay silent” outside the the Four Seasons Arena at ExpoPark. → Read More

New owner signals a fresh start for Montana Book and Toy Company in Helena

Several years ago, Chelsia Rice started dropping hints that she was interested in buying Montana Book and Toy Company in Helena. On July 1, she’ll officially become the owner. → Read More

Outgoing school district leaders Jack Copps, Greg Upham reflect on their years in Helena

Jack Copps was finishing up his first stint as superintendent of Helena Public Schools in 1989 the first time he tried to retire. → Read More

Longtime homebrewers open Crooked Furrow brewery in Helena

The grand opening at Crooked Furrow, the fifth brewery in the Helena area, drew a steady crowd on Friday afternoon. → Read More

First Lady Lisa Bullock honors 15 PAL graduates at commencement ceremony

The Project for Alternative Learning graduation ceremony got personal on Friday afternoon, with keynote speaker Lisa Bullock giving each graduate a note and gift. → Read More

New app gives users a free drink at Montana bars and restaurants

The Montana Tavern Association announced a new app on Thursday that gives subscribers a free Montana crafted drink at participating bars and restaurants. → Read More

What you need to know about this weekend's high school graduation ceremonies in Helena

Where: Nelson Stadium at Carroll College Who: 306 graduates, 33 valedictorians, 11 salutatorians Commencement speaker: Tim McMahon graduated from Capital High in 1988 and studied math at Carroll College. McMahon currently coaches special teams for the Denver Broncos. Who: 280 graduates, 13 valedictorians, 2 salutatorians Commencement speaker: Schylar Baber is the executive director of Voice for… → Read More

School district contracts with Shodair to enroll students with severe needs

Helena Public Schools signed a contract to enroll up to 16 students in Shodair Children’s Hospital's day treatment program starting in fall 2018. → Read More

East Helena voters will consider Dartman Field land purchase for new high school

East Helena Public Schools will ask voters to approve the purchase of a 35-acre portion of Dartman Field to house its new high school. → Read More

Helena voters approve levies that will raise teacher and staff pay

Voters approved a pair of general fund levies that will give Helena teachers and staff a pay raise, according to preliminary election results released just after midnight Wednesday. → Read More

East Helena voters approve bond to build a high school

Voters approved a $29.5 million bond to build a high school in East Helena, according to preliminary results released by the school district Tuesday night. → Read More

Rossiter students displaced by flooding will return to class at other schools

After their school was closed due to flooding, Rossiter Elementary students in grades four and five will resume classes Wednesday at Helena Middle School. All Rossiter students will attend classes → Read More

2018 Helena Vigilante Parade results announced

One of the longest-running high school parades in the United States, Helena's 94th Vigilante Parade rolled down Last Chance Gulch on Friday afternoon. → Read More

Helena schools won't prohibit gun violence walkout, but warn about unexcused absences

Helena Public Schools will not prohibit students from walking out of class on March 14 to protest gun violence, but the usual consequences for unexcused absences will remain. → Read More

Capital High student removed from class after posting Snapchat video holding a pistol

A Capital High School student was removed from class on Tuesday after posting a Snapchat video with a pistol in it. → Read More