Missoulian week in review: Local news recap for Aug. 12-18

The Johnson Street shelter received the Board of Health approval necessary for a September reopening to serve unhoused Missoulians, but many are wondering what the site’s future will hold.

The Missoula City Council this week opted to delay its decision on reopening the shelter. Criticisms from the community and council have accompanied Mayor Jordan Hess’ effort to reinstitute Johnson Street as a year-round shelter.

— Bret Serbin, bret.serbin@missoulian.com

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A second Missoula Starbucks successfully unionized with a 14-5 vote Wednesday after a first Starbucks unionized in Missoula and Montana this June.

The Grant Creek store near Mackenzie River Pizza Co. is the second of three standalone Starbucks in Missoula that have now unionized with Starbucks Workers United, joining a larger movement of more than 350 stores that have unionized across the nation just since 2021. 

— Alex Mitchell, alex.mitchell@missoulian.com

Construction will start next week on a new skatepark in Clinton after the community raised nearly $111,000 for the new gathering space.

On Monday, the Missoula County commissioners voted to chip in $20,000 in the form of a 2023 Parks and Trails Matching Grant Program award. Montana Pool Service, a nonprofit founded by Pearl Jam bassist (and Missoula

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