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Articles from the March 26, 2023 edition

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  • Lincoln School BPA chapters have strong showing at 2023 State Leadership Conference

    Laura Bullis, Lincoln School BPA Advisor|Updated Mar 30, 2023

    Our local Lincoln BPA high school and middle school chapters had an outstanding presence at the 2023 State Leadership Conference. Of the 16 students eligible to participate, 11 students placed in the top 10 in their events, meaning they were recognized in front of more than 1200 students who represent BPA Montana. Of the 11 students, six placed to move on to the National Leadership Conference. Jordyn Zarske placed 3rd in Digital Citizenship and 3rd in Financial Literacy. She a...

  • Community Hall, Chamber of Commerce co-sponsoring Community Social

    Roger Dey, BVD|Updated Mar 30, 2023

    The Lincoln Community Hall and Lincoln Valley Chamber of Commerce are sponsoring a “ Get to know your community & neighbors social” April 14 at the Hall. The two organizations are reaching out to the whole community with the goal of reconnecting with area residents who may have been isolated during the COVID-19 pandemic and to introduce new residents to the community and to local organizations. Event organizers Renee Lundberg and Sue Howsmon have been reaching out to Lin...

  • FWP Reminder: Be Bear Aware When Recreating Outdoors

    News Release, Montana FWP|Updated Mar 30, 2023

    HELENA – Bears are emerging from dens with the onset of spring, and people are headed outdoors should "Be Bear Aware." Bears can be found throughout Montana. In recent years, grizzly bear populations have expanded and bears are sometimes found in historic ranges beyond western Montana As bears begin foraging for food, people can avoid conflict by removing or securing food attractants such as garbage, bird feeders and pet food. The most common human-bear conflicts involve u...

  • How One Life Can Change a World

    The Foundation for a Better Life|Updated Mar 28, 2023

    On the choppy waters of the Bay of Bengal, somewhere between Rangoon and the northeast coast of India, a ship packed with migrant workers returns to Andhra Pradesh. One of the workers stares out at the waves and has a dream about the 2-year-old son he hasn’t seen since birth. The dream is filled with colors—and promise. When he returns to his village, the man requests a meeting with the elders. Although he is low in the caste system, the father declares his son to be the chosen one of the village. After much time in the sma...

  • MSU releases reports as part of major project on wildlife crossing structures

    Marshall Swearingen, MSU News Service|Updated Mar 28, 2023

    BOZEMAN - As part of a multi-state and Canadian research effort involving the Western Transportation Institute at Montana State University, more than a dozen new reports summarizing the latest science and economics of structures designed to reduce animal-vehicle collisions are now available online. The Western Transportation Institute was the research lead of the Wildlife Vehicle Collision Reduction and Habitat Connectivity Pooled Fund Study, a $1.2 million project involving...

  • Legislative Briefs - Week 12

    Caven Wade, UM Legislative News Service|Updated Mar 28, 2023

    Bill Allowing Law Enforcement to Test for Marijuana in Saliva Heads to Governor A bill that would give police officers the ability to use a device that can detect marijuana in saliva has passed both the Senate and the House and will now hit the governor's desk for his signature or veto. Sen. Keith Regier, R-Kalispell, sponsored Senate Bill 13, which passed the Senate unanimously on Jan. 24, and then passed the House 96-2 on March 21. "Marijuana leaves a residual within the...

  • As Marijuana Money Starts Pouring Into State Coffers, a Debate Sparks About Who Should Control Spending

    Caven Wade, UM Legislative News Service|Updated Mar 28, 2023

    In 2020, the state of Montana joined a pack of 20 other states and the District of Columbia when it legalized recreational marijuana. Montana voters passed ballot Initiative 190 on a thin margin of 57 percent for and 43 percent against. The legalization came with a brand-new pipeline of tax money and now that the money is starting to flow, a debate is building in the Capitol over how that money should be used and who should be controlling it. Just like alcohol or tobacco and...

  • Health Providers Scramble to Keep Remaining Staff Amid Medicaid Rate Debate

    Keely Larson, KHN-UM Legislative News Service|Updated Mar 28, 2023

    Andrew Johnson lets his clients choose what music to play in the car. As an employee of Family Outreach in Helena, Montana - an organization that assists developmentally disabled people - part of his workday involves driving around, picking up clients, and taking them to work or to run errands. "What's up, gangsta?" Johnson said as a client got in the car one day in March. The pair fist-bumped and Johnson asked what type of music the client liked. "Gangsta stuff," came the...