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High-achieving Crow-Salish woman builds on family tradition

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Mitchell Rose Bear Don’t Walk said her family instilled in her the idea that she would go to college, and that she would use her knowledge to do good things. Her family’s accomplishments, as much as their words, showed her the way. (more…) Continue Reading →

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New therapy holds out hope for depression sufferers

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W.H., a 38-year-old woman, has suffered from major depression and anxiety, as well as post-traumatic stress disorder and trichotillomania—an impulse-control disorder sometimes called hair-pulling disorder—since she was 19 years old. Over the years, she has tried a variety of anti-depressants, mood stabilizers and anti-anxiety medications, with little relief. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Local group forms to fight use of animals in circuses

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A newly formed group opposed to the use of animals in circuses is planning a series of protests during the 66th Annual Al Bedoo Shrine Circus in Billings. Montanans Against Animal Circuses is planning its main protest for noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 1, at the Shrine Auditorium, 1125 Broadwater Ave., but it intends to have at least some protesters at each of the nine shows scheduled for March 29 through April 2. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Special ed in uphill fight to find funding in Legislature

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HELENA — The main state budget bill at the Montana Legislature passed first reading last week with some surprises, including the restoration of  $11.5 million to higher education funding. But one area has consistently struggled to find funding throughout the first half of the 65th Montana legislative session—special education. Funded through a combination of federal dollars and state funds, special education has seen minimal increases in state funds, leaving local and federal dollars to pick up the slack, according to a report by the legislative school funding interim committee. (more…) Continue Reading →

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With special election dance over, Legislature gets back to work

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After uncertainty about how the upcoming special congressional election would change the makeup of the Montana Legislature, the nomination of Democrat Rob Quist and Republican Greg Gianforte means it’s back to business as usual at the state Capitol. Multiple legislators had announced their intention to run for the vacant congressional seat after former Rep. Ryan Zinke was nominated and then confirmed as U.S. secretary of the Interior. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Free Verse project gives a voice to kids in detention centers

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Sarah Kahn has been running the Free Verse Writing Project for almost three years, taking creative writing programs to youth detention centers in Montana. The aim of the project is not just to give the young detainees a chance to express themselves, but also a reason to hope. Kahn remembers one boy in particular, “an incredibly talented kid” who was being held at the Pine Hills Youth Correctional Facility in Miles City. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Still-amazing Grace, almost given up on, now on the mend

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Barely a month ago, Debbi Purvis had resigned herself to the necessity of putting down Grace, the badly injured horse that was rescued last summer after spending two months alone in the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness. The leg wound Grace suffered in the wilderness would not heal, despite five surgeries, casts, splints, stem-cell replacements and other procedures. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Gazette publisher named to lead Missoulian, too

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Mike Gulledge was named publisher of the Missoulian and Ravalli Republic Wednesday as part of a regionalized management restructuring. Gulledge also serves as publisher of the Billings Gazette and as operating vice president for the Missoulian’s parent company, Lee Enterprises. According to a press release from Lee, “The move is part of a trend in Lee that includes regionalizing some operational aspects of the business, especially in markets that have similarities or are located near each other, while maintaining intense focus on local news and advertising.” This week, the Missoulian eliminated half of its daily news and feature sections, moving from a four-part paper to a two-part publication, eliminating a number of local stories and columns in the process. The daily editorial page dropped from two pages to one page on Monday through Friday, with two pages on Sunday. Continue Reading →

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Judge clears way for ex-worker’s suit against St. Vincent

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A federal judge has cleared the way for Billings woman’s wrongful termination lawsuit against St. Vincent Healthcare. In ruling issued Friday, U.S. District Court Judge Susan Watters granted one motion for summary judgment filed by St. Vincent but denied all its other claims, allowing Roxanna Jackson’s lawsuit against the hospital to proceed to trial. (more…) Continue Reading →

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