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 By Andi Bourne    News    July 19, 2018 

Starting the Conversation – Offering a Glimmer of Hope

SEELEY LAKE - When Seppa Francis was six years old, her father suffered a traumatic brain injury from a motorcycle accident. Francis and her younger brother blamed themselves for years and Francis's...

 

Chasing the Curve, Part 2 - The Budget Roller Coaster

Previously: The story of a mentally ill Livingston woman, "Sarah," underscored the challenges Montana's mental health system faces as community-level providers are rocked by political battles over pub...

 
 By Kate Schimel    News    July 12, 2018

Exploring Solutions for a Successful Mental Health Care System

In late 2017, Montana legislators voted to substantially cut funding for mental health care, in response to a budget shortfall. Some of the effects on the state's mental health system were immediate:...

 

What Happened to Sarah?

Sarah sat in her Livingston home with the front door locked and her eyes closed, picturing the path to Gallatin Mental Health Center in Bozeman for day treatment. It's 26 miles, across a pass, with...

 
 By Zoie Koostra    News    July 12, 2018

Connecting Colors and Community: Seeley Lake Addresses Student Resilience

SEELEY LAKE - Strings, anchors, balloons, the colors of the rainbow: To hear students and teachers talk about the Kaleidoscope Connect program's lessons sounds like listening to attendees of a New...

 
 By David Erickson    News    April 12, 2018

No Zoning Lets Entrepreneurs Thrive in East Missoula but for How Long?

MISSOULA - For Lee Bridges, a 35-year homeowner in East Missoula, and board member on the East Missoula Community Council, a big part of the path toward economic sustainability is for her community...

 

Choteau Searches for Formula to Stop Loss of Population, Jobs and Students

CHOTEAU – "I'm really into formulas," says Choteau Area Port Authority board member Blair Patton. "People who are successful know the formula. You do not have a successful small community...

 
 By LeAnne Kavanagh    News    March 15, 2018

Rural Communities Recruit Well Trained Foreign Workers for Hard to Fill Jobs

Shelby Schools Superintendent Elliott Crump knows first-hand about the teacher shortage in Montana. The Montana Office of Public Instruction reported 638 full-time openings in the state's "difficult...

 
 By Eric Dietrich    News    March 8, 2018

Why Some Young Professionals Settle in Small-town Montana

For much of rural Montana, brain drain has been a fact of life for decades. Come high school graduation, the pattern goes, small towns see their most ambitious sons and daughters pack their bags,...

 

Through Boom or Bust – Sisters Maintains Identity

SISTERS, ORE. - The drive from Portland to Bend weaves through a few towns offering a chance to pause for food and gas on your way to somewhere else. Sisters is a good place to stop. Arriving in the...

 

Tourism Gives Philipsburg New Life - Brought Few Families

PHILIPSBURG - As the holiday season gets its start on a clear morning in late November, Main Street here looks like something out of a Hallmark movie. A window washer cleans down storefronts along...

 
 By Jan Anderson    News    February 8, 2018

Boulder Aims For a Brighter Future Economy

BOULDER, MONT. – When the Montana legislature decided in 2015 that the Montana Developmental Center would close within two years, it was a blow to the community of Boulder. For more than 125 years,...

 

Summer Festivals Worth Weight Shouldered by Civic Groups

Many small rural communities in north-central Montana — like Dutton, Conrad and Choteau — put on summer festivals that raise funds for a variety of community programs. As the population in these...

 

Cooperative Craft Breweries: A New Approach to Revitalizing Small Towns

RONAN - About 12 miles south of Flathead Lake, the town of Ronan is a community based largely on agriculture. With several schools, banks, a golf course and an active business community, Ronan is...

 
 By Jan Anderson    News    January 18, 2018

Solving the Affordable Housing Crisis

Story & photos by Jan Anderson Editor, Boulder Monitor BOULDER, MONT – When fire destroyed two mobile homes in a Boulder trailer court and damaged two others in June 2016, it underscored what...

 
 By Kate Schimel    News    January 11, 2018

Examining the Disparity of Urban and Rural Growth

Look at statewide numbers and Montana's economy seems to be doing well. Between 2000 and 2015, the number of jobs in the state of Montana grew 20 percent, according to a report released last year by...

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    January 11, 2018

From Stopping Point to Destination

CHALLIS, IDAHO – Mining and ranching is the main economy of Challis, Idaho. When the Thompson Creek Mining Company, a molybdenum mine west of Challis, ended their mining operations in 2014 the bust...

 

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