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The peak that wasn’t: how Montana avoided the worst of COVID-19

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Montana has been the safest state in the lower 48. Despite early projections of hundreds of deaths and a shortage of ICU beds, the state’s initial outbreak peaked with a daily caseload of 23 on April 1. The state was able to not only flatten the curve, but also go farther than any other state in stalling the virus’s spread, with new cases zeroing out in late May. But over the past week, Montana has seen its largest surge of cases. On Thursday, the state reported 37 positive cases, the most in a single day. The daily caseload was back to 23 on June 24. The state currently has more than 200 active cases.  Even with the recen...


Japan: A glimpse at Montana’s future? Japan: A glimpse at Montana’s future?

Montana is the oldest state west of the Mississippi, and demographic projections show the state growing collectively older as more Montanans enter their senior years. The economic, cultural, and personal impacts of that trend present the state and its residents with new challenges and, with those challenges...


‘Crazy pills’ weren’t enough to cure the stigma of mental health issues

Traditionally, in Appalachia, a diagnosis of nerves can mean a number of things: anxiety, disorientation, loss of energy, chronic discouragement. In her research in Appalachian North Carolina, Lisa Curtin, director of the clinical psychologist program in Appalachian State University’s department of psy...


On-the-farm training On-the-farm training

Montana is the oldest state west of the Mississippi, and demographic projections show the state growing collectively older as more Montanans enter their senior years. The economic, cultural, and personal impacts of that trend present the state and its residents with new challenges and, with those challenge...


Montana’s family farms, ranches face uncertain future as producers age out Montana’s family farms, ranches face uncertain future as producers age out

Montana is the oldest state west of the Mississippi, and demographic projections show the state growing collectively older as more Montanans enter their senior years. The economic, cultural, and personal impacts of that trend present the state and its residents with new challenges and, with those challenges...


Low-cost fitness classes can help seniors stay fit Low-cost fitness classes can help seniors stay fit

Montana is the oldest state west of the Mississippi, and demographic projections show the state growing collectively older as more Montanans enter their senior years. The economic, cultural, and personal impacts of that trend present the state and its residents with new challenges and, with those challenges...


For the rural elderly, it can take a village For the rural elderly, it can take a village

Editor's Note:  Montana is the oldest state west of the Mississippi, and demographic projections show the state growing collectively older as more Montanans enter their senior years. The economic, cultural, and personal impacts of that trend present the state and its residents with new challenges and, ...


The return of ‘Graying Pains’

On March 12, a collaboration of 16 Montana newsrooms launched the first story of a series titled Graying Pains, months in the making, exploring Montana’s status as the demographically oldest state west of the Mississippi. The next day, Montana Gov. Steve Bullock announced the state’s first fou...


Speech, hearing support helps improve communication skills Speech, hearing support helps improve communication skills

LAKE COUNTY – When Bella McKenzie was a baby, she knew what she wanted, but she had a hard time telling people what it was.  “We had a hard time understanding her, so she would scream,” Bella’s mother, Michelle McKenzie, said.  At a well-child visit when Bella was two,...


Everything you need to know to vote in the primary election Everything you need to know to vote in the primary election

  MONTANA – Montana’s primary election is on June 2. The general election will be held November 3. What offices are up for election on the 2020 ballot? Montana’s 2020 ballot will include candidates for U.S. president, U.S. Senate, U.S. House, governor, attorney general, secretary...


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