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Where the old folks go Where the old folks go

After graduating from Harvard Medical School in 1986, Bill Thomas started working as the medical director of a small nursing home in central New York. It was a run-of-the-mill institution, “depressing and dispiriting,” he says. He was attending to an elderly resident’s rash one day when she looked up at him and whispered, “I’m so lonely, doctor.” Thomas says he had an epiphany. He realized the residents he was caring for seemed plagued less by medical issues than by boredom, loneliness and helplessness. Thomas met with the nursing home board and suggested that animals and plants be brought in. Lots of them. All at once. And so cats, dogs, birds and plants...


Youth leadership program helps kids connect to each other Youth leadership program helps kids connect to each other

ST. IGNATIUS – Youth leaders on the Flathead Indian Reservation pointed out that kids need positive connections with other kids to help prevent health problems, addiction, and even suicide.  Willie Stevens, Youth Leadership program coordinator, said that adults are listening. The program he hel...


Flyer Flyer

About a mile west of Highway 93 off the beaten path, sits one of Lake County’s smallest airfields. But you can’t buy a ticket or even catch a flight.  The airfield, located at the corner of Minesinger Trail and Farm Road, is home to the Mission Valley Model Aviators (MVMA), a group of ope...


Veteran Spotlight Veteran Spotlight

Jack Fay’s buddies who had gotten their draft notices told him he was on his way to being next. He didn’t want to dig foxholes for the Army and he liked water and ships, so he talked to a Navy recruiter in Missoula. On Sept. 5, 1961 he officially joined the Navy. Boot camp was 12 weeks in San ...


Chasing the curve: As budgets churn, can Montana get its mentally ill care before they hit crisis? Chasing the curve: As budgets churn, can Montana get its mentally ill care before they hit crisis?

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 strangers at the end of the trip — too far, for someone who struggled to imagine walking around the...


Peer support, increasingly professionalized, helps struggling Montanans reclaim their lives Peer support, increasingly professionalized, helps struggling Montanans reclaim their lives

(This story is part of The Montana Gap project, produced in partnership with the Solutions Journalism Network.) There’s some hope around a folding table here, inside this smallish Main Street storefront in Ronan, Montana, at the Never Alone Recovery Center. Outside, it’s a sunny Tuesday eve...


VFW honors local post commander VFW honors local post commander

News from the VFW National Office KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI — The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. is pleased to announce Ronald Merwin has achieved All-American status as a Post commander.   Merwin, commander of Post 5652 in Ronan, is one of only 198 VFW Post commanders worldwide to earn ...


Understanding ACEs promotes healing Understanding ACEs promotes healing

There’s a problem and we all have the solution. According to The Center for the Developing Child at Harvard University, “When adults have opportunities to build the core skills that are needed to be productive participants in the workforce and to provide stable, responsive environments for the...


Montana newspapers report on mental health

In late 2017, Montana legislators voted to substantially cut funding for mental health care, in response to a budget shortfall. In the wake of the budget cuts, a group of Montana newsrooms, in collaboration with High Country News and the Solutions Journalism Network, explored how communities are preventing t...


Flathead Cherry Festival serves up sweet summer fun Flathead Cherry Festival serves up sweet summer fun

POLSON – In the mood for some fresh cherries or a slice of cherry pie?  The Annual Polson Main Street Flathead Cherry Festival gets underway in downtown Polson from Saturday, July 21 through Sunday, July 22.   This long-time valley favorite will feature all kinds of family-friendly acti...


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