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Amid coronavirus-related layoffs, housing officials raise concerns Amid coronavirus-related layoffs, housing officials raise concerns

Across Montana, housing officials are responding to an increasing number of people concerned about how they’re going to pay their rent or mortgage come April 1. With many of the state’s largest communities closing restaurants, bars, and casinos in an attempt to limit the spread of COVID-19, many service workers have been laid off or furloughed. Already, the tourism industry, the second-largest sector of Montana’s economy, has expressed concerns about potential disruptions of business. “This is moving really quickly,” said Tara Rice, director of the Montana Department of Commerce. “Looking across the whole economy, we don’t have wide-ranging nu...


Bridging the red and blue divide one conversation at a time Bridging the red and blue divide one conversation at a time

LAKE COUNTY — Active listening, I statements, acknowledgement … the basics of healthy communication can save marriages, and maybe even bridge political divides. In a time of increasing divide between left and right, finding common ground has gotten harder. In an effort to keep the peace, marr...


Graying Pains - Montana Fourth Estate Project - Opportunities and challenges in the West's oldest state Graying Pains - Montana Fourth Estate Project - Opportunities and challenges in the West's oldest state

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 c...


Small Salmon contributes to 'The Last Beyond': a film about death, love, rebirth Small Salmon contributes to 'The Last Beyond': a film about death, love, rebirth

POLSON – The feature film, “The Last Beyond,” has roots in the Mission Valley, but its message of death, love and rebirth is a universal theme. Director Graham DuBose enlisted the help of Stephen Small Salmon, a Pend d’Oreille tribal elder from the Flathead Reservation, to help tel...


Runners can keep going in winter months with preparation Runners can keep going in winter months with preparation

Many running enthusiasts avoid the cold weather and choose to stay toasty in a warm gym on a treadmill rather than venture outdoors to pound the pavement for a few miles once the snowdrifts and the frigid wind starts to howl. Lou Brenner is a veteran marathoner and member of the Polson Running Club, which...


State health officials raise awareness of rising STD rates State health officials raise awareness of rising STD rates

News from DPHHS State health officials report the upward trend over the past several years of sexually transmitted diseases in Montana are now reaching record highs. Gonorrhea rates have been increasing over the past seven years and are now projected to reach nearly 1,500 cases in 2019. Department of...


Studies show pet ownership can improve health Studies show pet ownership can improve health

Pet owners instinctively know pets make life better.  With roughly half of all households in the United States owning at least one dog, (the most popular pet), science has undertaken the task of proving what pet owners already know. Researchers in Sweden, Germany, the United Kingdom, Canada and th...


Preventable deaths higher in rural areas

News from the CDC Potentially preventable deaths from the five leading causes of death occurred more often among people in the most rural counties than in the most urban counties during 2010–2017, according to a new study released in CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. The gap in...


An emerging health threat can lead to type 2 diabetes An emerging health threat can lead to type 2 diabetes

News from the CDC Nearly one in five adolescents aged 12-18 years, and one in four young adults aged 19-34 years, are living with prediabetes, according to a CDC study. Prediabetes is a health condition in which blood sugar levels are higher than normal, but not yet high enough to be diagnosed as typ...


FLIC features musical couple FLIC features musical couple

POLSON – The Americana duo Jim and Sam found a novel way to up their music careers: play a show a day for a year. In addition to helping the duo hone their skills and find new ways to get in sync, the project evolved into the documentary film, “After So Many Days,” currently touring the ...


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