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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, with those challenges, opportunities. Graying Pains is a series of weekly stories and broadcasts exploring those challenges and opportunities in communities statewide. By investigating how other communities have responed to the issues raised by aging, Graying Pains hopes to point the way toward policie and innovations that can help Montana, and Montanans, improve with age. The series is ...


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...


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, ma...


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...


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