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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 Public Health and Human Services STD/ HIV program manager Dana Fejes said the gonorrhea numbers haven’t been this high in 40 years. Other STDs like syphilis and chlamydia has also been increasing, despite the availability of free prevention supplies and information on safe sex. Cascade and Yellowstone County have been impacted the most by gonorrhea and syphilis in 2019. &ldq...


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...


MT Teacher of the Year in running for national award

MONTANA — The Council of Chief State School Officers announced that Montana’s 2020 Teacher of the Year, Linda Rost, is a finalist for the National Teacher of the Year recognition.  Rost teaches science courses at Baker High School. She is one of four finalists out of the cohort of 55 stat...


Western in Dillon, Montana State in Bozeman announce fall 2019 honor roll students

Local students enrolled at the University of Montana Western in Dillon make the dean’s list:     Arlee : Megan Dunlop, Tara Messner Bigfork: Courtney George, Melody McHaley Charlo: Ashley Mock Lakeside: Jonas Nyman Plains: Brady Ovitt, Polson: Shilah Doble, B...


Funding for revitalization of tribal languages announced

News from the Montana Department of Commerce  MONTANA – The Montana Department of Commerce awarded a total of $712,500 through the Montana Indian Language Program to the eight tribal governments in Montana to support language revitalization efforts. The Montana Indian Language Program work...


Guidance for local, state candidates offered

News from Montana’s Credit Unions and the Montana Electric Cooperatives’ Association HELENA — Running for office is not an easy feat. No one can predict the range of obstacles candidates may face, but learning from local and national cooperative professionals can guide you to a winning...


Seniors for Jan. 22, 2020

RONAN — On Friday, Jan. 31, our monthly birthday dinner will take place complete with roast beef and all the fixings.  There are arts and crafts activities held on Wednesdays following the noon meal.  The menu for the coming week:  —  Wednesday, Jan. 22: elk Stroganof...


Polson seniors for Jan. 22, 2019

POLSON — “Nothing is really lost until your mom can’t find it.” Isn’t that the truth! There is no longer a toe nail clinic at the Polson Senior Center and we do not know when it will be coming back. We apologize for the inconvenience.  Tai Chi is back at the center ev...


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