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Please thank a Direct Support Professional

Editor, Next week (Sept. 8-14) is Direct Support Professional Recognition Week. This is a weeklong celebration in recognition of the dedication and accomplishments of outstanding DSPs and their vital contribution to communities across the country.  Mission Mountain Enterprises employs 115 Direct Support Professionals, who work incredibly hard every week to support people with intellectual disabilities in Lake County. Due to a number of circumstances, we have had some struggles at MME in the past few years. Our core group of resilient DSPs have stood by the organization because they’re here for the right reason. They care about helping an often overlooked and under-served po...


Giving thanks for great care

Editor,  St. Luke Community Healthcare: to everyone I’ve been lucky enough to cross paths with in the last eight months at the hospital, “Thank you.” Your caring, professionalism, courtesy and true concern have been second to none. Even the food was great, especially the pasties (wo...


Ben there done that

For myself and other youth, we hardly remember the world before Facebook. Our parents documented our lives with posts in the digital world before we even knew how to use a computer.  A 2010 study by the Internet security company AntiVirus Guard revealed that 80% of babies and 90% of two-year-olds hav...


Thank you, drug court

Editor,  Due to some health issues, I’m not able to give the full recognition to all those involved with Lake County Drug Court. I do thank you all from the depths of my heart. All hats off to the many, many people involved with the system. We have seen such wonderful changes in the area. One t...


September is Suicide Prevention Month

“We need to talk about suicide,” teachers said choking back tears, or letting them flow, as they interviewed recently for Montana’s Teacher of the Year award. They shared with us on the selection committee that student suicides hurt their hearts and devastate schools, and we need to bring t...


Been there, done that

Over the past several years, terms like Bitcoin, cryptocurrency and blockchain have made their way into headlines. In a nutshell, Bitcoin is a completely digital currency. It allows secure, anonymous transactions to take place over the Internet without the oversight of any government or centralized system. 
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Slices of Life

I never used to consider myself a bird watcher, but this summer I’ve had various species of birds cross my path.       Ducks are great swimmers; the same can’t be said about flying. Oh, sure, they do fly, but they work very hard at it. They stick their necks out (literally) and ...


Cherishing memories

Editor,  Chief Joseph had an impact on my life. He was of the Nez Perce tribe in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States back in the mid 1800s. He spoke out often with great wisdom and vision.    My artist grandfather introduced us kids to Chief Joseph back in the 1930s with ta...


Deadline nears for infrastructure grant supporting governments, schools

Homeowners know that when a leaky roof is spotted, it’s important to act quickly to find and fix the leak. If left unattended, that slow drip overhead can turn into a ceiling that collapses – costing far more to repair and threatening the integrity of the entire home.  The same should be ...


Slices of Life

During the summer months, I enjoy going barefoot and dipping my feet into the lake. My husband and I experience our own version of a pedicure when we wade in a shallow sandbar and the minnows swimming there nibble on our toes. It scared me at first and grossed me out to be honest. But it only tickles and is ...


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