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Giving Families a Fighting Chance

Billie Clark unleashes angels on two wheels to help families in need On June 11, 2011, 12-year-old Sydney Hedges was playing at a park in Colstrip, Montana when she unexpectedly went into cardiac arrest.  She was transported to Billings where doctors discovered she had an astrocytoma, a brain tumor, growing in the back portion of…

A Radical Change of Heart

Billings family shares the hope and healing behind fostering children Ellyn Scansen will never forget the morning that she thought was just a routine Sunday trip to church. Instead, this day brought a twist of fate, one that forever changed her heart and the heart of her family. “The whole story starts with this card,”…

“I couldn’t have done it without them”

Young Families provides a safety net for teen moms As a teen mother, Payton Shreeve endured judgmental stares whenever she took her infant daughter to the grocery store. She can still feel the sting of the snide comments she received from total strangers. Most are too harsh to repeat. She was even chastised by her…

Your Map to a Whitewater Adventure

Explore the area’s thrillingly beautiful river rapids Untamed. Operating by its own set of rules. Challenging. Pristine. All could be used to describe the crisscrossing beauty of our area’s waterways. Come summer when the mountain runoff delivers a swift rush straight through nature, folks from all over the world will don lifejackets and become whitewater…

Treasure Hunting

Billings family spends valuable time rock hounding Montana Early on a beautiful chilly morning, Bruce Bahm, Heather Thompson, and their three grade-school age children set out east of Hardin for a rock picking adventure. Arriving at the destination bundled up against the elements, the family is armed with buckets, hammers, screwdrivers and an eagle eye…

Girls-N-Science

Innovative program breaks down gender roles to spark interest Imagine Middle Ages warfare. What does it take to chuck boulders at your opponent? It takes accuracy and calculating the proper distance to reach your target. It’s an engineering problem that girls at last year’s Chicks in Science got to tackle at the Montana State University…

Parenting 9-1-1

How Two Moms Balance Work and Being a Mom Being a mom is one of the hardest jobs on earth. You have a new bundle, one that doesn’t come with a manual. Mix in family life, house priorities, potentially a career, a husband and keeping up with commitments and you have a recipe for mental…

Raising A Bookworm

Battling the decline of kids reading for fun As a small child, I can still remember the sensations while visiting one of my favorite places, the public library. I would walk in and immediately, at eye level, I would see an array of color and a vast ocean of stories just waiting for my imagination…

A Legacy of Learning

One-Room Schoolhouse in Nye keeps on educating Visitors to Nye Elementary School, located at the base of the Beartooth Mountains, are greeted by a few barks from Patrolman Pete, Head of School Security. Despite the gruff bark, the black and white cocker spaniel is more of a greeter, and warms up quickly after teacher Kathy…

Playing Through the Pain

Why  kids’ sporting injuries are on the rise Huntley Project three-sport athlete Tessa Hultgren, 17, never thought she’d be sidelined with an injury. Her dad, Troy, says she’s as tough as they come. After all, she played almost the entire volleyball season on stress fractures in her legs. They hurt, but she never let them stop…

It’s Almost Time….

6 tips to face that first day with ease As a mom, you either love or hate the first day of school. Some moms can’t wait for the big yellow school bus to whisk their adorable children out of the house and back to the structure of the classroom. Others wail and gnash their teeth…

Time for a Staycation?

Some of the Valley’s best and most beautiful destinations When the summer skies start to heat up the Montana and Wyoming landscape, many will look for that great weekend escape. Tourism in Big Sky Country alone is a $3.9 billion industry and for at least the past five years, that number has been on a…

Teen takes her brother's disabilities in stride

A Day in the Life of Dani In so many ways Dani Jorgensen is a typical 12-year-old. She’s excited about school and is in a gifted and talented program. Like every girl her age, she adores her BFFs, and not long ago she got a puppy – a little black ball of energy she’s named…

Melting Away the Winter Fitness Blahs!

Baby, It”s Cold Outside   When the snow started to fly at the start of 2015, did you growl like a bear in hibernation, or grab the kids and their sleds to take advantage of every inch? Instead of staying inside and watching it fall, why not enjoy the “white stuff” and burn some calories…

The First Crush

Helping your kids with those big emotions You know your daughter’s heart flutters every time she sees that darling blonde-headed boy as she gets on the school bus. She runs her fingers through her hair and quickly asks her bestie Liz if her new headband is really all that cute? She shifts nervously waiting for…

Growing Financially Savvy Kids

Creating Smart & Savvy Savers & Spenders When Michael Wall and his wife Christine started their family, Michael knew he wanted to make sure his children knew the value of every dollar earned. Raised by parents who were products of the Great Depression taught Michael a thing or two about saving and not borrowing above…

Tastings: Short & Sweet

Cupcakes = the perfect ending to a holiday meal Swirled with frosting, dusted with sprinkles and piped with colorful icing, cupcakes can most surely shout (and bring) joy to the world! Created with passion, these palm-size desserts assuredly radiate delight even before the first bite. That’s why our Tastings Team set out to comb the…

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