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"I do not leave this place in sadness. I leave as one who lived as a part of it and loved it deeply. I leave personally fulfilled and contented to have been here." - Mike Mansfield
2018 Montana Politics
The Telecommuting and Gig Workforce in Montana
- Judge orders Montana Green Party removed from November ballot
Helena District Court Judge James Reynolds on Monday signed an order directing the Secretary of State to take the Montana Green Party off the ballot after he invalidated signatures gathered through a petition process.
21st Century Education Initiative - "You Should Care..."
- Billings' gig economy grows by one more service: grocery shopping
The service employs shoppers who take grocery orders from Instacart users, shop at the stores and then deliver those orders to the users' homes.
- Transforming the Traditional American High School for the Future - for All Students
"The students will acquire Industry Recognized Credentials, gain college credits, and be more prepared for college and the workforce."
- How the Gates Foundation's plan to grade teachers failed students
For seven years, philanthropy threw millions behind the idea that improving teachers will help struggling students succeed. What went wrong?
Energy and Climate Change
- Big Sky Overland Rally 8/3-5 - Livingston, Montana
The annual event will feature a trade show area with vendors, manufacturers, outfitters and non-profit organizations.
- Glacier Park's Sperry Chalet reconstruction begins
Mule train and helicopter flight activity may necessitate temporary closures of adjacent trails, including the Gunsight Trail and the Sperry Chalet complex. Visitors who wish to monitor trail status around the chalet should consult the Glacier National Park Trail Status Webpage and Area Closures.
Developing a more Entrepreneurial Montana
- Global warming could be far worse than predicted, new study suggests
Study lead author Hubertus Fischer of the University of Bern in Switzerland and his team found that our current climate predictions may underestimate long-term warming by as much as a factor of two.
- Red-hot planet: All-time heat records have been set all over the world during the past week
"It is absolutely incredible and really one of the most intense heat events I've ever seen for so far north,"
- UM Study: Forests May Lose Ability to Protect Against Extremes of Climate Change
A recent University of Montana study suggests that a warming climate in the Pacific Northwest would lessen the capacity of many forest microclimates to moderate climate extremes in the future.
Hellgate Venture Network
- 3 overlooked elements of thriving startup communities
#1. A culture that respects how important education is to entrepreneurship
- Hellgate Venture Network Presents: Fritz Lanman, CEO Of ClassPass - 7/10- Missoula
This month our meeting will feature Fritz Lanman, CEO of ClassPass, who is a serial entrepreneur, Angel investor in Square, Pinterest, Classpass, Wish, Teespring, Flexport, Formlabs, Flexe, InDinero and many other great startups.
- Cryptocurrency miners reveal the site selection process that led them to Montana.
There's Bitcoin Gold in Them Thar Hills
- Lawsuit details alleged kickbacks, illegal payments by Kalispell hospital
"Under a scheme of mutual enrichment, Kalispell Regional has paid certain employed physicians far in excess of the value of their personal services while Kalispell Regional received substantial profits from inpatient and outpatient referrals by these physicians," the lawsuit claims.
- A Fateful Day | Red Ants Pants Bonus | Under the Big Sky - Red Ants Pants Music Festival July 26 through 29 in White Sulphur Springs, MT.
In this Under the Big Sky bonus video, we chat with Red Ants Pants Founder and Owner, Sarah Calhoun and discuss the origins of the workwear for women company she started at age 25.
Canada Business & Economic Development
- How You Should Answer The 10 Most Common Interview Questions
We talked to six hiring experts to find out which questions trip up most job candidates, and the better answers that could win you the job:
- "Never Stop Learning" - How To Become A Lifelong Learner In A World Of Change - "The State with the Best Education Wins!"
It's easy to say that the best business leaders never stop learning, but it's harder to put specifics behind this process.
- How Canada's small towns are trying to survive and thrive in changing times
All summer CBC News will showcase communities adapting to demographic and other changes
- With Scott Pruitt gone, green groups now turn the spotlight on Ryan Zinke
In 2008 and 2013, Zinke got BNSF Railway to donate about 11 acres on the edge of town for his proposed Great Northern Veterans Peace Park.
- Governor Bullock says Republican Secretary of State Corey Stapleton withholding details
She said Secretary of State Corey Stapleton's office had not updated the governor's office since July 2, despite nearly a dozen requests "and trips down the hallway" for more information.
Incubators and R&D
- Idaho call center lays off more than 600 workers
Company spokesman Dana Widerman said the layoffs are due to changes in a client's business needs but didn't name the client.
- Cable ONE Business Launches 2 Gigabit Piranha Fiber Internet Service in Downtown Boise
Ferociously Fast Internet.
- Four years after their convictions, these 4 Meridian business execs are headed to prison
DBSI executives Douglas Swenson, Mark Ellison, Jeremy Swenson and David Swenson will begin serving their sentences.
- Nampa nonprofit's "Shoe That Grows" has helped kids abroad. Now it's going commercial
For three years, The Shoe That Grows, a Nampa nonprofit, has been distributing an expandable shoe to children in developing countries. Turns out that not just kids think the shoes are cool.
- Scientists single out gene that triggers aging symptoms
Now a team from the University at Buffalo has isolated a single gene that controls senescence, the process that stops cells from dividing and contributes to aging symptoms.
Regional Economic Development
- Wall Street Is Raising More Cash Than Ever for its Rental-Home Gambit
This year, investors have raised billions of dollars from bond buyers, pension funds and even wealthy Chinese individuals to purchase more homes.
- Photo of the Week: Taking to the Sky to End Open-Water Salmon Farms
When Nicklen saw the farmed salmon covered in diseases and deformations--and learned that those afflictions are depleting the wild salmon ecosystems--what began as an assignment showing the benefits of farming fish turned into a passion for exposing the disturbing realities of the practice.
- Networks, Clusters and Ecosystems: Taking Regions to the Next Level with Open Innovation
FORWARD Networks, clusters and ecosystems are rapidly becoming central challenges to building a economies of shared, sustainable prosperity. This report explains why.
- How Can Cities Succeed in the 21st Century?
"I think WeWork can be a game changer for the future of cities."
- WyoTech sale finalized
Mathis said he is incredibly thankful to the community for all the support in helping the the technical college stay open.
- Wyoming Business Council hires Broadband Manager
"I am thrilled to be coming to the state of Wyoming to assist in building a successful, expanded broadband program," Elliott said. "Broadband is no longer a luxury; it is a basic necessity, and it will be our job to champion that, from the downtown municipalities to the most remote parts of the state."
- New University of Wyoming slogan draws criticism
Some are raising objections to a planned marketing campaign for the University of Wyoming, calling the slogan sexist, racist and counterproductive to the university's recruiting goals.
- Eastman: There are no limits for Wyoming's outdoor recreational economy
The wonders of Yellowstone National Park are world renowned, but to confine yourself to national parks in Wyoming is to hardly scratch the surface of all that this wonderful state has to offer.
Montana Education/Business Partnerships
- Access to Literacy' Is Not a Constitutional Right, Judge in Detroit Rules
Do students at poorly performing schools have a constitutional right to a better education?
Funding and Building your Business
- D.A. Davidson donates $150,000 to Great Falls school district for STEM center.
D.A. Davidson Companies donated $150,000 for equipment and signage at the new CMR STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) Center.
Connectivity & Communications
- This Study Says You Shouldn't Let Your Employees Meditate. It's Totally Wrong--Here's Why
It's a matter of public health.
- Patagonia is giving its workers Election Day off -- and says you should, too
In the past, Patagonia -- known for its advocacy of environmental causes -- has encouraged people to vote with the planet in mind.
- By Gluing Fiber to the Ground, Startup Thinks It Can Slash Broadband Installation Costs for Local Government
The startup is running a series of pilot tests right now to try out a new way of setting up last-mile fiber connections.
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- Ready for Vacation? Here's the Best Tech for Trip Planning
Flipping through printed travel guides and paper maps is passé.
- "I Was Devastated": Tim Berners-Lee, the Man Who Created the World Wide Web, Has Some Regrets
Berners-Lee has seen his creation debased by everything from fake news to mass surveillance. But he's got a plan to fix it.
- New drug shows promise for preventing and even reversing damage from age-related dementia and stroke
One study strikingly found up to 95 percent of subjects between the ages of 60 and 90 displayed some sign of SVD when examined through MRI scans.
- Experimental drug fuels hopes for new class of non-opioid pain relief
Researchers at Washington University in St Louis have found that it works by targeting a different part of the body, outside of the nervous system.
- Long Road Ahead: The Promise -- and Perils -- of Self-driving Cars
We'll feel like [autonomous vehicles] are part of our lives, at least partially, within the next five to 10 years.
- How Much Safer Should Self-Driving Cars Be? Try 0%
Autonomous cars transform accidents into errors, which is why they stand to be the greatest safety innovation in automotive history -- even if they don't prevent a single crash.
- Montana Ambassador Awards And Celebration Dinner, 08/08, Billings
- Introduction To Government Contracting, 07/26, Bozeman
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