Names and faces

The law firm of Church, Harris, Johnson & Williams, P.C. has to announced that Hanna Warhank has become a shareholder with the Firm.

Warhank attended Carroll College and graduated with a B.A. degree in accounting and political science. She earned her Juris Doctor in 2009 from the University of Montana School of Law.

After passing the bar, Warhank joined Church, Harris, Johnson & Williams, P.C. and practiced there until 2012. She then moved to Helena and worked for Gough, Shanahan, Johnson & Waterman until 2015. In November 2015, Warhank returned to Church, Harris and has maintained an office in Helena since that time.

Hanna is a member of the State Bar of Montana and the American Bar Association. She is a member of the firm’s tax and transactional practice group and her practice focuses on business and estate planning, taxation, estate and trust administration, and real property.

Visit chjw.com for more information. Warhank can be reached at 406-761-3000.

Lena Phelps, PA-C, who works at St. Peter’s Health, has been nationally recognized for earning a specialty credential called a Certificate of Added Qualifications (CAQ) from the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA).

Phelps was recognized for earning a CAQ in orthopaedic surgery, a distinction earned by meeting licensure, education and experience requirements and then passing a national exam in the specialty. She is the only PA in Montana to earn a CAQ in orthopaedic surgery since the program’s inception in 2011.

CAQs are offered to certified PAs in seven specialties: cardiovascular and thoracic surgery, emergency medicine, hospital medicine, orthopaedic surgery, nephrology, pediatrics and psychiatry. 

Awards and honors

Shodair pharmacist wins innovative award

The Montana Pharmacy Association (MPA) announced that Joshua Loveland of Shodair Children’s Hospital in Helena has won the “Excellence in Innovative Award” during the association’s recent Winter Meeting. 

Loveland is active in the College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists, and serves as a clinical APPE preceptor. 

News and notes 

DOR opens 2018 income tax filing season

The Montana Department of Revenue is now accepting all electronically-filed returns and those filed by paper for the 2018 state income tax filing season.

The department encourages all taxpayers to file electronically and provides information about many e-filing options on its website that are secure, easy, and in most cases, free. Taxpayers can access these filing options by visiting revenue.mt.gov.

Tax fraud and identity theft continue to grow and the department has measures in place to help detect, safeguard and prevent identity theft-related tax fraud. Protecting taxpayer refunds is a priority, which may slow down release of refunds. Because of this, some refunds may take as long as 90 days for processing. Taxpayers who receive a letter from the department asking for verification or more information should respond with the requested information, so the department can finish processing the return and send out the refund.

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For more information, visit revenue.mt.gov, call 444-6900 or email DORCustomerAssistance@mt.gov

Opportunity Bank completes purchase of Ruby Valley Bank

Opportunity Bank of Montana, and their holding company, Eagle Bancorp Montana, Inc., announce the acquisition of Ruby Valley Bank, based out of Twin Bridges. The transaction valued at $18.9 million based on Eagle’s closing price as of Jan. 30. In the transaction, Eagle acquired Ruby Valley’s two retail bank branches and approximately $90 million in assets, $78 million in deposits and $55 million in gross loans. The combined company has 17 branches.

To learn more, call 406 457-4056.

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The IR welcomes reports of hiring, promotions, awards, recognition, learning opportunities and other news from local companies and nonprofits. We accept press releases and photos (digital images at 300 dpi or more are preferred). Email your information to irstaff@helenair.com.

There is no charge for items appearing in the Business Briefcase. Items are run on a space-available basis, and we reserve the right to edit and use information as we see fit.

The deadline is Tuesday at noon to be considered for publication the following Sunday. 

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