Names and faces

Grace Morris joins Information Systems of Montana as inside business development in sales. Morris has a degree in English literature from King University and brings with her more than a decade of experience in customer service, marketing, and sales in a variety of fields. Her skills include project and account management, strategic planning, research and development, professional writing and editing, and public communication. Information Systems of Montana, is locally owned and operated and has offices in Helena and Great Falls. ISM can be found at or 406-996-1858. 

Morgan Teegarden, PA-C has joined St. Peter’s Health where she will be part of the Urgent Care team. Teegarden received her MS in physician assistant studies with a focus on rural health from Pacific University School of Physician Assistant Studies in Hillsboro, Oregon. The Rural Health Track focused on issues pertinent to the practice of medicine and addressing health issues in rural communities. She holds a BS in cell biology and neuroscience from Montana State University in Bozeman.

Previously, Teegarden served as CNA at Rosetta Assisted Living in Helena and Highgate Senior Living in Bozeman.

Teegarden is a Helena native.

News and notes

The Friendship Center announces new director

The Friendship Centers’ Board of Directors has announced the selection of Mike Batista as the new executive director.

Batista is a Montana native. He has a criminal justice administration degree from Eastern Washington University, has served as the director of the Montana Department of Corrections, administrator of the Division of Criminal Investigations at the Montana Department of Justice, intelligence supervisor for the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and worked in the victim/witness unit for the Spokane County prosecutor’s office. He is the only Montanan to be appointed to the National Children’s Alliance, a Washington D.C. organization that advocates for abused children.

The Friendship Center is a shelter serving Lewis and Clark, Jefferson and Broadwater counties that provides a safe haven and a broad range of services at no charge to anyone who has experienced domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence or stalking.

DOR announces property tax assistance program

The Montana Department of Revenue announces a new property tax assistance program to help residential property owners whose land value is disproportionately higher than the value of their home.

Property owners may qualify for the tax assistance if the department’s appraised market value of their land is more than 150 percent of the department’s appraised market value of their home and other improvements on the land.

To check for qualification, property owners can visit, select property record card, and search for their property. A highlighted note appears in the value history section of the property record card if the property meets the land value requirement.

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For an application form and more information, visit or contact the department’s local office. Property owners should mail completed applications and supporting documentation to their local office by March 1, 2018.

The department will review the applications and notify applicants by mail if they qualify for the assistance for 2018. 


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