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St. Peter’s Health to host showing of 'Paper Tigers'

In support of a community effort to elevate the well-being and future of our children, St. Peter’s Health and Elevate Montana-Helena will host a free showing of the film "Paper Tigers" on Tuesday, Jan. 23, starting at 5:30 p.m. at the Hospital’s Education Center, 2475 E. Broadway.

"Paper Tigers" is a 1 1/2 hour documentary that captures the pain, the danger, the beauty and the hopes of struggling teens and the teachers armed with new science and fresh approaches that are changing lives for the better. The documentary follows a year in the life of an alternative high school where the adults learned to ask: “What happened to you?” instead of “What’s wrong with you?” To learn more about the film, visit



AARP Driver Safety classes offered

AARP Driver Safety has two classes scheduled in Helena for January. Participants receive updates on the rules of the road and learn driving strategies to adapt to the effects of aging and to reduce chances of having a crash. The course was developed for participants age 50-plus, but is open to all ages. The course fee is $20 ($15 with AARP membership card). Auto insurance companies in Montana provide a multi-year discount to participants 55 years of age and older.

  • Thursday, Jan. 11, at First Interstate Bank-East, 2728 Colonial Drive, from noon until about 4:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Jan. 31, at Touchmark on Saddle Drive; 915 Saddle Drive, from noon until about 4:30 p.m.

To register for a class, call 457-4712. Find additional classes at


Capital High School teacher honored

Susan Butler, family and consumer science teacher at Capital High School, has been recognized with the annual 2017 Montana Family and Consumer Science’s Teacher of the Year award. This award is presented to a Montana FCS teacher in recognition of their contributions within their field and community.

Within the Helena School District, Butler has taught FCS at Helena and Capital High schools and special education for the Prickley Pear Co-op and at C.R. Anderson Middle School. In addition, Butler is a sponsor for the World Travel Academy and will be traveling with students in 2018 to Paris, England and Germany. She was also selected to present “Let’s Make Dying Fun” at the 2017 National Career and Technical Education in Nashville. Butler is an active board member of the Montana Family and Consumer Science teachers and previous member of the ethics committee for AAFCS.


Entries sought for civics contest

The 2018 Ninth Circuit Civics Contest offers high school students in the western United States and Pacific Islands a chance to win cash prizes.

The theme of the contest is “The 14th Amendment 150 Years After Ratification: What Does Equal Protection Mean to Students?” Students are asked to write an essay and/or produce a video focusing on how Congress and the federal courts have applied the Equal Protection Clause to education. The contest is open to students in Montana in grades 9-12 enrolled in public, private and parochial schools, or home-schooled students of equivalent grade status may enter.

A total of $7,000 in cash prizes will be awarded. The top three finishers in both the essay and video competitions will receive $2,000 for first place, $1,000 for second place and $500 for third place. In addition, the first-place winners along with a parent or guardian will be invited to the 2018 Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference in Anaheim, California.

Winners at the local level become finalists in the circuit contest.

The U.S. Courts for the District of Montana is conducting a local contest for students in the state.

Winners will receive prizes of $2,000 for first place, $1,000 for second place and $500 for third place. For more information about the district contest, contact Kelsey Hanly at 406-829-7154, or email at

Contest rules and information are available at:

Entries will be accepted beginning Feb. 1. The deadline for entries will be April 1.

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Local contest winners will be announced in May and the Ninth Circuit winners in June.


Nominations sought for ServeMontana awards

The Governor’s Office of Community Service is accepting nominations for the eighth annual ServeMontana Awards, the office announced today.

The ServeMontana Awards recognize and thank Montanans for their everyday contributions to their community and civic life through service and volunteerism.

The public is encouraged to nominate individuals of all ages and backgrounds, organizations and groups. All services must be performed in Montana or by Montanans, and applications are due by March 31. Nominees should:

  • Volunteer in ways that cause a lasting change in people's lives.
  • Demonstrate a strong commitment to serving their community.
  • Engage in service that greatly benefits others.
  • Exhibit leadership in their service.
  • Represent determination and perseverance.

To apply, or for more information, visit Winners will be honored at a ceremony at the state Capitol on May 25.


Magdalyn Rauser, of Toston, has been named to the Dickinson State University President's List for the fall 2017 semester. Eligible students must be enrolled full-time and have a minimum semester grade-point average of 3.9 or higher.


Nicole Sparks, of Helena, has been named to the 2017 NAIA Daktronics Scholar-Athlete Team. In order to be nominated, students must maintain a minimum of 3.5-4.0 GPA and be a junior in academic standing. Sparks attends Rocky Mountain College in Billings and is a member of the soccer team.


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