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Business Briefcase published Sunday, June 17, 2018
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Business Briefcase published Sunday, June 17, 2018

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Marks Lumber has a new logo.

Names and faces

Rodney Applegate has been promoted to senior services program director at Rocky Mountain Development Council, Inc. (Rocky). He will be managing two programs, Senior Nutrition and Transportation, and Area IV Agency on Aging. Senior Nutrition and Transportation extends across the tri-county area in services such as Meals on Wheels, lunches at local and rural senior centers, and senior commodities providing bi-monthly allocations of food for income-qualified recipients. Area IV Agency on Aging extends beyond the tri-county area providing advocacy resources to help the senior population make decisions regarding Medicare and Medicaid. Prior to this position, Applegate was a budget analyst at Rocky.

Applegate is a Helena native and graduated from Capital High School in 1978. He earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Carroll College in 1982. Prior to working at Rocky, he worked for AAA Mountain West and Student Assistance Foundation.

Mindy Diehl has been promoted to senior corps program director at Rocky Mountain Development Council, Inc. (Rocky). She will be overseeing three senior corps programs that include Senior Companions, Foster Grandparents, and Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP). Prior to this position, Diehl was the senior companion program coordinator at Rocky.

Diehl graduated from MSU in 2009 with a bachelor’s degree in health and human services and moved to Helena 2010. She currently sits on the National Senior Corps Association Board.

Katurah Spady, has joined Great West Engineering as part of the transportation group and will be based out of the Helena office. Spady graduated in May 2018 from Montana State University with a B.S. in civil engineering.

Duncan Breedlove has joined Great West Engineering as part of the solid waste group and will be based out of the Boise, Idaho, office. Breedlove graduated in May 2018 from Boise State University with a B.S. in civil engineering and a minor in applied mathematics.

Levi Anderson, MHA, FACHE, has been chosen as the new CEO of Western Montana Mental Health Center.

Anderson has 12 years of leadership experience in healthcare. He has a master's in healthcare administration from Montana State University-Billings, and is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives. He has most recently served as the general manager for LifeNet Health in Seattle. Anderson also graduated from the University of Montana with a B.S. in zoological sciences.

Anderson will be joining Western in July 2018 and will be based in Missoula at the Western Administration Office.

Cynthia Brooks has joined the Doney Crowley P.C. law firm in Helena as senior counsel. Her practice will focus on environmental regulatory compliance, governmental relations, real estate and property transactions, contracts, toxic tort and environmental litigation, and complex multi-party negotiations.

Prior to joining Doney Crowley P.C., Brooks was chief remediation counsel for the Department of Environmental Quality. She also served as the state’s senior Superfund attorney for more than 20 years.

Before working for the state, Brooks was in private practice in Missoula with the law firm of Datsopoulos, MacDonald, and Lind P.C. and also clerked for the Montana Supreme Court.

Brooks holds a bachelor’s degree in finance and economics, with honors, from the University of Montana and graduated with honors from the University of Montana School of Law in 1992.

She is a fourth-generation Montanan.

She can be contacted at

Sandfire Resources America Inc. has announced the appointment of Robert Scargill as vice president–project development and as a director of Sandfire America.

Scargill is an internationally experienced mining engineer responsible for the development and operation of a number of underground mines. Most recently, he was the chief executive officer of LeadFX Inc., a Canadian-based company with projects in Western Australia and Utah. Scargill holds a Bachelor of Engineering (honors) from the University of Nottingham, United Kingdom, and a Graduate Diploma of Management from the University of Central Queensland, Australia. He will be responsible for the development of a Bankable Feasibility Study for the Black Butte Copper Project and full development of the portal and decline once all regulatory approvals are in place.  

News and notes

New logo embraces Montana's history

Marks Lumber, owned and operated by Steve and Laura Marks, is debuting a new logo.

The logo includes a livestock brand that is read "cross half-circle." The cross half-circle brand first appeared in Montana during the early 1840s with missionaries who dedicated their lives to a cause they believed in. The Marks family has been using the brand in Montana continually since 1888.

The cross half-circle symbol lives on as both a livestock brand and as a logo representing Marks Lumber’s continued commitment to the Montana community, the land, the forest, and to quality timber products. Marks Lumber is located at 30 Lump Gulch Road in Clancy. 

For more information about products and services, visit, or call 406-933-5794. 


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