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Paint N Party Shop relocates

Lucy Davis has relocated her Canvas Paint N Party Shop to 625D Barney St., at Cottonwood Corner. Visit for more information.

Names and faces

Mary Elizabeth Bell, has joined Robert Peccia & Associates’ Airport Group in Helena as an engineering designer/construction technician. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering with environmental emphasis from Carroll College, as well as an Associate of Applied Science degree in programming/network administration from the Helena College, University of Montana. She is certified in nuclear soil moisture and density gauge operation.

Bell’s work experience includes data and sample collection as well as development of complex HEC-RAS hydraulic models for new and existing sections of rivers, streams, and drainages.


Valerie Dunlap, the owner of First Impressions Salon, has relocated her business to 1309 11th Ave. Dunlap has owned First Impressions for more than 17 years and has 26 years' of experience in the business doing cuts, colors, perms and gel nails. For more information or an appointment, call 457-1542.


Lewis and Clark Public Health has hired Megan Grotzke to coordinate its community referral system known as CONNECT. She studied photojournalism at the University of Montana and comes to the health department from Rocky Mountain Development Council. She has several years of experience in marketing, communications, graphic design, health care and nonprofit work. CONNECT is a secure, web-based system that allows health and social service agencies to refer families to support services.


Jon Scallan has joined St. Peter’s Hospital as the director of quality. In his role, Scallan will be responsible for providing leadership in the development, implementation, monitoring, evaluation and reporting of all quality management functions. Day to day duties include working with people across the organization to ensure appropriate policies and processes are in place to deliver quality patient care.

Scallan comes to St. Peter’s with more than 20 years of experience in the health care industry, most recently serving as the regional director of Accreditation and Regulatory Compliance at St. Luke’s Hospital in Twin Falls, Idaho. He holds a Master of Business Administration in healthcare management from the University of Phoenix, a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Argosy University in Dallas, and is a certified professional in Healthcare Quality.


Community Solutions, Inc. has announced that Gina Rasmussen is managing the Helena office. Rasmussen recently retired from the Department of Corrections.

Community Solutions, Inc. offers professional, quick and reliable drug and alcohol testing as well as home arrest, SCRAM and BACTrack monitoring. The business is located at 334 Fuller, Suite 3. Call 406-502-2150.


News and notes 

Paint N Party Shop moves

Canvas Paint N Party Shop has relocated to 625D Barney St. Owner Lucy Davis will be holding a grand reopening on Saturday, Oct. 14 from 1-9 p.m.

The shop holds adult Paint n Sip parties on weekends — bring a bottle of Chardonnay and Davis supplies the glasses, homemade cookies, aprons, canvas and paint for you to create a painting. The shop also offers team-building events for up to 30 of your co-workers. No art experience is necessary.

The new location at Cottonwood Corner next to Mountain Ranch House Pizza, offers plenty of free parking. Business hours are Tuesday-Saturday from 1-9 p.m. Visit for more information or to register.


DOR begins provider sales tax process

The Montana Department of Revenue reminds medical marijuana providers to file their first Medical Marijuana Provider tax return and payment by Oct. 15, 2017. The tax return and payment are for the quarter ending Sept. 30, 2017.

Montana’s Medical Marijuana Act, or SB 333, was passed by the 2017 Legislature and creates a tax on the gross sales of providers of medical marijuana products. The tax is 4 percent of gross sales up through the June 30, 2018, and 2 percent for subsequent years.

Medical marijuana providers should file their tax returns electronically on the department’s website at

The department is accepting any method of payment for this tax, including cash, however we highly recommend electronic or noncash payment methods. Providers can pay online when they file their return, or send checks and money orders to: Montana Department of Revenue, P.O. Box 6169, Helena, MT 59604-6169.

Providers can also deliver a cash payment to a drop box in Helena. The department will not accept cash payments at any other locations. The drop box is located at the department’s downtown building, 340 N. Last Chance Gulch. The lobby is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., except on holidays.

For more information and frequently asked questions, visit or call 444-6900.


AERO Expo in Butte Oct. 20-22

The AERO Expo and Annual Meeting, a yearly gathering of key players and interested beginners in the fields of sustainable agriculture, clean energy, and resilient communities, will be held in Butte, Oct. 20-22.

For more than two decades, AERO members and friends have gathered in a different location across Montana for the Expo and Annual Meeting. This year, AERO’s board and membership selected Butte to the Expo, in part because of Butte’s uncommon past and expanding vision.

AERO’s mission is to empower communities to nurture and promote a more sustainable Montana. Headquartered in Helena, AERO has consistently, persistently focused on creating local leadership through education, information and advocacy around the key issues of renewable energy and sustainable agriculture.

The Expo is open to the public, and is the nonprofit’s annual fund-raising event as well as a statewide gathering for members and nonmembers to share skills, ideas and resources.

To register for the conference, visit AERO’s website at, or find them on Facebook.

Awards and honors

Merry Maids of Helena
honored for excellence

The Helena Merry Maids franchise recently received two awards for business excellence. Owned by Kim and Rory Copeland of Montana City, Helena Merry Maids was presented the Regency Award for Best Franchise Growth last June and then received the Dallen Peterson Award of Distinction at the Annual Convention recently held in Phoenix.

Dallen Peterson Award of Distinction is one of the highest awards granted a Merry Maids franchise. Of the 1,350 company-owned locations and franchised outlets nationwide, only the top 20, who exemplify the highest quality in leadership, financial management, marketing and sales, customer satisfaction and revenue growth receive this honor in the name of the company’s founder.

The Copelands have owned and operated the Helena Merry Maids since 1991 and celebrated their 26th year of service in September. Their company headquarters is in East Helena, and they provide cleaning services in the greater Helena area as well as Clancy and Townsend.

Call 227-6485 for more information.


Bank of the Rockies, N.A. recognized

Bank of the Rockies, N.A. was recognized by the American Bankers Association Foundation for its CONversations About Cons program with a 2017 Community Commitment Award. The award was given to Bank of the Rockies for its efforts in the Protecting Older Americans category and will be presented during ABA’s Annual Convention in Chicago on Oct. 17.

CONversations About Cons promotes elder fraud prevention and awareness through education and candid roundtable discussions with seniors, their families and caregivers. In 2017 the program expanded to include “Protecting Our Aging Treasures” to publicly promote elder fraud prevention.

The selection committee chose six banks based on the creativity and thoughtfulness of programs — traditional or innovative in nature and structure — that embody the ideals of corporate social responsibility and demonstrate success in measurable terms.


Sheridan doctor honored

The Montana Medical Association (MMA) honored Roman M. Hendrickson M.D., a family practice physician in Sheridan, with the Doctor Jack McMahon Service to Montana Physicians Award at the President’s Gala, held in conjunction with the annual MMA Membership and Board of Trustees Meeting in Big Sky on Sept. 23.

This award is reserved for individuals who exhibit a commitment to the physician profession by promoting collaboration, protecting the physician-patient relationship, advocating for the interests of patients, and encouraging continued improvement of the physician profession.

Hendrickson was honored for commitment to providing quality care to Montana’s rural communities. He routinely travels the 520 miles between the Ruby Valley Clinic in Sheridan and the Fort Peck Reservation in Poplar where he is instrumental in advancing proper health and dental care for children, as well as their long-term mental, physical and spiritual health. 


Hotel general manager receives award

The Montana Lodging and Hospitality Association (MLHA) has announced that Jim Tucker, general manager of the Comfort Suites Airport Hotel, has received the Lodging Persons of the Year Award during the association’s annual Awards Banquet held Sept. 26. 

Tucker has served on the board of MLHA for the past two years. He actively participates as co-chair of the Membership Committee and is a leader on the association’s Legislative Committee.  


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