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Rhinestones and Rodeo dinner, auction upcoming

Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies, The Montana Coalition Inc. (HMHB) will celebrate its 33rd year of service at Rhinestones and Rodeo, an auction and dinner to be held on Friday, April 28, at the Kleffner Ranch beginning at 5:30 p.m. For tickets, go online to

HMHB incorporates a philosophy of prevention and community based health care through its programs: Safe Seats for Baby, Safe Sleep for Baby, PURPLE Montana-education (about the normalcy of baby crying), Building Bridges for Better Births, and Text4baby, all of which are focused on reducing infant deaths, preventing infant injuries, promoting healthy pregnancies and supporting parents and families.

The mission of HMHB endeavors to improve the health, safety and well-being of Montana families by supporting mothers and babies age 0 to 3. To learn more about HMHB visit


Mental health talk at Carroll

NAMI Helena and Carroll College will host Sgt. Mark DiBona of the Seminole County, Florida Sheriff's Office for a program on Wednesday, April 26, at 7 p.m. about PTSD, officer suicide and DiBona will share his story. The discussion will take place at the Carroll Commons, Lower Campus Center. Two hours POST credit approved by the Montana Law Enforcement Academy. 


LWVHA to elect new officers

The League of Women Voters Helena Area will meet on Tuesday, April 18, at noon at the Lewis & Clark Library, 120 S. Last Chance Gulch. The business of the meeting will include election new officers and revising by-laws. Everyone is welcome


Local students recognized for achievements

The National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT), NorthWestern Energy and Carroll College recognized 14 Montana high school women from 11 high schools for their accomplishments and aspirations in computing and technology. 

The NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing was created to promote the computing aspirations of young women, introduce them to leadership opportunities in the field and generate visibility for women’s participation in technology fields. Winners are acknowledged for their outstanding aptitude and interest in technology and computing, leadership ability, academic history and plans for post-secondary education.

The 2017 Helena-area winners are:

(* indicates 2016 winner as well)

(† indicates National Honorable Mention)

  • Samantha DeMartin*†, senior, Jefferson High School
  • Bridgett Powers, junior, Capital High School
  • Anaka Ronan, senior, Helena High School
  • Bryndon Wilkerson*, junior, Helena High School

The 2017 Montana Honorable Mentions are:

  • Selinda Kiefer, senior, Helena High School
  • Elizabeth Rigby, junior, Helena High School


Carroll College awards scholarships

Carroll College recently awarded $156,684 in scholarships to 13 students through the Elsie P. Corette Memorial Scholarship as well as the Roy F. Simperman Math, Science and Nursing Scholarships.

Two students, who intend to pursue medical school upon graduation, were recipients of the 2017-2018 Elsie P. Corette Memorial Scholarship established at Carroll College. The Corette Scholarship is available to Carroll pre-med majors from Montana through the generosity of 1962 Carroll graduate Roy Simperman of Mercer Island, Washington.  

The 2017-2018 Corette Scholarship recipients are:

  • Kylee Bailey, sophomore, biochemistry/molecular biology major, Shelby
  • Paul Wilson, sophomore, chemistry major, Missoula 

Carroll College also named seven nursing students as the recipients of the 2017-2018 Roy F. Simperman Nursing Scholarship. 

The Roy F. Simperman Math, Science and Nursing Scholarships provide immediate funds to Montana or Idaho students needing financial assistance who are majoring in math, nursing or science with a minimum 3.5 grade point average.  

The 2017-2018 Simperman Math, Science and Nursing Scholarship recipients are: 

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  • Morgan Calnan, junior, nursing major, Montana City
  • Allison Trent, junior, nursing major, Missoula
  • Madison Robischon, sophomore, nursing major, Townsend
  • Allie Roberts, junior, nursing major, Helena
  • Fiona Bennett, junior, nursing major, Bozeman
  • Haley Adams, junior, nursing major, Moscow, Idaho
  • Taylor Thompson, sophomore, nursing major, Clancy
  • Peyton Twete, sophomore, biochemistry/molecular biology major, Whitefish
  • Kaitlin Stromberg, sophomore, biology major, Hamilton
  • Bethany Lacock, junior, chemistry major, Hinsdale
  • Matthew McHugh, junior, civil engineering major, Missoula


Nominations due for historic preservation awards

The City of Helena – Lewis and Clark County Heritage Tourism Council is seeking nominations for this year’s historic preservation awards. Awards may be given for new construction or building remodels for commercial or residential buildings that retain historic integrity, or for individuals or groups who have helped further historic preservation efforts in the city and the county. People may nominate themselves.

Nominations can be delivered to room 224 on the second floor of the City-County Building, or mailed to 316 N. Park Ave., Helena, MT 59623 by 5 p.m. on Monday, May 1. Applications can be found online at or call Pam Attardo, city-county historic preservation officer, 447-8357 for more information.


Carroll Student honored for service accomplishments

Carroll College student Kelly Taft, from Seattle, was recently selected as a 2017 Newman Civic Fellow by Campus Compact for her demonstrated investment in serving others. She was one of only 273 students in the country identified for this honor.

A third-year political science and history major, Taft was nominated by Carroll College President Dr. Tom Evans. 

The Newman Civic Fellows Award is given to college student leaders who have demonstrated an investment in finding solutions for challenges facing communities across the country. 

As a 2017 Newman Civic Fellow, Taft will be a part of the first cohort to benefit from a completely redesigned fellowship. The Newman Civic Fellowship is a one-year experience emphasizing personal, professional, and civic growth. Through the fellowship, Campus Compact provides a variety of learning and networking opportunities, including a national conference of Newman Civic Fellows in partnership with the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate. The fellowship also provides fellows with access to exclusive scholarship and post-graduate opportunities. 



Amelia Stafford, of Helena, has been named to the Emerson College dean's list for the fall 2016 semester. Stafford is majoring in political communication. The requirement to make Emerson's Dean's List is a grade point average of 3.7 or higher.

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