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Deb Grebenc receives Inspirational Swimmer Award

Charlotte Sanddal, left, stands with Deb Grebenc who has been awarded the 2018 Charlotte Sanddal Inspirational Swimmer Award, a traveling silver wine cooler engraved with her name. Helena's Ridley Master swimmers chose Grebenc because of her dedicated service to Helena. She is the founding member of the Helena Regional Sports Association, a nonprofit organization working with the YMCA to build a sports center and indoor competition pool for Helena. Grebenc was also instrumental in starting the junior swim team at the Y called JuST Swim.


Learn more about corvids at the library

Join David Slaughter, a volunteer at Montana Wild, for a free presentation on corvids at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 12, at the Lewis & Clark Library, 120 S. Last Chance Gulch.

Ravens, along with crows, jays, and magpies make up the cosmopolitan family of oscine passerine birds known as corvids. This diverse group of birds has a history as varied as the birds that make up the genus. While often associated with death, crows have earned a bad reputation in American culture, but crows are highly intelligent and adaptable.

AARP driver safety class planned 

AARP driver safety has one class scheduled in Helena during 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.

  • Wednesday, Jan. 16, at First Interstate Bank, 2021 N. Montana Ave., from noon until about 4:30 p.m. 

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

Cranium Café workshop series continues

Cranium Café is a brain health workshop featuring exercises and education in a relaxed environment. The program continues with a video series from noon-1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 16, at 2330 E. Broadway. Participants learn how to feed and care for the brain for improved memory, overall health and well-being. Nanette Whitman-Holmes, life enrichment director at Touchmark, facilitates the program. Bring a brown bag lunch. Beverages will be provided.

Cranium Café is free however, non-perishables for Helena Food Share are suggested as donations. Register at Cranium Café is a program of Helena Community Connections. All programs occur in handicapped accessible facilities. Bridges programs are life enrichment for those over age 50.

Montana Historic Preservation awards ceremony upcoming

Hosted by the Montana State Historic Preservation Office of the Montana Historical Society, the 2019 Montana Historic Preservation Awards Ceremony is scheduled for 2 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 18, at the Myrna Loy Theater, 15 N. Ewing.

This year, five award recipients are recognized at the biennial ceremony. They include: Montana State University professor Máire O’Neill Conrad for Outstanding Service to Historic Preservation—John N. DeHaas Memorial Award; Billings architect Randy Hafer for Outstanding Contributions to Historic Preservation; the McGraw Building in Fort Benton for Outstanding Historic Preservation Rehabilitation Project—Governor’s Award; the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Mountain-Prairie Region for Outstanding Historic Preservation Stewardship; and historic preservation photographer Kristi Hager of Missoula for Outstanding Achievement in Historic Preservation.

In addition to the awards, certificates will be presented to owners of 32 properties from 18 different counties listed in the National Register of Historic Places the past two years. Lewis and Clark County accounts for five of these National Register listings. Properties listed in Lewis and Clark County the previous two years include the Dorsey Grocery and Residence, the Crump-Howard House, the Aeronautics Operation Building, the Gehring Ranch, and the Western Clay Manufacturing Company, also known as the Archie Bray Foundation. 

Lt. Gov. Mike Cooney and Montana Historical Society Director Bruce Whittenberg will assist State Historic Preservation officer Dr. Mark Baumler in making the presentations. The event is open to the public, and all with an interest in Montana history are encouraged to attend.


Capitol Courtesy Shuttle service up and running

In an effort to alleviate parking issues for the 66th Legislative Session, the free Capitol Courtesy Shuttle service will be available. 

The pickup location will be on the west side of the Capital Hill Town Center, formerly the Capital Hill Mall.

The shuttle will run with pickups every 5-10 minutes. Riders may catch the shuttle at the west entrance of the Capital Hill Town Center parking lot starting at 6:30 a.m. The final pick-up will be at 6:15 p.m. from the south entrance of the state Capitol building located at 1301 E. Sixth Ave.

A route map will be posted online at the Department of Administration Facebook page available at and online at

For additional information or questions, contact the General Services Division at 406-444-3060.

MTPR’s ‘Capitol Talk’ announces new addition to team

The Montana Public Radio weekly legislative news and analysis program “Capitol Talk” returns in 2019 with a new voice. Lee Enterprises’ Capitol reporter Holly Michels will join MTPR host Sally Mauk and University of Montana political science Professor Rob Saldin each Friday during the 2019 legislative session.

Michels replaces veteran Capitol reporter Chuck Johnson, who was on “Capitol Talk” since its inception and retired this year. Michels has worked as a reporter and editor for Lee Enterprises for more than a decade at newspapers in Hamilton, Butte, Billings and Helena.

Beginning Jan. 11, “Capitol Talk” airs Fridays at 6:35 p.m. on MTPR while the Montana Legislature is in session. It repeats on Sunday mornings at 11 a.m. and is online at or can be downloaded as a podcast.

Montana Public Radio is a public service of UM and broadcasts on 89.1 Missoula (KUFM); 91.5 Missoula city (K218AI); 91.9 Hamilton (KUFN); 89.5 Polson (KPJH); 90.1 Kalispell, Whitefish, North Valley (KUKL); 90.5 Libby (KUFL); 91.7 Kalispell, city (K219BN); 101.3 Swan Lake (K267BJ); 91.3 Butte (KAPC); 91.7 Helena (KUHM); 91.7 Dillon (K219DN); 89.9 Great Falls (KGPR); and 98.3 White Sulphur Springs (K252AD).

Lewis & Clark Library offering ACT study group

Taking the ACT Exam is mandatory, being afraid or nervous about it is not. To help Helena-area teens prepare for the ACT Exam, Your Lewis & Clark Library has announced the addition of a free ACT Study Group. The sessions begin on Jan. 23.

During each study session, the group will cover a different section of the ACT plus go over tips and tricks for reducing anxiety and stress on test day.

The study group will use library resources, free online tools, and access the official Peterson’s ACT Prep Guide using Lewis & Clark Library’s Education and Test Prep database. The study group will discuss test strategies, complete sample questions, and experience a full practice test.

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Participants should bring writing materials, a calculator, and/or a laptop computer. The Library will have a small number of computers for participants to use, but participants are encouraged to bring their own laptops if possible. Students should register at the Lewis & Clark Library by calling the Information Desk at 406-447-1690, or email Heather, Teen Services Librarian at Be prepared to share your name, school, and a good phone number to receive reminder text messages.


Nominations sought for Salute to Women awards luncheon

Big Sky ABWA and Soroptomist International of Helena are seeking nominations for the 2019 Salute to Women awards luncheon.

Every year the Salute to Women luncheon recognizes and honors women who have demonstrated qualities of leadership and excellence in their professional endeavors. Nominations are being sought for the Salute to Women Woman of Achievement and the YWCA Woman of the Year 2019 awards.

Nomination forms are available online at and must be received no later than Jan. 31. The luncheon is Thursday, March 14, from noon-1 p.m. at the Great Northern Hotel. Proceeds benefit the YWCA and educational scholarships for Helena area women and girls. For more information about submitting a nomination, call 406-439-5639.


Helena-area students named to UM dean's list

The University of Montana has released the fall semester 2018 dean’s list and president’s 4.0 list. Double asterisks after a name indicate the student earned a 4.0 GPA. A single asterisk indicates a GPA greater than 3.5 but less than 4.0.

BOULDER: Isaiah Hesford*

CANYON CREEK: Jaclyn Hiel*

CLANCY: Nathan Caldwell* Karina Carlson* Elizabeth Evertz** Megan Fandrich* Jaurdyn Johnson* Liudmila Karaseva** Matthew Krantz* Colin McLean* Ryan McNamara* Catherine Rigby* Collin Tonkovich*

EAST HELENA: Kyleen Dolan* Bethany Lindner** Katie Lindner** Erin Longdon** Holly Menager* Rhees Miller* Kiara Randall** William Rook** Jaden Sparrow** Lane Ulberg*

ELLISTON: Jake Pennington* Joseph Pennington*

HELENA: Madelene Anderson* Tanner Bailey* Troy Bawden* Maddelyn Black** Matthew Blassic* Kergan Boggs* Jillian Briski** Amber Brown** Emily Burke* Katie Carroll* Jessica Clanin** Isabella Clinch** Anna Costain* Caelan Cummings* Jocelyn Davis-Bunger* Wyatt Duthie* Casey Ebelt** Chelsi Ebelt* Erin Fitzpatrick* Lilah Fox* Kaitlyn French** Amy Gazy* Justice Gjerde* Emily Gould** Levi Griffin* Elizabeth Guyaz* Keaton Habeck* Ally Hand* Ashlyne Hand* Hannah Harvey** Joshua Hause** Connie Heiser* Jennifer Hern* Reagan Hoffman* Ethan Holmes* Kurt Keiper* Brandon King** Christopher Kunda* Sydney Ladas** Rachel Lauf* Kaitlynn Lindbo** Ashley Lindgren* Rachel Lunday* Bryce MacNeill* Claire Malany** Kaila Matteson* Matthew McCarl** Keyara McCarthy* Shannara McDunn** Xavier Melice* Demi Meredith** Emma Meredith* Reece Miller** James Murry* Danielle Nelson* Thea Ostwald* Claire Peterson* Taylor Pirre* Megan Reeser* Morgan Rehm* Jacob Rex* Skylar Rispens* Bailee Robbins* Ashley Romero* Kaedin Rosling* Kamrin Rosling** Shannon Roybal** Erin Sargent* Lindsey Sewell** Sydni Shea* Kenndle Sierer* Emily Simonson* Addie Slanger** Lillian Soper** Rebecca Speranza* Aimee Thornton** Samuel Tinsley* Brett Traxler* Madison Tyson* Madeline Ulmer** Shelby VanHemelryck** Anthony Warren* Gretta Wellenstein** Marcus Welnel* Trevor Welnel* Henry Williams** Kelsey Wohlfrom* Savannah Woods* Madison Zeggai**

JEFFERSON CITY: Colton Kreamer*

TOWNSEND: Jessi Hamlen** Clint Reichert*

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