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Youth Talent Search winner chosen

Helena Xpress Singers held their 10th annual Youth Talent Search this past weekend and the $1,000 winner chosen by the audience was beatboxer Jeremiah Paasche. He is a 15-year-old sophomore at Helena High School who enjoys beatboxing, video games and basketball. Paasche is shown performing at the 2017 Night to Shine event in February at the Helena Civic Center.


Military Retiree Appreciation Day today

Malmstrom is hosting the annual Retiree Appreciation Day today, May 19, for military retirees across Montana. 

The annual Military Retiree Appreciation Day is 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Malmstrom Air Force Base. Military retirees receive VIP, front-of-the-line services at medical, military personnel and the commissary throughout the day.

Other highlights include a welcome from 8-9 a.m. at the Base Chapel, lunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. with airmen from around the wing as well as a wing update briefing, retreat at 4:30 p.m. at the Medal of Honor Park, and a 5 p.m. social at the Grizzly Bend. Lunch is $13.

Additionally, the commissary is holding a case lot sale. If you have questions, call the Malmstrom Retirees Activities Office at 406-731-4751.


Restored Montana travel film debuts tonight

The restored film, "The Old West Trail Country, Your Land and Mine," narrated by Academy Award winner Henry Fonda, will make a debut after 40 years Friday, May 19, at 8 p.m. on HCTV, channel 189.

The 28-minute film was made in 1977 for the Old West Trail States of Montana, Wyoming, Nebraska, North and South Dakota. It was distributed to television stations, schools and travel clubs, reaching an estimated 15 million viewers.

The Montana Historical Society Research Center chose the film to be reformatted and conserved because of its deteriorating condition. The only existing film print was fading in color, so Colorlab in Virginia was retained to make scene-to-scene color corrections, sound enhancement, create a negative and digitize for public viewing for years to come.

Bob Henkel of Helena and Jim Graff of Billings produced, directed, edited and provided much of the cinematography for the award-winning film. An original music score is carried throughout the film with the song, “Old West Country, The Way It Used To Be."


Craig Caddis Festival Saturday

The 11th annual Craig Caddis Festival and BBQ Cook-Off will take place Saturday, May 20, in downtown Craig. This annual event includes a barbecue that will benefit the Craig Volunteer Fire Department. The parade kicks off the event at 4 p.m., and all kids are invited to participate. The barbecue tasting also begins at 4 p.m. with 10-plus competitors available for tasting at $3 a bite. Live music from Eklegein Jam Band goes from 5-9 p.m. Kids' rides, face painting, arts and crafts vendors, silent and live auction including fly fishing trips, original art, electronics, a raffle and more. Visit to find out more.


Arts and Trades Show at Capital High

Capital High School’s annual Arts and Trades show will be held on Wednesday, May 24, from 4-7 p.m. at Capital High School.

This free event highlights students' talents in a variety of disciplines. Student works in art and applied design, photography, web design, welding, cabinet making, drafting and many more fields are displayed throughout Capital High School. Refreshments are also available in the library.The evening’s events will include a silent auction to benefit the David Strong Memorial Scholarship fund.

For more information, contact CHS Assistant Principal Walt Chancy, at 406-324-2473.


Montana artist brings performance to Helena

Carroll College will open its new FLEX theater for three nights in early June to present a performance experience that bends the rules of traditional theater. Choreographer and director Krista Leigh Pasini, of Billings, will share an original performance of her latest work, "All Together Now."

"All Together Now" first premiered as a one-act submission for Sacrifice Cliff Theatre’s New Works Festival in Billings in 2015. Pasini collaborated with sound artist Matt Taggart to explore the drifting gaps in Montana families as sons and daughters pick up new occupations and leave the farms, ranches, and towns they were raised in.

The performances are June 1-3 at Carroll College’s FLEX Theatre with doors opening at 7 p.m. The story begins at 7:30 without a curtain call or intermission. Tickets are $15, with a portion of the proceeds donated to the National Endowment of the Arts.



Speech and debate holding fundraiser

Helena High School will be sending three speech and debate students to Nationals this year. Ella Currier qualified in International Extemporaneous Speaking; Maggie Kerr qualified in Program Oral Interpretation; and Sean Manners qualified in Congressional Debate.

These students competed against hundreds of others across the state and earned the right to represent Montana at the National Speech and Debate Tournament in Birmingham, Alabama, in June.

In order to make the trip a fundraising event -- bake sale and raffle -- is being held on Wednesday, May 24, from 7:30 a.m. to noon at the Montana Department of Transportation, 2701 Prospect Ave. 

For those who would like to donate but are unable to attend the bake sale, checks may be sent to: Helena High School Speech & Debate, 1300 Billings Ave., Helena, MT 59601. Make checks payable to Helena speech and Debate Nationals. Or visit,


Nominations sought for Alcohol Education Summit

The Montana Department of Revenue is seeking nominations for this year’s Alcohol Education Summit awards. These awards honor individuals or groups who’ve worked towards a reduction of alcohol abuse in their communities and across the state.

Help recognize the efforts of Montanans who dedicate themselves to educating our communities, and bringing light to this important issue. There are several nomination categories: Outstanding Community Program of the Year, Volunteer of the Year, Law Enforcement Officer of the Year, Prevention Specialist of the Year, State Certified Alcohol Server Trainer of the Year, DUI Task Force of the Year, Community Coalition of the Year, and Outstanding Service.

Call 444-4307 or 444-6457; or email or for a detailed description of each category and a nomination form. Submit nominations by June 1. Award recipients will be honored at the 2017 Alcohol Education Summit in August.


30th class reunion for CHS, HHS upcoming

The 1987 classes of Helena High and Capital High will be celebrating the weekend of July 14-15. July 14 will be individual class outings: Helena High at the Grubstake and Capital High at the Valley Hub. July 15 will be a combined party downtown. If you are a member of the 1987 class or know of anyone who needs to be notified, contact Kathie (Thiede) Frank (HHS) at or call 459-7762; or Lora (Pafilmquist) Cowee (CHS) at or call 439-1068 for more information. You can register to attend either or all functions by going to


Helena Wood Carvers take part in show

Thirteen carvers from Helena Wood Carvers participated in the Montana State Wood Show in Missoula May 6-7. This year there were 255 entries, and carvings were exhibited by carvers from Montana, Idaho, Washington and Oregon.

Keith Wood received both a Best of Division and Best of Class award for his wood burning of ducks "Flying North." Best of Division awards received by the local club were Carolan Bunegar, carved juniper box; Jim Hill, cowboy bottle stoppers, mouse on cheese, and bowl with daisies; Bob Sears, dolphin; and Lowell Wascher carved spoon.

Other carvers that participated were Toby Benson, Gene Hodge, Dennis Huck, Jim Rose, Mike Sather, Patty Smith, Gary Stout and Nancy Rude. Overall they won 23 blue ribbons and 10 red ribbons. 

The Helena Wood Carvers meet each Thursday at 1 p.m. at the Neighborhood Center, 200 S. Cruse in the lunch room. All levels of carvers are welcome.


Educators receive $13K in free books

Across Montana, K-12 educators are celebrating a windfall of free books for their students, thanks to a partnership between their union and a nonprofit organization called First Book.

The American Federation of Teachers (AFT) teamed up with First Book recently to provide free high-quality books and resources to help students in need.

To qualify, educators had to work in Title One schools (schools that serve large concentrations of low-income students).

Educators had until May 31 to order books, but they didn’t delay. They rushed to climb on board. Within 24 hours of MEA-MFT’s first announcement, the available funding had been claimed.

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Last Chancers Chorus offers scholarship

The Helena Last Chancers Chorus is offering a scholarship to the 14th annual Big Sky Youth Harmony Rendezvous to be held June 21-25 at Luccock Park south of Livingston. This four-day camp brings together high-school age singers (girls and boys entering grades 9-12 in the fall) from across Montana for master classes in vocal production and chorus singing, and introduces them to a cappella harmony. Music educators are also encouraged to attend and may earn renewal credits through the Montana Office of Public Instruction.

Participation is limited to the first 140 students and teachers to register. For more information about the Big Sky Youth Harmony Rendezvous, including the teaching credentials of the instructors, go to the website: or email For additional information about the scholarship being offered by the Last Chancers Chorus, contact Jim Penner at 449-2877 or 439-7567 or


Lewis & Clark Humane Society receives grant

The Lewis & Clark Humane Society has received a grant of $59,300 from the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) to update animal housing to help prevent the spread of disease.

The ASPCA made recommendations for housing-disease control including housing kittens in foster care, adding barriers in between kennels, turning existing cat kennels into larger cat pods, adding additional cat pod housing, dividing the cat room into two pods, and updating the cleaning products and protocol. The ASPCA then granted LCHS the funds necessary for project materials to implement the changes.

To tour LCHS to see the changes, contact Kelsee Dalton, development director. Prospective pet parents can visit the Lewis & Clark Humane Society between noon and 6 p.m. on Tuesday and Friday, and between noon and 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday. The shelter is located at 2112 E. Custer Ave. Visit to learn more.



HHS senior receives Audubon scholarship

Helena’s Last Chance Audubon has announced Helena High School senior, Kristopher Bosch, as the recipient of the second annual Last Chance Audubon Society Scholarship Award. The criteria for the award is for a college or university-bound high school senior to pursue a course of study consistent with National Audubon Society’s goals and interests, and the LCAS mission: “Last Chance Audubon Society promotes understanding, respect and enjoyment of birds and the natural world through education, habitat protection, and environmental advocacy.”

Kristopher, son of Helen and Kurt Bosch, plans to study natural resource conservation at the University of Montana. Included among his  high school activities, he served as co-president of the Science Olympiad Team at Helena High School, was president of the Envirothon Team, secretary of the Biology Club, and was a member of the Varsity Science Bowl Team, the Health Occupation Students of America, and the National Honor Society.


DAR announces Citizen winners

Daughters of the American Revolution, Oro Fino Chapter announced three Good Citizen Competition winners at an awards ceremony on on May 13. The contest is open to graduating seniors. 

First place winner was Jacob Rasch of Jefferson High School in Boulder. Runners up were Gabe Walsh of Helena High School and Carly DeLuca of Lincoln High School. The students were judged on dependability, service to others, leadership and patriotism. The topic of their winning essays was “Our American Heritage and Our Responsibility for Preserving It." Rasch will be attending Carroll College and will be joining ROTC. Walsh will be attending Montana Tech in Butte, and DeLuca will be attending Highlands College in Butte for radiology technology. 



Clay Patrick Van Diest, of Helena, has been named to the 2017 spring semester dean's list at St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wisconsin. A minimum 3.5 grade point average is required for academic eligibility.


Sonja Sponholz, of Helena, has been named to the spring 2017 dean's list at Befilmont University in Nashville, Tennessee. Eligibility is based on a minimum course load of 12 hours and a quality grade point average of 3.5 with no grade below a C.


Kendra Danielson, of Helena, has been named to Harding University dean's list for spring 2017 semester. Harding is located in Searcy, Arkansas. To be eligible, a student must be carrying 12 or more hours with a 3.65 or higher grade-point average and no incompletes.

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