Qigong classes offered in East Helena

AARP Montana is sponsoring six Qigong sessions for seniors in East Helena. Qigong is coordinated body posture, movement, breathing and meditation.

Sessions will take place at the East Helena City Hall Gym, 306 East Main St., East Helena (corner of Montana and Main). Participants need not be AARP members to participate. Also, participants need not be East Helena residents to participate. All sessions will be free.

Classes will begin at 10:15 a.m. and end at 10:45 a.m. No experience with Qigong is needed. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes. Plan to arrive before 10:15. Classes will be offered on Tuesdays and Wednesdays only, Aug. 29-30, Sept. 5-6 and 12- 13. For more information email mt@aarp.org or phone 443-1924.


Experimental aircraft open house planned

Helena Chapter 344 of the Experimental Aircraft Association will be holding an open house/Young Eagles rally with a free pancake breakfast on Saturday, Sept. 9, at Montana Aeronautics HQ, 2630 Airport Road in Helena, from 9 to 11 a.m. The public is encouraged to come out to enjoy the pancake breakfast and view aircraft on display built by the pilots who fly them. Youngsters 8 to 17 may register for free airplane rides by experienced, EAA volunteer pilots. Young Eagles must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

More than 2 million next generation pilots and aviation professionals have received first-hand flight experiences through the EAA Young Eagles program. More information about EAA and the Young Eagles program can be found at www.eaa.org. Questions may be directed to Chapter 344 president Albert Hathy, EAAch344@gmail.com.


Firefighters to receive registration extension

Classes at the University of Montana begin Thursday, Aug. 31. However, UM and the Montana University System will extend important deadlines for students who are fighting wildfires.

The extension gives student firefighters extra time – until Tuesday, Sept. 5 – to meet registration, financial aid, housing and other deadlines. To take advantage of the extended deadlines and reserve space in courses for which they are registered, UM students who are fighting fires must call 406-243-6599 by Wednesday, Aug. 30.

The recorded message at that number instructs students to provide the following information: their name, student identification number, the name of the agency employing them, and whether they are scheduled to move into UM housing.

The extension applies to all students working in the firefighting effort, including those providing support services for fire crews, as well as National Guard members and other military personnel.

For more information call the UM Registrar’s Office at 406-243-5600.


Cowboy Hall of Fame announces 2017 inductions

Today the Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame & Western Heritage Center (MCHF & WHC) has announced the 10th class of inductions into the Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame. The inductees were chosen from a field of candidates nominated by the general public. Inductees are honored for their notable contributions to the history and culture of Montana.

“Our volunteer trustees around Montana vote on nominations that come from the district in which they reside,” said Jeff Bolstad, MCHF & WHC President. 

The MCHF & WHC board of directors has designated 12 trustee districts across the state from which up to 20 trustees may be appointed. Nomination criteria established by the board for the Class of 2017 inductions allowed the election of up to one Living Inductee and two Legacy Inductees from each of the 12 districts.

The 2017 inductees from District 8  (Broadwater, Jefferson, & Lewis and Clark Counties) into the Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame are:

  • Living Award – Governor Judy (Morstein) Martz, Helena
  • Legacy Award – Robert F. “Bob” Cooney, Helena, and James J. “Jim” McLucas, Helena

The MCHF & WHC will honor these inductees during the annual Circle the Wagons gathering February 2-3, 2018, in Great Falls.



Helena students attend National Youth Science Camp

Caleb Noble, a graduate of Capital High School, and Kris Bosch, a graduate of Helena High School, represented Montana at the National Youth Science Camp. Noble and Bosch joined 108 other delegates from 50 states and eight countries in the annual STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) program. The National Youth Science Camp, located in the Monongahela National Forest near Green Bank, West Virginia, integrates engaging and thought-provoking STEM presentations and hands-on activities with adventurous outdoor experiences and performing and applied arts.

Each year, graduating high school seniors with high achievements in STEM fields are selected from the 50 states, Washington, D.C., and eight countries to attend the National Youth Science Camp. For almost a month, delegates attend lectures by science industry leaders, engineers and researchers, but also experience the beauty of the West Virginia outdoors through backpacking, caving, mountain biking and rock climbing.

The National Youth Science Camp is operated by the National Youth Science Foundation. To apply for the National Youth Science Camp, go to www.apply.nysc.org. To learn more about the programs and work of the National Youth Science Foundation, please visit www.nysf.com.

Noble plans to attend the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the fall, to study electrical engineering.

Bosch plans to attend the University of Montana or Montana Tech in the fall, to study conservation ecology.



U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Jacklyn J. Girard graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.

The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.

Airmen who complete basic training also earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

Girard earned distinction as an honor graduate.

She is the daughter of Tammy Copenhaver J. and Mark R. Copenhaver, and granddaughter of Virginia Toycen and Sandra G. Copenhaver, all of Helena, and wife of Ryan B. Girard of Great Falls.

She is a 2014 graduate of Helena High School and earned an associate degree in 2016 from Great Falls College- Montana State University, Great Falls.


Army 2nd Lt. Paul J. Langer has been decorated with the Army Achievement Medal for service as a Cadet Summer Training cadre.

The medal is awarded to personnel who have distinguished themselves by meritorious service or achievements while serving in a combat or non-combat area with the Army.

Langer is the son of Paul And Kellie Langer of Helena and husband of Alex C. Langer of Missoula.

He graduated in 2012 from Capital High School and earned a bachelor's degree in 2017 from the University of Montana, Missoula.