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Below Elkhorn, Queen Gulch leads to destinations hidden by high country as it carves the foothold of Crow Peak.  The steep jeep road along the creek may frustrate your footing before it ends in a cirque southeast of the summit.  But the climb caches backcountry payoff:  the lurk of cutthroat… Read Article

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When I was a teenager, I would roam the hills west of Jefferson City on four wheeler and foot. It was largely undeveloped country worth exploring – open and with prospects unknown. I now live on one of those very hills, on land carved up and subdivided only a decade ago. The homes in our nei… Read Article

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Could senior cooperative housing, a model gaining popularity in states with aging populations, be the solution to alleviating social isolation and population loss in Montana’s rural small towns? Read Article

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August in a normal year finds the students and staff at Jefferson High School excited and ready to get back to football, volleyball and cross country. This year the excitement is there but there are a lot of question marks on how it is going to happen, and still a possibility that sports may… Read Article

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The Meadowlark Ridge Homeowners Association recently erected a “School Bus Stop Ahead” sign in the subdivision. One young resident of the neighborhood, Oli Davis, 9, was part of the process in getting the sign put in the ground, according to Bud Siderits, president of the MLRHOA. Read Article

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In 2010, the Whitehall Senior Center, an activity and meals hub for seniors in Whitehall, was trying to unload a bus and a van it had been using to transport its patrons and residents of a nearby assisted-living home. The Montana Department of Transportation had designated the center that ar… Read Article

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Last week in Graying Pains, the Missoulian’s David Erickson examined the introduction and implementation of Kaigo Hoken, or care insurance, in Japan, the world’s demographically oldest country. This week’s conclusion of that story explores how a similar policy might translate to Montana, the… Read Article

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This is part 1 of a two-part story about financing elder care in aging populations. Part 2 — what new strategies could Montana explore? — will be published next week.  Read Article

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Beyond the I-15 underpass, the road north out of Boulder climbs from a history of industry and enterprise toward hiking routes close to town. Sweeping overlooks and the ephemeral blooms of Montana’s state flower pivot with the past on the communications tower visible from Main Street. Read Article

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To reach the ghost town, head south down Highway 69, listen closely, and take a left when you hear the soft rush of river rapids. Then, at White Bridge Road, turn left, cross the Boulder River and continue down the back road until you hit the loose gravel of Elkhorn Road. Keep to the road, w… Read Article

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As Montana’s aging population continues to grow (18.9% of Montanans are now 65 or older), rural residents face the same aging challenges as their urban counterparts but often with fewer resources.            Read Article

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SEELEY LAKE — “Don’t bring in a rocker — I don’t need those kinds of things,” Pearl Hawkins told Seeley Lake Elementary preschool teacher Sheila Devins on her first day as a foster grandparent. “I’m going to get down in the beanbags with the kids.” Read Article

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I enjoy walking through cemeteries. Names of the past seldom used anymore and symbols of fraternal organizations long gone adorn old headstones. My local cemetery, the Jefferson City Cemetery, is the kind I enjoy most: unmaintained, overgrown, seldom visited, and with a good view. There is b… Read Article

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Editor’s note: This is the third of a three-part series on intentional communication, a way of communicating that deliberately fosters social and emotional skill development. The content was assembled by Barb Reiter, prevention specialist for Jefferson County, and sourced by Parenting Montana. Read Article

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Editor’s note: This is the second of a three-part series on intentional communication, a way of communicating that deliberately fosters social and emotional skill development. The content was assembled by Barb Reiter, prevention specialist for Jefferson County, and sourced by Parenting Monta… Read Article

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