Sheila Rice embodies what the phrase “Montana Citizen” is all about. Born in Anaconda and raised in Great Falls, Rice has devoted her life and career to public service in the Great Falls community and throughout the state of Montana.
For 122 years, a Major League Baseball player has rested at Great Fall’s Old Highland Cemetery in an unmarked grave. An effort on behalf of William H. Colgan, the first former player to be buried in the state of Montana, hopes to remedy this in time to unveil a new memorial at the 8th annual Waking the Dead Tour to be held on June 24, 2018.
When forest fires ignited near my home two years ago, I began compiling a list of items to pack once word came to evacuate. My laptop and family photos made the roster. So did a cracked, nine-inch-long box that’s priceless to me and of questionable value to anybody else.
Meet Edna Ridenour, 101 and as sassy and sharp as the day she graduated from Columbia Falls High School. Hers was the class of ’34 with, coincidentally, 34 students and a school motto of “WPA, here we come!”
In Montana, one in three women is a victim of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, harassment, or human trafficking. Nationally, the statistic is one in four. While the problem is more prevalent here, Montana’s rural nature makes it difficult for women to get help.
When someone is confined to their home due to convalescence from an illness, recovery from surgery, or chronic illness or disability, their world shrinks considerably. It’s easy to become disconnected from others and the world in general.