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Hospitals and clinics across Montana have long had a hard time recruiting doctors and nurses to serve the state’s needs. That can be true of other healthcare professions, too, like therapists, pharmacists and technicians. A new analysis this year says demand for healthcare workers in Montana is going to grow by 40 percent in the next 10 years.

Jackie Yamanaka

200 elementary school children have signed up to learn more about energy and engineering tomorrow in Billings.

Industry representatives will be leading hands-on activities while members of Billings Senior High’s STEM Society will be there to mentor the K-through-6th graders.

“I’m giving up my Saturday because I have a younger sister and she got really excited when they started having these STEM Saturday’s,” says Junior Grace Ostermiller.

STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.

Jackie Yamanaka

           U-S Magistrate Carolyn Ostby was the first to welcome 25 people from 16 countries as new U.S. Citizens. Ostby presided over the naturalization ceremony at the James F. Battin Federal Courthouse in Billings, Montana.

She says while the new citizens swore to abandon all allegiance to the government of any foreign state or country, they don’t have to give up their love of the country or the people where they were born.

Jackie Yamanaka

Montana State University Billings is considering how best to spend a one-time injection of 760-thousand dollars.

Chancellor Mark Nook told a gathering of faculty and staff there will not be a spending spree. Rather, he says this money will be for recruiting and retaining students to MSUB and City College.

“Right now we’ve got to stay focused on how do we recruit students for the fall,” Nook says. Last Fall, MSUB saw a drop in enrollment for the fourth straight year. Because state funding depends full-time equivalent students, the campus took a financial hit.

Billings Church Successful Diaper Drive

Feb 12, 2016
First United Methodist Church, Billlings

Update: FUMC collected more than 15,000 diapers during this second diaper drive, and they received a donation of $500.

A Billings church is again covering babies’ bottoms in love this spring.

First United Methodist Church held its first diaper drive in December 2014. It collected more than 38,000 diapers, surpassing their goal of 10,00 by quite a few diapers.

  Brian Hunter is a staff member at the church. He says the agencies that received all those diapers were incredulous;

Radio Telemetry: To Catch A Loon

Feb 9, 2016
National Park Service/Jennifer Jerrett

Yellowstone National Park will be hosting a live Twitter Q&A session on February 12, 2016 at noon (MT time) where you can interact with Vincent Spagnuolo, one of the scientists featured in this story. Join the Twitter chat using #askYellSci to submit your questions.  

Acoustic Atlas at Montana State University has this podcast and more natural sound recordings from Yellowstone National Park.

Jackie Yamanaka

An art exhibition, readings, a jazz improvisation performance are just a few of the launching points meant to inspire contemplation and a community conversation about water.

Artist Sherri Cornett is the force behind the project titled “Flow.”

During her hikes around the region, she became inspired by water.

“Where I’ve taken time to sit down by the water and really take in the calming effects, thinking about, meditating about water,” she says.

John Roberts

The MSU Billings Jazz Ensemble with Wayne Bergeron starts at 7 pm on Friday, Feb 5 at  Petro Theatre.

General admission is $10.

Free admission with MSUB ID

More info about the festival

    It will be all that jazz on Friday, February 5, at Montana State University Billings when 14 jazz groups from junior high school, high school, and college converge on the Billings campus for a jazz festival

NPS/Neal Herbert

Many of the natural sounds of Yellowstone National Park are available for on-line listening thanks to the work of audio producer Jennifer Jerrett.

Murray Hotel

Feb 1, 2016

London, Los Angeles, Tokyo and Livingston, MT. They all have something in common; celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain has come out with his top ten list of hotels in the world, and the Murray Hotel in Livingston, MT is on it.

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