E. coli outbreak from lettuce
Last week the Montana Department of Health and Human Services confirmed that the E. coli outbreak has affected Montana.
E. coli has been found in chopped romaine lettuce from the Yuma, Arizona growing region.
According to a DPHHS press release last week, “E. coli can cause severe health complication and possibly, death.”
All consumers and retailers are asked to use extreme caution with romaine lettuce.
Consumers are asked to throw away any product including salad mixes with chopped romaine lettuce.
Voluntary recall efforts are underway by several retailers and one distributer, but no common grower, supplier, distributer or brand had been identified at the tie of the press release.

Innovative young people invited to apply for $5,000 grants

Know a young person between the ages of 16 and 25 who has demonstrated an enthusiasm and passion for an innovative idea or project?  Is he or she working or developing new ideas in areas such as music, the performing arts, technology or entrepreneurship?
f you do, or if you’re such a young person yourself, then look to the non-profit Hunter Brooks Watson Memorial Fund which is seeking grant applications for its June 15th cycle of awards. These grants, up to $5,000 each, are not scholarships for academic studies, but rather direct financial support to assist innovative young people in bringing their ideas and projects to fruition.
In its recent grant cycles the Fund has helped finance new Internet projects, recording studio updates, expansion of online businesses, and several music and performance projects.  Grant applicants do not have to be enrolled in school, but simply have to explain through the grant application why funding is needed to move their project forward. There is no cost nor obligation to apply.
  The Memorial Fund was created in honor of Hunter Brooks Watson, a young man tragically killed as a passenger in a car crash in the spring of 2016, just before he was to enter his junior year at Syracuse University. Hunter had already reached high levels of success in a variety of areas, including music, performing, starting a business, and as a computer technology major at Syracuse.
 Further information, and the grant application itself, is available online  The application deadline for the current grant cycle is June 15, 2018.            

Libby’s Kindergarten Roundup

Libby Public School’s Superintendent announced last week that kindergarten screening and registration has been scheduled.
On Tuesday, May 1, Libby Elementary School and Kootenai Head Start will host an open house event for incoming kindergarten students and their families. The event will be held from 5:30 until 6:30 p.m. at Libby Elementary School. Families will have an opportunity to tour the school, ask questions, and meet teachers and the principals. Students will receive a free t-shirt for “Class of 2031” from GearUp.
Kindergarten registration will take place the following day, May 2 at Libby Elementary School. The registration event is for all students who will be age 5 on or before Sept. 10, 2018 and are preparing to enter kindergarten this fall. Readiness testing for students entering kindergarten in the fall will also be offered.
For registration, parents are asked to bring the following information:
Up to date immunization records
Birth certificate (state certified)
Names and phone numbers of emergency contacts
The student who will be entering school in the fall.
For questions or ar additional information please contact Libby School District.

Deer and Elk permit drawing scheduled for this week
Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks will conduct the 2018 deer and elk permit drawing the week of April 23.
Results will be available after the drawing is complete. The drawing was initially set to happen last week, but ti ensure a mistake-free drawing FWP licensing staff ran a mock drawing instead.
To see results online, applicants must have a MyFWP account. To sign up for an account visit
For questions about drawing or other licensing issues call (406) 444-2950.
Upcoming application deadlines include moose, sheep and goat permits that are due May 1, and antlerless elk deer and antelope permits that are due June 1.

VFW Post 1548 election results  
On Wednesday, April 4 VFW Post 1548 held election of officers for Post and Auxiliary positions for the upcoming year. Results are as follows:
Post Commander: Rod Beall
Sr. Vice: Rob Hughes
Jr. Vice: Jon Roberts
Quartermaster: Paul Mammano
Chaplin: Paul Hartley
Auxiliary President: Eleanor Cochran
Sr. Vice: Sherri Roberts
Jr. Vice: Dee Teske
Treasurer: Jim Wiederhold
Chaplin: Stella Sharp
Conductress: Donna Webb
Our incoming leadership looks forward to a positive, productive year.