Imaging technologist

receives new certification

Lydia Grover, Imaging Technologist at Cabinet Peaks Medical Center recently became certified as a mammography technologist.  In September, she attended a mammography training school in Las Vegas, NV.  She also traveled to The Health Center for advanced procedural training.  After the training, she had to complete a variety of competency exams and pass her board exam.  She did all with flying colors!

Grover feels that having this extra training makes her a more well-rounded technologist and that it will help her become a better team player and technologist for Cabinet Peaks.

“As a newly registered mammography technologist, I feel like it is my responsibility to assist in quality care with my patients and to do this in a timely and compassionate manner.  As a proud member of this community, I want to be able to do this to the best of my ability!”

Hannah Huck, RT (R)(CT)(M)(ARRT) and Imaging Manager at CPMC is proud of Grover.  “I am so proud and encouraged by Lydia’s recent achievement.  With her accomplishment, CPMC now has four mammographers in the Imaging Department, as compared to 15 years ago when we had one mammographer on staff.  She has been focusing on the goal of completing the Mammography Registry for close to a year now.  She has completed hundreds of diagnostic and routine competencies in the past year at Cabinet peaks Medical Center and has done an outstanding job!  Congratulations Lydia!  We could not be more proud of you!”

Lydia has worked at Cabinet Peaks Medical center in the Imaging Department for 2 year and has been in her field for 5 years.

For more information on this certification, or the CPMC Imaging Department, call 283-7080.

Submitted by Kate Stephens


Flathead Electric to sponsor Co-op member

Flathead Electric Cooperative (FEC) will again sponsor a Co-op member and their guest to attend an all-expense paid trip to this year’s Today’s Member Program October 8-9 in Great Falls. The program is offered by the Montana Electric Cooperatives’ Association (MECA), and rural electric members from cooperatives across the state have enjoyed attending for years. The program will feature presentations about the history and future of electric cooperatives, along with some fun and fellowship with other co-op members from around Montana.

If you would like to enter the drawing or have questions about the program, please call 406-751-1834 by August 30. The winning Flathead Electric member will be announced in early September. FEC welcomes your participation.

Submitted by Wendy Ostrom Price


Take care of Montana’s fishing

access sites

Montana’s Fishing Access Sites accommodate roughly 3.9 million visits from people every year. These visits happen on about 330 Fishing Access Sites across the state that vary in size from less than one acre to several hundred acres.

These sites are owned and managed by Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks to give recreationists access to the state’s water resources. Funding for the acquisition, enhancement and maintenance of these sites is generated from fishing licenses sold to anglers. But a large portion of people who use Fishing Access Sites are non-anglers. The lower Madison River, for example, sees as many as 300,000 people annually who recreate on inner tubes and inflatable pool toys. Many of these floaters do not buy fishing licenses.

This cost imbalance creates significant challenges in maintaining places impacted by high use. Trash collection, latrine maintenance, infrastructure repairs and other costs quickly add up as more people come to these sites to enjoy the access and opportunity they provide.

Courtney Johnson enjoys kayaking the Madison River with her husband, Scott. They use places like Black’s Ford Fishing Access Site to put in or take out of the river. Courtney said she sees why taking care of public lands and resources takes effort from management agencies as well as recreationists.

“I’ve seen people diving to go get their trash, and I just love that I see that effort,” she said. “It’s a family place. It’s great for college kids. It’s anglers. It’s lots of people out here, and we all have to do our part.”

So whether you fish or float, here’s how you can help keep Montana’s Fishing Access Sites open and enjoyable for everyone.

Pack it in, pack it out. Part of being prepared to recreate on the water means bringing the equipment you need—lunch, fly leader, something to float or sit on. Whatever you bring, make sure to take it all home with you when your adventure is finished.

Respect all facilities. FWP pays for the acquisition, construction and maintenance of facilities at Fishing Access Sites with angler-contributed funds. Help keep these facilities in good shape by throwing trash in the dumpsters, if provided, or disposing of trash at home. Latrines with trash in them may have to be closed, causing an inconvenience for all users. Stay on designated roads and don’t trespass on private property.

Park politely. Park only in designated areas without blocking in other vehicles. Use boat trailer parking spaces only if you are towing a trailer.

Be courteous to all users. A little patience and preparation go a long way toward a smooth launch and takeout for everyone. Prepare your watercraft for launch before approaching the boat ramp, then spend as little time as possible on or near the ramp so others can use it.

If you see a crime, report it. 1-800-TIP-MONT (847-6668) is Montana’s toll-free hotline for reporting crimes involving wildlife or state lands. Vandalism, theft and other crimes harm public resources. You can help put a stop to it.

Buy a fishing or conservation license. Even if you don’t fish, buying a license helps maintain and enhance these sites we all enjoy. It also goes toward conserving the wildlife you see while you’re on the water.

Following these practices when using Fishing Access Sites not only makes for a better recreation experience, but it will also help keep these sites operating safely and sustainably, ensuring continued access to Montana’s water resources for years to come.

Submitted by Dillon Tabish


Important Dates for Hunters

Fall is right around the corner and as we all gear up for hunting season we want to remind everyone of important dates coming up. Also, don’t forget to check out the Hunt Planner online. You can begin planning your hunt using either a regional map by species or go right to the hunting district information you are interested in.

Aug. 15- 900 archery season opens

Aug. 19 – Special Mountain Lion drawing

Sept. 1 – Turkey and Upland Game Bird (excluding Pheasants) Season Opens, Special Permit Sandhill Crane Opening

Sept. 7 – Archery Antelope, Archery Bighorn Sheep, Deer & Elk Archery, Mountain Lion Archery without Hounds Opening, Archery Black Bear, Wolf Archery Opening

Sept. 15 – Fall Black Bear, General Big Horn Sheep, Backcountry Deer & Elk (HD’S  150, 151, 280, 316), Mountain Goat, Moose Opening, General Wolf Opening

Sept. 18 – Falconry Central Flyaway- Zone 1& 2 Opening

Sept. 21 – Upland & Waterfowl Youth Weekend

Sept. 28 – Duck & Coot Zone 1& 2 Central Flyaway, Duck & Coot & Falconry & Scaup Pacific Flyaway, OTC Sandhill, Tundra Swan Permit, Crane Opening

Sept. 30 – Last day to purchase bonus point

Oct. 12 – Antelope General Opening, Pheasant Opening

Oct. 17 Two-Day Youth Deer Hunt

Nov. 15 – Bison Opening

Oct. 26 – Mountain Lion Fall without Hound Opening

Submitted by Montana FWP