The DNA of Hope ‘The Science of the Positive Framework’

Submitted by
Lincoln County
Unite for Youth


The Montana Institute and Lincoln County Unite for Youth invite you to a free online training opportunity.  On Tuesday, Dec. 14 from 1 until 2:30 p.m., learn about the Science of the Positive (SOTP) framework.

The SOTP framework is the study of how positive factors impact culture and experience. It focuses on how to measure and grow the Positive, and it has been applied for decades with individuals, state and provincial agencies, colleges, communities, worksite safety and tribal nations. One of the most exciting new applications of the SOTP is in the development of HOPE (Healthy Outcomes from Positive Experiences) as a counterbalance to ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences).

HOPE emerged through work at the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (the CDC) and a statewide Positive Community Norms project in Wisconsin in 2014. Since then, research publications and widespread interest at state and national levels is transforming how we address the prevention of trauma through the lens of the Science of the Positive.

In this highly interactive session, participants will learn about the history and process of developing the HOPE Framework from a Wisconsin-based Positive Community Norms project; a three-year CDC thinktank; and the process of applying the Cycle of Transformation: SPIRIT – SCIENCE – ACTION – RETURN as a generative process. Participants will explore how the Science of the Positive framework can help to enliven and transform their current HOPE-related practices.

Attendees can expect to:

1.Experience how the Science of the Positive Framework can be used to deeply engage and inspire change and transformation;

2.Explore the Cycle of Transformation as it relates to HOPE.

  1. Discuss new ideas related to the HOPE framework as a way to enhance the effectiveness of our work.
  2. Review key data related to the health of positive childhood experiences.

Tis the Season for decorating 

Smoking Gun BBQ’s team decorates their light pole for Christmas over Thanksgiving weekend.

The Libby Area Business Association (LABA) is hosting a light pole decorating contest in downtown Libby. Decorating started on Thanksgiving and all poles must be done by Wednesday, Dec. 1. To vote for your favorite, go to LABA’s Facebook event page under the discussion section and type “my vote” under the post with the photo of your favorite light pole. There are 24 poles being decorated altogether so make sure you check them all out before choosing your favorite. Photo courtesy of Pam Peppenger.

Minimum Wage to increase to $9.20 on Jan. 1

Submitted by Liz Voorhies


Notice to Montana Employers and Interested Parties. Pursuant to §39-3-409, MCA, Montana’s Minimum Wage will increase to $9.20 effective Jan. 1, 2022.

Montana statute requires the minimum wage to be adjusted annually based on changes in inflation as measured by the Consumer Price Index all Urban Consumers (CPI-U) from August of the year in which the calculation is made. It is rounded to the nearest $0.05. The department is required to make this adjustment by Sept. 30 each year.

The $0.45 increase in the minimum wage is higher than the increases in the last several years due to higher inflation. If you have questions regarding this increase, please contact the Employment Relations Division at (406) 444-6543.

Anonymous $87K put to good use at CVGC

Two anonymous donors recently gave $87,000 to Cabinet View Golf Course (CVGC), and with it, this brand new, state of the art, John Deere tractor was purchased. The tractor was delivered on Monday, Nov. 21 and CVGC’s maintenance team is looking forward to the upgraded horsepower and equipment technology. The tractor will help make their jobs faster and decrease disruptions in play for golfers on the course. The tractor’s grapple bucket “will make quick work of downed trees and piles of branches,” said CVGC’s Superintendent, Jared Dill. The next piece of equipment will be a turf collection unit called a TC125 that will be used to sweep up plugs, leaves, pinecones and needles from the course. Finally, they will also get a new aerifier for the back of the tractor to more efficiently pull soil plugs that reduce soil compaction and make watering and fertilization more effective. Photo courtesy of Zach McNew.

Libby Friends of the Library Book Sale

The Libby Friends of the Library will have its December Book Sale on Friday, Dec. 3 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. in the Book Sale Room downstairs at the Library.

The public is encouraged to check out their new additions in both children’s and adult books. They also have an annual special Christmas and Holiday display including everything from crafts to cooking, and themed novels to children’s stories. Purchase of items is by donation, with all money received going to support programs for the Library.

For more information contact Susan Horelick at (406) 293-7205 or email  horelickfam@frontier

Submitted by Susan Horelick