Tiny Tails looks out for man’s best friend

By REBECCA MARSTON/ Montana State News

Starving stray animals unfortunately are a familiar sight in any community. You see them in passing, in corners, scrounging for food and a place to sleep. Far too often, these cats and dogs are left to wander the streets, abandoned and deserted by their former owners.

That’s where nonprofits like Tiny Tails K-9 Rescue come in: Their goal is to help these homeless animals, by giving them much needed medical attention, affection and a warm bed.

Richard D. Stafford founded Tiny Tails K-9 Rescue in 2009, determined to find a loving home for every neglected animal that he could. Based out of Manhattan, Mont., the organization has since expanded their rescue efforts to Arizona, California, Idaho, Washington, Wyoming and North Dakota. Continue reading “Tiny Tails looks out for man’s best friend”

Teaching taken to new ‘heights’ in Nepal

By AUTUMN TOENNIS/Montana State News

Cecilia Stanley is quiet with a wise smile on her face amid the chaos of the 24 first- and second-graders she teaches at Sacred Heart School.

“I’m so grateful that I came from a family that reads, draws, appreciates simple beauty, story tells, has a simple but strong faith and laughs a lot,” she said. “I feel that I should help in my own little way to pass on some of these attributes by teaching them. Maybe some of my students will have better lives by being more imaginative and comfortable with themselves.”

There are millions of teachers in the United States today, from those who’ve taught since before the plague, to those who are stepping out fresh from their Alma Mater, ready to change the world. Some teach in one-room schools in rural communities, some lecture at prestigious universities, and some take on the impossible nature of the phenomenon known as the teenager.

“What I most enjoy about the job is the successes of the kids, whether those successes are within the classroom or out in the real world that follows graduation,” says Roberta Horton, a high school English teacher at CCDHS in Miles City, Mont. She is in her 44th year of teaching. “I enjoy watching them hone their skills.”

There’s no end to the different kinds of education offered. Some teach skills at summer camps, and some teach fancy footwork in ballrooms. And then there are those who go the distance – literally.

Approximately 10,000 miles from Bozeman lies Phortse, a village in the rural Khumbu area of Nepal. Tucked away in the Himalayas, the village is home to the Khumbu Climbing Center once a month every year to bring another sort of learning to life. Continue reading “Teaching taken to new ‘heights’ in Nepal”

Dan Cox the latest in long line of spoilers


The importance of third party candidates has made a big impact in past elections around the country. For example, in Indiana, Missouri and Montana, the third party candidates played major roles in not only who would win the seat, but also who would control the U.S. House.

In Maine, Independent Angus Kind won. In the highly contested 2012 Montana Senate race, Dan Cox was able to gain 30,000 votes, a number high enough for many people to blame him for Republican Dennis Rehberg’s loss.

The difference in vote tallies between Democrat Jon Tester and Rehberg was under 19,000 votes. Analysts speculated that most of the votes Cox received were due to Republicans’ dissatisfaction with Rehberg record on civil liberties. Specifically, Rehberg sponsored the vastly unpopular bill that would give the U.S. Border Patrol access to all federal lands for border-security purposes. The sportsmen of Montana erupted in a fit of anger due to Rehberg’s support of the bill, accusing him of not caring about Montanans.

That is where Dan Cox comes in. A Hamilton, Mont., small-business owner, Cox set out to give dissatisfied Republicans an outlet in this year’s senate race. A Libertarian, Cox doesn’t believe people are following the Constitution of the United States anymore. Continue reading “Dan Cox the latest in long line of spoilers”

Bill would legalize guns on campus

By PATRICK HILL/Montana State News

Montana has had a long history of gun culture, going back to the days of the Wild West and even further.  However that culture has always been kept in check by Montana’s Board of Regents and college campuses. The Board of Regents has long held that only certified law enforcement officials be able to carry weapons while on campus grounds.

If state Rep. Cary Smith gets his way, though, that will change. The introduction of House Bill 240 will, among other things, allow for the carrying of concealed weapons on Montana campuses, provided that the carrier has a valid carry permit. The legislation has already passed the House on a 58-31 vote.

Proponents of the bill say that it would allow for greater protection of students and faculty on campuses and that it would further reaffirm the 2008 ruling of D.C. vs. Hellar stating that it was in fact a constitutional right for citizens to carry a concealed weapon.

Smith said, “Mass murders only seem to stop when a good guy shows up with a gun.” Continue reading “Bill would legalize guns on campus”

‘Specs’ first choice for students, sports buffs

By LEVI WORTS/Montana State News

“Park here and walk to the Bobcat games,” says the slogan on the menu. The owner, Joe Demanski, slips between the tables and the bar. He refers to the regulars by their first names and then says, “How are you doing today sir?” He is a man of facial recognition and names. To become a regular is as simple as meeting Demanski one time.

Spectator's Bar and Grill is just a few steps from the Montana State University campus and is a big draw for students and college sports fans.
Spectator’s Bar and Grill is just a few steps from the Montana State University campus and is a big draw for students and college sports fans.

Pictures of various Montana State University’s teams and players cover the walls. In between hang neon signs and posters that spread friendly reminders of which alcohol to choose. Signed Bobcat sports memorabilia – basketballs, footballs and a large piece of a field-goal post – show Spectators Sports Bar and Grill’s true college spirit.

The bar holds up to its statement of “Bozeman’s Sports Authority,” stated on their menu. It is clear that they live up to their slogan. There are 16 flat screen televisions in the main bar area alone.

Here, among the scattered backpacks and the occasional laptop, students come to unwind, study, debate and laugh.  The bar has been part of Montana State University’s culture for over 15 years. Demanski bought the bar in 1998. Since then, renovations have changed the look, but the essence remains the same. Continue reading “‘Specs’ first choice for students, sports buffs”

Decades later, outdoor school still shapes lives

By ALYSSA BURZYNSKI/Montana State News

A six-hour drive, down highways and dirt roads, heading south from Bozeman stands the small town of Lander, Wyoming.

“After racing up the winding roads of Sinks Canyon for about 30 minutes, dust blowing up behind the van, I laid eyes on a tiny cabin,” said Kelly Hyde. Paul Petzoldt’s original facility, built in 1965 on the Rise of the Sink, has now become the headquarters for Sink Canyon State Park in Wyoming.

Paul Petzoldt could be considered one of America’s most accomplished mountaineers. At 16 he made his first ascent of the Grand Teton, and at 30 was part of the first American team to attempt K2 without oxygen assistance. After Petzoldt had made a name for himself, the Colorado Outward Bound School approached him to be their chief instructor.

Realizing early on that Outward Bound had a limited number of instructors, Petzoldt “saw the need for a school that specifically trained people to be skilled outdoor leaders and educators,” and on March 23, 1965, he branched off and founded NOLS, National Outdoor Leadership School. Continue reading “Decades later, outdoor school still shapes lives”

Gateway claims distinct identity

By JOHN KIRK VINCENT/Montana State News

Twelve miles outside of Bozeman lies a region known by locals as Gateway. The nickname for the rural suburb Gallatin Gateway may seem like just another abbreviation, but has earned its shortening over the last hundred plus years.

Longtime resident Michelle McReynolds has called the area her home for over 15 years, saying, “People think we’re just out in the boondocks. We’re a community all our own.”

Aside from its countless residences, Gateway is home to its own elementary and middle school, post office, firehouse, a handful of bars and restaurants as well as other local businesses.  People often drive right through the area – sometimes stopping for fuel – without realizing the town amenities or its distinct population.

“My husband’s family has lived here for generations. I have two kids and Gateway is a healthy environment—for the most part,” McReynolds said. “School is within walking distance and my boys can enjoy the Montana outdoors without leaving our property.”  Continue reading “Gateway claims distinct identity”

Panel finds booze at root of sex assault issue

 By KAYLEE WALDEN/Montana State News

With a stern look in his eye and a harsh edge to his voice at the mention of the word “rape,” Matt Caires, dean of students at Montana State University, makes it clear that it is not an issue that the administration at MSU takes lightly.

Last year, Missoula was scandalously dubbed the “Rape Capital” of the nation after a string of sexual assaults involving college students, including University of Montana intercollegiate athletes, that garnered national publicity.

In hopes of preventing similar incidents, MSU took a hard look at their policies. Caires, under the direction of MSU President Waded Crusado, didn’t hesitate to outline a set prevention techniques for MSU.

He’s starting with what he calls “the root of the problem:” alcohol. Continue reading “Panel finds booze at root of sex assault issue”

Pod-casts showcase MSU students’ work

By ALEX KOMSTHOEFT/Montana State News

Terra is another name for the small blue planet we call home. Inspired by the remarkable beauty and interdependence of life on Earth, the TERRA pod-cast series strives to connect people with our natural world.Komsthoeft Alex - Mar 8, 2013 708 AM - 4558047_300

Overseen by graduate students in the MFA in Science and Natural History Filmmaking Program at Montana State University, TERRA distributes independently produced science, nature, environmental and cultural films.

Science communication had become a public concern because scientific understanding affects so many areas of contemporary life including health, the environment, space, natural resource preservation and wildlife habitat.

TERRA: The Nature of Our World, which is approaching its ninth season this fall, aims to reach a broader audience by using our modern-day media in hopes of broadcasting a new wave of scientific storytelling. The pod-cast series has reached over 10 million hits on its website. Continue reading “Pod-casts showcase MSU students’ work”

X-sports marketer extols local reception

By MICHELE McDONALD/Montana State News

A typical day at the office doesn’t include a suit and tie for Jason Fischer. His office is his playground. The playground is the adrenaline ridden, freestyle snowmobile shows.

Fischer is freelance marketer in the snowmobile industry, as well as currently working for Octane Addictions as a project manager. The 37-year-old has traveled the world shaping the snow and building obstacles for snowmobile riders so they can complete the trick they envision.

Watching riders flip snowmobiles is a thrilling sight all in its own. Adding Fischer’s expertise and knowledge to the equation gives riders the courage to complete the goals they have.

Originally from California, Fischer moved to Montana on a football scholarship to attend Montana Western. Graduating with a teaching degree in business, Fischer ended up teaching grades 7-12 after college.

Having experience in the motor sport world with jumping dirt bikes as a child, Fischer finds the snowmobile freestyle sport very similar. Through the years he has connected with multiple people, and when Fischer met Kortney Hungerford, his life decided to take a flip for the good.

“I was hired to build a landing,” said Fischer, ‘It was something different.” Continue reading “X-sports marketer extols local reception”

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