Jan 16

The Fabulous Baker Girl: The Life of Irene Lentz

She was the fabulous Baker girl who built “Irene” into a quality trademark. This fabled designer of magical gowns for the movies once led such a charmed career that she was minimally known by her first name: Irene. Census records validate her birthplace as Brookings, South Dakota, in 1901, though myriad publications complicated matters with […]

Sep 27

MOLLI Program for Seniors Grows at the University of Montana

Story by KEILA SZPALLER Eyebrows jumped when author Gayle Morrison told the crowd of 70 or so that nearly 100 smokejumpers worked for the CIA when the U.S. was at war in Southeast Asia. “Mostly, they were the cargo handlers, the kickers, working for Air America,” Morrison said. “Air America, although nobody knew it at […]

Sep 27

Hamilton Woman Is ‘Montana’s Super Classic Mrs.’

Story by MICHELLE MCCONNAHA Justine Wagner is “Montana’s Super Classic Mrs.” The Hamilton resident has been investing in the community for years. She has been president of the Hamilton Kiwanis, actively involved in their youth-supportive program, and about to begin her term as Lt. Governor for Kiwanis District One for the Montana District of Kiwanis. […]

Sep 27

Beginner bird walk offers new species each month

Story and photos by RICK ROWAN Every third Saturday at Lee Metcalf Wildlife Refuge in the Bitterroot Valley, members of the Five Valleys Audubon Society assist aspiring birders to spot coots, widgeons, gadwalls and scores of other waterfowl. The beginner bird walk highlights the avian activity in the large ponds surrounding the visitor center at […]

Sep 26

Older People Dying on the Job at Higher Rate Than All Workers

Story by MARIA INES ZAMUDIO and MICHELLE MINKOFF Older people are dying on the job at a higher rate than workers overall, even as the rate of workplace fatalities decreases, according to an Associated Press analysis of federal statistics. It’s a trend that’s particularly alarming as baby boomers reject the traditional retirement age of 65 […]

Sep 26

Hints That Lifestyle Changes May Guard Against Dementia

Story by LAURAN NEERGAARD Seek a good education. Control blood pressure and diabetes. Get off the couch. There are some hints, but no proof yet, that these and other lifestyle changes just might help stave off dementia. A provocative report in the British journal Lancet earlier this year raised the prospect that a third of […]

Sep 26

A Merry Little Christmas: Make the Holidays the Best for Loved Ones with Dementia

Story by THOMAS PLANK Bright lights, laughter and chaos in the kitchen and dining room, screams of joyous excitement and the constant low rumble of happy conversation. New people coming in the door, cold air trailing behind, children running inside and outside, teenagers doing their best impressions of being an adult. Ham sizzling in the […]

Sep 26

Make Sure Your Retirement Savings Last as Long as You Do

Story by TIM GRANT Target date mutual funds have become the answer to a problem many retirement savers face in a world that has shifted the burden of managing retirement assets from corporations to workers who don’t always have the time or knowledge to be effective money managers. The financial services industry came to the […]

Sep 26

Tips for Taking Better Photos of Your Garden and Wildlife

Story by MELISSA KOSSLER DUTTON So the garden you planted or enjoy each day is flowering. Birds and animals are busy in your yard or neighborhood. And you’d love to capture all this natural beauty in photos. It’s so easy these days to pull out a phone and take pictures of anything anytime, but a […]

Sep 26

Is Your Home Drowning in Old Photos? Organizers Offer Tips

Story by LISA A. FLAM Take a survey of your home, and consider all the spots where you have old photos. Perhaps you’ll find baby pictures in albums in the living room, vacation snaps in tattered envelopes tucked into a bookshelf, milestone moments in old frames, and older relatives’ fading photos in dusty boxes in […]