This week, the Montana Free Press released a very helpful tool to make it a little easier to engage in the 2021 Montana Legislature. Called the "Capitol Tracker", this platform provides a way to search bills by topic, legislator, and even keywords in the bill's title. One of the best features of this tool is they link to their coverage of the bill, if applicable. We've added this to our legislative website. We've also linked to the Capitol Tracker on the bills listed below. We know we're not the only ones who are grateful for this tool - thank you Montana Free Press!
ACTION ALERT: 3PM MONDAY, FEB 1st House Human Services Committee will hear HB 222 which places a $35 cap on Co-Pays for INSULIN. PLEASE submit comments in SUPPORT.
Governor Greg Gianforte released his proposed budget that diverts all future tax revenue away from public lands and working farms and ranches. Montana voters overwhelmingly passed ballot initiative 190, which directed new tax revenue generated by the sale of recreational marijuna to expand access to public lands, maintain state parks and protect working farms and ranches. Thankfully, the Montana Legislature will soon have the final word and we need your help to secure funding for the future of Montana’s outdoors.
>> Sign onto this open letter from Montanans who care about public lands here! <<
Please take five minutes for two actions to protect this funding:
1) Sign onto this letter to state lawmakers
2) and call your state representatives directly!
Our public lands, working lands and wildlife fuel Montana’s economy and outdoor way of life and are the wisest investments we can make.
Rep. Sharon Stewart Peregoy is currently carrying three important bills that need your support right now. House Bill 35: Would establish a Missing Persons Review Commission. House Bill 36: Would establish a missing persons response team training grant program. House Bill 98: Would extend the Missing Indigenous Persons Task Force and the LINC grant program. If passed, these bills would make a real difference to increase the safety of communities across Montana and provide special resources to address the ongoing epidemic of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Persons. Please contact your legislators.
FREE COVID – 19 DRIVE – THROUGH TESTING is available at the Park County Fairgrounds, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Fridays, 11:AM– 1 PM . More information: park_county_health_dept_mt
Livingston HealthCare has opened a waiting list for vaccination appointments for community members 70 and older as well as younger people with the medical risks notes in the 1B group. You can register by going to the COVID page on the Livingston HealthCare’s web site. HERE
FREE TEEN CLINIC EVERY MONDAY hosted by BridgerCare on Monday afternoons. Offering annual exams, birth control, STI testing and more on a sliding fee scale all the time. Call to make an appointment or schedule online 587-0681. https://bridgercare.org/
The Park County Cancer Alliance is now offering a support group for patients, survivors and caregivers, conducted via zoom and offered the second and fourth Monday of every month from 1PM-2PM. To attend, email: email@example.com and we will send you the meeting information to join. More information: Park County Cancer Alliance
Live Well 49: When life gets tough, it’s okay to ask for a hand. Man Therapy is dedicated to helping men and those who care about men get the mental health resources they need. Together we can bust the stigma about asking for help. Learn more at www.ManTherapy.org.#MantherapyMT#ManlyEmotions
Bozeman Inclusivity Project: “A Youth lead coalition working towards inclusion and representation in all BSD7 schools. We rise when all are lifted.” More information HERE
A NEW LOCAL GROUP: “Friends of Park County” has formed to promote planned growth, while keeping our sustainable working lands…and more. Please read below and if you want to be on the email list, sign up. There are also opportunities to be on virtual planning calls/and to testify, if need be. Our Valley and town are growing SO fast and much of it has been done without the proper planning. The City has been, thankfully, involved in this but more citizens need to also be involved. The issue of ‘rural residential development’ is critical and you can play an important part because you love the valley, the wildlife and the ranches and want to see development done ‘right’!! More information: friendsofparkcounty.org/
One of the Key Goals of Park County Community Fund (PCCF) this year is developing the following: a housing action plan; host conversations about zoning issues; and understanding ‘growth policy’ based on real data. Using their skills in providing a ‘common ground’ for groups involved in growth planning to come together for dialogue is key to finding solutions for these pressing problems that are affecting us all! Listen to the briefing on PCCF website for more information: https://www.pccf-montana.org/programs-and-impact/initiatives/affordable-housing.html
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Montana State University (Formerly MSU Wonderlust) View winter semester offerings, register for a program or become a member HERE or call 406 994-6550
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 1ST – FEBRUARY 28TH:
Build a SNOW SCULPTURE to benefit Reach, Inc. “The first ever Reach Snow Sculpture Competition will take place throughout February. This all-inclusive event is designed to get people outdoors, have fun, and raise money for the important work we do. Proceeds will support our vital services, which empower adults with developmental disabilities to lead full, independent lives.” Get started by signing up as an Individual or Team. Make your creation. Take a photo and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Contact: email@example.com, phone: 406-587-1271 for more information. Cost: $10.
Protect The Gallatin River is a newly formed non-profit. We're moving!! We are migrating to a public Facebook page so we can all share information. We'll help you stay informed about the glamp-ground issues and also to learn about educational opportunities, fun activities and ways you can participate. Together we can make a difference. If you've been part of our Facebook family, please move to our new page today. HERE
Winter Wildlands Alliance Backcountry Film Festival will be viewable through February 18th. Tickets are $10 per person, or $20 per home or group. Full of snowy, cinematic adventure sure to inspire both the local backcountry and general communities. Winter Wildlands Alliance is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting and preserving winter wildlands and a quality human-powered snow sports experience on public lands. For a list of the videos available, go to Backcountry Film Festival 16th Annual Season Lineup | Winter Wildlands Alliance including one focused on the fight to stop gold mining in Paradise Valley. Funds are raised for the Montana Wilderness Association and communities. All funds raised directly benefit local projects and programs that perpetuate access and stewardship of public lands. Tickets can purchased through the Montana Wilderness Association’s web site: 16th Annual Backcountry Film Festival Goes Virtual Montana Wilderness Association (wildmontana.org)
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 2ND:
12:30 PM: Considering Attitudinal Uncertainty in Climate Change Skepticism, via ZOOM. hosted by Citizens Climate Lobby, This presentation asks what climate change skepticism is from the perspective of those who question or remain uncertain of climate change. Join HERE
5 PM: Latina Salary Negotiation FREE one-hour Workshop online. Compared to men, Latinas experience a pay gap of 56% vs. 73% for all women in Montana. This Work Smart Workshop? is a research-based salary negotiation workshop designed to help women negotiate for a new job, raise, or promotion. With facilitated learning and discussion about: * The wage gap, including its long-term consequences * How to identify and articulate their personal value * How to conduct objective market research to benchmark a target salary and benefits * How to develop an arsenal of persuasive responses and other negotiation strategies, including how to get a raise or promotion Sponsors Maria Gnecco and Ana Diaz – Billings Latina community ; Jesse Kuntz – AAUW Montana; Cathy Fitzgerald and Maggie Arbuckle – LWV of Billings and AAUW Billings The workshop is a result of AAUW and LWV focus on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, using a grant to AAUW Montana from the Montana Department of Health and Human Services. Advance reservation required. email firstname.lastname@example.org
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 3RD:
10 AM - ? Health Care Connections offers FREE Health Screenings, immunizations and services to adults at the Bozeman Public Library, 626 E. Main St, Bozeman. Information (406) 414-5547 or email DComey@Bozemanhealth.org
10:30 - 11:45 AM Roots Family Collaborative, All groups will be held on Zoom to ensure the safety and health of our community, creating a welcoming and nurturing space for moms with babies of all ages, all stages who wish to connect on the joys and challenges of parenthood while gaining wisdom from other mothers on the journey. Blossom Mom is facilitated by Suzanne Bendick, Certified Lactation Counselor, Postpartum Doula and Trained Peer Support Group Facilitator. Questions: 406-570-0738 or email to email@example.com .
11AM: Zoom meeting for Livingston Chamber Parade Planning 2021, hosted by the Chamber of Commerce. Join Zoom Meeting HERE
Meeting ID: 996 7580 3364, Passcode: 754460
12 PM: Join Park County Environmental Council for a conversation on Active Transportation . “As our City gears up to develop our own Active Transportation and Trail Plan, we are bringing national and local expertise to better inform interested parties and assist us in the public process. Our featured speaker is Joe Gilpin from Alta Planning and Design, experts in pedestrian and bicyclist planning.” Join via Zoom HERE
12 PM: Mental Health of America of Montana holds a “Mental Wellness Café” for anyone looking for or to offer conversation and learning from others in a inclusive, supportive place. No need to RSVP, simply drop in to the zoom call at any time between 12-1 on Wednesdays. Feel free to grab your lunch, coffee, soda, etc and join. Mental Health America of MT Online: us02web.zoom.us
4 – 5:15 PM: WHY IT MATTERS: Our Rural/Urban Political Divide, An online discussion on political and geographic division and common ground in Montana, with Political Scientists, Journalists and more. A project of Humanities, Montana. Register HERE
5 – 5:30 PM: Every Thursday, MEIC (Montana Environmental Information Center) will host a webinar to bring you up to date on the latest happenings at the Capitol. Hear from MEIC’s team of lobbyists at the Capitol, ask questions, and learn how you can speak up at the Legislature. If you have any questions about how to participate this session, please watch MEIC’s instructional video, or read our fact sheet.
5:30 – 7 PM: YBCC (Yellowstone Bend Citizen’s Council) General Zoom meeting. The group supports fellow citizens to make the transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy, responding to the climate emergency, protecting Livingston's unique heritage, and creating a sustainable & resilient future for all. To request the link, email Joanie@firstname.lastname@example.org
. FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 5TH:
11 AM: Live to Lead, an online workshop sponsored by Leadership Montana, with leader development experience designed to equip attendees with new perspectives, practical tools and key takeaways. This interactive workshop is facilitated by Stephen Schreibeis (LMT 2021, Glendive) and features John C. Maxwell, the #1 New York Times bestselling author, coach, and speaker who has sold more than 30 million books. More information: bit.ly/LMT2021
6 PM – Saturday, February 6th, 2 PM: She Jumps hosts a Women Only Companion Rescue Clinic with Friends of the Gallatin National Forest Avalanche center for a women’s only, two-part six-hour clinic. The first session, online via ZOOM live, will cover all types of avalanche rescue gear and discuss what is needed to quickly and effectively rescue your partner. A discussion of rescue techniques and basic first aid will also be discussed. No prior avalanche experience necessary for attendance; all skill levels welcome! For the Saturday field session please bring some form of winter backcountry travel (AT skis, splitboard, etc.), enough food and water for a day outside, as well as a beacon, shovel and probe. The course goals are to 1) learn how to wear and operate an avalanche beacon, and 2) perform a mock rescue including single and multiple burial searches. REGISTRATION REQUIRED: All proceeds will go to SheJumps and the Friends of the Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center. Price:$20 Registration must be completed with Friends of the Gallatin National Forest Avalanche: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/companion-rescue-clinic-in-partnership-with-shejumps-tickets-127082470089 . Classroom Session: Friday, Feb 5 from 6-8pm via ZOOM Online, Field Session: Saturday, February 6 from 10am-2pm at History Rock Trailhead in Hyalite.
6:30 PM Virtual Free HAVE A HEART Art Auction benefiting the adults with developmental disabilities served by Reach, Inc. Bozeman. For information call 506 587-1271 or email email@example.com
FEBRUARY 7TH – 13TH:Montana Women’s Policy Leadership Institute, sponsored Sponand community building. Accessibility information will be shared with registration information. More information: http://www.MontanaWomenVote.org
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 10TH:
12:00 PM Rights and Responsibilities in a Time of COVID, zoom program from U of M, co sponsored by the Project on American Democracy and Citizenship nd the Justice, Policy and Public Service Community of Excellence. Business, law and government representatives will discuss issues of freedom and the economic and social impacts that result from the actions of private and public citizens in a public health emergency. Register HERE
12-1 PM: MSU Womens Center Hosts a virtual gathering to discuss Mentorship and Microfluidics: High Quality Medical Care for All, with women Chemical and Biological Professors discussing their work on creating better medical diagnostics and mentorship in the lab for women in STEM. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for information to access these virtual programs!
6-7:30 PM: Park County conservation groups Yellowstone Bend Citizens Council (YBCC), Park County Environmental Council (PCEC), and MOM's Clean Air Force join with Livingston Adult Community Education to “bring the Montana Climate Solutions Plan home to help us understand why Montana formed a plan and how Park County and all its citizens can develop and take part in local climate solutions. Plan authors who will lead our discussion include: --Cathy Whitlock, lead author of the 2017 Montana Climate Assessment, Earth Scientist & Professor, specialist in Quaternary environmental change and palaeoclimatology --Bruce Maxwell, Professor of Agroecology, Invasive plant ecology, ecological modeling, and human health within our ecosystem --Mark Haggerty, expert in fiscal policy, rural economic development, and community planning --Paul Lachapelle, PhD in Forestry, also an expert in community climate change resiliency, community development, diversity and inclusion, and social justice topics. Please join us for this amazing and timely event! “ Email email@example.com to register or call 406-671-5446.
6 – 7:30 PM: We are still here and this is our storyAn online event hosted by the Emerson Center for Arts and Culture is an exhibition on the crisis of Missing and Muurdered Indigenous People. A panel discussion and Q&A with legislator and advocates from around the country. Preregistration required. http://www.theemerson.org
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 16TH:
5:30 PM: LOW INCOME HOUSING PROPOSAL from the Human Resources Development Council will be discussed at the Livingston City Commission meeting via zoom or by phone. You are encouraged to submit comments on the need for low income housing to the Montana Board of Housing, PO Box 200528, Helena MT 59620-0528 or FAX (406) 841-2841. You can join the Commission meeting HERE
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 17TH:
12 PM: A Conversation with Dr. Anthony Fauci, The FREE Annual Premier Mansfield Lecture, Hosted by the Mansfield Center at University of Montana. Registration required HERE
12 – 1 PM: Climate Change and Human Health in Montana, a presentation of the
Health Equity Webinar Series: Special Report of the Montana Climate Assessment presented by medical and public health members of the author team: Alexandra Adams, MD, PhD, Director, Center for American Indian and Rural Health Equity, Montana State University (MSU), Robert Byron, MD, MPH, FACP, Montana Health Professionals for a Healthy Climate (MHPHC), Lori Byron, MD, FAAP, Pediatric Hospitalist, Billings; MHPHC Chair, Mari Eggers, PhD, MSU Research Scientist, Member Gallatin Board of Health.
Pre-registration required HERE
5:30 PM: Zoom meeting of the Livingston City Planning Board. Topics from the current plan on the agenda are Land Use, Land Us Recommendations, and Natural Resources. More information: (406) firstname.lastname@example.org
7 PM: Science Inquiry Series: Vaccines in the Age of COVID-19, a virtual lecture by MSU’s Dr. Mark Jutila on how vaccines work, how Montanans have helped in development, and implications for COVID-19. Information: (650) 580-1083, Gallatinscience.org, or email email@example.com
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 18TH: 4 PM: Park County Planning Board Meeting. For information email: IT@parkcounty.org
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 22ND:
7 – 8 PM Democratic Socialists of America, Online: act.dsausa.org Democratic Socialists of America “ Interested in DSA but haven’t joined yet? Looking to get involved in the fights to stop evictions, win Medicare for All, or defund the police, but unsure how to get started? Frustrated with the limited possibilities of national, top-down politics and looking for an alternative? Join DSA leaders from across the country to talk about how organizing as socialists and engaging in mass, bottom-up movement struggle is the best path forward to winning our demands and building a better future, together.
We'll also have leaders from our national Medicare for All committee on to talk about the next steps for winning Medicare for All under a Biden administration and how you can plug in to get involved! " RSVP HERE
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 25TH:
7 – 8:30 AM: Hydrogen Transition: Time to Act: Creating the Roadmap to Reality
An online event hosted by Kristen W. and the Bozeman Climate Alliance. The Hydrogen Transition Summit will bring together the main points from the last three sessions to culminate with clear action points both speakers and the audience can take away with them, with a view to taking action in the next 12 months to ensure that climate targets are met in the next decade. More informationI HERE . Register HERE