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The Earl and Bessie Whedon Cancer Detection Foundation has awarded RiverStone Health Foundation $100,000 to increase colorectal screening for patients whose symptoms or risk-factors warrant screening. The private Foundation, which is based in Sheridan, Wyoming, funds cancer detection efforts throughout the region.
In awarding the grant, Terry Henn, project coordinator for the Whedon Foundation said, "High quality preventative healthcare saves lives. Our partnership with RiverStone Health is in keeping with the wishes of Dr. and Mrs. Whedon, since it provides funding for colorectal screening to at-risk individuals who might otherwise be unable to afford testing."
In a ranking of the largest city in each state regarding how many taxes are paid by a family of three, Billings, Montana came in sixth lowest. The lowest tax city was Cheyenne, Wyoming. Fargo, North Dakota was fourth.
The rankings were made in a report from the Office of Revenue Analysis of the Government, Washington DC, and reported by 24/7 Wall Street, an online website about investing. The report reviewed the estimated property, sales, auto and income taxes a family paid in 2011 in the largest city in each state.
Billings Public Schools has opened its own employee healthcare clinic with miCare, a subsidiary company of Billings-headquartered EBMS, which runs miCare clinics for both private- and public-sector organizations. The new BPS miCare Clinic has been taking appointments since April 3.
As a self-funded insurance plan, the idea of implementing its own miCare Clinic for 1,750 BPS eligible employees and their dependents has been discussed for several years, but with healthcare costs rising, the district desired to be aggressive in containing costs by moving the miCare Clinic initiative forward. The decision was made by the BPS insurance committee and approved by the Billings School District 2 Board of Trustees. Looking to be proactive in its cost savings to its insurance fund, the district opened the clinic with the anticipation of significant savings to this fund in the coming years.
The Lockwood Solvent Groundwater Plume Site was identified and designated as a high risk area in need of federal intervention, over a decade ago. Not much has happened since, and now the site is plaguing more than just the environment.
Last week, representatives of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in Helena, which administers the Superfund process, hosted a public meeting at Lockwood School to outline their plans to begin some remediation efforts in 2013, but the plans do not do enough, quickly enough, to address other community issues.
A narrow bureaucratic and potentially "litigious" process stands in the way of the Lockwood Water and Sewer District completing construction of a sewer system which would reduce nitrate discharge into the Yellowstone River.
With proposed gun control laws threatening the viability of gun and ammunition manufacturers in many states around the country, a group of local leaders are targeting some of those companies in the hope of enticing them to move to Montana.
The details of the effort were reported upon by Jeremy Vannatta, Director of Outreach, Recruitment and Marketing for the Big Sky Economic Development Authority (EDA), during a joint meeting of the Executive Committees for EDA and its sister organization, the Big Sky Economic Development Corporation (EDC).
Faced with an ever tightening budget Big Sky Economic Development Authority (EDA) is examining closely each of its programs and how they might achieve more benefit with fewer dollars. Contributing greatly to the financial squeeze is the loss of revenue the county funded agency is suffering as a result of tax protested cases – now amounting to over $160,000. The tax revenues are withheld pending the outcome of the tax appeals, which have been field by refineries and communication companies.
RiverStone Health, Billings, has received a $125,000 grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to research how the agency can share resources with similar agencies for greater efficiencies. The funding will support a two-year study.
The "cross-jurisdictional sharing" (CJS) will help RiverStone fulfill its mission of improving life, health and safety by protecting and promoting the health of the community, according to John Felton, President and CEO of the city-county health agency and Yellowstone County's public health officer.
A number of residents from Mary Street attended the eleventh meeting of the Billings Bypass Advisory Committee, recently, and were probably quite disappointed with what they heard.
Property owners along Mary Street, which will be significantly impacted should the bypass be built, along what is currently being identified as the preferred route , are striving to get another route named as the preferred route – one that passes through a former gravel mine. What they heard from officials from the Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) is that "we are really comfortable with the analysis that we made."
The Big Sky Business Journal
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