Women in STEM

Meet 4 Innovators, Teachers & Trendsetters While there may be a shortage of Montana women working in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), there is no shortage of greatness in the women who are working in those fields here in Billings. They are dedicated not only to their careers but to seeing that the next…

In the Silence

Finding the “Whatever you Want” in life When I first decided I should write — not that I “could” write, because I am still scared of the grammarians among you — I imagined myself sitting by an open window, sun filling the scene in front of me. That scene, either an ocean or a mountain…

Walk This Way

Easy DIY garden path Looking for a super easy DIY that can instantly give your backyard a little bit of wow factor? Recently, I repurposed some old shipping pallets and created a winding path from our shed to our gate. It was easy, affordable and added charm to a space in our garden. WHAT YOU…

The Flavors of Summer

Put some fruits & veggies on the grill If you want to showcase the flavors of summer, throw some fruits and vegetables on the barbecue and enjoy the freshly grilled flavors. I first experienced grilled fruit at the San Francisco Farmers Market. With blue skies, a light breeze and the Bay Bridge standing in the…

Hitting the Skyline Trail

The soon-to-be newest leg of Billings’ trail system   In this high-speed, tech-connected world we live in, stepping off the beaten path is a balm to the soul. And that includes walking, running or biking on the 45 miles of paved, multi-use trails in Billings. “Trails take you to places you can’t necessarily get to…

The Heart Gallery’s Kenny

A teen with a sense of humor and a can-do spirit If you ask 14-year-old Kenny what makes him a standout kid, he’ll sit back, point his finger and jump right in. “What makes me special is my unique ability to make anyone smile,” Kenny says. “I can talk to a grumpy man and after…

Happy Trails

Hiking group explores nature, builds friendships   Naturalist and writer John Muir said, “In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.” That rings especially true for those in the Red Lodge Hiking Group. In their weekly outings, they’ve found friendship, bound by the love they all share for the outdoors. On…

Ready, Set, Grill!

Make a fresh impression with these savory summer recipes Summer, for me, means outdoor cooking. It’s a time to dust off the grill and make summer taste a little more special. For all my fellow grill lovers out there, I chose three main course recipes for you to test drive on your own coals or…

Farm to Table Road Trip

Restaurants that reach into producer’s fields and serve local Tomatoes picked off the vines. Lamb provided by a local farmer. Chives clipped from the garden. Chefs in Billings and Red Lodge are honoring food at its prime, serving up locally sourced foods at their restaurant tables. An effort is being made to buy directly from…

Anne Gauer In the Spotlight

A taste for adventure leads her on the career of her dreams You’ll never hear Anne Gauer say she’s bored. Exhausted, maybe, but never bored. She’s the owner and president of Spotlight Productions, and on one day you might find her shooting training videos at the Sibanye Stillwater Mine in Nye, four miles in and…

The Fastest Woman on Four Wheels

It’s a (Wo)Man’s World: Meet Casey Tehle In the minutes leading up to a race, 23-year-old Casey Tehle has a routine. She gets into her ’05 Don Davis dragster from the right side, every single time. She has a certain rhythm to the way she clicks each buckle on her chest harness. She puts on…

Drawing on the Past to Paint the Future

A Chat with Artist Barbara Garrett Sometimes all it takes to create a new direction in life is a question. Three and a half years ago, pastel artist Barbara Garrett asked herself, “Why am I living in New Mexico? I really want to be back in Montana.” And so, as with so much in her…

Working to get babies off to a good start

Amy Queen, Breastfeeding Advocate for All Consider for a few minutes the woman behind the counter at the corner convenience store, or the woman handing you your meal out the window of a fast food drive-through. What you may not know at first glance is that they could easily be nursing mothers, committed to maintaining…

Cover Story: Humanitarian Tricia Decker

Paying it Forward on the Arizona Borderlands Tricia Decker vividly remembers one of her first days as a Samaritan volunteer near Tucson, where the Arizona and Mexico borders meet. This particular stretch of land includes the inhospitable and treacherous Sonoran Desert, known for its extreme temperatures, lack of water and the many days it takes…

Big Sky Women

Entrepreneur helps other women build a business they love Look at Sheridan Cotrell’s calendar and it’s easy to see why keeping up with this native eastern Montanan is anything but simple. She’s a wife, a mother of five, a speech pathologist, a business analyst, a health coach and an entrepreneur. She’s also the founder and…

Garden Markers You’ll Dig!

This colorful DIY adds a splash of color to your garden With a little more sunshine and the temperatures starting to rise, green thumbs both near and far are itching to get their hands in the dirt and get growing. Aside from the physical planting, there are fun ways to not only keep track of…

Strength Through Support

Billings MS support group offers compassion, camaraderie & connection Everyone has his or her own diagnosis story. For Pam Hofferber, it started with an eye exam. Her optometrist noticed an unusual spot at the back of her eye and recommended she see a neurologist immediately. Within the week, Pam underwent an MRI and was diagnosed…

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