Just Three Questions…

Many years ago, back when I was becoming me and leaving the scared girl behind, I learned that if I asked three questions before making a statement, I had time to actually think about my statement, and my words were more on target. Way back then, when my hair was brown, my eyes bagless, and…

It’s Not Netflix

Respect guides Jennie Hansen’s role as the Montana Women’s Prison warden Life in the Montana Women’s Prison on Billings’ South 27th Street doesn’t mimic the scenes depicted in the popular Netflix series, “Orange Is the New Black.” It’s not steeped in fear and retribution. Daily life isn’t ruled by violence. Instead, Jennie Hansen, appointed warden…

Building Community, One Belt at a Time

Jen Perry empowers women & cinches up success Just 20 yards away from the concrete walls that house more than 220 female inmates at the Montana Women’s Prison, the quiet hum of a sewing machine can be heard as one of the inmates sews up another project. Beth Anthony, a 50-something inmate with three years…

COVER STORY: The High Price of Human Trafficking

Faces on the front lines in the battle There’s a poster on the wall in Georgia Cady’s office that says, “Human Trafficking isn’t a big city problem, it’s our city problem.” It’s a truth she knows well. As the human trafficking program case manager at Tumbleweed Program, Cady is on the front lines in the…

The Heart Gallery’s Helen

A teen with a smile that can light up a room  Editor’s Note: The Heart Gallery is an ongoing feature and partnership with Rimrock Mall to give a voice to those children waiting for a loving adoptive family of their own. Visit Rimrock Mall to see the Heart Gallery, with continually changing photos of adoptable…

Meet Us Halfway

12 weeks in, the Motivated to Move women reflect on their newfound lifestyle Editor’s Note: In our October/November issue, we introduced you to four women motivated to move toward a healthier life. All four women faced different challenges — hormonal shifts, stress, overworked schedules and a lifetime of unhealthy habits. You can read our first…

“You Can Do This!”

Maybe it’s time for a new year and a new you I was standing at the podium, shaking, tears filling my eyes, and I could not breathe.  I kept trying to talk, but I just couldn’t make it happen. This scene probably took 20 seconds, but it felt like hours, long hours, like waiting for…

Through a lens of compassion

Photographer Tracy Moore uses her talents to change lives When Tracy Moore was in the eighth grade, her family moved from California to Colorado. At her new school, she didn’t know anyone, and rather than walk into the cafeteria and have no one to sit with, she grabbed her lunch tray and found an empty…

Wellness Coach on Wheels

Nich Pertuit fights chronic diseases with a little healthy advice Through the open door of a sleek and shiny Airstream RV, you can hear the hum of people talking. Peek around the corner and the rig looks like a doctor’s office on wheels. There are handouts designed to support healthy living, books on various nutrition…

Still Loving the Hot Wadda

Behind the Scenes at Chico Hot Springs If you’ve lived in the Yellowstone River region for any length of time, you know about Chico Hot Springs. Maybe you have a favorite Chico story or you’ve celebrated a special occasion there with family or friends. Chico Hot Springs got its start in 1900, when Bill and…

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