Newsline February 13, 2017

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Table of Contents

Good News Item

  1. Middlebury College Reaches Carbon Neutrality.

Around EVST

  1. BRANCH OUT on Wednesdays at the UC.
  2. Crown of the Continent Coordination Courtesy of EVST. 
  3. EVST prof helps organize March for Science on Earth Day, April 22.
  4. EVST alum calls for more adequate bonding to clean up abandoned mine sites.

Featured Events

(See the Conservation Calendar for more events)

  1. UM Hosts Award-winning Journalist to discuss Global Climate Change, Feb 16.

Volunteer Opportunities

  1. UM Recycling Committee meets Feb 15 at EVST.
  2. Volunteer Training with the Montana Natural History Center on campus Feb 15.
  3. UM Blood Drive, Feb 15. 
  4. UM Real Food Working Group wants you. 
  5. February Volunteer Opportunities with MT Natural History Center.
  6. Take middle school kids to Lolo Creek, March 16.
  7. Science Fair judges needed, March 27.

Educational Opportunities

  1. Wilderness in the Netherlands, Feb 13. 
  2. UM FLAT's Spring Workshop Series starts Feb 13.
  3. UM Library’s Workshops to strengthen your research skills, February dates. 
  4. Travel Writing Workshop, Feb 15. 
  5. Gobi Grizzlies of Mongolia, Feb 16.
  6. CV (Resume) webinar – to help start your career, Feb 16.
  7. Webinar on Graywater systems, Feb 16. 
  8. MT Nonprofit Association’s Nonprofit Management Series, Feb-May, Butte & Hamilton.
  9. Beginning birder walk at Metcalf Refuge, Feb 18. 
  10. Raising Ms. President, Feb 21.
  11. Free webinars on Building Community Resiliency (2/22) and Redeveloping Brownfields (3/1). 
  12. Wildlife Ranch Research Conference, Missoula, Feb 27 to March 1. 
  13. Public meeting on possible mine along the Blackfoot River, Feb 28.
  14. Online presentations by Montana ecologists. 
  15. Sustainable food systems & World Youth Congress in Hawaii, June 13-26.

Jobs and Internships

(Local or summer jobs; for full time jobs around the US, see the envirojobs list serv)

  1. Field Instructor: Bitterroot Wildlife Internship, two positions.
  2. 4 summer jobs working in the Great Burn wilderness, apply ASAP.
  3. Spend summer in Hawaii working with rare plants, apply by March 7.
  4. Temporary Planning/GIS job in Helena, apply by March 22. 
  5. Summer jobs taking kids on outdoor adventures, apply now. 
  6. Get paid while you train to be an environmental organizer. 
  7. Seasonal Jobs for Aquatic Invasive Species Inspection/Decontamination Stations, apply by Feb 22.
  8. Organic Grain Farming Apprenticeships for 2017 in Havre, MT.

Funding

  1. Funding for ecological/environmental research, apply by March 23. 

Housing

  1. Spacious Basement Apartment for Rent.

Miscellaneous - Resources

  1. Beyond Beer Magazine Release Party, Feb 17.
  2. Visiting Author of the 'Unsettlers', Feb 27. 
  3. Fundraiser for women’s clinic, April 1.
  4. Video about Oil Trains & the Flathead Watershed. 
  5.  A film with special appeal at the Big Sky Film Festival, Feb 19.
  6. Mansfield Library Now Offers Access to Academic Libraries Statewide.

Good News Item

Middlebury College Reaches Carbon Neutrality.

In a recent news announcement, the college explains two initiatives it used to help reach a net zero carbon footprint, meaning that the institution has balanced the amount of carbon emissions it releases with an equivalent amount sequestered or offset. In 2008, a biomass facility was brought online that helped reduce No. 6 fuel oil from two million gallons to 600,000 by using 24,000 tons of locally sourced wood chips. In addition, a conservation deal allowed the college to set aside 2,100 acres of forestland in perpetuity that it will count toward carbon sequestration. Read article here.

Around EVST

BRANCH OUT on Wednesdays at the UC.

EVST’er Tony Morsette is Student Coordinator for the new Branch Center in the UC (2nd floor, opposite the food court). The Branch Center promotes dialogue in a respectful and collaborative space, to foster understanding, support, and inclusion. Every Wednesday starting February 15, from 3-4pm, Branch Out will take place at the Branch Center! Come share refreshments, learn new skills, engage in mindful dialog, connect with your campus. For more info, contact Tony or at (406) 945-0069. 

Crown of the Continent Coordination Courtesy of EVST. 

EVST grad student Peter Gurche has been selected to be the Coordinator for the Crown of the Continent Roundtable. EVST prof Len Broberg serves on the Roundtable’s leadership team. The Roundtable is an ongoing forum to bring together people who care about this special place. Among his other duties, Peter will help produce the Roundtable’s bi-monthly e-newsletter to help connect people to news and events around the Crown. If you have an event or news item, an update from your group, or just a great picture to share, please send that information to Peter by March 31 for inclusion in the April newsletter. Also, you can ask Peter to subscribe you to the Roundtable’s newsletter. Congrats, Peter! 

EVST prof helps organize March for Science on Earth Day, April 22. 

You have probably heard of government agency web sites being altered, of scientists being directed to not talk with the media, to submit their scientific reports for political editing, of threats of defunding and fears of data destruction. Scientists are choosing to speak up more, to band together, and support one another and defend science. A March for Science is being planned, and EVST professor Rosalyn LaPier is on the national steering committee.  The national March is set for Earth Day April 22, because organizers of Earth Day welcomed the scientists to join them on the national mall where Earth Day organizers already have a permit. There will be local marches in many other cities that same week. Another EVST professor, Vicki Watson, is working to organize a march in Missoula. To help with the March in DC, email March for Science or to help with the Missoula March, contact Vicki

EVST alum calls for more adequate bonding to clean up abandoned mine sites. 

WY Senator Barrasso, chair of the Senate Env. & Public Works committee has requested that EPA delay action on EPA’s proposed rule to require that mining companies provide larger bonds to assure cleanup of mine sites after mine closure. Environmentalists contend cleanup costs regularly exceed bonds currently required. "The hardrock mining industry, the nation's largest toxic polluter, has already burdened taxpayers with a $20 billion to $54 billion cleanup bill and left communities with widespread water pollution," (EVST alum) Bonnie Gestring of mining watchdog Earthworks said in a statement. Full article here.

Featured Events

UM Hosts Award-winning Journalist to discuss Global Climate Change, Feb 16.

South and Southeast Asian Studies, the School of Journalism and Liberal Studies will host award-winning journalist Suzanne Goldenberg, U.S. environmental correspondent for the Guardian and author of “Madam President.” Goldenberg will present the lecture “Climate Change in the World’s Two Largest Democracies: New Developments in India and the U.S.” at 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16, in Liberal Arts Building Rooms 103 A-B. Goldenberg reported from India for several years, and she will address the human cost of climate change, especially for women. Her talk, which is free and open to the public, will be followed by a reception. For more information email Ruth Vanita, director of the Liberal Studies and South and Southeast Asian Studies departments.

Volunteer Opportunities

UM Recycling Committee meets Feb 15 at EVST. 

UM Recycling Oversight Committee (ROC) oversees the UM Recycling program and includes students, staff and faculty. The first meeting of the spring semester will be Feb 15 at noon in Env. Studies’ small meeting room (near our mailboxes) in Rankin Hall. (later meetings will be Mar 15 & Apr 12, both in UC 216). ROC’s 3 projects for this spring are below. Everyone is welcome to help with these and to attend meetings. 1. Presenting zero waste proposals to various programs to get their input & hopefully buy-in. 2. Encouraging faculty and staff to sign up for payroll deduction to support the Recycling program along with the students. 3. Providing Recycling outreach at the Earth Week events.

Volunteer Training with the Montana Natural History Center on campus Feb 15.

Do you want to get involved in the community, learn a lot, and have a great time with kids? Try volunteering with the Montana Natural History Center. Volunteer commitments are flexible, and start at just an hour at a time during weekdays. We can also provide transportation from campus! Stop by our upcoming on-campus volunteer training to learn about how to get involved. Snacks will be provided! WHEN/WHERE: Wednesday, February 15 at 5:30-6:30pm in Davidson Honors College, room 118. For more information, contact Stephanie or (406) 327-0405. 

UM Blood Drive, Feb 15. 

Save someone’s life! WHEN/WHERE: Wed Feb 15 from 10:30 AM - 4:00 PM at UM Continuing Ed Building, room 204. Coordinator: Sarah Cross: 406-327-2042. Click here to make an appointment. All donors will receive a $5 Amazon gift card via email post-donation! 

UM Real Food Working Group wants you. 

The UM Real Food Working Group works to make real food more available and affordable to students. They meet monthly during the Semester at the Buttercup (1221 Helen Ave, one block from UM). Everyone welcome. What is Real Food anyway? Times are arranged by Doodle poll. Contact umdgarden@mso.umt.edu

February Volunteer Opportunities with MT Natural History Center.  

Feb 15—New Volunteer Info Session at UM, 5:30-6:30pm at UM Honors College 118. Feb 11—Help with kids activities (1:45-3:30pm) at the Center. Feb 15 &22—assist with evening program logistics (6:45-9pm) at the Center. Feb 26—Assist with Snowshoe hike (1-4pm). Most school days in Feb (schedule) – Visiting Naturalists in the schools – help kids study how animals stay warm in winter. Various times – shovel MNHC sidewalks; keep MNHC’s small buses running. To volunteer, contact Stephanie or Christine.  

Take middle school kids to Lolo Creek, March 16.

Help Lolo Creek Watershed Group take a bunch of excited middle school students to Lolo Creek to learn about monitoring water quality and the importance of a healthy creek! Location details will be posted on LCWG’s volunteer page. Contact Kaeli for more information. WHEN: March 16, 9am-Noon. 

Science Fair judges needed, March 27.

The 62nd Annual Montana Science Fair (the science fair for the whole state of Montana) will be held at UM’s Adams Center with student exhibits judged on Monday, March 27. Please consider volunteering to judge. It’s a great way to engage young students (grades 6 through 12) in discussions about science and its role in society – including current threats to using science in environmental decision making. Most judges are needed between Noon & 2pm, with a smaller group needed later in the afternoon. If you are willing to be a Science Fair judge, you can sign up on our website. New judges should attend orientation from 11:10 to 11:25 in the Adams Center Sky Club. Lunch for all is 11:30 to noon, followed by three rounds of judging. Select "11 am to 2 pm" for orientation and first round judging (we need more than 200 judges for this round, including grad & undergrad students). Select "11 am to 4 pm" for 1st and 2nd round judging (smaller group for this longer commitment).

Educational Opportunities

Wilderness in the Netherlands, Feb 13. 

Do they have wilderness in Europe? Find out at this Philosophy Forum. Christopher Preston (Env. philosopher at UM) tells all. All welcome. WHEN/WHERE: Monday Feb. 13 in the Pope Room, Law School at 3:00-4:30 PM.  

UM FLAT's Spring Workshop Series starts Feb 13.

RSVP now to reserve your spot at the UM FLAT's Spring Workshop Series! Spots will fill up fast, so guarantee your space now.  2/13 Fermentation, 2/27+2/28 Woodworking (2-day workshop), 3/6 Fruit Tree Grafting, 3/13 Grow your own Mushrooms. Mondays 6-8pm. RSVP: umflat@gmail.com. 

UM Library’s Workshops to strengthen your research skills, February dates. 

The Mansfield Library offers a series of free workshops to strengthen your research skills. All workshops are in MLIB 284. Feb 14: Using Refworks – makes saving and citing sources easier - 2-3pm; Feb 15: Researching & Writing Literature Reviews – the first step of all research - 3-4:30 pm; Feb 23: Using the library’s resources efficiently, including e-sources - 3-4 pm; Feb 21: Using Media – finding, citing, editing, integrating media into research - 2-3pm. For more info, contact Jill Howard or call 243-6866. 

Travel Writing Workshop, Feb 15. 

This workshop is co-hosted by the Wilderness Institute and Outdoor Women's Alliance. Whether you're an experienced author, part-time blogger, or curious novice, this class will help you realize your potential as a writer. Whatever your skill level might be, workshop leader Charlotte Austin wants to hear your goals, help you hone your skills, and ask the hard questions that will move your writing forward. Includes suggested readings during the week leading up to the course, a 2.5-hour in-person workshop at UM, an opportunity to read/share your work with classmates, and practical tips and suggestions on how to edit, refine, and publish your unique stories. Cost $12-$15. Workshop Tickets here. WHEN/WHERE: Feb 15 from 6:30 to 9pm at UC 326. 

Gobi Grizzlies of Mongolia, Feb 16.

On Thursday, Feb. 16, join Vital Ground and author Doug Chadwick for an evening of adventure, science, and conservation about the bears of Mongolia, fighting to survive in one of the toughest, most remote settings on Earth. Reception (free food and drink) at 7 pm, Program 7:30 pm at Heritage Hall, 20 Fort Missoula Road. 

CV (Resume) webinar – to help start your career, Feb 16.

City Internships offers this webinar free to the first 50 folks who sign up. WHEN/WHERE: Feb 16, 11 to noon (Mountain Time).  

Webinar on Graywater systems, Feb 16. 

Alliance for Water Efficiency will host a webinar entitled "Single-Family Package Graywater Systems: Savings and Benefits" on Thursday, February 16 at 11 a.m. CT (10 am mountain time). This webinar is based on the AWE Research Committee's report  on cost-benefit analyses for single-family packaged graywater systems. CLICK HERE to learn more and to download the report. CLICK HERE to register for the webinar! 

MT Nonprofit Association’s Nonprofit Management Series, Feb-May, Butte & Hamilton.

Now in its fifth year, this series covers the essentials of nonprofit management including board governance, strong financial management, visionary strategic planning, and successful fundraising. Join one workshop or all four to develop or sharpen your skills as a nonprofit leader. This series is ideal for executive directors, aspiring leaders, and board members. All workshops will be 8:30am-3:30pm. Early bird registration will start at $45 per session for MNA members. Local nonprofits invited to take advantage of these discounts! Full details here. Board Governance - Butte: Feb 16; Hamilton: Feb 17; Strategic Planning - Butte: March 16; Hamilton: March 17; Financial Management - Butte: April 27; Hamilton: April 28; Fund Development - Butte: May 25; Hamilton: May 26. 

Beginning birder walk at Metcalf Refuge, Feb 18. 

Sharpen your bird identification on a beginning birding field trip at the Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge on Saturday, February 18. Learn basic skills such as use of binoculars and field guides, and key field marks. Binoculars are available if needed. Families with children are welcome. Minimal walking is involved. Meet at the Lee Metcalf NWR headquarters from 10 a.m. for this 2-hour trip. Sponsored by Bitterroot Audubon, Five Valleys Audubon, and Metcalf Refuge. 

Raising Ms. President, Feb 21.

Free showing of a documentary film about raising the next generation of female political leaders. Filmmaker Kiley Lane Parker explores the reasons why women don’t run for office, where political ambition begins and why we should encourage more women to lead. Co-sponsored by the Missoula League of Women Voters and Forward Montana. WHEN/WHERE: Tuesday, February 21, at 7 pm, Missoula Public Library. 

Free webinars on Building Community Resiliency (2/22) and Redeveloping Brownfields (3/1). 

Community Builders offers these 2 free webinars: Resiliency Planning for Better Communities -- Resiliency, a concept born out of disaster recovery, has taken on new meaning. Today, planners work to plan communities that are can handle change while enhancing quality of life and being economically resilient - on Feb 22, noon to 1pm; State Programs for getting Redevelopment Done—how do you clean up old industrial sites, mines, landfills, etc., and return them to productive use? Overcoming legal, financial and other obstacles - on March 1, noon to 1pm. More info and registration here

Wildlife Ranch Research Conference, Missoula, Feb 27 to March 1. 

MPG Ranch is a wildlife conservation ranch near Lolo Montana. The ranch is run for the benefit of wildlife and is managed by wildlife scientists. Many UM students conduct research there. Others have participated in service projects there. MPG invites the public to their annual conference at which MPG staff and supported researchers will present recent findings and describe future goals. Topics include rangeland restoration, bird & mammal ecology, pollinators, biological soil crusts, and soil ecology, among others. No need to register. More info:jlisbon@mpgranch.com or 406-396-6285. WHEN/WHERE: Feb 27 to March 1, 8am to 5pm at the Holiday Inn Parkside, Missoula. 

Public meeting on possible mine along the Blackfoot River, Feb 28. 

Kennecott Exploration has been exploring in the Copper Cliff area outside Potomac and will return this summer. Representatives of the mining company invite the public to hear about their plans and ask questions at a meeting later this month. The Blackfoot Challenge will provide a summary of the meeting on their web site along with background information from earlier meetings. WHEN/WHERE: Tuesday, February 28, at 7:00 pm at the Blackfoot Church, Potomac, MT. 

Online presentations by Montana ecologists. 

Montana Institute of Ecology has a regular lecture series by Montana ecologists (in Bozeman). The presentations are filmed and put online here. A good place to see critical ecological studies going on right now in Fire ecology, wetland & river ecology, restoration ecology & more. 

Sustainable food systems & World Youth Congress in Hawaii, June 13-26.

The GREEN Program invites you to Hawai’i’ to see a fascinating case study for agriculture and energy independence. Hawai’i’ imports 90% of their food and exports 80% of their agricultural production, and is working to increase food and energy security. GREEN Program is partnering with the 2017 World Youth Congress. GREEN Hawai’i’ students will be delegates at the Congress and represent the next generation of sustainability leadership. Learn more and apply now.

Jobs and Internships

Field Instructor: Bitterroot Wildlife Internship, two positions.

Position Announcement: Ecology Project International (EPI) is hiring two field instructors to mentor and deliver academic content for 12 Bitterroot Wildlife Internship program high school interns this summer. The Bitterroot Wildlife Internship (BWI) program is a partnership between Ecology Project International (EPI) and MPG Ranch that offers a unique experience for high school students that combines ecological education, conservation service, and hands-on field research at MPG Ranch in Florence, Montana from June-August. Each month-long intern session will be comprised of six interns. Interns will be paired with MPG researchers to assist with ongoing research projects and complete their own related research question. EPI has offered the Bitterroot Wildlife Internship program in conjunction with MPG Ranch since 2014. Bitterroot Wildlife Internship instructors will spend Sunday afternoon-Thursday of each week at the ranch leading interns in completing conservation service projects (approximately 10hrs/week), conducting ecological research (approximately 16hrs/week), and learning about the Bitterroot Valley’s ecosystem (approximately 6 hrs/week). At night, the group will camp out under the stars. Conservation projects on the ranch might include pulling invasive weeds, removing fencing, and gathering native seeds. Potential research involvement includes avian, soil, plant, ungulate, and insect projects. Instructors will also teach Leave No Trace awareness, guide wildlife observation, and mentor the interns in nature journaling. For a complete job announcement and to access the application, visit the Ecology Project. This position is based in Missoula, Montana.

4 summer jobs working in the Great Burn wilderness, apply ASAP.

The Great Burn Study Group (GBSG) is looking for four motivated, hard-working individuals – 2 for our weed control crew and 2 for our trail crew this summer, working in beautiful wild country. Weed crew duties include integrated pest management, including herbicide application, biological control releases and hand-pulling. Trail crew members will build trail on a combined USFS/GBSG crew. Backcountry competence is helpful. Competitive pay dependent on experience. Please send resume and cover letter to Beverly Dupree

Spend summer in Hawaii working with rare plants, apply by March 7.  

The O’ahu Army Natural Resources Program (OANRP) has paid summer internships of 2 kinds: Field crews doing invasive weed & rodent control, rare plant introduction, rare bird & bug monitoring, fence work. Horticulture/rare plant intern working with rare plants in green house and nursery. Timing: 11 weeks, from June 6 - August 17; 40 hours/week; 10-hour workdays (Monday-Thursday 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.). Internship info and a link to the application is available online. Applicants must be 18 or older by June 6, 2017. APPLICATION DEADLINE: March 7, 2017. Inquiries can be directed here

Temporary Planning/GIS job in Helena, apply by March 22. 

Montana State Parks seeks a temporary Planning/GIS Technician based in Helena, MT to perform a range of park planning and GIS related duties. The ideal candidate will be enthusiastic, a proven self-starter, and solution-oriented who enjoys working in a dynamic environment. This is an excellent opportunity to gain real world, professional experience in the planning field for a new graduate or new professional.  Please see the attached position description. The position closes on March 22, with anticipated employment from mid-May to mid-September. For any questions related to the position, please contact Maren Murphy or call 406-444-3364. Description can be found here

Summer jobs taking kids on outdoor adventures, apply now. 

Missoula Outdoor Learning Adventures (MOLA) is hiring 2017 summer staff. Openings for 10-12 people in Outdoor Adventure Summer Camp, including group leaders, interns, and climbing guides. Work outside all day, every day, leading youth ages 6-14 in outdoor recreation activities based out of Missoula. Duties include leading groups of youth to hike, bike, raft, climb, canoe, kayak, and camp. MOLA seeks individuals with experience in at least some of these outdoor pursuits, and/or experience working with youth. Additional helpful experience includes swimming and/or lifeguarding, team building, driving 15-passenger vans, and towing trailers. Qualified applicants lacking experience will be required to gain additional training before camp begins.  MOLA provides most opportunities, and other trainings are available locally. Wilderness First Aid (WFA) and guide permit from Montana FWP also required prior to start. Dates are June 5 - August 25, with some flexibility. Hours are 9am-5pm, Mon-Fri, with overnight campout each Thursday. Time off is possible. Positions start at $400/week, with additional compensation for exceptional candidates, and include access to pro-deals on clothing & gear. To apply, send resume with cover letter and 3 references. Email with attachments preferred, but hardcopy acceptable. Positions open until filled. Send to: J. Porter Hammitt, (MOLA), 1304 Jackson St., Missoula, MT 59802. See website

Get paid while you train to be an environmental organizer. 

Green Corps offers a year-long, PAID training program that will prepare you for a career in environmental organizing. Info on Green Corps and how to apply for the class of 2018 here

Seasonal Jobs for Aquatic Invasive Species Inspection/Decontamination Stations, apply by Feb 22.

Due to the recent detection of invasive mussels in Montana, Fish, Wildlife & Parks is recruiting additional aquatic invasive species inspection and laboratory technicians for the upcoming season. These jobs are part of the state’s on-going effort to battle the risk of spreading invasive mussels to other areas in the state. The seasonal jobs, which offer competitive pay and benefits, will generally run from April through October – but those available from mid-May to end of August will also be considered. Interviews of top ranked applicants will be in Missoula on March 20. However, you need to apply by Feb 22 using info at these web sites: Lab Tech job OR Watercraft Inspector Tech. Learn more here

Organic Grain Farming Apprenticeships for 2017 in Havre, MT.

New Agrarian Immersion Experience: Intensive immersion into day-to-day organic farming operations, Vilicus Farm’s growing system, conservation practices and ecosystem. This 8-month apprenticeship is offered in partnership through Quivira Coalition’s New Agrarian Program. Registered Apprenticeship in Organic Farming: Structured 2-year paid occupational training in dryland organic farming operations. 4000 hours of on-the-job training and 288 hours of related instruction. Graduates will have an opportunity to become high skilled and valued farm team members at Vilicus Farms or another organic enterprise. This unique apprenticeship has been developed in consultation with the State of Montana Department of Labor and Industry and Montana State University – Northern. Veterans are encouraged to apply and identify GI Bill benefits that may support them pursuing this educational opportunity. For more information, contact Anna, or call 406-394-2469.

Funding

Funding for ecological/environmental research, apply by March 23. 

Five Valleys Audubon offers financial support to students conducting research in environmental biology, ecology, wildlife biology, conservation biology. Research awards range from $200 to $1000. Proposals are due by March 23. Awards are made in April. Details on what to include in your proposal and how to submit it can be found here.

Housing

Spacious Basement Apartment for Rent.

1000' sq. foot 2-bedroom dog friendly basement apartment (bedroom egress windows). Living room, dining area, washer/dryer, and kitchen with dishwasher. Includes off street parking space as well as large fenced yard with a friendly female (slightly dominant) dog seeking a submissive male canine companion. Entry is through the garage/laundry room. Adjacent to DNRC nursery/dog walking area in Target Range (3.3 miles from campus). Raised bed garden, fruit trees, strawberries, and fire pit. Monthly rent $850 includes utilities, plus cable/wireless Internet. Security deposit $500. Septic system is rated for 2 people in the apartment. Available February 1. Contact Camie or call 544-7859.Flyer with pictures found here.

 

Miscellaneous - Resources

Beyond Beer Magazine Release Party, Feb 17.

Imagine Nation Brewing Co. is publishing their own art and literature magazine: Beyond Beer. It was conceptualized and edited by EVST alum, Colin May, and features work by several other EVST grads. There will be a few short words by Colin and some of the contributors. Printed copies of the magazine will be on sale at the release party! Friday, February 17th, 6-8pm at Imagine Nation Brewing Co. 

Visiting Author of the 'Unsettlers', Feb 27. 

Mark Sundeen, author of The Unsettlers – In Search of the Good Life in Today’s America, will be in Missoula on Feb 27. He will provide a reading from his book at Shakespeare & Co at 7pm. Sundeen profiles new pioneers who have developed better ways to live in our overdeveloped world. WHEN/WHERE: Feb 27 at 7pm at Shakespeare & Co, 103 S 3rd St W. 

Fundraiser for women’s clinic, April 1.

Off the Rack to benefit the Blue Mountain Clinic (women’s health & reproductive services clinic). A fun variety show. WHEN/WHERE: Saturday, April 1, 7 pm at the Missoula Children’s Theater.   

Video about Oil Trains & the Flathead Watershed. 

Several groups that work to protect the Flathead watershed have produced the 6-minute video: "Oil and Water Don't Mix," about the threat posed by the oil trains traveling along the Middle Fork Flathead River corridor near Flathead Lake & Glacier Park. Flathead LakersFlathead Valley Trout UnlimitedAmerican RiversNational Parks Conservation Association, Headwaters Montana and others developed the video as part of a Flathead-wide campaign to improve the safety of the BNSF rail line and prevent an oil train derailment along the Middle Fork Flathead River or Whitefish Lake. See the film here! 

A film with special appeal at the Big Sky Film Festival, Feb 19.

There will be many memorable films at the Big Sky Film Festival. But this one will have a particular appeal. It will be the premier of the documentary Charlie vs Goliath on Feb. 19 at 5:30pm at the Roxy Theater. Charlie Hardy, a 75-year-old penniless former Catholic priest spent nearly a decade serving the poor while living in a cardboard shack in a Venezuelan slum. In 2011, Charlie returns to his hometown of Cheyenne, Wyoming, and is shocked to see poverty, hunger and homelessness. Snubbed by his congressional reps, he runs for office himself and wins the Democratic Party’s nomination for the US Senate (sort of a Wyoming Bernie Sanders). His opponent has a $3 million war chest. Charlie has hope, principles and some rag tag volunteers. Charlie vs Goliath takes on the issue of money’s corruption of US politics. More importantly, at its heart, the documentary is a story about the power of hope against all odds. Both Charlie and the film maker Lindsay Reed will be present at the screening ( Q & A afterward). Tickets cost $7 for students and you can buy them here

Mansfield Library Now Offers Access to Academic Libraries Statewide.

This Newsline prepared by Vicki Watson and Laura Zanolli. Please send any comments to the Editor.