Newsline July 10, 2017

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Good News Item

  1. National Wildlife Federation certifies UM Farm to College Garden as wildlife habitat! 

Around EVST

  1. EVST’s Visiting Writer publishes Letter to America.

Featured Events (See the Conservation Calendar for more events)

  1. Solar eclipse 2017: The best places to see this rare phenomenon on August 21!

Volunteer Opportunities

  1. Comment on National Monuments that are under review by July 10.
  2. 2017 Five Valleys Butterfly Count will be Tuesday, July 11. 
  3. Celebrate the Bitterroot Trail by riding it during MT Bike Celebration, July 15-16.
  4. Blackfoot River Volunteer Cleanup , July 29.
  5. Help with Watering and Weeding at Rock Creek over the summer.
  6. Western MT Fair needs volunteers to keep it free (Aug 8-12). 
  7. Free Cycles needs volunteers this summer for youth camps. 
  8. Help BLM plan the recreation management of public lands.

Educational Opportunities

  1. Glacier Park Backpack Trip, July 14-16.
  2. Missoula Water Quality Advisory Council meets, July 11.   
  3. EPA’s Water Quality Modeling Webinar: “Introduction to WASP”, July 12.
  4. "Beyond Us and Them -- What IS Possible?" will be aired July 12 & 15 and online.
  5. Missoula Sustainable Housing Tour, July 13. 
  6. Visit the Birds of Glacier with Audubon, July 13-16.
  7. UM’s Observatory on Blue Mountain hosts free summer star gazing!
  8. Must-see, upbeat documentary from the global Transition Network, July 17.
  9. The Great American Total Solar Eclipse, FREE Evening Lecture July 19.
  10. AWRA Board extends Abstract submission deadline to August 1.

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

  1. Science position available at Stevensville High School.
  2. GIS Tech needed to help develop a wilderness app. 
  3. Administrative Assistant needed at Garden City Harvest.
  4. White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) Internship Program. 
  5. Enrollment Coordinator position at Ecology Project International.
  6. Two positions open at Clearwater Fish Hatchery.
  7. National Wildlife Federation’s Missoula office seeks Habitat/Sustainability Educator (Americorps), apply ASAP. 
  8. Virtual Career Fair for Montana.

Funding

  1. Funding Opportunities.
  2. Big Sky Watershed Corps applications are due July 28.

Housing

  1. Grad student entering the EVST program in the fall and I am looking for roommates
  2. Incoming EVST grad student looking for roommates.
  3. Incoming EVST student looking for 1 or 2-bedroom house.

Miscellaneous - Resources

  1. Disturbing News, Rising seas could result in 2 billion refugees by 2100!
  2. Bob Marshall Music Festival, July 13-16, Seeley Lake. 
  3. Celebrate open space with Five Valleys Land Trust, July 13.
  4. Poetry Contest (July 16) and Story Contest (July 31). 
  5. Missoula Insectarium & Butterfly House picnic, July 21. 
  6. Shrinking your travel footprint – a resource. 
  7. Plastic Free July.
  8. HuckleBeary Ice Cream – Big Dipper and UM score! 
  9. UM’s compost van becomes a Magical Mystery tour machine! 

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Good News Item

National Wildlife Federation certifies UM Farm to College Garden as wildlife habitat!

The University of Montana’s Lommasson Garden became certified wildlife habitat on May 10. The National Wildlife Federation certified UM’s Lommasson Garden as an official wildlife habitat on May 10. The garden is managed by UM Dining and is an extension of the UM Farm to College Program, which advocates for sustainable practices, such as purchasing local foods, recycling and reducing of carbon footprints. NWF runs a campaign to make urban spaces friendlier to an array of wildlife, such as birds, pollinating insects and amphibians. UM has several wildlife-habitat-certified spaces, and UM Dining staff are proud their “food forest” has become another one. Elizabeth Pickhardt, a spring intern with the UM Dining garden, pursued the habitat certification as her independent project. Read more about it here.

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Around EVST

EVST’s Visiting Writer publishes Letter to America.

David Oates was EVST’s Visiting Writer in 2011. The online journal Terrain.org is running his “Letter to America” in the July 4th issue. Check it out.

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Featured Events

Solar eclipse 2017: The best places to see this rare phenomenon on August 21!

On August 21, for the first time in 99 years, a total solar eclipse will cut across the continental US. If you’re in the bull’s eye center of the Moon Shadow known as the totality — the sky will go dark for a few minutes in the middle of the day, stars will appear, birds will become confused and start chirping their nighttime songs. And it’s all because of a cosmic coincidence: From the Earth, both the moon and sun appear to be roughly the same size.  Most of the country will see a partial eclipse, which is also cool. But for the complete show, you need to be in the 60-mile wide path of the totality. NASA has mapped the path of the totality in detail. And has a video showing that Moon Shadow walking across the continent. Best viewing in Missoula will be about 11:30am, but it will not appear as a total eclipse here. Some nearby places in the Total Moon Shadow are: Idaho Falls & Challis ID (about 11:30 am), Jackson WY 11:36 am; Casper WY 11:45 am. Also, in Grand Teton Park & Gros Ventre wilderness (11:36 am). If interested in carpooling, set up a signup page at EVST or use the EVST facebook page. Some Safety Tips for viewing the eclipse include solar eclipse glasses or pinhole projector and the The Missoula Public Library has a limited supply of the special glasses, and they plan to host a viewing party at Kiwanis Park.

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Volunteer Opportunities

Comment on National Monuments that are under review by July 10.

The Department of the Interior released a list of monuments under review under the April 26 executive order and announced a public comment period for the review process. The list of sites under review includes 22 national monuments and 5 marine national monuments. Comments on monument designations must be received by July 10. Submit comments online or by mail.  

2017 Five Valleys Butterfly Count will be Tuesday, July 11. 

Missoula butterfly lovers invite you to participate in this fun event that also collects valuable data. Meet at the main Rattlesnake recreation area trailhead at 9:15 am on July 11. If the weather is bad, July 12 is the backup date. We will cover the Spring Gulch area in a slow, relatively flat 6 mile round trip hike, but you are welcome to tag along for part of the way, or leave early if you can't stay all day. You don't need to know butterflies to help. We need spotters, netters, and equipment carriers. This is a learning opportunity as much as a way to collect data. Bring a lunch, snacks, sunscreen, and plenty of water. Close-focusing binoculars and cameras are helpful.  We will have extra butterfly nets. Bring $3 to participate, which will be sent to the North American Butterfly Association (NABA) to help pay for their costs of compiling and publishing our data. Kids are free. Questions? Email us or call 406-317-1183, or cell phone 406-239-4040. 

Celebrate the Bitterroot Trail by riding it during MT Bike Celebration, July 15-16.

Participants can start at the Fort Missoula Regional Park or at the Hamilton Fairgrounds and ride the Bitterroot Trail to Stevensville, MT for an afternoon/evening of swimming, farmers market, artisans, music, food and beverages. You can stay overnight in Stevensville or bike elsewhere. Van support for riders who do not want to carry their gear provided at an additional cost. More info and RSVP here. All proceeds benefit the Bitterroot Trail Preservation Alliance to help maintain and improve the trail. Cost is $20. Online registration ends July 11. 

Blackfoot River Volunteer Cleanup , July 29.

The Blackfoot River Volunteer Cleanup is hosted by UM Outdoor Program. Transportation, shuttles & boats free to hardworking volunteers. Details here. 

Help with Watering and Weeding at Rock Creek over the summer.

Five Valleys Land Trust is seeking volunteers to help water shrubs and pull weeds at our Rock Creek Conservation Area throughout the summer. We recently planted over 300 shrubs as a part of our riparian area restoration efforts, and we need your help to keep them thriving! Work on your own schedule! Many hands will make light work as we continue to restore this special place. Interested? Contact Jenny Tollefson or at 406.381.3331. 

Western MT Fair needs volunteers to keep it free (Aug 8-12). 

This year admission to the Fair will be free – organizers are counting on a lot of volunteers so it will be free in the future. There are charges for some events, for carnival rides and for food. Volunteers receive one ALL-DAY RIDES pass OR one Arena event ticket (plus a t-shirt, hat or water bottle). You can volunteer here. More info about the Fair here. 

Free Cycles needs volunteers this summer for youth camps. 

Free Cycles is seeking skilled and committed volunteers to help with youth camps for dates in May, June, July, and August. Please contact Emily if you are available and interested. Any help is extremely appreciated. 

Help BLM plan the recreation management of public lands.

Bureau of Land Management’s Missoula Field Office invites you to join the conversation about recreation management on lands managed by the BLM and the places that matter most to you. Please plan to join us so that BLM can better respond to the public’s desires and expectations for how recreation on these lands are managed. This research seeks to engage local leaders, business owners, residents, and visitors that either participate in recreational activities on these lands, or have a stake in the quality of the experience of those that do. A focus group is a form of research in which a group of people are asked about their perceptions, opinions, preferences, and attitudes towards, in this case, recreational use. Questions are asked in an interactive group setting where participants are free to talk with other group members. You’ll be asked about how you use BLM lands, how the land condition and recreation experience has changed over the years, what things you’d like to see changed and what maintained, etc. The sessions will last approximately two hours. FRI – July 14, 9:30 AM at Holiday Inn Missoula Downtown, Madison/Jefferson Rooms, 200 S. Pattee St., Missoula. FRI – July 14, 3:00 PM at Seeley Lake Community Hall, 3248 Highway 83, Seeley Lake. SAT – July 15, 9:30 AM at Lubrecht Forest, 38689 Hwy 200 East, Greenough. For more info, contact: Joe Ashor, BLM Field Office Manager, or at 406-329-3717. 

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Educational Opportunities

Glacier Park Backpack Trip, July 14-16.

This UM Outdoor Program trip takes participants into spectacular Glacier National Park July 14-16, with a pre-trip meeting on July 12. The group leaves Friday morning and arrives in Glacier in time for a day hike. We will spend Friday night at a campground in the park before backpacking in the park on Saturday and Sunday, spending Saturday night camping in the spectacular Glacier backcountry. Cost $185. Must register by July 11Details here

Missoula Water Quality Advisory Council meets, July 11.   

The public is invited to WQAC’s monthly meetings. This meeting is focused on updates of the remedial investigation at the Frenchtown pulp mill superfund site. In addition, Buena Vista Mobile Home Park has requested assistance from the city to connect their sewage lagoon to the city’s sewer. WHEN/WHERE: July 11, 7-9pm at the Missoula Health Dept, 2nd floor conference room, 301 W. Alder. 

EPA’s Water Quality Modeling Webinar: “Introduction to WASP”, July 12.

EPA’s Water Modeling Workgroup is hosting a series of webinars to help citizens and water quality professionals better understand surface water quality modeling and how models can address common problems that face water quality regulators. The webinars are focused on modeling as it applies to the Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL), Standards, and Water Quality Permitting Programs, but they are applicable to a wide range of audiences. These two-hour webinars cover everything from modeling basics (e.g., model setup and calibration) to applied water quality modeling of different pollutants. WHEN: Wednesday July 12th at 1pm Eastern (11am Mountain Time). Registration is required and is now available. Previous webinars are available here

"Beyond Us and Them -- What IS Possible?" will be aired July 12 & 15 and online.

For those who missed the Rankin Peace Center’s annual ‘unconference’, parts of it were filmed by MCAT and will be aired on July 12 & 15. Sessions included such topics as "What Makes us Us and them Them?", "Inclusive Language", "How to end Corporate Ownership of Politics", "What can I do to get us to a Green Future?", "Practice Laughter to Connect and Solve Confict" and "Understanding and Appreciating the Natural World." You can view the parts that were filmed on MCAT Ch. 189, on July 12 @ 8pm and July 15 @ 6pm. The program will also be available for viewing on MCAT's Video on Demand closer to the air date. 

Missoula Sustainable Housing Tour, July 13. 

Discover more about Homeword, the Solstice property, our HomeOwnership Center programs and how we create sustainable communities. Connect with staff members and volunteers. Hear inspiring stories of our residents and clients. Free Lunch and Tour. Street and bicycle parking available. Use Commercial entrance on West side of Solstice building. RSVP to Erin Ojala or 532.4663 ext. 10. WHEN/WHERE: Thursday, July 13, noon-1pm at the Solstice Building1535 Liberty Lane, Suite 114.  

Visit the Birds of Glacier with Audubon, July 13-16.

The unique birds of Glacier National Park will be the focus of a Five Valleys Audubon trip July 13-16. Participants will camp and explore both the east and west sides of the park. The group will meet at St. Mary campground on Thursday at 5:00. For more information and to sign up, contact Larry or call 540-3064. There is a $10 charge per individual on multi-day field trips that supports the chapter. Target bird species include Northern Hawk Owl, Boreal Chickadee, and Spruce Grouse. 

UM’s Observatory on Blue Mountain hosts free summer star gazing!

The public can explore planets, nebulas, star clusters and distant galaxies during six upcoming free observing nights at UM’s Blue Mountain Observatory this summer. Public observing nights are scheduled for the following Fridays: July 14 and 21, Aug. 25, and Sept. 15 and 22. The events are family-friendly, and children are welcome. Attendees are asked to reserve a free ticket for each person in their group via Eventbrite. This year, the observatory also will offer two limited-attendance nights on Saturday, July 22, and Saturday, Aug. 26. Tickets cost $20 per person and can be purchased through Eventbrite. Attendance limited to 25 people. Read more about the Observatory here

Must-see, upbeat documentary from the global Transition Network, July 17.

TODAY, we sometimes feel powerless in front of the various crises of our times. We know that answers lie in a wide mobilization of the human race. TODAY, we need a new direction, A new dream! The documentary “Tomorrow” sets out to showcase alternative and creative ways of viewing agriculture, economics, energy and education. It offers constructive solutions to act on a local level to make a difference on a global level. So far, no other documentary has gone down such an optimistic road... “TOMORROW is not just a film, it is the beginning of a movement seeking to encourage local communities around the world to change the way they live for the sake of our planet. Part of the Resistance Now series sponsored in part by JRPC. WHEN/WHERE: Monday, July 17, 7 pm at The Roxy. 

The Great American Total Solar Eclipse, FREE Evening Lecture July 19.

Where will you be when the moon covers the sun on Monday August 21, 2017? Get ready by attending a talk on the upcoming total eclipse by Harry LaForge, Flight Instructor and NASA historian. Learn the how, the why, and where to safely observe this fantastic event. Harry will explain the historical significance of this total solar eclipse, the first in the continental U.S. since 1979. The stars will actually be visible just before noon, only along the narrow (~70 mile wide) path of totality during the "most photographed event in human history." The observation of stars next to the eclipse in 1919 proved Einstein's Theory of Relativity. Harry will use PowerPoint graphics and models to illustrate the physics and grandeur of the event. WHEN/WHERE: Wednesday, July 19, 7-8 p.m. at the MT Natural History Center at 120 Hickory St. 

AWRA Board extends Abstract submission deadline to August 1.

The AWRA board extended the deadline for abstract submissions for the October conference in Helena by a few weeks to August 1st. We know submitting an abstract is on everyone’s To-do list, so just click here to get started.

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Jobs and Internships

Science position available at Stevensville High School.

Stevensville High School has a Science position open for the 2017-18 school year. Salary according to CBA. Please submit a letter of interest to Superintendent Dr. Robert Moore. Open until filled. 

GIS Tech needed to help develop a wilderness app. 

The Aldo Leopold Wilderness Research Institute in Missoula is seeking a GIS Technician for our project, the Wild Thing app. The goal of the Wild Thing project is to help broaden people's understanding of America’s wilderness. The Wild Thing provides users with a history of the wilderness areas they may visit, as well as interactive maps. Users will accumulate points by competing for rankings on various tasks, e.g. total trail mileage. We are making both a mobile and web app that will promote education and participation in these precious lands. The Wild Thing project started in December of 2016. This collaborative wilderness project was initiated by the Aldo Leopold Wilderness Research Institute in Missoula, MT. We take information from various U.S. wilderness institutes and combine them to create a more well-rounded wilderness experience. Current students or graduates are welcome to apply and will start immediately upon hire. Required Skills: Knowledge of GIS concepts, tools, and analytical techniques Experience using ESRI ArcGIS and QGIS, Ability to make geospatial data conversions, Ability to work with clients and as part of a highly collaborative team. Highly Preferred Skills: Software development experience with PHP, SQL, Python, HTML, CSS, and/or JavaScript, Knowledge of programming concepts. Interested students can email Payton Pietron, Lead Developer & Project Manager for the Wild Thing, Aldo Leopold Wilderness Research Institute. 

Administrative Assistant needed at Garden City Harvest.

Garden City Harvest in Missoula, Montana seeks an Administrative Assistant to ensure the efficient and smooth day-to-day operation of this nonprofit’s administrative office. Duties include providing support to stakeholders and employees, and assisting in daily office needs. For more information & full job description, to apply, send resume, along with cover letter and references to Maria Kendra by July 21. 

White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) Internship Program. 

Serving as an OSTP Intern provides a unique opportunity to work closely with senior White House officials and science and technology (S&T) policy analysts in OSTP's policy division (Policy internship) or on OSTP's legal team (Legal internship). Applicants are encouraged to apply for one of three terms (Fall, Spring, or Summer), each term lasting no more than 90 days. These positions are without compensation; however, students may be eligible to receive academic credit from their respective college or university. Application deadlines are: June 28 for fall internships, Oct 28 for spring internships, March 19 for summer internships. Full details are here.

Enrollment Coordinator position at Ecology Project International.

Job Summary: The Enrollment Coordinator is responsible for the daily operations of enrollment procedures for Ecology Project International. The Enrollment Coordinator’s time is spent supporting participant registrations, paperwork and payment collection, and assisting enrollment related information requests. The position has a high degree of interaction with students, teachers and families participating with EPI prior to the course start. Customer service – both written and verbal – is a key element of this position’s work. The Coordinator also provides support to Finance, Recruitment, Development, and program staff as needed with enrollment related tasks. Qualifications: Required: Bachelor’s degree, Excellent verbal and written communication skills, High degree of computer proficiency including Microsofit office standard applications (Excel, Word), exposure to cloud-based software and efficient typing ability, Detail-oriented with ability to simultaneously manage discreet projects and accounts, Strong commitment to EPI’s organizational mission Preferred:1-3+ years of experience in office or administrative setting, Experience relevant to the work of EPI (environmental education, Spanish language experience, international travel and education) Schedule and Location: This is a full-time, year-round position based in EPI headquarters in Missoula, Montana, during core office hours (weekdays from 9 AM - 5 PM), with occasional nights and weekends for event hosting. The Enrollment Coordinator may also occasionally be on-call outside the normal working hours by staffing the 24-hour contact cell phone. Compensation: $27,000 - $30,000/year. In addition, this position is eligible for a benefits package that includes paid time off, sick leave, holidays, health insurance, retirement and professional development and other benefits as detailed in EPI’s Employee Handbook. Questions can be directed to Kimberly Brevik. To apply please click here.  

Two positions open at Clearwater Fish Hatchery.

Idaho Fish and Game Department has two positions open at the Clearwater Fish Hatchery in Ahsahka, ID. The first is a Fisheries Biological Aide (3 positions available, information found here) and the other is a Research Data Technician, information found here. Mail, fax, or email the following: Resume, Cover letter, IDFG temporary application form, three most recent work references with contact names and phone numbers to: Orofino Job Service, 410 Johnson Ave., PO Box 391, Orofino, ID 83544-0391 or email. This seems to be on ongoing call for applications, so you may want to call the Orofino Job Service to see if applications are still being accepted at (208) 476-5506. 

National Wildlife Federation’s Missoula office seeks Habitat/Sustainability Educator (Americorps), apply ASAP. 

NWF seeks a Missoula-based Habitat and Sustainability Educator for the 2017-18 service year, which runs from early October through next August. See the position announcement or this Facebook post for details. Interviews will begin soon, and may continue into August, but if a suitable person is found earlier, then that person may be hired. If interested, apply soon.  

Virtual Career Fair for Montana. 

Check out this online jobs site for Montana

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Funding

Funding Opportunities.

Big Sky Watershed Corps applications are due July 28.

The Big Sky Watershed Corps program is accepting host site applications for 2018. Big Sky Watershed Corps is an awesome program that places young professionals in Montana watershed communities where they make a measurable difference in local conservation efforts. Members work to improve watershed health and increase understanding and local engagement in water quality, drought, invasive species, and other natural resource issues. Members undertake a variety of projects including project implementation, watershed education and outreach, volunteer generation, and organizational capacity building. This program has benefited watershed groups, conservation districts, water quality districts, non-profits, and other organizations around the state, while also growing the field of young conservation leaders in Montana. Many past members have been hired by their host sites, become watershed coordinators in other watersheds, or have gone on to work for state and federal agencies across Montana. If you have been volunteering with a watershed group, you could urge them to apply to be a host site.  Host sites provide $10,000 while the government agency partners provide about $16,000. To learn more about MT host sites and members serving, click here. If you have any questions about the program or the application, please contact JillTo view the 2018 application, click here.

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Housing

Grad student entering the EVST program in the fall and I am looking for roommates.

Hello, I’m a new EVST Grad student and I am looking for roommates (preferably female grad students) to room with. I am hoping to start a lease in mid-August with an apartment close to campus and would like to spend under $450/mo. Please contact Meghan if interested

Incoming EVST grad student looking for roommates.

Looking for a place around mid-July. That is when I will be moving out to Missoula from the East Coast to work on PEAS farm until school begins. I want a place within walking distance to school and close to downtown. My price range is ideally no more than $450 a month but I am flexible. I love to go hiking/camping, see live music and to cook. I'm looking for like-minded people to share a fun social home with, but that also respect quiet time and very busy schedules. Email or text me if you are interested! Email Dara or call 516-578-0708. 

Incoming EVST student looking for 1 or 2-bedroom house.

Looking for a 1-2 bedroom house a reasonable bike commute away from campus. We are mellow, respectful mountain folk with a great rental and owner history. Please Contact Sophia Cinnamon

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Miscellaneous - Resources

Disturbing News, Rising seas could result in 2 billion refugees by 2100!

New research was published in the Land Use Policy Journal by Charles Geisler and Ben Currens (University of Kentucky) which states "We're going to have more people on less land and sooner that we think," said lead author Charles Geisler, professor emeritus of development sociology at Cornell. "The future rise in global mean sea level probably won't be gradual. Yet few policy makers are taking stock of the significant barriers to entry that coastal climate refugees, like other refugees, will encounter when they migrate to higher ground.” and goes on to clarify that “… we identify principal inland impediments to relocation and provide preliminary estimates of their toll on inland resettlement space.” Read the article on the Cornell Chronicle here and the link for the research article is here

Bob Marshall Music Festival, July 13-16, Seeley Lake. 

In addition to music there’s: camping, mountain bike races, paddleboard race, running races, group hikes, food, drink, kid’s activities. More info found here.  

Celebrate open space with Five Valleys Land Trust, July 13.

Join FVLT for an evening celebrating our open spaces on the slopes of Mount Dean Stone. You can enjoy barbecue and beverages. Also, Captain Hook's Ice Cream will be available for purchase. The Idle Ranch Hands will be playing your favorite honky tonk songs. Kids activities, including a bouncy house, will be provided. When/Where: Thursday, July 13, 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. at The Line Ranch, 1135 Whitaker Drive, Missoula. Questions? Contact Lena

Poetry Contest (July 16) and Story Contest (July 31). 

Narrative Magazine invites you to participate in 2 writing contests. The Ninth Annual Poetry Contest is open to all writers, and all entries will be considered for publication. Deadline: July 16, at midnight, PDT. Prizes from $1500 to $75. See the Guidelines. Read prior winners, and view recent awards won by Narrative authors. Narrative winners and finalists often appear in collections such as the Best American Poetry, the Best New Poets, the Pushcart Prize series, and many others.  We are committed to paying our authors, providing excellent editorial support, encouraging a wide audience for poetry and publishing new poets. The Spring Story Contest is open to all writers, and all entries will be considered for publication. Deadline: July 31, at midnight, PDT. Prizes range from $2500 to $100. See the Guidelines. Read prior winners, and view recent awards won by Narrative authors. Since 2003, Narrative has proudly published emerging writers alongside established authors, and we continue to look for exciting, meaningful new writing.  Narrative reaches a worldwide audience of 250,000 readers, and our contest winners and finalists have seen their exposure in Narrative bring great attention to their work. 

Missoula Insectarium & Butterfly House picnic, July 21. 

The ants are invited to this picnic, and so are you! Hear the buzz of what's been going on in the bug house this year. RSVP by Friday July 21 by emailing here. WHEN/WHERE: July 26, 5:30 to 8pm at Pattee Canyon Recreation Area, picnic site A. 

Shrinking your travel footprint – a resource.

Travel has many positive effects, especially for the individual and for destination communities. However, it can have many negative impacts as well. The Center for Responsible Travel tries to maximize the positive effects and minimize the negative effects. Check out their web site. 

Plastic Free July.

The Story of Stuff folks sent this challenge: Every July, over a million people around the world participate in Plastic Free July, a challenge to refuse single-use plastics for one whole month. When individuals choose not to buy or use plastic, they remove plastic from their lives. But what we really need to do is eliminate single-use plastic from the economy altogether. To do that, we need to work together to push communities, companies, and countries to go plastic free. This year, take the Plastic Free July pledge to make plastic a thing of the past. Every week this July, we’ll send you ideas to get polluting plastic out of your life and out of your community.  

HuckleBeary Ice Cream – Big Dipper and UM score! 

Lovers of ice cream and the Griz can celebrate two of their favorite things with the release of HuckleBeary, a newly branded flavor from Missoula’s own Big Dipper Ice Cream. The huckleberry-flavored sweet treat is the brainchild of Charlie and Barbie Beaton, UM alumni and owners of the iconic Big Dipper Ice Cream shop on Higgins Avenue. A portion of the proceeds from selling HuckleBeary benefits UM. “We wanted to help our local university,” Charlie Beaton said. “I was inspired to start a small business by my UM entrepreneurship class, and I think the University is a resource we as a community need to promote and nurture.” Beaton said sales have been brisk, with HuckleBeary outselling the other Big Dipper pints two to one. Read more: Big Dipper Partners with UM on Huckleberry Ice Cream

UM’s compost van becomes a Magical Mystery tour machine! 

Check out this fun story, then look for UM’s compost & produce van as it trundles around campus. Student Gives UM Dining Compost Van a New Look with Custom Paint Job.

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

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