The Outdoorsman: That mean ole man just up the road

By Chuck Carpenter In 1965 my family loaded up everything we owned and moved from Alaska back to Western Montana. We spent a few days with my grandparents in Hamilton, Montana and then rented a house south of Conner, Montana along the East Fork of the Bitterroot River.With lots of great fishing and hunting right…

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Music’s Power: Songs and sounds — benefits for babies

By Cara Johnson-Bader Whether it is singing “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” or playing music and swaying back and forth, engaging in musical activities with your baby helps brain development. Recent research shows that music affects the physical, emotional, and intellectual development of babies and strengthens cognitive and sensory development.Language development – Learning to classify sounds…

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Needed now: 5 coping tips for parents and kids

By Sandy McDaniel Live in today. Don’t re-live yesterday or obsess about tomorrow. We only have today that we can live in. What can we do with today? Ask how the other person (child or adult) feels deep down inside. And be quiet when any words are spoken. Listen! Pain is stored in layers, so…

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Shawn White: Helping foster kids through 2 programs

By Gaye Bunderson Shawn White helps children every day. After holding what she refers to as “a lotta jobs” over the years, she now receives fulfillment in helping kids in foster care find their Forever Family.Shawn serves as the Recruitment Services Administrator for both Wednesday’s Child and Wendy’s Wonderful Kids programs. It’s a job she…

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Wednesday’s Child: Raymond, 13, likes pancakes and pizza

The following information is provided by Wednesday’s Child, an organization that helps Idaho foster children find permanent homes. Raymond, 13, is a spirited boy who describes himself as kind, smart and good in school. He enjoys reading, playing basketball, drawing and painting. He loves country music and to be outside with his friends, playing games…

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Go Kart Racing: The right sport for Kuna’s Ford family

Caption for Number 7: While taking photos at Glenn Morgan Raceway near Star last summer, Dennis Lopez spotted racer Number 7 through his camera lens. Charley Ford, then 10 years old, whizzed around the track in her humble racing outfit, steering her ordinary kart. Eventually, the photographer met her and other members of the Ford…

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