Dillon Student Competes in National Spelling Bee

Dillon Middle School student Ti’el Lochridge, 14, is in Washington, D.C., competing in the National Spelling Bee. Lochridge is one of 285 spelling contestants from around the world in this year’s National Spelling Bee.

The competition has a diverse range of competitors according to Spellingbee.com. The youngest speller in the National Spelling Bee is 9-years-old. 117 competitors in the Spelling Bee speak more than one language

Lochridge will be in round two of the National Spelling Bee on Wednesday. She’s the only contestant from Montana. She attends to Dillon Middle School and is in eighth grade.

>> Read more at NBC Montana >>

Elton John to Play Billings In October

Multiple Grammy Award-winner Elton John is coming to Billings for his “Final Curtain” tour.

John will be playing at the Rimrock Auto Arena at MetraPark on Oct. 7. This will be the 68-year-old entertainer’s first performance in Billings since 2011 when he played a sold-out show lasting nearly three hours.

But, the upcoming show may be John’s last in Billings. He is calling the tour his “Final Curtain,” and says he plans to play fewer shows and only at larger venues.

>> Read more at Helena IR >>

Dillon Man Found Unharmed, Stuck In Mud, After Search Launched

The Beaverhead County Search and Rescue team early Sunday found a local rancher — whose rig had become stuck in the mud due to heavy rain — after he didn’t return home Saturday night.

The county’s sheriff’s office received a call at about 2 a.m. Sunday when his wife reported she had not seen him since early Saturday, according to a news release.

The man, 67, had been working in the Sweetwater area, east of Dillon. He was not identified.

Read more: http://billingsgazette.com/news/state-and-regional/montana/dillon-man-found-unharmed-stuck-in-mud-after-search-launched/article_a4b99395-50eb-51f8-aef6-a12c4876a807.html#ixzz3aYGWUD00

STEM Scholarships Available

Montana’s STEM Scholarship Program is designed to provide an incentive for Montana high school students to prepare for, enter into, and complete degrees in post-secondary fields related to science, technology, engineering, mathematics and healthcare. The goal of this program is to increase the number of STEM degree recipients participating in Montana’s workforce. Graduating High School Seniors may qualify for up to $3000 in scholarships through this program. For more information, see the Montana STEM Scholarship Fact Sheet @ https://sfs.mus.edu/files/STEM%20Fact%20Sheet%202015.pdf

Registration for MUS-administered scholarships for the 2014-2015 academic year will open May 12, 2015 and run through July 15, 2015. Visit mus.edu for more information.

Teen Gored By Bison in Yellowstone Park

A 16-year-old exchange student from Taiwan was gored by a bison Friday in the Old Faithful area of Yellowstone National Park.

The girl was visiting Upper Geyser Basin with her host family, hiking near the Old Faithful geyser. Just after noon, they joined a group of people watching a bison grazing adjacent to the trail, said Traci Weaver, acting public affairs officer for Yellowstone National Park.

“She turned her back so her family could get a photo, and the bison took two steps and gored her and lifted her up in the air,” Weaver said.

The girl was transported by helicopter to a hospital with serious but not life-threatening injuries, Weaver said.

“The main message is, the regulations are to stay 25 yards from any large animals in Yellowstone and at least 100 yards away from bears and wolves,” Weaver said. “Even if the animal is right by the trail, it doesn’t mean you should stand there and watch it.”

Read more: http://billingsgazette.com/news/state-and-regional/montana/teen-gored-by-bison-in-yellowstone-park/article_4c5571fe-09fc-51a7-ac55-2cd3e2d2202a.html#ixzz3aSHiiAEx

Comment Period Extended on Tendoy Sheep Depopulation Proposal

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) has extended the public comment period related to a proposal to depopulate the Tendoy Mountains bighorn sheep herd to May 22.

The proposed action to completely remove this chronically diseased herd and restock with healthy animals is detailed in the environmental assessment released last month. It can be viewed here:http://fwp.mt.gov/news/publicNotices/environmentalAssessments/speciesRemovalAndRelocation/pn_0070.html

In short, if approved, FWP would use public hunting to remove the estimated 30-40 bighorn sheep in the herd (which could take up to two years). Some of the wild sheep may be offered to a research facility. Then, a healthy, yet-to-be determined source of bighorn sheep would be identified for restocking the area. Continue reading

UMW Gears Up for CNFR

The Montana Western rodeo teams completed the 2014-15 National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association, Big Sky Region schedule this past weekend in Missoula, and it was a strong year for the Bulldogs, filled with team trophies, individual awards, and 10 invitations to the College National Finals Rodeo (CNFR).

The men’s team claimed the Big Sky Region team championship by a margin of 536 points over second place Montana State University, and both the men’s and women’s teams will take a full contingent of athletes to the CNFR held June 14-20 in Casper, Wyoming.

The teams must be formed first from cowboys who finished in the top three of their event, earning an individual invitation to the CNFR, and then from individuals in the top 30 percent of contestants in their event.

Bulldog junior Phil Shields claimed the men’s all-around champion saddle, while teammates junior Tyler Friend and senior Kane Cartwright finished third and fourth in the all-around rankings.

>>Read more at MT Standard >>

UM: Projected Budget Shortfall is $5.7 Million

The University of Montana’s projected budget shortfall for the upcoming school year is $5.7 million, according to figures provided at the most recent campus budget committee meeting.

UM deans and department chairs will address the gap before the budget is submitted to the Board of Regents, said Mike Reid, vice president of finance at the university.

Early in the semester, Reid said UM had made conservative revenue projections, and last week he said the numbers held.

“In the end, our revenue projections really came in where we wanted them to be,” Reid said.

A drop in enrollment and rise in costs put UM in financial straits in planning for the 2016 fiscal year.

>> Read more a Missoulian.Com >>