The Billings Outpost


Thursday, February 26

is the last day to:

•Comment on a proposed one-day fat tire winter mountain bike race (including distance and sprint races) on March 14 on the West Fork of Rock Creek Road (Forest Road 2071). Pedal United, a Montana nonprofit, would host and organize the race starting from the winter closure to Cascade Campground and back. About 30 participants are expected. Race organizers are responsible for all pre- and post-operational costs and preparation including trash, restrooms, parking, first-aid and communications. Comments should be received at the Beartooth Ranger District by today. For information, contact Jeff Gildehaus at 6811 U.S. 212, Red Lodge, MT 59068; by phone at (406) 446-2103 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Friday, February 27

is the last day to:

•Apply to serve in Montana State Parks Americorps positions that run from April 12 to Aug. 14. AmeriCorps is a national service program that engages more than 75,000 Americans each year, nationwide, to meet community needs in education, environmental stewardship, healthy futures, public safety, homeland security and more. Members receive a living allowance of $4,050 and also earn an Education Award of $2,150 per term of service, to be used toward a college education or to pay off student loans. To apply, visit

•Buy U.S. No. 1 Navel oranges, Fuji, Gala, and Granny Smith apples, Texas Red grapefruit and D’Anjou pears from 23 Yellowstone County 4-H clubs. Sales support local 4-H club activities and the activities of the Yellowstone County 4-H Council and Foundation. Fruit is in 20-pound boxes for $28 a box and is delivered the second full weekend in March. Contact a 4-H member or call the Yellowstone County Extension Office at 256-2828.

•Apply for 2015 Hometown Humanities, a program for Montana communities with a population of fewer than 20,000 that brings a year’s worth of humanities-based programming to a single community at no charge. Events include public speakers from the Speakers Bureau and Speakers in the Schools programs, community conversations on local issues, reading and discussion groups and an array of other possibilities. For information, visit or call (406) 243-6022.

•See the annual quilt show in the MSU Billings Library. The exhibit shows favorite handmade quilts or family heirlooms and quilts of all eras, styles and sizes of quilts.

•Apply for licensing as part of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Early Stage Small Business Investment Co. program. Under the program, experienced early stage investment fund managers are offered access to low-cost capital for investing in promising young companies. Licensed Early Stage SBICs may receive SBA-guaranteed debenture leverage up to a maximum of $50 million. For information, go to or call (303) 844-0500.

•RSVP for Wednesday’s meeting of Town and Gown in Prescott Hall at Rocky Mountain College. The speaker is Billings physician David Graham, who speaks on “Evolution in Medicine” and explores such questions as why humans still get sick after decades of medical progress. $20 for dinner, including wine. Contact 294-4230 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by noon.

Saturday, February 28

is the last day to:

•Sign up for the Governor’s Cup races in Helena on June 13 and save 15 percent at checkout by using the code READYSETRUN. The Governor’s Cup includes a marathon, half marathon, 10K and 5K. Go to before midnight.

•Purchase a $5 Community Days booklet and use it to help raise money for participating nonprofits. Nonprofit groups sell the booklets for $5, and the buyers can shop at Herberger’s and receive a $10 coupon, a 30 percent off shopping pass and $500 in coupons. For information, go to

•Purchase a hunting license for wolf or mountain lion for the 2014-15 season. Today also is the deadline for Montana trappers who still want to trap most furbearing animals for the remainder of the 2014-15 trapping season to buy a license. The 2014 wolf, mountain lion and furbearing regulations are available at and from most Fish, Wildlife and Parks offices and license providers.

Sunday, March 1

is the last day to:

•Register for Directing for the Stage, a four-session series taught by artist and actor Jeanne Thomas on March 10, 17, 24 and 31. She teaches the basics of directing using the classic text in the field.  $120 or $100 for members of the Carbon County Arts Guild, plus $10 for the book. To register, call (406) 446-1370.

•Meet the priority deadline to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for most Montana schools for students who hope to receive federal aid for fall classes. For step-by-step instructions, go to or call 1-877-COLG4ME to find an outreach manager in your area. For information, visit

•Apply to the Montana Farmers Union for scholarships offered to high school graduates planning to attend a university, college, community college or college of technology in or out of state. The award criteria include scholastic achievement, school, community and Farmers Union involvement, Farmers Union membership, as well as an essay. Application information is at

•Submit proposals for presentations at the 2015 Harvesting Clean Energy Conference, which will be held Sept. 30 to Oct. 2 at the Billings Hotel and Convention Center. Submissions by students of poster presentations also are welcome. Click on the “Call for Papers” icon at or contact Cathy Svejkovsky at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

•Register for the SafetyFest at the Yogo Inn in Lewistown March 10–12. “Anyone with an interest in safety is welcome to attend,” says Labor Commissioner Pam Bucy. “We provide high-quality safety training at zero cost to help reduce Montana’s unacceptable workplace injury, illness and fatality rates.” Topics include First Aid/CPR/AED, OSHA 10-hour cards for construction and general industry; Work Comp 101, HAZWOPER 8-Hour Refresher; Violence in the Workplace; Cyber Safety; and Profiting from Safety. Register before midnight at

•Postmark applications to the Montana Stockgrowers Association’s Research and Education Endowment Foundation to be the one Montana delegate sent to this year’s Young Cattlemen’s Conference on May 27 to June 5. Cattlemen and cattlewomen between the ages of 25 and 50 visit segments of the beef industry in Denver, Chicago and Washington, D.C., visiting JBS Five Rivers facilities, the Chicago Board of Trade and Capitol Hill. Go to and also submit two letters of reference. Mail or fax to MSGA/REEF at Montana Stockgrowers Association | Attn: REEF YCC, 420 N. California St., Helena, MT  59601. For information, contact (406) 442-3420 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

•Report Class Eight business equipment with a value of more than $100,000 to the Montana Department of Revenue. Today also is the deadline to report livestock at And it is the deadline for nonprofit, religious, or charitable organizations to be considered for property tax exemption for 2015. Those who have received an exemption since 1981 need to reapply only if the property or its use has changed. Go to For information, visit or phone 1-866-859-2254 or (406) 444-6900.

Monday, March 2

is the last day to:

•Register a team for the 2015 Makoshika Youth Basketball Tournament in Glendive on March 13-15. The tournament is for boys and girls in the fourth through eighth grades. $150 per team, with a three-game guarantee. For information, call (406) 377-7999 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Registration forms and rules are at

•Submit nominations for the 2015 Montana Tourism Awards. Categories are Outstanding Tourism Campaign, Gateway Community, Event of the Year and Tourism Ambassador. For information, go to or contact Carmen Levick at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Thursday, March 5

is the last day to:

•Comment on a scoping proposal to construct a by-pass road around the Wilks Anchor Ranch property in Blaine County to gain public road access into the Bullwhacker watershed. Submit comments to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or to Bullwhacker Road Comments, Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument, 920 N.E. Main St., Lewistown MT 59457.

•Apply for a Montana spring turkey permit available in some Montana counties. Applicants must have a 2015 conservation license. Go to, then the Hunting page, and click “Licenses and Permits” then “Paper Applications.”

Friday, March 6

is the last day to:

•Apply for grants offered through the federal Recreational Trails Program for trail projects in Montana. Projects include development, maintenance and rehabilitation work on urban, rural, and backcountry trails; planning and construction of community trails; and a variety of trail stewardship programs. Eligible applicants include federal, state, county or municipal agencies, private associations and clubs. For information visit or contact Beth R. Shumate at (406) 444-4585 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Sunday, March 15

is the last day to:

Apply for most scholarships for the 2015-16 academic year offered through the Montana Community Foundation. The foundation awarded nearly $300,000 in scholarships to Montana students last year, mostly in amounts ranging from $500 to $5,000. For information, go to or contact Cathy Cooney at (406) 443-8313 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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