Front Lines: 40 years in the life of primary care physician Loren Vranish

By David Reese
Montana Health Journal

It’s midmorning at Family Health Care in Kalispell. The waiting room is empty, and the receptionists can be heard chatting among themselves and making small talk. Then the rush hits and Within 10 minutes the waiting room is full.
After 40 years of practicing medicine, Dr. Loren Vranish still loves this ebb and flow of his work as a primary-care physician at family health care.

Montana in World War II

World War I began 100 years ago this summer. When the United States joined the war three years later, many Montanans turned to food to support the war effort. Women attending Montana State College during World War I signed a pledge that they wouldn’t eat more than six pieces of candy a week. When they did eat, the candy would be no larger than one-inch square and half-inch thick.

Lighthouse Christian Home serves disabled adults in Somers, Montana

It’s just before lunch time, and like any big family there’s a flurry of people getting ready for the meal.
In the kitchen Lighthouse Christian Home in Somers, soup is being ladled into bowls and bread being prepared. A tablecloth is spread, and the food served.
A quiet prayer begins the noon meal.

Bigfork man takes to the air for personal, professional enjoyment

Todd Ware looked out from his Ferndale airport hangar at a grey May sky, as clouds rolled over Crane Mountain.

With clouds rolling over nearby Crane Mountain pushed by gusts of wind, Ware would not be flying on this day. Just a few days before, though, the wings of Todd Ware’s aircraft banked against the spring sky over Flathead Lake, and the powerful engine he was sitting next to pushed him high and fast into the sky.

"Lucky" the cop patrols Lakeside, Montana

He’s one of the hardest-working professionals in law enforcement.
But with no arms or legs, “Lucky” needs help to catch speeding drivers. That help comes in the form of radar-controlled signs. Lucky is the nickname of the fake cop that sits in a fake patrol car in Lakeside and Somers. He’s a stuffed uniform, really, but he helps keep people driving the speed limits in towns that have no fulltime law enforcement.

Women helps Cambodian human traffic victims

At age 15, Rachel Riggio lost one of her best friends. She found herself adrift and was sent to a rehabilitation school in Utah. Living alongside other troubled teens, Riggio began to feel her own healing intuition, and started to feel that strong sense of human compassion to help others.

Montanan leads skiing biologists looking for wolverines in Mongolia

A team of wildlife biologists will soon ski 400 miles through northern Mongolia, searching for signs of wolverines in the rugged, frigid mountains of the Darhad region. Related lesson plans are available for teachers, and everyone can follow the expedition online.

The Art of Life: Art therapy takes hold in Montana

Bright autumn sun streams into this art studio in a brick building on the East side of Kalispell.
A painting on an easel depicts a large tree, with a solitary elk standing beneath it. Shelves on the other side of the studio are lined with small clay caricatures, masks and other artwork. A small, wooden table sits in the center of the room, with two chairs. Here in this bright, simple studio, Allyson Norwood Bush does her work as an art therapist. Here she helps clients create peace in their lives by creating art.

Bare Minimum: The pros and cons of minimalist running

Double Take: Kevin Connolly examines world view of people with disabilites

Kevin Connolly sauntered into the restaurant much like any other 20-something guy sporting a week’s growth of beard.
He had a confident air about him and a devil-may-care attitude. But you see Connolly, 24, doesn’t just saunter like any dude. He swings from Point A to Point B, the most direct route possible, using only his hands.

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