From the Department of Public Health and Human Services:


November 8, 2018 - The Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) has announced that donation boxes have been set up at various locations to receive holiday gifts that benefit Montana State Hospital (MSH) patients.


The effort is part of the annual Gifts With A Lift program that has played an instrumental role in spreading holiday cheer to patients for the past 66 years. The program ensures that all state hospital patients have a gift under the Christmas tree.


MSH Gifts With A Lift coordinator Beth Eastman said the program is very important to patients. “This program means the world to MSH patients, and helps brighten their day,” she said. “And, it’s been successful due to the amazing generosity of Montana residents, who are always there to help out their fellow citizens.”


The program is jointly coordinated by the National Alliance for Mental Illness-MT and DPHHS.


Ideas for gift suggestions include, but are not limited to the following: Pocket games/books, socks, T-Shirts/sweatshirts, cards, winter hats/adult winter gloves, magazines, fanny packs, phone cards, jackets, craft kits, batteries, slippers, blankets/ throws, headphones, handheld AM/FM radios, postage stamps and stationery. MSH is especially in need of winter coats for men and women in sizes L - 3X.


Individuals or service organizations interested in ‘adopting’ a patient are encouraged to contact Eastman at 406-693-7145.


Gifts mailed to the hospital should not be wrapped; however, donations of wrapping paper and gift boxes are welcome. “Please include a name and address in the package and a return receipt so we may acknowledge the arrival of your gifts,” Eastman said.


Gifts or cash donations can be mailed to Gifts With A Lift, c/o Beth Eastman, PO Box 300, Montana State Hospital, Warm Springs, MT 59756. In order to arrive in time for the holidays, gifts should be dropped off or mailed by December 15. Make checks payable to: Gifts With A Lift.


MSH is the only publicly operated inpatient psychiatric hospital in the state. It provides treatment to adults who have serious mental illnesses and who are referred from hospitals, mental health programs, and district courts from across the state.


Gifts can also be dropped off at any of the following locations:


Rainbow House
925 North 18th
Billings, MT 59101


Silver House
106 West Broadway
Butte, MT 59701


555 Fuller, Suite 3
Helena, MT 59601


New Directions
621 1st Ave. South
Great Falls, MT 59401


Center for Mental Health
900 North Jackson
Helena, MT 59601


Addictive and Mental Disorders Division-DPHHS
100 N. Park Ave., Ste. 300
Helena, MT  59601


Adult Services
1315 Wyoming
Missoula, MT 59801


Montana State Hospital
PO Box 300
Warm Springs, MT 59756


Bozeman Daily Chronicle
2820 W. College St.
Bozeman, MT  59771


Anaconda-Deer Lodge County Courthouse
MSU Extension Office, Third Floor
800 Main St.
Anaconda, MT  59711



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Eric Tegethoff

October 19, 2018

HELENA, Montana - The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case early next year that could have a big impact on Native Americans' hunting treaty rights.

The case involves Clayvin Herrera, a Crow tribal member who pursued an elk from his reservation in Montana into Wyoming and killed it there. Wyoming later charged him for hunting outside the established seasons.

Monte Mills, co-director of the Margery Hunter Brown Indian Law Clinic at the University of Montana, has filed a brief on behalf of other Native American law professors in support of Herrera.

"In defense," Mills says, "Mr. Herrera said, 'Well, I'm a member of the Crow Indian Tribe and I have a treaty right, by virtue of the tribe's treaty with the United States that allows me and authorizes me to hunt in certain areas, including on open lands owned by the United States.'"

The Wyoming court rejected this defense and Herrera was convicted and fined. Mills says Herrera's defense is based on the Laramie Treaty of 1868, which gives tribal members the right to hunt on unoccupied land.

Wyoming says that treaty became invalid when it became a state.

According to Mills, the Supreme Court has made conflicting rulings on how treaty rights are applied. He says this case could affect Native Americans and create a new precedent if the justices decide to analyze treaty rights in some new way.

"The questions of state authority and treaty interpretation," says Mills, "there's a long string of Supreme Court precedent that deal with those questions. And so, if the Court were to do something different in this case, that's really where it might have impact."

The Supreme Court will likely hear the case in January 2019 and announce its decision next summer.

by Diane Larson

Comedian Lewis Black said, “The worst thing about Halloween is, of course, candy corn. It’s unbelievable to me. Candy corn is the only candy in the history of America that’s never been advertised. And there’s a reason. All of the candy corn that was ever made was made in 1911. And so, since nobody eats that stuff, every year there’s a ton of it left over.”

The Halloween favorite is one of those candies that people seem to love or hate. However, statistics show that while Mr. Black’s observation may be funny, it is inaccurate. reported in 2017 that of 2,201 respondents, 49% thought Candy Corn tasty, 29% believe it is gross and a pragmatic 23% said that they didn’t like it but yielded to its importance to the Halloween season. So, Mr. Black you are in the minority, more people love it than hate it.

Is Candy Corn your favorite, or do you avoid it? What is the favorite when it comes to Halloween candy? sifted through 10 years of data to conclude that M&Ms is the favorite Halloween candy. Second place is held by Reese’s Cups while candy corn shares the third place slot with Skittles.

While candy corn may not be a Halloween favorite, most may agree that it is a staple of the fall season and holiday.

Candy corn has been around since the 1880s and was invented by a man named George Renninger.

Renninger worked for the “Wunderlee Candy Company” in Philadelphia, PA, where it was originally produced by hand. Sometime after its creation and original production at Wunderlee, the sweet corn began being mass produced by ”Goelitz Confectionery Company” and made available to the public. The Goelitz Confectionery Company would later be named “Jelly Belly,” says

“Goelitz,” now “Jelly Belly,” has been producing the candy since 1898.

“At the beginning, candy corn was actually called “chicken feed,” according to At the time corn was not a staple on any dining room table but mainly used as, well, chicken feed.

For many years candy corn was not associated with Halloween. However, it was a “seasonal candy due to the tedious nature of the work. Chicken feed was only available between March and November,” says

Early production of the tri-colored treat was done by hand. According to, “A sugar and corn syrup-based mixture was cooked into a slurry (a semi-liquid mixture) in a large kettle, dumped into buckets called runners, and men dubbed stringers walked backward, pouring the hot concoction into a tray of molds in the shape of corn kernels.”

“The worker passed over the buckets three times, each time with a different color: White, orange, and yellow. Fun fact: candy corn is made from the bottom to the top. The yellow bit is the top and the with is the bottom.” Says

Candy corn was packed in the standard packaging at the time, wooden boxes, and sold. They were also packed in barrels and sold in bulk in many candy stores.

Clear cellophane bags came into use in the 1940s. You could then, purchase a 1 pound bag of candy corn for .25 cents. This improvement also allowed for further shipping because the candy stayed fresh longer.

The demand for candy corn kept increasing, at times, to the point that “Goelitz had to turn down orders. They didn’t have the production capacity to keep up with its popularity,” says By 1951 Goelitz had 12 factories around the country making candy corn.

Today it is estimated, by the National Confectioners Association, that 25 million lbs. of candy corn are sold annually around the world.

Head to the store and get your supply, not only for the Halloween holiday but also for October 30, which is National Candy Corn Day.




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