Flood relief. The Federal Emergency Management Agency will provide $1.7 million for 43 projects to repair public infrastructure damaged by March floods. The Montana Disaster and Emergency Services Division will pay the remaining $445,000 for repairs in these counties: Broadwater, Dawson, Golden Valley, Jefferson, Lake, Musselshell, Park, Pondera, Prairie, Ravalli, Richland, Rosebud, Sanders, Stillwater and Wheatland.
Science boost. ExxonMobil Billings Refinery contributed $25,000 toward starting Project Lead the Way in five Billings public elementary schools this fall. The schools are seeking additional community partners for this effort to integrate science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education with the assistance of the Education Foundation for Billings Public Schools.
Library overdue. Further delays in demolition will push completion of the Billings Public Library project back till October, unless there are more delays. When the beautiful new library opened in January, the parking area and main entrance were expected to be finished in the spring. Then asbestos removal delayed the finish date to July. Now it looks like library patrons will have to keep parking, walking and using the back entrance on Sixth Avenue for several more months.
Shelter for teens. Tumbleweed celebrated the opening of two Height homes for otherwise homeless teens. One house is being provided by Yellowstone County, the other was donated by City Church. Tumbleweed saw an increase in teens needing shelter last winter with as many as 58 youth who had no place to go on one cold night.