News Article | May 25, 2017
Republican congressional candidate Greg Gianforte was charged with misdemeanor assault against reporter Ben Jacobs of The Guardian newspaper (AFP Photo/JUSTIN SULLIVAN) Washington (AFP) - A Republican running for Congress in Montana was cited for misdemeanor assault after he allegedly "bodyslammed" a reporter for The Guardian newspaper Wednesday on the eve of the state's hotly contested vote. The altercation between Greg Gianforte -- who is running for the state's only congressional seat in Thursday's special election -- and journalist Ben Jacobs took place at a campaign event at Gianforte's headquarters in the city of Bozeman, Montana, The Guardian said. "Following multiple interviews and an investigation by the Gallatin County Sheriff's Office it was determined there was probable cause to issue a citation to Greg Gianforte for misdemeanor assault," said a statement from Sheriff Brian Gootkin released late Wednesday night. The Republican is now slated to appear in county court prior to June 7, the statement said, with a possible penalty of up to six months in county jail and a $500 fine. Gootkin also disclosed that he had in March donated $250 to Gianforte's campaign. The development heightened the drama of an already highly scrutinized special election in the traditional Republican stronghold of Montana, which has proved to be a far closer race than expected. It is seen as a key test of whether rural voters who helped send Donald Trump to the White House in November are sticking with him. The altercation took place after Jacobs asked a question about health care. "Greg Gianforte just body slammed me and broke my glasses," Jacobs tweeted before news of the alleged attack quickly spread on social media. - 'Get the hell out!' - The reporter posted audio of the incident in which Gianforte appears to say: "The last time you came in here you did the same thing. Get the hell out of here!" Police had said they questioned four witnesses to the incident. Others at the event corroborated the version of events -- including a crew from Fox News, the most viewed US cable news channel and a favorite of conservatives. In a firsthand account published on the network's website a Fox reporter said that at one point "Gianforte grabbed Jacobs by the neck with both hands and slammed him onto the ground behind him." Watch news, TV and more Yahoo View, available on iOS and Android. Gianforte's campaign issued a statement offering a starkly contrasting account, saying the incident took place when the candidate was giving a separate interview in a private office. "The Guardian's Ben Jacobs entered the office without permission, aggressively shoved a recorder in Greg's face, and began asking badgering questions," the statement said. "Jacobs was asked to leave. After asking Jacobs to lower the recorder, Jacobs declined. Greg then attempted to grab the phone that was pushed in his face. Jacobs grabbed Greg's wrist, and spun away from Greg, pushing them both to the ground," it added. "It's unfortunate that this aggressive behavior from a liberal journalist created this scene at our campaign volunteer BBQ." On Jacobs's audio, businessman Gianforte is not heard asking him to lower his microphone. When Jacobs asks for the names of those present, saying he would go to the police, he is told, "you gotta leave". Following the incident two of the state's major newspapers swiftly pulled their endorsements for Gianforte. The effect of the altercation on the race remained unclear, however, as many in the state have cast early ballots. Jeremy Johnson, an associate professor of political science at Carroll College in the state capital Helena, earlier told AFP that the lead once enjoyed by Gianforte, who is running against Democrat Rob Quist, "has diminished in polling so much that it's minuscule." The platform of Quist, a local folk singer and political newbie, has garnered support from left-wing activists as well as backing from one-time presidential contender Bernie Sanders. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee called on Gianforte to resign late on Wednesday, saying he is "unhinged." "Greg Gianforte must immediately withdraw his candidacy after his alleged violent assault of an innocent journalist," spokesman Tyler Law said in a statement. "Further, (House Speaker Paul) Ryan and the National Republican Campaign Committee should not waste another minute before publicly denouncing their candidate and apologizing for the millions of dollars they spent on his behalf." The Guardian's US editor Lee Glendinning said the newspaper was "deeply appalled by how our reporter, Ben Jacobs, was treated in the course of doing his job as a journalist while reporting on the Montana special election." "We are committed to holding power to account and we stand by Ben and our team of reporters for the questions they ask and the reporting that is produced."
News Article | May 24, 2017
Democrat Rob Quist -- who hopes to win Montana's sole congressional seat -- performs a song with his daughter Halladay at an event for supporters in Great Falls (AFP Photo/JUSTIN SULLIVAN) Washington (AFP) - Can a guitar-strumming cowboy poet strike the first blow at the polls against President Donald Trump? Democrat Rob Quist reckons he can do just that, in Thursday's closely-watched special congressional election in Montana. Quist croons at campaign rallies and writes poems for supporters. And as a first-time candidate for public office, the 69-year-old is running an unexpectedly tight race against a Republican businessman in Big Sky country. The lead once enjoyed by Republican contender Greg Gianforte "has diminished in polling so much that it's miniscule," Jeremy Johnson, an associate professor of political science at Carroll College in the state capital Helena, told AFP. It is the latest example of a congressional race in a traditional Republican stronghold that is far closer than expected, and will be key to determining whether rural voters, who helped send Trump to the White House, are sticking with him. Trump carried Montana by 20 points; Thursday's vote, for the western state's sole seat in the House of Representatives, will be a nail-biter. "Tomorrow, we have the chance to stand up and defend our values in Washington," Quist tweeted Wednesday. Another special election, in Georgia on June 20, is also going down to the wire. Polls show Democrat Jon Ossoff with a slim lead over Republican Karen Handel, who has Trump's backing. Both elections are to replace lawmakers who resigned in order to join Trump's cabinet. The votes may well be bellwethers on a key issue facing millions of Americans: health care. Quist is vehemently opposed to the Republican bill, approved by the House of Representatives last month by a 217-213 margin, that would repeal and replace Obamacare. Gianforte wants to replace Obamacare with something better, but has said he would not have supported the Republican measure in its current form. But The New York Times dug up an audio recording of Gianforte telling Republicans he was "thankful" that the House passed its bill. The Senate still needs to vote on the measure, and it is unlikely to survive as is. The renegotiated legislation will return to the House, where every vote will be critical. The series of Trump-related crises -- notably the deepening probe into his campaign's ties with Russia -- and concerns over the Republican health bill have given Quist the momentum, Johnson said. National strategists are also paying close attention because the results could signal whether support for Trump is already waning in traditional conservative territory, or holding steady. The Quist race suggests a nightmare scenario may be unfolding for Republicans as they try to protect their majority in the House of Representatives in the 2018 mid-term elections: conservative strongholds may prove more difficult -- and expensive -- for the party to hold in the wake of Trump assuming power. "Everybody is trying to divine some meaning from each of these special elections," said the US Senate's number two Republican John Cornyn of Texas, adding he was acutely aware how losses in either race could imperil his party's efforts on health care. "Obviously it would have huge implications just in terms of the numbers," Cornyn said. Outside groups on both sides are reported to have poured millions of dollars into the Montana race. A Democrat has not held Montana's House seat in two decades. An April special congressional election in central Kansas was instructive: Trump carried that district by 27 points, but five months later, the Republican candidate won by just seven points. "The eyes of the country are on Montana this week," Senator Bernie Sanders, an expert in rallying the grassroots Democratic base, told a large crowd at a recent Quist rally in Missoula.
News Article | May 26, 2017
BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — Republican multimillionaire Greg Gianforte won Montana's only U.S. House seat on Thursday despite being charged a day earlier with assault after witnesses said he grabbed a reporter by the neck and threw him to the ground. Gianforte, a technology entrepreneur, defeated Democrat Rob Quist to continue the GOP's two-decade stronghold on the congressional seat. Democrats had hoped Quist, a musician and first-time candidate, could have capitalized on a wave of activism following President Donald Trump's election. Instead, the win reaffirmed Montana's voters support for Trump's young presidency in a conservative-leaning state that voted overwhelmingly for him in November. Gianforte was a strong favorite throughout the campaign and that continued even after authorities charged him with misdemeanor assault on Wednesday. Witnesses said he grabbed Ben Jacobs, a reporter for the Guardian newspaper, and slammed him to the ground after being asked about the Republican health care bill. Gianforte dropped out of sight after he was cited by police and ignored calls on Thursday by national Republicans for him to apologize to the reporter. He emerged only at his victory celebration Thursday night, where he said he accepted responsibility for the incident. "Last night I made a mistake and I took an action I can't take back and I am not proud of what happened," Gianforte told the crowd. "I should not have responded the way I did and for that I am sorry." The last-minute controversy unnerved Republicans, who also faced close calls this year in the traditionally Republican congressional districts in Kansas and Georgia. A runoff election is scheduled for next month in Georgia between Democrat Jon Ossoff and Republican Karen Handel after Ossoff fell just short of winning outright. Quist told supporters that he called Gianforte to congratulate him on his win and to urge him to represent all Montanans. "I know that Montanans will hold Mr. Gianforte accountable," Quist said Thursday night. Gianforte showed lukewarm support for Trump during his unsuccessful run for governor in Montana last fall but did an about-face and turned into an ebullient Trump supporter after he started campaigning for the congressional seat vacated by Republican Ryan Zinke, when he was tapped by Trump to serve as Interior Department secretary. Gianforte urged Montana voters to send him to help Trump "drain the swamp," brought in Vice President Mike Pence and first son Donald Trump Jr. to campaign for him and was supported by millions of dollars of ads and mailers paid for by Republican groups. But the theme of the election shifted Wednesday night when Jacobs walked into Gianforte's office as he was preparing for an interview with Fox News. Jacobs began asking the candidate about the health care bill passed by the House when the crew and Jacobs say Gianforte slammed him to the floor, yelling "Get out of here!" Gianforte's campaign issued a statement Wednesday blaming the incident on Jacobs. But on Thursday night, Gianforte apologized both to Jacobs and to the Fox News crew for having to witness the attack. "I should not have treated that reporter that way and for that I'm sorry, Mr. Jacobs." It had been unclear if Gianforte's assault charge would impact the race. About a third of eligible voters in Montana had already cast their ballots in early voting, and others said it didn't influence their vote. Shaun Scott, a computer science professor at Carroll College in Helena, said the assault charge was barely a factor in his decision. "If you have somebody sticking a phone in your face, a mic in your face, over and over, and you don't know how to deal with the situation, you haven't really done that, you haven't dealt with that, I can see where it can ... make you a little angry," Scott said Thursday. Quist, a popular 69-year-old singer and cowboy poet who was the front man for the Montana's Mission Mountain Wood Band, was helped by money that poured in from across the U.S. as Democrats seek to capture congressional seats that would have been considered safely Republican a year ago. But Gianforte also benefited from millions of dollars spent on ads and mailers by GOP groups like the Conservative Leadership Fund. Gianforte campaigned as a gun-loving Montanan endorsed by the National Rifle Association to build his credibility among hunting enthusiasts and to motivate gun rights activists to vote. He echoed the Republican Party mantras of cutting taxes, beefing up the military and securing the country's borders.
News Article | April 17, 2017
LearnHowToBecome.org, a leading resource provider for higher education and career information, has determined its picks for the best colleges in Montana for 2017. Of the 10 four-year schools who made the list, Carroll College, Rocky Mountain College, Montana Tech of the University of Montana, The University of Montana and Montana State University were the top five. Of the 11 two-year schools that were recognized, Miles Community College, Helena College University of Montana, Fort Peck Community College, Great Falls College Montana State University and Flathead Valley Community College came in as the top. A full list of schools is included below. “A certificate or degree can go a long way when it comes to advancing a career, and these Montana schools offer both the programs and additional employment and career-building resources that help students succeed,” said Wes Ricketts, senior vice president of LearnHowToBecome.org. To be included on the “Best Colleges in Montana” list, schools must be regionally accredited, not-for-profit institutions. Each college is also evaluated on additional metrics including the number of degree programs offered, career resources, academic counseling, financial aid availability, graduation rates and annual alumni earnings 10 years after entering college. Complete details on each college, their individual scores and the data and methodology used to determine the LearnHowToBecome.org “Best Colleges in Montana” list, visit: Montana’s Best Four-Year Colleges for 2017 include: Carroll College Montana State University Montana State University-Billings Montana State University-Northern Montana Tech of the University of Montana Rocky Mountain College Salish Kootenai College The University of Montana The University of Montana-Western University of Great Falls Montana’s Best Two-Year Colleges for 2017 include: Aaniiih Nakoda College Blackfeet Community College Chief Dull Knife College Dawson Community College Flathead Valley Community College Fort Peck Community College Great Falls College Montana State University Helena College University of Montana Little Big Horn College Miles Community College Stone Child College About Us: LearnHowtoBecome.org was founded in 2013 to provide data and expert driven information about employment opportunities and the education needed to land the perfect career. Our materials cover a wide range of professions, industries and degree programs, and are designed for people who want to choose, change or advance their careers. We also provide helpful resources and guides that address social issues, financial aid and other special interest in higher education. Information from LearnHowtoBecome.org has proudly been featured by more than 700 educational institutions.
News Article | November 13, 2015
FILE - In this Aug. 25, 2015, file photo, Wyoming's Republican Gov. Matt Mead, left, and Montana's Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock appear at a coal industry event in Billings, Mont. in which officials from China and the U.S. took a major step toward an agreement to collaborate on technologies that would capture greenhouse gases produced from burning coal. The Powder River Basin along the Montana-Wyoming border has some of the largest coal reserves in the world. President Barack Obama's climate change plan to cut carbon-dioxide emissions puts pressure on the one Democratic governor in a coal-producing state seeking re-election next year, Montana's Steve Bullock. The Obama plan puts a big target on Bullock's back as he tries to avoid the fate of other Democrats tossed on the slag heap in the nation's coal belt. (AP Photo/Matthew Brown, File) More HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Democratic governors are being squeezed by the mandate in President Barack Obama's climate change plan to cut carbon dioxide emissions — perhaps none more than Montana's Steve Bullock, the one governor in a coal-producing state who faces re-election next year. The Obama plan puts a big target on Bullock's back as he tries to avoid the fate of other Democrats tossed on the slag heap in the nation's coal belt. Republicans control most of the states where Obama's Clean Power Plan is a major issue, but Democrats in Montana hold most statewide offices, including governor. "The Clean Power Plan may be the single biggest threat to Bullock's chances for re-election," Carroll College political scientist Jeremy Johnson said Friday. "Presumably, Republicans will relentlessly focus on the issue during the gubernatorial campaign." The emissions rule was an issue in this month's gubernatorial election in Kentucky, where Attorney General Jack Conway lost to Republican Matt Bevin, despite Conway joining a 27-state lawsuit seeking to block the rule. Many Democratic governors who don't face an election in 2016 unequivocally support the Obama administration plan. In Colorado, Gov. John Hickenlooper is taking Attorney General Cynthia Coffman to the state Supreme Court over whether Coffman had the authority to join the lawsuit to block the Environmental Protection Agency's emission reduction targets. Bullock's approach is more ambivalent: The plan is not fair because it imposes the biggest cuts on Montana, but it has to be done. In contrast to Hickenlooper, Bullock appears to support the move by Montana Attorney General Tim Fox to join the 27-state lawsuit, saying it's important for the courts to clarify many questions about the plan. But, Bullock said Thursday, the state must create a plan to meet the targets or risk the federal government doing it for Montana. "Even though I do not believe that the final EPA rules are fair for our state, I do believe that there are many choices that Montanans may make to keep our state's energy destiny in our own hands," Bullock said. It's a tough needle for Bullock to thread. Montana's target emission rate cuts are the steepest in the nation at 47 percent by 2030. The state is a major coal producer and has several coal-fired power plants, including the Colstrip plant, the second-largest west of the Mississippi River. A likely Bullock opponent in 2016, Republican entrepreneur Greg Gianforte, was headed to Colstrip on Friday to speak with families who are concerned the federal plan could mean the end of the power plant and their jobs. Gianforte was critical of Bullock's response to the Obama plan, saying he should have come out more strongly against it. "I would have expected more leadership," he said. "It seems like we're waving the white flag." Bullock had been largely silent about the plan until Thursday, when he released an executive order forming an advisory council to make recommendations ahead of a September 2016 deadline. Then, the state will be required to either submit its plan to the EPA for meeting the cuts or request an extension to 2018. A close look at Bullock's executive order shows that one of the council's main duties is to justify requesting the two-year extension, which would allow Bullock to avoid releasing a plan at the peak of his re-election campaign. The advisory council serves a dual role, Johnson said: To kick the issue down the road, preferably beyond the 2016 election, and to hope it comes up with ideas that could help lessen the blow to the state. Bullock will need to do more to avoid the issue becoming a pitfall in the election, Johnson added. "Bullock will need to attempt to change the conversation to other subjects, particularly his own plans to help the Montana economy," he said.
Shields G.F.,Carroll College
American Midland Naturalist | Year: 2014
I analyzed larval polytene chromosomes to determine if the hypothesized remnants of an incipient speciation event in the Simulium arcticum complex of black flies previously discovered at the Coeur d'Alene River, Idaho existed elsewhere. This population not only had Y chromosomes that defined two members of the S. arcticum complex: S. arcticum sensu stricto and S. saxosum, but also possessed combinations of sex chromosomes of the two that were in genetic equilibrium with respect to all sex chromosome types. The geographic overlap between S. saxosum to the west and S. arcticum s. s. to the east generally runs north and south of the Coeur d'Alene River. Accordingly, I made 37 additional collections in a north-south orientation during 2011-2013. Larvae from 10 of the 37 collections had sex chromosome types identical to those of the previously studied site at the Coeur d'Alene River, thus expanding the area of putative remnant populations. The St. Joe River not only had Y chromosome combinations identical to those of larvae at the Coeur d'Alene but also had a cytotype new to science based on distinct sex chromosomes (X0YIIL-79) in males. These observations: (1) increase the known geographic area of presumed remnant populations of S. arcticum s. s., of S. saxosum and their combinational types to about 3500 km2; (2) suggest that mating trials still occur; and (3) describe the structure and frequency of inversions in two new cytotypes of the S. arcticum complex. © 2014, American Midland Naturalist.
Megill J.,Carroll College
Minds and Machines | Year: 2014
Some have claimed that since machines lack emotional "qualia", or conscious experiences of emotion, machine intelligence will fall short of human intelligence. I examine this objection, ultimately finding it unpersuasive. I first discuss recent work on emotion (from cognitive science, neuroscience and philosophy) that suggests that emotion plays various roles in cognition. I then raise the following question: are phenomenal experiences of emotion an essential or necessary component of the performance of these cognitive abilities? I then sharpen the question by distinguishing between four possible positions one might take. I reject one of these four positions largely on empirical grounds. But the remaining three positions all suggest that even if emotional qualia play an important role in human cognition, emotional qualia are not essential to the performance of these cognitive abilities in principle, so, e.g., a machine that lacks emotional qualia might still be able to perform them. © 2013 Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht.
Travis L.,Carroll College
Holocene | Year: 2015
Carroll College and the Helena National Forest are working in a 6-year research partnership designed to investigate the relationship between paleoclimate change and human adaptation in the Big Belt Mountains of central Montana, USA. This ongoing project is designed to gather archaeological and paleoenvironmental data from three diverse ecosystems within one drainage basin: high-altitude park areas (1800–2100 m), mid-altitude conifer forests (1200–1500 m), and low-altitude locales (under 1500 m) along the Missouri River. These data will represent paleoecological and archaeological changes through time and will detect synchrony and diversity across an elevation gradient. Thus far, excavation of two mid-altitude sites, dating to 2400 and 4500 BP, and one high-altitude site, dated to 2400 BP, revealed evidence of a significant drought period about 2000 years ago. To date, the excavated sites evidence a shift in pollen to drier species, a shift to higher sedimentation rates, and changes in snail and vertebrate species. © The Author(s) 2015.
Walton J.,Carroll College
Nephrology nursing journal : journal of the American Nephrology Nurses' Association | Year: 2011
Racial bias, stigma, stereotyping and health disparities are pervasive in health care across America. The purposes of this research study were to assess if there was a significant difference in cultural knowledge and awareness in college health science students before and after receiving education about Native Americans receiving hemodialysis. Pre- and post-surveys were administered to assess cultural attitudes, beliefs, and knowledge. The intervention included a one-hour presentation on the findings of a research study. The qualitative component included students' writing a critical reflection paper related to a case study of a young Native American with chronic kidney disease. There was a statistically significant difference in the pre- and post-test, suggesting that students can learn cultural awareness from Native Americans receiving dialysis and can apply culturally aware interventions following an education session based on clinical research. The themes of this study were a) approaching the patient with an open mind; b) developing trust, c) assessing beliefs, culture, and knowledge; d) educating and re-educating with patient and family; e) convincing the patient to have dialysis; and f) creating a sacred space. Nephrology nurses can partner with local colleges to present findings from research and help facilitate culturally relevant care.
Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: ADVANCED TECH EDUCATION PROG | Award Amount: 212.43K | Year: 2017
This is a collaborative project involving Carroll Community College (Award DUE-1600748) and Howard Community College (Award DUE-1600754) in Maryland, and it builds on a previous Advanced Technological Education (ATE) project (Award DUE-0802311) at Lone Star College-Montgomery in Texas. Audio Visual Systems (AVS) specialists are needed to support the specialized communication and presentation needs of businesses and other organizations. AVS specialists are employed in universities, K-12 schools, scientific research centers, conference centers, hotels, theaters, and other venues that have integrated, high-tech communication systems. These technicians require advanced training in industry-specific technologies that support a multitude of presentation venues, which in turn support educational, conference, corporate, entertainment, and other events. The two collaborating colleges will jointly create an innovative AVS program to prepare students for this growing, interdisciplinary field, in which the technology continues to advance and to require deeper knowledge of concepts in science, mathematics, and engineering. The new program will provide a pathway for students, offering certificates, an associate degree, and the option of transferring to a four-year program.
The AAS degree program in Audio Visual Technology Systems (AVTS) will partner with local businesses and other organizations to offer on-the-job training, as well as potential post-graduation employment. Students will receive hands-on instruction in the application of electrical, lighting, and acoustical theories and designs. The program will be led by faculty who have substantial industry experience. Specific objectives of the project are to develop courses and curricula; recruit students into certificate and degree programs; develop and strengthen industry relationships; ensure smooth transitions for students from high schools to the two-year program, and from the two-year program to four-year programs; and disseminate the curriculum and other resources to other community colleges.