NEWS

Yellowstone Gateway Museum Speaker Series Continues…

PRESS RELEASE              FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                     10/12/2022  

 

PSA/Calendar: The first Guiding the Experience in-person/virtual program, “Once in a Lifetime: Hunting and Wildlife Viewing” with guide and presenter Ken Sinay is Wednesday, October 19, 7:00pm, Park Photo, 115 S. Main St., downtown Livingston. Seating is limited. For virtual livestream, register for free Zoom programs at https://yellowstonegatewaymuseum.org/webinars-programs/guiding-the-experience//. Call 406-222-4184 for more information.

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Guiding the Experience Speaker Series Hosted by Yellowstone Gateway Museum

The Yellowstone Gateway Museum in Livingston hosts “Once in a Lifetime: Hunting and Wildlife Viewing” with guide and presenter Ken Sinay on Wednesday, October 19, 7:00pm, Park Photo, 115 S. Main St., downtown Livingston. Seating is limited. This is the first Guiding the Experience program, an in-person and virtual speaker series with a suggested donation of $5.00 held on Wednesdays in October and November. Participants can register for any or all of the Zoom programs at https://yellowstonegatewaymuseum.org/webinars-programs/guiding-the-experience//. Programs are uploaded to museum’s YouTube channel after the live virtual event.

Guiding is a long-held tradition in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Early regional explorers from the Corps of Discovery to the Hayden Surveys were guided by American Indians and mountain men. Tourists were guided to the wonders of Yellowstone National Park since its creation 150 years ago, and today, many visitors rely on the expertise of local guides to enrich their experiences. Hunters, anglers, skiers, rafters, and others seeking wild places and wildlife, as well as the thrill of being in a natural landscape, also explore our area with guides. The speaker series programs highlight the knowledge of area guides and acknowledges their roles in using resources wisely and educating the public.

Ken Sinay has been a been a professional wildlife guide in Yellowstone and the surrounding ecosystem for over 30 years. He created one of the first wildlife touring companies in Yellowstone and Montana in 1990 and designed an array of year-round outdoor services for clients to experience wildlife in secure and respectful formats. In 2020 he sold that business. With the formation of his new business, Yellowstone Now, Sinay specializes in river trips, wildlife observation, educational opportunities and programs, presentations (including stories of wildlife and cultural history), social media wildlife and nature video productions, and information to help people experience a shared natural heritage.

Sinay’s bachelors and graduate studies focused on Wildlife Biology and Natural Resource Management.  His professional and technical environmental career includes a variety of natural resource management agencies, non-profit conservation organizations, private industry and wilderness outfitters. Sinay also delivers film, video, television, radio, written, and public presentations.

(Details of the second program on October 26 are to be announced.) On Wednesday, November 2, Ski guide Reed Youngbar, Beartooth Powder Guides based in Cooke City, gives a program titled, “What’s Behind the Guided Experience? A Ski Guide.” On Wednesday, November 9, Dan Vermillion, Sweetwater Travel Company, gives a fishing guide program. All programs are held in-person at Park Photo, 115 S. Main St., Livingston, MT and via Zoom.

Visit Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for program updates or contact Karen Reinhart, 222-4184 or kreinhart@parkcounty.org. Register for Zoom programs at www.yellowstonegatewaymuseum.org; please call if you need assistance.

The Yellowstone Gateway Museum is open Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-5pm, with a noon-hour closure on Saturday.


Flood Resources will be Closing August 29, 2022

August 23, 2022

One Week Left to Apply for FEMA Individual Assistance

Helena, Mont. – Montana residents in Carbon, Park, Stillwater, and Yellowstone counties with uninsured losses resulting from June’s severe storms and flooding have until Aug. 29, 2022 to apply for FEMA disaster assistance by going online at disasterassistance.gov, calling 800-621-3362 or using the FEMA mobile app. If you use a relay service, such as video relay (VRS), captioned telephone or other service, give FEMA the number for that service.

Disaster Recovery Centers in the following locations can help with applications and provide face-to- face information and guidance about disaster assistance:

  • Yellowstone County: United Way of Yellowstone County, 2173 Overland , Billings, MT 59102. Open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday – Saturday (closed on Sunday) (note our updated hours). THIS LOCATION WILL CLOSE MONDAY, AUG. 29 AT 6 p.m.
  • Carbon County: Church of the Rockies, 7193 US Hwy 212, Red Lodge, MT
  • 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday – Friday, Aug. 23- Aug. 26  9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27
  • (CLOSED on Sunday, Aug. 28)
  • 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday. Aug. 29

THIS LOCATION WILL CLOSE MONDAY, AUG. 29 AT 6 p.m.

 

The end of the individual assistance application period and the closure of DRCs does not mean the end of assistance to Montanans.

  • The State of Montana and Montana Disaster & Emergency Services will also continue to provide valuable resources to survivors at mt.gov. This page is devoted to state resources currently available to survivors and will be where future endeavors are announced.

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  • Those who have applied for assistance through FEMA, should update FEMA with any changes to the situation by visiting disasterassistance.gov, calling 800-621-3362 or by using the FEMA mobile app.

As of Aug. 22:

  • FEMA has approved over $2.4 million in assistance to individuals and
  • The S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has approved more than $8.9 million in disaster loans for homeowners, renters, and businesses.
  • The National Flood Insurance Program has received 105 claims and paid $4.2

Long-term, low-interest disaster loans for homeowners, renters, businesses, and nonprofits from the

U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) may be available to cover losses not fully compensated by insurance or other sources.

Homeowners and renters should submit an SBA disaster loan application even if they are not sure they will need or want a loan. If SBA cannot approve your application, in most cases you will be referred to FEMA’s Other Needs Assistance program for possible additional assistance.

Aug. 29, 2022 is the deadline to apply to the SBA for physical property damage. The deadline to apply for economic injury is March 30, 2023.

SBA is operating Business Recovery Centers (BRC) where applicants can meet with SBA representatives and get help applying for any of SBA’s low-interest disaster loans. BRCs are open in the following locations:

  • Park County: Gardiner Community Center, 208 Main St. Gardiner, MT 59030. Open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday – Friday.
  • Park County: Livingston Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center, 303 East Park Livingston, MT 59047. Open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday – Friday.
  • Park County: Super 8 Motel by Wyndham, Conference Center, 303 East Main , Cooke City, MT 59020. Open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday – Friday. (This location will close August 23 at 6 p.m.)

Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via the SBA’s secure website at disasterloanassistance.sba.gov/ela. For more information or assistance with SBA disaster assistance please contact SBA’s Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 or email disastercustomerservice@sba.gov. For people who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have a speech disability, please dial 7-1-1 to access telecommunications relay services.

For an accessible video on how to apply for FEMA assistance, go to youtube.com/watch?v=WZGpWI2RCNw.

 

If you have additional questions, contact the disaster assistance helpline at 800-621-3362 to speak with a representative or visit a disaster recovery center. To find a location near you, visit FEMA.gov/DRC.

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Contact the FEMA Mitigation Helpline at 833-FEMA-4-US (833-336-2487) for information on resilient building practices. Mitigation specialists are available Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30

p.m. MDT. You can also email the team at FEMA-R8-Hmhelp@fema.dhs.gov.

For more information about FEMA’s support to Montana’s flooding and severe storms recovery, visit www.fema.gov/disaster/4655. Follow the FEMA Region 8 Twitter account at https://twitter.com/femaregion8.

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FEMA’s mission is helping people before, during, and after disasters.

 

 


James Easton joins Chamber as Empowered Workforce Specialist
The Montana Chamber of Commerce recognizes the workforce challenges in our state require a collaborative approach to address complicated issues impacting workers and businesses. To help bridge the gap between the business and education communities to develop workforce readiness skills in Montana students, James Easton joined the chamber as an Empowered Workforce Specialist.
Get to know James:
Please tell us a little about yourself personally. Born and raised in Laurel, MT. After high school, I attended Dawson Community College and then the University of North Dakota. Being outdoors and adventuring to new places has always been an interest of mine. I love riding mountain bikes and getting on new trails whenever I can. I am the youngest of four with two older sisters and an older brother. My parents still live in the Billings/Laurel area and love getting together for family functions.
Please tell us a little about yourself professionally. I was a high school business and special education teacher for 16 years. Nine years I taught in Colorado. I started teaching in Fleming, as a Northeast community in Colorado. I moved over to the Western side of the state and taught for 7 years in Grand Junction. Seven years ago, I moved back to Montana and have been teaching for Billings Public Schools.
What are you most excited about working for the Chamber? Continuing working with schools and education around the state is going to be the part of the job I am most excited about. Coupled with being able to adventure and see parts of Montana I have not seen before, I will be able to get into the classroom and help with the education of students all over the state.
What’s one fun fact about yourself? I prefer pinatas to birthday cakes!

2 Weeks left for FEMA

News Release

Two Weeks Left to Apply for FEMA Individual Assistance

Helena, Mont. – Montana residents with uninsured losses resulting from June’s severe storms and flooding have until August 29, 2022 to apply for FEMA disaster assistance.

Homeowners and renters in Carbon, Park, Stillwater, and Yellowstone County can apply for FEMA assistance online at disasterassistance.gov, by calling 800-621-3362 or by using the FEMA mobile app. If you use a relay service, such as video relay (VRS), captioned telephone or other service, give FEMA the number for that service.

As of August 15:

  • FEMA has approved over $2.3 million in assistance to individuals and households.
  • The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has approved more than $7.7 million in disaster loans for homeowners, renters and businesses.
  • The National Flood Insurance Program has received 103 claims and paid $3.2 million.

Disaster Recovery Centers in the following locations can help with applications and provide face-to-face information and guidance about disaster assistance:

  • Yellowstone County, United Way of Yellowstone County, 2173 Overland Ave., Billings, MT 59102. Open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday – Saturday (closed on Sundays).
  • Carbon County, Fromberg Methodist Church, 14 Montana Ave., Fromberg, MT 59029.
    • Open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday – Friday.
    • It will be open on Thursday, August 18 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will permanently close at 5 p.m. Saturday, August 20, 2022.

 

Long-term, low-interest disaster loans for homeowners, renters, businesses, and nonprofits from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) may be available to cover losses not fully compensated by insurance or other sources.

Homeowners and renters should submit an SBA disaster loan application even if they are not sure they will need or want a loan. If SBA cannot approve your application, in most cases you will be referred to FEMA’s Other Needs Assistance program for possible additional assistance.

August 29, 2022 is the deadline to apply to the SBA for physical property damage. The deadline to apply for economic injury is March 30, 2023.

SBA is operating Business Recovery Centers (BRC) where applicants can meet with SBA representatives and get help applying for any of SBA’s low-interest disaster loans. BRCs are open in the following locations:

  • Park County, Gardiner Community Center, 208 W. Main St. Gardiner, MT 59030. Open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday – Friday.
  • Park County, Livingston Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center, 303 East Park St. Livingston, MT 59047. Open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday – Friday.
  • Park County, Super 8 Motel by Wyndham, Conference Center, 303 East Main St., Cooke City, MT 59020. Open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday – Friday.

Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via the SBA’s secure website at disasterloanassistance.sba.gov/ela. For more information or assistance with SBA disaster assistance please contact SBA’s Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 or email disastercustomerservice@sba.gov. For people who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have a speech disability, please dial 7-1-1 to access telecommunications relay services.

For an accessible video on how to apply for FEMA assistance, go to youtube.com/watch?v=WZGpWI2RCNw.

 

If you have additional questions, contact the disaster assistance helpline at 800-621-3362 to speak with a representative or visit a disaster recovery center. To find a location near you, visit FEMA.gov/DRC.

Contact the FEMA Mitigation Helpline at 833-FEMA-4-US (833-336-2487) for information on resilient building practices. Mitigation specialists are available Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. MDT. You can also email the team at FEMA-R8-Hmhelp@fema.dhs.gov.

For more information about FEMA’s support to Montana’s flooding and severe storms recovery, visit www.fema.gov/disaster/4655. Follow the FEMA Region 8 Twitter account at https://twitter.com/femaregion8.

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FEMA’s mission is helping people before, during, and after disasters.

 

 

Carol A. Garcia

Deployed to DR-4655 MT

Intergovernmental Affairs Manager

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Tribal Liaison| External Affairs | Region 8

Office: (303) 202-8959 | Mobile: (720) 415-4816

carol.garcia@fema.dhs.gov

 

Federal Emergency Management Agency
fema.gov

 


Thursday 6pm NEW Flood update Information

 June 23, 2022 – Park County Flooding Update

 

For immediate release: June 23, 2022

Media contact:
Kory Johnson, Park County Flooding public information officer
Kory.Johnson@usda.gov
Cell: 406-606-2086

Evening Update:

  • Silver Gate water has been deemed safe for consumption by the Montana Department of Environmental Quality.  Homes, restaurants, and other structures that are connected to Gardiner’s public water supply can resume normal use.  Structures connected to private wells should follow Health Department guidance.
  • Point of Rocks Bridge on 89S is OPEN. Guard rails are still under repair.
  • Cinnabar Basin Road will be closed to all traffic, including locals, as repairs are made from 7am-4pm Monday-Friday next week.
  • Green waste from the flood will be accepted only at the Chico green boxes this Friday 06/23/22 from 10am-4pm until further notice.
  • The 89 North Highway bridge is safe for travel but its status could change depending on any future movement on the train bridge.
  • A Gardiner Multi Agency Resource Center (MARC) will be this Saturday June 25th at the Gardiner School from 2-5pm.   County residents can be connected with relief organizations for help.
  • Flood Recovery Information Guide is being distributed county wide.   Digital copies can be found on the flood Facebook page as well as the Park County website.   This guide will help walk residents through the recovery processes.

Water Update
If you are on a private well and have questions about water safety or testing, please call the Park County Health Department 406-222-4145.

 

Flood impacted residents in Park County are strongly encouraged to fill out a Personal Property Damage Form as soon as possible. Data from this assessment will be used to determine potential eligibility for additional resources through federal or state channels. This survey will be important for determining what types of assistance programs may be available to residents. The more self-assessments that can be completed, the better the state can coordinate available resources. All homeowners, regardless of the level of damage, are encouraged to fill out the self-assessment here or by using camera to scan the QR code (to right).

Contact Info
For all non-emergency questions, call the Park County Information Hotline at 406-222-4131. This hotline will be open 8 AM to 10 PM.

Updates are posted throughout the day at the Park County Flooding – June 2022 Facebook page.

 

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Kory Johnson
Public Information Officer (T)
Forest Service

Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest

Butte Ranger District

c: 406-606-2086


Kory.Johnson@usda.gov

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Butte, MT 59701
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