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Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation

A recent informal survey of Missoula parents highlights some of the biggest ongoing local childcare needs and challenges.
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Affordable and easily accessible childcare is just as elusive in Montana as it is everywhere else in America. At a luncheon Tuesday, a Missoula County group called Healthy Start Missoula that’s supported by a federal grant laid out the challenges and offered one potential private-sector solution.

Healthy Start Coordinator, Anna Semple, says parents now have precious few infant childcare options:

The University of Montana campus, Missoula, MT.
Josh Burnham

Hot on the heels of a recent record-setting financial gift, the University of Montana has announced it’s received another multi-million-dollar award.

Butte's American Legion baseball teams are now $1 million closer to a brand new facility at Copper Mountain Park.

The Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation and Montana Resources contributed a total of $1 million to bring a proposed $2 million American Legion baseball facility to Butte.

Northwestern Energy will chip-in $50,000; half of that in cash, with the rest in the form of an in-kind labor donation to install lighting.

Butte-Silver Bow Chief Executive Matt Vincent predicts lots of people will attend night games.

Dan Boyce

Tonight in Missoula, a man in his mid 50s is getting an Eagle Scout award. The man is Larry Simkins, CEO of the Washington Companies, the giant international conglomerate based in Missoula with interests in railroads, shipping and mining.

He’s getting the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award, which isn’t handed out that often. Past recipients include President Gerald Ford and Montana author and historian Stephen Ambrose.

Simkins says he remembers when he got his original Eagle Scout award.

Montana's Graduation Rate Hits All-Time High

Jan 13, 2015

Montana Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau got right to the point when she opened a news conference Tuesday in the Governor’s office.

“I am proud to announce that Montana’s graduation rate has hit an all-time high of 85. 4 percent.”

That compares with a graduation rate of just over 80 percent in 2010.To put those numbers in perspective, only nine states have graduation rates higher than 85 percent, according to a U.S. Department of Education report from 2012.

Courtesy of The University of Montana

The $7 million donated to the University of Montana’s Athletic Department today is by far the most money ever donated in the department's history.

Kevin and Kyle Washington gave the money on behalf of the The Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation. They are sons of the two philanthropists and Montana business moguls.

University officials say the funds will be used to build a new, $14 million football locker room and a student athlete weight room.