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Community health fair Tuesday

Butte-Silver Bow’s Chronic Disease Prevention Coalition will be hosting a community-wide health fair, free to the public, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, April 16,at the Butte Plaza Mall.

The coalition partnered with local leaders to bring over 30 businesses, fitness facilities and health organizations into one setting for the public to come address all their health and wellness needs.

Montana Tech nursing students will be partnering with IPHARM, a laboratory testing program out of Missoula, to provide free lab tests to the public. These free labs include; a lipid panel, Hgb A1C and blood pressure, as well as, a fall assessment, caregiver strain and bone density screening. For the most accurate test results, it is advised that you come fasting -- preferably no food after midnight. A finger puncture will be completed for testing instead of the normal blood draw. The tests will ensure quick and accurate results and people will have the opportunity to schedule follow-up appointments on the spot.

There will be representation from Southwest Montana Community Health Center, St. James’s Healthcare, Butte-Silver Bow Health Department, Butte Silver Bow Parks and Recreation Department, Rocky Mountain Clinic and many more.

Pile burning begins north of Butte

Fire officials from the Butte Ranger District have begun prescribed fire activity which may result in visible smoke intermittently through April 30.

Firefighters will be burning slash piles created from the “Boulder Lowlands Vegetation Project” north of Butte in the Konda/Lowland campground area west of Elk Park.  Fire crews will burn under prescribed conditions and monitor these burns after ignition to ensure they stay within prescribed boundaries.

Travelers and residents of the Elk Park area may see smoke from these burns, however little impact from the smoke is expected. Details: Butte Ranger District at 406-494-2147.

Uptown Toasters announce winners

Weekly winners for the Uptown Toasters, Toastmaster Club # 9765 include Jeff Amerman, best speaker; Jodi Peretti, best evaluator; and Debbie Sorensen, best table topics respondent.

The next meeting is at noon on Tuesday, April 16 at the Butte Archives, 17 W. Quartz St. Details: 406-782-3280.

Dr. Taylor guest Tech lecturer

Dr. Matthew Taylor will present “Parthenogenesis, Evolution, and Herpes,” at 4 p.m. Thursday, April 18, in CBB-102. All lectures are free and open to the public.

Dr. Taylor has 23 years of experience in both academic and industrial research laboratories. He received his undergraduate degree in Biochemistry and Microbiology from the University of Washington before going on to earn his Ph.D. degree in Microbiology and Immunology at Stanford University.

He then pursued a post-doctoral fellowship at Princeton University in the laboratory of Dr. Lynn Enquist. In 2013, Dr. Taylor became an assistant professor at Montana State University in the Department of Microbiology & Immunology.

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