Montana Scientist makes Global Discovery
Photo credit: Tim Wheeler, Montana lichenologist who is part of Toby's team of specialists and an amateur photographer.
Toby Spribille's journey from a young boy home schooled in Montana to an esteemed scientist whose work is the cover story for the July 29, 2016 issue of Science magazine is remarkable...in many ways. He and his team of specialists have made a discovery that changes what was believed about lichens since their discovery 150 years ago.
It started with his passion for science and lichens. Lichens look like plants, but actually are two organisms, or so it was believed, that form one: a fungus partnering with an algae or a bacterium. They include the gorgeous orange, yellow and green decorations you see on rocks and trees and the light green or black hairy masses hanging from trees that the deer love to eat.
November is Happening!
What can be more fun than actively participating in small town activities? In cities, you become lost in the crowd. In the Tobacco Valley, you are recognized and called by name whether you stop in the post office to pick up mail or run into Montana Market for milk and bread. And November is a great month for taking this sense of being part of the community to a new level.
Preparing for the Holidays
Don't worry. We aren't encouraging you to start writing Christmas cards, do your holiday shopping, or plan which pies to have for Thanksgiving. Instead, we are encouraging you to think about how to have a safe and enjoyable winter in this beautiful part of Montana.
Electronic Waste Drop-off, Now at Eureka's Refuse Site
You can finally recycle those old computers, printers, phones and other electronic devices that you just can't bring yourself to throw away. In Eureka! The county has put a collection box at the “Dump,” also known as the Eureka Refuse Site on Airport Road.