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DATE CHANGE!! - 4th Annual Capital City Geocaching Event

posted Jun 15, 2011, 5:11 AM by MT. beartrax

GC2TY9P - 4th Annual Capital City Geocaching Event, held in Helena has changed the dates from 18 June to 25 June 2011.
 
If you are planning to attend, make sure you adjust your schedule!

Guest Article by Krista Peterson

posted Apr 19, 2011, 2:18 PM by MT. beartrax

This special guest article is about an issue many of us in Montana are very aware of – it comes from Krista Peterson, a 23-year old-aspiring writer and recent graduate of the University of Central Florida. Krista is a health and safety advocate who has a passion for the wellness of communities and our environment–which comes, in part, from seeing several of her family members struggle with cancer and other illnesses. Krista tells me that she would like to spread awareness of health and environmental issues through her writing; she plans to attend graduate school to get her master’s degree in Sustainability and Environmental Management. Feel free to contact Krista at krista.peterson925@gmail.com.
Settlement nearing for asbestos victims in Montana

For over 10 years now, legal battles have continued on here in Montana over health problems connected to asbestos mine in Libby, Montana. For over 1000 people that were victim to asbestos exposure, a settlement may put an end to this decade long fight to seek some support in return for the high numbers of health problems that inhabited the town.

It’s being reported by multiple media sources that a settlement close to $43 million will be levied out to the thousands of victims in Libby. It’s very unfortunate that such a high number of these victims never even had direct exposure to the vermiculite asbestos mine. Spouses and family members of mine workers were unknowingly at a high risk of exposure as well. As workers came home with asbestos particles on their uniforms, their family often felt repercussions of this type of exposure.

With thousands affected, there will be an average payment of around $30,000 to $50,000 from the state. There will determining factors on the level of payment. It will be separated into three payment levels and determined by the level of health problems.  The legal implications of this situation began over 10 years ago when a smaller group of victims felt betrayed that they weren’t given any type of warning on asbestos exposure and the connected health risks. The victims essentially fought that the state was essentially acting as an accomplice to the mining company which attempted to hide the health risks.

In 2004, the turning point in the actual case came when the Montana Supreme Court claimed that the state needed to give warning to workers about the possible health problems that were previously identified. It was even concluded that the company likely knew about the asbestos danger in Libby all the way back to 1956, as the result of a site inspection. A financial settlement has been on the negotiation block ever since this ruling seven years ago.

The health risks (mesothelioma, asbestosis) that many of these victims have been exposed to are quite problematic. What makes the diseases so threatening is the fact that they have long latency periods and bleak outlooks, for example mesothelioma life expectancy is eight to 14 months on average.

The recent settlement has brought forth more controversy with victims of exposure. Although they are getting forms of payment for medical bills, the mining company and the state are being dismissed of any future claims in the process. Many of the victims see this as a chance to sweep the health risks away, pay off the problem, and forget all about it. Further complicating this process is the fact that victims were told to stay quiet through the legal battle, thus to not speak to media or have the case blow up in the press.

Help Needed for Additional Resources!

posted Apr 8, 2011, 10:46 AM by MT. beartrax

Over the past few years, geocaching groups in Montana have begun to move from online groups, such as Yahoo! and Google, to social networks like Facebook. I need help gathering any resources out there that I can add to the Montana Resources menu -- websites, Facebook groups, websites, blogs, etc.
 
Zenpanda of Great Falls has created the Geocaching Montana Facebook group and I would encourage anyone to check it out, and join. There is a lot of good information, discussion, and ability to meet other Montana Geocachers!!

April Interview

posted Apr 8, 2011, 10:07 AM by MT. beartrax

For April's Montana Geocacher Interview, I was able to contact Jennifer&Dean from Lolo. They are a geocaching couple who have been actively participating since 2001 - Charter Members. The couple provide some good tips and hints, as well as share some of their favorite geocaches to find in Montana.

March Interview

posted Apr 6, 2011, 9:17 AM by MT. beartrax

For March, I've been able to get in contact with hiking dude, from Kalispell, to continue the Interview Series. He discusses  some of his favorite geocaches, gives some hints and tips, and helps us to get to know another Montana Geocacher.
You can find the link under the Interview Series tab.

Cache-A-Route Series

posted Mar 24, 2011, 10:00 PM by MT. beartrax

The newly released "Cache-A-Route Series," will provide geocache groups of approximately ten to twelve geocaches along segments of commonly driven routes throughout Montana. The criteria used in selecting the geocaches along these routes are that they are: easily accessible from the main highway or Interstate, family friendly, and have shown to be well maintained. Hopefully these routes will provide you with some enjoyable geocaching towards where ever it is you are heading!

February Interview!!

posted Mar 2, 2011, 8:12 AM by MT. beartrax   [ updated Mar 2, 2011, 8:19 AM ]

I've been able to get in contact with several Montana Geocachers in order to revive the Interview Series. This month, mtbats, from central Montana is our featured geocacher. They explain how they became involved with geocaching, list some of their favorite Montana geocaches, explain the Montana Poker Scramble and give some hints, tips and stories.
You can find the link under the Interview Series tab.

NEW!! Featured Geocaches

posted Feb 23, 2011, 1:14 PM by MT. beartrax   [ updated Mar 8, 2011, 5:52 PM ]

The newest addition to MontanaGeocachers.com are the "Featured Geocaches". These will be Montana-located geocaches that are of historical significance, geocacher-rated favorites, unusually placed, creatively hidden or just plain interesting. If you would like to submit a geocache please email mt.beartrax@gmail.com with the GC code, pictures (if available), and a reason of why you feel that particular geocache should be listed as a Featured Geocache. 

Alberta's Mega Event

posted Feb 17, 2011, 12:42 PM by MT. beartrax   [ updated Feb 17, 2011, 12:58 PM ]

Our neighbors to the north have been busy planning an Event that they are hoping will gain the Mega status!! I realize that this website is about geocaching in Montana, however, the organizers of the Best of the Bad contacted me and asked if I would be able to help spread the word. I told them that I'd be more than happy to help.
 
The Best of the Bad Mega Event is being held in the Canadian Badlands on July 16 2011. It will be located in the town of Three Hills, which sits just on the edge of the Canadian Badlands in Alberta, approximately 120km northeast of Calgary.
 

If you are interested in attending, or even think that you might attend, PLEASE log your will attend at GC2GA1J. Remember, this Event will not qualify for Mega status unless there are at least 500 geocachers in attendance.

Events Cancelled

posted Feb 16, 2011, 6:49 AM by MT. beartrax   [ updated Feb 17, 2011, 1:03 PM ]

Please be aware that the following geocaching Events have been cancelled
 
19 Feb 2011 - Freezeout Lake WMA, MT GC2H3KX - "Montana Freeze Out!"
20 Feb 2011 - Freezeout Lake WMA, MT GC2H07D - "The Freezeout Overnighter"

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