Yearly Archives: 2017

01 Dec

Man left a job that was ‘absolutely the worst’ to become an advocate for abused kids

Kip Atkinson went from “bad guy” to good guy in just a few months. The Billings man has now spent a year volunteering as a Court Appointed Special Advocate, or CASA, with abused and neglected kids. Before that, he spent five years shutting off power at homes where bills weren’t paid. “Nobody likes doing it,” Atkinson said. “It is absolutely the worst.” The work was part of Atkinson’s career as a lineman with NorthWestern Energy. It was a small, but eye-opening, part of...

Battleing Addiction
04 Aug

Gazette opinion: Battling addiction in Montana

For full Gazette article click here  In Montana where barely 10 percent of the people who need treatment for alcohol or other drug abuse actually get it, even the children suffer. “Substance abuse is reaching catastrophic levels in Billings,” said Jennifer Owen, Billings Head Start executive director. “Many of the three- and four-year-olds we serve in Billings deal with substance abuse in their daily lives.” The neglect and trauma they suffer keeps these children from growing and developing at a normal pace,...

01 May

Giving kids a camera – and a voice

Put a camera in a child’s hand, Shannen Keene figures, and the young photographer can tell his or her own story in a compelling, even poignant way. And if that child has experienced abuse or neglect at home, the story that’s told becomes one that might move viewers to action. That’s the thinking behind Photovoice, an exhibit on display from 6 to 8 p.m. on April 12 at Yellowstone Art Museum, 401 N. 27th St. A reception...