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SIDNEY HERALD j Around our area WEDNESDAY, MARCH 6, 2019 ! ! BY NICOLE LUCINA SIDNEY HERALD After being diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemiar in January" Lambert resident Rocky Nelson and his family are looking to the com- munity for support. In December, after noticing some changes in his vision, Nelson attributed that to his diabetes. He noticed that he was having shortness of breath, lack of en- ergy and just overan felt fatigued. Nelson made an appointment with his general practitioner, What: Ben ~t?2Rocgky0 Nelson. When: Sunday, March 10, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Where: Lambert school telling him that he didn't feel well. "I didn't know if it was walking pneumonia or bronchitis," Nelson said. His blood sugars were averaging 130 but when SUBM~HED he was checked in Circle, his blood sugar was in Rocky Nelson was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid the 500's. After leaving Leukemia in January. Circle and heading for Nelson was undergoing said, "There will be a Lambert, he missed a chemotherapy and treat- chili feed, cheese and call from his doctor, ment. He was released crackers, veggies, and "Everyone in eastern from Billings Cancer cookies and bars. Each Montana knows you Center on Feb. 18, butgrade is making a basket don't get good service was told to stay in the for the auction too." between Circle and Lam- area. Some of the baskets bert. We had a message Nelson said, "Last that will be included in on the machine that my Thursday they told the silent auction are an doctor wanted me to go me my cancer was in ice cream basket, with to Miles City," Nelson remission." He is now an ice cream maker and explained. Once in Miles doing outpatient che- the mixings to make ice City, doctors had him motherapy on Monday, cream, a coffee basket sent to Billings. Wednesday and Friday, with a Ke. urig along with Nelson noted that he twice a day for the next items to go with it, a bak- knew something serious three months, ing basket, a Pink Zebra was going on when he In an effort to help basket, a booze basket arrived in Billings and the family with all offrom Plentywood's Gold was taken to the cancer the medical expresses Dollar Bar along with a center. Once there, a they're facing, a benefit Montana Silversmith's biopsy was done on Nel- is being held to raisenecklace, and a hand son and within a week money, made quilt and afghan. he was diagnosed with There will be a chili For more information Acute Myeloid Leuke- feed and silent auc- about the benefit or to mia. tion benefit on Sunday, donate items to the silent They started treat- March 10, at the Lambert auction, you can contact ment 12 days later on school gym from 11 a.m. Anita at 406-774-3741, Jan. 23, after all his tests to 2 p.m. Kathy at 406-774-3462 or had come back. For the Anita Mullin, one of Pennie at 406-774-3455. following four weeks, the event's organizers, SPIKE seeks to control prescription costs MSU research could help weather forecasters improve storm warnings BOZEMAN -- When a hail storm un- leashes on Montana's plains, a precise warning an hour or more in advance could allow ranchers to lead livestock to shelter, gardeners to bring in potted plants and residents to protect vehicles and other valuables. Once only a dream of weather forecasters, that capability could become widespread as a result of a new technology developed by Montanet State University researchers and their conaborators at the National Center for Atmospheric Research. The tool, which uses low-cost lasers to make detailed, real-time measure- ments of water vapor in the atmo- sphere, could soon be deployed at weather stations across the country" providing forecasters a powerful way to track the early development of thun- derstorms and other weather event . According to Kevin Repasky" co-in- ventor of the technology and a profes- sor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering in MSU's Norm Asbjornson College of Engi- neering, water vapor is a primary driver of weather, but scientists have largely lacked a way to continuously and accurately measure it on a large scale. "That's why people are getting ex- cited about our work," Repasky said. In recognition of that work, Repasky and his collaborators recently won the 2018 Award for Outstanding Accom- plishment in Scientific and Technical Advancement from the University Cor- poration for Atmospheric Research. The award letter praises the technol- ogy as rugged, field-deployable and low-cost, and states that it outperforms more expensive, commercially avail- able tools. Repasky called the award "a wonderful honor." About 15 years ago, Repasky began working on ways to overcome the main barrier to widespread monitoring of water vapor: cost. Scientists were using specialized laser technologies to take detailed measurements from air- planes, for instance, but the tools were prohibitively expensive for daffy use. To aid in daffy forecasting, scientists gather a limited snapshot of the at- mosphere's water vapor by launching weather balloons twice each day from roughly 90 locations nationwide. Repasky saw an opportunity to use lower-cost lasers combined with sophisticated methods of interpreting the light reflecting from the atmo- sphere's gases and particles. The first prototypes were built and tested with help from Amin Nehrir, who earned his bachelor's and then doctorate in electrical engineering at MSU. Nehrir shared in the UCAR award. What caught the attention of Scott Spuler, a research engineer at the Boulder, Colorado-based National Center for Atmospheric Research, was that the MSU technology could be built for a fraction of the cost of standard water vapor sensors, which at the time cost millions of dollars. Spuler had been working toward a similar goal with German scientists when he learned about Repasky's research. Recognizing the advantages of the MSU approach, he contacted Re- pasky and they formed a partnership. "The collaboration has been fantas- tic," Repasky said. The conaboration includes Catharine Bunn, an MSU doc- toral student in physics, and Spuler's team at NCAR, including six scientists named in the UCAR award. Currently" five of the sensors, which can be remotely monitored for long- term field operations, are undergoing final field testing. The team is also developing ways that the sensors could also measure the atmosphere's temper- ature. In the future, Spuler envisions the sensors deployed in a nationwide grid spaced at intervals of 50 or 100 miles. Nehrir, now a research scientist at NASA's Langley Research Center, said that better understanding water vapor's behavior in the atmosphere is a priority in the scientific commu- ni~ The ground-based sensors would complement the specialized sensors he uses to study water vapor from aircraft. iii i~ii~i~ ~ i~ iii: BY NICOLE LUCINA SIDNEY HERALD In continuing his ef- forts to make health care more affordable for Mon- tana residents, U.S. Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont is now leading legislation to hold pharmaceutical companies accountable. Tester aims to shine light on drug pricing and ensuring that rural hospitals get paid for the care they provide. "Montanans should not be forced to break the bank to afford the medications they need. Shining more light on the pharmaceutical industry's backroom dealings will hold them accountable for massive price hikes that have hurt folks across our state," Tester said in a press release. Tester's SPIKE Act will force pharmaceutical compa- nies to publicly disclose their reasoning for substantial increases in prescription drug prices. Press Secretary and Digital director for Tes- ter, Victoria Scordato ex- plained, "In 2010, a vial What We Know Sen. Jon Tester is promotir~g fol SPIKE Act. The.proposal would shine light on drug pricing. The price of insulin has in- I creased by about $200 since 2010. of insulin cost less than $100. In 2018, it cost near- ly $300. Insulin, which was first discovered in 1922, has long since recouped its research and developmental costs. Since 1996, there has not been any significant change in the formulary of insulin, but the price has increased about 1,200 percent." Tester's C-THRU Act would require pharma- ceutical middlemen to publicly disclose their pricing agreements with drug companies, insurance companies and pharmacies so that Montana residents know where their money'is go- ing. Tester is also a spon- sor to the Critical Access Hospital Relief Act. This would ensure that rural Montana hospitals are compensated for the care they provide. "Folks across Montana rely on Critical Access Hospitals [CAHs] for everything from basic check-ups to emergency treatments. If these hospitals can't afford to keep the lights on be- cause they aren't being pain for their services, then thousands of fami- lie will have nowhere to turn for carei" Tester noted. As of now, CAHs are required to certify that they expect to discharge - or transfer a patient within 96 hours of admission in order to receive payment from Medicare. Tester's bill would eliminate this requirement, forcing Medicare to compensate CAHs even if a patient is admitted to the hospital for more than four days. Tester has been an advocate for rural health for a long time and has pushed to hold drug companies accountable as well as increasing the transparency within the pharmaceutical indus- try. Cowboy Hall of Fame seeks nominations The Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame & Western Heritage Center (MCHF & WHC) is seeking nominations for the 2019 Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame induction round. Every year, the MCHF & WHC honors living and historical figures that have made notable contributions to Mon- tana's western heritage. 2019 marks the ninth year the MCHF &WHC will honor living induct- ees and the 12th year of honoring legacy (non- living) inductees. The MCHF & WHC Board of Trustees will cast votes to select living and lega- cy inductees from each of the MCHF & WHC's 12 Trustee Districts based on nominations from the public. Nominees can be men, women, ranches, stage coach lines, animals, hotels, etc. -- anyone or anything that has made a notable contribution to our Montana western heritage. A full listing of inductees from 2011-2018, the 2019 Nomination Instructions, and more about the Hall of Fame induction process can be found online at http:// www.montanacowboy- fame.org. If you would like to make a nomination, you must contact the MCHF & WHC at Christy@mon- tanacowboyfame.org or by calling (406) 653-3800 prior to the submission deadline to express your intent to nominate. Nominations must include a cover page, a two-page biography, and a high-quality photo- graph. All nomination documents must be in electronic format and emailed by May 31. The 2019 Class of the Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame will be announced by press release by Sept. 15. II 4 3t0 2nd Ave NE. Sidney, MT ~:~:~:~:~::~::::~:~:~``~::~:~:~:~:~:~:~:~:~::::~:~:~:~:~:~:~:~:~:~::~$~::~$~:~:~::~3~:~:~:~:~:~:~:~:~:~:~:~:~:~:~::~:~:~:~:~:~:~:~:~:~:~:~:~:~:~:~:~:~:~:~:~:~:~:~:~:::~;~:~:~;~:~;~:~;~;~;~:~:~z~:~;~;~:~:~;~;~;~:~;~;~:~:~:~:~;~;~;~;~;~;~;~:~;;~;:~:~;~:~:~:~;~;~:~;~:~;~;~:~;~;~;~;~;~;~;~;~;~;~;~~~`~:~:~:~`~`~`~`~`~`~`~`~