Area business briefs for Sunday, May 20, 2001
Area business briefs for Sunday, May 20, 2001

Seminar offers training for auditing, accounting

The Institute of Management Accountants Western Montana Chapter will conduct a full day professional education (eight hours CPE) seminar Monday on the topic of auditing and accounting.

The seminar will be held at the Holiday Inn Parkside in Missoula. Lunch is included in the $80 fee for IMA members and $135 for nonmembers. Group discounts are available. Eight hours of CPE credit will be awarded for completion of the course.

To enroll, contact Gayle Walton, (406) 721-7801 days, or (406) 549-9376 evenings or e-mail: rewalt@uswest.net.

Hospital president wins 'Patriot' award

Lawrence White, Jr., president of St. Patrick Hospital, recently received the "My boss is a Patriot" award.

White received the award because he supports the National Reserves and Guards in all branches of the military. With 1,300 employees at the hospital, White has set a tone that the military duty of Reserve and National Guard soldiers and sailors, estimated to be from 15 to 20 at St. Patrick's, is an asset to the hospital and the country, the letter of recommendation said.

"In reality," the letter continued, "Mr. White is probably totally unaware of some of the hidden support he provides to the Reserve and National Guard programs."

Many of the tools used for medical nursing training are loaned to the guard units so the soldiers can be trained on state-of-the-art equipment. In addition, the St. Patrick Hospital medical library is used by the guard units for medical and nursing research for the soldiers and sailors.

Lamb producers from West join cooperative

DOUGLAS, Wyo. (AP) - A 2-year-old cooperative of lamb producers now includes members from at least nine Western states, including Montana.

The Mountain States Lamb Cooperative is trying to develop markets for finished lamb products and lessen the industry's dependence on large, multinational packing and feeding companies.

Most of the cooperative's activity has centered in the Powder River Basin and southern Wyoming. The group also has attracted producers in Idaho, Utah, Colorado, South Dakota, Arizona, Nevada and California.

Frank Moore, a third generation Wyoming sheep rancher in Converse County, told the Douglas (Wyo.) Budget the cooperative could help make his family business viable after years of falling sheep prices.

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