Back at Kingsmill, Ariya has left fear behind

first_imgWILLIAMSBURG, Va. –Ariya Jutanugarn loves rollercoaster rides. So does her sister, Moriya. So after practicing Sunday for the Kingsmill Championship, they bolted to nearby Busch Gardens to have some fun on rides like Apollo’s Chariot, Tempesto and Verbolten. “It was the perfect time,” Ariya said. “No lines.” “We run into every ride,” Moriya said. “We’re never scared.” Ariya couldn’t say that about her golf game a little more than a year ago. Fear once ruled over her, and it infected her entire game. There were too many bad memories built up of her struggling to keep her driver in play and missing cuts. That’s what makes her return to Kingsmill special. Jutanugarn, 21, is defending an LPGA title for the first time in her career. She won the Kingsmill Championship last year as part of her breakthrough run, becoming the first player to have her first three LPGA titles come in consecutive events. After collapsing in the final round of the ANA Inspiration last year, Ariya bounced back a month later to win the Yokohama Tire Classic, Kingsmill and the Volvik Championship. (Yokohama folded as an LPGA event, leaving Kingsmill as Jutanugarn’s first title defense.) The three titles, fittingly, all came in the month of May, which is Ariya’s nickname. “I’m really proud of myself for that final round,” Jutanugarn said. “I never thought about the outcome, because I won the week before. I didn’t really worry who was going to win. I did a great job in the final round last year.” Jutanugarn beat back a lot of bad memories to win five times overall last year, becoming the first Thai player to win the LPGA Rolex Player of the Year Award. She did it by reworking her swing under Gary Gilchrist, and reworking her thinking under Vision 54’s Pia Nilsson and Lynn Marriott. While much has been made of the changes Jutanugarn made to her pre-shot routine, to the focus it gave her in what Vision 54 calls “The Play Box,” Nilsson says Jutanugarn’s success equally hinged on what she learned about Vision 54s “Memory Box,” that place players find themselves immediately after hitting a shot. “Learning to actually focus in the ‘Play Box’ and how to react after the shot were two unbelievably big factors for her,” Nilsson said. “When she improved just a little bit in those areas, it started freeing her up, to where her raw talent could come alive.” Jutanugarn went to work trying to master those mental skills. “She wasn’t actually focused enough times,” Nilsson said. “Now, she is more focused hitting shots, and much more disciplined in how she reacts to shots. She can separate the outcome from the process.” Nilsson said Jutanugarn embraced the “Memory Box.” “Before, when I missed a shot, I’d be really upset and start to, like, yell,” Jutanugarn said. “When I have that feeling, I remember a bad thing. Now, when I miss a shot, I just act like, ‘It can happen. It’s going to happen if you play golf.’ I want to make sure when I hit a good shot, I’m going to have a good memory.” Jutanugarn works almost as much on trying to control thoughts as she does trying to control shots. “She did have a tendency, in general, to focus on all the thing that were wrong or bad,” Nilsson said. “She understood that wasn’t very smart, but she was open to learn to be a little different about it.” Today, especially at Kingsmill, Jutanugarn has a lot of great memories to fuel her. And she’s looking to build on them this week.last_img read more

Triplett (66) takes first-round lead in Sioux Falls

first_imgSIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Kirk Triplett shot a 4-under 66 in windy conditions Friday to take a one-shot lead in the opening round of the Sanford International. Triplett, a winner in March at the Hoag Classic for his seventh PGA Tour Champions title, entered 10th in the Charles Schwab Cup money standings. Paul Broadhurst and Tom Gillis shot 67 on a day when a dozen players in the 78-man field broke par at Minnehaha Country Club. Woody Austin was alone in fourth after a 68. Full-field scores from the Sanford International Triplett birdied the 16th and 17th holes to reach 4 under. “It’s windy, but if you played a practice round on Tuesday, it’s the exact same conditions we had on Tuesday except the course is a touch firmer,” Triplett said. “Some really hard holes, but some other holes are playing easier as well.” Gillis, who is seeking his first win on the over-50 tour, played conservatively because of the conditions. “I tried not to take any chances really. I just tried to drive it in the fairway,” he said. “It was just too tough to chase pins and try to get the exact numbers. Basically the yardage book, you could throw it out because it was feel, it was all feel. I think the last hole I had like 118 (yards) to the front, I was in the right rough and I just chipped a 7-iron. It went about 70 yards and rolled all the way to the back, to the hole. It was just that kind of day where you had to actually just use some creativity.”last_img read more

Todd (62) leads RSM, seeks third straight win

first_imgST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. — A few years removed from battling the full yips, Brendon Todd has a chance to be mentioned alongside Tiger Woods and Dustin Johnson as he goes for a third straight PGA Tour victory. Todd felt like he couldn’t miss Saturday at Sea Island and he rarely did. With six birdies on the front side of the Seaside Course, he shot an 8-under 62 to tie the 54-hole tournament record and build a two-shot lead in the RSM Classic. Not since Dustin Johnson in 2017 has anyone won three straight starts on the PGA Tour. Not since Tiger Woods in 2006 has anyone won three straight tournaments on the PGA Tour schedule. Todd has a chance to join both Sunday even as he tries to keep it in perspective. For Todd, it’s not about going for three in a row. It’s about posting a good score in the final round. He figures his battle with the yips should help. ”I think I’ve had to be so disciplined over the last year mentally about just focusing in on ever shot that I’m aiming to kind of use that experience to my advantage now,” he said. Todd was at 18-under 194, who shots ahead of Webb Simpson (63) and Sebastian Munoz (66), who already has won this season at the Sanderson Farms Championship. Tyler Duncan, who started with a two-shot lead, made 18 pars for a 70 and was four shots behind. Simpson and Todd played junior golf together in North Carolina, and he says Todd often got the best of him being a grade ahead. They have remained close, and Simpson said Todd confided in him while struggling with his game. Todd ranks Saturday 62 ‘right at the very top’ of stress-free rounds The RSM Classic: Full-field scores | Full coverage ”I think it’s remarkable,” Simpson said about Todd’s turnaround. ”He’s a good friend of mine and to show the resilience of not playing well, to come back and stay in it and get one win and then two in a row, and now he’s playing great again. I’m really happy for him.” Todd opened with birdie putts from 20 feet and 12 feet, added a few short ones in the middle of the front nine, holed a birdie putt from just inside 30 feet on No. 8 and closed out the front nine with a 12-foot birdie. He hit every fairway. He missed only one green. ”It was like a video game out there today,” Todd said. ”Just thrilled with the way I’m hitting it and feeling out there.” Todd also had a number of putts touch the hole. He said the only putt he hit all day that he knew was not going in was at No. 3. No one had ever won twice in the fall in the six previous years the PGA Tour went to a wraparound season. Todd has a chance for three victories, which would push him over $3 million for the year before the PGA Tour takes a five-week break. He doesn’t expect anything to change from when he won the inaugural Bermuda Championship, followed by a victory last week in the Mayakoba Golf Classic. ”Just get into my little zone and attack the golf course like I’m trying to go shoot nothing because that’s been my mindset every day for the last three events, and there’s really no reason to change it just because I’m near the lead,” Todd said. ”And whether it happens or not … I’m not going to feel good or bad about myself, I’m just going to keep attacking.”last_img read more

Bockerstette set to make history in JUCO champ.

first_imgPHOENIX – Amy Bockerstette is set to become the first person with Down syndrome to compete in a national collegiate athletic championship. The 22-year-old golfer will play with her Paradise Valley Community College teammates at the NJCAA national championships May 10-13 at Plantation Bay Golf & Country Club in Ormond Beach, Florida. Bockerstette is the first person with Down syndrome to earn a college athletic scholarship and she became a viral sensation when she played the 16th hole at TPC Scottsdale with PGA Tour player Gary Woodland before the 2019 Phoenix Open. She hit into the bunker on the par-3 stadium hole and got up and down for par, telling everyone “I got this” before sinking an 8-foot putt. Golf Central Remember when: Amy B. amazes Woodland BY Brentley Romine  — January 30, 2019 at 1:17 PM Amy Bockerstette, a 20-year-old golfer with Down syndrome, got to play the iconic 16th hole at the Waste Management Phoenix Open and made par with Gary Woodland watching. Bockerstette and her family created the I Got This Foundation in 2019 to provide golf instruction and playing opportunities for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The foundation has partnered with Special Skills Sports Camps to hold the Special Skills Golf Invitational June 1 at Wedgewood Golf and Country Club in Powell, Ohio. The event will teach athletes with intellectual and developmental disabilities the basics of golf, from driving to chipping and putting.last_img read more

George Weigel, Biographer of John Paul II, Takes Note of David Gelernter’s Darwin Apostasy

first_imgJane Goodall Meets the God Hypothesis Some very interesting people were jarred by David Gelernter’s apostasy from Darwinism. The Yale computer scientist described in The Claremont Review of Books how his thoughts on evolution have evolved, influenced by Discovery Institute’s Stephen Meyer and David Berlinski. Now the distinguished Catholic intellectual and writer George Weigel, official English-language biographer of Pope John Paul II, weighs in on Gelernter.Dismissing ID Is “Unscientific”Weigel was not previously known as a Darwin skeptic or as sympathetic to intelligent design. At First Things, he takes note of Gelernter’s essay as “a potential tool in the New Evangelization.” From “Getting Beyond Darwin”:Bishop Robert Barron and others working hard to evangelize the “Nones” — young adults without religious conviction — tell us that a major obstacle to a None embracing Christianity is the cultural assumption that Science Explains Everything. And if science explains it all, who needs God, revelation, Christ, or the Church? To be even more specific: If Darwin and the Darwinian theory of evolution explain the origins of us (and everything else), why bother with Genesis 1–3 and Colossians 1:15–20 (much less Augustine’s “Thou hast made us for Thee and our hearts are restless until they rest in Thee”)?Weigel summarizes David Gelernter’s points, and concludes:Gelernter is intrigued by “intelligent design” approaches to these evolutionary conundra but also suggests that, “as a theory,” intelligent design “would seem to have a long way to go.” But to dismiss intelligent design out of hand — to brand it piety masquerading as science — is, well, unscientific. The fossil record and molecular biology now suggest that Darwinian answers to the Big Questions constitute the real fundamentalism: a materialistic fideism that, however shaky in dealing with the facts, is nonetheless deeply entrenched in 21st-century imaginations. Thus, Gelernter asks whether today’s scientists will display Darwin’s own courage in risking cultural disdain by upsetting intellectual apple carts.See also Rachel Alexander at The Stream, “Renowned Yale Computer Science Prof Leaves Darwinism,” who points readers to the great hourlong interview, by Peter Robinson of Stanford’s Hoover Institution, talking with Gelernter, Meyer, and Berlinski. That interview has been watched by close to 700,000 people. Tags“nones”anxietybiologyBishop Robert BarronChristianityColossianscomputer scienceDarwinismDavid BerlinskiDavid GelernterfideismFirst ThingsGenesisGeorge WeigelHoover Institutionintellectualsintelligent designJohn Paul IINew EvangelizationPeter RobinsonRachel AlexanderStephen MeyerThe Claremont Review of BooksThe StreamYale University,Trending Intelligent Design George Weigel, Biographer of John Paul II, Takes Note of David Gelernter’s Darwin ApostasyDavid [email protected]_klinghofferAugust 22, 2019, 1:05 PM Evolution Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share Recommended Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share Origin of Life: Brian Miller Distills a Debate Between Dave Farina and James Tour Congratulations to Science Magazine for an Honest Portrayal of Darwin’s Descent of Man Share “A Summary of the Evidence for Intelligent Design”: The Study Guide We Haven’t Seen the End of ThisGelernter’s confession, of having turned away from Darwinism, is (yet another) piece of evidence Darwinists can’t satisfactorily explain. Such a thing shouldn’t happen. For a major intellectual like this to publicly reject evolutionary theory naturally catches the attention of other major intellectuals and of thoughtful people in general. For every George Weigel who follows up with a public admission of his own, confirming that the situation with Darwinism is more doubtful than previously thought, there are, you can be confident, many others who were shaken by Gelernter’s essay but who haven’t succeeded in squashing their anxiety about saying so.The anxiety is understandable. As Gelernter told Robinson in their conversation, “You take your life into your hands to challenge [evolution] intellectually. They will destroy you.” This is from a man who had his own hand and eye blown up by a terrorist’s bomb. We can be sure we haven’t heard the end of the welcome consequences of David Gelernter’s announcement.Photo: David Gelernter, “Uncommon Knowledge with Peter Robinson,” via Hoover Institution, Stanford University (screen shot). Requesting a (Partial) Retraction from Darrel Falk and BioLogos A Physician Describes How Behe Changed His MindLife’s Origin — A “Mystery” Made AccessibleCodes Are Not Products of PhysicsIxnay on the Ambriancay PlosionexhayDesign Triangulation: My Thanksgiving Gift to Alllast_img read more

Parents — Not Bioethicists — Should Decide about Baby’s Life Support

first_img“A Summary of the Evidence for Intelligent Design”: The Study Guide Congratulations to Science Magazine for an Honest Portrayal of Darwin’s Descent of Man Medicine Parents — Not Bioethicists — Should Decide about Baby’s Life SupportWesley J. SmithJanuary 9, 2020, 12:29 PM Wesley J. SmithChair and Senior Fellow, Center on Human ExceptionalismWesley J. Smith is Chair and Senior Fellow at the Discovery Institute’s Center on Human Exceptionalism. Wesley is a contributor to National Review and is the author of 14 books, in recent years focusing on human dignity, liberty, and equality. Wesley has been recognized as one of America’s premier public intellectuals on bioethics by National Journal and has been honored by the Human Life Foundation as a “Great Defender of Life” for his work against suicide and euthanasia. Wesley’s most recent book is Culture of Death: The Age of “Do Harm” Medicine, a warning about the dangers to patients of the modern bioethics movement.Follow WesleyProfileTwitterFacebook Share Jane Goodall Meets the God Hypothesis Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share Requesting a (Partial) Retraction from Darrel Falk and BioLogos Origin of Life: Brian Miller Distills a Debate Between Dave Farina and James Tour Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share A Physician Describes How Behe Changed His MindLife’s Origin — A “Mystery” Made AccessibleCodes Are Not Products of PhysicsIxnay on the Ambriancay PlosionexhayDesign Triangulation: My Thanksgiving Gift to All TagsAlfie EvansbabybioethicistsBud PaxtonCharlie GardCNNCourt of Appealsdecision-making authoritydoctorsexpertsfutile careGreg AbbottHannah Mehtahospitallife supportmedicineparentsProtect TX Fragile Kidsquality of lifeTexasTinslee Lewistracheotomy,Trending Recommended Remember the U.K. cases of Charlie Gard and Alfie Evans — in which doctors and courts forced small children off life support wanted by parents based on the view of “experts” that dying was in the patients’ “best interest”? Well, a similar “futile care” imbroglio has come to Texas.Tinslee Lewis, age 11 months, has a heart defect. The doctors claim the case is hopeless, that the baby has sepsis, is paralyzed, and appears in pain when her diapers are changed. A hospital bioethics committee has decreed that treatment should be stopped, which it has the power to order under Texas law.Still Hope?Her parents disagree. They believe there is still hope and are trying to find another hospital to care for the baby. If they can’t, they want a tracheotomy performed, so they can take Tinslee home under palliative care. The doctors again — echoes of the Baby Joseph case in Canada — refuse.There is also some evidence that the parents have a valid point. From the CNN story:Hannah Mehta, executive director of Protect TX Fragile Kids, said at Monday’s news conference she has spoken to surgeons who say Tinslee’s case is not hopeless and that there are viable treatment options for the girl, beginning with a tracheotomy.Mehta took issue with the hospital’s assertion that no other hospitals will treat Tinslee, arguing that potential doctors received information — including diagnostic imaging of Tinslee’s organs — that was more than three months old, making it difficult to reach informed decisions.The parents sued to prevent the unilateral withdrawal of treatment. A trial court permitted that death sentence to stand. Thankfully, that order has been put on hold by an appellate court pending further proceedings, meaning the treatment must continue for now.How Could This Happen?How could parents be stripped of their medical decision-making authority for their baby — and under color of law? Blame the bioethical doctrine known as futile care, sometimes called “inappropriate care,” that allows the opinions of bioethicists and doctors to be imposed upon unwilling patients and families. Here’s how the Texas law effectuates the doctrine:If doctors want to end life support — and patients and/or family refuse — doctors have the right to go to a hospital bioethics committee seeking permission to unilaterally withdraw the treatment.The committee holds a behind-closed-doors hearing — without a formal record or right to appeal, i.e., no due process — in which the members listen to doctors, nurses, social workers (whom they know), and the patient’s family and potentially other witnesses (whom they don’t know).If the committee decrees that the treatment will stop, patients have only ten days to transfer the patient to a willing caregiver.If they can’t — and it isn’t easy considering that these are expensive patients to care for and can eat into a hospital’s bottom line — the wanted life support is withdrawn toward the end that the patient die.Please pay attention to this point: The patient is not refused care that is failing. No, the treatment is withdrawn because it is working in keeping the patient alive — when continued life is precisely what the doctors/bioethicists don’t want. In other words, strangers have the ultimate power to decide this most intimate of decisions instead of patients and families.Texas governor Greg Abbott and the attorney general Bud Paxton have issued a statement in support of the parents on appeal and will file an amicus brief in the Court of Appeals.The Best for TinsleeLet’s assume that both parents and doctors are all acting in good faith and want the best for Tinslee. The bottom line here is: Who should have the final say in making such a crucial and ultimate decision? Parents who love their baby and have to be presumed — absent proof — that they have their child’s best interests at heart, or doctors and bioethicists who believe that their “quality of life” beliefs should trump even the decisions of parents?I vote for parents — as I have testified previously.Photo source: StockSnap via Pixabay.Cross-posted at The Corner.last_img read more

Still Hoping for a Contract, Hardin Fixes Pipes in Jail

first_img Email Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox. BILLINGS – Hardin’s economic development authority is patching broken pipes in the city’s never-used Two Rivers Detention Center in hopes of finally landing a contract for the 464-bed jail, the agency’s executive director said Wednesday.Two Rivers Authority’s Jeff McDowell said pipes froze and burst in about a dozen places when the heat was turned off temporarily last winter.“Who wants to lease a facility that you can’t flush the toilets?” McDowell said. “We’re trying to make it so if someone does want to move in there, it’s essentially operational.”The plumbing problems are the latest in a string of setbacks for the $27 million jail, which was completed in 2007 and promoted as a means of jump-starting rural Hardin’s struggling economy.Last year, the city signed a preliminary agreement to lease the jail for 10 years to a California company, American Police Force. That deal fell apart after the company’s lead figure, Michael Hilton, was revealed to be a convicted con artist.Even before then, Hardin’s efforts were aggravated by strained relations between city leaders and Gov. Brian Schweitzer.McDowell said he and Hardin Mayor Kim Hammond recently met with Schweitzer and apologized for past accusations that the governor stymied the city’s attempts to find inmates.Schweitzer said Wednesday that “the community needed someone to blame” and he remained willing to work toward finding inmates.But the governor cautioned that the jail remained a tough sell. Montana and many other states are trying to reduce their prison populations and put more criminal offenders into alternative programs.“We’ve got the same problem — wrong facility, wrong time,” he said. “As a minimum-security institution, as a place for drug and alcohol offenders, it probably has some role, but it’s going to take some brainstorming. I just don’t have any prisoners for them.”McDowell said efforts to contract for inmates would move slowly until the broken pipes are repaired, which could take another 30 days.The first leaking pipes, discovered in December, were connected to the fire sprinklers. Those were repaired in January for about $5,000 in January, McDowell said.More leaks were discovered in late spring. Several have yet to be fixed, and McDowell said the combined price tag for all the repairs would be about $8,000.The burst pipes were confined to administrative areas of the jail and caused no major damage to the 92,000-square foot structure, said Two Rivers Authority acting president Albert Peterson.last_img read more

On Tap: Playoff Football, Poe and David Boone

first_imgLive Music:Friday: Jarod Kerney at Colter Coffee; Tim Torgerson at Montana Coffee Traders; David Boone at Blue Canyon; Ravenwolf at Symes Hot Springs Hotel; Friday Night Live at Blue Canyon; The Runs and Shred Kelly at Great Northern Bar; Dead Deer Boy, Graveyard Girlscouts and Hallow Points at Craggy RangeSaturday: David Boone at Tamarack Brewing Co.; Halladay and Rob Quist at The Lodge; Stellarondo at Boiler Room; Whiskey Gulch at Symes Hot Springs Hotel; Kenny James Miller Band at Great Northern Bar; Greg Grant Trio at Craggy Range; Synergy Session at Club Kali; Smokehouse at the Idle SpurSports:Saturday: Miles City @ Columbia Falls high school playoff football at 1 p.m.; Townsend @ Bigfork high school playoff football at 1 p.m.Arts and Events:Friday: Chef’s Table at FVCC; Team Pink Runway for a Reason Fashion Show at Crush Wine Bar; The Mystery, the Madness, of Poe at KM Theater; Bob Marshall Wilderness Foundation Voices of the Wilderness at Glacier Discovery SquareSaturday: Afrofusion Dance at O’Shaughnessy Center; 47th Annual Harvest Dinner at Somers Fire Hall; Gala Benefit for the Hockaday Museum of Art at Hilton Garden InnFor a full listing of times and other events, go to www.flatheadevents.net. Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox. Emaillast_img read more

Rehberg Announcing Senate Race Entry

first_img Email HELENA – U.S. Rep. Denny Rehberg is telling fellow Republicans at a Saturday night GOP event featuring tea party favorite Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann that he is challenging U.S. Sen. Jon Tester in the 2012 election — as many of them had hoped.Rehberg’s decision means he will leave behind the easy re-election wins he’s enjoyed to the state’s sole congressional seat to create the biggest Montana political matchup in years. Both parties expect a multi-million dollar slugfest that is sure to be one of the marquee Senate races of 2012.Rehberg has already been drawing philosophical differences by blasting the policies of the Obama administration that Tester has often supported. Rehberg contends the economic stimulus bill has been ineffective and he has bashed the federal health care law as misguided.The Republican has appeared far more comfortable attacking Democratic policies as he travels the state and holds town meetings, than he had been defending those of President George W. Bush. After easily fending off a tea party primary challenge last year, Rehberg has cozied up to the movement as he criticizes federal deficit spending.Tester’s office criticizes Rehberg for opposing their bipartisan plan to rescue the timber industry in a deal that would have mandated more logging while also increasing wilderness area elsewhere. Tester, who has made advocacy of veterans’ affairs a prime issue, has also criticized Rehberg for announcing his candidacy at an event with Bachmann after she advocated less spending on veterans.“When Montanans choose their candidate a year and a half from now, we look forward to an honest debate, comparing Jon’s record as a hardworking farmer against anyone else’s,” said Tester spokesman Aaron Murphy. “Until then, we hope Congressman Rehberg does a better job explaining his support for stripping benefits from Montana’s veterans.”Both sides, in the months leading up to the anticipated matchup, have also been very public about drawing a distinction on congressional earmarks, which Rehberg once supported to boost federal projects in the state.But he has become a critic in the debate that has identified them as a symbol of the nation’s overspending.Tester, who bashed them as secretive while running in 2006, now says they are needed so that spending authority doesn’t rest entirely with the president. Tester argues a new process ensures the earmarks are vetted publicly.Democrats have controlled both of Montana’s U.S. Senate seats since Tester beat Republican Conrad Burns in 2006 — a man that Rehberg helped elect in 1998 by running a campaign that was effective in bashing wilderness plans at the time.Rehberg, 55, worked a variety of jobs — from gymnastics instructor to real estate sales — before getting into politics. He holds a political science and administration degree from Washington State University. He worked as a staff member for former U.S. Rep. Ron Marlenee before winning election to the state Legislature in the 1980s. He was appointed lieutenant governor under Stan Stephens and then elected to that post on a ticket with Marc Racicot.The race against Tester will be Rehberg’s second run for U.S. Senate after losing a bitter election battle with U.S. Sen. Max Baucus in 1996. He first won Montana’s sole congressional seat in 2000.Tester, 54, never strayed far from his family’s Big Sandy farm before 2006, when he delivered a stunning feat against Burns. Tester holds a music degree from the University of Great Falls and served on the local school board before joining the state legislature in 1999. Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox.last_img read more

High-Speed Internet Comes to West Glacier

first_imgIn a long-anticipated step toward better technology, CenturyLink announced an expansion of high-speed Internet service to residents and businesses in West Glacier through its acquisition of Qwest. Connection speeds will reach 12 Mbps in certain places, which will allow for consistent broadband speeds and facilitate video streaming, large downloads and other Internet possibilities. According to John Bemis, a Montana market development manager for CenturyLink, the service has been available since Sept. 14. For West Glacier residents, it means being connected to the world in a way that does not involve dial-up or satellite services, which are slower than broadband. “I’m so excited and it’s been a long, long, long time coming,” Sally Thompson, co-owner of the Glacier Outdoor Center, said. Thompson said the center’s U.S. Highway 2 East location has had high-speed Internet for a while because it was able to connect to a different line running outside of the village. But her Glacier Raft Company office in town did not have the same access and was operating on a satellite service. The new connection will be faster and more cost-effective for her business, Thompson said. It will also help bring in customers, she added; some guests would be surprised at the idea of not having Internet access since it’s a given in most areas. “It’s kind of like we’re finally catching up; we’re getting out of the dark ages,” Thompson said. For Cory Pierce, principal and teacher at West Glacier Elementary, broadband Internet service means students and teachers will have better access to educational tools. “It absolutely affects us in a very positive way; right now we are very limited in our Internet capabilities,” Pierce said. The school uses satellite service, which Pierce said is limited in its downloading capacity. With high-speed service, Pierce said the school is looking at Internet speeds of 7 Mbps, which will be “blazing” compared to the 1 Mbps or so teachers and students work with now. Despite the school’s rural location, West Glacier Elementary added a lot of technology this year, Pierce said, including online programs. Under the current system, downloading a web page or a file could take minutes, he said. “We are able to use them, but there’s a lot of wait time and down time for our students,” Pierce said. With faster connectivity, the students will be able to share their project on the history of West Glacier, Pierce said, which they are creating on 10 iPads. Eight of those iPads were provided by a grant and the school purchased two more, he said. Pierce said the school is scheduled for Internet installation on Oct. 18. “I can’t wait,” he said. When CenturyLink first announced the Qwest acquisition in September 2010, officials from the telecom company and Montana’s Public Service Commission met with village residents to get input. The PSC approved of the merger in December 2010 and the acquisition was complete in April 2011. “This has been a project in the works since day one, and with the efforts of the combined teams we were able to make this happen,” CenturyLink’s Bemis said. Flathead County Commissioner Jim Dupont lives in West Glacier and said the village has had its share of technological issues, including Internet and television services. Having faster Internet will only enhance the village, he said. “Obviously I don’t see any disadvantages to (high-speed Internet),” Dupont said. “It’s wonderful to have the technology, that’s for sure.” Email Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox.last_img read more