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Bullock appoints Pyette, Miller, to state boards

Montana's governor has again pulled from the Hi-Line to appoint members for some state boards.

Gov. Steve Bullock announced that he has appointed Jay Pyette of Havre to the Montana Arts Council and Tony Jay Miller to the state Board of Respiratory Care Practitioners.

Bullock previously appointed former Hill County Commissioner Kathy Bessette to the Montana Board of Investments of the state Department of Commerce, and appointed Havre-native Stacey Otterstrom as boards and appointments advisor; Chinook resident Ali Bovingdon as deputy chief of staff; and Andrew Huff from Whitefish, an enrolled member of the Chippewa Cree Tribe, as chief legal counsel.

He also appointed Havre native Jeff Hagener as head of Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, a position Hagener had held earlier last decade.

Pyette will join the Montana Arts Council as one of five public representatives appointed by Bullock. The council, formed in 1967, is tasked with promoting and supporting culture, education, economic development and community vitality through involvement in the arts.

Bullock's other appointees to the council are Karen Bohlinger of Helena, Corwin "Corky" Clairmont of Ronan, Thomas Cordingley of Helena, and Arlene Parisot, also of Helena.

Pyette, an English and theater director at Havre High School, was the founder of Montana Actors' Theatre in Havre in the 1990s, and serves that troupe as artistic and theater director.

Bullock appointed Miller, the sleep lab coordinator for Northern Montana Hospital, as one of his three appointments to the Board of Respiratory Care Practitioners as a respiratory care practitioner, along with Leonard Bates of Wolf Creek and Rusty Davies of Billings. Bullock also appointed Maria Clemons of Libby as a public representative to the board.

The board oversees licensing of respiratory care practitioners in the state.

Bullock also announced appointments to the state Board of Aeronautics, Board of Architects and Landscape Artists, Board of Medical Examiners, Board of Private Alternative Adolescent Residential or Outdoor Programs, and Board of Public Assistance.


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