LOREN ACTON for Montana House District 69

Manhattan Potato Festival and Parade

Photograph by Jaydie Putterman
March 16, 2006

Photo of L.W. Acton

Loren Acton filed as candidate for House District 69, which
includes the rural and expanding communities of Manhattan,
Three Forks, Amsterdam, Churchill, Willow Creek and River Rock
in west Gallatin County.

It's time for me to do my part to assure that Montana is wisely
and fairly governed," Acton told an enthusiastic gathering at
Manhattan's park Thursday morning.

"I am politically moderate and prepared to hear both sides of
issues. My decisions as a legislator will be guided by
frugality in using public funds to assure we have just the
amount of government services we need," Acton pledged.

Acton attended a one-room country school in Fergus County
before graduating from Billings High School. His undergraduate
degree is from MSU. He earned a doctorate from the University
of Colorado in solar physics.

Acton orbited the earth for eight days in the shuttle
Challenger in 1985, the first and only native Montanan in
space.  "I've seen our beautiful planet from a unique
perspective," Acton says. "That view matches what residents of
HD69 can see as well – the effects of land use policies, growth
impact and water use. These are some of the state issues I want
to help mold in the coming Legislative session for the benefit
of generations to come."

"I've been inspiring youth about learning and science
throughout my career. Education is a priority for me during
this campaign and as a legislator," Acton said. He established
the SSEL (Space, Science and Engineering Laboratory) at MSU to
give Montana youth an opportunity for hands on, high tech
education. SSEL just this year successfully launched Montana's
first solar research rocket for NASA at White Sands Missile
Range, New Mexico.

Currently, Acton continues his lifelong solar research at MSU,
through analysis of telescope photographs of the sun's corona
taken with his experiment on a Japan/UK/USA space satellite.

Bozeman native Evelyn Oldenburger married Acton when he was a
student at MSU. They have two married children and one
granddaughter. Acton's biography is featured in the book
Montana People, published in 2004 by Durrae and John Johanek.

After his announcement in Manhattan's city park, Acton went to
Helena to meet with Governor Brian Schweitzer.

Acton may be contacted at 586-2258, home, 599-6336, cell, or
online at Lacton@theglobal.net.


May 23, 2006
Contact: Carol Stahl, 522-1546
Acton for HD69 campaign manager

Loren and Young Boy Dipping

Taylor Oldenburger helped his great uncle Loren Acton gather Montana water from a pond east of Manhattan Sunday. It will be used in the opening ceremony of this year's World Championship in Cooperation in Stockholm, Sweden next week. ACTON INVITED TO STOCKHOLM EVENT The World Championship in Cooperation 2006 invited Montana's first astronaut Loren Acton to speak and be a guest of honor at this year's seminar held in Stockholm, Sweden May 31-June 2. Acton will be joined by Cosmonaut Dorin Prunariu of Romania to speak of the earth as our common mother ship in a segment on "Roots and Space – perspectives on Sustainable Development." In another time slot, Acton will present his own lecture, "Learn Cooperation, Teach Cooperation." For the honor of leading a parade through the center of Stockholm, Acton will march wearing his blue astronaut jacket with NASA insignia and the U.S. flag. The parade will end at Norrstom—a park with open water by the Royal Castle and the Swedish Parliament. In a "uniting water" ceremony there, Acton will add Montana water he got from a pond east of Manhattan with the waters brought by other participants from their homes. "I've been inspiring youth about learning and science throughout my career. Education is a priority for me," Acton said. He established the Space, Science and Engineering Laboratory at MSU to give Montana youth an opportunity for hands on, high tech education. Locally, Acton is a candidate for Montana House of Representatives in HD69. "Education will continue to be a priority as a legislator," Acton said. The theme of World Championship in Cooperation is "What we do today will be the children's future." Speakers with a world reputation will inspire new thinking in community organizations and businesses from a variety of perspectives. The main tracks are creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship. Swedish officials hosting the event include Stockholm's Head of Education Erik Nilsson; the Head of the Swedish Royal Institute of Technology Anders Flodstrom; Speaker of the Swedish Parliament Bjorn von Sydow; and the Honorable Minister for the Environment Lena Sommestad. Other world leaders participating are Dr. Hasib Kabuye Takuba of Kampala, Uganda and Margot Wallstrom, Vice-President of the European Union Commission. The World Championship in Cooperation is a project of Globetree, an NGO headquartered in Stockholm. Its mission is positive interaction between youth and adult leaders to teach youth about the processes of decision making and help them develop a keen sense of civic responsibility. More information is available on their website at globetree.org. END

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P.O. Box 1207, Manhattan, MT 59741
Evelyn Oldenburger Acton, Treas.
(406) 599-6336