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Thursday, Nov. 20th, 2014

MSU’s WTI launches new traveler website for Montana, Rockies region

As Montanans prepare for the winter holiday travel season, a website developed at Montana State University is set to provide motorists in the Rocky Mountain region with up-to-the-minute information on weather and road conditions. 

The One-Stop Shop for Traveler Information (OSS), which was developed at MSU’s Western Transportation Institute and sponsored by Caltrans, offers travelers a website that integrates weather and road information from multiple Western states. Unlike websites for state transportation departments, the OSS provides travelers with current road information that does not stop at jurisdictional boundaries. Combined with real-time weather information, the OSS provides motorists with a seamless decision-making tool for maintaining and enhancing traveler safety and mobility. 
While the award-winning website has been in operation since 2011 for routes in California, Oregon, Washington and Nevada, the WTI team working on the project have now added Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Utah, Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona. 
Doug Galarus, senior research scientist and manager of WTI’s Systems Engineering, Integration and Development Program, said the pioneering effort at integrating information from various agencies will be a major asset to motorists in the Rockies, where winter driving can be particularly hazardous. 
“During a storm that hit California over the Halloween weekend, we had nearly 2,000 user sessions and showed over 87,000 roadside camera images to users mostly in California and Nevada,” Galarus said. “With the expansion to other states, including Montana, and with winter having just started, we really think the site will take off.”
With its mission to make rural transportation systems safer for everyone, Galarus said that OSS is the kind work that WTI was meant to do. 
WTI is a collaborative research partnership involving MSU’s College of Engineering, the Montana Department of Transportation and California’s Caltrans, which serves the nation’s most populous state. Now celebrating its 20th year, the Western Transportation Institute at MSU was established to provide innovative solutions to transportation problems at all levels, from local to international. More information about the WTI is available at

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Kaleidoscope Youth Theater's Fall After School Class Showcase

Kaleidoscope Youth Theater’s Fall Class Session culminated in a wonderful Showcase performance where participants in KYT’s after school program, Club Kaleidoscope, strutted their stuff to show off the skills they have been building over the past eight week session. The Showcase included everything from improv and theater game demos to tap dancing and belting out classic musical theater numbers. The various acting classes wowed the audience with their scene work ­ the 3rd­5th Grade class showed attendees how a well timed spider is a great way to put an end to girl’s primping in the bathroom while the Sparks class (ages 4­2nd Grade) struggled as scarecrows trying to escape their poles in order to stop their fellow scarecrow’s snoring. Instructors discussed Kaleidoscope’s philosophy and applauded their students for helping to maintain a safe and positive learning environment where encouragement is an expected norm and teamwork is forefront. The audience left the Kaleidoscope Playhouse smiling, one member even commenting, “There is no better way I could have started my day.”

Kaleidoscope Youth Theater offers quality after school educational programs with a focus on teaching drama, musicality, improvisation, stagecraft and more to students K­12. "Club Kaleidoscope,” has three sessions of classes running from 8­10 weeks throughout the school year and each session ends with a showcase. Kaleidoscope’s Winter Class Session begins the week of January 5th, 2015 with offerings in various levels of acting, dance for the stage, musical theater combo, all­ages tap, and a combo “Sparks” class for K­2nd Grade aimed at teaching theater basics through theater game activities, puppetry, storytelling, script work, musical theater, and art crafts. Please visit KYT’s website ­ ­ or call the theater at (406) 587­3642 for more info on how you can join the fun.

About Kaleidoscope Youth Theater: Kaleidoscope Youth Theater (KYT) is a 501 (c) 3 organization, imagined by Stacy Hostetter in the spring of 2000. Kaleidoscope works on growing people, not just actors! KYT offers theater and fine arts enrichment opportunities to elementary age children through high school age youth using educational theater skill building classes, summer camps, and large musical productions performed for community audiences. With a strong educational focus, Kaleidoscope teaches the skills needed not only to perform a full theatrical production, but also that will add value to their everyday lives. Since the summer of 2000, KYT has produced over 120 class and Players’ shows for the stage with over 700 pieces of music, performing original plays written by Artistic & Program Director, Stacy Hostetter.

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Register NOW for the 2014 Christmas Stroll Gingerbread House Contest - DEADLINE Nov. 28

The Christmas Stroll Gingerbread Contest has been a community tradition for over 20 years!  We invite YOU to participate in this fun activity! The instructions are listed below:

First, CLICK HERE for the Registration Form and CLICK HERE for the Rules!

Then, complete the details on the registration form including your contact information and the age division you fall under.  After completing the registration form, please mail or deliver to the Downtown Bozeman Association Office at 222 East Main Street, Suite 302 Bozeman, MT 59715 by NO LATER than Friday, November 28, 2014.  You may pick up or request rules to be mailed to you before entries are due.  Please call 586-4008, or email if you have any questions.

ALL Gingerbread House entries are due on Wednesday, December 3rd 2014 and must be delivered to Wells Fargo Bank at 211 West Main Street.  No purchase necessary to win!  Winners will be notified by telephone or email address provided on the registration form.  Three winners will be chosen from each of the 5 divisions.  Winners will receive a plaque for 1st 2nd and 3rd place as well as Downtown Dollar prizes that can be used at any downtown business.  Ribbons also awarded for all entries. Entries will be displayed at Wells Fargo Bank from December 4th through the 10th.  Award plaques and ribbons donated by Personalize It.  For more information please call 586-4008.


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Burrowing dinosaurs to be featured in new exhibit to open Nov. 22 at Museum of the Rockies

Discovered in southwest Montana and eastern Idaho, the adult Oryctodromeus would have been the size of a golden retriever but its long tail made it roughly 10 to 11 feet long, said MSU paleontologist David Varricchio, whose findings and those of his graduate students inspired the “Burrowing Dinosaurs” exhibit.

“It’s really bizarre. I never would have thought of a burrowing dinosaur,” said Pat Leiggi, administrative director of paleontology and director of exhibits at the museum.  “What’s cool about it is that it is the first occurrence of a burrowing or denning dinosaur. It’s new. It’s unique.”

Former MSU grad student Yoshihiro Katsura found the first remains 10 years ago while prospecting on public land about 15 miles from Lima, Mont.   The fact that an adult and two juvenile Oryctodromeus were jumbled together in a burrow was significant, Varricchio said in a 2007 paper published by the British scientific journal, “Proceedings of the Royal Society B.”

“The presence of an adult and two juveniles within a denning chamber represents some of the best evidence for dinosaur parental care,” Varricchio wrote. “The burrow likely protected the adult and young Oryctodromeus from predators and harsh environmental conditions.”

The Oryctodromeus lived 95 million years ago. That’s 20 to 30 million years before the more familiar dinosaurs of prehistoric Montana, Varricchio said. The Hell Creek Formation of eastern Montana, for example, holds 65-million-year-old Tyrannosaurus rex skeletons. The Two Medicine Formation near Choteau yielded 75-million-year-old dinosaur eggs and babies.

The Oryctodromeus that Varricchio and MSU doctoral student L.J. Krumenacker now study came from the Blackleaf Formation of southwest Montana and the Wayan Formation of eastern Idaho.

The “Burrowing Dinosaurs” exhibit will show a cross section of the dinosaur’s burrow with two juveniles and an adult inside of it, Leiggi said. It will also contain a small rodent in a separate area of the burrow. At the top entrance of the burrow will be an adult Lull-mounted Oryctodromeus. A Lull mount is a model that shows a skeleton on one half and a flesh-covered version on the other. On the lower right-hand side of the burrow will be a partially reconstructed oviraptor egg clutch and a cast of the two oviraptor eggs that were discovered nearby.

The new exhibit will sit in the museum’s Hall of Giants where a Titanosaur and two Deinonychus dinosaurs were displayed, Leiggi said. Those fossils will be sent in January to a sister institution, the Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum in Katsuyama, Japan.

“The Siebel Dinosaur Complex was designed to change as we learn new things about dinosaurs,”Leiggi said. “This is a great example of that, what we are trying to accomplish.”

Krumenacker, who has been working more than a decade at the Idaho field site, said that field work is much easier for him than helping create an exhibit. He is excited about the opportunity, however.

“I have never gotten to help with something like this,” Krumenacker said. “It’s nice to see the dinosaur you are working on put together.”

The public will see an accurate picture of the Oryctodromeus, because – between the sites in Montana and Idaho -- the researchers found almost every part of the burrowing dinosaur, Krumenacker said. All that’s missing are its fingertips and pieces of its head.

Varricchio said he, too, is looking forward to sharing the burrowing dinosaurs in a Museum of the Rockies exhibit. Although he now works out of Traphagen Hall and Gaines Hall on the MSU campus, he spent a lot of time at the museum as a graduate student and later as collection manager.

In addition to Varricchio and Krumenacker, former grad students Frankie Jackson, Jade Simon and Jamie Fearon were involved in the research behind “Burrowing Dinosaurs,” Varricchio said. Fossil preparator was Carrie Ancell. Besides Leiggi, those building the exhibit are sculptor Matt Smith and exhibit preparator David Kinsey.

The exhibit was funded completely by private donors, Leiggi said. Among the donors was Varricchio’s 92-year-old father, Phil.  He has joined David Varricchio in the field on many occasions and previously funded the Varricchio Family Paleontology Preparation Laboratory in Gaines Hall.

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Mimi Matsuda popular images at Red Tractor

As a benefit for Warriors and Quiet Waters Foundation Bozeman artist, Mimi Matsuda, is pleased to display a selection of her most popular images on canvas and framed prints for the months of November and December at Red Tractor Pizza, in Bozeman. She will have prints of her newest watercolor paintings of scenes of Montana, Yellowstone and Grand Teton. Mimi's art will be priced in mind for Holiday gift giving.  20% of the sales will go to Warriors and Quiet Waters Foundation.

Warriors and Quiet Waters Foundation is a non-profit whose mission is to provide a high quality, restorative, therapeutic experience for traumatically injured U.S. Servicemen and women, from the Iraq and Afghanistan theaters, through the medium of fly fishing and other recreational mediums in southwest Montana.

For more views of the art,

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2014 Thanksgiving Resources for the Gallatin Valley

John Bozeman’s Bistro Dinner……587-4100 (Carla)
The Bistro is providing a complimentary (free), gourmet sit down Thanksgiving dinner on Thanksgiving Day. Reservations are required (seating is limited). She suggested people call at least a week before as the seats do fill up but people can call after that to see if there are any cancellations. The Bistro is at 125 West Main near Wells Fargo Bank.
** They do not need any volunteers at this time **

Belgrade Community……..570-9638 (Emily)
Various Belgrade organizations are sponsoring a Thanksgiving Dinner at the Belgrade Middle School located at 410 Triple Crown Road. Families are welcome from 2-3 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day.
** Emily needs volunteers from Wednesday night for food prep. Thursday volunteer opportunities will be from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. This will include prep/serving/cleaning. Call Emily to set up a specific time frame to volunteer at 570-9638 **

Gallatin Valley Food Bank Thanksgiving Holiday Box……586-7600
The Food Bank will provide families with a box of raw food (an uncooked turkey etc.) to create an entire Thanksgiving Dinner. Families need not show proof of income for a box but will need to fill out a basic application at the Food Bank before the food pick up dates. 602 Bond is the Food Bank address. Pick up the Thanksgiving box at the City Complex (1812 N Rouse) on Saturday, November 22, Monday November 24, or Tuesday, November 25 between 12 and 4 pm. This is a new pick up location.
*Belgrade distribution at Living Waters United Methodist Church on Monday Nov. 24th from 3-6pm, 51 W. Cameron Bridge Rd. (next to Kenyon Noble on Jackrabbit Lane) But you still need to fill out application at the Food Bank in Bozeman by November 15th.
** Email for volunteer opportunities. **

Community Café, through the Food Bank…… 586-7600
Free meals in a restaurant setting, open nightly from 5-7pm. 302 North 7th Ave. café No sign-up needed.
** They do not need any volunteers at this time **

Old Chicago and Hilton Garden Inn Bozeman….587-9404
Thursday November 28th, 11:30pm-1:30pm. Free Thanksgiving dinner open to all who are in need of a meal and company. No reservations required.
** They do not need any volunteers at this time **

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Tuesday, Nov. 11th, 2014

Join the National #GivingTuesday Movement to Encourage Philanthropic Giving

Join the National #GivingTuesday Movement to Encourage Philanthropic Giving in the Gallatin Valley

The Greater Gallatin Watershed Council
The Traveling School
The Gallatin Valley YMCA
Big Sky Youth Empowerment
The Gallatin Ice Foundation
Hopa Mountain
The Cody Dieruf Benefit Foundation

have joined together for #GivingTuesday, a first of its kind effort in the Gallatin Valley that will harness the collective power of a unique blend of partners—non-profits, families, businesses and individuals—to transform how people think about, talk about and participate in the giving season. Coinciding with the Thanksgiving Holiday and the kickoff for the holiday shopping season, #GivingTuesday will inspire people to take collaborative action to improve their local communities, give back in better, smarter ways to the causes they support and help create a better world.

Taking place December 2, 2014 – the Tuesday after Thanksgiving – #GivingTuesday will harness the power of social media to create a national moment around the holidays dedicated to giving, similar to how Black Friday and Cyber Monday have become days synonymous with holiday shopping.

Several nonprofit organizations within the Gallatin Valley have joined together to encourage giving towards a charitable cause in the community. The most important part of #GivingTuesday is to connect with an organization in a personally meaningful way, whether that’s financial support, volunteering time or sharing expertise to create an even stronger community. Founded by New York’s 92nd Street Y, the effort aims to “celebrate and encourage” giving to nonprofits.

Millions of generous Americans regularly give to charitable causes, but others may be looking for worthy recipients in this season of sharing. They may need a reminder that everyone can be a philanthropist and affect positive change. They might want to get involved, but don’t know how and where. A day reserved for giving may do the trick in conveying the joy of helping one another in today’s “selfie” obsessed culture.

What’s the catch? There’s not one from #GivingTuesday people. They don’t accept or distribute donations. They have nonprofit and business partners that raise money for causes, but they prefer to be thought of as a movement to encourage giving in the local community.

As #GivingTuesday organizers put it: “Families and individuals are encouraged to be generous in whatever ways matter to them, whether that means volunteering at a local charity or donating to a favorite cause.”

With dozens of hard-working non-profits in the Gallatin Valley, worthy causes are easy to find, easy to support and easy to become involved with.

Whether it’s the non-profits who have joined the #GivingTuesday movement or a personal favorite charity, remember that after Black Friday and Cyber Monday comes one of the most beneficial days of the year for many of the charitable causes in our community.

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Work of MACK and Geri Ward featured at The Artists’ Gallery in the Emerson Cultural Center

The Artists’ Gallery in the Emerson Cultural Center will feature the work of MACK and Geri Ward during the month of December.  The show will include a Featured Artist Reception where you can meet the artists and share a glass of wine.

Ward says that "The act of painting usually takes me where it wants to go, not necessarily where I thought I was going with it. This kind of surprise and discovery is what keeps painting alive and original for me, as well as for my collectors".  Ward has been painting and exhibiting her luminous and inventive work in Bozeman since she and her family moved here from the San Francisco Bay area in 1974.

MACK's art reflects her Alaskan upbringing, love of the West, Mountains and Water. All of her art is bright and whimsical, seeking the positive and often a good laugh.  Most of her work focuses on characters who are multi-ethnic to represent the world family we all belong to and are loosely based on Yup'ic Eskimo masks from her childhood, as well as ethnic influences from around the world and the American West/Northwest. MACK is always looking to pay tribute to the under-represented, putting their attributes on full and joyful display!

Come see the artwork and meet its makers at the Featured Artist Reception in The Artists’ Gallery, Friday, December 12th from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

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MSU debuts Web page for veterans

Montana State University has debuted a website directed at veterans. The site, which provides a full listing of services and resources at MSU for veterans utilizing an attractive multi-media format, may be found at:
“We’re pleased with the website because not only will it reach out a lot more veterans, providing essential information in one place,” said Brenda York, director of MSU’s Office of Disability, Re-Entry and Veteran Services. “It is also a beautiful symbol of how MSU embraces veterans’ attendance at the university.”
The new website, which is a part of a recent overall redesign of MSU’s website, includes videos, interviews and information welcoming to veterans. Four videos are embedded in the page, featuring a welcome from MSU President Cruzado, interviews from MSU veterans discussing veteran support services, academics and life in Bozeman. The page was designed and produced in-house by MSU University Communications.
“It is essential that the Web presence of MSU’s Veteran Services reflects the quality of their service and the importance of supporting veteran students in succeeding at Montana State University. This new website does that,” said Jake Dolan, director of MSU Web and Digital Communications.
MSU has been designated several times by several agencies as a veteran-friendly institution. York says there are about 589 veterans enrolled at MSU, a number that has risen steadily in the last five years. In that time, MSU instituted several key services aimed at serving veterans, including opening a new veterans’ center in the basement of the SUB about five years ago.
York said MSU is proud of the reputation that it has earned as one of the most veteran-friendly campuses in the country.
“We owe it to veterans to provide them with a quality education and place to come after service,” York said. She adds that veterans are an asset to the student body at large, providing diversity that enriches the student body.
“Their experiences also enable them to provide leadership and share cultural experiences from their service,” York said. “The entire campus benefits.”

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2014 Prospera Business Excellence Awards Winners Announced

Prospera Business Network announced the winners of its 2014 Business Excellence Awards at the organization’s largest celebration of the year on Thursday, Nov. 6, at the Best Western GranTree Inn in Bozeman. Nearly 220 individuals were in attendance recognizing businesses and individuals in five categories for their exceptional contributions to the region’s business community.

The award categories were: Innovator of the Year, Entrepreneur of the Year, Woman Entrepreneur of the Year, Economic Leadership Award, and Business of the Year.

406 Aerospace and President Ehson Mosleh were named the 2014 Innovator of the Year in recognition of the company’s application of state-of-the-art technologies to develop, design and build small satellites. 406 Aerospace leverages excess launch vehicle capacity by designing and building low-mass, low-power systems, sensors and software for clients including NASA and the United States Air Force. The company was formed in 2012 by commercializing technology out of the Montana State University Space Science and Engineering Laboratory.

Copper Whiskey Bar & Grill Managing Partners Jon Slye and Jay Thane were named the 2014 Entrepreneurs of the Year in recognition of their significant revenue growth, job creation and commitment to supporting Montana-made products. Copper features a wide array of beer, spirits and food products from Montana producers and the restaurant saw positive financial performance within the first six months of opening. They have created jobs for nearly 50 employees at Copper and are also in the process of opening a second restaurant, in the former Weebee’s location, which is anticipated to employ another 65 individuals.
Noelle Johnson, owner of The Daily Coffee Bar, was named the 2014 Woman Entrepreneur of the Year in recognition of her passion for high-quality coffee and pastries and her long-lasting success in the Bozeman community. Noelle opened her first location on College Street in 1993 and has since expanded to a second location at Oak and Rouse. The Daily Coffee Bar has seen profit growth each year since it was established, and has also enjoyed exceptional employee retention.

Dr. Becky Mahurin, Director of the Technology Transfer Office at Montana State University, was honored with the 2014 Economic Leadership Award in recognition for her substantial contributions to economic development throughout the state. In her 23 years as director, she has created a nationally prominent university tech transfer program and MSU consistently ranks in the top ten universities nationwide for licensing activity. Since 2003, the Technology Transfer Office has executed approximately 198 licenses or options with Montana companies or entrepreneurs and in the past 15 years MSU has spun out roughly 50 companies. Local examples of companies using licensed inventions include LigoCyte Pharmaceuticals, now Takeda Vaccines Montana, Cleanwaste and Bridger Photonics. Becky has also taken leadership roles over the years with organizations including the Montana Science and Technology Alliance, the Montana BioScience Alliance, the Montana Biotechnology Center at the University of Montana and the Prospera Board of Directors.
Bozeman’s Gibson Brands Inc., Acoustic Division was named the 2014 Business of the Year in recognition of their longevity in Bozeman, commitment to quality and efficiency and their role as a significant employer in the area. Producing high-end acoustic guitars for Gibson since Gibson acquired the Flatiron Mandolin Company in 1986; the Gibson Acoustic Division is currently the fastest growing guitar division within the Gibson Corporation. With assistance from the Montana Manufacturing Extension Center, the facility has reduced the time needed per guitar from over 30 hours to just 10.7 hours and now produces 94 guitars per day. Nearly all of Gibson Acoustic’s guitars are sold outside of the state, with over half going to international customers and with prices ranging from $1,500 to over $6,000. Of the roughly 120 craft builders employed at Gibson Acoustic, the majority has been with the company for over five years and the average tenure is ten years. In addition to generating revenue from outside of the area and providing quality long-term employment opportunities, Gibson Brands Inc., Acoustic Division has been a good corporate citizen, consistently supporting local organizations and charities.
Video vignettes highlighting the winners and their stories, produced by ABC Fox of Montana, are available at:

About the Business Excellence Awards
Prospera Business Network presents its Business Excellence Awards each year at the organization’s annual dinner to recognize exceptional businesses and leaders in our area. Award nominations are solicited and received from the business community with the final selection made by Prospera’s Board of Directors. The Business Excellence Awards is Prospera’s biggest event of the year, with more than 200 business and community leaders in attendance.

The Innovator of the Year Award is given to a business for an innovative business model or for creating innovative or value-added products or services.

The Entrepreneur of the Year Award is presented to an individual or team from a company in business less than five years in recognition of exceptional performance. Measurements could include: establishment of new product line, unique business model, significant growth in revenues, outstanding leadership, steady job growth, sustainable business practices, overcoming obstacles or hardships, community involvement, etc.

The Woman Entrepreneur of the Year Award is presented to a woman who owns at least 51 percent of a company, in recognition of her exceptional leadership and performance. Measurements could include: establishment of new product line, unique business model, significant growth in revenues, outstanding leadership, steady job growth, sustainable business practices, overcoming obstacles or hardships, community involvement, etc.

The Economic Leadership Award is given to an individual leader from government, non-profit, or business sector who has made a significant contribution to the economic development of our area.

The Business of the Year Award is given to an established business (in business for five or more years) in recognition for its significant contribution to the economic development of our area. Measurements could include: steady job creation, significant revenues from out of state, support for community events/organizations, sustainable business practices, etc.
About Prospera Business Network
Prospera Business Network is a member-supported nonprofit economic development organization in southwestern Montana whose purpose is to advance, challenge and inspire our regional business communities. Prospera Business Network is dedicated to supporting business expansion, retention and relocation by providing access to business consulting, financing, professional development and economic research. Prospera Business Network is one of the most comprehensive and collaborative economic development organizations in the area, with the mission to advance, challenge and inspire the business communities in southwestern Montana and in the process contribute to the overall growth and diversification of Montana’s economy.  Prospera Business Network provides a wealth of resources and tools to business leaders and visionary entrepreneurs and prides itself on the range and quality of its programs. To learn more about Prospera Business Network, visit:
Award Winner photos attached, courtesy of Sunrift Studios.


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