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Monday, Feb. 5th, 2018

MSU to celebrate 125th anniversary with Bobcat Birthday Bash Feb. 16-17

Montana State University will celebrate its 125th anniversary on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 16-17, with the MSU Bobcat Birthday Bash. The two-day public celebration will commemorate the Montana State Legislature’s establishment on Feb. 16, 1893, of what was then called the Agricultural College of the State of Montana, now MSU. The bash is part of a year-long celebration that will spotlight the accomplishments of each of the university’s colleges and divisions. These month-long celebrations will draw attention to each college’s impact on Montana and the broader world.

“One hundred twenty-five years ago, the citizens of the state of Montana joined the bold and auspicious project that transformed the nation when Congress endorsed the democratization of higher education by approving the Morrill Act. From that moment, the sons and daughters of the working families of the state positively changed their lives by having access to their own land-grant university,” said MSU President Waded Cruzado. “Since 1893, the university has educated thousands of students and helped improve the lives of many generations of Montanans.”

The celebrations will begin at noon Friday with food trucks, ice skating (weather permitting), photo booths, hospitality tents and more. The food trucks will include Fork in the Road, Chef’s Table, Sauce, Grill 406 and Thai Basil.

At 2 p.m., a new Abraham Lincoln sculpture will be unveiled and a time capsule dedicated, followed by a track and field event at 3:30 p.m. At 5 p.m., the annual Awards for Excellence dinner, an invitation-only event that honors the top MSU seniors and their mentors, will be held in the Strand Union Building.

The opening ceremony, hosted by the Associated Students of MSU, will begin at 7 p.m. at Spirit Plaza, followed by a fireworks display. There will be a Ferris wheel on the Centennial Mall from 7:30 to 10 p.m., and a D.J. will provide music from 8 to 10 p.m. south of Hamilton Hall.

The ASMSU-led festivities will continue at 10 a.m. Saturday with live music by student groups on the Hamilton Hall lawn, free bowling and billiards in the Strand Union Building’s rec center, wagon rides on the Centennial Mall, student scholars poster displays, food and refreshments and the Innovation Road Show, which will feature 10-minute faculty lectures.

There will also be various sports demonstrations and competitions throughout the day, including Nordic skiing, curling, figure skating, human bowling and fat tire bicycling. At noon there will be an MSU hockey club alumni game (weather permitting). And, at 2 p.m., the MSU women’s basketball team takes on Eastern Washington University in the Brick Breeden Fieldhouse. Ticket are available through Tickets West, at

At 7:30 p.m., the MSU School of Music, part of the MSU College of Arts and Architecture, will offer a concert at the Willson Auditorium in downtown Bozeman. The concert will feature MSU trumpet professor Sarah Stoneback and her sisters as the World Class Triumphant Trumpeting Triplets. (Stoneback and her sisters are identical triplets.) The concert will also feature performances by the MSU Wind Symphony, directed by Nathan Stark, MSU’s director of bands. Tickets are $5 for students and $10 for adults and will be available at  or at the door.

Parking for the Birthday Bash will be available for free both days, Friday and Saturday, in campus lots labeled S/B, E, F. MSU recommends parking in the South Fieldhouse lot and parking garage. Those needing accessible parking, should use the Hamilton lot. No parking allowed in service drives or reserved spots. A parking map is available at

For more information and to see the entire schedule of events, visit

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Second Annual Bozeman Craft Beer Week set for May 5-12

After a successful first year, the Gallatin Valley craft beer community will once again come together to celebrate Bozeman Craft Beer Week May 5-12, 2018. Organized by Fermentana, a local events promotions company, the eight-day, multi-venue celebration will feature over 20 beer-centric events happening across Bozeman and Belgrade, Montana.

In its second year, Bozeman Craft Beer Week incorporates new features including the addition of an official beneficiary. For 2018, Fermentana will donate a portion of the proceeds from the event week to local nonprofit Gallatin Valley Land Trust (GVLT). Through this partnership, the organizers aim to not only celebrate the Bozeman area’s robust and growing craft beer scene but harness the enthusiasm for this local fermented beverage as a tool to give back to the community.

“Bozeman Craft Beer Week is about more than just craft beer,” says event co-founder, Jesse Bussard. “It’s also about community and we felt it was important to incorporate that more deeply into the week going forward. By partnering with GVLT and making their mission part of our event’s theme, we not only celebrate local craft beer, but we’re able to use beer as a tool to support GVLT’s important work to preserve our quality of life, water quality and open lands for future generations.”

GVLT’s mission of protecting open space and creating trails will play a key part in the 2018 craft beer week theme, “Bold Beer. Big Sky. Beautiful Places.” Additionally, 10 participating local breweries will work together to brew a single collaboration beer for the week. This beer will be available on draft and cans around Bozeman in early May with proceeds from its sale donated to GVLT.

Currently, more than 30 businesses are slated to participate in the second annual event. Moreover, Fermentana welcomes Sidewinders American Grill as the 2018 Co-Presenting Sponsor. A recent addition to the Bozeman community, Sidewinders features classic American dishes with an international flare and over 75 different beers on tap, as well as wines and spirits. Additional sponsorship opportunities for businesses will remain open until February 28th.

While many events are still in the planning stages, craft beer enthusiasts can expect more of the fun and interactive events they experienced in Bozeman Craft Beer Week’s first year, as well as the addition of several new festivities. Once again, the Montana Brewers Association's Brewers Spring Rendezvous will culminate the eight days of events at week's end.

Fermentana plans to release the official event schedule in early April at a special event at Sidewinders. More details on the schedule release and collaboration beer will be made available in the coming months.

Local craft beer fans and tourists alike are invited to join the Bozeman area community in celebrating the best the region’s craft beer scene has to offer. For more information regarding events, sponsorship, or general participation, please contact Bozeman Craft Beer Week at or visit the website,

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Wednesday, Jan. 31st, 2018

Bighorn and Mtn Goat Research Set for Madison and Gallatin Ranges

                                                                               painting by Casey Norris

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks’ will be conducting research within the Custer Gallatin National Forest in the Madison and Gallatin Ranges to assess the health of bighorn sheep and mountain goat herds in the area.

The operation, set to occur between now and March 1, 2018, will involve the capture of 30 bighorns and 30 mountain goats using a specially trained helicopter crew and FWP staff.Once captured, staff will gather health information – checking for respiratory health, pregnancy, exposure to disease, and body condition. GPS collars will also be deployed to help get a better picture of herd health and movement throughout the year.Each capture operation will take two to five days and the timing depends greatly on weather conditions.

The US Forest Service and FWP urge the public not to approach the capture area, the helicopter, or wildlife, for individual safety, the safety of the capture crew, and the safety of the animals.

Further questions about the operation should be directed to the FWP Wildlife Lab at (406) 994-6357 or the FWP Region 3 Headquarters at 406-994-4042.

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Thursday, Jan. 25th, 2018

Longtime head of MSU’s Museum of the Rockies to retire

The longtime head of Montana State University’s Museum of the Rockies has said she plans to retire at the end of the year, university officials announced today.

Executive Director Shelley McKamey, who is the longest-serving director in the museum’s history, joined the museum in 1987 as its first marketing director. She held marketing, public relations, development, membership, publications and operations responsibilities until 2003 when she was named head of the museum.

“We extend our deepest thanks to Executive Director McKamey for her many years of service and devotion to the MSU Museum of the Rockies,” said MSU President Waded Cruzado. “Her work has helped position the Museum of the Rockies as one of the world's finest research and history museums.”

During McKamey’s 14 years as executive director, she and the staff completed a number of privately funded projects which changed the face of the museum, including opening the Siebel Dinosaur Complex with its “Dinosaurs Under the Big Sky” exhibit, renovating and upgrading the Taylor Planetarium to a digital format, developing the Living History Farm, opening the “Tyrant Kings” exhibit starring Montana’s T. rex, and expanding the Children’s Discovery Center with its “Welcome to Yellowstone” theme.

With agreement from the board of trustees, McKamey broadened the philosophy of the museum’s changing exhibits to “bring the world to Montana and share Montana with the world.” This change led to exhibits such as “Tutankhamun: Wonderful Things From The Pharaoh’s Tomb,” “Leisure and Luxury in the Age of Nero: The Villas of Oplontis Near Pompeii,” “Leonardo da Vinci: Machines in Motion,” and four animal exhibits, including the recent and popular “CROCS: Ancient Predators in a Modern World.” At the same time, the museum’s traveling dinosaur exhibits in Asia helped sustain its paleontology program.

The series of successful exhibits brought to Bozeman helped make the museum one of the state’s top 10 tourist destinations and the most-visited museum in Montana.

MOR welcomed a record 196,201 visitors to the museum in 2017.

Also in 2017, the museum completed the new, privately funded Curatorial Center for the Humanities, a 20,000-square-foot facility to house its archaeology, art, history and photography collections. The museum is also renovating vacated collections spaces in the current building for paleontology collections.

McKamey invested heavily in the museum’s education and public programs, including the development of the Living History Program, which includes the Living History Farm and Tinsley House. In 2016, the museum served more than 50,000 people in its programs, welcomed more than 15,000 K-12 school children and MSU students, and saw more than 40,000 visitors tour the Tinsley House, heirloom gardens and grounds, McKamey said.

McKamey also helped rebuild awareness of the Museum of the Rockies as a history museum. In 2009, she negotiated the donation of the regionally significant Hamilton Povah Yellowstone Collection.

Under McKamey’s leadership, in 2008 the museum earned its third accreditation from the American Alliance of Museums. It became a Smithsonian affiliate in 2005, and it has continued as a repository for fossils found on federal lands.

An independent research group determined in 2014 that the Museum of the Rockies had a $47 million economic impact on Gallatin County annually.

McKamey said she considers her greatest accomplishment at MOR to be assembling and nurturing an “outstanding” team of professionals, and she is proud of the museum’s wide-ranging impact.

“I am most proud of the impact MOR has had on people’s lives, whether they were kids who were inspired because of something they saw at the museum, tourists who learned something new about Montana history or our ‘Big Sky,’ volunteers and docents who found their efforts rewarding, families who had new opportunities with their children, MSU students who pursued their career choices, or staff who saw their work contribute to the museum’s reputation for excellence,” McKamey said.

Michael Conlon, president of the museum’s board of trustees, said the board values McKamey’s long experience and deep knowledge.

“She knows the museum inside and out, and that knowledge has led to a number of successes over the years at the Museum of the Rockies,” Conlon said. “We are certainly going to miss her.”

MSU will conduct a national search for the next executive director.

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MSU named most LGBTQ-friendly college in Montana

Montana State University was recently named the most LGBTQ-friendly college in the state of Montana.

The rankings were made by in partnership with the nonprofit organization Campus Pride. The universities featured on the list were chosen by a panel of experts from Campus Pride for their inclusion features.

In its accompanying write-up about MSU, noted that MSU is home to advocacy groups such as the Queer Straight Alliance, offers gender-neutral restrooms and locker room facilities, and trains faculty and staff in lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer-inclusive practices, including counseling and psychological services. The school also has a campus office, the Diversity and Inclusion Student Commons, or DISC, which provides resources for students, faculty and staff; offers trainings and workshops; and sponsors several awards. Formerly known as the Diversity Awareness Office, DISC provides support for those who identify with a range of diverse identity groups, increasing understanding, promoting inclusion and inspiring critical thinking about diversity. noted that MSU also offers an LGBTQ Mentoring Program that connects experienced students, faculty and staff members with new students and other members of the community who are looking for support. In this program, mentors introduce mentees to the campus culture and help new students connect with MSU’s LGBTQ community.

“MSU is thrilled to receive this recognition,” said Ariel Donohue, director of DISC. “This ranking reflects the coordinated efforts of many campus units to create an inclusive environment for LGBTQ students. We will continue to strengthen our support services for all underrepresented students, including those within the LGBTQ community.”

An open house to celebrate DISC’s recently redesigned office space and help kick off the semester’s inclusion efforts will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 25, in the Strand Union Building, Room 368. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, email

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Wednesday, Jan. 24th, 2018

Bozeman Film Celebration Announces First Wave of Films for 2018 Festival

The Bozeman Film Celebration has announced the first round of films that will screen at its inaugural event this June 7-10, 2018.

In keeping with BZN Spotlight on Women, all films at this Festival will be produced, written or directed by women, and / or portray a nuanced portrait of the female experience.

Every film will be given one screening at BZN, and many of the films outlined below will be accompanied by the filmmaker and feature a post-screening Q&A. More information on any accompanying panels and larger seminars will be released in coming months.

“I am thrilled at the caliber and range of films that we have lined up thus far,” said Artistic Director Beth Ann Kennedy. “Our call for films by and about women appears to have struck a chord. The films we are announcing today are powerful and inspiring and, I hope, will spark dynamic conversations throughout BZN and beyond. Be the film about the environment or the American South or 20th Century Sweden, BZN will offer a range of perspectives on the female experience that will extend beyond our corner of the world.”

Without further ado, we are pleased to present the first slate of films coming to BZN in June!

Kim Swims (Feature Documentary, USA)

Montana may be a land locked state, but that won't stop Bozeman audiences from being swept up in this riveting documentary about record-shattering marathon open-air swimmer, Kim Chambers. Swimming 30 miles in choppy, shark-infested waters in the San Francisco Bay is no small task, but Kim faces the challenge with a smile. Filmmaker: Kate Webber

Awakening in Taos (Feature Documentary, USA)

Born in New York, Mabel Dodge Luhan was a woman unique to her time. In her late 30’s she experienced a life-altering arrival into a small town in Northern New Mexico and embraced a Native American tribe in a way that seized the attention of the artistic and literary world. Filmmaker: Mark Gordon

Sami Blood (Feature Narrative, Sweden)

Set at a nomad school for Sami children in 1930s Sweden, this feature documentary

from Sweden centers on a 14 year old girl who decides to escape her small town and disown her Sami heritage. The film is loosely based on the experiences of the filmmaker's grandmother, and premiered at the 73rd Venice Film Festival. Filmmaker: Amanda Kernell

Happening: A Clean Energy Revolution (Feature Documentary, USA)

James Redford takes a realistically optimistic look at the clean energy movement within the United States in this engaging feature documentary. Traveling from Marin County, CA to Buffalo, NY, he traces how America has already developed the means for supplying massive amounts of clean energy – but also explores why that may not always seem to be the case. Filmmaker: James Redford

Long Shadow (Feature Documentary, USA)

Frances Causey traces her family history and takes a hard, sometimes uncomfortable look at the ways in which her Southern heritage is enmeshed with slavery. Intertwining historical documentation of America's dark past of racial subjugation with our modern day, Causey offers a perspective on how we might move forward towards a more fair and equal society. Filmmaker: Frances Causey

While BZN is an international festival, we welcome statewide submissions to bring a local flair to the event. Filmmakers are encouraged to visit the BZN FilmFreeway and Withoutabox listings.

Regular Window: December 1, 2017- March 1, 2018 Late Window: March 1 – 16, 2018


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MSU professor focuses camera on vanishing glaciers

Montana State University photography professor Ian van Coller’s efforts to shine a light on climate change have resulted in a series of art books documenting diminishing glaciers, including one that is on exhibit at New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Van Coller is one of three authors who collaborated to create “The Last Glacier,” which is on display at the museum’s Robert Wood Johnson Jr. Gallery through Feb. 5. The book, which is 25 inches by 40 inches when open, is composed of 13 woodcuts and 10 photographs that document the melting of glaciers in Glacier National Park. In addition to van Coller, other collaborators include Todd Anderson, a printmaking professor at Clemson University, and Bruce Crownover, a master printer at Tandem Press at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

The trio are friends and developed the concept for the book in 2012 while they were hiking to some of Glacier Park’s most remote glaciers, van Coller said.
“It’s quite a hike to get to some of (the glaciers),” he said. Grinnell Glacier, for instance, is six miles from the nearest trailhead.
For the next three summers, the trio returned to the park and took extended hiking trips of about 150 miles each summer and visited 18 of the 25 of the last remaining active glaciers in the park as they documented their decline. The artists chose 15 of those glaciers in the park to include in the large-scale art book.

Van Coller, who teaches in MSU’s School of Film and Photography in the College of Arts and Architecture, photographed the landscapes with a high-resolution, medium-format digital camera and digitally stitched together huge panoramas that fit in the book. Anderson and Crownover returned to their studios and worked on large-scale reductive woodcuts, in which the negative space is carved out of huge blocks of wood and then hand-printed. The images were sequenced so that they illustrated what is happening to the glaciers chronologically.

Van Coller said the group, which calls itself The Last Glacier Collective, decided to display their work in a book rather than images that would hang in an exhibit, because “when the exhibit is done, it is taken down, and put away. Books are available for a long time,” he said. “We wanted to reach as many people as possible.”

The Last Glacier Collective printed 15 books, working with a master bookmaker in Portland, Oregon, who hand-binds the book. Collectors of the book include the Library of Congress, Yale University, Stanford University, the Davis Museum at Wellesley College, the Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation Collection, Clemson University, the University of Wisconsin-Madison and, of course, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, which also exhibits Picasso and Monet and Audubon.

“To have (the book) selected for display is really huge for us,” van Coller said.  He said that The Met, which has two million prints and photographs in its collection and just 300 of those on display at any one time for its thousands of daily visitors, is a large and prestigious audience for the book’s message about the impacts of climate change.

“In some ways I feel that this work is similar to that of the Victorian naturalists who made an effort to bring back documentation of nature so the public could see nature,” he said. “This connection of artists and scientists is important. We are both creative problem solvers.”
Four of van Coller’s books are also included in a display currently at the Center for Books Arts in New York City.
Van Coller’s documentation of glaciers and the impact of climate change has become his passion and has resulted in several creative projects. He has employed a similar large format and subject matter for five more books including the recent “Kilimanjaro: The Last Glacier.” That book is composed of large-format photos taken in 2016 in Tanzania and includes one woodcut by Anderson and a foreword by glacier scientist Douglas R. Hardy of the University of Massachusetts. Van Coller’s photographs show the African glaciers as well as the Tanzanian porters who hiked with him. One of those books has already been acquired by the Bill Bowes Art and Architecture Library Special Collections at Stanford University.

Van Coller says he uses the large-format photographs because they provide unique archival records and objects that are collected by institutions.
Van Coller also has made a large-format book on the glaciers of Iceland as well as a book on puffins. Van Coller is currently at work photographing glaciers and ice patches in Colorado’s Rocky Mountain National Park and would like to photograph glaciers in Antarctica and Canada’s Baffin Island. He has plans to photograph a tree called “Methuselah,” a 5,000-year-old bristlecone pine tree in California’s White Mountains that is thought to be the oldest non-clonal tree on the planet, meaning that its trunk is the same age as its root system.

“I am busy for the next two years,” he said.
And, speaking of time, van Coller said he is intensely aware that the time for photographing some of these natural phenomena across the globe is running out. He said to view first-hand the impact of climate change on the glaciers around the world has been sobering.
“It will take a massive effort to reverse,” he said.  “As an artist (the photographs) are my way to process grief, and I feel a great deal of grief about (it).”

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Wednesday, Jan. 17th, 2018

MSU offers online educational module on the Montana Climate Assessment

Montana State University Academic Technology and Outreach and the Montana Institute on Ecosystems have developed a free online educational module that helps citizens learn about key information from the Montana Climate Assessment. The Montana Climate Assessment is a scientific document that describes past and future climate trends that affect different sectors of the state’s economy. The interactive experience allows users to explore three key aspects of Montana’s climate — agriculture, forests and water resources — as well as general information about climate science.

The module is self-paced and takes about two to two-and-a-half hours to complete. Participants can access the course from any personal computer with broadband Internet access and can return to it at any time. The module also includes short self-assessments for those who wish to test their knowledge.

The online module is free. For $25, Montana teachers can earn Office of Public Instruction renewal units, or working professionals can earn Continuing Education Units.

To register for the module, visit and look for Montana’s Changing Climate. For questions, email

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Haven PR: Regarding the Homicide of Lauren Walder DeWise

Our hearts go out to the family, friends, and community of Lauren Walder DeWise, who was killed in Belgrade on Sunday.  She was allegedly killed by her estranged husband, Joseph Paul DeWise. We grieve this tragic loss of life and extend our deepest condolences to all who have been impacted by this heinous crime – the fourth domestic violence homicide in the Gallatin Valley in the last two years.

A banking center manager at Rocky Mountain Bank in Bozeman, Lauren was a kindhearted, caring friend and mother. She was driven in her career and always pushed herself to be better in everything she did. We are particularly devastated for Lauren’s four-year-old daughter. No child should ever have to experience the loss of their mother through such tragedy or endure the suffering caused by violence in the home.

Lauren had left Mr. DeWise less than two months ago, hoping to rebuild a life for herself and her daughter.  We know that attempting to end an abusive relationship can be one of the most dangerous times for a victim. When a victim leaves an abusive relationship, there is an elevated risk of escalating violence and homicide as the perpetrator tries to retain power and control over the situation.

As the population of Gallatin Valley grows, so does the number of domestic violence cases in our community. Last year, HAVEN worked with 980 survivors of domestic violence, up from 953 in the previous year. The level of violence seen in these cases has also intensified, as evidenced by the number of homicides in recent years.  A number of factors can increase the risk of homicide in abusive relationships, including the use of drugs or alcohol, access to firearms, economic stressors and lack of access to resources.

Victims of domestic violence deserve safety and justice.  The State of Montana must continue to evaluate and strengthen its response to domestic violence to ensure that no more lives are lost, that no more children experience the tragedy of losing a beloved parent. Each and every one of us must take a stand to say, “NO MORE”— because one in five people in the Gallatin Valley is a victim of abuse. They are our loved ones, neighbors, coworkers, and friends.

They are counting on us.

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Recent Aquisition Expands Fleecer WMA By Nearly 200 Acres

With the help of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks has purchased an adjacent parcel that adds nearly 200 acres to the Fleecer Mountain Wildlife Management Area south of Butte.

In addition to the increased recreational opportunities this will afford hunters, anglers, birdwatchers and other recreationists, the expanded WMA provides more protected habitat for wildlife and fisheries.Specifically, the parcel will provide habitat for up to 800 wintering elk, 250 wintering antelope, nesting habitat for long-billed curlew and sandhill cranes in the spring, while also including two miles of riparian habitat and wetlands along Divide Creek.

The purchase for the appraised value of $620,000 was completed in mid-December and was funded through a combination of Pittman-Robinson, Habitat Montana, and Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation dollars.FWP completed an environmental assessment for the addition action in spring of 2017 with a decision notice coming out in May of 2017.

Local biologists plan a celebratory “work” party on site with project partners, supporters and interested members of the public in June. 

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