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Thursday, Feb. 15th, 2018

Local Contributing Writers Sought

Bozeman Magazine relies on the hard work of creative local people to keep our flow of information going. All contributors are local volunteers! If you would like to become a contributing writer please get in touch with us by filling out this form.

We are currently seeking writers to submit the following:

What's Your Beef? our monthly Op/Ed from community members voicing their concerns about local issues. See examples here.

Montana Musicinterview local and regional bands that play in Bozeman often, music features promote events before they happen. Bonus you'll get to go to shows!

Screen & Stage • a great fit for any thespian lover interested in digging deeper into the local theater scene. Meet actors, directors and others in theater and create editorial promoting events before they happen and telling their stories.

Recreation & Health • experiential writing about local opportunities to get outside!

If you love to write and are passionate about Bozeman we want to hear from you! Most articles are 1000-1500 words. Our editorial deadline is the 10th of the month for the following month. Our editorial calendar is set for 2018 so you can work ahead as much as you would like. Fill out the contributor form or send us an email with the Subject Line: Contributing Writer for our general guidelines.


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Monday, Feb. 12th, 2018

MSU opens outdoor ice rink to celebrate 125th anniversary

As part of celebrations marking its 125th anniversary, Montana State University has created a free, public, outdoor skating rink on campus.
The rink, measuring 120 by 50 feet, opened this week and will remain open as long as the weather allows. It is located on the lawn immediately south of Hannon Hall, near the east end of the Centennial Mall. A campus map is available online at


Students, staff, faculty and community members are welcome to use the rink during daylight hours. Skaters take to the ice at their own risk, and participants and spectators must abide by MSU policies. Alcohol, drugs and tobacco are prohibited.
The ice schedule for the MSU’s 125th anniversary week is as follows:
    •    Feb. 12 – Open recreation
    •    Feb. 13 – Open recreation; open broomball, 6-8 p.m.
    •    Feb. 14 – Sweetheart Skate, 6-8 p.m. with prizes, music, food and more
    •    Feb. 15 – Open recreation; open broomball; 6-8 p.m.
    •    Feb. 16 – Open skate, 4-7 p.m.; open broomball, 7-9 p.m.
    •    Feb. 17 – Open curing, 10-10:45 a.m.; open human bowling, 10:45-11:30 a.m.; figure skating exhibition, 11:30-noon; hockey exhibition, noon-1 p.m.; open skate, 1-6 p.m.
The ASMSU Outdoor Recreation Program will provide skate rentals from the shed near the rink leading up to MSU’s Bobcat Birthday Bash on Feb. 16-17. Adult and youth skates will be available. Rentals are $2, cash only. The rink is operated by ASMSU Recreational Sports and Fitness. For more information, call 406-994-5000.

The ice rink is just one of many events scheduled to mark MSU’s 125th anniversary on Feb. 16. Other events that weekend will include awards, lectures, food, music, club sports demonstrations and a Ferris wheel. More information is online at

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Sunday, Feb. 11th, 2018

Lincoln statue unveiling on Feb. 16 kicks off MSU’s two-day 125th birthday celebration

Abraham Lincoln has been an inspiration for artist Jim Dolan his entire life, and he hopes to share that positive influence with generations of Montana State University students in the best way he knows how – through his art.

Dolan’s gift of an 8-foot-tall stainless steel sculpture of Abraham Lincoln to his alma mater will be unveiled at 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 16, which is the first day of the university’s 125th anniversary celebration, the Bobcat Birthday Bash. The statue, located on the north side of the Strand Union Building outside the Leigh Lounge windows, is the first piece of art to be installed on MSU’s Centennial Mall.

“If you walk by Lincoln every day for four or five years while you are at MSU, it cannot help to make a positive difference in your life,” said Dolan, who has created many well-known local pieces of art, including the elk at First Interstate Bank on West Main Street, the geese at the airport and Jeannette Rankin in downtown Bozeman.

The date of the Lincoln statue unveiling is not a coincidence. Dolan donated the sculpture to MSU two years ago with the university’s 125th anniversary in mind. President Lincoln signed the Morrill Act in 1862 creating the country’s land-grant colleges, of which MSU is one. Dolan pointed out that Lincoln also signed two other pieces of legislation in 1862 pivotal to his own personal history and perhaps the history of many Montanans: the Pacific Railway Act and the Homestead Act, which granted 160 acres of land in the West to settlers willing to live and work on the land for five years.

“I wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for those three pieces of legislation,” Dolan said. He said that his grandparents came to Sheridan, Wyoming, first on the train, and then up north to nearby Birney, Montana, where they homesteaded. “And I attended MSU, a land-grant institution. I think there are probably a lot of people in Montana who have stories like mine.”

Dolan said he’d heard MSU President Waded Cruzado speak eloquently about the Morrill Act and the impact of land-grant institutions on American culture, making education available to the sons and daughters of the working families of the nation. So, when he called her proposing donation of the statue to the university, they both thought the statue’s installation during MSU’s 125th anniversary would be fitting. In the meantime, Dolan kept the statue at his studio north of Bozeman.

Cruzado said that the Lincoln statue’s placement on MSU’s Centennial Mall is a stirring reminder of Lincoln’s signature on the Morrill Land-Grant Colleges Act on July 2, 1862 and, as he once wrote, “Upon the subject of education… I can only say that I view it as the most important subject which we as a people can be engaged in.”

“We thank Jim Dolan for his generosity and his inspirational gift of this beautiful piece of art that reminds us of our land-grant legacy,” Cruzado said. “The statue will be a reminder to current and future generations of Bobcats that Montana State University was established thanks to President Lincoln’s signature on the Morrill Land-Grant Colleges Act of 1862, which resulted in the creation of one public university in each state and territory of the Union for the purpose of educating the sons and daughters of the working families of America. This is our commitment: that people of the state of Montana benefit from their land-grant university every day.”

Dolan’s Lincoln statue is 8 feet tall and sits on a 5-foot-tall stand, making the installation 13 feet tall. Dolan said he crafted the sculpture out of stainless steel so that the light would reflect brightly off the statue. In his right hand, Lincoln holds his famous top hat. In his left he holds a sheaf of papers. Dolan said the papers were inspired by both Lincoln’s speeches and the legislation he signed.

The Lincoln statue is the fourth piece of art that Dolan has donated to the university he graduated from in 1970 with a bachelor’s degree in agriculture education and in 1971 with a master’s degree in agriculture. Other Dolan pieces at MSU include a statue of Beethoven west of Howard Hall, home to the MSU School of Music. A modern interpretation of the Sioux holy man Black Elk looks out at the future home of the MSU Native American Student Center on the east end of campus. And a life-sized sculpture of Walt Whitman, also one of Dolan’s personal heroes, is installed in the courtyard of Wilson Hall.

Dolan said the proximity of the Lincoln and Whitman sculptures makes sense to him, historically and personally. Whitman lived in Washington, D.C., for a time and wrote that he watched Lincoln come and go from the White House during the Civil War. Lincoln’s death inspired two of Whitman’s most famous poems, “When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom’d” and “O Captain! My Captain!”

“If students are inspired by the Walt Whitman statue to look up who he was and then maybe read ‘Leaves of Grass,’ then I’ve done my job,” Dolan said.

A time capsule designed and created by MSU students also will be presented during the unveiling ceremony. Bobcat Birthday Bash organizers said memorabilia from each of the colleges and major academic units will be collected throughout MSU’s 125th year. At the end of the year, the memorabilia will be sealed then stored in a climate controlled archive in the MSU Library.

The public is also invited to attend a reception in the Leigh Lounge following the unveiling. Food will be served, including a huge MSU birthday cake.

More information about MSU Bobcat Birthday Bash events on Feb. 16 and 17, which will include fireworks, a Ferris wheel and many other activities, can be found at:


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Bozeman Historic Preservation Awards Seek Nominations

The City of Bozeman Historic Preservation Office and the Historic Preservation Advisory Board is pleased to announce the return of Bozeman’s Historic Preservation Awards.  This preservation awards program showcases and recognizes some of the exceptional public and private projects that preserve and protect Bozeman’s unique heritage.  These awards will recognize builders, architects, and owners for their efforts in each project.  City residents are invited to nominate any potential recipients for one of the following categories:

Achievement in Historic Preservation
Preservation Stewardship
Continued Maintenance
Infill/New Addition; Adaptive Reuse

Through these awards we honor those who have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to preserving our city’s historic character.

To qualify, a project must have been completed after January 1, 2015 and before submission of the nomination form.  The application can be found at:

For more information, contact Bozeman Historic Preservation Specialist, Phillipe Gonzales at 406-582-2940 or  The nomination deadline is March 16, 2018.

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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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