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Wednesday, May. 23rd, 2018

MSU & Bozeman police departments form joint special victims unit

A new partnership between the Montana State University and Bozeman police departments will form a joint Special Victims Unit that will allow detectives from both agencies to work together to investigate major crimes in the city and on campus, with an emphasis on investigating sex crimes.
According to MSU Police Chief Frank Parrish, detectives in the SVU are specially trained to handle the complex issues that arise when people become victims of violent crime. The team approach will help SVU investigators see patterns and trends, he said, while improving the thoroughness and consistency of investigations across jurisdictions.

“MSU is a safe campus and the development of the SVU will further enhance our ability to protect our students,” Parrish said. “As the largest university in Montana, we have the increasing responsibility and privilege to protect our community, not only today but also in the future. Our students deserve our best, especially when the worst happens.”

Bozeman Police Chief Steve Crawford said his department is excited to partner with MSU.

“This is all done with the intent to continue our victim-centered approach, strengthen our investigative capacities and adopt a best practice approach to conducting these types of investigations,” Crawford said.
Crawford added that the team will continue to work closely with community partners in the Gallatin County Sexual Assault Response Team, the Multi-Disciplinary Team and the Child Advocacy Center.
Working these cases as a team rather than as individual agencies will provide more consistent investigations and help victims recover, Parrish and Crawford said. 

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Tuesday, May. 22nd, 2018

MANKILLER (the story of Wilma Mankiller, the first woman elected Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation) at the Bozeman International Film Festival on Saturday, June 9th

In 1985, after serving as Deputy Chief under a conservative leader, Wilma Mankiller took once as the Cherokee Nation’s rst woman Principal Chief. Having relocated from Oklahoma to San Francisco earlier in her life, Mankiller worked with both the nascent Black Panther and the Alcatraz occupation movements, eventually bringing the passion and experience she gained there back to her people. During her decade-long tenure as Principal Chief and beyond, Mankiller’s leadership enabled the Cherokee Nation to become one of the most economically and culturally successful tribes in America.

Through rare archival footage and intimate interviews with activists including Gloria Steinem, as well as with Wilma herself, MANKILLER gives us insight into how this remarkable woman successfully navigated through the mine eld of bipartisan politics. Veteran Filmmaker Valerie Red-Horse Mohl and Executive Producer Gale Anne Hurd present a portrait of a composed and assured leader who persevered through sexism and devastating personal setbacks to become one of the greatest leaders in American history.

MANKILLER will be the centerpiece screening at the Bozeman International Film Festival on Saturday, June 9th, screening time is at 8:15pm at the Crawford Theater individual tickets can be found here:

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Saturday, May. 19th, 2018

The Big Sky Community Organization Receives RTP Grant Funding

The Big Sky Community Organization (BSCO) was awarded $45,000 from a recently submitted Recreational Trails Program grant which is administered through the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife & Parks. The funds will be used for Beehive Basin trailhead improvements.
With the purchase of 7.5 acres to become open space parkland, on which the Upper Beehive Basin trailhead is located, BSCO is designing improvements to add additional parking and needed trailhead amenities like a bear proof trash can, a toilet facility and an updated trailhead kiosk. These improvements will enhance the existing trailhead facilities and safety by protecting the land and reducing the number of vehicles parking on the roadway, allowing better access for emergency services and the public.

BSCO is also pleased to report raising over $5,400 from 48 donors during this year’s Give Big Gallatin Valley fundraising event, which will support this project. Thanks to LUXE Sprits & Sweets and Compass Café, the BSCO was able to host two tremendously successful donor lounges highlighting our plans for the trailhead. The BSCO increased the amount raised by 200% this year, thanks to increased exposure and awareness about what the funds would be used for. Prior to these two funding successes, BSCO had raised $219,275 from private donors for this project. We thank all our supporters for their generosity and believing in our mission.

The final funding piece for this project to be completed is in BSCO’s annual Big Sky Resort Area Tax District grant request. Please help support our request by sending a letter or email to the BSRAD Board at PO Box 160661, Big Sky, MT  59716 or or attending the question and answer session on June 4th at 1:00 p.m. at the Warren Miller Performing Arts Center to make a public comment in support. More information about our full BSRAD request, Beehive Basin and ways to be involved with us can be found on our web site

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Friday, May. 18th, 2018

Be a Part of the Emerson Lawn!

Our closing date of June 1 is rapidly approaching and we need your help! To purchase the Emerson Lawn debt free we need to raise the final $300,000 by May 31. The purchase of the Emerson Lawn is truly a community effort and we need your support. Help us finish strong!
Donations can be made:
  • At our front office, Monday-Friday from 9-5
  • Over the phone: 406-587-9797 x100
  • Mailed to 111 South Grand Avenue, Bozeman 59715
We can accept donations via cash, check, credit card, or gifts of stock.
Thank you to the 368 donors who have gotten us this far! Together we can to create a space that will make our community proud!
Susan Denson-Guy
Executive Director

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Altitude Gallery's June Featured Artist: David Lustig

June Art Walk Featured Artist: David Lustig
Opening Reception:  Friday, June 8th 6-8pm

Mixed media artist David Lustig has quite literally come back to his roots. When still a young boy he discovered a love of nature and art as he played in and sketched the woods around him. He attended Montana State University and graduated with a degree in landscape design, which gave him both the language and the skills to work with the local flora. He tried his hand at many different types of art media over the years, but it wasn’t until recently that he attempted a long-pondered idea that became the art he creates today.

Using natural elements like roots, twigs and branches, David emulates the organic forms found in nature. The materials for each piece are sustainably collected locally and then carefully manipulated into simple yet elegant forms. In one piece, gnarled roots intertwine to form the branches of a tree, and in another willow twigs in shades of red and yellow recreate the deceptively simple interplay of color and texture found along a creek bank. Each piece speaks of a long held respect for and love of nature, and allows the collector to bring a bit of the natural world inside their home. David’s sculptural, organic art pieces will be on display at Altitude Gallery during downtown Bozeman’s June Art Walk.

The reception will be held in Altitude Gallery, at 134 E. Main Street. Call 406-582-4472 or for more information.

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MSU laser technology could help Yellowstone battle invasive trout

In the fight against an invasive fish that has decimated Yellowstone National Park’s iconic cutthroat trout, a technology developed at Montana State University could help park managers more effectively locate fish for removal.
During recent flights over Yellowstone Lake in a small aircraft, MSU’s device was able to identify clusters of two or more lake trout to a depth of at least 26 feet, according to Joe Shaw, professor of electrical engineering in MSU’s Norm Asbjornson College of Engineering and co-author of a May 20 article describing the findings in the journal Applied Optics.

The lidar technology — so called because it operates similarly to radar by measuring reflections of harmless, non-visible pulses of laser light — could be used to more easily determine areas to target with gill netting, the main method that park managers use to capture non-native lake trout in an attempt to reverse the decline of native Yellowstone cutthroat trout, according to co-author and Yellowstone fisheries biologist Patricia Bigelow.

“It has the potential to be a great tool,” Bigelow said.

Lake trout, thought to have been introduced illegally into Yellowstone Lake in the 1980s, are efficient predators that eat a significant number of cutthroat trout, whose native range in Montana, Idaho and Wyoming has shrunk considerably in recent decades. Since lake trout were first observed in 1994 in the park’s largest water body — considered a stronghold of the remaining cutthroat trout population — the number of spawning cutthroat trout has declined nearly 99 percent in some areas.

The National Park Service spends $2 million annually to remove hundreds of thousands of lake trout from Yellowstone Lake. Boats position gill nets on the lake bottom and then haul entangled fish aboard, where the lake trout are killed and cutthroats released. The most effective time to cull the largest and most voracious lake trout is during spawning, when the fish group in relatively shallow water near the shore, according to Bigelow.

Currently, park managers locate the spawning areas using small transmitters surgically implanted into about 200 large lake trout. The transmitters emit distinct sound frequencies that park staff detect with boat-mounted acoustic sensors as they circle the lake. But because the lake is large and the boats must go slowly to operate the sensors, it can take days to survey the lake and locate the spawning fish and then relay the information to the gill netting boats, Bigelow said.

“Two big plusses of using he lidar tool are that we could fly the whole lake in a couple hours and that we could detect any fish in shallow water, not just the ones that have transmitters,” which could save time and money, Bigelow said.
Shaw said he was excited to see the project come to fruition after more than a decade of research and development. Prior to joining the faculty in MSU’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering in 2001, he collaborated with National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration physicist and co-author Jim Churnside on the use of lidar for detecting ocean fish. When Shaw presented the research shortly after arriving at MSU, someone mentioned that it might also be applied to lake trout in Yellowstone, he recalled.

In 2004, Shaw borrowed NOAA’s fish-detecting lidar device — which was so large that it had to be flown in a multi-propeller plane — and conducted a trial run over Yellowstone Lake. The results were promising enough that park managers decided to send gill netting boats to a remote part of the lake where they otherwise seldom operated, according to Bigelow. The boats captured many lake trout in a short time, she said.

Contracting the large plane was expensive, however. So Shaw began to design a much smaller version of the lidar device that would be more affordable and more appropriate for flying over the lake. “The goal was to build something that would fit in a single-engine Cessna,” he said.
Shaw’s team, which included then-MSU doctoral student and co-author Michael Roddewig, succeeded in doing that by using an efficient laser produced by local photonics company Quantel. During flights in a small aircraft over Yellowstone Lake in 2015 and 2016, the team demonstrated that the new device could effectively locate groups of spawning lake trout. The publishing of the results, Shaw noted, coincided almost to the day with the invention of the laser 58 years ago.

Shaw said the tool could continue to be improved and incorporated into Yellowstone’s operations. For instance, producing maps of the spawning locations currently requires sophisticated data processing, but a more user-friendly interface could be developed. The tool could also be adapted for other uses, including studying layers of plankton or sediments suspended in lakes or even rivers, he said.

“I’m delighted that we can do something useful for the Yellowstone ecosystem, because it’s a special place,” Shaw said.

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Monday, May. 14th, 2018

MSU scientists’ discovery in Yellowstone ‘extremely relevant’ to origin of life

Montana State University scientists have found a new lineage of microbes living in Yellowstone National Park’s thermal features that sheds light on the origin of life, the evolution of archaeal life and the importance of iron in early life.

Professor William Inskeep and his team of researchers published their findings May 14 in the scientific journal Nature Microbiology.

"The discovery of archaeal lineages is critical to our understanding of the universal tree of life and evolutionary history of the Earth," the group wrote. "Geochemically diverse thermal environments in Yellowstone National Park provide unprecedented opportunities for studying archaea in habitats that may represent analogues of early Earth."

Archaea is one of the three domains of life, the others being bacteria and eukaryotes. Like bacteria, archaea are single-cell organisms. The eukaryote domain contains more cellularly complex organisms, such as humans, other animals, plants and fungi.

The scientists called the new archaeal lineage Marsarchaeota after Mars, the red planet, because these organisms thrive in habitats containing iron oxides. Within Marsarchaeota, they discovered two main subgroups that live throughout Yellowstone and thrive in hot, acidic water where iron oxide is the main mineral. One subgroup lives in water above 122 degrees Fahrenheit, and the other lives in water above 140 to 176 degrees. The water is about as acidic as grapefruit juice. Their microbial mats are red because of the iron oxide.

"It's interesting that the habitat of these organisms contains (iron) minerals similar to those found on the surface of Mars," Inskeep said.

He added that microbes produce iron oxide, but the Marsarchaeota do not. They might be involved in reducing iron into a simpler form, "which is important from an early Earth standpoint. Iron cycling has been implicated as being extremely important in early Earth conditions."

The Marsarchaeota live fairly deep in microbial mats, but they still require low levels of oxygen, Inskeep said. The subgroups are so abundant that, together, they can account for as much as half of the organisms living within a single microbial mat.

The scientists studied microbial mats throughout Yellowstone. Microorganisms in these “microbial beaver dams” produce iron oxide that creates terraces, which, in turn, block streams. As water (only a couple of millimeters deep) runs over the terraces, oxygen is captured from the atmosphere and supplied to the Marsarchaeota.

"Physics comes together with chemistry and microbiology," Inskeep said. "It's like a sweet spot of conditions that this group of organisms likes."

In addition to learning more about life on early Earth and the potential for life on Mars, Inskeep said the research can help scientists understand more about high-temperature biology.

"Knowing about this new group of archaea provides additional pieces of the puzzle for understanding high-temperature biology," he said. "That could be important in industry and molecular biology."

The work that resulted in the Nature Microbiology paper was the culmination of research that took place over the past decade, said Inskeep, who has studied the geochemistry and microbiology of Yellowstone's high-temperature environments for the last 20 years. Inskeep is a professor of geomicrobiology in MSU's Department of Land Resources and Environmental Sciences in the College of Agriculture and co-founder of MSU's Thermal Biology Institute.

The lead authors of the Nature Microbiology paper earned their doctorates at MSU and were part of NSF's Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) program while at MSU. Zackary Jay is now a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering in the Norm Asbjornson College of Engineering and the Center for Biofilm Engineering at MSU. Jacob Beam is now a postdoctoral researcher at Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences at East Boothbay, Maine.

“In the end, after many years of work, it’s exciting, and a relief, to have our team’s work recognized and published, particularly in a high impact journal,” Jay said.

Other co-authors were Mensur Dlakic from MSU's Department of Microbiology and Immunology in the College of Letters and Science and College of Agriculture; Douglas Rusch from the Center for Bioinformatics at Indiana University; and Mark Kozubal from the Thermal Biology Institute, MSU's Department of Land Resources and Environmental Sciences, and Sustainable Bioproducts in Bozeman.

The Yellowstone research was a collaboration involving the Thermal Biology Institute, the Montana Agricultural Experiment Station (MAES) and the Yellowstone Center for Resources (National Park Service). Funding came from IGERT, the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and MAES. The U.S. Department of Energy Joint Genome Institute in Walnut Creek, California, sponsored the genetic sequencing.

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Bozeman Kiwanis Club will provide 80 children’s sandboxes, built by the club, and given to families free of charge, sand included!

A local annual tradition! The Bozeman Kiwanis Club will provide 80 children’s sandboxes, built by the club, and given to families free of charge, sand included! The sandboxes will be distributed on the south side of the 100 acre Park off Oak Street, west of 19th, on two Saturdays in June 2nd and 9th, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and Thursday, June 7, from 6-8 p.m. Sandboxes encourage our children to get outside, while socializing and developing creative and constructive skill sets.  The sandboxes are available on a first come, first served basis, until all are distributed. It is very important to bring a vehicle that can accommodate the 5’ by 5’ boxes and over 1,000 pounds of sand. A plastic liner is also included with the box. It is highly recommended that you protect your vehicle with a tarp or drop cloth for transporting, as the sand is loose. Pick-up trucks are the best way to transport the boxes and sand. You may reserve a sandbox in advance for pickup, by going to emailing Please include your name, phone number and which day you plan to pickup.

The Sandbox Project is one of many the Bozeman Kiwanis Club provides to give back to the community through various outreach programs.  Other projects include: Eliminate, which through Kiwanis International has made great strides to eliminate maternal neonatal tetanus. Local support is also provided for Eagle Mount Camp Braveheart, Hope and the Holidays, Kids in Crisis Backpacks, Fix-Up Festival, playground equipment for schools, park pavilions throughout the city, Thrive, and many others.  For more information about the Bozeman Kiwanis Club please go or “Bozeman Kiwanis” on Facebook.

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Friday, May. 11th, 2018

Visions West Contemporary welcomes the summer season with the show Levitation

Exhibition Dates: Friday June 8th – July 11th
Opening Reception: Friday June 8th from 6 – 8 PM, as part of the Bozeman Art Walk

Birds of a feather flock together for this diverse group exhibition. Visions West Contemporary welcomes the summer season with the show Levitation. This show curates works centered around the form and habits of birds in relation to the world. Artists Michael Dickter, Shelley Reed, Troy Abbott, and Kevin Chupik have created works inspired by the freedom, beauty and elusive nature of the avian form. The result is an intriguing and striking flight.

Each artist brings their perspective on what it means to levitate like a bird, whether it is through personal or shared history. Michael Dickter brings mixed media paintings that fuse the shared nostalgia from a deck of cards and birds together. He reimagines each card with the appropriate birds for the eight of clubs, or a regal portrait for the king of hearts, creating a full flock in the deck.

Shelley Reed masterfully combines history and animalia through her cinematic, black and white paintings. Reed precisely pairs the symbolic cultural language from European Baroque paintings of the 17th and 18th century to create compelling contemporary pieces. Her work can be seen in several museums across the country. Her most recent acquisition by the 21C Art Hotels, a 57 foot long painting, can be found in the lobby of their Nashville hotel.

Miami- based technology artist, Troy Abbott, adds a unique digital element to the show with his prompt to create unique, mixed media sculptures. His piece, Social Media, combines old, forgotten objects – such as a wooden chicken coop – and modern video installation. Abbott personifies these chatting hens to be like ourselves on social media, cleverly melding old with the new.

Visions West Contemporary also introduces a new artist to their roster, Kevin Chupik. Chupik pulls from a life of experience and creates his own narrative with a vibrant color palette and playful compositions, echoing the joy of childhood.

This June show marks the beginning of summer in Bozeman and the beginning of the seasonal Art Walks. The exhibition’s opening will be in conjunction with the Art Walk on Friday June 8th, from 6 – 8 PM. The show will be up through July 11th.

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Wednesday, May. 9th, 2018

Summer Advertising Positions Now Available

Bozeman Magazine is currently taking ad insertions for June, July, August and September issues. Space available includes placements currently held my medical marijuana providers. Recent changes in state legislation are forcing medical marijuana dispensaries to no longer advertise their businesses, this includes taking down websites and social media accounts as well as pulling newpaper and magazine advertising. Bozeman Magazine has always allowed dispensaries to advertise, and we believe all businesses should be given the same opportunities to reach the community in the ways they see fit & that work.

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