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Tuesday, Apr. 26th, 2016

Bridgercare now offers hormone therapy for trans* patients on a sliding fee scale

Bridgercare now offers hormone therapy for trans* patients on a sliding fee scale.
57% of transgender and gender diverse patients report being refused health care.

Bridgercare offers LGBTQIA inclusive and competent reproductive healthcare and education and has expanded services for trans* patients to include hormone therapy and support resources.  Bridgercare provides hormone therapy services on a sliding fee scale.

Transgender patients have elevated needs for sliding fee scale services such as Bridgercare’s.
Trans* individuals are unemployed at a rate of 13%, more than twice the national average, due in part to workplace discrimination.  Among employed trans* individuals, over a quarter make less than $20,000 a year.  Ensuring affordable access to healthcare for this extremely vulnerable population is important to Bridgercare.

Fewer trans* individuals are covered by employer insurance than the general population.
Only 40% of transgender employees have insurance in their workplace compared to 62% of the general population. Bridgercare employs five certified application counselors who help individuals enroll in health insurance through the Marketplace and Medicaid for free. Last year, Bridgercare CACs were able to help over 400 patients enroll in health insurance.

About Bridgercare:  
Bridgercare provides excellent, affordable reproductive and sexual healthcare and education in a safe, supportive, empowering atmosphere.  We are an independent, non-profit, family planning clinic that provides services to everyone regardless of income, insurance coverage, sexual orientation and gender. Bridgercare focuses on reducing barriers to healthcare and education access for patients who are especially vulnerable due to their economic circumstances or discrimination. Bridgercare strives to create a healthier, happier community where everyone has access to high quality, compassionate and affordable healthcare.

Please visit to find out more. Bridgercare is a member of Montana Shares and the Montana Nonprofit Association.

Sources for statistics in this press release:
The National Transgender Discrimination Survey (2009) by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and the National Center Transgender Equality.
When Health Care Isn’t Caring: Lambda Legal’s Survey of Discrimination Against LGBT People and People with HIV (2010).

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Saturday, Apr. 23rd, 2016

Depot Museum Seeks Volunteers

Ever wanted to be a little savvier in local railroad history?

 If you don’t quite become the envy of your friends, you can still impress them with more than they knew before – as a newly-minted savvy museum volunteer.

The Livingston Depot Museum is hoping for additional volunteers to help with its summer visitors’ season.  The museum will open Friday, May 13 – a lucky day for those  broadening their horizons – and has several half-day shifts available.  

“There’s a kind of camaraderie in helping as a volunteer,” said Museum Director Diana Seider.  “It’s fun to share the experience of local history with visitors, and most of our volunteers have that in common with each other.  It’s a good chance to make new friends and meet people visiting from far and wide. ”   

Seider said volunteers help out at the front desk taking tickets and answering general questions, as well as in the gift shop.  Schedules can be flexible but usually involve just one 3.5-hour morning or afternoon shift a week.  Openings are currently available for both weekdays and weekends.

Volunteers also help with other occasions such as the Depot Foundation’s summer and winter events including its Festival of the Arts pie booth, Roundhouse Roundup outdoor barbecue, film nights, Wine and Beer Tasting, and more, but there are usually still last-minute vacancies with summer museum positions.

“It’s not that demanding, but volunteers enjoy visiting with people, answering questions, and learning new things themselves,” she said.  “We always train people for the basic tasks, but the main things are an interest in helping visitors learn and a friendly face.   

General information is available on the Depot’s website at, and anyone interested in signing up is invited to reach the Depot at (406) 222-2300.

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Friday, Apr. 22nd, 2016

Call for Artists: Reimagine Montana Artist-in-Residence program

The Montana Preservation Alliance (MPA) has extended its search for five artists interested in participating in our Summer 2016 Reimagine Montana Artist-in-Residence program. The deadline for postmarked applications is May 3.

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) has awarded funding to MPA for Reimagine Montana: National Parks, Historic Landmarks, Trails and Monuments Across Time, a project to support artists in creating artwork for a traveling exhibition. The work will celebrate nationally-significant parks and historic places in Montana by reimagining signature places depicted by artists in the past.

Five artists will be selected for four-week residencies at five settings in Montana. Each will be provided with lodgings and a modest stipend for expenses. By inviting artists to visit such locations and to reimagine their meaning, we support the creation of meaningful new artwork and provide a chance for today's people to reflect on these places and their cultural meaning.

Locations include:
Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument
Virginia City National Historic Landmark
Butte-Anaconda National Historic Landmark
Glacier National Park
Traveler's Rest State Park National Historic Landmark

For more information, see our Frequently Asked Questions flyer or to apply for the program, please click Apply Now below.

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Monday, Apr. 18th, 2016

The 8 Bozeman Breweries

Craft brewing is a booming business in the US, and Bozeman & Belgrade, Montana are no exception. Each Bozeman Brewery has it's own special atmosphere, taste and history. We've listed them from oldest to newest.

Bozeman Brewing Company ("The Bozone")

Bozeman Brewing has been creating tasty brews on Broadway Ave in Bozeman, Montana since 2001. This intimate tap room is home to North side locals, weary travelers and beer aficionados looking for great tasting Montana beer. Our favorite Bozone brew is the Hopzone IPA.

Madison River Brewing Co

We can't leave MRB off the list, even though they are located in neighboring Belgrade, Montana. Madison River has been around a long time and continues to brew some of the most delicious Montana craft beer available. Regular tasting room visitors enjoy hand blown glass steins to drink from. Our favorite Mad River brew is Hopper Pale Ale.

406 Brewing

406 built the first large Bozeman tasting room in 2011 off Oak St in Bozeman, Montana. Their large, comfortable space hosts thirsty folk, live music and local artists. Their kitchen cooks up good grub too. Our favorite 406 brew changes with whatever is on tap.

Outlaw Brewing

Outlaw Brewing began brewing in 2011 with Bar 3 BBQ in Belgrade, in 2014 they created their own space in Northwest Bozeman, Montana. Old West tradition inspires the brews and ambiance of Sheriff Henry Plummer’s Outlaw Brewing. Our favorite Outlaw brew is Passive Aggressive Pale Ale.

Bridger Brewing Co

Bridger Brewing was founded in March 2013 just across from the Brick Breeden Fieldhouse in Bozeman, Montana. Serving delicious pizza and amazing beer Bridger Brewing is a huge hit. Bridger Brewing took home 7 Bozeman's Choice awards in 2015. Our favorite Bridger Brewing brew is Antilogy Black IPA.

White Dog Brewing Co

White Dog Brewing is the only local brewery with a downtown Bozeman location. Open since June 2015 White Dog offers tasty beers placed on their custom Frost Rail. With 13 beers on tap there is sure to be one (or two) that you can't resist. Our favorite White Dog brew is Double IPA.

MAP Brewing Co

MAP Brewing's mission is simple: craft and drink great beer. Since Oct 2015 folks have been drinking MAP beer in their spacious, two story tasting room adjacent to the East Gallatin Recreation area. The views can't be beat, and the beer ain't bad either. Our favorite MAP brew is Destination Session IPA.

The Bunkhouse Brewery

Bozeman's newest brewery is the Bunkhouse, open since February 2016 near the campus of Montana State University. The Bunkhouse is rooted in Montana traditions and is proud to be a part of the Bozeman community. Our favorite Bunkhouse brew is Remittance Ale.


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Wednesday, Apr. 13th, 2016

MSU affiliates receive 18 regional Emmy nominations

Montana State University affiliates have garnered 18 regional Emmy nominations from the Northwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. The winners of the awards will be announced June 4 in Seattle.

MontanaPBS earned 13 nominations for its programming over the last year, while KXLF earned four and MSU’s University Communications has received one.

The nominations span 11 different categories including documentary, commercial, writing, photography, editing, directing and audio.

“Finding Traction,” the story of Montana ultra-runner Nikki Kimbal, received six nominations, including one in the audio category for Jeremiah Slovarp, an instructor in the MSU School of Music. “Finding Traction” follows Kimball as she attempts a grueling run across the nation’s longest hiking trail.

“Concussion: Answers in the Blood?” a documentary that follows two University of Montana scientists who received funding from the NFL for their research on concussions, received two nominations.

“Backroads of Montana,” a production of MontanaPBS, had a nomination in the arts and entertainment— feature/segment category for a piece on centenarian bugler Ray Zell of Shelby.

“11th and Grant with Eric Funk,” a program curated by MSU School of Music instructor Funk that gives local musicians a chance to showcase their talent to a statewide audience, also received two nominations, including another nomination for Slovarp. The nominated episode featured the School of Music’s Angella Ahn and Julie Gosswiller.

MSU graduates from television station KXLF received four nominations for “On the Mountain,” a documentary that tells the story of the construction of the 90-foot statue known as “Our Lady of the Rockies.”

“MSU Unbranded,” produced by MSU University Communications Marketing and Creative Services department and other MSU staff, faculty and alumni, was nominated in the commercial single spot category

Lastly, “Bard in the Backcountry,” a film that chronicles a summer season of Montana Shakespeare in the Parks, received two nominations, recognizing Cindy Stilwell, an MSU film professor who co-directed the film.

For a full list of the nominees and the categories, please see below:

Arts/entertainment - feature/segment
Backroads of Montana, featuring centenarian bugler Ray Zell -- John Twiggs, producer

Arts/entertainment - program/special
11th & Grant with Eric Funk featuring Angella Ahn and Friends -- Scott Sterling, director; Aaron Pruitt, executive producer; Paul Gomez Routhier, producer; Eric Funk, artistic director; Jeremiah Slovarp, audio director

Finding Traction --  Slovarp, sound re-recording mixer
Bard in the Backcountry -- original music, Ian Hatton, composer
11th & Grant with Eric Funk featuring Angella Ahn and Friends  -- Slovarp, audio director

Commercial single spot
MSU Unbranded -- Dennis Aig, director, producer, writer; Scott Chestnut, director, editor, cinematographer; Julie Kipfer, executive producer, writer;  Phillip Baribeau, cinematographer, talent; Andy Hahn, special effects

Director - post production
Finding Traction -- Jaime Jelenchick Jacobsen
On the Mountain  -- Shawn Newton, Carley Rainey

Documentary – cultural
Bard in the Backcountry -- Cindy Stillwell, director; Tom Watson, director; Aaron Pruitt, executive producer; Chris Seifert, executive producer

Documentary – historical
On the Mountain -- Shawn Newton, producer, director, writer, editor; Carley Rainey, director; Andrew Preston, producer

Documentary – topical
Concussion: Answers in the Blood? -- John Twiggs, producer
Finding Traction -- Jaime Jelenchick Jacobsen, director; Aaron Pruitt, executive producer; Charles Dye, director; Rick Smith, director of photography; Daniel Schmidt - director of photography

Editor – program  
Finding Traction -- Stefanie Watkins
Concussion: Answers in the Blood? -- John Twiggs
On the Mountain -- Shawn Newton

Photographer – program
Finding Traction -- Daniel Schmidt, Rick Smith

Writer – Program
Finding Traction -- Jaime Jelenchick Jacobsen, Stefanie Watkins
On the Mountain -- Shawn Newton

MontanaPBS is comprised of KUSM-TV Bozeman and KUFM-TV Missoula, each a non-commercial educational licensee of Montana State University - Bozeman and The University of Montana - Missoula, respectively.

For more information, please contact Slovarp at (406) 586-5262 or

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ChickenJam West Productions presents a brand new summer film series at Bozeman Eagles #326 Ballroom

Every Monday from May through September, we will be showing beloved movies in a super fun atmosphere, upstairs at The Eagles Ballroom in downtown Bozeman. Bring your friends and have a party every Monday night!

Films will be shown on a huge 9'x14' screen graciously borrowed from our friends at Movie Lovers, and professional sound by RippleSound & Recording - the same system used for concerts in the ballroom, so you will have the best concert experience possible!

Tickets for each of these movies are just $3 at the door (21+ only, sorry!), and there will be alcohol served by the Eagles staff, as well as pizza served by Red Tractor Pizza, and fresh popcorn for sale!

Get there early at 8:30 in order to get refreshments ahead of time, and the film will start at 9:00pm.

Our schedule:

May 2: The Big Lebowski
May 9: Superbad
May 16: Dazed and Confused
May 23: Pulp Fiction
May 30: NO FILM (Memorial Day)
June 6: Austin Powers
June 13: Airplane
June 20: Troll 2
June 27: Clerks
July 4: NO FILM (Independence Day)
July 11: Wayne's World
July 18: Fast Times at Ridgemont High
July 25: The Goonies
August 1: Wet Hot American Summer
August 8: National Lampoon's Vacation
August 15: The Warriors
August 22: Pee-Wee's Big Adventure
August 29: Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
September 5: Mean Girls
September 12: Billy Madison
September 19: Dumb and Dumber
September 26: National Lampoon's Animal House

If you or your business would like to become a sponsor to help keep this film series inexpensive for the public contact Dylan at

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Canada’s Western Hockey League picks Bozeman Hockey player to attend Camp

The Bozeman Amateur Hockey Association (BAHA) announces that youth program player, J.R. Small was invited to attend Canada’s Western Hockey League (WHL) combine camp in Anaheim, CA, April 15-17. Small is a bantam level hockey player in BAHA’s travel youth league.

"I am really excited to represent the Bozeman Icedogs [youth program] and BAHA at the combine this weekend,” Small said. “I appreciate all the excellent coaching and support I have received and can't wait to go show them what Bozeman hockey is all about."

The camp is an opportunity for kids from around the U.S. to be evaluated as possible players for the upper level hockey league. Small was scouted at a tournament in Missoula this winter, and identified as eligible to attend. The WHL starts to consider players in their second year of bantam level play, and this year is only open to U.S. residents born in 2001.

“I’m only aware of three players from the Bozeman area to attend this camp,” said owner of Top Shelf Hockey in Bozeman, Garry Hefty. “One being, my son Morgan. After he attended the camp, a ton of doors opened up. The opportunities it can create are incredible.”

According to a press release on their website, “The WHL is the largest Major Junior Hockey League in North America and is a leading supplier of player talent to the National Hockey League.” The invitation only camp takes place in the Anaheim Ducks practice arena. The players will attend seminars, a practice, and scrimmages throughout the weekend.

For complete information on the WHL and combine camps, please visit

For More Information please contact:

Layne Fisher with the Bozeman Amateur Hockey Association

The Bozeman Amateur Hockey Association is a nonprofit service organization whose mission is to provide facilities and programs for the development of quality, affordable and disciplined competitive and recreational hockey.

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Sunday, Apr. 3rd, 2016

2016 lineup released for 6th Red Ants Pants Music Festival

For the first time in its six year run, the Red Ants Pants Music Festival held a block party on Main Street in White Sulphur Springs to announce the 2016 lineup. Hundreds gathered in person while people around the globe viewed a live webcast streaming the news of this year’s lineup which includes Grammy award-winning country legends Wynonna and The Big Noise, global superstars The Mavericks, The Lone Bellow, Hayes Carll, Corb Lund, Montana’s own Mission Mountain Wood Band and a remarkable host of Americana legends and rising stars.

“This year’s lineup offers incredible depth and diversity of talent from international stars including Wynonna and the Big Noise and The Mavericks to Montana’s own Mission Mountain Wood Band. Fans are going to hear some of the most unforgettable voices in Americana music today paired with rising stars who might just become their new favorite bands,” said Red Ants Pants Music Festival founder and producer, Sarah Calhoun. “Come connect with good folks and celebrate rural Montana with us this summer.”

This is the sixth year of the music festival, which benefits the Red Ants Pants Foundation, a nonprofit organization in support of women's leadership, working farms and ranches, and rural communities. Held in a cow pasture on the Jackson Ranch, and surrounded by the Big Belt, Little Belt, and Castle Mountain ranges, the festival will bring in more than two dozen different artists performing on separate stages. The weekend-long, grassroots, honky-tonkin' music festival brings in millions of dollars to the rural economy. Last year’s festival drew a record 14,000 in attendance.

2016 Red Ants Pants Music Festival Lineup

Full details available at RedAntsPantsMusicFestival-DOT-COM.
Wynonna and The Big Noise
The Mavericks * The Lone Bellow
Corb Lund * Hayes Carll
Mission Mountain Wood Band
Ray Wylie Hubbard * Hurray for the Riff Raff
Dar Williams * Shinyribs
The McCrary Sisters * Henry Wagons
Eilen Jewell * Underhill Rose
Laney Jones and the Spirits
Laney Lou and the Bird Dogs * Dead Horses
Balled in Burlap with Square Dance Caller Michelle Carcher
Plus 15 Side Stage Performers!

500 early bird tickets which are now on sale ONLINE ONLY on at the discounted price of $115. We will again be offering 50 VIP weekend passes for $500 each. VIP ticket holders will enjoy an outstanding view of the main stage, shaded seating furnished by The Perch in Bozeman, complimentary refreshments, beer & wine. VIP & early bird tickets will be sold on a first come, first served basis. Full details available at RedAntsPantsMusicFestival-DOT-COM.

Tonight we were also proud to announce our poster competition winner, Jan Elpel out of Bozeman, Montana! Check out her whimsical poster, Crazy Mountain Roundup. She used alcohol ink to get a smooth, colorful finish. Her artwork has focused on drawing and painting portraits in oils for the past 25 years.

Support for the Red Ants Pants Music Festival has a lasting ripple effect, benefiting the Red Ants Pants Foundation, a nonprofit organization in support of women's leadership, working farms and ranches, and rural communities.

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Friday, Mar. 25th, 2016

Shakespeare Flash-400

Bozeman Celebrates Four Centuries of Shakespeare

April 23, 2016 marks the 400-year anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. In honor of the enduring legacy of his plays and poetry, the city of Bozeman will celebrate with SHAKESPEARE FLASH MOBS. On Saturday 23 April, the words of Shakespeare will erupt all over town: in coffee shops, bookstores, grocery stores, galleries, restaurants, trails, and other locations.

Would you like to be a part of the Shakespeare flash mob? You could recite a soliloquy or a sonnet, sing a Shakespearean song, perform a small scene with your friends, dress up in costumes or stay in your usual clothes…anything Shakespearean, in any public place in or around Bozeman.

The Country Bookshelf will be the Shakespeare Flash-400 headquarters. We’ll be there having refreshments and sharing stories of Shakespearean mobs on this important anniversary.

All ideas welcome! Please contact Gretchen Minton (<>) if you are interested.

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Thursday, Mar. 24th, 2016

Bozeman named one of the best small college towns

The city of Bozeman has been ranked number four on a list of the 25 best small college towns in which to live. Bozeman, the home of Montana State University, was the highest-ranked town in Montana on the list.

The rankings were made by, an online resource for education information and national education news. Results of the study were also shared by USA Today on the college page of its website.

In its write-up about the rankings, recognized that living in a vibrant college town can have a positive impact on a student’s education experience, whether those students are campus-based or taking classes online.

To determine its rankings, researchers looked at 170 cities with populations under 150,000 that are home to at least one four-year college or university, evaluating both economic and quality-of-life factors. Researchers also limited the results to two cities per state, taking only the two highest-ranked to create the final list of 25.

Cities were ranked on:

Percentage of the population ages 18-34
Percentage of the population with a bachelor’s degree
Median annual rent as a percentage of median annual earnings
County employment rate
Percentage of commuters whose average travel time is less than 30 minutes
The number of restaurants and bars per 10,000 residents

Of the cities on the list, Bozeman was ranked second for educational attainment, with more than 30 percent of residents having bachelor’s degrees. It also ranked second for restaurants, with more than 14 per 10,000 people.

MSU’s enrollment of more than 15,000 students was mentioned as a demographic perk for its large student population relative to the city population.

Calling Bozeman “a great choice for students who love outdoor recreation,” the study mentions the easy accessibility to ski areas, the miles of hiking and biking trails and the close proximity of Yellowstone National Park as lifestyle perks for students. It also lauds Bozeman’s big-city amenities packaged with small-town charm, and notes that Bozeman has four museums, numerous art galleries, a symphony, a ballet, an opera company and several community theaters.

Helena, home of Carroll College and Helena College, earned the ninth spot on the list.

Other cities on the list include Boulder, Colorado; Burlington, Vermont; Ann Arbor, Michigan; and Fargo, North Dakota.

In November, Bozeman was ranked as the fourth best college town by SmartAsset, a financial technology company that aims to provide research to help individuals make big financial decisions.

For more information about the rankings, go to For more information about Bozeman, go to

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