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Wednesday, Dec. 7th, 2016

New Transportation Service for Seniors Launches CPR-certified drivers offer extra assistance 

At a time when app-driven ride sharing services are all the rage across the U.S., and with Uber making headlines locally with its latest launch, a new transportation service is rolling out in our community that offers extra assistance to those who need help getting around.

First Choice Transportation, a division of First Choice Home Health, is now offering non-emergency transportation service in Gallatin County including Livingston, Belgrade, Manhattan, Three Forks and Big Sky. First Choice Transportation offers personalized, convenient car rides for seniors and those in need of extra assistance, for example people who use a walker, cane, crutches, or foldable wheelchair.

“As Gallatin County continues to grow there is an increased need beyond the public bus, shuttle, and taxis for a transportation service that provides a customized level of care and attention to its clients,” says Norm Dreyer, owner of First Choice Transportation. “We are in the business of serving seniors and those with an injury or illness so offering customized car rides to the community is a natural extension of the compassionate and top quality care we already provide.”

First Choice Transportation drivers are all CPR-certified, and are trained to provide minimum to moderate transfer assistance for clients who need an extra hand. Drivers greet a client at the door of their pick-up location, then assist him or her to the car if necessary; they then help the client get settled safely inside or at the door of their destination.

Clients no longer have to wait for a scheduled shuttle service or use a taxi. Drivers can transport clients to doctor appointments, urgent care clinics, grocery store, errands, and pick up from the hospital emergency room. No distance is too far. Rates are comparable to a taxi service, and there is no additional charge for wait times 5 minutes or less.

Call First Choice Transportation at 406-551-2273 to learn more about our transportation service. Visit to learn more about our home health care, private duty nursing, personal care, and companion services in the Gallatin Valley.

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Tuesday, Dec. 6th, 2016

Annual Shop with a Cop event being held on Saturday, December 10

The Bozeman Police Department is happy to announce that all law enforcement agencies throughout the Gallatin Valley have come together to help less fortunate children enjoy Christmas.  The Bozeman Police Department, along with the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office, the Montana State University Police Department, the Belgrade Police Department, the Manhattan Police Department, and the Montana Highway Patrol have come together to help children by participating in “Shop with a Cop” on Saturday, December 10.  

Children from local elementary schools are chosen by school staff to participate in this event.  Each child is matched with a law enforcement officer who takes them shopping at Target to buy gifts for the child and their family.
After shopping with the children, officers bring them downtown Bozeman to wrap the presents and enjoy pizza donated by Tarantino’s Pizza.

Generous support for this event comes from Target, Tarantino’s Pizza, donations from the officer’s associations from each agency, the Bozeman Police Foundation, and donations from the public.   
This is a great chance for these kids to experience a positive one-on-one interaction with law enforcement officers in their area.  All of the agencies are excited about this opportunity to share the holiday spirit and provide a happier holiday season to these children.
This is the second year that numerous law enforcement agencies have joined the Bozeman Police Department in coming together as a team to serve more children.
Those interested in donating to this great event may contact the Bozeman Police Foundation or drop off a donation at any law enforcement agency.
Media Contacts:  Community Resource Officer Mike Bachich: 582-2969
Captain Jim Veltkamp: 582-2238

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Friday, Dec. 2nd, 2016

R3 Citizens Advisory Committee Meeting 12/6

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks’ Region 3 Citizens’ Advisory Committee will meet in Bozeman on Tuesday, Dec. 6 at the FWP Regional Office (1400 S. 19th Ave.) from 6–8 p.m. The public is welcome to attend.

The CAC generally meets on a quarterly basis to provide input and guidance on the many natural resource and management issues addressed by FWP in southwest Montana.

This meeting will serve to inform CAC members of upcoming legislative proposals related to fish and wildlife. FWP has invited local legislators to attend the meeting to share their proposals with staff and CAC members as well. The meeting will run in an open house manner.

For more information about the Region 3 Citizens’ Advisory Committee, visit the FWP Web site at

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks ensures its meetings are fully accessible to persons with disabilities. To request special accommodations relative to a disability for this meeting, contact Andrea Jones at 406-994-6931 or

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Wednesday, Nov. 30th, 2016

Guardian Spirit, Inc. a Billings Montana 501c3 is working with the Autism Society of America to create a virtual community center

Guardian Spirit, Inc. a Billings Montana 501c3 is working with the Autism Society of America to create a virtual community center within the Second Life game world.

The purpose of this virtual community center is to have a space to meet, have support groups, social events and display the talent of autistic artists worldwide.

Our goal is to have weekly social events as a community building tool. We also have space available for peer run support groups for both parents and teens/adults on the spectrum. We also have a volunteer team that will be available to help you find resources and support in your local area.

There is no fee to use Second Life and no fee to take advantage of the services and events at our Virtual Community Center.

To sign up for a free Second Life account:

To download an easier to use viewer for SL:

To visit the Virtual Community Center once you are in world:

To learn more about Guardian Spirit, Inc. :

To contact me directly:

Marcus Morris
(406) 698 -1679
Twitter: @marcmorr6

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Friday, Nov. 25th, 2016

City of Bozeman: Zoning Check

The City of Bozeman, Montana, is proud to announce the launch of OpenCounter: Zoning, a web-based tool available at, that is designed to help business owners and citizens research and explore the uses allowed by the City’s zoning ordinance and where businesses may be conducted. The tool is a joint project of the departments of Economic Development and Community Development.

The new site provides each applicant with a customized map of where their planned project is allowed inside Bozeman city limits, and helps to educate citizens, investors and entrepreneurs as to where uses are allowed, where they require commission review and where they aren’t allowed. The data now provided by this tool was previously only available by manually cross-referencing the City’s zoning map with the text of the zoning ordinance, which is housed in the City’s municipal code.  

This tool, like all those built by the San Francisco-based firm, OpenCounter, attempts to make complex municipal regulations and processes easier to understand for everyday citizens. By moving some zoning inquiries online, the City is hoping to be able to provide reliable, targeted feedback to the community 24/7. The new zoning tool also gives City staff a new level of insight into economic development trends in their community.

“We're aiming to increase communication, and eliminate confusion on both sides of the counter,” said Brit Fontenot, Director of Economic Development. “City staff will have access to a suite of administrative tools to analyze proposed land uses while citizens are given a high level of service that reduces their discovery process from weeks down to a few minutes and put them in touch with subject matter experts for targeted follow-up. It also allows our planning staff to see what people are searching for, and give us real metrics about what kinds of business opportunities people are interested in.”

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Tuesday, Nov. 22nd, 2016

Official Nonprofit Partners Unveil the Combined Organization as ‘Yellowstone Forever’

Preserving the World’s First National Park
Official Nonprofit Partners Unveil the Combined Organization as ‘Yellowstone Forever’

November 16, 2016 – Bozeman, MT – In order to protect, preserve, and enhance Yellowstone National Park for all time, the park’s official fundraising partner (Yellowstone Park Foundation) and education partner (Yellowstone Association) today announced the completion of a merger and official unveiling of the new organization as Yellowstone Forever (

The new unified education and fundraising partner for Yellowstone will harness the outstanding history of educational programs, products and services of the Yellowstone Association along with the legacy of critical fundraising support from the Yellowstone Park Foundation. In supporting numerous efforts to address the increasing demands of a changing ecosystem at the park, Yellowstone Forever promises to be a powerful force in conserving one of America’s most cherished national treasures.

Yellowstone Forever’s combined operations now include:
    •    11 educational Park Stores with gross sales of over $4.9 million; proceeds directly benefit Yellowstone
    •    The Yellowstone Forever Institute, which offers more than 600 in-depth programs each year
    •    A supporter program of over 50,000 Yellowstone enthusiasts raising funds to support critical park priority projects

“Yellowstone Forever is dedicated to conserving this crown jewel of our national park system,” said Heather White, President and CEO of Yellowstone Forever, who will oversee the newly created entity. “We will connect even more people to Yellowstone National Park through outstanding visitor experiences and educational programs. Our work will spark a new era of stewardship and philanthropy to support the growing needs of the world’s first national park and to ensure that Yellowstone lasts for years to come.

 “Yellowstone Forever will take the best of philanthropy and the best of education to provide an unforgettable experience for all of those who care about the park,” said Yellowstone National Park Superintendent Dan Wenk. “We are excited to work together to support the highest priorities for Yellowstone, and to conserve its nature and wildlife forever.”

To celebrate the newly merged organization, Yellowstone Forever will hold a special event on Friday, November 18 at 6:00 PM (MST) at the REI (2220 Tschache Lane) in Bozeman. As part of the organization’s deep commitment to connecting young people to Yellowstone and fostering future stewards for the park, it donated its “Yellowstone Forever” book collection to the Bozeman Public Library to celebrate the institution’s 10th Anniversary. At the REI event, the organization will also announce its donation of award-winning photographer Tom Murphy and scientist Bruce Fouke’s latest book The Art of Science: Mammoth Hot Springs as a Window on the Universe to all public libraries within 100 miles of Yellowstone National Park. This gift will be dedicated to the next generation of Yellowstone explorers and scientists, and Yellowstone Forever is pleased to partner with Tom Murphy, Professor Bruce Fouke, and NASA to make this possible. 

About Yellowstone Forever
Yellowstone Forever—formerly the Yellowstone Association and the Yellowstone Park Foundation—is the official 501 (c)(3) nonprofit partner of Yellowstone National Park. Yellowstone Forever connects people to Yellowstone National Park through outstanding visitor experiences and educational programs, and translates those experiences into lifelong support and philanthropic investment to conserve and enhance the park for the future. Visit to learn more.

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Signup for Youth Ski Leagues

Bridger Ski Foundation to offer numerous winter programs for young skiers

Registration deadlines are approaching for Bridger Ski Foundation’s Youth Ski Leagues (YSL), for both Nordic and Alpine/Freestyle skiing. If you have a young child looking to build ski skills and enjoy the snow, there are several YSL options for the 2017 winter season.

Bridger Ski Foundation’s coaches are certified by the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Association and are committed to teaching the fundamentals as well as the joys of skiing.

Nordic YSL: (ages 5-12) offers beginners instruction in cross-country skiing. Offered Tuesday, Thursday and/or Saturday for eight weeks starting January 10. No ski experience necessary. Location: Lindley Park (Tues/Thurs) and Bohart Ranch (Saturdays). Choose from 1-2 days per week. Early-bird registration deadline is December 1; final deadline is December 19.

Alpine & Freestyle YSL: (ages 6-12) a program for intermediate level skiers who would like to gain the fundamentals that apply to both ski racing and freestyle/freeskiing in a fun, no-pressure environment. Eight-week session starts January 7 at Bridger Bowl. A two-day holiday camp is also available December 29-30. Skiers should be able to ski from mid-mountain down at Bridger Bowl. Main registration deadline is December 9.  

The Alpine & Freestyle program will host a parent info meeting on December 6, at 6:00 p.m., in the Bozeman Public Library’s large meeting room.

More info:

Bridger Ski Foundation is a nonprofit ski club offering educational and competitive programs in Nordic, Freestyle, Freeskiing, and Alpine skiing. They also groom an incredible network of Community Nordic Trails in Bozeman. In addition to the Youth Ski League programs, there are many options for intermediate and advanced skiers of all ages.

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A Dietitian’s Tips for a Healthier Thanksgiving

Each year, the average American consumes 2,000-4,000 calories at Thanksgiving dinner, more than most people should consume in an entire day. Between Thanksgiving and New Year’s, the average person gains 1 to 2 pounds. Although it doesn’t sound like much, the problem is that many people never lose the extra weight and pack it on year after year. Read on for a few tips on how to cut down on calories while still enjoying the holiday season with friends, family, and food.

Rethink Your Table

Hosting this year? Set your table with smaller plates, your guests will thank you! Research has shown that by just switching to a 10-inch plate compared to a 12-inch plate, consumers eat 30% less. Swapping out your plates for a whole year could help you lose up to 18 pounds! (You could also consider using smaller serving utensils!)

No matter who’s hosting, think about your seat at the table. Baskets of rolls, trays of butter, and gravy boats are typically placed in the center of the table for easy access. Consider sitting at one of the far ends of the table, where you’ll be far less likely to grab that extra roll, extra pat of butter, or extra ladle of gravy just by seating yourself a bit out of reach.

Just Another Meal

Often, people will skip breakfast or lunch to prepare for the holiday meal. If you treat the main Thanksgiving Day meal as a typical lunch or dinner you won’t be as likely to overeat. Skipping meals in general may cause us to eat more the next time we eat, often whether we realize it or not. When we skip meals, our bodies enter starvation mode causing us to store more energy as fat the next time we eat. This Thanksgiving, try eating until you’re about 80% full. After about 20 minutes, if you’re still hungry, go back for seconds or dessert will likely be on its way!

What About Dessert?

Dessert can be overwhelming at holiday parties with so many amazing choices that you only see around this time of year. Try to pick just 1 or 2 items that you really want and don’t go crazy with portions. Remember that Thanksgiving is just the beginning of the holiday season and you will likely see many of these same desserts at the next holiday party.

If you’re in charge of dessert this year, consider baked apples with cinnamon and whipped cream or a crust-free apple crumble. Offer your guests whipped cream over ice cream or pumpkin pie over apple. Pumpkin pie is typically lower in calories because it only has crust on the bottom (you could even try a crust-less pumpkin pie).

For more tips on preparing a healthy Thanksgiving dinner (including stuffing, cranberry sauce, gravy, and turkey recipe ideas) and for 5 ways to cut 100 calories from your Thanksgiving feast, visit Jenna’s website:

Jenna Gorham, RD, LN is a registered dietitian in Bozeman. In her private practice, she uses a supportive, non-diet approach to help her clients reach their optimal health. Each appointment is customized to the individual’s lifestyle, goals, and health needs. She specializes in women’s health but sees clients for a variety of reasons, including disordered eating, wellness, weight management, disease prevention, fertility, mindful eating, and more.

For more information see or contact Jenna at

Enjoy and Happy Holidays!

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Thursday, Nov. 17th, 2016

Skyline Announces New Winter Schedules Starting Monday, November 21st

Latest News on This Season’s Route, Bus Stop, and Fare Changes.

The Big Sky Transportation District, working with its partners in Big Sky, has set the new schedule for Skyline’s winter season. There will be an early winter schedule for the Link Express between Bozeman and Big Sky that will run from Nov 21st - Dec 7th and is available only on the website. The main winter schedule includes local service starting Nov 21st and the Link Express service which will swap from the early winter schedule to the regular winter schedule on Dec 8th.

Skyline is also announcing changes to the stop location at MSU. It will now be infront of Roskie Hall, instead of its previous location at 7th & Grant. Please see the map on the bus stop page of our website for more information. Speci c information, schedules and maps of Skyline’s routes and service can be found on our website or in print at many area businesses.

Skyline’s Link Express route provides a cost-effective method of transportation for individuals who travel between Big Sky and Bozeman. Riders can pay a cash fare or purchase punch cards or a season pass for rides on the Link. Prices this year are $25 for a 10 ride pass, $50 for a 20 ride pass, $100 for a 40 ride pass or $400 for a season pass. The one-way cash fare is $5, so purchasing a pass is a good way to save money. Local service within Big Sky is provided by the Canyon-Mountain, Meadow Circulator and Mountain Loop buses and is still fare free.

Our Winter Pass allows the pass holder unlimited rides on Skyline from now until the end of April 2017. The Winter Pass can only be purchased in Big Sky at Big Sky Resort’s Basecamp, or in Bozeman at Chalet Sports or the Roundhouse. The punch passes are available at a variety of participating businesses, see the bus passes page of our website for a complete list.

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Wednesday, Nov. 16th, 2016