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Tuesday, Sep. 27th, 2016

Two weekend incidents involving grizzly bears; archery hunters reminded to stay alert

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks is urging archery hunters to stay alert for bears, to know what to do in the case of an encounter, and remember that all of southwest Montana is bear country. Two weekend incidents involving grizzly bears drive this message home.
 
On Saturday afternoon, a hunter received minor injuries after encountering a presumed grizzly while calling for elk in the Cabin Creek area north of Hebgen Lake.
 
Then Sunday morning, another man hunting elk with his bow on the north side of the Tom Miner basin north of Gardiner was mauled by what his hunting party believes was a female grizzly with two cubs. He suffered bite injuries.
 
Both hunters were treated at local hospitals and released.
 
While it is impossible to prevent all events like these, archery hunters should understand the inherent risk of hunting in bear country and do what they can to avoid encountering grizzlies.
 
Before venturing into an area, hunters should take notice of warning signs at trailheads, observe the brush at a distance for movement and look at the ground and trees for bear sign (i.e. tracks, scat, and trees scratches). Bear spray should be carried in an accessible place and hunting with at least one other person is highly recommended (in all cases).

 
Note that areas with high deer and elk hunting success may attract bears (ravens circling may indicate a kill). Elk bugling and cow calling also may bring in bears. It is important to stay alert.
 
Hunters should have with them what they need to immediately field dress their game. If hunters have success in the field and can’t haul their meat out right away they should remove the meat from the kill site and hang it at least ten feet off the ground and at least 150 yards from the gut pile.
 
Returning to the meat later, a hunter should check with his or her binoculars to see if the meat has been disturbed. Hunters should never attempt to haze a bear off a kill.
 
More information about safety in the outdoors and bear awareness can be at FWP’s website here: http://fwp.mt.gov/recreation/safety/wildlife/bears/bearsAndHunters.html.

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MSU research center targets health disparities in Montana’s rural and tribal communities

A research center at Montana State University is coordinating a statewide effort to address health disparities affecting Montana citizens in rural and tribal communities.

In collaboration with local partners and other researchers, the MSU Center for American Indian and Rural Health Equity, or CAIRHE, determines underlying causes and implements solutions for health problems that impact the lives of rural Montanans and American Indians to a greater degree than urban and white residents.

Established in 2014 by a $10.6 million grant from the National Institutes of Health, CAIRHE was named a state research center by the Montana University System Board of Regents at the board’s meeting in Billings earlier this month.

“This recognition is really just a first step,” said Dr. Alexandra Adams, director and principal investigator of CAIRHE — pronounced “care.” “We hope it will open doors for us around the state as we partner with local communities, other researchers and organizations in the pursuit of our important mission.”

According to the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services, the median lifespan for American Indians in the state is roughly 19 years shorter than that for whites. American Indians typically die at a younger age than whites from every major cause, including cancer, diabetes, heart disease and suicide.

Limited access to health care across the mostly rural state can reduce treatment options and prevent early diagnosis of medical problems — challenges not seen in more populous, urban states, Adams said. A 2013 DPHHS report said 53 percent of the state’s population lives in rural or frontier areas with limited services, and most Montana counties are medically underserved.

During the center’s first two years, CAIRHE investigators launched projects across the state involving community partners at every stage, from initial design to published results. The center uses a research method called community-based participatory research, or CBPR, which differs radically from outdated research practices in which scientists collected sensitive data with little involvement from a community and scant regard for its cultural beliefs.

“Instead we believe that our state’s communities are the best judge of what their most pressing health challenges are, and what may be behind them,” Adams said. “So they are true partners as we work together to address these important health issues.”

The center’s three major projects to date address early childhood oral health, environmental health literacy, and sexual and reproductive health, respectively, on three of Montana’s American Indian reservations. In addition to meeting regularly with local community advisory boards, project leaders collaborate with faculty and students at the local tribal colleges.

Smaller center projects include a study of addiction and resilience in a tribal community, as well as a unique investigation of drinking and driving in rural settings. Current CAIRHE project leaders are faculty in the MSU Department of Health and Human Development, Department of Psychology, Department of Sociology and Anthropology and College of Nursing.

The center’s $2 million in research expenditures last year contributed to one of MSU’s strongest research years on record, with $118 million in total expenditures and gains in biomedical and health research.

“We will continue to be a major part of that growth,” Adams said.

Adams, a family medicine physician and nutritional scientist, assumed her position as director of CAIRHE in January. Previously Adams worked for two decades on the faculty of the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, where she developed a national reputation as a health equity researcher.

Adams collaborates with American Indian communities on healthy lifestyle interventions for families with young children, as well as community-wide interventions to prevent chronic disease. Though her research began with Wisconsin tribes, in recent years it has expanded to tribal communities in five states, including Montana.

She credits her youth in inner-city New York and travel overseas with her British mother for showing her how differences across communities can result in vastly different health outcomes. Her work with the Rosebud Sioux Tribe of South Dakota during medical school ignited her interest in American Indian health.

“On the reservation you could plainly see the connection between bad policies, like shipping in poor-quality food and removing traditional food systems, and bad health outcomes,” Adams said. “That’s when I knew I didn’t just want to treat symptoms. I wanted to change fundamental causes.”

Adams said she will spend the next year building coalitions across the state and welcoming research partners of all types. A special meeting held in July with officials and faculty from MSU and the University of Montana discussed ways that CAIRHE hopes to collaborate with colleagues in Missoula who are already well-established in many areas of community-based public health research.

“The health challenges we face in Montana’s rural areas are too widespread and deeply ingrained for any one entity to tackle them,” Adams said. “We have to leverage the strengths of our individual communities and our reservations so we can all work together.”

CAIRHE is supported by an Institutional Development Award from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences division of the National Institutes of Health.

More information about CAIRHE is available online at http://www.montana.edu/cairhe/.

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Friday, Sep. 23rd, 2016

MT FWP reopens last closed segment of the Yellowstone River south of Livingston to all uses Friday


The segment set to reopen – a 17.2 mile reach from Emigrant Fishing Access Site to Pine Creek Fishing Access Site – was hardest hit by the fish kill primarily affecting the river’s Mountain Whitefish population. FWP crews have been closely monitoring the river and have not seen new mortality in this or other reaches of the Yellowstone.

With this reopening, FWP wants to the public to be aware that should new cases of dead or dying fish in the Yellowstone be observed in upcoming surveys, the possibility to close the Yellowstone again remains. The Fisheries team is concerned especially about the potential impact on Yellowstone Cutthroat Trout, a species of concern in Montana.

FWP appreciates the patience and understanding of the affected communities, businesses, and recreationists during the closure and into the future.
 
With the reopening, Gov. Steve Bullock also extended his appreciation to the public Thursday.
 
"I want to thank all Montanans and visitors for their ongoing support as we protect Montana jobs and the health of the Yellowstone River, one of the last, great, free-flowing rivers in the United States."
 
Earlier this week, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced it is offering low-interest federal loans to help businesses affected by the closure of the Yellowstone. The SBA declared the Yellowstone event a disaster following a request from Gov. Bullock.
 
More information on the Yellowstone fish kill can be found at http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/headlines/nr_4278.html.
 
FWP also reminds recreationists to Clean. Drain. Dry as this mantra is the key to preventing the introduction and spread of aquatic invasive species and other harmful organisms.
 

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Thursday, Sep. 22nd, 2016

Ice Rink Open for Season Monday, September 26th

For the last two weeks Bozeman Amateur Hockey Association (BAHA) employees and volunteers have cleaned, moved, and built an ice rink on the refrigerated slab in Haynes Pavilion. Per an agreement with the Gallatin County Fairgrounds, BAHA builds and tears-down every piece of board, glass, and ice in the facility each year.

The first day of ice (anticipated to be Sept. 26th) has a schedule complete with: private ice rental, Icedogs practice,drop-in hockey (“Puck Lunch”), public skating, stick & puck, figure skating club practice, MSU Hockey Club try-outs, and pre-season adult hockey league games.

“Like most years, we’re off to a running start,” says Operation Director Julie Keck, “In addition to our regular groups and programming, this week we are hosting the Montana Hockey Summit, as well as a community skate.”

The community skate, Rendez-vous at the Rink, is on October 2nd from 3-5pm. Admission to skate is FREE. Skate rentals, food, and merchandise will be available for purchase. The event is organized by BAHA and the Gallatin Ice Foundation to kick off the ice skating season with all community members, ice user groups, and teams.

Haynes Pavilion will be open from the week of September 26th through the end of April 2017. Ice programs are scheduled from 6am – midnight on most days. A full rink schedule and information on ice skating opportunities can be found at www.bozemanhockey.org.

 

For More Information please contact:

Layne Fisher with the Bozeman Amateur Hockey Association
lfisher@bozemanhockey.org
406-240-3031

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Monday, Sep. 19th, 2016

New program offers STEM resources to afterschool programs

A new project from Montana State University’s Extended University and the Montana Girls STEM Collaborative offers free science, technology, engineering and mathematics -- known as STEM -- resources and training to educators who work with middle school students in after-school programs.

 

The program is a combination of two efforts: Science Action Club, a hands-on STEM program from the California Academy of Sciences, and Small Town STEM, a Montana Girls STEM Collaborative program supported by the Women’s Foundation of Montana. It is open to sites that serve both boys and girls. Participants from Montana’s smallest towns are highly encouraged to apply.

Participating educators will receive a complete Science Action Club kit featuring high-quality science equipment and classroom supplies for 20 students, plus digital resources to provide opportunities to extend learning.

Educators selected for the program will complete a two-hour online module and attend a half-day training at MSU in Bozeman on Thursday, Oct. 20. Travel scholarships are available.

Afterschool programs serving grades 5 through 8 can apply online at: http://bit.ly/MT-SAC. The application deadline is Oct. 6.

The Montana Girls STEM Collaborative has co-leaders at MSU’s Extended University and the University of Montana and is supported by the National Science Foundation’s Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research program.

For more information, contact Suzi Taylor, MSU Extended University, (406) 994-7957 or taylor@montana.edu.

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September 24th marks the kick-off for the Bozeman Winter Farmers’ Market season

The Bozeman Winter Farmers’ Market (BWFM) is gearing up for its’ ninth season. The market has grown from just a few markets during the winter months to 15 markets over the course of three seasons. Saturday, September 24th marks the beginning of the winter market season with a special harvest festival from 9 AM to 12 PM at The Emerson Center in downtown Bozeman. The event is fortunate enough to feature some live “beets". The Dirt Farmers, a foot-stomping strong band, who call their musical style “paisley grass” will play a mix of old school country, bluegrass blues and rock. The event signifies the best time of the season where summers’ bounty is still available along with all of the fall gems.

Local vegetables do exist during winter in Montana! Even though Bozeman has a shorter growing season, shoppers can buy fresh, local vegetables all winter long. Winter markets are notorious for offering a few root vegetables and mostly crafts. The Winter Farmers’ Market is truly driven by farms. At each market, Gallatin Valley Botanical, Amaltheia Organic Dairy, Strike Farms and Three Hearts Farm will offer a variety of vegetables and greens at each market including spinach, arugula, mizuna, cabbage, carrots, parsnips, beets, potatoes, winter squash, onions, shallots, garlic, cabbage, turnips, leeks, and more. That’s quite a spread!

 
The winter farmers’ market showcases an additional 25 food and farm product vendors that allow you to cross off everything on your grocery list. Shoppers will find eggs, cheeses, beef, pork, lamb, honey, bread, MT grown grains, fermented vegetables, jams & syrups, soaps & salves, locally made dog treats, wool, coffee, locally grown and blended teas, hot breakfast, and much more all under one roof in the Emerson Ballroom.

 
The market dates for 2016-2017 are: September 24, October 8 & 22, November 5 & 19, December 17, January 7 & 21, February 4 & 18, March 4 & 18, and April 1, 15 & 29.
 
In addition to food and live music, each market will feature coloring for the kids and drawings for BWFM tote bags filled with products from featured vendors. The market will continue the Farmers’ Market Fan Cards program. As shoppers leave the market with purchases, volunteers will stamp their Fan Cards. Cards that are filled with twelve (12) stamps by noon on April 30th (the end of the fifteenth market) will be entered into a drawing for prizes from market sponsors, farms and vendors.

 
The BWFM is sponsored by Downtown Bozeman, Community Food Co-op, Gallatin Valley Botanical, Montana Parent, Rocky Mountain Gardening Magazine, Broken Ground and Bozeman Magazine. Join us for another season of fine local foods!  Who’s your farmer?
 
For more information, visit www.bozemanwintermarket.com or contact Stephanie Archer, Market Manager, at wintermarketbozeman@gmail.com.

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Friday, Sep. 16th, 2016

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks will reopen two reaches of the Yellowstone River Friday to all uses

The sections opening Friday include the reach from Point of Rocks Fishing Access Site to Emigrant Fishing Access Site along with the reach from Pine Creek Fishing Access Site to Highway 89 Bridge Fishing Access Site. The Shield River, a main tributary of the Yellowstone, will also reopen entirely Friday.

The 17.2 mile section of the Yellowstone from Emigrant Fishing Access Site to Pine Creek Fishing Access Site remains closed to all recreational use. FWP remains concerned that the disease has not run its course in this area most highly affected by the fish kill.
 
More information on the Yellowstone fish kill can be found at http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/headlines/nr_4278.html.
 
FWP also reminds recreationists to Clean. Drain. Dry as this mantra is the key to preventing the introduction and spread of aquatic invasive species and other harmful organisms.

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Thursday, Sep. 15th, 2016

2016 American Legion All State Teams announcement

Universal Athletic along with Montana/Alberta American Legion Baseball has announced their AA All-State and A All-Conference, All-State teams for the ninth year. Teams are selected by coaches by vote, and the awards are sponsored by Universal Athletic.
 
Universal Athletic is a Montana based athletic dealer established in 1971 that services team sports throughout the state.
 
“Universal Athletic is proud to recognize outstanding players throughout the state and enjoys partnering with American Legion baseball. Many of our employees have played and coached American Legion baseball,” President of Universal Athletic Greg Miller said, “We love being part of the baseball community state wide.”

 
Recognition of American legion players can result in college sponsorships for the athletes.
 
The class A All State and All Conference Teams consist of players from the Southern, Northern, Eastern and Western divisions. Class AA All State and All Conference players are chosen from Eastern and Western Divisions.
 
The Class A All State team includes Jake Finley with the Bitterroot Bucs, Tyler Nixon and his teammate Jon Ringer with the Bitterroot Red Sox, Sheldon Danforth with the Deer Lodge Wranglers, Robert Fitzgerald with the Dillon Cubs, Kyler Elliott with the Gallatin Valley Outlaws, Vinny Smith from the Glacier Twins, Gunnar Garpstad from the Glendive Blue Devils, Trevor Meier, Mason O’Donnell and Dawson Cortese with the Laurel Dodgers, Andrew Lalum and Tyler Lee from Lewistown, Buck Spallone and Zander Petrich from the Livingston Braves, Jacob Harrod from the Mission Valley Mariners, Kory Halvorson with the Richland Co Patriots and Ryan Marshall, Jalen Lane and Vance Fode from Vauxhall.

 
The Class AA All State team includes Cole McKenzie with the Billings Royals, Gordan Sveinson, Jake McGovern and Caje Golden from the Billings Scarlets, Carter Pappas and Colin Sassano from the Helena Senators, Leif Ericksen from the Kalispell Lakers, Tevin Hall with the Lethbridge Elks, Intek Hong and Ryan Fauth from the Medicine Hat Moose Monarchs, and Jacob Bierig and Nick Yovetich with the Missoula Mavs.

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Wednesday, Sep. 14th, 2016

2nd Annual Bozeman's Choice Readers Poll coming soon

In 2015 Bozeman Magazine launched the first ever Bozeman's Choice Readers Poll, we asked our readers to tell us what they like, don't like, where they go and what they love. Over 550 readers engaged in online voting, adding their own answers to best of choices, in turn being voted on by other readers.

There is no shortage of options when it comes to our categories!

On October 1st the 2nd Annual Bozeman's Choice Readers Poll will go live on bozemanmagazine.com we encourage local businesses to print a poster or table tent (available on our website) and share the poll via their social media venues in order to gain the most votes and be named Bozeman's Choice! Results will be revealed in the January 2017 issue of Bozeman Magazine, and this years poll will be the 2017 Bozeman's Choice.

We wish you all the best!!

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Tuesday, Sep. 13th, 2016

MSU School of Art to host World Champion Belt Buckle competition and exhibit

The Montana State University School of Art, part of the College of Arts and Architecture, will host the fourth annual World Championship Belt Buckle Competition.

Bryan Petersen, professor in the MSU School of Art and one of the event's organizers, said the contest attracts buckle entries from countries throughout the world.

"The fourth annual World Championship Belt Buckle Competition is a juried online exhibition inviting all one-of-a-kind, handcrafted, wearable examples in the belt buckle format including western, modern, fashion, narrative and conceptual," Petersen said. Up to 60 finalists will be selected for the online gallery and an exhibition of prints.

Nash Quinn of Edinboro, Pennsylvania, a 2014 finalist, will join MSU’s Petersen as a juror for this year’s competition. As part of the event, Quinn will exhibit his metalwork at the Exit Gallery from Sept. 19-Oct. 7, with an opening reception from 5-6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21.  Quinn will also give an artist lecture from 6-7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 20, in Cheever Hall, room 214.

The winning entry will receive a cash prize and a World Champion Title Belt Buckle, while second and third place winners will receive cash awards. This year’s title buckle will be made by Pat Pruitt of Paguate, New Mexico, the 2014 World Champion buckle maker, whose buckles generally are valued at around $6,000, according to Petersen.

For more information, or to register, see: http://www.worldchampionbuckle.com/prospectus. There will be a $30 non-refundable entry fee. The registration deadline is Sept. 16.

The virtual exhibit will open Friday, Oct. 14, at: http://worldchampionbuckle.com/.

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