Tuesday, Oct. 15th, 2019

MSU center receives $10.7 million to continue work to reduce health disparities in Native and rural communities

The National Institutes of Health has awarded a five-year, $10.7 million grant to the Center for American Indian and Rural Health Equity at Montana State University, or CAIRHE, to continue its mission to reduce health disparities in Native and rural communities through community-based participatory research.

Founded in 2014, the center concluded its first five-year Centers of Biomedical Research Excellence grant from the NIH earlier this year. Following a competitive renewal process, CAIRHE received its latest five-year grant effective Sept. 1.

Dr. Alexandra Adams, the center’s director and principal investigator, said CAIRHE has become a major contributor to health equity research in the state in a short time.

“The public health challenges in rural and Native communities across our state are too much for any one entity to address,” she said. “Working with our partner communities, CAIRHE can act as a hub to bring stakeholders together for lasting change and positive health outcomes.”

In its first five years, the center has built a multidisciplinary network of researchers, faculty mentors and students that spans five colleges and half a dozen departments at MSU, Adams said. In addition to funding multiple faculty research projects and smaller pilot projects, CAIRHE mentors its junior faculty investigators to become independently funded researchers who hold the highest level of grant funding from the NIH or other national grant-awarding agencies, she added.

In the past year, CAIRHE founded the Translational Biomarkers Core Lab in MSU’s Health Sciences Building, providing state-of-the-art services to assess a wide range of biomarkers related to public health research, including inflammation, oxidative stress, hormones and nutrition analytes. The center also introduced the Health Education and Research Bus, or HERB, a 25-foot RV customized as a mobile laboratory for health equity research and outreach in Montana’s remote areas.

Both the Translational Biomarkers Core and HERB are available to other MSU researchers as part of the university’s growing research infrastructure, Adams said.

“Both facilities are unique at MSU and are among the many ways that CAIRHE hopes to distinguish itself over the next five years,” she said.

CAIRHE has cultivated a statewide and national network of research partners across the public health spectrum — from communities to health providers and other stakeholders — which it calls the Health Equity Network. One notable outcome of that collaboration is CAIRHE’s recent participation in a special report, “C2H2: Impacts of Montana’s Changing Climate on Human Health,” being produced by more than 40 partners for release in the summer of 2020.

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Monday, Oct. 14th, 2019

BZN is the most well-served ski destination in the country, making a trip to Big Sky easier than ever

Big Sky, Mont. (October 14, 2019) –  With a fresh blanket of snow across Montana, skiers and riders headed to Big Sky Resort via Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport (BZN) will find expanded air service from several cities this winter. BZN has recently announced increased air service that will take effect for the 2019-2020 winter season, through summer 2020.

Additional Air Service for Winter 2019-2020
To better serve skiers and riders eyeing the slopes this season, Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport will offer a 12.9% increase in total seats available. Among the most notable increases are additional flights to Seattle, Chicago, and Detroit. Delta Air Lines will add twice daily service from Seattle (SEA) beginning in January 2020, increasing overall flights offered to Seattle by 84% for a total of seven daily flights between Alaska and Delta Air Lines. American Airlines will add daily flights from Chicago (ORD), increasing the total number of American flights to Chicago by 332%. Delta Air Lines will also increase Detroit (DTW) service this winter by offering flights between December and March this season, a 900% increase in seats year over year.

Additional Air Service for Summer 2020
American Airlines will introduce non-stop seasonal service to three additional destinations for the summer of 2020.  In addition to year-round daily service to Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) and winter and summer daily service to Chicago (ORD), American will add daily summer service to Los Angeles (LAX), Saturday summer service to New York (LGA) and Montana’s first service to the state of Pennsylvania with Saturday summer service to Philadelphia (PHL). 

With direct flights to 16 cities in the winter, Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport is the most well-served ski destination across the United States. During the winter season, the airport offers 13 daily non-stop flights to Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Denver, Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, New York, Portland, Seattle, Salt Lake City, and San Francisco. In the summer season, air service increases and BZN offers direct non-stop flights to 18 destinations.

Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport is located just 50 miles from Big Sky Resort, one of the fastest growing ski destinations in North America and home to 5,850 acres of terrain, 4,350 feet of vertical, and 300 degrees of skiing off Lone Peak.

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Friday, Oct. 4th, 2019

2019 Halloween-y Events in Bozeman

October is amazing in Bozeman! There are a lot of fun fall activities happening featuring autumn themes and of course, Halloween! We've compiled a huge list for you so you don't have to dig for them all. Tell them Bozeman Magazine told ya so!

Bozeman Straw Bale Maze

    •    1340 E Valley Center Road, Bozeman, MT
    •    Call (406) 388-7818
    •    Open October 2nd - October 27th, 2019
    •    Wednesdays:6:00pm - 9:00pm
    •    Fridays:5:00pm - 9:00pm
    •    Saturdays:10:00am - 9:00pm
    •    Sundays:12:00pm - 6:00pm 
    •    Sat. Oct. 12 10am-2pm

Montana Corn Maze
4605 W Cameron Bridge Rd, Manhattan, MT
    •    Ticket Prices: $8 -- Ages 12 and up, $6 -- Ages 4-11
    •    FREE for ages 3 and under
    •    Cash and credit card are accepted
    •    October - Fridays 5:00 pm-8:00 pm
    •    October - Saturdays 11:00 am-8:00 pm
    •    Saturday, October 26: regular maze tickets will be sold from 11:00 am to 4:30 pm. The maze will be emptied at 5:15 pm in preparation for the haunted maze.

Rocky Creek Farm

34297 Frontage Rd Bozeman, MT
   •  October Fridays 1-5, Saturdays & Sundays 9-5
Tractor drawn hay wagon rides to pick a pumpkin in the apple orchard is officially happening! Private bookings during the week.

Kids’ Halloween Costume Swap
Gallatin Valley Mall 2825 West Main St., Bozeman  |  FREE
Saturday, October 12, 2019 at 10 AM – 2 PM

Halloween Happenings/Kids Day
Goodwill 2130 Simmental Way, Bozeman and 6161 Jackrabbit Ln, Belgrade
    •    Saturday, October 12
    •    1 PM – 4 PM
Special Halloween activities, games, treats and fun! Enter to win a four-pack of tickets to the Addams Family movie!

Sunset Hills Cemetary Tour
Sunset Hills Cemetary 
   •   Fri. Oct. 18 7pm & Sat. Oct. 19 9pm 
   •   All Ages
Learn all about Bozeman’s founders and those who are spending their eternal rest in the Sunset Hills Cemetery at the tour put on by the Bozeman Paranormal Society. Sunset Hills Cemetery is educational on a regular day, but during a Halloween tour? It’s sure to be shocking.

Kenyon Noble's 21st Annual Junior Carpenter Pumpkin Carving Contest
Belgrade, Bozeman, and Livingston Kenyon Noble locations
•     Sat. Oct. 19 11am-1pm
•     Cost: FREE
•     All Ages
Bring your family & friends to spend a fun-filled afternoon carving pumpkins with us. Pick a free pumpkin of your choice, carve your little hearts out and try to win some super cool prizes! Located at Belgrade, Bozeman, and Livingston Kenyon Noble locations.

Anderson School Haunted House "Forest of Terror"  
At the Little Red School House, south of Huffine Lane on Cottonwood Road
   
•    Friday, October 25th & Saturday, October 26th, 2019
    •    10030 Cottonwood Rd, Bozeman
    •    Lights ON: 5:30pm - 6:30pm for $5
    •    Lights OFF: 7pm - 10pm
    •    Fast Pass: $15, Skip The Line: $30
For over 20 years the 8th grade class at Anderson school has been scaring the residents of Bozeman with their sensational haunted house. Each year is grander, scarier and more exciting than the year before. Don't miss this years event!!!

Pumpkins in the Pool
Bozeman Swim Center
•  Friday, October 25th 2019 6:15pm-8:30pm
•  Daily Admission fee of $4.00 for adults, $3.00 for youth and seniors, or $10 for a family.
No tricks, just treats! Bring a friend and come on down to the Bozeman Swim Center for some spooky fun! We will have pumpkins in the pool, Halloween music playing, and treats to take home after your swim. *while supplies last. The inflatable toy will also be in the water! Don’t miss out on this fun event!

Run for your Life 5k & Kids Run  
Bobcat Stadium 1 Bobcat Circle, Bozeman
     •     Sat. Oct. 26 9am
     •     Cost: $25 adults, $15 youth, $10 kids
    •     Age: All Ages
A fun race to help a deep purpose!

3rd Annual Haunted Peaks Halloween Festival
Big Sky Town Center Ousel Falls Road, Big Sky
   
•    Oct. 26 noon-8pm Sat.
   •    Cost: FREE
This all ages event is filled with traditional holiday activities, live music and great Fall fun.

Halloween Skate
Haynes Pavilion and the Ice Barn located at the Gallatin County Fairgrounds 901 North Black Avenue, Bozeman
   •   Sat. Oct. 26 noon-2pm
   •   Cost: Ages 13 and older: $5 Ages 6-12: $3 Ages 5 and under: FREE
One day a year just isn't enough to show off your prized Halloween costume. Bring the whole family to this public skating event to enjoy ghostly tunes in a fun/safe environment.

Boo Bash at YMCA
Gallatin Valley YMCA 3673 Love Lane, Bozeman
    •   Sat. Oct. 26  1pm
    •   Cost: Free
    •   Age: All Ages
At this Halloween party and community event do the monster mash in costume with activities like arts and crafts, bounce houses, family-friendly tunes and sweet treats.

Family Grossology Halloween Party
Museum of the Rockies 600 West Kagy Boulevard, Bozeman
   •   Sat. Oct. 26 2-5pm
   •   Cost: Included with admission
   •   Age: All Ages
Come in costume to see disgusting science, make some icky crafts, and check out what your scabs look like on the big screen. Spooky stories and goody bags.

QUARANTINE at Story Mill
Story Mill 888 Hillside LN, Bozeman
   •  Sat. Oct. 26  4pm-11pm
   •   Cost: $25-$30
   •   Age: 18+
Moonlight Productions presents QUARANTINE at Story Mill - Bozeman's largest EDM Halloween party! 18 DJ's / 2 Stages / Food Vendors / Art Installations / Full Bar with ID

Haunted Mountain Theater
Museum of the Rockies 600 West Kagy Boulevard, Bozeman
   •   Sat. Oct. 26  6-7pm
   •   Cost: $9-$13
   •   Age: Age 10+
We will bring the Northern Rocky Mountains’ spookier history & folklore to life through an approximately 50-minute production that blends live-theater with the Taylor Planetarium.

Ballroom Dance Bozeman presents Ghouls’ Night Out
Bozeman Senior Center  807 N. Tracy Ave
     •   Sat. Oct. 26   7-10pm
    
•   Cost: General Public $15; Ballroom Dance Bozeman members free
     •   All Ages
Music by John Fox Sound. Singles and Couples welcome. Suggested attire is a costume or dressy casual; remember clean dance shoes. Bring a favorite snack to share, if you wish.

9th annual Mollyween
The Molly Brown 703 W. Babcock, Bozeman
   •  
Sat. Oct. 26  9pm-1am  
   •   Cost: no cover
   •   Age: 21+
This is a free show with The Hawthorne Roots and Left On Tenth & a kick-ass costume contest.

Bozeman Health Trick or Treat
Bozeman Health 915 Highland Boulevard, Bozeman
   •   Thu. Oct. 31  3-5pm
   •   Cost: FREE
   •   Age: all ages
Stay warm this Halloween in our all-ages haunted hallway! Candy & non-food treats. Park in Lot C.

Trick or Treating in Town Center
Big Sky Town Center Ousel Falls Road, Big Sky
   •   Thu. Oct. 31  3-5pm
   •   Cost: FREE
Grab your kiddos and head to the Town Center for an afternoon of trick or treating at our local Big Sky businesses.

Downtown Bozeman Trick or Treating 2019
    •    Thursday, October 31, 2019
    •    4 PM – 6PM
    •    East Main St, Bozeman, Montana
Over 150 businesses welcome kids and families with candy and Halloween decorations

   •   4-6pm Thursday October 31
PARENTS PLEASE accompany your Trick or Treaters!
Businesses from all over town will be set up in areas downtown offering treats– as well as participating downtown area businesses!
We are excited to have a Fun, SAFE Trick or Treat Street right here in Belgrade!
   •  4-6pm Thursday October 31
2219 West Oak Street Bozeman
Bozeman Elks Lodge, Haggerty Ln Bozeman
   •   4 – 8 p.m.  October 31, 2019
Food, Games, & Prizes Bring the kids before or after the Downtown & Gallatin Vally Mall Celebration This Event is being hosted by Bozeman Elks Lodge & Gallatin Empire Lions Club. Donations to go to Veterans Alliance of Southwest Montana

Trick-or-Treating at the Gallatin Valley Mall  
Gallatin Valley Mall 2825 West Main St., Bozeman
   •  Thursday, October 31, 2019
   •   5-7pm
   •   Age: All Ages
Trick-or-Treating is great in Montana when you can do it inside, which is why so many families head over to the mall for an evening of fun. This community event brings together all the fun of Halloween under one roof.

Harvest Carnival
Gallatin County Fairgrounds Indoor Arena 901 N. Black Ave, Bozeman
   •   Thu. Oct. 31  6-8pm
   •   Cost: FREE
   •   Age: 3-14
Come one, come all to the Gallatin County Fairgrounds this Halloween for a family friendly night benefiting Haven Shelter! This fun event is free for the whole family.

Rocky Horror Picture Show + Dinner
   •   Thu. Oct. 31  6 & 8:30pm
   •   Cost: $60 for show and 3 course dinner
It's that time of year! Tickets now available for purchase online at plonkwine.com. Trick or treat! Dine, drink... take a strange journey... Halloween night! Thurs, OCT 31st. A Verge Theater production, the Rocky Horror Picture Show!!!

The Bacchus Halloween Bash
•   Thu. Oct. 31 8 pm-close
•  No cover. 21+
Come get spooky for Halloween at The Bacchus! Hosting costume contests with prizes awarded all night and serving some festive $3 beer, $4 shot and $5 cocktail specials. Dance the night away with special guest DJ Missy O'Malley from 9pm to close!

Dead Sky HalloWEEN: A Tribute to Ween
The Filling Station 2005 N. Rouse Ave, Bozeman
   •   Thu. Oct. 31  9pm
   •   Cost: Advance: $9, Door: $12
   •   Age: 21+
Dead Sky will be getting weird with a HalloWEEN tribute show.


We continue to add to this list as more events are announced.

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Disney store at Target in Bozeman opens today

Disney Store “Shop-in-Shop” Launches Online and in 25 Target Stores Nationwide Today
 
WHAT: The launch of Disney store at Target in 25 select Target locations nationwide to help bring the magic of Disney to the joy of shopping at Target.
 
Guests can now shop from an enhanced Disney assortment of more than 450 items, including more than 100 products that were previously only available at Disney retail locations. Just in time for the Triple #ForceFriday and Frozen Fan Fest celebrations, the “shop-in-shop” features newly unveiled Disney merchandise from Frozen 2 and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. Target will offer more than 100 exclusive products from these highly anticipated theatrical releases, due in theaters later this year.

To celebrate the grand openings, the first 250 guests that visit the 25 store locations will receive a Disney store at Target limited-edition canvas tote bag.* In addition, guests are invited to share their favorite Star Wars and Frozen memories on their social channels using the hashtags #ShareTheForce and #ThePowerWithin and tagging @Target.

“We’ve brought the magic of Disney to Target, bringing together great merchandise amidst an experience that’s truly immersive and unique,” said Mark Tritton, executive vice president and chief merchandising officer, Target. “Guests will be able connect with the Disney characters and stories they love in a meaningful way, while accessing the latest and greatest Disney products, including items previously only available at Disney retail locations.”

Disney store at Target is replicated online at Target.com/Disneystore and in the Target app, available for download on iOS and Android. The new online experience serves as a hub for the Disney stories and characters guests love, all in one place. The majority of products available at Disney store at Target retail locations are also available online.

Items range in price from $2 - $200, with many items under $20.
 
WHEN: Starting Friday, Oct. 4, 2019 at 7 a.m. MDT
 
WHERE: Disney store at Target is now open in the following 25 Target stores:
    •    Allen North #2516 (Allen, Texas)
    ◦    150 E Stacy Rd, Ste 2400
    •    Austin NW #1797 (Austin, Texas)
    ◦    10900 Lakeline Mall Dr
    •    Bozeman #1237 (Bozeman, Mont.)
    ◦    2550 Catron St
    •    Brighton #922 (Brighton, Mich.)
    ◦    8043 Challis Rd
    •    Chicago Brickyard #1924 (Chicago, Ill.)
    ◦    6525 W Diversey Ave
    •    Clearwater #1820 (Clearwater, Fla.)
    ◦    2747 Gulf To Bay Blvd
    •    Denver Stapleton #2052 (Denver, Colo.)
    ◦    7930 Northfield Blvd
    •    Edmond #1398 (Edmond, Okla.)
    ◦    1200 E 2nd St
    •    Euless #1368 (Euless, Texas)
    ◦    1401 W Glade Rd
    •    Houston North Central #1458 (Spring, Texas)
    ◦    19511 I H 45
    •    Jacksonville Mandarin #1300 (Jacksonville, Fla.)
    ◦    10490 San Jose Blvd
    •    Keizer #2110 (Keizer, Ore.)
    ◦    6450 Keizer Station Blvd NE
    •    Lake Stevens #1331 (Lake Stevens, Wash.)
    ◦    9601 Market Pl
    •    Leesburg #1874 (Leesburg, Va.)
    ◦    1200 Edwards Ferry Rd
    •    Loveland #1178 (Loveland, Colo.)
    ◦    1725 Rocky Mountain Ave
    •    Maple Grove North #2193 (Maple Grove, Minn.)
    ◦    15300 Grove Circle N
    •    Mobile West #1376 (Mobile, Ala.)
    ◦    790 Schillinger Rd S
    •    Murrieta #1283 (Murrieta, Calif.)
    ◦    41040 California Oaks Rd
    •    New Lenox #2028 (New Lenox, Ill.)
    ◦    2370 E Lincoln Hwy
    •    Pasadena #1396 (Pasadena, Texas)
    ◦    5757 Fairmont Pkwy
    •    Philadelphia West #2124 (Philadelphia, Pa.)
    ◦    4000 Monument Rd
    •    San Jose College Park #2088 (San Jose, Calif.)
    ◦    533 Coleman Ave
    •    South Jordan #2123 (South Jordan, Utah)
    ◦    11525 Parkway Plaza Dr
    •    Stroudsburg #1260 (Stroudsburg, Pa.)
    ◦    155 Pocono Commons
    •    Waterford Park #2068 (Clarksville, Ind.)
    ◦    1125 Veterans Pkwy

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Rocky Mountain Businesses Call on Congress to Prioritize Public Lands

This week, more than 200 Rocky Mountain business leaders from New Mexico, Colorado, and Montana released open letters to their congressional delegations calling on Congress to provide full funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund. In the letters, the business owners urged legislators representing the Rocky Mountain West to lead their colleagues in the House and Senate in passing legislation that would stop Congress from diverting funding away from public lands.

LWCF functions as a bank account for public lands, using revenues the federal government receives from offshore oil and gas leasing to invest in resources like parks, playgrounds, and trails. The program was made permanent with passage of a public lands law known as the Dingell Act this March, but funding remains subject to the whims of Congress during the annual appropriations process. Almost every year, Congress uses some of the funds set aside for LWCF for other purposes. More than $22 billion has been diverted from LWCF over its 55-year lifespan.

“While permanent reauthorization of LWCF was an important step forward,” wrote the business owners, “the Dingell Act didn’t include any provision for a dedicated funding stream for LWCF – and a fund with no funding isn’t the victory our public lands deserve.”

The business leaders represent a wide swath of industries and rural and urban communities alike. Some run well-known companies like Golden, Colorado’s AC Golden Brewing (a subsidiary of MillerCoors), while others are restaurant owners, self-employed web designers, and medical professionals. Mary Johnston, Executive Director of the Anaconda Chamber of Commerce in western Montana, explained why LWCF funding is important to businesses that aren’t directly tied to the outdoor recreation economy.

“LWCF makes a big difference in local communities and improves our quality of life,” said Johnston. “Anaconda has used these funds to support projects including paving our Lower Works Trail to make it accessible to more people, building our skate park, and rebuilding the tennis courts.”
 
The business owners released the letters soon after the Senate Interior Appropriations Committee proposed to fund LWCF at just $465 million in 2020. That’s less than the House’s proposed number of $524 million, and barely more than half of the $900 million that the fund is supposed to receive each year.

In the letters, the business leaders call on their members of Congress to champion legislation guaranteeing funding for LWCF at the $900 million level, which would prevent Congress from continuing to divert funds away from the program. This legislation was introduced by a bipartisan group of Senators and Representatives earlier this year, including all six of the Senators representing these states, but has not yet been voted on. As members of the majority party in the Senate, Colorado Senator Cory Gardner and Montana Senator Steve Daines have a critical role to play in ensuring that the legislation does indeed make it past the Senate floor.

“When Congress created LWCF, they made a promise to the American people that money from oil and gas drilling would be used to protect public lands for all of us,” said Patrick Webber, co-founder of Denver-based Fourpoints Bar. “We need Congress to follow through on its commitment by prioritizing our public lands through the LWCF.”

You can read the full letters and see the lists of signatories online for New Mexico, Colorado, and Montana.
 
About the Continental Divide Trail
The CDT is one of the world’s premiere long-distance trails, stretching 3,100 miles from Mexico to Canada along the Continental Divide. Designated by Congress in 1978, the CDT is the highest, most challenging and most remote of the 11 National Scenic Trails. It provides recreational opportunities ranging from hiking to horseback riding to hunting for thousands of visitors each year. While 95% of the CDT is located on public land, approximately 180 miles are still in need of protection.

 
About the Continental Divide Trail Coalition
The CDTC was founded in 2012 by volunteers and recreationists hoping to provide a unified voice for the Trail. Working hand-in-hand with the U.S. Forest Service and other federal land management agencies, the CDTC is a non-profit organization supporting stewardship of the CDT. The mission of the CDTC is to complete, promote and protect the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail, a world-class national resource. For more information, please visit continentaldividetrail.org.

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Wednesday, Oct. 2nd, 2019

FWP acquires 160-acre addition to Mt. Haggin WMA

Recreationists now have an additional 160 acres to enjoy when visiting the Mt. Haggin Wildlife Management Area south of Anaconda. 

The new parcel lies along the north-central boundary of the WMA. Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks recently partnered with the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation to purchase the parcel from a landowner wishing to see the property go into public ownership. The purchase received support from local conservation groups, Deer Lodge County commissioners, and several local sportsmen and women. 

FWP closed on the sale on Sept. 19. The property is now open to the public. 

Mt. Haggin is Montana’s largest wildlife management area at 65,000 acres. The WMA spans the Continental Divide, providing quality wildlife habitat in both summer and winter ranges, as well as migration corridors. The WMA also provides excellent fishing opportunities. 

While the recent addition is relatively small compared to the rest of the property, it brings valuable wildlife habitat into public ownership. 

“This new parcel will provide additional year-round recreation for the public in an area with excellent wildlife and fish habitat,” said Vanna Boccadori, FWP’s Butte Area wildlife biologist.  

Motorized access to the new parcel will be closed from May 15 to Dec. 1. Cross-country snowmobile travel will be allowed outside of the closure, consistent with existing regulations on the adjacent portion of the WMA east of the Continental Divide.

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Tuesday, Oct. 1st, 2019

Community Partners Create PNKBZN to Increase Awareness of Breast Cancer Awareness Month

BOZEMAN, MT [October 1, 2019] — The American Cancer Society estimates that more than 890 women in the state of Montana will be diagnosed with breast cancer in 2019. In the greater Gallatin Valley, in 2018 one fourth of breast cancers were diagnosed in women under the age of 50. And, while not as common, men are diagnosed with breast cancer; approximately 2,600 men a year throughout the United States. National Breast Cancer Awareness Month was designated as October in 1985 to raise awareness and gain funding for research for a cure, while elevating education around the importance of annual/early screening.

PNKBZN, a community-wide campaign for the month of October, is the result of collaboration and ideas from local Bozeman organizations: Advanced Medical Imaging, Bozeman Health, Cancer Support Community, Downtown Bozeman Partnership, Montana State University, and Montana State University Athletics, with graphic design support from PRIME Incorporated. PNKBZN seeks to enhance local awareness of the importance of following screening guidelines for breast care, how to access screenings and diagnostic screenings and other resources, increase the community conversation around cancer awareness, and provide inspirational stories of men and women in our community who are living with breast cancer.

Downtown Bozeman will turn pink for the entire month of October with pink street banners lining Main Street, window decorations featuring cancer survivor stories and breast cancer facts, and Pack the Place in Pink information. A calendar of associated events, community resources, and programs is located at PinkBozeman.com, hosted by PNKBZN community partners, with inclusions from other community partners. To learn more or get involved, fill out the form at PinkBozeman.com.

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Sun Wind Snow Launches New Skin Care Line

BOZEMAN, MT -- 1 October 2019 -- Sun Wind Snow LLC announced today its initial product line of natural skin care products designed to provide an integrated solution for active outdoor people. SWS’ All Weather DefenseTM SPF 30 Sunstick leads its 9-product suite.

Dr. Holly Thompson founded Sun Wind Snow in her kitchen in Bozeman, MT to address the needs of people with outdoor lifestyles who want naturally active skincare products that are good for their skin and make their skin feel good. She has developed a range of premium products that include natural and organic ingredients that are based on Chinese and Ayurvedic dermatologic herbs designed to protect, nourish, and restore skin that has been exposed to the elements.

“I have been making my own lotions for years,” Holly explained, “because I want my own skin to feel as good as I do when I come back inside from outdoor adventures. Friends and colleagues have confirmed our research that it is hard to find products that meet the needs of active women throughout their adventuring years. They want solutions that are healthy for their skin, are vibrant, and feel good. So after tweaking our formulas to improve the products based on feedback from our beta testers, we started Sun Wind Snow to meet this demand. We will also promote a sense of community for mature women who love the outdoors to support an active and healthy lifestyle with other older women.”

Sun Wind Snow LLC kicked off its community support for outdoor lifestyles with its recent sponsorship of high-profile sailing and golfing events in Marblehead, MA and Bethpage, NY.

In addition to its sunscreen, the SWS product suite has products that include botanically-derived active ingredients. Outdoor enthusiasts and others whose lifestyles take them outdoors may order the products and find out more information at the Company’s online store: https://sunwindsnow.com

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Monday, Sep. 30th, 2019

Montana's minimum wage is scheduled to increase in January

The current minimum wage in Montana is $8.50 per hour.
 
Governor Steve Bullock announced on Monday that Montanans earning minimum wage will see the rate increase to $8.65 per hour beginning January 1, 2020.
 
The 2019 minimum wage in Montana is $8.50 per hour. Currently, 29 states and D.C. have minimum wages above the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour.
 
A press release from the Governor's office says that an estimated 10,200 Montana workers, or 2.2% of the workforce, currently receive hourly wages less than $8.65 per hour, and are likely to receive higher wages due to the 2020 minimum wage increase.
 
In 2018, the industry with the largest number of workers earning minimum wage was the accommodations and food services industry followed by the retail trade industry.
 
The minimum wage is determined by taking the current minimum wage of $8.50 and increasing it by the CPI-U increase from August of 2018 to August 2019. The CPI-U increased by 1.75% over the year ending August 2019. To keep the minimum wage at the same purchasing power as the prior year, the wage should increase by $0.148 per hour. The resulting wage is $8.648 and statute specifies that the wage must be rounded to the nearest 5 cents.
 
Montana Code Annotated 39-3-409 requires the Montana Department of Labor and Industry (DLI) to adjust the Montana minimum wage for inflation using the Consumer Price Index for Urban Consumers (CPI-U).

“This increase ensures Montanans earning the minimum wage don’t fall further behind, but we still have work to do to make a living wage a reality for all Montanans,” Governor Bullock said in the press release. “Montana has the sixth fastest wage growth in the nation over the past decade, and we must build on this trend by continuing to create good-paying jobs, supporting Montana businesses, standing up for employees who negotiate for better pay, and increasing opportunities to pursue education or in-demand skills.”
 

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The Salvation Army Thrift Store Farewell EventSalvation Army hosts “see you later” event

Bozeman, MT – (Sept. 30, 2019) The Salvation Army Bozeman Thrift Store will host a “see you later” event at their store at 425 E. Babcock St., on their last day of operations, Monday, September 30 from 11am – 4pm.  

Everything in the store will be extremely discounted, and flash sales will add to the price reduction. Free hot dogs and water will be available for attendees. 

“We want to give our long-time customers the opportunity to say farewell one more time,” says Lt. Rick Larson, The Salvation Army Bozeman pastor and administrator. “We’re grateful for the support of the community and are excited to see what additional services in Bozeman we can provide.” 

After months of careful analysis, it was evident that The Salvation Army can no longer successfully sustain the Thrift Store. The suspension will not affect The Salvation Army’s other services, located at the Corps Community Center, which include rental and utility assistance, transportation assistance, grocery vouchers, hygiene supplies, laundry vouchers, veterans’ services and afterschool character building programs.  

The Salvation Army has served Gallatin County since 1897 and is committed to continue doing so for years to come. Transitioning the thrift store to a rental space will allow The Salvation Army to reevaluate and reinvest its resources in the community through other programs and services. The Salvation Army currently serves more than 180 people every week through its programs and expects that number to increase with a stronger focus on social services. 

The Salvation Army will soon lease the space, creating an opportunity to partner with another community organization that will positively benefit the Bozeman community. For more information about The Salvation Army in Bozeman, visit Bozeman.salvationarmy.org.

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