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Pat Hill


Pat Hill is a freelance writer in Bozeman. A native Montanan and former advisor to Montana State University’s Exponent newspaper, Pat has been writing about the history and politics of the Treasure State for nearly three decades.

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Wed. Nov. 1st, 2017

A.J. Croce Makes His Dad’s Music Come Alive

by Pat Hill

AJ Croce is making three stops in Big Sky Country early in November, and the singer-songwriter is playing Bozeman’s Ellen Theatre on the 4th.The son of the late singer-songwriter Jim Croce, who died in a plane crash in 1973, the…

Sat. Jul. 1st, 2017

Sweet Pea Festival: More than just tater pigs

by Pat Hill

The first weekend in August brings some big fun in Bozeman, as the 40th Annual Sweet Pea Festival and the 7th annual SLAM Festival coincide in two of the city’s favorite parks. Both of these Bozeman festivals celebrate the arts,…

Thu. Jun. 1st, 2017

A Summer of Montana Music

by Pat Hill

Summer’s approach in southwest Montana and beyond brings with it the promise of live outdoor music performances, and the 2017 festival and outdoor concert season is looking promising indeed. Freebies Some of the best things in life are…

Thu. Jun. 1st, 2017

Favorite Venue? I Like the Tetons

by Pat Hill

With an assortment of excellent festivals during the summer in the northern Rockies, it’s hard to pick a favorite, but my favorite venue has to be on the west side of the Teton mountain range at Grand Targhee Resort. Tom Garnsey, owner…

Wed. Feb. 1st, 2017

Montana Adjusts To New Medical Marijuana Laws

by Pat Hill

In the wake of passage of a citizen initiative restoring Montana’s Medical Marijuana Program, the Treasure State’s medical cannabis providers are operating in a new business climate.Uncertainties have plagued Montana’s…

Thu. Dec. 1st, 2016

Memories of The Mountain

by Pat Hill

My last full ski season began the winter after I graduated from high school. That was in 1976, back when Bridger Bowl only sported three chairlifts and a T-Bar. Back when it used to get cold—and stay that way awhile. Back when it used…

Fri. Sep. 2nd, 2016

Parasite Brings Halt To Yellowstone River Activity

by Pat Hill

Montana’s governor Steve Bullock flew over the upper Yellowstone in the Paradise Valley on August 23, four days after Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks shut the river down tight after learning of thousands of dead Whitefish in the waters…

Mon. Aug. 1st, 2016

Aber Day Reunion Show in Philipsburg

by Pat Hill

One of the most hallowed music events in the history of the Treasure State has been given new life, as Philipsburg hosts the 2nd Annual Aber Day Reunion on Aug. 20, featuring the Mission Mountain Wood Band, the Big Sky Mudflaps, and the…

Mon. May. 2nd, 2016

Put the Lewis and Clark Brewery in Helena on your Bucket List

by Pat Hill

The Lewis and Clark Brewery and Tap Room in Helena is a Montana microbrewery located in some historic digs, and a great place to stop in for a fine Treasure State brew, a snack, or some live music. Owner Max Pigman bought what was then the…