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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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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…

Tue. Mar. 1st, 2016

Should Women be Required to Register for Selective Service?

by Pat Hill

In the wake of Defense Secretary Ash Carter’s decision in December to entirely open the U.S. military to women, two members of Congress have introduced legislation to require women to register for Selective Service.In February, Rep.…

Mon. Feb. 1st, 2016

OBAMA Takes Executive Action Regarding Guns

by Pat Hill

Last month President Obama took executive actions aimed at curbing gun violence in the United States, and the reviews have been expectedly mixed. The President has not called for any new laws, issuing executive actions rather than executive…

Thu. Oct. 1st, 2015

A Haunted Hotel Over The Hill

by Pat Hill, photos by Zach Hoffman

The Murray Hotel in Livingston has had many guests since it was first constructed over a century ago, and if the stories are to be believed, it could be that some of them have never left.Originally called the Elite Hotel when it was first…

Thu. Oct. 1st, 2015

Talking Shop with Bozeman’s Mayor

by Pat Hill

The mayor that Bozemanites elect this November won’t actually begin to serve their term in that capacity until 2017.Instead, the candidate voters send to the seat will serve the first two years of their four-year term as Deputy Mayor, a…

Thu. Oct. 1st, 2015

The Age of The Innocents

by Pat Hill

A favorite local haunt will feature a popular Bozeman band on Halloween night, when The Innocents take the stage at the Eagles Lodge downtown. The Innocents may be better known to most area residents as the Booze Hounds, the name of the band…

Mon. Aug. 31st, 2015

The Montana of Andrew Garcia

by Pat Hill

Tales of trappers and traders on the Montana frontier often involve names like Jim Bridger or John Colter, but those early mountain men didn’t have a corner on the story-telling market. A man named Andrew Garcia, whom most people have…

Tue. Jun. 30th, 2015

17 Lively Summer Music Festivals in Southwest Montana

Pat Hill

Summer in the northern Rockies also means music festival time in southwest Montana and beyond, and this year, folks won’t have any trouble finding great bands and good times under the Big Sky. All it takes is a bit of road tripping for…

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Thu. Jun. 11th, 2015

Remembering Ben Bullington: the Man and His Music

Pat Hill

The mood was festive in the lobby of the Ellen Theater in downtown Bozeman on June 5 as fans and friends gathered to celebrate the life of the late Ben Bullington, a doctor, singer-songwriter and performer who touched the lives of many in Montana and beyo

Fri. May. 1st, 2015

Darrell Scott and Friends REMEMBER Ben Bullington at The Ellen

Pat Hill

Bozeman will get a chance to hear some special music on June 5, when award-winning Americana artist Darrell Scott and friends pay tribute to the late singer-songwriter Ben Bullington at the historic Ellen Theatre downtown. The show…