Seth Ward

Seth is a first-generation Montanan, navigating fatherhood, business and downtown life (on a budget) in the New West. He is a freelance photographer, web designer, and aspiring artist.

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Paper Trail: A New Look at Historical School Census Records

photographer, author by Seth Ward

The Montana Constitution mandates that the number of children in each school district be considered as a factor “in making adjustments to the funding formula” for public education. Going back 130 years, a census of all children living in…

Tiny Libraries

Seth Ward

Earlier this year, when stay-at-home became a way of life, many of us found ourselves with excess time on our hands. This kind of mandated free time, not unlike the kind imposed by winter storms, is nothing new to Montanans. It is a reflective time…

Love For Local Business in the time of COVID-19

Seth Ward

As I sit down to write, the local economy and social landscape is changing quickly and dramatically. Life will have changed more by the time this gets to print. The disruptions are impossible to ignore, and causing us all some anxiety, to say the…

What's Your Beef? The Housing-Anxiety Blues

Seth Ward

It’s 5:13AM on a Tuesday and I really should be sleeping. Yesterday the Gallatin Association of Realtors reported that Bozeman home prices rose an eye-watering twenty percent in just the last year. Half of homes now sell for over $450,000. A…

Montana Homegrown Radio

Seth Ward

Dirk Alan is on a mission to connect Montana’s musicians with local audiences. After spending years as a working musician and talent scout in large cities on the West Coast, he returned home to Bozeman to find himself “blown away by the…

White Sulphur Springs Weekend

Seth Ward

Every so often the calendar sneaks in an unexpected 3-day weekend. The kids have Monday off school because...why this time? One of those made-up bank holidays. You know the type. They do tend to creep up. You can get the time off, but booking a…

I didn’t move here 20 years ago to live in a big city

Seth Ward

We’re sitting on plastic stacking chairs in that little meeting room at the library when someone says it. A familiar refrain in these neighborhood meetings and public comment sessions where we occasionally cross paths. Not enough where I…

Living the (Infill) Dream

Seth Ward

Ten years ago my family hit the Bozeman apartment jackpot. Some good friends were renting part of a house downtown, and put a word in for us when the other apartment came open. We jumped at the chance. Pets were welcome, parking was off-street, and…