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Thursday, Jun. 7th, 2018

Food Scene 2018

Every restaurant in the Bozeman area is listed by category and location in our one-of-a-kind guide.

Pick one up at one of our key distribution locations or flip thru online.

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Tuesday, Jun. 5th, 2018

Staycations mean less travel and more playtime.

Big Sky Resort is the ideal launch pad for families interested in mountain biking, zipline tours, hiking or simply beating the heat. In the heart of the Mountain Village are a number of kids’ activities: climbing wall, bungee trampolines, giant swing, marble run, gemstone mining and more.

The resort opens for the summer season June 8. Stay in one of a number of comfortable hotel accommodations right on the mountain. The kids can play in the pools. Mom and dad have access to the spa and fitness centers.

Mountain biking is scheduled to open June 23. This summer, Big Sky Resort is installing a brand new 8-seat, high-speed chairlift - the first of its kind in North America. Because of the construction of Ramcharger 8, bikers will use Thunder Wolf Chairlift to access the mountain biking trails on Andesite Mountain. Big Sky Resort has more than 40 + miles of biking trails. There are flow trails for bikers of all levels. This year, a new trail, Gambler, will allow intermediate downhill bikers to ride Swift Current Chairlift from top to bottom beginning in mid-July.

Mountain bike season passes are on sale for $125 through the end of June.  

One of the resort’s biggest attractions is the Lone Peak Expedition. Take a tram ride to Lone Peak, Montana’s highest scenic overlook at 11,166 feet. From the top of Lone Peak, guests can see three states and two national parks. No hike required.

Big Sky Resort is also host to a number of summer events. The 5th Annual Vine & Dine Wine and Food Festival offers adventure wine tastings and exquisite food prepared by celebrity chefs. Big Sky Brewfest attracts more than 30 breweries from around the country. The Rut Mountain Runs, a Labor Day weekend running festival, has been called one of the toughest endurance races in the world.

Big Sky is also stepping up its music game this summer. Music in the Mountains, a free community concert every Thursday in the town center, will host Shovel’s & Rope, Mandolin Orange, the Kitchen Dwellers and more. The headliners of the inaugural Moonlight MusicFest in August include Grace Potter and Bruce Hornsby & the Noisemakers.

Below is a breakdown of activities by month:


            June 8             Opening day

            June 23             Mountain biking opens

            June 29             Kids Adventure Games – an adventure obstacle course for kids ages 6 - 14


            July 4               Firecracker Open at the Big Sky Golf Course – golf tournament

            July 20 – 22      Total Archery Challenge

            July 21              15th Annual Big Sky Brewfest

            July 27 – 29      Rut Training Camp – get ready for the Rut Mountain Runs

            July 29              Lone Peak Enduro


            Aug. 15 – 19     Vine & Dine Wine and Food Festival

            Aug. 17 – 18     Moonlight MusicFest

            Aug. 31– Sept. 2The Rut Mountain Runs – an endurance running festival


            Sept. 28            Resort closing day

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Wednesday, May. 30th, 2018

MSU neuroscientist publishes research that opens door for brain disorder therapies

A Montana State University neuroscientist who studies vision and visual attention has published research that reveals how the brain maintains attention on an object even while the eyes are making many rapid, voluntary movements. This research seeks to answer fundamental questions that could eventually lead to new treatments or therapies for some brain disorders.

“Attention is a limited resource in the brain,” said James Mazer, an associate professor in the Department of Cell Biology and Neuroscience in MSU’s College of Letters and Science. “Let’s say you have 1 ounce of attention available. The brain can choose to either use all of that at once to pay a lot of attention to one item or spread the ounce around to attend a bit less to two or more items.”

The brain has evolved to be very efficient about how that limited amount of attention is used, he said, which includes circuits for making sure attention is always directed toward exactly the right spot in the field of view.

Mazer said that past studies have shown that the brain can anticipate eye or body movements, readying itself for what is about to occur. He explained that attention acts like a spotlight in the brain’s sensory maps, shining extra light on the scene where it’s needed. This “predictive coding” helps to make sure that light gets to the right place in the map at the right time.

“Like the view through a camera lens, brain maps change each time we move our eyes or body,” Mazer said. “If we’re paying attention to an object on the left and move our gaze to the left, that object actually shifts rightwards in the map. If attention were to stay fixed in the brain, it would no longer shine on the right object, so the spotlight has to be moved each time the eyes move.”

The new study published in Neuron, a leading neuroscience journal, reveals that this “spotlight” anticipates eye movements and shifts before the eye starts to move so that the spotlight is at the right place the instant the eyes stop moving.

“This is the idea of predictive coding; the brain has access to our intentions and uses that information to anticipate changes in body posture or eye position so we’re always prepared for whatever is coming next,” Mazer said.

Mazer and his colleagues are trying to understand the biological circuits that allow this predictive coding to happen and how they prepare the brain to handle what could occur at any given moment. They also want to know what happens biologically when the brain allocates its computational resources to paying attention.

Mazer says this research is basic science that provides a foundation for future development of new therapies or drug treatments for attention-related brain disorders, including conditions like attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, autism spectrum disorder or schizophrenia.

“These are all clinical conditions thought to be associated with disruption of the brain’s ‘executive control system’ where sensory processing, memory and cognition come together to determine where and how to deploy attention,” Mazer said.

He said that scientists distinguish between “top-down” attention – what a person consciously chooses to pay attention to – and “bottom-up” attention – those things that involuntarily capture attention, adding that there is a fine balance in responding to the two types of signals.

“If bottom-up signals dominate, then you respond to every little noise or flash of light,” Mazer said. “Conversely, if top-down attention is too strong, you might ignore critical warning signs of danger, or even have difficulty distinguishing between real and imaginary.”

At the very least, he said, he hopes the research will lead to screening technologies for clinical conditions, like autism, that would benefit from early diagnosis.

“In the long-term, we believe that understanding these brain circuits will translate into screening technologies, drug treatments and targeted behavioral therapies that will ameliorate symptoms for some of these clinical conditions,” he said, “but that’s probably years down the road.”

Roger Bradley, head of MSU’s Department of Cell Biology and Neuroscience, said the research by Mazer and his colleagues has furthered the understanding visual perception, specifically in how the brain maintains attention on an object even with involuntary constant eye movement, and sets the stage for new discoveries.

“Dr. Mazer's elegant and creative research provides fundamental new insights into understanding how we perceive and navigate our world,” Bradley said. 

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Tuesday, May. 29th, 2018

MSU English major from Belgrade chosen for Fulbright Summer Institute in England

Lauren Adams of Belgrade has become the first Montana State University student to win a place at a Fulbright summer program in England designed to encourage young scholars.
Adams, who has just finished her freshman year majoring in English writing in the College of Letters and Science, will spend four weeks at the University of Sussex in Brighton as part of the Fulbright 2018 U.K. Summer Institute. Adams is also an MSU Presidential Scholar, the university’s most prestigious scholarship, and is enrolled in the Honors College,

Adams said she is looking forward to an opportunity that allows “history, economics and culture to meet imagination and creativity.”
“Ultimately, I hope this work will enable me to establish worldwide friendships and come home a better learner and teacher,” she said.
Adams is one of 60 students selected by the Fulbright Commission to “undertake a demanding academic and cultural summer programs  at (nine) leading institutions in the U.K.”  While at the University of Sussex, Adams will take a course in children’s literature, interact with students throughout the world and travel to destinations throughout England studying British culture. Adams said she plans to hike through South Downs National Park, attend Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” at the Globe Theater and tour London, Brighton, Bath and Stonehenge.

Ilse-Mari Lee, dean of MSU’s Honors College, said the Fulbright Summer Institute is one of the most prestigious and selective summer scholarship programs worldwide for young scholars. She said that the opportunity will allow Adams to immerse herself in the riches of British children’s literature and culture.

“Lauren is an excellent writer and also a tutor in the Writing Center,” Lee said. “We know that upon her return, her Fulbright experience will not only enrich her own writing but also her work with her peers.”
Likewise, the MSU English department is also proud of Adam’s Fulbright, according to Ben Luebner, English professor.
“The opportunity to study under these circumstances for a summer in England will be of inestimable value to Lauren and her education, and we’ve no doubt that it will have a positive effect on the department as a whole upon her return,” he said.
Adams said she learned of the institute from an email sent to Honors College students about scholarships and other opportunities.
“I’ve never been outside of the U.S. so I thought it would be perfect for me,” she said. The rigorous competition included a personal interview, which Adams conducted via Skype.
Adams said she came to MSU interested in English writing and teaching. However, she said her first year studies expanded her horizons. She became fascinated with her studies in government and became deeply immersed in the study of economics, which she now intends to declare as a minor.
“And, I’m very glad that I got involved in the Honors College because it offers so many opportunities to students inside and outside the classroom,” Adams said.
Adams said that when she returns from the institute she will work in the MSU Writing Center with the incoming students in the university’s Hilleman Scholars Program, an enrichment program for incoming Montana freshmen who demonstrate academic and leadership promise.
For more information on the Fulbright 2018 U.K. Summer Institute, go to:

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Museum of the Rockies’ Living History Farm Now Open

The Living History Farm at the Museum of the Rockies will open its 2018 season on Saturday, May 26, and more than 1,000 visitors are expected over the Memorial Day weekend.
The Living History Farm is free and open to the public daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission to the main museum building is separate and costs $14.50 for adults and $9.50 for children ages 5 to 17. Children age 4 and under get in free.
The historically accurate, working, 1890s Montana homestead treats visitors to the sights, smells and activities of Montana's long-ago homesteading era. The Tinsley House, centerpiece of the Living History Farm, is the original home of the Tinsley family. Built in 1889 in Willow Creek, it was moved to the museum's grounds in 1986. Skilled, costumed interpreters will take visitors back in time as they cook over a wood-burning stove, demonstrate cooking skills and recipes from the 1890s, tend to the Heirloom Garden and forge iron in the blacksmith’s shop.

The museum also hosts its adult-focused monthly event, Hops & History, at the Living History Farm. Now in its fifth year, Hops & History takes place the last Tuesday of every month from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Led by MOR’s curator of history, Michael Fox, this year’s programs will be filled with brewing history trivia. Mixed into the talks, participants can answer trivia questions to win prizes from the featured brewery of the month.

Admission to Hops & History is $10 and includes a free beer glass and beer tastings. Montana Ale Works Community Partnership and Sidecar Bar Service sponsor the event. Guests must be age 21 or older to participate. Admission is limited and tickets are pre-sold on the museum’s website.
As part of the Living History Farm's outreach, the museum will offer adult home garden workshops with MSU Extension horticulture specialist Toby Day. The classes are “Maintaining, Restoring and Caring for Garden Tools  ” on Thursday, July 5, and “Introduction to Herb Gardens” on Thursday, Aug. 2. With small class sizes and expert instruction, these workshops will help both new gardeners and experts build healthy and productive gardens. Pre-registration is available through the museum's website,

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Guitar takes center stage in new Museum of the Rockies exhibition

The Museum of the Rockies invites its visitors to take a journey through a motley crew of legendary guitars in its latest exhibit: “Guitar: The Instrument That Rocked The World,” opening May 26 and running through Sept. 9.
Visitors can explore the history of the world’s most recognized musical instrument, experience diverse genres of music and discover the science of pitch and tone. Crossing over cultural boundaries, the guitar has made a significant impact on a wide variety of groups from cowboys to teenage rebels.
“The guitar is the most enduring icon in American history,” said HP Newquist, executive director and founder of the National Guitar Museum. “It has been around longer than baseball, basketball, soft drinks and sports cars.”
On display will be more than 60 guitars as part of the 100 historical artifacts aimed to immerse visitors in the heart of music with an eye toward the science and history behind the instrument. Visitors will learn how the selection of different materials and strings, fused with electromagnetism and amplification, create an elaborate device that has revolutionized music. Visitors will also be able to play a Guinness World Record-breaking 43 1/2-foot-long guitar.

The exhibition will include “Guitar: Music Monday” events from June 11 to Aug. 20. In the music industry, Bozeman is world-renowned for its acoustic guitars. From the Gibson Guitar factory to individual guitar craftsmen, guitars made in Bozeman are played by famous musicians around the world. This all-ages weekly event will celebrate Montana’s luthiers and local musicians. The schedule each Monday is as follows:

    •    10 a.m.–noon — Make Your Own Recycled Guitar (included with admission)
    •    Noon–1:30 p.m. —Music on the Plaza (free to the public)
    •    1:45–2:45 p.m. — Guided tour of  “Guitar: The Instrument That Rocked The World” (included with admission)
    •    2–4 p.m. — Inside a Guitar (included with admission)
“Guitar: An Evening with an Expert” events will occur on June 18, July 2, July 23 and Aug. 13 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. in the museum’s auditorium. Attendees can meet some of the experts, collectors and luthiers that have made Bozeman’s guitar industry what it is today; hear their stories; learn about the nuances that make each guitar unique; and listen to their handmade guitars. Light appetizers will follow the presentations in the museum lobby. Tickets to the evening presentations cost $8 for museum members and $12 for non-members.

The “Guitar” exhibit is included with regular museum admission. Tickets cost $14.50 for adults and $9.50 for children ages 5 to 17. Children age 4 and under get in free.

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Wednesday, May. 23rd, 2018

MSU & Bozeman police departments form joint special victims unit

A new partnership between the Montana State University and Bozeman police departments will form a joint Special Victims Unit that will allow detectives from both agencies to work together to investigate major crimes in the city and on campus, with an emphasis on investigating sex crimes.
According to MSU Police Chief Frank Parrish, detectives in the SVU are specially trained to handle the complex issues that arise when people become victims of violent crime. The team approach will help SVU investigators see patterns and trends, he said, while improving the thoroughness and consistency of investigations across jurisdictions.

“MSU is a safe campus and the development of the SVU will further enhance our ability to protect our students,” Parrish said. “As the largest university in Montana, we have the increasing responsibility and privilege to protect our community, not only today but also in the future. Our students deserve our best, especially when the worst happens.”

Bozeman Police Chief Steve Crawford said his department is excited to partner with MSU.

“This is all done with the intent to continue our victim-centered approach, strengthen our investigative capacities and adopt a best practice approach to conducting these types of investigations,” Crawford said.
Crawford added that the team will continue to work closely with community partners in the Gallatin County Sexual Assault Response Team, the Multi-Disciplinary Team and the Child Advocacy Center.
Working these cases as a team rather than as individual agencies will provide more consistent investigations and help victims recover, Parrish and Crawford said. 

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Tuesday, May. 22nd, 2018

MANKILLER (the story of Wilma Mankiller, the first woman elected Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation) at the Bozeman International Film Festival on Saturday, June 9th

In 1985, after serving as Deputy Chief under a conservative leader, Wilma Mankiller took once as the Cherokee Nation’s rst woman Principal Chief. Having relocated from Oklahoma to San Francisco earlier in her life, Mankiller worked with both the nascent Black Panther and the Alcatraz occupation movements, eventually bringing the passion and experience she gained there back to her people. During her decade-long tenure as Principal Chief and beyond, Mankiller’s leadership enabled the Cherokee Nation to become one of the most economically and culturally successful tribes in America.

Through rare archival footage and intimate interviews with activists including Gloria Steinem, as well as with Wilma herself, MANKILLER gives us insight into how this remarkable woman successfully navigated through the mine eld of bipartisan politics. Veteran Filmmaker Valerie Red-Horse Mohl and Executive Producer Gale Anne Hurd present a portrait of a composed and assured leader who persevered through sexism and devastating personal setbacks to become one of the greatest leaders in American history.

MANKILLER will be the centerpiece screening at the Bozeman International Film Festival on Saturday, June 9th, screening time is at 8:15pm at the Crawford Theater individual tickets can be found here:

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Saturday, May. 19th, 2018

The Big Sky Community Organization Receives RTP Grant Funding

The Big Sky Community Organization (BSCO) was awarded $45,000 from a recently submitted Recreational Trails Program grant which is administered through the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife & Parks. The funds will be used for Beehive Basin trailhead improvements.
With the purchase of 7.5 acres to become open space parkland, on which the Upper Beehive Basin trailhead is located, BSCO is designing improvements to add additional parking and needed trailhead amenities like a bear proof trash can, a toilet facility and an updated trailhead kiosk. These improvements will enhance the existing trailhead facilities and safety by protecting the land and reducing the number of vehicles parking on the roadway, allowing better access for emergency services and the public.

BSCO is also pleased to report raising over $5,400 from 48 donors during this year’s Give Big Gallatin Valley fundraising event, which will support this project. Thanks to LUXE Sprits & Sweets and Compass Café, the BSCO was able to host two tremendously successful donor lounges highlighting our plans for the trailhead. The BSCO increased the amount raised by 200% this year, thanks to increased exposure and awareness about what the funds would be used for. Prior to these two funding successes, BSCO had raised $219,275 from private donors for this project. We thank all our supporters for their generosity and believing in our mission.

The final funding piece for this project to be completed is in BSCO’s annual Big Sky Resort Area Tax District grant request. Please help support our request by sending a letter or email to the BSRAD Board at PO Box 160661, Big Sky, MT  59716 or or attending the question and answer session on June 4th at 1:00 p.m. at the Warren Miller Performing Arts Center to make a public comment in support. More information about our full BSRAD request, Beehive Basin and ways to be involved with us can be found on our web site

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Friday, May. 18th, 2018

Be a Part of the Emerson Lawn!

Our closing date of June 1 is rapidly approaching and we need your help! To purchase the Emerson Lawn debt free we need to raise the final $300,000 by May 31. The purchase of the Emerson Lawn is truly a community effort and we need your support. Help us finish strong!
Donations can be made:
  • At our front office, Monday-Friday from 9-5
  • Over the phone: 406-587-9797 x100
  • Mailed to 111 South Grand Avenue, Bozeman 59715
We can accept donations via cash, check, credit card, or gifts of stock.
Thank you to the 368 donors who have gotten us this far! Together we can to create a space that will make our community proud!
Susan Denson-Guy
Executive Director

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