Tuesday, Dec. 10th, 2019

MSU announces traffic and parking changes for Dec. 13 football game

On Friday, Dec. 13, the Montana State University football team will host Austin Peay State University in the quarterfinal round of the 2019 NCAA Division I Football Championship Playoffs at 6 p.m. at Bobcat Stadium.

Accordingly, Kagy Boulevard will be closed between Seventh Avenue and 11th Avenue from 2 p.m. to 11 p.m. Kagy Boulevard will detour via South 19th Avenue, Graf Street and South Third Avenue.

MSU 2019 fall commencement will also take place on Saturday, Dec. 14, at the Brick Breeden Fieldhouse with the processional beginning at 8:40 a.m.

For members of the public attending the game or commencement, a permit is not required to park in available lots on campus on Dec. 13 and 14, except for 24-hour reserved spaces.

The campus parking map can be found at montana.edu/parking/map.pdf.

Due to the high demand for parking on game day, MSU Parking Services urges attendees to consider walking, biking, carpooling or using the Streamline bus system. To find carpools, visit www.bozemancommute.org.

Important game day information will also be available on 1610 AM radio.


For questions, contact Michael Becker, director of MSU News Service, at michael.becker@montana.edu or 406-994-4565.

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Monday, Dec. 9th, 2019

Sportsman group increases reward in moose poaching case

The Skyline Sportsmen Association, of Butte, has added $500 to the reward offered for information leading to a conviction in a case where a mature bull moose was killed illegally in the Highland Mountains south of Butte. 

The maximum reward amount informants may be eligible for in the case is now $1,500. 

The moose was shot sometime between Nov. 15 and 22 in Camp Creek, east of Melrose. The moose was found on the north side of Camp Creek Road after it leaves private property but before it comes to Camp Creek Reservoir. 

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is asking anyone with information on the case to call 1-800-TIP-MONT (847-6668). Informants can remain anonymous.

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Tuesday, Dec. 3rd, 2019

FWP wardens seeking information on southwest Montana poachings

Wardens with Region 3 of Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks are seeking information on several big game poaching cases that have happened in less than two weeks. 

On Nov. 23, wardens learned of a spike bull elk that was shot and abandoned on Montana State University’s Red Bluff Ranch, north of State Highway 84 and east of Norris. That area is within Hunting District 311, where spike elk cannot be hunted. The animal was found dead and unfit for human consumption. However, it was found near several cow elk carcasses from which hunters had salvaged all edible meat. 

Every year, several hunters accidentally shoot spike bull elk in restricted units and report themselves to law enforcement for doing so. In these self-report cases, the meat can be salvaged and donated to local food banks. Fines to the hunter are also minimized. Had the hunter who shot this spike elk — mistakenly or otherwise — reported it in a timely manner, the meat could have been salvaged and donated. 

Wardens are also investigating a white-tailed deer buck that was shot and abandoned on private property near Three Forks sometime between Nov. 24 and 27. It is likely this animal was shot from a road, possibly at night. The meat from this deer had spoiled by the time it was found. 

Another white-tailed deer buck was shot and left on private property in the Four Corners area, west of the Gallatin County gravel pit. Wardens determined this deer was shot on the evening of Nov. 30 with a rifle inside Hunting District 309, which is a weapons-restricted area. This possibly happened from a vehicle or a road after legal shooting hours. The meat from this deer was also unfit for human consumption by the time it was discovered. 

Those with information on any of these cases are asked to call 1-800-TIP-MONT (847-6668). Informants can remain anonymous and may be eligible for monetary rewards.

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Bridger Bowl Opening Day 2019

BOZEMAN, MONTANA, Monday, December 2, 2019 - Bridger Bowl is pleased to announce the opening of the 2019-2020 ski season this Friday, December 6th at 9am. Entering our 65th ski season, we appreciate the continued support from our local, and regional SW Montana cliental.  Bridger continues to see record skier visits and pass sales, paralleling the influx of growth in the surrounding areas.  We are working on Long Range planning for our facilities that will help with the growth and continue to provide exceptional guest experiences.

Bridger Bowl Guest Service and Administration Offices will be closed on Wednesday, December 4th to allow for a scheduled power outage by NorthWestern Energy in the upper Bridger Canyon.  Offices will open on Friday, December 6th through the end of the season.     
In addition, Bridger Bowl will be closed to all uphill travel starting at midnight on Wednesday, December 4th.  This closure is necessary to allow Ski Patrol a full day to concentrate on preparing the mountain for Opening Day.  Please respect the closure and do not enter Bridger Bowl property or USFS lands within the operating boundary. Safety is a concern and there are no exceptions.
Please note throughout the season, uphill travelers cannot enter Bridger Bowl via the adjacent Crosscut Mountain Sports property.  All access into Bridger Bowl must be made via the lifts in the base area for the continued safety of our guests and employees. 
Please carpool and ride the buses throughout the season.  On busy days, there is often heavy highway traffic and occasionally parking lots may fill up.  Bridger Bowl contracts with two bus companies, Streamline and First Student, for free bus service to and from the mountain. Pick up and drop off locations in town are at the SUB at MSU and the Gallatin County Fairgrounds at the Park N' Ride lot on Oak Street.
Bridger Bowl continues to be family-friendly and we are working to keep our operations costs low while still providing a great product for the community; beginner to expert, child to senior. We are looking forward to another great snow year!

Bridger Bowl
Bob Petitt
General Manager

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Wednesday, Nov. 20th, 2019

2019 Gallatin Valley Thanksgiving Resources compiled by Thrive


The Food Bank will provide families with a box of raw food (an uncooked turkey etc.) to create an entire Thanksgiving dinner. Families do not need to show proof of income for a box.

  • ●  Fill out a basic application at the ​Food Bank (602 Bond) or call 586-7600 to sign up.

  • ●  Pick up for the Thanksgiving box will be at the ​Bus Barn at 1812 N Rouse on Sunday,

    November 24 and Monday November 25 from 11-4 pm each day​. BELGRADE:

    The Food Bank will provide families with a box of raw food (an uncooked turkey etc.) to create an entire Thanksgiving dinner. Families do not need to show proof of income for a box.

  • ●  Fill out a basic application at the ​Food Bank (602 Bond) or call 586-7600 to sign up.

  • ●  Email ​volunteer@gallatinvalleyfoodbank.org​ for volunteer opportunities

  • ●  Thanksgiving box pick up is at ​Living Waters United Methodist Church (51 W Cameron

    Bridge Rd.) on Sunday, November 24 from 1-4 pm​.

  • ●  On Mondays in Belgrade there is a ​Food Bank mobile food service at Peace Lutheran

    Church on Jackrabbit Lane from 5-6 pm FREE TURKEY DINNERS:

    Midtown Tavern​ in Bozeman is collaborating with Bozeman Real Estate Group to provide a free traditional turkey dinner at Midtown Tavern on Thanksgiving Day from 12-3 pm. The event is being called Miracle on 7t​ h​. Any donations received will go to Reach, Heart of the Valley, and Warriors and Quiet Waters

    The Salvation Army (586-5813) ​will host a Thanksgiving Day meal at the ​Fork and​ ​Spoon (587-4225) from ​12-2 pm on Thanksgiving Day​. They will use the usual pay as you can model.

    The Wilson Hotel in Big Sky​ is hosting a Thanksgiving meal on ​Wednesday​, ​November 27​ from 3-6 pm. Call 995-3088 to make a reservation.

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Tuesday, Nov. 19th, 2019

Livingston, MT has a chance at winning a $500,000 marketing makeover and be included in web series highlighting small town restoration

Deluxe (NYSE:DLX), a Trusted Business Technology™ company, announced today the 10 small towns in the running to win Season 5 of the highly acclaimed Small Business Revolution series. Deluxe executives sifted through thousands of nominations from states across the country to reach the final 10. 

On Oct. 8, Deluxe launched the fourth season of Small Business Revolution, featuring the community of Searcy, Arkansas. Searcy and six of its small businesses won a $500,000 makeover captured in an eight-part series airing on www.smallbusinessrevolution.org, Hulu, Amazon Prime and YouTube. Small Business Revolution highlights marketing and business expertise for small businesses in one small town featuring marketing experts from Deluxe, led by Chief Brand & Content Officer, Amanda Brinkman, and co-host and renovation icon, Ty Pennington, as they provide business advice to selected entrepreneurs in the winning community. 

“This year, we had so many incredible nominations from small towns across the country,” said Brinkman. “We are always amazed how many people reach out to tell us why their town and businesses should win, and it really speaks to the work we’re doing for small businesses at Deluxe.”  

Deluxe team members will travel to each of the 10 communities to meet civic leaders, community members, interview business owners and learn more about how marketing expertise can benefit each community. From there, Deluxe will narrow the list to five towns eligible for a public vote in mid-January to determine the winner. The towns represent a cross-section of American life: 

Benicia, California                    
Brunswick, Georgia                  
Livingston, Montana                
Spearfish, South Dakota           
Waseca, Minnesota
Bisbee, Arizona            
Xenia, Ohio
The Dalles, Oregon
Oregon City, Oregon
Fredonia, New York           

Deluxe, a leading provider business products, services and solutions for companies of all sizes, launched the Small Business Revolution in 2015, highlighting 100 small business stories from across the country. Since 2016, more than 35,000 small towns have been nominated for a chance to win the $500,000 makeover. In 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 four lucky communities – Wabash, Indiana, Bristol Borough, Pennsylvania, Alton, Illinois and Searcy, Arkansas – were featured in the Main Street series on www.smallbusinessrevolution.org, Hulu and Amazon Prime. Catch all 32 episodes from Seasons 1-4 now and to learn more about how Deluxe small business marketing services can help your small business, go to www.deluxe.com.   

### About Deluxe Corporation Deluxe is a Trusted Business Technology™ company for enterprises, small businesses and financial institutions offering a range of solutions to help customers manage and grow their businesses. Approximately 4.8 million small business customers access a wide range of products and services from Deluxe, including incorporation services, logo design, website development and hosting, email marketing, social media, search engine optimization and payroll services, along with customized checks and forms. For our approximately 4,600 financial institution customers, Deluxe offers industry-leading programs in data analytics, customer acquisition and treasury management solutions, fraud prevention and profitability solutions, as well as checks. Deluxe is also a leading provider of checks and accessories sold directly to consumers. For more information, visit us at www.deluxe.com, www.facebook.com/deluxecorp or www.twitter.com/deluxecorp.

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FWP wardens seek information on two southwest Montana wildlife crimes

Wardens with Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks are seeking information on two cases involving wildlife crimes in southwest Montana. 

In early October, wardens responded to a tip that waterfowl carcasses had been dumped at the Cameron Bridge Fishing Access Site south of Belgrade. Wardens found carcasses of 20 Canada geese and 11 mallard ducks. Of those, five geese and six ducks had significant portions of meat that was abandoned and wasted. 

Dumping carcasses on fishing access sites and other public lands is considered littering, which, when done in connection with hunting activities, may result in fines suspension of hunting privileges. Littering, moreover, creates a nuisance for other recreationists and land managers and can attract scavengers. Waste of game meat is also illegal and can come with similar penalties. 

In addition, wardens are asking for the public’s help to identify persons responsible for shooting and killing two juvenile red-tailed hawks in Bozeman. The dead birds were discovered on Oct. 19 after wardens received a report that a raptor had been shot on state land west of Mandeville Road, near Murdoch’s Ranch & Home Supply. Both raptor carcasses were taken to the Montana Raptor Conservation Center, where significant amounts of bird shot were found in the carcasses.  

Raptors are federally protected and cannot be hunted. Shooting firearms within Bozeman City limits is also prohibited. Those with information in either of these cases are asked to call 1-800-TIP-MONT (847-6668). Informants can remain anonymous and may be eligible for monetary rewards.

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Friday, Nov. 15th, 2019

Should You Register an LLC in Montana to Own Your Georgia LLC?

When most people think of Montana, the first thing that typically comes to mind is its natural beauty. From its majestic mountains and wildlife to its famous national parks, Montana is the perfect destination for lovers of anything “outdoorsy”... those reasons alone play a major role as to why people are flocking to the “Treasure State” but can you guess one of the other reasons why Montana is loved by so many out-of-towners? Well, if you weren’t aware, Montana is a hub for entrepreneurs all over the world.

Montana is best known for its natural beauty and rich history but this majestic state is actually one of the world’s best-kept secrets in the entrepreneurial world… and it’s based on two simple words that pack a major blow; can you guess what those two words are? Asset Protection.

Let’s say you’re wanting to form an LLC in Georgia but are having a hard time deciding whether or not you should get registered in Montana. Well, to be fair, that is a tough decision to make because most people typically get registered in the same state where their business will be BUT business owners aren’t required to do that, and depending on where you live, some places have terrible taxations for starting a business.

Montana’s Unique Entrepreneurial Ecosystem
According to Montana Public Radio, Montana is a unique ecosystem for entrepreneurs and the factors that make it the unique “entrepreneurship ecosystem” that it is, is due to the fact that it has openness as well as a supportive government that willingly helps new businesses. The article further states that the biggest reason why Montana’s start-up businesses are thriving is because of its great quality of life. So just imagine… Montana’s booming industry for entrepreneurs combined with its natural beauty… that’s the perfect formula for a thriving quality of life!

That’s a great climate for entrepreneurs living in Montana but to reference the previous scenario where someone has a Georgia LLC but wants to register it in Montana, why would this entrepreneurial move be a smart business move? Again, Asset Protection.

The Unique Benefits of Registering Your LLC in Montana
An LLC is a form of protection of your personal assets when a debt or loss is owed on behalf of your business. Well, when you register your LLC in Montana, you’ll not only get the protection of your personal assets but you, yourself will be protected as well.

Personal Information
With a Montana LLC, you have the luxury of maintaining the privacy of your personal information. Now, in order to get this process going, you’re of course going to have to give a few names as well as addresses but you can rest assured in knowing that the information you provide is handled securely and safely.

Once you’ve completed the paperwork process (providing names and addresses), you will then be able to start the process of registering all your valuable assets to your Montana LLC. This process allows your Montana LLC to be the acting owner of your possessions of value, all while keeping your personal information safeguarded.

Credit Protection in Asset Searches
A Montana LLC is already protecting your personal information but it can also protect your personal information when it comes to asset searches. For example, when you’re trying to make major purchases, you are subject to credit checks, whether it’s for a house, car, or loan, the lender is going to run a basic credit check. But in the credit check process, you’re also (possibly unknowingly) authorizing an asset check as well.

The fact that you have a Montana LLC acting as the owner of your valuable assets, you have the ability to lower your chances of suffering the consequences of asset searches, especially if you don’t own some of your assets outright.

In Conclusion
The initial question was whether or not a Georgia LLC should register in Montana, right? Well, in short, the answer to that question is “Yes, absolutely yes.” Montana has great asset protection benefits to offer business owners in Georgia and anywhere else in the world. As an entrepreneur, if you can follow the five core strategies every entrepreneur needs to know and maintain the drive and determination you need to succeed, your business will go very far!

Good luck!

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Thursday, Nov. 14th, 2019

The Downtown Bozeman Association and the Emerson presents the 2019 Christmas Stroll Poster Contest Winner

The Christmas Stroll has been one of the longest standing Bozeman community traditions!  Each year, the Downtown Bozeman Association and the Emerson Center for the Arts & Culture team up to put out a “call for art” for the official Christmas Stroll Poster design.  As the icing on top the Downtown Bozeman Association and the Emerson pool together $200 to give as a cash prize to the winning artist and buttons the evening’s Christmas Stroll.

Several creative designs were submitted this year, but the winning design really stood-out as the clear winner with its timeless design and Montana feel. The 2019 Christmas Stroll Poster Contest Winner is LoRae Hartman. LoRae is a Montana born-and-raised Graphic Designer/Illustrator. This piece titled "Montana Santa" paints a picture of Jolly ol' Saint Nick using his trusty old pickup to deliver presents down the unplowed mountain roads we all know so well. For more information about LoRae, visit her website at LoRaeHartman.com.

LoRae will be on-hand signing posters at the Gingerbread House making activity at the Emerson on the day of the Stroll, December 7th from 1-2pm. For more information about the 2019 Christmas Stroll visit www.downtownbozeman.org.

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Tuesday, Nov. 12th, 2019

MSU Culinary Services to host Nov. 13 indigenous dinner in dining halls

In a celebration of indigenous people and local foods, MSU Culinary Services will host its second annual Indigenous Dinner on Nov. 13 from 4:30 to 7 p.m. in Miller Dining Commons and Rendezvous Dining Pavilion. Both campus dining halls will be open to the public. 

Aside from fruits and greens, the dinner will feature food that is locally sourced and tribally sourced when possible. KayAnn Miller, executive sous chef for Miller Dining Commons, said that the dinner has two missions: to educate patrons about foods they may not have realized are indigenous to this country and to help people understand what it was like to eat prior to the colonization of the Americas.

During the early reservation period, “if you (went) to the reservation, you didn’t get to eat these (indigenous) foods anymore. You were given flour and lard and sugar,” Miller said. “I see this as a reclaiming of these foods, reclaiming the land and understanding the idea that there were people here before and they had a rocking food scene.” 

At each food station in the dining halls, chefs were given the chance to choose ingredients to create unique dishes that highlight the versatility of native ingredients. For instance, at the stir fry bar in Miller, there will be an indigenous pho bar featuring juniper-braised bison, bison bone broth and toppers of corn shoots, watercress, mint and jalapenos. Other dishes to be featured include smoked venison sausages, Gitksan grilled salmon steaks, spicy Aztec hot chocolate, Choctaw alligator andouille and filé sausage jalapeno pizza, and southwest elk ravioli in Hatch green chile dough.  

Miller said chefs were given creative freedom for these dinners because it is fun for them to work with ingredients they may have never seen before and curiosity leads to creativity in the kitchen. 

“It can be challenging as a chef because you’re so used to having all these ingredients available to you and then you take away 70% of what you use daily, but it’s a really fun thing to experiment with, and these dinners broaden your horizons as well,” said Sam Garber, a chef in Miller Dining Commons who will prepare meals at the stir fry station. 

The presence of indigenous foods has been growing on MSU’s campus the past year. The first indigenous dinner was held in the fall 2018 semester, the brainchild of executive chef Jill Flores. And Miller worked to incorporate indigenous foods into the menu of the campus food truck, Fork in the Road, by cooking up a tour of the Americas featuring indigenous foods from the Arctic Circle to the tip of South America. 

That same year, Sean Sherman, the “Sioux Chef,” who is recognized internationally for raising awareness of indigenous food systems in a modern context, came to MSU and worked with the Culinary Services team. He emphasized that it is not hard to feature indigenous foods and that they are available to anyone who takes the time to forage or seek out native vendors.

“For Culinary Services, it really gave momentum to the idea that we could feature these foods and we could bring some economic development emphasis because we are such a large purchaser,” Miller said. “It’s helping roll these foods out not only here on campus, but out to a larger audience.”

Another group has also benefitted from wider availability of indigenous foods on campus: Creative Nations, a group for indigenous students in the College of Arts and Architecture, said JoDee Palin, assistant dean of the college.

“It started a conversation among us,” Palin said. “We would talk about decolonizing spaces that have been colonized, and this is the biggest one we could do. Because it’s our bodies and we can take back control of our bodies with good food.” 

With the help of longtime MSU supporter Sherry Keller Brown, Creative Nations has worked with Culinary Services to include indigenous foods into the group’s regular lunch gatherings. The hope among Palin, Miller and Brown is that the dishes help the students learn more about and have a piece of their culture.

“I have such a passion to help people help themselves,” Brown said. “I want them to be proud of who they are and where they come from.”

This is the first semester that Culinary Services has made indigenous foods available for the Creative Nations lunches. Miller said that next semester the homestyle section of Miller will permanently feature indigenous foods every Thursday the Creative Nations students meet, and it will be there for all students and guests to experience. 

“It’s just amazing (that) we are having this dinner,” Palin said of the Nov. 13 dinner. “I think about the time KayAnn put into finding these recipes, doing the research on what things are indigenous. It overwhelms me that we’ll all be able to sit down together and eat all this together in the dining hall.” 

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