Friday, Jun. 5th, 2020

High, swift water conditions create risks for recreationists

The tragic drowning of a Great Falls man who was swimming in Belt Creek near the Sluice Boxes area on Wednesday is a good reminder for swimmers, boaters, floaters and anglers to use caution in and near the water.

Water levels are higher and swifter in rivers throughout Montana due to spring runoff, and recreationists should be aware of extra risks that come with high flows. These conditions can change rapidly, creating new and hidden hazards for boaters. Water temperatures are also especially cold this time of year, which increases the risk of hypothermia.

Even if you’re on shore, keep water safety and rescue equipment with you, including life jackets, floatation devices and throw ropes.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that “every day, about 10 people die from unintentional drowning. Of these, two are children aged 14 or younger. Drowning ranks fifth among the leading causes of unintentional injury death in the United States.”

Here are some tips to keep you safe when you’re on the water:

  • Using the proper size and type of life jacket is crucial for all swimmers to be safe while recreating. To properly fit a life jacket, hold your arms straight up over your head and ask a friend to grasp the tops of the arm openings and gently pull up. Make sure there is no excess room above the openings and that the jacket does not ride up over your chin or face.
  • Make sure an adult is constantly watching children swimming or playing in or around the water. Have children playing near water wear life jackets as there may be steep drop-offs you are unaware of.
  • Don't consider your children to be “drown-proof” because you enrolled them in swimming class. A child who falls into water unexpectedly may panic and forget learned swimming skills.
  • Always swim with a buddy. Never swim alone or unsupervised.
  • Know the local weather conditions and forecast before swimming or boating. Strong winds and thunderstorms with lightning strikes are dangerous to swimmers and boaters.
  • Don’t use air-filled or foam toys, such as water-wings, noodles, or inner-tubes, in place of life jackets. These are toys and are not designed to keep a swimmer safe. 
  • When boating, children under 12 years of age must wear a U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket, but it is recommended that everyone on the boat wears a life jacket.  
  • Jumping from cliffs or bridges is dangerous because of shallow water, submerged rocks, trees, or other hazards. Never dive head-first into water.
  • Never drink alcohol before or while swimming or boating. Never drink alcohol while supervising children.

Fish & Wildlife Commission to meet June 12

The Montana Fish & Wildlife Commission will meet June 12 to discuss the Madison River Recreation Management Environmental Assessment. The meeting will be conducted using the video conferencing platform Zoom. Details on how to access the meeting will be posted on closer to the meeting date. The meeting will also be audio streamed online at The meeting begins at 9 a.m.

Commissioners will decide whether or not to release the EA for public comment.

To read the EA, go to

FWP ensures its meetings are fully accessible to those with special needs. To request arrangements, call FWP at 406-444-3186.

For the full agenda and background on the scheduled topics, go to the FWP website at; under “Quick Links” click “Commission.”

FWP's website offers live streamed audio of each Fish & Wildlife Commission meeting.

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Thursday, Jun. 4th, 2020

Inspectors find more boats transporting invasive species into Montana

Montana watercraft inspection stations have intercepted 13 boats carrying invasive mollusks into the state this year. As of May 30, inspectors have caught 12 boats with invasive zebra or quagga mussels and one boat with red rim melania snails attached to watercraft.

The mussel-fouled boats typically come from mid-west states or Arizona after having spent several weeks or months in mussel-infested waters. All boat owners must have their watercraft inspected when entering Montana.

Last week, a pontoon boat that was purchased in Minnesota came through the Flowing Wells watercraft inspection station located east of Jordan. The new owner planned to launch from Rock Creek in Fort Peck Reservoir and knew that the boat needed to be inspected before launch. Flowing Wells inspectors removed invasive mussels on weeds that were wrapped around the fuel line going to the engines of the boat. No other mussels were found on the boat.

Invasive Red Rim Melania snails were found on a motorboat at the Anaconda station on May 11. The boat was traveling from Lake Havasu, AZ, to Washington state when the Anaconda inspectors found the snails under a live-well screen. Red Rim Melania snails are native to Africa and Asia and are thought to have been introduced to North America when someone dumped an aquarium tank into open water.

Montana inspection stations have checked nearly 16,000 boats this year, which is 6,700 more boats than this time last year. Inspection numbers for March through May are greater than the previous two years.

FWP reminds all those transporting motorized or nonmotorized boats into Montana to have their watercraft inspected before launching. Boat owners are required to stop at all open watercraft inspection stations they encounter. To find a watercraft inspection station, go to or call the FWP Aquatic Invasive Species Bureau at 406-444-2440.

Aquatic invasive species (AIS) are non-native plants, animals or pathogens that can invade new waterbodies by hitching a ride on watercraft and gear. AIS can include mussels, snails, fish, plant fragments or larva that can only be viewed under a microscope.

Both motorized and non-motorized boat owners can help stop the spread of AIS by following the principles of clean, drain, dry.

  • Clean all mud and debris from the watercraft, trailer, waders and fishing equipment.
  • Pull drain plugs and make sure all compartments, bilges and ballasts are drained.
  • Dry out watercraft, including live-wells, storage areas and hatches.

Additional factors boat owners should be aware of:

  • Used watercraft purchased from out of state can pose a greater danger of harboring AIS.
  • Commercially hauled watercraft pose a higher risk as larger watercraft are often moored for extended periods of time.
  • Boats with ballast tanks or bladders can suck plants or animals into tanks and intake grates.
  • Fishing boats with live-wells or bait wells must be drained to prevent moving surface water where microscopic AIS could be found.
  • Nonresidents bringing boats to Montana must have their boats inspected before launching. They must also purchase a Vessel AIS Prevention Pass online here.

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Monday, Jun. 1st, 2020

7 Ways To Keep Snakes Out Of Your Property

Not all snakes are dangerous, but you will most likely not be able to tell the difference between a harmless one and a poisonous one. Since your safety is paramount, you must do all you can to keep snakes out at all costs. Here are seven effective ways of preventing snakes from entering your home.
1. DIY Snake Repellent
The use of snake repellents is one of the most effective ways of keeping snakes away from your property. There are various snake repellent chemicals in the market that you can buy. When using snake repellents, you need to be very careful, especially if you have kids and pets, because some of them can be fatal to kids and pets.

Other substances at home that might work for repelling snakes include garlic and onions, ammonia, vinegar, lime, and pepper. You can also spray ammonia around your property or soak rags in ammonia and leave them about your property.
If you want to try kitchen solutions, you can burn onion and garlic at certain spots around your property to keep snakes away.
2. Call for Pest Control Services
Using homemade solutions is one thing, but if you notice that the snake-trouble is beyond what you can handle, then it’s time to contact a snake removal service provider in your area.
It is advisable to get a professional snake removal service if they are already on your property. They will remove the snake in the most humane way possible and release it back to the wild or take to an animal.  
You can also request for a professional fumigation service to fumigate your entire property to drive the snakes out and repel them enough to make them stay away. Click here to contact Snake Removal Nationwide service.
3. Seal Damp and Cool Crawl Space Within Your Property
Snakes love cool, damp, and dim-lit places; it is their perfect definition of home sweet home. This is why cool and damp crawling spaces within your home should be a no-no. Areas like your basement, house foundation, tree houses are places snakes can easily creep into and take up as a home.
You should check your home’s exteriors and interiors for cracks and holes that could allow snakes entry and also harbor them. Repair such areas and also seal off holes and gaps within/under your doors and windows.
Eliminating their shelter would deter snakes from entering and taking up residence within your home.
4. Clear Clutter from Your Yard
If you have clutter in your yard, just know that that’s an easy hideout for snakes. This is why you have to keep your yard tidy always. You need to clear out woodpiles, useless old items, scrap metals, construction debris, compost heap, and other things that form clutter around your property.
Useful items such as wooden boxes, old toys, and the likes should be put into storage. If they are not well-stored, they can easily harbor snakes, thereby putting you and your family at risk.
5. Erect Snake-proof Fences
It is not enough to have regular fences around your property; snakes can slither through or climb regular fences. That is why you need to erect a snake-proof fence to prevent snakes from entering your property.
You should erect a fence made of steel mesh and catch net or rubber sheet. This combination would keep out the snakes compared to the typical hole-filled fences.
Ensure that the fence is deeply anchored into the ground with no open spaces below the fence. The fence should also be high up to at least 3 feet. To make it difficult for snakes to slither over the fence, you can put things like pine cones, gravel, eggshells, over and around the fence to bar the snake from climbing it.

6. Eliminate Snake Food Source
If you genuinely want to keep snakes out of your property, then you need to eliminate their food sources. This is because snakes move around mostly to find food and shelter. Once they find your property as a conducive environment due to the availability of food and shelter, they would likely remain there.

To avoid this, ensure that food plates for kids and pets are not lying out in the open. Garbage cans should be appropriately sealed to prevent snakes from slithering in to find food.
Also, if you are in an area where rodents are present, you need to find a way to keep the rodents out as well. This is because rodents are one of the major sources of food for snakes. If the snakes perceive the likes of mice, frogs, rabbits, and closer to your abode, they might come around.
In the event that you find a snake in your property, don’t try to kill the snake, if you are not in any immediate danger. Instead, call for professional help to remove the snake and also check other areas of your property to see if there are more.
7. Get a Dog
Finally, you can get a dog, if you already don’t have to help you keep snakes out of your property. Dogs are natural predators for reptiles and rodents. Their natural sensitivity will help them sniff out snakes to get rid of them. Most times, their bark would be enough to scare away snakes.
Snakes are wild animals that can be dangerous to you and your family’s health. To keep your property safe and snake-free, you should try sealing damp places, and other likely shelters for snakes around your property, using snake repellent and following the other recommendations in this article.

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Friday, May. 29th, 2020

Kids Summer Meals Program is ready to roll out Monday, June 15, 2020

We are excited to share meals with Kids this summer, get free lunch at one of our 9 meal sites in Bozeman. Visit our Summer Meals page for a complete site list and other details.

New for 2020

Grab and Go Breakfast and Lunch for all meals

Parents and Guardians may pick up meals for their kiddos.

Three New Bozeman Sites (Story Mill Park, Walton Homestead Park and the Gallatin Valley Food Bank).

New Belgrade sites operated by the Belgrade School District

Summer Lunch Program

Are you interested in volunteering with Summer Lunch in 2020? 

Opportunities are fun and family friendly, sign up to be notified when we begin posting opportunities HERE

Summer should be a stress-free time for parents and kids. Let our Summer Meal Program help. The Summer Meals Program is available all summer long, Monday-Friday at various times around the lunch hour!

Our LUNCH program is open to ALL kids and teens 18 and under. FREE, healthy meals are available at sites across the Gallatin Valley.   We offer a safe, supervised location where your kids and teens can stay active and spend time with friends while enjoying healthy meals.

Meals served are tasty, follow USDA nutrition guidelines, and help ALL families save money. There is no application to fill out or proof of income needed. Just show up and enjoy a meal.

Please join us at one of our following meal sites or text “food” to 877 877 for a site near you.

Thank you to all those that helped make Summer Lunch 2019 a huge success!

Summer Lunch 2020 is in the works, site information below is correct. 

New for 2020– Meals will be grab and go sack lunch and breakfast at all locations.  Parents and guardians may pick up meals on behalf of their children at all locations.  

  • Three Forks (Three Forks School) – Start date: June 1, 2020
  • Belgrade – Start Date: June 8, 2020- Belgrade meal sites will now be operated by the Belgrade School District.
  • Bozeman (all other sites)- Start Date: June 15, 2020

Site Information May 2020

  • Beall ParkLunch Served Monday to Friday from 11:15 – 12:15 pm – Served next to the pavilion on the corner of East Villard and North Bozeman. (415 North Bozeman)
  • Bozeman High SchoolLunch served Monday to Friday from 12-1pm.  Served in the front circle off of Main st.
  • Bozeman Public LibraryLunch Served Monday to Friday from 12:00-1:00 pm– Served by the main entrance at the top of the front circle. (626 East Main)
  • Irving SchoolLunch Served Monday to Friday from 12:00-1:00 pm – Served by the school’s main entrance on West Alderson just west of the garden beds near the playground. (611 South 8th)
  • Kirk Park– Lunch Served Monday to Friday from 11:30-12:30 pm– Served under the trees next to the Beall St parking lot. (2000 West Beall)
  • Gallatin Valley Food Bank – Lunch Served Monday-Friday from 12-1pm. – Served near the lobby entrance. 
  • MSU Family and Graduate Housing – Lunch Served Monday to Friday from 12:00-1:00 pm – NEW LOCATION for 2020 Served at the playground on the corner of w. Garfield and Paisley Court. 
  • Stoy Mill Park – Lunch served Monday- Friday from 12-1.  Served under the Lalani pavilion between the playgrounds and the garden.
  • Walton Homestead Park– Lunch served Monday-Friday from 12-1. Served next o the playground just south of the scrubby’s car wash on the corner of 15th and Juniper. 
  • Three Forks School, Three ForksLunch Served Monday- Friday 12:00-1:00 pm 
  • West Yellowstone School, West Yellowstone, – Two days worth of Grab and Go meals (Breakfast and Lunch) are provided Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 11:30-12:30.

For more information contact Lyra at with questions, suggestions, or feedback! 


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Thursday, May. 28th, 2020

Child Care Connection’s First Annual Coloring Contest

Child Care Connection’s Coloring Contest is wrapping up! Five finalists from the Bozeman and Helena area respectively will be chosen and YOU can vote for your favorite online. Voting starts June 8th and closes June 12th. Your favorite little artist needs you! And guess what? There are prizes for adults too! Parents and art lovers alike can take part in a Blind Auction starting June 8th as well! Auction items have been generously donated by your favorite local businesses. Now, everyone’s a winner!

Keep an eye on Child Care Connections’ website and social media for links and details—that’s!

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MSU Extension discusses distribution of personal belongings after death

After a person’s death, the matter of dividing up their personal belongings can become a complicated matter. According to Montana State University Extension, the Montana Uniform Probate Code allows a person to create a separate list in his or her will that specifies the distribution of personal belongings such as jewelry, china, firearms, photos and more.  

“The list cannot include cash, stocks and bonds, mutual funds, other intangible personal property, or real estate, because those items have titles,” said Marsha Goetting, MSU Extension family economics specialist. “The list is not a part of the will but separate from it. The list must identify both items and the persons to receive them with reasonable certainty.”

The list may be prepared before or after writing a will. It can be handwritten or typed and must be signed and dated. As new possessions are acquired, individuals can update the list, which should be kept with the will so the personal representative can distribute items to intended recipients.

Pondera County Extension agent Wendy Wedum suggested individuals who are ready to part with some items share them with family members before death. She also suggests talking to relatives and find out which items hold special memories for them.

“Transferring personal property can be a time to celebrate your life, share memories and stories, and continue traditions and family history,” Wedum said. “Sharing stories about special objects helps your family members understand their past, discover another aspect of their family and appreciate the real accomplishments of their ancestors.”

Wedum and Goetting added that individuals should keep in mind the sentimental value of belongings may be different depending on the recipient’s age. For instance, a grandfather’s journal may not appeal to his young grandchild but might be treasured by his daughter or granddaughter in her 40s.

For more information about the separate listing of tangible personal property, request the MSU Extension MontGuide “Who Gets Grandma’s Yellow Pie Plate” at For those who do not have computer access, copies are available from county Extension or reservation offices.

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Film critics say MSU grad’s personal ‘Rewind’ is one of year’s best documentaries

The day after his feature-length documentary “Rewind” debuted before 280 million households, with a 100% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes and rave reviews from The New York Times, Montana State University film graduate Sasha Joseph Neulinger went fishing.

“This is the first day, the beginning of the next chapter for me, where child sexual abuse isn’t at the primary focus of my existence,” said Neulinger, who was headed out to a rural Montana stream near his home rather than hopping on 34 airplanes for a six-week, 12-city speaker’s tour advocating for children’s victim rights.

Neulinger, 30, has worked for seven years, since he graduated from the MSU School of Film and Photography, to bring his story of surviving childhood sexual abuse to life.

He also directed the film, which Esquire magazine called one of the best films of 2020 and a review predicted “will have a transformative impact on countless lives.” But “Rewind” is not for children. The film details Neulinger’s own harrowing story of sexual abuse and the angels, as well as the monsters, of his childhood.

Even though the COVID-19 pandemic ended a speaking tour that was to build on the debut, Neulinger’s phone has been ringing off the hook since the film aired on Independent Lens nationally a few weeks ago. “Rewind” is available to view for free until June 10 on the national PBS Independent Lens website and is also available on several video on demand sites.

And while nearly all the film revisits his childhood growing up in suburban Philadelphia, the documentary, as well as its creator, came to maturity in Montana, Neulinger said.

“It is kind of incredible how supportive the MSU filmmaking community has been,” Neulinger said. “(The film) was a big MSU rally, is what basically happened. It is special that a film that is this personal and timely, and that has received so much praise internationally, was made here in Montana.”

Neulinger has literally grown up with a camera. Early scenes in the documentary begin moments after he was born. His father, Henry Nevison, now a historical documentarian, arrived a bit late to the hospital because he was purchasing a video camera to film the occasion. From that moment, Neulinger’s life unspools in home movies, beginning with scenes of a radiant little boy with bright, chocolate-drop eyes.

But young Sasha changes. He becomes aggressive, angry, then clearly troubled. He is referred to a therapist, and as the film progresses, viewers see a family pattern of sexual abuse. His father tells viewers that he knew his son’s claims of abuse were true because he had gone through similar abuse when he was a child, a secret he had kept.

Beginning when he was 8, Neulinger’s abusers were prosecuted. The attorneys for his most vicious abuser, an acclaimed cantor in one of Manhattan’s wealthiest synagogues, prolonged the case long enough to bargain a plea to five misdemeanor charges, the least amount of punishment of any of the three accused. Two other abusers confessed. Neulinger was 17 when the court proceedings ended.

Neulinger survives somehow. He officially changes his name (from Alex Nevison) to honor the resiliency and support of his maternal great-grandfather and as a way of claiming redemption from his abusers. Another escape was nature, he recalls now, especially trout fishing, which is how he came to MSU.

“I was looking at film schools in bigger cities, but when I landed on the MSU website and saw the campus surrounded by mountains, it spoke to me,” Neulinger said. He and his mother visited campus, and the late Paul Monaco, then director of MSU’s film program, met with them.

"Rewind," a feature-length documentary about Sasha Joseph Neulinger's personal journey of surviving childhood sexual abuse, made its debut recently on PBS' Independent Lens to rave reviews from several national publications. Neulinger began work on the film shortly after graduating from MSU with a degree in film seven years ago. Much of the production crew have MSU connections. Photo courtesy Neulinger.

“I had a profound connection with him,” Neulinger said. “I remember he told me that what is special about the MSU program is that you can get out of it as much as you are willing to put into it, and we will support you in doing that. MSU was such a positive experience that Montana quickly became my home.”

Neulinger said he was near graduation when he began rethinking his past.

“I still had that self-deprecating voice from unresolved issues from my childhood, and I thought there might be some answers in our home videos,” he said.

“To my surprise, my dad had more than 200 hours of home video dating back to the early 1990s,” which Neulinger retrieved and brought to Bozeman. “I basically logged the first six tapes in (an MSU editing bay). I quickly realized that this was going to be a film.”

Even though he did not have much money, Neulinger did have support from fellow MSU film grads and friends Robert Schneeweis and Jeff Dougherty. They shot a pitch reel, which Neulinger showed to Tom Winston, whom Neulinger met during his internship at Big Sky Youth Empowerment, where Winston served on the board. Winston is a graduate of MSU’s master’s program in Science and Natural History Filmmaking and is the award-winning founder and CEO of Grizzly Creek Films in Bozeman. “We had this MSU connection,” Neulinger said.

Winston said a story in New York magazine about Neulinger’s case revealed the depth and complexity of the story. Long known for award-winning wildlife and conservation filmmaking, Winston offered to team up with Neulinger on the project.

Other MSU friends and filmmakers jumped on board, including Rick Smith and Mike Kasic. MSU graduate Scott Sterling of MontanaPBS, himself an Emmy award-winning filmmaker, served as a mentor and an adviser.

Neulinger gave a TedX Bozeman talk, organized a local crowdfunding campaign and sought private donations. Through the process he became a sought-after speaker about surviving child abuse and launched the nonprofit Voice for the Kids.

“We raised more than $176,000 for the film to continue production, and we were able to go back to Pennsylvania for a three-week shoot,” he said.

Then they ran out of funds. Neulinger feared the project might be dead until MSU film professor Dennis Aig — “another MSU connection” — introduced him to producer Cindy Meehl, who had produced “Buck” and “Unbranded,” other successful documentaries that found wider audiences.

Neulinger said Meehl came on board in about 2017 “with a plethora of experience and resources to finish this film the way we wanted to finish it.

“Cindy just believed in this project and had the connections and resources to get seen by the right people,” he said. “While a big part of making a film is the construction of an effective and compelling narrative, if you don’t have the business side, or exposure to the right people, it doesn’t matter how good your film is. So, I’m extremely grateful for Cindy and Dennis.”

Meehl’s participation enabled many benefits, including sound mixing at the famed Skywalker Studios in California. In Grizzly Creek’s Avela Grenier, they found an able editor. She wove hundreds of hours of family video with current film of Neulinger’s childhood supporters — therapists, detectives, prosecutors, family members.

Those interviews of adult Neulinger with the other principals in the story provide perspective on Neulinger’s grace and resilience as an adult. In a final powerful scene Neulinger, closes the door on the empty suburban Philadelphia courtroom where his case was heard 13 years ago. The point of view of the camera then shifts, and a resolute Neulinger is met with the embraces of his Montana friends — Schneeweis, Dougherty, Winston and Smith — a triumphant ending for the difficult story.

“Rewind” was accepted into the juried 2019 Tribeca Film Festival a little more than a year ago, resulting in positive reviews and interest by distributors.

“Ultimately, we chose Independent Lens and PBS so the film could be seen by as many people as possible while being commercial free,” Neulinger said. They also contracted with Film Rise for video on demand rights. The film can be streamed on Apple iTunes, Google Play, Amazon and Microsoft Movies for the next 15 years. Neulinger hopes it will be an important resource of understanding and inspiration for generations of people dealing with abuse.

Sterling of MontanaPBS that he was thrilled when the production team for Rewind chose PBS as their distribution platform to enable the broadest audience.

“I believe they could have sold this film to a big money cable network, but, by going with PBS, this film is now available for free to millions of people that don’t have the luxury of those subscriptions, and likely those who need to see it most,” Sterling said.

For the time being, Neulinger is back home in Montana, fishing, building a house with his wife, training a new rescue puppy, and playing hockey in Bozeman. He said all are keys to his newfound balance as he contemplates his next project.

“I’m extremely proud of this film and what our team was able to accomplish here in Montana,” Neulinger said. “I’m really honored that we have received honors from critics and audiences, but the biggest reward is I have a better relationship with my family now. And I have a much healthier relationship with myself. I am at peace with myself. And that is worth more to me than any positive review or reward.”

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Friday, May. 22nd, 2020

Critical Resources for MT Working Families Who Need Access to Child Care

Are you earning less right now due to reduced work hours? If you were previously over income, you may now qualify for child care assistance through the Best Beginnings Child Care Scholarship. We encourage you to call us today to find out if you are eligible! Eligibility is for 12 months, so if you qualify now, you will be eligible for the whole year, even if your hours increase again. Contact Child Care Connections today to see if you qualify at 406-587-7786 or go to

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Museum of the Rockies phased reopening to begin May 28

After closing its doors in March due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Museum of the Rockies announced it will begin a phased reopening this month. Starting June 3, the museum will be open to the general public, however members will be able to enter May 28.

The museum’s hours will be 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. The museum store and exhibition halls will be open, including its feature exhibit “Reptiles: The Beautiful and the Deadly,” which showcases 19 different reptile species housed in naturalistic habitats.

Entry numbers are limited during the reopening. Admission rates will be discounted, and two-day admission has been suspended. Members and the public are asked to make reservations before visiting at If availability allows, walk-in members and visitors will be admitted.

For the continued safety of the museum’s members, visitors, volunteers and staff, patrons will be required to wear face masks or coverings, maintain 6 feet of physical distancing and utilize the numerous sanitation stations throughout the building.

“The museum is grateful for your cooperation and understanding,” said Alicia Harvey, director of marketing for the Museum of the Rockies. “Your support for the Museum of the Rockies is essential to continuing world-renowned research and collections, vital education outreach programs, and the rich and varied exhibitions.”

For more information about the museum’s new visitation policies, visit

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Tuesday, May. 19th, 2020

New Charles Schwab Independent Branch Opens In Bozeman, MT

Bozeman Independent Branch now fully available for virtual investing help and guidance
Charles Schwab, one of the largest full-service investment services firms in the country, has opened a new independent branch in Bozeman, MT that provides investors with local access to a range of investing, wealth management and personal finance guidance, products and services.
As a result of COVID-19 and Schwab’s commitment to the health and well-being of its representatives, personnel, clients and the community, the Bozeman branch is temporarily closed to public access, but the branch is fully available to support clients virtually during this period of economic and stock market volatility and uncertainty. Clients and non-clients can contact the branch directly at 406-219-0836.

The Bozeman branch is led by Schwab Independent Branch Leader Erin A. Yost, a financial services professional with more than 20 years of industry experience. Prior to joining Schwab’s independent branch network, Erin was a Financial Advisor at D.A. Davidson.
“Given the current environment, people have a lot of questions about how to approach their finances and investments, so it’s more important than ever to make help and guidance accessible in Bozeman,” said Yost. “Although we are temporarily not able to meet with clients in-person, we remain focused on Schwab’s commitment to be an advocate for the individual investor and provide them with the help and resources they need.”

Erin is a fifth-generation Montanan who attended the University of Montana where she earned a degree in Business Administration.  She holds the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER ® designation as well as the Certified Wealth Strategist designation.  Erin is an active member in the Bozeman community and is a supporter of the Bozeman Area Community Foundation, Business Professional Women as well as the Prospera Business Network.

The new Bozeman location, located at 610 Boardwalk, Ste 104, is part of a larger franchising initiative Schwab announced in early 2011. Schwab’s decision to begin opening franchise branches, in addition to its more than 300 existing company-managed branches, is grounded in a commitment to make financial advice and planning more accessible in local communities across the country. Schwab’s company-managed and independent branches deliver the same suite of brokerage products and services, pricing, and overall client service and experience.

Schwab is actively monitoring information and guidance provided by local, state and federal CDC officials and will communicate updates or changes to in-person branch access as quickly as possible.
In the meantime, in addition to contacting the Bozeman branch directly for virtual assistance, Schwab clients can also engage with the firm through it’s website at, online chat, and the Schwab mobile app.
Once the Bozeman branch reopens to public access, Erin expects to hold a range of complimentary educational investing workshops, which are available to Schwab clients as well as the general public.
Bozeman Branch Location and Contact Information
Charles Schwab – Bozeman Independent Branch
610 Boardwalk Ste 104
Bozeman, MT 59718
Phone: 406-219-0836
Schwab’s Bozeman branch will serve all communities in Gallatin County as well as Livingston, Big Timber and Butte, MT.
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