Friday, Apr. 11th, 2014

Wankel T. rex heads to D.C.

The Wankel T. rex is now on the road to Washington, D.C., where it’s expected to attract more visitors than any other Tyrannosaurus rex fossil in the world at the National Museum of Natural History.

On loan to the Smithsonian Institution for 50 years, the 65-million-year old skeleton left Bozeman shortly after 2 p.m. Friday, April 11, in 16 crates in a customized FedEx truck. It will arrive at the Smithsonian sometime before Tuesday, April 15, when another round of celebratory activities will begin.

“This is a really great day for the Museum of the Rockies,” Shelley McKamey, executive director of Montana State University’s Museum of the Rockies, said during the send-off celebration at the museum.

“It’s really exciting for us,” said Sant Director of the National Museum of Natural History Kirk Johnson.

It was also an emotional day for McKamey, who was part of the crew that excavated the skeleton in 1989 and 1990, and for Kathy Wankel of Angela, who discovered the fossil in 1988 near the Fort Peck Reservoir in northeast Montana.

“It’s been such an amazing experience for our entire family,” Wankel said.
Besides meeting incredible people and building relationships with paleontologists and staff at the Museum of the Rockies, Wankel said she is making new friends at the Smithsonian. She also praised MSU paleontologist Jack Horner for the “fantastic” research he conducted over the past 25 years on the dinosaur that was 18 years old when it died violently.

Wankel said she was sad to see the skeleton leave, but she was excited that so many people will be able to visit it in Washington, D.C. The skeleton will be the centerpiece of a new paleontology exhibit scheduled to open in 2019 in the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History. It’s predicted that at least 7 million people a year will view the Wankel T. rex – one of the most complete Tyrannosaurus rex fossils in the world. And since many of those visitors are tourists, they won’t be the same 7 million every year.

Wankel, McKamey, Horner and Johnson were four of six dignitaries who spoke during the 30-minute farewell ceremony at the MOR’s Hager Auditorium. Others were Pat Leiggi, crew chief when the dinosaur was excavated and now administrative director of paleontology and director of exhibits at the MOR; and Darin McMurry, assistant operations project manager for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Horner, Leiggi and McKamey were joined on stage by some of the others who worked on the field crew that excavated the dinosaur. They included Wankel, her husband Tom, and their children Lee, Rock and Whitney. Others were Bob Harmon, Carrie Ancell and Matt Smith.

A caravan accompanied the Wankel T. rex as it left the Museum of the Rockies and rode through downtown Bozeman.  Finally on its own, the FedEx truck headed east toward Washington, D.C.

The image of a dinosaur and a logo announced its cargo.

“Delivering History: the Nation’s T. rex,” it said.

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Thursday, Apr. 10th, 2014

The Mystic MTB Trail Race

The Mystic MTB Trail Race is proud to announce that the inaugural event is coming to Bozeman, Montana on July 19, 2014.

Featuring 40 miles of challenging climbs, world-­‐class descents and remote scenery, the Mystic MTB Trail Race offers mountain bikers an opportunity to challenge themselves on some of the most enjoyable connector trails in the Gallatin National Forest.

Originating at the Bear Canyon Trailhead just east of Bozeman, the race takes riders over ridgelines, past alpine lakes and down flowing drainages while exploring the abundant trails throughout the Gallatin National Forest.

“We are very excited about this course,” said co-­‐director Steve Lowry. “After years of exploring these incredible trails, we decided that it was time to host an event and show riders what Bozeman has to offer. While this course is only a sampling—from steep, difficult climbs to giggle-­‐inducing descents—we think it’s a great offering that any mountain biker will be thrilled to experience.”

The event will take place one week after the Bohart Bash, a longstanding Bozeman area mountain bike race and one week prior to the Butte 100, one of the most difficult mountain bike races in the country, which takes place on the Continental Divide Trail.

Mystic MTB Trail Race plans to donate a portion of the proceeds to mountain bike advocacy and trail maintenance groups in the Bozeman area.

Interested riders can register for the race online at mysticrace.com until July 17 and in person July 18-­‐19—early registration is encouraged and will cost $30 until June 15.

Event information, race updates and online registration are available at mysticrace.com

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Monday, Apr. 7th, 2014

2014 Red Ants Pants Music Festival Preview

One great way to ease the winter doldrums in Montana is finding out the lineup to this summer's 4th annual Red Ants Pants Music Festival in White Sulphur Springs.

Sarah Calhoun, owner of the Red Ants Pants company in the small town, announced the lineup for this year's festival on Saturday, April 5, with a party for the occasion at her store in White Sulphur. The event was also streamed live via the Internet. A lively crowd packed the place, reliving past RAP festivals while waiting to find out who would grace the pasture north of town with their musical presence this year.

After whetting the crowd's appetite with a short video from last year's event, Calhoun, "without further adieu," let everyone in on the lineup. Headliners include country music great Charlie Pride, alternative country artist Brandi Carlile from Seattle, Americana singer-songwriter Josh Ritter from Idaho, and former Drive By Trucker band member Jason Isbell, who has been making waves on the Americana music scene since going solo in 2007.

Ian Tyson and James McMurtry will also be appearing at this year's event, and crowd-pleaser Corb Lund will be making a return appearance as well. Other artists on the main stage this year include Hank Williams' granddaughter Holly Williams, the Black Lillies, Tom Catmull's Radio Static, Red Molly, Baskery, JD McPherson, Matt Andersen, and Jessie Veeder.

"It will be a hell of a show," said Calhoun as the April 5 party grew to a close. "I'll promise you that."

This year's street dance, in White Sulphur Springs proper, on Thursday evening, July 24, will feature the music of the Bus Driver Tour. A screening of the movie "Dryland" is planned in the theatre near the Red Ants Pants store just prior to the music. On Friday, the action shifts to the festival grounds, on the nearby Jackson Ranch, for main stage musical acts, side stage music focusing on local musicians, and farming/ranching-related activities, such as the cross-cut saw competition. The Montana Beard and Moustache State Finals will also be held on the grounds during the festival. Camping is available for Red Ants Pants festival-goers, and food, drink, and other items are available for purchase from vendors circling the festival venue.

The Red Ants Pants Music Festival has already become a staple on the list of things to do under the Big Sky. Early bird three-day passes are on sale for $99 through the month of April; these are $125 for advance sales beginning May 1, and $140 at the gate. Day passes are $50 in advance, and $55 at the gate. For more information on this great Montana music event, or for advance ticket purchases, call 406-209-8135, or go to redantspantsmusicfestival.com.

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Thursday, Apr. 3rd, 2014

Steel Pulse - RESCHEDULED

The Steel Pulse Show originally scheduled for March 26 at the Emerson is now rescheduled for April 23 at The SUB Ballrooms!

Due to scheduling conflicts, we were not able to reschedule in the Emerson yet there is good news-- Because of this new venue, more tickets will be available at Cactus Records!

All previously purchased tickets will be honored on this new date. If you are unable to attend this show, refunds are available at Cactus Records until April 23!

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Wednesday, Apr. 2nd, 2014

RightPSI Kickstarter Campaign Exceeds Expectations

(BOZEMAN, MONTANA 2 April 2014) – RightPSI, an auto aftermarket start-up focused on the tire accessory space, just finished a successful Kickstarter campaign to create momentum for its product launch.  The campaign raised $70,212, over 350% of the goal.  RightPSI attracted over 1500 backers as well.  Their website, www.rightpsi.com, will continue taking pre-orders. RightPSI manufactures tire pressure indicators that provide visual indication of low tire pressure, while allowing one to fill through the cap and use it as a tire gauge.  

Every year AAA responds to an astonishing 4 million American motorists who are stranded due to tire damage.  Tire problems cause 9% of crashes annually.  One in four cars is driving on a tire that is at least 25% under required tire pressure. Also, having properly inflated tires improves fuel efficiency by 3.3%, or roughly $0.10 a gallon at current gas prices, according to the United States Department of Energy. That could save drivers $65 a year.  RightPSI’s innovative tire pressure indicators make the job of keeping your tires filled easy.  They are unique in being “flow-through” meaning that they can be used as a gauge while pumping.  RightPSI has received the Popular Mechanics Editors Choice Award for new product design and innovation as well as the MSN Top Pick from the SEMA Show.  The RightPSI Kickstarter campaign can be found at: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/rightpsi/rightpsi-tire-pressure-at-a-glance.

About RightPSI
RightPSI ™ is a US Company. Our goal is to create high quality, accessible products that help the environment, save people money, and increase safety on the road.  Our fill-through tire pressure gauge provides motorists with easy and efficient methods to ensure that their tires are precisely pressurized at all times. This patented tire cap also gives the consumer the peace of mind that comes from knowing that a tire is filled correctly.

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Monday, Mar. 31st, 2014

Rotary Interact Club hosts annual Fun Run May 3rd

May in Bozeman means the sun is shining, the snow is melting, and runners have come out of winter hibernation at the gym. Bozeman High School’s Rotary Interact Club is taking advantage of the warm weather to host their annual “Fun Run 5K” on May 3rd at East Gallatin Recreation Area. This year, in addition to the 5K there will be a 1 mile race for juniors and their parents. There will also be an ice cream social, complete with live music, for runners after the race.

Runners can register by going to racemontana.com and searching for “Rotary Interact Fun Run”. Junior registration (Ages 0-18) will cost $10 on Race Montana and $15 on the Race-Day. Adult Registration (19 and up) will cost $20 on Race Montana and $25 on the Race Day.

Each year the run is held to raise money for an organization chosen by members of the Interact Club. This year Interact members are once again giving the profits to The Cody Dieruf Foundation, which helps local children affected by Cystic Fibrosis. By choosing a local organization, the Interact members are able to see the direct impact of their work on a local level.

“There are kids at the high school with this disease, and to be able to see that our efforts will directly impact our peers means the world!” says one of the run organizers and BHS senior, Derek Hetherington.

Cystic Fibrosis is an inherited chronic disease that affects the lungs and digestive system of about 30,000 children and adults in the United States (70,000 worldwide). The disease clogs the lungs and leads to life-threatening lung infections and stops natural enzymes from helping the body break down and absorb food. The predicted average age of survival for a person with CF is in the late 30s. With your help, the money raised in this run will be put towards defeating this unfortunate disease. Last year the run raised over $1,000, and Interact hopes to double that amount this year.
The club has been working with local sponsors to provide timing and refreshments for runners. In addition, with each registration comes one raffle ticket that can be used in a raffle held at the end of the event. Raffle items include donations from Simms, the Bozeman Running Company, Planet Bronze, Play it Again Sports, Yellowstone Coffee Roasters, and more. If you have questions or information on businesses that would like to help sponsor the run, contact 406-599-1385 or rozkutsch@gmail.com.

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April Pecha Kucha Nights

The future of human labor in an era of robots, “Iam hamburger’ and confessions of a teenage carny featured at April Pecha Kucha Nights George Keremedjiev, director and co-founder of Bozeman’s American Computer Museum, will present on “The Future of Human Labor in an Era of Artificially Intelligent and Conscious Robots” at the next Pecha Kucha Nights Wednesday, April 23 and Thursday, April 24 at the Ellen Theatre.  Japanese Exchange Student Mizuki Ono will present on the often-humorous challenges of learning a different language and culture and Tom Dickson will offer the humorous confessions of a teenage carny.

Four Bozeman clergy, Father Leo Proxell, Pastor Jody McDevitt, Rabbi Ed Stafman  and Ruhul Amin, Bozeman’s Muslim leader, will talk about their interfaith work and the friendships that have resulted; Steve Durbin and Timothy Tate will tell the fascinating story of India’s Nrityagram dancers; Steve Guettermann will present on “Hollywood, The Hero & You;” and Nancy Tanner will present on “Eleven years in the field – a private look inside a dog trainers notebook.

Other presenters include Rick Sanders of Bozeman’s Montana Raptor Center, who will discuss raptor behavior with the aid of some of his raptor friends; Sam Haraldson on “Practical Bicycling in Bozeman and Beyond;” Michael Running Wolf on the challenge facing American Indian Communities as they struggle to retain rights to their own digitized culture; and Randall Russo on “Surviving 7,000 earthquakes in New Zealand.”

All presentations will be featured both nights.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m.  with the first presentation starting at 7:20 p.m. Pecha Kucha (peh-chak-cha) offers anyone with a passion or a vision--designers, artists, inventors, architects, adventurers, entrepreneurs—an opportunity to share their ideas with the community during a fast-paced, friendly social get-together. There's just one catch—presenters have only 20 slides x 20 seconds each, a total of 6 minutes, 40 seconds!

Actor, comedian and teacher Cara Wilder will serve as Master of Ceremonies.

Pecha Kucha (sounds like chit-chat in Japanese) was created 10 years ago by a Tokyo architectural firm. Events are now held in more than 700 cities around the world.  More information is available on Facebook at pecha-kucha-bozeman or by emailing pechakuchabozeman@gmail.com   You are encouraged to come early to socialize.  There will be a 20-minute intermission.

Advance tickets ($7 plus $1 restoration fee) are available online at theellentheatre.com

Tickets also are available at the box office and at the door for $8 ($5 for students) space permitting.

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Bozeman Public Library Foundation Honors Barbara and Jack Kligerman with this year’s Cornerstone Award

Dedicated volunteers Barbara and Jack Kligerman will receive the 6th annual Cornerstone Award from the Bozeman Public Library Foundation for their tireless library volunteerism and generous contribution to promoting literary works. This prestigious award will be presented at the Foundation’s Cornerstone Celebration, April 12, 6:30 pm, at the Bozeman Public Library.

 
The Cornerstone Celebration will be a big 450th birthday bash for Shakespeare during his birthday month of April. The annual fundraiser is hosted on the Library’s mezzanine, this year transformed into a Shakespearian themed environment.  There will be a special appearance by Montana Shakespeare in the Parks, literary entertainment by Bozeman High School Speech students, a Shakespeare reading by the Kligermans, calligraphy demonstrations, and Elizabethan-period music.  The Bountiful Table will provide food based on recipes from Shakespeare’s time; cider from Lockhorn Cider House will be served by celebrity bartender “Falstaff,” and The Country Bookshelf will be selling Shakespeare themed books with a portion of sales going to the Library Foundation. All funds raised during the evening go directly to support programs and services provided by the Bozeman Public Library.
 
The Kligermans moved to Bozeman nearly 12 years ago, and have been active in the Library from the get-go. Both are members of the Library Book Club, Jack volunteers in Technical Services and Administration, and was recently voted in as a board member of the Friends of the Library. As a dynamic duo, they have spent hours and hours organizing and participating in readings at the Library featuring literary greats such as Charles Dickens, Jane Austen, and Mark Twain. Through their work, both Barbara and Jack have brought a new appreciation of classic authors to a receptive audience.
 
Jack’s career as a professor and past Chair of the Department of English at Lehman College in New York, and Barbara’s study at Syracuse in theatre, acting, stage design, and eventually a career in Audiology, brings forth their valued insights, encouragement and promotion of speech and reading. 
 
“Jack is able to reach people with a warm wit when discussing literary greats,” said Bozeman Library Director Susan Gregory. “This ability allows people of all ages and backgrounds to feel at home during a program.  He is in love with his subject, and it shows.”
 
Jack has participated in poetry readings, has read excerpts from banned books, and contributes to other local book clubs, as well as writes the notes for Bozeman Symphony Orchestra concerts.  Barbara applies her knowledge of the theatre to enthusiastic readings of poetry and excerpts from various literary works.  The theatre always remained a passion of the Kligermans and when living in London or visiting England, they spent as much time as possible attending performances, particularly of the Royal Shakespeare Company.
 
“Barbara and Jack are very much a ‘couplet’ and deserve to be recognized jointly for all of their contributions to the Library and our community,” said Foundation Director Paula K. Beswick.
 
Past Cornerstone winners have been David Quammen, nationally acclaimed science writer; Mary Jane DiSanti, former owner of The Country Bookshelf; George Cole, radio producer and personality; writer Alan Kesselheim for his commitment to the Bozeman Public Library, and Jan Zauha, MSU Professor and Renne Library Reference Librarian.
 
Tickets for the Cornerstone Celebration are $75/person for $125/for two. For tickets, please call Sarah at 582-2425. The Library Foundation enjoys the generous support of Diana Blank, Merrill Lynch, Big Sky Western Bank, The Bozeman Daily Chronicle, Winegardner’s Wines, and Allegra, allowing all ticket sales and raffle/silent auction items to benefit the Library.
 
The mission of the Bozeman Public Library Foundation is to enhance the quality of services, programs and community events offered by the Bozeman Public Library, benefitting the residents and communities it serves, while advocating for private and public support of the Library.
 
For more information, please contact Paula Beswick, Director, Bozeman Public Library Foundation, at 582-2426.
 
Additional Shakespeare programs in April:
Barbara and Jack have organized two readings in honor of Shakespeare’s birthday:  April 9, Will Shakespeare and Friends: Songs and Sonnets from the English Renaissance, and April 23 Much Ado About Something: Readings from Shakespeare’s Comedies, both at 6:30pm in the Library’s Community Room.

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Sunday, Mar. 30th, 2014

Featured Bozeman Kickstarter Campaign

Starting the Bai food trailer is just the first step in Sreyroth Phon's Cambodian-American plans of domination. My ultimate goal is to bring awareness to America of issues faced by Cambodians, who deal with numerous challenges regarding the environment, health care, social justice, and women's and children's rights. I would like to start an NGO in my home country to bring about positive change for Cambodians.

$9000 goal, 23 days to go

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1318667184/bai-a-cambodian-food-trailer-in-bozeman-montana

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