March 7, 2024

Bozeman Journal

Good Morning Bozeman. Tomorrow, the 8th, is International Women's Day.

The day is meant to give focus to issues such as gender equality, reproductive rights, and violence and abuse against women. In addition to tomorrow's global holiday, the month of March is of course Women's History Month.

To celebrate and honor the achievements, contributions and historic legacy of women across the Northern Rockies, the Museum of the Rockies is hosting a Women's History Family Day from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday.

In Today's Edition:

  • Local Business
  • Civil News
  • Things to Do This Weekend

❓ Trivia

Can you name the tallest peak in the Bridgers?

*Answer at the bottom of this email

Photo of the Week

600 N Wallace | Photo courtesy of Julia & Connor Lopes

If you're like us you spend a lot of time in this corner of the town. Coffee, pastries and sandwiches...what more could you ask for? This corner is looking a little different than a year ago!

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🚓 Police Blotter

It was hard not to run with this one. Our favorite police blotter from last week:

Someone called to report a mustachioed man with a ball cap climbing up a power pole downtown. Officers could not locate the man.

Watch out for those mustachioed Bozeman men...

Local Business

Moo Country Opens Downtown

Moo Country, a TN based Western fashion and jewelry company just opened at 16 North Grand Ave (across the alleyway from Sacks Thrift Store). You can check them out on Instagram or stop into the store if you're looking for some new Western attire.


New Burger Spot in Big Sky

Blindside Burger, is the newest eatery in Big Sky Town Center. Troy Thompson, known for his ventures with Blue Buddha Sushi Lounge and Tres Toros Tacos & Tequila, is the driving force behind the joint. This venue promises unique smash-style burgers, including a standout peanut butter bourbon burger, alongside oversized milkshakes. You can read more about the opening from Explore Big Sky.


MSU Announces New Nurse-Midwifery Program

Montana State University's Mark and Robyn Jones College of Nursing is launching a nurse-midwifery track within its Doctor of Nursing Practice program, following preaccreditation from the national Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education.

This initiative, aims to enhance healthcare access for women across the state, especially in rural and Native communities, by training nurse-midwives in prenatal, post-partum, and primary care. The program is set to admit its inaugural class of about eight Montana residents with a nursing bachelor's degree in August. You can read more from MSU here.

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News you might have missed this week:

  • Ever thought that a Patagonia Store in Dillon was strange? You're not alone. Fast Company ran a good article on the store, 1 of only 6 outlet locations for the brand.

  • An inaugural women's business summit is taking place through Friday of this week. Make sure to checkout Instagram for the #downtownbozemanwomenowned hashtag and show your support for any local women owned businesses.

  • In Montana and the West, land ownership alternates between private and public in a checkerboard pattern, leading to "corner crossing" debates where public land users wish to move diagonally across corners where public lands meet. MTFP is running a series on the topic and the legal battles playing out between land owners and hunters.

  • Median home prices in Bozeman rose by 7.6% in February hitting $820,000. You can see how that compares to the surrounding area by reading more here.

Civil News

City Manager Gets the Can

The City Commission met on Tuesday evening and unanimously voted to accept the proposed severance package from now former City Manager Jeff Mihelich. You'll recall that Jeff was caught on a hot-mic hot-zoom call where he and a colleague vented on some issues within the city government, spoke about a potential job in Austin and most famously discussed; and we quote: "F* you money".

Mihelich's severance package includes eight months of pay to the tune of $171,824.64 and eight months of retirement at 18% of his salary.

This arrangement represents a compromise, as his contract specifies that termination would result in a payout of twelve months of salary, plus retirement benefits calculated at 18% of the monthly salary for the same period. In addition to the reduced payout, Mihelich’s last day was March 5 and the Commission will not file an ethics complaint.

You can read more including the city's press release on the matter here.


State of the City Address

Mayor Terry Cunningham will deliver Bozeman's State of the City address on March 18 at the Crawford Theater and March 20 at Fire Station 3, with live streaming on the City’s Facebook and later viewing on YouTube.

The State of the City is an annual address that the mayor gives about the current status of the city and key priorities for the upcoming year. The same presentation will be given at both locations and both events are open to all members of the public.

You can read more from the city's press release here.

Here's your rundown on the weekend:

  • There's 3 new art exhibits opening on Friday @ The Emerson Center. From 5-8pm you can stop by and meet the artists. More details on the Emerson's website.

  • There's a FREE concert Friday evening, 7pm @ the Rialto with the Cosmic Sans. More info here.

  • If you're looking for something new to do Friday night, we highly recommend you check out 406 Escape Rooms. Nothing shines a light on true friendship like being stuck in a sweaty, dark room while trying to solve cryptic puzzles.

  • The 2024 Big Sky Men's and Women's Basketball Championships kick-off this Saturday in Boise, ID. You can find game times, stream info and more over here.

  • On Sunday from 3-8pm Mountains Walking is hosting a special dinner featuring ramen and japanese inspired dishes. Get more deets over on AOBozeman's instagram.

Trivia Answer

According to Wikipedia, Sacagawea Peak is the tallest at 9,596 feet (2,925 m).

Sacagawea, a Lemhi Shoshone woman, was an interpreter and guide during the Lewis and Clark Expedition (1804-1806) across North America. Her diplomatic skills were particularly pivotal in southwestern Montana, where she facilitated smoother interactions between the expedition members and the Shoshone people.