April 4, 2024

Bozeman Journal

Good Morning Bozeman! Happy Thursday. Spring appears to have sprung. The week ahead looks to be mostly warm with highs in the 50's. Some rain/snow mix is expected this weekend.

In Today's Edition:

  • Local Business
  • Civil News
  • Upcoming Events


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Local Business

🎣 Field and Stream: Rumors have it that the old 3 Rivers Hotel on Baxter Ln. between the Hampton Inn and the Best Western is set to become a "Field & Stream" hotel as evidenced by the temporary sign on the front lawn and the owner of the building pointing to Starwood Capital Group. We reached out to Starwood Capital for comment and have yet to hear back, but a quick google search suggests this could be related to Field & Stream magazine's foray into lodging. Field & Stream made headlines earlier this year when Erich Church and Morgan Wallen bought the retail brand from Dick’s Sporting Goods and the media component from Recurrent, a digital media company. Our only hope is that either of these artists make their way to the always epic Big Sky Country State Fair lineup in the coming future.

🥙 Panera inching it's way towards Bozeman: but not here yet. The city of Helena confirmed that they're working with Panera on permitting for a new location at 1660 Vandelay Ave. With existing Panera's in Billings, Missoula and Kalispell, the new Helena location would be the closest yet to Bozeman at just over a 90 min drive away. While there's no news that Panera is stepping foot in Bozeman, we can only guess that they're just slowy making their way to the promise land Bozeman.

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News you might have missed this week from publishers & blogs around the valley:

  • Crazy Mountain Land Exchange: A decision is nearing on a federal and private land exchange involving acreage in the Crazy Mountains west of Melville and the Madison Range south of Big Sky. The transaction involves the Forest Service and six private landowners - one of them being the Yellowstone Club. There's been a slate of blog posts and op-ed's from local publications and conversation groups, mostly against the swap. These articles do however, include a number of other resources for you to read and form your own opinion on the matter. For facts on the land exchange we highly recommend reading about the project on the USDA's website here.

  • Amazon opens first Montana Facility: in Billings last Wednesday. The 71,000 sq-ft building has about 100 employees on site and is processing about 7,000 packages a day with the ability to ramp up more in the future. We're just hoping this means our amazon orders might take less than a week to hit our doorsteps in the near future. You can read more here on MTFP.

Civil News

🗳️ Steps being taken to protect reproductive rights: The Montana Supreme Court has amended and approved the language of a potential ballot initiative. Montanans Securing Reproductive Rights (MSRR) wants to add language to our state constitution establishing "a right to make and carry out decisions about one’s own pregnancy, including the right to abortion." There's some procedural disagreement on whether the new ballot language, approved by the court needs legislative review but MSRR will ultimately need to gather and submit ~60,359 verified signatures before June 21 to see this initiative on November 5th's ballot.

🏡 80 acre Annexation in West Bozeman: has been approved. We wrote about this back in February as the City Commission was getting set to hear about the proposed development and open the floor for public comment. These 80 acres are between Oak and Baxter, just west of the current Northwest Crossing development. With the R-5 zoning designation developers will be allowed to build 5-6 story high density apartment buildings which didn't come without controversy and protest from the surrounding neighborhoods.

Upcoming Events

🦖 Third annual Dinosaurs and MOR! Festival: The Museum of the Rockies in Bozeman is hosting the third annual “Dinosaurs and MOR!” festival from April 12-14, featuring a wide range of activities including presentations by renowned paleontologists, family-friendly programs, and hands-on workshops for all ages. Highlights include an appreciation night with book signings and a new planetarium show premiere, a keynote dinner, and various workshops ranging from a Happy Hatchling Dino Party for babies and toddlers to a Dinosaur Puppet Workshop. For more details and ticket information, you can checkout this post on MSU's blog.

🎭 Shakespeare in the Parks: is set to bring Hamlet and The Winter’s Tale to 65 communities across five states during its 52nd season this summer, starting with performances at the MSU Grove from June 12-22. As an outreach program of Montana State University’s College of Arts and Architecture, the traveling theatre group offers these performances free to the public, showcasing Shakespeare’s timeless narratives of intrigue and redemption. You can read more and view the tour schedule here.

🧚 Bumblewood Thicket: and Random Acts of Silliness, the group behind this fun annual event, is currently accepting "Fairy Architect Applications" through April 15th. The 5th annual fairy village will be on display from August 30th through September 22nd, 2024 at Glen Rotary Park. If you or your friends are looking to add a little touch of magic this Fall for ~18,000 fairy village visitors, head over to the website for information and to submit an application.