April 18, 2024

Bozeman Journal

Good morning, Bozeman! Happy Thursday.

Butte had its moment in the national spotlight earlier this week. In case you missed it, there was quite a spectacle downtown when a circus elephant, named Viola, was caught on camera running away from her handlers. Interestingly, this is not the first time Viola has escaped according to reporting from NBC news.

Either, Viola is a master escape artist or Jordan World Circus is a master publicist. Either way, it put the circus on our map! Viola and her traveling troupe are coming through town next Monday and Tuesday at the Fairgrounds. You can find more information here on their website.

In Today's Edition:

  • Local Business
  • Civil News
  • Earth Day Events


The news in Butte got us thinking - can you name a famous entertainer from Butte?

Local Business

🇩🇪 Lederhosen Optional: gute Laune, a German beer hall inspired restaurant and bar, is scheduled to open above the Rialto Theater this Saturday, the 20th. The establishment will offer a variety of Montana bratwursts, European beers, and will include vegetarian options!

We’re told from folks associated with the operations that one of the highlighted dishes will be a grilled cauliflower with gruyere. The full-service bar will include a Praga Pilsner from Czechia, a German Hofbräu Lager, and some local Montana favorites. We recommend giving them a follow over on Instagram and perhaps putting some lederhosen in that Amazon shopping cart of yours.

🥗 Open To All: More exciting news on the food front. Bitterroot Bistro has just opened their doors to the public offering an "upper-scale Americana" menu that changes seasonally to provide fresh & creative dishes. The bistro is located on South Willson Ave and is open Wednesday through Sunday from 4-10pm. You can read more about the opening here from the Chronicle.

On the West side of town, Town and Country has just opened their new location off Huffine Ln just North of Sidewinders. This is the first grocery store West of the Gallatin Valley Mall - a much needed development as the West side of town continues to see urban sprawl.

🚙 Motor City Magic:
Ressler Motors continues to find success in the area on news that they’ve just bought out Yellowstone Country Motors in Livingston. If you’ve bought a new or used car in or around the Bozeman area, there’s a good chance you’ve bought from Ressler Motors. They service 6 brands in the area across 8 locations in Bozeman, Belgrade & Amsterdam. Regardless of your feelings about Ressler or general car prices these days, the team at Ressler seem to be running a solid business operation.

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

  • Hollywood & Montana Liquor: Hollywood owned liquor brands appear to be in vogue in 2024. We highlighted Cole Hauser’s Lazy K Bar Bourbon in our newsletter last week. This week, it’s Jason Mamoa (Aquaman) and his Bozeman based brand - Meili Vodka. Mamoa and his co-founder Blaine Halvorson will be stopping by Belgrade Liquor on Jackrabbit Ln this Sunday to take photos with fans and sign bottles of Meili. You can read more about the event on montanarightnow.com

  • Media on Media: Nothing gets juicier than media talking about media. MTFP is calling out a new media outlet - the Montana Independent - for being associated with progressive dark money”. The controversy centers around the American Independent, a news outlet with ties to a Democratic-aligned super PAC, launching state-specific publications including the Montana Independent to influence political perceptions ahead of crucial elections. Critics argue this introduces potential bias and manipulates public opinion under the guise of objective journalism, especially given the undisclosed sources of funding ("dark money") associated with these initiatives. You can read the full story here. And before we get accused of anything - the only thing dark about the Bozeman Journal is dark mode on our website.

Civil News

🏢 Gutherie Controversy: Bozeman's City Commission has taken control of approving The Guthrie, a major housing development, amid strong public concern over its potential community impact and affordability. On Tuesday evening, the Commission voted unanimously to take final authority on the project away from the Community Development Department. This move promises more scrutiny and public input into the project, which could use city incentives to include 56 affordable units in a new five-story building, deviating from standard city codes. You can read more here on NBC Montana.

💻 E-Waste: In celebration of Earth Day, the Gallatin Solid Waste Management District and 406 Recycling are hosting a free electronic waste (e-waste) recycling event at Logan Landfill. The event will take place on Saturday, April 20 from 8 AM to 2:30 PM. Accepted items include cellphones, computers, tablets, batteries, TVs, and more. However, electrical items like blenders and microwaves will not be accepted. You can read more here at Gallatin County's website.

Earth Day Events

Earth Day is this Monday, the 22nd. Festivities and events are ongoing throughout this weekend.

As part of the Bozeman Doc Series, the Emerson is playing a movie this evening @ 5:45pm titled: “399: Queen of the Tetons”. Info and tickets can be found here on the Bozeman Doc Series website.

On Friday @ 6:30pm, there’s a free presentation titled: “Wildfire, A Century of Failed Forest Policy” at the Museum of the Rockies. This event will also be live streamed. More info can be found here on Gallatin Valley’s Earth Day website.

On Saturday morning @ 9am there’s a 5k run/walk being held at the County Fairgrounds. Signup to volunteer or run/walk at this link here.

And, the festival continues on Saturday at the Fairgrounds from 10am-3pm with a bunch of cool and entertaining exhibits. You can read about all the exhibits here on Gallatin Valley’s Earth Day website.

Trivia Answer

We were thinking of Robert Craig "Evil" Knievel. Born in Butte in 1938, Knievel was an American stunt performer and entertainer.