May 2, 2024

Bozeman Journal

Good morning, Bozeman! Happy Thursday.

Unless you've been roughing it without internet service for the last couple days, you've undoubtedly seen the headlines that a man was injured & arrested for kicking a bison in Yellowstone while drunk.

GCSSAR shared some sage advice with all of us on their FB page:

While recreating in the outdoors, we are often faced with difficult decisions. Ask yourself:

"What are the good things that can happen if I try to kick that bison?"

"What bad things could happen?"

"What if I don't get drunk and try to kick a bison?"

Pausing a couple seconds to consider the pros and cons of the courses of action available to you can often go a long way toward making sure your day in the outdoors ends up being a good one.


Ballot Box

The Special Purpose District & School Election is May 7, 2024. This election is an all-mail ballot. You can visit Gallatin County's election website more information on returning your ballot in person on election day if you choose to not mail it back.

Those within the Bozeman School District are being asked to vote on trustee candidates and General Fund operating levies.

Last week, the League of Women Voters of the Bozeman held a candidate forum at the Bozeman Public Library. You can watch the forum in it's entirety here on Youtube or read the Bozeman Daily Chronicle's summary of each candidate here on their website.

For a deeper understanding of the budget shortfalls affecting Montana's public schools, we also recommend reading a recent article from MTFP.

Be informed & vote!

Local Business

🥩 Meateater has opened it's flagship store in downtown Bozeman at 129 W Main St. MeatEater started as an outdoor hunting series on Netflix in 2012 and in the 12 years since it's first episode Steve Rinella and co have built an impressive media and commerce empire under the same name. Steve moved MeatEater's HQ to Bozeman in 2018 along with then CEO Kevin Sloan - former President of Sitka Gear and now CEO and owner of Skwala fishing gear. All this to say, MeatEater has certainly found success here in the Bozeman area. You can check out more from the brand on their website.

💼 Bozeman Professional Women's (BPW) 3rd Annual business expo is being held this evening (Thursday, May 2nd) from 5-8pm at the Gallatin County Fairgrounds. The BPW is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting equity and empowering women in the workplace through advocacy, education, networking and scholarships. The expo is a great networking opportunity to meet with many of Bozeman's women in business. You can learn more and buy tickets here on their event site.

👷‍♀️Montana Hardscape Hub finds success in paving a way to rethink pavement. We received word that the local company is expanding operations beyond Montana into Idaho and Wyoming as an authorized dealer of TrueGrid Permeable Pavers. TrueGrid products are made from 100% recycled materials in the USA and offer a sustainable solution to environmental issues such as storm water management and soil erosion, and they blend seamlessly with the local landscape while supporting heavy loads. If you plan on upgrading your hardscaping this summer, you might want to look into Montana Hardscape Hub.

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News you might have missed this week around the valley.

  • Fowler Ave expansion project has officially moved into the design phase and it's progress will be presented at the Public Safety Center next Wednesday, May 8th from 6-7:30pm. The project when all said and done will eventually connect Huffine to Oak with a two-lane roadway. You can learn more about the upcoming event and virtual attendance options here on Bozeman's website.

  • Sponsor a few flower baskets downtown. You can support the beautification of the downtown area by sponsoring some self-watering hanging flower baskets. In return you'll get a printed metal sign with your name placed on streetlamps. Learn more here.

  • New study quantifies Yellowstone tourism CO2 emissions. The MoJo ran a piece the other week about this study which you can read here.

  • Heyday (my wife's favorite shop) is hosting a "shop for mom" day this Saturday from 11-2pm. They've got a form you can fill out in store so that their staff can help you select the perfect gift. Oh, and ice cold brew and snacks are on them. Drinks, snacks and wonderful folks helping you shop for the special mom(s) in your life - seems like a no brainer! (Not a paid ad).

  • If our recent snow has you dreaming of all the skiing you'll be doing next winter don't miss out on the discounted season tickets for Big Sky currently on sale until... today!

Civil News

✈️ Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport and Gallatin County Emergency Management will be conducting a full-scale aircraft disaster drill this Saturday from 10-2pm. This exercise will enhance coordination among the airport, airlines, hospitals, and emergency teams from Gallatin Valley, aiming to bolster emergency plans and community safety. Various local agencies and organizations will participate, ensuring minimal impact on airport operations during the drill. This event is crucial for testing emergency responses and strengthening interagency collaboration.

3 Events This Weekend

  • Bozeman Doc series is wrapping up it's 9th season this evening (Thursday) with a new documentary, Maya and the Wave. Anything about big wave surfing in Nazaré (a coastal town in Portugal) is bound to be a thrilling viewing experience. You can read more and purchase tickets here.

  • A "New to You" art sale is going on at the Emerson on Friday from 10am-4pm. More info here.

  • The Bozeman Spring Made Fair is taking place this Friday and Saturday at the Brick Breeden Fieldhouse. Friday Night's VIP event ($10) is running from 5-8pm and Saturday is free from 10am-4pm. You can get more info or purchase VIP tickets on handMade Montana's website.