April 25, 2024

Bozeman Journal

Good morning, Bozeman! Happy Thursday.

TikTok was just given a 9 month clock to sell it's company or face a nationwide ban according to legislation signed by President Biden yesterday.

You could say that we're somewhat of a trendsetter in the month of May. It was just under a year ago that Governor Gianforte signed a bill that prohibited the use of apps tied to foreign adversaries (TikTok) on state devices and networks.

The impacts of this new federal legislation will certainly be one to watch over the next year. If you're creating content or interact with friends and family via TikTok, now may be the time to find your next favorite social media app. If you're looking for an occasional laugh, we recommend just lurking on Reddit's r/Bozeman.

Funding Approved

The Gallatin County Commission has committed $648,158 from the Open Lands Program to enhance open space and conservation efforts across several communities, including Bozeman, Three Forks, and West Yellowstone. The funding, approved unanimously on Tuesday, will support nine diverse projects ranging from trail development to riverbank restoration.

Most notably, the Headwaters Trail System in Three Forks will receive $100,000 to maintain parts of its 12-mile paved trail network. Other projects include:

These investments are financed by the voter-approved Gallatin County Open Space Levy of 2018, which aims to preserve and enrich local natural resources and recreational spaces. Remaining funds from this allocation will carry over to next year's funding pool. You can read more from the original press release from Gallatin County here.

Local Business

🛏️ The Kimpton Armory Hotel joins the 2024 Travel & Leisure Top 500 list of best hotels in the world, placing it among top global hotels like those in Paris and New York. General Manager James Miller credits the honor to his dedicated team and strong community support. Opened in 2020 as Bozeman's first 4-star hotel, the Armory features 122 rooms, unique dining led by Executive Chef Shane Graybeal, a live music venue, a rooftop pool and is centrally located to all the fanfare that downtown has to offer. Full details will appear in Travel + Leisure’s May 2024 print and digital issue. Now might be the perfect time to plan that staycation for you and your partner.

💼 If you're part of the ~20% or so that work from home in Gallatin county, there's a new coworking space called Thrive that's soon to launch in the former Northern Lights Trading Co building at 1716 W. Babcock Street. The space will feature 39 private offices, 3 conference rooms, and ample coworking spaces with a 60-person capacity. Thrive will offer a variety of membership options for businesses and freelancers, including daily and hourly rentals for non-members. Facilities include 24/7 access, unlimited drinks and snacks, and regular social events. The team was mum on the $$/month but if you're interested you can reach out to them via their website.

The Bozeman Symphony is set to host “At the Movies: The Music of John Williams” at Willson Auditorium on June 7 at 7:30 p.m., June 8 at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., and June 9 at 2:30 p.m. Celebrated for his profound impact on film music over seven decades, John Williams has garnered multiple prestigious awards including 26 Grammy Awards and five Academy Awards. If you've seen Jaws, Jurassic Park, Harry Potter or Indiana Jones, you've heard John Williams' music. Tickets and details are available at bozemansymphony.org.

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News you might have missed this week around the valley.

  • New Happy Hour kicking off at the Tune Up Bar and Lounge, located in the basement of the Hotel every Wednesday through Friday 5-7pm. Specials include $5 draft beers, $10 cocktails, live music, and complimentary chef bites.

  • Gallatin ranks #1 "Booziest" county in the US. According to annual datasets of the CDC’s Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System and the County Health Rankings & Roadmaps (CHR&R) program. You can see an interactive map here at intoxistates.com

  • REO Speedwagon and Rick Springfield are set to play at the Brick Breeden on Oct. 26. Tickets start at $36 and go on sale beginning at 10am this Friday, April 26th. More info and details here.

Civil News

⚖️ Bozeman Municipal Court has just introduced the BRIDGERS Court, an alternative DUI treatment program, with a public launch event on May 2 @ 3:30pm at the Bozeman Public Safety Center. This court offers a 12 to 15-month therapeutic program for individuals facing DUI charges, aimed at reducing reoffending through intensive treatment and supervision. Spearheaded by Judge Colleen Herrington and funded by a $900,000 federal grant, the program starts its first session on June 11. The initiative responds to the urgent need to enhance public safety and manage DUI offenses effectively in Gallatin County.

⚕️A conversation around mental health support for hospitality and hair professionals is being hosted on May 7th @ the Emerson from 9 to 10:30am. Led by Ellie Martin of Routefinder Consulting with support from The Gallatin Behavioral Health Coalition and the Gallatin County Mental Health Local Advisory Council, the event, "Salons and Saloons", aims to provide a forum for dialogue on mental health issues and provide service workers with the resources and support needed to navigate mental health challenges effectively. Attendees will gain resources and engage in conversations to better support patrons facing mental health challenges. Complimentary refreshments available; RSVP here.

3 Events This Weekend

  • If you didn't know that we're in the midst of Restaurant Week, you haven't been reading our emails! Hopefully you've been enjoying the drinks and food around town. The festivities will be flowing into the weekend so make sure to head downtown and check out social media for deals and events at your favorite restaurants (or try something new).

  • 5K Run @ Lindley Park on Saturday morning at 11:30am which supports MSU's Engineers Without Borders. To find more info or to signup visit runsignup.com.

  • Intermountain Opera Bozeman presents La Bohème, at the Ellen today through Sunday. You can find tickets and more info here at Intermountain Opera's website.