February 29, 2024

Bozeman Journal

Good Morning Bozeman. Today is a leap day. Do something today that you won't be able to do on this day for another 4 years!

Also, hard to believe ☘️ St. Patty's day is right around the corner which means the annual Run to the Pub is near. If you haven't registered yet, make sure to head over to their site before prices increase yet again!

Today, we're trying a little different format for our newsletter. Let us know if you love it or hate by replying to this email!

In Today's Edition:

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

❓ Trivia

Leap years exist because of a mismatch between the calendar year and Earth's orbit. How many days (rounded to 2 decimals) does it actually take Earth to make one revolution around the sun?

*Answer at the bottom of this email

Photo of the Week

The National | Photo courtesy of Julia & Connor Lopes

Watching the scaffolding and construction barriers being removed from The National has been a pleasant sight this winter!

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Local Business

Montana Women in Business Summit Event

March 6-8, 2024, at the AC Hotel Bozeman Downtown & Kimpton Armory Hotel

This inaugural event aims to empower and connect women from across Montana, coinciding with International Women's Day on March 8. The summit will focus on various topics including leadership, financial health, entrepreneurship, and advocacy, offering networking opportunities with leaders and policymakers. Proceeds will support childcare policy initiatives for the 2025 Montana Legislature. It's not too late to learn more and purchase tickets here.
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Music on Main Vendor Applications are Now Open

Most of you know Thursday evenings in the summer are best spent downtown. This year, the Music on Main series will feature live music from July 11 to August 15. Businesses that would like to setup a booth can apply here. There's a $125 fee/per event. You must be setup by 6:30 PM, be in compliance with health and safety standards and expect to serve 400-500 individual sales within the two-hour window.
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Developments @ 5th & Main

Lots of development is coming to the corner of 5th & Main. The Freestone on Main is currently under construction in the spot of the old Bamboo Garden. This is a 6-story multi-housing building that will include 121 apartments and 900 sq. ft of retail space.

Social media and news outlets were abuzz this week with reports that a new hotel is nearing the final stages of review by the City, situated on the NW corner of 5th & Main. City records indicate plans for a Hampton Inn and Suites; a four-story building featuring three retail spaces, with initial designs incorporating 59 parking spots.

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ℹ️ ICYMI

News you might have missed this week:

  • TSA Precheck is a must if you find yourself traveling through major airports across the country. Getting enrolled can be a bit of a pain as a resident in/around Bozeman. Details here for the upcoming enrollment event in March.

  • Don't miss Nobel-winning scientist Bruce Beutler's upcoming lecture, “Automated Meiotic Mapping to Discover Induced Germline Mutations that Suppress Disease,” being held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 19, in the Procrastinator Theater in the Strand Union Building. It is free and open to the public.

  • Efforts are underway to revive local Safe Routes to School programming which aims to make it safer for students to walk and bike to school. Read more here.

Civil News

Story Mill Community Gym Open on Friday Mornings

If you have a little one between ages 2-5 and you're looking for something to do on Friday mornings during the month of March, head over to the Story Mill Community Gym at 600 Bridger Drive between 10:00-11:00 A.M for FREE activities.
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City Commission

The City Commission met on Tuesday evening and spent the majority of their time discussing an appeal over planned commercial development in South Bozeman at the corner of S. 3rd Ave. and Little Horse Dr.

Voting 4-1 in favor of the appeal, the commissioners sided with the citizens. The citizens argued that the planned development, featuring ground-floor retail and second-floor offices, does not comply with the development rules that have been in place since the 90s for this area. You can read more about this in the Chronicle here.

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Gallatin County

The Gallatin County Fairgrounds are hosting an open house this evening, from 5-7 PM at Exhibit Building 4. This is a first step in a planning process with a main focus of organizers wishing to understand the public's diverse perspectives related to existing strengths, challenges and experiences at the fairgrounds, as well as needs and ideas for the future.

Also noteworthy, open burn season begins March 1. You can apply for burn permits or check active burns here at readygallatin.com (we know the feeling of thinking we've come across a wildfire)

It's the weekend 🕺. Here's some ideas to get you out the house:

  • You've got 2 opportunities to catch NYC comedian Ahri Findling on Friday night @ Last Best Comedy. 7pm & 9pm tickets are still available here.

  • Looking for a 2 hour getaway but too late to get a babysitter? Montana Science Center is hosting another "Science Night In" for kids ages 4-11. Drop them off on Friday evening from 6:30-8:30 and make it date night!

  • Rob Wolf is playing a FREE concert Friday evening at The Rialto. Doors open @ 7pm. More info can be found here.

  • An indoor flea market is popping up on Saturday morning from 9am-3pm @ the Auction Barn (25 Wheeler Mountain Way Gallatin Gateway). More info on the bozone.

  • Bridger Bowl is hosting their race series this weekend on Saturday and Sunday for all ages and all boards. Race starts @ 11am on the Bobcat Race Course off the Alpine Lift. More info on their website here.

  • Not to miss on Saturday evening, is the annual Beast of Bozeman. Emerson Center's doors open @ 7pm and tickets are $25. More info about the event can be found here.

Trivia Answer

Earth takes about 365.24 days to make one revolution around the Sun.