March 28, 2024

Bozeman Journal

Good Morning Bozeman! Happy Thursday. This Saturday is National Doctor's Day. We want to take a moment thank all the doctor's in our lives!

Lots to cover today. First and foremost, a quick update on our front.

As you may have noticed, we've temporarily halted publishing original stories on our website. Going forward, we're singularly focused on producing a solid weekly newsletter for you, our readers. Our goal with this email is to highlight and condense reports from a rich array of local blogs & journalism, while also casting a light on crucial government and policy matters that could otherwise stay hidden in overlooked PDFs, with a dedication to keeping you informed and involved.

Our email inbox is always open. If you ever have suggestions or feedback, don't hesitate to respond to this email directly. Without further adieu:

In Today's Edition:

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

❓Trivia

What restaurant is opening a new location on the West side of Bozeman in the Northwest Crossing Development?

a) Chipotle

b) Chick-fil-a

c) Taco Bell

d) Mom's Spaghetti

*Answer at the bottom of this email

Local Business

🚒 Fire House 1 Housing Proposal: The Downtown Area Urban Renewal District Board (DURD) had a conversation with developer Casey Tippens last week on what the old Fire House parcel (already deeded for affordable housing) could look like under his plan. Tippens wants to help build 100% attainable housing at 60% of AMI - meaning someone making around $20/hour can afford to live in these units.

His plan is to use CLT (cross-laminated timber) pre-fab construction to lower building costs and materials to make these units affordable. Tippens is asking for help with funding from the DURD to make this a reality - $3.4 million to be exact - an addition to the $1.6 million that has already been earmarked from tax increment financing (TIF) funds.

🏆 $100K Venture Competition: MSU's Jake Jabs College of Business and Entrepreneurship, along with the MSU Blackstone LaunchPad, is accepting applications for the $100K Venture Competition, offering entrepreneurs the chance to showcase their business ideas, gain valuable feedback, and vie for startup funding with an April 7 application deadline. The competition is set for Wednesday, April 24 at Inspiration Hall, and will start at 5 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. More info on eligibility & the application process can be found here.

🛻 Cruisin' on Main: You can now register for the 24th annual car show downtown which is slated for Sunday, August 18th. We'll be looking to register our classic 2021 Toyota Highlander - maybe throw a wittle wadder on the back for off-road appeal. We encourage you to sign up, or at the very least, consider attending this quintessential summer event. For more details and to register,visit Downtown Bozeman's website.

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ℹ️ ICYMI

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

  • We may have scared everyone away: According to reporting from the MTFP, population growth is slowing for Montana's most populous counties - Gallatin County included. After seeing peak growth in 2016 and a spike during the pandemic in '21 our '23 growth rate was 1.2%. A low last seen in 2012.

  • Development not slowing down: We've got condos being built behind Ale Works, a new Autograph Collection Hotel proposal at the corner of Tracy and Lamme, approved duplexes on North 3rd and Beall and a hotel/condo/multi-family development proposal just west of the library at 606 E Main. If you want to catch up on all the recent developments, check out Bozeman Real Estate Group's recent blog post here.

  • Top 100 Rural & Community Hospitals: Bozeman Health Deaconess was recently recognized as a 2024 Top 100 Rural & Community Hospital by The Chartis Center for Rural Health. You can read the full news release over on Bozeman Health's blog.

Civil News

💵 Amended Second-Half Tax Bills: Due to a Montana Supreme Court ruling, Gallatin County residents are now required to pay the previously reduced property tax rate of 95 mills. Amended second-half tax bills have been sent out, and property owners are advised to pay the new amount specified in these bills by May 31, disregarding any earlier payment instructions. You can view amended bills online here at https://itax.gallatin.mt.gov/


🚨 Breaking News: Commissioner Coburn is resigning from the City Commission. He announced this on Tuesday evening at the start of the commission's meeting and attributes it to personal reasons. He will serve through May 7 at which time the Commission will appoint someone to replace his seat to serve his remaining term.

🏡 FLUM-ingle with Gallatin County: There is a virtual event tonight at 6:00 PM. For Zoom access and to participate in an online survey, visit https://envisiongallatin.com/get-involved-2. This event falls under the Envision Gallatin initiative, which seeks to develop a Future Land Use Map (FLUM) for the county. The endeavor strives to incorporate a Housing Strategy that will steer the housing components of the growth policy, concentrating on establishing land use frameworks that echo community objectives and formulating an equitable housing approach to address the county's escalating housing challenges. You can read more on this topic from local journalist David Tucker here on the MoJo.


🎡 The Future of our Fairgrounds: Gallatin County is asking for your input as part of their ‘Fairgrounds Future’ Master Planning process. The feedback from will be used to guide the vision for future improvements and development on the fairgrounds property so that it can be used year-round by the community. Share your opinions over here at the fairgrounds website.

This weekend is not for staying home. Here's my wife's itinerary:

  • The 48th annual American Indian Council Powwow kicks off this Friday at the Brick Breeden Fieldhouse. There's a grand entry on Friday evening @ 6pm with events running through Saturday. This is a free event and open to the public. Great for kids and adults alike. More info here.

  • Saturday - you should be on a mission to hit every Easter Egg event in the valley. Manhattan is having their infamous hunt @ 11am at Taylor Park which includes fire trucks, a petting zoo, pony rides and more kids than you could imagine. And the City of Bozeman is hosting their hunt at Lindley Park @ 1pm which promises hot cocoa, coffee and a visit from the Easter Bunny.

  • On Satuday evening @ 5pm, there is a Railjam taking place at the Fairgrounds. You can find more information and purchase tickets here.

  • Monday is April Fools Day. While we don't have a specific event to highlight this is a friendly reminder to brush up on those practical jokes to play on your friends or family.

  • And lastly, there's an event next Tuesday, April 2nd that a reader shared with us. Piroshky Bakery, out of WA, will be posted up at Outlaw Brewery from 4-6pm. You have a chance to pre-order from their bakery before 3/30 and pick up the order from them on Tuesday. More details here.

Trivia Answer

The answer is a).

Chipotle announced that they plan on opening a second location. KZBK wrote about this yesterday and we quote; "the location will showcase Chipotle’s new concept, 'Chipotlane'—where people order their food through the app and pick it up at the restaurant".

We think KZBK meant to highlight that "Chipotlane" is about ordering your food via the app and picking it up via their drive thru window. While the drive thru concept would be new to Bozeman, Chipotle is said to have over 800 drive thru units with a plan to surpass 1k this year.