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spring break Local ski areas help make Bozeman an attractive spring holiday destination B y a m a n da r i c k e r

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Hundreds of skiers and snowboarders wait to load the Sunnyside chairlift on a powder day at Bridger Bowl on Feb. 22.


pring break brings a bounce to the Bozeman economy. More people fly into Bozeman than fly out of town for a vacation during the month of March, Brian Sprenger, director of the Bozeman airport at Gallatin Field, said. “In general, about 60 percent of the people are people flying into Bozeman versus about 40 percent flying out of Bozeman,” he said.

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And each arriving tourist spends an estimated $1,000 with area businesses while they’re here, Sprenger said. For the roughly 6,000 people estimated to arrive during the week of spring break, he said the economic impact works out to be about $6 million. “People don’t think of us as a destination, but we really are,” Sprenger said. Spring break Continued on page 6

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U.S. Navy veteran opens nutrition store U.S. Navy Veteran Dan McGuinness overcame a back injury suffered during deployment and later developed a newfound appreciation for health and fitness along his road to recovery. McGuinness is sharing his passion for wellness with Bozeman residents at his new store Complete Nutrition at 1531 W. Main Avenue, Ste. 103, inside the Hastings Shopping Mall. Complete Nutrition in Bozeman is locally owned and operated by McGuinness as part of the nationwide franchise of consultative nutritional supplement retail stores. Complete Nutrition will aim to provide local residents with personalized, professional health and fitness advice – a deeply personal topic for McGuinness. In 2008, McGuinness suffered a spinal injury during deployment with SEAL Team 8, which forced him to walk with a cane. Doctors prescribed a cocktail of pain killers and other drugs to alleviate the pain and depression, but the plethora of drugs’ side effect, only further limited McGuinness’ mobility. That’s when he decided to take matters into his own hands. McGuinness stopped taking prescription drugs and vowed to heal

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his body naturally. He focused on improving his diet and nutritional intake, which helped reduce inflammation. After gaining strength and weight, he embarked on a 1,300mile trek through the Appalachian Mountains in 2012 to teach himself to walk again. He began walking only five miles per day, but when he neared the end of his journey, he walked as many as 26 miles daily. McGuinness continued to improve physically. These days, he looks like the 225-pound sailor he was before the injury, thanks to eating healthy and plenty of exercise. “Whether you want to lose 50 pounds or gain 20 pounds of muscle, there’s no magic pill that will get you there,” said McGuinness. “I’m living proof of that and I want to impart my knowledge of health and fitness to Bozeman residents so they can transform their lives too.” Different from the traditional breed of smaller, crowded supplement stores, Complete Nutrition features exclusive weight loss, sports nutrition and general health products in a spacious, open and orderly setting. Complete Nutrition’s expert consultants – many of whom are certified personal trainers, nutritionists and others experienced in health and fitness – offers a one-on-one approach with C&G Continued on page 4 E-mail:

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with custom jeweler Babs Noelle When designing custom jewelry, Babs Noelle is most inspired by the client “who will adopt her child.” “That inspiration can come from the story behind the person (or couple, or family), the story of the origin of the materials they might ask me to repurpose, or the qualities of the wearer’s respective hand, wrist, neck, or ear,” Noelle wrote in an email to the Chronicle. Noelle is owner of Alara Jewelry, occupying the historic Bon Ton Bakery building on the corner of Main Street and Willson Avenue in Bozeman. The downtown staple was named the No. 2 Coolest Jewelry Store in North America by InStore Magazine in 2010. Noelle is also chairwoman of the board for the Downtown Bozeman Association, treasurer of Friends of KGLT (the local college radio station) and founder of the charity organization and social-networking group Women Who Wine. She was named 2013 Woman Entrepreneur of the Year by Prospera Business Network. With such a busy workload, Noelle’s days are anything but typical. After a 5 a.m. weightlifting session, followed by a morning walk on Peets Hill, Noelle juggles custom jewelry design consultations, jewelry assembly time in her studio in Four Corners, meetings with staff designers, store meetings and day-to-day commerce helping

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Babs Noelle is owner of Alara Jewelry in Bozeman. The downtown staple was named the No. 2 Coolest Jewelry Store in North America by InStore Magazine in 2010.

customers at the store. “That variety suits me well, since I am 50/50 left-right brained,” she said. “While after 30 years of designing I am still thrilled by it, I find that I do best when I get to intersperse those pursuits with the nuts and bolts of business analysis and spreadsheet geekdom.” While Noelle still hand-carves and hand-mills wax prototypes for certain types of jewelry designs, to a great extent she uses Computer Aided Design to create resin prototypes for custom pieces. She has also trained her five staff members

in CAD to assist customers with jewelry creation. “Between those multiple designers and the use of CAD, I am able to spend more time at the gallery than I could even a year ago,” she said. “It allows me, courtesy of a laptop computer that could launch an intergalactic telescope, to perform design work while I’m at our place in rural Mexico.” If Noelle isn’t dealing directly with customers or designs, she can just as easily be found shoveling the sidewalk outside the store or washing the staff’s dishes

in the store’s sink. “We try to share the ‘chores’ evenly,” she said. And after the store closes, Noelle’s day isn’t done. She stays half an hour late to plan the next day. Noelle has been in the jewelry business for 25 years. She said she got started by “serendipity.” She was burning out in her junior year at Rice University in Houston, getting degrees in biochemimical engineering, English and classics. C&G Continued on page 11

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comprehensive advice to help each customer reach their long-term health goals. Complete Nutrition’s Chief Formulator works directly with doctors, chemists and scientists to help create leading formulas for more than 200 different weight-loss, general-health and sports-nutrition products exclusively available at Complete Nutrition, according to a news release from the company.   “Our personal, high-touch shopping experience builds longterm customers,” said Cory Wiedel, who founded Complete Nutrition in 2004. “Our expert staff builds safe and effective programs, using quality weight management, sports nutrition and general health products to assist each customer in looking, feeling and performing better.”   With more than 175 locations nationwide and plans to open approximately 100 locations in the next three years, Complete Nutrition is the fastest-growing franchise in the nutrition industry, the news release states. For more information about Complete Nutrition, call 866-3665766 or visit — Amanda Ricker

Stockman Bank to open in Manhattan this spring Stockman Bank is opening in Manhattan this spring at a temporary location in the Manhattan Town Center at 120 South Fifth St. Ste. B204. The branch will feature new accounts and competitive loan products for commercial, agricultural, development, construction, real estate and consumer lending. Phil Willett is branch manager. Willett brings more than 10 years of banking experience to Manhattan. His lending experience is broad and includes credit analysis, ag lending, consumer lending, real estate lending, and commercial lending specializing in SBA loans. Willett, a native of Ennis earned his bachelor of science degree, graduating with honors from the University of Montana Western in Dillon. He is also a graduate of the Pacific Coast Banking School in Seattle. “My family and I are very excited to be a part of a great community, like Manhattan,” comments Willett. “I am honored to work for Stockman Bank;

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a Montana family-owned and operated bank, exemplifying its commitment to this state and its customers. We have put together a first rate team who cares about our community and customers. Stockman Bank allows us to do just that in the best way possible with top notch services and products in order to provide customer service that is second to none.” The new state-of-the-art branch, coming to the corner of Broadway and Wooden Shoe Lane, will be a full-service bank including a drive up facility, ATM and night depository. The permanent location is projected to break ground this spring with an anticipated completion date in spring 2015. For over 60 years, Stockman Bank has been deeply committed to community banking and believes that this commitment is the driving force of their progression westward into Manhattan. As the financial services industry becomes increasingly competitive, Stockman continues to be proactive in strategy and focus. Highly skilled banking professionals and state-of-the-art technology are key resources in positioning them as the region’s premier financial center. “Stockman Bank has had increasing demand for agriculture, commercial and real estate products and services in the Central and Western areas of the Gallatin Valley,” says Jim Drummond, Market President of Stockman Bank. “Opening a

new bank in Manhattan allows us to provide enhanced customer service and convenience as we grow with the Manhattan, Churchill and Three Forks communities.” The opening of the Manhattan branch marks the 29th location for Stockman Bank. There are currently three full-service banking locations in the Gallatin Valley, two in Bozeman at Kagy and South 19th, and Oak and North 19th, and one in Belgrade on Jackrabbit Lane. — Amanda Ricker

Gallant Chance Ranch takes over Northwest Equine Operations Gallant Chance Ranch (GCR) was created in the mind and heart of a 13-year-old girl as a simple idea – horses can keep kids out of trouble, teach them responsibility, and show them love. In the summer of 2013, the nonprofit GCR became a reality when it started a pilot program introducing five boys from Bozeman Youth Probation to “horses and hard work.” The nonprofit received positive feedback from the probation office as well as the parents and teens, according to a news release from the organization. GCR works with teens from Gallatin County Youth Probation and from local foster care/group homes to help them become a success rather

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than a grim statistic. In its work-to-ride program, teens start by working on the GCR property to earn credits towards riding trips and other special activities. As they gain skills and confidence, they transition into supervised work projects for ranchers, which may include overnights and a higher degree of responsibility and opportunity for those boys who have earned it. Their next step is to move into part-time work as an apprentice where they can learn additional skills until they are prepared to move into full time employment or higher education. About 400 teens are referred to Gallatin County Youth Probation every year. One third of these are repeat offenders. Youth offenders very often turn into adult offenders without appropriate intervention. Within two years of “aging out” of the foster care system, two out of three teens will be homeless, incarcerated, or dead and there are approximately 2,500 foster kids in the state of Montana. There are currently 25 known homeless teenagers in Gallatin County high schools, but it’s estimated there are many more uncounted. “Our social welfare system costs millions of dollars, yet it is failing these young people,” states the news release from GCR. ”Ask yourself: What could this demographic contribute to society if they were taught to succeed?” On January 1, GCR founders Jon and Karen Goff took over the operations of the Northwest Equine at 1097 W. Dry Creek Rd. in Belgrade as the first step toward creating a sustainable training and mentoring program for at-risk young men. The ranch provides horse boarding services. GCR is taking steps to grow the organization in a responsible and sustainable manner. When GCR worked with the five young men referred by Bozeman Youth Probation, the nonprofit did not have its own facility, so GCR needed to find contract

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work opportunities on area ranches to provide the job skills training and horsemanship that are core parts of their overall program. Having its own facility at Northwest Equine ensures a level of continuity (important to the success of working with at-risk youth), minimizes transportation costs as well as provides a long-term revenue stream to help the organization work toward selfsufficiency. GCR has formed a number of other interesting community partnerships to help them get the fledgling organization off the ground. Besides its work with the Bozeman Youth Probation, they partnered with the Professional Bull Riders event organizers in Big Sky to combine work experience and community outreach during their summer event. GCR has also worked with a group of Montana State University business students to launch a Rocket Hub fundraising campaign. And, the nonprofit is working with a Leadership Bozeman group to increase awareness and to help them find sponsors for the program. For $2,500, a young man can be sponsored for a full year of job, horsemanship and life skills training, according to GCR. GCR is currently working to raise the capital needed for full-time, year-round operation. Within five years, the nonprofit’s goal is to have multiple earned revenue streams in place so it no longer be dependent on donor/grant funding. In addition to providing financial stability, earned revenue streams will provide an excellent learning opportunity for teens. GCR will involve students in all facets of implementing and managing the various programs so they may develop entrepreneurial skills that will benefit them throughout life. For more information, contact Karen Goff, Executive Director at (406) 580-0029 or check the website at:

New businesses to open in old Safeway building in late spring The old Safeway building on the corner of West Main Street and North Ninth Avenue should see its first tenants this spring since the grocer moved to its current location. Both the Boot Barn and Ashley Furniture HomeStore are signed to a lease, said Doug Henzlik, owner of Henzlik-Oliver Real Estate Companies, which is developing the property. The businesses are expected to open in late spring. Travis Brownell, general manager of Ashley Furniture, said the store’s tentative opening date depends on construction and weather. He added that the furniture store will also have an Ashley Sleep location selling mattresses. Ashley Furniture previously operated west of town along Huffine Lane but was purchased by Conlin’s Furniture in early 2013. Brownell explained that Ashley Furniture stores are operated akin to franchises, and that this new store is part of a series of moves originating from the Billings Ashley Furniture store. The Bozeman location will be its third location, joining Billings and Great Falls. “One of the main reasons we chose to go to Bozeman is we think Bozeman itself has a lot of potential. We’ve been very impressed with the growth that Bozeman has shown of late,” Brownell said. “It seems like the next logical step.” He said the store will hire between 16 and 18 people. The 41,260-square-foot building is undergoing a renovation at the behest of Henzlik’s Kansas-based real estate company. Work includes changing the parking lot configuration, installing new landscaping, creating a new facade for Boot Barn, a Western wear store, splitting the utilities and creating a firewall between the two businesses. — Jason Bacaj

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Spring break

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And business might be especially good this year. While drought is hitting some ski towns across the West this winter, Bozeman has plenty of powder. Some Western ski states — even the traditionally snowy realms of Colorado, Utah and the Sierra Nevadas — have struggled with less-than-desirable early snowfall. Meanwhile, Montana has been the recipient of a consistent and steady snowfall. March is a busy month for both Bridger Bowl Ski Area and Big Sky Ski Resort. Doug Wales, marketing director at Bridger Bowl, said while some of the local regulars head for warmer climates during spring break, out-of-staters arrive to ski the cold smoke. “We usually see many of the locals (students included) take off to other parts for the beaches or deserts,” Wales said in an email. “However, we do have many students from Minnesota, North Dakota, and Canada coming out to Bridger for their spring holiday. So far this season, Bridger Bowl has been basking in the confluence of timely and heavy snowfall, coupled with the debut of two new lifts that serve beginner and intermediate terrain. At Big Sky Resort, Marketing Director Lyndsey Owens said spring break is not just one day or a week, she said. It’s a season. “It’s now become a six- to eight-week spread across the country,” Owens said. Big Sky is expecting a large turnout this March, she said, with the recent combination of Big Sky and adjoining Moonlight Ski Resort. With 5,750 acres, and 4350 of those vertical, Big Sky Resort is officially the largest ski resort in the country. “The word’s getting out there and people are coming to check it out,” Owens said. Amanda Ricker can be reached at She is on Twitter at @amanda.ricker.

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Spring break ski area events Bridger Bowl hosts a variety of events during March to keep visitors entertained. The ski area puts on: n Pinhead Classic, a zany telemark ski festival on March 1 with a costumed theme (this year it’s vintage prom) that benefits the local avalanche center; n Sluicebox Slalom, a banked snowboard race in the naturally featured Sluicebox Gully on March 8; n two Terrain Park competitions with a variety of jibs, featuring rails, rollers, boxes, banks and barrels -- a snowboard competition on March 15 and a skier competition on March 16; n Bridger Bump-off, a mogul and freestyle competition for alpine skiers, telemark skiers, and snowboarders on March 23. Bridger hopes to attract out-of-towners with its Powderhound Package, an allseason deal for four days of lift tickets and lodging that works out to be $69 per person per day. Big Sky Resort also hosts a number of events in March, including: n Snowshoe Shuffle, a torch-lit snowshoe hike, dinner and live music event on March 1. Participants can pet and play with adoptable dogs from Heart of the Valley Animal Shelter. n Special Olympics Montana Big Sky Area Winter Games on March 3. Athletes compete in alpine skiing, snowboarding and snowshoeing events. n Smokin’ Aces Slopestyle Tour, a statewide tour that stops in Big Sky on March 8. Competitors will ski or snowboard down a run in the Zero Gravity Park, fly off jumps and slide across manmade features, such as boxes and handrails. n The Headwaters Spring Runoff, a freeride competition that showcases the resort’s steep, alpine chutes. The adult competition will be March 15 and juniors competition March 22. Spectators watch competitors huck cliffs, straight-line narrow alleys and style it down plumb line couloirs.

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Business Matters

Hire the best, even if ... By dave meldahl

I was excited and happy for him. It was a great career opportunity. And I was bummed. His leaving created a void that felt impossible to replace. No, this wasn’t a treasured employee moving up the career ladder or shifting toward a new-found passion. It was our son Andrew. Upon finishing his Masters in Accountancy this fall (thank you Montana State University for providing him with a great education), he was offered a job with KPMG in Denver. And, for heaven’s sake, who wouldn’t jump at the chance to work for a great company like KPMG in a wonderful city like Denver? But, as our oldest child, this was hard for my wife and me. Andrew wasn’t simply leaving for college or going away for a summer abroad; he was truly “leaving the nest.” For real. Forever.

As my wife and I have been working through this major transition, I realized that there was a lesson in this experience. As deeply as I loved having Andrew here (watching football together, golfing, having him wrap his arms around me with a bear hug at unexpected times), I knew that this was best for him, even if it meant some emotional challenges and adjustments for us. “This is part of life,” I said to myself. “Letting go allows him to grow.” All

true. And, the alternative was not so appealing either (I recommend the movie “Failure to Launch” if you’d like to explore that option). While not nearly as personal, this whole “letting go” thing got me reflecting on my experiences with the departure of valued employees. Specifically, it reminded me of a very important lesson I learned in my first management position. An awesome employee of mine was promoted into another department

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(akin to Andrew moving to Denver), and left during a very demanding time. While happy for her, her promotion caused me a lot of extra work and stress. (Side note – Andrew’s move is significantly increasing my snow-blowing workload this winter. I’m just sayin!). At any rate, I now had my first opportunity to hire a new employee. Now, you’re likely much smarter and wiser than I am, so please don’t judge me too harshly for what I did. I had a solid slate of candidates that I narrowed down to the top two. One was a diamond in the rough with significant long-term upside for the organization, but who would take some work to develop and lead. The second candidate I thought would be a steady and reliable contributor who I could count on being satisfied in the role for a good long time. I hired the second person – the one with less upside but whom I thought would be easier to manage and who would not be bolting for higher rungs on the ladder any time soon. I didn’t want to go through that whole “letting go” thing again with another top employee, nor did I want to hire someone who I thought may be quite different personality-wise than me or possibly even (gasp!) more gifted than me. What a mistake that was, and a selfish one. I hope you have not made that same mistake. Unfortunately, I come across leaders all too often who have. The problem is that they keep repeating it. Either consciously or not, they hire employees who are very much

like them or who they believe they can “manage” more easily. Instead of seeking out the absolute best candidate – who may push the leader’s capabilities or even outgrow what the leader can provide – they put a priority on what is comfortable for them. Not that seeking an employee who allows you to stay in your comfort zone is inherently bad; it’s just that doing so repeatedly tends to create a culture of homogeneity, mediocrity and stifled innovation. What I’ve learned through the school of hard knocks is that it’s best for the organization, for my growth as a leader and for the development of employees to hire the best, even if the best tend to move on (or up) much sooner than I’d like. Developing and then helping great employees spread their wings and “leave the nest” is not easy. But, at the end of the day, it’s very fulfilling to have played a part in someone’s growth, to have enabled them to tap into their potential and then to see them use that potential in the pursuit of their dreams. I will deeply miss having Andrew close by. And yet, I know that his leaving is what he needed to do to continue his own journey towards becoming the man he’s meant to be. It’s time for him to fly.

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Upgrading from Windows XP

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By Steve hample

After April 8, 2014, Microsoft will no longer provide security updates or technical support for the Windows XP operating system. Computer technicians strongly advise upgrading to either Windows 7 or Windows 8 to avoid becoming a “sitting duck” for virus attacks. Last fall Microsoft quit selling standalone Windows 7 software and announced that hardware vendors will not be allowed, after October 30, 2014, to sell computers with Windows 7 pre-installed. Whether Microsoft will really insist on everyone converting to Windows 8 is a matter of speculation. In my own business, I previously upgraded some computers to Windows 7 and recently some to Windows 8 and will share my experiences/opinions: Windows 7 (W7) closely resembles XP and those upgrades were easy and smooth. Windows 8 (W8) is much different. It is a touch screen oriented system, similar to a smart phone or tablet system, but modified for a computer. It is possible to adapt Windows 8.1 to give a similar looking home page, but W8 still operates like a smart phone. To me, that’s like putting training wheels on a Harley and hoping it would function like a jeep. In other words, it looks really strange and is not as practical in a business setting. Here are some reasons why: n If a business does not have touch screens, why would a business want a system primarily based on touch screen buttons that don’t work when touched? n If a business wants to increase computer security, why would it want a system featuring icons for quick linking to sports scores, photos, recipes, Skype phone calls,

etc.? Even if extra security features make these fairly safe, does the business want employees to spend time opening such sites? n In at least some W8 screens, the escape key does not work. Rather than simply escaping out of a page, one has to do the control-altdelete technique to bring up a task menu and then find and delete the application. n There is no Start button to either start a program or easily find application programs or a control panel for the computer. n The concept underlying W8 is to touch the computer screen and control the computer by finger tapping and sliding. That’s fine for cell phones and order entries in a fast food restaurant. However, imagine entering payroll data or inventory that way; W8 essentially adds the use of a keyboard and a mouse and software fixes to make it possible, but why use a jerry-rigged system? n In W8 the user is too often automatically directed to a Microsoft service, such as the Bing search feature. Probably some of my unpleasant experiences could be attributed to just changing to a much different system. Yet that in itself seems a reason not to buy W8. Other rea-

sons can be found by searching the Internet for “hate windows 8”. Resistance exists in the business community to W8. One reviewer went so far as to state, “Microsoft looks set to throw in the towel on the oft-maligned Windows 8, with plans to announce the details of its replacement this year.” Hewlett Packard is currently promoting the sale of computers with W7 although the company has said it also supports W8. W8 is probably a great system for a single user to synchronize his/her

calendar, documents and e-mails with the person’s smart phone. However, in a business setting where efficiency is a goal, Windows 7 seems a better choice. If you have not yet made a needed upgrade, look before you leap. Dr. Stephen R. Hample, CFP, of Hample & Peck, owns an investment advisory business and a trust/banking corporation and is a registered representative of KMS Financial Services, Inc. Opinions expressed are his own. Comments or questions may be sent to Steve.

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Real talk

What’s not to love? By robyn erlenbush

February is the traditional month of love, and though Valentine’s Day has passed, I want to share some of the reasons I love Bozeman and Southwest Montana. And it appears I am not alone. Population growth in our area continues at a steady pace with Bozeman’s estimated 2012 numbers at 38,695 (up 3.8% from 2010) and Gallatin County at 92,614 (up 3.5% from 2010). Projections show these figures should continue to trend upwards. So why do I, and 38,694 “neighbors”, choose to call this home? I think some of the national and local news sum up the overall feeling of affection for our area. An interesting list where we appeared recently is MovieMaker’s 2014 Best Places to Live and Work as a Moviemaker. Bozeman was ranked #4 in the town division (pop. 100,000 and under) with the six criteria of film production, film community and culture, access to equipment and facilities, tax incentives, cost of living, and general features such as lifestyle, weather and transportation. MSU’s film department and the area’s amazing natural beauty played key roles in this distinction. Further kudos go to Montana State University for finding itself on

November 2013’s list of America’s Best College Towns by TRAVEL + LEISURE magazine. Ranked at #18, the blurb commended the blending of “laid-back downtown” and the “great outdoors” in one fabulous town. In October of last year, Livability. com noted Bozeman as the most livable city in Montana as well as #22 nationwide in cities with population of 25,000 to 350,000. Only two other towns in our state, Missoula (#60) and Helena (#95), were also included on the list.

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Eight criteria were used for the rankings, and Bozeman shone in the areas of health care, social and civic capital, and education. We should truly count our blessings to be respected in those categories which truly make Bozeman a quality place to live. conducts research on most any product or service you can imagine. But the one that caught my attention was U.S. ski resorts, with our very own Big Sky topping the list. The researchers picked the top 17 ski resorts and put them head to head in a “five-round death match” with measurable criteria of skiable acres, vertical drop, average snowfall, longest run, and number of trails. Big Sky won by a notable margin. Sunset Magazine kindly included Bozeman among the West’s Best Places to Live and Work cities and gave further designation as the winner of “best place to reboot your life.” So whether your idea for a fresh start is defined by more time spent in nature or exciting job ventures on a less hectic scale, Bozeman could be just the place for you.

A final note is not in terms of a ranking but a general feel good article published in the February 2014 edition of TRAVEL + LEISURE titled “My Own Private Montana.” Author Reggie Nadelson paints a lovely picture focusing on Chico Hot Springs in Paradise Valley but touching the bigger picture of our area with mentions of Big Sky, Bozeman, Livingston, Big Timber, and Red Lodge. From soaking in the hot springs, to dining, to dog-sledding adventures, she comes here because she states, “For me, Montana is the very meaning of getting away, of the what the French call dépaysement.” A beautiful word that conveys a lovely sentiment. So yet again, our very own Bozeman and Southwest Montana prove that we are more than just a pretty picture…we have the substance to back it up. Robyn Erlenbush is a downtown business owner and the broker/owner of ERA Landmark Real Estate (with offices in Bozeman, Big Sky, Livingston and Clyde Park), NAI Landmark Commercial and Intermountain Property Management. She can be reached at

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“I approached my academic advisor about dropping the biochemical degree, because I was realizing that while I had aptitude for a solely leftbrained pursuit, I was going to hate it in the long run as a career.” She took a year off of school, attended a business internship meeting simply for the purpose of morally supporting a friend, and somehow walked out of the meeting with a $5,000 grant to start a business. “I had no idea what to do, and a week to come up with a plan to present to the alumnus who was offering the grant,” she said. “An unlikely acquaintance suggested I start a jewelry business, and introduced me to a few people who made that possible.” She opened a boutique inside the hair salon that she frequented and eventually decided to move to Germany to attend Goldschmiedeschule Pforzheim to get her master’s degree in jewelry design. Because her parents are German immigrants, she speaks German. “When I returned to the U.S. … I started plying my trade to other jewelers who had overflow work. I was one of only 12 platinumsmiths (my metal specialty) in the U.S. jewelers’ directory at the time, so I had the honor of doing work for Cartier, Tiffany, Shreve’s, and Gump.”

Suddenly, she said she found herself designing jewelry for celebrities such as actresses Elizabeth Taylor and Holly Robinson and musician Clint Black. But making jewelry for the ultra-rich wasn’t rewarding. Noelle moved to Denver seeking more meaningful work and opened a gallery there, before coming to Bozeman. Noelle and her husband live in Paradise Valley, which means a long commute to work. But somehow, at one point during those long drives, she still found time to teach herself Spanish. In addition to finding her design inspiration in the clients that she is creating the jewelry for, Noelle said the materials themselves also inspire her. She works with everything from rare, fine gemstones to found objects such as rocks, fossils and agates. Noelle has been a diamond dealer, a jeweler to the stars and a wholesaler. But, she says her true passion is meeting the people who will actually wear her work. “Ultimately, I’m a people person,” she told InStore Magazine in 2009 for an article about America’s most unique jewelers. “This energizes me. If you don’t genuinely like your customers, I don’t know how you fake it.”

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licenses New Bar/Lounge Anaconda Molly Brown, Allison Norriss, 703 W. Babcock St., Bozeman, Jan. 31 New Graphic Design Andergraphics LLC, Susan D. Anderegg, 3220 Summer Cutoff, Bozeman, Jan. 7 New Service - Drafting Vera Forma Design Company LLC, Andrew David Varda, 720 S. Third Ave., Bozeman, Jan. 23 New Service—Health & Beauty Omni Hair Studio LLC, Wendy Sue Kunze, 801 W. Main St. Ste 18, Bozeman, Jan. 18 New Service - Educational Parent Child Help, Mary Sheedy Kurcinka, 3209 Parkway Ave.,

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Bacon, 962 Stoneridge Dr. Unit 2, Bozeman, Jan. 3 Grounding Place, Courtney M. Fitzpatrick, 204 S. Ninth Ave., Bozeman, Jan. 28 New Photography/Processing Jonathan Finch Photo LLC, Jonathan Wesley Finch, 2200 W. Dickerson #42, Bozeman, Jan. 22 New Service—Interior Design Sanctuary Interior Design, Sophia Marie Cok, 2438 Northview St., Bozeman, Jan. 23 New Manufacturing Nonhazardous Elements Concrete, Jerrad Inlow, 521 S. Black Ave., Bozeman, Jan. 14 New Service—Other Allegiant Building Management, 424 E. Main St., Bozeman, Jan. 23 Cheryl Eckl Communications Inc., Cheryl Eckl, 2442 N. Ferguson Ave., Bozeman, Jan. 14 Creed’s Pilot/Escort

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Services, Creed Jackson Hardyman, 1900 Pioneer Road, Three Forks, Jan. 24 Crystal Enterprises LLC, Jan. 16 DC Property Inspection, David J. Cease, Jan. 21 Klasson Relocation and Destination, David R. Klasson, 1627 W. Main St. #420, Bozeman, Jan. 27 Raised Broke Entertainment, Richard Edward XL Sherman, 59 N. 25th Ave., Bozeman, Jan. 21 Robert Peccia & Associates, Jan. 30 Temps in a Minute, Denise Pratt, 98 Fire Light Meadow Dr., Big Sky, Jan. 31 The Persons Company LLC, Jacquiline P. Persons, 310 E. Koch St., Bozeman, Jan. 23 Wilson Engineering PLLC, Edward Ozzie Wilson, 1110 Bur Ave., Bozeman, Jan. 14 New Service - Outside Services The Landscapers, Kody James Wedlake, 5613 S. 19th Ave., Bozeman, Jan. 23 New Service - Security Complete Security Investigations, Shannon Michael Wlodkowski, 2444 Cameron Bridge Road, Bozeman, Jan. 24 New Transfer Fee Bozeman Inn, Bozeman Hotel LLC, 1235 N. Seventh Ave., Bozeman, Jan. 31

New Retail - Accessories Brick Bound, Matthew Steven Saporito, 4534 Shadowglen Drive, Bozeman, Jan. 29 New Retail - Florists Montana School of Floral Design, Leisa J. Cook, PO Box 1202, Bozeman, Jan. 14 New Retail - Gifts & Cards Birdwalk Press, Mina Rachelle Talajoor, 3167 Spring Ridge Drive, Bozeman, Jan. 7 Plum Logo Inc., Suzanne L. Delzer, 47520 Gallatin Road, Gallatin Gateway, Jan. 7 New Retail—Art Studios & Galleries Sundog Fine Art LLC, Bruce L. VanLandingham, 17 E. Main St., Bozeman, Jan. 22 New Banks - General First Security Bank Cottonwood, First Security Bank, Jan. 31 New Retail—Other 3D Sales and Designs, Dennis Delmain, 2220 W. Main St., Apt. 91, Bozeman, Jan. 21 4 Corners Tactical and Ammo, Rex Scott Moss, 29 Pioneer Way, Bozeman, Jan. 14

New Contractors—Drywall Drycreek Drywall, Douglas Rasmussen, 6830 Setter Lane, Belgrade, Jan. 7 New Contractors - Stone, Block & Masonry Sustainable Masonry, Anthony B. Smith, PO Box 1466, Belgrade, Jan. 14 New Contractors—General AKR Construction, Aaron Eric Blair, 53 Sunlight Ave., Bozeman, Jan. 31 Christiaens & Sons Construction, Don Chrstiaens, 4125 Hillside Drive, Butte, Jan. 14 CJ Framing Drywall, James Sean Jimenez, 404 1/2 W. Mendenhall St., Bozeman, Jan. 23 D&S Heating Refrigeration, Darren V. Coleman, 423 31st St. NW, Great Falls, Jan. 28 David Shultz, David Shultz, 153 Charolais St., Belgrade, Jan. 19 DK Homes LLC, Daniel Dean Korthas, P.O. Box 1076, Belgrade, Jan. 7 DLY Construction, Daniel Lee Yarbrough, 2905 W. Villard St., Unit A, Bozeman, Jan. 23 Fidelis Veteran Construction, John Hamilton Lewis II, 1276 N. 15th Ave., Ste 201A, Bozeman, Jan. 7 Gerald Brunckhorst Contracting, Gerald Duane Brunckhorst, 910 Shirley Place, Belgrade, Jan. 7 Laban Construction, Christopher George Laban, 2000 Stage Coach Road Unit A, Manhattan, Jan. 27 Line Side Electric Inc., Jason Williams, 302 N. Last Chance Gulch #403, Helena, Jan. 24 Nick Cain Construction, Nicholas E. Cain, 1330 Wolverine Lane, Bozeman, Jan. 23 North Fork Builders of Montana, Jon-Erik C. Evans, PO Box 1173, Bozeman, Jan. 7 Potter Commercial Walls, Brian Potter, 43600 Highway 50 E. Avondale,


Colo., Jan. 27 Silvertip Home Builders, Scott Michael Muenzberg, 3064 Rose St., Bozeman, Jan. 29 Space Shaper LLC, Michael J. Schlegel, PO Box 13, Bozeman, Jan. 23 Stanley Associated Inc., Greg E. McEntarffer, 2343 Addison Ave. E., Jan. 29 Total Energy Concepts Inc., Douglas Overvold, 1135 Washington Ave. Ste. 4, Detroit Lakes, Minn., Jan. 29 New Contractors - Roofing Land Shark Roofing & Construction, Richard Edward XL Sherman, 59 N. 25th Ave. Unit B, Bozeman, Jan. 21 New Contractors - Plumbing Gaskill Plumbing Inc., Ronald R. Gaskill, 1201 Brendwood Ave., Bozeman, Jan. 7 Northwest Plumbing, Jan. 23 New Conractors - Lawn Care and Landscaping Double Time Lawn Care LLC, Austin Shearman, 54 Timberview Circle, Bozeman, Jan. 14 New Property Managers/Agencies Black Moose Property LLC, Matthew JM Brailsford, 302 Lindley Place, Bozeman, Jan. 14 Lone Peak Hospitality, Mark Alan Jones, 602 S. Ferguson Ave. Unit 2, Bozeman, Jan. 30 New Food Service—Restaurant Kuma LLC DBA The Saffron Table, Andleeb Dawood, 1511 W. Babcock St., Bozeman, Jan. 3 Red Tractor Pizza, Tiffany M. Lach, 290 W. Kagy Boulevard, Bozeman, Jan. 21 Townshend’s

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On the Record con t. 16 N. Tracy, Bridgette Tuller, Reworks, $12,000 2214 Tschache, Stone Ridge Partners LLC, Cameron Construction, $63,000 402 E. Main, Donald R Baide, Baerg Construction, $4,000 1910 W. Main, Ned D & Lori G Miller, Potter Commercial Walls, $45,000 36 E. Main, Owenhouse Hardware Co., R & R Taylor Construction Inc, $22,860 2047 W. Oak, Stone Ridge Partners LLC, Interstate All Battery Center, $25,000 901 W. Main, MRH Partners LLC/Doug Henzlik, Walker Construction, $100,000 Commercial Reroof 910 Technology, MSU Innovations Campus, Quality Roofing/Sheetmetal Inc., $17,355 Commercial Offices, Banks, Professional Buildings 1915 S. 19th, 19th Street Properties, Dick Anderson Construction Inc., $1,987,272 Commercial Structures Other than Buildings 811 Mandeville, State of Montana, Langlas & Associates, Inc, $600,000


Demolition Permit 317 E. Mendenhall, SWN Creekside LLC, Yellowstone Traditions Inc., $75,000 901 W. Main, MRH Partners LLC/Doug Henzlik, Walker Construction, $31,000 405 S. 5th, Sidney & Elizabeth Williamson, Reworks Carpentry, $1,500 Fire Systems Permit 855 S. 29th, Mitchell Development, Western States Fire Protection, $35,600 721 S. 9th, Henry C Fargot, Kenco Enterprises Inc, $17,000 740 Haggerty, Park West Montana, Park West Montana At Saddle Vi, $18,410 730 Haggerty, Park West Montana Saddle, Park West Montana At Saddle Vi, $18,410 780 Haggerty, Park W Mt At Saddle View LLC, Park West Montana At Saddle Vi, $18,410 750 Haggerty, Park West Mt Saddle View, Park West Montana At Saddle Vi, $18,410 776 Haggerty, Park West Mt Saddle View LLC, Park West Montana At Saddle Vi, $18,410 784 Haggerty, Park West Montana, Park West Montana At Saddle Vi, $18,410 790 Haggerty, Park West Montana, Park West Montana At Saddle Vi, $18,410 5673 Saxon, Moonshadow Properties, Bockhahn General Contracting, $23,000

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5653 Saxon, Don & Jeff Sveen Bockhahn, Bockhahn General Contracting, $23,000 5625 Saxon, Bockhahn Construction, Bockhahn General Contracting, $23,000 Sign Permit 1600 N. 19th, Reef Real Estate, Treasure State Signs, $3,000 1325 E. Main, KC Properties, Western Neon Inc, $425 10 E. Main, Masonic Temple Inc, Media Station Design Works, $1,800 1531 W. Main, M532MT LLC, Gallatin Valley Signs Ltd/dba, $3,450 402 E. Main, Donald R Baide, Signs & Designs Unlimited, $450 316 E. Main, Fraternal Order of Eagles 326, Signs Of Montana, $1,000 Residential Attached Single Family Dwelling 1857 Buckrake, Triple Mt LLC, Triple Mt Construction, $186,038 1851 Buckrake, Triple Mt LLC, Triple Mt Construction, $186,038 1607 Tempest, Islands LLC, Hidden Ridge Construction LLC, $192,590 1619 Tempest, Islands LLC, Hidden Ridge Construction LLC, $204,242

Residential Accessory Dwelling Unit 517 Dell, Ashley Claire Gillam, Davis Development LLC, $85,501 Residential Single Family Dwelling 2420 N. Ferguson, Mcintosch Construction, Mcintosh Construction, $186,473.00 115 N. Broadway, Drysdale Family LLC, Vandyke Construction & Remodel, $132,413.00 121 N. Broadway, Drysdale Family LLC, Vandyke Construction & Remodel, $132,413.00 352 Kimball, DWHDLH Inc, Third Street Development, Inc, $145,027.00 2448 Annie, Kresge Construction, Kresge Construction Inc, $230,069.00 4615 Equestrian, ST Custom Homes LLC, St Custom Homes LLC, $343,868.00 4510 Draft Horse, ST Custom Homes LLC, St Custom Homes LLC, $307,793.00 2014 Commonwealth, Velocity Development LLC, Bridger Peak Const G Megarel, $335,157.00 114 Pond Lily, Norton Ranch Homes LLC, Norton Ranch Homes, LLC, $233,707.00 3121 Catkin, James & Melinda Maze Talarico, Fry Construction, $245,122.00 2414 N. Ferguson, EG Construction LLC, E G Construction LLC, $187,850.00 2526 Maiden Star, DK Homes LLC, Dk Homes LLC, $361,713.00

2458 Lasso, Donnie Olsson, M A G Construction Inc, $326,557.00 2036 Commonwealth, Velocity Development LLC, Bridger Peak Const G Megarel, $313,997.00 Residential Alteration 526 N. 10th, Timothy & Ralph Gardner, Mundt Construction, $2,750 905 S. 3rd, Alison Banks, Measure Twice, Inc, $30,000 3435 S. 27th, Everett S Powers, Bozeman Green Build, $14,229 202 N. Black, Joe & Newman, Owner Is General, $3,000 222 S. 7th, Jennifer & Brown, Prince Contracting, Inc, $4,000 1111 S. Willson, Delphine & Haley, Conductive, $48,000 2318 Fairway, Jed Horton, $10,000 405 S. 5th, Sidney & Elizabeth Williamson, Reworks Carpentry, $20,000 1419 S. 4th, Marie K Lowe, Owner Is General, $4,200 2348 Boylan, John W. & Monica J Holcomb, David Shultz, $3,900 Residential Triplex, Fourplex 2486 Daffodil, Abn Holdings LLC, Triple Mt Construction, $707,892 Window Replacement Permit 1431 S. 3rd, Dennis G & Barbara Kavanagh, Montana Construction Works $20,000

patents John R. Amend of Bozeman and Richard A. Hermens of La Grande, Ore. Visual spectrophotometer. 8,638,433. January 28. Jeffrey D. Lloyd of Knoxville, Tenn., Michael W. Tobin of Bozeman, and Ronald T. Schwalb of Knoxville, Tenn. Nisus Corporation of Rockford, Tenn. Crawlspace encapsulation system. 8,635,816. January 28. Cit y filings 1/17, King Porch Enclosure, COA/ADR. 1/17, Hastings Remediation Shed, COA/ADR. 1/21, Newman Windows, MODS TO COA. 1/21, McChesney Commercial Storage, INF. 1/21, West Winds Ph. 7 MaSub, PRE-APP. 1/21, Trout Meadows Ph. 3 MaSub, PRE-APP. 1/21, Artcraft Printers Remodel, COA/ADR. 1/22, Bozeman Gateway Ph. 1, EXEMPT. 1/22, Legends at Bridger Creek II Ph. 3, MaSub PRE-APP. 1/22, Granite TCS, Inc., SIGN/COA. 1/23, Norton West Ph. 3 MaSub, PRE-APP. 1/23, Champu Emporium, SIGN/COA. 1/27, Town & Country Antennas, MODS TO COA. 1/27, Billion Auto Plaza Satellite Dish, MODS TO COA.

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“There’s going to have to be a significant private sector involvement in this process,” Fontenot said. He emphasized that the project will upgrade the existing infrastructure available to businesses and Internet providers. Beyond that, it’s likely that the private sector will have to come in and manage the fiber network. “I’m optimistic. I think, based on conversations I’ve had with large data users locally, they see this as the future of our community and they’re willing to help us get there,” Fontenot said. The council primarily reviewed its own goals and future direction. New members to the council were also introduced, including Bryce Ledbetter, director of marketing and business development at Schnee’s Boots and Shoes; Sean Becker, former Bozeman mayor and business adviser in the Montana Community Development Corp.’s Small Business Development Center; and Chris Mehl, city commissioner and

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2/25-3/4 • Mardi Gras Scavenger Hunt, in downtown Bozeman. Visit for more information. 2/26 • Bozeman Area Chamber of Commerce Full Board Meeting, 7 a.m. to 8:30 a.m., at the Bozeman Chamber, 2000 Commerce Way. Visit www. for more information. 2/12 • Bozeman Business and Professional Women Luncheon “Overcoming Small Business Challenges”, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m., at the Holiday Inn, 5 E. Baxter. $9 for members, $12 for non-members. Register at www.bozemanbpw. org. 2/27 • Bozeman Area Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., at First Montana Bank, 1336 Stoneridge Dr. Free for members, $25 for non-members. More information at

welcome. Visit for more information. 3/6 • Bozeman Area Chamber of Commerce Business Before Hours, 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m., at Pierce Flooring, 1921 W. Main St. Free for members, $25 for non-members. Register at 3/6 • Prospera Business Network Business Tour, 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., at Simms Fishing Products, 177 Garden Dr. No charge for members. Register by 3/3 at 3/12 • First Time Homebuyer Seminar, 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., at the Bank of Bozeman, 875 Harmon Stream Blvd. To register call Sheryl Huckabone at (406) 587-5626. 3/15 • Run to the Pub, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., in downtown Bozeman. More information and registration at

2/28-3/1 • Winter Crazy Days, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., in downtown Bozeman. More information at www.

3/18 • Tax Increment Fund Board Meeting, 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., at the Downtown Bozeman Partnership office.

3/4 • Downtown Bozeman Association Board Meeting, 8:15 a.m. to 9:45 a.m., Downtown Bozeman Partnership Office, 222 E. Main St. Suite 302. All are

3/19 • Business Improvement District Board Meeting, 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., at the Downtown Bozeman Partnership office.

3/21 • Bozeman Business and Professional Women Board Meeting, 12 p.m. to 1 p.m., at the Bank of Bozeman Conference Room. Members welcome. Visit for more information. 3/26 • Bozeman Business and Professional Women Woman of Achievement and Employer of the Year Awards, 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., at the Bozeman Public Library, 626 E. Main St. Free and open to the public. More information at http://bozemanbpw. org/SpecialPrograms.

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2/27 • Belgrade Chamber of Commerce Membership Luncheon, 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. Visit www. for more information. 3/6 • Belgrade Chamber of Commerce President’s Circle, 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Meeting open to past presidents and past board of directors of the Belgrade Chamber of Commerce. 3/18 • Belgrade Chamber of Commerce Board Meeting, 7 a.m. to 8 a.m., at the Belgrade Chamber. Visit for more information. 3/20 • Belgrade Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours, 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Visit www.

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3/6 Network Live! 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., at the Bank of the Rockies, West Park Street, Livingston. Visit for more information. 3/20 • Network Live! 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., at Elichai Fine Jewelry, North Main Street, Livingston. Visit for more information.

3/3 • Special Olympics Area Winter Games, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Big Sky Resort. More information at 3/4 • Ruby Valley Chamber Monthly Board Meeting, 5:15 p.m., at Ruby Valley Bank, Sheridan. Visit for more information. 3/6 • Ennis Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours, 5 p.m to 7 p.m., at The Gravel Bar. Visit for more information. 3/11 • Ennis Chamber of Commerce Board Meeting, 9 a.m., at First Madison Valley Bank, Ennis. Visit for more information.


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Western CPE, a leading provider of continuing education to financial professionals, has an immediate opening for a Controller. The position is responsible for the day-today accounting and HR functions. The ideal candidate will be a CPA with a minimum of 5 years' experience. Experience with QuickBooks and the iMIS operating system will be a plus. This position is located in Bozeman, Montana.Interested parties should submit a resume, references, and salary requirements to

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Responsible for providing customer service, cashiering, and monitoring through the facility's scale house; also provides operational support to the Logan Landfill / Bozeman Convenience Site. Ed & exp equivalent to a grad from HS + exp in customer service, cashiering, etc. or related field, FT, $2,199.36 -$2,312.46 mo based on an hourly wage of $12.64$13.29 DOQ, + Excellent Benefits Apply at the Bozeman Job Service or

We are seeking an experienced senior level manager who embraces challenge and has a keen understanding of the overall executive direction required to grow market share combined with the vision to lead the way. We offer a unique opportunity to work within a professional team to manage a national nonprofit Medical Association while enjoying the quality of life in Bozeman. The ideal candidate will have extensive management experience with a proven track record managing and providing financial oversight, transparent project management, market growth and college level writing and communication skills. This position does not require lobbying however a skilled parliamentarian who can work well leading committees and an executive level board is a key to success.


DETENTION OFFICER GALLATIN COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE The Gallatin County Detention Center is looking for motivated individuals who are career minded and team oriented who demonstrate good judgment and positive interpersonal skills. Responsible for maintaining a secure detention facility and safe custody of the inmates; secures pre-trail and sentenced inmates in the Detention Center and performs other related duties as assigned. Must be a citizen of the United States, at least 18 yrs of age & be a HS grad or completed GED. FT, $2,784.00/mo based on an hrly rate of $16.00 + plus Excellent Benefits. Apply at the Bozeman Job Service or


Montana Promotion Division, Department of Commerce, Helena, Salary $57,572-$73,403 DOE. Manage advertising and marketing programs, budgets and staff, GREAT benefits. Contact Job Service or: “employment”. This position is Open Until Filled and applications will be screened immediately.


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Performs professional-level accounting duties for the maintenance, reporting and review of accurate and complete financial records, culminating in the completion of timely and accurate financial reports for GC. Ed & exp equivalent to BA in accounting, + 4 yrs related work exp. preferably in governmental accounting. PT, $19.43 to $21.32 DOQ, + Excellent Benefits Apply at the Bozeman Job Service or

County Administrator BS in Public or Business Admin., Master's degree in Public Admin. preferred + 5 yrs exp. as administrator/ manager, in public employment or similar employment involving responsibility for organizational planning & implementation. FT $95,000.00 - $110,000.00 year based on an hourly rate of $45.50 - $52.68 DOQ and DOE+benefits. For more details go to TO APPLY: Contact Local MT Job Service or

Is the main contact for public information at and about the jail, assists the public in person and on the phone, coordinates visitors, takes DNA samples on non-incarcerated convicted felons when requested and conducts fingerprinting for the public, and performs a variety of clerical duties. Ed & exp equivalent to a HS grad & 1 to 2 yrs related work exp. FT, $2,242.86/mo based on an hly wage of $12.89, + Excellent Benefits Apply at the Bozeman Job Service or


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DRIVERS Warren Transport has an on-going need for safety conscious truck drivers at our Belgrade Terminal. Requires 2 years Class A CDL experience with doubles/triples endorsement. Pneumatic and flatbed experience helpful, but not necessary. Must pass background check & meet all DOT requirements. After 3 months, benefits include health, dental, vision and life insurance. Retirement benefits available after 6 months. Please call 406-388-8115 for more information or apply on-line at: Click on “Employment”.


SERVICE TECHNICIAN Experienced GM Service Tech. Certification preferred but not required. Medical, Dental & Vision Ins. AFLAC, HSA, 401k, pd vac, personal lve & more. Call Richard for an appt. 406-539-3174



SECOND SEMESTER START UP PROGRAMS The following position is available with Altacare, our Comprehensive School and Community Treatment program. Provide therapy to children and families as a team with a behavioral specialist and in partnership with the school during the regular year with potential summers off, depending on community and school needs. Competitive salary and benefits. May qualify for student loan program.

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or contact Mary Fran San Soucie at 406-994-6648, MSU Extension, PO Box 172230, Bozeman, MT 59717-2230, . ADA/EO/AA/ Veterans Preference. Education Manhattan Public Schools The following

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As a City of Bozeman employee, you will be part of a team that is committed to impacting and serving the community. This great opportunity also provides enrollment in an established retirement system, with significant employer contribution, generous vacation and sick time accruals, and excellent medical/ dental/vision benefits. Join us at the City of Bozeman, the Most Livable Place!



Seeking F/T Administrative Generalist who believes in a mission of health and wellbeing for all, for Community Health Partners (CHP) Belgrade. Patient centered environment; collaboration, motivation, attention to detail highly valued. Previous medical administrative experience preferred. Please send resume, references, and letter of interest to Buck Taylor, or 19 E Main Street, Belgrade, MT 59714. This institution is an Equal Opportunity provider and employer.


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Provides direct care for individuals and groups of select children in the Altacare Program. Previous experience in related field and/or bachelor's degree preferred but not required. Position available in Bozeman. This position will divide between Meadowlark Elementary & Morning Star Elementary.

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Seeking an experienced Data Analyst with excellent communication skills to support patient centered care at Community Health Partners. Ability to work independently and Microsoft suite proficiency required. Previous experience with electronic medical records, SQL and/or Crystal reports preferred. To apply, please send a letter of interest, resume, and references to Lander Cooney or 126 S Main St., Livingston, MT 59047. CHP is an equal opportunity provider and employer

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The City of Bozeman is in search of two full-time Building Inspectors to join the Building Division team. This essential role in the department is responsible for performing a variety of plan reviews and inspections on buildings under construction pertaining to adopted codes, laws, and regulations, and ensuring new and existing construction complies with related building codes, energy codes and local ordinances. Salary range: $3,386.62 to $3,984.25/month depending on experience and qualifications. Application Deadline: Friday, March 7, 2014@5:00p


in the Public Works Division The City of Bozeman has new state-of-the-art facilities, and is in need of an experienced SCADA Technician. In this challenging position, you will perform highly technical services in support of water/wastewater treatment, distribution, and collection, instrumentation, automation, and control systems. Salary range $4,335.16 to $5,100.16 per month. Application deadline - March 7, 2014@5:00p


The City is in search of a planning professional to work with the Community Development Team in performing a variety of general and specialized professional planning functions including current and long range planning; performs directly related work as required. Planner I wage range -$18.14 - $21.34/hour. Planner II wage range - $20.03 - $23.56/hour. Application Deadline: February 28 @ 5:00pm.


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