Montana Matters

Flathead Valley Community College presents series on wildlife/human interactions

Flathead Valley Community College’s (FVCC) Natural Resources program and Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) have joined forces to present an eight-part lecture series, “Wildlife & Humans Together in the 21st Century,” on selected Thursday evenings at 7 p.m. through December at FVCC. The series is free and open to the public.

State team forming for tribal water compact

HELENA, Mont. – After becoming state law on April 24, 2015, the first steps toward implementation of the water rights compact between the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, the State of Montana and the United States are under way.

Yellowstone Art Museum introduces new book about modernist painter

Billings, MT – The Yellowstone Art Museum (YAM) has published a new book about Modernist painter Isabelle Johnson (1901-1992), which was unveiled Thursday, July 16, 2015. It is the first major study of the work of an artistic pioneer in Montana. “A Lonely Business”: Isabelle Johnson’s Montana includes essays by Dr. Patricia Vettel-Becker, Bob Durden, Donna M. Forbes, and Theodore Waddell, and is introduced by Dr. Robyn G. Peterson.

Montana Chamber presents legislative awards in Flathead Valley

The Montana Chamber has announced that its Most Valuable Policymaker (MVP) award will go to Senator Bruce Tutvedt, while nine other Flathead area legislators will receive the Champion of Business Award and seven will receive an Honorable Mention Award. The event will take place in conjunction with our 10th Annual Economic Update Series at the Kalispell Hilton Garden Inn on Thursday, July 30 from Noon to 1:30 p.m.

Senators Mark Blasdel, Bob Keenan, and Chas Vincent and Representatives Jerry Bennett, Greg Hertz, Steve Lavin, Mark Noland, Keith Regier, and Dan Salomon are Champion of Business recipients for the Flathead area. Senators Dee Brown and Janna Taylor and Representatives Randy Brodehl, Mike Cuffe, Frank Garner, Carl Glimm, and Al Olszewski will all receive the Honorable Mention Award.

Travel industry contributes to Montana economy

UM Research: Travelers Contribute $1.2 Billion to Northwestern Montana Economy

MISSOULA – An analysis recently completed by the Institute for Tourism and Recreation Research at the University of Montana highlights the economic contribution of nonresident travel spending in each of the six travel regions in Montana, as well as 17 of the state’s 56 counties.

Estimates showed nearly 11 million visitors spent approximately $3.9 billion in Montana in 2014, which directly supported $3.15 billion of economic activity and more than 38,000 Montana jobs. The analysis also showed tourists indirectly supported an additional $1.9 billion of economic activity and more than 15,000 jobs. Overall, travel directly delivered more than $1 billion in labor income to the state – and $557 million indirectly.

Gerda Reeb completes Fulbright mission to Japan

Flathead Valley Community College’s International Student Services Program Coordinator Gerda Reeb, Ph.D., recently returned from a Fulbright mission in Japan where she learned about the country’s higher education system and its efforts to attract more international faculty, researchers and students.

Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame announces new members

Today the Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame & Western Heritage Center (MCHF & WHC) announced the eighth class of inductions into the Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame. The inductees were chosen from a field of candidates nominated by the general public. Inductees are honored for their notable contributions to the history and culture of Montana.

“The board of trustees, our volunteer network from around the state, has reviewed this year’s nominations and completed the voting process,” said Bill Galt, White Sulphur Springs rancher and MCHF & WHC president. “This process gives local communities a strong voice in who will represent them in the Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame exists to honor those—famous cowboy or not—who have made an impact in their community and serve as a symbol of Montana’s authentic heritage for future generations.”

Top musical acts coming to Missoula this year

MISSOULA — The University of Montana Adams Center recently announced the lineup for the 2015-16 Community Medical Center Missoula Live events. This year’s production titles include “Riverdance,” “STOMP” and “Mamma Mia.”
Stockman Bank is the sponsor for the celebration of Irish music performance of “Riverdance” on Monday, Oct. 26. The visual percussion and movement combination of “STOMP” follows on Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016, sponsored by Insured Titles. The musical “Mamma Mia” arrives on Friday, March 25, 2016.
Pre-sale tickets are available Tuesday, Aug. 10, and public ticket sales open on Friday, Aug. 14. Tickets can be purchased through all GrizTix vendors, online at, via phone at 406-243-4051 or at the Adams Center Box Office.
Call Jenni Graff in the UM Adams Center at 406-243-4447 or email for more information.

Investigation Team Looking for Information on Glacier's Reynolds Creek Fire

Bozeman Symphony musicians featured in Symphony at the Shane this August

Bozeman Symphony musicians featured in Symphony at the Shane this August

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