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Editor's Pick: Staying Cool and Functional: Patagonia Activist Sneakers

Sometimes it's hard to be cool, fashionable AND stay warm and dry in Montana, but with Patagonia's new "Activist" canvas sneakers you can!
The Activist Canvas is a lightweight, relaxed and casual outdoor sneaker. It features a high-abrasion synthetic suede rand for durability, a recycled midsole with heel air cushioning for underfoot protection, and a recycled rubber outsole with aggressive lugs for traction on unstable terrain.
Plus, they're just super cool!

Craftsman Details: Bigfork home showcases Craftsman, Montana styles

The design of this stone and timber frame home puts Craftsman details within a Montana vernacular, all leading to a final product that has been one of Craig Stoddard’s resounding successes. Stoddard, a second-generation home builder, created this home in the rolling foothills of the Swan Mountains.

A Christmas opening for new Bigfork assisted living home

By DAVID REESE
This Christmas should be a special one in Bigfork.
There will be about 30 new residents in town, living a new life and starting new chapters in their lives, all at the Rising Mountains in Bigfork.
Rising Mountains is an assisted-living community one mile north of Bigfork that broke ground this summer.

Montana's Finest Homes — a showcase of Montana's finest architecture and design

Montana's Finest Homes — a showcase of Montana's finest architecture, design and craftsmanship

BARE MINIMUM: Is barefoot running right for you?

Physical therapist Brian Miller has been a runner most of his adult life. So when the book “Born to Run” came out a few years ago, Miller naturally picked it up.
And it’s changed the way he runs. The book, from author Christopher McDougall, explores how a tribe in Mexico is able to run using very little or no shoe support. The book has led to a boom in what’s called “minimalist running” a term that describes running barefoot or with “barefoot style” shoes.

Into the Hereafter: Mountain View Pet crematory fills niche in Flathead Valley

Tiny wooden boxes and handcrafted pottery urns sit in glass cases at a tiny office on the south side of Kalispell. For many people, these tiny repositories will become the final resting place for their loved ones. Not relatives, mind you, but pets. Mountain View Pet Crematory sits in a small blue building behind Ashley Creek Animal Clinic.

Living Kitchens: Making the most of this important room

Jeff Gilman has been a cook himself long enough to know what makes a good kitchen work - and what doesn't.
So when he takes on a job for a client, that's his approach: make the kitchen work fluidly, with nothing to get in the way of producing great meals and entertaining.
When the owners of a home on Whitefish Lake asked Gilman, the owner of Gilman Woodworking, to renovate their kitchen, Gilman first looked at how the kitchen flowed.

Bridger Steel brings rustic look to new homes

BY KIM THIELMAN-IBES
It was perhaps not so much divine providence but rather a lifelong background in ranching along with a bit of serendipitous timing that made Dennis Johnson, owner of Bridger Steel, move from being a northwest cowboy to a Montana metal man. And his luck did not stop there.

Small Wonder: Bozeman's 'Kiwi' house brings small-size charm

Stephen and Julie Shea love New Zealand almost as much as they love their native Montana. They revel in the natural beauty, wide open spaces, unspoiled wilderness and unbridled sense of place and belonging that both provide. That personal sense of being a part of, fitting in with—and connecting to—the land was paramount when they built their “Kiwi House” in Bozeman, Montana.

Sweating it Out: students learn how to design buildings for comfort

As the temperature neared 102 and humidity soared, three engineering students began to sweat in the name of science in an underground chamber at Montana State University. “Welcome to the Deep South,” said Craig Rohwer of Fairbanks, Alaska. Rohwer, Miller and Matt Oliver, of Missoula -- all MSU seniors in mechanical engineering technology – ran their shoes across the floor and felt the walls of MSU’s psychrometric chamber to see if the surfaces were sticky yet. If they were, it would indicate that the air was saturated with moisture and life was growing increasingly uncomfortable in this 13-by-16-foot room in the basement of the EPS Building.

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