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Cops & Courts: Sitting high, driver arrested following rollover crash

Bozeman resident Douglas Ruben Schott, 57, was the driver when a MHP trooper responded Nov. 17 to an injury rollover crash on I-90 near Tra… Read more

YNP releases name of individual involved in incident at West Thumb Geyser Basin

MAMMOTH HOT SPRINGS, WY — Yellowstone National Park announced today that the human foot found in Abyss Pool, located in the West Thumb Geys… Read more

School district receives 11 applications to replace retiring superintendent

By Monday’s deadline, the Belgrade School District had recieved 11 applications from folks who want to replace retiring Belgrade Superinten… Read more

Council takes another step forward in ‘Making Belgrade Even Prettier’

“Making Belgrade Even Prettier” took another step forward at Monday’s Belgrade City Council meeting. Read more

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Sir Scott's Oasis, a Manhattan staple, has changed ownership

The Valley’s beloved steakhouse, Sir Scott’s Oasis, has been sold to The Local American Saloon, a bar on Belgrade’s Main Street. Read more

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Harmon to lead MSU’s research enterprise

BOZEMAN – Montana State University has appointed Alison Harmon, its dean of the College of Education, Health and Human Development, as its … Read more

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SCORE: Nurturing young businesses for 50 years

Chris Moriarty had worked for a Seattle-based pioneer in the “Eco-Tourism” industry for seven years before COVID struck. Read more

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'People want to be here': Airport traffic increases

To the surprise of local officials, the numbers of passengers flying in and out of the airport in Belgrade is rising faster than it is else… Read more

New alcohol licenses available in Belgrade, Bozeman

Four new alcohol licenses are available in the Bozeman area from the Montana Department of Revenue in a competitive bidding process that en… Read more

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Deadline Feb.

BOZEMAN — Montana State University’s Jake Jabs College of Business and Entrepreneurship’s 406 Labs is accepting applications for its spring… Read more

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Manhattan: Council approve purchase of 4 lots near Town Hall

The town of Manhattan has wasted no time in moving forward with its plan to purchase four city lots directly between Town Hall and Taylor P… Read more

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February Birds: Great horned owl commonly seen in Gallatin County this time of year

1. Song Sparrow

The Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) is a common species in brush and hedges. Aretas A. Saunders in 1911 reported that the greatest variety of bird species in Gallatin County could be found in riparian and swampy areas with thickets of willow and alder, and that is where he found what he called the Mountain Song Sparrow. He also found the species in lower mountain canyons and in cottonwoods. Although Song Sparrows are found here year-round, the species is migratory. In the late nineteenth century the United States lost an estimated 40 percent of the total bird population disappeared. That prompted the Audubon movement, state laws protecting birds, and the federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918 that still provides protection for this and other migratory species.

2. Great Horned Owl

The Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus) is a nocturnal hunter that finds prey in diverse habitats. The "horns" are distinctive ear tufts. The Sibley Field Guide to Birds describes the Great Horned Owl as "uncommon but widespread." This owl lives throughout North America, coast to coast, from Mexico to Canada and Alaska. There are regional variations in its coloring: sooty in the Pacific Northwest, gray in the southwest, and almost white in Canada. Aretas Saunders, in his 1911 list of the birds of Gallatin County, said this owl was a permanent resident in both valleys and mountains. It is a solitary bird, usually seen alone; seen in pairs only during breeding season. John James Audubon described their flight as "elevated, rapid, and graceful."

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