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BHS to form swim team this fall

Belgrade High will no longer be the only Class AA school in the state without a competitive swim team after the school board voted this wee… Read more

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Fuel shortage causes airport delays

A jet fuel shortage, spurred by an increase in demand from firefighting aircraft and supply chain issues, caused daylong delays and departu… Read more

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Rodeo has 'best year ever'

Over the weekend, the Three Forks Rodeo had its “best year ever” with a Friday night standing room-only crowd of 3,100 and vehicles from ro… Read more

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Tires slashed at Madison River access

More than a dozen vehicles had their tires slashed last Wednesday at river access points along the upper Madison River, according to the Ma… 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."

This image is Plate 61 of John J. Audubon's Birds of America. Used by permission, the image is from https://www.audubon.org/birds-of-america/great-horned-owl/ Read more

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KCCM-FM celebrates 20 years of ministry

Working at 99.1 KCMM-FM is more than a job for the station’s founder and General Manager Mark Brashear. Read more

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County planning department denies request for additional review of Gallatin Gateway glampground

The Gallatin County Planning Department has declined a request from environmental groups and a fishing products company to complete a more … Read more

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Mundt joins Stockman Insurance in Belgrade

Rita Mundt has been hired as an insurance producer/agent for Stockman Insurance. She has over 18 years of experience in the insurance indus… Read more