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Some Bozeman landlords (no kidding) are putting community before profit

News from Janie Osborne, Montana Free Press BOZEMAN — The average cost to rent a one-bedroom apartment in Bozeman is nearing $2,000 a month.  Renters report dramatic monthly increases when their leases are up, and the vacancy rate is consistently below 2%. In short, you’re lucky to find a place to live if you want to rent in Bozeman. Those facts, according to Brian Guyer, housing director at Bozeman’s Human Resource Development Council, have created a “growing separation between the haves and the have-nots.” While many landlords have capitalized on the high demand for rentals, a handful of property owners have a different perspective. The market...


Work begins on U.S. Highway 93 Ronan North Project Work begins on U.S. Highway 93 Ronan North Project

RONAN — The Ronan North Project has begun work to complete construction on the four-lane construction of U.S. Highway 93. Beginning at the Round Butte Road intersection, the project will extend about a mile and a half to tie into the existing four lane structure. Additionally, it’ll continue a sh...

Ronan city council passes animal control ordinance Ronan city council passes animal control ordinance

RONAN — At their last meeting on Oct. 26, the Ronan City Council addressed the local animal problem by passing an ordinance that will go into effect 30 days from approval.  Animal Control ordinance number 2022-05 is meant to address local problems with loose, vicious dogs. While an emergency or...

Updated: How to vote in Montana’s Nov. 8 election

MONTANA — The 2022 general election is Tuesday, Nov. 8, and as absentee ballots have already gone out, odds are that scores of Montanans are already busy filling in their votes. If you’re not registered yet, are planning to vote at the polls, or are still confused about what election laws may or ...

St. Ignatius seniors for Nov. 2, 2022

ST. IGNATIUS — It is that time of year when clocks need to be changed. Don’t forget Nov. 6 is the day to set your clocks for the winter months. We are asking everyone to remember to vote on Nov. 8 as your vote is important. The St. Ignatius Senior Center is open for lunch every Tuesday a...

Polson seniors for Nov. 2, 2022

POLSON — Set your clocks back an hour before you go to bed on Nov 5. Register and vote at Linderman gym on Nov. 8. Your vote is your voice. Exercise your franchise. Report threats. Celebrate democracy in action. After you have voted, or before, come to the Polson Senior Center on Tuesday, Nov. 8,...

Ann Bukacek and John Repke: Two views vie for one seat on the PSC

MONTANA — For nearly a decade, Montana’s five-member utility board has been dominated by Republican commissioners. Voters haven’t elected a Democrat to the state Public Service Commission, which regulates monopoly utility companies in the power, water, garbage and telecommunications industr...

SKC students prepare to help in Greece SKC students prepare to help in Greece

PABLO — Three students at SKC are making a name for themselves by creating an opportunity within the nursing school for students to get hands-on experience overseas.  Part of the Global Brigades initiative, third year nursing students Melissa Oden, Michelle Zempel, and Stephanie Robinson will l...

U.S. Attorney announces election officer for general election

News from the U.S. Attorney’s Office HELENA — United States Attorney Jesse Laslovich announced that Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA) John Newman will lead the efforts of his office in connection with the Justice Department’s nationwide Election Day Program for the upcoming Nov. ...

Animal shelter fundraiser returns Animal shelter fundraiser returns

POLSON — The Mission Valley Animal Shelter is back with its first in-person fundraiser dinner since the start of COVID.  “Things are going great,” commented development director Julyn Dewitt. “We have some amazing items that’ve been donated.” The Wags and Whiske...

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