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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...


Zumbathon fundraiser brings in $3,800 for four-legged friends Zumbathon fundraiser brings in $3,800 for four-legged friends

POLSON — Zumba instructors from around the state and dancers heeded the call when local instructor Jeannie Butler organized a Zumbathon fundraiser. The Oct. 1 event held at the Polson Elks Club raised $3,800 for the area’s most needy critters. Butler, who organized the event out of her love and p...


Former Ronan athlete runs for suicide prevention, qualifies for Boston Marathon Former Ronan athlete runs for suicide prevention, qualifies for Boston Marathon

  RONAN— Kira Crenshaw Niedens, a 2005 Ronan High School graduate, has been on the run for some time now. Running, that is, for suicide prevention with hopes of qualifying for one of the bigger races such as Chicago, New York, and Boston. Thus far she has run in Missoula, in marathons in Ore...


Diamonds and Heels show coming to Polson Diamonds and Heels show coming to Polson

News from Dana Grant / SAFE Harbor POLSON — Expressing oneself is a core value in America, even protected under the Constitution. Whether in art, dance or speech, the act of self-expression can inform, educate, and entertain. The last idea, entertainment is the main goal behind the upcoming Diamon...


‘The Maverick’ to host grand opening Friday ‘The Maverick’ to host grand opening Friday

POLSON — After a successful opening on June 15, The Maverick men’s clothing store on Main Street invites the community to join them for their official grand opening on Friday, Aug. 19.  Owned by Valley Journal proprietors Boone and Summer Goddard, The Maverick went from idea to reality th...


Inspired by childhood in Polson, Fugleberg launches music project Inspired by childhood in Polson, Fugleberg launches music project

POLSON — A man from Polson recently launched his new music project that’s bringing together big-name artists from throughout the nation to create messages of hope.  The project “Seeking Permission: Songs in the Key of Hope” started back in 2020, when Polson’s Tom Fuglebe...


Long waits for Montana State Hospital leave psychiatric patients in jail

News from Katheryn Houghton Kaiser Health News MONTANA — A woman experiencing delusions sat in Montana’s Cascade County jail for 125 days while waiting for a bed at the state psychiatric hospital. A man with schizophrenia spent 100 days last year in the Flathead County jail on the hospital&r...


Vietnam veteran reflects on service, bronze star 40 years later Vietnam veteran reflects on service, bronze star 40 years later

POLSON — Forty years ago last month, local marine veteran Denny Ray Newby received a Bronze Star and Combat “V” for his heroic actions during the Vietnam War, one of the military’s highest honors. Newby served from 1966 to 1969 and was a member of the first all-Montanan platoon. Pe...


Swimming, exercise classes, more offered at aquatics center Swimming, exercise classes, more offered at aquatics center

“I swim every day the pool is open,” says Mike Case as he takes a breather between laps at the Mission Valley Aquatics and Fitness Center in Polson.  A retiree who recently moved to Polson, Case says swimming is a lifelong passion of his. He became a certified lifeguard at 12 and took swi...


Vaping education lowers teen usage Vaping education lowers teen usage

As e-cigarette use, or vaping, has grown in popularity among Montana’s young, a stream of misinformation has caused some to deviate more than they might have realized.  According to Lake County Public Health, an increase in public awareness, especially in schools, is what’s needed to comb...


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