Belgrade

Gallatin County Courthouse
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On the heels of a third COVID-19 illness case announced out of Gallatin County Wednesday, the County and the city of Bozeman have declared states of emergency. Existing closures of bars and eateries and now gyms, theaters and other indoor recreational facilities, have been extended into April as part of an effort to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus.

As Gallatin County's population grows, more development is moving into land historically used for agriculture. The sign advertises land for sale near Churchill, August 6, 2019.
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As Bozeman and its bedroom communities continue to grow, developers have started moving into prime farmland in Gallatin Valley. Farmers and ranchers there are struggling to uphold their way of life, and the valley's scenic views and wildlife corridors could disappear. Renewed funding for conservation easements aims to support the stewards of open land.

Screenshot of development projects in Bozeman from the city's Community Developer Viewer, July 18, 2019.
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A non-profit organization that serves more than 12,000 people in southwest Montana is updating its community needs assessment. It helps determine which projects get the green light and affects how millions of dollars are allocated. Communities across Park, Gallatin and Meagher Counties identified affordable housing as one of the top priorities in the last assessment three years ago.

Representatives from Big Sky School District, Habitat for Humanity and the community dig into the future site of affordable housing for Big Sky teachers, July 12, 2019.
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Public schools in Big Sky are losing teachers because their salaries can’t keep up with the median sale price for a single-family house, which currently sits at $1 million. A new partnership to bring affordable, on-site housing to the school district is trying to change that.

The Gallatin County Law and Justice Center in Bozeman, Montana, June 26, 2019.
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Several weeks after a threatening Snapchat video caused a shelter-in-place order at Belgrade schools, one of the people connected to the case Tuesday pleaded not guilty to felony charges. 

Eighth graders from Belgrade Middle School walk across the stage in the high school gym during their graduation ceremony in Belgrade, Montana, June 05, 2019.
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A threatening video posted to social media forced a shelter-in-place order for Belgrade schools and postponed a middle school graduation Tuesday. 

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Schools in Belgrade, Montana were put under a shelter-in-place order today while law enforcement investigated a video threatening violence toward students.

Belgrade High School remained under the order until 4 p.m.  A precautionary shelter-in-place order for Belgrade Middle School and Saddle Peak and Heck Quaw elementary schools was lifted at 3:30 p.m. and students were released at normal times.

Resort residencies in Big Sky, Montana, 2006.
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A new economic profile report about Big Sky highlights one of the fastest population growth trends in the state and some of the struggles that come with it. Big Sky’s population has grown 21 percent over the last five years to almost 3,000 residents, according to a new economic profile from Bridge Economic Development released this week.

Sarah Brown

On this episode of Field Days, we tour Amaltheia Organic Dairy’s award-winning cheesemaking facility.


Lynn Donaldson

On this episode of Field Days, the Brown family at Amaltheia Organic Dairy takes stock of their new baby goats.


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