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Bozeman Top Dream Town in 2006

Bozeman is Dream Town #1 for 2006

Dream Town Bozeman is #2 for 2008

Bozeman Ranked # 3 Mountain Town in US

Bozeman Best Place to Retire

Outside Magazine Adventure Meccas 2006 - Bozeman, Montana

Bozeman Ranked Number 3 Mountain Town in US

2011 Best Places To Raise Kids in Montana Bozeman

Backpacker MagazineAugust 2009
The Best Cities to Raise
an Outdoor Kid: The Winning 25. From Boulder to Juneau to Bozeman, see which cities made the cut for the best place to raise an outdoor kid, and why.

Backpacker Magazine Best Places To Raise Kids 2009 - Bozeman, Montana

Bozeman Creek - Improving Marginalized Urban Waterways March 2012

The Bozeman Creek Committee was recently created to address the future of Bozeman's urban waterway, especially the portion that flows from Goldenstein Road through downtown Bozeman, Montana. Beginning high in Bozeman's Gallatin Mountains, south of the city, and flowing out of Sourdough Canyon, "the top eight miles [of Bozeman Creek] are in good shape," said Gary Weiner, on loan from the National Park Service's Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance Program. "It's really only when the creek hits the [Gallatin] valley floor and hits the residential areas where the issues become severe."

Bozeman Student 3M - Discovery Top Young Scientist

Bozeman High School student Marina Dimitriov given highest honor of America's top young scientist. Qualifying for the competition when Marina was an eighth grader at Bozeman's Sacajawea Middle School, she was then recently flown to New York, NY to take part in the  Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge. Not only is she now considered America's top young scientist, Marina Dimitriov will receive a $50,000 U.S. Savings Bond.

Bozeman Explosion - Bozeman Gas Explosion Updates

February 3, 2010: Eleven months after the Bozeman explosion tore through downtown Bozeman's east end, two Bozeman businessmen have had plans submitted for a new two- or three-story structure to fill more than 50% of the hole. The owners, Ralph Ferraro and Mike Hope, will name the new building, at 209 to 219 E. Main Street, the "F&H Building." If their timeline goes well, ground-breaking will take place around June 1, 2010.

July 10, 2009: The three week site cleanup of the downtown Bozeman natural gas explosion, March 5, 2009, has been finished leaving an empty hole. Montana Redi-Mix Operations Manager, Dave Mize, stated that Monday, July 13, 2009 is the day the Bozeman Explosion site would be ready for new construction. Mize also stated his workers were amazed at Bozeman's community support.

June 17, 2009 found a Montana Ready Mix cleanup crew working behind a tall black curtain at the rubble site of the March 5, 2009 downtown Bozeman explosion, which killed one and leveled half a block of downtown Bozeman, Montana. It's taken more than three months of investigation and intense controversy for all involved, including various insurance companies, Northwest Energy, the City of Bozeman, and Downtown Bozeman business owners, to conclude it's time for the painful and arduous cleanup of this portion of Bozeman's unique downtown and historical business corridor.

May 30, 2009: According to the Bozeman Daily Chronicle, the pile of rubble that still remains at the Bozeman gas explosion site where several buildings on Bozeman, Montana's East Main Street were razed by a natural gas explosion in March of 2009 is transitioning “from a destruction site to a construction site,” according to the Downtown Bozeman Partnership's Executive Director, Chris Naumann. The four owners of the five destroyed Bozeman buildings, Boodles; Montana Trails; the American Legion Hall; LilyLu; and the Rocking R Bar, have hired Bozeman's Montana Ready Mix to clear the site.

April 3, 1009: Bozeman explosion costs City $276,000, according to City of Bozeman Finance Director, Anna Rosenberry, who recently wrote that Bozeman “...will be seeking reimbursement from Northwestern that Bozeman’s general taxpayers don’t have to foot the bill...” The cost will inevitably climb as the cleanup effort progresses and other costs are calculated, such as use of Bozeman City Hall, communication, on-going monitoring of the site, etc.

  • $183,000 in salary and overtime costs for Bozeman firefighters, Bozeman policemen, and other Bozeman City employees. 
  • $70,000 for more than 200 pieces of equipment used, including fire engines, police cars, street  sweepers, city vehicles, generators, etc.
  • $23,000 in delivering 4.7 million gallons of water onto the explosion's fire.

Monday, March 23, 2009: NorthWestern Energy has created a website, Bozeman Recovery, which, dedicated to keeping you informed about our activities associated with the recent tragic explosion in Downtown Bozeman and the ongoing investigation." NorthWestern also states, We will continue to work side-by-side with the affected businesses and the city of Bozeman to restore the downtown area to good economic health as soon as possible. Eighty people lost their jobs and a total of 91 employees in the area of the Bozeman blast were directly impacted, not to mention the thousands of Gallatin County and Montana residents, and the thousands of tourists and visitors who loved and patronized these businesses.

Thursday, March 19, 2009: City of Bozeman, Montana officials are confident removal of Main Street debris remaining from the recent gas explosion of Boodles Restaurant, LillyLu Childern's Store, Montana Trails Gallery, the Pickle Barrel, the American Legion Hall, the Rocking R Bar, and four apartments will begin today or tomorrow. Last week Main Street's south side was reopened to traffic but Main Street's sidewalk and north side remain closed to westbound traffic due to the remains of the large rubble pile.

Friday, March 13, 2009: Bozeman Fire Chief Jason Shrauger stated, "a two-inch diameter NorthWestern Energy gas service line between the main gas line explosion and the Montana Trails Gallery meter is the cause of the devastating Bozeman gas explosion that shocked downtown Bozeman...." Authorities say their investigation revealed that numerous witnesses smelled gas in the hours before the explosion, however no one called 911.

March 11, 2009: The body of a woman recovered from a devastating natural gas explosion that rocked downtown Bozeman last week has been identified as Tara Reistad Bowman, 36, of Bozeman. Ms. Bowman's body has been positively identified by dental records, according to the Gallatin County Sheriff's Department....A long-time friend of the family described Mrs. Bowman "as the most genuine, positive person who was the nucleus of her family. She said anyone who met her came away marveling at her energy and her gorgeous smile." 

Bozeman Explosion Photo

Bozeman Explosion Pictures - Bozeman Blast Quotes - Natural Gas Explosion

March 27, 2009: Greg Donaldson, owner of Express Employment Professionals: “I sat at this window (across the street from the explosion) when the blast happened,” he said. “I flinched and hit the floor. There were things literally flying at my window in my view.”

March 27, 2009: “I’ve seen with my own eyes the devastation these two disasters caused,” said Tester who toured each site shortly after the events occurred. “On behalf of all Montanans, I thank the folks at SBA (Small Business Administration) for rushing this aid to our Main Street businesses in our hour of need.”

March 13, 2009: "My thoughts and prayers go out to the friends and families of everyone impacted by yesterday's events.  I stand ready to work with Max, Jon and folks in the Bozeman community to help in any way I can," stated US Congressman Denny Rehberg.

March 8, 2009: "We understand that a lot of the documentation that usually is needed doesn't exist. I don't consider these businesses small, they are an influential part of our community," said State Representative JP Pomnichowski. "But, the Small Business Administration is working on access to loans almost immediately. I am hoping that the loans will be available sometime in the next week."

March 6, 2009: The morning after the natural gas explosion, "Bozeman awoke...still, white and blissfully snow-laden after some long-awaited 16-inches overnight. Bozeman, like me, likely slept that night with a sigh in its heart, truly understanding that a moment can change everything, and feeling more compassion for our community," wrote Lucia Stewart of about the Bozeman Explosion.

March 5, 2009: “I’ve never seen anything like this in my life,” Senator Jon Tester stated. “I don’t care if I ever see it again. It’s just unbelievable - that five businesses in the middle of the city were there one minute and gone the next.”

March 5, 2009: “It literally looks like a bomb went off downtown,” said Assistant City Manager Chuck Winn when describing the scene.

March 5, 2009: “When we say gone, we mean gone,” said Gov. Brian Schweitzer.

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Blast Zone Bozeman Explosion Bozeman Daily Chronicle

Thursday, March 5, 2009 11:30 PM MST  By JODI HAUSEN Chronicle Staff Writer

One woman is missing after a natural-gas explosion on East Main Street shook downtown Bozeman Thursday morning, leaving several historic buildings demolished. No other casualties or injuries were reported, although local historians said the destruction was the largest from a single incident in Bozeman in a century.

The explosion was still under investigation late Thursday, and authorities speculated it would be days before they would be able to pinpoint a cause. “My heart goes out to the missing person and their family,” Bozeman Mayor Kaaren Jacobson said Thursday night. “We need to divert our thoughts and prayers toward them and also to the property owners who have suffered a tremendous loss today.”

The explosion was felt by people miles away. Downtown, it shattered windows, spewed debris for several blocks and sparked a fire that damaged neighboring buildings. It literally looks like a bomb went off,” assistant city manager Chuck Winn said at one of several press conferences held throughout the day. “This was a very serious explosion. It is the worst catastrophe I’ve ever seen in Bozeman,” added Winn, who is also the former fire chief and a 24-year veteran of the Bozeman Fire Department.  More at the Bozeman Daily Chronicle

Bozeman Natural Gas Explosion Video - Bozeman Explosion Videos

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Prudential Montana Acquires Bozeman's Black Bull Golf Community

Photo Arin Megenity Black Bull Bozeman

Prudential Montana Real Estate has taken on Black Bull, Bozeman, Montana's Family and Golf Community, offering resort-style living built around Black Bull's dynamic Tom Weiskopf-designed golf course. The private community includes a clubhouse, and, when not golfing, other recreational activities like swimming, tennis, fishing, and cross-country skiing. Black Bull is also within minutes of world-class downhill skiing and just about any other outdoor activity that comes to mind.

According to Travel + Leisure Golf, Black Bull Community, Bozeman, Montana, which is one of only 10 new communities having made it to their "Top 100 Golf Communities in America" list: Black Bull is one of those rare "total golf and community experience[s]" with "exquisite environments which are case studies in how to make life on earth as pleasing, stimulating and worthwhile as possible."

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Bozeman Real Estate Featured on NBC Today Show

NBC featured a video segment with regular contributing Realtor, Barbara Corcoran discussing six reasonably-priced homes in six different states, ranging in price from the mid-200's to the mid-400's, including a home in Bozeman Montana, on the January 30, 2008 Today Show.

Other real estate featured included a Beaufort, South Carolina home, on a golf course, for $279,000; a Boca Raton, Florida home, in a gated community, for $325,000; a Sedona, Arizona home, in a climate offering 360 days of sunshine, for $349,999; a Las Vegas, Nevada home, in a city with 1% property tax, for 415,000; and a Lexington, Kentucky home, in the world's horse capital, for $449,500.

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Housing Predictor: Bozeman Home Appreciation May Be #9 in US in 2009

According to Housing Predictor, which provides independent real estate market forecasts for more than 250 cities in all 50 U.S. States, the outdoors-minded college town of Bozeman, Montana, with skiing and fishing just two of its multitude of world-class activities, is predicted to be a top ten US real estate market for home appreciation in 2009!

 Rank        City/Market           2009 Prediction

  1. Bloomington, Illinois            3.6% 
  2. Grand Junction, Colorado     3.1%
  3. Billings, Montana                 3.1%
  4. Fargo, North Dakota            2.9%
  5. Lander, Wyoming                2.3%
  6. Trenton, New Jersey            2.3%
  7. Morgantown, West Virginia   2.0%
  8. Logan, Utah                        2.0%
  9. Bozeman, Montana            1.8%
  10. Albany, Georgia                  1.8%

A total of five cities from The Treasure State made Housing Predictor's top 25 List. Montana has been quite resilient during the US financial and housing collapse, with relatively minor declines in its overall housing market. Though Bozeman housing prices and values have recently slipped, the market will inevitably continue growing in the future, and with news like this, Bozeman will be the place to buy in 2009 because values will continue to move in the future.

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Bozeman's World Famous Humanitarian, Greg Mortenson, Nominated January 8, 2009 for Nobel Peace Prize

Nominating the Bozeman, Montana Mortenson for the prestigious Nobel award, were Montana's House Representative, Denny Rehberg and five other members of US Congress, who jointly sent a letter Wednesday to Norway's Nobel Committee, based in Oslo, Norway.

Rehberg stated, "Greg Mortenson's work advancing children's education in volatile countries encompasses these values....I can think of no one more deserving of this award."

Greg Mortenson, who co-founded both the Central Asia Institute and Pennies for Peace, regulary wows the global community with his on-going dedication to promoting children's education and peace in the world's most dangerous areas of the world. When not overseas, Mortenson lives in Bozeman, Montana with his wife, Clinical Psychologist, Dr.Tara Bishop, and two children.

California Representative Mary Bono states, "I've learned more from Greg Mortenson about the causes of terrorism than I did during all our briefings on Capitol Hill. He is a true hero, whose creativity, courage, and compassion exemplify the true ideals of the American spirit."

Mortenson is also co-author of the popular book, Three Cups of Tea, about the real-world transition of Mortenson from mountain-climber to humanitarian committed to conquering poverty and educating girls in Pakistan and Afganistan.

Three Cups of Tea: "The first time you share tea with a Balti, you are a stranger. The second time you take tea, you are an honored guest. The third time you share a cup of tea, you become family..." By Brett Fagan January 8, 2009

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