Two Griz greats set to meet for an out-of-state, on-court battle
They’re two names Montana sports fans know well: Wayne Tinkle and Larry Krystkowiak .
As Missoulian sports editor Bob Meseroll writes, their relationship has been evolved in plenty of ways in the past years as they’ve made their mark on men’s basketball program at the University of Montana.
To that list describing the relationship between Wayne Tinkle and Larry Krystkowiak add this: adversaries.
That will be the nature of their relationship for at least 40 minutes Thursday night when the former Montana Griz players and coaches will face each other from opposite benches for the first time – Tinkle as coach of the Oregon State Beavers and Krystkowiak as the head man of the ninth-ranked Runnin’ Utes of Utah.
Both coaches told Meseroll about the mutual respect they have for each other and the programs they run. Thursday will be the only time the two meet on the court this regular season.
Utah and Oregon State will play just once in the regular season in the Pac-12’s unbalanced schedule. This year Tinkle gets the Utes in Corvallis, where the Beavers have yet to lose.
Both insist it will not be awkward. Each has had prior experience with the dynamic, Tinkle when he faced former colleague and good friend Brad Huse, who coached Montana State for eight seasons, and Krysko when he squared off with his college coach Montgomery at Cal.
“There’s this time of the week when you might have to do an interview or two and there’s a little additional storyline before the game starts, but after that it’s normal stuff,” Krystkowiak said.
“With Larry, I have such a deeper history,” Tinkle said. “We played together, we were friends and I wouldn’t say combatants, but we were playing the same position. Shoot, I had a lot of lessons to learn and he was more than willing to hand out the lessons. We went at each other a lot. He taught me a lot about what it took to be a successful Division I player, the toughness and work ethic.
Best of luck to both Montana greats!
Montana to play large role in HBO series on Lewis & Clark
It’s been in the works for awhile, and filming for the HBO miniseries about the the famous duo’s journey across the country – much of which took place in Montana – is just about to begin.
However, as Missoulian reporter Kim Briggeman found out, although much of the story take place in Montana, there won’t be much filming going on under Big Sky Country.
A Calgary Herald report in January quoted a source close to the production who said the project will be primarily shot in southern Alberta, with pre-production beginning in mid-February and production set to start this summer.
“Thanks for checking in. We have no new information to share at this time,” an HBO spokeswoman said by email Friday.
The series will star some big names, including Casey Affleck, and is being produced by some even heavier Hollywood hitters like Brad Pitt and Tom Hanks.
Although much of filming will take place in Canada, there’s still a lot of Montana to the story.
“We’ve been dealing with this for seven years,” said Deny Staggs, film commissioner for the Montana Film Office in Helena. “They’ve been talking about Oregon, Michigan, Montana, Alberta, British Columbia, Atlanta …
“At this point we don’t know where exactly the primary principal photography will take place. What we do know is that they’ll be shooting a significant amount of second-unit and plate shots in the state of Montana, so Montana will be on the screen in the miniseries.”
Staggs said his office is discussing with the state’s Office of Tourism ways to capitalize on “Lewis and Clark,” no matter where it’s shot.
“Nobody’s going to Canada to see the Lewis and Clark trail,” he said. “We feel real strongly that with our knowledge and with the growth of marketing through digital and social platforms that we’ll be able to leverage the Lewis and Clark trail whether it’s shot in Montana or in Canada.”
There’s also a chance some Montanans will be cast to play parts in the series.
The series is based on the book “Undaunted Courage” and is set to air on HBO in 2016.
A whole lotta love, Montana style
What better day to show off our Love Letters to Montana than Valentine’s Day?
Recently, we got one of the sweetest Montana love stories yet, when reader Willena Burton sent in her story about Queenie the missing terrier.
Burton was a kids when she her beloved dog Queenie got lost while hunting rabbits one winter.
It’s a touching story – one of many we’ve gotten telling us why it’s so easy to love Montana.
Other love letters we think you should read:
- Me and my Ol’ Man by Zach Pallister
- Montana is Calling poetry by Imogene Hansen
- Who Says You Can’t Go Home by Pamela Zortman-Rogers
Here’s hoping you enjoyed our Montana-style dose of love this Valentine’s Day.
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Special kind of skiing helps everyone experience Montana slopes
There was a special kind of skiing taking place at Red Lodge Mountain Ski Resort last weekend. A kind of skiing that didn’t discriminate.
As Chris Cioffi of the Billings Gazette tells us, it was a day where despite being born with spina bifida, 8-year-old Anna Boltz hit the slopes.
The 8-year-old was not testing out an ordinary pair of skis; she was riding a Hands On Concepts bi-ski chair.
The adaptive technology is specially designed for people in wheelchairs to hit the slopes.
Boltz was born with spina bifida and has been either in a wheelchair or on crutches since she was born. The birth defect occurs when a baby’s spinal column does not close all the way around the spinal cord. It can cause paralysis in extremities below the underdeveloped vertebrae.
Anna has been involved in skiing since the age of 2, said her mother, Leah Boltz. “When we first started, her legs didn’t reach the seat so we had her duct taped and foamed inside.”
Leah Boltz, an only child herself, was born to parents employed by the U.S. Forest Service in West Yellowstone and began skiing at Big Sky as a young child.
Boltz was taking part in the Eagle Mount program, which provides outdoors recreation opportunities for disabled children and adults.
All in all, it was a good day for Anna, as Cioffi writes:
After stopping briefly to get rebalanced at the top of the training hill known as the magic carpet, the second-grader was ready to get back on the slopes.
“Come on, time to go everybody,” Anna said.
Wild winter: Wildlife enjoy the coldest of seasons
Our Facebook friends often share images of Montana animals with us. And now that’s it’s mid-February, we’ve got a pretty good batch of photos showing how critters handle the cold.
It doesn’t seem to hard on them. In fact – the waterfowl especially – seem to be enjoying themselves. Others seems to be enjoying themselves on the more mild winter days we’ve had so far.
We hope you enjoy our Wild Winter gallery. Don’t forget, we’ve got pages of premiere photography in our print issues. Subscribe today so you don’t miss a shot.
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Where will our Jan/Feb issue take you? All over Montana
We explore plenty of places inside each issue of Montana magazine. Now, we can show you all the place with an interactive Where in Montana map that takes you across Montana to see the Jan/Feb issue. Just roll over the dots across the map and click to read the preview of each feature.
We’ll take you yurt skiing in the Swan Mountain Range and introduce you to the woodpecker men who keep a unique tradition alive in Ryegate. Also, have you ever been to the Crown of the Continent Guitar Festival? Our Where in Montana map will show you were it all happens and then tell you a good story.
Some bonuses: get to know a little more about our Glimpses feature in each issue, and more about our Instagram account.
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Glimpses: A parting shot to show off the best of Montana
If you’re a subscriber (if you’re not, what are you waiting for?!?), you know the last page of each issue is dedicated to our Glimpses photo – a parting shot from somewhere in Big Sky Country that is always worth 1,000 words.
Our last Glimpses comes from Circle, where photographer Brendan Whitcomb captured one of those you-gotta-see-it-to-believe-it sunsets.
Here’s Brendan’s descriptions of the image, “Lonely Sunset“:
It was Oct. 26, 2014, and I was racing home to see my daughter’s Halloween costume. Commuting many miles to work means face time is at a premium. I felt the tremor of rubber pounding the pavement as my V10 pushed the drumming carousel of North Dakota farther behind.
In a passing glimpse, I was aware that twilight had awakened on the scenic Montana Highway 200 outside Circle. My foot vacillated on and off the accelerator as the day slowly came to rest. And when I finally pulled over, time and efficiency had given way to the moment.
I grabbed my camera and aimlessly frisked the local landscape for a subject. A displaced herd of deer and a few trees later I stumbled upon this hallowed enchantment. The scene seemed to have a life of its own that captured the essence of Halloween.
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Sugar season in Montana
There are a lot of beets to turn into sugar this year.
A lot. That means the sugar beet factory in Billings will run throughout February, instead of just through the first portion of the month as usual, according to Billings Gazette reporter Tom Lutey.
A bumper 2014 sugar beet crop and favorable conditions mean Western’s Billings factory will make sugar most of February, officials said Tuesday.
“We expect the campaign to wrap up sometime in the third week of February,” said Randall Jobman, Western’s agricultural manager for Billings and Lovell.
But how do they turn beets into sugar?
It’s a cool process that takes place each year on Sugar Avenue in Billings. On average, the plant turns out 1.5 million pounds of sugar each year. The sugar is used in everything from Wilcoxin’s Ice Cream to Wheat Montana bread.
Here’s our breakdown of the process, from seed to sugar.
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