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      "Riverfront property" by Mark Larowe

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      Outside Missoula, by Jake Stufflebeam

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      Cold New Year's Eve night in Montana, by Catherine Dotson

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      Montana's capitol on Christmas Eve, by Teri Garrison

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      Electric sunset over Lake McDonald, by Traun Foto

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      The Bitterroot River near Hamilton on New Years Day, by Sherry Myers

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      The night sky near Libby, by Kyle Ames

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      The first 2015 sunset on Lake McDonald, by Call of the Wild Photography

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      The Bull Ranger Station historic cabin, by Yvonne Moe Resch

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      Sunset over the Purcell Mountains near Yaak, by TheBobFactor.com

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      Between Avon and Garrison Junction, by Teri Garrison

    Snow! Beauty! A Montana wintertime slideshow

    Montana has been SHOWING OFF so far this winter, with it’s snow-covered mountains and sun-filled afters making for some spectacular scenery.

    We gathered a few of the best-of-the-best that we’ve seen, courtesy of our wonderful Facebook friends. We’ve got images from several gorgeous images of New Year’s sunsets over Glacier National Park’s Lake McDonald, as well as some shots of the winter skies lit up with stars.

    Thanks to all who shared photos for our first 2015 wintertime slideshow.

    If you hadn’t heard, we’re known for photography and you can see it all by becoming a subscriber. Click here to learn more.


  • The Crown of the Continent Festival takes place in late July each year in Bigfork. Photo by Jessica Lowry

    Music across Montana: Bigfork’s guitar heaven, Missoula’s devotion to its symphony

    We featured more than a couple of very musically-minded Montanans in our latest issue, as writer Jessica Lowry introduced us to the founder of the Crown of the Continent Guitar Festival and the people behind all the successes at the Missoula Symphony.

    Both produce sweet, sweet music, and have pretty sweet stories about how they’ve helped music thrive.

    Festival founder, David Feffer, for example, has convinced dozens of the world’s best guitar players to come to Bigfork each year for a week of instruction and concerts. It’s not only introduced the Flathead Valley to great guitar music, it’s caused some of the guitar greats to fall in love with Montana.

    See a video from the 2014 fest here.

    Missoula Symphony music director Darko Butorac. Photo by Jessica Lowry

    Missoula Symphony music director Darko Butorac. Photo by Jessica Lowry

    In Missoula, Lowry introduces us to Virginia Vinal, who has played the violin in the Missoula Symphony since it was founded in 1955. That’s 60 years.

    It’s people like Vinal, Lowry tells us, who have helped the symphony grow into a thriving organization that often plays to sold out crowds.

    Like I said, it’s a pair of sweet stories. Check out all our preview content here. And if you like what you read, here’s how you can subscribe.



  • Montana river surfing was recently featured on DailyMail.com. Photo by Paolo Marchesi

    Montana surfing makes international waves

    Montana got some international attention recently for a new sport that’s catching on as more and more surfers are catching river waves.

    A short feature in the Daily Mail showed how Missoulians in particular are using the river more and more to surf.

    K.B. Brown. Photo by Tom Bauer

    K.B. Brown. Photo by Tom Bauer

    K.B. Brown, who owns a custom river surf board making shop in Missoula, was featuring in the photos, by Paolo Marchesi.

    The British tabloid featured a host of images and a video of Montana river surfing.

    Photographer Marchesi said the Big Sky surfers are “revolutionizing” the sport.


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    New year, new issue: Take a look at our Jan/Feb magazine

    It’s a new year and we’ve got a new issue to share. Our January/Februrary 2015 issue is in the mail now and we’ve got all our preview content up at montanamagazine.com.

    Some highlights to share include our new partnership with The Last Best Plates, a food and eating blog by Lynn Donaldson and Corinne Garcia, who both are awesome, longtime contributors.

    The first in the year-long series focuses on Amaltheia Dairy. Along with the story and recipe, we’ve got a slideshow of wonderful images from the farm just outside Bozeman.

    We’re also going to be introducing you the Treasure State Hometown Gems throughout 2015. Our first is Monture Cabin.

    We’ve got a wonderful Portfolio by Larry Mayer, who shows us the Big Sky Country from the sky.

    We’ll also introduce you to the Woodpecker Men and have a sweet story about the Missoula Symphony.

    Cheers to a wonderful 2015!


  • Winter Solstice at the Bull Guard Station. Photo by Aaron Theisen

    Visit the cabin built by a tough guy named Granny

    Where are you hoping to explore in 2015? There are plenty of possibilities around Montana.

    One suggestion: The Bull River Guard Station in the northwestern corner of the state.

    Writer Aaron Theisen found out that because of its rich history, the cabin is more than just a place to stay. The cabin was built by Granny Gordon, a jack-of-all-trades who came to the wilds of the Cabinet Mountains to work for the fledgling U.S. Forest Service.

    The Forest Service and its public land policies weren’t overly popular with the locals.

    Fortunately, Gordon had a store of skills on his side.

    By 1908, he had completed construction of a two-story, three-bedroom guard station with a kitchen and sitting room, based on blueprints that Gordon drew up himself.

    Outside, the Gordons planted an orchard of 10 apple trees and constructed a corral for a team of packhorses.

    The Gordons filled the guard station: Pauline arrived with two toddler daughters and a third on the way, and Granny brought his mother Elizabeth out from back East.

    The Bull River Cabin. Photo by Aaron Theisen

    The Bull River Cabin. Photo by Aaron Theisen

    Down in the valley, Granny and Pauline made the guard station the center of civilized public life, their dinner parties and overflowing garden ingratiating them with the wary locals.

    “The Gordons approach to being a ranger was community creation, whether that meant building a school for the community or rescuing wagons stuck in the mud,” Reckin said.

    The Gordons quickly became known as the best travelers’ hosts in the region, and even with a full house, they made room to board the local schoolteacher.

     The cabin that Gordon built still stands today – and is available for rent for $55 a nith.

    Here’s more about the cabin and reservation instructions.

    Here’s to 2015 and another year to explore Montana.


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    Cover photos captured the best of Montana

    Just in time for the new year we’ve got a look back at the images that made our covers in 2014.

    It’s a fun look back at the year of Montana Magazine issues, which started with a cover of a curious bobcat and ended with a cover that captured perhaps the cutest cowgirl in the state.

    Of course, we couldn’t have done any of this without the wonderful group of people who share their work with us each issue. Our cover images were made by a diverse set of photographers. From Jaime and Lisa Johnson, who captured the snowy bobcat (January/February issue), to Lynn Donaldson who made the image of the tough cowboy riding at the Wild Horse Stampede in Wolf Point (March/April issue).

    Gordon Sullivan captured the lightning bolt striking inside Medicine Rocks State Park for our March/April issue. Tony Bynum got a Glacier National Park mountain goat lounging in the unbelievable backdrop for our July/August issue.

    We featured the Grand Prismatic Spring inside Yellowstone National Park, by Tom Murphy, on the September/October cover. Finally, Riley Jones was the adorable feature of our November/December cover, in an image made by Leland Howard.



  • Montana’s estimated population is 1,023,579.

    How many people are in Montana?

    According to the U.S. Census, there’s more people in Montana this year than there was last.

    Montana’s estimated population rose by 8,715 people, or by 0.9 percent, from mid-2013 to mid-2014, the U.S. Census Bureau reported this week.

    As of July 1, Montana’s estimated population was 1,023,579, compared with 1, 014,864 on July 1, 2013.

    So what do you think about the population uptick? Good? Bad?

    Montana remains ranked 44th in population.

    The Treasure State ranked 18th among the states in percentage of growth from 2013 to 2014 and 36th in actual population growth.

    North Dakota was the fastest growing state over the past year, showing a 2.2 percent increase.

    The U.S. population increased by 2.4 million, or 0.75 percent, to 318.9 million people, over the same one-year period, according to census estimates.

    Montana’s population as of April 1, 2010, was 989,415, according to the official census. It rose to 990,575 by the mid-2010 estimate and to 997,661 by the mid-2011 estimate.

    Sometime between mid-2011 and mid-2012, the U.S. Census Bureau estimated that Montana’s population had eclipsed the 1 million mark. The bureau estimated Montana’s population at 1,005,163 in mid-2012.

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      The Star Theatre in Whitehall. Photo by Lisa Wareham

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      Horses, trainers at Bitterroot Therapeutic Riding. Photo by Lido Vizutti

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      A Kalispell Kreamery dairy cow. Photo by Jessica Lowry

    Three Montana stories that capture the heart of the holidays

    The Montana Magazine would like to wish all our readers a very happy holidays.

    In the spirit of the season, we’ve compiled a couple of our 2014 stories that will leave you with those warm and fuzzies appropriate for the holiday season.

    First is the story of how the town of Whitehall saved the Star. The Star is the town’s one and only  movie theater, which was close to closing because it was lacking the digital technology to play newer films. Until the people of Whitehall rallied around it.

    Next is the heartwarming story about the horses that change lives at the Bitterroot Therapeutic Ranch near Corvallis. The unique and patient horses and trainers at the ranch help people of all abilities find independence. BTR is one of only six ranches in Montana certified by the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International.

    And finally is the story of a small run farm in Northwestern Montana where the dairy cows are treated like members of an extended family. The Hedstrom family owns and operates the Kalispell Kreamery, and have for 35 years. “People like the concept that these cows are truly happy,” Mary Tuck said of her family’s farm.

    We hope you’ve enjoyed revisiting some of these special stories from around Montana. And, we hope you enjoy your holiday season!



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