Chronicle follows trend in diversification

By BECKY HATTERSLEY/Montana State News

Nearly a quarter of Americans get their news on at least two digital devices.

According to the Pew Research Center a large and growing percent of people frequent the internet, especially social media outlets intended for information sharing.

EMarketer reports that 133 million people, or 54 percent of the U.S. Population, are active Facebook users. Twitter reports 24 million active users in the U.S.

In an average week, 74 percent of all Internet users rely on local newspaper media – digital as well as print – as key sources of news and information, and are engaging with their local newspaper across multiple platforms, according to a recent study by the Newspaper Association of America.

In the recent years, the Bozeman Daily Chronicle has adapted to keep up this trend. “Three years ago we were ‘digital now,’ last year was our 100 anniversary, and now we’re connecting in more ways than ever,” said Rachel Hergett, a Chronicle columnist. Continue reading “Chronicle follows trend in diversification”

From hops to beer: how it’s done

By JODI WILSON/Montana State News

Montanan’s love their beer, especially locally brewed India Pale Ales (IPAs).  Todd Scott, Owner of Bozeman Brewing  Co., said that his overall favorite part about brewing beer is, “Consuming it, of course.”

But what goes into the process of making these Montana-inspired drinks?  And how long can it take for a grain to be turned into a deliciously chilled brew?

“The entire process can take three weeks to three months from grain to glass depending on the beer type,” said Scott.

“The main ingredients in beer are water, barley, hops and yeast.  These four ingredients are really all you need to make a good beer,” said Sean Topin, brew master at Lewis and Clark Brewing in Helena. Continue reading “From hops to beer: how it’s done”

MSU four years into sustainability effort

By SUSAN ANDRUS/Montana State News

In 2008 former Montana State University president Geoffrey Gamble signed the American College and University President’s Climate Commitment. The commitment document calls for schools to first “initiate the development of a comprehensive plan to achieve climate neutrality as soon as possible.”

It also calls for schools to do at least two immediate things to reduce greenhouse gasses while the comprehensive plan is being developed and asks for the action plan, an inventory and periodic progress reports to be made public.

This document, also signed by current MSU president Waded Cruzado, is central to MSU’s efforts toward creating a sustainable university. It has led to the formation of a 19-member campus sustainability advisory council that meets monthly and the creation of the ASMSU Sustainability Center, as well as many improvements to buildings on campus and the addition of courses focusing on issues of sustainability and climate neutrality. According to the climate commitment’s 2010 annual report, MSU is one of 676 institutions in all 50 states that have made this commitment. Continue reading “MSU four years into sustainability effort”

Film was a watershed event for local fly fishing

By MATT RULE/Montana State News

A river, the sound of water flowing over rocks, an old man’s hands tying a fly to his line and narration from Norman Maclean’s novel “A River Runs Through It” changed our state forever.

The scene is the beginning of the film by the same name and the story of brothers, of Montana, of family and of fly-fishing.

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the film’s premiere. The film boosted the local fly-fishing and real estate industries, attracted tourists to Montana, and drew attention to the state’s beauty and beloved rivers. Continue reading “Film was a watershed event for local fly fishing”

Group introduces locals to ‘upcycling’

By MEGAN HIGGINS/Montana State News

This past January, Anne Hernandez and six Montana State University students established a new non-profit centered on a goal to empower the community through environmental awareness and contribution.

The Human Empowered Arts Program launched this objective during the organization’s debut during the Gallatin Earth Celebration on April 20 and 21.

Hernandez, an adjunct instructor in the College of Business at MSU, founded HEAP with the hopes of providing the community a means of instruction on how to recreate the everyday items that ultimately end up in the local landfill.

Hernandez created art from everyday materials like magazines and cardboard since she was a child. This passion established the basis for HEAP and inspired her to make “upcycling” readily available to anyone in the community. Continue reading “Group introduces locals to ‘upcycling’”

Carbon injection project advancing

By ANGIE FORD/Montana State News

The Big Sky Carbon Sequestration Partnership (BSCSP)—who are they and what are they after? “A balanced energy future.” Says Kathryn Watson, BSCSP’s outreach and communications director. There are many components to that goal, and Watson says that BSCSP’s part in that balanced energy future is referred to in the industry as “CCS” or carbon capture and sequestration.

What is BSCSP? Big Sky Carbon Sequestration Partnership is directed by Montana State University’s Energy Research Institute (ERI). ERI has 230 faculty, staff and students working on balanced energy solutions involving CCS, wind, biofuels, energy efficiency, solar and fuel cells. Continue reading “Carbon injection project advancing”

Lacrosse team logs its best season to date

By HALEY ANDERSON/Montana State News
Waking up at 6 a.m. to practice a sport you pay $1,500 annually to play, and traveling from Montana to Washington, to Colorado on weekends to play are all conditions that go along with being an MSU Lacrosse player.

These student-athletes have a commitment to each other to produce on the field and in the classroom and this season they have been accomplishing both set goals.

The MSU  Lacrosse team will attend the Rocky Mountain Lacrosse Conference (RMLC) Division II Conference Championships May 3, 4, and 5. By finishing conference play undefeated with a 4-0 record, the Cats earned a first round bye in the tournament and will play two games in hopes of winning the conference championship. Continue reading “Lacrosse team logs its best season to date”

Science used to tout six-day creation

By TRISTAN ABBOTT/Montana State News

The Montana Origins Research Effort (MORE) is not your typical research group. Based in Bozeman, the group is comprised of both scientists and every day folk who believe in a literal  six-day creation of the earth.

“The group was formed out of necessity,” says Esther Fishbaugh, one of the founders. “There were creation groups in Oregon and other places in the Northwest; it was time that there was a presence in Montana.”

Fishbaugh, who graduated with a degree in exercise physiology from MSU, says that the idea of creation science has received very little reception in the academic field.

The group is not based solely on religion, though, as scientific research plays an important role in their beliefs and fundamentals. Continue reading “Science used to tout six-day creation”

Queer-Straight Alliance withstands test of time

By MEGHAN O’NEAL/Montana State News

“We are the Queer-Straight Alliance, a student-run organization devoted to developing community, fostering education, and empowering action.”

And this is exactly what they do.

From its beginnings 30 years ago, QSA has worked to bring empowerment to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) community at MSU as well as spread awareness to the MSU population.

QSA does not stay within the borders of Montana State University, however. Numerous high schools and universities across the United States also support their own Queer-Straight Alliance, including the University of Montana. Continue reading “Queer-Straight Alliance withstands test of time”

Activists say circus animals are abused

By RANDI TYLER/Montana State News

Elephants standing on two feet, tigers jumping through rings of fire and bears dancing and riding bikes. Sound like a good show? Some would say no. Many animal rights activists are outraged over the treatment that these animals receive when working in the circus.

“The animals are not trained with kindness,” says Jill Beaver, a British Columbia, Canada, resident who tore down signs advertising the Jordan World Circus when it came to town. “You can’t go [to these shows] and pretend the animals are enjoying themselves.”

According to the Animal Rights Florida website, an undercover investigator caught elephant trainer Tim Frisco on film electro-shocking the elephants that he trained. The most popular training tool used on elephants is called the bullhook, which is a sharp, pointed hook that is used to jab the elephants in sensitive areas, sometimes making them bleed. Continue reading “Activists say circus animals are abused”

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