Western writer puts down roots in Boston

By SAMANTHA SUNDLY/Montana State News

Jeremy Soldevilla is a Western writer living in Boston, Massachusetts. He’s a lover of alpacas, horseback riding and the powdery slopes Bridger Bowl, and his two thriller novels highlight the beauty and mysteriousness of the Rocky Mountains, where Soldevilla lived and worked for several years.

Soldevilla ran the Silver Forest Inn Bed and Breakfast on Bridger Canyon Road for two years, even though his initial desire in moving west was to work on a dude ranch. Soldevilla had been working for over thirty years with various publishing companies in Boston, and needed a change of pace in order to focus on writing his novel.

In Soldevilla’s time here in the Gallatin Valley, he has left a lasting legacy for writers and publishers. After the bed and breakfast proved unprofitable and he was struggling to publish his first book, Soldevilla and his wife moved to Belgrade where in 2011, he founded two publishing companies: Christopher Matthews Publishing and Soul Fire Press. Continue reading “Western writer puts down roots in Boston”

Website the latest chapter in news career

By JORDAN SPARR/Montana State News

Interviewing a journalist with as much experience as Ed Kemmick proved itself to be much more intimidating in anticipation than in action. Looking through Kemmick’s own Last Best News website, I called him with a bit of an apprehension. As the other line picked up, I was greeted with a hello, and I found that Ed Kemmick, as a true professional, knew how to be an interviewee to an inexperienced interviewer.

As we spoke of Kemmick’s past and experience as a journalist in Montana and Minnesota, one fact was made abundantly clear. He is a man who not only knows who he is and does what he wants, but also goes with the flow and knows how to take advantage of an opportunity.

Recounting how he came incredibly close to earning an actual degree, Kemmick told me that he went to the University of Montana for journalism, and all during one of the last few weeks of his final senior semester he had his daughter, got his first real reporting job, and experienced the eruption of Mt. Saint Helens. He figured he had learned what he needed to and decided that he was prepared and ready to start his career. Continue reading “Website the latest chapter in news career”

Whimsical choice leads to love of physics

By CHELSEA ANDERSON/Montana State News

“The really great thing about Kyle, is that he’s a self-sufficient researcher, you give him an outline of a project and he’s able to puzzle through the rest on his own. That’s a really unique quality in an undergraduate, and something you need to be able to do in order to make it in this field.”

– Rufus Cone, chief faculty for MSU optical technology center

If you spend any time with the physics department at MSU, chances are that you know the tall, red-bearded undergraduate, Kyle Olson. Olson has a large presence in the physics department, from the grade-wide study group he is a part of, to the research he does in Rufus Cone’s optics lab. Olson’s involvement in the department comes from his love and appreciation of the field, “I love physics, the science has a really interesting and fundamental way of looking at problems that just makes sense to me.”

When applying to come to school at MSU Olson picked physics on a whim, “When I came to orientation, I actually didn’t remember what I had signed up for as a major, I had to check my packet to see which department I was supposed to visit.”

Since his advent into the study though, he has never wavered. Continue reading “Whimsical choice leads to love of physics”

Once quiet kid now a Marine war veteran

By MERRIT GEARY/Montana State News  

I don’t think war when I look at Kyle Wyatt. I don’t think of the Marine Corps. I don’t think of a war veteran. I don’t even really see a hardened Marine. I see a 23-year-old college student who started late and works random shifts at the Montana State Gym as a lifeguard. I talk to Kyle Wyatt, though, and I see a Marine. I see it all even if he doesn’t say it all.

Kyle was always a quiet kid. He never really played any sports, cause any mischief or even have his first sip of alcohol until he was well into his career with the Marine Corps. He liked Xbox and silence when he was in high school. His seasons were never filled with sports, and he rarely found himself enjoying school. He liked it this way.

Kyle is a tall guy, with sandy brown hair. He wears solid color clothing, earth tones. He looks like he doesn’t really try to look any type of way. He has a long figure, tall. He smiles like he doesn’t know what else to do. There’s a lot Kyle doesn’t share but you can tell he likes it that way.   Continue reading “Once quiet kid now a Marine war veteran”

Saudi pursues a degree in physics at MSU

By SARAH SNEBOLD / Montana State News

If you frequent the Montana State University library or take an Arabic course, chances are you know Bandar Alotibi. The senior in chemical engineering can be found with an entourage in tow, laughing and studying in the back corner of the library.

The challenge of pursuing a college degree at a university abroad would be daunting to most, but Alotibi smiles and speaks nonchalantly about the transition from Saudi Arabia to the United States. Alotibi joined Montana State University in 2013 and spent his first year at the English institute in Culbertson Hall.

He had the option to study in Canada, Australia, New Zealand or the United States. He came to the U.S. because he, “wanted to study abroad, have a new challenge and a new environment. The U.S. has the future I want with open-minded people and a good engineering school.“ Alotibi grew up in a small town, so he wanted to be in a similar size here. He also heard from his father’s friends that MSU was a good engineering school. Continue reading “Saudi pursues a degree in physics at MSU”

Twists of fate lead to career in photography

By MICHELLE BURGER/Montana State News

Pancreatic cancer took Ben Reed’s boss shortly after learning the terrible news. Reed had to take over both his work and his bosses, without notice. His first instinct was to take regain control.30028-293881-stover-tim-feb-17-2017-909-am-profilepicture2

“They wouldn’t let me take a vacation,” Reed said about the stress and agony of what he endured those years before quitting the job at CMC as a rebar estimator. Night after night of sleeping in his office on and off for two years, Reed had enough.

Life struck again, this time in the form of a car accident. Reed was hit head on in a collision with a truck. He seemed to tense up when questioned further about the event.  Reed avoided discussing it deeper and dove into his path to photography school.

You can hear his North Carolina accent when he talks. Originally from the outer banks of North Carolina, Reed grew up surfing and developed a strong Southern accent mixed in with trace amounts of surfer lingo that persists, regardless of where he goes. Continue reading “Twists of fate lead to career in photography”

Moratorium on vacation rentals extended

By TYLER BARTON/Montana State News

Six months ago, Bozeman commissioners passed an ordinance aimed at limiting short-term, Airbnb-style rental homes in low-density residential areas. This came as a response to multiple concerns by Bozeman residents about the impact short-term rental houses have on the character of a neighborhood such as traffic and late-night noise.

The ordinance was originally set to expire on Feb. 8, but was extended yesterday by the five-person commission for another six months.

The short-term ordinance puts a halt on issuing the permits that are technically required to operate short-term rentals in some neighborhoods. However, the number of listings on sites such as Airbnb suggests that there are many unlicensed rental homes flying under the radar.

The ordinance has been described as a temporary measure meant to provide the new Planning Director Marty Matsen and the City Commission time to figure out what a permanent solution would look like. Continue reading “Moratorium on vacation rentals extended”

Affected student copes with Trump proposal

By BAY STEPHENS/Montana State News

Signs appeared near the edges of campus last week reading “Saudi Students Belong Here” and “Muslim Students Belong Here” in response to President Trump’s travel ban. The ban has changed the climate of studying in the United States for students from the affected countries.

Ahmed Naji, a junior from Libya studying computer science, is one of 21 MSU students affected by the ban. Naji came to Montana in 2014 and has not seen his father since. The plan was for him to visit his son this spring but now, Naji said, “It seems that it’s not going to happen.”

Though less than ideal, Naji’s experience is not as bad as it could be. Thanks to active efforts by students and staff, he is able to say, “I feel safe on campus.” This isn’t as true off campus because he’s not sure how people are reacting to those of his background. Continue reading “Affected student copes with Trump proposal”

At MSU, opinions differ on Trump travel ban

By JACKSON NOLDE/Montana State News

“I feel that people’s attitudes changed and more confident to be racist.”  This came from a student studying at Montana State University from Libya, one of the countries targeted by the travel ban by President Trump’s executive order against seven predominantly Muslim nations.

According to The White House on Friday Jan. 27, President Trump signed an executive order to keep people from entering the United States for 120 days from seven predominantly Muslim nations.   Trump apparently never ran the order by the Justice Department.  Homeland Security officials weren’t given much guidance on how the order would be implemented resulting in confusion and chaos.

Some people feel that the order is a good thing, for national security.  One such student said, “If banning Muslim majority countries for three months will help protect our country from terrorism.”

Other students feel differently towards this executive order. “I feel so bad that they are being singled out just because some sick individual deems it national security to ban a particular group of people,” another student said.  Continue reading “At MSU, opinions differ on Trump travel ban”

Activists push for sanctuary city status

By CHELSEA ANDERSON/Montana State News

A large group of Bozeman citizens spoke out Monday at the city commissioners meeting with an ordinance proposing to make Bozeman a sanctuary city which, if adopted, could result in a lack of federal funding for the city.

The group made an unscheduled presentation at the commissioners’ meeting involving several testimonies from immigrants or children of immigrants who argued in favor of immigration. One gentleman spoke, saying “[my parents] as well as other immigrants have enriched this country and living in Bozeman for the last 21 years, I have felt like this city is a sanctuary.”

In their written resolution to make Bozeman a sanctuary city, the group stated: “the city of Bozeman has long been a community made up of diverse individuals and identities […] and the city of Bozeman respects all persons regardless of race, class, gender, ethnicity, ability, sexual orientation or immigration status.” Continue reading “Activists push for sanctuary city status”

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