Sep 27

Beginner bird walk offers new species each month

Story and photos by RICK ROWAN Every third Saturday at Lee Metcalf Wildlife Refuge in the Bitterroot Valley, members of the Five Valleys Audubon Society assist aspiring birders to spot coots, widgeons, gadwalls and scores of other waterfowl. The beginner bird walk highlights the avian activity in the large ponds surrounding the visitor center at […]

Jun 30

Creating a movement toward health: Blackfeet tribal member brings together generations

Story by RACHEL CRISP PHILIPS for Montana 55 Alger Swingley is a hard worker. With his job as an outfitter, he’s always done plenty of hiking and guiding across the great Montana outdoors. So when he was asked to start a Blackfeet team for the Montana Spartan Beast Race in 2015, as he neared 60 […]

Jan 18

A ‘Flawless Pianist’

Woman returns to UM in her retirement Story by Lucy Beighle, for Montana 55 Photos by Tyler Wilson, for Montana 55 One of Barbara Blegen’s earliest memories is running around the University Theatre (now known as the Dennison Theatre) at the University of Montana, at the age of 6 or 7. Her mother, Dorothy Anderson […]

Oct 14

Books Worth Reading and Giving

by Barbara Theroux In the fall as the temperatures change, life tends to seek routines. Visitors are gone, lake houses are closed, classes begin and hopefully your favorite reading chair awaits. This fall there are several fascinating books that could also make great gifts. Many books celebrate the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service. […]

Oct 14

In Fall, We Get Montana’s Jewels to Ourselves

By Rob Chaney They call Chicago the “City of the Big Shoulders,” but Montana has the Big Shoulder Season. Hordes of tourists jam Big Sky Country during the peak months of July and August, overfilling campgrounds and turning scenic drives into asphalt slogs. Few realize that September and October offer Montana’s prime time. The bugs […]

Oct 14

Rhythm of Life: A Dancer’s Story

by Zach Benoit Larry Stanfel stood on the balls of his feet with his arms stretched overhead, his gaze locked forward and his neck and back straight, seemingly pointing toward the ground under his feet at the Montana Dance Center in Billings. With the tinkling of classical piano music in the background, he held the […]

Aug 4

How Does Your Garden Grow?

by Dominic Farrenkopf for Montana 55 “All the names I know from nurse: Gardener’s garters, Shepherd’s purse, Bachelor’s buttons, Lady’s smock, And the Lady Hollyhock.” This opening stanza of Robert Louis Stevenson’s poem, “The Flowers,” speaks to the heart of flower gardeners as they lovingly care for their plants. They know them all by name […]

Aug 3

More Fun Than Anyone

by Jenny Montgomery for Montana 55 Photos by Kurt Wilson, Missoulian When she first saw it in 2011, Andria Beers’ vintage trailer was in a sorry state. Glimpsed from the road in East Missoula, it looked promising with its post-war, aircraft-style aluminum construction. But could it be brought back to life? As it turned out, […]

Aug 3

Enjoy the Ride

by Dominic Farrenkopf for Montana 55 As bike trails expand throughout Montana, so too does the number of cyclists. One of the largest growing groups of those taking to the bike are riders older than 55. Annie Creighton, of Valley Bicycles and Ski in Hamilton, said she has many clients older than 55, and that […]

Aug 3

Never Too Old

by Tom Kuglin, Independent Record Retirement for many people means kicking back and relaxing, but when John Burnside sold his Meineke Car Care Center in Helena last December, he decided to spend part of his golden years bicycling across the country. John, 75, recently completed a 2,700-mile bike ride from the Pacific to Atlantic, which […]