• Sunset over Mount Harding near Ronan, by John D. Harwood

      Sunset over Mount Harding near Ronan, by John D. Harwood

    • The foothills of the Bridger Mountains, by Mark LaRowe.

      The foothills of the Bridger Mountains, by Mark LaRowe.

    • A red barn near Ronan, by Robin Hao Gonzalez.

      A red barn near Ronan, by Robin Hao Gonzalez.

    • The North Shore Trail from the Ryan Dam near Great Falls, by Alfonso Martinez.

      The North Shore Trail from the Ryan Dam near Great Falls, by Alfonso Martinez.

    • The viewing center pond at the Lee Metcalf Wildlife Refuge, by B In the Bitterroot Photography.

      The viewing center pond at the Lee Metcalf Wildlife Refuge, by B In the Bitterroot Photography.

    2013 MT winter scenes: The best of our reader submitted photos

    Believe it or not it’s almost 2014.

    We did a quick look back from some of our favorite 2013 reader submitted photos (posted to our Facebook page) and – of course – found more than a few amazing shots. 

    As we head into 2014, here are some of the awesome shots shared with us. Big thanks to all our reader contributors, especially, Mark LaRowe (pink sunset), John D. Harwood (foothills of the Bridgers),  Robin Hao Gonzalez (red barn), Alfonso Martinez (Ryan Dam near Great Falls), and B in the Bitterroot Photography (Lee Metcalf viewing pond).

    From the Montana Magazine Team – Happy New Year!! 

  • Introducing the new MontanaMagazine.com

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    Check it out! Our new website went live Wednesday. We created a new template (featuring our favorite buffalo from the cover of the Nov/Dec issue), new look and added a bunch of new features we’ll flush out as we continue working to make it a place all about Montana.

    You’ll find the popular Reader Submitted Photos section (under the “MT Journal” tab) and a preview of all the feature stories from our Nov/Dec issue.

    You can take a look at our content (and a bunch of online extras we’ve got in the works) and get a feel for the magazine. Learn more about Montana or more about the team that makes the magazine happen.

    I’m most excited about the MT Journal blog – where we’ll feature content and online extras for you to enjoy during gaps between print issues.

    Several sections remain under construction. Most notable perhaps is the subscription portion.

    We’re working on the back end to get the online subscription forms up and running. It will be soon. In the meantime, give us a call or email us to get your subscription started.

    We’ve got a lot more planned for our new site – a great resource for all our fans in this digital age.

    Happy exploring!

    – Jenna


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  • A look into the future

    The Roockwood Speakeasy. By Lisa WarehamWhat will 2014 bring to MT Magazine?

    We’ve got some good things cooking at MT Magazine as we head into 2014.

    Our transition for Helena headquarters to Missoula is complete and planning for the next six issues is in full swing. (A year can go by pretty quickly when you break it up into 6 chunks!)

    We’re already working to get the January/February issue ready – it’s due to the printer by Dec. 13. Megan, our amazing art director, is the one who puts all the pages together for us.

    She’s working hard on that now and take it from me, it’s looking good.

    Our first issue will feature several stories from everyone’s favorite Montana city, Butte (one of my favorites at least).

    Ever visited the Rookwood Speakeasy? It’s a long lost bar that was abandoned during a Prohibition raid by the federal government. Patrons left their hats and coats there in the chaos.

    More than 70 years later, the speakeasy was uncovered – the poker chips were still on the table.

    Now, it’s a part of a historical tour of Butte.

    We’ve also got a review of the book “Empty Mansions,” about the mysterious life of Huguette Clark. Her fortune was worth millions thanks to her copper king father, W.A. Clark, yet she lived for the last several decades of her life inside a lone room at a New York City hospital.

    As for later issues, we’ve got some really cool things planned. Ever heard of Casey Anderson or his bear Brutus? Know anything about sugar beets? (Hint: its one of the biggest crops that comes to Billings to be processed).

    Our May/June issue will feature stories from Central Montana. Our July/August issue will focus on Glacier Country.

    But that’s still a ways out. Stay tuned for more…

  • Quaking Aspens: The Gold Star of Montana’s Autumns

    By Judith Steninger  |  Photos by Jason Savage

    Thank the petiole, that disproportionately long, atypical flat stalk connecting the leaf of a quaking aspen to the stem. Because of it, not only the leaves tremble but also our emotions when we behold great groves of aspen fluttering shades of green in the summer and variations of gold in the fall. As the dominant deciduous tree in many areas, they distinguish themselves flamboyantly from the abundance of always green conifers.The beautiful and functional tree whose Latin name is Populous tremuloides can be found throughout Montana. The aspen is further differentiated as small tooth, because the one- to three-inch, heart-shaped to slightly round leaves have finely serrated edges. Montana’s collection was noted first by explorer Meriwether Lewis on July 20, 1805, near today’s Tosten. He spelled the trees’ name aspin.

    To read more about Montana’s gold star of autumn, find this issue on newsstands now. To read more about Montana all year, subscribe now.

  • Pilots and Paws


    Nine Labrador retriever puppies only eight weeks old yipped and barked, their yelps melding into the engine-rumble of a Cessna 182 awaiting them under afternoon skies at Logan International Airport in Billings. They regarded pilot Jerry Cain, chocolate-blue eyes peering as he loaded their crates into his plane. Moments later, the pups and Jerry were airborne.

    The flight was originally planned for transport from Billings to Missoula, but this Pilots N Paws (PNP) mission in January had fallen behind schedule, and approaching darkness necessitated landing at the Lincoln Airport (S69). From there, Jerry drove the puppies to his nearby Smiling Gulch Ranch. Ground transport volunteers arrived an hour later to continue the mission. Jerry handed off the pups to them, thereby concluding his segment of another PNP mission.

    To learn more about the Pilots and Paws mission, find this issues on newsstands now. To read more about Montana all year, subscribe now. 

  • Rodeo Legende Alice Greenough Orr


    In 1919, at the Forsyth rodeo in Rosebud County, a handful of rodeo cowboys dared 17-year-old Alice Greenough to ride one of the show’s bucking broncs.“They brought over a gray bronc and saddled him and turned me loose in front of the grandstand,” she wrote. “I didn’t buck off.”That was the beginning. Before she was finished, Greenough won several bronc-riding world titles, had been named one of the “100 most influential Montanans,” had been inducted into the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame in Fort Worth, Texas, where she was one of the first three inductees, and in 2010 the Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame, and had been chosen by Sports Illustrated as Montana’s top woman athlete.She had become, as was said of her at her Montana Hall induction, “hands down the Queen of Rodeo.”

    To read more about the Queen of Rodeo Alice Greenough Orr, find this issue on newsstands now. To read more about Montana all year, subscribe now.

  • Architect Randy Hafer: Saving Montana’s Cities

    By Carol Bradley  |  Photo by Randy Hafar

    One afternoon this fall, workers were knocking out old walls and strategizing how to build “snugs” – semi-private seating areas – in the Arvon Building, a one-time opera house and hotel on First Avenue South in Great Falls. The finished project will boast a restaurant on the first floor, a European-style hotel on the second, and, in the basement, a wine cellar for customers – a gleaming showcase of old and new.

    Architect Randy Hafer is largely the one to thank. Over the last 12 years, Hafer has developed a niche for realizing the potential in turn-of-the-century eyesores that long sat empty or were “goobered up,” to steal his phrase, with newer out-of-character façades.

    Dressed in his signature blue jeans and scuffed boots and wearing what borders on a handlebar mustache, Hafer, 59, even looks the part of a preservation cowboy. He’s not afraid of taking a few risks to save the old wood and brick buildings that capture Montana’s past. In the process, he’s adding new life to downtowns, helping reinstate the civic sense the older buildings bring.

    “There’s a conversation between these buildings, and there’s a scale and a character and a kind of richness and variety” – the very ingredients that make being on that street a pleasant experience, Hafer said.

    To read the rest of the story on Hafer’s restoration work, find this issue on newsstands now. To read more about Montana all year, subscribe now.

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