Naming names in Bridger Creek

For the past two days, the newsroom has been talking about the lawsuit threatened by residents in the Bridger Creek subdivision, which is located next to the old city landfill. The claimants — seven people so far — want the city to pay each of their four households around $3 million to compensate them for… Continue reading Naming names in Bridger Creek

Ohio lawsuit stops websites from charging to remove mugshots

A settlement in a federal lawsuit in Ohio means two websites can no longer charge people to remove mugshots from the sites, according to the Associated Press. Not all mugshot sites are bound by the settlement. Only BustedMugshots.com and MugshotsOnline.com were named in the suit. The AP reports that a number of states have similar… Continue reading Ohio lawsuit stops websites from charging to remove mugshots

Six days a week

As a company, we found out just a few days before the rest of the state did that the Chronicle would be dropping its Monday print edition. It’s a bad situation and a severe prick to our pride as a daily newspaper — one made worse by the fact that a press breakdown delayed Sunday’s… Continue reading Six days a week

Concerning the threatened protests at Bozeman High and MSU

I was somewhat disappointed that the paper covered the announcement from the Westboro Baptist Church that its members plan to picket at Bozeman High School and Montana State University in early September. After all, the church’s members have promised to show up here before and have consistently failed to do so. The likelihood that anyone… Continue reading Concerning the threatened protests at Bozeman High and MSU

Distractions versus digressions

On Sunday, the front page of the print edition was caught in one of its own limitations. News of Edward Snowden’s departure from Hong Kong broke overnight in the U.S., too late for physical newspapers like ours to catch the news — you know, because there comes a time we actually have to declare the… Continue reading Distractions versus digressions

Award winning

At the Montana Newspaper Association banquet this weekend in Missoula, the judges saw fit to name this site Best Blog of 2012. I’m honored to have won the award and thrilled to have beaten out Billings Gazette blogs, which finished second and third in the category. I like to jab the Gazette when I can… Continue reading Award winning

Restaurant inspection reports an opportunity for data journalism

It’s been a while since the last update on this blog that had anything to do with what I’m working on at the BDC, so here’s the big update. Business Journal editor Jason Bacaj, in this month’s issue [(pageflip-style)](http://www.bozemandailychronicle.com/app/special_sections/business_journal_052813/), [analyzed restaurant inspection forms](http://www.bozemandailychronicle.com/business/article_5f6b94a6-c7ad-11e2-a60e-0019bb2963f4.html) for the past year and a half from the Gallatin City-County Health… Continue reading Restaurant inspection reports an opportunity for data journalism

A tale of two Twitter accounts

If you are a Twitter user in Bozeman, there is a good chance you have followed an account called [@bznpolicereport](http://www.twitter.com/bznpolicereport). The account posts the infamous Bozeman police reports. Its description: “Funny police reports from Bozeman, Montana. If you like these, take a look at the book” and then provides the URL for [the page to… Continue reading A tale of two Twitter accounts