Celebrity excitement in the newsroom

A few of the staffers here in the newsroom are crazy about John Mayer, so when I typed “Bozeman” into the search box on social media tracking site Topsy today and these tweets turned up near the top, it elicited plenty of excitement. My friend Kristen with John Mayer & Katy Perry @ the Bozeman… Continue reading Celebrity excitement in the newsroom

A missed reporting opportunity

It must be sweeps week or close to it because the news stations in town are kicking it into high gear with special assignments and more reporting than normal.* My favorites: Who ends up paying for the county’s search and rescue operations? The answer, unsurprisingly: county taxpayers.) A local church speaks out about a handwritten… Continue reading A missed reporting opportunity

A chat with the star of Bozeman’s thunderstorm-tubing video

Saturday evening’s thunderstorm brought sheets of lashing rain to most of Bozeman, downing small branches, partially flooding city streets and making fools of those of us who left car windows open even a tiny crack. It also brought out the chroniclers among us. Many, many people took to the social networks during and after the… Continue reading A chat with the star of Bozeman’s thunderstorm-tubing video

Storify of June 29 thunderstorm in Bozeman

You know me. I like to make Storify stories of big stuff that gets people talking around Bozeman, and a big thunderstorm is no exception. So, without further ado, here’s my Storify of tonight’s big thunderstorm over the Gallatin Valley. [View the story “Thunderstorm over Bozeman – June 29” on Storify]

Did you know…?

A quick one-off post today: Did you know that Bozeman entrepreneur extraordinaire Greg Gianforte has had claim to the domain “bozeman.com” since 1995? Registry records show the site is registered to Bozeman Technology Incubator Inc., a company run by Gianforte to mentor Montana entrepreneurs. The administrative contact on the domain is a Thomas Jinneman at… Continue reading Did you know…?

Bozeman genetics company releasing free genome browser software

Bozeman-based Golden Helix, a genetics company, will release a piece of free software next week called [GenomeBrowse](http://www.goldenhelix.com/GenomeBrowse/index.html), a visual browser for the human genome. The company calls GenomeBrowse an “evolutionary leap in genome browser technology” combining a slick UI with a “robust, performance-driven backend.” I think this line is cute: >The marriage of these two… Continue reading Bozeman genetics company releasing free genome browser software

ICYMI: Montana State has strong social media kung-fu

Reporter Gail Schontzler filed this story a few days ago, after MSU’s assistant director of Web communications, Jake Dolan, made a presentation to the University Council on all the ways the university is using social networks to keep up with students and to keep in touch with potential students.

Montana Secretary of State launches site to streamline election law violation reports

Update: Terri McCoy called over the weekend to clarify one issue about the complaints received from the 2010 reporting program. I wrote that 45 submissions lacked enough info for the secretary of state’s office to follow up on. McCoy wanted it to be known that the office did follow up on all of those complaints… Continue reading Montana Secretary of State launches site to streamline election law violation reports

The Web goes mobile and parks itself in Bozeman

Where I come from, WoW stands for World of Warcraft, but apparently the good people of Missoula County now say it stands for Web on Wheels, a bus loaded up with Web-linked computers that travels the rural parts of the county. The bus, a new branch of the Missoula Public Library, will be in Bozeman… Continue reading The Web goes mobile and parks itself in Bozeman