Longmire’s Craig Johnson

Author weaves his crime drama novels in the hills of Ucross Wyoming Not far from the “T” in the road that leads you to Buffalo, Wyoming, off US 16 East, author Craig Johnson’s log-cabin home sits nestled among foothills of the commanding Big Horn Mountains. It’s one of the most picturesque of backdrops. Cattle roam…

Baking Up Love

Christine Burley, Jilan Johnson & Joanie Swords Today I needed a bite of comfort. I am sitting at a table by the front window of Harper and Madison as the warm sun streams in. With headphones on, I am listening, by pure coincidence, to jazz guitarist Chris Standring play “Have Your Cake and Eat It”…

One Man’s Trash…

SCRaP lets creativity flourish You’ve likely heard this one before: One person’s trash is another person’s treasure. Tami Zemliska knows this to be true. “It is that simple,” she says. “I can love an old milk can that has ‘Dalhart, Texas’ on it because I have a connection to it. That line between junk and…

All Wrapped Up

Original Art Adorns Downtown Utility Boxes When Natasha Potratz glanced at all the drab, gray-green utility boxes scattered around the downtown landscape, it sparked an idea. Instead of just letting these boxes fade into the background, she saw a way to shine a spotlight on area artists and make their work public in the city’s…

Setting the Stage for Art

Billings Open Studio gives artists a space to create In a downtown Billings parking lot adjacent to the Babcock Theatre, an accidental conversation is brewing. Gallery owner Zach Terakedis has just run into Ted Kim, the operator of Billings Open Studio (BOS). Kim is just arriving to meet artist and photographer Brooke Moore, who is…

Vintage Style

Sherry Daly takes fashion back in time With a little imagination, each garment on the racks at Montana Vintage Clothing will tell a story. That gauzy, mauve shift dress from the 1920s might have been worn to a dance at the old Northern Hotel, or maybe it was worn to one of Billings speakeasies. That…

Finding Treasure in the Magic City

It’s as easy as an afternoon walk After this past winter, you’re probably craving a change of scenery — maybe a trip to an exotic city where you’re blessed with a whiff of warmth and wonder, novelty and nuance. Imagine yourself admiring the beauty of baguettes and boules lit by a shard of sunshine piercing…

Front Row Seat to Change

From Billings to the United Nations Commission for the Status of Women “This is such an exciting and pivotal time to be a woman,” Sienna Miller, activist and actress, told the crowd gathered at the United Nations building in the heart of New York City. Renee Coppock and I were in the audience representing the Zonta Club of…

It’s Sandal Season!

6 Sassy & Stylish Summer Ready Looks The countdown is over and sandal season — a season we live for — is finally here. So bring those tootsies out of hibernation, pamper them with a pedicure and then embrace the warmer weather and the trendiest looks with one (or more) of these stylish sandals. ROSE’…

Be Social. Live Local.

Go Unite brings the spice to an otherwise average night out on the town What’ll you have? The usual. When it comes to a night out, does it go something like this? Drinks at the usual neighborhood hangout, dinner at one of your usual tried-and-true restaurants. Maybe follow it with a movie, or just head…

Healing to the Beat

Brooke Wagner brings the sounds of music to Billings pediatric patients On a quiet morning in St. Vincent Healthcare’s neo-natal intensive care unit, monitors beep, keeping a digital eye on some of Billings’ tiniest residents. In a peaceful corner, Kim Strand sits, cuddling her 19-day-old granddaughter, Freya. The tiny little girl had a rough entry…

Songwriters in the Spotlight

The streets of Red Lodge come alive with music In college, Michelle Rivers wrote what she thought was just a silly little love song about that cautious, curious, in-between time in a relationship when it looks like friendship might evolve into romance. She bared her 20-something soul in “Falling for You,” with a line that…

Meet Tara

A sporty & smart teen longing for a ‘Forever Family’ With a sparkle in her eye, it doesn’t take long to realize that 14-year-old Tara has spunk and drive. She’s also a kid who wears her heart on her sleeve. As one of nine kids, this teen is currently living in a group home, hoping…

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