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  • BURN BAN - effective 8/5/14
    Posted on: 2014-08-04
    Attention Canyon Residents,

    Due to drier conditions, I am initiating a burn ban effective 8am Tuesday, August 5th until further notice. This ban supersedes any burn permits that may have been obtained by the county.
    Please stay vigilant for fire activity and notify 911 when such activity is observed.
    Thank you,
    Perry Shane
    Bridger Canyon Fire Chief
  • BCRFD Tab Back soon
    Posted on: 2014-07-01
    BCRFD Auxiliary Mission Statement: The Bridger Canyon Rural Fire Department Auxiliary is made up of men and women of all ages whose mission is to support and assist the BCRFD and the BCRFD district. We will assist in furnishing food and supplies to the BCRFD personnel and other volunteers during fires and natural disasters in Bridger Canyon. We will facilitate, help maintain and raise funds for the BCRFD and the BC Community Center & Training Center.

    BCRFD/Community Center - 8081 Bridger Canyon Road 587-4426 website is www.bridgercanyonfire.org.
  • Road Clean Up - Plus
    Posted on: 2014-06-10
    Calling all Queens of the Highway! It's that time of the year again- we can see all the beer cans sprouting in the ditches. Let's get the road cleaned up before the pancake breakfast. We'll meet on Wed. June 18th at 10 am at the schoolhouse. Bring gloves and wear good shoes-we're hoping the ditches are dry, but you never know. I'll have water, bags, safety vests and treats. Hope to have a great crew like last year.
    dawnp718@gmail.com 0r 582-4947

     Saturday, June 14, 2014 Work Day at the BCRFD 8:00AM to 12:00 Noon
    We are readying the station for the annual BCRFD Pancake breakfast. So please carve out a few hours to help on this day. All kinds of work to do. Inside and out. Arm yourself with your tools of trade and join the community in an effort to make the BCRFD spotless for this fun event.

     Quilt Raffle at the Pancake Breakfast
    We still have tickets to sell for this lovely quilt. So please contact Pauline Sager.
    The Bridger Canyon Rural Fire District Auxiliary is holding a raffle to raise funds for the BCRFD. The raffle is a quilt. Tickets are $10 and may be obtained from Pauline Sager. Please call her at 406-585-8554. The drawing will be held on Saturday June 21, 2014 at the Fire Department Auxiliary pancake breakfast to be held in the Community Room at the Fire Department at 8081 Bridger Canyon Road, Bozeman, MT 59715 on June 21, 2014. A maximum of 120 tickets will be sold. No ticket sales will be conducted over the internet.
    Pinwheel - Love the colors – certainly Montana Colors
  • 3 topics on June 4
    Posted on: 2014-06-04
    Hi neighbors –

    Reminder – tomorrow (June 5th) there’s a hearing regarding a zoning amendment to permit parking expansion at Bridger Bowl. Details at
    http://bczoning.wordpress.com/2014/05/05/bridger-bowls-draft-parking-amendment/
    Comments should be delivered in person at the courthouse (hearing starts at 9am), or to planning@gallatin.mt.gov in advance.

    There will be a hearing on cell towers on the 19th.
    Status: http://bczoning.wordpress.com/2014/05/08/cell-tower-hearing-outcome/
    Revised regulation: http://bczoning.wordpress.com/2014/06/04/revised-cell-tower-regulation/

    The Lazy J (Taylor property), occupying 5665 acres in the heart of Bridger Canyon, has evidently been sold. http://www.swanlandco.com/properties/lazy-j-ranch Thanks to Colleen Carnine for the tip.

    Tom Fiddaman
    BCPOA
  • BCRFD Auxiliary Garage Sale Report
    Posted on: 2014-05-19
    See the BCRFD tab.
  • PANCAKE BREAKFAST JUNE 21
    Posted on: 2014-05-19
    Bridger Canyon Fire House
    7:30—11:30 a.m.
    Annual Event
    Pancakes, Eggs, Sausage
    Art Show and Sale by local Bridger Canyon Artists .
    Quilt Raffle /
    Activities for Kids /
    Opened to ALL
  • CORK 'N FORK and CANYON PICNIC
    Posted on: 2014-05-19
    Club news:
    Cork and Fork will host their season’s summer d’oeuvre party at Susie Fleets, 2015 Knaab Hill Rd [near the hospital] on June 22nd at 5:00. This event is opened to ALL BCWC members and their spouses and not just the Cork’ N Fork members. I am sure you will be hearing from that committee.

    Summer Canyon Picnic - Sunday, Sept. 7
    The Women’s Club will provide hams and little rolls. The whole canyon is invited to bring a pot luck dish. We are hoping to continue to hold the picnics at Bridger Bowl the first Sunday after Labor Day. If people get minimally involved, there is a maximum effect. Reach out to one another, lend a hand, make a call.
  • BRIDGER BIATHLON CLUB and CABINETS
    Posted on: 2014-05-19
    Bridger Biathlon Club is a non profit community organization promoting athletic achievement and the values of healthy living for all ages and abilities through recreational and competitive biathlon.” Bohart Ranch is to be the main venue and is in need of a major overhaul in order to build the new club and hopefully host the 2015 summer National Biathlon Championships. Give Carol Smith a call and find out more!

    Community Center Storage Closets are framed as of this writing. Carpenters, Bobby Rasmus and Charlie Hager were on hold until after the garage sale. Anyone interested in volunteering to stain and paint?
  • BCRFD Trustees - Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at 6:00 PM
    Posted on: 2014-05-10
    AGENDA
    Bridger Canyon Rural Fire District
    Meeting of the Board of Trustees
    Meeting Date: Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at 6:00 PM
    Meeting Place: Bridger Canyon Fire Dept., Community Room

    Agenda Items:
    Call to Order Approval of Agenda
    Update on Board elections, introduction of the new board members and update of the recall and recount
    Revision to Agenda format to move Public comment to each Agenda item prior to motion, discussion and action by the Board
    Approval of Minutes from previous meeting Treasurer’s report
    Approval of the annual budget
    Chief’s Report and updates
    OLD BUSINESS
    NEW BUSINESS
    Public Comment on issues not on agenda, but withi n the jurisdiction of the Board (3 min limit)
    To be assured of full attendance of the Board as appointment of Officers will be held, the next regular meeti ng of the Board will be held Monday June 16, 2014.

    Adjourn
  • GARAGE SALE - MAY 17
    Posted on: 2014-05-09

    The BCRFD Auxiliary is sponsoring a BCRFD Garage sale to benefit our Fire Department

    May 15, 2014 2:00PM to 6:00PM BCRFD Garage Sale Donation Drop off Community Room

    May 16, 2014 9:00AM to 4:00PM BCRFD Garage Sale Donation Drop off Community Room

    May 17, 2014 8:00AM to 1:00PM BCRFD Garage Sale Community Room

    May 18, 2014 10:00 to 1:00 Clean up
  • Fire Dept. awarded Advanced Life Support Authorization
    Posted on: 2014-04-29
    Bridger Canyon Fire Department announced today Montana State licensing to provide Advanced Life Support (ALS) services in Bridger Canyon has been approved. This ALS Authorization builds on the Fire Department's previously existing Basic Life Support Authorization. The department would like to thank Dr Eric Lowe, Medical Director for AMR, and Luke Szymanski for his assistance in helping achieve this new status. This will enable our new Paramedic to provide more advanced medical services to district residents than ever before, such starting IVs, and administering certain medications without having to wait on AMR to arrive. This service will be up and running within the next 2 weeks. This is a result of two months of work by members of the Department and volunteer staff to meet the State qualifications.

    Canyon Residents are encouraged to contact the Department for further clarification of the Advanced Life Support Authorization.
  • FLASHING SAFETY LIGHTS
    Posted on: 2014-04-21
    Flashing Safety Lights Installing at Bridger Canyon Fire Station

    Community persistence and a creative approach by Montana Department of Transportation have paid off for all those who drive Bridger Canyon with the pending installation of new flashing safety signs at the approaches to the Bridger Canyon Fire Station. Over the years there have been several close calls as fire engines entered and exited the station, due in part to the limited line of sight to the south of the station.

    MDT staff from the Butte office were willing to revisit the problem, which had eluded solution for years, with new ideas and technology, working with local citizens and members of the BCVFD Trustees. The new solar charged lights will be radio controlled from the Fire Station and the cabs of Fire Department vehicles. The signs will be located in roughly the same locations as the old, unlighted caution signs. On departure or arrival, the driver simply flips a switch and the lights come on to warn drivers on Hiway 86 to watch for the heavy engines entering and departing.

    Watch for work crews in the region in the next six weeks as the new light system is installed.

    Released 4/21/14 by Mike Conn
  • KATHERINE 'KAY' SMITH BERGSLAND
    Posted on: 2014-04-12
    Katherine 'Kay' Smith Bergsland, 79, of Bozeman, passed away Thursday April 10, 2014 due to interstitial lung disease. Kay was born in Evanston, Ill., to Robert Dawes Smith and Jeanne (Davis) Smith. She earned a BA in Education from Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., and a Masters in Special Education from University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse.
    Kay married Tom Bergsland on Sept. 7, 1957. In her career, she worked as a teacher in Evanston, Ill., LaCrosse, Wisc., and Rochester, Minn., as well as at the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse. Subsequently, along with her husband Tom, she owned and managed Elektro Assemblies, Inc. in Rochester, Minn.
    Kay was an avid volunteer and gave back to the community through work with the Intermountain Opera, BCRFD Auxiliary, and as a Child Advancement Project (CAP) mentor in Bozeman schools. She will be remembered for her compassion, love of community and dedication to maintaining family relationships.
    Survivors include husband Tom Bergsland of Bozeman; daughters Kristin (Tim) Caffrey of Oak Park, Ill., Erica of Edina, Minn., Emily (Robert Warren) of San Francisco, Calif., and son Peter (Lauren) of Plymouth, Minn..; and sister Virginia Smith of Elkhorn, Wisc. She was loved by eight grandchildren: Katie and Carrie Caffrey, Emily and Henry Rose, Rosie and Alex Warren, and Anna and Tommy Bergsland.
    She was preceded in death by her parents, grandchild Christopher Caffrey, and son-in-law Douglas Rose (husband to Erica).
    A visitation with the family will be held from 2 to 4 pm on Sunday April 13, 2014 at Dahl Funeral Chapel in Bozeman.
    In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to the Bozeman Deaconess ICU ? Bozeman Deaconess Foundation, 931 Highland Blvd., Suite 3200, Bozeman, MT 59715, or CAP ? Thrive, P.O. Box 6637, Bozeman, MT 59771 (www.allthrive.org).
    Condolences and memories may be shared with the family at www.dahlcares.com - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/bozemandailychronicle/obituary.aspx?n=katherine-bergsland&pid=170606832#sthash.9XJpSRYl.dpuf
  • Prayers for Lande's daughter-in-law
    Posted on: 2014-03-09
    Hi, Everyone,
    Nancy Lande asked me to ask for your prayers and good thoughts for her son, Brian's, wife. She is pregnant (needs another 14 weeks) and has a 4-inch benign brain tumor. There will be surgery in a few days and everyone is praying it will be successful and that the baby will be ok, too. If you want more info just email me. Thank you, dear friends.
    Sharon
  • Pat Abelin
    Posted on: 2014-03-06
    Patricia Ellen Abelin was born on December 26, 1946 in Livingston. Her parents both served in the U.S. Army during World War II in the European Theater. She graduated valedictorian from Park County High School in 1965. Pat attended Montana State University in Bozeman and graduated with degrees in teaching and math. Pat was a member of Pi Beta Phi, Spurs and Montana Bound. While in college she learned to ski and married Bozeman area skier Terry Abelin in 1969.

    Pat taught junior high math in Manhattan Public School for four years where she met her lifelong friend Ann Schaefer. Ann and Pat met almost every Wednesday since 1974 to visit, clean and do projects together.

    Pat left her teaching job to raise her two sons, Jeff and Bob. The family skied and sailed together their entire lives. Terry was hired as the general manager of Bridger Bowl in 1980.

    Pat worked as a bookkeeper for a number of small businesses and enjoyed balancing the books. In 1993 she was appointed to the Montana Transportation Commission. She spent eight years traveling the state of Montana and helped make difficult decisions about how to proportion funding dollars in a state with many different needs.

    In retirement Pat and Terry would spend all winter skiing with friends and family and would spend several weeks each year sailing on the pacific coast from Seattle into Canada.

    In 2008 Pat was diagnosed with breast cancer. She undertook a variety of treatments to slow the advance of the disease including a variety of chemotherapy treatments and surgeries. In 2012 her husband Terry was diagnosed with lymphoma and was treated in Seattle with a stem cell transplant. The couple bravely cared for each other during their treatments.

    Pat was a member of First Lutheran Church where she served as the youth director for six years. She now belongs to the Bozeman United Methodist Church.

    She is survived by her mother, Erna Phillips (96 years old); sister, Virginia Dixon; husband, Terry Abelin; sons, Jeffery and Robert Abelin; grandson, Isaiah; granddaughter, Megan; and many nieces and nephews. Pat was preceded in death by her father, Bernard Phillips, and her sister, Evelyn Wecker.

    A memorial service will be held at the Bozeman United Methodist Church at 2 p.m. on Friday, March 7. In lieu of flowers, please send a donation to the Bozeman Deaconess Cancer Center, 931 Highland Blvd, Ste. 3200, Bozeman, MT 59715.

    Arrangements are in the care of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service, www.dokkennelson.com
    Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Mar. 6, 2014
    - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/bozemandailychronicle/obituary.aspx?n=patricia-ellen-abelin&pid=170010579#sthash.PZNvo586.dpuf
  • Bridger Canyon Historic Preservation Society
    Posted on: 2014-03-06
    From: Pauline Sager [mailto:pauline@bridgercanyonlodge.com]

    The Bridger Canyon Historic Preservation Society is asking you to either renew your membership or to join us. Our mission is to preserve the Lower Bridger School as a historic jewel in our community. We enjoy an Open House every Christmas and other occasions during the year, and we are always ready to show the schoolhouse to canyon residents and their families, (especially children and grandchildren) to show what learning in a one-room school house was like.

    Our membership dues ($10 per year) help us with the upkeep of the schoolhouse. If you would join us for this year, please send dues to:

    Ann Chase, Treasurer
    BCHPA
    P.O. Box 3311
    Bozeman MT 59772

    Should you wish to make an additional donation, we would be most appreciative. BCHPA is a non-profit organization so contributions are tax deductible.

    Thanks you.

    Pauline Sager and Sharon Davis
    Co-Chairs
    BCHPA
  • Environmental Assessment - S. Bridger Interface Project
    Posted on: 2014-02-14
    From Gallatin National Forest:

    Public Comment Open and Informational Meeting March 3rd South Bridger Interface Project

    Release Date: Feb 14, 2014

    Bozeman, MT–The Bozeman Ranger District, Custer and Gallatin National Forests has released an Environmental Assessment (EA) for the South Bridger Interface Project that is available for review and public comment. The District will also be hosting an informational meeting on Monday March 3,
    2014 at the Bridger Canyon Rural Fire Department Community Room from 5:00 to
    7:00 p.m. (8081 Bridger Canyon Road, Bozeman, MT). Resource specialists will be available to provide information and answer questions about the proposed South Bridger Interface Project, which is located approximately 15 miles northeast of Bozeman, MT in Bridger Canyon.

    The South Bridger Interface project area is located within the wildland urban interface, adjacent to and partially within the Bridger Bowl Ski Resort in the vicinity of Slushman Creek. It lies between private residential and forested/agricultural lands to the east and National Forest System lands, partly occupied by Bridger Bowl to the west. Forest vegetation in the project area consists of Douglas-fir and lodgepole pine that has experienced a high rate of tree mortality from spruce budworm and mountain pine beetle. The proposed action would thin approximately 250 acres of forest vegetation to reduce tree mortality from ongoing insect infestations, and is needed to maintain a healthy forest in the Bridger Canyon corridor. Without treatment, there is a high probability that many more trees would be severely impacted by budworm and Douglas-fir beetles.

    “The proposed project includes treatments that are designed to alter stand micro-environments that will create conditions less favorable to western spruce budworm, mountain pine beetle and Douglas-fir beetle; along with improving the growing space of remaining trees to allow for tree growth, vigor and resiliency,” explained Keith Konen, Forest Silviculturalist.

    Minimal temporary road construction of one half mile or less is anticipated for access. The proposed project would start in 2014 and would be completed within a three-year time frame, followed by burning of slash piles, rehabilitation of temporary roads and monitoring of the project.

    Public comment on the project will be accepted for 30 days (through March 16, 2014). The South Bridger Interface Environmental Assessment is available online at: http://www.fs.usda.gov/projects/gallatin/landmanagement/projects,
    by scanning the QR code, or by contacting the Bozeman Ranger District at
    406-522-2520 to request a copy. For additional information about the project, contact Amy Waring, Project leader at 406-255-1451

    Note: A more direct link and project map are posted at http://bcpoa.net/2014/02/public-comment-open-and-informational-meeting-march
    -3rd-south-bridger-interface-project/
  • CAROL WILLIAMS JODAR
    Posted on: 2013-09-23
    Carol Williams Jodar, 66, of Bozeman, passed away peacefully Tuesday evening surrounded by her loving family. Everyone who knew her was inspired by the courage she showed in the face of her long-term struggle with Multiple Sclerosis. She always found a way to smile, even in the most difficult of circumstances, and lived her life as a shining example of how to rise above adversity and live life to the fullest. To see the sparkle in her eyes was to know, first hand, the meaning of joy. Her generous spirit touched the lives of many people and she never hesitated to put others before herself or lend a helping hand when one was needed. Carol's friendships were the stuff of legend, both in terms of length and quality, and a true testament to the level of devotion she brought to each relationship. She was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother, a passionate advocate for the cultural arts, her beloved Intermountain Opera Bozeman in particular, and a tireless defender of animals and our natural environment from abuse and exploitation.

    Carol was born January 27, 1947, in Cincinnati, Ohio, to William and Helen (DeCourcy) Williams. She attended Webster University and then Boston University where she earned a Master's degree in Fine Arts. She was a skillful painter and sculptor. Carol was a gifted athlete, and moved to Aspen, Colo., to teach skiing. There she met her husband to be, Bruce Jodar, and they were married on March 1, 1980. Carol and Bruce moved to Bozeman, in 1992 where they raised their two children, William and Nora.

    Carol served on the Board of Directors of Intermountain Opera Bozeman for 13 years and was recently made an Honorary Member of the Board. She also served on the boards of the Williams Foundation and the Jodar Family Foundation. She was a major financial contributor to the Bozeman Symphony, Heart of the Valley Animal Shelter, Shakespeare in the Parks, Shakespeare in the Schools, Eagle Mount, Classics For Kids, Montana Chamber Music Society, and numerous animal welfare and environmental organizations.

    She is survived by her husband Bruce; son William Jodar; daughter Nora (Mark) Ligtenberg; sisters Mary (Michael) Clauder and Sharon Frisbie; brothers Joe (Judy) Williams and Tom (Jenny) Williams; mother Helen Williams; two grandchildren, Elizabeth and Annabelle, and her beloved cats Tinkerbell and Shelby.

    Carol will be missed by all who knew her, for a great light has gone out in the world, but especially by her husband of 33 years, Bruce, for whom she was a constant companion, best friend, and loving partner in life.

    Donations in remembrance of Carol should be sent to Intermountain Opera Bozeman. A private celebration of her life will be held on Sept. 29.
  • Bridger Canyon Historic Preservation Association
    Posted on: 2013-09-17
    The annual meeting of the Bridger Canyon Historic Preservation Association (Lower Bridger School) will be held on October 3, 2013 at 1:00 pm in the Lower Bridger School House on the corner of Kelly Canyon and Bridger Canyon Roads.

    We invite anyone who is interested to attend. The agenda is listed below.

    Thank you for your interest in the Historic Preservation Association. New members ($10 per year) are always welcome.

    Bridger Canyon Historic Preservation Association
    Annual General Meeting – October 3, 2013
    Call to Order and attendance
    Minutes from October 4, 2012 Annual General Meeting
    Officer’s Reports:
    Co-President
    Vice-President
    Treasurer
    Secretary
    Historian
    Grant Writer
    Old Business:
    Maintenance
    Insurance
    Volunteer Appreciation
    Wildlife Presentation coordinated by Ellen Trygstad
    New Business:
    Storage unit
    Grant application for 2014
    December Open House
    Membership
    New business from the floor
    Slate of Officers – Co-Presidents Sharon Davis and Pauline Sager
    Vice President – Eva Veltkamp
    Secretary – Candace Hamlin
    Treasurer – Ann chase
    Historian/Grant Procurer – Ellen Pedersen
    Election of Officers
    Any Other Business
    Adjourn Meeting
  • Friend/Neighbor Glenn Ziegler Passes
    Posted on: 2013-09-15
    Glenn Crawley Ziegler, 87, of Wilton, Conn. and Bozeman died at dawn on Sept. 11, 2013 at her ranch northeast of Bozeman.

    Glenn was born in New York City and brought up there and in Southampton, N.Y. In New York City she attended what is now The Hewitt School. She graduated from Wellesley College and became a book buyer for B. Altman & Co. In 1950 she married William A. Ziegler, an associate and later partner of Sullivan & Cromwell, the New York City law firm.

    Surviving Glenn are her four children, Richard S. Ziegler of Wilton, Daryl A. Henning of Bozeman, Susan G. Barrows of Bozeman and W. Thomas Ziegler of Dorset, Vt., six grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and a sister, Jeanne Macero of Quogue, N.Y. Glenn was predeceased by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles E. Crawley of New York City and Southampton.

    Glenn and Bill moved from New York City to Darien, Conn. in 1957. In 1989 they acquired their ranch near Bozeman. It was for them their second home. In 1992 they moved from Darien to Wilton.

    Glenn loved animals. At the ranch, where she spent half the year, she kept animals only as pets. They included horses, goats and donkeys large and small. During her life she was always surrounded by adopted dogs and cats – even a monkey and a pair of flying squirrels. In Bozeman she rescued injured animals and birds of all sorts and, on their recovery, assisted in returning them to the wild.

    Glenn was the first treasurer of what is now known as The Raptor Conservation Center in Bozeman. She enjoyed annual trips to Yellowstone Park, particularly to the Lamar Valley, which was her favorite destination there. Glenn loved to travel to exotic places to observe the animals native to those locations. Her trips, largely with the New York Zoological Society and The National Audubon Society, took her to, among other places, Borneo, India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Brazil, Ecuador, Peru, Argentina, Australia, New Caledonia, Kenya, Tanzania and Alaska. She was an active volunteer at The Ox Ridge Hunt Club in Darien, accompanying her children and others to horse shows throughout New England, and in connection with the annual horse show that took place on the Ox Ridge grounds. Her favorite television program was, on nights she did not attend in person, the Westminster Kennel Club annual dog show. Glenn was also an avid reader. Mystery stories were her favorites. She liked to instill her fondness for reading in children and for years was a school librarian in Darien.
    Funeral arrangements were private.
  • Glenn Ziegler, Br. Canyon/Connecticut Resident
    Posted on: 2013-09-11
    Dear all,
    Just informed that Glenn Ziegler, mother of Daryl Henning (BCWC member), passed away today. I know you all join me in sending our condolences to Daryl.
    Regards, Jane Leopold, Secretary
    Note: Our sympathy also, to Glenn's husband, our neighbor and friend, Bill Ziegler.
  • Pancake Breakfast Report (Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013)
    Posted on: 2013-09-10
    Dates to Remember:

    Wednesday, September 18, 2013 Fireman’s Dinner
    Zone 2 Bridger Canyon 6800 – 7900, Moose Point, Three Bears - Colleen Carnine leader
    582-8630, colleencarnine@yahoo.com

    Tuesday, October 8, 2013 BCRFD Auxiliary Meeting Community Center 9:00AM

    Meeting Place: BC Community Center 9:00AM Brief Meeting to hand out recaps.

    Pancake Breakfast Recap as of September 10, 2013.

    2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 Total for 5 Years

    Art Sales $59.00 $185.00 $244.00
    Art Commissions $349.50 $249.00 $287.00 $383.00 $400.00 $1,668.50
    Pancake Breakfast $2,425.78 $2,124.00 $3,919.05 $2,336.00 $3,812.25 $14,617.08
    Silent Auction $1,810.00 $1,585.00 $1,619.00 $2,348.00 $2,391.00 $9,753.00
    Total Income $4,644.28 $3,958.00 $6,010.05 $5,067.00 $6,603.25 $26,282.58

    Food Purchased $642.10 $767.18 $1,409.28
    Advertising $101.25 $101.25
    Small Equipment $195.75 $0.00 $195.75
    Donated Food -$406.77 -$595.24 -$1,002.01
    Food Sold -$58.00 -$58.00

    Total Expenses $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $474.33 $171.94 $704.27


    Net $4,644.28 $3,958.00 $6,010.05 $4,592.67 $6,431.31 $25,578.31

    The 2013 BCRFD Pancake Breakfast was a huge success. The weather was a perfect fall day in Bridger Canyon. Happy Fireman, Residents and Visitors had a great day. There were lots and lots of children who got to spray BCRFD water hoses at fire posters (many children of our Fireman) and take rides on the BCRFD Fire Trucks. We fed approximately 280 breakfasts - pancakes, eggs, sausage patties, strawberries, bananas, baked apple topping and whip cream. Some 600 volunteer hours of preparation by BC residents made this event a success. Over 75 local businesses, artists and individuals contributed items and dollars toward this event. The BCRFD Auxiliary wants to thank all who volunteered, attended and generously gave of their time and dollars.

    If you have pictures of this event please send to Val Gould for the BCRFD Pancake Breakfast Book.

    The funds raised are slated to go to the BCRFD “Wish List”.

     Compact thermal imaging camera
    o Thermal imagers help Fireman attack fires more strategically, stay better oriented, detect combustibles and hotspots quicker, and find victims faster. This will improve the safety and protection of First Responders and the Community.

     Wireless headset for Engine 81
    o Safer and better communication for our Fireman

     Mechanical cribbing
    o Used to stabilize vehicles in an accident

    If you would like to help the BCRFD Fire Department to acquire the above items, we are still accepting cash donations toward the “Wish List” for the BCRFD. Send your checks to BCRFD C/O Peggy Foster, treasurer, 7775 Bridger Shadows Road, Bozeman, MT 59715. Please note that it is for the Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser.

    Hopefully we will be able to get everything on the BCRFD’s “Wish List”.

    Respectfully submitted,

    Valerie Gould
    BCRFD Auxiliary Secretary

    BCRFD Auxiliary Mission Statement: The Bridger Canyon Rural Fire Department Auxiliary is made up of men and women of all ages whose mission is to support and assist the BCRFD and the Bridger Canyon Community. We will assist in furnishing food and supplies to the BCRFD personnel and other volunteers during fires and natural disasters in Bridger Canyon. We will facilitate, help maintain and raise funds for the BCRFD and the BC Community Center & Training Center. Address 8081 Bridger Canyon Road, Telephone to community center is 587-4426
  • Workday at BCRFD Fire Station and the Community Center
    Posted on: 2013-08-28
    Saturday, August 31
    9:00 am - whenever

    Please plan to come and let’s get everything ready for the BCRFD Pancake Breakfast. Love to have kids.
    Fireman will be staging a demonstration and there is a rumor that the TV Station will be there.
    Come show your support for our BCRFD and with your help we will be done in a jiffy.

    Thanks so much,

    Valerie Gould
    BCRFD Auxiliary
  • Picnic Report and Reminder
    Posted on: 2013-08-26
    We had a wonderful Annual Bridger Canyon Picnic on Sunday Aug 25th. If you missed it, be sure to plan to come next year.
    Cis Hager and her crew did a fantastic job of organizing the fun. Lots of yummy potluck dishes, burgers and brats cooked by our chefs on the deck, entertainment by Paul Poindexter and assorted Canyon talent.
    And lots of fun - meeting new friends and renewing acquaintances.
    REMEMBER THE PANCAKE BREAKFAST:
    Saturday, September 7th Annual Pancake Breakfast & Art Sale Breakfast Hours are 7:30AM � 11:30AM (workers bees 6:00AM and 1:00 on Friday)
  • Note: Fire Department Update on Fire Department tab
    Posted on: 2013-08-26
    Letter from Dennie Guentzel
  • ANNUAL BRIDGER CANYON PICNIC!!
    Posted on: 2013-08-23
    COME ONE - COME ALL!
    Great opportunity to get to know your neighbors!

    Sunday, August 25th - 1:00 pm
    Deer Park Chalet at Bridger Bowl

    Bring your family, your neighbors and a
    side dish or dessert to serve 12

    Lemonade,
    Burgers, Brats and Dogs
    &
    All the “fixings” provided
    Beer & Wine cash bar
  • Burning Ban
    Posted on: 2013-08-19
    To All Residents of the Bridger Canyon Rural Fire District:

    As of 6:00PM Monday, August 19, 2013, the Bridger Canyon Rural Fire District has CLOSED ALL OPEN BURNING DUE TO EXTREME FIRE CONDITIONS. This Open Burning closure INCLUDES all fires requiring a Gallatin County Burn Permit, burn barrels, open flame campfires and recreational fires. This Closure is in effect until further notice.

    This ban does NOT include BBQ's or similar appliances.

    We will lift this ban just as soon as weather and general conditions in our Canyon permit.

    Thank you for your cooperation.

    Dennis Guentzel
    Acting Chief, BCRFD

    http://bridgercanyonfire.org/
  • Dates to Remember
    Posted on: 2013-08-19
    BCRFD Auxiliary Mission Statement: The Bridger Canyon Rural Fire Department Auxiliary is made up of men and women of all ages whose mission is to support and assist the BCRFD and the Bridger Canyon Community. We will assist in furnishing food and supplies to the BCRFD personnel and other volunteers during fires and natural disasters in Bridger Canyon. We will facilitate, help maintain and raise funds for the BCRFD and the BC Community Center & Training Center. Address 8081 Bridger Canyon Road, Telephone to community center is 587-4426

    Christine Pentecost found this quote and she wanted to include it in the minutes of the August 13, 2013.

    Volunteering is the ultimate exercise in democracy. You vote in elections once a year, but when you volunteer, you vote every day about the kind of community you want to live in.


    Dates to Remember:

    Wednesday, August 21st BCRFD Fireman’s dinner 6:00PM – Dinner Served to Fireman
    Leader Sharon Davis 586-2627
    Zone 4 - 8450 – 9440 Bridger Canyon Road
    Bridger Canyon Spur; Bridger Shadows Rd.
    Cloud Nine Rd. Plan for twenty (20).

    Sunday, August 25th BCWC Annual Picnic - Bridger Bowl 1:00pm. Come and bring a neighbor or two.
    Also bring a side dish for 12. Lemonade, Burgers, Brats and Dogs with all the “fixings” will be provided. Beer & Wine Cash Bar

    Saturday, August 31th 8:00AM Work Day at BCRFD - Pressure Wash Fire Station, Shine Trucks, Spruce up Community Center and Gardens

    Friday, September 6th 1:00PM BCRFD Preset up of Pancake Breakfast Need lots of help

    Saturday, September 7th Annual Pancake Breakfast & Art Sale Breakfast Hours are 7:30AM – 11:30AM (workers bees 6:00AM)

    Meeting was held in the newly completed creek side yard of BCRFD. Cis Hager suggested we meet at the picnic area. It was delightful.
    Attendees were Valerie Gould, Mike Conn, Judi Maloney, Kay Bergsland, Cathy Anderson, Lorraine Conn, Dawn Poindexter and Ann Chase.


    Notes from Mike Conn, BCRFD Board Chair: “Wish List” for BCRFD
     Compact thermal imaging camera
     Wireless headset for Engine 81
     Mechanical cribbing (used to stabilize vehicles in an accident.)

    Cis Hager made a motion that the proceeds from the BCRFD Pancake Breakfast 2013 go to the BCRFD “Wish List.” It was unanimously adopted.

    Pancake Breakfast update:

    • Plan to attend and enjoy a great breakfast and bring friends and family.

    • There will be many activities for little kids and big kids alike.

    • Paul Poindexter and Susan Stengel will provide fabulous music for the event.

    • We also decided since this was now a fall event to expand the menu to include a baked apple pancake topping. YUM.

    • Art show– Contact Dawn Poindexter (582-4947 – dppoind2325@aol.com)

    • Silent Auction – Contact Lorraine Conn (586-8511 lconn9@gmail.com)

    • Menu:

    o Pancakes
    o Eggs,
    o Sausage Patties
    o Strawberries
    o Bananas,
    o Apple topping (Baked)
    o Whip cream.

    We are accepting cash donations to help defray the cost of this event and to help purchase the “Wish List.” . Send a check to BCRFD C/O Peggy Foster, BCRFD Ttreasurer, 7775 Bridger Shadows Road, Bozeman, MT 59715.
    Please note that it is for the Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser.

    Hopefully we will be able to get everything on the BCRFD’s “Wish List.


    Respectfully submitted,

    Valerie Gould
    BCRFD Auxiliary Secretary,
  • Pancake Breakfast update - Sept. 7 - 7:30 to 11:30
    Posted on: 2013-08-19
    • Plan to attend and enjoy a great breakfast and bring friends and family.

    • There will be many activities for little kids and big kids alike.

    • Paul Poindexter and Susan Stengel will provide fabulous music for the event.

    • We also decided since this was now a fall event to expand the menu to include a baked apple pancake topping. YUM.

    • Art show– Contact Dawn Poindexter (582-4947 – dppoind2325@aol.com)

    • Silent Auction – Contact Lorraine Conn (586-8511 lconn9@gmail.com

    • Menu:

    o Pancakes
    o Eggs,
    o Sausage Patties
    o Strawberries
    o Bananas,
    o Apple topping (Baked)
    o Whip cream.

    We are accepting cash donations to help defray the cost of this event. Send a check to BCRFD C/O Peggy Foster, treasurer, 7775 Bridger Shadows Road, Bozeman, MT 59715. Please note that it is for the Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser.
  • Help Wanted - BC Picnic
    Posted on: 2013-08-15
    Help Wanted
    For the Bridger Canyon Picnic - August 25th, 1:00
    Bridger Chalet at Bridger Bowl
    Please call or E-mail Cis Hager
    585-2448 cishager@yahoo.com
    to sign up or to remind her that you have already signed up!
    For Set up: Saturday August 24th
    Clean up after the picnic on the 25th
    Paul Poindexter and Susan Stengel will provide musical entertainment.
    Bridger Bowl will provide and run cash wine and beer bar.
    We have burger and dog flippers on deck . Would love some relief flippers signed.
  • BCRFD Board of Trustees Meeting - Aug. 12, 6:30 p.m.
    Posted on: 2013-08-08
    Bridger Canyon Rural Fire District
    Meeting of the Board of Trustees

    Meeting Date: August 12, 2013 at 6:30 PM

    Meeting Place: Bridger Canyon Fire Dept., Community Room
    Agenda Items:



    Call to Order
    Approval of Minutes from previous meetings
    Public Comment
    Treasurer’s report – Peggy Foster
    Chief’s Report and updates
    NEW BUSINESS
    Discuss preliminary draft of Mission Statement, Statement of Core
    Values, Rules and Procedures for governing the District. Lead by Dave
    Foster
    Proposal to use Request of Document Forms
    Public Comment on issues not on agenda, but within the jurisdiction of the Board

    Adjourn
  • BCRFD Auxiliary Meeting August 13, 2013
    Posted on: 2013-08-06
    BCRFD Auxiliary Mission Statement: The Bridger Canyon Rural Fire Department Auxiliary is made up of men and women of all ages whose mission is to support and assist the BCRFD and the Bridger Canyon Community. We will assist in furnishing food and supplies to the BCRFD personnel and other volunteers during fires and natural disasters in Bridger Canyon. We will facilitate, help maintain and raise funds for the BCRFD and the BC Community Center & Training Center. Address 8081 Bridger Canyon Road, Telephone to community center is 587-4426

    Dates to Remember:

    Work Day Fire Station/Community Center
    Date to be decided Pressure Wash Fire Station, Shine Trucks, Spruce up Community Center

    August 13, BCRFD Auxiliary Meeting 9:00AM Meeting Brief – Stay and help with some clean up and weeding

    August 21st. BCRFD Fireman’s dinner 6:00PM – Dinner Served to Fireman
    Leader Sharon Davis 586-2627
    Zone 4
    8450 – 9440 Bridger Canyon Road
    Bridger Canyon Spur
    Bridger Shadows Rd.
    Cloud Nine Rd.

    September 6th Set up Community Center 1:00PM Preset up of Pancake Breakfast – clean tables chairs, etc.

    September 7th Annual Pancake Breakfast & Art Sale Breakfast Hours are 7:30AM – 11:30AM (workers be there 6:00AM)

    BCRFD Auxiliary Meeting Agenda

    We have had a great response from the Bridger Canyon Community residents and local businesses. Many items have been donated for the silent auction as well as food and services for this event. The subcommittee chairs have just done an outstanding job. Thank you to all. If the subcommittee chairs would send me an update for this meeting I would appreciate it.

    Cis Hager Advertising – Great job

    Loraine Conn – Silent Auction Items for Silent Auction – We need some one of a kind fantastic items for this. Lorraine Conn (586-8511 lconn9@gmail.com) is contact.
    Many fantastic items have been donated and we are ahead of last year.

    Dawn Poindexter – Art Show - Art Show – Please call Dawn Poindexter (582-4947 – dppoind2325@aol.com) if you would like to be involved in this area. As always Dawn is doing a super job.

    Kay Bergsland &
    Marcia Raches Local Business donations – Please call Kay Bergsland if you are or know a local business that would like to donate to this cause. (585-7922 - kbergsland@aol.com)
    We are way ahead of last year’s donations. Great job.

    Valerie Gould Volunteers - We still need worker bees so Call Valerie Gould 582-1605 vgould@littleappletech.com to help. Need helpers on Friday at 1:00 and on Saturday for event and then clean up.

    We are accepting cash donations to help defray the cost of this event. Send a check to BCRFD C/O Peggy Foster, treasurer, 7775 Bridger Shadows Road, Bozeman, MT 59715. Please note that it is for the Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser.

    Valerie Gould
    Secretary
  • BC Rural Fire Department - Pancake Breakfast, etc.
    Posted on: 2013-07-09
    Dear BCRFD Residents,

    Last night at the BCRFD Board Meeting the BCRFD Auxiliary was given permission by the Board to set the date of September 7th, 2013 for our annual Pancake Breakfast.


    Event BCRFD Pancake Breakfast Saturday, September 7th, 2013 7:30 – 11:30AM
    Event BCRFD Pre – set up Friday, September 6th, 1:00 – 4:00PM
    Event Clean up Community Room Date to be set
    Event Spruce up the Fire Station Date to be set

    All previous volunteers man your stations. If for some reason you can’t; please find a substitute and definitely give me a call. Valerie Gould, 582-1605 or cell 581-4943 or vgould@littleappletech.com. If you haven’t volunteered in the past please do so. We need all the help we can get. Let’s make this the best Pancake Breakfast ever.
    Let’s get back to what BC does best - Work together as a community and being good and caring neighbors.

    Thanks so much,

    BCRFD Auxiliary

    A little history of how great our community is:

    BCRFD Auxiliary Update/Recap as of July 9, 2013

    BCRFD Auxiliary Mission Statement: The Bridger Canyon Rural Fire Department Auxiliary is made up of men and women of all ages whose mission is to support and assist the BCRFD and the Bridger Canyon Community. We will assist in furnishing food and supplies to the BCRFD personnel and other volunteers during fires and natural disasters in Bridger Canyon. We will facilitate, help maintain and raise funds for the BCRFD and the BC Community Center & Training Center. Address 8081 Bridger Canyon Road, Telephone to community center is 587-4426

    The BCRFD, BCRFD Board, BCPOA, BCWC and the BCRFD auxiliary have accomplished so much in the last few years. Here is a brief recap. In the fall of 2005, Luella Polette approached a BCRFD board Member with an idea that her friend Molly Iddles suggested. We needed a Community Center for the BC Community and Molly generously gave $10,000 for the “seed money” to start a campaign. The BCRFD Board voted to support this drive and they presented information regarding the expansion of the fire house with the inclusion of space for a Community Center with kitchen facilities. By May 2007 the BC Community donated $61,990.00 from 96 BC residents in private donations. The first estimate of $55,000 to build and furnish this room was far short of the amount required, but the final product was much bigger and better. In the fall of 2007 – spring 2008 the BCWC was asked to help initiate another fund raising drive. 87 residents gave an additional $23,235.00 to complete and furnish the Community Center. The Williamson Ranch Partnership deeded the property which the BCRFD occupied. Also the Bridger Hills Homeowners’ Association gave additional land for this expansion. The BCWC gave $3,200.00. Several residents gave their time, materials and hard work to complete this Center. Materials, furnishings and equipment were given to the Community Center by individuals. The BCWC held a “Kitchen Shower” for the kitchen of the Community Center. The BCWC spent an additional $350.00 to buy the china and misc. items from the Riverside Country Club renovation sale to furnish additional needed items. Monies earned from these fundraisers – help build and furnish the Community Center. The monies also bought needed supplies, chairs, tables and blinds. To further complete the outside of the BCRFD building additional items were bought and resident’s time were donated: railroad ties, concrete, paint, asphalt sealant, stoppers and sod.

    The BCRFD Auxiliary was started after this Community Room came to fruition. It was clear that the Community Center would need an ongoing support group. A group of individuals approached the BCRFD Board and asked to form the Auxiliary. The Board gave their approval with the conditions that the Auxiliary would operate under the auspices of the BCRFD Board and any funds raised in fundraising events would be directly given to the BCRFD Board and they would disperse the funds accordingly.

    To date, the auxiliary with the help of the BC Community, BCRFD, BCRFD Board, BCWC, and BCPOA have:

     Sponsored the BCRFD Annual Pancake Breakfast for four years – Earning approximately $20,000 and serving approximately 1500.
     Sponsored the BCRFD Annual Baked Potato dinner for three years – Earning approximately $3,300 and serving approximately 275.
     Spearheaded the landscaping of the BCRFD and Community Center.
     Initiated and maintained an Emergency Data Base for the BCRFD and the BC Community.
     Inventoried the Community Center the BCRFD Board for insurance reasons.
     Held many cleaning sessions to keep the BCRFD, Community Center and the grounds thereof.
     Supported the Reflective Signage Program started by Denny and Eunie Guentzel.
     Organized the BC Fire Department monthly dinners for two years and still ongoing.
     Have responded to many emergency situations by providing food for our Fire Fighters during times of crisis.
    Since its inception, the Community Center has been a special gathering place for our community - BCRFD trainings, community meetings, social functions, fundraisers and command headquarters for emergencies when necessary. It serves the community well and the BCRFD, BCPOA and BCWC should be very proud of their joint efforts.
  • PANCAKE BREAKFAST POSTPONED
    Posted on: 2013-06-13

    Re: Annual Pancake Breakfast (was 6/22)Postponed
    Scheduled work days June 15th Cancelled
    Scheduled work day June 21st Cancelled

    The Annual Pancake Breakfast sponsored by the BCRFD Auxiliary has been and will continue to be a great success and our largest fundraiser. However, due to the recent events concerning the BCRFD , the auxiliary board and members felt it prudent to postpone this year’s event to a future date this year.

    We appreciate all the many hours of planning, preparation and hard work the BC community volunteers have done. Our time spent on this fundraiser has not been wasted as a new date will be decided shortly. The Auxiliary appreciates all the support the BC community extends to this event.
    BCRFD Auxiliary
  • Fire Dept. Auxiliary/Pancake Breakfast
    Posted on: 2013-06-12
    BCRFD Auxiliary Mission Statement: The Bridger Canyon Rural Fire Department Auxiliary is made up of men and women of all ages whose mission is to support and assist the BCRFD and the Bridger Canyon Community. We will assist in furnishing food and supplies to the BCRFD personnel and other volunteers during fires and natural disasters in Bridger Canyon. We will facilitate, help maintain and raise funds for the BCRFD and the BC Community Center & Training Center. Address 8081 Bridger Canyon Road, Telephone to community center is 587-4426

    Officers for 2012 - 2013
    President Christine Pentecost
    Secretary Valerie Gould
    Treasurer Lorraine Conn

    Attendees Included: Valerie Gould, Eunie Guentzel, Marcia Raches, Jana Christensen, Ann Chase, Kay Bergsland, Peggy Foster, Dawn Poindexter and Mike Conn

    Dates to Remember:

    June 15th Saturday: Work Day Fire Station/Community Center 9:00AM – 1:00PM Pressure Wash Fire Station, Shine Trucks, Spruce up Community Center

    June 19th Wednesday: BCRFD Wed. Supper for Fireman 6:00PM – Dinner Served to Fireman Hosts are Aspen Lane & Aspen Meadow Contact Judy Eisele Chair 587-9581

    June 21st Friday: Set up Community Center 1:00PM – Preset up of Pancake Breakfast – clean tables chairs, etc.

    June 22nd Saturday: Annual Pancake Breakfast & Art Sale 7:30AM – 11:30AM (workers be there 6:00AM)

    We put the finishing touches on the planning for the pancake breakfast. We have had a great response from the Bridger Canyon Community residents and local businesses. Many items have been donated for the silent auction as well as food and services for this event. The subcommittee chairs have just done an outstanding job. Thank you to all.

    Cis Hager Advertising – Great job

    Loraine Conn – Silent Auction Items for Silent Auction – We need some one of a kind fantastic items for this. Lorraine Conn (586-8511 lconn9@gmail.com) is contact.
    Many fantastic items have been donated and we are ahead of last year.

    Dawn Poindexter – Art Show - Art Show – Please call Dawn Poindexter (582-4947 – dppoind2325@aol.com) if you would like to be involved in this area. As always Dawn is doing a super job.

    Kay Bergsland &
    Marcia Raches Local Business donations – Please call Kay Bergsland if you are or know a local business that would like to donate to this cause. (585-7922 - kbergsland@aol.com)
    We are way ahead of last year’s donations. Great job.

    Valerie Gould Volunteers - We still need worker bees so Call Valerie Gould 582-1605 vgould@littleappletech.com to help. Need helpers on Friday at 1:00 and on Saturday for event and then clean up.

    We are accepting cash donations to help defray the cost of this event. Send a check to BCRFD C/O Peggy Foster, treasurer, 7775 Bridger Shadows Road, Bozeman, MT 59715. Please note that it is for the Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser.

    Respectfully submitted,

    Valerie Gould
    Secretary
  • Bridger Canyon Historic Preservation Society
    Posted on: 2013-06-09
    The Bridger Canyon Historic Preservation Society relies on its membership dues for the upkeep and preservation of the Lower Bridger Schoolhouse.

    The Board is asking that you renew your membership or consider becoming a member for this current year. Dues are $10 per year and should be sent to:

    BCHPA
    P.O. Box 3311
    Bozeman MT 59772

    Additional donations are always welcome and dues and donations are tax deductible.

    Please consider joining BCHPA and keeping the little school house (at the corner of Kelly Canyon Road and Bridger Canyon Road) a treasure from the past in our midst.

    BCHPA Board
    (Sharon Davis, Pauline Sager, Eva Veltkamp, Ann Chase, Ellen Pederson, Candice Hamlin)
  • Annual BCPOA Gen.Meeting - Tuesday, May 21
    Posted on: 2013-05-21
    Hi Neighbors -

    Tomorrow night is the annual BCPOA general meeting.

    We start at 7 with refreshments and live music (the Fiddaman brothers on strings; bring an instrument and play too if you like!), and 7:30 with the agenda.

    There's a lot to talk about:

    - BCPOA board elections.
    - The variance appeal: what's at stake, and the pros and cons of pursuing it further. *
    - Zoning update status: what the zoning advisory board has accomplished so far, what remains, and how to make it go faster.
    - Cell towers: Yes? How many, where, how big, and what standards? **
    - Other topics: LIDAR survey, budworm spraying, natural history, and ...
    what interests you? ***
    - Introductions for other Canyon groups.

    Bring a neighbor, and see you there!

    Tom Fiddaman
    Chairman, BCPOA
  • BCRFD Auxilliary Meeting - Dates to remember
    Posted on: 2013-05-16
    BCRFD Auxiliary Mission Statement: The Bridger Canyon Rural Fire Department Auxiliary is made up of men and women of all ages whose mission is to support and assist the BCRFD and the Bridger Canyon Community. We will assist in furnishing food and supplies to the BCRFD personnel and other volunteers during fires and natural disasters in Bridger Canyon. We will facilitate, help maintain and raise funds for the BCRFD and the BC Community Center & Training Center.

    Officers for 2012 - 2013
    President Christine Pentecost
    Secretary Valerie Gould
    Treasurer Lorraine Conn

    Attendees Included: Christine Pentecost, Valerie Gould, Eunie Guentzel, Marty Biel, Kay Bergsland, Lorraine Conn, Ann Chase, Dawn Poindexter and Judy Maloney

    Dates to Remember: Spring clean-up at the community center this Friday May 17th and Monday May 20th. Please plan to attend and help out. Many hands make for light work and lots of fun. Pancake Breakfast coming up fast.

    May 17th Community Center (Friday) 10:30 AM – Road Clean Up and Community Room Clean Up and Garden Clean Up.

    May 20th Community Center (Monday) 9:00A- Community Room Clean Up and Garden Clean-up (Finish up what did not get done on Friday)

    June 11th Auxiliary Meeting – Community Center 9:00AM Workday Clean Kitchen area / Final Meeting for Pancake Breakfast (Final Check supplies and purchases)

    June 21st Set up Community Center 1:00PM – Preset up of Pancake Breakfast – clean tables chairs, etc.

    June 22nd Pancake Breakfast Breakfast Hours are 7:30AM – 11:30AM (workers be there 6:00AM)

    Landscape Committee Report from Carol Fifer: Spring Clean-up this Friday 10:30AM/ Monday 9:00AM A great big thank you to Carol Fifer and all she has done for the grounds at the community center. She and Heidi McLoughlin made it possible for us to enjoy the grounds at the community center side yard and front. Here is a message from Carol. She has done so much work and now she needs more help. Here is what she says, “I was able to clean up the flagpole area except the tall Karl Forrester grasses need to be cut back. The wraps around the tall trees were removed but I didn't get to do any more than that on the side area. I removed the weed fabric around the flagpole plants except for one small area on the left side by the parking lot. It might be too late to do that because those plants will be flowering soon. A little clean-up and cutting back on the smaller perennials on the side would be in order and an application of a broad spectrum fertilizer all over should be done Memorial Day, Fourth of July, and Labor Day. Eunie had some lovely paver stones she volunteered to donate to put a little walkway from the bridge over the creek to the concrete patio since that seems to be a preferred path but we didn't get time to finish that last year. Maybe Denny would be willing to being them down to the station. The landscaping was designed to be very low maintenance but will need a bit of attention in the Spring and again in the fall. As my back gets stronger I will stop by to do what I can. I suggest you be careful about any additional plants people may want to donate or install because there are some which require just too much work.




    Annual Pancake Breakfast and Art Sale Saturday, June 22, 2013 Benefits the BCRFD and Community Center – Mark your calendars and plan to attend this wonderful fun event.

    Planning for this event was discussed in detail. We have people signed up for various tasks, but still need more help.

    Loraine Conn Silent Auction Items for Silent Auction – We need some one of a kind fantastic items for this. Lorraine Conn (586-8511 lconn9@gmail.com) is contact.

    Dawn Poindexter Art Show - All canyon artists wanting to display/sell your work, please contact Dawn Poindexter at dpoind2325@aol.com. We will be setting up on Friday, June 20th at 1 PM. First come, first served on tables and positions. Can't wait to see all the great art show. Dawn

    Kay Bergsland &
    Marcia Raches Local Business donations – Please call Kay Bergsland if you are or know a local business that would like to donate to this cause. (585-7922 - kbergsland@aol.com)

    Valerie Gould Volunteers - We still need worker bees so Call Valerie Gould 582-1605 vgould@littleappletech.com to help. Need helpers on Friday at 1:00 and on Saturday for event and then clean up.

    Donations We are accepting cash donations to help defray the cost of this event. Send a check to BCRFD C/O Peggy Foster, treasurer, 7775 Bridger Shadows Road, Bozeman, MT 59715. Please note that it is for the Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser.

    Photographer We need someone to take pictures of this event. Christine will help, but she is involved in the Art Show and therefore another person would be great.


    Fireman’s Dinners: The Fireman’s dinners are a great way to show community support for the men and women who volunteer to make our community a safer place to live. The dinners this year have involved many, many of our Canyon Residents and they are so appreciated by the Fireman.

    April 17th Zone 8 & 9, Leader Cindy Marlenee (rcmarlenee@aol.com - 586-5864) Area includes: Bridger Canyon 15769 -16634 – Bridger Pines, Wedelin Drive, Falling Star, Bull, and Wheel & Henry. Cindy Marlenee, Dottie Keyes, Ann Lundgren. Served Lasagna, Salad, Croissants, Pie & Cupcakes.

    May 15th – Zone 1& 5. Leaders are Laurel Campbell & Terri Hodgson (tah@millesonarchitects.com - 585-3030 area includes: 3016 – 6140; 9839 - 10940 Bridger Canyon Road, Brass Lantern, Fish Hatchery, Maiden & Mayfield. Contact Terri to offer to help.

    June 19th - Zone 17, Aspen Land, & Meadow Lane – Leader is Judy Eisele, 587-9581, judyeisele1@gmail.com. Please contact her to offer to cook, buy or donate to make the dinner wonderful.

    July 17th – Fireman

    August 21st – Zone 4 – Bridger Canyon 8450 – 9440, Bridger Canyon Spur, Bridger Shadows Rd., Could Nine Rd. – Sharon Davis leader 586-2627 sd@daviscamp.net Please contact her to offer to help.

    Respectfully submitted, Valerie Gould Secretary
  • Aerial Spraying for Spruce Budworm
    Posted on: 2013-05-14
    From: Carol Fifer [mailto:catfifer@gmail.com]
    Subject: Aerial spraying for spruce budworm

    Hi Tom,

    Several residents of Aspen Meadow have gotten together to hire a gentleman to spray for spruce budworm. I wrote up a little piece about the worm and how it affects doug firs. Included is a brief description of the product we intend to use. Many people are not familiar with it and may be afraid of it.

    Bridger Canyon is mostly doug fir and this infestation could wipe out much of the beauty that surrounds us. I spoke with the gentleman from Northwest Management about the possibility of including anyone else in the canyon wanting to treat their trees. He said it would be very easy to spray the entire Canyon and the more people who do it the better the price becomes for everyone.

    Attached is the information sheet including contacts if you find it appropriate to pass along to the BCPOA. Time is critical, and may be shorter this year due to the early Spring.

    To make it easier for Canyon residents to sign up for a quote on aerial spraying of their property for spruce budworm, you can tell them to send me an email with their name, address, and phone number, or they can call me at 406-451-3880 and leave a message.

    Cheers,
    Carol
  • Bridger Canyon Women's Club
    Posted on: 2013-05-04
    Hi All,
    Just a reminder that the BCWC May Luncheon will be at Carol Smith's on the 8th at noon. Please bring a salad, officers will be bringing the dessert. Have fun.
    Dawn
  • Good Information from Tom Fiddaman
    Posted on: 2013-04-10
    Hi neighbors –

    The Bridger Canyon Natural History Evening was a huge success. Over 80 people crowded the community room to hear about geology, raptors and other charismatic critters, and share photos and experiences. Thanks to Ellen Trygstad for conceiving the idea and bringing it to fruition, with help from Pauline Sager and BCPHA; speakers Cliff Montagne, Bret Davis, Kathrin Olson-Rutz (also photo editor) and Steve Eshbaugh (MOSS); Ann Chase and Sharon Erickson of BCWC for refreshments; Richard Burke for procuring equipment and filming; Else and Genevieve Trygstad-Burke for providing background cello music and Dan Astrom for help with facility and set up.

    I understand that the presentation was somewhat over budget, largely due to the spectacular display of contributed photos printed. These will be bound and serve as a future resource for MOSS and Bridger Canyon. Contributions would be welcomed to defray these costs. Checks could be made out to 'MOSS' and sent to: P.O.Box 502,Bozeman, MT, 59771. It might be a good idea to address Attn. Steve Eshbaugh and indicate 'For Bridger Canyon Presentation/Inventory' or similar.

    --------------------------------

    An Atlas Towers representative recently met (separately) with Bridger Bowl and BCPOA directors. Nothing is formally underway yet, but Atlas discussed a proposal for two towers. One, 130 feet tall, would be located at the Bridger Bowl base area, near the propane tank in A lot. Word has it that the Bridger Bowl board was not enthusiastic about a structure of this size. A second tower, 150 feet, would be located in Kelly Canyon – possibly high enough to see over the ridge of the Story Hills to Bozeman.

    We’ve posted Atlas Towers’ rendition of the Bridger Bowl site here:
    http://zoning.posterous.com/atlas-cell-tower-mockups

    And home-grown alternatives, including the south Kelly Canyon site here:
    http://bcpoa.net/2013/04/possible-cell-tower-appearance-2/

    Atlas also provided coverage maps, which I’ve overlaid with structures and parcels for the Canyon:
    http://bcpoa.net/2013/04/possible-cell-tower-coverage/

    The 2009 Cell Tower survey is here:
    http://bcpoa.net/2009/08/cell-tower-survey/

    Contrary to rumors, the BCPOA board has neither endorsed nor opposed any particular proposal. We recognize that many people are interested in coverage (and a few opposed to it), and that practically everyone is concerned about aesthetics and safety, and will try to work toward a good solution. One could certainly hope for a technical solution that provided coverage without such large towers.

    Under current zoning, cell towers are not explicitly permitted. Planning Department representatives think that the P&Z Commission would require a hearing for a “similar use” finding before any tower application could proceed. Then the tower itself would be a Conditional Use, requiring an additional hearing for approval. However, there are currently no specific standards for approval.

    Therefore the Zoning Advisory Board has recommended that the Commission initiate a Resolution of Intent to amend the zoning to create a Wireless Communications Facilities standard, as was done for the Natural Resources CUP in 2008. That will happen this month; then a zoning amendment will be submitted for approval some time later (hopefully soon). A very speculative draft is posted at:
    http://zoning.posterous.com/wireless-communications-facilities-draft
    Public comment on the draft is welcome. The next Zoning Advisory Board meeting is April 17th, 5:30pm, in the conference room on the 2nd floor of the county offices on Main St.

    Some tech notes on cell service: If you have coverage outdoors but marginal indoors, you can use a booster. Amazon has a number for sale. If you have broadband internet like Little Apple, you can use a “femtocell” access point – the ATT 3G MicroCell and Verizon Wireless Network Extender, for example.

    Tom Fiddaman
  • BCRFD Auxilliary Meeting Minutes
    Posted on: 2013-03-15
    See minutes of March 12, 2013 meeting on the Fire Department tab here.
    Agenda

    1. Pancake breakfast
    2. Firemen's Dinners
    3. Landscaping
  • Bridger Canyon Natural History
    Posted on: 2013-02-27
    From: Ellen [mailto:eltjupiter@earthlink.net]

    To the Residents of Bridger Canyon,

    UPCOMING EVENT! A number of people, in conjunction with the the Bridger Canyon Historic Preservation Association and the Montana Outdoor Science School (MOSS), have volunteered their time and expertise to enjoy and explore with Bridger Canyon residents an evening of 'Bridger Canyon Natural History'. We would like to enhance this presentation with a display of photos or photos of artwork (no originals) from YOU, BC residents, which depict unusual/interesting natural history features of Bridger Canyon - geologic or water formations, birds, animals, plants both common and rare, etc.

    This community event for Bridger Canyon residents will be at the Fire Station MARCH 29th, 7pm. If you have photos you'd like to contribute, please send them at your earliest convenience to:

    Kathrin Olson-Rutz at : olsonrutz@netzero.net.

    She will print 8 1/2X 11' copies for the display. (You may also mail or deliver 8 ½ X 11” photos to MOSS, located at the Fish Hatchery). Please provide a few words that describe your contribution (what, general location, when) along with your name and contact information (email and phone number). This information will be printed out along with your photo to accompany your contribution. Feel free to provide several photos. We will display as many as we reasonably can. (No copyrighted material please.)

    This spring, we would like to take the pictures we have printed out and assemble them into several 'Bridger Canyon natural history notebooks' to be kept at the MOSS facility. These notebooks will be available to MOSS students and Bridger Canyon residents to identify and learn about Bridger Canyon plants, animals, water and geology. Residents are welcome to submit additional information specific to Bridger Canyon for these notebooks and can do so through MOSS.

    For those unfamiliar with MOSS, it is dedicated to help children gain meaningful appreciation of the natural world around them through various educational projects (K-12 and some adult classes). MOSS takes the classroom to the field with trips to National Forest lands in Bridger Canyon, as well as to some private lands onto which they have been specifically invited for learning opportunities.

    I hope you find this of interest! For more information, contact Ellen Trygstad (582-7624) eltjupiter@earthlink.net Thank you!
  • Life-long Bridger Canyon Resident Passes
    Posted on: 2013-02-25
    John Douglas Ham, 88, lifelong rancher of Bridger Canyon, passed away at his home Feb. 19, 2013. He was born Aug. 11, 1924, 59 Fred and Mary Evelyn (Pease) Ham and lived his entire life in Bridger Canyon.
    John enlisted in the Navy and served in the USS Rooks in WWII. He earned three stars: the Asiatic-Pacific Area Campaign Medal, a Philippine Liberation Medal and a WWII Victory Medal. When John came home he went to agricultural school on his GI Bill.
    He married Carol Pardue on Sept. 21, 1948, and they purchased his parents' original homestead in Bridger Canyon. John and Carol spent the rest of their lives building up the 4-D Ranch.
    John was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Carol, his daughter Bonnie Pardue Hyde. Survivors include his daughter and son-in-law Carrie and Dan Spence, his son Cliff Ham,and his daughter-in-law Kathy Middleton, all of Bozeman; eight grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; two sisters, Isabell Rassley and Loretta Stevens of Bozeman; and several nieces and nephews.
    A celebration of John's life will be held this summer on the ranch; the date and time will be announced at a later date.
    Memorials may be made to the Disabled American Veterans.
    Condolences and memories may be shared with the family at www.dahlcares.com.
  • SIGNAGE - Order Yours NOW for Spring Delivery
    Posted on: 2013-01-27
    Reflective Signage
    Eunie Guentzel and Denny Guentzel are taking orders for signs and will install them at your home. Call Eunie at 582-1640 and place your orders.
    Signs, post and installation - $30.00. (Please make check payable to Dennis Guentzel.)
    Signage would aid the Fire Department in locating your home in case of an emergency - both fire and medical.
    Precious minutes will be saved that might save a life so the auxiliary is recommending that all homeowners purchase these signs.
    Many residents have already had these signs installed, and they feel more secure with an easy-to-read address number. Call soon!
  • Another lost dog!
    Posted on: 2012-12-11
    UPDATE AT 4:30, 12/12/12!!!
    Rex has been found! Yay!

    A brown male large Lab by the name of Rex has been lost on Teepee Ridge now for a few days. Please call Heather McGuane 599-9393 if you find the dog or Ann Chase at 586-3310.
  • Put on Your Calendar!
    Posted on: 2012-10-11
    Bridger Canyon Historic Preservation Association is holding its CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSE on Friday December 28 from 1 - 3 pm. at the schoolhouse at Bridger Canyon Road and Kelly Canyon Road. Everyone is encouraged to bring grandchildren, children or anyone else visiting for the holidays. Cookies and hot chocolate and cider all round!!
    More info later.
  • Bridger Canyon Womens' Club
    Posted on: 2012-09-16
    Bridger Canyon Women's Club

    Posted on: 2012-03-14
    Our regular meetings are held the 2nd Wednesday of the month at 1:00. Light treats, short business meeting and an interesting program.
    Lots of interest groups are available: bridge, book clubs, skiing, games, hiking, needle work, horseback riding, etc.

    Come and join the women of your community!

    For info email BCWC President Mary Wolf(mary@marywolfdesigns.com) or Secretary - Dawn Poindexter (dpoind2325@aol.com)
  • Reverse 911 Sign-up
    Posted on: 2012-09-14
    In Gallatin County/Bozeman you can register your cell phone numbers with 911. Each number provided will be added to the regional emergency database to receive voice notifications when your address is impacted by a disaster or emergency.

    Gallatin County Reverse 911 Registration for cell phones is available at the below link. Land line phones are automatically in the system.

    In Gallatin County/Bozeman you can register your cell phone numbers with 911. Each number provided will be added to the regional emergency database to receive voice notifications when your address is impacted by a disaster or emergency.

    Gallatin County Reverse 911 Registration for cell phones is available at the below link. Land line phones are automatically in the system.
  • BCRFD AUXILLIARY MEETING
    Posted on: 2012-09-11
    3:00, September 18, 2012
    See the details on BCRFD tab here.
  • LOWER BRIDGER SCHOOL - Work day
    Posted on: 2012-09-02
    The Lower Bridger School is a historic gem in our community, We have a few dedicated members of the community to work on its upkeep and open it to the community. We invite you to join us on September 8th, 2012, anytime between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm, for a workday to spruce up the schoolhouse. Even if you only have half an hour, we would love you to join us.

    During that time, we will be painting the outhouses, cleaning windows, sweeping the schoolhouse, weeding, and cleaning the new desks that have recently been donated. Remember the old saying you learned in school 'Many hands make light work'; we are in need of some more hands. If you can join us, please just turn up on September 8th.

    On October 6th, the Gallatin County Historic Preservation Board is putting on a historic tour through Bridger Canyon and Sedan involving a number of historic sites. . The Lower Bridger Schoolhouse will be on that tour. If you are interested, please contact John Shellenberger at
    585-5384 or obtain tickets from the Pioneer Museum.

    Thanks for your continuing support.

    Pauline Sager and Sharon Davis
    Co-Chairs
    Bridger Canyon Historic Preservation Association
  • Dennis Guentzel's Waco ATO 'Taper Wing'
    Posted on: 2012-08-30
    American Barnstormers Tour

  • 3 Fiddles Farm + roadside stand = local food
    Posted on: 2012-07-16
    Do you dream of food so local you can see the farm while you shop and eat? Do you crave the taste of heirloom and specialty veggies that you can't get at the 'food importers'? Your dreams have come true! 10.6 miles up Bridger Canyon Rd. (from Main Street) you will find 3 Fiddles Farm. Matthew and Karin Broughton grow 100% chemical free, sustainable, non-GMO, natural foods on their small farm. Their varieties have been selected for flavor, not long-distance shipping and packing ability. With love and care, their fantastic food is grown in the mountains for you. They have started their Sunday Roadside Stand for the year.
    Every Sunday, 3 - 6 pm, for the rest of the season, they will be at the side of their farm to hook you up with the goods. You will see their 'Farm Fresh Produce' signs on the side of the road when the stand is open for business. With over 230 varieties being grown and harvested, there will be something for everyone, and many exotic flavors to be savored. If you eat, you need to eat local - it is good for you, your community, and the environment.

    From the BoZone web site

  • Burn Ban
    Posted on: 2012-06-29
    Hi neighbors,

    As of Friday, a burn ban is in effect in Gallatin County, see
    http://www.bozemandailychronicle.com/news/county/article_f7b7d598-c15b-11e1-
    bdf3-001a4bcf887a.html
    Stage I fire restrictions are listed here:
    http://firerestrictions.firecenter.umt.edu/FireRestriction_pub/StageI.htm

    Fireworks aren't covered, but, 'Montana State Fire Marshal Allen Lorenz asked residents to avoid shooting fireworks this year. 'In many parts of our state, conditions are simply too dangerous to safely ignite fireworks,'
    Lorenz said in a news release. 'A little prevention can go a long way to preserving homes and property.''

    The Bear Trap 2 fire - started by fireworks - grew to the size of the Bridger Canyon valley floor almost overnight.
    http://www.bozemandailychronicle.com/news/environment/article_d9e24dec-c0d8-
    11e1-9dfb-0019bb2963f4.html

    Enjoy the 4th!

    Tom Fiddaman
    BCPOA
  • Important Information
    Posted on: 2012-06-25
    From the Bozeman Fire Fighters' Web Site:
    (copy and paste in your browser)
    http://bozemanfirefighters.org/index.cfm?zone=%2Funionactive%2Fview_article.cfm&HomeID=249408
  • Maintaining Forests
    Posted on: 2012-06-15
    LEARN ABOUT YOUR FORESTED PROPERTY
    MAKE INFORMED DECISIONS ON MAINTAINING YOUR FOREST!

    On August 9, 10 and 18, Montana State University Forestry Extension will be holding a Forest Stewardship Workshop at the Bridger Canyon Fire Station meeting room. This is a three day workshop for forest owners (5 or more
    acres) to help the landowners develop customized management solutions to meet their own unique ownership objectives. People have varying objectives for their forests (maintain a healthy forest, reduce wildfire hazards, grow big trees, reduce noxious weeds, provide forage for stock, or habitat for wildlife), and the workshop teaches landowners how to obtain their objectives! The cost of the workshop is $95. The sign-up deadline is July 26.

    Following is a link to the program.

    http://www.msuextension.org/forestry/stewardship.htm

    People can also email workshop coordinator Cindy Bertek at extensionforestry@montana.edu or telephone her at (406) 243-4706.
  • Inner Core Strength and Stretch
    Posted on: 2012-05-16
    Inner Core Strength and Stretch is being offered at the Bridger Canyon Fire Station on Monday and Friday mornings at 7:15 a.m. each week. (as of 8/27/12 - time is fluctuating - call Debbie) If you have benefited from Pilates or other classes that focus on inner core strength, you will enjoy this class for beginner to intermediate levels. Keep in mind that inner core strength helps prevent injury and gives you the base that increases your ability to perform other physical activities. The only equipment necessary is a yoga mat and a set of light to medium weights (3-10 lbs). If you are interested, please contact Debbie Bloem at 920 0812 with any questions.
    TESTIMONIAL: Sharon Tudor Isler - 'I love these classes. Can really feel the difference it makes! Worth every minute.'
  • Propane Company
    Posted on: 2012-05-09
    I just wanted you to know that Ken Weskamp has just opened his own propane company. He will be less expensive than anyone in town and he is fantastic! You can call him 24/7 and he will drop everything to help you with any problems.

    Please spread the word about Ken's company. He has been in the business for over 20 something years and he knows what he is doing!!
    Ken's telephone 388-8227/599-5550

    Thanks!!
    Karen Marshall
  • Bears and Garbage Cans, BURN SEASON
    Posted on: 2012-04-01
    (Photo courtesy of Christine Pentecost.)
    The bears are waking up, so don't forget proper management of bird feeders, garbage and other attractants. Allied Waste now has bearproof garbage cans.
    They cost a few dollars extra to pick up, because the driver has to jump out of the truck to unlock the can; we have one and find the peace of mind well worth the money. Allied let us keep our regular can and switch rates for winter use.

    Burn season started March 1st, but the Bear Trap Canyon fire shows that conditions are potentially hazardous, with dry fuel, low humidity and wind, so please be careful. See http://bridgercanyonfd.com/burnpermit.aspx or http://www.gallatin.mt.gov/public_documents/BurnPermit for permits.
    SEE HOA for the rest of Tom Fiddaman's letter
  • The Bridger to Bangtail Coalition (B2BC
    Posted on: 2012-03-07
    Please see the announcement on Bridger Canyon POA tab concerning board members.
  • In Remembrance: Jan Kankrlik
    Posted on: 2012-02-24
    Birth date: August 15, 1943
    Death date: January 04, 2012

    Obituary:
    Jan Kankrlik, 68, of Bozeman, MT passed away January 4, 2012. He was born in Plzen, Czechoslovakia to Frank and Josephine Kankrlik during the time Communists were trying to take control of the country. Not wanting to be part of the Communist regime, the family gave up everything and escaped to Germany, making sure they were caught by American Soldiers. They immigrated to the United States, getting passage on an American Destroyer. His Dad was a Master Chef and various opportunities brought the family to Dallas, TX.

    Shortly after his arrival in Dallas, he met Margaret. She was 9 years old and he was 11. Their initial friendship grew into something stronger as they dated through their high school and college years. They were married in September, 1969 and have enjoyed 42 years of married life together.

    Jan received his Bachelor’s Degree from Southern Methodist University, his Master's Degree from Virginia Polytechnic Institute, and his Doctorate from Pacific Western University. His expertise in neurophysiology and biomedical engineering enabled him to have a very interesting and successful career developing products for government systems and specialized technology for the military.

    He grew up with a fascination and appreciation for cars and enjoyed building his car collection and participated in many car clubs and their events. At age 46 he discovered Scottish Highland Games, decided to participate, worked hard on the Caber Toss, 42 lb. weights for height and distance, heavy and light hammer throw, and Braemar stone, and won the inaugural National Championship in the Master’s Class in 1995.

    Retirement brought the Kankrlik’s to Bozeman, Montana in 2001 where they have enjoyed the beautiful scenery, wildlife, and warmth of the people.

    Thanks to Doctors Blair Erb and John Robbins and the wonderful nursing staff at Bozeman Deaconess Hospital for adding nine years to his life.

    Jan is survived by his wife, Margaret, in-laws Margaret Neitzel, Margaret Hardin, Charlotte Neitzel, Stockton Baker, Robert and Karen Hardin, Gloria Hardin, Michael and Amanda Hardin, Michelle Johnson, grand niece, Charis Johnson and grand nephews Brandon Johnson, and Noah, Jacob, and Caleb Hardin.

    A celebration of life was held January 13, 2012 at 11:00 am in the Kankrlik home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Adopt A Sox, P.O. Box 6113, Bozeman, MT 59771, or to a charity of your choice.
  • BC Historic Preservation Assoc - DUES DUE
    Posted on: 2012-02-14
    Bridger Canyon Historic Preservation Association

    The New Year has begun and we would like to send you a gentle reminder that it is time to renew your annual membership in the Bridger Canyon Historic Preservation Association.
    Membership runs through the calendar year and is $10 per year – and additional donations are most appreciated.
    Please send your membership/donations to
    Ann Chase
    Treasurer
    BCHPA
    P.O. Box 3311
    Bozeman MT 59772
    Thank you to all who helped to make our December Open House such a success. This year, with your ongoing support a new roof was put on the School house. The dues and donations help to maintain the ongoing restoration and with operating expenses. We really appreciate your ongoing support.

    BCHPA Board
    Feb 12, 2012
  • Judge: Remove Bridger Canyon horse barn
    Posted on: 2012-02-04
    Cameron Steele, Chronicle Staff Writer | Posted: Saturday, February 4, 2012 12:15 am

    A partially finished horse barn in Bridger Canyon must be torn down, a Gallatin County judge said in a Tuesday ruling.

    In his order, District Judge Mike Salvagni affirmed the Gallatin County Planning and Zoning Commission’s opinion that a barn built illegally near Bridger Canyon Road should be removed.

    The order ends a dispute that began in January 2010 between a property owners association and the owner of the barn, located at 181 Brass Lantern Court—about a quarter-mile south of the “M” trailhead.

    The county first learned about the barn when a resident complained. In 2010, the county’s code compliance specialist determined that the barn’s contractor had not applied for a permit to build the 2,524-square-foot structure on the 20-acre property.

    The barn also violated zoning regulations, compliance specialist Amy Waring said, because it was built too far away from the house already on the property.

    Cameron Steele can be reached at csteele@dailychronicle.com or 582-2648.








  • Montana Video
    Posted on: 2012-01-10
    copy and paste to browser: http://vimeo.com/21708735
    ENJOY!
    Note - this is in HD, so loads slowly.
  • Weed District Grant
    Posted on: 2011-11-15
    Tuesday, November 15, 2011 10:30 AM

    The Gallatin County Weed District is applying for a state grant so that they can offer 50-50 cost sharing to Bridger Canyon residents and property owners for the spraying/treatment of property for noxious weeds. These can be applied either by owners or hired out. It is a competitive grant, and letters of support from Canyon residents/property owners would be of great assistance in obtaining this grant. They are requesting support in the form of letters and have offered a sample, with e-mail address to send it. They need it before Thanksgiving. It sounds like a wonderful opportunity for us to support them in their efforts to assist us!
    The sample letter is below.
    Call/e-mail me if you have questions, or contact the Gallatin County Weed District office.
    Sharon Erickson
    406-587-4085
    se.eaglesrest@gmail.com

    ******The letter may be sent by e-mail to: michael.jones@gallatin.mt.gov

    Bridger Canyon Property Owner
    1234 My Road
    Bozeman, MT 59715

    To Whom It May Concern:

    I,.............., have been actively controlling noxious weeds on my property for many years and support the Gallatin County Weed District in their efforts to secure a grant from the Noxious Weed Trust Fund to assist with the control of noxious weeds in the Bridger Canyon Weed Management Area.

    Without the cooperation of all landowners and land managers in the area, the control of noxious weeds will be ineffective and frustrating. Please let us know what we can do to further the control of noxious weeds in the Bridger Canyon Weed Management Area.

    Sincerely,

    Landowner


  • Bridger Pines Sewer System update
    Posted on: 2011-11-12
    See the Bridger Canyon POA tab for news on the sewer system. Comments deadline is Monday, November 14.
  • Chief Denny Guentzel Retires after 22 Years.
    Posted on: 2011-11-12
    Many thanks from all canyon residents for the service of Chief Denny Guentzel for 22 years with the department: 1999 to 2011. Thanks to wife, Eunie, too, for all her work with the Auxiliary.
  • Calendar Updates
    Posted on: 2011-10-13
    NOTES FROM BCWC - Secretary Cathy Anderson:

    Bridger Canyon Historical Preservation Society has re-roofed the schoolhouse and is planning an open house extravaganza on Dec. 3 from 11-3. The raffle drawing for the quilt will take place then, so mark your calendars.

    Christmas luncheon is December 14 at Riverside. This year will be a buffet Price will be held to $20. Monies are appreciated by the November meeting. It is always helpful to have a ballpark count for the cooks.

    BCFD has scheduled the Baked Potato supper for January 27, 2012 and the Pancake Breakfast on June 23, 2012.
  • Flag Ceremony - Fire Station
    Posted on: 2011-10-13
    The retirement of the current flag at the firehouse (donated by Heidi McLoughlin)
    and the raising of the new flag (donated by Sharon Erikson) was performed by Boy Scout Troop 676
    on OCTOBER 26 at 6:30pm.

    A large crowd of fire fighters and other canyon residents attended to show their patriotism and appreciation.
  • 1954 Bear Incident
    Posted on: 2011-09-23
    From the Bozeman Daily Chronicle 'This Day in Bozeman Chronicle History' September 23, 2011
    'While checking cattle and fences on the Albert Michel ranch, Budge Schumacher ran into a bear in the berry patch. Schumacher, riding a horse, chased the bruin and treed it in a large fir. However, the bear wasn't intimidated to any great extent. It wouldn't move from a limb about 15 feet off the ground and growled when the horse and rider came near. The meeting ended in a stalemate with Schumacher ultimately riding away and leaving the bear to its own devices.'
  • Monday, 8/15, 4:23 pm (Tom Fiddaman)
    Posted on: 2011-08-16
    re: BATTLE RIDGE FIRE, CELL TOWER, BRIDGER PINES
    Hi Neighbors –
    You may have seen the Sunday Chronicle article on the small fire at Battle Ridge:
    http://www.bozemandailychronicle.com/news/article_47497514-c629-11e0-8b79-00
    1cc4c03286.html
    Here’s the latest from fire chief Dan Astrom:
    >About 6 acres.
    >70% contained as of this morning. Some spots outside the hose line.
    >Didn't get the moisture like some of us in the canyon this morning.
    >Hotshot crews are sleeping at the fire. Helena crew is camped at the station, and local crews go home.
    >Could be wrapped up today, most likely tomorrow.
    >Nothing to see from the road, so please avoid that area as vehicles are entering and exiting between Brackett Creek Rd. and Fairy Lake Access.
    >Thank you! >
    >Regards,
    >Dan

    In other news, the proposed cell tower is on the agenda tonight:
    http://www.bozemandailychronicle.com/news/city/article_5f23a9aa-c6d5-11e0-96
    7d-001cc4c002e0.html
    There is information on the cell tower being proposed at Zigs on both Facebook and the web.
    Bridger Corridor Enhancement Team is the Facebook page and www.bridgerteam.com is the website. People can see some nifty graphics that show the before and after views.

    Applications are underway for Bridger Pines to replace its ailing sewer system with a new wastewater treatment facility that would permit full build of the 58 units in the subdivision. The system would include a 4-acre storage pond and 7-acre spray irrigation system below the Bridger Bowl parking lot. For more details see http://deq.mt.gov/wqinfo/srf/WPCSRF/pdf/EAFONSIBridgerPines.pdf A pending application for a variance to subdivide land was postponed, but may be heard next month.
    Tom
  • In Memory of our Dear Friend and Neighbor, Em DePuy
    Posted on: 2011-08-10
    DePuy

    1925-02-16 - 2011-08-01

    Emerson DePuy, 86, passed away on August 1, 2011 with his family by his side. He was born in Des Moines, Iowa on February 16, 1925, the son of Clifford DePuy and Frances Lillian Prouty DePuy. He was married to Ann Jackson DePuy for 61 years until her death in 2009. 'Old Blue Eyes' was an old school gentleman. He was also a mechanical wizard, inveterate teaser and a people magnet. He loved living in beautiful Montana where he could ski or fly fish once the grass was cut. He graduated from Theodore Roosevelt High School, Des Moines, in 1942 on a Friday and started college on Monday because the nation was at war. After receiving his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Iowa State, Ames, he attended Midshipman's School at Notre Dame. He served as the deck officer on the USS Admiral Coontz, the largest navel transport at that time. After the war, he attended Wesleyan University in Middleton, Connecticut to receive an M.A. in Economics. Emerson's only employer was Pittsburgh-Des Moines Steel Company, the heavy construction company that built the St. Louis arch. When he retired at end of 34 years, he was the Northwest District Sales Manager covering Northern California, Oregon, Hawaii, Alaska and Northern Nevada. Em lived in Des Moines, Dallas, Chicago, Spain, and Pittsburgh before living 27 years in Menlo Park, CA. As Scout Master of the Boy Scouts of America Troop 109, he grew the troop to be one of the strongest in the Bay Area and mentored many, including his son Dave, to Eagle Scout. He and Ann were consummate world travelers. When he moved to Bozeman in 1988 he quickly became involved in the community, volunteering at the Museum of the Rockies, the Bridger Canyon Volunteer Fire Department, and SCORE, where he was Chapter Administrator until his death. He will be widely remembered for his commitment to helping others improve and his direct, quick sense of humor. Emerson is survived by his children, Debbie DePuy, Los Angeles, CA and Dave DePuy (Judy), Los Altos Hills, CA, his grandchildren, Jesse Giunta, Woodland Hills, CA, Jennifer DePuy, Los Altos Hills, CA and Cliff DePuy, Los Altos Hills, CA, and his West Highland terriers, Foxie and Boomer. At Em's request no service will be held. Memorial donations may be made to the Bridger Canyon Rural Fire Department Auxiliary, 8081 Bridger Canyon Road, Bozeman, MT 59715, Museum of the Rockies, 600 West Kagy Boulevard Bozeman, MT 59717, or to a charity of one's choosing.
  • Virtual Tour of Bridger Canyon
    Posted on: 2011-07-08
    Enjoy!
  • New Video
    Posted on: 2011-04-06
    Check out this new video celebrating the uniqueness of Bozeman! Lots of photos of Bridger Canyon are included, of course (the most beautiful area around!). This is indeed, The Last Best Place!
  • Pilates at the Fire Station
    Posted on: 2011-03-08
    Come try out our Pilates class on Mondays and Fridays at 7:30. An hour of great core stretching exercise with Debbie Bloehm and friends. Easy access, great way to start the day!
  • BCPOA NOTES from Tom Fiddaman, Chairman
    Posted on: 2011-02-03
    2/7/11: Tonight's zoning advisory board meeting is cancelled. We'll let you know when it's rescheduled. Meanwhile, there's quite a bit of new material at http://zoning.posterous.com . -
    2/3/11
    Two bits of news:

    The Zoning Advisory Board will meet on February 7th, 5:30-7:30, at the fire station community room. This week will be the first discussion of density and PUDs in the AE district, so it should be interesting. The agenda is posted at http://zoning.posterous.com/ along with a lot of other material documenting the discussion.

    If you've been wondering why the Theken barn in Brass Lantern (by the M) is still standing, it's because an appeal is underway and the county's removal order will be set aside, pending resolution. The county has hired outside counsel to defend its decision. BCPOA will file to intervene. Now that litigation is underway, BCPOA will have to go quiet on this matter, though we may need to do a bit of fundraising. Unfortunately resolution could be a long way off - as much as several years.

    Tom Fiddaman
    BCPOA Chairman
  • Bohart Activities
    Posted on: 2011-02-03
    12th-Saturday: Valentines Scramble
    Join in the camaraderie of this informal and fun 'race' for all ages and abilities. You don't have to be a ski racer to enter. Costumes encouraged! Skiers choose their race distance and classic or skate technique. Event day registration at 9:00 AM. Scramble begins at 10:00 AM. Participation fee of $5 donated to Bohart Ski Education Scholarship Fund.

    13th-Sunday: Bohart Bonus Day
    Ski Bohart at reduced prices! $8 Adult Trail Fee, $5 Child Trail Fee (7-12, 6 and under free). $8 classic rental for adults, $5 classic rental for children. Put your name in a drawing for a FREE 2012 Season Pass. Warm up at the Trail Shelter. Bring a picnic lunch for a fun day with family and friends!

  • Potato Dinner Results
    Posted on: 2011-01-29
    To Bridger Canyon Women's Club membership,

    What a wonderful, successful event we had last night. We truly missed those of you who could not attend. Here are the results:
    Approximately 85 adults and 12 children attended
    Donations totaled $1454.00
    Thank you so much to everyone for your hard work and culinary delights. See you are our February meeting.
    Lorraine Conn
    Treasurer

    Lorraine,
    All of you did an amazing job! It was such a fun evening and what a huge success.
    Thank you all for everything that you do. We live in such a wonderful community.
    Colleen



  • Sager Web Site
    Posted on: 2010-12-11
    This is a great place to get the feel of living in Bridger Canyon. Thanks, Gary!
    www.bclodge.com

    Other web sites that Gary lists as informative:

    MSU News Service:
    http://www.montana.edu/cpa/news/nwview.php?article=8855

    National Geographic:
    http://adventure.nationalgeographic.com/2009/10/best-places-to-live/montana-bozeman-text/1

    Enjoy!
  • Zoning Upheld by County
    Posted on: 2010-09-10
    By now you have probably heard that Bridger Canyon prevailed at the Planning and Zoning Commission meeting yesterday. The vote was 5-2 denying the CUP to allow the barn to stay. I would like to thank all of you who took the time to respond to the survey, the commissioners listened!!
    And a very special thanks to those of you who came to the very long hearing. We started at 9am and ended a little before 1:30pm. Ruth Hall got a chuckle out of folks when she called the CUP an attempt to put lipstick on a pig! I was tickled to see her quoted in today's paper.
    Thank you for taking the time to help us protect our zoning. When zoning is upheld, we all win.
    Thanks Again,
    Mary-Martha
  • Bridger to Bangtails Coalition
    Posted on: 2010-07-23
    Community Education & Awareness Speaker Series
    Scheduled Events
    http://b2bcoalition.org/Articles/CEASS/index.htm

    Saturday, 14 August 2010
    Weeds and Weed Control in Bridger Canyon
    Pictures from the Weed Hike
    Botanist Jennie Birdsall will lead a hike to identify noxious weeds common to Bridger Canyon and illustrate methods of controlling weeds, including biological (insects), herbicides and mechanical (mowing and pulling). Jennie has many years of experience in weed control field research for the Forest Service and can discuss results of those efforts. She will answer questions participants may have regarding their own situation. See pictures from last year and our monograph on the weed control effort for a preview.
    The 3 to 4 hour hike will cover about 2 miles and traverse steep, brushy terrain. Wear appropriate boots and clothing. Bring things appropriate to a day hike (hat, sunscreen, water, ...). We encourage parents to bring children who are able to negotiate the terrain.
    • Time: Saturday, 14 August 2010, 9:00 AM
    • Location: 7003 Bridger Canyon Road
    The location is immediately before the 7 mile marker coming from Bozeman. It is across from Kelly Canyon Road and the Lower Bridger School. Please park at the bottom of the driveway.
  • ANNUAL CANYON PICNIC!
    Posted on: 2010-07-13
    A great time was had by a large group of Canyon residents on Sunday August 22, 2010 at the Fire Department.
    The committee did a great job of organizing the food (so much and so yummy!), setting up tables and chairs inside the station (the weather was a little 'iffy'). The kids loved rides in the fire truck, the silent auction was a lot of fun, everyone enjoyed the music. All in all, it was a successful picnic. Anyone have some photos to share??
  • Zoning update - 6/28/10
    Posted on: 2010-07-06
    From Tom Fiddaman, President of BCHOA:

    The zoning advisory board has been working away at updates to our zoning documents. You can follow the process live here:
    http://zoning.posterous.com/

    Our first project has been to tackle the General Plan. Much of the work involves reorganizing and updating information, and separating policy recommendations from resource inventories.

    At our last meeting, we reviewed the statement of goals in the current general plan (see http://zoning.posterous.com/goals-in-the-current-general-plan ). Based on our comments, the PD drafted a new goals section, which you can view here:
    http://zoning.posterous.com/draft-propert-owners-goals-for-general-plan
    I've also appended an excerpt of the text below.

    The Goals section is crucial, as it guides the development of policy in the remainder of the documents. Please take a moment to let us know how you feel about this draft. You can comment on the post linked above, or respond to this email (I'll assume your remarks can be shared anonymously, unless you indicate otherwise).

    Thanks!

    Tom


    Proposed Draft:

    PROPERTY OWNERS' GOALS

    1. To secure increase citizen participation in the planning process and maintain continuous coordination, education and cooperation between citizens, public and semi-public agencies operation in and around the Canyon.
    2. Preserve and protect both the quality and quantity of the environmental resources (water, forest, soil, vegetation, fish, wildlife, wildlife habitat, air, wetlands, and night sky) of Bridger Canyon.
    3. Encourage and protect agriculture pursuits.
    4. Encourage and protect open space and a rural atmosphere.
    5. Promote thoughtful development of recreational areas taking into consideration surrounding areas, the influence on water quality and quantity, traffic generation, fire hazards, and environmental concerns.
    6. Ensure that the guiding principles of Bridger Canyon are implemented and maintained to provide clarity and predictability that will protect private property rights.
    7. Promote development which is planned in accordance with the geography, the environment, safety, and engineering concerns, keeping in mind the rural character of the area, and the ecological balance.
    8. Protect the rural character of Bridger Canyon by preserving Bridger Canyon Road as a two lane road.
    9. Recognize the Bridger Bowl base area as having been historically used and planned for a variety of recreational opportunities, commercial areas, and higher residential and overnight accommodation densities than what is found in the general Bridger Canyon planned area.


    Current General Plan language:

    PROPERTY OWNERS' GOALS

    1. To maintain continuous coordination and cooperation between citizens and public and semi-public agencies operation in and around the Canyon.

    2. To secure increased citizen participation in the planning process and, if necessary, to work for legislation which will offer protection from the adverse effects of urbanization.

    3. To preserve and protect those environmental qualities that are resources of the zoned area.

    4. To maintain high water quality standards through constant monitoring.

    5. To encourage agricultural land preservation and the needs of the rancher.

    6. To disseminate information on good logging practice and silviculture so that timber resources can be conserved.

    7. To set limits on areas of high intensity recreational use based on access, sensitivity of surrounding uses, influence on water quality, traffic generation, fire hazard, and environmental effects.

    8. To insist on attention to vegetation, sanitation, wildlife habitat, erosion, and public safety concerns for new development.

    9. Elements of community design (roads, utilities, etc.) should be planned to include environmental factors in addition to usual safety and engineering considerations.

    10. New residential development will be encouraged in low density tracts or clusters.

    11. Residences, commercial facilities, public buildings, street signs, etc., shall be designed to fit the rural character of the area.
  • Christine Pentecost's Web Site
    Posted on: 2010-05-29
    Enjoy Christine's photos at
    www.bridgermountainphoto.com
    You'll be amazed!
  • BCPOA NOTES from Tom Fiddaman
    Posted on: 2010-05-08
    Friends of Bridger Canyon,
    This is a busy month. Topics in this note:
    - zoning hearing
    - BCPOA newsletter & annual meeting
    - zoning advisory board
    - other events
    Next week, Thursday May 13, The Bridger Canyon Zoning Commission is scheduled to discuss the Brass Lantern zoning violation (specifically, the application for a CUP to amend the PUD to eliminate the violation so that a permit can be issued). BCPOA opposes this application, and we’ve heard very clearly that most of you do to.
    This would be a great time to stand up for our zoning. There are two things you can do:
    - Attend the hearing. Even if you just stand up and say, “I’m in favor of  meaningful zoning enforcement, and I oppose this action to legalize a violation that harms Bridger Canyon,” it’ll make a difference – the commissioners definitely pay attention to participation.
    - Submit a letter to the commission. Even a very simple one is helpful. You can send letters to Bridger Canyon Zoning District commissioners, c/o the Planning Department, planning@gallatin.mt.gov . If you copy us on your letter, we can keep track of feedback and be sure it all gets into the public record ( tom@metasd.com ).
    I’ve already submitted a lengthy letter on behalf of BCPOA, which you can read here http://drop.io/BrassLantern along with a copy of the CUP application and other information as it becomes available. The letter includes the 16 pages of responses we received when we asked the canyon about enforcement last month. BCPOA board members will be at the hearing. Hearings start at 9:00; we don’t have an agenda yet, but expect the commission to complete the Greenridge PUD discussion first (public comment is currently closed on that).
    The BCPOA annual newsletter will be in your mailboxes soon – watch for it.
    The BCPOA annual meeting will be held on May 25th, 7pm, at the fire station community center.
    The first meeting of the Bridger Canyon Zoning Advisory Board will be next week, Wed. May 12, 5-7pm at the Gallatin County Courthouse community room (on Main St in Bozeman).
    Agenda
    1. Call to order; roll call.
    2. Public Comment (items not on agenda).
    3. Overview of meeting logistics
    4. Discussion of Staff Bridger Canyon Zoning Regulation review 5. Top five issues of importance regarding either the Bridger Canyon Zoning Regulation and/or Plans 6. Further Public Comment 7. Adjournment
    The FD pancake breakfast & art sale is on May 22nd, 7:30am, at the fire station community center.
    There’s a benefit Bluegrass concert May 29th.
    MSU Extension is giving Forest Stewardship Workshops in Bozeman, June 3,4 and 11, 2010. See http://www.cfc.umt.edu/extensionforestry/calendar.htm
    These events are on the BCPOA calendar, with additional details where possible.
    http://bcpoa.net/calendar.html
    Tom
    Website:bcpoa.net
  • Canyon Zoning Enforcement Query Results
    Posted on: 2010-04-12
    4/7/10 From Tom Fiddaman
    Thank you all who responded by email or on our survey form. I've posted responses as of today here:
    http://bit.ly/b3bXp6
    (the responses are summarized on
    the BRIDGER CANYON POA Section)

  • New Fire District Trustees
    Posted on: 2010-02-09
    UPDATE:
    Congratulations:
    Colleen Carnine and Franklin Cole are all set to become trustees in May. They filed their paperwork prior to the Feb. 19th deadline noted below. Thanks, Colleen and Franklin, for your willingness to step up and serve our fire district and community!

    Posted February 8, 2010:
    The Bridger Canyon Rural Fire District Board of Trustees has two positions opening up this month. Please consider using your passion and energy to serve your Bridger Canyon community as a Trustee and help guide the Fire Department through this exciting new phase in its development.

    Trustees are elected to three-year terms, which begin in May,2010, and these current openings require paperwork to be filed with the county by Feb. 19.

    If you are interested or have any questions about becoming a Trustee, please contact Lisa Daniels, 582-5796, or email her at kidzrgreat2@msn.com.
  • Wanted: Paperback books, DVD’s, Christmas Cards
    Posted on: 2010-01-08
    Adopt A Sox is a charitable corporation established to obtain donations of goods, services, and money for the purpose of sending care packages to military personnel from Gallatin, Madison, Broadwater, Jefferson, Park and Sweetgrass counties stationed overseas.

    In 2009 sixty care packages were sent to individuals in the military that were stuffed with warm greetings from home, goodies that included packages of beef jerky, candy, gum, nuts, healthier items that included instant oatmeal, trail mix bars, granola bars, fun things such as playing cards, puzzle books, small football, comfort items such as hand warmers and toe warmers, etc. Each box contained a paperback book and a DVD.

    With the escalation of troops overseas in 2010, it is anticipated that over 750 care packages will be needed to have all troops receive one. To this end, we are collecting paperback books and DVD’s (these can be used) throughout the year. These items may be dropped off in the large mailbox marked Large Packages by the Bridger Canyon Fire Station or you may call Margie at 556-9230.

    If you have new Christmas cards, maybe 2 or 3 from a boxed purchase, we can use them. Each person receives a hand written card in their package. Cards received with a beautiful picture but no writing on the back, we can use. These we will give to children to write personal messages.

    Interested in volunteering? Call Margie at 556-9230. This will be a massive project and we appreciate all the help we can get!
  • Fire Dept. Report Sunday 7:30 p.m.
    Posted on: 2009-09-27
    Good evening all,

    Here is a brief recap of the meeting this evening at the Community Center. Dan Astrom, fire Chief, along with representatives from DNRC, the Forest Service, and the Sheriff's department were there to talk about the fire and what happens next.

    Dan reported that the burn perimeter of the fire is 378 acres as of Sunday morning. Of that, about 220 acres actively burned. They are not yet talking about percentage contained, as there are too many hot spots they are still trying to manage. The burn area extends from Flaming Arrow Road to the south up north to the parking area at Bridger Bowl. It extends to Bridger Canyon Road on the east and beyond Taiga Road to the west.

    There are currently over 100 firefighters on site working. Today there was a helicopter doing water drops on hot spots and there was additional help from a crew from Fort Peck. There were 6 water tenders working, 9 brush trucks, and 4 structure engines. Water is coming from Ross Peak as well as the pond at Bridger Bowl.

    Over 80 structures were in danger from the fire, and Dan is pleased to report that THERE WERE NO STRUCTURES LOST AND NO INJURIES ON THE LINE!!! There was some fire damage to some structures. For those of you who saw the fire Saturday, this is a miracle outcome. The Sheriff's department reported that this success was due to the work of our fire department and all the other fire departments that responded so quickly. Way to go fire department! The official cause of the fire is under investigation.

    Flaming Arrow Road and Bridger Bowl Road remain closed at this point. There will patrols working all night tonight.
    The Sheriff's department has posted a 35 mph speed restriction through the fire area on Bridger Canyon Road. Please adhere to this restriction. Fire equipment is moving on and off Bridger Canyon and they are not running lights or sirens, and they move very slowly (5-10mph) so it is essential that we keep our speeds down. The last thing we want is for a car accident to hamper the fire efforts.

    At this point, the DNRC (Department of Natural Resources and Conservation) has arrived. By tomorrow there will be over 200 people on site. There will be 3 crews, 2 helicopters, 2 skidgins (don't know if I spelled that right) to help get water to remote areas, as well as management personnel. This group will continue to work with available local resources for the duration of this fire. Further, Bridger Bowl's dozer is being used, as well as their facilities for staging. The lack of cell phone coverage in the canyon has been a major hindrance during this emergency, so we are grateful to be able to use Bridger Bowl's infrastructure going forward.

    The crews coming in will be lodging in a tent city near the site. Food will be handled by County Assist. The numbers of people they will need to feed exceeds our capacity, so DNRC will have staff to take over. If they need help from us, we will let you know. A HUGE thank you to everyone who brought food last night and today. The fire fighters really appreciated everything!

    Dan is updating the fire department website as he is able. That site is www.bridgercanyonfd.org
    Additionally, Bridger Bowl is reporting on the fire on their website, and occassionally may have webcam shots of the area.

    I think I have captured the main points of the meeting here. Once again, thanks to all of you for stepping up and helping out again, you are wonderful!

    Have a good night.

    Mary-Martha
  • Economic Woes Threaten Raptor Research
    Posted on: 2009-08-13
    Per Tom Fiddaman on Bridger Canyon Forum (Google):
    A few excerpts from Bozeman Daily Chronicle article:

    By DANIEL PERSON Chronicle Staff Writer

    The Montana Audubon is doing some emergency fundraising in hopes of keeping open a bird-watching station on Bridger Ridge, after the national organization that had funded the site announced it couldn’t
    afford it this year...
    The site has been particularly vital to keeping stats on golden eagles, which like to soar above the Bridger Mountains on their way south for the winter, said Steve Hoffman, executive director of Montana Audubon.
  • Mountain Pine Beetle Information
    Posted on: 2009-08-13
    The mountain pine beetle is a native bark beetle that usually produces one brood per year. It infests all species of pines and when populations are very high, other species of conifer trees may occasionally be killed. Adults emerge from under the bark during the summer and fly to new trees. Tehy can fly 15-20 miles, so even isolated pines are at risk. The larger pines are most at risk, but during epidemis, trees down to a few inches in diameter can be killed.
    General Forest Information:
    http://www.forestryimages.org/
    Local USFS, John Councilman 522-2533
    State of Montana Resource:
    ctessmer@mt.gove (Curt Tessmer Local State Forester, 556-4506

    Gallatin Conservation District
    Dan Durham 522-4016


  • Google Forum
    Posted on: 2008-11-22
    Description: An open forum for discussion of issues related to Bridger Canyon

    Managed by Tom Fiddaman - originated in May 2007, with updates on base area, oil and gas leases, weed and bug control, much more.
    Thanks, Tom!
  • Bridger Canyon Views and Info
    Posted on: 2008-03-30
    For an up-to-date look at life in Bridger Canyon, check out Gary and Pauline Sager's web site from their home in the southern section of the canyon. You'll see elk photos, a dinner for our firefighters, spectacular views, and links to interesting web sites with more information.
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