MSU 140th Commencement Ceremonies on Friday May 10th at 10am & 2:30pm

Montana State University expects to confer 2,444 degrees during its 140th commencement ceremonies at Brick Breeden Fieldhouse. 

According to MSU’s Office of the Registrar, the university will award degrees to approximately 1,855 undergraduate students, 371 graduate students. It will also award 218 associate degrees and certificates to Gallatin College MSU students.

Morning Ceremony: Students from the College of Arts and ArchitectureJake Jabs College of Business and Entrepreneurship, College of Letters and Science, and the Mark and Robyn Jones College of Nursing will graduate at 10 a.m., with the procession beginning at 9:40 a.m. During the ceremony, I-Ho Pomeroy, a restaurateur known for her charity work and who served on the Bozeman City Commission, will receive a posthumous honorary doctorate.

Afternoon Ceremony:  Students from the College of AgricultureCollege of Education, Health, and Human DevelopmentNorm Asbjornson College of Engineering and Gallatin College MSU will graduate at 2:30 p.m., with the procession beginning at 2:10 p.m. During the ceremony, Paul R. Wylie, a lawyer, engineer, historian, author and MSU alumnus, will receive an MSU honorary doctorate.

Both ceremonies will be livestreamed available on the commencement page at

Elk River Books Free Events: Meet the Authors in May 9 & 23

May 9, 7pm   Bozeman author Dave Carty reads from his new novel Red is the Fastest Color.   Set in Park County’s Shields River Valley, the new novel is “a quietly potent rumination on the costs, and rewards, of how life ends and begins again” (Kirkus Reviews).  

May 23, 7pm       Local author Stacy Peterson reads from her debut novel (in the works for a film), The Lovely and Dangerous Launch of Lucy Cavanagh.  Set in 1867, the novel follows a “New York City heiress, literary lover, and dreamer,” as she leaves everything behind to travel to San Francisco, seeking answers to questions that have haunted her since the death of her mother. Her stagecoach is attacked. As the only survivor in the wilds of Colorado Territory, she teaming up with outlaw Will Shanks.

Elk River Books locagted at 122 South 2nd St.  Free event.  Book signing and reception will follow.  Details: or (406) 333-2330.


YGM Free Lecture & Book Signing at The Shane Center on May 16, 7pm

The Yellowstone Gateway Foundation & Museum are pleased to announce a free lecture and book signing by award-winning author Dan Flores.  The lecture “Endangered Species and the American West” reflects Flores’ latests book Wild New World: The Epic Story of Animals and People in America, winner of the 2023 Rachel Carson Environment Book.

Dan Flores. PhD, is the Hammond Professor Emeritus of the History of the American West at the University of Montana. He is the noted author of “Coyote America, a Natural & Supernatural History” and “American Serengeti: The Last Big Animals of the Great Plains”.  Dr. Flores was a significant contributor to the recent Ken Burns documentary on PBS.

Visit, Facebook, or Instagram for updates. 406-222-4184.

Y.G.M. presents “Yellowstone: Living on the Edge” Special Exhibit Event May 2, 5pm-7pm

The Yellowstone Gateway Museum announces the opening of a new permanent exhibit, “Yellowstone: Living on the Edge,” on Thursday, May 2, from 5pm to 7pm with catered food and beverages. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend.

This exhibit opening is dedicated to the memory of John Fryer and Paul Shea, men who dedicated their lives to this community and the museum, and showed us what it was like to live “on the edge.” 406.222.4184.

May 1st Old Lumberyard Spring Show

PopUp Art Sale with local & regional Artists
at 122 North F Street

Stafford Animal Shelter will also be on hand.  Come learn how you can get involved.

More details on Instagram  @OLDLUMBERYARD

TODAY 4/22 Meet School Board Candidates

AAUW presents a School Board Candidates Form from 6 to 7:30pm in  the Community Room in the lower level of the  City/County Building, 414 E. Callender St.  The 7 candidates have been invited to participate.  This offers the Public to ask questions and learn more about the candidates before voting.  Any questions contact AAUW Forum Coordinator at 406-222-6937.

GYC Spring Forward Webinar Series on ZOOM

Join us online at our first Spring Forward webinar this year. You’ll learn about the many migration paths across Greater Yellowstone and how GYC is supporting the building of wildlife crossing structures to enhance habitat connectivity. Plus, you’ll have the chance to ask our Wyoming Conservation Coordinator Jared Baecker questions about his wildlife crossing work.

Date: Wednesday, April 24

Time: 4-5 p.m. MT (6-7 p.m. ET, 5-6 p.m. CT, 3-4 p.m. PT)

Location: ZOOM – you’ll receive a meeting link when you sign up

It’s a presentation you definitely don’t want to miss! RSVP today , so click below to register.



City Rec Dept Spring Activity Programs

Visit the City Rec Dept Website for ACTIVITIES & DETAILS.

Look for the Summer Program Guide on the City website soon!

If you or your organization would like to get be added to the guide please email Suzie at

City of Livingston Spring Clean-up starts April 22

Get your stuff up, out, & ready for us to haul away!

For MORE DETAILS, visit city webpage at or
Contact City Offices at (406) 222-2005 with questions.

Wheatgrass Books “Bookstore Day” Book Signing & Reception April 27 11am-3pm

Join us in celebrating Indie Bookstore Day with Missoula author Malcolm Brooks. Malcolm will be signing books from 11 am – 2 pm.  At 2 pm we’ll move upstairs for a reading and reception. 

Malcolm Brook is the national bestselling author of Painted Horses and the more recent, Cloudmaker. With Cloudmaker, Malcolm Brooks returns with a soaring, spirited novel set during the summer of Amelia Earhart’s final flight—a tale of American ingenuity and optimism set against the backdrop of a deepening Great Depression. The summer of 1937 will be a turning point for fourteen-year-old Houston “Huck” Finn. 

Independent Bookstore Day (Indie Bookstore Day) was established in 2013 to promote, celebrate, and highlight the value of the independent bookstore community. The day has been observed on the last Saturday of April every year since 2013. This year there are over 900 stores participating across the country.


The Yellowstone Gateway Museum in Livingston celebrates Native Plant Month during the next Family Days on Saturday, April 27, from 10am to 12pm. Staff and volunteers provide activities that celebrate native plants for students, youth, and their families. Activities are available for all ages. Family Days is held every last Saturday of the month. Visit or call 406-222-4184.

Monthly Chamber Board Meeting

April 18th,  12 Noon to 1 PM

In the Conference Room at the Chamber of Commerce

303 East Park St

Novelist Reading at Elk River Books April 11 7pm

Award-winning Billings novelist CRAIG LANCASTER returns to Livingston’s Elk River Books to read from and discuss his new book, Northward Dreams, on Thursday, April 11.  This free event starts at 7pm and followed by book signing and reception.

Northward Dreams weaves together four timelines to depict the dreams and despair of several generations of a Western family, from the 1950s to the 2010s. According to the publisher, “In this novel, Lancaster, who has been hailed as ‘one of Montana’s most important writers,’ goes deep into how history shapes and confines us and how hope sometimes stubbornly abides.”

Lancaster is the author of ten novels and a collection of short stories, including two High Plains Book Award-winning titles: 600 Hours of Edward and And It Will Be a Beautiful Life. His work has been honored by the Montana Book Awards, the Utah Book Awards, the Independent Publisher Book Awards, the International Book Awards, the American Fiction Awards as well as many other citations. His first full-length play, Straight On To Stardust, made its world premiere in October 2023 in a production by Yellowstone Repertory Theatre.

Elk River Books is located at 122 S. 2nd St.  Call  (406) 333-2330.


On April 2, 2024, the Depot and the Yellowstone Gateway Museum will join forces to test how well Park County residents REALLY know their own history. This joint fundraiser will celebrate Park County’s history from the Precambrian to the Present with prizes, raffles, gifts, and giggles.
A GRAND PRIZE of $600.00 awaits the winning team, as well as bragging rights, and a memorialization of your achievement on plaques to be hung in both the Depot and the Yellowstone Gateway Museum!Categories for questions may include: Trains & Railroads; Historical Characters of Park County; “Name this place” from old Photos; Ranching; Yellowstone National Park; Geology; Linkages between Hollywood and Park County; Archeology; and Surprise Wild-Card Questions.
Come prepared to demonstrate your command of Park County History!
TICKETS:      Individuals $50/each    Teams up to 6 players $300,      Sponsorships $600 (see website for perks)

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