Fluoride opponents pack city commission meeting

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By RANDI TYLER/Montana State News

Many Bozeman citizens stood up for their own opinions on the fluoride in the water issue at the City Commission meeting on Monday night.

Most were in opposition to the idea of adding fluoride to the drinking water, contending that fluoride is a poison. One angry citizen told the board of commissioners, “You’re knowingly choosing to poison your people. “

One woman told how she was part of an experiment in the 1950’s to see how much fluoride a community can handle until it stars showing negative side effects. She blames the experiment for her mother being diagnosed with hypothyroidism, the tumors that developed on her brother’s rib cage, her debilitating headaches, and her sister’s sever passiveness – to the point that she was found sitting at the bottom of a pool, not trying to save herself from drowning. More

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Over $440,000 in repairs scheduled for library

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By BECKY HATTERSLEY/Montana State News

Hail damage to the Bozeman Public Library from the 2010 storms will be repaired over the summer. The project, originally expected to be over one million dollars, will come in around $440,000 and insurance will cover the cost.

Valley Glass will be replacing the damaged skylights with the same system now in use. The windows’ high R-value, the measure of how well they insulate, will help maintain the building’s LEED certification. According to their proposal to Martel Construction of Bozeman, the cost will be $146, 000.

Summit Roofing will be replacing the roof, a $294,000 project. The metal roof currently in place leaks due the expansion and contraction of the metal with the temperatures, an issue that has been compounded by the hail damage. More

EcoSmart house project nears completion

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By DAVID HOY/Montana State News

Light bulbs are being screwed in and cabinet handles attached as the Montana EcoSmart house project nears completion. In September 2010, a groundbreaking ceremony for the project occurred, supported by Montana State University and REHAU Incorporated.

On April 20, 2012 ,the project home will host an opening ceremony to celebrate the unique collaborations involved. Ongoing functions at the home will be used to garner support for future endeavors.

On Thursday, March 29, students from various areas of the MSU campus will be involved with a fundraiser even being held at the project home. Support for future university CRLab and Architecture Department projects will be gathered. More

Small café caters to the locals in search of home cooking

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By SAM BROWN/Montana State News

The Stockyard Café sits on the outskirts of Bozeman on a dirt road that sees little traffic. It’s weathered bright red wood siding contrast with the stark surroundings of the abandoned Bozeman Cattle Yard.

What was once a bustling area of activity where cattle sales took place has now become desolate because there have been no cattle sales in the past 10 years at the cattle yard.

Since the cattle yard closed, Christine Huyser has kept the café in business, serving homemade food at affordable prices. With memorabilia covering the walls and the surrounding cattle yard, the Stockyard Café serves breakfast with a certain nostalgia not many places can deliver. More

Students to share research at upcoming conference

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By BRIANNA SCHUTZ/Montana State News

Submissions are in and this year’s Student Research Celebration projects will provide attendees a diverse amount of topics to learn about, spanning from local to global and a vast majority of colleges here on campus, according to Scarlet Reierson, program administrator for American Studies at Montana State University.

This year the conference received roughly 250 abstract submissions, according to Reierson, and the range of projects is the “coolest” thing about the celebration to her. She said students have done research on a local level, such as a documentary about local foods in the Gallatin County, to the international, Engineers without Borders’ experience and field research.

Submissions are allowed from any college on campus, not just focusing on the most visible research fields such as engineering and sciences. More

Run to the Pub attracts nearly 2,000 runnders

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By TRUDI FISHER/Montana State News

This year marked Bozeman Running Company’s Fifth Annual Run to the Pub, to Pub 317 in downtown Bozeman, on Saturday, March 17. The race attracted nearly 2,000 runners from all kinds of running backgrounds to participate in an early-season 10K and half-marathon.

Proceeds from the event go to local charities: Family Promise, Trails for Horses and Run Bozeman. Each year one participant is drawn randomly for a trip for two to the Dublin (Ireland) Marathon in the fall. Participants are always encouraged to dress in costume for prizes, and top runners in each race and gender are awarded prize money. More

MSU students head to Utah to present research findings

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By ANGIE FORD/Montana State News

The countdown has begun. Presentations are being practiced, finalized, and sweated over, suitcases and homework are being packed, and professors notified of academic absences. What’s all the fuss about? Didn’t everyone just return from spring break?

The event is the National Conference for Undergrad Research, an event hosted by a different university each year. This year the host college is Weber State University, in Ogden, Utah, where undergraduate students from the world over will gather to share their research.

Zuzu Feder, currently a graduate student, presented at the 2010 conference in Missoula.

“It’s a great place to get your feet wet with conference presentations because it’s all undergrads and all very friendly and open,” Feder said. “And it’s just fun to see what other people are doing.” More

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