Books: Writing the West (Winter 2012)

Literary reviews of the Northern Rockies


Images of the West: A Young Man’s Opportunity, The Civilian Conservation Corps of Montana

From 1933 to 1942 President Roosevelt’s “Tree Army” put America back to work and created a legacy of conservation through public lands

"Night Terror," an original oil painting by wildlife artist John Seerey-Lester was donated by Call is Africa to be auctioned at the SCI Show in Reno. It is valued at $29,900; price of admittance ticket is entry for the live auction. Must be present to win.

Winter 2012 Round Up

Events, reviews and news from around the Northern Rockies

Written by Christine Rogel  

Christine Rogel

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Artistic horizons Organic Living Raise a Glass Blending the Elements Marks of Strength A Well-Curated Life Lasting Legacy For the Love of the Catch Western Vision Rethink Rustic Creative Business Falling Into Place Western Contemporary Western Design: A Place to Belong Fly Fishing 2014 Round Up Summer 2014 Round Up Fall 2013 Round Up Western Design: River Retreat Western Design: Classic Meets Contemporary Western Design: A Montana Tradition Fall 2015 Round Up Dining Out: Sweet Surprise Western Design: In the Studio with Wendy Marquis, Christopher Paolini and Amber Jean Winter 2012 Round Up Arts 2014 Round Up Western Design: Prairie Renaissance Bringing Alternatives to the Northern Rockies Winter 2015 Round Up: News and Events from around the Northern Rockies Arts 2013 Round Up Fall 2014 Round Up Western Design: Reclaimed Respect Fly Fishing 2016 Round Up: News and events from around the Northern Rockies Western Design: In the Studio with Head, Heart, and Hand Local Knowledge: Hometown Hero Heather McPhie Winter 2013 Round Up Winter 2014 Round Up Round Up: Summer 2015 Western Focus: Artistic Furnishings Fly Fishing 2013 Round Up Western Design: A Fresh Start Western Design: Rocky Mountain Rustics, RMR Group Western Focus: Before & After Western Focus: Earth Elements Design Center Local Knowledge: A New Angle, Bozeman Reel Company Western Design: Agricultural Homage The Long Shadow Summer 2013 Round Up Western Focus: Montana Ecosmart House HOME 2014: Design Elements Round Up: Fly Fishing 2015 Round Up: Arts 2015 Arts 2012 Round Up Summer 2012 Round Up
February 2012

Hunter’s Heaven

Each January, Safari Club Interntional answers the prayers of hunters from around the world with a big party dedicated to sportsmen at the SCI Show in Reno, Nevada, January 23-26, 2013. A celebration of heritage, conservation and camaraderie, the three-day event features the country’s largest hunting marketplace, with specialized products from fine art to fine weapons and clothing, jewelry and state of the art accessories. Offering seminars on subjects that range from African bow hunting to the projectiles of today’s bullets to high end art shows, the SCI Show is an unforgettable event for hunting enthusiasts.

Teton Gravity Research Film

Alaska. A land of infinite possibilities and continuously sought after by pioneers hoping to lay claim to the last frontier. The Teton Gravity Research’s new film, The Dream Factory, documents the exploits of such powder pioneers. The film explores the history of extreme skiing and the progression of the sport in Alaska. Filmed in the Alaskan mountains during a record-breaking winter, the film stars more than 20 world-class freeriders and includes more than 50 interviews. Produced by Todd Jones, it fulfills expectations of extreme-sports aficionados with footage of slow-motion turns down open slopes, deadly races against avalanches, seductive heli-skiing shots and urban and progressive freestyle. Teton Gravity Research, founded in 1995 by four friends with money they made from commercial fishing in Alaska, has produced around 30 award-winning feature films that showcase the world’s top snowboarders, skiers and surfers. Catch the film tour on December 7 at Brookies Cookies in Bigfork, Mont., and visit for more information.

Tower of Ice

Bozeman, Montana, recongnized for its excellent ice climbing thanks to haunts such as Hyalite Canyon and big-name climbers like Conrad Anker, may get an additional 85-foot boost toward becoming a premier ice climbing destination. A proposed Ice Climbing Tower at the Gallatin County Fairgrounds, would be the first competitive ice climbing facility in the Western Hemisphere, advocates say. If completed, the $3- to $4-million World Cup-caliber structure would attract elite climbers and act as a national training facility and international competition venue. Designed by a team of three Montana State University students during a school-wide competition, the nearly 85-foot ice climbing tower was designed for ice or traditional climbing and would include a spectator area that would double as an outdoor concert venue accommodating 2,000 to 3,000 people, according to a MSU press release. The project, in the works for two years now, was the result of an initiative by mountain climbers Conrad Anker of Bozeman and Joe Josephson of Livingston, coordinator of the popular Bozeman Ice Festival held each year in Hyalite Canyon.

For more information on the tower, visit, and for a complete schedule of events or to register for the annual Ice Climbing Festival visit

Vote for Bison

The North American bison — America’s largest land mammal — may join the ranks of the bald eagle as a symbol of the United States. If passed, the National Bison Legacy Act, introduced by U.S. Senators Michael Enzi (R-Wyo.) and Tim Johnson (D-S.D.), would officially designate the bison as the national mammal. To champion the effort, the Wildlife Conservation Society, Intertribal Buffalo Council and National Bison Association have launched a campaign, asking the public to “vote for bison,” while highlighting the many ways that bison have shaped America’s history, economy, culture and landscapes. Information on their effort and a petition can be found at, according to a press release by the Wildlife Conservation Society.

Bison currently appear on two state flags, on the seal of the Department of the Interior, and on U.S. currency. In addition, bison have been adopted as the state mammal of Wyoming, Oklahoma and Kansas. If the bill passes, the coalition intends to push for a National Bison Day on the first Thursday of every November.

Main Street Hot Spot

The American PLanning Association (APA) designated Bozeman’s Main Street as one of 10 Great Streets for 2012 under the organization’s Great Places in America program.

The street was singled out for its frontier-town charm, concentration of late 19th- and early 20th-century buildings, adaptive reuse of historic structures, and diversity of uses. Bozeman’s Main Street is the second Great Place designation in Montana, joining Red Lodge’s Broadway Avenue which was recognized in 2010.

The APA’s Great Places program highlights the role planning and planners play in adding value to communities, including fostering economic growth and jobs. Since it began in 2007, 60 neighborhoods, 60 streets and 50 public spaces have earned designations.

Western Wisdom

According to the 2013 Farmers’ Almanac, December 2nd is one of the best days to can fruits and vegetables, go hunting, mow to retard growth and brew beer. In case you were wondering.

Angel Collinson heli-skiing at Knik River, Alaska (Teton Gravity Research Film)

Tower of Ice

Votes for bison!

Main Street Hot Spot