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Friday Five: November 16, 2018

Check out these five stories from across Montana that highlight entrepreneurship, the high tech sector, and everything else that makes Montana a great place!
Cross country trails, Stillwater Mountain Lodge, Whitefish

1.Bozeman Photonics Company to Receive $100K EPA Grant

Bridger Photonics in Bozeman will receive a $100,000 grant from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to fund the development of technology that will facilitate the discovery of leaks in oil and gas wells.

The $100,000 to Bridger Photonics is part of $1.7 million that the EPA is awarding to 16 small businesses. The award comes from the EPA’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program, which encourages the development of technologies that support the EPA’s mission.

Click here to read more.

2. Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts

If you’re a ceramics artist or just looking for inspiration, consider visiting the Archie Bray Foundation for Ceramic Arts in Helena.

The Archie Bray Foundation was started in 1951 by Archie Bray as the Western Clay Manufacturing Co., a brick-making business.  Each year, more than 30 artists work at the Bray. In total, according to a story by KRTV, more than 600 artists have worked at the Bray.

One unique feature about the Bray is that the Archie Bray Clay Business makes clay on campus that is used by the artists. The business has 20 different types of clay and creates more than 476 tons of total clay each year. Much of the clay goes to production potters or Montana schools.

Click here to watch the video from KRTV.

3. Montana Computer Museum Gets a Boost from Surprise Guest

If you love computers or quirky museums, consider checking out the Museum of Computers and Robotics near the Montana State University campus in Bozeman.

The museum is a trove of historic first treasures. Some of the displays and rooms include Apple One computer, the only surviving computer that was used to land U.S. astronauts on the moon and a room dedicated to women in computing. According to a story from KTVH, each exhibit has three levels of information: a brief explanation,  a more in-depth take on the history and a deep dive into the details.

Click here to watch a video about the museum and to learn about their most recent special visitor.

4. Making it in Big Sky: Montana Backcountry Adventures

Montana Backcountry Adventures runs two yurt restaurants: the Montana Dinner Yurt and Shedhorn Grill. After dark, guests are whisked away by snowcat to the Montana Dinner Yurt hidden in Big Sky Resort. The Shedhorn Grill, opened in 2009 , offers on-slope lunches beneath the Shedhorn Chairlift on the south face of Lone Mountain.

Kevin Daily, along with two partners, purchased the company in 2007.

Click here to read a Q & A with Kevin from Explore Big Sky.

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5. Bridger Bowl Sets Opening Date

Bridger Bowl Ski Area near Bozeman will open early this season on Nov. 23-25 and Nov. 30-Dec. 2. All lifts except Snowflake and Flurry will be open at regular season prices. The Jim Bridger Lodge and the Deer Park Chalet will offer full service.

Adult lift tickets are $63, $25 for youth ages 7 to 12. Seniors ages 70-79 ski for $35.

Click here to visit the ski hill’s website.

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