Gallatin County remains healthiest in Montana
For the seventh year in a row, researchers at the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute have named Gallatin County as the healthiest county in Montana. Despite the cause for celebration on many fronts such as having the lowest premature death rate in the state, study findings related to "severe housing problems" and above-average rates of excessive drinking remain as challenges for the area.
Bozeman number 4 on list of the 25 best small college towns
Schools.com recognized Bozeman in the top five of its ranking of cities with less than 150,000 residents that are home to at least one four-year college or university. The rankings evaluated economic and quality-of-life factors and limited the results to two cities per state. Helena earned ninth place on the list.
New planning coordination committee endorsed by Gallatin County
The advisory committee will provide a formal mechanism for representatives from Gallatin County and the cities of Bozeman and Belgrade, as recommended by a 2014 Gallatin Triangle Planning Study. Bozeman's City Commission and Belgrade's City Council will take up similar measures in the coming weeks.
Montana State University shrinking faculty pay gap
Since 2011 MSU has reached one strategic plan goal of raising professors' average pay from 76 percent to 80 percent of the national average. MSU has invested $2.1 million in market, merit, equity, promotion and retention raises over and above the Legislature's pay plan in the last three fiscal years. Meanwhile, university administrators are earning just 69 percent of average.