Friday, March 27, 2015

Helena activities Fishing Trips/Outfitters
Paul Roos Outfitters
PO Box 621
Helena MT 59624
Fax: (406)449-2293

Golf / Golf Equipment

Bill Roberts Golf Course
2201 North Benton Ave
Helena MT 59601
(406)442-2191 Scott Longenecker
About Us... Bill Roberts Golf Course is one of the best municipal golf courses in the state. We have 18 holes with 4 sets of tees, driving range, club house, practice area, and lessons from PGA professionals available. Conveniently located and affordably priced, Bill Roberts Golf Course is the best golfing experience in the Helena valley!

Diamondback Golf
1417 11th Avenue
Helena MT 59601
(406)442-2648 Dan Owen, General Manager Diamondback Golf is a Montana business with a full line of golf apparel and equipment. With four convenient locations in Helena, Bozeman, Missoula, and Great Falls, we offer discounted prices to accommodate any golfer's needs. Come check us out today!

Green Meadow Country Club
2720 Country Club Avenue
Helena MT 59601
Fax: (406)443-5806
Ray Hunthausen, Manager

Helena Ice Arena
400 Lola Street
Helena MT 59601
Fax: (406)457-2818
Mike Butters Other Contacts:
Debbie Pappas, Brent Agrusa

Kim's Marina & RV Resort
8015 Canyon Ferry Road
Helena MT 59602
Fax: (406)475-3723
Greg & Maryann Axtman, Owner Kim's Marina is a Full Service Resort on the north end of Canyon Ferry Lake- 20 miles from Helena. Kim's Marina has RV and tent camping, cabins, dock and boat rentals, groceries, gifts, gas, propane, ice, FWP licenses, and much more.

Sleeping Giant Lanes & Mini Golf
3355 Tricia Street
Helena MT 59601
Michelle Anderson, Owner

Great Divide Snowsports
100 Skiway
PO Box Ski Marysville
MT 59640
Fax: (406)443-0540
Bob Person Other Contacts: Kevin Taylor

Big Sky Board Sports
1417 1/2 11th Avenue
Helena MT 59601
Fax: (406)442-0677
Mr. Simon Elston, Owner

Gates of the Mountains
PO Box 478
Helena MT 59624
(406)458-5241 Tim Crawford, Manager

Great Northern Carousel
924 Bicentennial Plaza
PO Box 369
Helena MT 59624
Rick Davis, Manager Go for the brass ring at Helena's own carousel! The detailed hand-carved, hand-painted "ponies" and custom stained glass windows make each visit an adventure for children and adults alike. Our homemade ice cream and fudge (made right here in the Great Northern) top off the experience. But, don't forget to take a peek at the Painted Pony Gift Shop for Carousel souvenirs and treasures. And, we've got the best party room in town. Call today to reserve your special day or occasion with us at the Carousel. Great Northern Carousel Copper Level Member

Helena National Forest
2880 Skyway Drive
Helena MT 59601
Fax: (406)449-5436
Other Contacts: Sandi French, Amy Teegarden
The Helena National Forest provides the scenic backdrop for the Queen City and its immediate proximity to town makes it everyone's "Million Acre Backyard". Visit our website at and then come visit YOUR National Forest!

Helena Unlimited dba Last Chance Tours
PO Box 6338
Helena MT 59604
Fax: (406)442-1003
Lee Holmes, Manager

Kleffner Ranch
305 Hwy 518 East
Helena MT 59635
Fax: (406)227-3521
Denis and Stacy Young Montana's Special Events Center since 1887 featuring weddings, reunions, picnics, company parties, planning session retreats. Tours of the largest old barn in the country.

Last Chance Ranch Wagonride Dinners
2884 Grizzly Gulch
Helena MT 59601
Fax: (406)442-0303 Bruce Anfinson
Enjoy a historical ride into Helena's Old West. Travel by horse drawn wagons through a turn of the century homestead along Travis Creek, just south of town. If you are quiet and have a keen eye, you can see wildlife along the way, such as moose, deer, elk, and of course game birds and beaver in the ponds along the creek. Last Chance Ranch offers popular wagonride dinners featuring all you can eat prime rib dinners in the largest tipi in Montana complete with huckleberry cheesecake and cowboy coffee. Live western music rounds out the night featuring Montana's own, Bruce Anfinson, by the campfire. The evening takes about four hours and includes round-trip bus ride from Helena. Experience this pristine, natural area only 30 minutes from downtown Helena. Call Last Chance Ranch @ 442-2884 or the Helena Chamber of Commerce @ 442-4120 for more information. 2007 Season open June 11 through the end of September

Montana Historical Society
225 North Roberts
Helena MT 59601
Fax: (406)444-2696 Richard Sims
Other Contacts: Tom Cook, PR- Marketing, Molly Holz, Debra Mitchell, Susan Near, Director of Museum Servic The Montana Historical Society and Montana's Museum is home to an incomparable Charlie Russell collection and Montana artifacts. Explore history through our Research Center, Publications, Education and Historic Preservation programs. Enjoy shopping for gifts/books in the Museum Store (members receive a discount). The Montana Historical Society also publishes "Montana The Magazine of Western History" as well as books (Montana Historical Society Press). Montana Living History Program PO Box 9624 Helena MT 59604 (406)458-3700 Tom Bruhn, Executive Director The Montana Living History Program is a non-profit organization. Our mission is to "Perpetuate the Historic Skill of our Frontier Past and to Teach, through Example and Re-Enactment, Understanding of our Rich and Diverse State History." Our annual fundraiser is The Montana Wild West Fest. The Fest will be held on August 9th and 10th, 2008 at the Historic Kleffner Ranch in East Helena. The Festival is a showcase for "All Things Western."
For more information, call (406)458-3700
e-mail, or write: P.O. Box 9624, Helena, MT 59604. Visit our website at

Spokane Bar Sapphire Mine
5360 Castles Road
Helena MT 59601
(406)227-8989 Deb Thompson
This quaint turn of the century mine sits on the banks of Hauser Lake as the Missouri River flows in 'Big Sky Country' - Helena, Montana. Visitors come through the mine digging through the gravel looking for sapphires every day. Today, you can find sapphires in every color at the Spokane Bar Sapphire Mine. The natural Sapphire crystal structure is hexagon with triangle terminations, which are often flat. The most commonly found color is green-blue. Blue sapphire is the best known color. Ruby is a red sapphire, which is one of the most prized. Sapphires from 1/2 carat up to 10 carats are fairly common. The largest known sapphire from the Spokane Bar was 155 carats, found by a man from Idaho. Other finds, though uncommon, are diamond, topaz, citrine, and ruby. Garnets of several varieties can be found; the largest on record weighed 40 carats. The largest gem quality sapphire was 50 carats so far!

The Painted Pot
1600 11th Ave. #243 Capital Hill Mall
Helena MT 59601
Fax: (406)443-3799 Kathleen Harrington
The Painted Pot is a Contemporary Ceramics Studio (a paint your own pottery store). Our staff will show you how easy it is to: choose a piece of ceramic bisque, pick a design, select from over 50 paint glazes and create a masterpiece. After painting is completed, our staff takes five to seven days to put on an overglaze and fire the pottery. No experience is needed and all ages are welcome. If you need a new party experience, bring 8 to 20 individuals to our party room and you will get overglaze and firing for free. Your supply the food and drinks and we supply the entertainment. We are open seven days a week. Call (406) 443-3799 to reserve the party room or find answers to your questions. We are located in the Capital Hill Mall across from Baskin-Robbins.

Tizer Botanic Gardens & Arboretum
PO Box 129
Jefferson City MT 59638
Fax: (209)633-6109
Belva Lotzer Situated at an altitude of 5,000 feet,visitors are often shocked to see that we can grow 100's of varieties of flowering plants The three acre garden includes thousands of plants, some from as far away as Tibet. Visitors will enjoy: The Rose Garden The Patriotic Garden The Herb Patch The Old Time Vegetable Garden The Children's Garden The Nature Trail The Lewis & Clark Native PlantTrail The stroll through the extensive perennial beds, shade garden and begonia beds is a memorable experience. Pleasant paths allow you to wander over six bridges, through The Wildlife Woodlands, along the famous Prickly Pear Creek and over two small islands. All with loads of quiet sitting areas to relax in.

Helena Montana
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1. Senate Advances 80 mph Highway Speed Limit Proposal
HELENA — Montana senators have endorsed the only surviving bill to raise highway speed limits. Senators voted 31-19 to pass Senate Bill 375 on second reading Wednesday.
2. Montana gets 92 percent in transparency in government spending
HELENA – State government in Montana received a score of 92 percent, or an A-minus grade, in new ratings from the U.S. Public Interest Research Group on how the state provides transparency in government spending.
3. Bill to up Highway Speeds Proposed in Legislature
HELENA — Montana lawmakers on Friday heard the session’s fourth proposal to increase highway speed limits. Republican Rep. Art Wittich proposed a ballot referendum Friday for voters to decide whether to raise highway speed limits by 5 mph.
4. Outdoor briefs published Thursday, March 26
Helena Hunters and Anglers to meet April 7
5. Bozeman Democrat Proposes Studying Coal Phase-Out
HELENA — Montana senators are considering studying the potential effects of phasing out coal mining in the state. Democratic Sen. Mike Phillips of Bozeman proposed Senate Joint Resolution 17 in the Senate Natural Resources Committee on Wednesday.
6. Montana House Endorses Private School Tax Credit
HELENA — Montana representatives have given initial approval to a Republican proposal to give tax credits for private school tuition. The House voted 53-47 to pass House Bill 433 on second reading. It was forwarded to the House Appropriations Committee.
7. Senate Endorses Funds for Community-Based Mental Health Care
HELENA — Montana senators have given nearly unanimous approval to a slate of bills that would boost community-based mental health care.
8. Correction: Religion Referendum story
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — In a story March 25 about a religious freedom referendum, The Associated Press incorrectly identified the assistant pastor at St. Paul's United Methodist Church. His name is Tyler
9. Montana Farm Bureau members, board celebrate ag week at capitol
More than 40 Montana Farm Bureau members descended on Helena for the MFBF counties calling on the capitol last week.
10. Ankney proposes fees for companies that close coal plants
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Forty-one years after he helped construct Rosebud Mine, state Sen. Duane Ankney is advancing a bill he says will protect the southwestern Montana community that depends on the sur


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