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Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

by Bozeman Broker Group

 

Thank you to all our clients, colleagues, friends, and family for a great 2015.

We wish you a Merry Christmas and a fantastic 2016!

 


Bozeman Area Cold Snap ~ Tips to Avoid Frozen Pipes

by Bozeman Broker Group

 

 

Tricks to Keep Your Pipes from Exploding this Winter

Winter is here is bozeman, learn how to prevent your pipes from freezing,even if you think they may already have started to freeze.

New homeowners may have heard that winterization is important, but in the hubbub of your first year living in a home you own (finally!), it can be easy to overlook the need to prepare for the cold weather ahead. After all, it’s just not something renters deal with; prepping pipes for winter is often the landlord’s job.

Ideally, you should winterize your pipes in the fall, before winter seriously sets in. But if you’ve forgotten and all of a sudden you’re in the middle of a deep freeze, there’s still time to prevent disaster.

Here are some easy techniques to save your pipes from bursting:

Turn On Your Faucets

If the temperatures have dropped into freezing and intend to stay there, turning on your faucets — can keep water moving through your system and slow down the freezing process. There’s no need to waste gallons of water: Aim for about five drips per minute.

Open Cabinet Doors

During cold weather, open any cabinet doors covering plumbing in the kitchen and bathroom. This allows the home’s warm air to better circulate, which can help prevent the exposed piping from freezing. While this won’t help much with pipes hidden in walls, ceilings, or under the home, it can keep water moving and limit the dangerous effects of freezing weather.

Wrap Your Pipes

If your pipes are already on their merry way towards freezing, wrapping them with warm towels might do the trick. You can cover them with the towels first and then pour boiling water on top, or use already-wet towels — if your hands can stand the heat (use gloves for this). This should help loosen the ice inside and get your system running again.

Pull Out Your Hairdryer

A hairdryer (or heat gun) can be a godsend when your pipes are freezing. If hot rags aren’t doing the trick, try blowing hot air directly on the pipes. Important note: You don’t want to use a blow torch or anything that produces direct flames, which can damage your pipes and turn a frozen pipe into an even worse disaster. You’re trying to melt the ice — not your pipes.

Frozen Pipes? Shut Off The Water

Have your pipes already frozen? Turn off the water immediately. (Hopefully you know where the master shut-off is, but if not, now’s the time to find it!) Make sure to close off any external water sources, like garden hose hookups. This will prevent more water from filling the system, adding more ice to the pile, and eventually bursting your pipes — the worst-case scenario. This also will help when the water thaws; the last thing you want after finally fixing your frozen pipes is for water to flood the system — and thus, your home.

By: Jamie Wiebe

600-Student Medical College in Bozeman?

by Bozeman Broker Group
Burrell Medical College Unfazed by Manipal Withdrawal

The Burrell Group of New Mexico is pushing ahead with its plan to create a 600-student medical college in Bozeman, despite a competing India-based company’s decision that Montana doesn’t have enough patients and teaching doctors to support a quality school.

“We’re moving forward with our proposed medical school,” Dr. Robert Hasty said in an interview Friday. Hasty, 42, has been hired as founding dean in charge of planning Burrell’s Montana College of Osteopathic Medicine.

“We’re excited,” Hasty said. “We’re going to make a huge difference for Montana and the surrounding areas. It’s going to be a game-changer.”

Manipal Education America announced this week in Missoula that it would end its year-long exploration of starting a private, for-profit osteopathic college in Montana.

The Missoulian reported that Neal Simon, Manipal Education America president, issued a statement saying the firm agreed with Missoula’s physician community “that the clinical education infrastructure will not support a high-quality medical school in the state.”

Hasty said Manipal “made the right decision for them” but that has no bearing on the Burrell college, currently completing a feasibility study.

Montana wouldn’t have had the capacity to support two medical schools, Hasty said. But Montana, together with Idaho and Wyoming, does have the capacity to train doctors in a regional medical school, he said.

Many Bozeman doctors remain skeptical of or upset by Burrell’s plan to build a private, for-profit school, possibly in a partnership with Montana State University.

Eleven physicians met with MSU President Waded Cruzado on Friday for 90 minutes to voice their concerns.

Cruzado wrote a public letter this week saying the Burrell college could potentially benefit Montana’s economy with millions of dollars in investment, hundreds of jobs, and new opportunities for students who can’t get into medical school.

She wrote that she has sought from the beginning to ensure it wouldn’t hurt the 43-year-old WWAMI program. That program trains students from states without medical schools — Wyoming, Alaska, Montana and Idaho – in cooperation with the University of Washington. Montana pays to train 30 students a year, who spend their first two years at MSU.

Despite Cruzado’s reassurances, some physicians fear the new school threatens WWAMI because its students would compete for a limited number of residency spots and some legislators may see a chance to save tax money by killing WWAMI.

Dr. Colette Kirchhoff said the doctors “tried to inform” Cruzado that “overwhelmingly, physicians across the state are not in favor of the for-profit model, which is about making money for investors, not providing high-quality medical education.”

Dr. Aaron Bruce, an osteopathic doctor, said Montana’s medical community, and now Manipal, “have come to realize there aren’t enough clerkships and graduate medical training opportunities for a school such as this to be viable.”

Hasty didn’t attend the MSU meeting, but responded to doctors’ concerns.

The Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine at New Mexico State University, which will open next fall with its first 150 students, has already created 108 new accredited residency positions in the New Mexico area, he said.

After students graduate from four-year medical schools, they must undergo years of training in residencies before they can practice. Montana today has only about 30 residencies, and critics say that’s not enough to support WWAMI plus Burrell’s proposed 150 students a year.

Hasty himself has experience with a startup medical school in North Carolina at Campbell University, a 128-year-old Christian school that started its osteopathic college in 2013. It has created 383 new residencies, he said.

In a state that already has established medical schools at Duke and the University of North Carolina, Hasty said, “The big guys said we couldn’t do this and we proved them wrong.”

“It’s incredibly hard work,” Hasty said. “It’s important work. I’m a faith-based guy. I live my life with a purpose.”

Starting a new medical college is daunting work and causes many sleepless nights, Hasty said. But he is so positive about the Burrell college, he is buying a house in Bozeman, set to close next month, and plans to move here with his wife and 5-year-old daughter.

“This is going to be the highest quality medical school,” he said. “We are going to train quality and caring physicians for the future.”

Resistance and negativity are normal and healthy and don’t worry him, Hasty said.

“Folks will fall in love with our medical school,” he said. “I’m super optimistic.”

 

Bozeman Public Schools Video

by Bozeman Broker Group

If you are new to Bozeman and have questions about the school systems, check out quick aerial tour of all Bozeman Public schools including district maps for a quick overview:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sLNnwV-tJDM

 

You can also visit the Bozeman Public Schools website for more details.

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