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New West Daily Roundup for Nov. 4, 2016

Today in New West news: Black-Olive project “largely” meets city code, Idaho the Movie 2, and CenturyLink to sell data centers to cover Level 3 buy.

Late last month, we reported the city of Bozeman would “make a final call” on whether the contentious Black-Olive real estate project (a residential/commercial development) meets city building ordinances. Now, according to the Bozeman Daily Chronicle, officials have concluded the project is “largely in compliance” with the city code:

The review, by development review manager Brian Krueger, did flag several comparatively minor issues with the site plan submitted by [developer Andy] Holloran last month, but none are likely to present a major hurdle for the project. For example, Krueger noted that some driveways were placed too close to property edges and requested additional information about a proposed car-sharing program.

Krueger didn’t, however, question the developer’s parking calculations, which concluded that 35 on-site spaces, three car-share vehicles and five stalls of on-street parking would meet city parking standards for the building’s 55 apartments. He also didn’t flag any issues with the five-story building’s overall height.

Fear that the proposal doesn’t include adequate parking has been a major source of opposition from some neighbors, who have also said they’re concerned about the building’s height and scale in a location — on the southeast corner of Black and Olive — adjacent to single-family homes.

At Wednesday’s meeting, Holloran, his design team and city planning staff discussed the issues Krueger had raised, talking through the city’s requirements and ways the site plan could be modified to accommodate them.

Following the meeting, Holloran said he didn’t think the resulting adjustments would be problematic for the project, calling them “very manageable.”

Among other issues, the meeting saw discussion of sewer capacity and the location of trash enclosures.

Over in Idaho, after the big splash Idaho the Movie (released in 2012) made with residents and fans of the Gemstone State’s various natural splendors, Boise-based Wide Eye Productions pondered how to best follow up their breakout project. After making two more films in the same vein as Idaho the Movie, they decided, well, why not make a sequel?

Indeed, according to the Idaho Statesman, Idaho the Movie 2 is on its way to viewers soon:

“Idaho the Movie 2” debuts Nov. 15 at the Egyptian Theatre. Tickets are free but must be reserved at

The movie goes on sale on Black Friday (Nov. 25) at Costco, Albertsons, Idaho Mountain Touring and It airs on KTVB at 7 p.m. that day.

The sequel features new, lesser-known locations from around the state with much of the footage shot in 5k HD from the nose of a helicopter. Boise-based Wide Eye Productions spent more than $60,000 on the aerials — funded primarily through a Kickstarter campaign that met its $40,000 goal. The helicopter flights took six days.

“You see views you haven’t seen before — that I haven’t seen before,” said Tim Woodward, the writer and narrator for the film and longtime Idaho Statesman writer. “… There are a lot of different places that I think even lifelong Idahoans haven’t been to in this one.”


“Idaho the Movie 2” allowed Wide Eye to revisit the original concept but branch out beyond what producer Jennifer Isenhart called the “usual suspects,” like Shoshone Falls and the Sawtooth Mountains.

“Idaho has so many beautiful locations that we felt we could easily do another film and cover all new territory,” she said, “so that’s what we did. … We had no idea how it would go (the first time), how it would explode. Since then, we’ve had people come to us and say, ‘I love your film so much but I wish you would have gone here or I wish you would have gone there.’ We’ve really been keeping the last four years a list of ideas of places we would go if we did another one.”

Finally, earlier this week, we reported CenturyLink Inc. was buying Broomfield-based Level 3 Communications Inc. for $34 billion in cash and stocks. Now, new information has surfaced regarding how the company will help pay for the deal. Indeed, per the Denver Business Journal, the company is selling its data centers for approximately $2.15 billion:

Friday, the Louisiana company (NYSE: CTL) said it would sell its 57 data centers and colocation businesses to BC Partners of Europe, in a deal that also included Medina Capital Advisors and Longview Asset Management.

“Though it will no longer own the data centers, CenturyLink will continue to offer colocation services as part of its product portfolio through its commercial relationships to be entered into at closing with the BC Partners/Medina-led consortium,” CenturyLink said in a statement.

After the CenturyLink-Level 3 deal closes, the company’s main headquarters will be in Louisiana.

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