When we first envisioned what is now the Kettlehouse Amphitheatre on the banks of the Blackfoot River, few believed that it could go from a big idea to a reality in six months.
As you can imagine, the project had a lot of moving parts and required extensive analysis, planning and approval from the county, the state and federal agencies.
Throughout the entire process, Missoula County Commissioner Jean Curtiss always answered my calls and was extremely responsive in helping us navigate a very complex situation. She saw the vision of bringing people together to enjoy an incredible music experience in a beautiful outdoor setting, while also revitalizing economic activity in Bonner.
We need leaders who have vision, experience and are willing to listen and pursue sensible solutions to complicated challenges. Now as we head into what is looking like a record-breaking year for our music venues and launching a new conservation effort to restore the Blackfoot River, I look back and am grateful to have had Jean’s willingness to see the dream and help us work through any snags along the way.
I respect Commissioner Jean Curtiss’s work ethic and leadership. She has my full support.
Nick Checota, Logjam Presents, The Wilma, The Top Hat, Kettlehouse Amphitheater