Wednesday September 17, 2014 at 8:00 AM MDT
Thursday September 18, 2014 at 5:00 PM MDT

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Yellowstone Convention Center, Big Sky Resort 
1 Lone Mountain Trail
Big Sky, MT 59716

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Joint States Meeting

Northwest Utility Coordinating Councils 

You’re invited to attend the Joint States Meeting of the Northwest Utility Coordinating Councils September 17-18, 2014 at the Big Sky Resort, Big Sky, Montana, near Yellowstone National Park.

The Joint States Meeting is an event held by the Utility Coordinating Councils from the 5 States of the great Northwest: Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington. The event is held every two years, and the member states alternate hosting. Participants are contractors, utility locators, construction and maintenance supervisors, managers of public and private utilities, public works directors, One-Call system directors, personnel and members, as well as any others interested in efforts to reduce damages to underground utilities caused by excavation and coordinate installation by communicating and cooperating from around the Northwest. The conference offers an opportunity for participants to exchange vital information and attend training sessions on a variety of utility topics in our changing environments.

This year's event is being hosted by the Montana Utility Coordinating Council (MUCC) and is being held at the Big Sky Resort at Big Sky, Montana on September 17-18, 2014. Use this link to register at Big Sky Resort.

We are currently forming the Agenda for the meetings. Please check www.montana811.org for more information as we get closer to the event dates. If you have a suggested topic and/or presenter please feel free to contact Clint Kalfell at: mailto:clint.kalfell@montana811.org.

Conference registration is $130 per person. The registration fee includes: Vendor Reception, three-continental breakfasts, Tuesday night Banquet, Lunch on Wednesday and Thursday, all refresshments and handouts. Fees can be paid with a check or using your credit card via PayPal, please see the bottom of the this page to register. 

Click Here for Current Tentative Schedule of Meetings/Events

To recommend or to offer to present a meeting or agenda item please submit the subject and the speaker to: Clint Kalfell atclint.kalfell@montana811.org  or 406-442-3070.

Welcome Ceremony - Keynote Address

Picture Shane Bush
Montana811 and the Montana Utility Coordinating Council is proud to announce T. Shane Bush as Keynote Speaker and Meeting Presentor sponsored by NorthWestern Energy.

For years we have relied on the fact based left brain to provide a safe work environment. Studies are now showing that High Reliability Organizations are realizing that addressing the Human side of safety is critical for continuous improvement. The Human side of safety (Context) comes from the Right Brain. Shane will provide the latest studies on how to bring more right Brain Thinking to Safety Leadership in a humorous, interactive and interesting way.

For more information about Shane and the presentations he is offering at the Joint States Meeting go to: Shane Bush - BushCo. Inc.

Banquet - Keynote Address

 PictureOlympian Cliff Miedl
NorthWestern Energy is also the proud sponsor of Cliff MiedlWhen two-time USA Olympian kayaker Cliff Meidl led his Team USA Olympian teammates onto the field at the Opening Ceremonies of the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games, nearly two billion viewers around the world were watching this young man from Hawthorne, California. Many of these viewers learned for the first time about Meidl's courageous rehabilitation and recovery from a tragic construction accident that occurred in 1986. 
Cliff will speak about the accident, sustained during an excavation project, where underground utilities were not marked, as well as the effects that accident caused him, his co-workers and his family and how he overcame those horrible wounds to become an Olympic athlete. 

For more information about Cliff go to: Cliff Meidl

2014 Joint States Meeting Lodging

The Meetings will take place at beautiful Big Sky Resorts! Discounted group rates below are per night and indicate whether pricing is based on occupancy or a flat rate. All event space, lodging units and condominiums feature complimentary high-speed internet service and full hotel amenities.  A limited number of Huntley First Class Units are available to qualified individuals at prevailing GSA per diem rates, contact Clint Kalfell regarding GSA rate availability. Reservations need to be made directly with Big Sky Resort at 1-800-548-4486 or at http://bigskyresort.com/connect/reservations. Make sure to tell them you are part of the Utiltity Joint States Meeting or use code 1055YD to get your discount.

Guests of the Joint States Meeting may extend their stay up to three (3) days prior to or following event dates at the negotiated group rate. Extended stays will be credited to the final room pickup. 

Rates do not include 17% in applicable state and local taxes and does not include breakfast vouchers

The Huntley Lodge  (click for more information)

Number of Occupants            1           2         3          4           5           6

First Class     (2 queens)     $139    139     149      149 

Mtn. View      (2 queens)      $147    147      157      157

Loft Hotel       (3 queens)     $187    187      197      197      207      207

Shoshone Condominiums (click for more information on rooms)

 1 Bedroom Suite                    (up to 4 guests)          $217

1 Bedroom Suite + Loft         (up to 6 guests)          $287

Summit Hotel  (click for more information)

Number of Occupants                      1            2          3          4          

Studio                                                 $188    188                             

Hotel (2 Queens)                              $198    198      208      208     

Hotel (1 King)                                     $218    218

1 Bedroom Suite (up to 4 guests)    $278   

2 Bedroom Suite (up to 6 guests)    $358

3 Bedroom Suite (up to 8 guests)    $438

Village Center (click for more information)

Studio (up to 2 guests)                      $169

Slope-side Studio (up to 2 guests)   $184   

1 Bedroom Suite (up to 4 guests)    $269

2 Bedroom Suite (up to 6 guests)    $369

3 Bedroom Suite (up to 8 guests)    $439


Big Sky Resort offers a wide range of activities and family venues for Guests of Joint States Utility Coordinating Council to enjoy. Below are only a few options that await you at Big Sky Resort:

Big Sky Resort Basecamp                                 

  • Scenic Lift Rides and Lone Peak Expedition®
  • Full Service Solace Spa & Wellness Studio
  • Arnold Palmer Design 18 Hole Golf Course
  • Zip Line Tours and High Ropes Course
  • Archery and On-Mountain Paint Ball Arena                                                 
  • Bungee Trampoline & Giant Swing
  • Mountain Bike Access and Equipment Rental

Local Outfitters

  • World Class Fly Fishing
  • Yellowstone National Park Tours
  • Whitewater Rafting
  • Horseback Riding  
  • Hiking & Climbing
  • Photography & Wildlife Viewing
  • Paddle Boarding  / Canoeing

Convenient Transportation

Big Sky Resort is among the most convenient of Rocky Mountain destinations to reach when traveling by air. Now leading the state of Montana in arrivals and departures with over 4,000 seats available each day during peak seasons, the recently expanded Bozeman/Yellowstone International airport (BZN) offers daily jet service on Delta, United, Alaska, US Airways, Frontier and Allegiant. Direct flights are available from Atlanta, Newark, Chicago, Minneapolis, Denver, Salt Lake City, Phoenix, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Oakland, San Francisco, Portland, and Seattle.

Ground Transportation

From Bozeman, Big Sky Resort is an easy and beautiful one hour drive south on Hwy 191 through the spectacular Gallatin Canyon - where resident deer, elk, bears, moose, and Bighorn Sheep are frequently encountered. Guests of the Joint States Utility Coordinating Council group may also recognize the Gallatin Canyon and Big Sky area as the site location for Robert Redford’s classic movie A River Runs Through It

There is a versatile range of ground transportation options to meet the needs of your guests – from individual car rentals to charters for up to 57 in a full sized coach, and everything in- between. Big Sky Resort can help coordinate with preferred shuttle services to deliver family members directly to our front door.