Lively Times was created in 1993 by co-publishers Susan Bearse and Kristi Niemeyer as a way of finding out what was happening beyond our hometown of Charlo. Since both of us had spent many years in the weekly newspaper business, we decided to build our own paper and forge our own business. We launched the online version in 2001, with its newest iteration appearing in 2015.
For more than 24 years (292 issues to be exact), we’ve gathered information, sold ads and constructed the most comprehensive arts and entertainment paper in the state – all from our headquarters near the tiny town of Charlo. To the east loom the Mission Mountains, and to the west, Ninepipes Reservoir is year-around home to a profusion of waterfowl and an occasional grizzly bear. Although we our last print edition went out the door in August 2015, we continue to fuel this robust website and its online events calendar, and offer subscriptions to our events data to organizations and businesses, including Visit Montana and the Montana Arts Council.
From our serene little office, we strive to connect Montana’s thriving arts & entertainment community. We’ve had heaps of help: a trusty and very talented staff and loyal readers and advertisers.
Kristi NiemeyerSend Email
Kristi is co-publisher and editor (which means she bosses words around, writes stories and oversees page design). She also provides editorial services for State of the Arts, a bimonthly newspaper we produce for the Montana Arts Council.
Sue BearseSend Email
As business manager and co-publisher, Sue makes the business end of Lively Times run smoothly. Although semi-retired, she still plays a major role in overseeing LT, and steps in when we need her.
Brenda SteinerSend Email
During hectic production weeks, Brenda tracks down missing details, refines ads and answers countless phone calls in the liveliest possible way. She also sells ads and gathers information for Great Falls and Billings, and regions beyond our borders, including Spokane and North Idaho.
Mike O'HalloranSend Email
We call Mike our Web Guy because he adds photos and posts stories to our website. He’s also deft with a camera and an avid concert-goer, so you’ll occasionally see his photos in our print and online publications.
Other Important People
With us since our very first issue, Mariss has been a stalwart friend and consummate proofreader. She's also a fine musician and writes most of our CD reviews.