What you’re drinking: All Souls Ale is a limited edition imperial saison, which means it’s a light, highly carbonated, slightly fruity and spicy beer. In the early 20th century saisons were brewed during the inactive months of winter and stored in farmhouses for drinking in the summer. No need to wait on this one (though we’re told it does age well). Just be mindful of too much chugging—it’s 11 percent alcohol by volume compared to the 7 percent or so of yesteryear’s saisons.
Why you’re drinking it: This the fourth year Big Sky Brewing has partnered with All Souls Missoula, an alternative Christian church, to make the beer. The proceeds go to the local nonprofit Imagine Missoula, which organizes volunteers to help people with shoveling snow, weatherizing homes, moving and other small home projects. “It’s a way to really encourage community in Missoula,” says Nina Alviar, the program director for Imagine Missoula. “If there’s snow piling up on your neighbor’s walkway, have you met them? Are they sick? Are they older? Are they living with disabilities? Is it a single parent?”
What you’re getting: The 75ml bottles cost $14. A case of 12 bottles is $168 and a half case is $84. The label alone makes it totally gift-worthy and collectable as it features colorful stained-glass style portrait of the Mother Mary holding a glass of beer. “What some people do is pop one open for the holidays, save one or two to age, and then they give the rest away,” Alviar says.
Where to find it: Big Sky is rolling out All Souls at its taproom at 5417 Trumpeter Way on Fri., Dec. 13., starting at 11 a.m. You can reserve yours now by calling Alviar at 546-4697. Go to imaginemissoula.org for more info.
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Montana, Wyoming battle for tourists' dollars
Tourism is the second-largest industry in both Wyoming and Montana, and the epicenter in the battle for tourists between those states is Yellowstone National Park, where nearly all of the park's lands lie in Wyoming, but three of its five entrances are in Montana.
Casper Star-Tribune; Dec. 9
Developers pitch proposals for 4 different hotels in Montana city
The Downtown Bozeman Improvement Plan, adopted by the Montana city in 2010, cited a need for a "boutique" hotel, and currently there are proposals for four very different hotels, ranging from a 16-room, hostel-type project to an eight-story, 102-room hotel.
Bozeman Daily Chronicle; Dec. 7
Curses, Foiled Again
While leading police on a high-speed chase on the Massachusetts Turnpike, two men in a stolen minivan struck another vehicle from behind and then crashed into the median. The men fled on foot, but driver Vini Bunted Proeung, 18, was arrested when he tried to run through a state police barracks in Charlton. (Worcester’s Telegram & Gazette)
Johnny Deleon, 20, was thwarted in his attempt to steal hubcaps from cars parked outside a restaurant in Harris County, Texas, where law officers were holding a retirement party. After an officer who spotted Deleon confronted him, about 30 deputies inside the restaurant rushed outside to assist. Noting that Deleon failed to notice the parking lot held “a multitude of marked and unmarked police vehicles,” Assistant Chief Tim Cannon commented, “Unfortunately for him, his zest for thievery overrode any form of common sense which placed him straight into the hands of law enforcement’s finest.” (Houston Chronicle)
Debate on Idaho's Boulder-White Clouds area focus on access
For mountain bikers, hikers, outfitters and others who spend hours of their lives in the Boulder-White Clouds area of Idaho, proposals to either designate the area a national monument or a wilderness have prompted concerns about what either of those designations would do to their access to their favorite places.
Twin Falls Times-News; Dec. 6
Idaho auctions off two cabin sites on Priest Lake
At least one of the two families who lost their long-standing leases on a cabin site on Idaho's Priest Lake at a conflict auction this week is pursuing litigation to overturn the results of the auction.
Spokane Spokesman-Review; Dec. 6
Federal, Montana bills tackle issue of access to public lands
Expanding access to public lands is a hot issue at both the federal and state level, with two bills pending in the U.S. Senate, the Sportsmen's and Public Outdoor Recreation Traditions Act, co-sponsored by Montana Sen. Jon Tester, and the Hunt Unrestricted on National Treasures Act, and the Unlocking State Lands Program in Montana, which passed this year that provides a $500 tax credit to landowners that provide access across their property to adjacent state lands.
Great Falls Tribune; Dec. 5
Montana county, city officials share rail traffic concerns with GAO
As part of a study requested by Montana Sen. Max Baucus, the chairman of the Transportation Subcommittee of the Committee on Environment and Public Works, officials of the Government Accountability Office held a conference call with officials from Billings and Yellowstone County to discuss the effects increased coal and oil train traffic is having in the city and county.
Billings Gazette; Dec. 5
Find Rob Brezsny's "Free Will Astrology" online, every Wednesday, one day before it hits the Indy's printed pages.
ARIES (March 21-April 19): Sometimes I think too fast and too much. My logic gets sterile. My ideas become jagged and tangled. When this happens, I head off to Turtle Back Hill for a hike through the saltwater marsh. The trail loops around on itself, and I arrive back where I started in about 15 minutes. Sometimes I keep walking, circumambulating four or five times. Going in circles like this seems to help me knit together my fragmented thoughts. Often, by the time I'm finished, my mind feels unified. I recommend you find your own version of this ritual, Aries. From what I can tell, you need to get rounder and softer.
Josh Quick's "Camp Sleepover" appears every Tuesday online, and can be seen in the Indy's printed pages every Thursday.
First of 3 megaloads leaves Oregon port headed to Alberta
After two protesters delayed the Sunday night start of a 450-ton piece of water-purification equipment headed from Oregon's Port of Umatilla to Alberta oilsands country, the megaload began its journey Monday night and will travel through Eastern Oregon, Idaho and Montana on its way to the Canadian province.
Idaho Statesman (AP); Dec. 3
Deadly derailment in Canada prompted temporary review of Bakken crude
After the July 6 derailment and explosion of a train carrying Bakken crude destroyed a portion of a small town in Quebec, reports that the light oil pulled from North Dakota was more flammable than other crude and both Canada and the U.S. did investigations into the volatility of the crude oil, and now several pipeline companies in the U.S. have received permission from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to decline shipments of the crude where sulfides exceed a certain level. Part of a series of articles about the July 6 derailment and how Bakken oil changed the industry.
Toronto Globe and Mail; Dec. 3
N.D. Bakken oil boom changed the route from well to refinery
Henry Bakken first discovered oil under his farm in North Dakota in 1951, but it wasn't until horizontal drilling methods make tapping the vast resource economical that production soared, outpacing pipeline capacity and ultimately, putting hundreds of thousands of barrels of oil each day into unit trains that hauled the crude to refineries, but industry regulations haven't kept up with the ever-increasing, and sometimes hazardous method of getting the crude from the wells to refineries. Part of a series of articles about the July 6 derailment and how Bakken oil changed the industry.
Toronto Globe and Mail; Dec. 3
Conservation groups ask USFS to rein in attractions offered at ski areas
The U.S. Forest Service is working on draft rules needed to implement the Ski Area Recreational Opportunity Enhancement Act passed in 2011 that open federal lands leased by ski areas to a wider range of activities in the summer, and a coalition of conservation groups in Colorado is weighing on the proposed rules after seeing that the U.S. Forest Service defined banned amusement parks as two or more rides located close together, a definition the opposing groups said could allow "coasters," essentially a railcar ride through the forest.
Vail Daily (Aspen Times); Dec. 1
Montana's craft distilling industry continues to crank out tasty spirits, and one of the latest comes just in time for the holidays...
This week: Whistling Andy Straight Bourbon Whiskey
The backstory: Roughly three years ago, Whistling Andy Distillery co-owner Brian Anderson poured bourbon into several barrels and capped them. Since then he’s released limited batches of moonshine and year-old whiskey, but the anticipation for one of Montana’s first true bourbons—hand-crafted, locally sourced and triple distilled—has steadily grown. Now the time has come. Whistling Andy Straight Bourbon Whiskey was officially rolled out last week.
What you’re drinking: Montana’s latest bourbon is, for all intents and purposes, the liquid essence of western Montana grain. Whistling Andy sourced its barley, wheat and rye from two family farms—one in Ronan and one in Moiese. The product spent the past three years mellowing in charred white oak barrels and went into bottles at a light 80 proof.
When to look for it: Whistling Andy started selling its straight bourbon whiskey straight out of the tasting room Nov. 27 for $45 a bottle, with a limit of two per person. It has yet to pop up in local liquor stores, likely due to the Thanksgiving holiday. But Whistling Andy’s Dana Marchetti says the state’s Liquor Control Division has “plenty” of bottles at the warehouse in Helena, and she expects the bourbon will start appearing on retail shelves over the next week as orders are placed and filled. If you aren’t lucky enough to be in the Flathead in the next few days, keep your eyes peeled around town.
Where to get it: Grizzly Liquor carries a full complement of Whistling Andy bottles at 110 Spruce St. If all else fails and you’re in the neighborhood, Whistling Andy Distillery is at 8541 Highway 35 South in Bigfork.
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Crime follows flood of oil money in small Montana, N.D. towns
In the small towns near the oilfields of Montana and North Dakota, crime is up dramatically, as communities grow too fast to accommodate the flood of population, and illegal drug dealers follow the money to those towns.
New York Times; Dec. 1
Report identifies inaccessible federal lands in 6 western states
The Center for Western Priorities used GIS technology to find Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service land in Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Colorado, Utah and New Mexico that had neither road nor trail easements to allow public access to those lands, and found that Montana had almost 2 million acres of lands that had no public access, the most in all of those six states, and Wyoming came in second with nearly 750,000 inaccessible acres.
Bozeman Daily Chronicle;
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these story's really show how 'dumb'people can be.Had good laugh!