Friday, September 4, 2009

Week in Review: Rehberg, booze and wolves

Posted By on Fri, Sep 4, 2009 at 3:30 PM

Breaking news from the Lee papers says Flathead County Attorney Ed Corrigan believes state Sen. Greg Barkus was drinking the night his boat crashed and injured all five passengers, including U.S. Rep. Denny Rehberg.

John S. Adams smartly points out that authorities are usually a little quicker to link crashes like this one to alcohol.

James Conner over at Flathead Memo also gives some interesting perspective on what Barkus was dealing with navigating the boat at night.

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Everyone's waiting for Judge Molloy to rule on the wolves issue. NewWest's Amy Linn has a nice wrap-up of what's going on in the meantime.

On health care, problembear at 4&20 posted a poignant personal story about a woman named "susan."

We've received positive feedback on this week's news story about Sen. Tester's Forest Jobs and Recreation Act. Yesterday, it should be noted, marked the 45th anniversary of the Wilderness Act of 1964.

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Obama nominated Missoulian Michael Punke as U.S. ambassador to the World Trade Organization, which is pretty cool. In 2007, Joe Campana profiled Punke for us.

Welcome to alt journalism, Sean Breslin. The former Kaimin kingpin and Missoulian coffee fetcher makes his humble blog introduction at the Portland Mercury today. Headline: "I'm kind of a big deal (in Missoula)."

In other alt news, here are the three most interesting stories we found this week:
1. Confessions of a teenage prostitute in Portland, Ore.
2. A take on Henry Waxman's take on politics.
3. A gay reporter for The Stranger asks Ref. 71 supporters, "Why do you hate me?"

Lastly, enjoy your Labor Day weekend — but be careful out there.

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