Thursday, September 24, 2009

State drags on dope

Posted By on Thu, Sep 24, 2009 at 5:37 AM

Montana’s medical marijuana registry isn’t keeping up with a flurry of applications, leaving sick patients without medicine or in danger of legal fallout.

“That makes them vulnerable to arrest and prosecution, unfairly,” says Tom Daubert from Patients and Families United, a statewide group supporting people who use the drug to treat illness.

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Tuesday, September 22, 2009

R.C. Hooker, 1945-2009

Posted By on Tue, Sep 22, 2009 at 9:30 AM

R.C. Hooker, who co-authored the Indy's current feature on natural burial, died last night in his Somers home. He was 64.

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Beyond natural burial

Posted By on Tue, Sep 22, 2009 at 9:00 AM

Who knew dying could be so complicated?

This week's feature story on the natural burial eco-trend took about two months to come together. Part of the extra time was needed to work through the unconventional aspects of collaborating on the story with R.C. Hooker, who was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and slated to be the first customer of western Montana's Natural Cemeteries.

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Monday, September 21, 2009

Clove call

Posted By on Mon, Sep 21, 2009 at 4:53 PM

Lost in the hubbub over the state's smoking ban finally taking effect (plenty more on that in this week's dead tree edition), is the federal government's decision to pull cloves from the market. All you Dreams and Djarum smokers? You've got 'til midnight.

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Saturday, September 19, 2009

Big Sky Betty's bring on the beer

Posted By on Sat, Sep 19, 2009 at 9:42 AM

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Along with 12 mostly middle-aged women at the Hawthorne Suites Hotel Thursday night, I got the low-down on how to sniff and swirl thick brown ales and sip light lagers at Betty’s for Beer, one in a series of four classes offered by Big Sky Brewing Company.

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Friday, September 18, 2009

Baucus' rosey outlook

Posted By on Fri, Sep 18, 2009 at 4:30 PM

Despite the fact that the only thing bipartisan about Sen. Max Baucus' long-awaited health care reform bill is that both parties generally dislike it (or worse), the Montana senator still expresses utmost confidence that it's the clay from which the final bill—which he's certain will pass by the end of the year—will be molded.

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Week in Review: Baucus haters and wolf hunts

Posted By on Fri, Sep 18, 2009 at 1:35 PM

When Matthew Frank dug into Sen. Max Baucus' effort to reform health care this summer, he made the point that no matter what our senior senator eventually proposed, he wasn't going to make people happy. Well, guess what?

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Baucus haters have lined up, calling the bill "really, really bad,"a big congressional punt," "unaffordable" and "the worst piece of health care legislation" in 30 years.

Locally, Left in the West labels the bill "watered down" but says it ain't all bad. JC at 4&20 says the bill "fails." Electric City says the bill "doesn't look entirely bad."

You can judge for yourself here.

Meanwhile, Montanans are busy huntin' wolves and at least one environmentalist says her colleagues should quit crying over the issue.

Meth lab busts are up in Montana. As is the state's budget surplus.

Your top three alt weekly links of the week:
1. Bed bugs really do bite.

2. How Portlanders (including, no doubt, former Missoulians) try to get out of parking tickets.

3. As if Obama didn't have enough problems, paranormal experts feel jilted by the pres.

Lastly, we'll be heading out to the ballpark tonight to support the Osprey as they attempt to take the Pioneer League championship. If you haven't noticed, this year's team seems to have a certain flair for the dramatic, and just may be one of the most exciting to watch in years. First pitch at 7:05, tickets available at the gate.

Weekend football primer (Update)

Posted By on Fri, Sep 18, 2009 at 12:30 PM

The Indy recently learned that people sorta like this thing called "football." Turns out, a few folks here in the office are also fans — and are excited for this weekend's action.

First off, the irrepressible Jerry Glanville brings his Portland State Vikings to Washington-Grizzly Stadium. Fritz Neighbor, the excellent Griz beat reporter at our daily, has a fun preview of PSU with a few zingers from the always colorful ballcoach. Example: Glanville's first impression of his lanky QB, Drew Hubel: "He was so thin we didn't allow anybody to take his picture."

Count on a few more bulletin board-worthy quotes from the visiting ballcoach. And if you need a reminder of how much fun he can be, check out this ESPN segment on Glanville from a few years ago.

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It's back, baby

Posted By on Fri, Sep 18, 2009 at 10:30 AM

For those of you who haven't heard, Cold Smoke ice cream returned to Big Dipper vats last week. KECI picked up on the news via Twitter, and the video spot quickly spread to NBC affiliates nationwide. Big Dipper owner Charlie Beaton announced on Tuesday that Kathie Lee Gifford plans to sample the flavor on the "Today" show.

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Thursday, September 17, 2009

We heart charts

Posted By on Thu, Sep 17, 2009 at 4:45 AM

Sen. Max Baucus released a 223-page behemoth of a health care reform proposal yesterday, and making sense of it all—and how it stacks up against other proposals—could be enough to make you batty (which is probably an uncovered preexisting condition). Heck, the Washington Post's Ezra Klein needed something like 62 blog posts just to cover the basics. (My favorite, by the way, was the one titled "The Worst Policy in the Bill, and Possibly in the World.")

That's why we prefer the Wall Street Journal's handy health care reform chart.

UPDATE: The Washington Post added this interactive little thingy today.

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