Thursday, September 17, 2009

W.R. Grace's Zonolite: Canadians short-changed

Posted By on Thu, Sep 17, 2009 at 4:35 AM

Asbestos-laden vermiculite mined in Libby, Mont., made it into the walls and attics of millions of homes around the United States in the form of insulation. It also insulates thousands more homes in Canada—perhaps as many as 400,000, according to estimates.

But the compensation for damages Canadians are eligible to receive from W.R. Grace & Co., which sold Zonolite Attic Insulation for almost 30 years, is far less than it is in the U.S. And as the deadline for Canadians to file claims came and went recently, it appears relatively few will get anything at all.

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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Hellgate Rollergirls

Posted By on Wed, Sep 16, 2009 at 1:35 PM

The large meeting room at the Missoula Public Library was filled with close to 60 women last night. Women with spiky hair and tattoos, women holding babies, women with hip glasses (and all of the above), women in skirts, women in Carhartts and women of all shapes and sizes. All were there for the first meeting of the Hellgate Rollergirls, Missoula's first amateur flat-track roller derby league.

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Who gives a flying [deleted]

Posted By on Wed, Sep 16, 2009 at 1:30 PM

It pains me to put the "[deleted]" in that title, but we actually have rough guidelines about this [deleted]. We try to show a certain sense of decorum in our own description of events. But direct quotes? Well, those are direct quotes.

See, last week the Indy published a certain word that rhymes with "puck." (It's also been the subject of a very good documentary—poster below—that screened at the Big Sky Documentary Film Fest a few years ago.) The word appeared in a quote, which means we ran it as-is. That's been our standard since forever — we print things the way people say them, curse words and all. We think our readers are mature enough to know that's how a lot of people, for better or worse, really talk, and we think most readers appreciate that we offer a candid, unfiltered version of life in Missoula.

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But, of course, we got phone calls.

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Saturday, September 12, 2009

Tester's forest bill...and communists?

Posted By on Sat, Sep 12, 2009 at 4:55 PM

We thought we'd heard all of the complaints about Sen. Jon Tester's Forest Jobs and Recreation Act, and then we read this.

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Friday, September 11, 2009

Canadian grizzlies maul miniature donkeys

Posted By on Fri, Sep 11, 2009 at 10:04 AM

In Montana there’s lots of talk about grizzlies and lots of talk about hunting, but not much about grizzly hunting.

Sadie, seen here with an offspring, was one of the miniature donkeys killed by bears at the Sundre ranch three weeks ago. Photograph courtesy Deborrah Killam
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  • Sadie, seen here with an offspring, was one of the miniature donkeys killed by bears at the Sundre ranch three weeks ago. Photograph courtesy Deborrah Killam

There is up in Alberta, our provincial neighbor to the north, where the Alberta Fish and Game Association has urged the province to reinstate grizzly hunting—banned since 2006 due to low population numbers—because the bears, they say, are becoming bolder.

So bold, in fact, that they’re killing miniature donkeys.

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Verizon and anti-climate change

Posted By on Fri, Sep 11, 2009 at 9:30 AM

When it comes to cell phone coverage in and around Missoula, Verizon has a chokehold, mostly because they have so many towers. That wasn't so uncomfortable when it seemed like the company was trying to do its part to cut emissions or rally around green issues.
Last Monday, however, Verizon Wireless co-sponsored a Labor Day "rally" at a mine in West Virginia called "Friends of America."

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Thursday, September 10, 2009

Tom Tomorrow rocks out

Posted By on Thu, Sep 10, 2009 at 5:57 AM

Indy cartoonist Tom Tomorrow (aka Dan Perkins) teamed up with the band of Missoula resident and UM alum Jeff Ament (aka Pearl Jam) on an album cover. That's pretty cool.

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"The character of our country" at stake

Posted By on Thu, Sep 10, 2009 at 4:30 AM

President Obama addressed health care reform in tonight's speech, but never mentioned Sen. Baucus and his "legacy defining" work with the Senate Finance Committee. Well, except for this:

Of the five committees asked to develop bills, four have completed their work, and the Senate Finance Committee announced today that it will move forward next week.

Oh. Well, better late than never, right?

The full transcript of Obama's speech appears below.

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Wednesday, September 9, 2009

The Kettlehouse and Rehberg (and Rehberg's hair)

Posted By on Wed, Sep 9, 2009 at 7:30 PM

Courtesy of The Lowdown, we learned today that Rep. Denny Rehberg drank a pint-plus of Cold Smoke Scotch Ale before jumping into state Sen. Greg Barkus' motorboat on Aug. 27. The other details? Still a little murky.

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The wolf hunt is on

Posted By on Wed, Sep 9, 2009 at 10:27 AM

U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy denied environmental groups’ request for an injunction to stop wolf hunts in Montana and Idaho, ruling Tuesday night that the plaintiffs “failed to show a likelihood of irreparable harm to the wolf population.” It means Montana’s first state-sponsored wolf hunting season will begin as planned Sept. 15.

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