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.
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.
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.
But, of course, we got phone calls.
In Montana there’s lots of talk about grizzlies and lots of talk about hunting, but not much about grizzly hunting.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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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