More than $1 billion. That's what it would cost to restore Amtrak's North Coast Hiawatha route, according to Amtrak's long-awaited feasibility study (PDF) released today. Yikes.
Perhaps a better question: Who the heck is Jesse Stone?
Let's back up. It's Friday, so a lot of you are already making your weekend plans. Perhaps you'll swing by Crystal Video tonight and pick up a rental, or, like an increasing number of movie fans, log on to Netflix and arrange your queue. For the latter group, we have a pointed question: What's with the Jesse Stone obsession?
Bob Jaffe fan Paul Wheaton created a campaign video for Bob Jaffe. It is, we think, the only YouTube campaign video created for this year's races.
Highlights: The amount of times people say "Bob Jaffe," Bob Jaffe's expression when he's told someone's creating a Bob Jaffe campaign video, Stacy Rye's statement that Bob Jaffe now has "social skills," and Jason Wiener's hair. Watch for yourself, and know that the Indy's endorsements will be in next week's issue.
Spokane chef David Blaine, who authors a blog titled From The Back Kitchen, recently visited Missoula and had trouble wrapping his head around Caffe Dolce. His extended post marvels at the Brooks Street location's decor and equipment. And then ends with an interesting summation of Missoula and a question:
Another question, one that I went to Missoula to research, is how does this little cow town in the foothills of the Rockies have so many interesting food businesses? How are they able to do so many things that fail to find a foothold in Spokane?
What should we respond to first: Being described as "a little cow town," the opportunity to list why exactly Spokane stinks, or a chance to celebrate the apparently less than imminent Spokanification of Missoula?
Jim Messina's talk at the UM journalism school received some attention last week, but another J-school guest shouldn't be relegated to below-the-fold status. Award-winning Esquire writer-at-large Chris Jones speaks tonight at 7 p.m. in the University Center Theatre. The title of his talk: "Accidents."
Those unfamiliar with Jones' work should read "The Things That Carried Him," an account of how America brings the dead home from Iraq. The story, published last year, won the National Magazine Award for Feature Writing. Then read "Home," another award winner about three astronauts stranded on the space station when the shuttle Columbia exploded. Then realize that Jones also gets to write about dildos and Scarlett Johansson.
Should be an interesting talk from the current visiting professor.
Last week after football practice, Alger asked one of the players for an interview. The player said he wasn’t allowed to talk to the Kaimin. At Tuesday’s press conference, Alger’s question to Hauck about whether the quarterback rotation would remain the same this weekend was met with this response:
“You? You want something from me now? You have got to be kidding me.”
Hauck then answered the question when a Missoulian reporter repeated it.
The Kaimin's responding by focusing its GameDay program for tomorrow's Homecoming with stories about opponent Cal Poly because the paper can no longer "effectively cover Griz football."
For those who don't remember, Hauck got into this mess by ignoring or dodging Alger's questions about the recent assault. When Alger pressed, Hauck covered Alger's tape recorder and said, "You’re done for the day. And you’ll be done for the season if you keep bugging me about this thing that I’ve answered four fucking times.”
The "fucking" word choice got Hauck in some trouble with the administration, and he's since apologized in a letter sent by SID Dave Guffey. But Hauck's apparently not over the issue.
Hauck's killing himself here. Assuming he still aspires to coach at a FBS school, what's a potential employer going to think of a coach who gets rattled by student reporters in Missoula? That's not to mention his shady three-year-running record of having players caught in high-profile assault charges. If Hauck quit holding a grudge, held his players more accountable and faced the issue head-on, he could actually focus on what he sometimes appears to enjoy: coaching football.
KECI reports that Barkus' attorney apparently has had trouble with DUI as well.
Amy Linn at NewWest.net beat us to the punch with this take on the Barkus charges.
UM professor Martin Nie authored a discussion paper that's been published at Headwaters News and High Country News, and been linked to a bunch of places (including in the comments section of our site). It's a thoughtful, balanced paper that deserves to be discussed. Although, some conversations are struggling to be productive.
The New York Post calls out President Obama's "heavy-handed attempt at reviving support for health-care reform" by inviting doctors — like Missoula's Meg Sarnecki — to the White House. The Post took particular exception to the passing out of white coats before the photo op.
Lastly, our three top alt-weekly stories of the week:
1. The Boston Phoenix looks at how Glen Beck's driven by ... Mormonism? And asks, "Is Glenn Beck a Latter-day taint?" A fantastic read.
2. The Cleveland Scene profiles the survivor of an attempted execution by lethal injection. "Romell Broom endured more than two hours of poking and stabbing before his date with death was called off indefinitely" by the state of Ohio. Wow.
3. Tucson Weekly looks into some fishy financial figures with the US-Mexico border.
Ravalli County Commissioners approved three proposed portage routes on Mitchell Slough in a 3-1 vote yesterday. The decision is a considerable victory for the Bitterroot River Protection Association (BRPA), who originally requested two of the three routes before the Bitterroot Conservation District in 2003.
The same day our story on wild horses hit the stands, the Los Angeles Times reports that the government has a new plan for wild horses. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar proposes that wild horses in the West be moved to preserves in the Midwest and East.
According to the article, the Bureau of Land Management says the seven preserves—two federally owned and five privately owned—can support 26,600 wild horses and burros of the 37,000 that are currently roaming the range. No news of where the preserves are located exactly or when the proposed transplant would happen.
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks recently released its long-awaited draft Blackfoot River Recreation Management Plan.
The proposal outlines the agency's goals and considerations in simultaneously maintaining a popular recreation corridor and protecting unique natural resources, and it's only the second river-specific plan of its kind in Montana. Public comment on the draft plan will last through Nov. 16.
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