UPDATE: "Kalispell Native" points out that the AP, via the Flathead Beacon, is reporting that Palin will also appear five hours away in Billings on Dec. 8. But that visit is still unconfirmed according to some.
Whitefish super studio Snow Ghost hosted Dan Deacon two years ago for a recording session, and Pitchfork.tv filmed the proceedings for a short doc. The video was posted months ago, finally, but we just found it—and embedded it below.
Secession is in the news again, and the discussion sparked by jhwygirl's post at 4&20 is particularly interesting.
Tester supporters may not like this reader poll about his chances against Rehberg in 2012.
Also, the Beacon has a story on Flathead grad — and blue-chip 6-foot-8 QB — Brock Osweiler's first start for Arizona State this weekend ... on the road ... at Oregon. Not an easy match-up. But it does make Osweiler the first freshman to start at ASU since Idaho native Jake "the Snake" Plummer did it in the 1993.
From the world of alt weeklies:
1. The Boston Phoenix analyzes the media's muddled coverage on the Ft. Hood shooting.
2. Our recent cover story on Celebrating Conservatism, the rapidly growing Bitterroot-based group, mentioned the John Birch Society. Las Vegas Weekly looks into the secretive group.
3. Covering Joe Lieberman for the New Haven Advocate sounds about as fun as figuring out Max Baucus in Missoula.
Finally, we really like this video of little dudes jumping to and from various UM buildings — aka "Missoula Parkour" — which was just posted to YouTube. (And, holy Toledo, we just learned that the particularly hoppity redhead in the video is actually the spawn of Bob Wire. And Bob was basically a Z-Boy in his youth! Who knew?)
Benedetti worked as a cabinetmaker on an Italian luxury liner when, at the start of the war, he and his shipmates were detained by the U.S. government and sent to Fort Missoula. He spent nearly three years at the camp before being released in 1943 and later joining the U.S. Army. He used the G.I. Bill to attend multiple colleges and universities and eventually received his master’s degree in education from UM in 1980, at age 68.
I had the pleasure of interviewing Benedetti twice for the Indy, most recently for a feature story that offered words of wisdom to new graduates. We met inside Benedetti's apartment on the University of Montana campus and spoke for nearly two hours. He told countless stories, often referring to newspaper articles he'd clipped out and saved in boxes scattered throughout his room. He couldn't have been nicer — and, although it was neither here nor there considering the congenial conversation, more tangential. We just talked and talked and talked.
Eventually, I came back around to asking the main question for the story — considering the full life he'd lived, what advice would he pass along to new graduates of the university. He shrugged his shoulders and said, "I can only say what I know." I said that'd be fine. Below is full answer:
I live a very good life. I can say nothing wrong. I cannot complain.
I always work very hard. I didn’t smoke. I drink a little, but not much. There was no extravagance. I didn’t go, say, overboard. That is why I still feel good. In November, I will be 98.
During the war, I was imported here and I cannot complain. That is how it is sometimes. That is life. It was not bad. I was not a prisoner. We could not go out, but it was a good life. We had the theater. We had the dances. We had many things. You can live a good life, even like this.
Experience means a lot. When I was 22, I had no experience. Now, I have experienced a lot, and your mind changes. That is a tough time, when things are changing. You need to find your job, that is a tough time. You need to choose your way, that is a tough time. I did many things and did not succeed. But you need to acquire the experience because that is life.
I go day-by-day. This is how it is. But I don’t complain. I live a full life, I try, I don’t complain. I have no regrets. Make sure you put that in there—I have no regrets. I cannot complain about anything.
The Historical Museum at Fort Missoula has created a memorial fund in Benedetti's name. Checks can be mailed to the Umberto Benedetti Memorial Fund, Historical Museum at Fort Missoula, Bldg. 322, Fort Missoula, Missoula, MT 59804.
Time to dust off those boots, sharpen those edges and hit the slopes. Lookout Pass announced this week that ski season will open Nov. 13, with eight runs groomed and waiting. As of today, the hill reports a depth of 18 inches at the summit. It won't be a powder, but who the hell cares? Skiing before Thanksgiving? That don't exactly happen every year.
No joke. According to Lookout Pass Marketing Manager Ric Clarke, this is the second earliest the recreation area has opened in recent history (we're missing the record—Nov. 12—by one day). So grab your rock skis and throw a few PBR tallboys in your pack. We'll see you on the hill.
An ad in the Ravalli Republic lists the late country music star/actor's home for sale at the bargain price of $1.25 million. Axton died of a heart attack in Victor in 1999.
Last weekend the Guardian reported that a plane connected to CIA "torture flights" was met by British special forces at a British airport — and that the plane is registered to a company in Montana.
He's got six different flannel shirts
Airwalks, not thongs
he even understands the words to Pavement songs...
Pavement will reunite for the Sasquatch! Music Festival 2010. The three-day event kicks off on Memorial Day weekend at the Gorge (Quincy, Wash.) but discount tickets go on sale today Sat., Nov. 7, at 11 a.m. MST. The complete festival lineup will be announced Feb. 16.
Pavement, for those of you who aren't cool enough to know (just kidding. Uh, sort of) started playing its lo-fi, feedback, minor key pop in 1989 and disbanded in 1999. The band experienced cult success—never mainstream—and it's often referred to as the influence for bands throughout the 1990s and beyond. Bassist Mark Ibold plays for Sonic Youth now.
I'm sure other bands and comedy acts—Flight of the Conchords and Sarah Silverman have graced the Sasquatch stages, too—will draw audiences as the festival always has top-notch indie acts. And certainly reunion shows aren't always a good thing. Still, Pavement's one of those bands that might be worth seeing for the sake of music history.
Last month, the rapid killing of nine wolves in the backcountry north of Yellowstone National Park prompted state wildlife officials to prematurely close the district to wolf hunting.
"If we had known nine wolves would be taken in that backcountry area, I think we would do things differently, and I, for one, will think about that in the future," Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Commissioner Bob Ream told the Helena Independent Record.
First Friday tonight promises some awesome art. Check out the First Friday blog spot for a printable guide to all the happenings including a transgender themed art exhibit, re-purposed items from Home Resource, breast cancer awareness art, chocolate and trash art.
Be on the lookout for First Friday Mystery Theatre, which includes filmmakers doing impromptu filming of community members downtown. You might get a chance to act out a role and be a part of the dramatic narrative.
Also, writers from the newest art blog in town Artmelt will be out and about looking for the most compelling art to cover. Debby Florence of Slumgullion and the Missoula Cultural Council and Jonathan Marquis, an artist and one of the Indy's prized production assistants started the site up in September and it's on a roll.
Congratulations from Artisan Craft Distilling Institute!!
these story's really show how 'dumb'people can be.Had good laugh!
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