Thursday, January 14, 2010

Leading man in Leading Ladies

Posted by on Thu, Jan 14, 2010 at 2:30 PM

Playwright and actor Barret O'Brien made a strong impression on Missoula's theater scene between 2004 and 2006. His original plays, Eating Round the Bruise and Breach, garnered tons of attention and enormous audience support when Montana Rep Missoula produced them. Now, after spending three years at Yale Drama School, he's back to play the lead role in Montana Rep's newest international tour production, Leading Ladies—a farce hinging on mistaken identity.

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Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Polling place consolidation goes forward

Posted by on Wed, Jan 13, 2010 at 5:54 PM

Citing challenges recruiting election judges as the primary driver, Missoula County Commissioners unanimously agreed Wednesday to eliminate eight area polling places.

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Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Curdy running for HD 100

Posted by on Tue, Jan 12, 2010 at 3:55 PM

We've heard rumors about certain candidates running for state office, but this one's confirmed: Missoula farmer Willis Curdy will announce his campaign for HD 100 tomorrow.

Curdy lost to Republican Bill Nooney in 2008.

From this afternoon's release:

Willis Curdy, a Missoula area farmer and retired teacher and wild land firefighter, will file tomorrow to run as a Democratic candidate for the Montana State House of Representatives in House District 100.


Curdy feels his relationship as a resident in House District 100 for over 27 year allows him to understand the priorities of House District 100 voters in what many view as one of the more competitive races in Montana. “Many House District 100 voters have encouraged me to run. I have lived and worked with the voters in House District 100 and they are looking for a Representative who focuses on the issues important to them—a growing local economy which provides good-paying jobs with benefits, affordable energy, and access to quality education and job training.”


Curdy, a 4th generation Montanan, lives in the Big Flat area with his wife Gloria. He has two sons and five grandchildren. A retired teacher 30 year teacher from Hellgate High School, Curdy served as a smokejumper and pilot during the summers. He currently works on the family farm and is a flight instructor.


“I have actively worked with various community groups and organizations to bring about positive changes to our neighborhoods. As a farmer and former wild land firefighter I understand the problems facing our rural areas and as the Representative of House District 100, I will listen to my neighbors concerns and work on those issues facing our communities and rural areas. “


“I enjoy meeting the voters of the district. They can count on me stopping by their homes, visiting with them, and finding out what matters to them and what we can do together to make House District 100 even better. These voters are my boss and I am ready to work for them.”

Rolling stones to Texas

Posted by on Tue, Jan 12, 2010 at 1:50 PM

Last month it was Florida, this month it's Texas for local artist Kerri Rosenstein's rock-filled installation, father. The piece, originally comprised of rose-colored stones that represented each day of her late father, continues to travel from state to state after it was originally installed at the Missoula Art Museum. Why does Rosenstein have so few stones now? Check it out.

Here's father where it's currently occupying a grassy spot at Hermann Park in Houston.

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And here it is in December at Miami Beach.

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Your future, a little early

Posted by on Tue, Jan 12, 2010 at 9:00 AM

Find Rob Brezsny's Free Will Astrology online, every Tuesday, two days before it hits the Indy's printed pages.

ARIES (March 21-April 19): The Earth's north magnetic pole is not the same as the geographic North Pole. If you take out a compass to orient yourself toward due north, the compass arrow will actually point toward a spot in the frigid wilds of Canada. But what's really odd is that the north magnetic pole has been on the move since 1904—scientists don't know exactly why—and has dramatically sped up in recent years. According to National Geographic, it's now zooming toward Siberia at the rate of almost 40 miles per year. I suspect that your own metaphorical version of magnetic north will also be changing in 2010, Aries. By January 2011, the homing signal you depend on to locate your place in reality may have migrated significantly. This is a good time to start tracking the shift.

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Monday, January 11, 2010

Extra, extra: In Other News, online

Posted by on Mon, Jan 11, 2010 at 9:00 AM

Your weekly online installment of In Other News begins now.


Curses, Foiled Again
Tita Nyambi, 25, tried to withdraw $700 from his mother’s bank account by dressing in the woman’s clothes and speaking in a high-pitched voice, according to authorities in Somerset County, N.J., who added that he also presented her driver’s license and forged her signature on a bank form at the bank’s drive-through teller. Newark’s Star-Ledger said bank personnel immediately saw through the deception and called police, who responded while Nyambi was waiting for the money.

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Sunday, January 10, 2010

Abortion rights activists under fire

Posted by on Sun, Jan 10, 2010 at 10:10 AM

According to this morning's Washington Post, legislators in Montana introduced more anti-abortion bills in 2009 than during any other session in the past 20 years. The article, which surveys abortion rights activists from across the country talking about even more battles in 2010, quotes Allyson Hagen, executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Montana.

From the article:

If they cannot make it illegal through federal law or the courts, opponents of abortion intend to make the procedure harder to obtain...

With the state legislature out of session, [Hagen] expects this year's focus to be on political races and a proposed constitutional amendment that would establish "personhood" from the moment of conception. Similar ballot initiatives are being pursued elsewhere, although a proposed amendment in Colorado lost in 2008 by 46 points.

"Personhood" supporters are hurrying to gather 49,000 signatures by mid-June, said lead organizer Ann Bukacek, who said a constitutional amendment would lay the groundwork for an end to abortion. Two years ago, she said, the effort fell 17,000 signatures short because the group got a late start.

"I think we'll get it this time, and if we don't, we'll do it again," said Bukacek, an internist at Hosanna Health Care in Kalispell. "We'll never stop. These are innocent, defenseless human beings who are being slaughtered. We're never going to stop fighting for their rights."

Bukacek, though, has struggled to gain support even among other anti-abortion camps.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Local pride: Missoula woman makes Hooters calendar

Posted by on Wed, Jan 6, 2010 at 3:50 PM

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We're in need of some shred of good news, so here's this: Missoula's own Brittney Lee Crowley was one of the lucky women — out of 20,000 applicants — to be featured in this year's Hooters calendar.

"The selection process is lengthy and intense, so it is a huge accomplishment for any Hooters Girl to be featured in the calendar," said Alexis Aleshire, public relations manager for Hooters of America, in a press release.

Aside from the "lengthy" and "intense" process, we also learned these important facts about the publication:

- Hooters prints the months of its calendar out of order. No, really. "As far as the months being out of order, that was how they came back from the printer back in 1986, for proofing," said calendar honcho Doug Vollmer, also in the release. "We kind of liked the idea that, in order to find the right month, you had to search through the entire calendar again and that way, you would re-visit all of the girls and jokes again."
- There are jokes.
- This is the 24th year of the calendar.
- In 1986, about 2,000 calendars were distributed. This year, distribution is estimated at a half-million worldwide, "continuing their reputation as the best-selling calendar of its kind."

Flathead property tax appraisals through the roof

Posted by on Wed, Jan 6, 2010 at 10:38 AM

The Los Angeles Times published a piece by Kim Murphy a few days ago about the Flathead's skyrocketing property tax appraisals and the residents trying to cope, whom she describes as "roadkill on the highway to the New West."

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This week from the arts desk

Posted by on Wed, Jan 6, 2010 at 9:05 AM

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Of course this would happen: In a world full of tweeps, somebody was bound to come up with a book called Twitterature, in which classic and popular novels are reduced to tweets. The back cover refers to the book as "the ultimate Cliffs Notes" with the wry observation that, "As great as the classics are, who has time to read those big, long books anyway?"

Examples are:

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