Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Breaking news: Dennis Washington still really rich

Posted By on Tue, Mar 16, 2010 at 3:15 PM

Forbes released its annual list of the world's top billionaires, and Missoula's own Dennis Washington landed just outside the Top 200. The 75-year-old Washington, of course, is no stranger to these lists after turning a high school diploma into $4.2 billion, according to Forbes' calculations. The majority of his wealth is held in Montana Rail Link, mines and "the largest tug and barge fleet in British Columbia."

Other Montanans making Forbes' list:

No. 582. Livingston's Austen Cargill II and Bozeman's Marianne Liebmann, $1.7 billion, inherited from family food businesses
No. 773. St. Ignatius resident Linda Pritzker, $1.3 billion, inherited from family hotel investments

Holy Holiness, Batman!

Posted By on Tue, Mar 16, 2010 at 10:05 AM

According to a joint press release sent out by trip organizers last night, the Dalai Lama is scheduled to visit the Garden of 1,000 Buddhas in Arlee. A Friday press conference with Tulku Sang-ngag Rinpoche, the spiritual head of Ewam International and the founder of the Garden of 1,000 Buddhas, will reveal more details.

From the release:

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Your future, a little early

Posted By on Tue, Mar 16, 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): From what I can tell, your excursion to Fake Paradise didn’t exact too serious a toll. The accidental detour may have seemed inopportune in the moment, but you know what? I think it slowed you down enough to keep you from doing something rash that you would have regretted later. And are you really sorry you were robbed of your cherished illusions? In the long run, I think it was for the best. As for the scratches on your nose from when you stuck it into business you weren't “supposed” to: They’re a small price to pay for the piquant lesson you got in how not to live.

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Monday, March 15, 2010

Extra, extra: In Other News, online

Posted By on Mon, Mar 15, 2010 at 9:00 AM

In this week's installment: A 21 year-old in Milwaukee gets shot for attempting a "practical joke" on his mom and some South Carolina lawmakers want to get rid of the registration fee for groups planning to overthrow the government.

Curses, Foiled Again
Police caught a 26-year-old man suspected of stealing a bottle of Schnapps and some cough drops from a grocery store in Riverton, Wyo., after he hid in a nearby building, which happened to be the police station. A dispatcher spied the suspect on the station’s surveillance camera and alerted officers.

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Friday, March 12, 2010

Happiest Hour: The Kettlehouse goes gluten-free

Posted By on Fri, Mar 12, 2010 at 3:30 PM

In this week's Happiest Hour, the Kettlehouse gives beer-loving and long-suffering "Celiacs" a reason to dust off their growlers with its new Seeley Axe White.

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Badass women on display at Mansfield Library this week

Posted By on Fri, Mar 12, 2010 at 3:01 PM

What started as a University of Montana class project profiling badass ladies is morphing into much more as three students take “The Strong Woman Project” to the Mansfield Library for an exhibit on display March 16 through March 31.

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Thursday, March 11, 2010

Madness, indeed

Posted By on Thu, Mar 11, 2010 at 10:25 AM

Perhaps the best way to gauge the ridiculousness of UM's comeback victory—and Anthony Johnson's historic performance—is by reading the real-time comments on the fantastic eGriz.com thread during the game. It's immediate distaste followed by abject frustration followed by a reference to "The Waltons" followed by cautious optimism followed by a glimmer of hope followed by the joy of victory. All that in two hours.

For those who flipped away with the Griz trailing by 20 at the half (and looking truly awful), the team chipped away over the final 20 minutes led by Johnson's tournament-record 42 points, which included the winning bucket. Griz win 66-65.

Here's a condensed look at what it felt like over at eGriz (out of 153 total posts):

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Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Ready for Madness

Posted By on Wed, Mar 10, 2010 at 5:00 PM

Missoula fancies itself a football town, but tonight a pretty talented Griz basketball team has the chance, on national television, to earn a spot in the year's most prominent — and most entertaining — college sporting event. We're talking, of course, about the 65-team March Madness tournament, and tonight's Big Sky Conference championship match-up between UM and top-seeded Weber State (ESPN2, 7:05 p.m. tip-off).

We actually love this year's team, mostly because Coach Tinkle has found a nice balance that actually plays like a team. We'd love to explain why (no, really, and we'd start with a detailed breakdown of Will Cherry's pros and cons as a freshman point guard), but hoops lends itself better to visual evidence. So, not convinced this year's 21-win (and counting) team isn't worth your Wednesday night? Watch highlights of last night's semi-final game (which was apparently played in front of eight people and some cheerleaders), and tune in tonight.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Palin coming to Missoula, but at what cost?

Posted By on Tue, Mar 9, 2010 at 8:45 PM

Missoulian reporter Keila Szpaller scored the scoop on Sarah Palin's scheduled September visit to the Garden City. The former VP candidate and Alaska governor, and current Fox analyst and best-selling author will speak at a Teen Challenge Montana fundraiser at the Hilton Garden Inn. Tickets to the event cost $100 and 1,600 spots are available, which would generate $160,000 in ticket sales. Teen Challenge's Jan Henderson says the group hopes to raise $50,000 from Palin's appearance.

That jibes with Palin's reported speaking fee means the group will lose money, if published reports of her fee are accurate. Politico says Iowa Republicans balked at Palin's $100,000 price late last year. Newsweek tossed water on the Politico report, not disputing the fee but clarifying that Palin demand a fee for what amounted to a campaign event.

In January, Politico again reported the $100,000 fee, but added that it dips to $75,000 for appearances in the West. Fox News confirmed the numbers, but added she donates the money to "campaigns, candidates and issues."

So, how much will Palin receive for coming to Missoula? When Szpaller asked about Palin's speaking fee, Henderson said it was "confidential."

Your future, a little early

Posted By on Tue, Mar 9, 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): Sarah Bernhardt (1844-1923) was called “the most famous actress the world has ever known.” She did a few films in the early days of the cinema, but most of her work was in the theater. At age 70, she played the role of the 13-year-old Juliet in Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. I commend her on her refusal to act her age, and recommend that you make a comparable effort in the coming weeks. For example, if you’re in your twenties, try something you thought you wouldn’t do until you were at a very ripe age. If you’re over 50, be 25 for a while. It’s an excellent time to do this kind of time-traveling.

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