With the weekend fast approaching, we offer our favorite weekly homage to western Montana watering holes.
This week: the hot wings and cold beers at Despo's.
That, and other interesting stories from alt weeklies around the country.
During Monday's Marijuana Education Day on the UM campus, Tayln Lang from Zoo Mountain Natural Care and the Missoula Ethical Caregivers Association (MECA) made a presentation on the industry's impact on the local economy. The numbers are pretty interesting.
From the report:
● Total rent paid by MECA members monthly: $25,600
● Total power paid by MECA members monthly: $8,000+
● Initial start-up cost of MECA members (lights, wiring, furniture,
pots, CO2, legal fees, etc.): $337,972+
● Monthly advertising spent by MECA members: $7000+
● Monthly payroll of MECA members (Approx. 30 employees
● Monthly misc. recurring expenses (phone, insurance, etc.): $3,200 +
Approximate total of money spent by MECA members in the state and local economy since Jan. 1, 2010: $640,132.
Jennifer Savage, columnist for the excellent local moms magazine, Mamalode, and a frequent Indy contributor, recounts a particularly nasty run-in with a downtown transient in her latest installment of "savagemama."
Unfortunate one-time thing? Perhaps. But the sort of story downtown business owners told and re-told before City Council passed an ordinance last year against aggressive panhandling.
A couple weeks ago the Indy reported on the U.S. Air Force testing an A-10 Thunderbolt powered by a 50/50 blend of regular jet fuel and fuel derived from Montana-grown camelina. (See a video of the flight below.)
Today, the Pew Project on National Security, Energy and Climate released a report (PDF) detailing all of the military's initiatives to save energy, mitigate climate change and reduce costs.
Jazzoula gets a Masonic twist when Missoula Lodge #13 shows up to listen to jazz tonight. The local freemasons apparently contacted Jazzoula director Bruce Micklus recently to let him in on the ties between the fraternal organization and jazz greats.
As it turns out, it’s a pretty good list: Louis Armstrong, Count Basie, Lionel Hampton, Duke Ellington, Irving Berlin and Glenn Miller, among others.
The Masons have long had a mysterious reputation steeped in symbols, metaphors and moral systems. Whether it’s a secret society or merely a society with some secrets, the Missoula masons at least are willing to talk—and listen—when it comes to jazz.
Tonight’s performances include UM’s jazz choir Jubileers, the David Horgan Ensemble featuring Chuck Florence on clarinet, David Morgenroth playing Duke Ellington and the UM Bebopsters.
Meet the Masons and listen to a landslide of jazz, some of which concentrates solely on Masonic jazz composers tonight, Tuesday, April 20, at St. Anthony’s Parish, 217 Tremont St., at 6:30 p.m. $10.
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): “Although obstacles and difficulties frighten ordinary people,” wrote French painter Théodore Géricault, “they are the necessary food of genius. They cause it to mature, and raise it up . . . All that obstructs the path of genius inspires a state of feverish agitation, upsetting and overturning those obstacles, and producing masterpieces.” I’d like to make this idea one of your guiding principles, Aries. In order for it to serve you well, however, you’ll have to believe that there is a sense in which you do have some genius within you. It’s not necessarily something that will make you rich, famous, popular, or powerful. For example, you may have a genius at washing dogs or giving thoughtful gifts or doing yoga when you’re sad. Whatever your unique brilliance consists of, the challenges just ahead will be highly useful in helping it grow.
The Missoula Police Department released details of its latest alcohol compliance check and found that only two businesses failed: the University of Montana Golf Clubhouse and the Canyon River Golf Clubhouse.
During a previous check, Linda Vista Golf Clubhouse was among five establishments that failed.
That means nearly half of the guilty parties from the last two compliance checks are not downtown bars or blue-collar watering holes, but joints better known among the Callaway crowd as the 19th hole. And you thought Tiger Woods gave golf a bad name.
From today's release from the Missoula Police Department:
City officials are saying that Not My Bathroom’s (NMB) initial efforts to overturn the newly passed anti-discrimination ordinance don’t pass legal muster.
Check this week's collection of odd news happenings and find out what shots of liquid morphine and iPods have in common.
Curses, Foiled Again
Two men tried to rob a man coming out of a convenience store in Medford, Ore., but fled when their intended victim ran back inside the store to call police. Officers arrived and were investigating, when the would-be robbers returned in time for witnesses to point them out. Police arrested two suspects, 19 and 20 years old.
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