Wednesday, June 30, 2010

iPhone bound for Montana in 2011

Posted By on Wed, Jun 30, 2010 at 3:59 PM

It appears Apple's iPhone will be available in Montana by next year.

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Your future, A little early

Posted By on Wed, Jun 30, 2010 at 9:00 AM

Find Rob Brezsny's Free Will Astrology online, every Wednesday, one day before it hits the Indy's printed pages.

ARIES (March 21-April 19): How well are you capitalizing on this year’s unique opportunities, Aries? Since we’re halfway through 2010, let’s take an inventory. I’m hoping you’re well underway in the heroic task of conquering your past. It has been and will continue to be prime time for you to wean yourself from unresolvable energy-drains. So exorcise irksome ghosts, please! Pay off ancient debts! Free yourself from memories that don’t serve you! You’re finally ready to graduate from lessons you’ve had to learn and re-learn and re-re-learn. The coming months will bring you even more opportunities to finish up old business that has demanded too much of your time and energy.

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Monday, June 28, 2010

Extra, extra: In Other News, online

Posted By on Mon, Jun 28, 2010 at 10:00 AM

In this week's installment: learning to paraglide from YouTube videos, attempted robbery with a caulk gun, and how to win a $1,000 reward for information leading to the recovery of a $20 doormat.

Curses, Foiled Again
Authorities investigating a burglary in King County, Wash., found that in addition to a digital camera, laptop computer, iPod and DVD player, the intruder took clean clothes and left behind his soiled underwear, jeans and shoes. Sheriff’s Detective Cary Coblantz said he “specifically requested that the underpants be analyzed for a DNA profile,” which identified a 39-year-old man with a long criminal history as the suspect. He was already in jail for several counts of residential burglary but had been out on bail when the underpants burglary occurred.

German authorities reported that robbers who tried to blow up a bank cash machine in Malliss miscalculated and wound up reducing the bank to rubble, completely obliterating its roof and damaging cars and buildings within a 100-yard radius. The only thing left intact was the cash machine. “Something evidently didn’t work the way the robbers wanted it to,” police official Niels Borgmann said, noting, “The explosion was so big, they had to run away without the money.”

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Friday, June 25, 2010

Spotted Dog gets fast-tracked

Posted By on Fri, Jun 25, 2010 at 5:35 PM

The Department of Justice's Trustee Restoration Council announced this afternoon it's taking public comment on a $16.6 million land acquisition proposal on 27,497 acres of ranch and timber land in the Spotted Dog Creek complex. Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks submitted a request to the council to use restoration funds generated by the state's legal settlement with the Atlantic Richfield Company to back the purchase. The Spotted Dog property, located south of Avon in Powell County, is currently owned by RY Timber.

The council is considering the request outside the restoration fund's annual grant cycle, essentially fast-tracking the $16.6 million expense on top of an additional $18 million in grant requests that have yet to be approved. According to Carol Fox, restoration program chief for the Natural Resource Damage Program, approval of these expenses will mark the first time the council has committed more than the $7.5 million annual interest generated by the restoration funds. As of April 1, the balance of non-committed restoration funds totaled $123.4 million.

FWP appraised the property at $15.2 million, but an existing contract between RY Timber and Rock Creek Cattle Company, which is leasing the land with an option to purchase, is valued at around $9 million. FWP hopes to designate the Spotted Dog acreage a wildlife management area. The public comment period expires Aug. 9, and the acquisition will then be reviewed by the Upper Clark Fork River Basin Advisory Council before they make final recommendations to Gov. Brian Schweitzer.

Our long, tireless — and successful! — search for a vuvuzela in Missoula

Posted By on Fri, Jun 25, 2010 at 2:45 PM

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The Indy newsroom is infected with World Cup fever and, seeking some way to channel that enthusiasm before tomorrow's big elimination match with Ghana, we went searching for the symbol of this year's tournament. It was harder than we thought.

We're talking, of course, about the vuvuzela — that ever-present, mildly annoying plastic horn that makes every World Cup match sound as if it's being played inside a bee hive. In South Africa, they're everywhere. In Missoula? Not so much.

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Happiest Hour: Kim Ryan

Posted By on Fri, Jun 25, 2010 at 2:20 PM

To get you ready for the weekend, the Indy serves up its weekly ode to neighborhood watering holes. This week: A profile of veteran Brooks & Browns bartender Kim Ryan.

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Her specialty: “It’s all special,” she says. I ordered a gin martini, dirty, and it was excellent.

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Thursday, June 24, 2010

Young moms in Missoula homeless shelter victims of theft

Posted By on Thu, Jun 24, 2010 at 2:30 PM

Residents of Mountain Home Montana, a shelter for homeless young mothers and their children who are often fleeing violence, have been victims of theft twice in the past two weeks.

“The thing that I feel so bad about is we are their safety net,” says Mountain Home Executive Director Gypsy Ray. “And now the place that they feel safe in isn’t safe.”

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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

High Plains Films nears completion of bison documentary

Posted By on Wed, Jun 23, 2010 at 11:40 AM

Missoula-based High Plains Films has released trailers for its five-years-in-the-making film Facing the Storm: The Story of the American Bison, which documents the complete history of human relations with the largest land mammal on the continent. Check them out:

Play TRAILER #1
Play TRAILER #2

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Your future, a little early

Posted By on Wed, Jun 23, 2010 at 7:00 AM

Find Rob Brezsny's Free Will Astrology online, every Wednesday, one day before it hits the Indy's printed pages.

ARIES (March 21-April 19): A few years ago, a group of artists built a giant bunny out of pink wool on an Italian mountainside. The 200-foot-long effigy will remain there until 2025. There’s a disturbing aspect to this seemingly goofy artifact, however: It has a wound in its side where its guts are spilling out. That’s why I don’t recommend that you travel there and commune with it. According to my reading of the astrological omens, you would definitely benefit from crawling into a fetal position and sucking your thumb while lying in the comfy embrace of a humongous mommy substitute. But you shouldn’t tolerate any tricks or jokes that might limit your ability to sink into total peace and relaxation.

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Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Globetrotters draft UM's Johnson—and his wife

Posted By on Tue, Jun 22, 2010 at 11:55 AM

The always entertaining Harlem Globetrotters announced today that the team had drafted University of Montana star Anthony Johnson, as well as his wife, Lady Griz player Shaunte Nance-Johnson. The Globetrotters say this is the first husband-wife duo to be drafted by a professional sports team.

From the team's release:

A pair of University of Montana basketball stars—men’s team standout Anthony Johnson and women’s team star Shaunte Nance-Johnson—became the first husband-wife duo to be drafted by a professional sports team today when they were both selected by the world famous Harlem Globetrotters as part of the team’s 2010 draft class...

Anthony Johnson and Shaunte Nance-Johnson, natives of Tacoma, Wash., and married since 2006, each completed their senior seasons at Montana in 2010.
The 6-3 Johnson gained national notoriety by scoring Montana’s last 21 points (42 total) in a 22-point come-from-behind victory over Weber State in the Big Sky Tournament title game, vaulting the Grizzlies into the 2010 NCAA tournament. A unanimous first team All-Big Sky Conference selection as a junior and senior, Johnson is the first two-year player ever at Montana to break the 1,000-point scoring plateau, finishing 14th on the school’s career scoring list.
The starting point guard for the Lady Griz, Nance-Johnson led the team in assists and to the semifinals of the Big Sky tournament in 2010. If she makes the Globetrotters squad, she would become the ninth woman in history to play for the storied franchise. One of the previous eight, Joyce Walker, once coached Nance-Johnson in a Washington high school all-star game in 2005.

Although this is nice publicity for the Globetrotters, Johnson may be more interested in Thursday's NBA Draft. After a record-breaking senior campaign in Missoula, AJ has been invited to a tryout with the New Jersey Nets.

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