The Missoula Police Department will be out in force this weekend, specifically targeting with extra patrols people driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs. The effort begins Friday afternoon and continues through Monday.
Nothing like lighting people on fire.
Local musician Wolf Redboy just released the director's cut of his new music video "Everything You Do," which was filmed in Montana by Michael K. Bucher and stars Troy Gleeson, Michael Harvey and Tom Paxson.
The dark lyrics and brooding imagery tell a strange and ghastly story. Besides ghouls, hangmen and fiery finales, there are images of people using rotary phones. Weird. Check it out:
Find Rob Brezsny's "Free Will Astrology" online, every Wednesday, one day before it hits the Indy's printed pages.
Jeff Essman, a Republican senator for Billings and chairman of the Montana Republican Legislative Campaign Committee (LCC), confirmed this morning that former GOP executive director Jake Eaton has been temporarily appointed as the new LCC treasurer. Eaton replaces Rep. Gary MacLaren, R-Victor, who stepped down last week after a string of negative ads targeting Democratic candidates appeared in the Bitterroot. MacLaren has stated he was not involved in creating the ads, which were circulated by the LCC.
The Montana Democratic Party responded Tuesday to Eaton's appointment by highlighting his political history in the state. Eaton led the effort in 2008 challenging the registration status of some 6,000 voters in left-leaning counties across the state. When Montana Democrats filed a lawsuit, U.S. District Court Judge Donald Molloy called Eaton’s tactic “political chicanery.” Eaton stepped down as GOP executive director later that year.
“To replace someone who took an honorable stand against dirty campaign tactics with a guy like Eaton who attempted to suppress voter turnout is a questionable choice,” Martin Kidston, spokesman for the Montana Democratic Party, said in a press release. “In the very least, it speaks toward the lack of integrity within today’s Montana Republican Party.”
The governor appeared with CNBC's Nicole Lapin this morning as part of the network's ongoing series on business-friendly states. The interview allowed Schweitzer to get all folksy with a national audience — he offered up his home phone number to potential new companies, in addition to the ranch quote — and laud the state's $371 million surplus.
All that said, CNBC ranked Montana 36th on its list of Top States for Business. (Texas won, if you were wondering.)
As for that ranch quote, here's what he said: “We’ve run the state of Montana the way you would run a ranch. When times are good the cattle are fat, grass is high, crops are good. Put some grain in the den. Store some hay to get you through the second winter, not just the first one.”
You can read the CNBC story here, or watch the interview above.
In this week's installment: Sun Chips fails at going green, a disturbing use of melted butter and gender reassignment surgery for dogs.
Curses, Foiled Again
Sheriff’s Deputy Venita Edge reported she was fueling her marked patrol car at a station in Fultondale, Ala., when Matthew Kinard, 27, pulled alongside her and asked her to check to see if there were any outstanding warrants on him. When a search turned up one outstanding warrant for unlawful possession of a controlled substance, Edge took him into custody. Her report said that on the way to the county jail, he announced, “I am the stupidest criminal in the world.”
Police Officer Dan Lyons said Selma Elmore, 44, stopped him on patrol in Lockland, Ohio, and asked if there’s a curfew for adults. Told no, she then asked whether there was a warrant for her arrest. Told yes, Elmore took off running, leading Lyons on a brief chase that ended when she shoved him into a building and other officers apprehended her, adding a charge of resisting arrest.
Friday is upon us once again, and as fall continues to settle in we're looking to flood our blood streams with a warming dose of the good stuff. What better than a little rice-based alcohol? Which this week takes us to...
Happiest Hour: Iza
Ambiance: The owners at Iza have gone to great lengths since opening in July 2009 to create a cozy, izakaya-style atmosphere at their plush Hip Strip digs. Izakayas, for those of you not up on your traditional Japanese lingo, are old school sake pubs in the vein of our venerated brew pubs. They serve a variety of tapas-sized meals perfect for your post work appetite as well as a healthy selection of Japanese sakes. Iza takes the idea a step further, adding a full menu along with wines and local brews. The bar is a nice choice for those looking to unwind in the depths of their own cerebellums before the weekend hits—each setting at the bar is already laid out with classy chopsticks. If you've got some friends or coworkers along, slip off your shoes and belly-up to one of the low-set Japanese tables. You can even enjoy some live jazz by local musicians every Wednesday night at 7:30.
Blog posts and news stories abound today regarding infamous state political blogger Montana Cowgirl, an anonymous online persona who has aggregated news and gossip and repeatedly railed against politicians and right-wing candidates since launching a web page earlier this year. As the Northern Broadcasting System points out, Cowgirl has managed to release insider information from Helena while keeping her—or his—identity a secret.
The rash of coverage on Cowgirl sprang from a recent controversy involving an Oct. 15 blog post that seemingly sought to effeminize Roy Brown, the Republican state senator for SD 25. The post was comprised of two photos: one of Brown's challenger, Democratic candidate Kendall Van Dyk, in camouflage holding a dead deer, above the label "man"; and on of Brown, dressed in a sweater-vest and clutching a messenger-style bag, above the label "man purse." Cowgirl's post outraged members of the gay community statewide, who believed that the labels insinuated Brown was not Montanan enough to be an effective senator. Jamee Greer with the Montana Human Rights Network replied to the post in a comment saying, "his fondness for argyle, messenger-ish man purse bags and his only-too-recently acquired hunting license, not to mention famed vegetarianism, means what, exactly? That he’s too 'faggy' for Montana?" All told, the original post generated 67 comments.
Cowgirl later issued an apology for the post, but the damage has already been done. The blogger is now the subject of several news stories and blog posts, and some media are even digging to learn Cowgirl's identity. So far, according to the Associated Press, we know she—or he—has repeatedly used a wireless guest system at the Office of Public Instruction in Helena using a laptop. Cowgirl's blog posts have often been the topic of conversation across the state—even down here in the Indy newsroom—but now it seems Cowgirl herself is the real question of interest.
General hunting season in Montana starts this Saturday, and the newly purchased and designated Spotted Dog Wildlife Management Area (WMA) northeast of Deer Lodge will be open for business. However, an Oct. 18 release from Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) has a lengthy list of warnings as it continues phasing in its management plan for the 27,000 acre spread, and they make recreational use look like a serious headache.
First off, due to a number of private in-holdings within the Spotted Dog, vehicle access is limited to just four roads. But according to the temporary regulations governing the WMA, the property is predominantly only open to foot and horseback traffic. Adding to the slight confusion around motor restrictions is the fact that livestock owners retain motorized vehicle access to roads that are otherwise closed to the public.
Speaking of livestock, FWP's release cautions hunters that much of the Spotted Dog still accommodates cattle grazing and they should "be sure of their target." And if you're planning to camp inside the WMA this fall, be sure to bring a map. Camping is permitted on FWP land in the Spotted Dog, but not the scattered plots of land held by the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation. Firewood cutting is restricted throughout the WMA, and overnight camping is prohibited on school trust lands if you have a horse.
The Spotted Dog WMA is open for public use until Dec. 1, when it will close until noon on May 15 to protect winter range for wildlife. Designated snowmobile trails will, however, stay open.
The Missoula Board of County Commissioners voted unanimously Wednesday night to approved the Seeley Lake Regional Plan, a years-in-the-making and contentious growth policy that's required for, and sets the limits for, future zoning.
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