Friday, October 8, 2010

Weekend planner: You may want to avoid Stephens tonight

Posted By on Fri, Oct 8, 2010 at 3:10 PM

From the city:

Missoula Police Department officers will conduct a traffic enforcement roadblock in the 500 block of Stephens Avenue on Friday, Oct. 8, from 9:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. The event is to promote traffic safety awareness. At last month’s checkpoint, 18 percent of drivers stopped did not have valid proof of insurance coverage.

The Indy reported a few weeks ago on the city's intention to increase these types of stops. This is the first "traffic enforcement event" since then.

Also from the city:

The checkpoint will be clearly marked with signs, lights and uniformed officers. Officers will use marked vehicles and will be checking for current driver's licenses, registrations and insurance. Drivers will experience minimal delays and should have the proper documentation with them — proof of insurance, driver's license and registration.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Kalispell art critic doesn't care for Jesus sex lithograph

Posted By on Thu, Oct 7, 2010 at 11:30 AM

Police arrested Kathleen Folden, 56, of Kalispell, for allegedly damaging a print in a Colorado museum that portrays Jesus Christ engaged in a sex act. As she grabbed the 12-panel lithograph by Stanford University professor Enrique Chagoya, titled "The Misadventures of the Romantic Cannibals," Folden reportedly yelled, "How can you desecrate my Lord?"

From The Associated Press:

Chagoya said his work, a collage using religious and pop culture symbols, is a critique of religious institutions, not beliefs.

"I critique the institutions and my disagreements with the way the church corrupts the spiritual," he said. "People might disagree with my views, my art, but I'm not trying to offend anybody."

Sadly, we don't have a picture of Chagoya's print yet.

What's with all the Missoula golf news?

Posted By on Thu, Oct 7, 2010 at 10:25 AM

Everybody's heard by now of Sun Mountain Sports' epic fail at the Ryder Cup last weekend, but here comes word that U.S. Rep. Denny Rehberg doesn't think $1 million in stimulus money should be spent on a new irrigation system at Missoula's Larchmont Golf Course. The story comes courtesy of Montana Watchdog, so you can read more there, including County Commissioner Michele Landquist's defense of the project.

Knowing Rehberg's history, he'll probably show up when Larchmont unveils its new system and take credit for it.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Daschle book reveals deal that killed public option

Posted By on Wed, Oct 6, 2010 at 9:00 PM

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Everybody kinda knew this happened, but a new book from former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle reportedly details exactly when and how the public option was "taken off the table" in the "historic" health care reform debate.

From Think Progress:

In his book, Daschle reveals that after the Senate Finance Committee and the White House convinced hospitals to accept $155 billion in payment reductions over ten years on July 8, [2009,] the hospitals and Democrats operated under two “working assumptions.” “One was that the Senate would aim for health coverage of at least 94 percent of Americans,” Daschle writes. “The other was that it would contain no public health plan,” which would have reimbursed hospitals at a lower rate than private insurers.

Sen. Max Baucus, of course, is chair of the Senate Finance Committee, and never gave the public option a chance. The White House, however, long maintained it should be a part of the reform bill. Think Progress spoke with Daschle about what the White House did, and when, and he kind of flip-flops on Obama's commitment to it. You can read more here.

The book, titled Getting It Done: How Obama and Congress Finally Broke the Stalemate to Make Way for Health Care Reform, comes out next week.

Bob Brown says no-no to "Con Con"

Posted By on Wed, Oct 6, 2010 at 4:30 PM

In an op-ed sent out today, the former president of the Montana Legislature and 2004 Republican nominee for governor explains why a "Con Con," or constitutional convention, is a bad idea. His full column appears below. For more information on the issue, which is on the ballot this November, read Jessica Mayrer's recent story, or attend the Montana Law Review symposium on the topic, which is happening Thursday and Friday, for free, on the UM campus.

Here's the full text from Brown:

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Your future, a little early

Posted By on Wed, Oct 6, 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): Much of the reader mail I receive is friendly. But now and then I’ll get a message like this: “I’ve followed your horoscopes with pleasure for years. But I must say, you’ve really lost it lately. I can’t stand the garbage you’ve been slinging. What happened to you?” My response is to wonder why the person never wrote to me while he was happy with my efforts. It reminds me of a quote by Leon Uris: “How often in life it is that we have no time for our friends but all the time in the world for our enemies.” It also reminds me of how tempting it is to focus on what repels us and scares us, shortchanging the dreams that excite us. Your assignment in the next four weeks, Aries, is to reward what you like and pursue what you want. For now, forget about what you don’t like and don’t want.

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Tuesday, October 5, 2010

NYT reports on the green rush, mentions the Indy

Posted By on Tue, Oct 5, 2010 at 9:40 AM

Jeremy W. Peters of The New York Times writes today in a front-page story about the phenomenon of medical marijuana advertisers generating much-needed revenue for newspapers, particularly alternative weeklies. Remarkably, as others have noticed, Peters avoids making any gratuitous puns in the article. The publisher of the Bozeman Daily Chronicle, however, isn't so lucky. (The Chronicle, clearly, isn't an alt weekly. It gets mentioned as an example of how dailies have also gotten in on this market.)

Also, if you read past the jump, you'll notice a certain local rag gets a mention. Here's a hit:

At The Missoula Independent, where medical marijuana advertising now makes up about 10 percent of the paper’s revenue, there is concern that the spigot may soon tighten.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Extra, extra: In Other News, online

Posted By on Mon, Oct 4, 2010 at 9:00 AM

In this week's installment: smelly feet lead to a stabbing, burning televisions and a fatal speed bump.

Curses, Foiled Again
When a man walked into a bank in Watsonville, Calif., announced he had a bomb and demanded $2,000 to pay his friend’s rent, the manager advised him to apply for a loan instead. She asked him to sit and wait while she went to get the loan paperwork but called police, who arrested Mark Smith, 59.

Seattle police identified Larry Shawn Taylor, 18, as the man who robbed two women at gunpoint, after the victims described the robber as a short black man with deformed ears who had “MOB” shaved into one side of his hair and “GET MONEY” on the other and “GET” tattooed on his right hand and “MONEY” on his left. Detectives used their database to match the tattoos to Taylor, who was apprehended after an officer stopped a car for reckless driving and recognized him by his ears and tattoos.

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Friday, October 1, 2010

Tonight: Windows and goats

Posted By on Fri, Oct 1, 2010 at 4:00 PM

It's First Friday, people, and can we just say that an art walk in warm fall weather is nothing to sneeze at? If you don't know where to start, here's some help. Besides a few of our previously recommended and tried-and-true picks for places to go, we’ve got a few ideas you should consider.

We were drawn to the goat portrait in the beginning, but it turns out this exhibit, Guise & Dowle: Photos by Tom Seiler isn’t just about goats. It focuses on all kinds of portraits that feature fur and fluff. Sounds cozy. The exhibit at Slikati Photography (127 N. Higgins Ave. Ste. 309) also includes pieces by Lise Lalondewith. Don’t miss out, because this is a studio and is only open as a gallery for this night only.

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You haven’t heard of Frontier Space because it’s brand spanking new. The gallery is located behind the Old Post in the alley between Spruce and Pine, and debuts with an exhibit called Nationwide Repercussions—work by artists from Michigan, Illinois, New York, Georgia, and Washington dealing with the ideas of place or location.

Recently, we notice that the empty space formerly occupied by Moose Creek Mercantile was looking a little more lively: Photographs and tidbits about Zootown Arts Community Center filled the window sill of the otherwise vacant store. Turns out, it’s all part of the Missoula Storefront Art Project, an attempt to change the feel of empty storefronts from economic depression to temporary canvases for artists.

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Not in a gallery mood? Fine. You have few chances to take in a truly funny comedy troupe, so you might as well head to the Wilma for witty and political songs and skits by Broad Comedy, which starts at 8 p.m. and costs $20. Need something more serious? You should check out Waste Land, a film about and artist who goes to paint the world's largest garbage dump and the people who work there collecting recyclables. It's award-winning, and directed by Lucy Walker, who also directed Devil's Playground about Amish gone wild. Screens at the Wilma at 7:30 p.m. Free.

One-stop shopping for Montana's political tweets

Posted By on Fri, Oct 1, 2010 at 1:15 PM

The Montana Policy Institute recently launched Tweet Montana, which collects "tweets from every Montana elected official at the state or federal level on one website."

So far the site offers a lot of chatter from JP Pomnichowski, a Bozeman Democrat running for reelection in HD 63. But I imagine things at Tweet Montana will get a little more interesting, to put it mildly, once the Legislature starts up in January.

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