Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Your future, a little early

Posted By on Wed, Jun 22, 2011 at 8:00 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): Golden orb spiders of Madagascar spin robust webs. Their silk is stronger than steel yet able to bend and expand when struck by insects. Here’s an equally amazing facet of their work: Each morning they eat what remains of yesterday’s web and spend an hour or so weaving a fresh one. I’m thinking that your task in the coming weeks has some similarities to the orb spider’s, Aries: creating rugged but flexible structures to gather what you need, and being ready to continually shed what has outlived its usefulness so as to build what your changing circumstances require. (Thanks to the California Academy of Sciences for the info on orb spiders.)

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Monday, June 20, 2011

Extra, extra: In Other News, online

Posted By on Mon, Jun 20, 2011 at 12:10 PM

In this week's installment: A horse competition without the horses, shrimp on treadmills, and a story from our own Flathead County.

Curses, foiled again
Police investigating a bank robbery in Houston, Texas, identified their suspects on Facebook. Following a tip, they discovered incriminating posts by teller Estefany Martinez, 19, (“IM RICH”), and her boyfriend, Ricky “Ricko Gee” Gonzalez, 18, (“WIPE MY TEETH WITH HUNDREDS” and another part of his anatomy with $50 bills). Authorities said Martinez enlisted fellow teller Anna Margarita Rivera, 19, and her brother, Arturo Solano, 22, as accomplices. “I’ve always heard that you shouldn’t post pictures of yourself on Facebook smoking pot or drinking because employers are now looking at Facebook pages,” said Martinez’s attorney, Richard Kuniansky. “But I never knew there should be a warning not to post about a bank robbery that’s been committed.” (Houston Chronicle)

A smartphone app led South Korean police to a murder suspect. The unidentified university professor had sent his mistress an incriminating message via the messaging service app “Kakao Talk” shortly before strangling his wife. He went to the head office of the “Kakao Talk” provider after the murder and asked that the message be deleted, but it was saved for a month and retrieved by police in Busan while checking his phone records. The professor confessed to the murder. (Reuters)

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Saturday, June 18, 2011

Love in the time of cholera

Posted By on Sat, Jun 18, 2011 at 8:03 AM

If you're going to drink wine and be merry anyway, it might behoove you to do so for a good cause. Tonight, Saturday, June 18, at 7 p.m. you can hear some blues, jazz, and folk, plus drink French wine and, at the same time, support women and children in Kenya. The benefit will help send 15 people from the First Presbyterian Church to go to eastern Africa. Those people willl work on a project that puts orphans and homeless women—many of whom are infected with AIDS, or have suffered from cholera and other diseases—into missionary homes. The benefit includes stalwart folkster David Boone, The Indulge Jazz Quartet and blues/jazz singer Kevin Van Dort.

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Last week, Aoko Midiwo Odembo the wife of Kenyan ambassador to the United States, Elkanah Odembo, gave a speech in Minnesota saying that one of the best investments you can make when it comes to people suffering in countries like Kenya, is to invest in women whose political empowerment can change some of the crises currently plaguing communities. You can raise your glass to that.

God's Love: A Concert to Benefit Kenya Women and Orphans kicks off at the Missoula Winery, 5646 Harrier, tonight, Saturday, June 18, from 7 PM to 10 PM. $20 suggested donation.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Happiest Hour: Sean Kelly’s, A Public House

Posted By on Fri, Jun 17, 2011 at 3:30 PM

Another cool spring day leaves us hankering for a warm shot of Jameson’s and a fat platter of comfort food slathered in thick dark gravy. That’s why we dedicate this week’s happiest hour to Sean Kelly’s.

What you’re doing: Getting your groove and sipping a Guinness while watching musicians who have day jobs rock out during Monday open mic nights. Brainiacs get their chance to shine when Sean Kelly’s hosts Fat Tire trivia Tuesdays at 8 p.m. Wednesday is bingo night, when lucky locals win enough cash to cover the evening’s bar tab.

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Who you’re drinking with: Just about everybody. Lawyers, city officials, and families frequent the place during the day, taking advantage of Sean Kelly’s savory cuisine. A more eclectic group converges at night (the place gets packed for pub trivia). Sean Kelly’s is lively. But it’s rarely rowdy. “We’re pretty chill,” says bartender Angie Aune. “We don’t have to kick people out very often.”

What you’re eating: Pasties. Made with shredded beef, potato, onion, carrot, veggies, and Guinness gravy, it’s all rolled into a flaky pastry crust and served alongside a pile of mashed potatoes with soup or salad for $12.95.

Ambiance: Dotted with pastoral pictures of foggy Irish lakes, Sean Kelly’s offers the chance to enjoy a quaint Irish pub without leaving downtown Missoula.

What you’re drinking: Whiskey is unsurprisingly popular. “I mean, Irish pub, Jameson style,” Aune says.

Specials: They vary and rotate nightly. Jack and Coke sells for $3 Mondays. Pitchers of New Belgium Ale run $7 Tuesday. Bartenders serve a bucket of five beers, either Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy or Leinenkugel’s Berry Weiss, for $10 Wednesdays. A pint of Rainer is $2 any day of the week.

How to find it: 130 West Pine Street, off Higgins Ave.

Happiest Hour celebrates western Montana watering holes. To recommend a bar, bartender or beverage for Happiest Hour, e-mail editor@missoulanews.com.

Winning

Posted By on Fri, Jun 17, 2011 at 12:30 PM

The Montana Newspaper Association held its annual awards contest last weekend and the Indy managed to sneak its way onto the winners' podium. The Indy competes in the weekly newspaper division.

Here's what placed, with links to the original stories:

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First place:
Justice System Issues: To Catch a Predator, by Jessica Mayrer
Government Issues: Diversity & Respect, by Jessica Mayrer and Skylar Browning, with photos by Cathrine L. Walters
General Advertising Excellence

Second place:
Best Environmental/Natural Resource Issues Coverage: Boom and Gloom, by Alex Sakariassen
Best Front Page Design: Missoula Independent
Best Black & White Advertisement: Designed by Pumpernickel Stewart

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Third Place:
Best Business and Economic Issues Reporting: Green Rush, by Matthew Frank
Best Environmental/Natural Resource Issues Reporting: Trout Saviors, by Matthew Frank
Best Health, Fitness, Medicine, Science Issues Reporting: Running on Empty, by Jessica Mayrer
Best Sports Feature: A Call for Help, by Alex Sakariassen
Best Niche Publication: Western Montana Homesteader

Honorable Mention:
Best Business and Economic Issues Reporting: Masters of Invention, by staff
Best Investigative Reporting: How Safe is Your Food?, by Skylar Browning

The Missoulian, meanwhile, won 20 awards in the division for daily newspapers with a circulation over 7,500.

Congrats to all those winning.

A 'deer with wings' and canned water

Posted By on Fri, Jun 17, 2011 at 10:40 AM

Two television news stories stood out last night for being slightly strange.

The first has already been picked up by the AP and spread nationally internationally: A power outage in East Missoula was caused by an eagle dropping a dead fawn onto a power line. Hard to believe, but there were witnesses and photos. The choice quote: "You've got a deer with wings."

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The other story isn't quite as strange, but interesting nonetheless: Flood victims in Montana are receiving nearly 52,000 cans of drinking water from Anheuser-Busch. The cans look like something from the Dharma Initiative, and don't include Anheuser-Busch's more famous beverage, but that's still pretty cool.

Turns out, the brewery has contributed more than 1.2 million cans to disaster areas this year.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Your future, a little early

Posted By on Wed, Jun 15, 2011 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): The film Tuck Everlasting tells the story of a family that becomes immortal after drinking from a magical spring. The two parents and their two sons hide their gift from the world, but eventually a mysterious man in a yellow suit finds out about their secret and stalks them. At one point in his search, this man has a conversation with a young pastor. “What if you could be eternal?” he asks the priest. “Without having to face the uncertainty of death. Invincible to disease. Forever young.” The priest is rattled. “You speak blasphemy, sir,” he protests. “Fluently,” replies the man in the yellow suit. You have that mandate right now Aries: to speak blasphemy fluently, as well as any other rebellious diction. It’s time to rise up and express the unspeakable, the controversial, the revolutionary.

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Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Only Arkansas has less educated legislators than Montana

Posted By on Tue, Jun 14, 2011 at 3:30 PM

The Chronicle of Higher Education recently looked at where each of the 7,000-plus state legislators in America went to college—or whether they went at all—and Montana's results were pretty interesting.

Here's what we learned from the study:

1. Montana has the second least formally educated statehouse in the nation, with 20 percent of its legislators having zero college experience. Arkansas was the least educated with 25 percent.

For comparison, 41 percent of Montana residents have zero college experience, according to the study.

2. 64.7 percent of Montana legislators have a bachelor's degree or higher, which also puts us toward the bottom. New Hampshire ranks last at 53.4 percent (mostly because its enormous legislature couldn't be entirely accounted for) and California ranks at the top with 89.9 percent.

Feel free to add your own "How are those college educations working out for California's budget?" remarks right about now.

3. Griz win! According to the numbers, 30 legislators studied at UM. Only 29 went to MSU-Bozeman. Three each went to Carroll College, Flathead Valley Community College, and UM-Western.

4. As for out-of-state degrees, three legislators went to Arizona State, two went to Maryland, two more to Idaho, and two others to UW in Madison.

5. One legislator studied at Seminole State College of Florida, the farthest away of any other legislator.

6. Two legislators attended Ivy League schools — one at Princeton, the other Harvard.

7. Of Montana's 150 legislators, 103 attended public college.

For more figures and analysis, check out the Chronicle's full report.

Extra, extra: In Other News, online

Posted By on Tue, Jun 14, 2011 at 11:10 AM

In this week's installment: A flawed flight plan, a terrible escape route and the "What's Up Your Butt?" campaign.


Curses, Foiled Again
After Domonique J. Loggins, 21, punched his 20-year-old girlfriend in the face during an argument while she was driving, the woman parked at a police station in suburban Joliet, Ill., and went inside to report the incident. When officers came outside, Loggins fled. He ran across a bridge and into a park, where, according to Deputy Chief Mike Trafton, “about 60 squad cars were parked.” Thirty Joliet cops and officers from other departments were in the park for a training session on “being prepared for any situation.” Loggins was quickly captured. After being handcuffed, he took off again, only to be recaptured by a police commander returning to the training session from lunch. (Chicago’s WLS Radio)

When a man wearing a jacket hood over his face entered a bank in Columbus, Ohio, a bank employee informed him of the bank’s “no hats, no hoods” policy. Apparently hoping to avoid attracting attention, the man lowered the hood, according to FBI Special Agent Harry W. Trombitas, but then robbed the bank. Because his hood was down, however, surveillance cameras got a clear picture of his face. (The Columbus Dispatch)

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Thursday, June 9, 2011

Tester schmoozes in San Fran

Posted By on Thu, Jun 9, 2011 at 2:30 PM

The San Francisco Chronicle posted a long blog in its Culture section about our own Sen. Jon Tester, California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, a $250/plate fundraiser, shake weights, missing finger anecdotes and wolves.

I'm not sure there's much more I can add to that, except that author Beth Spotswood is now Tester's newest, biggest fan. Oh, and a few people may be surprised that Tester's having a fundraiser in a trendy Bay Area nightclub that originally opened to showcase Jefferson Airplane.

You can read all about it here.

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