Wednesday, October 26, 2011

The Rockies Today, Oct. 26

Posted By on Wed, Oct 26, 2011 at 10:36 AM

Top news links, courtesy of Headwaters News.

SMU releases new map of geothermal resources in the U.S. funded a study by Southern Methodist University's Geothermal Laboratory that resulted in a new map of the nation's geothermal resources that have the potential to produce more than 3 million megawatts of power, about 10 times that currently produced by coal-fired power plants in the U.S.; Oct. 26

Hearing today in lawsuit over Montana's plan that lets Yellowstone bison roam
Park County and the Park County Stockgrowers filed a lawsuit to overturn a deal signed earlier this year between Montana and federal agencies and several tribes, that allows bison to move freely out of Yellowstone National Park onto some lands in the Gallatin Basin during the winter, and today in Livingston, state District Court Judge Wayne Phillips will preside over an initial hearing in that lawsuit.
Great Falls Tribune (AP); Oct. 26

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Your future, a little early

Posted By on Wed, Oct 26, 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): “Life is not just a diurnal property of large interesting vertebrates,” poet Gary Snyder reminds us in his book The Practice of the Wild. “It is also nocturnal, anaerobic, microscopic, digestive, fermentative: cooking away in the warm dark.” I call this to your attention, Aries, because according to my astrological reckoning, you’d be wise to honor all the life that is cooking away in the warm dark. It’s the sun-at-midnight time of your long-term cycle; the phase when your luminescent soul throbs with more vitality than your shiny ego. Celebrate the unseen powers that sustain the world. Pay reverence to what’s underneath, elusive, and uncanny. Halloween costume tips: Draw inspiration from the shadow, the dream, the moon, the depths.

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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

The Rockies Today, Oct. 25

Posted By on Tue, Oct 25, 2011 at 10:20 AM

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Drilling becomes contentious in Colorado as wells pop up in suburbia
As the United States pumps up domestic energy production, wells are being drilled in areas like urban Fort Worth, where more than 2,000 new wells have been drilled in recent years, and in eastern Colorado, where wells are being plunged into the ground in parks, lakes and in Colorado Springs, on a ranch recently slated for development but now owned by Canadian oil company.
New York Times; Oct. 25

Bison from Montana ranch will provide burger to Wrigley Field
Joe Ricketts, the founder of Nebraska-based TD Ameritrade, and whose family is the majority owner of the Chicago Cubs, plans to run 850 head of bison on his 10,000-acre Double T Bison Ranch on private land in the Blackfeet Reservation in Montana, and will provide burger for Ricketts' High Plains Bison, the official bison vendor at Wrigley Field.
Great Falls Tribune; Oct. 25

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Monday, October 24, 2011

Missoula City Council candidate gets national attention

Posted By on Mon, Oct 24, 2011 at 10:15 AM

The Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund announced its list of "10 Races to Watch" for 2011, and included Missoula's own Caitlin Copple, a candidate for Ward 4.

The list appeared on Huffington Post and has this to say about Copple:

Missoula has become a focal point of the Montana debate over LGBT non-discrimination laws. Copple's election would add an authentic voice from the LGBT community to this discussion and many others concerning her community.

Copple is running against Ward 4 incumbent Lyn Hellegaard.

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Extra, extra: In Other News, online

Posted By on Mon, Oct 24, 2011 at 9:00 AM

In this week's installment: a bear behind the wheel of a Prius, violating hot dog etiquette, and the agony of watching archived PBS pledge drives.

Curses, Foiled Again
Stephen Frankie Daniel, 21, was caught robbing a gas station convenience store in Snellville, Ga., by police Lt. B.W. Brown, who happened to be waiting in line behind him. “The manager was laughing at the time he was putting the money in the bag because he was looking at me over the guy who was robbing him,” Brown said, noting that Daniel apparently didn’t notice Brown’s uniform or the plainly marked Snellville Police Department pick-up truck parked outside the store. (Atlanta Journal Constitution)

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The Rockies Today, Oct. 24

Posted By on Mon, Oct 24, 2011 at 8:55 AM

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Federal appeals court upholds 2001 'roadless' rule
A three-judge panel of the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a lower court ruling that found for Wyoming in a lawsuit filed by that state alleging the federal roadless rule put into effect by the Clinton administration created de facto wilderness; Wyoming now has the option of appealing the case to the full 10th Circuit Court or taking the matter to the U.S. Supreme Court.
New York Times; Oct. 22

Oracle bids $43/share for Montana-based RightNow Technologies
Oracle Corp.'s $1.5-billion bid for Bozeman-based RightNow Technologies must be approved by stockholders.
Salt Lake Tribune (AP); Oct. 24

Billionaire builds his own Wild West town in Colorado
Bill Koch, whose brothers David and Charles got a lot of media attention last election cycle for their support of union-busting politicians and conservative causes, is building an "authentic Western" town on his Bear Ranch near Paonia, and although the locals like the work he's brought to the Colorado community—complete with confidentiality agreements—his quest for a land swap with the Bureau of Land Management to expand that ranch and his request that Gunnison County abandon a road that dissects his property have raised a few eyebrows.
Denver Post; Oct. 24

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Sunday, October 23, 2011

Happiest Hour: Outback Steakhouse

Posted By on Sun, Oct 23, 2011 at 5:42 PM

Claim to Fame: The chain steakhouse has all the generic trappings for its Aussie theme, including Aboriginal-styled art and boomerangs on the walls. The real claim to fame, though, is the Bloomin’ Onion—a large deep-fried onion appetizer that looks like a greasy golden flower and tastes delicious in the way all things fried do.


What you’re drinking: In keeping with the Aussie theme, Foster’s Lager is choice even it’s comparable to any American domestic. Little Boomey Australian wine takes the class up a notch when paired with steak. For your outback sweet tooth, the Wallaby Darned is a peachy cocktail. But if you’re feeling like an exhibitionist you might just order the ’Rita Trio: Three glasses hung on a spiral tree each with a sizable sampling of the lime, mango and pomegranate margaritas for $8.25.

Happy hour: Monday through Friday from 4 PM to 6 PM you’ll drink two for one of any Bud, Bud Lite, Miller, Foster’s or house wine, plus margaritas. If you’re a late nighter, you can get happy Sunday through Thursday evening from 8 PM to 10 PM.

Who you’re drinking with: If you’ve come for happy hour, sit at the wooden square bar in the middle of the room where all the action happens. You might meet some regulars, and you’ll for sure end up chatting with Outback staff who take advantage of the drink specials once they get off shift.

Happy eating: You can use a little lingo during happy hour when you order the trippy sounding Bushman Shrooms for $3, the half Alice Springs Quesedilla for $4 or the half Kookaburra Wings for $5. Just don’t try out your fake Aussie accent. You will sound ridiculous.

How to find it: 2415 N Reserve, next to Radio Shack.

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

Friday, October 21, 2011

New poll shows Bullock ahead of Hill in governor race

Posted By on Fri, Oct 21, 2011 at 10:58 AM

  • Bullock
A poll conducted earlier this month by Project New West shows Attorney General Steve Bullock, a Democrat, with a four-point lead over former U.S. Rep. Rick Hill, a Republican, in the 2012 race for Montana governor.

Politico obtained a memo with the details of the Dem-sponsored poll:

Bullock enjoys a larger advantage on personal favorability, with 32 percent of voters giving him a positive rating, compared to just 17 percent for Hill. Still, in each case, a majority of voters registered no opinion or were neutral. Bullock is better known statewide, with 61 percent able to identify him, compared to just 50 percent who know Hill.

The memo, provided to POLITICO, argues that Hill has a problem with "upside-down" favorability.

"This is the third public poll that shows more Montana voters have an unfavorable opinion of former Congressman Hill than a favorable opinion of him," the Democratic Governors Association memo states. "Before nearly two-thirds of voters even know who he is, he's already seen as unlikeable by over half those who do."

The poll was conducted Oct. 2 - 4, and involved 500 voters. A Hill spokesperson thought the whole thing was bunk.

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It should be noted that Hill, while considered the front-runner, faces a crowded Republican primary. State Sen. Jeff Essmann, wolf guy Bob Fanning, national security guru Neil Livingstone, former DOT chief Jim Lynch, state Sen. Ken Miller, real estate investor Drew Turiano, county commissioner Jim O'Hara, and former state Sen. Corey Stapleton are also in the race.

Current Gov. Brian Schweitzer terms out in 2012 and can't run again. The poll, incidentally, showed Schweitzer with a 56-percent favorability rating, highest among state officials.

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The Rockies Today, Oct. 21

Posted By on Fri, Oct 21, 2011 at 10:29 AM

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North Dakota official: Bakken oil development marching west to Montana
At a meeting Thursday of the Big Sky Economic Development Corp. in Billings, Tom Rolfstad, executive director of economic development in Williston said that North Dakota was poised to surpass that of Alaska and California and be second only to Texas in oil production, and with most of the Bakken formation under lease in North Dakota, leasing and development would soon escalate in Montana's portion of that oil play.
Billings Gazette; Oct. 21

Washington port focus of debate in export of Montana, Wyoming coal
The proposed Gateway Pacific Terminal in Bellingham would provide a shipping point to Asian markets for coal from the Powder River Basin in Wyoming and Montana, with up to 18 coal trains making daily runs to the port, and the fight in on in the Washington port city, with industry and economic groups touting the jobs and revenue the port will bring in, and environmental groups fighting the export of the coal, and its environmental impacts.
National Geographic; Oct. 21

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Thursday, October 20, 2011

Former Griz Jimmy Farris running for U.S. Congress

Posted By on Thu, Oct 20, 2011 at 4:40 PM

The charismatic wide receiver who went on to play in the NFL declared his candidacy last weekend for Idaho's First Congressional District.

Ferris, 33, is probably best known for catching an overtime touchdown pass that sent the Griz to the 2000 national championship game. He went on to sign with the San Francisco 49ers and played for seven different NFL teams, including the Washington Redskins. He told the D.C. Sports Bog his time in D.C. influenced his decision to run.

“It’s funny, that stuff is awe-inspiring for someone who had never been there or seen some of that,” Farris told the Bog. “I remember being there and thinking what a calling it is to be a part of this, what an honor for these guys to serve in Congress.”

According to reports, Farris had been living in Atlanta but moved to back to his home state earlier this year. He's running as a Democrat for a seat currently held by Republican Raul Labrador.

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