Thursday, October 20, 2011

The Rockies Today, Oct. 20

Posted By on Thu, Oct 20, 2011 at 10:30 AM

Top news links, courtesy of Headwaters News.

FDA cites conditions at Colorado melon farm as cause of listeria outbreak
The Food and Drug Administration released the report on the agency's investigation of Jensen Farms, the Colorado cantaloupe producer where the deadly listeria outbreak that has claimed 23 lives and sickened hundreds this summer and fall, that cited dirty equipment, standing water and lack of a cooling system at the farms for creating conditions that allowed existent levels of listeria to grow into deadly concentrations.
Denver Post; Oct. 20

Open house tonight in Whitehall on Montana-Idaho transmission project
A new report on the impacts of the Mountain States Transmission Intertie was released by Headwaters Economics, and an open house on the new review of the Montana-Idaho transmission project will be held tonight in Whitehall.
Montana Standard; Oct. 20

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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

So you want to live in Montana ...

Posted By on Wed, Oct 19, 2011 at 2:10 PM

This Xtranormal video about Big Sky Country is making the rounds today, and deservedly so. It's funny. Never mind that it was made ten months ago. If you're sitting at a computer, it's as good a way as any to kill four minutes of your day. You know, assuming you've already listened to David Lynch's new tunes.

(H/T Monfuckintana.)

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An update on David Lynch's budding music career

Posted By on Wed, Oct 19, 2011 at 11:40 AM

The debut solo album from the noted filmmaker and Missoula native sounds just as, oh, pick a word you'd use to describe one of his films ... recondite? esoteric? surreal? ... as you'd expect.

To be fair, I'm judging from two clips leaked by Sunday Best Recordings: the one below, which shows behind-the-scenes footage of Lynch in the recording studio, and another one with nothing but the Crazy Clown Time album cover and audio of the title track. Yes, the album is titled Crazy Clown Time.

The title track shows off Lynch's singing voice. It's described by one online commenter as Neil Young-ish. Another likens it to a cat, which basically means the same thing. (Affectionately, of course.) I think it sounds like my friend's aunt's ramblings at the end of a long, sherry-filled Thanksgiving Day dinner.

Crazy Clown Time drops Nov. 8. Pre-order it at iTunes here.

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The Rockies Today, Oct. 19

Posted By on Wed, Oct 19, 2011 at 9:57 AM

Top news links, courtesy of Headwaters News.

U.S. Senate sends bill to expand activities at ski resorts to president
A bill passed unanimously by the U.S. House last month that will allow ski resorts on federal lands to expand activities offered during the off-season passed in the U.S. Senate on Tuesday, and Colorado U.S. Sen. Mark Udall said that since the Obama administration had supported the legislation, it would likely be signed into law soon.
Denver Post; Oct. 19

New shareholder in Montana coal mine has international plans
The two Ohio-based companies that own and operate the Signal Peak Mine signed a $400-million deal with Pinesdale LLC, a subsidiary of Gunvor Group Ltd., which will give the Montana coal mine access to British Columbia shipping ports to tap markets in Asia, and the new shareholder plans to triple production at the Montana mine.
Billings Gazette; Oct. 19

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Your future, a little early

Posted By on Wed, Oct 19, 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): If you have been resisting the command to go deeper, now is the time to surrender. If you have been hoping that the pesky little voice in your head will shut up and stop bugging you to get more involved, you’d better stop hoping. If you’ve been fantasizing about how to escape the growing pressure to give more of yourself, I suggest that instead you fantasize about how you could intensify your commitments. The time has come to explore what has been missing and what needs more love.

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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Fox News contributor suggests Dems follow Montana's lead

Posted By on Tue, Oct 18, 2011 at 12:00 PM

A recent poll found that Montana residents are the increasingly rare types who feel their state's economy is headed in the right direction. Those results shocked Douglas E. Schoen, a Fox News contributor and political strategist whose firm conducted the poll, and prompted him to dig deeper into what made Montanans so optimistic.

Gov. Brian Schweitzer was more than happy to offer up an explanation. In a column posted yesterday at, Schoen lets the governor explain how good fiscal management allowed Montana to withstand a crummy national economy. That prompted Schoen to conclude:

As we approach an election year, Montana should serve as a case study for the Democratic Party nationally, as Democrats would be wise to follow Governor Schweitzer’s brand as a common-sense, fiscally pragmatic, centrist.

The combination of fiscal conservatism and social progressivism makes the strongest case for Democrats nationally, and offers the best and strongest path for Democrats to run successfully against Republicans.

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Obama campaign to open Missoula office Wednesday

Posted By on Tue, Oct 18, 2011 at 10:55 AM


Obama for America is setting up shop in Missoula. According to a release from the president's reelection campaign, a new office for volunteers and supporters will host its grand opening tomorrow night at 800 Kensington Street. Mayor John Engen, a noted Obama supporter, will be in attendance. Festivities begin at 6:15.

Here's the release:

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The Rockies Today, Oct. 18

Posted By on Tue, Oct 18, 2011 at 10:30 AM

Top news links, courtesy of Headwaters News.

EPA: We are not going to regulate farm dust
Republican and some farm-state Democrats are making political hay out of the myth that the Environmental Protection Agency plans to regulate the dust stirred up by farm equipment, despite the Environmental Protection Agency's unequivocal position that the agency has no plans to do so.
Great Falls Tribune; Oct. 18

Montana economist calls farm bill tactic 'bait and switch'
Federal lawmakers working on the 2012 Farm Bill are calling for an end to an subsidy that has for decades put billions of dollars into the pockets of farmers, and most farmers agree that they must do their part to help trim the federal deficit, but the next step of the federal plan is creating a new subsidy with a new name and sending most of the money saved back to farmers, a technique Montana state Vincent H. Smith, a professor of farm economics at Montana State University, calls the old "bait and switch."
New York Times; Oct. 18

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Monday, October 17, 2011

Happiest Hour: Buffalo Wild Wings

Posted By on Mon, Oct 17, 2011 at 12:29 PM

In this week's Happiest Hour, we hunt for a stool at Missoula's new Buffalo Wild Wings franchise.

Why you’re here: Because it’s Saturday evening, the Griz just overcame a 21-10 halftime deficit to beat Portland State 30-24 at Washington-Grizzly Stadium—and despite hours of tailgating, you’re still craving meat, beer and a celebratory atmosphere.

Atmosphere: Apparently every other Griz fan in Missoula has the same idea, because Buffalo Wild Wings, which opened last month in front of Home Depot off North Reserve Street, is packed and Griz gear abounds. Everyone’s gnawing spicy chicken wings and watching college football and playoff baseball on the big screens. And they’re really big—nine 10-foot projection TVs, plus about 30 42-inchers.

What you’re drinking: Something light to wash down your basket of wings. With 20 beers on tap, there’re lots of options, including local brews from the Kettlehouse, Big Sky and Bayern. Happy hour runs from 4-7 p.m. Monday through Friday, with $3 domestic “talls” and $3 Jack Daniels, Captain Morgan, and Absolut drinks.

What you’re eating: Your lips and fingers are covered with deliciously spicy wing sauce, and so is your beer glass, because the sauce is so spicy you don’t take the time to wipe your hands before taking a swig.

How to find it: 2615 Radio Way, off Union Pacific Street.

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

Extra, extra: In Other News, online

Posted By on Mon, Oct 17, 2011 at 9:00 AM

In this week's installment: exploding toilets, the hazards of tall corn, and the world's largest sperm bank rejects red-headed donors.

Curses, Foiled Again
Juan Aguirre, 21, broke into Cirilla’s sex shop in Salina, Kan., and made off with six X-rated DVDs—or so he believed. Police who stopped him for questioning said his backpack contained a sledgehammer head attached to a rope that he used to shatter Cirilla’s door glass. The six DVD cases turned out to be empty. The store had removed the discs to use the cases for a display. (The Smoking Gun)

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