Sunday, January 22, 2012

Ringing Out extends its run

Posted By on Sun, Jan 22, 2012 at 12:32 PM

Not even a whole boatload of snow can stop people from seeing good theater. Friday, the final night of Ringing Out—a post-apocalyptic play by Josh Wagner, directed by Rebecca Schaffer—was sold out despite extreme weather conditions, and many people were turned away at the door. No matter. The play, which we gave a glowing review to in this week's paper, has been extended for the next five days. Check it out this evening (Sunday), or any night Monday through Thursday at the Crystal Theatre at 7:30 PM nightly. $15.

Seriously. You won't regret it.


Happiest Hour: Old Post hot breakfast drinks

Posted By on Sun, Jan 22, 2012 at 11:23 AM

We finally got a snow-filled winter, and so it's time for a happiest hour that keeps you warm.

Why you're here: It's the morning after a long night out on the town. You're ready for a big breakfast to refuel your ravaged body—and a little hair of the dog. On the other hand, you could be here because you took it easy the night before studying or doing work (you do-gooder, you!) and now you're venturing out into Missoula's winter wonderland looking for a way to give your weekend morning a big boost. Here are some warm, happy options.

Spiced cider and a hot toddy
  • photo by David Knadler
  • Spiced cider and a hot toddy

Irish coffee: Irish coffee is a full glass of coffee plus whiskey (Jameson Irish whiskey is recommended) and some Baileys, topped with whipped cream. Bartender Pat Allgeier doesn't skimp on the booze, so one glass is all you need to get a buzz on.

Spiced cider: Not into the cream? Try the hot apple cider, which is spiked with Captain Morgan's spiced rum. It's sweet and a little surly—something to make you feel like you're starting your morning out on a high seas adventure. Even if you're just going to go back home and take a nap.

Hot toddy: The favorite of Old Post waitress Leah, who says it's the perfect old-timey remedy for a cold. We agree. The lemon, honey and hot water mix deliciously with Maker's Mark to warm the body and create the perfect chest decongestant and sinus cleanser. Not that we're doctors.

Mexican coffee: The least popular hot drink of them all, but possibly a favorite for extreme tequila lovers. This one is coffee mixed with tequila, triple sec and Kahlua. The kind of coffee that puts hair on your chest and has you starting the morning with: “Yo no soy marinero. Soy capitan.”

Where to find it: Any bar that serves coffee. But you'll definitely find these drinks at the Old Post at 103 W. Spruce on the corner of Higgins Ave. next to Wordens.

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

Friday, January 20, 2012

Frosting. It'll cure what ails you.

Posted By on Fri, Jan 20, 2012 at 1:45 PM

Remember planking? If you haven't heard about the new craze, we'll just sum it up in one word:


The idea originated in Missoula and you can find more of it on Frosters Anonymous.


Here we see the founder of frosting, John Brownell (he let us use his real name), lounging out in the wide world reading some important literature. Nothing weird about it.

Turner, Montana, gets its 15 minutes

Posted By on Fri, Jan 20, 2012 at 12:15 PM

A baseball blog called recently declared Turner the American town farthest away from a Major League Baseball team. According to the site, Turner, home of the Turner Tornadoes, is more than 600 miles from both the Seattle Mariners and Colorado Rockies; a drive to Seattle's Safeco Field would take 14 hours.

Another sports blog, A Sports Nation Divided, picked up on the post and added it's own commentary under the headline, "The Saddest Town in America."

Turnerites didn't take kindly to the Divided post and responded in the comments section. The site apologized for taking a "cheap shot", and ran some of the letters.

This week, Deadspin jumped in and covered the bickering. The Seattle P-I also offered to help by extending Turner an invitation to join the Mariners' fanbase. (Thanks?)

All of this over a town with a population of 120, and situated about 15 miles from the Canadian border, just north of the Fort Belknap Reservation.

Enjoy the attention, Turner. You've earned it.

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The Rockies Today, Jan. 20

Posted By on Fri, Jan 20, 2012 at 10:40 AM

Top news links, courtesy of Headwaters News.

Montana wildlife commission issues decisions on deer, wolves and bison
At its meeting Thursday in Helena, the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Commission approved that city's plan to remove up to 220 urban whitetail deer, issued preliminary decisions to extend the wolf hunt season in an area of the Bitterroot Valley and to allow licensed hunters to kill bison that roam outside of tolerance zones near Yellowstone National Park.
Helena Independent Record; Jan. 20

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Thursday, January 19, 2012

Mayor: Many residential streets won't see plow for day or two

Posted By on Thu, Jan 19, 2012 at 11:38 AM

Missoula Mayor John Engen released a statement this morning on the city's plan for managing the snowstorm. He says clearing major streets is the first priority and many residential streets will not see plows for "a day or two."

As much as we’d like to be everywhere, we’re deploying plows with the whole community’s interest in mind, which may mean temporary inconvenience for individuals. Again, we ask your patience.

The full release appears below:

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The Rockies Today, Jan. 19

Posted By on Thu, Jan 19, 2012 at 10:40 AM

Top news links, courtesy of Headwaters News.

President Obama rejects Keystone XL pipeline project
Citing an unrealistic and artificial deadline imposed by Congress on approval of the Keystone XL pipeline project, which would have carried Alberta crude south to refineries on the United States' Gulf Coast, President Obama announced Wednesday he was rejecting the project.
New York Times; Jan. 19

Canadian prime minister disappointed by Keystone XL decision
President Obama called Prime Minister Stephen Harper to explain his decision to reject TransCanada's application to build the Keystone XL pipeline, and the U.S. president stressed that the company could resubmit its application for the Alberta-Texas pipeline.
Toronto Globe and Mail; Jan. 19

Decision on Keystone XL pipeline delights, disappoints Montanans
The Obama administration's decision to delay until at least 2013 a permit for TransCanada to build its proposed Keystone XL pipeline, which would pass through six Montana counties on its path from Alberta to Texas, was met with mixed reactions in the Big Sky State, disappointing all three of the state's federal lawmakers, but landowners in the path of the pipeline and local officials applauded the decision.
Great Falls Tribune; Jan. 19

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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Obama administration to reject Keystone XL

Posted By on Wed, Jan 18, 2012 at 11:05 AM

The Washington Post reports today the Obama administration will reject the Keystone XL pipeline. The controversial plan called for the pipeline to run from Alberta's tar sands, through Montana, all the way to the Gulf Coast. It's sparked intense protest from conservationists, including high-profile Montanans, and is considered a key political issue for Obama during an election year.

Sens. Jon Tester and Max Baucus, Rep. Denny Rehberg, and Gov. Brian Schweitzer have all spoken in favor of the pipeline. Rehberg already responded to today's report on Twitter.


The Post says "the administration will allow TransCanada to reapply after it develops an alternate route through the sensitive habitat of Nebraska’s Sandhills."

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Your future, a little early

Posted By on Wed, Jan 18, 2012 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 Macy’s ad I saw in the newspaper had a blaring headline: “Find Your Magic 2.0.” The items that were being touted to help us discover our upgraded and more deluxe sense of magic were luxurious diamond rings. The cheapest was $2,150. I’m going to try to steer you in another direction in your quest to get in touch with Magic 2.0, Aries. I do believe you are in an excellent position to do just that, but only if you take a decidedly non-materialistic approach. What does your intuition tell you about how to hook up with a higher, wilder version of the primal mojo?

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The Rockies Today, Jan. 18

Posted By on Wed, Jan 18, 2012 at 8:59 AM

Top news links, courtesy of Headwaters News.

Oregon port to consider request to ship Wyoming, Montana coal
On Jan. 25, the Port of St. Helens commission will consider the requests of Kinder Morgan Terminals and Pacific Transloading, a subsidiary of Ambre Energy, to ship Wyoming and Montana coal through the Oregon port, a marked change as currently coal is exported only through Canadian ports on the West Coast.
Portland Oregonian; Jan. 18

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