This week, a Ravalli County couple probably needs to sharpen their lawnmower blade.
Curses, Foiled Again
A gunman demanded money at a Subway shop in Braidwood, Ill., only to be thwarted by a male employee who “threw a pot of soup at the suspect,” police Chief Rich Girot said. The suspect fled, empty-handed. (Chicago Sun-Times)
Maybe your loved ones are far away. Maybe you don’t have the time to pull together a Thanksgiving feast. Maybe you just hate to cook. For whatever reason, there are going to be a few of you left scrambling to find your turkey feast, and for you, we've put together the following list of local establishments that will be open tomorrow and serving holiday fare:
Serving a turkey dinner or anything off the menu starting at 11 a.m.
(3621 Brooks St.)
Serving a Thanksgiving buffet from noon to 6 p.m.
(2915 Brooks St.)
Finn & Porter Steaks and Seafood:
Serving a turkey dinner from 2 to 8 p.m.
(100 Madison St., inside the DoubleTree)
Open 11 a.m. — 7 p.m. offering an oven roasted turkey dinner special and oven roasted prime rib special.
(2620 Brooks St. and 4561 North Reserve Street)
RiverBend Restaurant in the Holiday Inn:
Serving full thanksgiving dinner in-house or to-go from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
(200 South Pattee St.)
The Press Box:
Offering a Thanksgiving menu from noon to 8 p.m.
(835 East Broadway)
Offering a Thanksgiving buffet from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
(3515 Brooks St.)
Offering its annual free thanksgiving feast from 1 to 4 p.m.
(428 N. Higgins Ave.)
Hosting the annual Goodfellows free thanksgiving meal from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
(2805 North Reserve St.)
If we somehow missed a local restaurant, let us know and we'll add it. Otherwise, have a Happy Thanksgiving wherever you may be.
Montana county passes predator policy
On Tuesday, the Gallatin County Commission voted 2-1 to approve a large-predator policy that gives the Montana county a place at the table when the state wildlife department discusses predator management.
Bozeman Daily Chronicle; Nov. 21
Study: Legalization of marijuana in B.C. could mean billions in revenue
A study done by researchers from the University of B.C. and Simon Fraser University found that if British Columbia legalized marijuana, it could reap $2.5-billion in taxes and licensing fees over five years.
Vancouver Sun; Nov. 21
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): “Don’t think about making art, just get it done,” said Andy Warhol. “Let everyone else decide if it’s good or bad, whether they love it or hate it. While they are deciding, make even more art.” I encourage you to adopt that mini-manifesto for your own purposes in the coming weeks, Aries. If you’re not an artist, simply substitute the appropriate phrase for “making art.” It could be “creating interesting relationships,” “exploring exotic lands,” “changing corrupt political institutions,” “fixing environmental problems,” or even “making money.” The main point is: Focus on doing what drives your quest for meaning, and forget about what people think of it.
News for avid sports fans (like us):
Optimum, the telecommunications company that acquired Bresnan Communications last year, announced on Monday that its internet subscribers now have access to ESPN3, a service that streams ESPN programming on computers, phones and tablets.
And that means, for example, that if you're nowhere near a TV on Dec. 1 when the Montana State Bobcats play the winner of the Villanova-Stony Brook game, you can stream it on your iPhone with the WatchESPN app.
Or maybe international cricket's your thing. Well, you can watch tonight's big West Indies vs. Bangladesh match.
From the press release:
Cablevision Systems Corp. today announced the availability of ESPN3 to Optimum Online customers. Just in time for the conclusion of the college football regular season, the upcoming playoffs and bowl season, Optimum Online subscribers can watch and follow multiple events simultaneously on WatchESPN.com on their personal computer at no additional cost.
Optimum Online customers have access to ESPN3’s coverage of thousands of live events, replays and upcoming games all year round, including basketball, football, NCAA Championships, soccer, baseball, tennis, golf, cricket and more. Recent events are archived and available for on-demand replay. Sports fans can move between up to 30 events on WatchESPN.com, keeping up with all the action. ESPN3 is also available on XBox to Optimum Online customers with an Xbox LIVE Gold membership.
Had Montanans had access to ESPN3 a year ago, perhaps the state's entire congressional delegation wouldn't have had to lobby ESPN president George Bodenheimer to air UM and MSU's FCS playoff games on cable.
U.S. Senate to vote on Montana senator's 'sportsmen's act' Nov. 26
Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions' concerns that the Sportsmen's Act, a bundle of 19 pieces of legislation dealing with hunting, fishing, public access and public lands, may violate the Budget Control Act, delayed U.S. Senate action on the bill until Nov. 26.
Flathead Beacon; Nov. 20
Enbridge pipeline adds another stressor for at-risk caribou in B.C.
The number of caribou in five herds in northeast British Columbia has fallen dramatically in the past decade, as widespread energy development has reduced forest habitat, luring more moose and deer to the area, providing more prey for wolves, and keeping predator numbers high, and Enbridge's plan to build the Northern Gateway pipeline through the middle of caribou range, the province is faced with a choice: Allow the caribou to disappear completely, kill wolves or stop the development.
Toronto Globe and Mail; Nov. 19
This morning, three days after Hostess Brands announced it’s going out of business, the Hostess display case inside the Town Pump on the corner of Orange and First streets was completely bare. “I got some Ding Dongs back in the office for a million bucks,” a worker behind the counter quipped. The rest was long gone, plucked from the shelves on the day of the announcement. “I’ve never sold so much Hostess is one day,” another staffer said.
Such is the demand, however exaggerated, for Hostess products like Twinkies, Ding Dongs, Ho Ho’s and Wonder Bread now that Hostess is closing its 33 bakeries, 565 distribution centers and 570 bakery outlet stores around the country. The Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union, which represents about 5,000 Hostess employees, went on strike, and CEO Gregory Rayburn said on Friday, Nov. 16, that the company lacks the financial resources to weather it.
By this morning, Hostess aficionados had purchased every single package of cake and bread from the Sweetheart Bakery Outlet on West Broadway in Missoula. All the Twinkies were gone by Friday. The woman working the store, who declined to give her name, said she heard word of the store’s imminent closure at 9:45 a.m. on Friday morning, and by 11:30 a.m. all the Twinkies were gone. She couldn’t estimate how many of the classic American cream-filled sponge cakes customers bought. “A lot,” she said. “We could have used a whole lot more.”
A few of the outlet’s long rows of shelves were empty, and most of what was left today, the outlet’s last day in business, were cookies and stuffing. “There’s not a whole lot to choose from,” the staffer told a customer as she walked in.
“Well, I might as well buy something,” said the customer, Ruby Chavez, of Missoula’s Tiny Bubbles Daycare, which relied heavily on the Sweatheart Bakery for bread. Chavez proceeded to peruse the remainders.
The Orange Street Food Farm’s Hostess shelves were picked clean, too. Just a few packages of Sweetheart burger buns and Wonder bagels remained. “We have no Twinkies,” said co-owner John Lubbers as he was stocking shelves, a reply he said he’d given several times over the last few days.
Despite the rush and recent news, Twinkies and other Hostess products could be back. As of Monday afternoon, Hostess and the union had entered mediation to avoid liquidation.
'Fiscal cliff' could end coal mining on Montana reservation
The third component of the "fiscal cliff" looming before Congress is the package of tax benefits for companies and individuals that includes a $2.26-per-ton tax break for the Westmoreland Coal Co. for each ton of coal it mines on the Crow Reservation in Montana.
USA Today; Nov. 16
Montana State Land Board to vote on Milk River ranch deal today
Residents of Hill County who live adjacent to the 4,505-acre Milk River Ranch that the Montana State Land Board will vote on purchasing today are questioning the $1,242-per-acre purchase price, as well as Gov. Brian Schweitzer's ties to the family that is selling the ranch. Editor's Note: A summary posted last week on a story about this proposed purchase said the Land Board would vote last week on the purchase. Mountain West News regrets the error.
Helena Independent Record; Nov. 18
This week, we learn that Helena is home to perhaps the ballsiest, and dumbest, car dealer employee ever.
Curses, Foiled Again
Authorities investigating the theft of President Obama’s teleprompter and podium last fall identified Eric Brown, 48, as their suspect. The equipment was recovered a few days later in Henrico, Va., but federal investigators continued their search for the culprit because the case involved the president. After an informant reported Brown had bragged about the theft and possessed items bearing the presidential seal, federal agents used tracking data in Brown’s cellphone to learn that the phone had been where the items were when they’d been stolen. (Richmond’s WTVR-TV)
BLM approves plan to put 800 wild horses on Montana ranch
The National Wild Horse and Burro Program, division of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, approved a 10-year plan to put up to 800 wild horses on the nearly 24-square-mile Rice-Spanish Q Ranch in Montana near Ennis, and if the plan is not challenged in court, horses could begin to arrive by Dec. 10.
Bozeman Daily Chronicle; Nov. 16
B.C. releases draft wolf management plan
British Columbia will take public comment on its draft wolf management plan through Dec. 5, but the B.C. Cattlemen's Association has already said it approves of the plan.
Kamloops Daily news; Nov. 14
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