Didn't realize this article was so old... Talk about journalistic integrity. But if anyone was curious, Kalispell is still doing fine.
Honest and a bit embarrassed,
I believe this is a very sensationalist article. And you guys are capable of such well rounded, meaningful investigative journalism! 50 extremists will not take over Kalispell's local government, nor will they gain any foothold in the Flathead Valley's future. They are a brittle ecosystem of narrow minded individuals, and like all brittle ecosystems, they will fail given any direct pressure.
I believe in the journalistic integrity of The Missoula Independent and as such I believe a retraction of this article is in the best interest of the paper and its readership. Kalispell and the Flathead Valley are directly apart of the Missoula region. As such, I believe there is a lot of room for more honest journalism in this article. This kind of blatantly slanted writing belongs on MSNBC and Fox News, not the news paper my parents raised me on. I know you can do better, I have seen it myself.
Please be more forward thinking in your journalism! The world is full of reactionary people on all sides of any issue. When you write about: "Are "patriots" and white supremacists forming an anti-government alliance in Kalispell?" You are speaking to the same demographic that responds to, "I am formally making you an invitation to ‘come home’ to the Pacific Northwest." Life is much more complex than one sided opinions, regardless of rhetoric.
Brittle communities of like minded people fail just as fast as brittle, narrow minded independent papers. Don't loose the trust of the intelligent readers that you certainly have.
Great article, Alex! For the record the other boats did pretty well fishing that day, too, including a 12" cutthroat right at the Clark Fork-Blackfoot confluence and several bigger trout brought in on streamers. Wonderful day all around.
As a longtime reader of The Independent who also remembers the Borrowed Times era, I really enjoyed this stroll through Indy history. The story was worthy of that history.
I also teach freshman comp at the university here. I'm having my students read this as a way to start conversations about living in Missoula, writing, and general the meaning (or occasional feelings of meaningless) of life. Expect an outpouring of new comments tomorrow...
Noah's body was found in the Burnt Creek area of Lewis and Clark County, Montana in 2012. The cause of geath is unknown but exposure is presumed. RIP Noah
There's no right or reason to sympathize for this man, for the outcome of his choices. He accepted responsibility, he knew he deserved to be punished, and indeed he did, those girls are gone. Rallying for sympathy for him is disgusting, let him shoulder his due.
Congratulations and thank you to Alex Saccariassen for his very informative article on the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and what it is doing in Montana's legislature. While the rest of the country's media have been wasting time reporting on CPAC ALEC continues it covert operations.
Interesting to look at ALEC's Corporate Sponsors. State Farm Insurance for one, I for one will vote with my dollars and choose not to support ALEC.
Not at all surprised to see that Krayton Kerns is an ALEC pawn. I was wondering what was up with his extreme views. Also not surprised to learn the NRA is a part of ALEC. Nice detective work, Indy.
Thank you for the beautiful write up...I am a weekly "Gold Bug" soaker. Recently, My fiance' and I were soaking and a young couple hopped in with us, but unfortunately, they included their dog. While some people find this perfectly ok, they didn't bother to ask those who were already in the pool. Although we pointed out that there was several other pools (downstream), they insisted on allowing the dog in the pool. Please help bring awareness to the risks of those actions.
If you weren't aware of any risks, Please visit the link and decide for yourself. I highly recommend all health-minded fellow hot springs lovers speak out about this disgusting, disrespectful and potentiallydangerous behavior.
P.S. I am a dog lover and owner of 3.
Richard Kimball could be paid a thousand times more than 400grand. That 400large would not begin to repay in value of the work Kimball has accomplished in gathering the people and the information that makes Project Vote Smart what it is today. Kimball is doing what run-of-the-mill politicians (like John McCain) lack the courage and conviction to do. Richard Kimball rockz!
I'm glad there is someone around to tell Native Americans and white folk how a REAL "red man" behaves. Seems like a small box to fit into.
Hey Blackhawk and Two Arrows - how about getting over yourselves? If you don't like it, don't watch it.
I agree with Black Hawk. I'm Native American and I see nothing funny in this. The "people" in the picture aren't true red men and they sure aren't walking the red road. If this is what the white man calls funny, someone needs to find out what real Native Americans are Two Arrows
Wow, Rau. You obviously do not understand satire. But let me fill you in: Satire is, historically, a very effective way of to bring about positive social change. I would even say it is far more effective than false dichotomies, and angry diatribes.
The 1491's are Native Americans (not "Whiteys") using satire to bring focus to ridiculous stereotypes in society through humor. I'm sorry you just don't get it.
You should try and put it on dance central....
I love how all of you think this is funny, Its not and its a travesty that to this day there is crap like this that perpetuates a negative conotation to Native Americans, I find it not only unbelievable that this will be or has already been performed at Native American museum, it is an outrage and I take great offense, we should have Native comedic actors dressed in gaudy couture and talking like self absorbed ignorant ass clowns from the hamptons now that would be entertaining! And probably get cancelled before it could be televised anywhere! or how about Native Sports teams being added to the NFL, and MLB the California Caucasions, the Washington Whiteys, Colorado Whitebreds, or how about the Cleveland Indian Givers!!!
Thank you for writing this. I knew David growing up in Va. He was the nicest, sweetest boy who was friends with everyone. David made a horrible mistake and it is really sad but eye opening. Does anyone know how we can write to him?
so i was young and remember my mother talking about oil drilling on her land with a small hope to get us out of poverty...i grew older and signed my leases uneducated,now im a college student in washington. more educated than ever befor, kicking myself for signing papers. first of all, because i signed these leases, and you say millions have been made. why have i seen no royaltys? my land has been drilled on for years and years. its easy to say nothing has came from my land, but has thier been oil taken? im sure i am being robbed while a selected few roll around in my money that was never given to me! Then again, now, i do not want people drilling on, under, or across my land. i have studied and learned of the damages and heart ache that drilling does to our great mother earth, what it will do to our grandchildren and thiers aswell. you can take my pennies, my dollars today, but i am in school getting my degree and tomorrow i will come and take your jobs, your money, your drills and i will remind you of what its like to live in poverty. I AM BLACKFEET, AND I LOVE MY LAND!!!!
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