The trichomes (or resin glands) of a cannabis flower are clearly visible in this macro-view of an “Afghooey” medical strain grown outdoors in Missoula last summer. Although more than 26,429 Montanans are registered with the state’s medical marijuana program as of press time, legislators have already introduced 20 bills to revise, or even repeal, the Montana Medical Marijuana Act in 2011.
Former Montana Democratic Chairman Dennis McDonald struggled to raise funds or gain any traction during his bid to unseat five-term Republican incumbent Denny Rehberg in the race for Montana’s lone seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. The Melville rancher’s final plea for votes hinged on riding his horse “from Eureka to Ekalaka” during the last days of the campaign. McDonald still lost handily, garnering just 33 percent of the vote.
Smurfit-Stone Container closed its Frenchtown linerboard plant in January, leaving more than 400 people out of work and otherwise devastating the local economy. After their last shift, workers hung their hard hats on the fence outside the facility. Nearly a year later, the mill site has a prospective buyer, but company officials remain mum on who it might be.
About 30 protesters greet former Alaska governor and vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin before her Sept. 12 speech at a fundraiser for Teen Challenge. Reid Reimers, pictured above, who organized one of the protest groups through Facebook, chose to lampoon the new-age Joan of Arc based on her belief that she’s doing God’s work in the political realm. Palin’s appearance helped raise $130,000 for the Missoula shelter that helps young mothers with addictions to alcohol or drugs.
The Montana Actors’ Theatre production of The Rocky Horror Show hit the Wilma Theatre for early and midnight showings during the weekend before Halloween. The cult classic play starred, from left, Jamie Parnell, Amy Lala, Reid Reimers and Jeff Medley, and included the usual gender-bending performances and audience participation.
The Missoula County Fairgrounds found itself dealing with an unexpected controversy when The Freedom From Religion Foundation, a Wisconsin-based nonprofit, complained about free admission to a Sunday worship service during the Western Montana Fair. As a result, officials abruptly moved the service, as well as a Christian rock concert, to the local minor league baseball stadium. While God may not have been welcome at the fairgrounds, horseracing did make a triumphant return in 2010.
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