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Re: “Significant steps

For whatever reason this article fails to mention that the Clark Fork Coalition is also a plaintiff on the lawsuit against DEQ, joining Missoula City-County Health Board, the Missoula Valley Water Quality District and the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes.

In fact, Clark Fork Coalition director Karen Knudsen was quoted last week in the Missoulian (in an article that vanished from the Missoulian's homepage within a day) as saying:

"It’s hard to imagine how this [DEQ] permit, which maximizes pollution allowed in the river, fits in with the good work now underway to restore the Clark Fork. It’s absurd for the state [DEQ] to allow this level of pollution without taking a good hard look at the changed conditions on the landscape. It’s contrary to the agency’s charge, and contrary to the law.”

Of course, the huge irony here is that the current head of the Montana DEQ is former Clark Fork Coalition director Tracy Stone-Manning. So essentially here you have the Clark Fork Coalition suing it's former director (Stone-Manning) because the Montana DEQ (under Stone-Manning's direction) gave the new owners (M2Green/GIGI) an "absurd" Clark Fork River pollution permit.

Just how "absurd?" Well, the MT DEQ's original water pollution permit for the Smurfit-Stone paper mill allowed the corporation to dump 20,000,000 (20 million) gallons of wastewater into the Clark Fork River every day, meaning that Smurfit-Stone was permitted by MT DEQ to dump up to 7,300,000,000 (7.3 BILLION) gallons of wastewater into the Clark Fork River every year.

Wow! So is this level of wastewater pollution into the Clark Fork River allowed under the permit Tracy Stone-Manning's DEQ gave to M2Green? It appears so. "Absurd" indeed.

I have a hard time understanding why not only the Clark Fork Coalition is not listed as a plaintiff on this lawsuit against DEQ, but that this article completely fails to mention the fact that Tracy Stone-Manning (former ED of the Clark Fork Coalition) runs the Montana DEQ and signed off on this "absurd" permit to pollute the Clark Fork River.

With "friends" like these....

Posted by Matthew Koehler on 10/30/2014 at 10:41 AM

Re: “Etc.

This week Coca-Cola closed their bottling plant in Great Falls, costing 50 people their jobs. Thank God Denny's there to bring them BK - I know that's what they've always dreamed of.

Posted by Greg Strandberg on 10/30/2014 at 10:20 AM

Re: “Doubting donkeygate

No one wants to print these 'spurious' flyers. Find them here:…

Posted by Greg Strandberg on 10/30/2014 at 10:19 AM

Re: “Elections 2014

First, there's no reason for a gas tax. We can stop giving lawyers and consultants millions of dollars in fees for a water company lawsuit - that will fix our roads and other problems.

Not building a $42 million Fort Missoula Park is another way to save money. Breaking out that fine-toothed comb and going over the city budget is another. (did you know they just spent about $150,000 on cars this week?)

The main problem with Republicans, however, is that their party does not care about women, they do not care about minorities, and they do not care about working people.

That's why I'm voting for Cola Rowley.

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Posted by Greg Strandberg on 10/30/2014 at 10:15 AM

Re: “Instant celebrity

David Parker isn't a fat lady - this race is still going and you can still go to the polls and register to vote. That right hasn't been taken away yet, but if you don't vote AGAINST LR-126 then it might.

Posted by Greg Strandberg on 10/30/2014 at 10:10 AM

Re: “Instant celebrity

Hate to say it, but if Amanda Curtis is really "Montana's version of Sen. Elizabeth Warren" why does she support building the Keystone XL pipeline? Why does she support politicians mandating huge increases in public lands logging on our National Forests? Why has she said nothing against the Coal Trains. Or the Oil Trains?

Why has Curtis said zero about pending "free trade" deals like the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) or Trans-Atlantic Free Trade Agreement (TAFTA) that not only will cause more global warming and environmental destruction, more financial deregulation, more spying and Big Brother, Big Data collection of citizens but these trade deals would actually give foreign corporations and investors new rights and privileges to sue governments and taxpayers over their public safety laws and regulations.

One would think "Montana's version of Sen. Warren" would speak out on these types of populist environmental, climate and economic equality issues. Unfortunately, it appears to me anyway, that when it comes to environmental and corporate globalization issues in particular Amanda Curtis comes off so weak, uninspiring and hypocritical because the Montana Democrat Party and their operatives are so weak, uninspiring, and hypocritical on environmental and corporate globalization issues in particular.

Heck, just see what Max Baucus is up to in China (below)!

Sure, Curtis would be better than Daines, but at least the Montana Dem Party and environmental groups like Montana Wilderness Association and Montana Conservation Voters would fight someone like Daines, rather than turn a blind eye to the sorry environmental track record of recent Montana Democrats and their dark-money operatives.


Proposed U.S.-China Bilateral Investment Treaty Would Expose U.S. Laws to Extrajudicial Attacks by Chinese Corporations Operating Here, Incentivize More Offshoring of American Jobs

Chinese Acquisitions, Establishment of U.S. SubsidiariesGrowing at 80 Percent Annual Rate with 820 Major Deals Totaling More Than $37 Billion Since 2000

More at:…

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Posted by Matthew Koehler on 10/30/2014 at 9:35 AM

Re: “Downtown taproom moves from idea to actuality, with LaunchPad's aid

This is pretty exciting stuff for Millarville but is inspiring for all of us dream/reality seekers! We are looking forward to hanging out and having a snack (preferably meat based for me, John will just have to deal). I know it will be cozy .......and have great music!

Posted by Andre & John on 10/30/2014 at 9:16 AM

Re: “Wilderness restrictions

Interestingly enough, our giverment and park service own nothing. We the people own this land and the government and park service must follow our guidelines, which sadly they create, to do anything against the lines that have been drawn. I think it is time to admit we are no longer a government for the people or by the people as the people have nothing to do with it any longer.

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Posted by jerrymcgowanjr on 10/30/2014 at 7:27 AM

Re: “Announcement of new Chipotle provokes gun-rights debate

FYI, there was no "demonstration" at Chipotle's.

They came there to eat AFTER the demonstration.

How do I know? Because after I wave flags with a rifle on my back, my chapter of OCT likes to go eat together. Peacefully, minding our own business.

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Posted by Ricky Moore on 10/30/2014 at 5:57 AM

Re: “Best Pawn Shop

Check out Cash 1 Pawn, new store out of Rollercoaster rd!

Posted by David Huber on 10/30/2014 at 12:21 AM

Re: “Best Pawn Shop

You guys need to check out Cash 1 Pawn! They are the new pawn shop out on Roller Coaster Rd. They have an awesome store!

Posted by David on 10/30/2014 at 12:20 AM

Re: “Downtown taproom moves from idea to actuality, with LaunchPad's aid

And sometimes we drink because we have to deal with people like you.

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Posted by Jesse Nation-Ames on 10/29/2014 at 6:08 PM

Re: “Welcome to Big Star Country

trust funders stay , we want the money

Posted by Mikel Ridgley Greathouse on 10/29/2014 at 3:27 PM

Re: “Downtown taproom moves from idea to actuality, with LaunchPad's aid

A play area for kids? Wow, we go above and beyond to normalize drinking in our Missoula culture, but we sure don't have a clue why our children are drinking (leading to many other issues) at a rate higher than the national average...... Here is a good article to start with......
Another article: Montana:
> Binge drinking: 25.2% (4th highest)
> Driving after drinking alcohol: 10.6% (6th highest)
> Drank alcohol before age 13: 21.4% (12th highest)
Montana has the fourth-highest incidence of binge drinking among high schoolers and the second-highest percentage who have ever consumed alcohol. The state’s youth also rank in the top five for students having ridden with a driver who has been drinking. Montana also reports the third-highest percentage of traffic fatalities involving alcohol (almost twice the national average). The Underage Drinking Enforcement Training Center estimates that underage drinking costs the state $200 million a year. That’s more than $2,500 per youth.
Now we're going to encourage parents to bring their children along with for a beer, and then drive home with them.... I'm sorry, but in a community that has such a hard time getting messages to parents and teens about safety, not drinking and driving, etc......this just doesn't seem "community friendly" in my opinion.
Here's another great community resource:

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Posted by Teresa Nygaard on 10/29/2014 at 3:16 PM

Re: “Announcement of new Chipotle provokes gun-rights debate

Considering that Texas Open Carry laws are civil war reconstruction based laws and have not been revisited in the last 140 years, it is no wonder we have strange things happening in the state since this state only allows Open Carry of Rifles, then it leave the citizens no options to exercise the 2nd amendment right in a way other than to carry a rifle.

Put it this way in Texas.
Pistols openly carried get you charged with a felony.
Rifles openly carried are fine.

It really is too bad that Texas laws do not keep up with other states. States like Oklahoma and Missouri are leaving Texas in the dust. Open Carry Laws should have passed in 2013.

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Posted by Valente Gonzalez on 10/29/2014 at 5:07 AM

Re: “Announcement of new Chipotle provokes gun-rights debate

I was in the event at Chili's where we were assaulted. The lady was sitting at the bar! Go figure! We were going to eat and drink (soda or tea) but she was at the bar drinking up. I pass up chipotle and chilis. Chili's don't have a grill anymore. Enjoy your gun free zone. I am not a target in a free fire zone. By the way chilis has no grills. False advertisement.

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Posted by Carlos Soliz on 10/28/2014 at 11:18 PM

Re: “Bobcat fur farm for Roy?

New York Animal Rights Alliance America is horrified and disgusted with Montana. Larry and Carol Shultz are committing crimes against animals that is of the utmost heinous. We dont even mind saying that THEY should be skinned after being electrocuted anally. There has never ever been a time for an uprising that has never been seen before in this country against such atrocity. We will make that happen. We will speak for the animals that you torture for your pockets because you are too stupid to make a living any other way. Brainless evil demons, Larry and Carol Schultz. And Montana for aiding and abetting, dont ever expect sympathy from ANYONE for this action. Kate Riviello 845 856 7366

Posted by Kate Riviello on 10/27/2014 at 7:39 PM

Re: “Cabinet Mountains mine fight resurfaces

One thing their Environmental Impact Report says will happen is that the water table at my farm at the base of the mountains will drop, how low they don't know, but their own report says it will not return to where it is now for 1,322 years. I get my water from a well. This will kill my farm. The water belongs to all of us. I have legal rights to my well water. How can they just destroy it. And so much more. The mine will dry up our creeks. It's insane.

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Posted by Sherrie Garcia on 10/27/2014 at 7:01 PM

Re: “The end of taste

Well that's just like your opinion man.

Posted by man on 10/27/2014 at 2:37 PM

Re: “What's Good Here

Your writing enchants me ... I really would like to have Wikipedic knowledge too.

Posted by Charlotte Sector on 10/27/2014 at 7:45 AM

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