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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: “A price to play

Unfortunately, it costs money to have a safe, lively, livable environment. Msla already has an excellent park system, and as the city grows, the park and recreation systems will have to, too. There are now, and will always be those without the time, money, or transportation to get out of the city to recreate. Preserving open space and providing recreation opportunities in the city and its environs will become more important and indeed necessary. If not, we'll wind up being a Newark NJ, or Gary, IN in the northern Rockies.

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Posted by alf on 10/25/2014 at 1:43 PM

Re: “Unsteady platform

Whack-doodle, like so many - maybe most - single issue candidates and voters on the mostly extreme right.

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Posted by alf on 10/25/2014 at 1:25 PM

Re: “One day in Missoula

All excellent, but the rock cairns in the Rattlesnake is a masterpiece !

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Posted by alf on 10/25/2014 at 1:20 PM

Re: “A price to play

This is just another NEW tax and a lot of property owners can't afford more increases. Is this new tax more important then schools? Missoula is becoming a city of haves and have nots because of all these taxes on our property. We don't need a bond to build parks and trails. Why force all property owners to pay for something they'll never use.

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Posted by Stop Taxing Our Property on 10/24/2014 at 9:51 PM

Re: “Politics

We're we watching the same debate? While Daines actually was able to give substantive answers including things like CBO projections, status of actual bills in committee, etc. all Curtis gave was the same campaign slogans.
After working to elect a man who's kept this country in a recession for almost his entire presidency, I guess it's no surprise the only qualification that liberals seem to admire is smooth-talking and insults.

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Posted by Tim on 10/24/2014 at 9:31 AM

Re: “One day in Missoula

Wonderful photos! I wish there were more.

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Posted by ol' az hippie chick on 10/23/2014 at 11:00 PM

Re: “Environment

I have been in the oil fields of Wyoming and North Dakota working for 10 years now and I am opposed to drilling in any forested land which has large amounts of snowfall and is a major watershed. I could care less about the Blackfoot Tribes as I see them for what they are.

I will first stand with the oil companies on their studies of the land below and on their drilling practices. Things are thought out and seldom is there a problem. But when the ability to respond rapidly is hindered by terrain and snow cover, a minor leak can turn into a disaster.

There is plenty of oil in the flat country where issues of spills can be addressed, stopped and cleaned up readily. When there is so much oil in the Great Plains that is untapped there is no reason to be in the mountains where many rivers and streams can easily be polluted.

Every once in a while you air headed Missoula people get it right! I am an antagonist of liberal thinkers just because somebody has to wake you up. There are hundreds of oil companies in North America. I haul oil for about 30 different companies. They are not all evil! They are mostly small investors, getting enough money together to develop each well. Mom and Pop businesses following strict guidelines at substantial cost. At $80 oil right now they are barely making a profit.

These people police their own and from my perspective do a fine job. I have never been around more articulate, safety minded, environment friendly people as I see in the oilfields in N.D. and Wy.

I do side with you on this one for sure. I hope the feds will pay them back for their lease investment or offer them leases in the great plains. Good article Jessica, nicely written!

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Posted by Mr. Logic on 10/23/2014 at 8:32 PM

Re: “A price to play

So what? It's a manageable expenditure within Missoula County's growth rate. Can't understand people who think public needs freeze forever at some point in their lives. Reminds me of the guy in Frenchtown some years back who complained that the area needed "a 1960's fire department." This was a few months before the Black Cat fire; if they had tried taking that on with a 1960's fire department Frenchtown today would be a large black spot next to

Conkle apparently just flew in from
a time period in which street kids still play jacks and roll hoops in vacant lots, and one in which he's completely unaware of the hours and resources put in by such programs as YMCA soccer, Little League, Little Grizzly football, and others in providing play opportunities to kids from all income levels. I played 1970's youth baseball with a ton of kids whose families had a lot less money than mine. And I have yet to hear of a case where any Missoula kid was denied access to a youth league based on ability to pay. It's not the job of the schools to take care of this - their plate is full providing education. It's the responsibility of the general public - so lets pass this and give our kids a new and better place to play.

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Posted by bkwheelersback on 10/23/2014 at 6:43 PM

Re: “A game of keep away

Two points here, well maybe three. First on debates! A lesson well learned here is that there is no sense in wrestling with a pig. You will just get dirty and the pig ( ignorant democrat) will enjoy dragging you down into their level. Secondly non informed voters are better off left at home. If you can't get your crap together enough to register in a timely fashion then you probably never even studied the ballot measures or candidates. Finally to stop the illegals from voting for whomever gives them free handouts (ignorant democrats).

I am for the best man or woman for the job, unfortunately I have only seen one person in this decade, on the ballots that was worthy to tie my shoes. God Bless Ron Paul!

I vote N O T A mostly when no independent is on the ballot. Voting for the lesser of two evils ( Rep--Dem) is a wasted vote and you will still be getting evil. Nuff Said!

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Posted by Mr. Logic on 10/23/2014 at 6:22 PM

Re: “One day in Missoula

Great photo of Wilma Theatre!

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Posted by bkwheelersback on 10/23/2014 at 6:15 PM

Re: “Politics

Curtis is obviously quite smart and was well prepared for that debate. She took it serioiusly. Danes's wasn't well prepared, apparently didn't take it seriously, and comes across as not very bright (an understatement !).

Daines is an empty suit, if there ever was one.

And Zinke seems to think that his main qualification is that he was a navy seal. WTF ? Being a navy pilot certainly didn't qualify Grumpa McShame for public office, did it ?

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Posted by alf on 10/23/2014 at 4:42 PM

Re: “Environment

The greed of the fossil fuels industries never ceases to amaze me.

A recent report said that the U.S. is now producing so much oil that we're actually EXPORTING it now. So much for that bogus argument that "we need to produce more (and more) oil 'in the name of national security' ". If you leave it in the ground, it won't spoil !

It's all about greed and control.

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Posted by alf on 10/23/2014 at 4:33 PM

Re: “A price to play

I'd be real worried if I was anyone but Adam Hertz when those City Council elections come up in November 2015. I'd be real worried.

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Posted by Greg Strandberg on 10/23/2014 at 4:18 PM

Re: “Environment

I guess I must have been thinking of the damn Crow tribe.…

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Posted by Greg Strandberg on 10/23/2014 at 4:15 PM

Re: “A price to play

The plans for Fort Missoula Regional Park where conceptually drawn in 2002. After years of public input and comment, Missoula City Council approved the plans in 2008 and Missoula County Commissioners approved the plans for the County owned portion of the park in 2012. The Missoula City Council voted with 1 dissent (Adam Hertz) to recommend the County Commissioners put the bond on the ballot to let the voters decide. There is nothing about the plan, or the statements about economic benefit, that is an after thought.
We know tournaments and other events bring dollars into our community. We know people and businesses looking to relocate to Missoula are looking for quality of life amenities like parks & trails. We also know the City Parks Department and other user groups actively seek out economically disadvantaged kids and families in their expanding programs that are offered at locations throughout the community. The bond will address the oldest parks in our system, provide more trails for access to public lands and connections between communities in the County, and develop Fort Missoula Regional Park. And yes, there is a sports complex in that park which will be an incredible destination facility that generates revenue to help offset future maintenance costs.
This bond is a great opportunity and investment in our kids, our health, and our future.

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Posted by John O'Connor on 10/23/2014 at 4:01 PM

Re: “A game of keep away

LR-126 is a solution in search of a problem. Same day voter registration does not create insurmountable or inexcusable problems. Turning people who can otherwise vote away on Election Day does.

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Posted by geoffb on 10/23/2014 at 3:57 PM

Re: “Environment

If you read the article, you'd see the Blackfeet are OPPOSING the oil and gas development.

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Posted by Phil on 10/23/2014 at 3:25 PM

Re: “A game of keep away

Republicans just don't like Democracy, plain and simple. Plutocracy (government by the rich) is their preferred method for wealth redistribution...your money going to them.

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Posted by Greg Strandberg on 10/23/2014 at 9:19 AM

Re: “Etc.

Marijuana is currently a $120 million a year business in this state. Craft brewing, by comparison, is $60 million.

When you don't regulate markets you have problems like this. And I'm sorry, but when something is illegal there's no regulations. You can say a law is a regulation, but when 10% to 12.21% of Montanans are getting high each month...well?

Independent reporters - you're getting paid, why not come up with a report on how many people are in Montana prisons for pot. Look up how many are in that crowded Missoula jail. Did that have something to do with that guy getting 3 years probation for forcing his girlfriend to cut that tattoo off her?

Do some reporting, will ya? Or else people like me will just continue to show you up:…

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Posted by Greg Strandberg on 10/23/2014 at 9:17 AM

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