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Comment Archives: Stories

Re: “Air quality

Left unmentioned (intentionally ?) in the first paragraph was the paper mill at Frenchtown. I remember the stench of that mill being far more offensive than any wood smoke or dust from sanding or unpaved streets when I lived in Missoula in the 70s.

Posted by alf on 12/27/2014 at 12:36 PM

Re: “The terrorists won

On one of the national news shows the other day, they interviewed a guy who said he felt he had "a patriotic duty" to see the movie. Is that and yellow magnetic ribbons on the back of our vehicle all that "patriotism" means in this country any more. ? Is that what it's degenerated into ?

Posted by alf on 12/27/2014 at 12:23 PM

Re: “2014

Well done !

Although VIEWFINDER doesn't get many comments, that doesn't mean your images aren't appreciated.

Posted by alf on 12/27/2014 at 12:12 PM

Re: “Tough lessons

Way back in the day, I worked for the FS, one of the first three women on a fire crew in the St. Maries Ranger District (I was the "big" one, at a whopping 5'4", and the only one who made it through, the other two were stationed in Clarkia, and moved to the brush crew . . .) It was the last year for the Calder work center, and after we inventoried, most of the stuff was hauled off and buried! We're talking things like garden hoses, tools, chainsaws . . . They had to use up each year's "stuff" budget whether they needed it or not, or they might get a lower amount next year when they did need more . . . so went the thinking.
When the St. Maries and Avery Districts were combined, folks in the Avery District kept feeding me info. (I was writing at that point), info they weren't ALLOWED to say themselves. All our points were valid, not the least of which was that the Avery station was actually in the forest, but politics won, and now that entire forest is administered from St. Maries, outside the boundaries of the St. Joe Ranger District. The decision was a slow death sentence for the town of Avery, as well.
I found the same thing as Susan, great people, some of them very dedicated to their job - suffocating hierarchy, and politics, politics, politics at the top. I usually feel compelled to defend the folks out in the field, and blame congress (don't we all) for the rules that change with the political expediency of the times.

2 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Liz Codoni on 12/27/2014 at 11:04 AM

Re: “Selfish desire

"King-size coyote fur comforter: Price vs. cost":…

Posted by Other Nations on 12/26/2014 at 2:28 PM

Re: “Tough lessons

They also pander to trappers and hunters!

2 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Cj Rolphe on 12/24/2014 at 5:02 PM

Re: “2014

That's a lot of great pictures Cathrine. Thanks for your work documenting Missoula, your efforts are appreciated!

Posted by Chad Harder on 12/24/2014 at 4:39 PM

Re: “Tough lessons

I have worked with the USFS in my two private business operations, cultural resources and wilderness outfitting and I have shared many of Susan's experiences. One thing is for sure, if you "cross" an official, it will permeate throughout the whole outfit… and the grudge will go on forever.

2 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by joe on 12/24/2014 at 2:40 PM

Re: “Tough lessons

In the interest of full disclosure, I'm ex forestry circus, but not a retiree. I bailed out after only about 12 or 15 years.

I've known the author for over 30 years, and I like and respect her immensely. She's a very smart and multi-talented woman.

My take : I absolutely despise the damn forestry circus and its institutional amorality and hypocrisy. Like virtually all federal agencies, it's morphed into little more than a facilitator and apologist for industry.

The forestry circus and BLM pander to the logging, ranching, and mineral and oil and gas industries; the Federal Aviation Administration to the airline industry; the Federal Highway Admin, to heavy "dirt" contractors; the Defense Department to the military-industrial complex; FDA to Big Pharma; and so on and on and on.

Like Susan, I remain loyal to the principles and ideals on which it was founded, but the agency has been compromised and it's lost it's way.

And BTW, I just finished reading A Hunger for High Country about a week ago. It's a darn good read. I highly recommend it.

7 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by alf on 12/24/2014 at 1:42 PM

Re: “News in review

I wonder if you extreme Homophobes aren't so unsure of your own sexual orientation that you try to mask and counter it with your chest beating machisimo.

Like all reactionaries, you're on the wrong side of history.

"not allow anyone to voice any opinion" that runs counter to your own is exactly what you right wing extremists and religious crazies are guilty of, but are too blind and arrogant to see your own shortcomings

3 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by alf on 12/24/2014 at 12:50 PM

Re: “Wyoming coyote trapper defends graphic photos

If you think hunting and trapping is sick, cruel, and inhumane.... Blame your parents for raising a pussy. If you don't like this sort of stuff, why visit the webpage?

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by forrealsgetagrip on 12/24/2014 at 11:25 AM

Re: “Orange Street Food Farm owners buy Safeways, make them Missoula Fresh Markets

Hi Chris, have you tried out the newer healthstore on 3rd and reserve? Some of the best organics prices because they are essentially a chain.

Posted by Kevin Petitpas on 12/24/2014 at 8:43 AM

Re: “News in review

Your paragraph re: Homosexual marriage was totally one sided. You did not quote one person who believes in Biblical marriage. This is typical of the homosexual agenda, not allow anyone to voice any opinion that does not support the sexual deviancy of homosexuals.

2 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by Donald Spitz on 12/24/2014 at 6:46 AM

Re: “Christmas past

The Corps of Discovery had sustained themselves with a diet dependent upon buffalo, along with antelope, deer and a little bighorn sheep. After nearly starving to death crossing the Divide, they had to change their diet to fish, which had an adverse effect on their systems.
As for Fremont, he was a reckless, irresponsible meglamaniac bent on gaining notariety and prestige, putting his men in perilous situations, and getting totally lost at times. A number of his men sacrificed their lives in the name of his infamy.

Posted by Tim Faber on 12/24/2014 at 5:36 AM

Re: “The terrorists won

Right on.

3 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by DBB on 12/24/2014 at 1:35 AM

Re: “Safe at home

Great read!

Posted by Curt Synness on 12/24/2014 at 12:32 AM

Re: “Orange Street Food Farm owners buy Safeways, make them Missoula Fresh Markets

Good point, Chris. There's probably a lot more to this story that we don't know. I'd personally like more reporting on this Safeway/Albertson's merger, which I hadn't heard about before this story.

Those are stores everyone grew up with, so I'm wondering...what's going on?

Posted by Greg Strandberg on 12/22/2014 at 10:17 PM

Re: “Orange Street Food Farm owners buy Safeways, make them Missoula Fresh Markets

I shop the Reserve Safeway and I love it. I am so dissapointed to hear this, because a small business model simply cannot offer the prices of a larger chain. Safeway has come leaps and bounds in their organic selection, and it's the store branded organic brand that brings me in. With the wages in Missoula, this is the only place I've consistently found a wide organic selection across all categories that isn't at elitist prices. HIGHLY unhappy that this is being taken from the lower income residents of this city, which seems to be a majority of us.

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Posted by Chris G on 12/22/2014 at 9:23 PM

Re: “Thank Eru, The Hobbit is finally over

Posted by A Highly Nonny Moose on 12/22/2014 at 10:34 AM

Re: “Orange Street Food Farm owners buy Safeways, make them Missoula Fresh Markets

Sounds like a good deal all around. They're not laying anyone off and will hire more. And they can react faster to changing market demands as they're here in town.

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Posted by Greg Strandberg on 12/20/2014 at 9:51 PM

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