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I'll make sure to tell the City Council and the mayor (if he's there next week) not to waste $3.5 million of your money on streets that aren't broken.

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Posted by Greg Strandberg on 04/30/2015 at 9:22 AM

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It's been said a million times, and I'll say it again : Coal is an 18th century fuel, utilized by 18th and 19th century technology. All ex-governor Schweizer's and other coal boosters' and apologists' claims and wet dreams aside, there's no such thing as "clean coal".

That said, I have a question and a comment :

Question : Doesn't China have plenty of it's own coal ?

Comment : It must be getting pretty close to the point of no return in terms of energy output versus energy input to mine coal in eastern Montana, load it on trains, ship it ~1000 miles, off load it at a probably several hundred million dollar facility, reload it onto ships, sail them 8,000 miles to China, then reverse the process to a coal fired generating plant. Seems insane to me, but I guess someone must have penciled it out. But maybe not.

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Posted by alf on 04/23/2015 at 3:01 PM

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Ravalli county repuglikans got what they earned and deserved.
Unfortunately, the rest of the county's residents and taxpayers have to help foot the bill.

Posted by alf on 04/21/2015 at 2:14 PM

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How much faith should you have in the Good 'Ol Boy Network in Ravalli? How much faith should you have in government down there?

Zero.

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Posted by Greg Strandberg on 04/16/2015 at 9:06 AM

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Coal is 18th and 19th century technology. "Clean Coal" is an oxymoron. It's time to move on and forget about coal. Let it stay in the ground, where it won't do any harm.

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Posted by alf on 04/02/2015 at 12:51 PM

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As much as I hate to admit it, and even in light of the recent pipeline ruptures in Montana that contaminated large sections of the Yellowstone River, I'm starting to think that pipelines are a safer way of shipping that filthy, noxious crap than by rail.

(And NO, that's NOT to suggest that I think the Keystone XL should be constructed !)

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Posted by alf on 03/12/2015 at 2:13 PM

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But then that would require the PSC to actually do its job Mr. Goldsmith.

Posted by Lamnidae on 03/06/2015 at 1:01 PM

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This article fails to incorporate how the Public Service Commission has the final say for rate setting. Liberty can't just come in and raise rates, that is not how it works. It also fails to mention that if the City were to own MWC, that the PSC would loose jurisdiction, meaning the city has much more leeway on rate setting.

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Posted by Jordan Goldsmith on 03/05/2015 at 3:54 PM

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No basic utility should be privately owned, period. And what's more basic than water ?

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Posted by alf on 03/05/2015 at 1:37 PM

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What are the odds on Missoula winning this case, which starts on March 18?

I'd put them close to zero, myself.

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Posted by Greg Strandberg on 03/05/2015 at 9:12 AM

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He didn't just speculate about Chris McCandless, he flat-out made stuff up and presented it as fact.

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Posted by James Bergman on 02/26/2015 at 11:18 AM

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Americans have short memories. New content will be released on Tuesday, April 28. People will move on, another book will grow dusty on the shelf.

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Posted by Greg Strandberg on 02/26/2015 at 11:00 AM

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Money talks. Especially to repuglikans.

Taking a line of Oscar Wilde's out of context, "They know the cost of everything and the value of nothing."

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Posted by alf on 02/21/2015 at 1:08 PM

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No such thing as bad publicity...

Posted by grrizz on 02/12/2015 at 3:29 PM

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There's no way that Missoula will avoid the bad press of a book titled "Missoula." Our only hope is to rename our fair city to cleanse ourselves of past associations.

I suggest "North Lolo" as Missoula's new moniker. Once we've officially changed our name to North Lolo, we can breathe easy.

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Posted by SamMissoula on 02/12/2015 at 2:56 PM

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So everyone just shut up and say nothing or we may offend someone? This is really petty. Since when did the Indians have a claim to that phrase as I have heard it used for different things for many years.

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Posted by erlyirn on 01/27/2015 at 12:09 PM

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Right on Joey. They really should have thought this out before calling a red ale or any alcoholic beverage after a commonly used native term. come on guys, a little common sense goes a long way.

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Posted by jamie on 01/26/2015 at 2:36 PM

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I guess this boils down to a free speech issue, in this case "commercial speech", which in my opinion is and oxymoron because commercial entities aren't "real" people and shouldn't be granted the same constitutional rights as Homo sapiens; the U.S. Supreme court be damned. But the supremes have spoken, so at least for the foreseeable future, that's a moot point. But free speech does have it's limits, it isn't absolute : You can't yell "Fire !" in a crowded theater. Liable and slander laws, etc.

And then there's the matter of just plain common decency and respect for the sensitivities of others -- which the world seems to be in short supply of -- whether we agree with them or not (Think of the Charlie Hebdo situation).

I come down firmly on the side of Mr. Running Crane. Great Northern's arguments and excuses are laughably weak and, indeed, pathetic.

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Posted by alf on 01/22/2015 at 1:53 PM

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Nationwide, and in most states, participation in the blood "sports" is dropping as a percentage of the population, and I believe in actual numbers as well. Revenues for state fish and game departments across the country are down, and the agencies, and in some states the state legislatures, are dreaming up new gimmicks to try to get more people hunting, fishing and trapping, thus buying more licenses and bringing more revenue to the agencies.

These grim derbies, while not overtly endorsed by the state agencies, are obviously intended, at least in part, to try to gin up interest in and support for and greater participation in the blood "sports"; but because they are so odious to such a large percentage of the population, I believe they're counter productive and are having the opposite effect...at least I hope so.

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Posted by alf on 01/15/2015 at 1:59 PM

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While it's true that no wolves were killed ("harvested"?!?) in Salmon, 30 coyotes WERE killed by people who likely can't even articulate why they're mass slaughtering coyotes. A coyote's life, to a coyote, is just as important as a wolf's life is to a wolf or, for that matter, your life and mine are to you and me. We're all social animals who share sentience and value our lives.

MT Sen. Christine Kaufmann has submitted a draft request for LC2172, a bill whose short title reads: "Prohibit certain wildlife killing contests." The text isn't available yet--let's keep an eye on this.

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Posted by Other Nations on 01/15/2015 at 11:01 AM

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