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Re: “Wilderness advocates settle in for the long game

Here is some more information.

Senator Senator Jon Tester's (D-MT) Blackfoot Clearwater Stewardship Act of 2017 represents a continued effort to shift management of National Forest System lands away from full public involvement towards local control by private collaborative groups.

Check out this analysis of Tester's bill commissioned by the Flathead-Lolo-Bitterroot Citizen Task Force and written by Mike Bader: http://bit.ly/2lO39Tm

Also, this oped from WildWest Institute's Jake Kreilick and SGM (Ret) Mike Jarnevic, a 42-year veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps and U.S. Army Special Forces, may also be of interest to people: http://missoulian.com/news/opinion/columni…

Finally, if people would like to see all the remaining roadless areas in Montana and the northern Rockies protected as Wilderness, they should support the Northern Rockies Ecosystem Protection Act (NREPA), which was just re-introduced in both the U.S. Senate and House.

Here's more information, and a NREPA action alert, from Wilderness Watch: https://wildernesswatch.salsalabs.org/supp…

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Posted by Matthew Koehler on 04/27/2017 at 2:04 PM

Re: “Need a hug? Lauren Venaglia wants to sell you one.

Isn't it interesting that someone's opposite view is automatically considered an "attack"? I attacked no one. I just made a statement. You just proved that you, We need to show our humanity, should follow your advice to me. Perhaps you need more hugs counseling? LOL

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Posted by niam on 04/27/2017 at 1:53 PM

Re: “Need a hug? Lauren Venaglia wants to sell you one.

Fantastic article, and a great idea for a business. Human contact is essential.

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Posted by Bill Wetzel on 04/27/2017 at 1:21 PM

Re: “Missoula is dead. Long live Missoula.

What I have not understood the whole time they were tearing it down, was the main reason they cited for the need for demolition vs. remodel was that asbestos abatement would be too expensive... yet when they tore it down there was NO containment that would be necessary with asbestos.... So... they lied... or a lot of construction workers and downtown folk are going to be in a bad way in a few years..

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Posted by Amy Singer on 04/27/2017 at 12:15 PM

Re: “Need a hug? Lauren Venaglia wants to sell you one.

Niam you are such a single minded person! Bet you are a bully with ego issues. I know Lauren personally and she is a beautiful person inside and out! Your attacks are so far off. To bad you have to belittle the good Lauren is doing to make yourself feel better! GET A LIFE or better yet counseling!

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Posted by We all to to show our humanity on 04/27/2017 at 11:46 AM

Re: “Missoula is dead. Long live Missoula.

to be a vibrant, living city, I think you need to respect history and the wish of the community. Those were completely overridden in the name of progress and profit. These do not necessarily create vibrancy. Dismissing our past, not respecting and honoring our past, is not making it a "living" city. They do not have to be opposites.

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Posted by teresa on 04/27/2017 at 11:19 AM

Re: “Need a hug? Lauren Venaglia wants to sell you one.

Gee. They used to call this "prostitution". Feeling "loved" and "comforted" for a price.

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Posted by niam on 04/27/2017 at 11:01 AM

Re: “Leading by example: How Missoula Rep. Kim Dudik did Montanans proud in Helena

Dan, is this more of your satire? LOL Add this to your "Islamophobia" rhetoric:

SURPRISE! Im baaaaaaak. LOL

First you have Mark Twains description of Jerusalem under Ottoman Muslim rule:
Rags, wretchedness, poverty and dirt, those signs and symbols that indicate the presence of Moslem rule.

Then you have Thomas Jefferson, John Adams and Ali A. Rizvi

An Atheist Muslims Perspective on the Root Causes of Islamist Jihadism and the Politics of Islamophobia | The Huffington Post
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ali-a-rizvi/…

Posted by niam on 04/27/2017 at 10:53 AM

Re: “Missoula is dead. Long live Missoula.

I would appreciate it if some of the Merc construction workers would set a small pile of bricks outside the construction zone so residents can pick them up as souvenirs. I'd like to put a couple in my garden.

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Posted by Greg Strandberg on 04/27/2017 at 10:39 AM

Re: “Wilderness advocates settle in for the long game

Forest Service plans remind me of EPA Superfund sites. They take years and then nothing ever really gets done anyways.

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Posted by Greg Strandberg on 04/27/2017 at 10:37 AM

Re: “Attorney to the cars: John Bennett fights to saves the 1 percent's 1 percent

The real problem here is that with commodity and energy prices down, the state is desperate for money and and will look wherever it can for it.

Most people suffer because of this.

Meanwhile, the state has a quarter of a billion in long-term bonding debt and a surplus of about $200 million.

Please remember we don't run governments like our households. That would make too much sense.

Posted by Greg Strandberg on 04/27/2017 at 10:35 AM

Re: “Are UM buyouts a 'win-win-win'? Not so fast.

A lot of these faculty can't retire because it'd drive their cost of insurance up. It's why so many professors 'retire' and then come back a semester later to work part-time. It saves them hundreds if not a thousand dollars or more a month in insurance premiums. Then it's just waiting to hit 65 and Medicare age.

So...how's that going to be addressed?

Posted by Greg Strandberg on 04/27/2017 at 10:33 AM

Re: “Leading by example: How Missoula Rep. Kim Dudik did Montanans proud in Helena

And if Dudik wanted to run for and win the Attorney General race in 2020, how would she do it?

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Posted by Greg Strandberg on 04/27/2017 at 10:32 AM

Re: “Pat Brook has nothing against beavers, but Hurricane Katrina forced his hand

People have been trapping beaver in Montana for over 200 years and it never came with a "hefty price tag."

And it won't. Simple metal traps and float sticks - just like the members of the Lewis and Clark Expedition used - work just fine. Let's continue to use those, and my goodness, let's get that $14,000 cost down.

Many Missoula residents don't make that much in a year, and to hear that the city is spending so much to prevent a naturally occurring animal from doing what comes to it naturally is absurd.

Can you imagine if it cost that much back in the early-1800s? Well, Montana wouldn't be here today, it's that simple. The only industry we had for the 60 years before we became a territory was the fur industry. So please, let's get those costs down.

Posted by Greg Strandberg on 04/27/2017 at 10:30 AM

Re: “Governor Bullock prepares to commit legicide

Tongue in cheek is really fake news...STOP IT! Idiots will believe anything!

Posted by Tim Leifer on 04/27/2017 at 9:57 AM

Re: “UM buyouts a 'win-win-win?' Not so fast.

A lot of these faculty can't retire because it'd drive their cost of insurance up. It's why so many professors 'retire' and then come back a semester later to work part-time. It saves them hundreds if not a thousand dollars or more a month in insurance premiums. Then it's just waiting to hit 65 and Medicare age.

So...how's that going to be addressed?

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Posted by Greg Strandberg on 04/26/2017 at 12:04 PM

Re: “Lost son found

A documentary has recently been released with Noah Pippin's parents telling their story: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D9aRZXIOX5k

Posted by Chickenrider on 04/25/2017 at 4:51 PM

Re: “Yep, we're still here

Kathleen Yes, we've already hired a half-time reporter to help along with a couple of new summer interns fill Kate's departing shoes for the summer, and will soon begin advertising to fill that position post-summer, all of which was our staffing plan prior to the sale.

Posted by bradtyer on 04/24/2017 at 1:37 PM

Re: “Yep, we're still here

Will the Indy be allowed to hire a reporter following Kate's (unrelated) resignation?

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Posted by Kathleen Kimble on 04/24/2017 at 10:28 AM

Re: “A note from our publisher: Challenges to quality journalism are bigger than us

what a sad day,what a sell out,I don't know why I expected more from the independent.Money buys everything,you guys included.

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Posted by ol al on 04/23/2017 at 7:41 PM

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