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Re: “Should retirement homes have liquor licenses? The Montana Tavern Association (surprise, surprise) says nay.

The main problems with the current license framework in our great state of Montana are 1) licenses are limited and 2) licenses are transferable from one entity to another. The best way I can think to solve the problems is to phase in changes to these problems over a multi - year time frame. This would allow entities that have large investments in a license to not incur losses. A long term phased in approach would be good for the state economy, MTA, MBA and the citizens.

Posted by fishjd on 02/23/2017 at 3:13 PM

Re: “Republican legislator looks to take syringe exchange out of legal limbo

A bill to help addicts, not punish them -- sponsored by a repuglikcan, no less ! It's nice to know that all repugs aren't bat-shit crazy, in the Art Wittich mold.

Posted by alf on 02/23/2017 at 1:10 PM

Re: “Exposing secret stashes: A new backcountry guidebook aims to preserve access

Yet more disturbance and harassment of mountain goats, lynx, wolverines, picas hibernating grizzlies and other critters that depend on isolation, tough terrain and deep snows for their very existence. As if snowmobiles, aircraft, and global warming, etc. wasn't enough.

Posted by alf on 02/23/2017 at 12:47 PM

Re: “Conserving energy extracted from public lands should be a no-brainer

"...whom will our Republican friends in the Senate listen to when it comes to a vote? Will they listen to the high-paid industry lobbyists, or will they listen to their constituents...." A rhetorical question, I assume. We all know damn well who they listen to !

Posted by alf on 02/23/2017 at 12:28 PM

Re: “A union-led coalition wants to turn the Riverfront Triangle into a rallying point for affordability. Is anyone listening?

Every time I read an article/commentary mentioning Missoula high rents, low wages, I have to wonder. Why, with these two negatives, the International Rescue Committee (IRC) felt Missoula was a perfect "welcoming city" for resettled refugees? Which the Missoula City Council also embraced. Cheap labor? Slave labor? Especially for the new hotels planned for Missoula?

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Posted by niam on 02/23/2017 at 11:45 AM

Re: “Resistance Kitchen: The ramen of climate change is real

Is this for real?!? Hand-wringing and anger over climate change while supporting the livestock industry--a huge source of greenhouse gas emissions (not to mention pollution and animal suffering)? Could it be that the 'resistance' in Resistance Kitchen is *fake* resistance...or *alternate* resistance? True resistance would be subverting the dominant paradigm--an overthrow of the animal-industrial complex that's propped up by the government via the citizens taxes. http://www.worldwatch.org/files/pdf/Livest…

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Posted by Other Nations on 02/23/2017 at 11:27 AM

Re: “At UM, an unusual peek into Stearns' cabinet

The real problem, of course, is the Commissioner of Higher Education. You'll get a good look at his disastrous tenure - and our three interim leaders at UM - in this Helena blog post:

http://www.logicosity.com/2017/02/color-th…

Please don't forget that the Commissioner has no MA and certainly no PhD. Let's not forget that Angela McLean signed-off on allowing such an unqualified individual to assume that position, either.

Posted by Greg Strandberg on 02/23/2017 at 9:58 AM

Re: “What lies beneath? City declines to release its Mountain Water legal bills.

This'll cost us a quarter of a billion dollars when it's all said and done.

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Posted by Greg Strandberg on 02/23/2017 at 9:54 AM

Re: “At UM, an unusual peek into Stearns' cabinet

Considering the decline of the university over the past 5 years, perhaps those attendees shouldn't be making a combined $2 million in salary anymore.

Posted by Greg Strandberg on 02/23/2017 at 9:51 AM

Re: “A union-led coalition wants to turn the Riverfront Triangle into a rallying point for affordability. Is anyone listening?

"... one of the most progressive city councils in memory ..."

They are progressive when it's time to take an easy, symbolic vote on something of little import. But when the rubber hits the road, and piles of public money are subsidizing private developers, they don't have the guts to stick with working people and taxpayers.

So, can we please stop calling them progressive?

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Posted by Buzz Feedback on 02/23/2017 at 8:06 AM

Re: “The happy ubiquity of journeyman rhythm maker Antonio Al

Yeah, Antonio!!! A great write-up. Thanks for visiting us way over and up here in Maine. Maybe next time, we can hear you play...

Posted by Holly Zadra on 02/22/2017 at 8:26 AM

Re: “With Mary Ave. pushing through Franklin to the Fort, side-streeters brace for traffic

No credit to the artist?... Rob's been doing this for years.

Posted by Courtney Weatherman on 02/20/2017 at 5:22 PM

Re: “Untouchable

I am briefly in the film but Fiege was too afraid to showcase the Anti-Registry Movement because he felt our challenge to a crazy man who wants to waterboard us is "too harsh." The film doesn't do enough to cover the fact that Ron Book and his puppet of a daughter has also been solely responsible for America's largest sex offender homeless camp. Fiege was too afraid to be overtly critical of Book. In fact, he catered to the Books way too much. Was it fear of a lawsuit? Fiege, you dropped the ball. If you want the real facts, visit OnceFallen.

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Posted by Derek W Logue of OnceFallen.com on 02/19/2017 at 2:57 AM

Re: “An Independent guide to the 14th annual Big Sky Documentary Film Festival

The Sea Shepherd is not a "PETA offshoot." Its history:

"Sea Shepherd Conservation Society was formally incorporated in the United States in 1981 in the state of Oregon. Previous to this, the idea of Sea Shepherd was formed when Captain Paul Watson founded the Earth Force Society in 1977 in Vancouver BC, Canada. The original mandate of both organizations was marine mammal protection and conservation with an immediate goal of shutting down illegal whaling and sealing operations, but Sea Shepherd later expanded its mission to include all marine wildlife."

In other words, their mission is "to end the destruction of habitat and slaughter of wildlife in the world's oceans in order to conserve and protect ecosystems and species." They are currently defending the highly-endangered vaquita porpoise (world's smallest/rarest cetacean, fewer than 60 individuals left) in Mexico's Sea of Cortez. They've partnered with the Mexican government to stop the illegal gill-netting that catches and kills vaquitas.
http://www.seashepherd.org/milagro3/

Learn more: http://www.seashepherd.org/

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Posted by Other Nations on 02/18/2017 at 10:02 AM

Re: “Alone time: Sensory deprivation comes to Missoula

I hope the business makes it, I wanna try it out on my next trip to missoula

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Posted by Matt Ferguson on 02/18/2017 at 1:30 AM

Re: “With LaLonde Ranch talks stalled, Freedom Gardens looks for a new place to put down roots

If the people in charge of this non profit were focused more on the community and less on their own egos, maybe they would have found broader community support by now.

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Posted by Contrary on 02/17/2017 at 11:37 PM

Re: “Wrong End of the Gun

Gail and I were in the office that day together when we told Keith about Bonnie. I regret it every day. I have tried to tell an officer in Sanders County that Keith didn't kill himself. I feel Bonnie had a lot more to do with this. I also feel there has been a cover up by Sanders County. Shame on all that were involved.

Posted by Rhino Sparchi on 02/17/2017 at 7:04 PM

Re: “Alone time: Sensory deprivation comes to Missoula

I saw no price, but this something I would enjoy.

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Posted by Claude Alick on 02/17/2017 at 6:21 PM

Re: “Did Ryan Zinke go AWOL?

I forgot to add that my emails to his office made at the same time, to date, haven't been answered.

Posted by niam on 02/17/2017 at 3:28 PM

Re: “Did Ryan Zinke go AWOL?

I called and emailed his office weeks ago. On call I was told prospective appointees didn't need to vote as they were getting ready for their "hearing". As it stands Zinke has left his MT constituents without a voice in Congress. Here's a good site to subscribe to for how the MT congressional delegates vote(or DON"T vote) on bills.

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Feb 15, 2017 10:31 a.m. Vote
H.J.Res. 40: Providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by the Social Security Administration relating to Implementation of the NICS Improvement Amendments Act of 2007.

Joint Resolution Passed 57/43

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Feb 15, 2017 11:04 a.m. Vote
Motion to Invoke Cloture: Mick Mulvaney to be Director of the Office of Management and Budget: Mick Mulvaney, of South Carolina, to be Director of the Office of Management and Budget

Cloture Motion Agreed to 52/48

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Feb 15, 2017 1:18 p.m. Vote
On Ordering the Previous Question: H.Res. 123: Providing for consideration of the joint resolution (H.J. Res. 43) providing for congressional ...

Passed 233/190

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Feb 15, 2017 1:25 p.m. Vote
H.Res. 123: Providing for consideration of the joint resolution (H.J. Res. 43) providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the final rule submitted by Secretary of Health and Human Services relating to compl

Passed 233/188

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Feb 15, 2017 4:53 p.m. Vote
H.J.Res. 67: Disapproving the rule submitted by the Department of Labor relating to savings arrangements established by qualified State political subdivisions for non-governmental employees.

Passed 234/191

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Feb 15, 2017 5:02 p.m. Vote
H.J.Res. 66: Disapproving the rule submitted by the Department of Labor relating to savings arrangements established by States for non-governmental employees.

Passed 231/193

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Feb 15, 2017 5:10 p.m. Vote
H.J.Res. 42: Disapproving the rule submitted by the Department of Labor relating to drug testing of unemployment compensation applicants.

Passed 236/189

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