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Re: “City of Missoula wins Mountain Water case

"...a municipally owned utility would be better equipped to serve the public's interest, rather than a corporate owner with shareholders."

That should be self evident to all but the most hard core, right wing, repuglikan "free market" and privatization worshipers.

After Mountain Water is wrested from the greedy, sweaty fists of the Carlyle Group, lets go after Northwest Energy and reincarnate Montana Power as a public utility !

3 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by alf on 06/16/2015 at 12:46 PM

Re: “Happiest Hour: Draught Works' Berliner Weisse

I can't wait! In the mid- or late '90s, another brewer in Missoula (I think it was Beargrass Brewing, a predecessor to Kettlehouse) put out a Berliner Weisse. They offered a flavoring called Woodruff that was dark green in color and tasted like vanilla. I remember enjoying a few pints of it at the Rhino and I've often wondered if we'd see it again.

Posted by dee-eff on 06/15/2015 at 4:26 PM

Re: “Wilma donates projectors to Roxy

it is a wonderful idea and I hope they will fit in the Roxy. I also hope that the roxy will continue to show the old fashioned movies from the 40 and 50 reel to reel.!! have an old fashioned movie night like it use to be.!! you could even hold a costumed one where people would dress up in that period and hand out a price for the "best dressed".!! give it some thought.!!

Posted by kittykat on 06/11/2015 at 12:35 PM

Re: “Ready or not

Taxi service in Missoula is almost non-existent. We need to push past "traditional" business and get creative. I have had nothing but terrible experience trying to reserve a cab in MT. So, even if these app based companies fail in MT, we cannot be afraid of trying to become more efficient.

3 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Bio J SuperPower on 06/10/2015 at 10:41 AM

Re: “Activists concerned over trapping presentation offered to Bitterroot students

People supporting trapping give the same old blah, blah, overpopulation, blah, blah, heritage nonsense. When will they ever have the courage to stand up and say "yes, I like killing animals and don't give a crap about suffering and cruelty".

6 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by Lisa peterson on 06/09/2015 at 12:58 AM

Re: “Ready or not

Bob Lake is a typical Republican who wants more regulation and doesn't support the free market.

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by David on 06/04/2015 at 9:47 PM

Re: “Activists concerned over trapping presentation offered to Bitterroot students

Great job MTA! Ideologically driven fanatics thrive on misinformation and sensationalism which is why the animal rights extremists always obstruct facts, statistics and the consensus of experts.

8 likes, 6 dislikes
Posted by PorkAndBeans on 06/04/2015 at 8:40 PM

Re: “Activists concerned over trapping presentation offered to Bitterroot students

The Anti's would never complain if their miserable asses were there with all the lies and deceit they use to spread rumors and mistruths about trapping. Remember these are the same folks that sue to stop timber cutting to save lynx habitat, read their posts on Footloose Montana and Trap Free Montana Public Lands. If they were to ever ban trapping on public lands they would then turn to banning trapping on private lands, then the Hunters would be their mark as they hate hunting they would try to ban that. Fishing would also be a target. You can see they hate anything using animals for food or clothing. Most of them also complain of ranchers on public land. Stand together all Ye sportsman never let them get a toe hold on anything, they are like cancer and will spread once established.

4 likes, 11 dislikes
Posted by conservationist on 06/04/2015 at 6:37 PM

Re: “Activists concerned over trapping presentation offered to Bitterroot students

This claim that there is an over-population of fur bearers does not match the facts. Pine marten have just been reintroduced in the Belt mountains after decades of extermination by trapping. Swift fox have been reintroduced multiple times because of trapping. Wolverine are on the edge because of trapping. Fisher are so rare, only anecdotal sightings, not evidence, claim they exist in Montana. River otters are on the verge of the endangered list. Even beavers have to be reintroduced in certain areas. And on the list goes, all due to recreational and commercial trapping which is inhumane. There is no reason to continue this unethical and damaging 'sport.'

14 likes, 8 dislikes
Posted by Iucy on 06/04/2015 at 10:51 AM

Re: “Activists concerned over trapping presentation offered to Bitterroot students

Loss of habitat is the number one reason so many different species of animals ate going extinct.
This is caused by the following in order of prominence in overall global effects.
Human encroachment, draining wetlands, eat outs, famine, caused by drought, wildfires,
Disease, pestilence, depredation, fishing, hunting, trapping.

Trapping is the least effective killer, so in animal rights activists minds, this low lying fruit is ripe for Pocking, attack, demonization, politicalization, humanization. Hence animal rights people must by needs distort the truth about trapping, as it is a substitutive or compensatory mortality, meaning its overall effects to the population as a whole,are negligible, or nothing !

However, there is s benefit to agriculture, animal prey populations, and human populations, by controlling
Over population in local areas, depredation control,limiting loss of livestock, crops, and mitigating overall ecosystem effects to a minimum. This increases the carrying capacity of the available remain habitat, strengthening gene pools, promotes natural competition, and selection, thereby improving the rstebof infant survival, and increasing the flocks, herds, clutches, prides, groups, breeding, birth rate, etc.

5 likes, 13 dislikes
Posted by Edward Caraccioli on 06/04/2015 at 10:19 AM

Re: “Activists concerned over trapping presentation offered to Bitterroot students

When so much of our eco-system is being destroyed by use of chemicals that kill off and eliminate most of our beneficial song birds and insects, the few that remain are devowered by the predators which are mainly fur bearers, and also by deforestation of natural habitat for all these creatures. Those at the top of the food chain become over populated and have to eat something which further eliminates more of our song birds and beneficial insects. Trapping some of the over populated fur bearers helps to maintain some of the prey creatures so the do not go extinct. These people in the cities that enjoy a bug free, weed free, luxury lifestyle have their heads in the sand when it comes to knowing where all this stuff comes from and have the audacity to conndem those that live in the rural areas and try to keep a sustainable resource. I wish they would get off their fat asses and learn something about the real world instead of putting so much emphasis on these man made sports that take up so much of their time and education time that contribute nothing to keeping our natural resources in order. Most of them destroy habitat and species to have a space to be played on and in. One of the worst offenders is the RAVEN and MAGPIES which prey on song bird young in the nest to feed their young. They now nest and are here in this area year around when they were only here in this area during the winter when I was a kid 70 years ago. Makes a difference in the whole ecosystem

5 likes, 7 dislikes
Posted by Ed A Anderson on 06/04/2015 at 7:48 AM

Re: “Activists concerned over trapping presentation offered to Bitterroot students

Trapping is a viable tool in predator management. If you go to one of Footloose Montana's presentation it's filled with nothing but lies and ignorance.

16 likes, 16 dislikes
Posted by Russell Morgan on 06/03/2015 at 2:46 PM

Re: “Activists concerned over trapping presentation offered to Bitterroot students

I think it is great the MTA was involved in this event. Our youth need to be exposed to the real world and the outdoors. It does not suprise me the MTA's presentation was one of the most popular. Great job Montana Trappers Association!!!!!

14 likes, 13 dislikes
Posted by Guy Kempthorne on 06/03/2015 at 1:48 PM

Re: “Pearl Jam bassist sponsors Browning skatepark

I applaud these guys not just for their musical talents, but for their dedication to charitable causes.

Posted by Bootleg Lover on 06/02/2015 at 3:23 AM

Re: “Dolack Gallery closing after 22 years

It's not an end, a closing, it's just a slight course change. But I'll miss walking past the gallery and looking in the windows when I'm in Msla. Over they years, I've acquired several Dolack posters, and have bought and mailed innumerable postcards.

Continue the great work, Monte, and good luck.

Posted by alf on 05/30/2015 at 12:51 PM

Re: “Happiest Hour: Glacier Ginger Brew

Hands down the best ginger beer I have EVER tasted!!

Posted by Olivia on 05/29/2015 at 2:31 PM

Re: “Geared up for a fight

I would suggest to Doctor Pysher that he refrain from lionizing himself as a "backcountry" bicyclist. Merely describing himself as this results in antipathy from anti-bicycle viewpoints, as it reinforces the idea that Doctor Pysher wants access to something particularly special -- something conceptualized as "backcountry." But what is "backcountry" and since when did western Montana get divided into "backcountry" and its opposite? What is not "backcountry," in Doctor Pysher's view? His lawn? His driveway? US 93?

Doctor Pysher promotes himself as a hero. How long has he lived in the Bitterroot? Is he aware that plenty of MTB riders precede him and his club on the trails he pretends to own? Is he aware that plenty of MTB riders clear trails without bragging on themselves for the activity?

If you read Lance Pysher MD's self-promotion, you may be inclined to think Dr Pysher is the only person ever to ride trails in the Bitterroot, and the only one to ever clear them. He makes himself out to be a hero.

I agree with Doctor Pysher that the Bitterroot Travel Plan is anti-bicycle. Where I don't agree with him is nearly everywhere else. He moved to Montana to establish himself as a person to be respected for his "backcountry" adventures. I suppose when you spend a lot of time reading x-rays, CAT scans and MRI scans, you probably think being in the woods is a heroic "backcountry adventure" worthy of facebooking, tweeting, MySpacing, etc. Doctor Pysher is part of the reason why this problem exists: yuppies moving to Montana with a fantasy in mind, and nothing will stop them from pursuing their fantasy.

There's not a lot more than a hair's thickness separating that view from the one held by the person who is responsible for the origin of this problematic Travel Plan -- Andy Kulla. Kulla has retired, maybe Doctor Pysher should hurry up and retire to Phoenix or wherever he plans to go when he's built up his "backcountry hero" image in the Bitterroot.

The Public Comment aspect of this Travel Plan will be a laughable formality. Comments will be accepted, but nobody at USFS will do anything about the ones that stand against the closure. The decision has been made. That's why it's described as "7 years in the making." I don't care if it's 25 years in the making, it's a pathetic Travel Plan addressing problems that do not exist. The only way this Plan will be scrutinized is through litigation in which some entity files a lawsuit against USFS and exposes this gentrifying charade for what it is.

Posted by Ned Blandings on 05/14/2015 at 11:03 AM

Re: “Your future, a little early

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Posted by Ann Miller on 05/14/2015 at 5:32 AM

Re: “At the MPG Ranch, a watchful eye on the wild

I reckon if all the buyers of Public Lands were going to conduct themselves like these owners I might not object quite as much-though I worry the next generation may not have the love of the land this one has and subdivide in the end anyway. That said I would far rather forego property taxes on this ranch than any Church owned property. Jesus knew the difference-save your public prayer, this is where God lives...

Posted by bob petersen on 05/07/2015 at 12:56 PM

Re: “Happiest Hour: The Kettlehouse Crowler

Lewis & Clark brewery in Helena MT has been doing this for at least a few months.

Posted by JB on 04/28/2015 at 8:21 AM

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