I attended a Water Compact meeting at the Tribal Council Headquaters in Pablo a while back. I was appaled at the racist comments made by Tribal Members towards non-tribal members. Maybe you should do a story on that?? But I forgot, it only goes one way.
Spot on, Dan. Thank you for the chuckles, while spotlighting ignorance.
Mr. Strandberg, please read history. It is a history far older than your ancestors in this beautiful country we white people now call our home. Had you, and yours, been treated so dismally, you might think differently.
My ancestors -- all from Scandinavia, the Netherlands, Scotland and England -- came to this country after it was stolen from the people who had lived here for thousands of years. I bear no gulit for my ancestors; I simply acknowledge this fact of depredation.
Drunk Indians is a common perception in the state, and having several of them walking around downtown Missoula in the summer while they're drunk doesn't help.
These opinions are going to stay in place until the tribes of the state stop feeling sorry for themselves, stop blaming the white man, and start taking responsibility for their actions. Having your representatives drive drunk and then act arrogant certainly doesn't help.
Indians in this state have yet to prove to me that their anything but a burden on our resources and a sad-luck case that I'm frankly tired of hearing about. My life sucks too and I've got no money, but no one would give a damn if I was complaining. I'm white.
This article is so poorly written; it glorifies Carrie Jamrogowicz's prowess as a shooter and does almost nothing to indicate how frightening her behavior has been for the last nearly 10 years towards Stacy Lear. Carrie had no reason whatsoever to move to Missoula and did so only to systemically invade Stacy's life. She is practically to the point of wearing Stacy's skin, and yet the article and the comments below rather make light of this (and the insinuations that this is romance gone wrong show the thoughtlessness of the commenters rather clearly). If it wasn't for Stacy taking up shooting in the first place, Carrie never would have bothered to do so; her shooting hobby is just another attempt to become Stacy.
This article would be much better served if it mentioned how deeply frightening Carrie's involvement in every aspect of Stacy's life has been, how totally she has tried to become her, and the lengths she has gone to to try and do so.
This isn't romance gone wrong; it's a deeply disturbed woman who has been allowed to pursue someone else relentlessly and meticulously, and everyone sits here and makes jokes. I sincerely hope Carrie will face jail time or at least be forced to get psychiatric help; this is clearly the work of an obsessed, dangerous and limitless mind of a woman who has been enabled and allowed to do whatever she wants, no matter how disturbing her behavior. She is frightening, and she should be in jail.
Shall we blame it on a weather trend? Maybe we can call it climate change. Guess what? Dry hot summers happen just as much as wet cold ones. Do we really need to label normal trends with the unfounded Global Warming Crisis. I am over here in North Dakota robbing oil from the ground. It is -20 today and I could use some of this fairy tale globalist agenda warming. Too bad about the deer. Hot dry spells are regular weather cycles and have been for my 60 year lifetime. Insects happen, the variety of them differs each year according to what ever conditions prevail. I am not ignorant of real issues I just prefer to avoid the stupid ones.
Wolves probably slaughtered over 20,000 deer and left most to rot in Montana this last year. Now that's a tragedy for hunters and just a bit more of an issue. Chances are the same number or variety of insects will not hatch out in the spring. This small outbreak was very localized but worth investigating.
You only speculate upon how the disease got here. Might I suggest a few options? Insects travel by air, water, humans, animals, planes, cars, and trains. Some virus are planted by government officials as a testing tool. Others just lay in the dirt for decades waiting for the right condition to activate them. No matter how the virus got activated or delivered in that area, it was a small local incident that happened during a normal weather cycle.
Now that is logic. Have a wonderful Christmas and splendid New Year.
There goes the small farmer and the farmers maket !! geezz !! what next ?? Down with Government regulations affecting the smallest lof economies !! Dose this effect the Marijuana growers too ?? They will probably get an "Exception and Subsidies".
I assume the CSKT owns the land in fee. Why does it want to put the land in BIA trust? To save $808?
Don't forget to add this to the "Drunk on Power" list....From a recent Indy no less....
Power grab: Bitterroot considers case for state ownership of public lands
The accusations of graffitti, littering and disturbing wildlife are completely unfounded. Whitewater kayakers are among the staunchest practitioners of 'leave no trace' ethics. People should have some idea of what they are lambasting before choosing to speak. The kayaking ban is on par with a hiking ban. Allowing a controlled access system similar to the back country permit system is a rational and enforceable means of allowing a reasonable activity. Kayaking has been proven time and again a legitimate, sustainable, low/no impact recreational pursuit.
Wow, you guys really don't understand kayaking at all, do you? You should come down off your ivory tower for a sec and actually MEET a few of us and you might realize that we are just people, the same as you. The vast majority of whitewater kayakers are NOT interested in adrenaline rushes or (seriously??) "splashing grafitti across any beautiful Yellowstone river." We enjoy floating through beautiful, wild places, the same as you. We follow "leave no trace" ethics. We pack out our trash. We inform ourselves of local regulations. We don't camp on riparian areas or use soap in the river. We hang our food when we are in bear country. We go for hikes from camp. We gaze at the landscapes and try not to complain when our views of the shore are occluded by packs of immature hikers...
Sure, we could keep the park closed to kayakers. There are plenty of other places to kayak. There are also plenty of places to hike. There are plenty of places to drive around in cars and honk at some poor bear savaging somebody's unattended cooler. There are plenty of other places to swim, ski, to gawk at geological oddities. So here's a better idea: why not close the park to ALL enthusiasts. It will be a very beautiful, quiet, serene place for the bison and grizzly to share, and there won't be any humans there at all to ruin it. Or, perhaps, we could allow ALL reasonable enthusiasts access, and prosecute the small minority who cause trouble instead of stereotyping and scapegoating groups of people we know nothing about.
These comments about whitewater paddling are quite shocking to me. I encounter hikers and horseback riders on riverside trails often. Most of them are good people. To call all paddlers destructive is simply wrong. To bar a wilderness compliant human powered activity is short sighted and unfair.
It’s about time!
If she not already done this, I would suggest that she gets with the local police departments. Educate herself on police policy, rules of evidence and other forms of investigations so she can answer questions from students when it comes to these sort of crimes.
When I go out in the back country I bring back everything I take into the wild. I love my state and its natural beauty. I believe everyone has the right to enjoy the parks that are emplace just the way they are.
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve packed out someone else’s trash or dived down to the bottom of the river and picked up a glass bottle that had been sunken by a rafter, kayaker or someone floating.
I’m not saying everyone is like this but there are the few that will paint up the canyons with graffiti, dump trash on the banks and sink those bottles in the river.
I say keep them out!
There's something special about camping on Yellowstone National Park's back country rivers and knowing that you won't see a flotilla of rafts and kayaks coming through. Not to mention the positive impact of not disturbing the wildlife that finds sanctuary along the banks of the rivers. Keep Yellowstone's rivers closed to river runners. There are plenty of places for these crafts to play.
Hi David... I never saw City Confidential during its initial run, but I tape every episode on Bio now. They happened to show the Bigfork one this week. As I usually do, I looked up the case after the show and found your now 11+ year old post. Very interesting, just wanted to thank you. I think that show is amazingly well done, and I always get so much out of "act one" and the way the community and its characters are delved into (as much as one can in 15 minutes). Compared to the 24/7 true crime programming we have now, which I admittedly enjoy, full of its bloody reenactments... CC is a show that is true to place, people, and local opinion. It's pretty cool that you were a part of it. Wishing you all the best. -Shannon
Genius light look again. Clearly the couple to the left of the "hetero couple" are a man and woman. That blows your theory to hell. Think you need a new prescription for eyewear. Looking at the couple on the right, you're wrong again!
these folks are stupid ignorant egotists , they should at the very least ban them for life if caught in any park breaking laws set up years ago to protect, not commercialize these diamonds of our country. They are probably the same folks illegally making bike trails, etc.. Seems we have come to a crossroads with our population where rules need to be stiffened up 200% to allow some resemblance of sanity for the rest of us that do not need or want hi tech garbage, and inflated egos to float past our view we hold precious in our life
If wild places cannot be preserved in our National Parks, they will not be preserved anywhere.
Let the wild be wild.
Let the sky jumpers, white water adrenalinists and mechanized snow spoilers play in their own back yards and leave this wild place to itself.
"A thing is right when it tends to preserve the integrity, stability, and beauty of the biotic community. It is wrong when it tends otherwise." Aldo Leopold
I absolutely support Yellowstone National Park Chief Ranger Tim Reid and The Greater Yellowstone Coalition. Conservation and preservation of the park's resources comes first and foremost. Some day, kayaker Ben Kinsella will mature and stop thinking only of himself and his sense of entitlement to do anything he wants anywhere he wants. Meanwhile, Yellowstone and her environs, with the help of folks like Reid and the Coalition's Pearson, will prevail...for all time, for those of us who want to get her glad tidings, without the yahooing of the of extreme recreationists playing with their adrenalin. Nature first, for once, please.
I surf and canoe whitewater but I don't ever want to look down and see some adrenaline junkie in a garish plastic "watercraft" slashing graffitti across any beautiful Yellowstone river. I support the ban - forever. Go somewhere else.
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