Aside from the question of whether the logging (and the new roads and bridge necessitated by log hauling) will accomplish what the FS has in mind on this timber sale, the public process demonstrated by FS planners on the Westside project leaves no doubt about their low regard for meaningful involvement by the owners of the public forests.
While steamrolling toward their preconceived plan the Bitterroot National Forest undermined the process of the Bitterroot Restoration Committee, a "consensus-based", "collaborative" group meant to find common ground amongst "traditional adversaries" in the hopes of avoiding litigation on proposed projects. The BNF hijacked a much smaller BRC proposal in the area while it was being discussed by the BRC and before the smaller (about 1/3 the size) proposal could be finalized, let alone find consensus. The work of the BRC was made moot; "collaboration" was shown to be a ruse; and the purpose of "collaboration" was negated. The name of the timber sale is loaded with rhetorical disinformation. It is called, the Westside Collaborative Restoration project. It is "westside" but not "collaborative" or "restoration". Those words are added by the FS in order to access pots of taxpayer money and shortcut public process available for logging timber sales that qualify as such. This timber sale does not. The BRC has become simply a discussion group loaded in the timber industry and FS favor used to greenwash FS projects. The FS continues to bastardize the English language, making George Orwell look like he lacked imagination in double-speak.
The big problem is the Missoulians content. Any day of the week you'll find the strangest stories on their site, most having nothing to do with Missoula. Lots of fluff, little in the way of hard-hitting news.
Well Steve, some shop owners during the Los Angeles riot precipitated by the police beating of Rodney King protected their businesses from being burned by rampant rioters with AR-type firearms - so that's one reason to have one. Also, the AR-16 has been called the militia weapon of our time - and we have the Second Amendment right to own and carry guns. During civil unrest, the AR-16 (or M-16) or a similar weapon may be required to defend oneself and his home. So don't fret too much over the issue.
I sure hope Plonk has Montana Distillery vodka . Their ginger, bacon pepper raspberry and woody street vodkas just won gold silver and bronze medals at the LA spirits show.Their ginger Moscow mules are divine.
Good write up. Everything we experienced at happy hour 6/18/16
Adults are able to pervieve things a certain way, sub-adults are not i suppose.
Are the NBR bison genetically pure, like those in YNP, or are they like most other herds, polluted with domestic cattle's genes ?
If contaminated, how badly ?
If genetically pure, I hope the CSKT can use them as seed stock to establish herds or other reservations and, hopefully on public lands, since the NPS seems to be terrified of the political power of the short-sighted, greedy ranchers.
I absolutely love this place. The coffee is amazing. The staff is so friendly and knowledgeable. I might also add that their chorizo empanadas are the best I've had north of Albuquerque.
Bravo!! To those who fail to study history, look out! Newspaper archives are vital records to what actually took place rather than what creeps into the popular mythology we often call 'history.' As a relic of that era, I can testify to how much has been suppressed of the events and actions of those days. My heartfelt gratitude to the numerous individuals who persevered and brought Donald W. Duncan's heroism to our attention!
Haha. The Ranch Stupidians are upset because they can't have guns in prison?
I have no doubt that every one of these Ranch Stupidians have been in favor, all their lives, of "tough on crime" legislation. Now that they're getting a taste of what it actually means, they want a do-over.
Confirmed : The fix is on, and another anonymous cookie-cutter eyesore, like that abortion of a bank building across Higgins from the Wilma, that pays absolutely no respect to its surrounding will go up; and Missoula will lose another piece of its history and its character, and will come another step closer to being just another collection or cheap, speculatively-built, ugly cracker boxes.
Sad how short term profit always trumps aesthetics. livability and long term stability and sustainability
Poor princess Ryan.
Gosh, one would almost think they were in... jail!
So, Mark Sweeney "always did his homework when making informed decisions?"
Well, just this week the Montana Commissioner of Political Practices found that Mark Sweeney's 'robo-calls' featuring Amanda Curtis (who, by the way, was pro-KXL pipeline during her campaign for U.S. Senate) violated Montana's campaign rules.
"why does everything have to be" in Missoula? I live in (Polson) and we would love! to have a ... Super Target , Popeyes, olive garden, Chillies, Burger king, more".. Chinese food ect.. and other places, please!!
Why pay good money for good work when you can pay crappy money for crappy work. Yes, ageism at work here also.
kind of funny reading all these new beeeesssss disusing bad drivers in Missoula or for that matter, state wide. Paul Harvey talked about how bad the drivers were in Missoula years ago and our famous "malfunction Junction" as us "locals" call it. We used to complain about anyone with a 7 on their plate in the 70's and 80's, then it was 13, life goes on and yes it is tough driving in Missoula no matter what the MT # you have anymore hahaha
Boozing and doing yoga, now that's trendy!
Yoga is good!
Using yoga to sell booze, not so much.
Mark, I hang up on all robo calls, indiscriminately! It is something that really pisses me off. I don't believe I got one from you, or anybody else this season for that matter.
I did read and held on to the card, you, or one of your supporters handed me at the Sanders rally and gave you a serious consideration. I also go to candidates websites to learn what I can there before I make a decision.
I didn't know that Gail supported the sale of Mountain Water to Carlyle, this is a contentious issue. But it may not be completely fair to hang Gail for Carlyle lying to us. Yes, the powers that be should have known better, but there wasn't a whole lot of other solutions either. In the game of Monopoly, if you don't have enough money, you lose.
I've already made my decision and the ballot has been taken to the courthouse.
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