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Re: “End of an era

I once told Patricia about seeing son David weep when hearing Brahms' "German Requiem" on radio. She said that work had special place for whole Simmons clan, Don, Pat, daughter Elizabeth, sons Kim and David. All in all, a beautiful family. She will be missed. --- Dick Nagle

Posted by RWN on 04/14/2014 at 11:44 AM

Re: “More nuggets on Montana Pain Management

Rick is at it again in Spokane, Wa. New concept though, Start a business, sell shares to get started. Then, plan on selling his interest and take the money and run. This time, he is not even bothering to get "patient information", as required.

Posted by Steven North on 04/09/2014 at 10:08 PM

Re: “Happiest Hour: The Frost Rail

I view that as a move downhill for the Rhino. Will the backdoor be taken away next?

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Posted by Greg Strandberg on 04/03/2014 at 1:15 AM

Re: “Jocko Canyon trees safe, for now

Thanks Alex - well stated and researched. Also, it is a great photo, with a nice feeling about it. I am in Virginia for my art show - really need a rest for the time being, but plan to continue to work to safeguard the trees when I get back so we do not have to go through the anxiety again. The magnitude of the potential loss is hard to conceive.

Posted by Leslie Millar on 03/26/2014 at 9:26 PM

Re: “Costly care

Why does it cost so much to go to the hospital? What am I paying for? Is it the student loan debt of the doctors?

Who are these peer hospitals of Benfis? Certainly not any in their geographic area.

Yep, hospitals screw people.

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Posted by Greg Strandberg on 03/26/2014 at 5:43 PM

Re: “Fat fine

Bitterroot Resort would have allowed and encouraged this recreation opportunity, great shame that the senseless buracrats at the Forest Service take our tax dollars for their salaries then leave us behind and do what's easiest for them.

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Posted by Rick Ranger on 03/22/2014 at 7:46 AM

Re: “Fat fine

Great, another pay to play in our own lands. What are we turning into, India where the bureacrats fine you as they please? Wouldn't surprise me if the FS officers are taking their cut of these proceeds. Sure log it as much as you like, but if you bother to even recreate in the forest you're gonna get fined!

We need some common sense.

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Posted by Hunter Gadfly on 03/20/2014 at 1:34 PM

Re: “Fat fine

Why can't someone ride a fat bike there? I'm confused.

Don't we want people doing things like this? I mean, aren't people like Martin spending money in the areas where they're going to? Yeah, it could just be some lunch, snacks and gas, but that can add up when enough people do it.

Why are we restricting access?

This hurts businesses. Who wants this? Who is this benefiting, and why?

Greg Strandberg (D)
Candidate - House District 98

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Posted by Greg Strandberg on 03/20/2014 at 2:21 AM

Re: “Fat fine

It must be made perfectly clear that fatbike riding had not reached the point where a special order was needed. In that respect the Gallatin is no different than the Lolo Forest. At the time I write this, March 19, 2014, Gallatin area bicyclists still do not know what had prompted the special order, or why the order was kept secret for a year. We are fairly certain that there has been a misinterpretation of some phrases and charts in the 2006 Gallatin NF travel plan. Let the people of Missoula, Hamilton, and Kalispell beware, when the Forest travel plans are being created and reviewed, make sure each plan clearly treats your preferred activity with fairness.

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Posted by Greg Beardslee on 03/19/2014 at 7:47 PM

Re: “Healthy choice

Market forces and dissatisfaction with the current medical care environment (as witnessed by our country voting to have the government takeover healthcare) have led to this crossroads. Crosstown competition will mean costlier care, with duplication of services so that each competitor can offer a "full menu" to the insured. Our region isn't populous enough to sustain 2 high quality, full-menu health systems.

That said, competition is important for choice and quality improvement. Naturally, an independent physician practice would want to press crosstown competitors for the reimbursement and tools they need or desire to offer care. Market pressure, though, will force the competition to expand outside of the current borders. Companies across the country are exploring "medical tourism" - contracting with large health systems for lower prices and higher quality. Boeing, Pepsi, Wal-Mart, and Lowe's have made arrangements with large health care facilities like Cleveland Clinic to provide certain procedures at costs that save 10's of thousands per procedure. The cost of travel and hotel is paid for the patient, which is a small investment for greater savings. Our low-population state will be at risk for losing local proceduralists due to this market phenomenon.

It's time to quit thinking the world ends at Hellgate Canyon and the Bitterroot. The real competition isn't going to be crosstown. It's across the state, and across state borders. At this time, the clear option is to pool resources and build a regional center of excellence. It is not to blow those resources in a meaningless crosstown fight, bankrupting our local facilities and making them ripe for takeover 5 years down the way.

Posted by Missoula Doc on 03/19/2014 at 7:34 AM

Re: “Polson cop in trouble again

The assault charges are buried on the table of his good friend the county attorney Mitch Young, awaiting the statute of limitation to run out. That's how Polson Police officers keep their jobs around Lake county.

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Posted by Sandra DeBruin on 03/18/2014 at 10:50 PM

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