Another example of the lovely effects of alcohol. LEGAL ALCOHOL. It's not only legal, it's socially so acceptable that it's become almost expected. Downtown has become a mess with all of the people who now have to stand outside to smoke - the bar patrons are now outside for the most part - WITH THEIR DRINKS - and it's made walking around at night even more dangerous than it ever was. Groups of people drunk - standing outside - just asking for incidents like this to occur. SOMETHING HAS TO BE DONE!!!
Sadly we've seen many such cases just like this in Missoula before, and I think we'll see them again. Montanans have a problem with alcohol.
This is truly an example of bad things happening to good people. Rusty is a very caring, dedicated person who must have been in the wrong place at the wrong time. Thankfully, Rusty has the youthful strength and positive attitude to recover from the hideous attack.
The truly sad back story for our community & Russ Talmo's unfortunate assault. Thank you Jessica Mayrer for this piece. I think moving forward with the healing process starts with raising community awareness of senseless violence around Missoula and helping raise support for crime victims like Russ. Please pitch in if you can:
My God! I hope this guy is going to be ok and the cowardly jerk that did this crime gets caught. We just don’t need this sort of trash running around Missoula.
Thanks goes out to Blake Nicolazzo for putting out the word on the fund set up to help Russ in his recovery. I’m going to give.
did anyone get any description of the attacker?
Thank you Jessica and the Indy for bringing this story to the Missoula community
God, I hope find the bastard who did this and put him away for a long time.
Whether or not "knockout" was a phenomenon before all the media attention, it is one now and susceptible sociopaths will take it up. Tragic events follow - how to avert them? Better to shun the whole idea or to create a counter-narrative?
The same thing happened to me a couple of years ago: a random, unprovoked assault - downtown. I won't go anywhere alone anymore after dark.
There is a fund set up to help Russ in his recovery:
Could it be the area construction and the Urban Renewal Tax District did the business in? It was nice to have movies shown in that part of town.
The club has moved to 1500 W Broadway
750 ml is perfect for sharing!
Wow, gotta love downtown. Maybe if those dolt's weren't so worried about signage, transients, and drunk Indians they could find the time to help another business out.
Sad day for that sorry neck of the woods.
Well we'll just have to make that 3,000 people who voted him out come the next go-round.
cushy jobs? missoula? BAhahahaha
Just saw that lol
He would have been much better off saying Billings.... Or pretty much any city in the South... Missoula is a blue dot in a red State, and he unfortunately threw a bad dart. Oh well... At least he knows.... Now...
Another invite-only “collaborative” leads to unprofessional Forest Service conduct
Yet another invite-only, exclusive “collaboration” involving public U.S. Forest Service land management has sprung up in Montana. This time the collaborative group is called the Whitefish Range Partnership (WRP), and they are focused on roughly 350,000 acres of the Flathead National Forest’s portion of the Whitefish Range above the cities of Columbia Falls and Whitefish.
As you will see below, the leaders of the Whitefish Range Partnership completely admit that they made a conscious decision to exclude certain members of the public. Notably, the WRP admits to purposely excluding any conservation organization that had worked within the established public participation processes outlined within the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) in order to comment, appeal and, if necessary, file a lawsuit against a timber sale on the Flathead National Forest. It also appears that the WRP purposely excluded some of the “multiple-use” folks. Also of note is the fact that Flathead National Forest officials were invited to attend all the meetings of the WRP in an advisory capacity.
The WRP leaders conducted a media blitz last week, announcing an agreed upon deal that, among other things:
• Increases the “Suitable Timber Base” by 45% in order to supposedly achieve “commercial certainty for the timber industry” (in an era where lumber consumption and home construction are down more than 50% and not expected to rebound anytime soon).
• Decreases recommendations for areas protected as Wilderness.
• Increases motorcycle recreation in the southeast portion of the Whitefish Range.
• Provides a large increase in recreation opportunities for snowmobilers.
Q: Has there even been a public lands “collaborative” group that didn’t decide to increase logging, decrease Wilderness and increase motorized recreation?
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