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Re: “The house that Roys built

He is talented, experienced and very humble.

Posted by Vida Rz on 07/23/2014 at 10:11 PM

Re: “The house that Roys built

Sounds great! Can't wait to visit and try it out!

Posted by Jack on 07/23/2014 at 12:31 PM

Re: “Rockies Today, July 22

Let's look at Utah. They're adding 1,000 jobs from this tech firm by the end of the year.

How many does that Utah Tar Sands project employ? Let's take a look...75 to 100 for their Utah tar sands operations. You do the math, and include the headache medicine you'll need working in the oil industry.

Posted by Greg Strandberg on 07/22/2014 at 4:51 PM

Re: “Montana U.S. Attorney: Marijuana prosecution threshold increased

The federal government is disrespecting the laws of state and the 10th amendment of their own constitution. What is evil about federal courts when it comes to medical cannabis prosecution is that they will not allow an affirmative defense based upon state laws. Jurors in medical cannabis cases never know whether the defendant(s) is/are medical cannabis users, and/or providers with legal prescriptions, or whether they are real criminals engaged in illegal manufacturing. Federal courts bar the truth from the record by denying affirmative defenses to medical cannabis patients and their providers. Defense attorneys need to withdraw and notice the court that they are ineffective because they cannot present the truth to the jury.

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Posted by Raina Weiser on 07/21/2014 at 9:22 PM

Re: “The water-energy nexus could become a collision in a warming world

Jonathan Thompson provides an interesting review of WRA's "revelations" about shale oil production from oil shale, but it is a bit superficial when it comes to water use for oil shale.

First, terminology: for more than 100 years, oil shale and shale oil have referred to the source rock and the product respectively of oil shale retorting. Oil-bearing shale and shale-hosted oil (terms I coined several years ago) would be geologically appropriate terms for rock and product for formations like the Bakken, in which oil has been generated by geothermal heat due to burial, but would not apply to oil shale. Oil shale and wine grapes, must go through complex processing to generate the product that gives them their names. Not all kerogen, the complex organic material (not exclusively hydrocarbon) that produces all oil, is waxy, although the Green River Formation kerogen is.
Second, water use: even with today's technology and drilling rates, hydraulic fracturing uses less than 1% of Colorado's water. Oil shale processing at the levels envisioned, even the high water use system proposed by Chevron's lawyers to justify retaining their full water right, would also use about 1% to produce a few hundred million dollars worth of crude oil per day.

Biofuel fabrication requires 5 to 100 times as much per unit product. A two liter bottle of Coke uses 1-2 times as much as the dated technology "proposed" by Chevron's lawyers to defend a water right they might just want to sell along with the lease they say they will not use, but have not yet relinquished. If water use is a critical criterion, should we be using Colorado River water to make wine? The water use number cited for Las Vegas takes account only of home use; none of the industrial water uses incidental to people's lives is included.

Finally, Chevron's "new technology choice": certainly, no Chevron technical person in the past eight years has presented any results of technical investigations of surface retorting at oil shale conferences.

Much as the author and WRA would like to make this story the "truth" about oil shale water use, most people recognize that documents traded among lawyers are directed at shaping fact to support a particular viewpoint. The topic of water use for oil shale is complex and rapidly evolving. It deserves a more balanced discussion than it gets in this piece that declares its bias from the first sentence.

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Posted by Jeremy Boak on 07/19/2014 at 6:45 AM

Re: “Understand trade-offs

The sad part of these groups isn't about liberty but about being a republican controlled group. Republicans in general don't want individual liberty or less government. Just remember the Republican majorities during the Bush years when spending increased, the national debt increase and spying by the government on it's citizens increased. I think people should vote Libertarian this year and send those political groups a message that while it's nice to have non-partisan groups speaking out AFP is as non-partisan as Forward Montana who only supports Democrats, while AFP only supports Republicans.

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Posted by david on 07/17/2014 at 6:13 PM

Re: “Rockies Today, July 14

I'm glad the governor is working to find solutions to this incredible mess we call beetle kill.

Posted by Greg Strandberg on 07/14/2014 at 1:46 PM

Re: “Moving forward

glad the parole board made this decision. That road has always been dark with no walk way and snow berms in winter, now the city coughed up and put in sidewalks etc.. This young man made a bad choice that night and he has paid for it and will continue to. I have to wonder what the parents were thinking having 4 girls 14 and 15 walking along a dark road late at night? I doubt they were in single file as teen girls like to gab so I wonder how many were on the road surface? Doesn't matter, alcohol was a contributing factor, but I for one have come close to running someone over in the same area in years past if it was dark out, especially if it was raining or snowing. At least they fixed the road way, now for some more street lights. Don't get this wrong, I was in that 5th floor ICU unite, saw one of the banged up girls and a group of people in shock, it is printed in my mind (at the time I had no idea what had happened). My heart goes out as a father and a human being, we must forgive and move on, learn from our mistakes and pray this never happens to anyone else as it has hurt so many in an instant of bad judgement on a dark narrow road

Posted by trad man on 07/10/2014 at 12:44 PM

Re: “Wyoming coyote trapper defends graphic photos

Olson you truly are a pathetic excuse for a human being. Just wait, if it hasnt come already karma will get you. Dont question it...youll get yours you disgusting sick a-hole.

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Posted by Caitlin Elizabeth on 07/10/2014 at 10:44 AM

Re: “Slaps on the wrist for Polson police officers Wade Nash and Cory Anderson

Wow all of you need to get a life. I do believe that those Lake County officers just messed up that's it. One is my father and ive talked to him about this and he just said that all he did was screw up so that's it now leave them alone and get off their backs!!!!

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Posted by lilman on 07/08/2014 at 12:22 PM

Re: “Wyoming coyote trapper defends graphic photos

There is no excuse for ANYONE trapping ANY living being, much less allowing his own dog or dogs to torture it. Regardless of whether or not trapping is a "proven method of animal control", the question is this? Would YOU like to be caught in a trap because it is a "proven method of human control"? I doubt it.

Further, if coyotes ate your dog, or cat, or bird, etc., it is most likely because HUMANS have invaded THEIR territory with construction/destruction, and they are clearly starving. The difference between an animal and a human is that an animal only kills when it MUST and believes it has no other choice. Humans kill simply to kill.

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Posted by Dana on 07/07/2014 at 2:06 PM

Re: “Moving forward

This is a tough decision that no one wants to make, but I think the parole board made the right one.

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Posted by Greg Strandberg on 07/02/2014 at 4:18 PM

Re: “Book party tonight: Bryce Andrews asks the tough questions on wolves and modern ranching in his memoir Badluck Way

I just finished the book a few minutes ago, shifting consciousness from the snowy, subzero photos to this warm, sunny CA morning. The book is superbly crafted in a style that is Tom Groneberg (who writes one of the book jacket endorsements) meets John McPhee. I have pushed cattle in Montana and currently work on a 250 acre ranch--a mere back 40 to the Sun Ranch's vastness--and will always think of the wolf-elk-cattle drama in "Badluck Way" relative, and not entirely un-analogous to, our daily matches of heron and coyote against ground squirrel and deer. I hope Andrews will write another book very soon.

Posted by Beverley Kane on 07/02/2014 at 8:35 AM

Re: “Happiest Hour: Happy Meals at the Silver Dollar

I still miss Thirsty Thursdays and the $5 wristbands. That place was hoppin' back in 2002 or so.

Posted by Greg Strandberg on 06/28/2014 at 11:51 PM

Re: “Missoula Parks and Rec removes bike jumps from Rattlesnake gravel pit

We could have a lot more infrastructure, including more than 1-mile worth of funds for our 250 miles of roads in the city, if the mayor and the city council would stop spending so unwisely and start using financial reason.

Posted by Greg Strandberg on 06/28/2014 at 11:50 PM

Re: “Hangriest Hour: Dairy Queen’s Pet Night

On behalf of Big Eddy .. thanks for the shout-out! An awesome event by the Higgins Street Dairy Queen .. some of the best friends are found at the animal shelters and Dairy Queen !!! :)

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Posted by Diane on 06/26/2014 at 9:47 AM

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