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Comment Archives: stories: News: News

Re: “Missoula women plan post-inauguration marches in Helena and D.C.

What a bunch of whiny ass, sore losers. Tens of millions hated it when Obama was elected, but they respected the process and didn't act like a bunch of spoiled 8th graders who didn't get their way. Get over it. Give it two years and then whine if you think you are worse off.

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Posted by jr2jr2000 on 01/19/2017 at 1:41 PM

Re: “Here's what Ryan Zinke committed to at his confirmation hearing

I continue to believe that being against the transfer or sale of federal public lands might be the lowest of low bar to hope that Zinke would step over. Hard to tell what his position on the matter really is, especially in the context that Trump is establishing the most anti-public lands, anti-environmental administration in history. The Trump Administration is essentially going to be a government for and by Big Oil, and Zinke will fit right in, especially considering he raked in $350,000 in oil, gas and fracking campaign contributions in just a couple of years.

Has anyone ever heard Ryan Zinke speak in favor of the Endangered Species Act? Has he ever once voted to better fund the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which is charged with overseeing ESA issue? Has he voted many times to gut the ESA? Yes.

It's not like Zinke's 3% VOTING record with the League of Conservation voters came out of thin air. And it's not like LCV is some far left group, they are pretty mainstream. Also, he earned an "F" 9% rating from the National Parks Conservation Association, again, a very middle-of-the road group. These voting records were earned based on actual votes, not on some rhetoric or statement.

Oh, yes, but Zinke really likes Teddy Roosevelt. He brought up Teddy at least as many times during his hearing as he brought up being a former Navy Seal. I saw a blog post yesterday in which someone said that if you look honestly at Zinke's real voting record on the 'conservation spectrum' you will find that he is much more closely aligned with someone like Rob Bishop then he's aligned with Teddy Roosevelt.

Groups such as Backcountry Hunters and Anglers, Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership (both of whom get Trump money and have, perhaps as a result, seen huge increases in their budgets the past few years) would do well to stop pushing this "Zinke is Teddy reincarnated" BS and be more truthful and straightforward with the American people.

America's public lands, wildlife and wilderness legacy is at threat folks, and if anyone thinks Zinke, and his future boss President Trump, are going to protect (rather than exploit) that legacy is just being delusional.

Here's another good read about the hearing that Indy readers may be interested in.

Media normalizes climate science denial of Trump nominee for Interior Secretary

Now youre a hero if you dont imply that the worlds top scientists and governments are conspiring to deceive everyone


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Posted by Matthew Koehler on 01/19/2017 at 11:52 AM

Re: “Student retention: UM's other (other) problem

People in Missoula have known about the Admin problems at the U for years now. Will we finally do something about it?

Posted by Greg Strandberg on 01/19/2017 at 10:51 AM

Re: “Youth Dynamics expands teen addiction treatment to Missoula

We've got to get this country off of opium.The drug companies are getting us hooked. When the doctors realize this, they abandon us. Then we head to the street for the cheap stuff.

Most of it's coming from Afghanistan. We need to get our military out of that country. Then we need to clean up the corruption in Congress and turn that body's attention to Big Pharma and the evils they perpetrate against us.

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Posted by Greg Strandberg on 01/19/2017 at 10:50 AM

Re: “Masters of their universe

Randy is a much appreciated model builder and manufacturer. Quality workmanship, modestly priced and devoted to making his customer happy. Thanks to the Missoula News for not painting model builders as nut cases interested in crashing toy trains. That stereotype image is very old. This is the world's greatest hobby. And building structures is my primary interest and has been for over 70 years.

Posted by Darryl Huffman on 01/19/2017 at 6:04 AM

Re: “Montana feeds Seattle

On the off hand that anyone stumbles across this story, here's another one to add to the list: Flint Creek (as in the mountain range), upstairs (upstream?) from Rock Creek ...

Posted by Daniel Person on 01/18/2017 at 12:46 PM

Re: “Fish, Wildlife and Parks appeals ethics knock over trailer loan


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Posted by Cj Rolphe on 01/12/2017 at 10:37 PM

Re: “Leading the change: Missoula's female-majority city council forges new paths

A further reinforcement of why we love Missoula. Thank you to all who serve to make this an even better place now and for our future generations.

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Posted by Russff on 01/12/2017 at 10:57 AM

Re: “Cyclists carve a win out of wilderness

ALF STOP YOUR CRYING you still have many areas to go to where mountain bikes are not allowed.

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Posted by Jerry Nelson on 01/07/2017 at 2:53 PM

Re: “Cyclists carve a win out of wilderness

I feel that groups advocating for cycling in the backcountry and wilderness need to think long and hard about where bike technology is heading . . . fast - electric assist bikes. Four years ago, I was road cycling and was passed on a steep uphill (15% grade) by a group of mountain bikers with motors - they went fast and required very little effort on the part of the cyclists. Three days ago, I was in a sporting goods store in Kalispell and saw a fat tire bike with an electric motor on it (it was on $2400 - what is the difference between that type of 'bicycle' and an electric motorbike (besides power)? Bicycle Magazine's latest edition covers all the choices in electric assist mountain bikes available for 2017. Who will stand at all the trail heads to determine which bicycle is acceptable and which is not? Dirt bikers will, with good reason, argue that they should be allowed to go if bicycles are allowed. Will traditional mountain bikers patrol others to insure no motor compliance? I know I wouldn't - I go to the outdoors to enjoy it, not to get into a confrontation with others. Be careful what you wish for [mountain bikers]- you may kill the goose in the coming years because you want golden eggs right now wherever you want.

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Posted by Concerned citizen from the Flathead on 01/07/2017 at 10:55 AM

Re: “The Republican operative behind Big Sky Headlines has some funny ideas about journalism

Republican: Thank you for pointing out the error. Eaton was executive director, and I've corrected the story (with a note) to reflect that. I'll speak with my editor about running a correction in our next printed publication as well. I appreciate your help.

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Posted by Derek Brouwer on 01/06/2017 at 9:32 AM

Re: “The Republican operative behind Big Sky Headlines has some funny ideas about journalism

We should also be happy about how much investigation the Independant did on this story. Eaton was never the chair of the party. Democrat operatives at the independant appear to make things up.

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Posted by Republican on 01/06/2017 at 6:56 AM

Re: “The Republican operative behind Big Sky Headlines has some funny ideas about journalism

Greg, I do believe you meant:

a fellow weak mind.

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Posted by weakminded on 01/05/2017 at 5:44 PM

Re: “Tester turns to crowdsourcing for cabinet confirmation questions

Sec of Defense as requested no to 78 billion per year for Afganistan. Put that money back in the road fund to keep our roads where that money was suppose to be spent.
Sec of State no to Pakistans 1.8 billion, Turkey 1.3 billion, Egypt 1.8 billion, Syria 2.5 billion per year in aid, and military spending. Put that money on job training.
Department of Justice and Federal election committee to actual do their jobs. FOREIGN AFFAIRS
Hillary admits the governments of Qatar & Saudi Arabia are funding ISIS:
Qatar gifts Bill Clinton $1,000,000 for his birthday:
"Take the money": Clinton Campaign welcome foreign donations:
Tina Flournoy, Chief of Staff to President Bill Clinton, tells Hillary Clinton campaign chair John Podesta: "Foreign govt donors: all the money is in":
King of Morocco to give $12,000,000 for a meeting with Hillary Clinton:
Saudi Sheikh wont donate money to Clinton Foundation unless he receives a phone call from Bill Clinton. Staff responds: Bill wont do it unless Sheikh Mo has sent us a $6 million check:
Leaked private speech transcript: Clinton: Syria no-fly zone (her position) would mean killing a lot of Syrians: (See attachment)
Iran Deal (which Hillary negotiated and defends) condemns the next generation to cleaning up a nuclear war in the Persian Gulf. John Podesta responds with Yup:
Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta owned 75,000 shares in Putin-connected energy company:
Department of immigration to do their job. VISA H has three million jobs already in place
Officially 6.6 unemployment unofficially 23% or more
Eleven million illegal aliens working someplace
Fifty billion sent to India, another fifty billion to Mexico
A billion equates to 23,000 jobs paying 43k
That is two million jobs being paid overseas
Plus 11 illegal,
Plus three million VISA H,
Plus the supposedly four million openings
That is twenty million positions someplace plus 100 million dollar sent to India and Mexico instead of creating jobs here in the US.

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Posted by tired of wrong winning on 01/05/2017 at 5:40 PM

Re: “The Republican operative behind Big Sky Headlines has some funny ideas about journalism

How can I sign up for big sky press?

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Posted by Suchi Hopkins on 01/05/2017 at 4:24 PM

Re: “Tester turns to crowdsourcing for cabinet confirmation questions

Jeff Sessions -- NO!
Zinke -- No to selling off Federal land
Keep public schools public

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Posted by Froggyday on 01/05/2017 at 11:52 AM

Re: “Tester turns to crowdsourcing for cabinet confirmation questions

And that includes Congressman Ryan Zinke, who was considered a possible Tester challenger in 2018 before being nominated in December to lead the Department of Interior.

"I told Ryan he's going to be put through the same process as everyone else," Tester says. "Personally, I think he'll do fine. But if he doesn't answer our questions satisfactorily, we'll have a problem."


So, on the first day of Congress, Rep Ryan Zinke voted with the House GOP majority to make it easier to sell off, and give away, America's federal public lands. Seems like a strange vote for the Interior Secretary nominee to cast, eh?

Yesterday, Tester responded and called the House vote "an underhanded assault on Montana's outdoor economy, our hunting heritage, and our way of life.'' Tester went on to say, "Public lands belong to all Americans and Congress should be safeguarding them, not clearing the way to auction them off to the highest bidder. I ask all those who care about our public lands to join me in demanding more public access, not more attacks on our public lands, from their representatives in the House."

Those are good comments, but as with know and Edward Abbey said "Sentiment without action is the ruin of the soul."

So, if Senator Jon Tester is really committed to #KeepItPublic he must take a strong stance and when Ryan Zinke's nomination to serve as Trump's Secretary of Interior comes to the floor of the Senate, Tester must vote no.

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Posted by Matthew Koehler on 01/05/2017 at 9:40 AM

Re: “The Republican operative behind Big Sky Headlines has some funny ideas about journalism

Weak minds like Eaton's boys always hide behind anonymity when writing about politics. Its' because their followers, not leaders. We should be thankful for that last part at least.

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Posted by Greg Strandberg on 01/05/2017 at 9:32 AM

Re: “Pinesdale polygamy fears

It is 2017 and people all over the state of MT should be aware. Watch out for your children- especially the 15-18 year old teen girls. The polygamists of Pinesdale often send their unmarried boys to high schools and junior colleges to scope out young women that are still trying to find their place in the world. Some of these girls may not have strong ties to their families and are seeking guidance or solace in what initially appears to be a stronger LDS family unit that unbeknownst to them initially, is actually living within a polygamist sect. These teens most likely will be targeted, romanced and manipulated into abandoning their own dreams, wants and needs, sense of self and adapt to polygamist sect practices. Once the girl is in their clutches, she is trapped. Educated females are much harder to control and manipulate than those females that are uneducated and lack self confidence. The likely hood, if the female is on the precipice of attending college and/or finishing high school, most likely, she will NOT finish. She will become less than her true potential. Forced to work minimum wage jobs and likely never own her own home. Forced by husband and foreboding family members to occupy a room in their 10+ bedroom house. First hand knowledge speaking. Hold tight to your children and spread the word...the parents of these new generation of Pineys are ruthless and out to find a broad for their breeders.

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Posted by NotMyMormonFamily on 01/04/2017 at 8:05 PM

Re: “Title flight

I had signed up only 13 days prior to them suddenly closing their doors. The Bermans, Chris and Lena Bergman, knew this company was in financial trouble and still continued to sign people up. I paid $174 for my 13 days of being a member at Title Boxing of Missoula. They have never refunded money.

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Posted by Nikki on 01/04/2017 at 3:42 PM

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