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Re: “Pat Brook has nothing against beavers, but Hurricane Katrina forced his hand

Releasing the beavers downstream at Kelly Island and below has resulted in additional tree kills there. It's just moving the tree kill away from the public eye.
There has been a beaver den across from the Bark Park for the last year. (Go to the first bench on the river side and look across for the water-level "stack of sticks" behind Albertsons.) Then follow the Bark Park bank and look low for cut branches on not just trees but brush.
"So Brook is now crafting a new plan, one that calls for installing large beaver-resistant rocks, or rip-rap, along the threatened stretch of levee. The project will have "a hefty price-tag," he says, and would have to get the OK not just from city administrators, but from the feds as well."
LOL. Nobody gets to do new rip-rap anymore. And rip-rap, whether for beavers or flood control, just moves the problem downstream.
There are only four options with beavers being beavers:
1. Let them change the environment as they would, being beavers.
2. Fence every tree and beaver-susceptible bush, keeping the woods, but losing the natural feel because of fencing.
3. Kill the beavers.
4. Move the beavers somewhere else, to become someone else's problem.
That's the history of beaver management. Everywhere. Ever.

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Posted by Montana on 04/27/2017 at 10:14 PM
Posted by Guy Who Walks The River Daily on 04/27/2017 at 9:46 PM

Re: “Missoula is dead. Long live Missoula.

I personally know many Broadway business owners, and off the record, they supported the demolition. History is one thing, but everyone wanted to save the Merc, but nobody seemed to offer any solution nor funds to do so. History is amazing, but if you talk to those that had worked in the building the last few years, it was poorly maintained. That building had a shelf life and unfortunately it expired.

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Posted by Eric Dunn on 04/27/2017 at 6:25 PM

Re: “Wilderness advocates settle in for the long game

I'd lost track of Bill C. for the last 30+ years, since the middle 1980s, when he and I were both active in MWA, before it sold it's soul to the devil and became a "collaborator" (in the same sense as the French used the term in WWII). Bill was, and still is, a true believer and a real champion of wild places and wild things. Glad to see he's still at it, in his middle 70s, still going strong and giving it 100%. Go, Bill !

Posted by alf on 04/27/2017 at 4:33 PM

Re: “Missoula is dead. Long live Missoula.

Asbestos abatement is very expensive and time consuming when you are working around old construction that needs to be saved and restored. Once it became a demolition the asbestos abatement becomes much easier and cheaper as you contain it as you go. Always looking for a conspiracy and something to be mad about. I can assure you the crews working took great care and removed the asbestos properly as they are the people who will be affected the most by not doing it correctly!

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Posted by Martin Kaldahl on 04/27/2017 at 4:08 PM

Re: “Are UM buyouts a 'win-win-win'? Not so fast.

"Montana universities are poised to absorb a $4.7 million cut for each of the next two years. They will also not receive millions in inflationary adjustments. Legislators, however, have been more willing to ante up state funds that they know will be used to reduce costs"

Welcome to Idaho. That's the idiot-ho legislature's standard approach to virtually it's entire budget. As a result, quality of education (at all levels,not just at the university level) is falling like a concrete zeppelin, tuition is becoming more and more unaffordable to more and more, infrastructure is crumbling and getting worse every year, social services are being cut back or disappearing entirely, wages are among the lowest in the country; and about the only new businesses that want to relocate to Idaho are the exploitive, extractive industries and other bottom feeders. Welcome to the Intermountain Region's new economy, courtesy in no small part to your fine repuglikan legislatures and the small minded, short-sighted people who elected them.

Posted by alf on 04/27/2017 at 3:54 PM

Re: “Leading by example: How Missoula Rep. Kim Dudik did Montanans proud in Helena

It is nice to see a person of good conduct and with the scope of a community orientated person to be in our legislature. We have had (and do have) some real goofballs representing us, and I'm still trying to figure out how they all get elected.
Kim did a grand job looking out for the people of Montana and I applaud her for doing so.
I don't know about my fellow Montanans current bent on politics in the State and Nation but I will say that I am fed up with the Gangster Politics of the Republican Mafia... they are an embarrassment to the whole country, it seems that they forget that we are all Americans and we need each other to stay healthy and prosperous as a nation... something the Koch Cartel has fed to the extreme right wing... it is pathetic and our State is suffering from the same demented politics. It is high time we said stop it and start putting country and the people first rather than forcing the world to our way of Democracy because it ain't working, and we are becoming more of a dictatorship than a republic. Look around. Let's change!

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Posted by Dennis Petrak 1 on 04/27/2017 at 3:39 PM

Re: “Pat Brook has nothing against beavers, but Hurricane Katrina forced his hand

I'm happy - and surprised - to see that city is live-trapping the animals and not using leg-hold traps, snares, or whatever else "Real Men" and the butchers at FWP and "Wildlife Services" (what a misnomer that is !) would use.

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Posted by alf on 04/27/2017 at 3:23 PM

Re: “Remember: In the wild, humans aren't at the top of the heap

My thoughts exactly, only expressed far better than I can

Posted by alf on 04/27/2017 at 3:08 PM

Re: “Leading by example: How Missoula Rep. Kim Dudik did Montanans proud in Helena

Excellent column and a good shout out, Dan.

Is it just a coincidence that all the nonsense-BS bills Dan cited were introduced by repuglikan pukes? Me thinks not.

I'm surprised that for taking her job seriously and trying to do real work, address real problems, that Ms. Dudik wasn't formally censured or reprimanded by her "colleagues".

We (nationwide, at all levels, not just in MT) need a whole lot more public officials like her and a whole lot fewer of the type Dan pointed out in his column.

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Posted by alf on 04/27/2017 at 2:54 PM

Re: “Wilderness advocates settle in for the long game

Here is some more information.

Senator Senator Jon Tester's (D-MT) Blackfoot Clearwater Stewardship Act of 2017 represents a continued effort to shift management of National Forest System lands away from full public involvement towards local control by private collaborative groups.

Check out this analysis of Tester's bill commissioned by the Flathead-Lolo-Bitterroot Citizen Task Force and written by Mike Bader:

Also, this oped from WildWest Institute's Jake Kreilick and SGM (Ret) Mike Jarnevic, a 42-year veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps and U.S. Army Special Forces, may also be of interest to people:…

Finally, if people would like to see all the remaining roadless areas in Montana and the northern Rockies protected as Wilderness, they should support the Northern Rockies Ecosystem Protection Act (NREPA), which was just re-introduced in both the U.S. Senate and House.

Here's more information, and a NREPA action alert, from Wilderness Watch:…

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Posted by Matthew Koehler on 04/27/2017 at 2:04 PM

Re: “Need a hug? Lauren Venaglia wants to sell you one.

Isn't it interesting that someone's opposite view is automatically considered an "attack"? I attacked no one. I just made a statement. You just proved that you, We need to show our humanity, should follow your advice to me. Perhaps you need more hugs counseling? LOL

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Posted by niam on 04/27/2017 at 1:53 PM

Re: “Need a hug? Lauren Venaglia wants to sell you one.

Fantastic article, and a great idea for a business. Human contact is essential.

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Posted by Bill Wetzel on 04/27/2017 at 1:21 PM

Re: “Missoula is dead. Long live Missoula.

What I have not understood the whole time they were tearing it down, was the main reason they cited for the need for demolition vs. remodel was that asbestos abatement would be too expensive... yet when they tore it down there was NO containment that would be necessary with asbestos.... So... they lied... or a lot of construction workers and downtown folk are going to be in a bad way in a few years..

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Posted by Amy Singer on 04/27/2017 at 12:15 PM

Re: “Need a hug? Lauren Venaglia wants to sell you one.

Niam you are such a single minded person! Bet you are a bully with ego issues. I know Lauren personally and she is a beautiful person inside and out! Your attacks are so far off. To bad you have to belittle the good Lauren is doing to make yourself feel better! GET A LIFE or better yet counseling!

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Posted by We all to to show our humanity on 04/27/2017 at 11:46 AM

Re: “Missoula is dead. Long live Missoula.

to be a vibrant, living city, I think you need to respect history and the wish of the community. Those were completely overridden in the name of progress and profit. These do not necessarily create vibrancy. Dismissing our past, not respecting and honoring our past, is not making it a "living" city. They do not have to be opposites.

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Posted by teresa on 04/27/2017 at 11:19 AM

Re: “Need a hug? Lauren Venaglia wants to sell you one.

Gee. They used to call this "prostitution". Feeling "loved" and "comforted" for a price.

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Posted by niam on 04/27/2017 at 11:01 AM

Re: “Leading by example: How Missoula Rep. Kim Dudik did Montanans proud in Helena

Dan, is this more of your satire? LOL Add this to your "Islamophobia" rhetoric:

SURPRISE! Im baaaaaaak. LOL

First you have Mark Twains description of Jerusalem under Ottoman Muslim rule:
Rags, wretchedness, poverty and dirt, those signs and symbols that indicate the presence of Moslem rule.

Then you have Thomas Jefferson, John Adams and Ali A. Rizvi

An Atheist Muslims Perspective on the Root Causes of Islamist Jihadism and the Politics of Islamophobia | The Huffington Post…

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Posted by niam on 04/27/2017 at 10:53 AM

Re: “Missoula is dead. Long live Missoula.

I would appreciate it if some of the Merc construction workers would set a small pile of bricks outside the construction zone so residents can pick them up as souvenirs. I'd like to put a couple in my garden.

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Posted by Greg Strandberg on 04/27/2017 at 10:39 AM

Re: “Wilderness advocates settle in for the long game

Forest Service plans remind me of EPA Superfund sites. They take years and then nothing ever really gets done anyways.

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Posted by Greg Strandberg on 04/27/2017 at 10:37 AM

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