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Re: “Larger than life

Incredible Montana woman.The real treasure of Montana is the local women.Has made
Missoula a better place to live.Thank-You !

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Posted by kevin kona on 04/22/2014 at 11:38 AM

Re: “Gorgeous Franks

They are thE best blues band in Missoula

Posted by Carmen DeCrescente on 04/22/2014 at 6:32 AM

Re: “Happiest Hour: Whistling Andy's bourbon

I've been a big fan of single malt whiskey from Scotland for quite a few years. They set the bar for fine whiskey's as far as I am concerned.

Lately, I've had the pleasure of enjoying some of Whistling Andy's Straight Bourbon Whiskey... and I have found it to be very fine indeed.

As they say in Scotland, part of the secret of their world renowned single malt whiskey's lies in the quality of the water and the grain they use. Whistling Andy's Bourbon Whiskey is made from pure Montana water and locally grown grains. It shows in the results. I highly recommend Whistling Andy's Bourbon Whiskey.

You may also find some of the other spirits they distill to be enjoyable as well. They make a very unique Hibiscus Coconut Rum that has received numerous awards and praise, which I find a shot in a cup of tea to be absolutely delightful. Also, their Pink Peppercorn Pear Gin is very special.

Keep up the good work Brian and Mike!

Cheers!
Buffalo John

Posted by Buffalo John on 04/21/2014 at 1:02 PM

Re: “Coal

Right on Mr logic -- If it wasn't for coal and railroads there wouldn't be a Missoula from known history ! The chemical dosimeters put out to test the air around the tracks brought nothing back to be highly concerned about ,only Particulate !! The Town, Businesses, homes,schools,and industries in Missoula in the 1940's thru the 1950's used mainly Coal, wood, and a new surprise Kerosine, and fuel oil where we heated,cooked our meals,and was the main source of energy for our Nation !! Now with emphasis added,!! I DON'T REMEMBER ANY MASS DIE OFF OF POPULATIONS AT ALL !!! Nuff said ???

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Posted by Arthur G. Jackson on 04/21/2014 at 7:22 AM

Re: “From the source

The statement, "There have been 63 school shootings in America since the Sandy Hook tragedy..." is misleading at best. It appears to be an updated number that comes from a highly flawed "study" from Mayors Against Illegal Guns, an organization that is "for civilian disarmament. This fact escaped a few of their early members; politicians who considered reading the name of the organization sufficient due diligence." They have lost more than 50 members in recent months due to their agenda and lack of credibility.

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Posted by Jonathan Ashley on 04/20/2014 at 12:11 PM

Re: “Price check

I have a engelherdt tranquil mountains

Posted by Levi Bivin on 04/19/2014 at 12:12 PM

Re: “Waiting for Supaman

His video "Prayer Loop Song"has been seen by over 1 million wordwide on our page
https://www.facebook.com/THEAMERICANINDIAN

Posted by Terri Copenhaver on 04/19/2014 at 9:51 AM

Re: “From the source

I am also the parent of two school age students in Missoula. I understand that school violence is a concern in our country and I respect your opinion and efforts to get to the root of this issue. PLEASE consider this...
If a person wants to hurt people and do illegal things nothing will stop them.
I think it could be useful to look at a possibility of another root. What has become of childhood and adolescence in our country? What types of morbid emotional suppression are our children and citizens experiencing that puts them in such desperately destructive situations? Why are so many people suffering from mental health issues and living on nutritionally deficient food and pharmaceuticals? JUST MAYBE... We have created an overly isolating ,intensely lonely and fearful culture. I DON'T THINK NEW LAWS AND REGULATIONS can protect US from this. I am happy that we as a community are talking and looking for solutions regarding this horrific situation in our society.

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Posted by mommazula on 04/19/2014 at 4:43 AM

Re: “Third Street trailer park residents evicted

Money talks. Too bad the city won't take some of its resources, like the Redevelopment Agency, Housing Authority, the mayors 'rainy day fund' and find these folks housing.

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Posted by Dave Loomis on 04/18/2014 at 11:38 AM

Re: “Montana attorney general seeks to resolve standoff between Van Valkenburg and DOJ

Wow...Fred's open to a negotiated settlement?? That's a long way from his published statement to me in an email that..."there is nothing to mediate in this matter because the DOJ refuses to acknowledge that they have no legal authority to demand anything...in this case the DOJ thinks it's not accountable to the law..you obviously think everything can be mediated" All of this hubris was in reply to my observation that an attempt to "sort things out across the table" might have been more advisable. than filing suit against the Federal Government. So, has the DOJ admitted that it has no legal authority and that it is not accountable to the law?? Not by a longshot. Is Fred feeling the political heat?? You know it!!!..and congratulations to those who are speaking up! Let the sorting out across the table begin!!

Jim Ghidella

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Posted by Jim Ghidella on 04/18/2014 at 11:37 AM

Re: “Coal

Pronghorn, I think you'll have about as much luck telling the Chinese what they should do as they'd have coming here telling us what we should do. How are you going to get them to stop using coal, what is their incentive?

In the latest 5-year plan for the Chinese they are really focusing on the environment. They know this is a huge problem, trust me. You knew Chinese students and even adults were embarrassed when they lowered their heads, and when I mentioned their air, they always lowered their heads.

What you have to realize is that the Chinese government does not care about the health, safety, or well-being of its people - it simply has too manyof them. Cigarettes are subsidized by the gov't and cost about $1.25. Police do not drive around on the streets, they'd rather have drivers kill each other (and they do). Finally, they give AIDS-infected blood pack to plasma donors in interior provinces like Anhui.

I just don't see you offering any solutions, just hopes. The Chinese, much like the Russians, don't really care what we think, and why should they?

I applaud your effort, but it's sorely lacking. Do you really think the Chinese aren't going to have other markets for coal? How about all that land they're buying up in Africa?

Nope, lots of 'ifs' and 'maybes' and 'I hope they wills.' Policy can't be made on such.

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Posted by Greg Strandberg on 04/18/2014 at 11:00 AM

Re: “Coal

Greg, I'm not a scientist and I'm unable to create a solution for a complex problem like China's energy needs. But insisting on blind adherence to the status quo (antiquated, polluting resources) is a sure way to thwart development of alternatives. Also, China needs to step up and get cracking before its citizens' health is ruined (not to mention the global climate):

"For years China has had an array of strict environmental standards on paper, and its leaders talk constantly about the need to improve the environment. But enforcement has been lax, and the environment has continued to deteriorate at an alarming rate."

China's plan doesn't sound like the best fix, but maybe it's encouraging that they've even GOT a plan:

“The plan successfully identifies the root cause of air pollution in China: China’s industrial structure,” said Ma Jun, a prominent environmental advocate. “Industrialization determines the structure of energy consumption. If China does not upgrade its coal-dependent industries, coal consumption can never be curbed.” he said. “The key to preventing air pollution is to curb coal burning — China burns half of all the coal consumed in the world.”
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/13/world/as…

One thing is certain: coal's days in China will not be numbered (see item below) if Montana and the US keep enabling its use by plundering our own land and shipping it over there.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkbl…

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Posted by Pronghorn on 04/18/2014 at 10:50 AM

Re: “Montana attorney general seeks to resolve standoff between Van Valkenburg and DOJ

Oh please, Bob. Local businesses, university employees, and the image of Missoula have to suffer an extra few months because Fox is concerned about other things? What is he working on that's so much more important than the lives of people living here?

Nope, he's got a bad case of the slows, that's all, or an abiding desire to see the Missoula Democrats suffer. Which do you think it is?

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Posted by Greg Strandberg on 04/18/2014 at 9:10 AM

Re: “Pride by the pint

Try Beer & distillery trolley and walking tour in Downtown Billlings Montana

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Posted by Tomas Wilde on 04/18/2014 at 9:07 AM

Re: “Montana attorney general seeks to resolve standoff between Van Valkenburg and DOJ

Greg, who says Fox hasn't been involved? Just because you don't read about it in the press doesn't mean he hasn't been involved. It's a good sign that he's less interested in press coverage on this and more interested in working toward a solution. Both "sides" in this matter have been using the press to bludgeon each other. I'm glad the AG is focused on a solution rather than scoring points and getting press coverage.

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Posted by Bob on 04/18/2014 at 8:14 AM

Re: “Bipartisan support

Here are some substantive comments based on the actual text of the Rocky Mountain Heritage Act. These comments are provided from the perspective of a hunter/conservationist who has spent a lot of time on MT's RMF:

http://forestpolicypub.com/wp-content/uplo…

It also should be mentioned that the Montana Outfitters and Guides Association has come out publicly supporting Rep Steve Daines massive mandated logging bill, the so-called “Restoring Healthy Forests for Healthy Communities Act” (HR 1526).

As such I really don’t think the Montana Outfitters and Guides Association knows much about federal public lands policy, or really even has the best interest of our public lands, wildlife, wilderness and backcountry in mind.

Here’s why. In Montana it’s estimated that Rep Daines logging bill (supported strongly by the MOGA) would result in a 6 fold increase in National Forest logging across the state.

These dramatic increases in logging would be achieved by undermining America’s public lands legacy by simply having members of Congress mandate dramatic increases in industrial logging by exempting ALL National Forest logging sales up to 15.6 square miles (10,000 acres) in size each from public input, environmental analysis and gutting the Endangered Species Act.

Rep Daines’ “Logging Without Laws” bill also has the US Congress simply closing the US Federal Court House doors, forbidding any citizen lawsuits on certain types of industrial logging projects, which is inherently undemocratic. Daines’ bill applies to all of America’s 155 National Forests, not just those National Forests in Montana.

You can learn some more specifics about Daines logging bill here:
http://forestpolicypub.com/2013/10/03/what…

As a dedicated backcountry hunter myself I believe that some serious changes need to be made to the Rocky Mountain Front Heritage Act, while Daines’ mandated logging bill should just be dismissed out of hand for all the ways it undermines America’s public lands legacy. Too bad MOGA doesn’t understand these simple truths. Thanks.

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Posted by Matthew Koehler on 04/18/2014 at 7:51 AM

Re: “Heavyweight fight

The article states, that nationally 14-18 percent of rape cases are prosecuted. Missoula Police forwarded 85 cases to the prosecutors office. Missoula County says that 17 percent have evidence and facts supporting prosecution. The experts cited go on to say how terrible this is because of our attitudes about sexual assault and rape.

I think they are missing the point. Unless we want to fundamentally change the criminal justice system, so that we can convict people without facts and evidence, the 14-18 percent is not going to change. That is because so many of these cases don't have evidence or facts. The 85 cases that MPD forwarded are basically those where the victim did not recant their story through the investigation.

Although there are a HUGE number of these cases that contrived, vindictive or simply made up by the victims, obtaining convictions on cases that are legitimate is difficult because these crimes are usually not witnessed, and supporting evidence is often not present. These prosecutors are HEROS, who sort through these cases separating the truth from the noise, sending to prison predators.

The DOJ wouldn't know reality if slapped them in the face. Remember, these are the same people who, because there were more minority kids per capita disciplined than white kids, cautioned school districts against disciplining minority children when they misbehaved. Its the numbers that matter to them, not the real problems.

The real problem here is this charge becomes an outlet for vindictive people who want to punish someone else, people who are seeking attention, or most often regret their behavior after the fact or when their husband or boyfriend discovers it. This dilutes the resources available for real victims of every flavor, and casts a shadow of doubt against each of these cases, for defense attorneys to exploit and cast doubt on real victims.

Posted by David McGinnis on 04/17/2014 at 7:55 PM

Re: “Montana attorney general seeks to resolve standoff between Van Valkenburg and DOJ

I just don't understand why it took Tim Fox this long to respond. He could have done so more than a month ago. The university might have done a little better with their recruiting drives if that cloud had been lifted somewhat.

I just hope these discussions don't drag on forever. And I sure wish there was more reporting on this, the progress of it, and the possible outcomes. If nothing else that might keep public pressure on and lead to a speedier conclusion.

Greg Strandberg (D)
Candidate - House District 98

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Posted by Greg Strandberg on 04/17/2014 at 4:55 PM

Re: “Coal

So what are your solutions, pronghorn?

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Posted by Greg Strandberg on 04/17/2014 at 4:48 PM

Re: “Coal

Greg, your attitude ("These protesters are a joke" "I will certainly be happy when they go back to wherever it is...") is not conducive to dialogue in spite of your confrontational "invitation." I'm not one of the protesters, but I support their position. You claim that "they don't know anything about China or the demand they have or how those people live." That may be mostly true, most of us have not had the experience of living there that you've had. However, I HAVE seen how the Chinese live--in pollution so thick that they wear masks when they venture out. Look at the photo here--what is that, a tenth of a mile visibility? (maybe not even that)
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/apr/…

...is that your idea of a quality life? Is that what you want for Montana? Because what goes around, comes around, and one way or the other, our coal will come back to bite us whether in actual pollution, climate change, or weather-related incidents as the article suggests. I just checked the redistricting map to see which House District I'm in now--thankfully, it's not HD 98. I'm a lifelong Democrat but I'd sit out the election rather than give you my vote, not only for your position on coal, but also your undiplomatic, sneering attitude toward constituents.

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Posted by Pronghorn on 04/17/2014 at 4:40 PM

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