Left unmentioned (intentionally ?) in the first paragraph was the paper mill at Frenchtown. I remember the stench of that mill being far more offensive than any wood smoke or dust from sanding or unpaved streets when I lived in Missoula in the 70s.
On one of the national news shows the other day, they interviewed a guy who said he felt he had "a patriotic duty" to see the movie. Is that and yellow magnetic ribbons on the back of our vehicle all that "patriotism" means in this country any more. ? Is that what it's degenerated into ?
Well done !
Although VIEWFINDER doesn't get many comments, that doesn't mean your images aren't appreciated.
Way back in the day, I worked for the FS, one of the first three women on a fire crew in the St. Maries Ranger District (I was the "big" one, at a whopping 5'4", and the only one who made it through, the other two were stationed in Clarkia, and moved to the brush crew . . .) It was the last year for the Calder work center, and after we inventoried, most of the stuff was hauled off and buried! We're talking things like garden hoses, tools, chainsaws . . . They had to use up each year's "stuff" budget whether they needed it or not, or they might get a lower amount next year when they did need more . . . so went the thinking.
When the St. Maries and Avery Districts were combined, folks in the Avery District kept feeding me info. (I was writing at that point), info they weren't ALLOWED to say themselves. All our points were valid, not the least of which was that the Avery station was actually in the forest, but politics won, and now that entire forest is administered from St. Maries, outside the boundaries of the St. Joe Ranger District. The decision was a slow death sentence for the town of Avery, as well.
I found the same thing as Susan, great people, some of them very dedicated to their job - suffocating hierarchy, and politics, politics, politics at the top. I usually feel compelled to defend the folks out in the field, and blame congress (don't we all) for the rules that change with the political expediency of the times.
"King-size coyote fur comforter: Price vs. cost":
Yeah Robert, i can level with you. Same here, Bread was soft pop music, but you played it for chicks only and hid it when dudes came around. It was the way to the girls, and beyond. And we talking sex in the 70's!! Baby i am a want you!
He also wrote great songs like "Guitar Man" and his band Bread. Man, your music brought me loads of girls in the 70's!
They also pander to trappers and hunters!
That's a lot of great pictures Cathrine. Thanks for your work documenting Missoula, your efforts are appreciated!
I have worked with the USFS in my two private business operations, cultural resources and wilderness outfitting and I have shared many of Susan's experiences. One thing is for sure, if you "cross" an official, it will permeate throughout the whole outfit… and the grudge will go on forever.
In the interest of full disclosure, I'm ex forestry circus, but not a retiree. I bailed out after only about 12 or 15 years.
I've known the author for over 30 years, and I like and respect her immensely. She's a very smart and multi-talented woman.
My take : I absolutely despise the damn forestry circus and its institutional amorality and hypocrisy. Like virtually all federal agencies, it's morphed into little more than a facilitator and apologist for industry.
The forestry circus and BLM pander to the logging, ranching, and mineral and oil and gas industries; the Federal Aviation Administration to the airline industry; the Federal Highway Admin, to heavy "dirt" contractors; the Defense Department to the military-industrial complex; FDA to Big Pharma; and so on and on and on.
Like Susan, I remain loyal to the principles and ideals on which it was founded, but the agency has been compromised and it's lost it's way.
And BTW, I just finished reading A Hunger for High Country about a week ago. It's a darn good read. I highly recommend it.
I wonder if you extreme Homophobes aren't so unsure of your own sexual orientation that you try to mask and counter it with your chest beating machisimo.
Like all reactionaries, you're on the wrong side of history.
"not allow anyone to voice any opinion" that runs counter to your own is exactly what you right wing extremists and religious crazies are guilty of, but are too blind and arrogant to see your own shortcomings
If you think hunting and trapping is sick, cruel, and inhumane.... Blame your parents for raising a pussy. If you don't like this sort of stuff, why visit the webpage?
Hi Chris, have you tried out the newer healthstore on 3rd and reserve? Some of the best organics prices because they are essentially a chain.
Your paragraph re: Homosexual marriage was totally one sided. You did not quote one person who believes in Biblical marriage. This is typical of the homosexual agenda, not allow anyone to voice any opinion that does not support the sexual deviancy of homosexuals.
The Corps of Discovery had sustained themselves with a diet dependent upon buffalo, along with antelope, deer and a little bighorn sheep. After nearly starving to death crossing the Divide, they had to change their diet to fish, which had an adverse effect on their systems.
As for Fremont, he was a reckless, irresponsible meglamaniac bent on gaining notariety and prestige, putting his men in perilous situations, and getting totally lost at times. A number of his men sacrificed their lives in the name of his infamy.
Good point, Chris. There's probably a lot more to this story that we don't know. I'd personally like more reporting on this Safeway/Albertson's merger, which I hadn't heard about before this story.
Those are stores everyone grew up with, so I'm wondering...what's going on?
I shop the Reserve Safeway and I love it. I am so dissapointed to hear this, because a small business model simply cannot offer the prices of a larger chain. Safeway has come leaps and bounds in their organic selection, and it's the store branded organic brand that brings me in. With the wages in Missoula, this is the only place I've consistently found a wide organic selection across all categories that isn't at elitist prices. HIGHLY unhappy that this is being taken from the lower income residents of this city, which seems to be a majority of us.
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