And from our stupid excuses department comes this gem. Dow AgroSciences, the people who bring America many of its pesticides, held a meeting Oct. 8 to discuss how those chemicals could be used in Montana against invasive plant species like knapweed. However, the pesticide people managed to repel another kind of pest entirely: environmentalists.

Alexandra Gorman is the regional toxics coordinator for Women’s Voices for the Earth (WVE). When she got wind of the meeting she was, naturally, interested in attending and got herself an invite.

However, on Monday morning she received a call from Tim Playford, a Dow representative from Indiana, uninviting her from the meeting.

Gorman was told that the meeting was full and that she wouldn’t have a place to sit. When she offered to stand she was told that Dow wouldn’t be able to provide her with lunch. When she offered to brown-bag it, she was flatly asked not to attend because: “It doesn’t look good to turn people away at the door,” Playford said.

Bright and early that Tuesday morning, Gorman arrived at the DoubleTree Hotel to talk to Playford in person. Even though there were about 15 empty seats, Gorman was still barred from the meeting, this time because Dow representatives were concerned that she would be disruptive. If Gorman insisted on staying, she would be escorted out, Playford said.

When questioned about the seemingly amorphous nature of why activists weren’t allowed into the meeting, Playford’s reply was brief. “That’s the decision we made and that’s the policy we’re going to enforce,” he said.

Last week, The Christian Science Monitor reported recently that, “On the heels of a Canadian Senate report recommending the full legalization of marijuana, Prime Minister Jean Chretien signaled… he may ease Canada’s cannabis laws.

In an unrelated breaking news item last week, The Daily Interlake reported the start of jet service between Kalispell and Calgary.

Was it the buzz surrounding a charismatic Pastor? Or maybe it was all those college Christian coeds returning to town? Or maybe, just maybe, it could have been the influence of a top-notch Indy cover story?

Be it divine or media intervention, the South Hills Evangelical Church (SHEC) has burst its boundaries. The church profiled in “Christian Cool” (Sept. 12) has moved its 10:30 Sunday service to the Meadow Hill Middle School up the road to account for a growing number of parishioners. On Sunday, Oct. 6, the church broke its own record with about 400 happy worshippers.

By many accounts the new location had all the intimacy and fire attached to a regular SHEC service—warm welcome, rocking band, wild, youthful, longhaired preacher.

Says one parishioner: “I actually think they cranked it up a notch because of the bigger venue.”

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