Friday, October 30, 2009

Week in Review: Elections, booze and Ted Binion

Posted By on Fri, Oct 30, 2009 at 4:57 PM

Do you have any idea what a circus tomorrow is going to be in downtown Missoula? Enough of one to prompt a local bartender to use a different word than "circus" to describe what she thinks tomorrow will be like. Her description sounded like "sit show."

The days starts with a home Griz football game, Halloween and daylight savings. That means tailgaters should be gulping down their first Bloody Marys around 8 a.m., and then partying — in full costume — all night, with an extra bonus hour before bar break. Good times.

Speaking of good times, remember to vote. Ballots are due by Tuesday, Nov. 3.

In other news, the Barkus case continues to move about as quickly as a beached motorboat. Side note: What a photo of Barkus by Kurt Wilson in Tuesday's Missoulian.

Left in the West continues to provide excellent daily coverage of the health care debate.

4&20 picked up on Sen. Max Baucus' “serious reservations” over a modest effort to cut carbon emissions over the next decade.

And we meant to link earlier to Rob Natleson's recent blog post about local journalism (specifically the dailies) and the Republican Party. The post ends with this: "But politically, most of the Montana daily press is not your friend."

We heard from CBS News this week, and they're doing a story on former Missoula contractor Rick Tabish and the Ted Binion murder case. We did a story in 2000 about it and, of course, Lifetime debuted a made-for-TV film about the case earlier this year. We'll let you know if we learn more about CBS's plans.

From the world of alt-weeklies:
1. San Diego City Beat points out that independent booksellers are about to take another hit, this time from Wal-Mart's insanely low prices on new hardcovers.
2. LA Weekly covers the creation of Girls and Corpses magazine. Really.
3. Connecticut Republicans got caught by Twitter — who gets caught by Twitter? — creating 33 fake accounts. "The Republican scheme was to send out posts under the Democrats' names mocking the liberal tax-and-spend bastards."

Be safe out there tomorrow.

Scary Halloween advisory

Posted By on Fri, Oct 30, 2009 at 3:00 PM


Women's Voices for the Earth, a fantastic local nonprofit, sent out a sobering Halloween release this week that you should read before getting all vampired up tomorrow night.

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Thursday, October 29, 2009

Dems file complaint against Hendrickson

Posted By on Thu, Oct 29, 2009 at 9:55 AM

Things are getting mighty interesting in two of the more contentious races for Missoula City Council.

Missoula County Democrats sent out a release this morning saying they will file a complaint with the state's Office of Political Practices over a misleading radio ad by Ward 2 candidate John Hendrickson. The Dems allege the incumbent, whom we're admittedly not too fond of, is "trying to grab the coattails" of Mayor Engen with a confusing spot that started airing last week. According to the release:

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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Mack is back

Posted By on Wed, Oct 28, 2009 at 4:00 PM

On Nov. 3, former Arizona Sheriff Richard Mack returns to Hamilton for his second public appearance there in five months. And the timing couldn't be more serendipitous, in light of tomorrow's Indy cover story on Celebrating Conservatism, the very group responsible for bringing Mack back to the Bitterroot.


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Review meth, just once

Posted By on Wed, Oct 28, 2009 at 2:20 PM


After Denver alt-weekly Westword advertised a new freelance position for a medical marijuana critic—and scored tons of national press—Phoenix New Times decided it should review its readership's drug of choice: meth.

Writes James King:

"The column will focus on a few things: Quality of the drug, of course, but also the safety of users. We want to know where to find quality meth that won't kill you right away."

Something tells me the Montana Meth Project will not find this very funny.

And for those of you hoping to land the Westword gig, we hope you've already applied — they've stopped accepting resumes.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Little Shell Tribe denied

Posted By on Tue, Oct 27, 2009 at 5:30 PM

The U.S. Department of the Interior confirmed the worst fears of Montana's Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians on Tuesday, denying a 31-year-old request for federal recognition. The agency cited insufficient evidence to "meet the legal requirements of federal recognition," including a failure by the tribe to display political influence over its scattered and landless membership. Approval would have promised federal aid in housing, education and health care for the tribe's roughly 4,300 members.

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Monday, October 26, 2009

"Montanans Against Health Care"

Posted By on Mon, Oct 26, 2009 at 2:15 PM

That's what a new Missoula-made T-shirt reads, along with an image of Max Baucus in a cowboy hat (see below).


The origins of the T-shirt are a bit clandestine. Ours was dropped off this morning with few details. The person responsible doesn't want credit and doesn't know yet where fellow anti-Baucusers can pick them up.

"Just tell people they'll see them around," he said vaguely.

Will do.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Jon Tester, Montana gatherer

Posted By on Sun, Oct 25, 2009 at 7:42 PM

Sen. Jon Tester announced that he'll be in Missoula Monday, Oct. 26, to discuss his Forest Jobs and Recreation Act. The details:

Forest Jobs and Recreation Act open house with Sen. Jon Tester
Monday, October 26, from 12-1:30 p.m.
Doubletree Hotel (Blackfoot Room)
100 Madison Street, Missoula

The way this works, according to a release from the senator's office and those who have attended similar events in Dillon, Bozeman and Troy, is that Tester will make a presentation about the bill, and then Tester's staff will be on hand to answer questions and "gather feedback."

Those looking for a little background on the proposal — both pro and con — can check here, here, here or here. And, of course, here.

Flathead County voters' guide

Posted By on Sun, Oct 25, 2009 at 12:14 PM

For years the big story in the Flathead was its booming economy fueled by rapid growth. Now it's stalled growth and near-double-digit unemployment, and that quick swing of the economic pendulum is the theme that dominates the county's elections this year.

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Friday, October 23, 2009

Alt weekly roundup: Glenn Beck, Monkey College and optimism

Posted By on Fri, Oct 23, 2009 at 7:46 PM

Just about every week we review three of the best stories from other alternative newspapers around the country and list them with a week-in-review-type post. Since Bobby Hauck dominated our week in review, we'll cover the alts here:

1. The Hartford Advocate reports on Glenn Beck's start in talk-radio in Connecticut. Luckily, it also involves this picture.


2. Who couldn't use a monkey to chase away the blues? The Boston Phoenix covers the heartwarming efforts of Brighton's Monkey College, where capuchins are trained to be lifesavers for the disabled.

3. It's Festival of the Book weekend, so how about a link to the Chicago Reader's review of Butte native Barbara Ehrenreich's latest, Bright-Sided. (Expect an Indy review sometime down the line.)

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