Friday, October 23, 2009

Hauck hate blitz continues (but he's sort of a big deal in Illinois)

Posted By on Fri, Oct 23, 2009 at 4:50 PM

New media sensation Bobby Hauck dominated national sports headlines this week, which is pretty funny considering how much Hauck hates the media. But that's exactly why Sports Illustrated (twice), ESPN, the New York Times, Deadspin and others piled on our local ball coach.

The highlights lowlights:

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Thursday, October 22, 2009

MCPS expected to renew PEAS Farm lease

Posted By on Thu, Oct 22, 2009 at 4:34 PM

It appears Missoula County Public Schools (MCPS) will renew its PEAS Farm lease, ensuring that the much-loved 10-acre educational farm in the upper Rattlesnake Valley will keep students' hands dirty and hungry Missoulians fed for at least another five years.

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Montana Public Radio finally lets us sleep in

Posted By on Thu, Oct 22, 2009 at 2:05 PM


One of the more consistent complaints we've heard about the otherwise infallible Montana Public Radio is the fact that you have to wake up at 5:30 in the morning to actually hear the news. I mean, don't they know that we're usually out drinking working late and need our rest?

Well, the morning schedule is changing.

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Bitterroot elections info

Posted By on Thu, Oct 22, 2009 at 10:20 AM

We're not endorsing candidates in Ravalli County, but are still watching the races. And so far, it's pretty quiet leading up to Nov. 3.

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Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Cold reception

Posted By on Tue, Oct 20, 2009 at 8:30 AM


Local boosters and UM officials recently went through motions of bidding to host the FCS championship game in Missoula. What do the pundits think of their bid?

"It is hard to think that Missoula, MT. has much of a chance," writes David Coulson of The Sports Network.

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Monday, October 19, 2009

Feds chill out on medical pot

Posted By on Mon, Oct 19, 2009 at 11:30 AM


The Obama administration finally issued new guidance on medical marijuana to federal prosecutors today, and patients are lighting up in celebration. As expected, the White House recommends that law enforcement only focus on high-level traffickers and dealers who use state laws to cover commercial operations.

From U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, via the Washington Post:

"It will not be a priority to use federal resources to prosecute patients with serious illnesses or their caregivers who are complying with state laws on medical marijuana, but we will not tolerate drug traffickers who hide behind claims of compliance with state law to mask activities that are clearly illegal. This balanced policy formalizes a sensible approach that the Department has been following since January: effectively focus our resources on serious drug traffickers while taking into account state and local laws."

Montana is one of 14 states to allow the use of medical marijuana. The Indy detailed the state's policy — and the progress of the medical marijuana fight — in February. More recently, we reported that so many new patients were applying for ID cards that DPHHS couldn't meet demand, causing delays of up to six weeks.

Hauck story reaches Deadspin

Posted By on Mon, Oct 19, 2009 at 10:20 AM


Snarky sports blog Deadspin picked up on Bobby Hauck's bickering with the campus newspaper, and let's just say the Gawker-affiliated site isn't a huge fan of the ol' ball coach.

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Sunday, October 18, 2009

Fairgrounds gets a price tag

Posted By on Sun, Oct 18, 2009 at 8:00 AM

Representatives from the Portland, Ore.-based consultant firm Crandall Arambula returned to Missoula last night to put a dollar figure on an extensive improvement project at the Western Montana Fairgrounds. If the fairgrounds remains in its present location, the project will cost roughly $19.6 million.

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Friday, October 16, 2009

Obama and "Stuff" at the library

Posted By on Fri, Oct 16, 2009 at 11:31 PM

On Monday, Oct. 19, at 7 p.m. a double feature of "The Story of Stuff" and President Obama's Sept. 8 back to school speech—both highly controversial subjects—will be held at the Missoula Public Library.

"The Story of Stuff," a 20-minute animation about consumerism created a hubbub last October when Big Sky High School science teacher Kathleen Kennedy showed it to her class. A parent complained and Kennedy was brought before the Missoula County Board of Trustees for a hearing in January to discuss if her presentation of was out of line and biased. We reported about it here and here.

Similar outcries of censorship and bias—depending on who you talked to—erupted the week of President Obama's Sept. 8 back to school speech that was supposed to broadcast to kids across the nation. Some schools and classes chose not to show the speech and some parents took their kids out of class for the day with many conservatives accusing Obama of "indoctrinating" students. Others were appalled by the resistance to Obama's speech.

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Police shooter was a Montana State Prison guard

Posted By on Fri, Oct 16, 2009 at 3:31 PM

A 28-year old man with a violent criminal record who is facing attempted murder charges for shooting at a Missoula police officer worked as a corrections officer at the Montana State Prison.

Timothy J. Hoppe remains in the Missoula County Jail on $250,000 bail after an Oct. 7 incident, during which he allegedly fired a rifle in the direction of Missoula Police officer Robert Campbell.

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