Thursday, November 5, 2009

Neighbor raises money for homeless students

Posted By on Thu, Nov 5, 2009 at 4:30 PM

After reading last week's Independent article about homeless students Louise McMillin wanted to take action. She called up Washington Middle School—where her son is a seventh grader—and asked if they had any homeless students enrolled. When the school confirmed it did, McMillin decided to start a localized fundraising project.

Make that hyper-localized.

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Stu flies home for Obes reunion

Posted By on Thu, Nov 5, 2009 at 2:35 PM

The Oblio Joes once held the title of longest running band in Missoula—until they broke up. Their reign from 1993 to 2007 gave us songs like "Ginger," "Don't Believe" and "Roll on Kentucky Moon," which fans belted out with full lyrical knowledge at show after show. Recently the band members succeeded in raising the air fare to fly guitarist Stu Simonson back to Missoula for a reunion show. A New Year's Eve reunion show, no less.


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Has Ward 2 veered left for good?

Posted By on Thu, Nov 5, 2009 at 2:34 PM

On Tuesday, left-leaning candidate Roy Houseman beat conservative incumbent John Hendrickson by 262 votes, marking the biggest progressive win Ward 2 has seen this decade.

Houseman's win is the second trouncing in a row by a left-leaning candidate in the ward, exhibiting a dramatic change in what has historically been a split district.

So, has Ward 2 veered left for good?

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Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Seven questions with Chad Harder

Posted By on Wed, Nov 4, 2009 at 5:30 PM

We get asked a lot of questions every week, but we hear one more than any other lately: "How's Chad?"

Chad, of course, is award-winning photographer/Headwall managing editor Chad Harder, a 10-year veteran at the paper who almost lost his hand in a freak accident while on assignment over the summer. Doctors were able to save the hand, but the recovery process has been intense.

To get the skinny on how Chad's holding up, we cornered him at the Indy office — yes, he's been back in the office recently — for a quick Q&A.


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Join the "Real World" (if you dare)

Posted By on Wed, Nov 4, 2009 at 9:40 AM

Missoula has a long, colorful history with MTV reality shows, and you could write a new chapter to that history if you trot down to the Press Box today for a "Real World" casting call.

The details from Bunim/Murray Productions:

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Stones around the world

Posted By on Wed, Nov 4, 2009 at 9:20 AM

In early June, local artist Kerri Rosenstein installed an exhibit at the Missoula Art Museum of 23,024 stones she collected over the course of a year. The number of stones represented the days of her father's life and she colored the stones in an organic rose paint to represent the literal meaning of her name. Throughout the exhibit, Rosenstein encouraged people to take a stone and redistribute the entire collection back to the natural world.


Her blog is full of notes from people telling her exactly where they put her stones or, in some cases, odd places where they found her stones.

On Oct. 30th one person wrote:

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Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Buffett wins real game of Monopoly

Posted By on Tue, Nov 3, 2009 at 10:20 AM

Super-investor Warren Buffett purchased Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad today for $34 billion, which I think means he can continue to pass "Go" and collect $20. Buffet, who is the second richest man in America, told CNBC that his biggest purchase ever is a "bet on the country."

"I basically believe this country will prosper and more people will be moving more goods 10, 20, 30 years from now and the rails will benefit," he told the network.

BNSF, of course, controls more than 90 percent of the rail miles in Montana.


In a release this morning, Montana Farmers Union President Alan Merrill didn't sound excited about the development.

"This purchase will not diminish [BNSF's] market dominance or its detrimental effect on Montana’s farmers. In fact, the purchase could lead to more consolidation and concentration of the rail industry," the release said. “Montana agriculture generates great wealth for the state, and our goal for Montana’s farmers is not expected to change. We will continue to work at the federal legislative level and strongly urge Congress to continue to move forward with plans to overhaul the railroad regulatory oversight system.”

Missoula progressive radio fails again

Posted By on Tue, Nov 3, 2009 at 10:10 AM


A loyal listener of KMPT, Missoula's only progressive talk radio station, delivered the "shocking news" that the programming has abruptly changed to conservative talk radio. I think this makes it the Joe Lieberman of talk radio. And perhaps a bad omen for Democrats on Election Day.

Fans can confirm the news here.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Vote Vote Vote Vote

Posted By on Mon, Nov 2, 2009 at 1:00 PM


If you haven’t gotten around to mailing this year’s election ballot, and want to ensure it arrives before Tuesday’s 8 p.m. deadline, election officials suggest dropping your ballot off at one of several polling locations rather than mailing it.

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