Friday, April 23, 2010

Medical marijuana, by the numbers

Posted By on Fri, Apr 23, 2010 at 12:30 PM

During Monday's Marijuana Education Day on the UM campus, Tayln Lang from Zoo Mountain Natural Care and the Missoula Ethical Caregivers Association (MECA) made a presentation on the industry's impact on the local economy. The numbers are pretty interesting.

From the report:

● Total rent paid by MECA members monthly: $25,600
● Total power paid by MECA members monthly: $8,000+
● Initial start-up cost of MECA members (lights, wiring, furniture,
pots, CO2, legal fees, etc.): $337,972+
● Monthly advertising spent by MECA members: $7000+
● Monthly payroll of MECA members (Approx. 30 employees
included): $31,740+
● Monthly misc. recurring expenses (phone, insurance, etc.): $3,200 +

Approximate total of money spent by MECA members in the state and local economy since Jan. 1, 2010: $640,132.

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Thursday, April 22, 2010

How's that aggressive panhandling ordinance working?

Posted By on Thu, Apr 22, 2010 at 12:30 PM

Jennifer Savage, columnist for the excellent local moms magazine, Mamalode, and a frequent Indy contributor, recounts a particularly nasty run-in with a downtown transient in her latest installment of "savagemama."

Unfortunate one-time thing? Perhaps. But the sort of story downtown business owners told and re-told before City Council passed an ordinance last year against aggressive panhandling.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

The greening of the military

Posted By on Tue, Apr 20, 2010 at 4:28 PM

A couple weeks ago the Indy reported on the U.S. Air Force testing an A-10 Thunderbolt powered by a 50/50 blend of regular jet fuel and fuel derived from Montana-grown camelina. (See a video of the flight below.)

Today, the Pew Project on National Security, Energy and Climate released a report (PDF) detailing all of the military's initiatives to save energy, mitigate climate change and reduce costs.

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Freemasons make an appearance at Jazzoula

Posted By on Tue, Apr 20, 2010 at 2:00 PM

Jazzoula gets a Masonic twist when Missoula Lodge #13 shows up to listen to jazz tonight. The local freemasons apparently contacted Jazzoula director Bruce Micklus recently to let him in on the ties between the fraternal organization and jazz greats.

As it turns out, it’s a pretty good list: Louis Armstrong, Count Basie, Lionel Hampton, Duke Ellington, Irving Berlin and Glenn Miller, among others.


The Masons have long had a mysterious reputation steeped in symbols, metaphors and moral systems. Whether it’s a secret society or merely a society with some secrets, the Missoula masons at least are willing to talk—and listen—when it comes to jazz.

Tonight’s performances include UM’s jazz choir Jubileers, the David Horgan Ensemble featuring Chuck Florence on clarinet, David Morgenroth playing Duke Ellington and the UM Bebopsters.

Meet the Masons and listen to a landslide of jazz, some of which concentrates solely on Masonic jazz composers tonight, Tuesday, April 20, at St. Anthony’s Parish, 217 Tremont St., at 6:30 p.m. $10.

Your future, a little early

Posted By on Tue, Apr 20, 2010 at 9:00 AM

Find Rob Brezsny's Free Will Astrology online, every Tuesday, two days before it hits the Indy's printed pages.

ARIES (March 21-April 19): “Although obstacles and difficulties frighten ordinary people,” wrote French painter Théodore Géricault, “they are the necessary food of genius. They cause it to mature, and raise it up . . . All that obstructs the path of genius inspires a state of feverish agitation, upsetting and overturning those obstacles, and producing masterpieces.” I’d like to make this idea one of your guiding principles, Aries. In order for it to serve you well, however, you’ll have to believe that there is a sense in which you do have some genius within you. It’s not necessarily something that will make you rich, famous, popular, or powerful. For example, you may have a genius at washing dogs or giving thoughtful gifts or doing yoga when you’re sad. Whatever your unique brilliance consists of, the challenges just ahead will be highly useful in helping it grow.

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Monday, April 19, 2010

Local golf clubhouses need a mulligan

Posted By on Mon, Apr 19, 2010 at 6:10 PM

The Missoula Police Department released details of its latest alcohol compliance check and found that only two businesses failed: the University of Montana Golf Clubhouse and the Canyon River Golf Clubhouse.

During a previous check, Linda Vista Golf Clubhouse was among five establishments that failed.


That means nearly half of the guilty parties from the last two compliance checks are not downtown bars or blue-collar watering holes, but joints better known among the Callaway crowd as the 19th hole. And you thought Tiger Woods gave golf a bad name.

From today's release from the Missoula Police Department:

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City Attorney: Nash not a city resident, can't initiate referendum

Posted By on Mon, Apr 19, 2010 at 3:27 PM

City officials are saying that Not My Bathroom’s (NMB) initial efforts to overturn the newly passed anti-discrimination ordinance don’t pass legal muster.

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Extra, extra: In Other News, online

Posted By on Mon, Apr 19, 2010 at 10:00 AM

Check this week's collection of odd news happenings and find out what shots of liquid morphine and iPods have in common.

Curses, Foiled Again
Two men tried to rob a man coming out of a convenience store in Medford, Ore., but fled when their intended victim ran back inside the store to call police. Officers arrived and were investigating, when the would-be robbers returned in time for witnesses to point them out. Police arrested two suspects, 19 and 20 years old.

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Friday, April 16, 2010

Haines moves to alter anti-discrimination ordinance

Posted By on Fri, Apr 16, 2010 at 12:35 AM

Ward 5 Councilman Dick Haines had some people scratching their heads when he voted “yes” early Tuesday morning for the city's new anti-discrimination law. The alderman's strategy became clearer when he spoke with KGVO radio host Peter Christian Tuesday morning for on-air broadcast. Haines explained to Christian that state and municipal law enables elected representatives who log a “yes” vote to bring legislation up again for formal discussion at a later date.

“I thought, well, this one might be an opportunity to bring back some of the concerns I have with this thing and get them out in front of the public,” Haines said during the KGVO interview.

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Thursday, April 15, 2010

Online commenting comes under fire

Posted By on Thu, Apr 15, 2010 at 1:15 PM

Lots of recent action regarding the anonymity—or lack thereof—of online commenting. The New York Times reported this week that the Washington Post may start ranking comments based on users who publish their real names. Huffington Post is doing something similar. The same article from the Times also mentions an interesting story out of Cleveland:

The Plain Dealer of Cleveland recently discovered that anonymous comments on its site, disparaging a local lawyer, were made using the e-mail address of a judge who was presiding over some of that lawyer’s cases.

That kind of proxy has been documented before; what was more unusual was that The Plain Dealer exposed the connection in an article. The judge, Shirley Strickland Saffold, denied sending the messages — her daughter took responsibility for some of them. And last week, the judge sued The Plain Dealer, claiming it had violated her privacy.

The paper acknowledged that it had broken with the tradition of allowing commenters to hide behind screen names, but it served notice that anonymity was a habit, not a guarantee. Susan Goldberg, The Plain Dealer’s editor, declined to comment for this article. But in an interview she gave to her own newspaper, she said that perhaps the paper should not have investigated the identity of the person who posted the comments, “but once we did, I don’t know how you can pretend you don’t know that information.”

Another, more recent story: An alt-weekly in Nova Scotia, The Coast, has agreed to cooperate with a Supreme Court ruling to reveal the identities and IP addresses of six people who allegedly defamed Halifax firefighters in the comments section of a story about fire department racism.

The Indy requires users to log-in before commenting on an article, and we encourage the use of your full name. That said, our top commenters currently include "Al V.," "Jrob" and "Omegaman83."

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