Friday, September 10, 2010

OMFG Sarah Palin is coming: Bendable straws, T-shirts, 9/11 and more!

Posted By on Fri, Sep 10, 2010 at 5:47 PM


Former vice presidential candidate, current Fox News talking head and ongoing political lightning rod Sarah Palin speaks in Missoula Sunday, Sept. 12, at the Hilton Garden Inn. Her appearance is part of a fundraiser for Teen Challenge, and tickets are still available for $100. The title of her speech: "Taking a stand for God, country and family."

Some people question Teen Challenge, but whatever...Sarah Palin is coming!

What will she say? What will she wear? How does Glenn Beck feel about all this?

We don't know. But we do know this: She likes bendable straws.

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Weekend planner: You may want to avoid West Broadway tonight

Posted By on Fri, Sep 10, 2010 at 1:30 PM

As if the "Broadway Diet" didn't offer enough reason to re-route away from West Broadway, the Missoula Police Department will be conducting a "Traffic Enforcement Event" along the 2100 block of that thoroughfare today from 6 to 9 p.m.

From the official release:

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Thursday, September 9, 2010

Ousted Tea Party leader fights back by blaming media, using lots of third-person references

Posted By on Thu, Sep 9, 2010 at 5:20 PM

Tim Ravndal released a two-page statement late last night explaining his side of the story on the whole Facebook/Matthew Shepard/fruit-hanging incident that got him fired as president of the Tea Party. (Or not, as the Tea Party is apparently reconsidering his ouster.)

In the release, Ravndal claims he never spoke with the media to give his side of the story and that Great Falls Tribune reporter John S. Adams (a former Indy staff writer) reported half-truths. Adams flatly denies both claims. In fact, Ravndal is quoted in Adams' original his side of the story.

Adams and Ravndal had it out today, and Adams posted the audio on his blog.

Further making the release a little odd: Ravndal's insistence on referring to himself in the third-person. He signed the letter, but only uses "I" once and "me" once. Instead, we get lots of sentences like this one: "Tim states that he is aware that he has been in this spotlight for many years, as he has stood in front of the world demanding the rights of the people be protected."

Ravndal's entire explanation appears below. Consider it sic'd throughout.

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Tei Nash again seeks to overturn anti-discrimination ordinance

Posted By on Thu, Sep 9, 2010 at 4:33 PM

Not My Bathroom (NMB) chairman Tei Nash is at it again. For the second time since June, he, along with the group “Right to Vote Missoula,” is asking a Missoula District Court to help put Missoula’s anti-discrimination ordinance up for a citywide vote.

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Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Your future, a little early

Posted By on Wed, Sep 8, 2010 at 9:00 AM

Find Rob Brezsny's Free Will Astrology online, every Wednesday, one day before it hits the Indy's printed pages.

ARIES (March 21-April 19): My friend Alana suffered from a mysterious ailment for months. Symptoms included vertigo, stomach pains, and numbness in her legs. After being treated unsuccessfully by six health care practitioners, both mainstream and alternative, she went to see Dr. Ling, a Chinese herbalist recommended by a friend. Ling was a dour woman who made no eye contact. Her office was dingy, cramped, and windowless. Alana felt a bit depressed by the visit. Yet when she took Dr. Ling’s herbs, she felt better. In three weeks she was cured. The moral of the story, Aries: The restorative agent you need may not come in the most inviting form.

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Monday, September 6, 2010

Bullock, AGs win fight with Craigslist

Posted By on Mon, Sep 6, 2010 at 2:15 PM

Those hoping to hire an escort through Craiglist will be disappointed, as the global online marketplace succumbed to increasing pressure launched by attorneys general in 20 states, and shut down its adult services section this weekend.

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Montana's Walkin' Jim Stoltz dies at 57

Posted By on Mon, Sep 6, 2010 at 11:35 AM

Unlike some of us, Walkin’ Jim Stoltz didn’t really have time for blogging. He was too busy hiking in the woods and playing his folk music on tours for school assemblies and wilderness benefits across the nation. In his second-to-last blog entry on Nov. 25, 2009, Stoltz writes:

Hello Everyone...I got back to Montana today after 2+ months on the road and a wonderful Fall Tour. It was SO nice to cook my own dinner and I'm looking forward to crawling into my own bed after I post this. It's been a long haul but my veggie-oil-fueled van has been running great. How I love cruising along on the smell of french fries!!


Stoltz died on Friday, Sept. 3, in Helena. The veteran performer, age 57, had traveled the states for 35 years, hiking more than 27,000 miles through wild country in North America. With his guitar in hand, he penned several albums worth of songs that unabashedly and transparently revealed his passion for nature: “It Ain’t Easy Being an Ol’ Grizzly Bear," ”The Food Chain Song” and “These Are Ancient Forests,” to name a few.

Over the years Stoltz had been through some medical hardships including when he had to have a kidney transplant in 2004, and when he learned of his tonsil chord cancer in 2007 that had spread to his lymph nodes. His last show was in Missoula on March 6, 2010, where he played a benefit concert and celebration for the organizations Last, Best Place Wildlands Campaign and Wilderness Watch.

Following the publication of his 2003 book, Walking with the Wind: Reflections on a Montana Journey, writer and activist Bill McKibben (The End of Nature) wrote:

This is the testament of one of America's most unique and devoted citizens. After wandering its wild places for decades, he understands things about this continent that few others have grasped with the same depth.

Listen to Jim Stoltz' "The Long Trails" and "Morning in the Mountains."

Extra, extra: In Other News, online

Posted By on Mon, Sep 6, 2010 at 10:15 AM

In this week's installment: Bullets for bats, poor hiding places and a shopping mall's attempt to regulate conversation.

Curses, Foiled Again
Police accused Anthony Parkhurst, 20, of stealing a 2001 Honda van advertised on Craigslist by taking it for a test drive but never returning. Orlando police Sgt. Stanley Klem said Parkhurst then listed the vehicle on Craigslist himself and sold it to a couple for $4,000. He promptly stole it and listed it on Craigslist the next day. The couple spotted the ad, alerted police and identified Parkhurst as the seller of the van. Suspecting Parkhurst of belonging to a statewide car-theft ring that stumped investigators for months, Klem said, “Stealing back the car they had just sold could be the break we needed.”

FBI agents had no trouble identifying Alan Garrett, 43, as their suspect in a bank robbery in Galloway, Ohio. Bank employees not only got the license number of the getaway car, which was traced to Garrett, but also recognized him as a regular customer at the bank.

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Thursday, September 2, 2010

FWP seeks advisers for Spotted Dog

Posted By on Thu, Sep 2, 2010 at 4:00 PM

Brian Schweitzer got his wish. The Montana governor today finalized the state's $15.2 million purchase of some 27,000 acres northeast of Deer Lodge from the Rock Creek Cattle Company, putting an end to weeks of debate surrounding the Spotted Dog land acquisition. Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks is now seeking volunteers to staff a planning committee for the Spotted Dog Wildlife Management Area, a highly coveted spread housing a sizable elk herd and numerous other species of concern.

"The 12-15 member committee will provide advice and local perspective to FWP over the next few years as FWP works to refine a management plan for the WMA," FWP's release reads. "Prospective committee members should include area landowners, hunters, anglers and others that are interested in working on a collaborative planning effort for the property."

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Black Crowes show falls through

Posted By on Thu, Sep 2, 2010 at 10:10 AM

The Black Crowes concert at Ryan Creek Meadows hit a snag last night when both the headlining band and the opener, Jackie Greene, failed to take the stage. Keli Hansen, who operates the venue with her husband Toby, says she's still waiting for an answer from the band's promoter as to why the concert fell through. She confirms the Black Crowes did arrive at the venue and that their equipment was set up, but speculates intermittent bad weather caused them to cancel at the last moment. Others who were at the show have expressed similar sentiments on Ryan Creek Meadows' Facebook page that rain and wind were contributing factors to the cancellation. The band's Twitter feed hints at the same problem.

Hansen says she's was contacted by Rockin Rudy's this morning about ticket refunds, but doesn't know yet how the refunding process will work. She encourages anyone with a Black Crowes ticket to check the venue's blog, which she will update with information once the promoter contacts her with details. Camping fees can be refunded, and Ryan Creek Meadows plans to offer anyone who paid the $5 parking fee and can produce a valid concert ticket a free parking voucher for a future event.

This hasn't been the smoothest week for the Hansens or Ryan Creek Meadows.

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