Thursday, June 30, 2011

Copple announces candidacy for Ward 4 seat

Posted By on Thu, Jun 30, 2011 at 9:20 AM

Community organizer Caitlin Copple announced through social media today her intention to run for City Council in Ward 4.

In addition to Twitter, Copple posted a letter to friends, family and fellow Missoulians on Facebook.

I’m running for council because I believe in safeguarding the quality of life we enjoy in Missoula: ensuring a safe and welcoming community for all people, protecting and expanding our open space and recreational opportunities, and supporting an economic climate that encourages investment in our people while respecting our community’s values and environment. I hope to bring positive energy and a friendly attitude to the council and work to build bridges between council members and among my constituents — a skill I’ve developed as a nonprofit leader and community organizer.

She writes her website ( will be online soon. Copple has worked for the YWCA and Pride Foundation, among other local nonprofits.

Filing for council seats has been slow. As of last month, no one had filed yet for Ward 4. Copple is running for the seat currently occupied by Lyn Hellegaard.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Reverberations of the wolf rider

Posted By on Wed, Jun 29, 2011 at 10:30 AM

The Atlantic went ahead and declared the key environmental issue for the 2012 elections: endangered species.

Forget climate change, writes Associate Editor Nicole Allan. Democrats have invited a potential political problem ever since Montana's own Democratic U.S. Sen. Jon Tester and Idaho Republican Sen. Mike Simpson championed the wolf rider, which delisted the gray wolf in the northern U.S.

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Your future, a little early

Posted By on Wed, Jun 29, 2011 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): When astronaut Buzz Aldrin flew to the moon and back on the spacecraft Apollo 11 in 1969, he was paid less than $8 a day. That has to stand as one of the most flagrant cases of underpaid labor ever—far worse than what you’ve had to endure in your storied career. I suggest you keep Aldrin’s story in mind during the next six months as you meditate steadily on the future of your relationship with making money. Hopefully it will help keep you in an amused and spacious and philosophical frame of mind—which is the best possible attitude to have as you scheme and dream about your financial master plan for the years ahead.

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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Today in local Harry Potter news

Posted By on Tue, Jun 28, 2011 at 2:00 PM


Holy Hogwarts: Tonight, at the Missoula Public Library, the legendary Harry and the Potters make their local debut. Missoula's own Hank Green shares the bill. The show is free. You should be there.

Not familiar with Harry and the Potters? Allow them to explain:

Imagine if Harry Potter quit the quidditch team and started a punk rock band. Take that one step further and imagine that he stole a time-turner and decided to start that band with himself from a different point in time. Imagine that band could exist without compromising themselves. Imagine that they are able to operate completely independently, without managers, booking agents, recording budgets, publicists, record labels, or anything aside from a sense of enthusiasm and a desire to have fun.

Hello. We are Harry and the Potters.

Joe and Paul DeGeorge, who started the band back in 2002 when they were 15 and 23, respectively, are entirely DIY and have a devoted following; they played their 500th show back in 2009 and once performed in front of roughly 10,000 folks in Harvard Square. And, yes, all of their songs are about Harry Potter.

Hank, by the way, is quite the musician himself. He created DFTBA records. And he also occasionally sings about Potter and Hogwarts.

Show starts at 7 p.m. in the library parking lot. Again, it's free.

Osprey peanut-free game goes national

Posted By on Tue, Jun 28, 2011 at 10:05 AM

A Reuters story about peanut-free zones at professional baseball games leads with the story of Missoula mom Cheri Pijanowski.

According to the story, Pijanowski hand-washed 150 white folding chairs with bleach and water, then power-washed the section and vetted the concession menu so her son and other kids with severe peanut allergies could enjoy an Osprey ballgame. From the article:

In most cases, a peanut-controlled game day means offering an isolated section of around 100 seats that have been thoroughly cleaned, banning the sale of nuts nearby, posting signs and ushers around to make fans aware of the nut-free zone and keeping medical staff close for emergencies.
Peanut allergies affect roughly 0.5 to 1 percent of the population and appear to be on the rise, perhaps even doubling in the last decade, according to experts.

There's no additional mention of Pijanowski, but a call to the Osprey office explains that the team offers a peanut-free night once a year. This year's peanut-free night is July 7. During that game, no peanuts, Cracker Jacks or any other food product involving peanuts are sold at the ballpark. And, of course, the famous "Pea-Nuts" promotion — free bags if the home team scores — is skipped.

Virtually ride the new Missoula XC course

Posted By on Tue, Jun 28, 2011 at 9:00 AM

Stuck at work on a nice, warm Tuesday? Sorry. At least feel as if you're outside by watching this video shot by Indy photographer Chad Harder as he descends the new Missoula XC course at Marshall Mountain.

We wrote about the new course in the current issue of the Indy, and the Wednesday night race series sponsored by Kettlehouse kicks off tomorrow. The video shows the course's descent toward the lodge area, and was shot a couple weeks ago; you'll see volunteers holding shovels, still working on the single-track. Since then, a 10-foot-high bridge that connects the figure-eight course was completed; it's now located where the video ends.

For more about the course, or to register for the weekly race series, visit the Missoula XC website.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Extra, extra: In Other News, online

Posted By on Mon, Jun 27, 2011 at 9:00 AM

In this week's installment, a missed shot at early retirement.

Curses, foiled again
Camden, N.J., police Sgt. Jeffrey Frett, 40, plotted an early retirement by having his wife meet him while on patrol to shoot him in the leg so he could claim he’d been the victim of a random shooting. The scheme unraveled after a plainclothes officer passed the couple and noticed the wife’s van. A few minutes later, the officer heard Frett’s voice over the police radio reporting he’d been shot, then saw the van drive by. He gave chase and captured the “assailant.” Meanwhile, because her aim was off, she’d only shot Frett’s pants leg. Frett later pleaded guilty to making a false police report, lost his job and forfeited his pension. (Cherry Hill’s Courier-Post)

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Thursday, June 23, 2011

The next Miss Hooters International could be from Missoula

Posted By on Thu, Jun 23, 2011 at 12:00 PM

Meet Katey Bramson, the 19-year-old Missoula Hooters waitress who's hoping to be "Hooterific" enough to win this weekend's Miss Hooters International competition. Yes, "Hooterific." We spoke to Bramson briefly as she prepared in Miami, Florida, for Saturday's televised pageant, and she explained her strategy for winning.

"To own it and be confident," said Bramson, who's never competed in anything like this before. "To try and be myself. To be 'Hooterific.' That means the all-American girl, the cheerleader, the girl next door. But mostly to be myself."

Miss Hooters International brings together 100 finalists from throughout the world to vie for $150,000 in cash and prizes. The winner will also be featured in Hooters Magazine and the annual swimsuit calendar, as well as appear in national commercials. Bramson, who's worked at the Missoula restaurant for a little more than a year, is the only finalist from Montana.

"This is actually my first time on the East Coast, so it's really exciting," said Bramson, who's taking some time off from classes at UM and considering a switch to cosmetology school. "It's the first time I've been able to dip my toe in a warm ocean."

Fans can see the pageant live on Fuel TV beginning at 11 p.m. on June 25, or on Spike TV July 22. It's also airing in Hooters restaurants, and Bramson expects to have a few friends, family and colleagues watching.

"All of our gorgeous Hooters Girls contestants advanced to the finals through local and regional contests or were selected as the top Hooters Girls to represent their city," said Alexis Aleshire, public relations manager for Hooters. "Hooters fans will be watching and cheering for their favorite Hooters Girl on June 25th as the show airs on TV at every Hooters."

More MisCon: George R.R. Martin is coming!

Posted By on Thu, Jun 23, 2011 at 9:00 AM

If you didn't get enough MisCon information in this week's cover story, we have even more for you.

Mainly, we wanted to share the big news about next year's convention:

Author George R.R. Martin, whose work inspired HBO's critically acclaimed series "Game of Thrones," will be among the guests of honor at MisCon 26. Martin is a big deal. Time magazine declared him to be the "American Tolkien" in 2005 and six years later the magazine selected him as "one of the 100 most influential people of 2011." "Game of Thrones," which just concluded its first season, is based on his bestselling epic fantasy series, A Song of Ice and Fire.

Due to Martin's popularity, MisCon plans on capping next year's attendance. If you'd like to register early, visit the MisCon website and register online.

If you need a more immediate outlet for your MisCon fandom, the MisCon Summer Game Day is coming up on July 30 at the University of Montana. Read here for more info.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Poll: Tester popular, but trailing Rehberg

Posted By on Wed, Jun 22, 2011 at 8:30 AM

Public Policy Polling released the results of its recent work in Montana, and they came up with an interesting early take on the 2012 Senate race.

Sen. Jon Tester is considerably more popular than his likely 2012 opponent, Rep. Denny Rehberg, yet still lags the Republican by a hair in his bid for a second term representing Montana. In fact, Tester is the most popular senator we've ever polled on who still trails in a re-election horserace.

PPP, which is based out of Raleigh, NC, and uses automated calling, polled more than 800 Montana voters over three days this week. The organization asked about Tester v. Rehberg, as well as Sen. Max Baucus.

Despite polling favorably, Tester trails Rehberg 47-45. Not much changed in how either candidate has scored since last election, except this:

The main change has come with independents, who make up almost a third of the state's voters. They saw [Rehberg] favorably, 46-37, last fall, but disapprove 35-54 now, almost the opposite of their 53-36 approval of Tester.

And here's how Baucus scored:

He is less popular than Tester with Democrats, Republicans, and independents alike.

View the full results by downloading this PDF:

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