Friday, July 29, 2011

"A pretty game"

Posted By on Fri, Jul 29, 2011 at 12:15 PM

Missoula Osprey catcher and Cuba native Roidany Aguila put it best when he said, "For nine innings, the world makes sense." That's just one of his quotes in a story about minor league baseball and perseverance that aired this week on Mountain West Voices.

Aguila, 20, was originally born in Ranchuelo, Cuba. He started playing baseball with a sock and old tree limbs. His family made it to Miami in 1999, and, after getting drafted by the Diamondbacks, he ended up in Missoula. You can hear Clay Scott's interview with Aguila — just five minutes long — and see Scott's photos at the Mountain West Voices website.

Stories like Aguila's are plentiful among hopeful minor leaguers; reminiscent of this movie and this Indy cover story. But they keep getting told, usually during the dog days of summer, because few things in life can be determined by what happens during nine innings of baseball.

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Dead Hipster on the move

Posted By on Fri, Jul 29, 2011 at 10:30 AM

A friend emailed me this announcement with a one-line comment: "This is big news."

The popular and long-running Thursday night dance party held its last regular event at the Badlander yesterday/this morning. Starting next week, Dead Hipster moves to Sean Kelly's.

Here's the explanation from those in charge:

We’ve fielded the question of “why would you mess with a good thing?” a number of times, the whole “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” thing, but in the end, sometimes things need to be messed with. The decision to move was prompted in large part because we wanted to make a change happen, rather than simply hope that change would come to us.

Not sure what this whole Dead Hipster Dance Party thing is all about? Go to Sean Kelly's next week, or peruse Abi Halland's Flickr photo stream to see what you've been missing for the last "175 Thursdays, nearly 4 years and, like, 7,000 bottles of flavored vodka."

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Thursday, July 28, 2011

Just how bad weather-related disasters have been this year

Posted By on Thu, Jul 28, 2011 at 10:30 AM

Flooding in eastern Montana has helped 2011 tie the record for most billion dollar weather disasters in the United States. And, experts point out, it's not even hurricane season yet.

The Missouri flooding hasn't officially been declared a billion dollar event yet, but it's a formality. Estimates of damage range from $1 billion to $4 billion; the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) compared it to the Great Flood of 1993, which caused $25 billion in damages.

More encouraging news from the Capital Weather Gang, which has covered this record thoroughly:

Although river levels have recently receded some, the flood risk remains high NOAA cautioned.

“The sponge is fully saturated — there is nowhere for any additional water to go,” said Jack Hayes, Ph.D., director of NOAA’s National Weather Service. “While unusual for this time of year, all signs point to the flood threat continuing through summer.”

In its June State of the Climate report, NOAA said heavy precipitation on top of deep snow produced record releases from Fort Peck Reservoir in Montana, by far the greatest flows on the Missouri River since the dam was closed off in 1937.

Seems like as good a time as any to redirect readers (again) to this column.

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Daredevils get bigger cheers when they crash

Posted By on Thu, Jul 28, 2011 at 9:45 AM

A review of Leigh Montville's Evel Knievel biography appears in today's issue of the Indy, just a few days after the conclusion of the 10th annual Evel Knievel Days celebration in Butte.

The celebration had its critics this year, but the festivities lived up to the usual hype. Check out the Montana Standard's video of two different crashes: Keith Sayers' 140-foot back flip crash during practice (thus canceling his appearance in the grand finale), and Spanky Spangler and his son crashing into a wall of cars during a mock police chase.

Both get much bigger crowd reactions than when Jennifer Schneider got shot out of a cannon and landed safely in a net.

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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Reason No. 127 we love summer in Missoula

Posted By on Wed, Jul 27, 2011 at 3:30 PM

Because you can see this:

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Pov relocation community discussion set for Aug. 10

Posted By on Wed, Jul 27, 2011 at 1:00 PM

Mark your calendar accordingly if you want to weigh in on the issue.

Here's the release from the city:

The City of Missoula and the Poverello Center Board of Directors will host a community discussion about the future location of the Poverello Center on Wednesday, August 10, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at St. Patrick Hospital, Conference Rooms 2/3. Childcare will be provided. All are invited to a discussion facilitated by Amie Thurber, executive director of Missoula’s National Coalition Building Institute (NCBI). NCBI provides dispute resolution services throughout Missoula.

Your future, a little early

Posted By on Wed, Jul 27, 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): I love how the poet Rachel Loden describes her impressions of Daniel Borzutzky’s The Book of Interfering Bodies. She says that reading it is like “chancing upon a secret lake full of trembling lilies that projectile vomit both poems and petroleum.” I call this imaginary scene to your attention, Aries, because I’m wondering if you might encounter a metaphorically similar landscape in the coming week. The astrological omens suggest that you’re attracted to that kind of strange beauty, surreal intensity, and tenderness mixed with ferocity.

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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Encore: Colin Meloy at the Union Club

Posted By on Tue, Jul 26, 2011 at 11:40 PM

After big local concerts we'll look to post the best video . Last Friday's Decemberists show was great, with members of the audience being invited to play on stage and all, but the best video didn't come from anything that happened at Big Sky.

Later that night, Colin Meloy crashed the Tom Catmull and the Clerics gig at the Union Club. The cameo offered a chance for Colin to reunite with former Tarkio guitarist and current Cleric Gibson Hartwell. They all played a waltz.

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Monday, July 25, 2011

Behind the scenes with Earth First!

Posted By on Mon, Jul 25, 2011 at 11:00 AM

How did activists end up dancing on a table in front of Gov. Brian Schweitzer? How much planning went into the recent Helena rally against Big Oil? Who exactly were those people?

Eugene Weekly's Camilla Mortensen spent the days before the spectacle at the Earth First! 2011 Round River Rendezvous, and followed the group to Montana's state Capitol. What's the connection for the Eugene Weekly?

The Rendezvous, aka the Rondy, took place in Montana but drew about 250 people from Oregon and across the U.S., and from as far away as Spain and Australia. The 20 or so Cascadians — activists from the Pacific Northwest bioregion — were a strong presence at the gathering. [Johannes] Pedersen [of Eugene] said the 2009 EF! Rondy in Oregon’s Elliot State Forest was “a clarion call for forest defenders to start being more active in the Northwest again.”

You can read Mortensen's full story, and see her photos, in EW's most recent feature story.

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The 27s

Posted By on Mon, Jul 25, 2011 at 9:15 AM

The weekend's tragic entertainment news means another chapter will be added to The 27s: The Greatest Myth of Rock & Roll.

Arts Editor Erika Fredrickson wrote about the book and its creators, former Missoula residents Eric Segalstad and Josh Hunter, in 2009. The gist: Jimi Hendrix, Kurt Cobain, the Stones' Brian Jones, Jim Morrison, Robert Johnson, and now Amy Winehouse have all died at age 27. Segalstad, who was also an Indy intern and frequent contributor back in the day, explained he was skeptical of the idea.

“I’m a realist, I’m not someone who really believes in kind of wishy-washy things,” says Segalstad. “It is really eerie. The number itself I find kind of eerie; it’s just one of those numbers. But of course once you start paying attention to anything you can find patterns in it.”

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