Friday, September 30, 2011

Rick Perry, Vegas, Nirvana (and other alternative news links)

Posted By on Fri, Sep 30, 2011 at 5:30 PM

Every so often we pull together some recommended stories from other alternative news media. Here are eight for your weekend reading pleasure.

Rick Perry, the early years
Here's the lead to a Texas Observer feature by Saul Elbein about how the Texas governor's upbringing shaped his politics: "If you want to clear a room in Haskell, this is how you do it. You walk in. You sit down. You say, 'I’m a reporter, and I’d like to talk to you about Rick Perry.'”


Why we love The Stranger
I'm not going to spoil this for you, but that graphic to the left accompanies a heartfelt look back.

The end of DADT
Two perspectives here. One from Gambit Weekly in New Orleans takes a look at what comes next. The Colorado Springs Independent profiles service members who, as the headline says, are "Treading Lightly." The first line: "They still won't give their last names."

From the front steps of the Supreme Court
A native Georgian reports for Washington City Paper on the night Troy Davis was executed. It's as much about social media as a failure of the justice system.

The making of "What happens here, stays here."
Las Vegas Weekly looks back at the creation of Sin City's successful marketing campaign. One thing I'd forgotten: a lot of the early buzz for the slogan came after the NFL refused to air any Vegas commercials, like the one below, during the Super Bowl. God forbid the NFL interrupt its slew of beer and erectile dysfunction ads to let a gambling town like Vegas get the word out.

Heavy metal
Eugene Weekly, in the second part of a series, wonders about the effects of uranium mining in Oregon.

Didn't like The Stranger link?
Fine. Here's a true look back from the San Antonio Current.

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Tonight at Caras Park should be a ball ... er, breast

Posted By on Fri, Sep 30, 2011 at 12:00 PM

Let's just say "fun." It's Breasty Festy 2: Revenge of the Mammaries, a star-studded event that shouldn't be confused with the similarly titled, locally based, but much different Testy Festy. No, this one supports the fight against breast and cervical cancer, and it starts at 5 p.m. in Caras Park.

Here's a few of the things happening and people performing:

- JK Simmons, the famous actor and UM alum. You've seen him in Spiderman, Juno, a million other things, and those Farmers Insurance commercials.

- A bunch of other artistically inclined UM alumni, including singer-songwriter Neal Lewing, local theater vets Andy Myers and Jamie Parnell, The Montana Shamrocks, The Balboas, and The Funky Armadillos.

- A vintage pin-up pagaent

- A live auction of local artwork

- A bikini body building exhibition

There's more, of course. But while the lineup sounds fun, it's important to remember it's about supporting local breast and cervical cancer screening. The event is organized by Faux Pink and costs nothing, but donations, of course, are encouraged.

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The Rockies Today, Sept. 30

Posted By on Fri, Sep 30, 2011 at 10:25 AM

Top news links, courtesy of Headwaters News.

Winter use in Yellowstone NP will likely not change this year
Yellowstone National Park officials said some questions raised in the more the 59,000 public comments received on the park's proposed winter-use plan will delay adoption and implementation of a new plan this year, which means the current daily limit of 318 snowmobiles and 78 snow coaches will remain in place this winter season.
Jackson Hole Daily; Sept. 30

Interior Secretary seeks balance between conservation, energy work
Interior Secretary Ken Salazar has been in the Rocky Mountain West this past week, stopping in Colorado, New Mexico and Utah, where he stopped by an energy industry meeting in Vernal to urge attendees to support the Land and Water Conservation Fund.
Denver Post; Sept. 30

Canadian union: TransCanada's permit for Keystone XL pipeline expired
The Communications, Energy, and Paperworkers Union, which represents Canadian oil refinery workers, said that the permit issued by the National Energy Board in April of 2010 to TransCanada for the Alberta leg of the Keystone XL pipeline, required construction to begin before March 11, 2011, and that the permit has now expired and TranCanada must begin the permitting process again, but the Calgary-based company said its work in Hardisty on tank foundations put the company in compliance with the permit. (PostMedia News); Sept. 30

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Thursday, September 29, 2011

Police announce "DUI Saturation Patrol" for Friday

Posted By on Thu, Sep 29, 2011 at 3:30 PM

This is sorta a no-brainer, and unlike those DUI roadblocks that get some folks upset, but still worth mentioning.

The Missoula Police Department and Montana Highway Patrol will conduct a "DUI Saturation Patrol" this weekend in an effort to "combat impaired driving." The patrols will begin early Friday night and run until Saturday morning "with special emphasis on bars and nightclubs in the Missoula area."

So, basically, they're preparing for Homecoming.

Expect to see additional officers in addition to the regular early and late night shifts. The release mentions no scheduled checkpoints.

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Sen. Baucus set to serve you free chili, beer

Posted By on Thu, Sep 29, 2011 at 1:05 PM

Max Baucus is so busy with solving the nation's fiscal crisis that some media outlets are worried he hasn't had enough time to schedule his own honeymoon. Maybe they shouldn't fret. This weekend, Montana's senior senator is taking time to set up the ultimate tailgate before the Griz homecoming game.

According to a release from his press secretary, Baucus is "inviting fans to join him before the game as he serves up FREE chili, cornbread and Montana brews." He'll also ride along in the homecoming parade, but whatever. The tailgating starts at approximately 10:30 at the corner of Campus Drive and Van Buren, and Baucus hopes folks will "bend my ear for a little while.”

We're wondering what local beers he serves, and about the recipe of the chili. And whether a romantic day at Washington-Grizzly Stadium counts as his honeymoon.

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The Rockies Today, Sept. 29

Posted By on Thu, Sep 29, 2011 at 10:20 AM

Top news links, courtesy of Headwaters News.

USFWS acts on hundreds of species as deadline looms
Friday is the deadline for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to act on protecting hundreds of species, and the federal agency has already issued decisions on 500 species, including 35 snails from Nevada's Great Basin.
Helena Independent Record (AP); Sept. 29

BLM official dismisses claim that extinction goal of wild-horse policy
At a speech at the International Equine Conference in Virginia, Joan Guilfoyle, division chief for the Bureau of Land Management's wild horse and burro program, said that the agency's efforts to reduce the number of wild horses roaming public lands in the West are designed to maintain the health of both the herds and the range, not as some claim to drive the horses out of existence.
New York Times (Greenwire); Sept. 29

Flywheel technology at Montana power plant will 'recycle' energy
NorthWestern Energy's natural-gas power plant near Anaconda went online Jan. 1, and now the company is installing cutting-edge flywheel technology at the Montana plant that will capture unneeded energy and "store" in kinetic energy until it is needed.
Montana Standard; Sept. 29

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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Other iconic Missoula buildings for sale

Posted By on Wed, Sep 28, 2011 at 8:20 PM

Today's news of the Wilma Theatre going up for sale creates a huge opportunity for someone with deep pockets and, hopefully, a love of the arts. It also got us thinking about what other local landmarks are currently on the open market. Here are a few that come to mind, but feel free to let us know if we've missed any.

Inside the Top Hat
The Top Hat, $1.5 million
It's been on the market since at least 2009, but back then it was listed for $1.9 million. With the many improvements made in recent years, and the considerable lack of smoke since the state's ban went into effect, it won our readers poll for Best Place to Hear Live Music. Also cool: Its sale has a dedicated URL,

Finnegan's, $1.2 million
The recently closed 24-hour greasy spoon served as a home away from home for many a student, night owl and AARP early bird. Situated over a creek, and within walking distance of campus, we'd love to see the beloved spot reclaimed by someone else willing to serve bottomless cups of coffee and cheesy fries.

The Frenchtown Club, $699,000
Once the favored watering hole for mill workers from Smurfit-Stone, this roadside bar still holds that small town Montana charm. The listing says all gaming machines are included in the sale and touts its dance floor.

The John J. Johnston House, $399,000
This Alder Street house is on the National Registry of Historic Places and was originally built in 1902. Additions made between 1902 and 1912 turned it into a grand two-story Queen Anne-style residence.

The Original DeSmet School House, $225,000
Built in 1895 and also on the National Registry of Historic Places. Not sure what you could do with this, but the vintage kitchen and bath look pretty cool.

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Your future, a little early

Posted By on Wed, Sep 28, 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’ve got a challenging assignment for you. In accordance with your current astrological omens, I am inviting you to cultivate a special kind of receptivity—a rigorously innocent openness to experience that will allow you to be penetrated by life’s beauty with sublime intensity. To understand the exact nature of this receptivity, study Abraham Maslow’s definition of real listening: to listen “without presupposing, classifying, improving, controverting, evaluating, approving or disapproving, without dueling what is being said, without rehearsing the rebuttal in advance, without free-associating to portions of what is being said so that succeeding portions are not heard at all.”

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The Rockies Today, Sept. 28

Posted By on Wed, Sep 28, 2011 at 8:59 AM

Top news links, courtesy of Headwaters News.

Hundreds attend State Department's Keystone XL hearing in Montana
U.S. State Department officials held a meeting on the proposed Keystone XL pipeline project, which will pass through 284 miles of Montana on its way from Alberta's oilsands operations to refineries in Texas, in Glendive on Tuesday, and several hundred people attended, with proponents of the project saying the nation needs the oil and the jobs the pipeline will provide, while opponents argued against the environmental impacts it will have.
Billings Gazette; Sept. 28

Nebraska hearing on Keystone XL pipeline a contentious one
At the U.S. State Department's hearing on the proposed Keystone XL pipeline project in Nebraska, state Sen. Ken Haar, who spoke after a long line of proponents of the project, began his presentation with a direct statement to State Department officials: "With all due respect, you don't give a damn about Nebraska."
Edmonton Journal (PostMedia News); Sept. 28

Rally planned today in Libby to show support for Montana silver mine
Officials of the Spokane-based Mines Management Inc., which is working to open the Montanore silver mine in northwest Montana, said the release last week of the supplemental environmental review by the U.S. Forest Service and the state Department of Environmental Quality is a major step toward getting the mine in production, and a rally is planned today in Libby to show support for the mine.
Flathead Beacon; Sept. 28

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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Soundcheck: Furthur at the Adams Center

Posted By on Tue, Sep 27, 2011 at 11:32 AM

Four things to get you ready for tonight's much anticipated show featuring the surviving members of the Grateful Dead.

1. Listen to the Dead's entire 1974 show at the Adams Center.
This link takes you to streaming audio of the concert dated May 14, 1974. The set opens with "Bertha" and ends with "One More Saturday Night." There's one particularly enthusiastic whistler near the bootleg mic.

2. Furthur sells mini guitars.
For a cool $40 you can purchase a "Bob Weir or Phil Lesh Collectible Miniature Guitar w/ stand." While they don't actually play music, these fit into the palm of your hand, are "handcrafted out of solid mahogany wood, with solid metal tuning keys," and include a pre-printed autograph printed on the headstock.

Funny. I remember a time when the hottest collectible at a show used to be the one-off specialty T-shirt or the nitrous.

3. Bob Weir is into some trippy musical production stuff.
Weir appeared at the 9th biannual MusicTech Summit in San Francisco with members of Slightly Stoopid, Jack Conte of Pomplamoose, and Joe Satriani, and Weir was there to discuss his state-of-the-art recording studio, called the Tamalpais Research Institute.

Weir's recording studio includes "a revolutionary acoustic modeling technology which has the ability to dramatically change the acoustical properties of the room. With the touch of a button, an artist can instantly change the sonic environment from that of a small intimate club to sounding like a theater, an arena or even a cathedral." You can watch Furthur perform at TRI here:

4. The simulcast concert.
Can't make tonight's show? Want more Furthur even if you are attending tonight? You're in luck. The band is simulcasting its Oct. 4 Vegas gig at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino on Sirius/XM radio. You can read more about it here.

Tickets are still available for tonight's show for $47.50.

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