Thursday, January 26, 2012

The Rockies Today, Jan. 26

Posted By on Thu, Jan 26, 2012 at 10:10 AM

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President Obama to tout energy at Colorado stop today
Air Force One will land at Buckley Air Force Base in Colorado today, where President Obama is expected to showcase his support for oil and gas development, as well as solar, wind and hydroelectric power.
Denver Post; Jan. 26

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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

MPD on the lookout for casino assailant

Posted By on Wed, Jan 25, 2012 at 2:44 PM

The Missoula Police Department is asking for help tracking down a man who allegedly punched another man in the face in a casino parking lot on the 1500 block of Dearborn Ave on Jan. 17 at 1 a.m.

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The Rockies Today, Jan. 25

Posted By on Wed, Jan 25, 2012 at 10:30 AM

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Heavy snow atop thin, weak layer in West's mountain raises avalanche risk
Recent storms that have dumped heavy, wet layers of snow on top of thin, weak snow covering mountains in the West have created high avalanche danger in parts of Colorado, Utah, Montana and California, and the risk of avalanches will likely remain high for the rest of the winter.
Washington Post (AP); Jan. 25

Montana city a hotbed of online businesses
There are a number of high-tech startups and businesses operating online in Bozeman, earning the Montana city the moniker "Silicon Prairie."
Bozeman Daily Chronicle; Jan. 25

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Your future, a little early

Posted By on Wed, Jan 25, 2012 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): The coming week is likely to be abnormally free of worries and frustrations. I’m afraid that means you’re not going to have as much right to complain as you usually do. Can you handle that? Or will you feel bereft when faced with the prospect of having so little to grumble about? Just in case, I’ve compiled a list of fake annoyances for you to draw on. 1. “My iPhone won’t light my cigarette.” 2. “The next tissue in my tissue box doesn’t magically poke out when I take one.” 3. “I want some ice cream, but I overstuffed myself at dinner.” 4. “I ran out of bottled water and now I have to drink from the tap.” 5. “My cat’s Facebook profile gets more friend requests than me.” 6. “When people tell me I should feel grateful for all I have instead of complaining all the time, I feel guilty.”

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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Freemos is dead. Long live Freemos.

Posted By on Tue, Jan 24, 2012 at 9:45 AM

The all-you-can-eat pizza buffet on Brooks Street closed earlier this month, marking the second local pizza joint to close in the last three months. (Pizza Pipeline shuttered in November.) I never ate at Freemos, but I drove past it a million times, distracted by the large window displays and the blinking lights of video games inside. I'm sure it was a wonderful place for birthday parties and creating semi-professional football teams.

It will be missed.

But much of Freemos can live on.

All of the restaurant equipment and, perhaps more importantly, all those video games are for sale. A full list and photos are available online, but you'll have to call for prices.

I call dibs on the Kick 'N Catch ($200) and Skee-Ball ($200). You can have the corner booth and white pizza plates.

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The Rockies Today, Jan. 24

Posted By on Tue, Jan 24, 2012 at 9:20 AM

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'Major hiccup' stalls fish restoration project on Montana's Sun River
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers ordered work on the $445,000 Rocky Reef Spring Creek project on a stretch of the Sun River in Montana near Fort Shaw, because the work done resulted in the loss of wetlands, which was counter to the goal of the project.
Great Falls Tribune; Jan. 24

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Monday, January 23, 2012

A former Missoulian hunted a wild hog on TV last night

Posted By on Mon, Jan 23, 2012 at 8:20 PM

If you know Steven Rinella, you know that killing a wild hog for the cameras ain't no big thing. A graduate of the University of Montana creative writing program and former Indy contributor, Rinella is best known as the author of The Scavenger's Guide to Haute Cuisine and American Buffalo: In Search of a Lost Icon, and host of "The Wild Within" on The Travel Channel. Now, he has a new show called "Meat Eater" on the Sportsman Channel.


On last night's episode, Rinella set out to the Sacramento Valley in California to hunt wild hogs. After covering the history of the animal (300 years ago Spanish settlers let a handful of pigs loose in order to turn acorns into bacon) and successfully nabbing one, he whipped up some roasted pork loin with apples and rosemary—and cooked it in tinfoil over an open fire.

If it weren't clear already, Rinella is hardcore. The Scavenger's Guide to Haute Cuisine included a chapter on capturing pigeons from under the Higgins Avenue bridge for part of an epic Thanksgiving Day feast. "The Wild Within" featured an episode where he paralyzed an octopus by biting its head. "Meat Eater" seems to be following the same path, which makes sense because this is all Rinella has ever wanted to do.

"You have kids come in from all these famous schools to the MFA program in Missoula and they all have these dreams of being the next avant-garde, right? They want to do all these experimental things and write about how much they drink and how hard they've had it," he told the Indy during an interview last year. "I think that must just be exhausting, you know? I came to school and I just wanted to write outdoors stuff. No one goes to grad school and says I want to write about hunting. I think what I wanted was so attainable, so realistic, that people helped me."

"Meat Eater" airs Sunday evenings. During next week's episode, which airs Jan. 29, Rinella returns to Montana to hunt mule deer. That deer has no chance.

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The Rockies Today, Jan. 23

Posted By on Mon, Jan 23, 2012 at 10:38 AM

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Montana city to appeal water master's decision on Tenmile Creek rights
Helena city officials are confident that the Montana city will win its appeal of a 2011 recommendation by Water Master Hugh McFadden that the city had relinquished its rights to Tenmile Creek water because it hadn't used it.
Helena Independent Record; Jan. 23

Natural gas prices fall to 10-year low
Natural-gas prices are 50 percent lower than they were a year ago, but prices paid by Montana consumers have decreased just 9 percent, as the price they pay includes the cost of delivering the gas to their homes.
Billings Gazette; Jan. 23

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Extra, extra: In Other News, online

Posted By on Mon, Jan 23, 2012 at 9:00 AM

In this week's installment, a woman tells her employer that her daughter died in Costa Rica so she could spend two and a half weeks vacationing there.

Curses, Foiled Again
David Sherman, 49, stole a DVD player from a Wal-Mart store in Gretna, Neb., but didn’t get far because 24 Sarpy County sheriff’s deputies were in the store for “Shop with a Cop Night.” Some of the deputies escorting 75 underprivileged children spotted Sherman running from the store with the DVD player, gave chase and caught him hiding in a car. (Omaha’s WOWT-TV)

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Sunday, January 22, 2012

Ringing Out extends its run

Posted By on Sun, Jan 22, 2012 at 12:32 PM

Not even a whole boatload of snow can stop people from seeing good theater. Friday, the final night of Ringing Out—a post-apocalyptic play by Josh Wagner, directed by Rebecca Schaffer—was sold out despite extreme weather conditions, and many people were turned away at the door. No matter. The play, which we gave a glowing review to in this week's paper, has been extended for the next five days. Check it out this evening (Sunday), or any night Monday through Thursday at the Crystal Theatre at 7:30 PM nightly. $15.

Seriously. You won't regret it.


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