Friday, June 29, 2012

Changes at the Moon-Randolph Homestead

Posted By on Fri, Jun 29, 2012 at 3:30 PM

After nearly five years as the caretakers of the Moon-Randolph Homestead, the Smetanka family has announced it's moving on. There's a party to celebrate their time there, as well as a fundraiser for the next caretakers, tomorrow, Saturday, at 2 p.m. They're asking for a $5 donation and to bring side dishes, potluck-style.

With the transition comes an opportunity to look back at what it's like to live on the homestead. In 2008, Andy Smetanka wrote an award-winning account for the Indy of his first months tending to the property. You'll find tales of stolen eggs, pillaged gardens and something nasty killing all the chickens. Living off the land sounded anything but easy, but it also provided a strong sense of connection. This passage seems especially appropriate:

Peering inside the converted chicken coop where the last Randolph had lived alone for almost 40 years, I could hardly have guessed that the woman I’d barely started dating would someday give birth to our second child in the same room. Now I don’t remember what life was like before and I dread the thought of ever leaving. I tell people that the kids will burst the timbers of the house before I’m ready to leave. I just hope they carry this place with them forever when we finally do.

Read the full story here.

Photo by Chad Harder

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The Rockies Today, June 29

Posted By on Fri, Jun 29, 2012 at 10:52 AM

Top news links, courtesy of Mountain West News.

Body found in one of 346 homes burned by Colorado wildfire
Colorado Springs officials said human remains were found in one of the 346 homes burned in the Colorado community by the Waldo Canyon Fire, which is now 16,750 acres in size and is 15 percent contained.
Denver Post; June 29

President issues federal disaster declaration in Colorado
President Barack Obama is scheduled to get an on-the-ground look at the damage caused by the Waldo Canyon Fire in Colorado Springs today, and on Thursday, he issued a federal disaster declaration for areas burned by that fire and the High Park Fire near Fort Collins.
Boulder Daily Camera (Longmont Times-Call); June 29

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Thursday, June 28, 2012

Two weeks to Best of Missoula

Posted By on Thu, Jun 28, 2012 at 3:45 PM

Consider this the official beginning of our Best of Missoula countdown.

In two weeks, on July 12, we'll unveil the people, places and things Indy readers deemed tops in our neck of the woods. Sources tell us this year includes some noteworthy upsets, and if you voted you already know our 2012 version includes new categories like Best Dish and Best Gynecologist.

In addition to the weighty printed paper detailing all those honorees, we'll also be hosting a little party at Caras Park with food, drinks, live music and some family friendly activities.

Here's the lowdown on that soiree:

Best of Missoula Party
July 12, 5:30 p.m.
Caras Park
Music from
Tom Catmull & the Clerics
David Boone & D A W N S

As Best of Missoula gets closer, check out the Indy blog for looks back at past winners.

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Pachyderm punks hit the road

Posted By on Thu, Jun 28, 2012 at 12:30 PM


Holy DIY, Batman! Local punk band King Elephant is loading up the Econoline after their show tonight at Zoo City Apparel, forsaking Montana for the perils of the great American Interstates.
They raised a few thousand dollars on Kickstarter (hey, didn't we just write about that?) to fund a month of touring and a documentary featuring the band, the tour, and the national DIY scene. The boys will crisscross the U.S. from Portland to NYC and back through the end of July supporting their new LP, Exhaust. You can pick up a copy of that tonight, of course.

Here's one of my favorite songs of theirs; count on it being stuck in your head for a while:

Head to Zoo City Apparel at 7 p.m. to bid them farewell — they won't be back 'til July 31.

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The Rockies Today, June 28

Posted By on Thu, Jun 28, 2012 at 12:10 PM

Top news links, courtesy of Mountain West News.

U.S. Supreme Court upholds most of 2010 Affordable Health Care Act
In a 5-4 decision handed down on Thursday, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld nearly all the provisions of the 2010 Affordable Health Care Act, including the mandate that all Americans have health insurance.
Salt Lake Tribune (AP); June 28

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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

The Rockies Today, June 27

Posted By on Wed, Jun 27, 2012 at 11:10 AM

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Federal appeals court OK's EPA rules on greenhouse-gas emissions
A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia unanimously backed the Environmental Protection Agency's authority to limit greenhouse gas emissions.
New York Times; June 27

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Your future, a little early

Posted By on Wed, Jun 27, 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): If you play solitaire, your luck will be crazy strong in the coming weeks. If you have candid, wide-ranging talks with yourself in the mirror, the revelations are likely to be as interesting as if you had spoken directly with the river god or the angel of the sunrise. Taking long walks alone could lead to useful surprises, and so would crafting a new declaration of independence for yourself. It’ll also be an excellent time to expand your skills at giving yourself pleasure. Please understand that I’m not advising you to be isolated and lonely. I merely want to emphasize the point that you’re due for some breakthroughs in your relationship with yourself.

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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

The Rockies Today, June 26

Posted By on Tue, Jun 26, 2012 at 11:50 AM

Top news links, courtesy of Mountain West News.

Federal judge denies challenge to snowmobile rules in Montana WSA
Citizens for Balanced Use challenged the Gallatin National Forest's 2006 travel plan for the Hyalite-Porcupine-Buffalo Horn wilderness study area in Montana south of Bozeman, because the plan put new restrictions on where snowmobiles could travel, but on Monday U.S. District Judge Sam Haddon dismissed the lawsuit.
Billings Gazette; June 26

Demand for Montana coal slumps
Coal from Montana mines is piling up, due in part to a seasonal drop in demand due to hydropower resources in the Northwest, as well as less demand for coal in the Midwest.
Billings Gazette; June 24

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Osprey win in bizarre fashion, and it's on video (UPDATE)

Posted By on Tue, Jun 26, 2012 at 8:20 AM

The Missoula Osprey won a wild one last night when Helena's Raul Mondesi Jr. forgot to touch home plate on a would-be game-tying two-run home run in the bottom of the 10th. The Osprey appealed, and the ump called Mondesi out, thus ending the game. Missoula won, 2-1.

Sounds crazy, but it happened. Even crazier is that the blooper was caught on video, clear as day. The reactions here — from the initial crowd enthusiasm to the umpire and catcher, who immediately realized Mondesi messed up — are priceless.

UPDATE: The video was removed from YouTube, but Deadspin, which picked up on the story after the Indy's original post, grabbed another version from KRTV. You can watch it here.

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Monday, June 25, 2012

The Rockies Today, June 25

Posted By on Mon, Jun 25, 2012 at 11:10 AM

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Hunt is on for grizzly bear sow in Montana that killed 60 sheep
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks are tracking a grizzly bear sow that killed 60 sheep last week in a couple of different locations near Conrad, and agents said that if the bear is found to have been involved in previous livestock depredations, it will likely be euthanized.
Helena Independent Record (Great Falls Tribune); June 25

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