Monday, June 25, 2012

Extra, extra: In Other News, online

Posted By on Mon, Jun 25, 2012 at 9:00 AM

In this week's installment, airlines introduce "Meet & Seat" services.

Curses, Foiled Again
Police investigating a break-in at a Little League snack bar in La Mesa, Calif., promptly located the culprits by following “a trail of chips, candy and other snacks leading away from the scene and up the street,” Sgt. Colin Atwood said. Officers found more snacks behind a vehicle, searched the home that the vehicle was parked in front of and discovered property belonging to the Little League, including a cash register. Authorities charged a man, two women and a girl at the home with burglary. (The San Diego Union-Tribune)

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Friday, June 22, 2012

Secondary ticket market cashing in on Pearl Jam show

Posted By on Fri, Jun 22, 2012 at 1:50 PM

Tickets went on sale this morning for Pearl Jam's Sept. 30 fundraiser concert for Sen. Jon Tester, and promptly sold out in approximately 10 minutes. After reportedly strong pre-sales from the band's fan club — the concert marks Pearl Jam's only 2012 non-festival U.S. show — today's $55 tickets were known to be limited.

But that doesn't mean you can't still score seats. Soon after GrizTix announced the event had sold out, secondary markets were flooded with tickets at four times the face value, or more. The cheapest seats on StubHub start at $249, with some asking $500 for similar sections. Floor seats can be had for as much as $2,353.

Craigslist is filled with more seekers than sellers, and those selling aren't listing prices. Perhaps that's because of messages like this one from one unhappy fan:

Dear Scalpers,

I'm still going to the show with or without tickets. I'm just taking a baseball bat with me and I'm going to beat down every person who stops me to ask if I need Pearl Jam tickets for inflated prices. And it's going to be fun.

No need for violence, although there are a lot of frustrated fans out there who got shut out online or left empty handed after waiting in line. (Full disclosure: I was one of the less-frustrated folks who missed out online; the image of that "Please Hold" screen is burned in my memory.)

If it's any consolation, Tester's campaign is still offering the "best seats in the world." These seats put you in a recliner on stage for the full concert, and that's after a pre-show meet-and-greet with Tester and the band, and dinner with Jeff Ament and the senator. These premier seats only costs $10 ... to get entered into a raffle.

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Missoula contestant finalist in Hooters International Swimsuit Pageant

Posted By on Fri, Jun 22, 2012 at 1:45 PM

Among all the important things going on this weekend, surely you've made time for the 16th annual Hooters International Swimsuit Pageant on Saturday night. If not, perhaps the inclusion of Missoula's own Rachel Vander Veen will get you to tune in.

Rachel, who works at the Hooters on Reserve Street, is one of 101 finalists competing in the pageant. In addition to a $50,000 first place cash prize and the title of Miss Hooters International 2012, the winner will be featured in the Hooters Magazine, Hooters Calendar and in national television commercials. There's also a $5,000 prize for the "viewer's choice" winner, as voted online.

This is the second year a Missoula employee has been a finalist.

"The contestants represent the 18,000 current Hooters Girls working in the 430 locations around the world," explained Alexis Aleshire, Hooters' PR director, in a release. "They advanced in local and regional contests or were selected to compete in Miami in our largest event of the year."

To watch the competition, you can head to the Hooters on Reserve Street, where it will air live on closed-circuit TV starting at 9 p.m. local time, or catch it taped on FX at 11 p.m.

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The Rockies Today, June 22

Posted By on Fri, Jun 22, 2012 at 11:10 AM

Top news links, courtesy of Mountain West News.

Fierce wildfire season forces USFS to address aging air tanker fleet
Since 1999, aviation accidents have killed 63 wildland firefighters, far more than flames, heat, falling trees or traffic accidents, and with only a handful of air tankers still flying at a time when wildfires are predicted to become larger and more intense, the U.S. Forest Service is taking some steps to bring on more modern air tankers.
New York Times; June 22

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Thursday, June 21, 2012

Much ado about Love Your Mother Earth Festival

Posted By on Thu, Jun 21, 2012 at 12:46 PM


Festival season is upon us, and if you didn't make it to Coachella or Sasquatch this year, here's the next best thing at a fraction of the cost (although, unfortunately, there will be no At The Drive In or Jack White). The sixth annual LYME Fest starts today at the Rock Creek Lodge about 25 miles east of Missoula, just off I-90 at exit 126. It's got all of your basic arts + culture festival fare: food and craft vendors, workshops including morning yoga and juggling lessons, a fire tent, art installations, music, and, of course, camping.

But don't expect to sleep much, and not because the fest straddles the sun-soaked solstice: taking a look at the schedule, there's going to be music practically all day and definitely all night, from the far reaches of electronica subgenres to a steady stream of folk, rock, blues and Americana bands. The full schedule is below so you can see exactly what we're talking about.

If you're looking for a few highlights within this sea of earthy love, here are two:

The Dodgy Mountain Men, featured in this week's Scope and pictured above, close out the live band stage at 1 a.m. Sunday morning with their brand of Stompgrass — a sound that weaves together, well, what pretty much every band playing before them will touch on. It's bluegrass without the banjo, country without the twang, rock without a trapset.

British DJ Tipper headlines the electronic acts with his wide-ranging talents of sound manipulation. One of the innovators of glitch-hop, he also has a penchant for surround-sound-styled ambience.

Tickets, which include four-day access and camping, run $55 in advance and $65 if you show up without one.

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The Rockies Today, June 21

Posted By on Thu, Jun 21, 2012 at 12:30 PM

Top news links, courtesy of Mountain West News.

U.S. Senate passes beetle-kill amendment to Farm Bill
Montana U.S. Sen. Max Baucus' amendment to the Farm Bill that doubles the $100 million the U.S. Forest Service is authorized to use to address bark beetle infested forests passed in the Senate on a 77-22 vote.
Flathead Beacon; June 21

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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

The Indy presents The Head and the Heart

Posted on Wed, Jun 20, 2012 at 1:30 PM


If you haven't heard yet, The Head and the Heart plays the historic Wilma Theatre Wednesday, September 19. But you've probably heard this because this fast-rising Seattle indie-pop outfit is pretty fantastic, and they made quite the impression last summer when opening for Iron & Wine.

Here's what you may not know: the Indy is an official presenting sponsor of the show as part of the paper's ongoing celebration of its 21st birthday. Wanna learn more? Here's the lowdown:

The Head and the Heart
with special guest Bryan John Appleby
Wednesday, Sept. 19, 8 p.m.
Tickets: $22 advance; $24 day of show.
On sale now at Rockin Rudy's or

Still need more? Cool. Below are two video clips of the band doing its thing.

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The Rockies Today, June 20

Posted By on Wed, Jun 20, 2012 at 12:50 PM

Top news links, courtesy of Mountain West News.

Demand for trout from Idaho fish farms outpaces supply
Idaho is the nation's top producer of trout, but water shortages have kept some raceways at hatcheries dry, and producers are having trouble meeting demand.
Twin Falls Times-News; June 20

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Your future, a little early

Posted By on Wed, Jun 20, 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): Swans, geese, and ducks molt all their flight feathers at once, which means they may be unable to fly for several weeks afterwards. We humans don’t do anything like that in a literal way, but we have a psychological analog: times when we shed outworn self-images. I suspect you’re coming up on such a transition, Aries. While you’re going through it, you may want to lie low. Anything resembling flight—launching new ventures, making big decisions, embarking on great adventures—should probably be postponed until the metamorphosis is complete and your feathers grow back.

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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

June is just fine for skiing

Posted By on Tue, Jun 19, 2012 at 1:31 PM

A lot of this summer's weather has flat-out stunk. But if you can't wear your swimming trunks, you may as well pull back out your skis — and this week offers a golden opportunity to put them to use.

The second annual Beartooth Summer Session starts tomorrow with registration and check-in. The four-day event features lift accessed skiing at Red Lodge Summer Ski Camp, guided backcountry skiing with Beartooth Mountain Guides, a big mountain slopestyle competition, and a free demo from ON3P Ski Company.

Three days of lift tickets and four nights lodging runs $270, and other packages are available.

Courtesy of ON3P
  • Courtesy of ON3P

For those of you who know about the Red Lodge Summer Ski and Snowboard Camps, summer skiing is no new thing. There's daily lift service available for $45, and plenty of backcountry opportunities. The weather's been a bit whacky this summer, but often to the hill's benefit.

"We had that warm weather in early May, then 3 and a half feet of snow over Memorial Day weekend," says Kurt Hallock, the camp's owner. "It's been all over the place, but we're not in too bad a shape ... There are people up on the mountain right now."

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