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Re: “A six-mill levy supporting Montana universities has always passed before. That doesn't mean it's a shoo-in

Let's face it - going to a four-year school like UM no longer makes sense for the majority of today's high school graduates.


The cost.

Posted by Greg Strandberg on 06/22/2017 at 12:30 PM

Re: “With Homeword's tiny homes, the Bakken's loss could be low-income Missoula's gain

Way too much money for what's little more than a walk-in-closet.

Posted by Greg Strandberg on 06/22/2017 at 12:28 PM

Re: “What are 'blockchain security services,' and why is the state pouring $416,000 into a warehouse in Bonner?

I'm a troglodite and this article made me dizzy. I protest!

Posted by smedley on 06/22/2017 at 11:38 AM

Re: “Shooting back is just as violent as shooting first

Robbie, your assessments vs solutions is fairly good. Not doable but based upon the premise that in reasonable societies might shouldn't make right. History dosent agree. It's a sad fact that reasonable people who voluntarily surrender their means of effective resistance end up enslaved by ruthless dictators who make life a living hell until they are forceably removed from power. Way too many examples!
I submit that the seething unrest we are witnessing today is about as good as it's going to get. Plenty of outraged idealists balanced by a heavily armed populace that is dead serious about staying that way. A government that is feared by it's subjects is a dictatoship. A government that fears it's subjects is a democracy.

Posted by smedley on 06/22/2017 at 11:32 AM

Re: “A washed-out road sharpens concerns about a Bitterroot timber project

This article and the photo shows what that road maintenance backlog looks like on-the-ground following a somewhat modest rain storm.

Keep in mind that as of 2004, the U.S. Forest Service had a $10 BILLION road maintenance backlog across America's National Forests. The National Forests in Montana has, as of 2004, a total road maintenance backlog of $670 million. In the 13 years since this report (…) was produced the road maintenance backlog on America's National Forests has only gotten worse. Yet, Congress still refuses the fund the U.S. Forest Service to address this maintenance backlog.

Posted by Matthew Koehler on 06/22/2017 at 10:22 AM

Re: “Ted McDermott finds his way back to fiction with The Minor Outsider

McDermott lived in Normal, IL for a stint in his 20s. He grew up in Columbia, SC.

Posted by John E. on 06/22/2017 at 8:14 AM

Re: “Street Talk: How much bitcoin could a bitcoin miner mine if a bitcoin miner could mine bitcoin?

Bitcoin is a new age value token that is both created and distributed digitally. Unlike fiat currency (e.g dollar and euro) bitcoin is decentralized, which means, there are no institutions (banks?) that control it. And so, bitcoin is the e-currency that unites the world. A lifetime ago you could earn bitcoin just mining them out of your computer or GPU. But at present miners who get a profit use powerful ASICs devices. The ordinary people can mine bitcoin through cloud mining from either Hashing24 ( or Hashflare ( It is gonna cost you, though. But the profit is more than the fees.

You could also mine altcoins (e.g. Augur, dogecoin, litecoin, starcoin, monero, dash) through your computer or phone using the Minergate software (get it here: and this is done by renting out your device's power and in return getting a share of the altcoins mined by the Minergate. Have any question? Reach me at:

Posted by Jessica Cynthia May on 06/22/2017 at 3:06 AM

Re: “A pickleball rebellion at Playfair Park

As one of the many "old guys and gals" that have embraced pickleball, gosh, I am so sorry the "old tennis guys" were politely asked to move to another court. Goodness, there are only 8 other courts available to tennis players at all times. And those courts are generally sparsely populated.
The Zootown Pickleball community is one of the most welcoming groups in town. Parks & Rec teach lessons twice each week at no charge. It is a sport particularly popular with the senior group for the "open play" concept of everyone welcome. We even have purchased quite balls to reduce the noise level.
Nearly every time we are on the pickleball courts we apologize politely sometimes even beg to ask the tennis folks if they could go to another court since we only have the 4 tennis courts that are lined for pickleball. Courts were built for us all to enjoy and share. Times are changing and sports are changing.
As far as noise, these "old tennis players" object to the lovely joyful sounds of fun coming from our courts. Do they object to the joyful sounds of children playing at SPLASH?
As I tell anyone who will listen - Who would have thought at age 65, I would learn a new sport and meet so many wonderful people who have become true friends. --Ruth Havican,
USAPA Ambassador in Missoula

Posted by Ruth Havican on 06/21/2017 at 7:27 AM

Re: “Tester moves a VA bill

I'm quite satisfied with my local VA clinic (Salmon, Idaho), but at the state office in Boise and at the national level, the VA is such an incomprehensible, impenetrable, turgid and opaque bureaucracy that I sometimes think that they're deliberately trying to discourage participation.

Posted by alf on 06/20/2017 at 12:06 PM

Re: “Street Talk: You say it's your birthday? Bottoms up.

Bitteroot Happy Trail for my 21st. We came up with that term when me and a group of my friends went from the bottom of the Valley in Darby and hit ever bar in every town all the way back to Missoula. Crazy night involving a lot of shots, public urination, strangers tagging along town to town, birthday paddling, and caravan shenanigans

Posted by Hugh Fergo on 06/20/2017 at 4:06 AM

Re: “Engstrom to earn $119K next year as UM professor

lets see if I have this right--UM fires Engstrom who drove UM in to the ground in less then 5 years..they hire him back to teach entry level classes when he has not been in the classroom for more then 25 the same time UM is laying off faculty and staff..makes perfect sense!

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Posted by will carr on 06/19/2017 at 10:24 AM

Re: “Why getting rural schools up to internet speed is such an incredibly slow go

Just a little background:
From The New York Times:

How Big Sky Went Dark

A story that struck me as a quiet tragedy was the debacle involving an electricity company in Montana.…

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Posted by Doug Murray on 06/19/2017 at 10:17 AM

Re: “Why getting rural schools up to internet speed is such an incredibly slow go

As usual, federal and state taxpayers provide 90 percent of the funding. Then CenturyLink owns it? Why should private companies own and monetize publicly funded infrastructure? Existing fiber in Montana came from the evisceration of Montana Power under the Racicot era privatization and the Touch America debacle/boondoggle and subsequent bankruptcy and destruction of hundreds (if not thousands) of Montanans' retirement savings. So why are we repeating this insanity?

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Posted by Doug Murray on 06/19/2017 at 9:54 AM

Re: “Twenty years after his death, artist Jay Rummel still haunts Missoula.

as the designated driver of the seventies I was happy to drive him and other friends home safe. it was a crazy time. first time I saw him he was playing with story on the tiny stage at the top hat when it was narrow. Shirley was one of the gilded lily owners then. my mother was scandalized by the rummel print on the wall behind our couch. kids never minded it. girl from the north country I think. thumbtacks, yes

Posted by Hannah Johns on 06/18/2017 at 9:24 PM

Re: “Engstrom to earn $119K next year as UM professor

DoYourHomework...thanks for putting up that link.

I dug into that 190-page budget and found the 122 highest-paid professors and the 25 highest-paid administrators.

I've put that information in an easy-to-read report, which you can find here:…

Posted by Greg Strandberg on 06/18/2017 at 1:37 PM

Re: “Engstrom to earn $119K next year as UM professor


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Posted by Greg Strandberg on 06/18/2017 at 11:00 AM

Re: “Photos: Ink, cake and machines at Blaque Owl's anniversary party

I made this cake,it was Fabulous!!!! My whole family enjoyed very much after eating it. Thanks for this amazing recipe

Posted by on 06/17/2017 at 3:35 AM

Re: “Do you really want an anti-media GOP controlling your news?

Remember the incident occurred be fore the election. Gianforte was a candidate.
The Times, Places and Manner of holding Elections for Senators and Representatives, shall be prescribed in each State by the Legislature thereof; but the Congress may at any time by Law make or alter such Regulations, except as to the Places of chusing Senators.
(Responsibility for conducting an election of a federal Representative lay primarily with the states and secondarily with Congress.)

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Posted by Carole Mackin on 06/16/2017 at 8:35 PM

Re: “Do you really want an anti-media GOP controlling your news?

MCA 13-1-101 Definitions (38)

(38) "Public office" means a state, county, municipal, school, or other district office that is filled by the people at an election. Fed isn't one of them. Good try

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Posted by niam on 06/16/2017 at 7:23 PM

Re: “The raw deal: in search of Missoula's black-market milk

Alisha Johnson's information is not accurate. If it were, the human race could not have grown & prospered as it did over the last 3000 years!!

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Posted by Kathy Matt on 06/16/2017 at 6:21 PM

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