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Re: “The Pacific Northwest Trail is blazing an unauthorized route through the Yaak—grizzlies be damned. Rick Bass says there's a better way, and he needs Missoula's help.

Yes, Charlie J. would be appalled as he was by all infringement of Capitalist industry on the wild. I'm sure a mind as acute as Rick's has long since realized that collaboration with an unprincipled enemy is its own reward.

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Posted by paul edwards on 10/19/2017 at 10:28 AM

Re: “Carlyle tries (again) to force release of the city's Mountain Water legal bills

Someone made out like bandits, it just wasn't the people of Missoula.

We paid $140 million to get the same water we were getting 10 years ago, 50 years ago. Lot of money for 'peace of mind' and to 'one-up' a global corporation.

Thankfully our kids will foot that bill, saving us from any headaches. That's very kind of us.

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Posted by Greg Strandberg on 10/19/2017 at 10:17 AM

Re: “A new Missoula business offers curbside compost pickup

Wow, this is great! I hope we can see something similar with our non-recycled glass problem.

That said, I do worry. I worry because the City of Missoula recently took over EKO Compost, paying $3 million for this private business.

The city will need to recoup that cost, and a small-time business like Doty's here will not be viewed in a favorable light. After all, isn't he edging into the city's new business? It'll be interesting to hear more about this as time goes on.

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Posted by Greg Strandberg on 10/19/2017 at 10:13 AM

Re: “Missoula joins ACLU's suit to block Montana's 'bathroom bill'

Montana had 2,000 kids in foster care last year; 4,000 kids this year.

Shame that Laszloffy and his fellow Bible-thumpers at the 'Family' Foundation can't focus their attention on issues that are actually important to the state.

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Posted by Greg Strandberg on 10/19/2017 at 10:10 AM

Re: “The Pacific Northwest Trail is blazing an unauthorized route through the Yaak—grizzlies be damned. Rick Bass says there's a better way, and he needs Missoula's help.

If you are interested in grizzly bears in the Cabinet-Yaak ecosystem, you may want to check out the following information.

"Lawsuit restores Cabinet-Yaak grizzly endangered status" (August 2017)

http://montanauntamed.com/montana-untamed/…

And "Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals halts East Reservoir Timber Sale" (September 2016)

https://allianceforthewildrockies.org/nint…

[Ironically, the Yaak Valley Forest Council, with the help of timber industry lawyers at the American Forest Resource Council, intervened in this lawsuit in support of the U.S. Forest Service's plan for 8,845 acres of proposed commercial logging, of which 3,458 acres will be new clearcuts, affecting tens of thousands of acres of the Kootenai National Forest and five major tributaries to the Kootenai River and Lake Koocanusa. The commercial logging and clearcuts were planned in habitat for threatened lynx, bull trout, and grizzly bears.]

Calling it one of the worst logging projects in decades, Mike Garrity, Executive Director for the Alliance for the Wild Rockies announced today that the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has granted its request for an injunction halting a massive clearcut and logging project affecting tens of thousands of acres of national forest and five major tributaries to the Kootenai River and Lake Koocanusa.

A lawsuit was filed by the Alliance for the Wild Rockies in federal court in May 2015 challenging the U.S. Forest Services decision to authorize a large logging, burning, and road-building project in habitat for threatened lynx, bull trout, and grizzly bears in the Kootenai National Forest in northwest Montana. Federal District Court Judge Christensen ruled the logging could go forward in July and the Alliance immediately appealed resulting in the injunction today to halt the project based on the Courts finding that the Alliance is likely to succeed on the merits of its appeal.

The East Reservoir Project area is huge, Garrity continued. But there are already over 22,000 acres of clearcuts within its boundaries. Add to that the 8,845 acres of proposed commercial logging, of which 3,458 acres will be new clearcuts, and the additional impacts to this already heavily-logged area are simply unacceptable.

Additionally, the timber sale is a huge money-loser which, by the Forest Services own estimate, will cost taxpayers $2,589,535 to subsidize further degradation of an already-degraded landscape, Garrity explained. Much of that cost will be to rebuild and maintain an astounding 175 miles of logging roads, construct nine miles of new permanent logging roads, allow an additional 13 miles of illegal, user-created roads to be added to the legal road system, and open nine miles of previously closed motorized trails. When all the existing science shows more roads directly lead to more grizzly bear deaths and more sedimentation of bull trout spawning streams this project simply ignored the legal mandate for the Forest Service to maintain existing species of fish and wildlife when conducting timber sales.

That the Forest Service could possibly even consider such a massive logging project in an area in which only one percent of the remaining old growth exists in small, isolated stands defies law and logic, Garrity continued. For old-growth dependent wildlife such as lynx, this project is basically a death sentence to a species that is already in severe decline due to road-building and logging. That the Forest Service allows this timber sale to log federally-designated lynx critical habitat isnt just sloppy work, its inexcusable and illegal.

As most Montanans know, there is incredible political pressure to get out the cut on National Forests, Garrity explained. But the bottom line is that federal laws require retention of functioning ecosystems and maintaining the diverse wildlife and fisheries that rely on healthy forests not just treating our publicly-owned forests as commercial logging lots to benefit a single industrys profit margin. In this instance, the agencies have simply side-stepped those requirements, as well as the Endangered Species Act, by judging their own actions to have no adverse impacts despite the massive scale of this project in bull trout, grizzly bear, and lynx habitat, all of which are threatened species.

Whats astounding is that so-called conservation groups are among those who intervened in the lawsuit to support these massive new clearcuts and were represented by none other than the industrys American Forest Resource Council Garrity said. Montanans should know that the Montana Wilderness Association, the Yaak Valley Forest Council, Lincoln County, The Lands Council, Troy Snowmobile Club, Cabinet Resource Group, F.H. Stoltze Land and Lumber Company, Idaho Forest Group, and the Troy School District all think logging is more important than restoring this already over-logged area and recovering the lynx, grizzly bears, and bull trout as required by the Endangered Species Act.

The Alliance for the Wild Rockies exists as a watchdog organization that concentrates on activities occurring on our National Forests, which are owned by all Americans and exist not simply to supply local timber mills, Garrity concluded. When faced with federal agencies literally exempting themselves from the law with the blessing of collaborator groups, we have no recourse but to challenge those decisions in federal court. That is exactly what we did on the East Reservoir Project to protect our irreplaceable forests and wildlife resources for present and future generations.

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Posted by Matthew Koehler on 10/19/2017 at 7:20 AM

Re: “City Council considers a zoning change for the University District

The university district is a beautiful area of Missoula with an architectural history spanning over 100 years. The homes represent the tastes of architects throughout the last century and include everything from Queen Anne, Craftsman, and Revival styles of architecture to today's more modern style. This is what gives the charm of the university. To continue to single out a specific home that meets all current zoning requirements and would meet the proposed zoning requirements, is tiring at best and harassment at worst. This home is handsome and aesthetically pleasing in its surroundings and compliments today's style. Many homes in the university are in fact larger than Timblo home but are no longer a style favored when designing and building a home. Homes in the historic district are kept in their respective style even during remodels, but the Timblo home is not in the historic district. We should actually thank the Timblo's for keeping within the diverse characteristic of the University District and for continuing the trend to pioneer architectural styles of today's time.

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Posted by Love Missoula on 10/18/2017 at 4:59 PM

Re: “Meet Lisa Triepke, the candidate who wants to unseat John Engen

How did Lisa Triepke receive public support while she purchased two homes valued at nearly a half million dollars? A property search will show that she purchased a home in Missoula for more than $300k and a second home in Gulf Breeze Florida for $150k. Normally politicians wait until after they are elected to behave in this manner. This woman should not be allowed to serve as mayor ever.

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Posted by Jim Benton on 10/18/2017 at 9:01 AM

Re: “Gallatin County judge releases Gianforte mugshot

When will some Montana Indy filmmakers make a short of GG and his most meaningful exploits? They could cast our own hometown, award winning actor JK in the lead role. He'd be perfect, especially drawing from his character in Whiplash.

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Posted by Anne Grant on 10/17/2017 at 12:33 PM

Re: “Gallatin County judge releases Gianforte mugshot

When will some Montana Indy filmmakers do a short on GG and his most meaningful exploits? They could cast our own hometown, award-winning actor JK in the lead role. He'd be perfect, especially drawing from his character in Whiplash.

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Posted by Anne Grant on 10/17/2017 at 12:30 PM

Re: “BrokeAss Gourmet: Sweet potato corn cakes with aioli

Delicious. Last week was great too. I'm having trouble not just eating the aioli by itself. Thanks for the recipe!

Posted by Nathan Kosted on 10/15/2017 at 2:29 PM

Re: “Gallatin County judge releases Gianforte mugshot

Across the web, the funniest thing about this mugshot is the reaction from those who had hoped to weaponize it.

"This can't be real!"

"We need to find out if the jail made an exception for Gianforte!"

"Rich white guys get different mugshots. What would it look like if he were black?"

"They shouldn't have let him smile!"

etc., etc.

I guess you'll just have to Photoshop something for the campaign ads and social media memes.

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Posted by Diogenes on 10/13/2017 at 3:51 PM

Re: “Meet Lisa Triepke, the candidate who wants to unseat John Engen

Slight correction, Ms Triepke was elected to the MCPS Board of Trustees in May, 2015, and served a very short time before resigning in July 201; not a year as stated in the article.

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Posted by Grace McNamee Decker on 10/13/2017 at 10:57 AM

Re: “Tobin Miller Shearer and the other white power

And, yes, he uses his "privilege" to continue the long, continuing, steady decline of a formerly (at least) passable university! Great job, prof! LOL

Posted by John Duffy on 10/13/2017 at 2:57 AM

Re: “Meet Lisa Triepke, the candidate who wants to unseat John Engen

So re-electing someone who has no self control of his personal life and was drunk on the job is a better option?

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Posted by erlyirn on 10/12/2017 at 11:36 PM

Re: “The pardon of Joe Arpaio triggers memories of an immigrant

Jeez, what a contemptible framework this story is. The whole argument is, "Look at the poor miserable wretch, and how cruel the evil Americans are!" I've little reason to doubt the stories of foreign barbarism in the world, nor would I blame an individual from trying to illegally enter a country in search of somewhere better. But in the same token my own people are my concern, not strangers. I will not give up my community, my home, my bed to someone just because I might pity their situation. Such reckless generosity is dangerous and unsustainable aside from being the absolute height of foolishness. Call my cruel or harsh, but it is unjust nonetheless to let someone who doesn't belong in this country to stay here illegally and sap resources from my true countrymen. I'd rather be called names than live in a country I no longer recognize surrounded by strangers. I will reserve my compassion and energies towards my own first and foremost, and I would recommend everyone do the same.

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Posted by Garret Morrill on 10/12/2017 at 11:15 PM

Re: “Shooting the moon

If I learned one thing from nearly three years in Missoula, this is one Sadass group of spendaholic libs that LOVES, LOVES to piss away taxpayer dollars! Why not add equipment and a full time police officer to do the background check work? "Yeah, yeah, that's the ticket. And we can raise taxes some more to pay for it!" (LOL) Meanwhile, go over and walk Greenough Park. It's a complete disgrace how it's being maintained. Any city council member taking any interest in something they really should be concerned about? Crickets. (Rant off.)

Posted by John Duffy on 10/12/2017 at 6:52 PM

Re: “Gallatin County judge releases Gianforte mugshot

Too bad the Reporter wasn't arrested and his mugshot put on display. He interrupted a private meeting, had been following Gianforte, and was "in your face rude." The joke is on the reporter as more of us will be voting for Gianforte as he has stood up for the forgotten man & woman. Gianforte.....he's the man! Go, Greg!!

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Posted by Gloria Roark 1 on 10/12/2017 at 1:53 PM

Re: “Meet Lisa Triepke, the candidate who wants to unseat John Engen

"I don't understand your question."
"I don't know. I don't really understand your question."
"I'm still not sure what your question's asking me."
"I'm confused by your line of questioning, is what I'll say."
"So that's why I was confused, because that's kind of two separate issues. So are you asking about public services or homelessness?"

Stupidity or feigned ignorance? Either way, she's not qualified to be mayor.

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Posted by Skepitical on 10/12/2017 at 12:31 PM

Re: “Gallatin County judge releases Gianforte mugshot

Apparently Gianforte thinks his assault conviction is funny.

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Posted by DisgustedCitizen on 10/12/2017 at 12:18 PM

Re: “Gallatin County judge releases Gianforte mugshot

This doesn't look like a mugshot to me. Where is the scale? Where is the side view? No wonder Gianforte didn't fight release of this photo. Looks like it was taken in the assembly room at a church potluck.

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Posted by Fearless on 10/12/2017 at 10:23 AM

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