Vol. 21, No. 1 • Jan. 7–Jan. 14, 2010
Western Montana’s Weekly Journal of People, Politics and Culture
Up Front: Is recent ruling the last word on death with dignity? Etc.: Downtown looks to regroup after Macy’s closes up shop Scope: Jim Todd’s woodprint portraits cut to the core
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Vol. 21, No. 1 • Jan. 7–Jan. 14, 2010
Western Montana’s Weekly Journal of People, Politics and Culture
Up Front: Is recent ruling the last word on death with dignity? Etc.: Downtown looks to regroup after Macy’s closes up shop Scope: Jim Todd’s woodprint portraits cut to the core
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Of the roughly 8,000-member Northern Arapaho tribe, there are fewer than 250 fluent speakers left, and all are over the age of 55. Those numbers don’t bode well for University of Montana professor Stephen Neyooxet Greymorning, who has worked for 17 years on the Wind River Reservation to help save the tribe’s language . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14
News Letters All hail Denise Juneau . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 The Week in Review New coach, new council and a shootout . . . . . . . . . . . .6 Briefs Treasure State Bank, First Night Idol and human waste . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 Etc. Macy’s becomes the canary in the coal mine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7 Up Front Ruling not the last word on physician-assisted death . . . . . . . . . . . . .9 Ochenski A fantastical look at what could be in 2010 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10 Writers on the Range Column about weather leads to reporter’s exit . . . . . .11 Agenda Learning about cap and trade . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12
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Inside Letters Briefs Up Front Ochenski Range Agenda News Quirks by Cathrine L. Walters
Asked Tuesday morning outside of Break Espresso on N. Higgins Avenue.
The Montana Supreme Court decided last week that state law doesn’t impede physician-assisted death. Do you think physician-assisted death should continue, and why? Follow-up: What’s another issue you’d like to see debated in front of the state Supreme Court?
Ed Shaw: I think we should join Washington and Oregon in supporting the individual’s right to die. Bank on it: Corporate bankruptcy. You shouldn’t be able to go bankrupt and keep your assets. It’s a big scam.
Kurt Werst: Yes. I think when people reach that point they should have the option to end their life in a dignified manner and not suffer anymore. Drawing a blank: I can’t think of anything.
Thank you, Juneau I want to publicly thank State Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau for her “no” vote at the December Land Board hearing on leasing the Otter Creek coal tracts (see “Coal in their stockings,” Dec. 24, 2009). I am a former teacher in Birney, Ashland, Lame Deer and Sheridan, Wyo., and have lived and ranched in Birney for many years. I am familiar with the negative impacts of strip mining in this area and its relatively short-term effect of generating revenue, as opposed to the very long-term productivity of our present agricultural economy. Throughout the entire process used by the Land Board, there has been no consideration of what coal strip mining would do to this area. Maybe this project would create jobs and produce tax revenues, but the costs of developing Otter Creek are enormous, and those costs have not yet been discussed. The productive agricultural economy of the area would be changed forever and critical aquifers would be destroyed with strip mining. Our area is not equipped to deal with the influx of new people who would bring a myriad of problems as has been seen in the Wyoming energy-boom areas. The Tongue River Railroad has its own set of problems that would take the costs of Otter Creek far beyond our local area. This critical decision was about far more than generating money for the School Trust Fund. I appreciate Ms. Juneau’s commitment to her role as a public official and her depth of understanding of all the issues involved. Thank you, Ms. Juneau, for your vote. Nancy Carrel Birney
Otter Creek history Dave Sands: I think they should. It’s a person’s right to choose if he or she wants to die or not. Saying “I don’t”: Gay rights issues. Specifically, gay marriage. It shouldn’t be allowed.
Nasir Jaffery: Everyone wants to die in peace. I don’t agree that even if you have cancer you should be allowed to choose. It makes it more complicated. The good life: Nothing. Life is good in Missoula and Montana.
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I attended the State Land Board Hearing on December 21 to watch a major decision regarding the future of Montana. The rationalization that emerged to cause four of the five board members to vote in favor of leasing Otter Creek Coal was that somebody was going to supply the coal, so why not us. After all, regulatory safeguards will protect us. It was, however, not possible to view the proceedings solely in the context of Otter Creek coal. There was more before the board than a simple decision to lease or not to lease coal. The testimony relative to pollution, high-sodium coal, ruptured aquifers, tons of carbon emissions, destructive
railroads and un-sustainability mounted as witnesses presented their views. The board’s carefully crafted responses, however, caused my mind to drift back to the words of Charles “Buffalo” Jones, a 19th century commercial hide hunter: “Often while hunting these animals as a business, I fully realized the cruelty of slaying the poor creatures. Many times did I ‘swear off,’ and fully determine I would break my gun over a wagonwheel when I arrived at camp…The next morning I would hear the guns of
“It was her great-greatuncle Walt who shot that lonely bull above the Tongue River in 1883. It was her great-greataunt Nannie who clipped the old bull’s curly mane to stuff a
other hunters booming in all directions and would make up my mind that even if I did not kill any more, the buffalo would soon all be slain just the same.” In the winter of 1882-1883, ranch hands of Levi Howe shot the last buffalo on Horse Creek, a tributary to Otter Creek. In the summer of 1883, rancher Walt Alderson shot one lonely old bull near the Tongue River—the last of mil-
lions. This hearing was about the very same landscape—only deeper! The majority presenting testimony pleaded for the current sustainable ranch economy, the people’s fish and wildlife, and a healthy planet. The commercial boosters argued for jobs and revenue. They and the politicians promised that the Montana regulatory structure would protect us. The fact is the regulatory structure put in place over 35 years ago has been severely depleted by legislative erosion and a lack of regulatory resolve. Those original protections were enacted in a precious period in Montana history, a time when there were progressive politicians on both sides of the political aisle. That “golden moment” in history has been replaced, and the reliance on regulations may well be a misplaced hope. I was struck by the testimony presented by Jeanie Alderson relative to the value of sustainable agriculture and the benefits of non-industrial landscapes. Her testimony returns the buffalo to the story, since it was her great-great-uncle Walt who shot that lonely bull above the Tongue River in 1883. It was her greatgreat-aunt Nannie who clipped the old bull’s curly mane to stuff a pillow. The Alderson testimony was a dramatic demonstration of the conservation ethic that emerged and grew strong in our Montana culture, generation upon generation. It is a land ethic now held at the grassroots level in this state. It is an ethic that deserved better political representation than the single lonely vote of one board member. For the Montana Land Board it is now the same “next morning” experienced by Charles “Buffalo” Jones. Four of the five could only “hear the guns” of other planetary polluters. Only one had the courage to “break my gun over a wagon-wheel” and stand on principle. Denise Juneau was that person when she voted “no” and told us why. They are words that warrant repetition. “We cannot vote as if we have blinders on and only see our present economic picture,” she said. “We must take lessons from the past seven generations and also look forward and provide for the interests of the next seven generations.” She only had one vote, but it keeps hope alive. Jim Posewitz Helena Correction: Our Dec. 24 “etc.” column misspelled the name of Griz receiver Jabin Sambrano. The Indy regrets the error.
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WEEK IN REVIEW • Wednesday, December 30
News Quirks by Cathrine L. Walters
A federal judge in Helena swears in Michael Cotter as U.S. attorney for Montana. Cotter, an attorney in Helena and Great Falls for more than 30 years, was among three choices Sens. Max Baucus and Jon Tester submitted to President Obama. One of those choices was Melodee Hanes, Baucus’ live-in girlfriend, who later withdrew. Cotter replaces Bill Mercer.
• Thursday, December 31 The University of Montana names Robin Pflugrad head coach of its football team. Pflugrad, 51, served as the Grizzlies’ receivers coach in 2009. He replaces Bobby Hauck, who, five days after losing his third Football Championship Subdivision title game in seven seasons with the Griz, accepted the same position with UNLV.
• Friday, January 1 A Missoula man dies after rolling his Chevy Silverado near Box Elder in north-central Montana, causing him to be ejected from the vehicle. Law enforcement officials say excessive speed and alcohol both appear to be factors contributing to the first highway fatality of the New Year.
• Saturday, January 2 A 36-year-old man dies after exchanging gunfire with a Hamilton police officer. Law enforcement says the suspect, Raymond Thane Davis, started shooting when an officer pulled him over for a traffic stop at about 2 a.m. After they returned fire, Davis drove his vehicle into the Ravalli County Road Department shop, where he was pronounced dead at the scene.
• Sunday, January 3 The Missoula High School Holiday Classic hockey tournament ends at Glacier Ice Rink with Missoula falling to Spokane in the championship game, 8–0. Spokane cruised through the tournament, outscoring its opponents 28–6.
• Monday, January 4 The Missoula City Council welcomes its newest alderman, 28-year-old Roy Houseman, to his first meeting. The outgoing president of Local 885 at Smurfit-Stone Container Corp. was the only successful candidate from five contested council races to beat out an incumbent. John Hendrickson lost to Houseman in Ward 2 by nearly 300 votes.
• Tuesday, January 5 On the same day Macy’s announces it’s closing its downtown storefront, Terry Brady of Brady’s Sportsman’s Surplus says he’s retiring after 38 years and shutting the store. All remaining merchandise in the Trempers Shopping Center location goes on sale at 9 a.m. Thursday.
Classmates bring flowers to a memorial for Ashley Patenaude and Taylor Cearley, two Hellgate High School freshmen killed by a drunk driver on Dec. 26. The two members of the freshman basketball team were honored after Saturday’s game against Sentinel with a procession to the Hellgate campus courtyard.
Wild Horses Island gets an addition The lone horse on Flathead Lake’s Wild Horse Island finally has a running mate. Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) added a second horse to the island in late December, its first step to bolster the population of the state park’s namesake. The timing of the new addition came as a pleasant surprise to the agency. Original plans called for as many as four new wild horses to be moved onto the island in spring, but FWP adjusted its strategy when a horse from the Pryor Mountain herd, famous for genes traced to horses of the Spanish Conquistadors, became available. The horse was adopted at a Bureau of Land Management auction and apparently escaped from its owner. “The owner must have had it for a while and then it got loose and they never came back to claim it,” says Dave Bennetts, park ranger for the Flathead. Livestock inspectors held the horse in
Missoula until officially designating it “abandoned property” and donating it to the island. FWP’s plans to hold the horse in Kalispell until spring didn’t pan out because the horse was causing a ruckus with the other horses. “Because it wasn’t getting along with the other horses they had boarded there we were forced to put a plan into motion that wasn’t ready to go,” says Bennetts. “Luckily, all at the same time, the barge was available, the weather was good and we had the window.” Bennetts says FWP’s next step will be getting three or four more horses from holding places in either Ulm (south of Great Falls) or Billings to finally fulfill the island’s wild horse capacity and give visitors even more reason to visit the state park. “I don’t think everybody always fully appreciates what’s really out there,” says Bennetts. “It’s 2,500 acres with a healthy bighorn sheep and mule deer population, as well as the wild horses, whose population will hopefully be bolstered soon.” Erika Fredrickson
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Economy Credit crunch comes home Missoula-based Treasure State Bank signed off on an agreement with regulators last week to shore up its finances, providing a reminder that Montana is not immune to the national banking crunch. “We’re seeing the ramifications of the problems with our economy in the Gallatin, Flathead and Lake county areas. And certainly, as you know, in Missoula,” says Annie M. Goodwin, commissioner of Montana’s Division of Banking and Financial Institutions. Treasure State’s agreement with federal regulators, called a “consent order,” aims to address losses to the bank resulting from loans gone bad. The agreement specifically states that Treasure State neither denies nor confirms unsound lending practices. “I do know that Treasure State has had delinquencies and more credit quality issues,” Goodwin says.
Both Goodwin and Treasure State President James A. Salisbury attribute the bank’s financial challenges largely to a lackluster real estate market. As the economy lingers in the doldrums, developers are having a tough time paying back loans. When loans aren’t paid back, banks feel it in the pocketbook. “It’s occurring across the board,” Goodwin says. Salisbury also stresses the agreement with regulators was voluntary and points to action the institution is taking to ensure a healthy balance sheet. Specifically, the consent order calls for Treasure State to raise capital. The bank recently raised $1.5 million through stock sales and is working to purge bad real estate loans from its portfolio with sales to other institutions and foreclosure proceedings. Salisbury says they’ll continue steering away from commercial development loans. “There’s just no more lending in that area,” he says. Goodwin cautions that Treasure State isn’t alone. She says banks in development-oriented economies, like Gallatin, Flathead and Missoula counties, are working to beef up cash reserves to ensure loan losses are covered and the bottom line stays in the black. Going forward, Salisbury, who stepped up as bank president in October, says Treasure State will continue cutting liabilities and raising capital. “You just hunker down and get through this,” he says. Jessica Mayrer
Ravalli County Fecal fecundation A Ravalli County septic company’s plan to spread human waste over 120 acres of property a half-mile from the Bitterroot River has neighbors and environmental groups fearing contamination of the river and local wells. Brown’s Septic Services Inc., based in Florence, has an agreement with rancher Ed Cummings to apply as much as 100,000 gallons of human excrement from residential septic tanks and 5,000 gallons of grease trap waste per year to portions of his 1,000-acre ranch outside Stevensville. The Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is set to approve
the agreement barring any problems identified before the comment period ends Jan. 12. There are close to 170 such sites around the state, according to DEQ. The deal would be mutually beneficial to Brown’s Septic Services and Cummings. The septic company wants to shorten the distance it transports the waste. (Some of it is currently land-applied on the outskirts of Missoula.) Cummings hopes the waste will improve his land’s fertility by adding nutrients and balancing its pH level. There’s also, he says, a modest financial incentive. But neighbors like Dan Pace say they, and the river, will ultimately pay the price. “There’s an active stream 100 yards away,”
Pace says. “If you dump this waste there, and if you get run-off, or you get rain, guess where the sewage is going to end up? It’s going to end up in the river and everyone’s land downhill from the dump site. That doesn’t make any sense to me. And the other neighbors feel pretty much the same way.” After inspecting the site, DEQ concluded in its October environmental assessment (EA) that the excrement poses no such threat, calling it “a beneficial reuse of a waste product.” The EA drew about 30 comments, many more than most EAs, according to Renai Hill of DEQ’s Solid Waste Section/Septic Tank Pumper Program. The response prompted the agency two weeks ago to release a supplemental EA to provide additional information on local hydrology and geology.
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First Night Idol in bloom It’s hard to believe that Kira Means gets more nervous performing in front of her parents at home than she did when taking the Wilma Theatre stage for the annual First Night Idol talent competition. But it’s true, she says. And it showed when the precocious 14-year-old Hellgate High freshman confidently belted out her poppy, selfpenned song, “Hello,” on New Year’s Eve. The performance brought the crowd to its feet, and earned Means the title. “I didn’t really believe it for a while,” she says. “It didn’t really hit me until the next day. It was pretty overwhelming. I couldn’t stop smiling.” Means is more Norah Jones than Kelly Clarkson when it comes to being a music idol. She writes all of her own songs, plays guitar and piano, and her mom says the budding musician is eyeing the cello as her next musical challenge. Local musician Eden Atwood serves as Means’ voice coach and another Missoula luminary, Tom Catmull, is teaching her new guitar techniques. Means frequently plays gigs around town, bringing her guitar to perform at the farmers’ market, charity fundraisers and Sean Kelly’s. She’s also laid down four tracks at Missoula’s Club Schmed Recording Studios and plans on returning to record a few more after the semester ends. “I’ve been singing since I could talk, practically,” she says. For First Night Idol, Means sailed through the preliminary rounds and then beat 12 other Missoula area high school students in the final. By the time she reached the Wilma stage, Means said her usual nerves had disappeared. “It didn’t even really feel like a competition,” she says. Fresh off her win and a flurry of other gigs, Means says she’s taking a breather. But she’ll keep writing music as the mood strikes. “It seems like every time I write a new song,” she says, “it becomes my favorite.” Jessica Mayrer
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In September 2008, a visiting consultant with Crandall Arambula warned Missoula of the importance of its Macy’s department store. “Losing Macy’s would be the canary in the coal mine,” said project manager Jason Graf. “It’s a critical site for strengthening the retail market downtown.” Well, the bird kicked the can this week. Macy’s Inc. announced Tuesday that it’s shuttering its Missoula storefront in 60 days. Fifty-five local employees will lose their jobs in what the corporation calls an “annual process to selectively prune underperforming locations.” Like last month’s Smurfit-Stone announcement, the Macy’s closure has broader impacts than just the loss of jobs. The historic downtown corner location—home over the years to the Missoula Mercantile, Bon Marche and, since 2005, Macy’s—has always been a vital part of the downtown economy. During the creation of Missoula’s much-needed Downtown Master Plan, Crandall Arambula dubbed the store an “anchor,” a key component to luring shoppers away from Southgate Mall and Reserve Street to Higgins Avenue. “Our assumption was that Macy’s might be able to weather the economic downturn…,” said firm principal George Crandall upon hearing the news. “I think adjustments can be made [to the plan], but it certainly is a setback.” The thing is, Macy’s closure was hardly unforeseen. The company downsized its regional divisions considerably in February 2008, shedding $100 million in expenses. Longtime Missoula General Manager Rich Boberg left his position in September 2008, further throwing the stability of the location into question. This week’s announcement was simply the final nail in the coffin. “It’s definitely tough news,” says Linda McCarthy, executive director of the Missoula Downtown Association (MDA). “It’s definitely not something that we wanted to see happen.” Nevertheless, city officials did their best to find an optimistic spin. Mayor John Engen says urban renewal district funds could help rehabilitate the 120-year-old building and make it more attractive to new buyers. He also stresses the city is well positioned to take the hit. “If this were 1978, we would think of this as a dead blow to downtown,” he says. “Today, we think of it as a painful setback, but a circumstance from which we can recover.” McCarthy added her own shred of optimism, ending an e-mail to MDA members by writing, in part, “With change comes opportunity. Chin up!” That sentiment certainly holds true for the Macy’s corporation, which operates more than 800 department stores nationwide, plus more than 40 Bloomingdale’s locations. Tuesday’s release about the store closing included news of a Bloomingdale’s storefront going up in Dubai this year. Perhaps they’re at work on a Downtown Master Plan, as well.
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Fight to the end Will ruling be last word on physician-assisted death? by Alex Sakariassen
Bill Clarke still occasionally refers to practice illegal, but stopped short of cessfully introduced a bill aimed at clarihis friend Janet Murdock in the present determining whether the Montana fying the previous district court ruling in tense. Itâ€™s a jarring slip, considering her Constitution guarantees the right. 2009, but it never made it to a vote. He death last summer launched Clarke into Montana is the third state to allow believes a similar bill will be necessary in physicians to prescribe life-ending med- 2011. the stateâ€™s heated right to die debate. â€œI know there will be legislationâ€”I Murdock died June 14, 2009, at the ication to mentally competent, terminalage of 67, from a terminal case of ovarian ly ill patients, following Oregon and will introduce legislation if nobody else doesâ€”thatâ€™s intended to address some of cancer. Sheâ€™d completed chemotherapy in Washington. Groups on both sides of the the concerns that people inevitably have early 2008, but her cancer count rose steadily after initial treatment. Clarke says right-to-die debate quickly responded about how this should be done in pracwhen faced with the option of continuous to the ruling. PAD supporter tice,â€? Barrett says. Barrett has no idea how strong the chemo treatments, Murdock found the Compassion & Choices said the pain and dependence too intolerable for Montana Supreme Court is â€œthe first opposition to PAD could be during the the long-term. He adds sheâ€™d accepted state high court to find protection of next session, but those supporting the practice believe the chances death and even hosted a living of a serious challenge are wake for herself in Bonner highly unlikely. Park in July 2008. â€œThe court decided there â€œItâ€™s hard to appreciate was nothing inherently differhow much people liked ent about a decision to ask Janet,â€? Clarke says. â€œShe was your doctor for life-ending very forward about what she medication than a decision to would say, which would get ask your doctor to take away her in trouble because she your dialysis or ventilator,â€? would say what she thought. says Compassion & Choices When she got to the nursing President Barbara Coombs home, I told her, â€˜Janet, you Lee. â€œI think it would be canâ€™t say what you think all very difficult for the the time.â€™ There was a little Photo by Cathrine L. Walters Legislature to essentially tell nursing assistant in the room at the time who said, â€˜Thatâ€™s The Montana Supreme Courtâ€™s ruling last week to dying Montanans, â€˜Well, the not true. Thatâ€™s why we all uphold a Montananâ€™s right to physician-assisted death court felt you were competent love her, because sheâ€™s so came six months too late for Bill Clarke, who lost one and capable of making those of his closest friends to ovarian cancer in June. decisions, but we do not.â€™â€? real.â€™â€? Coombs Lee realizes that not everyMurdock spoke to physicians in her this choice.â€? Itâ€™s an option the group one who pursues PAD will take the medfinal months hoping someone would feels is long overdue. But opponents of PAD believe the ication. According to Oregonâ€™s Public agree to help her end her life. Clarke says none were ready to risk their practices nature of the courtâ€™s ruling on statutory Health Division, one third of the patients over the controversial procedure, grounds, not constitutional ones, leaves who acquire life-ending medication from despite a 2008 decision from a Montana the issue open for revision in the next a physician never use it. Oregon legaldistrict court judge supporting a legislative session. The Montana Family ized PAD in 1998, and 341 people have patientâ€™s right to die. Instead, he Foundationâ€”a strong voice against enacted the law since. â€œSome number will ask for the prewatched as one of his closest friends con- PADâ€”went so far as to call the decision a sciously stopped eating and drinking and â€œpartial victoryâ€? for that very reason, stat- scriptions, some smaller number will fill wasted away, spending her final days in ing itâ€™s â€œdefinitely not what we wanted, the prescriptions, and some much smaller number will ingest the medication,â€? but not as bad as it could have been.â€? extreme pain. The Montana Catholic Conference Coombs Lee says. â€œPatients donâ€™t want â€œJanetâ€™s life suffered a lot anyway,â€? Clarke says. â€œIt was cruel and unusual (MCC) viewed the decision as bitter- necessarily to take the medication. They and nasty to make her suffer like that at sweet. While the stateâ€™s two Roman want to have the medication so that if the end. When she said, â€˜Iâ€™ve had Catholic bishops were disappointed, their worst nightmare happens, they enough, I want to go,â€™ we said, â€˜You MCC Executive Director Moe Wosepka have an escape route.â€? Although the decision comes too know, thatâ€™s fine. Weâ€™ll help you do this. says the church is already working on a late for Murdock, Clarke says heâ€™ll conWeâ€™ll be there with you, weâ€™ll comfort plan to counter the ruling. â€œThose people who are opposed to tinue actively supporting PAD in you, weâ€™ll have your family here, anything you want.â€™ But no, they made her legalized physician-assisted suicide in the Montana by sharing her story. â€œI would do anything that was necesstate of Montana will be joining together starve herself to death.â€? While it was too late to help to work on options that we can pursue in sary,â€? Clarke says. â€œThe saddest thing is I Murdock, Clarke found some solace in the next legislative session,â€? Wosepka wish I could find something to say to the Montana Supreme Courtâ€™s decision says. â€œThis will be a very high priority for people that would open their eyes on this and get them to just be more rationlast week to uphold the district court rul- us, in fact.â€? Rep. Dick Barrett, D-Missoula, antic- al about it.â€? ing in support of physician-assisted death (PAD). The court stated it found ipates multiple pieces of PAD legislation firstname.lastname@example.org nothing in Montana statutes to deem the appearing next session. Barrett unsuc-
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Last year the whacky world of politics taught us that anything can happen, even if it’s not what you had hoped or expected would happen. So, just to be optimistic about the first year of the new decade, here are some projections of political actions that could happen in the coming year. And if you think they’re just fantasies, well, they just might be. In the fantasy future, Montana’s senior U.S. senator, Max Baucus, will suddenly come out of the emotionally induced haze that has enveloped him during his illicit affair with a top staffer and realize that he has totally blown it on health care reform. He will realize that he has been little more than a pawn for the insurance and medical industries that have so generously larded his campaign war chest with donations and seek to make amends. First, he’ll swear off taking another dime from the rascals, saying that just because those mega-wealthy industries can buy whatever influence they need in Washington, D.C., it’s simply unfair to elevate their concerns over those of the people who actually voted to send him to the Senate. Baucus will then donate the millions those industries have given him to open several free community health care centers in Montana, announcing he won’t need the money because he isn’t running again. Next, he’ll use the unorthodox method the Democrats intend to employ to iron out the differences between the Senate and House versions of the health bill by getting rid of about three-fourths of the 2,000-page legislation and replacing it with a much simpler and effective single-payer plan that basically ensures Medicare for all Americans. The same plan he earlier declared “off the table” will, now that the fog has cleared from his mind, be the obvious solution to the health care crisis. Baucus’ colleague, Sen. Jon Tester, will have his own awakening when he realizes his behavior at the Senate hearing on his logging bill was totally out of line and based on the false assumption that the bill he sponsored was inclusive, rather than the secretive, exclusive backroom deal it really is. This revelation will be bolstered when he recalls the testimony of the head of the Forest Service, warning that the mandated logging levels in the bill are “unreasonable,” as are the taxpayer-funded subsidies required to carry out those mandates. The epiphany will be complete when he finally understands that, contrary to his statements
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that he is seeking input from Montanans, he can’t really change the bill without blowing the so-called “collaborative” deal upon which it was based. Dispirited, but not defeated, he will pull the bill and turn to a truly open and inclusive process to put together a new bill which,
Rehberg will “introduce his own wilderness bill, which will designate all the existing Wilderness Study Areas as wilderness in honor of former Sen. Lee Metcalf.
unlike this one, will include the word “wilderness” in the title. Gov. Brian Schweitzer, meanwhile, will suffer severe depression after no one bids on the Otter Creek coal leases for which he and his fellow Democrats on the Land Board have already suffered national criticism. One night, he’ll accidentally mix up his little vials of coalderived liquid fuel with the pre-bed shot of Jack Daniels he keeps on the nightstand. Falling into a deep dream, he’ll see his big idea for mining and burning those millions of tons of coal is, literally, going up in smoke. When he wakes the next morning, he’ll have diesel breath, but go forth and make the announcement that he is done with his stint as the Coal Cowboy, reject coal, and dedicate his considerable energy to taking care of Montanans in his last two years in office. His first actions will include implementing massive state-wide conservation and weatherization efforts and supporting a plan to force companies deriving their energy from Montana’s resources to deliver that energy to Montanans on a cost-plus basis rather than the deregulation rip-off former Gov. Marc Racicot
spawned. Montanans will cheer like it was 2004. Then there’s Rep. Denny Rehberg, Montana’s lone Republican congressman. The year will see a return to Kazakhstan for Rehberg where, thanks to another bout with the ubiquitous vodka of the region, he will fall off another horse. This time, however, it’ll knock some sense into him. Shaking his head, he’ll suddenly understand that the Republicans have done nothing for the country except obfuscate the issues and obstruct the process and will literally see the light. He’ll introduce his own wilderness bill, which will designate all the existing Wilderness Study Areas as wilderness in honor of former Sen. Lee Metcalf and give permanent protection to millions of acres of currently roadless lands from further abuse. When Tester reads the bill, he’ll fall off his own horse. On a higher plane, President Obama will find his Buddha moment while reading Uncle Remus’ Brer Rabbit and the Tar Baby to an elementary school class. As he tells the students about how Brer Rabbit got one paw, then another, then all of them totally stuck in the Tar Baby, he’ll understand that he has done the same thing with the War on Terror, realizing he’s been duped by the militaryindustrial complex. Enveloped in an aura of enlightenment, he’ll promise to veto any future military spending for Bush’s wars, request Congress to cut the bloated $636 billion military budget in half and declare the rest will be spent to pay for universal health care instead of forcing citizens to buy insurance or raising taxes. The response from the populace will be so overwhelming that Obama will remember those dreams of hope and change of which he spoke so eloquently on the campaign trail, realizing they can become reality. Sensing a greater purpose, he’ll move to lower, not raise, the debt ceiling, redirect any remaining or future Wall Street bailout funds to ensuring more citizens don’t lose homes and jobs, and fire all of the Goldman Sachs advisers and Democrat strategists who have been steering him so wrong. Fantasy? You bet. But it can’t hurt to hope. Helena’s George Ochenski rattles the cage of the political establishment as a political analyst for the Independent. Contact Ochenski at email@example.com.
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Snow job Column about weather leads to a reporter’s exit by Bob Berwyn
There’s an old saying in Colorado’s ski country regarding weather reports and predictions of snowfall: “I’ll believe it when I’m shoveling it.” That’s what I was thinking to myself several weeks ago as I sat on my couch, sifting through some ideas for a weekly opinion column in the western Colorado-based Summit Daily News, where I was, until recently, employed as a reporter. Little did I know that my musings on the weather would lead to the sudden end of my reporting career with that newspaper. As I often do when I’m writing, I turned on The Weather Channel. Like many avid skiers, I’m always on the lookout for snow as the season approaches. On this particular weekend, a wicked upslope storm was pounding the Denver area and the foothills with snow. When The Weather Channel zeroed in on Colorado, I looked up to see a former colleague at the Summit Daily doing a stand-up interview with weather reporter Mike Seidel. These days, the exSummit Daily reporter works public relations for Vail Resorts, by far the biggest ski company in Colorado. So I set down my laptop and watched, getting the distinct impression that Vail Resorts was trying to create a perception of widespread snow in Colorado. In my mind, the simple fact that Vail Resorts was represented in the interview was part of that effort; otherwise, why not interview a weather expert who might present some fact-based information? I understand that The Weather Channel is as much about entertainment as it is about the weather. But many people still rely on the station for accurate information. So it irked me to see that there was no mention of the fact that on
my side of the Rockies—the western side— it was warm, dry and sunny. No snow at all, no boon for skiers at Vail Resorts. That glaring omission seemed another sign that truth in weather reporting was at risk. I wouldn’t call it a conspiracy to sell more season passes, but then again, those pass-
As icing on the “cake, the paper offered me about $3,000 not to talk about the termination. I didn’t take it.
es are a key source of revenue for Vail Resorts these days. About that same time, the chairman of Vail Resorts sent out a photo of snow on the deck of his house near Boulder—on the eastern side of the Rockies. That’s when I decided to write a column about the weather; how it’s reported and how it’s sometimes subject to a bit of massaging by the ski resorts. The first part was easy. I explained the conditions that lead to an upslope storm. Then I gently chided Vail Resorts for its spin on the weather and suggested that the ski areas and the mountain “communities nearby would be better served in the long term by honesty and transparency.
Apparently, I hit a nerve, because Rob Katz, the CEO of Vail, called me a few hours after the column was published to complain that I had questioned his personal integrity. I told him that I’ve lived in the mountains for a long time and that I recognize a snow job when I see one. Katz replied that the column called into question his company’s ability to work with me and my newspaper. A few days later, I was called into the publisher’s office. I was told that the ski company had pulled its advertising and that as a result it would be difficult for the newspaper to make up a quarterly budget shortfall. I was also told that I had a lot of groveling to do if I wanted to repair the situation. I was shaken at first, but a few days later, I asked my editor to back me up. Wishful thinking on my part. I was fired a week later, for reasons “not directly related to the column,” according to an e-mail from the editor, who claimed that my termination was the consequence of a long record of issues that had been documented in annual reviews. As icing on the cake, the paper offered me about $3,000 not to talk about the termination. I didn’t take it. This whole thing leaves me still shaking my head. Not that I’ve given up reporting the facts as I see them. These days, I write stories for my new website, the Summit County Voice. I’m planning to set it up as a nonprofit, grassroots community news source, published only online. I may even take some time out to enjoy some skiing—when it snows.
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If your eyes glaze over every time you hear someone utter the words “cap and trade,” I think it’s high time you grabbed a bottle of eye drops and started paying attention. Trust me, it’s not as complex as you think. Basically, it’s an environmental policy whereby an industry puts a “cap” on the crap that they shoot into the air, also known as greenhouse gases. This entity is also given a certain amount of “trade” credits, which equals the amount of pollutants they can belch into the sky under the cap. So, if one company pollutes less, they can “trade”—or sell— these emission credits to industries that pollute more. The idea is to tighten the cap over time to help lower emissions. This month’s City Club Missoula forum offers you the chance to get a thorough analysis of the concept, as well as specifics about the sweeping
“cap and trade” program proposed under the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009. Local experts like Keegan Eisenstadt, CEO of ClearSky Climate Solutions, and James D. Jensen, executive director of the Montana Environmental Information Center, will lead the discussion of what this new system might mean for us here in the Garden City. —Ira Sather-Olson
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Chris Poloynis every Mon. at 2 PM, when PTSD group Spartans Honour meets at the Missoula Veterans Affairs Clinic, 2687 Palmer St. Free. Call 829-5400. Those looking to control their eating habits can get support from others during a meeting of Overeaters Anonymous, which meets this and every Mon. at 5:30 PM on the second floor of St. Paul Lutheran Church, 202 Brooks St. Free. Visit www.oa.org. If you’re 18 or under and your life has been affected by someone else’s drinking, get support with others by joining the Alateen 12-Step Support Group, which meets this and every Monday at 7 PM at First United Methodist Church, 300 E. Main St. Free, use alley entrance. Call 728-5818 or visit www. al-anon.alateen.org.
If you know a young woman between the ages of 14–18 who you think would make a great leader, consider nominating them for YWCA Missoula’s Young Women LEAD project, which includes attendance at two seminars as well as a community service project. Free to participate. To nominate, call the YWCA’s Jen Euell at 543-6691. Nominations are due by Mon., Jan. 11. Find out exactly what you can expect when expecting with tips on nutrition, exercise, labor, birth preparations and more during a free early pregnancy information night, which runs from 6:30–8 PM in the small meeting room of the Missoula Public Library, 301 E. Main St. E-mail Krista at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SATURDAY JANUARY 9 If you have compulsive-eating problems, seek help and support with others during a meeting of Overeaters Anonymous, which meets this and every Sat. at 9 AM on the second floor of St. Paul Lutheran Church, 202 Brooks St. Free. Visit www.oa.org. Sorry Missoula conservatives, local Dems won big this year, and now it’s time to partay. So join in on the festivities during the Missoula County Democrats’ Red, White and Blues Ball, which features music by the Mike Bader Blues Band and appearances by Mayor John Engen and City Councilman Roy Houseman at 7 PM at the Stensrud Building, 314 N. First St. W. Suggested donation of $15, plus a dry or canned good for the Missoula Food Bank. Call Emily Brock at 546-6552.
SUNDAY JANUARY 10 Missoula is a bona fide bike town. If you don’t have one already, you’ll be able to build your own recycled recumbent or four-wheel bike after you volunteer for two hours at Missoula Free Cycles, 732 S. First St. W., on Sundays at a TBA time. Call 800-8090112 to RSVP.
MONDAY JANUARY 11 Veterans can find support with trained facilitator
City Club Missoula’s forum discussion “Cap and Trade: Is This the Answer to Decreasing Carbon Emissions?” is Mon., Jan. 11 from 11:30 AM–1 PM at the Holiday Inn–Downtown at the Park, 200 S. Pattee St. $16/$11 members/$5 for no-lunch option. Reservations are due Fri., Jan. 8 by noon. Call 541-2489 and visit cityclub missoula.org.
TUESDAY JANUARY 12 You can fight for peace in many different ways, but how about knitting for it? Find out when the group Knitting for Peace meets every Tue. from 1–3 PM at the Jeannette Rankin Peace Center, 519 S. Higgins Ave. Free. Call 543-3955. Missoula’s YWCA, 1130 W. Broadway, hosts weekly support groups for women every Tue. at 6:30 PM, where groups for Native women and children meet as well. New group members with children are asked to arrive at 6:15, without kids at 6:25. Free. Call 543-6691. Those who have problems with anorexia or bulimia can find a shoulder to lean on during a meeting of Anorexics and Bulimics Anonymous, which meets this and every Tue. at 7:30 PM in the Memorial Room of St. Paul Lutheran Church, 202 Brooks St. Free. E-mail email@example.com.
WEDNESDAY JANUARY 13 Sop up some suds to help gramps get support for his independence, dignity and health during a Kettlehouse “Community Unite” pint night, which runs from 5–8 PM at the Kettlehouse Northside Tap Room, 313 N. First St. W. Free to attend. A portion of proceeds from every pint sold benefits Missoula Aging Services. Call 728-1660.
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CURSES, FOILED AGAIN - Brier Cutlip, 22, and Paul Bragg, 25, were arrested for firearms possession, a felony parole violation, after sheriff’s deputies in Randolph County, W.Va., found two rifles in Cutlip’s truck. The deputies thought to look for incriminating evidence because the two men showed up at their parole meetings together dressed in blaze orange. WBOY-TV News said the men admitted hunting earlier that day. COMMUNITY INVESTMENTS - Hoping to capitalize on their success, Somali pirates have set up an exchange to sell shares of their raids to investors. Operating mostly out of Haradheere, sea gangs have made tens of millions of dollars from ransoms, according to Reuters, and their success is attracting Somali financiers in other nations to back their sea raids. “The shares are open to all, and everybody can take part, whether personally at sea or on land by providing cash, weapons or useful maters,” a pirate named Mohammed explained, adding, “We’ve made piracy a community activity.” Haradheere’s deputy security officer agreed. “Piracy-related business has become the main profitable economic activity in our area, and as locals we depend on their output,” Mohamed Adam said. “The district gets a percentage of every ransom from ships that have been released, and that goes on public infrastructure, including our hospital and our public schools.”
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A group of inner-city activists in Los Angeles announced the start of bus tours of rundown public housing, sites of deadly shootouts and racial unrest, and the birthplace of many of the city’s most famous gangs, including Crips and Bloods. “This is ground zero for a lot of the bad in this city,” former gang member Alfred Lomas, who is spearheading L.A. Gang Tours, told the Los Angeles Times. “It could be ground zero for a lot of the good, too.” Lomas calls the venture “true community empowerment.” The nonprofit group is charging adults $65 for the two-hour tours of South L.A., Watts and Florence-Firestone, and notes it uses the money to create jobs and start similar tour franchises in other inner cities. Organizers will sell souvenir Tshirts painted on the spot by a graffiti tagger, and one organizer said he hopes to stage a dance-off among the locals where tourists pick the winner. Organizers did decide against having kids shoot tourists with water pistols, followed by the sale of T-shirts that read: “I Got Shot in South-Central.” FINDERS KEEPERS - Jesus Leonardo, 57, told the New York Times he makes more than $45,000 a year by cashing in winning tickets on horse races that betters throw away. “It is literally found money,” he said, explaining he spends more than 10 hours a day at a New York City off-track betting parlor. “This has become my job, my life. This is how I feed my family.” Leonardo collects the betting slips by picking through the OTB parlor’s trash each night. He also pays two friends $25 a bag to bring him the trash at four other OTB parlors around the city. Leonardo collects 2,000 to 7,000 discarded tickets a day and hauls them to his New Jersey home. He and two other friends bundle them in stacks of 300 for Leonardo to tote to the city the next morning and spend hours scanning each ticket to find any winners. “It is such exhausting work,” Leonardo said, “that I give myself a lunch hour.”
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JOLTING NEWS - The Brazilian Coffee Industry Association (ABIC) has intensified its crackdown on rogue roasters, who cut corners and costs by adulterating their products. “The most common thing is to find wood from the (coffee) tree and shells from the beans, but you can also find corn or caramel, which is much cheaper than coffee,” Almir Jose da Silva, ABIC’s chairman, told Reuters. “These coffees can make you feel unwell in the stomach or make you burp a lot.” Brazil is the world’s No. 1 coffee grower and No. 2 consumer, and since most of the exported coffee is raw beans, the tainted coffee is largely a domestic problem. Noting that the ABIC ousted 10 members this year for deliberately bulking up their products, Silva said the crackdown is aimed at thwarting efforts to recruit new coffee drinkers. “Quality is what develops consumption,” he said. LIKE SHOOTING PORK IN A BARREL - Rep. James E. Clyburn, D-S.C., earmarked $100,000 of taxpayer money to go to the library in Jamestown, S.C., which is in his district. But Congress mistakenly designated the money for Jamestown, Calif., a town that doesn’t even have a library. “That figures for government, doesn’t it?” Chris Pipkin, who runs the one-room library in Jamestown, S.C., told the Washington Times. Pipkin added that he had requested only $50,000 to buy computers and new bookshelves, but Clyburn’s office told the paper the congressman decided to double the request after visiting the library and finding books strewn on the floor because of the lack of shelving. As part of the same $1.1 trillion catchall spending bill, Congress upped a request for funding for bus shelters in Bal Harbour, Fla., from $100,000 to $250,000. And the airport in Wasilla, Alaska, hometown of former governor Sarah Palin, is getting $500,000 to expand airplane parking space. UNSURPRISING CONCLUSION - A University of Montreal researcher studying the impact of pornography on men intended to interview subjects who had never been exposed to pornography but couldn’t find any. “Guys who do not watch pornography do not exist,” assistant professor Simon Louis Lajeunesse told the Montreal Gazette. He said he switched projects and will now study how consuming X-rated material affects men’s sexual identity and shapes their relationships with women. SOCIAL NETWORKING - A Detroit man who took a bus to Madison, Wis., to spend a week dating a woman he met on Facebook told police that when his visit ended, she pretended to drive him to the bus station but robbed him. Considering that Facebook arranged the meeting, a police official told the Wisconsin State Journal, “We have significant leads.” WHEN GUNS ARE OUTLAWED - When a man spotted a prowler at a nearby vacant home in Kelso, Wash., he grabbed his hunting bow and chased the suspect for more than three blocks before shooting him with an arrow when he refused to stop. Police Capt. Vern Thompson told the Daily News that a 32-year-old suspect later sought treatment for an arrow wound at a hospital.
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Through sameness of language is produced sameness of sentiment and thought; customs and habits are molded and assimilated in the same way, and thus in process of time the differences producing trouble would have been gradually obliterated. —Indian Peace Commission, 1868
by Emily Underwood
hen William J. C’Hair’s young granddaughter asked him to give her an Arapaho name, he spent a long time trying to think of one that would be right for her. Then one day, outside his house in Wyoming, the Northern Arapaho heard it in a meadowlark’s song: Cooxuceneihii. Meadowlarks are fluent in Arapaho, explains C’Hair. Like birdsong itself, as well as other tonal languages such as Chinese, Arapaho uses pitch to carry meaning. It is also polysynthetic, compressing many meanings into single words. Cooxuceneihii, for instance, not
the Wind River Reservation for 17 years— he even dubbed the movie Bambi in Arapaho. But Greymorning says he’s tempted to give up. At the request of the Northern Plains Education Foundation, Greymorning came to the reservation in the early ’90s to improve Arapaho instruction. At the time, children were receiving only about 15 minutes of instruction, a couple of times a week. Greymorning started an hour-long, five-day-a-week kindergarten class to see if more time would help. The results were dramatic: After 18 weeks, most of the children had mastered more than 160 words and phrases, compared
only means meadowlark, it also means “it speaks Arapaho” and “it speaks well.” When an Arapaho child is slow to start talking, the yellow-breasted bird is fed in a ceremony meant to help the child communicate. The word is also related to cooxuutit: stories traditionally told by Arapaho warriors upon their return from battle. Today, the struggle to protect the Arapaho way of life continues, but the battleground has shifted. For the last 30 years, the Arapaho have resisted assimilation by attempting to revitalize their language. It has been a losing fight. Of the roughly 8,000-member Northern Arapaho tribe, there are fewer than 250 fluent speakers left, and all are over the age of 55. Josh Oldman, a young Marine who recently returned from Iraq, says, in frustration, “It’s like the torch is being passed from person to person down the line, until the person holding the torch is at the end of the line. He’s supposed to be at the front but instead he’s behind, and everyone’s marching blindly.” Unless the tribe can turn the tide, William J. C’Hair’s granddaughter will be among the last to grow up hearing Arapaho in her home. By naming her Cooxuceneihii, C’Hair hopes to pass on the values of his ancestors. Like most of his generation, he wonders whether his grandchild will be able, or willing, to follow them.
to students in the three control classes who knew less than 20 words by the end of an entire school year. Encouraged by this success, Greymorning started a halfday immersion kindergarten class in the public school, and then a preschool program modeled on Hawaiian and Maori “language nests.” In the language-nest model, English is never spoken in the classroom, and fluent elders pair with younger teachers to immerse children in the language, starting in preschool. Parents are strongly involved. These programs have been so successful in Hawaii and New Zealand that speakers can now attend graduate schools conducted in their native languages. However, Greymorning soon discovered that sustaining the programs would not be easy. With unemployment on the reservation running as high as 70 percent, funding for the preschools was precarious. Teachers sometimes worked for $5 an hour or less and paid for student lunches out of their own pockets. Today, the two immersion preschools struggle to maintain a $350,000–$400,000 annual budget. It will take more than preschools to produce fluent speakers, says Greymorning. Once students leave the immersion programs, they lose much of what they learned. A truly successful program would require immersion beyond preschool, and it would recruit young, energetic apprentice teachers. But as the pool of fluent elders dwindles, time to train these new teachers is running out.
Tribal elder Mark Soldier Wolf greets his granddaughter at the inauguration of a new language immersion school on the Wind River Indian Reservation. Of the roughly 8,000-member Northern Arapaho tribe, there are fewer than 250 fluent speakers left, and all are over the age of 55. Photo by Kevin Moloney
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iry and intense, with a gray-streaked ponytail, professor Stephen Neyooxet Greymorning says his determination to be a torchbearer for the Arapaho language was inspired by the Plains Indian Dog Soldiers, who tied themselves to stakes and refused to yield their ground. A Southern Arapaho and professor of anthropology and Native American studies at the University of Montana, Greymorning has worked with the Northern Arapaho on
he Arapaho language is so different from its relatives in the Algonquin family, such as Blackfoot, Cheyenne and Cree, that linguists call it a “rogue.” They speculate that the tribe might have adopted its own private slang to set itself apart as it migrated from the Great Lakes region toward the Rocky Mountains. There are
no written records of the language prior to the 1700s, so linguists can only attempt to reconstruct its origins using a kind of linguistic archaeology—matching analogous fragments of contemporary words like shards of ancient bone. The Southern and Northern Arapaho split into two separate bands during the 1840s. After white settlers invaded the Rockies, the Southern Arapaho were sent to an Oklahoma reservation in 1867. In 1878, the Northern Arapaho were forced to retreat, leaving a nomadic life in the forests and mountains of Colorado for the grassy plains of the Wind River Reservation in western Wyoming. Fixed beneath a volatile sky, the Arapaho put down new roots beside their traditional enemies, the Eastern Shoshone. By this time, the Indian Wars had shown the federal government that assimilating American Indians was cheaper than killing them outright. Language was identified as “two thirds of the trouble” in pacifying American Indian nations. The government began to fund the infamous English-only boarding schools, where children were brutalized for speaking their native languages and following tribal ways. There were four such schools on the Wind River Reservation until the 1950s. These days, only around 10 percent of the roughly 300 indigenous languages once spoken in North America are still commonly learned by children. And at least half of the world’s linguistic diversity—more than 3,200 of the 6,500 languages spoken in the world today—will disappear within the century. The Arapaho tribes’ traditional form of education—oral storytelling—had largely died out by the 1950s. Most parents of the World War II era avoided speaking Arapaho to their children, hoping to make their assimilation easier. However, in the 1960s and ’70s, attitudes toward Native language began to shift. The 1975 Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act gave tribes greater, though by no means total, freedom to run their own schools. Elders and activists, particularly those involved with the American Indian Movement, began to fight for the preservation of indigenous languages and a return to traditional values. But at the time, no one knew how to save an endangered language. William J. C’Hair describes a disastrous early language camp. He and other fluent Arapaho speakers barricaded an area on the reservation with signs that said “Arapaho only.” They cooked food, and waited for interested tribal members to arrive. Within hours, curious, hungry Arapaho overran the camp—speaking only English. White teachers outnumbered Native teachers in reservation classrooms, as they largely do today. However, disagreements about Arapaho language instruction in the reservation’s Western-style public schools divided Indian and nonIndian faculty alike. For teachers already struggling to help their students meet
state standards in English and math, Arapaho seemed like an extravagance. Complicating things further was the fact that no proven method for teaching Arapaho existed in the ’70s, partly because the language lacked a written form until 1982. Fluent Arapaho speakers asked to teach the language rarely had training in teaching. Their students memorized lists of plant and animal names, but did not learn how to “think” in Arapaho. Many Arapaho see the loss of their language as a kind of spiritual test. Without it, the tribe’s ceremonies can’t be conducted correctly. “You lose the lan-
to conduct yet another teach-in on the Wind River Reservation. Hands on hips, he stares down the small group assembled before him, talking about his immersion program at UM. “In my [college] classroom, after nine hours, students have learned 200 phrases they can manipulate in three different ways,” he says. “Can any of the kids who graduate from schools here do that?” The teachers murmur and shake their heads. No. This is unheard of in the immersion or public school programs— even for students who’ve taken Arapaho from kindergarten through high school.
“It’s like you’re swimming around in circles,” says Greymorning, referring to teachers’ tendency to lapse into English. “I’m here trying to throw you a rope, but you keep trying to do the same thing that isn’t working.” The teachers stare back at Greymorning, some of them balefully. One commanding middle-aged woman makes a point of talking to her neighbor as he speaks. Easy for you to say, her attitude suggests. You try controlling a classroom full of rowdy preschoolers without ever using English. (Greymorning gets a frosty reception from some people on the reservation. “Greymorning left,” they
“The privilege of being from the rez is understanding that language is a spiritual thing. I want to pray to my ancestors through my own language. It has to come from the heart. The English version is not from the heart.” —Robert Hall guage, you lose the soul,” says Sergio Maldonaldo, director of tribal education. Mike Redman, who teaches Arapaho at the elementary-school level, believes that if the Arapaho lose their language, it will be because the Creator deemed them unworthy of it. He nearly came to blows with another Arapaho involved in education this spring over an argument about how his program is administered. Money and politics, he says, have corrupted the tribe: “Arapahos are being anti-Arapaho. The government did a good job.”
Greymorning is convinced that the problem lies in teachers’ failure to implement his curriculum. His system doesn’t introduce writing and reading until students have mastered speaking. This grates against standard methods of teaching a second language, especially in the public school system, which relies heavily on written assessment. Greymorning also forbids the use of English as a crutch—perhaps the hardest rule for teachers to adhere to, particularly if their own knowledge of Arapaho is not solid.
say, suggesting that if he’d really wanted to help, he would have stayed.) Unfazed, Greymorning suddenly tells me to stand up. He takes me over to a wall of pictures that are grouped according to his system, which is tailored to Arapaho grammar. A few of the older ladies smile encouragement. Greymorning points at the first image—a little girl—and says, distinctly: “Hiseihihi’.” “Hiseihihi,’” I repeat, palms sweating. “Ci’ nihii beeseitii,” says Greymorning. Try again, his expression
n a school day last year, squealing, shouting preschoolers riding red and yellow bouncy balls stampede across the Hinono’eitiino’oowu’ (Arapaho Language Lodge) language immersion classroom in Ethete. They swarm strangers, grinning gap-toothed grins, and show off what they know in Arapaho, pointing to the images that cover the walls from floor to ceiling—raindrops, stars, turtles, a rabbit jumping over a fence, a couple dancing. “Come to my workshop, and I’ll teach you 16 phrases in Arapaho in 10 minutes,” Greymorning had told me over the phone as I began to research language revitalization efforts on the Wind River Reservation. Greymorning left the reservation in 1994 for UM. He still advises the immersion programs from afar. Over the years, however, he has been consistently frustrated by what he considers teachers’ and administrators’ failure to implement his methods for teaching Arapaho. So in 2009, Greymorning decided to make what he described as a “final” trip from Montana
University of Montana professor Stephen Neyooxet Greymorning has worked with the Northern Arapaho on the Wind River Reservation for 17 years. He once dubbed the movie Bambi in Arapaho in an effort to teach the language to younger members of the tribe.
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says, but louder, more confidently. After we go through the first set of words, Greymorning quizzes me. I slap my hand down on the images as he names them, repeating the words again. It feels like a game—a far cry from filling in bubbles on multiple-choice tests. As we build quickly from four to 16 words, however, I start to make mistakes. “Wo’ooo,” the word for “cat,” is hard to pronounce—the vowels trip over themselves, surging forward. When I can’t figure out what Greymorning means by “3i’okuuto’oo,” the Arapaho word for “chair,” he tells me in Arapaho to sit down in a chair, and then to stand up. At first, I can’t figure out what he’s referring to. Then it clicks: In Arapaho, the word “sit”—“ceenoku”—is related to the word “chair.” I point to the
we need encouragement,” notes an older man. The group nods agreement. Hall looks around, a little sadly, and says, “We all need help. Our elders need help. I need help.”
omeday soon, as fluent speakers disappear, Arapaho immersion will no longer be possible. Andrew Cowell, a linguist at the University of Colorado at Boulder, is preparing for that day. Many linguists spend six months or so in a language community, writing down lists of words and making dictionaries. Then they leave to make their contribution to linguistic theory. Cowell, in contrast, has come to the Wind River Reservation for nearly 10 years to document and analyze
which focused on extracting information from languages for the sake of science. In the words of another language activist, Euchee Indian and University of Tulsa professor Richard Grounds, preservation means “pickling” languages rather than helping them survive in all their complexity. Cowell argues that the nuances he documents make Arapaho language and culture what it is. Such distinctions can’t be taught at the most basic levels, and time with the elders is running out. Without such tools as grammar books and conversational videos, subtle but crucial aspects of the culture will disappear forever. He offers examples, describing the ceremonial tense, which is indicated by a slightly different sound at the
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An artist paints a native symbol inside the Arapaho Language Lodge immersion school on the Wind River Indian Reservation. Northern Arapaho tribal leaders hope the school will help kids from the reservation find a better cultural identity and succeed in education.
image of the chair and bask in applause, feeling like a precocious 5-year-old. Next, Greymorning quizzes Robert Hall, a 20-year-old Blackfoot man who has studied Arapaho with him at UM. As the older people listen to Hall—who isn’t even Arapaho—give life and breath to their language, the atmosphere in the room thaws. “I used to think [my native language] was an old person’s language,” says Hall. But after he left for college, he realized that “the privilege of being from the rez is understanding that language is a spiritual thing. I want to pray to my ancestors through my own language. It has to come from the heart. The English version is not from the heart.” Nowadays, young people are more likely to say “S’up” than “Tous” in greeting, more likely to learn Spanish and dress like L.A. gangsters than to speak Arapaho, laments Arapaho teacher Liz Lone Bear. But sometimes, she admits, the elders make it worse by making fun of young people who are trying to learn. “That’s real ignorant. Instead of laughing,
Arapaho. He recently co-authored an Arapaho grammar textbook with Arapaho storyteller Alonso Moss Sr. He has also developed curricula and dictionaries for the tribe and plans to film at least 25 hours of conversation so that future learners can see how gestures help create meaning. Gawky and with a shy smile, Cowell’s quiet self-effacing manner is nothing like Stephen Greymorning’s acerbic zeal. The two academics are respectfully critical of one another’s work. Cowell sees Greymorning’s approach as admirable but sometimes “basic” and not always linguistically precise. As for Cowell’s recent grammar book, Greymorning says, “Here’s the problem with a book like that—it’s resource material…Most people are not going to be able to understand how to apply it.” Greymorning notes with frustration how hard it is to find grant money to start language nests and master-apprentice programs. Academics find it far easier to obtain funding to document dying languages. He thinks this imbalance stems from the colonialist approach,
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end of a word, and explaining the Arapaho love for long, elaborate puns.
espite their differences, activists and linguists agree that the crux of the matter lies in how young people perceive the endangered language. Some young American Indians, such as Hall and Brandon Culbertson, who is studying Arapaho at the tribal college, believe the language has an important role to play in the future of the tribe. “It provides us tools to cope,” Culbertson says. “A better, more thoughtful, more intelligent existence.” Teenagers on the Wind River Reservation have plenty to cope with. Suicide rates among American Indian teenagers are 3.5 times the national average, and Plains Indian youth are most at risk. Poverty and unemployment are compounded by drugs, alcohol, neglect and abuse. Out of five random students, says high school culture teacher Eugene Ridgely Jr. III, “four of them won’t be able to tell you what they’re going to do
tomorrow. They may not even know where they’re going to spend the night.” Ridgely Jr. III teaches at St. Stephen’s Indian High School, a former missionary boarding school on the reservation. Liz Lone Bear, who attended St. Stephen’s as a child, says she can still feel the sting of the sisters’ rulers when she speaks Arapaho. The school came under American Indian control in 1975; however, even though teachers at St. Stephen’s now reward students for speaking Arapaho rather than beating them, Ridgely Jr. III says lingering mistrust of formal schools, especially among the elders, contributes to sky-high rates of truancy. There have been days, he says, when more than 1,000 students on the Wind River Reservation were unaccounted for. In May 2009, at St. Stephen’s Indian High School graduation, a round-cheeked teenager named Danika wears a white satin cap and gown and sparkly turquoise eyeliner. One of seven graduates, she is beating the odds. Official records say that Arapaho dropout rates are around 20 percent, says education director Sergio Maldonaldo, but “we know damn well they’re more like 60 percent.” Absenteeism goes both ways: Maldonaldo guesses that nearly half of St. Stephen’s faculty didn’t show up for the graduation ceremony. Like many American Indian youth, Danika says she wants to join the military. She craves the faster pace of life, the discipline. I ask if she will ever come back to the reservation. She hesitates. Even though her teachers have encouraged her to go to college, she knows her family and friends don’t want her to leave. It can be hard to return once you’ve left. “What if you have kids?” I ask. “Do you want them to be raised with traditional Arapaho values? Will they learn the language?” Wrong question, I think, as her eyes tear up. She already has a baby. She got pregnant in her junior year. It’s taken all she has, she says, just to keep her grades up and stay on the basketball team. As for learning Arapaho and following traditional ways in addition to succeeding in school, she says, “The [elders] don’t understand how hard it is.” After the graduation ceremony, what seems like hundreds of relatives and friends fill the Wind River Casino ballroom to celebrate. People line up to get food from the steaming buffet table, then sit down. But no one eats. Instead, they wait for a tiny, elderly woman wearing a fuchsia windbreaker to push her walker to the front of the room. A pod of tattooed teenagers comes in late, dressed like gangsters and looking hungry, but, in keeping with Arapaho custom, they stop cold before they cross the woman’s path. Even though the elder’s words are nearly drowned out by pulsing techno from the game room, the teenagers form a half circle around her and bow their heads. In Arapaho, she blesses the food. This story originally appeared in High Country News (hcn.org ). Emily Underwood writes from Coloma, Calif..
Hot springs, hotter food FLASHINTHEPAN On a recent business trip through southwest Montana, I had my evenings free. That allowed me to make the 30-mile trip from Bozeman to Norris Hot Springs. I’m usually lukewarm on developed hot springs, preferring the rustic wilderness settings in all respects, except perhaps the sleazy dude with his tent set up in viewing range of the pools so he can conveniently appear when a party of ladies shows up. But Norris Hot Springs, also known as Water of the Gods, is a special place. The large, wood-clad soaking pool is filled with deep water at the right temperature—I’d guess 102. At the foot of the pool is a stage sheltered by a geodesic dome, where live music occurs on weekend nights. One evening I floated in the warm waters while Missoula’s Tom Catmull played, sending buttery blues notes toward the pool. The low-key ambience at Norris inspires a certain peaceful camaraderie among the soakers. The vibe is interesting, with a mix of liberal-intellectual types, mountain men, hermits, rednecks, hippies, college students and would-be rowdy kids kept in line by a squad of poolside patrollers who quietly make sure everyone behaves and nobody drowns. The patrollers’ job is complicated by the fact that the on-site restaurant, the No Loose Dogs Saloon, serves beer and wine, including offerings from Missoula’s own Tenspoon Vineyard and Kettlehouse brewery. I came for the soaking, found myself pleasantly surprised by the tunes, and ended up staying for the food, which was an unexpected and inspiring treat. The No Loose Dogs Saloon serves a small but lovingly crafted menu of food made from largely local ingredients. Many of the vegetables come from the Norris Hot Springs’ garden. The meats are local too, as is most of the cheese. “About 95 percent of the ingredients in our food is local,” estimates Rebecca Heemstra, kitchen manager at the No Loose Dogs Saloon. I had a great bowl of cheddary potato leek soup, washed down with a refreshing glass of Tenspoon St. Pepin, which cut through the warm cheesy richness to bring out the fine bouquet of the soup. Then I had a chicken quesadilla that was crispy in all the right
places, with just the right amount of salsa to send it home. It was peppery, garlicky hot, featured the right balance of chicken and cheddar, and was unusually spiced. “Is there, like, coriander and cumin in that quesadilla?” I asked. The kitchen help, impressed with my tasting prowess, rewarded me with a Norris Hot Springs bumper sticker that said “Hot,” because those were indeed the spices.
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in the tomato basil soup to be served alongside the four-cheese mac and cheese. Future specials include black bean soup and turkey pot pie (local turkey, “all our veggies”). Heemstra also makes a point of keeping vegetarian and vegan options on the menu. The food is cooked in a commercial kitchen onsite, portioned out, and reheated poolside in the No Loose Dogs Saloon. It’s then served in the cozy dining room. With the nearest grocery store more than 30 miles away, sometimes Heemstra is forced to
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That helped ease the pain of having been taunted by the dry erase board that still advertised yesterday’s special: lamb meatballs with curried aioli and kamut pilaf. Heemtsra has been at the helm of the No Loose Dogs Saloon for two and a half years. In addition to helping build the garden program at Norris, she’s been building relationships with local farmers. The grass-fed, grass-finished beef in the freezer is from the Sabo Ranch in Harrison. All four cheeses— including the goat cheese—in the four-cheese macaroni and cheese are local, as are the breadcrumbs, while the sundried tomatoes are from the Norris garden. So are the oven-roasted tomatoes and the basil
wing it. She says those conditions have forced the creation of some of her most popular dishes. As is often the case with locally based diets, things really pick up in the summer. Grilled zucchini and asparagus, all from the garden, are a regular fixture when they’re in season. As are garden salads. And she has high hopes for garden salads all year round in the near future, thanks to an ambitious plan to build a greenhouse that’s heated by hot water from the springs. The world needs more places like Norris Hot Springs: tight ships with a down-home feel that are light on the earth, good for their local economy and that feed the bodies and souls of their guests.
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Blue Canyon Kitchen 3720 N. Reserve (adjacent to the Hilton Garden Inn) 541-BLUE www.bluecanyonrestaurant.com We offer creatively-prepared American cooking served in the comfortable elegance of their lodge restaurant featuring unique dining rooms. Kick back in the Tavern; relish the cowboy chic and culinary creations in the Great Room; visit with the chefs and dine in the Kitchen or enjoy the fresh air on the Outdoor Patio. Parties and special events can be enjoyed in the Bison Room. Hours: M-Th 11am10pm; Fr-Sa 11am-11pm; Sun 10am-10pm; Sun brunch 10am-2pm; Tavern til Midnight Su-Th, 2am Fr-Sa. $$-$$$ The Bridge Pizza Corner of S. 4th & S. Higgins Ave. 542-0002 Dine-In, Drive-Thru, Delivery... Truly a Missoula find. Popular with the locals. Voted Missoula's best pizza. Everything from hand-tossed, thin-crust, stone deck pizza to
Butterfly Herbs 232 N. Higgins • 728-8780 Celebrating 37 years of great coffees and teas. Truly the “essence of Missoula.” Offering fresh coffees, teas (Evening in Missoula), bulk spices and botanicals, fine toiletries & gifts. Our cafe features homemade soups, fresh salads, and coffee ice cream specialties. In the heart of historic downtown, we are Missoula’s first and favorite Espresso Bar. Open 7 Days. $ Ciao Mambo 541 S. Higgins Ave. 543-0377 Ciao Mambo, at the end of the Hip Strip on 4th and Higgins, serves up fresh, classic, immigrant style Italian food seven days a week. Terrific service and an extensive domestic and Italian wine list makes Ciao Mambo a hit for any occasion. Dinner only and take out service available. Ciaomambo.com or 543-0377. $$-$$$
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HAPPIESTHOUR Silver Dollar Bar Claim to fame: Ever since it opened in 1935, the Silver Dollar’s been owned and operated by the Martello family. Today, patriarch Ben Martello and his three sons—Kevin, Scott and Benji—run the place. “We might be the oldest family-run bar in the city,” says Brian Patterson, who’s tended bar here for 10-plus years. “I know Al’s & Vic’s opened in 1937, so we’ve got them beat by two years.” This year, of course, marks the bar’s 75th anniversary. Atmosphere: Appropriately sparse workingman bar—think tall stools, Budweiser signs and softball trophies—but with “Buck Hunter Safari,” three pool tables and a digital Touch Tunes juke box in the back (this bar once ruled the Indy’s reader poll in the now antiquated Best Juke Box category). Most significantly, The Silver Dollar boasts its Wall of Fame, a row of framed color photos of beloved regulars that hangs above the bar. It’s sort of like a poor man’s version of Lee Nye’s famous black-and-white portraits in Charlie B’s, except, as Patterson points out, “ours are taken by the owner with a cheap digital camera outside the bar. And you need more than just a leathery face to get up there.” The latest induction to the wall: Crystal Video owner Tim Huffman. What you’re drinking: PBR or whiskey. “I was asked to make a Purple Nipple once,” says
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Patterson. “We’re not exactly a fruity drink establishment.” Who you’re drinking with: Happy Hour attracts a no-nonsense, blue-collar crowd, many of whom are pictured above the bar. Late night brings in more of the youngsters. Happy Hour specials: None. When the PBR tallboys run $1.75, there’s no need for specials. How to find it: 307 Railroad Street, one block west of The Depot. —Skylar Browning The Happiest Hour is a new column that celebrates western Montana watering holes. To r e c o m m e n d a b a r , b a r t e n d e r o r beverage for The Happiest Hour, e-mail email@example.com.
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Orange Street Food Farm 701 S. Orange St. • 543-3188 Don't feel like cooking? Pick up some fried chicken, made to order sandwiches, fresh deli salads, & sliced meats and cheeses. Or mix and match items from our hot case. Need some dessert with that? Our bakery makes cookies, cakes, and brownies that are ready when you are. $-$$
Sean Kelly’s 130 West Pine 542–1471 Located in the heart of downtown. Open for Lunch and Dinner, featuring a Sat.-Sun. Brunch 11-2pm. Great Fresh food With Huge Portions. Featuring locally produced specials as well as international cuisine and traditional Irish fare. FULL BAR, BEER, WINE, MARTINIS, 100% SMOKE FREE. "Where the Gaelic and the Garlic Mix!" $-$$
Paul’s Pancake Parlor 2305 Brooks 728-9071 (Tremper’s Shopping Center) Check out our home cooked lunch and dinner specials or try one of 17 varieties of pancakes. Our famous breakfast is served all day! Monday is all you can eat spaghetti for $6.95. Wednesday is turkey night with all of the trimmings for $6.95. Eat in or take-out. M-F 6am-7pm, Sat/Sun 7am-4pm. $–$$.
Staggering Ox 1220 SW Higgins 542-2206 123 E Main 327-9400 Home of the famous Clubfoot Sandwich - unique, portable, delicious! We serve fantastic sandwiches on fresh-baked bread. With two convenient locations, it’s easy to call in your order and pick it up on your way to play. $-$$
Pearl Café & Bakery 231 E. Front St. • 541-0231 Country French Specialties, Bison, Elk, Fresh Fish Daily, delicious salads and appetizers. Breads and desserts baked in house. Reservations recommended for the warm & inviting dining areas, or drop in for a quick bite in the wine bar. Now, you may go to our website Pearlcafe.US to make reservations or buy gift certificates, while there check out our gorgeous wedding and specialty cakes. Open Mon-Sat at 5:00. $$-$$$
The Stone of Accord 4951 N. Reserve St. 830-3210 Serving Award Winning Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinners 7 days a week! All of your favorite Irish classics, plus a daily selection of Chef's specialties. A fully stocked bar, wine and liquor store and the Emerald Casino make The Stone of Accord the perfect place for an enjoyable meal. 6:30am-2:00am $-$$
Red Robin 2901 Brooks Street • 830-3170 www.redrobin.com Half the price, twice the fun! Halfy Hour at the Southgate Mall Red Robin®! Half price bar drinks Monday – Friday, 4-6 p.m. and Monday – Saturday, 9-10 p.m. Enjoy a drink with one of our insanely delicious Gourmet Burgers, Bottomless Steak Fries. Or, snack on one of our shareable starters with friends! $-$$ SA WAD DEE 221 W. Broadway 543-9966 Sa-Wa-Dee offers traditional Thai cuisine in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Choose from a selection of five Thai curries, Pad Thai, delicious Thai soups, and an assortment of tantalizing entrees. Featuring fresh ingredients and authentic Thai flavors-no MSG! See for yourself why Thai food is a deliciously different change from other Asian cuisines. Now serving Beer and Wine! $-$$ Scotty’s Table 131 S. Higgins Ave. • 549-2790 Share a meal on our park side patio or within the warm elegance of our location at the historic Wilma Building. Enjoy our seasonal menu of classic Mediterranean and European fare with a contemporary American twist, featuring the freshest local ingredients. Serving lunch Tues-Sat 11:00-2:30, and dinner Tues.Sat. 5:00-Close. Beer and Wine available. $$-$$$
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Uptown Diner 120 N. Higgins 542-2449 Step into the past at this 50's style downtown diner. Breakfast is served all day. Daily Lunch Specials. All Soups, including our famous Tomato Soup, are made from scratch. Voted best milkshakes in Missoula for 14 straight years. Great Food, Great Service, Great Fun!! Monday - Sunday 8a.m. - 3p.m. $-$$ Westside Lanes 1615 Wyoming 721-5263 Visit us for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner served 8 AM to 9 PM. Try our homemade soups, pizzas, and specials. We serve 100% Angus beef and use fryer oil with zero trans fats, so visit us any time for great food and good fun. $-$$ What’s For Dinner Meal Delivery Service 406-207-2203 Delicious, affordable meals delivered to your door. Fresh dinner menu changes weekly, frozen dinner and dessert menus change monthly. Order by noon on Monday, deliveries are made Tuesday. Meals start at only $7.50 per portion. Menus and ordering available at www.WhatsForDinnerMissoula.com $-$$
ASKARI Color bind Hi Ari, Do you know where one might find dried beet and spinach powders in Missoula? I’d like to use them as natural food coloring in homemade pasta (they have some nutritional value as well, unlike commercial food coloring). The Good Food Store has an allnatural food coloring set that is prohibitively expensive, but does not stock the dried vegetable powders. Any ideas? Thanks! —True Colors
Dear True Colors, As far as I can tell, you’re outta luck for Missoula options. But I did some online research and found an interesting website that will ship you what you’re looking for at a very low price of about $1 an ounce—which is insanely low considering how much raw material goes into dried veggies. Barry Farm in Ohio has your spinach and
beet powder, as well as powdered tomato, carrot, asparagus and pumpkin powder. Based on the photo, the pumpkin powder appears bright yellow. And it comes with the curious note: “Dried pumpkin powder can also be used as a natural colorant to foods. This is especially helpful if you are trying to color yogurt coating for dog biscuits.” Wow, to think that all of this time that I’ve been making my own yogurt coating for my dog’s biscuits, but not even coloring them. No wonder Stinky is such a head case. I’m glad to know that for less than the price of a Missoula parking ticket I can color her yellow yogurt-covered dog biscuits bright yellow. Hallelujah! Barry Farms also sells powdered vegetables that don’t seem to give any color, like artichoke. To see the entire list of offerings, go to www.barryfarm.com/veggies.htm. Send your food and garden queries to firstname.lastname@example.org
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Witness how 4,000 books of white supremacist propaganda were transformed from something hateful to works of art that touch on social justice issues and more during an opening reception for Speaking Volumes: Transforming Hate, from 5–7 PM in UM’s Paxson and Meloy Galleries, in UM’s PARTV Center. Free. Call 243-2019.
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If you know a young woman between the ages of 14–18 who you think would make a great leader, consider nominating them for YWCA Missoula’s Young Women LEAD project, which includes attendance at two seminars as well as a community service project. Free to participate. To nominate, call the YWCA’s Jen Euell at 543-6691. Nominations are due by Mon., Jan. 11.
Gypsies come out during a Routine/Improv Student Troupe Bellydance class every Thu. at 6:30 PM at The Tent Dance Studio, 2016 Strand Ave. Ste. B. $30 month for every class you can make it to/ $8 drop-in. Call Wendy at 541-0667.
Kids and parents experiment with rhythm and more during Rhythm Tykes, a class for kids 18 months–4 years old this and every Thu. at 10 AM at Tangled Tones Music Studio, 2005 South Ave. W. $40 five classes/$10 class. Call 396-3352.
Hopefully the hard stuff won’t wear you out before the workout. Hot toddies and cider compliment a workout for your legs during a free snow sports prep clinic/open house at 5:30 PM at Stafford Downtown, 218 E. Front St. Ste. 100. Call 549-2832 and visit staffordfitness.net.
If you can’t read this, perhaps you’re simply pre-literate, in which case the Missoula Public Library wants you for Tiny Tales, a movement, music and singing program for babes up to 36 months at 10:30 AM every Thu., Fri. and Tue. Free. Call 721-BOOK.
All genres are encouraged—excepting, perhaps, noise pop—every Thu. at 5:30 PM at Tangled Tones Music Studio, 2005 1/2 South Ave. W., where musicians bring their noise makers and synergy builds a joyful sound during the Tangled Tones Pickin’ Circle. Free. Call 396-3352.
Shake it ‘til you break it when the Downtown Dance Collective, 121 W. Main St., offers Booty Ballet every Thu. at noon. $12/$10 members. Call 541-7240 and visit ddcmontana.com.
Get those endorphins pumpin’ late in the day when you join professional runner Meg Lerch for tempo runs and drills during Thursday Tempo Runs, every Thu. at 5:30 PM starting with a stretch at Runner’s Edge, 325 N. Higgins Ave. Cost TBA/free to Run Wild Missoula Members. Visit www.runwildmissoula.org.
Create something complex and open to interpretation with fine grained soil under the firm guidance of Orville Chigbrow when The Clay Studio of Missoula presents an eight-week open instructed class, from 1–4 PM this and every Thu. until March 25 at the studio, 1106 Hawthorne St. Unit A. $168/$160 members. Includes a one-half of total cost, non-refundable down payment. Call 543-0509 to register or visit theclaystudioofmissoula.org. If art loses hands-down to video games, then the Missoula Public Library’s your gig, where Game On! invites teen gamers to glue their eyes on Guitar Hero, Rock Band and more on the big screen and mow snacks at 3:30 PM the first Thu. of every Month. Free. Call 721-BOOK. Even if your toddler makes some smooth dance moves, your 3- to 6-year-old might need some
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A 1950s housewife irons your candy in artist Shalene Valenzuela’s “Chew, Don’t Swallow.” Valenzuela and a host of other artists present their work during the Missoula Art Museum’s Benefit Art Auction Exhibition, which opens Wed., Jan. 13, at 10 AM at the museum, 335 N. Pattee St. Free. Call 728-0447 and visit missoulaartmuseum.org.
work, so bring them to another installment of Creative Movement Class every Thu. at 4 PM at the Downtown Dance Collective, 121 W. Main St. Call 541-7240 for pricing.
nightlife Put a smile on your face and a tune in your head—join guitarist Craig Wickham every Thu. from 5–7 PM at Red’s Wines & Blues in Kalispell. Free. Call 755-9463.
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Catch some hot pickin’ while you do a little lickin’ inside your pint glass when The Acousticals play bluegrass at the Bitter Root Brewery, 101 Marcus St. in Hamilton, at 6 PM. Free. Call 363-PINT. After the revolution we’ll need a new Betsy Ross, which is why you should pick up some tips every Thu. at Selvedge Studio, 509 S. Higgins Ave., where their Sewing Lounge begins at 6 PM. $9–10 hour. Call 541-7171. end your event info by 5 PM on Fri., Jan. 8, to email@example.com. Alternately, snail mail the stuff to Calendar Overlord c/o the Independent, 317 S. Orange St., Missoula, MT 59801 or fax your way to 543-4367.
The valley’s haven for year-round thrashers, Fiftytwo Skatepark, on El Way past the Missoula Airport, hosts Girls’ Skate Club Night every Thu. at 6 PM, which means girls skate for free. Guys are welcome, but should plan on parting with a few bucks. Call 542-6383. Find out exactly what you can expect when expecting with tips on nutrition, exercise, labor, birth preparations and more during a free early pregnancy information night, which runs from 6:30–8 PM in the small meeting room of the Missoula Public Library, 301 E. Main St. E-mail Krista at firstname.lastname@example.org. Feeling too straight and separate? Remedy that situation pronto at Gay Men Together, a safe and affirming place for gay and bisexual men, at 7 PM at the Western Montana Gay and Lesbian Community Center, 127 N. Higgins Ave., Ste. 202. Free. Call 543-2224. Swallow your pride, grab up to seven doublespaced pages of your best verbiage, and bring it to this week’s Authors of the Flathead meeting for constructive critique at 7 PM in Room 151 of the Science and Technology Building on the Flathead Valley Community College campus. Free. Call 881-4066.
karaoke mic at Harry David’s, 2700 Paxson St. Ste. H, which is back in action with free karaoke at 9:30 PM, Sun.–Thu. each week. Call 830-3277. Dance with a cougar or two, or not, every Thu. at 10 PM when the James Bar, 127 W. Alder St., hosts The Social Club, featuring DJ Fleege spinning an expansive array of tech house and progressive electro dance tunes. Free. Cross your karaoke sword with others under the influence of that music box you sing along to during Combat DJ and Karaoke nights, this and every Thu. at the Press Box, 835 E. Broadway St., at 10 PM. Free. Spend time with your favorite folk slinging uncle when Helena’s Adam Nordell, who goes by the name “Uncle Adam Nordell” on MySpace, strums up the Top Hat at 10 PM. Cover TBA. He’ll cure your tremors with a sweet shot of country: Russ Nasset hits up the Old Post,
Invigorate that spine of yours during a Classical Pilates Mat Class taught by Alison Laundrie every Fri. at Main Street Pilates, 214 E. Main St., at 11 AM. $12. RSVP 541-2673. Your skill at creating something functionally wicked, like a beer stein or a vase, comes in handy during the ZACC’s Paint Your Own Pottery Studio, which runs from 12–8 PM Mon.–Fri. and every Sat. from noon–5 PM at the ZACC, 235 N. First St. W. Price ranges from $5–$20, depending on the cost of pottery. Call 549-7555 or visit www.zootownarts.com. Clean the junk outta your chakras during a twoday Chakra Vinyasa Yoga workshop with Nancy Ruby, which starts with a lecture/practice from 4–6 PM at Inner Harmony Yoga, 214 E. Main St. Ste. B. A “Chakra Journey” class featuring meditation, yoga asana and music follows from 9 AM–5 PM on Sat., Jan. 9. $95 for the full workshop/$20 Fri. night/$25 Sat. from 9-11 AM. Register at yogamotion.com or call 585-9600.
You just might do the push, whip or the jitterbug-lindy when Cathy Clark slings beginning swing dance lessons every Thu. at 7 PM, and then moves to beyond basics swing lessons at 7:30 PM, at the Eagles Lodge, 2420 South Ave. W., with open dancing from 8–10 PM. $5 person for dance lessons. E-mail email@example.com.
Bowling and karaoke go together like red meat and toothbrushes during Solid Sound Karaoke at Westside Lanes at 8:30 PM. Free. Call 541-SING. Sorry ladies, but Thu. nights belong to the dudes at Men’s Night at The Office Bar, 109 W. Main St. in Hamilton, where the testosterone-fueled karaoke begins at 9 PM. Free. Call 363-6969. Bassackwards Karaoke turns your world underside-up every Thu. at 9 PM at Deano’s Casino on Airway Boulevard. Free. Call 531-8327. Now’s your time to juggle a beat with your feet in a cavernous setting when DJ DC rocks the AmVets Club with hits starting at 9 PM. Free. Feel free to flail around like a rock star whilst busting out your best version of Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believing” during karaoke at Deano’s Casino near Airway Blvd., 5318 W. Harrier, this and every Thu. at 9 PM. Free. Join several hundred people and revel in the glory of debauchery when cheap well drinks and laptop-fueled hip-hop, crunk, electronic, pop and mashed-up tunes hit the Badlander every week where Dead Hipster DJ Night gets the booties bumpin’ and the feet stompin’ at 9 PM. $3. Join the ranks of the Missoula Metal Militia, which brings metal DJs and bands to the Palace at 9 PM every Thu. Free. Impress your friends, significant other, or anyone who will listen when you rock the
Middle schoolers create mayhem—in a wholesome way—during Friday Night Hang Out: Middle School Mayhem, Friday Night Lights, which runs from 7–10:30 PM at the City Life Community Center, 1515 Fairview Ave. $3. Open to grades sixth through eighth only. Call 532-1555. Stanzas creep off the page when local poet Mark Gibbons reads excerpts from his book Connemara Moon—while also signing copies of Mauvaises Herbes, the French version of his book—at 7 PM at Shakespeare and Co., 103 S. Third St. W. Free. Includes readings of Mauvaises Herbes in French by Sean Gibbons and UM prof Michel Valentin. Call 549-9010. (See Spotlight in this issue.) A Palestinian walks into a forced suicide mission in Tel Aviv. No, this isn’t a joke, this is For My Father, a movie which explores the Palestinian/Israeli conflict from a personal angle and screens at 7 PM at the Missoula Public Library, 301 E. Main St. Free. Call 721-BOOK. It’s the whitest porn you’ll ever see: the Cold Smoke People’s Choice Awards ski porn fest hits town with such titillating titles as Swift Silent Deep and Snow Kite Masters at 8 PM at the Badlander. $2. Expect ice packs to melt when DJ Monty Carlo fires up dance tunes after the screenings. Visit coldsmokeawards.com for a full list of films.
The real hip-hop is over here. The Downtown Dance Collective, 121 W. Main St., gives you something to pop and lock about every Thu. at 7:20 PM during beginning and intermediate Hip-Hop Class. Call 541-7240 for pricing and visit ddcmontana.com. Bring yer guitar, bass or other instrument of choice every Thu. night to The Cellars, 5646 W. Harrier, when it holds an open-mic style artists showcase at 8 PM. Free. Interested musicians should call 541-8463.
Stand tall and feel comfortable without the use of booze during a free improve your balance clinic, which features a chance to peep state of the art exercise equipment at 5:30 PM at Stafford Downtown, 218 E. Front St. Ste. 100. Call 549-2832 and visit staffordfitness.net.
The Bruciest Bruce of them all proves there’s nothing like the real thing when Bruce Threlkeld thrills with acoustic guitar work at the Symes Hotel in Hot Springs, 209 Wall St., at 8 PM. Donations appreciated. Call 741-2361.
Members of Salt Lake City’s Gorgeous Hussies experiment with their own version of Avatar when they play the Palace Sat., Jan 9, at 9 PM with Wolf Redboy and Elephant Gun. $5. 103 W. Spruce St., for a solo set this and every other Thu. at 10 PM. Free.
Get a hit of cardiovascular exercise during Nia with Jody Mosher, every Friday at 9 AM at the Downtown Dance Collective, 121 W. Main St. $10. Call 541-7240. Fine tune your breathing, sun salutations, posture and more during a Sivananda Yoga Class which meets this and every Fri. from 10–11 AM at the Teranga Arts School, 2926 S. Third St. W. Free, but donations appreciated. Call Gina at 518-928-7523 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Toddlers always find something to fight for when enjoying books like The Encyclopedia of Libertarianism by Ronald Hamowy during Toddler Story Time, which features age appropriate stories (of course), from 10:30–11:15 AM in the downstairs meeting room of the Bitterroot Public Library, 306 State St. in Hamilton. Free. Call 363-1670. The Missoula Public Library hosts a preschool storytime geared toward children 3–6 years old every Fri. at 10:30 AM. This week, Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. Just kidding. (Did I need to tell you that?) Free. Call 721-BOOK.
nightlife Local artist and ace latte slinger Aaron Fields brings psychedelia to the canvas and frame with help from fellow barista L. Alexander Wolfe when both artists present their paintings and photography during a Second Friday reception at Cat’s Eye Designs, 137 E. Main St., from 5–8 PM. Free. Features music, wine and cheese. Nature gets nurtured, in a way, during Women in Nature, a photo essay/exhibit which documents local women of all ages playin’, shreddin’ and just enjoying the outdoors with a reception from 5–8 PM at Betty’s Divine, 521 S. Higgins Ave. Free. Includes free flowing wine, cookies and a music performance by Lee McAfee. Expect something brilliant in the form of an installation piece when slick barista Nathan McTague presents a joint exhibit with his wife Natalie Christensen, at 5 PM on the walls of Butterfly Herbs, 232 N. Higgins Ave. Free. Get your buzz on just after work with a varied selection of vino when The Loft, 119 W. Main St., presents a weekly wine tasting every Fri. at 5:15 PM. $10. This ain’t no Montucky landscape art: Cathryn Sugg exhibits a range of her large scale mixed media paintings and drawings, which often feature abstract representations of wapiti—aka elk—during an opening from 5:30–8:30 PM at the ZACC Gallery, 235 N. First St. W. Free. Call 549-7555. (See Spotlight in this issue.)
Wave to a non-existent television audience so The Jimmy Snow Country Show can sweep you up into heights of countrified delirium when they play the Eagles Lodge, 2420 South Ave. W., at 8 PM. Free. Call 543-6346. DJ Spidii spins all the newest polka hits, well, more likely the hottest trance tunes, when he plays the Palace at 9 PM. Free. Jump into a river of Kahlua so you can slide into the frothy sounds of Landslide, who play Sean Kelly’s at 9 PM. Cover TBA. Belt out a few bars of somethin’ sexy at East Missoula’s Reno Casino and Cafe’s karaoke night, brought to you by Karaoke by Figmo, every Fri. and Sat. night at 9 PM. Free. It’s time for an all-request video dance party to celebrate the week’s end: Feelgood Friday featuring hip-hop video remixes with The Tallest DJ in America at 9 PM at The Broadway Sports Bar and Grill, 1609 W. Broadway. Free. Call 543-5678. Be thankful that the freedom to speak includes the freedom to sing when you sidle up to the mic at karaoke night at the VFW, kicking off at 9 PM. Free. If you liked Tolkien’s mines of Khazad-dum, you’ll love tunneling through the AmVets Club, where DJDC rocks dance music to slay orcs to at 9 PM. Free. Feel free to shake it like a salt shaker when DJ Sanchez cranks out the jams at The Office Bar, 109 W. Main St. in Hamilton, every Fri. at 9 PM. Free. Call 363-6969. Learn to sing “Dancing Queen” in tongues when Bassackwards Karaoke invades the Alcan Bar & Grill in Frenchtown, 16780 Beckwith St., every Fri. at 9 PM. Free. Call 531-8327.
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Feel free to flail around like a rock star whilst busting out your best version of Hall and Oates’ “Kiss on My List” during karaoke at the Deano’s Casino near Airway Blvd., 5318 W. Harrier, this and every Fri. at 9 PM. Free. Let Russ Nasset and the Revelators show you to the nearest bucket of pomade when they rock rockabilly and country at the Union Club at 9:30 PM. Free. Bowling commingles with a laser light show and some DJ tunage from Kaleidoscope Entertainment every Fri. and Sat. at 9:30 PM at Five Valleys Bowling Center, 515 Dearborn Ave. Free. Call 549-4158. Let Luau Cinder singe your eyebrows to goth approved perfection when they push dub and funk on willing souls at the Top Hat at 10 PM. Cover TBA. He lives to spin: DJ Dubwise just can’t stop the dance tracks once they start at 10 PM at Feruqi’s. Free. Call 728-8799.
Get those endorphins pumpin’ early when you join professional runner Meg Lerch for mid to long group runs during Saturday Group Runs, every Sat. at 8 AM starting with a stretch at Runner’s Edge, 325 N. Higgins Ave. Cost TBA/Free to Run Wild Missoula Members. Visit www.runwildmissoula.org. If you have compulsive-eating problems, seek help and support with others during a meeting of Overeaters Anonymous, which meets this and every Sat. at 9 AM on the second floor of St. Paul Lutheran Church, 202 Brooks St. Free. Visit www.oa.org. Get musical while finding your flow when Brian Baty leads a live music Vinyasa yoga class, which features music by Nathan Zavalney, this and every Sat. from 9:30–10:45 AM at Inner Harmony Yoga, 214 E. Main St. Ste. B. $10 drop-in/$8 students drop-in, with various prices for punch-card holders. Call 581-4093 or visit yogainmissoula.com. Bust Tonya Harding-esque smooth moves without busting any kneecaps during “It’s Great to Skate–Bring a Friend Day,” a free ice skating event sponsored by the Missoula Figure Skating Club which runs from 10–11:30 AM at the Glacier Ice Rink, 1101 South Ave. W. Free, includes prizes and skating tips. Skate rental available for a nominal fee. Visit missoulafsc.org.
The focus of the retreat is to unburden ourselves from mental habits that cause unnecessary suffering and to realize our natural state which is the inner dimension of peace, joy and love. Anam Thubten invites everyone to experience this spiritual transformation through meditation practice and the timeless teachings of the Buddha.
Friday Night Public Talk • 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday Retreat 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Holiday Inn Parkside, 200 S. Pattee Suggested Donation: Friday Night $15 or Full Retreat $125 To register, or with questions about scholarships, email: email@example.com
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I bet he’s got a wicked handshake: local world record bench press holder Terry Baldwin hosts a free clinic on proper weight lifting techniques, pillar strength and how to make the most out of your muscles at 10 AM at Stafford Downtown, 218 E. Front St. Ste. 100. Call 549-2832 and visit staffordfitness.net. Those suffering from illness or loss can find solace during one of Living Art Montana’s Creativity for Life workshops at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 202 Brooks St., at 10:30 AM. This week features the program “Rorschach Words” with Beth Jaffe. Free, but donations appreciated and accepted. Register by calling 549-5329 or visit livingartofmontana.org. Make your thumbs green in order to grow something heady—for your eyes and taste buds, that is—during a Bigfork/Ferndale Community Garden Workshop, which specifically aims for you to become an expert at square foot gardening, at 10:30 AM at St. Patricks Episcopal Church in Ferndale, at the
corner of Montana Highway 209 and S. Ferndale Drive near Bigfork. Free. Call Michelle at 837-0982. Learn to mix and match your bellydance styles during Beginner/Intermediate World Fusion Bellydance, which takes place every Sat. at 10:30 AM at The Tent Dance Studio, 2016 Strand Ave. Ste. B. $30 month for as many classes as you can make it to/ $8 drop-in. Call Wendy at 541-0667 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Kick it to the core for a Core-Kicking Pilates Class with Alison Laundrie every Sat. at 646 Sixth St. W., at 11 AM. $10, includes childcare. RSVP 214-7247. Your bedtime tales of college-age debauchery fall a little short of the mark. Family Storytime offers engaging experiences like stories, fingerplays, flannel-board pictograms and more at 11 AM at the Missoula Public Library. Free. Call 721-BOOK. Racists need not apply: Let diversity rush from your fingers and onto the canvas during a Saturday family art workshop titled Honoring Diversity with Ria DeNeeve, which starts at 11 AM at the Missoula Art Museum, 335 N. Pattee St. $5 per participant. Features mixed media/collage projects based on the teachings of Martin Luther King Jr. Call 728-0447. Renée Fleming rocks her singing socks off as an aristocrat in an opera about love and intrigue during the latest installment of The Met Live at the Roxy series, which features a HD screening of Der Rosenkavalier at 11 AM at the Roxy Theater, 718 S. Higgins Ave. $18/$16 students and seniors at any GrizTix outlet or www.griztix.com. Visit www.morrisproductions.org. Make the jam in your jar turn blue during an open acoustic bluegrass jam session hosted by the Montana Rockies Bluegrass Association, which starts with pickin’ at 1 PM at the Ruby’s Inn Convention Center, 4825 N. Reserve St. Free, open to all skill levels. Potluck dinner follows at 5:30 P M. Visit mtbluegrass.com. The woolen warriors of Missoula’s Stitch ‘N’ Bitch needlework circle bring the world to drink every Sat. at 2 PM in Liquid Planet’s conference room. Free. BYO yarn and needles, and check out missoulaknits.blogspot.com. Wake out of your slump and bond with your child during “Hibernation Celebration,” an activity that explores how animals adapt to cold weather, at 2 PM at the Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory St. $2/free MNHC members. Call 327-0405.
nightlife Andrea Harsell commands a ship of suds while Louie Bond backs her up with hot guitar licks, and his best Sean Connery impersonation, when they play the Blacksmith Brewing Co., 114 Main St. in Stevensville, at 5:30 PM. Free. Call 777-0680. You can bet your sweet derrière there won’t be any obnoxious dudes vying to buy women drinks during Ladies’ Pottery Night, an artistic spin on ladies’ night, where women create bowls, dishware or sushi platters and enjoy complimentary wine and appetizers from 6–8 PM at the Zootown Arts Community Center, 235 N. First St. W. $20, with 10 percent off all pottery. Also includes a $10 non-refundable deposit. RSVP by calling 549-7555. When the going gets absurd, Blue Melon blends up pickle juice and city ordinances when they play rockabilly, jazz and blues at the Bitter Root Brewery, 101 Marcus St. in Hamilton, at 6 PM. Free. Call 363-PINT.
Lusty tales of life as a teacher in Africa bring the condensation levels up a notch when Peter Orner reads and signs copies of The Second Coming of Mavala Shikongo: A Novel, at 7 PM at the Grizzly Claw Trading Company in Seeley Lake, 3187 Hwy. 83. Free. Call 677-0008. Sorry Missoula conservatives, local Dems won big this year, and now it’s time to partay. So join in on the festivities during the Missoula County Democrats’ Red, White and Blues Ball, which features music by the Mike Bader Blues Band and appearances by Mayor John Engen and City Councilman Roy Houseman at 7 PM at the Stensrud Building, 314 N. First St. W. Suggested donation of $15, plus a dry or canned good for the Missoula Food Bank. Call Emily Brock at 546-6552. Jig yourself into a fury without selling armaments to Iran during a contra dance at the Kalispell Salvation Army Church Gym, 110 Bountiful Drive in Kalispell, which starts with dancing at 7:30 PM. Features music by Sassafras Stomp with calling by Roy Curet. $15 family/$7 adults and teens/free for nondancers. Call Joe at 752-7469. If you’ve been searching for some of that sweet, sweet nectar, look no further than Four Bee’s and A Honey, who command canes to tap and walkers to saunter when they play the Missoula Senior Center, 705 S. Higgins Ave., at 8 PM. $5. Call 543-7154. An all out war on silence is declared with a local-yokel show at 8 PM at the ZACC, 235 N. First St. W., when experimental strands of rock, dance punk and more take form with sets by Hologram Pants, FagRag, At Home in the Cosmos, Julie and the Wolves and Petra Core. $5. (See Soundcheck in this issue.) He passes left so you can pop and lock to the right: Vic Stampley joins Lefty Lucy for a night of steamy vocals and instrumentals when they play the Symes Hotel in Hot Springs, 209 Wall St., at 8 PM. Donations appreciated. Call 741-2361. Be the star in your own sitcom while others ignore your loss of marbles by shimmying to The Jimmy Snow Country Show, who play the Eagles Lodge, 2420 South Ave. W., at 8 PM. Free. Call 543-6346. Solid Sound Karaoke proves that music can also be a liquid or a gas, but never plasma, at Westside Lanes at 8:30 PM. Free. Call 541SING. If you get nervous in front of crowds, just imagine they’re all naked at East Missoula’s Reno Casino and Cafe’s karaoke night, brought to you by Karaoke by Figmo at 9 PM. Free. Feel free to perform “Bella Ciao” by Mirah & The Black Cat Orchestra during karaoke night at 9 PM at the VFW but don’t be surprised if someone tells you we’re in Missoula, and so it’s time to start talking American. Free. Here’s your chance to get freaky on the dance floor. AmVets Club offers up DJDC and his dance music to the hungry horde at 9 PM. Free. The Frenchtown Club, 15155 Demers St., lets the karaoke genie out of the bottle at 9 PM. Turn south after taking exit 89 from I-90. Free. Call 370-3200. Have one too many drinks and you just might start singing pop tunes backwards during Bassackwards Karaoke at Larry’s Six Mile Bar & Grill in Huson, 23384 Huson Road, every other Sat. at 9 PM. Free. DJs Kris Moon and Monty Carlo are guaranteed to keep you dancing to an assortment of hip-hop, electronic and other bass-heavy, booty-busting beats ‘til the bar closes, or at
least until the vodka runs out, during Absolutely at the Badlander at 9 PM. Free. The men in Salt Lake City’s Gorgeous Hussies show you a thing or two about shedding timidity when they supply the pop and the rock at the Palace at 9 PM. $5. Opening support from Wolf Redboy and Elephant Gun. Bowling commingles with a laser light show and some DJ tunage from Kaleidoscope Entertainment every Fri. and Sat. at 9:30 PM at Five Valleys Bowling Center, 515 Dearborn Ave. Free. Call 549-4158.
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Tom Catmull and the Clerics halt the worldwide ban on “flaming armpits,” which could be a drink—or a revolutionary act—when they play Americana and pull roots at the Union Club at 9:30 PM. Free. Idaho’s Stoney Holiday only asks for a lid of your love when they spread funk over bluegrass at the Top Hat at 10 PM. Cover TBA.
Sunday brunch at 10 AM with jazz from Three of a Kind is classy so don’t just roll out of bed before you head into the Blue Canyon Kitchen & Tavern, located in the Hilton Garden Inn at 3720 N. Reserve Street. Catch new thoughts with the Science of Mind Community during a Sunday service via the Internet when Rev. Kathianne Lewis spreads a spiritual message for your viewing pleasure at the Carriage House in Hamilton, 310 N. Fourth St., at 10 AM. this and every Sun. Free. Call Barb at 375-9996.
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Let your body embrace rhythmic unity with breathing, chants, hand positions and body locks (but no popping and locking) during an Intro Kundalini yoga workshop taught by Sylvia Robert which meets from 10 AM–noon at Inner Harmony Yoga, 214 E. Main St. Ste. B. Free, but donations accepted. Call 581-4093 and visit yogainmissoula.com. Quench your urge to watch football with others on several different televisions every Sun. at Lucky Strike Casino, 515 Dearborn Ave., and, if you’ve got the the gusto, belt out some bars during their karaoke contest which starts a 9:30 PM. Free. Call 549-4152.
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Missoula is a bona fide bike town. If you don’t have one already, you’ll be able to build your own recycled recumbent or four-wheel bike after you volunteer for two hours at Missoula Free Cycles, 732 S. First St. W., on Sundays at a TBA time. Call 800-809-0112 to RSVP. Playing bingo at 2 PM at the Missoula Senior Citizens Center is your chance to yell, “Climate change, what climate change? I follow the megalomaniacal church of Glenn Beck!” Free. Call 543-7154. Leave the freedom toast at home so you can scarf down classical music from France during DalyClassic, an offshoot of DalyJazz that features performances by alto saxophonist Brooke Florence and pianist Jan Halmes at 2 PM at DalyJazz, 240 Daly Ave. Event is sold out. Visit dalyjazz.com. Renée Fleming rocks her singing socks off as an aristocrat in an opera about love and intrigue during the latest installment of The Met Live at the Roxy series, which features a HD screening of Der Rosenkavalier at 4 PM at the Roxy Theater, 718 S. Higgins Ave. $18/$16 students and seniors at any GrizTix outlet or www.griztix.com. Visit www.morrisproductions.org.
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Seek connection, mutual life, or even death using the ancient Japanese strategy game Go when a group of enthusiasts meets to play the game this and every Sun. at 4:30 PM at Break Espresso, 432 N. Higgins Ave. Free. Email email@example.com.
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If you fancy yourself a crackerjack with a pool cue, consider joining a weekly pool tournament at Harry David’s Bar, 2700 Paxson St. Ste. H, which runs this and every Sun. starting with a sign up at 4:30 PM and the game starting at 5. $5 buy-in with a minimum of eight players, includes one free drink per player. Call 830-3277.
Quit that dead-end job and head down to the Dickinson Lifelong Learning Center, 310 S. Curtis St., where you can brush up on your reading, writing and math skills in order to pass the GED or enroll in college during free adult education courses, every Mon.–Thu. from 8 AM–12 PM and 1–3 PM, as well as every Tue.–Thu. from 6–8 PM. Call 542-4015.
Sandy Lawler takes your hand for a dip through cayenne flavored dance moves during a beginning salsa class which meets this and every Sun. at 4:45 PM for six weeks at The Dance Studio, 2105 Bow St. Call Sandy at 2396044 for pricing. A six-week beginning ballroom course taught by Lawler follows at 6 PM, as does a beginning swing class at 7:15 PM.
Sizzle off the flub you gained from overindulging and gain strength during springboard classes which occur this and every Mon. and Wed. at 9 AM, followed by Pilates mat classes at 12:30 PM and 5:45 PM, all at Studio D, 420 N. Higgins Ave. Ste. D. $12 per class. Call Avril at 360-7421.
Get slippery in a bucket of clay during a Beginning Pottery class, which runs this and every Sun. until Feb. 28, and every Wed. until March 3, from 6–9 PM both nights at The Clay Studio of Missoula, 1106 Hawthorne St. Unit A. $168/$160 members. Includes a one-half of total cost, non-refundable down payment. Call 543-0509 to register or visit theclaystudioofmissoula.org.
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Improvisational movement with others takes on an extemporaneous vibe during contact dance improv, this and every Sun. from 6:30–8:30 PM at the Downtown Dance Collective, 121 W. Main St. $5. Musicians are welcome and encouraged. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. You too can practice guided, affirmative and visual meditation with others when Rev. Jennifer Hackenbruch leads a session every second and fourth Sunday of the month from 7–8 PM at Unity Church, 546 South Ave. W. Love offering appreciated. Call 370-9631.
Kick off the latter hours of your day of rest when the Badlander’s Jazz Martini Night welcomes saints and sinners alike with jazz DJs and jazz bands starting at 7:30 PM. Free. This week: jazz from Donna Smith, The Front Street Jazz Group and DJs Gary Stein and Ryan Wendel. Euchre is one of those games that goes great with beer because you can tell what the cards look like even if your vision is a little blurry. See what I mean, or try to anyway, tonight at Sean Kelly’s just-for-fun Euchre Tournament at 8 PM. Free. The weekend isn’t over ‘til you wrap it up with Jam Night at the Finish Line, 153 Meridian Road in Kalispell, with host Landslide at 8 PM. Free. Call 257-0248. Bellow out your favorite pop tune so you can impress your friends and perhaps win a prize during a karaoke contest this and every Sun. at the Lucky Strike Casino, 1515 Dearborn Ave., at 9 PM. Free. Call 721-1798.
Sorry bud, cap and trade is not something you do when your favorite Kettlehouse growler breaks. But you can find out more about the other cap and trade—a system to reduce greenhouse gases—during the City Club Missoula forum “Cap and Trade: Is this the Answer to Decreasing Carbon Emissions?”, which features comments from local experts like Keegan Eisenstadt from 11:30 AM–1 PM at the Holiday Inn-Downtown at the Park, 200 S. Pattee St. $16/$11 members/$5 for no-lunch option. RSVP by noon on Jan. 8. Visit cityclubmissoula.org and call 541-CITY. (See Agenda in this issue.) Fire up your senses while you watch others install an exhibit filled with objects, interactive components and photos from the raging western fires of 1910 which will comprise When the Mountains Roared: The Fire of 1910, an exhibit that officially opens on March 28 at the Historical Museum at Fort Missoula, located at building 322. You’re free to watch staff install the exhibit Tue.–Sun. from noon–5 PM through March 28. Call 728-3476 and visit fortmissoulamuseum.org. Slap, pinch and fondle some clay in order to sculpt a masterpiece during an eight week handbuilding class which meets this and every Mon. from 1–4 PM until March 1 at The Clay Studio of Missoula, 1106 Hawthorne St. Unit A. $168/$160 members. Includes a onehalf of total cost, non-refundable down payment. Call 543-0509 to register or visit theclaystudioofmissoula.org. Veterans can find support with trained facilitator Chris Poloynis every Mon. at 2 PM, when PTSD group Spartans Honour meets at the Missoula Veterans Affairs Clinic, 2687 Palmer St. Free. Call 829-5400. Two sessions of World Rhythm Youth Hand Drumming Class hits Tangled Tones Music Studio, 2005 South Ave. W. every Mon. At 4:30 PM, kids aged 5–7 can get their grooves on, and a class for those 8 and above begins at 5. $30/month, drum rental available. RSVP 3963352 or visit tangledtones.com.
Women celebrate their womanhood with cheap libations during Ladies’ Night at Harry David’s Bar, 2700 Paxson St. Ste. H, this and every Sun. at 9:30 PM. Free to attend. Call 830-3277.
If you devote 5:30 to 8:30 PM on Monday or Wednesday nights to silent meditation, political drinking or other non-kid-friendly endeavors, the Parenting Place offers free child care and dinner at 1644 S. Eighth St. W. Call 728-KIDS to reserve a spot.
Impress your friends, significant other, or anyone who will listen when you rock the karaoke mic at Harry David’s, 2700 Paxson St. Ste. H, which is back in action with free karaoke at 9:30 PM, Sun.–Thu. each week. Call 830-3277.
Those looking to control their eating habits can get support from others during a meeting of Overeaters Anonymous, which meets this and every Mon. at 5:30 PM on the second floor of St. Paul Lutheran Church, 202 Brooks St. Free. Visit www.oa.org.
What reason have you got for lying around the house watching the tube when Florence’s High Spirits offers Free Pool at 6 PM? Free. Call 273-9992. Let instructor Danny Crump breathe down your neck in the most benevolent of ways during an eight week intermediate throwing class, which meets this and every Mon. until March 1 from 6–9 PM at The Clay Studio of Missoula, 1106 Hawthorne St. Unit A. $168/$160 members. Includes a one-half of total cost, non-refundable down payment. Call 543-0509 to register or visit theclaystudioofmissoula.org. Get this: Every Mon., Lolo’s Square Dance Center, 9555 Hwy. 12, begins with beginners’ lessons at 6:30 PM and then moves into full square dance party mode at 8. First two beginners’ sessions free/$4 thereafter. Call 273-0141. Let the rumba and cha-cha rumble throughout your extremities when Sandy Lawler leads a beginning Latin dance class this and every Mon. at 6:30 PM for six weeks at The Dance Studio, 2105 Bow St. Call Sandy at 239-6044 for pricing. You’ve got another chance to connect the dots this evening when the VFW hosts bingo at 7 PM. Free. If you’re 18 or under and your life has been affected by someone else’s drinking, get support with others by joining the Alateen 12Step Support Group, which meets this and every Monday at 7 PM at First United Methodist Church, 300 E. Main St. Free, use alley entrance. Call 728-5818 or visit www.alanon.alateen.org. Get centered with a meditation group at Osel Shen Phen Ling Tibetan Buddhist Center, 441 Woodworth Ave., where sadhana practice, visualization and mantra recitation cleanse the doors of perception at 7 PM. Call 543-2207. Russ Nasset lets sweet guitar tones breathe down the nape of your neck when he plays a solo set at the Red Bird Wine Bar, 111 N. Higgins Ave. Ste. 100, at 7 PM. Free. Every Yogi had to start somewhere: get an intro into an ancient discipline during an Intro to Yoga class with Erin Gael Chambers, which meets this and every Mon. and Wed. until Feb. 17 from 7:15–8:30 PM at the Yoga Fitness Center, 123 W. Alder St. $75 for the six-week session. Call 370-0829 to register. At Be Here Now Sangha you can learn the basics of meditation every Mon. night at 7:30 PM at the Open Way Mindfulness Center, 702 Brooks St. Open to all religions and levels of practice. Free, but donations appreciated. Bingo is no longer in the domain of the geriatric when Colin Hickey leads Rawk ‘N Roll Bingo at 8:30 PM at the Badlander with the first bingo card for free, subsequent cards for $1. Free. Also includes a free nacho bar. Who says America never invented a pub sport? Beer Pong proves them all wrong at the Office Bar, 109 W. Main St. in Hamilton, where alcohol and performance anxiety climax into a thing of beauty at 9 PM. Free. Call 363-6969. See a plethora of patterns and colors—after a few pitchers—and muster up the courage to belt out some prize-winning classics during Kaleidoscope Karaoke every Sun.–Sat. at
the Lucky Strike Casino, 1515 Dearborn Ave., at 9 PM. Free. Call 721-1798. Kick off your week with a drink, some free pool and an array of electronic DJs and styles for das booty during Milkcrate Mondays with the Milkcrate Mechanic at 9 PM every week, at the Palace. Free. This week: hip-hop from locals Tonsofun, Linkletter, Lui, Traffic and Tahjbo. See if you can become a star under the spotlight at Sean Kelly’s open mic night, hosted by Mike Avery at 9:30 PM. Free. Men drink on the cheap and can enjoy a game of pigskin, as well as karaoke, during Men’s Night at Harry David’s Bar, 2700 Paxson St. Ste. H, this and every Mon. at 9:30 PM. Free to attend. Call 830-3277.
handy during the ZACC’s Paint Your Own Pottery Studio, which runs from 12–8 PM Mon.–Fri. and every Sat. from noon–5 PM at the ZACC, 235 N. First St. W. Price ranges from $5–$20, depending on the cost of pottery. Call 549-7555 or visit www.zootownarts.com. You can fight for peace in many different ways, but how about knitting for it? Find out when the group Knitting for Peace meets every Tue. from 1–3 PM at the Jeannette Rankin Peace Center, 519 S. Higgins Ave. Free. Call 543-3955. Shaving cream and cornstarch no longer fit into your repertoire of “adult” fun during Preschool Art Start with Allie DePuy, where kids ages 3-and-a-half to 5 create art with a variety of mediums, like shaving cream, from 1–2:30 PM this and every Tue. until Feb. 16 at the Missoula Art Museum, 335 N. Pattee St. $55/$49.50 members for six
SPOTLIGHT Don’t avert your gaze and act like you don’t know who I am. You live in Montana. Some of you see me all the time. I wander around your forests and near your mountainside homes, chomping on grasses and leaves. Many of you like to hunt and subsequently kill my ilk with a high-powered rifle, only to then take our heads to taxidermists so we can sit in your living room as ornaments. Sometimes you make us into sausages.
WHEN: Fri., Jan. 8, 5:30–8:30 PM WHERE: ZACC Gallery, 235 N. First St. W. HOW MUCH: Free I especially take a liking to her piece “Agony/Ecstasy,” which features an image of me howling in the wind with my dagger-like horns jutting in the air, colored in deep washes
It’s always a glutenous good time when Wheat Montana, 2520 S. Third St. W., presents Black Mountain Bluegrass at 5:30 PM. Free. Call 327-0900. If you suffer from fibromyalgia, consider easing your pain with a free, non-invasive test to be conducted by the Foundation for Wellness Professionals at 5:30 PM at the Doubletree Hotel, 100 Madison St. Space is limited to the first 10 callers, so RSVP quickly by calling 541-2281.
When the drumbeat changes, your booty needs to pick up the beat. So shake your rump to some African flava during Tarn Ream’s Afrikan dance class, which meets at 6:30 PM in Room 005 of UM’s PARTV Center. $10 per class. Call 549-7933 or e-mail email@example.com. You never know what you’ll find—except for probably a bunch of womyn—at Womyn’s Night at 7 PM at the Western Montana Gay and Lesbian Community Center, 127 N. Higgins Ave., Ste. 202. Free. Call 543-2224. of blood red, black and brown. I’ve also found my eyes entangled in “After Expectations,” pictured here, a work which appears to show an expansive cobweb-like mass of thread vying for dominance with a piece of cloth.
Follow your dreams of becoming the next Willie Nelson, and get buy-one-get-one-free drink tickets, during an open mic night every Tue. at the Brooks and Brown Lounge at the Holiday Inn–Downtown at the Park, 200 S. Pattee St., from 7–10 PM, with sign-up at 6 PM. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sugg recently informed me that these works attempt to define the space that exists between opposites, such as hunter and gatherer or urban and rural. You should explore this concept of “in-between-ness” with me during her opening on Friday, so that we can perhaps bridge the awkward gap between us while soaking in her radiant works of art.
Let your body embrace rhythmic unity with breathing, meditation, mantras and more during a Kundalini yoga class, where instructor Sylvia Robert leads you to a state of oneness this and every Tue. from 7–8:15 PM at Inner Harmony Yoga, 214 E. Main St. Ste. B. $10 drop-in/$8 students. Call 581-4093 and visit yogainmissoula.com.
—Ira Sather-Olson weeks/$10 drop-in. Call 728-0447 and visit missoulaartmuseum.org.
If you can’t read this, you may be a baby below the age of 36 months, in which case the Missoula Public Library wants you for Tiny Tales, a movement, music and singing program at 10:30 AM every Tue., Thu. and Fri. Free. Call 721-BOOK.
Your child’s fascination with shiny digital gadgets takes the backseat to silhouettes, styrofoam prints and ceramic heads during Afterschool Art Adventure with Lauren Sandler, where kids work on projects based on current exhibits at the Missoula Art Museum from 4–5:30 PM this and every Tue. until Feb. 16 at the museum, 335 N. Pattee St. $55/$49.50 members. Call 728-0447 and visit missoulaartmuseum.org.
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Ladies, celebrate your feminist tendencies with cheap drinks when the Frenchtown Club, 15155 Demers St. in Frenchtown, hosts Ladies’ Night every Tue. from 5 PM to close. Free. Call 370-3200.
Beginners can try their hand with more experienced folks during a Beginner/Intermediate World Fusion Bellydance class, which takes place every Tue. at 6:30 PM at The Tent Dance Studio, 2016 Strand Ave. Ste. B. $30 month for every class you can make it to/$8 drop-in. Call Wendy at 541-0667 or e-mail email@example.com.
I’m wapiti, also known as an elk, and I’m often featured in many of the mixed media paintings and drawings by Cathryn Sugg, a current MFA candidate in UM’s College of Visual and Performing Arts. She hails from an area I’m familiar with, a small farm in the far reaches of Saskatchewan, Canada. And, I have to say, she really has a distinct aesthetic when it comes to rendering me and my horned peers on what appear to be patches of tablecloths.
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Missoula’s YWCA, 1130 W. Broadway, hosts weekly support groups for women every Tue. at 6:30 PM, where groups for Native women and children meet as well. New group members with children are asked to arrive at 6:15, without kids at 6:25. Free. Call 543-6691.
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board classes which occur this and every Tue. and Thu. at 4:30 PM, followed by Pilates mat classes at 5:30 PM, all at Studio D, 420 N. Higgins Ave. Ste. D. $12 per class. Call Avril at 360-7421.
Deciders win out over the inconclusive lot during the Missoula Public Library’s teen advisory board, which meets once a month at 7 PM at the library, 301 E. Main St., to plan teen events, suggest materials and recommend teen-centric services. Free. Call 721-BOOK. He probably didn’t love their disdain for human rights: Join others in a discussion of Simon Winchester’s The Man Who Loved China during the Missoula Public Library’s book club meeting at 7 PM at the library, 301 E. Main St. Free, with copies of the book available at the accounts desk. Call 721-BOOK.
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Do the robot or whatever kind of dance suits you in order to laugh and express yourself during Turning the Wheel presents: Adult Tapestry Series, a class of movement exercises facilitated by Lizzi Juda with musical accompaniment by Nathan Zavalney that meets this and every Tue. from 7–8:30 PM until Feb. 2 at 1042 Monroe St. $24/$20 preregistered. Open to those ages 16 and over. RSVP by calling 853-0361 or e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Anonymous, which meets this and every Tue. at 7:30 PM in the Memorial Room of St. Paul Lutheran Church, 202 Brooks St. Free. E-mail email@example.com.
It’s still bigger than disco: The Downtown Dance Collective, 121 W. Main St., keeps on keepin’ it real for those in the know every Tue. at 7:20 PM, when Horton Hip Hop puts the “back” back in “back in the day.” Call 541-7240 for pricing.
Sean Kelly’s invites you to another week of free Pub Trivia, which takes place every Tue. at 8 PM. And, to highlight the joy of discovery that you might experience while attending, here’s a sample of the type of question you could be presented with. Ready? Grenache is a member what what fruit family? (Find the answer in the calendar under tomorrow’s nightlife section.)
Those who have problems with anorexia or bulimia can find a shoulder to lean on during a meeting of Anorexics and Bulimics
Let your bow-legged legs step to the rhythm of “slow, slow, quick, quick” during a beginning country 2-step class that meets this and every Tue. at 7:30 PM for six weeks at The Dance Studio, 2105 Bow St. Call Sandy at 2396044 for pricing.
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The Broadway’s Tuesday Night Comedy takes place every Tue. at 9 PM and is followed by dancing with tunes from the Tallest DJ in America. $5/$3 students. Call 543-5678. Rehash the music of others, or have the guts to play a few of your own, when the Canyon Creek Ramblers host an open mic night this and every Tue. at 9 PM at the Great Northern Bar & Grill, 27 Central Ave. in Whitefish. Free, with free beers for performers. Get fresh with three chords and a raucous ‘tude when Train Song hops a ride to the Badlander to slay you with punk at 9 PM. Free.
Morning Melodies, a free, fun-filled, familyfriendly music event tailored to preschoolers, occurs every Wed. at Montana Coffee Traders in downtown Whitefish at 10 AM. Free.
Wander with wonder while looking at ceramics, glassware, paintings and even a miraculously modified gum ball machine during the Missoula Art Museum’s Benefit Art Auction Exhibition, which features over 50 artworks and opens at 10 AM at Carnegie Gallery in the museum, 335 N. Pattee St. Free. Exhibit runs through Feb. on: Wed.–Fri. from 10 AM–5 PM and Sat.–Sun. from 10 AM–3 PM. Call 728-0447 and visit missoulaartmuseum.org.
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Enjoy Tunes on Tuesdays with Christian Johnson from 8:30–11 PM, an acoustic open mic jam every Tue. night at Red’s Wines & Blues in Kalispell. Free. Call 755-9463.
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You’ve practiced in front of the mirror long enough—head to the High Spirits in Florence, where open mic night features a drum set, amps, mics and recording equipment and awaits you and your axe at 8 PM. Free. Call 273-9992 to reserve your spot.
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Consider getting your next tat from an intaglio print when you check out portraits of printmakers, by a printmaker, during the exhibition James Todd: Portraits of Printmakers, which opens at 10 AM in the Lela Autio Education Gallery at the Missoula Art Museum, 335 N. Pattee St. Free. Exhibit runs through Feb. 27. Hours are: Wed.–Fri. from 10 AM–5 PM and Sat.–Sun. from 10 AM–3 PM. Call 7280447 and visit missoulaartmuseum.org. (See Scope in this issue.) Imaginations leap during preschool story time, where Allison Jessop leads green minds into narrative appreciation mode with the story “Feelin’ Froggy” from 10:30–11:15 AM in the
children’s corner of the Bitterroot Public Library, 306 State St. in Hamilton. Free. Call 363-1670. As my main man Bob Dobbs always says, “Give me slack!” So heed his word and slack from duty to catch some swagger on the screen during a screening of The Flame and the Arrow at the Missoula Public Library, 301 E. Main St., at 2 PM. Free. Call 721-BOOK. Teens ages 13–18 stir their creative juices during Teen Media Club every Wed. at 4 PM at the Missoula Public Library computer classroom, where video creation, music mixing and digital art formulation are all the rage. Free. Call 721-2665.
nightlife Sop up some suds to help gramps get support for his independence, dignity and health during a Kettlehouse “Community Unite” pint night, which runs from 5–8 PM at the Kettlehouse Northside Tap Room, 313 N. First St. W. Free to attend. A portion of proceeds from every pint sold benefits Missoula Aging Services. Call 728-1660. Just don’t expect any beatboxing when the Black Mountain Boys play “fantastic bluegrass” at the Blacksmith Brewing Co., 114 Main St. in Stevensville, at 5:30 PM. Free. Call 777-0680. Develop eloquence in the face of inebriation, as well as impressive business contacts, when Toastmasters meets this, and every, Wed. at 6 PM in St. Patrick Hospital’s Duran Learning Center. Free. Call 728-9117. Blue Argon plays eclectic blues, R&B, and jazz featuring Colleen Cunningham, Steve Sellars and Jim Clayborn every Wed. at 6 PM at Red’s Wines & Blues in Kalispell. Free. Call 755-9463. Perhaps the kids at Columbine wouldn’t have gone crazy if they’d heard the good word on peace from Dr. Mark Umbreit, a mediator who leads the discussion “Restorative Justice and Peacemaking in the Global Community,” at 6 PM in Room AT 203 of Flathead Valley Community College, 777 Grandview Drive in Kalispell. Free. Visit restorativeyouthjustice.org. It’s once again time to render flesh, muscles and an assortment of body parts from a live model into a work of genius during the Missoula Art Museum’s non-instructed figure drawing classes, from 6–8 PM this and every Wed. at the museum, 335 N. Pattee St. $7/$5 members. Participants must be 18 and over. Call 728-0447. If you fancy yourself a crackerjack with a pool cue, consider joining a weekly pool tournament at Harry David’s Bar, 2700 Paxson St. Ste. H, which runs this and every Wed. starting with a sign up at 6:30 PM and the game start-
ing at 7. $5 buy-in with a minimum of eight players, includes one free drink per player. Call 830-3277. Get ballsy by having a ball with others on the dance floor during an intermediate ballroom dance class that meets this and every Wed. at 6:30 PM for six weeks at The Dance Studio, 2105 Bow St. Instructor consent required. Call Sandy at 239-6044 for pricing. An intermediate swing class by Lawler follows at 7:45 PM. Having fully bitched out Barnes & Noble, the Missoula Stitch ‘N’ Bitch needlework circle brings the circle of warm fuzzies to the Good Food Store, where you can knit purls of wisdom every Wed. at 7 PM. Free. B YO y a r n a n d n e e d l e s , a n d c h e c k o u t missoulaknits.blogspot.com. If you know the difference between His Knobs and His Knees, bring that skill to the Joker’s Wild Casino, 4829 N. Reserve St., where the Missoula Grass Roots Cribbage Club invites players both new and old to see how many ways they can get to that magical number 15 at 7 PM. Free. Call Rex at 360-3333. In case of emergency, break finger puppet: Family Storytime offers engaging experiences like stories, fingerplays, flannel-board pictograms and more at 7 PM at the Missoula Public Library. Free. Call 721-BOOK. The subject is TBA, but you can bet your sensual side will be titillated during a sexual finesse workshop by Dr. Lindsey Doe from 7–8:30 PM at Birds & Bees LLC, 1515 E. Broadway St. Cost TBA. Call 544-1019 and visit aboutsexuality.org. Be the peacemaker between bears and wolves, or at least act like one, during a screening of Bob Landis’ film Clash: Encounters Between Bears and Wolves, at 7 PM at the Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory St. Suggested donation: $4/free MNHC members. A Q&A session with Landis follows the movie. Call 327-0405. Grab that tutu and slap on some ballet shoes every Wed. at 7:20 PM when the Downtown Dance Collective, 121 W. Main St., presents Beginning Ballet. Call 541-7240 for pricing and visit ddcmontana.com. Release that mid and late week stress during Tai Chi Chuan classes every Wed. at 7:30 PM and every Sat. at 10 AM at the Teranga Arts School, 2926 S. Third St. W. $10/class. Call Chris at 728-0918. Hump day isn’t just for binge drinking anymore. It’s also a day for playing games of chance with other like-minded booze lovers when Sean Kelly’s presents Hump Day Bingo, this and every Wed. at 8 PM. Free. Call 542-1471. Excavate your carnal desire for song, dance and hilarity with a dark twist—and likely a scantily clad cast—during another rendition of the Montana Actors’ Theatre’s Cabaret, which starts at 8 PM at the Crystal Theatre, 515 S. Higgins Ave. $7. Visit mtactors.com. You can pick your friends, and you can pick your nose, but neither will help you emit that high lonesome sound every Wed., when the Old Post Pub hosts a Pickin’ Circle at 9 PM. Free. The answer to this week’s trivia question: Grenache is a variety of grape that is often used for wine, and has been planted in places like California’s San Joaquin Valley. The tenets of women’s lib broadens to include cheap drinks and DJs spinning dance tracks when Feruqi’s hosts Ladies’ Night every Wed. at 9 PM. Free. Be sure you’ve downed enough pitchers of PBR in order to have the courage to sing “Bette Davis Eyes” by Kim Carnes, (believe me, the
beer helps), during Kraptastic Karaoke at the Badlander at 9 PM. Free. See a plethora of patterns and colors—after a few pitchers—and muster up the courage to belt out some prize-winning classics during Kaleidoscope Karaoke every Sun.–Sat. at the Lucky Strike Casino, 1515 Dearborn Ave., at 9 PM. Free. Call 721-1798. Be sure you’ve grabbed yourself a designated driver so you can imbibe during Wasted Wednesdays at Harry David’s Bar, 2700 Paxson St. Ste. H, which offers drink specials and starts at 9:30 PM. Free to attend. Call 830-3277. Dab swabs of cotton on those emo arms so Cottonwood Draw can draw out your precious bodily fluids with bluegrass at the Top Hat at 10 PM. Cover TBA.
Kids and parents experiment with rhythm and more during Rhythm Tykes, a class for kids 18 months–4 years old this and every Thu. at 10 AM at Tangled Tones Music Studio, 2005 South Ave. W. $40 five classes/$10 class. Call 396-3352.
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If you can’t read this, perhaps you’re simply pre-literate, in which case the Missoula Public Library wants you for Tiny Tales, a movement, music and singing program for babes up to 36 months at 10:30 AM every Thu., Fri. and Tue. Free. Call 721-BOOK. Shake it ‘til you break it when the Downtown Dance Collective, 121 W. Main St., offers Booty Ballet every Thu. at noon. $12/$10 members. Call 541-7240 and visit ddcmontana.com. If the quickest way to your heart is a beer, then perhaps skip an all you can eat pancake supper. For others, grab your bib and head down to the Missoula Senior Center, 705 S. Higgins Ave., where you can chow down with others at 4 PM. $5 per person. Bingo follows at 6:30 PM. Call 543-7154.
All genres are encouraged—excepting, perhaps, noise pop—every Thu. at 5:30 PM at Tangled Tones Music Studio, 2005 1/2 South Ave. W., where musicians bring their noise makers and synergy builds a joyful sound during the Tangled Tones Pickin’ Circle. Free. Call 396-3352. Connect your mind and soul to whatever deity you deem divine during a taize chanting circle with Rev. Jennifer Hackenbruch and Erin Barnes the second and fourth Thu. of the month at 6 PM at 2237 S. Third St. W. Free. Call 370-9631. After the revolution we’ll need a new Betsy Ross, which is why you should pick up some tips every Thu. at Selvedge Studio, 509 S. Higgins Ave., where their Sewing Lounge begins at 6 PM. $9–10 hour. Call 541-7171. The valley’s haven for year-round thrashers, Fiftytwo Skatepark, on El Way past the Missoula Airport, hosts Girls’ Skate Club Night every Thu. at 6 PM, which means girls skate for free. Guys are welcome, but should plan on parting with a few bucks. Call 542-6383.
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Worship at the temple of philosophical poetry when The Fellowship Club meets to discuss Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet during a club meeting at 6 PM in the west meeting room of the Bitterroot Public Library, 306 State St. in Hamilton. Free. Call 363-1670.
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Teens tickle their creative sides with a new spin on an old school art form when Larry Phan leads the Teen Open Studio Night program “Sgraffiti on Clay” from 6–8 PM at the Missoula Art Museum, 335 N. Pattee St. Free. Open to ages 13–18. Call Linden at 728-0447 Ext. 230.
Now’s your time to juggle a beat with your feet in a cavernous setting when DJ DC rocks the AmVets Club with hits starting at 9 PM. Free.
Just remember that a touch of excess nose grease can tame the foam of your barley soda when Donna Smith brings jazz and blues to the Bitter Root Brewery, 101 Marcus St. in Hamilton, at 6 PM. Free. Call 363-PINT. Excavate your carnal desire for song, dance and hilarity with a dark twist—and likely a scantily clad cast—during another rendition of the Montana Actors’ Theatre’s Cabaret, which starts at 8 PM at the Crystal Theatre, 515 S. Higgins Ave. $7. Visit mtactors.com. Sorry ladies, but Thu. nights belong to the dudes at Men’s Night at The
Bassackwards Karaoke turns your world underside-up every Thu. at 9 PM at Deano’s Casino on Airway Boulevard. Free. Call 531-8327.
Feel free to flail around like a rockstar whilst busting out your best version of Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believing” during karaoke at Deano’s Casino near Airway Blvd., 5318 W. Harrier, this and every Thu. at 9 PM. Free. Join several hundred people and revel in the glory of debauchery when cheap well drinks and laptopfueled hip-hop, crunk, electronic, pop and mashed-up tunes hit the Badlander every week where Dead Hipster DJ Night gets the booties bumpin’ and the feet stompin’ at 9 PM. $3. Impress your friends, significant other, or anyone who will listen when you rock the karaoke mic at Harry David’s, 2700 Paxson St. Ste. H, which is back in action with free karaoke at 9:30 PM, Sun.–Thu. each week. Call 830-3277. Cross your karaoke sword with others under the influence of that
music box you sing along to during Combat DJ and Karaoke nights, this and every Thu. at the Press Box, 835 E. Broadway St., at 10 PM. Free. Even if you don’t consider yourself a fan of opera, the once-a-month series known as “The Met Live at the Roxy” might change your mind. While I’ve yet to see a screening, it looks pretty tempting. Where else can you find professionally produced opera from the Big Apple, transmitted to you live in high definition, and in the comfort of a seat at the theater? Probably nowhere else in Montucky. This week, you’ve a chance to take a peek during two screenings at the Roxy Theater of Richard Strauss’ Der Rosenkavalier, the first on Sat., Jan. 9, at 11 AM and the second on Sun., Jan. 10, at 4 PM. It costs $18 per screening, or $16 if you’re a senior or student. Tempted? Then check it out, and let me know of any operas, punk shows or other happenings you’ve got going on by sending your event info by 5 PM on Fri., Jan. 8, to firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternately, snail mail the stuff to Calendar Overlord c/o the Independent, 317 S. Orange St., Missoula, MT 59801 or fax your way to 543-4367. You can also submit stuff online. Just head to the arts section of our website and scroll down a few inches and you’ll see a link that says “submit an event.”
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If you’re perplexed by what I just wrote, perhaps you need to take a trip to Google Translate. Too much hassle? Well, just imagine translating over 100 pages of poems from English to French, without the luxury of the interwebs to help you out. It’s a project that’d likely make most people want to claw their eyes out, but UM alum Sean Gibbons tackled the challenge head on. Sean spent almost two years, under the guidance of UM French prof Michel Valentin, translating his father Mark Gibbons’ poetry book Connemara Moonshine into French. Noted French author/linguist Claude Held then kneaded the results, working out any linguistic kinks. The finished product was recently published under the title Mauvaises Herbes. Your chance to immerse yourself in these translated stanzas comes on Friday. Mark Gibbons, who received his MFA in creative writing from UM in WHAT: Reading and signing of Mark Gibbons’ Mauvaises Herbes WHO: Poet Mark Gibbons with translators Sean Gibbons and Michel Valentin WHERE: Shakespeare & Co., 103 S. Third St. W. WHEN: Fri., Jan. 8 at 7 PM HOW MUCH: Free
1998, holds a round robin reading of sorts on Friday for Mauvaises Herbes. Expect Mark to showcase a handful of his poems in English, while Sean and UM prof Valentin offer up their Francophonic rendering of his words, ensuring this won’t be a reading that’s lost in translation. —Ira Sather-Olson
I’ll admit that I’ve always kind of sucked at downhill skiing. I had a few good runs back in the day, when I was a little sixth grader shooting down Missoula’s now defunct Marshall Mountain ski area. But I was never good enough to successfully navigate bumpy moguls at Discovery, or deft enough with my poles to bust some slick turns down that vertical slice of downhill insanity known as Montana Snowbowl. I commend all of you out there who can shred that mountain without biffing it. Really, I do. If you’re in my boat, and you’re a woman who’d like to hone your skills in order to become the shredder that everybody envies, start this week by signing up for Montana Snowbowl’s For Women Only ski lessons, which run from 1–4 PM Fri., Jan. 8, and continue each Friday afternoon for six weeks. $185 if you’d like lessons with a half-day lift ticket, or $119 if you’re a pass holder. Click over to montanasnowbowl.com for a detailed description, and ring 549-9777 to sign up. Later on Fri., Jan. 8, you can see powder porn on the screen whilst enjoying a Cold Smoke or two during the Cold Smoke People’s Choice Awards, which starts at 8 PM at the Badlander and offers a chance to peep hair-raising ski movies like Swift Silent Deep and Magic Moments. $2, with hot DJ action from Monty Carlo following the films. Visit coldsmokeawards.com. On Sat., Jan. 9, those of you who find excitement shooting through your body at the sight of avians ought to feed the need like the birding junkie you are with a free half-day field trip to Maclay Flat with the Five Valley’s Audubon Society. Meet at the Maclay Flat parking lot at 10 AM, where experts with the society will guide you towards nirvana with raptors, or something like that. Visit fvamissoula.org. While birds might not sizzle the cockles of your heart, running probably does the trick in more ways than one. If so, take a short trip up to the Flathead on Sat., Jan. 9 for the Jingle Bell Jog, a 5k run/walk sponsored by Polson Running which starts at 10 AM at Century 21 Big Sky Real Estate in Polson, 119 Anchor Way. $15 per
person, with a Polson Running polar fleece ear warmer included. Not enticed? Here’s another kicker: It’s a fundraiser for Layne Lozeau, a local 6-year-old who suffers from adrenoleukodystrophy, a rare genetic disorder. Visit polsonrunning.com to download a registration form. Our next event on Sat., Jan. 9 offers you the opportunity to bust out vintage Tonya Harding-esque axel jumps—sans embroiling yourself in a national scandal—during It’s Great to Skate–Bring a Friend Day, a free ice skating event sponsored by the Missoula Figure Skating Club which runs from 10–11:30 AM at the Glacier Ice Rink, 1101 South Ave. W. Besides free time on the ice, you can snag prizes as well as skating tips from experts. Find out more by visiting missoulafsc.org or by e-mailing email@example.com.
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If you’ve been in hibernation mode lately, perhaps due to some overindulgence of “adult soda” and food during the holidays, I’d recommend bonding with your child Sat., Jan. 9 by taking them to find out why other animals hibernate for months on end during Hibernation Celebration, an activity for children ages 5 and older that starts at 2 PM at the Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory St. $2/free for MNHC members. Expect to be bombarded, in a good way, with facts about how animals of all types adapt to frigid winter temps. Visit montananaturalist.org. Mon., Jan. 11 offers yet another opp for you to activate your bird appreciation glands when the Five Valleys Audubon Society
hosts presentations/discussions by wildlife photog Tad Lubinski and UM ecology/biology student Patrick Rhea during its chapter meeting at 7:30 PM, in Room L14 of UM’s Gallagher Business Building. Free. Grab more details by downloading the club’s newsletter at fvamissoula.org. If heartbeats, damp feet and heavy breathing excite you, then skip the birding lectures to score running tips from an expert when Anders Brooker presents the talk “Can You Start from Zero and Still Run the Missoula Marathon or Half Marathon?” from 7–8 PM at the Good Food Store, 1600 S. Third St. W. Free. Visit runwildmissoula.org. Perhaps pedaling titillates you even more. In that case, you should bike over to the Adventure Cycling Association, 150 E. Pine St., at 7 PM on Tue., Jan. 12 to snag a warm seat for the January edition of the Missoulians on Bicycles monthly meeting. Upcoming spring rides is the chief topic of this discussion, which is free to attend. Visit missoulabike.org. The longstanding rift between ursines and canids wash over your eyes on Wed., Jan. 13 at 7 PM at the Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory St., during a screening of Clash: Encounters Between Bears and Wolves, a film by Emmy award winning cinematographer Bob Landis. A Q&A session with Landis follows, so don’t sleep on this one. $4 suggested donation/free for MNHC members. Yet another event competes for your attention Wed., Jan. 13: those boulder scramblers known as the Rocky Mountaineers host their January meeting at 7 PM at Pipestone Mountaineering, 129 W. Front St. Expect a presentation by Smoke Elser on the Bob Marshall Wilderness, as well as talk about upcoming trips. Free. Visit rockymountaineers.com. Finally, at 7:30 PM on Thu., Jan. 14, you can round out your week by listening to biologist Kristi Dubois and her husband Bert Lindler discuss our neighbor to the far east during the talk “Natural History of the Gambia of West Africa” in Room L09 of UM’s Gallagher Business Building. Free. Visit mtnativeplants.org. For now, I’m now down and out like sauerkraut ‘til next time, y’all.
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Jim Todd’s woodprint portraits cut to the core by Erika Fredrickson “I was concerned with various people I’d studied In the mid-1960s, James Todd experienced an Etching tools, half-finished paintings and inked epiphany. He was living and working in Germany, still wood engravings fill Todd’s Missoula studio. He over the years who had discovered things that you can’t mourning the death of his brother from a few years ear- pulls out paintings from one of his most recent proj- see,” says Todd. “In the past, if people would give me lier, and invited a friend to his studio so he could paint ects, The War on Terror, which he started a few years ideas that I couldn’t envision I tended to doubt them. a portrait of him. after 9/11. One painting shows a solider ready for And I realized later that this was just a disposition of “I was about halfway through the portrait and I battle in which the gear and guns illuminate the sci- being a visual artist…We see the effects of gravity but suddenly got very upset,” Todd recalls. “I couldn’t fig- fi quality of the newest technology. Another shows gravity itself isn’t something that we really see.” With portraits of historical figures, Todd says he ure out why. I mean, I just had to stop painting. I real- the smirking crew of George W. Bush, Donald ized then that I had unconsciously begun to paint my Rumsfeld, Dick Cheney and Condoleeza Rice, and studies multiple photos or drawings of the person’s brother’s portrait.” Todd captures the character of the politicians with- face to find the features that stand out and to get a Todd put the portrait aside and never finished it, out resorting to caricature. He says he didn’t want to sense from several different perspectives what that perbut the incident stuck with him as an example of just create images that were satirical, preaching-to-the- son’s personality might be. It’s similar to what he does how powerful it can be for an artist to try and capture someone else in a work of art. Now 72, Todd has focused on portraiture through woodprints and painting for over five decades. He studied at the Chicago Art Institute and University of Chicago before earning his master’s from the University of Montana in 1969. Before he retired in 1999, Todd served as an influential teacher at UM for 30 years, chairing the Humanities Program before moving to the Art Department. Todd’s thoughtful when he talks about portraiture. He’s clear to differentiate between drawing technically accurate replicas of a person and going beyond that to capture the essence of someone’s personality. In the case of his friend transforming into his brother, Todd says that the artist’s perspective can transform a portrait’s entire feeling. “I don’t even know if my family members would recognize my brother in that painting,” he says. “But I could see the beginning of his image taking over this other portrait. So portraiture can be kind of complicated.” Jim Todd’s Portraits of Printmakers exhibit, which opens at MAM this week, includes wood engravings of influIn late January, the Missoula ential printmakers like Rembrandt Von Rijin. “I was selecting examples of printmakers who advanced the techArt Museum (MAM) will display sev- nology of printmaking,” says Todd. eral portrait exhibits, and Todd’s Portraits of Printmakers, already part of MAM’s collec- choir portraits, but ones that realistically hinted at when he draws a portrait of someone sitting in his stution, serves as an introduction to the portrait theme. the dark truth of politics and war. Only a few times dio—he studies his subject almost like a psychologist Todd’s work not only shows 10 famous printmakers, does he outwardly editorialize the portraits—for would. but also pays homage to each one’s style of printmak- instance, he paints a glowing cross above the head “It’s an important question: What it is that makes a ing; the background of each portrait replicates one of of Bush—but even those don’t overshadow the sub- good portrait? When I used to have people sit for me,” the individual artist’s signature pieces. The result is tlety of the portraits. he says, “they would sit up straight and expect a dupliincredibly intricate. Todd illustrates Rembrandt Von “I’m just telling you my politics. I don’t know cation of their likeness immediately. Well, that really Rijn’s innovative etchings, Jacques Callot’s metal whether you agree,” he says carefully. “When it became isn’t a very important stage. It’s as they get tired and as engravings, Pablo Picasso’s thin-lined lithography and clear to me that we were setting up concentration they start dreaming of things and wishing they didn’t Hannah Hoch’s political photomontage. The approach camps and torturing people and all this kind of stuff, it have to sit anymore that their personality starts coming allowed Todd to study the techniques of the influential got me upset enough that I started this series. It’s been through. That’s when you start getting into the porprintmakers, to honor them as artists and to challenge unpleasant for me to do because I’ve been very upset trait. It isn’t any particular technique. It’s a kind of himself. empathy.” with the policies of the government.” “It was a kind of private study of how they work,” James Todd’s Portraits of Printmakers opens Todd always has multiple projects going at once. he says, “and so I did take it upon myself to copy their Another portrait project called Pioneers of the Unseen at the Missoula Art Museum Wednesday, Jan. 13. techniques exactly but then I was further challenging features famous figures like Isaac Newton and Free. myself by putting it into a wood engraving, which I spe- Sigmund Freud, whose concepts of gravity and ego, cialize in.” firstname.lastname@example.org respectively, aren’t always easily illustrated.
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Singer Mikki (pronounced “Mikey”) Lunda cuts sexual. If you are, in fact, a homosexual, then at a certain straight to the chase. “If you’re gonna name your band point …,” he shrugs. Fagrag—in which “more than half the members are Fagrag,” she says, “you have to have balls.” The members of Fagrag—Lunda, her boyfriend gay,” according to Lunda, and one is female—may have Gerrod Silva, keyboardist Isaiah Lara and drummer Mat encountered more resistance in another place, at anothCote—are funny, articulate and by no means shy. They’re er time, but luckily they’re safe to be brash, frank, funny not worried about offending people. In fact, they might and musically bold within a strong community like be disappointed if they offend no one, but that’s not like- Missoula. Community support partially explains the ease with ly to happen. According to the band, Missoula’s college radio sta- which Fagrag came into being, but only combined with tion, KBGA, adopted the well-intentioned policy in sum- the innate talent and sensibilities of this group, not to mer 2009 of referring to it as either “Homosexual Rag” or mention their affinity for one another. Cote, who sells vintage clothes, moved to Missoula “F-rag” in response to concerns about using the word “fag” on air. It’s a slippery slope for the radio station, eight months ago, met Lunda and soon found himself in a band, planning a West which might have to answer Coast tour. to the Federal Communica“I knew we were tions Commission (FCC)—in going to be instant best the form of fines—if even friends,” says Lunda. one listener complains. And Lunda and Silva such unwanted FCC attenalready had plans for a tion can derail an entire band, and the three of station. them found musical comStill, bands are fiercely mon ground, including protective of their names, San Francisco noise band and if anything the nonsense photo courtesy of Allison Goodnight terms “homosexual rag” and From left, Mat Cote, Isaiah Lara, Mikki Coachwhips and New York No Wave acts like “F-rag” sound more offen- Lunda and Gerrod Silva comprise Fagrag. Teenage Jesus and the sive than the original slang. Jerks. Even if the station had come “We totally clicked on music—that kind of frantic, loup with a better synonym for the name, they would be forced to choose a definition. Options run from fi, just fun, fun band was what we met on,” says Cote. Lunda’s feminine but fearless vocals define Fagrag’s “Alternative Lifestyle Publication” to “Socially Significant Handkerchief ” to “Manpon.” These are all fine band sound. Lydia Lunch is clearly a touchstone, but, while Fagrag is not especially melodic, it is no surprise that names, but they are not Fagrag. Lunda remains a fan of the station, but she was Lunda and Cote also site the B-52s as an influence. Even in the experimental strangeness of guitar wails, galloping offended by the arbitrary renaming of the band. “They can bleep shit, you know?” says Lunda, who drums and Lunda’s punctuated screams, you can hear works as a barista at Butterfly Herbs. “I would be less the undertones of a party band. Lara, usually a drummer, was recruited to play keyoffended if they were bleeping it.” Eventually the KBGA controversy blew over, but it boards, and the band took off, mounting a tour with a begs the question: Why stick with a problematic name? newly purchased van, borrowed equipment and a handWell, because this is rock and roll. Shaking people up is ful of finished songs. So far the band has thrived on minimal planning and part of the fun. “Fag” is a term in transition, proudly usurped by the fewer expectations. For now the future holds a new gay community but still taboo in mainstream culture. album, which, like the band’s debut CD, will probably be Whether a person can wield the term “fag” without recorded in Lunda’s 1971 Buddy-Style Mobile Home, offending depends on that individual’s level of comfort which houses Lunda, Silva, dachshunds Willy and Vienna, a third roommate and a cat. with, and sense of acceptance by, the LGBTQI crowd. “We do the recording ourselves, we do the mixing At a recent show in a very small town, bar staff and patrons achieved a kind of self-hypnosis against discom- ourselves, we do the packaging ourselves, and when you do it yourselves, you get what you want,” says Lunda. fort by pronouncing the band’s name “fah-grahg.” “You don’t have to worry about stepping on some sound “It was like don’t ask, don’t tell,” says Cote. A name like Fagrag forces people (if they acknowl- engineer’s toes.” Adds Cote about the band’s DIY engineering sound edge it at all) to examine their assumptions. On the other levels, “If we want it in the red it goes in the red. Just let hand, it’s just a band name. “It’s so hard to name a band that once you do it you it go in the red. Don’t be such a pussy.” Fagrag plays the Zootown Arts Community want to stop thinking about it,” says Lara, a University of Montana student in the media arts program. “We did it Center (ZAAC) Saturday, Jan. 9, at 8 PM with without really knowing if it was a good idea or not, but Hologram Pants, At Home in the Cosmos, Julie and there’s that level of detaching the signifier from the signi- the Wolves and Petra Core. $5. fied. When someone calls you a fag, the reason it’s email@example.com ing—in their mind—is that it implies that you are a homo-
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