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nside Cover Story The ongoing debate over the “big rig” transportation project through Idaho and Montana proposed by Canadian ExxonMobil subsidiary Imperial Oil has fractured communities, with some residents hopeful of new jobs and others fearful of what precedent the proposals could set. But one fact stands: Regardless of whether all of these loads ever roll, they’ve already made an indelible mark along every stretch of the route................14
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News Letters Governor and guns, spending cuts and backing Furshong .........................4 The Week in Review Subdivision nixed, Big Sky High stabbing and MLK Day .......6 Briefs Food co-op expands, spear hunting and replacing the Maclay Bridge...........6 Etc. Moves by the new Bitterroot County Commission unnerving ...........................7 Up Front Child porn raid serves as lesson to lock Wi-Fi networks...........................8 Ochenski Assessing signs of another bureaucratic slowdown ..................................9 Writers on the Range When bumper stickers mask our commonalities ...............11 Agenda Save the Children director discusses Haiti. ................................................12
Arts & Entertainment Flash in the Pan The international languages of food............................................19 Happiest Hour The Missoula Club..........................................................................20 8 Days a Week Hitch a ride on the big rigs.............................................................22 Mountain High Skip Horner presents “Hot Water and Cold Hell” ........................29 Scope Outdoors writer Steven Rinella takes aim at new television series ..............30 Noise Eric John Kaiser, Voodoo Horseshoes, NiT GrIT and Ghostface Killah.........31 Books Proulx’s Bird Cloud suffers setbacks.............................................................32 Film The King’s Speech makes every word count ....................................................33 Movie Shorts Independent takes on current films..................................................34
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Inside Letters Briefs Up Front Ochenski Range Agenda News Quirks
by Chad Harder
Put down the gun, Gov.
Asked Tuesday afternoon near the Missoula County Courthouse.
This week the Independent looks into the practice of accessing the Internet via other people’s wireless connections. How often do you poach Wi-Fi? Follow: What’s the worst thing you’ve ever been accused of doing?
Madison Garner: I don’t use others’ Internet at all, really. We have Internet at the house, and I use it on campus, but I’m paying for that. Defaced: Probably just being accused of hacking into somebody’s Facebook account, spreading rumors on the Internet and talking crap about people. No, it’s not true. I don’t even know how to hack into Facebook profiles.
Favoring Furshong Shannon McNabb: The only time I rely on someone else’s connection is when I’m at a coffee shop or a place with free Wi-Fi. I don’t really agree with stealing others’ service. It’s really a breach of privacy and you’re risking trouble. Owning up: The worst thing I was ever accused of was drinking and driving, and I absolutely did it and I deserved the consequence. But I no longer drink at all; I’ve been sober for three years. Really, for me, it’s all about taking responsibility for your actions, and being a part of the solution.
Greg Swinger: Well, I don’t use computers at all, except for developing pictures from my digital camera. I never really got into it. My wife just does it. So I guess I’d say I don’t steal any Internet. Indented servant: When I was a kid I got accused of denting my dad’s new truck. It really was my brother who did it, but I took the heat for it. The punishment was I couldn’t get my drivers’ license till I was 16.
Louis Wagner: Constantly. If not at the library, then at the college. If not at the college, then at the job center. If not there, then the Pov, or at a bar, or on somebody else’s laptop. Sleepin’ around: Probably sleeping with this guy’s wife. My girlfriend’s constantly accusing me of doing that.
What is the governor doing holding a rifle in his office? (See “Schweitzer’s last stand,” Jan. 13, 2011.) Please tell me he is telling you a hunting story. No, no mention of that in the caption. Oh, I see clever play on your title “Schweitzer’s last stand.” No. That is a really offensive depiction and I am so sorry the governor took part in that representation. If Gov. Schweitzer requested this picture, I want to know. In light of the shooting in Tucson, this is a horrible idea, no matter what your clever story line is. Even without the shooting of a member of Congress in her hometown last week, America has had too much violent rhetoric. It would be nice to foster respect and model non-violent communication. There is a subliminal message in the photo: “It’s my way or the highway—or I’ll shoot you.” This is a really, really bad message. Sarah Lane Missoula
As a resident of Ward 2, I want to urge City Council to fill the vacant seat with Gabriel Furshong. Gabe is eloquent, hard working and, most importantly, he knows how to listen. I have known Gabe for years as a friend and a colleague. We work together in the world of public lands advocacy and stewardship. For three years I’ve worked for the Montana Conservation Corps as a field coordinator and we’ve collaborated with Gabe’s employer, the Montana Wilderness Association, on a few occasions. On one of those occasions, Gabe delivered a presentation on the Forest Jobs and Recreation Act to a knowledgeable and experienced group of field workers who had spent most of the summer working in places impacted by the bill. We had an audience of more than 20 people and Gabe was hammered with questions from folks with many different opinions. I was struck by how intently Gabe listened and tried to understand their individual points of view, even though he had no doubt heard these questions and concerns before at similar events. He then answered each question honestly, validating the questioner’s point of view before offering his own opinion. Ward 2 is an incredibly diverse ward encompassing Grant Creek, North Reserve and the Westside. What we need is someone who is energized to talk with people, listen, understand different points of view and bring groups together. Gabe is a social person who has a track record of working with people of diverse ideologies to get something done. In a time of partisan divides and gridlock in national and state politics, Gabe will bring Missoula real collaboration and
community unification. Mike Schaedel Missoula
Spending cuts too deep On day eight of the Montana Legislature, partisan politics resulted in drastic cuts to human services, education and state infrastructure. Over $30 million in health and human services, over $70 million in education funding—all gone with little public input, little consideration of lost federal funding, little consideration of the real human cost to Montana communities and families. Cuts to Medicaid alone could
a time “ofInpartisan divides and gridlock in national and state politics, Gabriel Furshong will bring Missoula real collaboration and community
impact almost 3,000 jobs across Montana— nurses, doctors and other service providers. Cuts to preventative healthcare, such as family planning, foster care services, disability services and prescription drug coverage for seniors, will result in higher costs in other programs. With so many legislators brand-new to this process, why would they enact cuts before even understanding the programs at stake, the cost of human lives and the effects on Montana’s economy? At a time when revenue is increasing, our economy is recovering, and our state has substantial “cash in the bank,” these drastic cuts make no sense.
Legislators are entrusted with making critical decisions that affect our families, our communities and our collective future. The cuts are not only unnecessary, but expensive. Making a political point to the detriment of our children, our seniors and our disabled citizens is unconscionable. Stacey Anderson Planned Parenthood of Montana Helena
Quit coal Neither Montana nor the world needs more new coal (see “Coal coaxing,” Jan. 13, 2011). In difficult economic times, when political officials look for ways to garner votes, create jobs and balance budgets, they promise new coal as a quick fix, and they tend to believe lobbyists who say coal developers need tax and regulatory breaks. However, it is irresponsible to encourage these companies to mine here, because they destroy the environment and don’t restore the land to its original use. During the Otter Creek coal hearings, the Land Board said state agencies will “protect us from bad coal development.” Hogwash. Because politicians gut the regulations and cut the funding, state agencies have neither the institutional and political will, nor the funds to “protect” Montana from industrial abuse. More than 37,000 acres have been disturbed by coal mining in Montana and only about 50 acres—only about a tenth of one percent—have come close to full reclamation. Ask folks around Colstrip about aquifers that have been ruined by leaking coal ash storage ponds, and ranches with dead cows and poisoned wells. You will hear from them that for the last 30 years, state agencies have simply protected industry. Politicians and industry continue the hollow cry of “we need these jobs” to excuse misuse of our natural resources. Coal is a short-term industry that leaves us with polluted water and damaged landscapes. The money these companies make tearing up Montana goes to their shareholders, not to our local economy, and Montana is left with huge bills to fix the messes. In contrast, farming and ranching, tourism and alternative energy all provide sustainable and reliable sources of jobs and financial security. However, they also depend on a clean and healthful Montana. Tell your legislators and the governor not to gut our environmental laws. Ask them to protect Montana, not big coal! Janet McMillan Greenough Correction: In last week’s issue, we identified Rep. Jon Sesso as representing Helena, when in fact Sesso hails from Butte. The Indy regrets the error.
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WEEK IN REVIEW • Wednesday, January 12
News Quirks by Chad Harder
The Missoula Board of County Commissioners rejects a proposed 59-lot subdivision on John Richard’s 199-acre Clearwater Meadows Ranch about a mile west of Clearwater Junction. The board cites impacts to wildlife and wildlife habitat, as well the lower densities suggested in the recently approved Seeley Lake Regional Plan.
• Thursday, January 13 After reportedly doing doughnuts in the River City Grill parking lot in Bonner, Gregory Gonstad, 27, heads toward East Missoula, and in attempting to pass a car, he drives up a hill and flips his pickup. Law enforcement arrives to find Gonstad trapped— and drinking a beer. Gonstad already had four DUIs and one pending.
• Friday, January 14 Missoula County sheriff’s deputies arrest a 16-yearold boy suspected of stabbing in the stomach a Big Sky High School student while a group of boys were smoking about three blocks away from the school. The suspect, whose name has not been released, is jailed on preliminary charges of felony assault with a weapon.
• Saturday, January 15 Griz fans flock to Southgate Mall to get an autograph from Marc Mariani, the former University of Montana wide receiver who made the Pro Bowl this season after setting a Tennessee Titans franchise record for kick return yards. Mariani, a seventh-round draft pick, is one of four rookies on the Pro Bowl roster.
• Sunday, January 16 A Montana Rail Link train slams into a car near the intersection at North and Garfield streets. The driver of the car, a Missoula man in his 30s, didn’t hear the oncoming train because, according to police, he was blaring music. He was uninjured.
• Monday, January 17 In Helena, nearly 50 supporters of the Montana Human Rights Network from across the state descend on the State Capitol to mark Martin Luther King Jr. Day and lobby legislators to support equal rights for all people regardless of gender, sexual orientation or ethnicity.
• Tuesday, January 18 The Montana House gives initial approval of a bill that would ban illegal immigrants from receiving workers’ compensation benefits. But The Associated Press reports that only eight of more than 8,000 claims filed with the Montana State Fund in 2010 had a suspicious Social Security number.
After gathering in Caras Park to honor Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy Monday evening, a crowd of nearly 200 marched through Missoula to the First United Methodist Church. Speaker and pastor Amy Carter called on community members to reject anti-gay harassment, especially in schools: “We need to confront the bullying with love,” she said.
Westside Food co-op expands Two weeks ago, the Missoula Community Food Co-op opened the doors of its expanded new digs on Burns Street, a bright and airy grocery store that makes the old 450-square-foot space seem like a broom closet by comparison. “A year ago [we] were repairing broken windows from kids throwing rocks through them,” said co-op board member Jack Rowan during a recent walk-through with Jerry Petasek and Hermina Harold of the North-Missoula Community Development Corporation (NMCDC). “And so in just a year’s time it’s really transformed into a completely different building.” The renovation, a partnership between the coop and NMCDC, was made possible by a $950,000 federal appropriation secured by Montana’s congressional delegation nearly two years ago. Beyond the co-op, which specializes in bulk goods and local produce, the former FedEx warehouse will soon house a café and community kitchen.
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“It’s more than just another grocery store in Missoula,” Rowan said. “We see this as a real community resource and a big part of trying to revitalize the Westside neighborhood.” As two men worked on the new windows in the soon-to-be café, Rowan explained that the co-op is raising additional money in a rather unorthodox way—taking out a loan from its roughly 200 active members. The approach allows the co-op to borrow at a rate less than banks typically offer, and gives member-lenders a higher rate of return—at least 4 percent—than most CDs and savings accounts. So far, the co-op’s raised more than $25,000 of the $45,000 it needs, and is extending the offer to all Missoulians. The money will be used for landscaping and equipment—like the shelving and refrigerators the co-op recently salvaged when Linens ’n Things and Walmart discarded them—among other costs. In addition to its grocery and café businesses, come June the co-op, in conjunction with the Missoula Food Bank and Garden City Harvest, will begin a summer meals program for area kids. “We have many, many hopes for this little proj-
ect,” Harold said. Added Petasek: “1.52 acres of pure hope.” Matthew Frank
Real estate Feeling for the bottom The Missoula Organization of Realtors (MOR) has tallied its 2010 market data, and the number of home sales in the urban area has dropped 42 percent since the peak in 2006, while home values have dropped nearly 7 percent since 2007. But not every Missoula homeowner has reason to be depressed. Larry Swanson, economist with the Center for the Rocky Mountain West, points out that it’s the high end of the market that continues to absorb the brunt of the housing downturn, while homeowners on the lower end are, relatively speaking, sitting pretty. “What some people think is that home values are falling,” Swanson says. “No, when you get into those low and moderate ranges, they’re not falling, they’re holding. But we’re losing the upper side of the market. So [the median home price], that scale, gets shifted.”
MOR’s data shows the median home price in 2010 was $202,500, down from $208,000 in 2009 and $216,950 in 2007. It counts the number of sales at 830, down from 913 in 2009 and 1,443 in 2006. Beyond the bifurcated market, there are other nuances the raw data miss. Perhaps most notably, the low-end market got stirred in the first half of 2010 by the federal first-time homebuyer tax credit. When the credit expired, Missoula’s median home price stood at $197,250, according to MOR President Brint Whalberg. In the subsequent months, market activity became more balanced across the price spectrum, boosting the median home price as low-end volume dropped without the federal incentive, Whalberg explains. In any event, Missoula’s market, however flat, may have arrived at a “sustainable” level of annual sales, Whalberg says. “On a monthly basis it’s going to be fascinating to track over the next six months, because that’s going to give us a real clear picture,” Whalberg says. “If we see the median price continuing to be lower than it was last year, that’s going to show that we’re going to see values continue to slide down. But if it stays at it or above it, it’s a good holding pattern, and it’s going to show that maybe we’re seeing a little value recovery in our market.” Matthew Frank
“Our question is: Ethically, can you kill an elk with a hand-thrown spear?” asks Tony Jones, president of the Ravalli County Fish and Wildlife Association. “We don’t think so.” This isn’t the first time Montana has considered legislation allowing the use of primitive weapons. Perkins was involved in an effort in the 1980s to legalize atlatl hunting for the first two days of the archery season. The measure died on the table, Perkins recalls. The atlatl has made a steady comeback since the 1980s. The World Atlatl Association says the technology is “part of the current surge in recreational interest in ‘primitive skills.’” Groups conduct atlatl com-
Legislature Going primitive For Bob Perkins of Manhattan, Mont., there’s a single natural ability that has placed humans at the top of the food chain for thousands of years. It’s not our “big, bulgy brains,” he says. Perkins chalks up our continued survival as omnivores to one evolutionary edge: Our ability to throw stuff. “That’s one of the first things babies learn to do is throw stuff, and that’s their first experience in direct control over their local environment,” says Perkins, whose status as the world’s foremost expert in the ancient dart-throwing atlatl has earned him the nickname Atlatl Bob. “This is big in human development.” That ability became a hot topic in the Montana Legislature last week when Sen. Greg Hinkle, RThompson Falls, introduced a bill legalizing handthrown spear hunting. The legislation proved popular with the Senate Fish and Game Committee, which felt the only change needed was an amendment specifying when spear hunting could occur. But some sportsmen remain wary.
petitions worldwide; Perkins helped found the annual Montana Atlatl Mammoth Hunt more than 20 years ago. “It’s gaining popularity steadily worldwide, and in Montana,” Perkins says. Minnesota Vikings defensive end Jared Allen brought spear hunting into the limelight last year when he appeared on the television program Relentless Pursuit. Allen successfully speared an elk from a tree platform, then issued a spirited on-camera warning to other wildlife: “All you bears out there, watch out. You’re next.” It’s displays like that that have Jones concerned about both traditional spears and the more sophisticated atlatl. “How do you regulate it?” Jones wonders, pointing out the lack of guidelines offered in Hinkle’s bill. “It’s a nightmare…And we don’t want to see another black eye for hunters.” Alex Sakariassen
Transportation Residents riled over Maclay Bridge A group of roughly two dozen Target Range homeowners last week accused Missoula County of moving forward on plans to replace the historic Maclay Bridge south of Missoula without gathering sufficient public comment. “I think they thought it was going to be a done deal,” says Missoula attorney and Blue Mountain Road resident Helen Orendain. The newly formed Maclay Bridge Alliance asserted in a Jan. 13 letter to Missoula County Commissioners that the governing body is not adequately weighing pros and cons of replacing the 76year-old one-lane bridge. The commissioners must sign off on a memorandum of understanding with the Montana Department of Transportation to set the project into motion. Of particular concern for the alliance is a plan originally proposed in 1994 that involves extending South Avenue by building a wider bridge that would be constructed over the Bitterroot River about a half mile from the Maclay Bridge. If a new bridge is built extending South Avenue, or if the Maclay Bridge is replaced, alliance members believe traffic would greatly increase, and the rural character of the area forever altered. “We haven’t found any justification at all from the county for why they want to build this thing,” says alliance member Bob Schweitzer. “There’s no complaint from the folks who live out there.” County officials point to data kept by the Federal Highway Administration that labels the Maclay Bridge, erected in 1935, as “structurally deficient” as a primary reason to build a new bridge. However, Federal Highway Administration Spokeswoman Nancy Singer says many variables— like the fact that the Maclay Bridge has only one lane–will help shape whether or not a bridge is considered deficient. “It doesn’t necessarily mean that it is structurally unsafe,” Singer says. Missoula County Commission Chair Jean Curtiss says the public will be given ample opportunity to weigh in. But because it takes a significant amount of time to get multiple stakeholders and funding sources on board, the governing body is now working proactively to investigate its options. “What we’re doing now is looking at whether or not Maclay Bridge needs a replacement, and, if so, where,” Curtiss says. “We have not made up our mind on anything.” Jessica Mayrer
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The new all-Republican Ravalli County Commission has had an interesting first few weeks in office. They’ve made some dramatic and contentious gestures to push the kind of limited and localized brand of government conservative voters nationwide cried out for during last fall’s general election. But to their opponents, they look ill-informed and overreaching. With the Bitterroot Valley’s long history of anti-government sentiment, we’ve been watching these developments from a distance, wondering just how far alterations to county policy will go. The commission’s first official act on Jan. 3 was to announce its intention to repeal a rewrite to local subdivision regulations hurriedly passed by the previous Democrat-controlled commission only 10 days earlier. Bitterroot residents on the left have since voiced concerns that this will lead to an abandonment of subdivision regulations and zoning. But fresh-face Commissioner Matt Kanenwisher says nothing could be further from the truth. “There certainly were a lot of things about [the regulations] that the sitting commission now thinks are steps forward,” Kanenwisher says. “The question is, do you keep what you have now and then start changing it…or do you go back to what we had 10 days ago and complete the document before we implement it?” In another provocative move early this week the commission took up a staff comment policy outlining how and when non-elected county employees can publicly talk about governmental affairs. “What they’re simply looking at is a chain of command in an effort to make sure the information we release is correct,” says Ravalli County Human Resources Director Robert Jenni. “What they don’t want is, for example, a janitor commenting on county policy that they may not have knowledge of.” Fellow newbie Commissioner Suzy Foss says the commission isn’t implementing gag orders, but merely trying to establish a more structured public process. But Kanenwisher understands that the county’s history with the far right may lead to misinterpretation of the new commission’s intentions. Take the recent training session four commissioners attended, hosted by the nonprofit American Stewards of Liberty, which teaches that county governments are “equal, not subordinate.” Such language sounds suspiciously like right-wing claptrap. “I had somebody the other day ask, ‘Are you talking about secession?’ Well, no, wow, that’s quite a jump,” Kanenwisher says. But it looks like they’re playing with fire. County planner John Lavey resigned the same day the new commission announced plans to repeal the subdivision updates. He initially cited frustration with the move, but later recanted his statement in the Ravalli Republic.
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Cyber sneaks Child porn raid serves as lesson to lock Wi-Fi networks by Jessica Mayrer
“You’re definitely guilty until you prove yourself otherwise.” Detective T.J. McDermott of the Missoula County Sheriff ’s Department says no charges have been filed against Adkins or her roommates. He acknowledges no illegal material was found on the seized computers, which were returned three and a half weeks after the raid. “Once we knew no evidence of child pornography was discovered on any computers that we had seized,” McDermott says, “we did our best to get that property returned as soon as possible.” McDermott is a member of the federally funded Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. He says he’s sympathetic to Adkins’ concerns, but sexual abuse of children—prerequisite in the production of child pornography—is something law enforcement takes very seriously. “We have a duty to investigate it,” McDermott says. “In doing so, we don’t have a lot of luck just talking to people and asking if they are downloading child pornography. Therefore, we follow all the legal guidelines. We obtain search warrants to enter property and seize any item that could possibly contain Photo by Chad Harder evidence.” Law enforcement now suspects Alerted that somebody had used her home’s unsecured wireless connection to what the roommates first guessed— download child pornography, police seized University of Montana student that someone accessed illegal images Shannon Adkins’ computer three weeks before finals. from outside Adkins’ home via her she recalls, thinking the visit was a prank. weren’t yet convinced that was the case. wireless Internet connection that the landAdkins, 39, is glad she didn’t say that, When law enforcement left, they took with lord hadn’t password-protected. The because when she peered upstairs several them four computers they sent to a Helena incident highlights the prudence of police officers stood at the top of the stair- crime lab for forensic analysis. locking wireless connections. However, case, guns drawn. They pointed a flashlight Problem was, Adkins, a Native McDermott says the Phillips Street case in her face. American Studies major, was heading into stands out as unusual. He recalls only one “There was just a pile of dudes at the the final stretch of fall semester and had other recent circumstance in which law top of the stairs,” she says. “It was like a two papers saved on the seized laptop. She enforcement tracked illegal images downsmall-town version of SWAT.” was forced to explain to her professors why loaded by someone outside of a household Police told Adkins they had obtained a she was unable to complete projects on via an unsecured wireless connection. warrant to search the house after discover- time. That said, police say savvy viewers of ing someone had downloaded illegal child “I had to tell them that I got raided for child porn are employing tactics to mainpornography from her home’s wireless child porn and I didn’t have a computer,” tain anonymity, like, for instance, using Internet service. she says. “Just to have to go in there and say wireless hot spots in public places to evade “I was like, ‘It ain’t me, pal,’” Adkins that, that’s icky. Who wants to say that? Not law enforcement scrutiny. In fact, recalls telling detectives. me.” McDermott believes the suspect who Her two roommates, including Adkins is angry. The incident left her accessed Adkins’ Wi-Fi also downloaded Leonard Solis, who was home when police unnerved for weeks. She asserts law illegal images from at least one local public arrived, denied wrongdoing, too. However, enforcement could have allowed her to, at wireless connection. Solis, 26, who has a criminal record for a minimum, download her schoolwork. “It’s certainly a hurdle for law enforcedriving under the influence and keeps a And she maintains police could have simply ment,” McDermott says. stash of legal pornography in his bedroom, knocked on the door to ask what was going As for Adkins and Solis, they’ve locked was shaken by the unexpected visit. on, rather than charging in with guns their wireless network. “Here I am, a mid-20s male with a drawn. “It’s mostly about principle,” she says. criminal background and I’ve got a stack email@example.com University of Montana senior Shannon Adkins was training her puppy to walk on a newly acquired treadmill in the basement of her Phillips Street home Nov. 22 when she heard voices in the hallway upstairs. She thought a friend had stopped by to visit. Then she heard a man holler, “Come out with your hands up!” “I almost said, ‘If you are so big and bad why don’t you come here and get me?’”
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of porn in my room,” Solis says. “It was scary, man.” Law enforcement separated the two roommates, interrogated them and searched the house. During the police interviews, it became increasingly apparent, to the roommates at least, that someone outside of their home had been using their unsecured wireless connection to download illegal images. However, police
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Will “The Great Slowdown” of the late ’80s repeat itself? It’s the third week of the 2011 legislative session, and so far things are moving at a crawl. With more than 2,000 bill draft requests in the hopper—many of which were dropped in some time ago—seasoned legislative observers are wondering why so few bills are actually popping out. The reason might be found by looking back 22 years to the one-term governorship of Stan Stephens. Stephens was elected governor in 1988—a year in which the Republicans had a fruitful electoral season not unlike last year’s. Political newcomer Conrad Burns defeated Democratic U.S. Sen. John Melcher. Stephens defeated former Democratic Gov. Tom Judge, who was making a comeback bid. And Republicans took control of the state Senate. Democrats held the House with a twovote majority. Unlike recent Montana governors, Stephens came to office with a wealth of legislative experience and had a very good idea of how much money the state was spending and how. He had campaigned on a pledge to cut state government spending. If that sounds familiar, it should, since both the Republicans and their Tea Party pals ran on basically the same platform, which carried them to victory in November’s election. Those with good memories will recall that the ’80s were not particularly good years for either the state or national economies, and state government was strapped for revenue. Outgoing governor Ted Schwinden, a Democrat, had basically robbed—or sought to rob—every possible pot of money to keep the state afloat. If that, too, sounds familiar, it’s with good reason, because the current successor to the office, Democrat Brian Schweitzer, is doing the same thing. The reality is that while it’s very, very easy to talk about cutting government spending, “trimming fat” and finding “waste and abuse,” it really isn’t all that easy pulling it off. Just as our current Legislature is struggling to try and put together a balanced budget, and will continue to struggle over the next three months, so too did the 1989 session, which coincided with Stephens’ first year in office. Nonetheless, Stephens, despite having to deal with the slim Democratic majority in the House, determinedly sought drastic cuts. But as those who have worked in the political arena for any amount of time know, the physics of politics is real—for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. The reaction to Stephens’ budget-
cutting efforts soon became apparent. Stephens told state employees he was going to cut their pay, reduce their numbers and “streamline” their procedures, and that was translated to “more work to do with fewer, less well-paid workers to do it.”
The reality is “that while it’s very, very easy to talk about cutting government spending, ‘trimming fat’ and finding ‘waste and abuse,’ it really isn’t all that easy pulling
Having enjoyed decades of Democratic governors, strong unions and equitable pay schedules, thousands of state employees were suddenly facing an unfamiliar and unwanted future. As they say in the game, “employee morale” plunged, and little by little, almost undetectably, the entire productivity of state government declined in “The Great Slowdown.” And who could blame them? How excited and ambitious did anyone expect state employees to be when they had become targeted by their own governor and legislative bodies rather than praised for their work? By the time the 1989 Legislature was complete, the public, like the state employees, took offense to the entire process. As noted in a 1989 Associated Press article, a poll conducted by the University of Montana Bureau of Business and Economic Research gave Stephens a miserable 30 percent approval rating, with 43 percent disapproving of the job he was doing as governor. Even worse,
the Legislature managed only 29 percent approval with a whopping 53 percent disapproval. Ironically, 1989 was Montana’s Statehood Centennial—but that year’s Legislature was not to be celebrated. Eventually, Stephens took refuge in his office. In the words of political watchers of the time, he “bunkered up” for the remainder of his four-year term and did not seek re-election. Jump forward 22 years to the 2011 session. Once again Montana is riding rough fiscal waters, once again a governor is trying to find any and all possible ways to balance the budget. And once again, the Republicans are on a rampage and have proposed cuts ranging from 510 percent or higher for state employees. It is also important to remember that these same state employees have had their wages frozen for two years already and, even under Gov. Schweitzer’s proposal, won’t see a 1 percent increase until next year. The 3 percent raise Schweitzer has proposed—but that may not survive the session—won’t even kick in till 2013. It is against this backdrop that the Republican-dominated Legislature takes the stage. With an overwhelming 68-32 majority in the House and a very solid 2822 majority in the Senate, the Republicans are vowing to slash government spending. Add to that the proposal by Sen. Dave Lewis, R-Helena, to cap state salaries at twice the average Montana household income and you have a disgruntled and de-energized pool of state workers who are again being told to do more with less. So how does this tie into the snail’s pace of the 2011 session? Well, how enthusiastic would you be about crafting measures that threaten your own livelihood, give polluters a free hand with the environment, outlaw personal choice, overturn citizen-passed initiatives, or gut the Montana Constitution’s guarantee of a clean and healthful environment? Not very. It’s totally possible that speculation about another “Great Slowdown” in response to the Republican efforts to chop state government is off base. Perhaps there’s no decline in productivity and the session is simply moving slowly because there are so many inexperienced legislators. But it’s also possible— and logical—that it is real. We have, after all, seen it before.
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Need a hug? Tippy gives them out for free. This 2year-old handsome boy would love to discover what it feels like to be a cherished pet. He can only wonder if there is a person out there who is as loving as he is. Come meet truly magnificent Tippy at the Humane Society.
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Dolly’s story is no fairy tale, but the ending could be. This beautiful little girl came from a hoarding situation where she had to fight for her food. Every day was a struggle to survive. She was found bedraggled and extremely underweight.
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Thomas has been thrown from pillar to post in his short lifetime. He doesn’t understand the lack of commitment he has experienced and he doesn’t give his trust easily because of it. There is nothing wrong with Thomas, the defect is a human one.
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First impressions When bumper stickers mask our commonalities By Christy Aschwanden
My husband and I were driving home from cross-country skiing on western Colorado’s Grand Mesa when the SUV in front of us slid off the road and sank into bumper-high snow. We pulled over and stopped, but quickly realized that there was nothing we could do to help. No amount of pushing was going to get the woman’s SUV out of that deep snow, and our little Honda was too small to tow it out. Just as we were about to drive down the road in search of cell phone reception so we could call for a tow truck, another SUV came up the road. The driver quickly hit his brakes and pulled a U-turn. The man who emerged from the vehicle in a parka and work clothes was maybe 60 years old, with a face whose lines suggested age, but also good humor and kindness. “That’s some real trouble that you’ve got there,” he told the driver, a middle-aged woman whose preteen son sat restlessly at shotgun. We exchanged fewer than a dozen words when the man pulled out a tow rope and hitched it to the woman’s bumper. Then he got in his SUV and backed it closer so he could connect the rope to his hitch and yank her out. That’s when I saw his bumper stickers. “100% ANTI-OBAMA,” read one. Another sticker displayed the name “Barack Obama” with one of those little-boy cartoon characters pissing on the letters. I felt myself growing hot with anger. The man got back in his vehicle and
slowly pulled forward. His tow rope began to stretch, but the stuck SUV wasn’t moving. My husband and I gave him a look—this was hopeless. But the man kept moving his vehicle forward, the tension in the rope growing visibly tighter until one of the loops
country “isOurneedlessly fractured, and during this encounter it hit me that I’m part of the
snapped. That’s it, I thought, she’s not going anywhere. But just then the man hit the gas and the woman’s SUV barreled forward onto the road, free at last. We all thanked each other, smiling. Our country is needlessly fractured, and during this encounter it hit me that I’m
part of the problem. If I’d encountered this guy on the road, I would have thought, “What a jerk.” The mere sight of his bumper stickers would have given me license to turn this generous man into a nameless, faceless “other.” But during our brief encounter, he was nothing but altruistic and generous. Up close, I felt his humanity, and in that moment of shared purpose, our commonalities felt bigger than our differences. And so I made a choice—to put aside ideology and allow myself to experience the kindness of this fellow human being. My interaction with this stranger was utterly unremarkable. Across America, and especially in the rural West, ordinary people with differing views manage to work together for common goals every day. It’s a shame that we allow political pundits and fear mongers to divvy us up into us versus them. I will probably never agree with this man’s politics, but I found much to admire about him as an individual. I still think his bumper stickers were crude and disrespectful, and it pains me to see such vitriol aimed at a president I support and admire. But I also know for a few minutes on that cold winter afternoon, an anonymous rightwinger and this bleeding-heart liberal put differences aside to help a stranger.
WANTED for robbery, rustling, and sour notes.
Christy Aschwanden is a contributor to Writers on the Range, a service of High Country News (hcn.org). She is a freelance writer in Cedaredge, Colorado.
Saddle up for a Wild West Family Concert and help the Missoula Symphony Orchestra chase down an offbeat outlaw. Bad Bart is on the loose! This calls for Deputy Darko Butorac and his band of 70 musicians. He’ll give each instrument a shot and then show kids and parents alike how symphonic music can tell a blazing, smoking, heart-stopping story. Darko Butorac, Music Director • Plus a Surprise Guest Friday, January 28, 7 PM • The University Theatre Tickets: $8 • Online at missoulasymphony.org Call 721-3194 or visit 320 East Main Street
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It’s been just over a year since a 7.0-magnitude earthquake ravaged the impoverished country of Haiti. While conditions in the country have since improved, the nonprofit organization Save the Children—which provides food, medical care and schooling for kids in need—notes in a recent report that “the needs of the country’s children, in particular, remain urgent.” You can get a better grasp of the situation this week when Carolyn Miles, executive vice president and chief operating officer of Save the Children, visits town to talk in-depth about the challenges facing children and women in Haiti and in other developing countries around the world. Her talk will include an assessment of Haiti and its
THURSDAY JANUARY 20
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Missoula’s Board of County Commissioners announces that it seeks applicants for a new Missoula County Fairgrounds Advisory Committee. Applications are available at the Missoula County Courthouse Annex, 200 W. Broadway St., and online at co.missoula.mt.us/ mbcc.forms.htm. Applications are due by 5 PM Fri., Jan. 28.
FRIDAY JANUARY 21 Families can get help narrowing their search for quality child care, and find out if they qualify for assistance, with Child Care Assistance, which is offered by Child Care Resources from 8 AM–5 PM Mon.-Fri. at its office, on the lower level of 105 E. Pine St. Free. Call 728-6446 and visit childcareresources.org. Missoula’s County Commissioners are looking for a few good volunteers to apply for a position on the Missoula Consolidated Planning Board. Grab applications at the Missoula County Courthouse Annex, 200 W. Broadway St., or online at co.missoula.mt.us/mcbcc/ forms.htm. Applications are due by 5 PM on Feb. 4. Call 258-4877.
progress towards stability, and will shed light on Save the Children’s success in addressing global health and education issues. Miles also plans to discuss her organization’s efforts to provide emergency assistance during natural disasters and wartime conflicts, as well as initiatives that aim to increase economic opportunities. –Ira Sather-Olson The World Affairs Council (WAC) of Montana presents “Women and Children at Risk: Haiti and The Developing World,” on Wed., Jan. 26, at 7 PM in the University Center Ballroom. $5/free f o r s t u d e n t s a n d WAC m e m b e r s . Vi s i t montanaworldaffairs.org.
sexual assault, including groups for American Indian women and teens, every Tue. staring with dinner at 5:30 PM, followed by meetings at 6:30 PM. Free. Those with children are asked to arrive at 6:15. Call 543-6691 for more info and visit ywcaofmissoula.org/?q=node/57. The Missoula International School, 1100 Harrison St., presents an informational meeting on its bilingual education program starting at 6:30 PM. Free. Visit mismt.org. Those who live in the Franklin to Fort Neighborhood are hereby invited to attend the Franklin to Fort Neighborhood Council Meeting, starting at 7 PM at the Missoula Friends Meeting Hall, 1861 S. 12th St. W. Free. Visit missoula-neighborhoods.org. 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 26
UM’s College of Technology announces that it’s offering free college prep classes for qualified veterans, including courses in math, writing and basic computer skills, starting on Feb. 7. Orientation takes place at 5 PM on Feb. 7 in the College of Technology’s dining room, 909 South Ave. W. For more info or to enroll, call 877-356-VETS.
First United Methodist Church, 300 E. Main St., hosts Project Homeless Connect, an event for those who are homeless or those worried about becoming homeless that features medical, dental and eye care, a warm meal, clothing, hair cuts, mental health counseling, legal advice, housing assistance, employment counseling and other services, from 10 AM–3 PM. Free. Call 258-4980.
SATURDAY JANUARY 22
Sorry dude, no munchies provided. The Missoula County Commissioners currently seek volunteers to serve on the Marijuana Initiative Oversight Committee. Grab an application at the Missoula County Courthouse annex, 200 W. Broadway St., or online at co.missoula.mt.us/mcbcc/forms.htm. Applications are due by 5 PM on Wed., Jan. 26. Call 258-4877.
Enjoy a game of b-ball and support a local no-kill animal adoption center when UM presents a 50/50 raffle for AniMeals during the UM vs. Montana State men’s basketball game, which begins at 7 PM at the Adams Center. Visit griztix.com for ticket info.
MONDAY JANUARY 24 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.
TUESDAY JANUARY 25 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 Joseph’s Coat, 116 S. Third St. W. Free. Call 549-1419. Missoula’s YWCA, 1130 W. Broadway, hosts weekly support groups for survivors of domestic violence and
Enjoy a local brew and support a local organization during the Kettlehouse Northside Tap Room’s Community U-NITE Pint Nights, which occur this and every Wed. from 5–8 PM at the tap room, 313 N. First St. W. Free to attend. A portion of the proceeds from each pint sold goes to a different organization each week. Visit kettlehouse.com. UM celebrates the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. with “Conner, King, Kennedy: Birmingham Icons Tell the Civil Rights Story,” a talk with author Glenn Eskew that begins at 7:30 PM in Room 123 of UM’s Gallagher Business Building. Free. Call 243-2088.
AGENDA is dedicated to upcoming events embodying activism, outreach and public participation. Send your who/what/when/where and why to AGENDA, c/o the Independent, 317 S. Orange, Missoula, MT 59801. You can also e-mail entries to firstname.lastname@example.org or send a fax to (406) 543-4367. AGENDA’s deadline for editorial consideration is 10 days prior to the issue in which you’d like your information to be included. When possible, please include appropriate photos/artwork.
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I N OTHER N EWS Curious but true news items from around the world
CURSES, FOILED AGAIN - Police said two men making their getaway after an armed robbery in Orange County, Fla., tried to distract authorities from pursuing them by reporting a carjacking. The vehicle they described, however, was the same white Honda Accord they were driving. Law enforcement officers spotted it and arrested the suspects, charging them with filing a false report in addition to the armed robbery charge. (Orlando’s WFTV-TV) During a traffic stop in Great Falls, Mont., Jonothan Ray Gonsalez, who had three outstanding warrants for his arrest, told police his name was Timothy Michael Koop Jr. The officer learned that Timothy Michael Koop Jr. was also wanted and arrested Gonsalez. When he told authorities his real name, they added a charge of issuing a false report. (Great Falls Tribune) Smoking-Class Heroes - Mark Moody, 40, was taking a cigarette break on the window ledge of his second-floor apartment and talking on his cell phone when two New York City police officers stopped and asked if he intended to commit suicide. He explained the ledge was his regular smoking spot and pointed out that he was only 12 feet off the ground and would probably just sprain his ankle if he jumped. The officers insisted he come down anyway. When he refused, they summoned three ambulances and four other patrol cars, broke down Moody’s door and took him to a hospital psychiatric ward for observation. The on-duty psychiatrist interviewed him briefly, concluded he was sane, apologized and released him. Moody, who happens to be a lawyer, filed a $400,000 lawsuit against the city and the officers. (New York Post) New Zealand’s Gambling Commission ruled that a suburban Wellington pub could operate video poker machines in an outdoor area where smoking is allowed. The Department of Internal Affairs had tried to ban the machines, citing a link between smoking and problem gambling. The Gambling Commission said that the ban would have interfered “with the enjoyment of customers carry out lawful activities”—smoking and gambling. (New Zealand’s TV 3) SLIGHTEST PROVOCATION - Police said Anthony Rapoport beat his aunt to death with a baseball bat at the home they shared in Wilmette, Ill., after a series of minor disputes that began when the two argued over the type of doughnuts that Nancee Rapoport, 49, wanted her nephew to buy. Later, she reported he had hidden her cell phone. Police who responded to the call said Anthony Rapoport told them he was “tired of being nagged.” A subsequent call reported seeing Nancee Rapoport’s bludgeoned body on the kitchen floor. (Chicago Tribune)
VS UM Students get in free to all events with a Griz card. Griz Kids Childcare available for all basketball games!: $3 per child. Did you know that Grizzly Athletics offers special ticket prices for groups who come to Griz and Lady Griz Basketball games? To learn about how your office, team, club, or organization can spend an affordable night at Dahlberg Arena, please call 243-2250. For tickets visit the Adams Center Box Office, Griztix.com, or call 243-4051
Thursday, January 20th @ 7pm vs. Idaho State - UM Staff Appreciation Day - Promotions include: The Dairy Queen T-shirt Toss - Halftime Entertainment: Hoops For Hounds – Watch as the Humane Society of Western Montana showcases some of their adoptable pets. - UM Pep Band, Spirit Squad, and Monte
GRIZ-CAT BASKETBALL SATURDAY!! Saturday, January 22nd 2pm
- UM Student Group Competition - Promotions include: Allegiant Airplane Toss, Allegiant Student Giveaway Flight Package, Coca-Cola Mattress Pile, Coca-Cola Tuition Stimulus, and Show for Dough. - Halftime Entertainment: The Super Skippers! - UM Pep Band, Spirit Squad, Monte, and Mo
Fan Appreciation Tailgate
In appreciation to the best fans in the state, there will be a Griz Fan Appreciation Tailgate in the West Auxiliary Gym of the Adams Center starting at 5pm. Hot dogs and beer will be served for $1 each. (Soda served for free). Gear up to cheer on the Griz right before they take on the Cats!! You must have a men’s Griz-Cat basketball ticket for admission into the tailgate.
- Promotions include: Allegiant Student Giveaway Flight Package, Karl Tyler $500 Student Tuition Prize, Coca-Cola Dash for Cash, and Show for Dough. - Halftime Entertainment: The UM Spirit Squad! – The UM Cheer Squad and the UM Dance Team will participate together in a special joint halftime performance. - UM Pep Band, Spirit Squad, Monte, and Mo
Police charged Tony Morris, 37, with using a crowbar to beat his brother, Thomas Morris, 41, while they were visiting their mother in Akron, Ohio, after the two argued because Tony thought Thomas had taken a bite out of a piece of chicken and placed it back in the frying pan. Tony tossed the half-eaten piece of chicken at Thomas, who suggested they go outside and handle their dispute like men. Tony grabbed the crowbar and charged after Thomas, who ran outside but slipped on the icy porch. Tony then struck him several times in the head. Their 57-year-old mother, who called 911, admitted to police that she ate the chicken. (The Akron Beacon Journal) Police responding to an assault in Redding, Calif., at 4 a.m. reported that the incident began when a woman saw her neighbor empty a cat litter box in the woman’s front yard. The woman responded by pouring her own cat’s litter box over the neighbor’s car, whereupon the neighbor pushed the woman to the ground. Both women called the police, who said they have a long-standing dispute. (Redding’s The Record Searchlight) SILVER LINING - New York City authorities credit a post-Christmas blizzard with saving the life of Vangelis “Angelos” Kapatos, 26, who tried to commit suicide on Jan. 2 by jumping from his ninth-floor apartment window. Police said he landed on top of a mountain of trash bags that had been piling up since nearly 2.5 feet of snow fell on Dec. 26. (New York Post) FIRST-AMENDMENT FOLLIES - Ohio’s Department of Rehabilitation and Correction changed its rules to shorten the last words of condemned prisoners after Michael Beuke, 48, took 17 minutes to make his final statement before he was executed. He spent the time reciting the rosary, apologizing and saying prayers. “The warden may impose reasonable restrictions on the content and length of the statement,” the new rules state. “The warden may also terminate a statement that he or she believes is intentionally offensive to the witness.” Dale Baich, Beuke’s public defender and a witness at the execution, insisted his client “did not filibuster.” Ohio had allowed unlimited statements after a 1999 lawsuit challenged the existing policy, which permitted only a written statement to be read after an inmate’s death. Kentucky and Washington both impose a two-minute limit. Virginia allows statements but begins the execution a few seconds later, even if the inmate hasn’t finished. (Columbus Dispatch) NO-REST ROOM - Jacqueline Cutright, 70, told police she was in the bathroom of her Akron, Ohio, home around 2 a.m. when a man wearing a clown mask threw open the bathroom door and threatened her with a knife. “I was on the commode,” she said, “so it was kind of a surprise.” The intruder demanded money, took some cash and costume jewelry, then fled in Cutright’s 1991 Ford Escort. He made it to the end of the street before rolling the car twice, according to police responding to Cutright’s 911 call. Officers detained Cory Buckey, 22, who confessed after a knife fell from his pants pocket. (Akron’s WJW-TV) A woman at a rural home in Winona County, Minn., said Nicholas Patrick Hodge, 31, stormed into the home around 2:40 a.m. and demanded property he insisted someone inside owed him. He sat on a toilet in the kitchen and refused to move, according to sheriff’s Investigator Kraig Glover, who said Hodge eventually did leave. Glover added, “I’m not sure why they had a toilet in the kitchen.” (Winona Daily News) REASONABLE EXPLANATION - After Raymond Hartley Jr., 28, was caught using a fake penis-and-bladder device during a court-ordered drug test, he told a judge in Northampton County, Pa., he strapped on the Whizzinator only because probation officers kept making fun of the size of his real penis. Judge Michael Koury Jr. rejected Hartley’s explanation and sentenced him to prison for violating probation. (Allentown’s The Morning Call)
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“Fighting them in Montana means they have made it through the defenses of all our other compatriots, in Portland and Seattle and Eugene, in Kooskia and Clearwater. Making it all the way to the pass means the last stand is here.” —Rick Bass, The Heart of the Monster
oughly a year ago, residents along the pristine roadways between Idaho’s Port of Lewiston and Montana’s Port of Sweetgrass began hearing whispers of an unprecedented, large-scale transportation project by Canadian ExxonMobil subsidiary Imperial Oil. Residents on the Clearwater and Lochsa rivers reported witnessing roadwidening projects on stretches of Highway 12 and raised power lines with little explanation. By the time Imperial Oil hosted its first public meetings in spring 2010 to introduce the particulars of its Kearl Module Transportation Project (KMTP), many people in Idaho were incensed. Folks just over the border in Missoula—where ExxonMobil officials appeared at Meadow Hill School on April 29, 2010, to take comments on their own environmental assessment (EA)— proved equally angry about and confused by the proposal. The KMTP is an almost inconceivable act to anyone who regularly drives Imperial Oil’s proposed route on highways 12, 200, 287 and 89. The largest of the corporation’s 207 oversized loads, destined for the controversial Alberta tar sands mining operation, are three stories tall, longer than a hockey rink and 200,000 pounds heavier
than the Statue of Liberty. The first 200 miles of road snake around tight corners and up steep inclines, frequently bordered on one side by sheer cliffs and on the other by a sudden drop toward the Clearwater and the Lochsa. Once over Lolo Pass, the loads will navigate their way down Reserve Street in Missoula before following the famed Blackfoot River up to Roger’s Pass and the Rocky Mountain Front. The loads will crawl at 10 to 30 miles per hour while taking up both lanes of highway, and all movement is scheduled to occur between the hours of 11 p.m. and 5:30 a.m., presumably when locals are asleep. Shortly after Imperial Oil introduced its proposal, ConocoPhillips came forward with a similar request to transport two coke drums in four oversized pieces from the Port of Lewiston to its refinery in Billings. The request generated a legal firestorm in Idaho last August when 1,700 citizens signed and delivered a petition to the Idaho Transportation Department (ITD). The petition led to a protracted courtroom battle against ITD’s approval of ConocoPhillips’ oversized load permits. News of another high-and-wide proposal—this one from Korean state-run oil corporation Harvest Energy—surfaced late last fall, strengthening
fears of highways 12 and 200 becoming a permanent industrial corridor. Imperial Oil has maintained from the outset that the KMTP promises an estimated $67.8 million in economic activity in Montana—including $11.4 million for road modifications and the construction of 53 new turnouts, and $21.6 million for utility relocations. Gov. Brian Schweitzer embraced the project on that premise, as has Idaho Gov. Butch Otter. Some business owners and local officials in both states welcome the big rigs for the financial boost they might provide; Powell County this month became the first county in Montana to take an official stance in support of the KTMP. Despite efforts to garner some support, opposition to what’s now popularly known as the “heavy haul” has grown fast in a short time. Missoula alone boasts three organizations all dedicated to stopping the big rigs. A sister group in Idaho spearheaded by more than a dozen Highway 12 residents held ConocoPhillips in an expensive legal tangle that lasted six months, and intends to do the same if and when Imperial Oil’s permits are approved. Montana writers Rick Bass and David James Duncan recently released an activist book titled The Heart of the Monster, a
249-page condemnation of Imperial Oil’s bid pulled together in roughly one month. This week, ITD officially issued ConocoPhillips the necessary permits to begin hauling two loads on Feb. 1. The Montana Department of Transportation (MDT), which stated last month that it would follow ITD’s lead, won’t be far behind in issuing its own permits. Opposition leaders in Idaho are now scrambling with their legal counsel, Boisebased Advocates for the West, to decide how they can proceed in court. Their counterparts in Missoula plan to host demonstrations as the loads pass through, and for months have been exploring other options to resist the heavy haul. With ConocoPhillips likely hitting the road in mere days, and with Imperial Oil awaiting its turn, the hopes and fears expressed by fractured communities along the route will soon reach a crescendo. But already, these oversized loads have made an indelible mark along every stretch of the route.
THE PORT OF LEWISTON Port of Lewiston Manager David Doeringsfeld sits in a spacious conference room just a few hundred yards from where dozens of oversized loads are currently stored for two major oil corporations. He
FROM ECONOMIC OPTIMISM TO OUTRIGHT OPPOSITION, BIG OIL’S PROPOSED “HEAVY HAUL” HAS DIVIDED CITIES AND TOWNS ALONG THE ROUTE. story and photos by Alex Sakariassen
A number of the modules Imperial Oil intends to transport from Idaho through Montana now line the edge of the container yard at the Port of Lewiston, awaiting oversized permits from both states. The loads take up two lanes of highway, are longer than a hockey rink and weigh 200,000 pounds more than the Statue of Liberty.
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spins an uplifting tale of job creation and job salvation here in Lewiston resulting directly from the presence of Imperial Oil and ConocoPhillips. Without their business, he says the port would have laid off its container yard personnel this winter. “The river system is down right now for almost a three and a half month period,” Doeringsfeld says. “If it weren’t for the storage and working with Imperial and Conoco right now, we would have had to lay off all the employees with our container yard operations because right now there’s just limited rail service through the port while locks are being repaired on the Columbia-Snake River system…This has allowed us to keep our people employed during that period of time.” Specifically, Doeringsfeld says the business has directly saved five jobs in the port’s container yard. ConocoPhillips’ four shipments–coke drums destined for the company’s refinery in Billings—arrived in late May last year. More than 30 of Imperial Oil’s Erector Set-like modules showed up four months later, and now line the edge of the container yard. The profit for the port from ExxonMobil alone totals $80,000 a month, Doeringsfeld says. “I think the majority of the residents of the area recognize the benefits,” he says. “Activity fosters activity, and when you’re able to bring in a new business such as this, there’s the potential of job creation not just in the short term but in the long term.” Those jobs could include engineers hired to work on electrical components and welders contracted for metal work, he adds. But Doeringsfeld’s story isn’t entirely positive. The number of containers handled by the Port of Lewiston has dropped dramatically over the past decade, as has the amount of wheat transported annually from the country’s grain belt through the port to markets in Asia. Lewiston processed 675,596 containers in 2007, according to the port’s historic shipping report. That total fell to 388,957 in 2010. The decline is mostly attributed to increased use of railways to ports farther west like Seattle, Doeringsfeld says. And with the Columbia and Snake rivers closed through late March for lock repairs on three dams, barge business is at present non-existent. To make up for tumbling revenues, Doeringsfeld has been marketing the port as a gateway to a valuable yet relatively undiscovered oversized shipping corridor—primarily utilizing Highway 12—that ties the Pacific Rim to Canada and the interior United States. “Utilizing this route as a viable alternative has only been recently ‘discovered’ by logistics companies representing companies who have oversized equipment destined for the interiors of Canada and the U.S. Midwest,” the port’s website states in a section titled “Columbia-Snake Corridor and Highway 12: The West Coast Alternative.” “The carbon footprint, transportation, permitting and strategic planning costs of utilizing this route [are] significantly less than shipping through alternate marine routes importing into the United States with the same destination.”
Doeringsfeld adds that in 2009, he and representatives from the Port of Vancouver attended a conference in Calgary with the intention of directly promoting the heavy haul corridor to natural resource development corporations. The Port of Lewiston has effectively incorporated roadways east of its docks in this mass marketing strategy, earning the ire of residents, business owners, agency officials and environmental activists across the U.S. and Canada. “It is my opinion that authorizing these loads will ultimately lead to future additional proposals,” Rick Brazell, Forest Service supervisor for the Clearwater National Forest, stated in a letter to Idaho Transportation Department Director Jim Carpenter in September 2010. “And while one or two projects might be tolerated, more frequent occurrences of such loads are not the experience people traveling, living, working, and recreating on U.S. Highway 12 expect.” Doeringsfeld respects the rights of those opposing the loads to voice their concerns. Yet he questions the actual impact the heavy haul—or the establishment of the permanent oversized corridor he feels could save the port—will have on residents, small businesses and the environment. These loads will pass through by night, he says, and by day will only occupy two turnouts along the entire 202-mile stretch of Highway 12. He acknowledges that a portion of that roadway bears the federal designation of a wild and scenic byway, but believes that designation “does not trump that it’s also a corridor for commerce.” “A lot of times I see in the media stories that it’s a scenic byway that Lewis and Clark [used],” Doeringsfeld says. “Well, let’s go back. Why was Lewis and Clark there in the first place? Thomas Jefferson sent them out on an expedition to find a waterway to promote commerce
The Idaho Transportation Department approved oversized permits this week for the four loads belonging to ConocoPhillips. The coke drums are destined for the corporation’s refinery in Billings, and will utilize scenic highway corridors popularly used by tourists in Idaho and Montana.
east and west in the United States. I’d throw out there that Lewis and Clark would be pretty darn happy that the mission that they were sent out on is helping to come to fruition 100 [sic] years after their expedition.” Highway 12 resident Linwood Laughy, one of the intervenors in the legal battle against the ConocoPhillips loads, doesn’t quite share Doeringsfeld’s historical analysis. Captains Meriwether Lewis and William Clark nearly died, he says, when the Corps of Discovery crossed the Bitterroot Mountains into Idaho in the winter of 1805—205 years ago. “One of the biggest disappointments of the captains, as well as of the president, was that there was no passage,” Laughy says. “That’s one of the things
Highway 12 follows the Clearwater and Lochsa rivers from the Port of Lewiston to Lolo Pass. This narrow, windy riverside road was designated a scenic byway by the state of Idaho in 1989. It is also one of only 31 AllAmerican Roads recognized by the U.S. Department of Transportation.
that they were looking for, and they discovered it didn’t exist. The country was simply too rugged for that. It seems to me that’s the same situation today.”
HIGHWAY 12 The view from Laughy’s back porch two miles east of Kooskia overlooks an open stretch of the middle fork of the Clearwater River, which Congress selected as one of eight waterways nationwide to include in the 1968 Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. The federal protections promised under the act were supplemented in 1989 when the state of Idaho declared Highway 12 a scenic byway, and complemented even further with an All-American Road designation in 2005. In Laughy’s eyes, the shipments ConocoPhillips and Imperial Oil propose to move along this route fly in the face of those longstanding protections. “I don’t know many places you can go sit at seven in the morning and watch the sun come up on a white sand beach that’s 150 yards long beside a river that’s so clear you can drink out of it, and be the only person on the beach,” Laughy says. “To think that we’re going to sell that out to giant international corporations for nothing? I mean, I wouldn’t sell it for anything, but it seems ludicrous to us. It’s just not right.” Laughy and his wife, Borg Hendrickson, first became aware of the proposed heavy haul in spring 2010. The revelation came when the power went out and Laughy drove down the road to investigate, a story the retiree is fond of telling. “I saw these guys down there putting a new [power] pole in,” Laughy says. “It was a couple hours after the outage, so I pulled over and asked ‘How long before the power goes back on?’ They said pretty soon, and I said, ‘Nice new pole.’ They said, ‘Yeah, we’re raising all the power lines to 30 feet.’” The surprise and confusion generated among locals by the unexplained advanced measures taken to accommo-
date the heavy haul prompted Laughy to dig deeper. The more he and Hendrickson learned, Laughy says, the more worried they became. Their reservations about the apparent secrecy of the project eventually prompted them to file a petition last summer against Idaho’s permitting of the ConocoPhillips loads. “The oil companies came in and met with various groups, county commissioners and so forth,” Laughy says of the first string of public meetings early last year. “The message was essentially, ‘Hey, this is going to be good for you. You’re going to like this. It’s just going to be this one time, we’re going to do it at night, you’ll hardly know we’re here and we’ll drop a little money along the way. And besides, we’re not asking.’ There was that undertone. ‘This is a courtesy call. We’re here to inform you.’” Laughy and his fellow concerned citizens near Kooskia banded together as the grassroots opposition movement Fighting Goliath last summer. They’ve worked to collect their own data concerning the dimensions and condition of Highway 12— Laughy spent many days on the road with a tape measure recording road widths—to develop a baseline with which to monitor the loads when they do go through. The greatest fear at present is that one of the oversized shipments will slip off the road and into the river while navigating the hairpin turns along the scenic byway. Concern that such an accident could pose major consequences for fisheries extends from residents to Nez Perce tribal members. As Nez Perce Tribal Attorney Darren Williams says, “If one of these falls in the water, you could potentially have just created an artificial dam on the Lochsa River instantly, which would not be good.” ConocoPhillips stated for nearly nine months that such an accident would require the use of a 500-ton crane trucked in from Spokane (the nearest cranes fitting ConocoPhillips’ need are
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actually located as far away as Salt Lake tribe “opposes the Kearl Module City). Emmert International changed its Transportation Project.” The Confederated tune last month, however, declaring that Salish and Kootenai Tribes (SKT) issued a any equipment that falls in the river will similar statement last summer. “These areas remain of great imporbe ruined and cut up as salvage. Imperial tance to our people,” SKT Council Oil has yet to issue any similar change. “If a company seeking an over-legal Chairman Bud Moran wrote to MDT permit fails to demonstrate a trip can be Director Jim Lynch. “Our use of them is made safely, without risk to roads and guaranteed by treaty. Federal and state bridges and with minimal disruption to governments bear a trust responsibility traffic and emergency services, the trans- to safeguard those rights. From the portation department has the legal Lochsa River to the Rocky Mountain authority to deny the permit,” ITD says of Front, literally dozens of our traditional placenames line the planned route. Many its ability to deny future proposals. Mammoet, the Dutch corporation of these names are rooted in our creation charged with transporting the 207 mega- stories, reflecting the spiritual imporloads for Imperial Oil, has repeatedly stated tance of these places.” Access to the wild and scenic in public meetings that the odds one of its shipments of equipment will go off the Clearwater and Lochsa rivers may prove a road are slim. Yet Mammoet has experi- short term casualty to the heavy haul, but enced two accidents involving oversized others on Highway 12 worry about the loads just in the last seven months. One long term implications of the Port of Linwood Laughy’s back porch overlooks a pristine stretch of the midImperial Oil shipment went off a highway Lewiston’s push to establish a permanent dle fork of the Clearwater River along Highway 12. He filed a lawsuit near Whiting, Ind., in late July last year, rup- oversized corridor. Steve Pankey, an asso- over Idaho’s approval of the ConocoPhillips shipments last year. turing a fire hydrant and creating low water ciate broker with Idaho Country vision, and dramatically increased the pre- up completely destroying the property base, which will also impact our county pressure and contamination problems for Properties in Kooskia and 30-year veteran miums on real estate upriver of Kooskia. Now Pankey believes those ease- tax base,” Pankey says. “It’s going to be nearby residents for two days. Roughly one of the real estate market, says even the month later, a second Mammoet load went project proposals themselves could ments will be rendered moot by constant like dominoes.” into a roadside ditch in Alberta; the driver, prove devastating for property values on oversized load traffic. “I can’t give you a number, but when MISSOULA who had to be extricated from the vehicle Highway 12. “Real estate values can be impacted these loads start moving along there and by emergency personnel, suffered a broken When Imperial Oil first began releasleg. Both accidents occurred in sunny positively or negatively from just rumors, somebody comes along and looks at ing details of its KMTP, Missoula quickly let alone the actual fact,” Pankey says. “If property up there and I tell them we’ll became a hotbed for opposition to the weather on dry, wide, flat roads. “Crooked Fork, the bridge over these in fact start hauling 200 some have these loads at night and probably oversized loads. Students with the Crooked Fork, has that curve and University of Montana’s Climate has a 12.5 percent slope,” Laughy Action Now, already abreast of the CANADA says, singling out a bridge just a few environmental injustices occurring 214 miles away from Lolo Pass as an at the Alberta tar sands, joined forces 213 example of the challenges big rig with local residents in the hastily Cut Bank handlers will face. “If there’s any ice constructed No Shipments Network. 358 on that at all and you’re not going a Northern Rockies Rising Tide 44 reasonable speed, you just start slid(NRRT), a band of climate change 89 ing. I’ve been in that situation with a activists advocating direct action, Choteau wreck one time. I started to slow simultaneously took up the effort to down and was going to stop, and I stop the KMTP by whatever means Great Falls just felt my rig going sideways. necessary. NRRT leader Nick Stocks 287 15 Those things can only go five miles says the group’s primary role has an hour. What if it’s slick?” been as a “sounding board and 200 Missoula Fighting Goliath successfully receptor” for community action, IDAHO Bonner 93 stalled ConocoPhillips shipments for including conducting some sort of 90 Helena 12 months with repeated petitions to “nonviolent civil disobedience ITD, and already has petitions filed around the trucks.” Lewiston 15 12 against Imperial Oil’s permits in case “People are pissed,” says Zack Kooskia they are approved. The group continPorter, former president of Climate Butte ues to unearth ever more troubling Action Now and current campaign Towns information regarding the big rig proModule Transportation Route coordinator for All Against the Haul, Return Route for Empty Tailers posals. Laughy recently discovered a coalition rooted in the No Return Route for Trailers less than 10 feet wide that the oversized load permits Shipments Network. “I hear every Route Direction approved by ITD for ConocoPhillips day someone new telling me, ‘You State Boundary last November—before his group call me when those trucks are petitioned for a contested hearing— rolling. I’m going to lie down in the include a stipulation that the ship- The proposed route for Imperial Oil’s Kearl Module Transportation Project cov- road.’ It’s amazing how little work ers roughly 500 miles of highway through Idaho and Montana, cutting through ping company, Emmert International, pristine scenic corridors and bisecting small towns in the dead of night on we have to do to recruit endorseis authorized to “barricade the their way to ExxonMobil’s Kearl Oil Sands project in Alberta. ments for our campaign and volunapproved turnouts for exclusive use teers who are willing to hit the for the wide loads up to 24 hours in loads, it will have in my opinion a nega- during the day…that isn’t what they want streets and do door-to-door work. This advance for each move.” Such barricades tive impact on property values…As to come to this area to enjoy and spend issue sells itself, more than anything I’ve would restrict access to public lands for much as half of their value could be lost.” their major dollars for,” Pankey says. ever worked on before.” A portion of that value lies in scenic The same will certainly be true for the recreating public, and could infringe Missoula County residents have on salmon fishing access rights guaran- easements many property owners opted property values all along the route, picked apart and criticized Imperial Oil’s teed to the Nez Perce Tribe under treaty by into after Highway 12 won its scenic Pankey continues. And the losses, which proposal in letters to local media, on byway designation. The easements will only add to a weak real estate market online comment boards and at public the federal government. General concerns over treaty rights and ensured the views from riverside proper- on Highway 12, won’t stop at premiums meetings hosted by MDT. Late last April, cultural and natural resources prompted ties within the wild and scenic corridor for scenic easements. hundreds showed up to press Imperial “Our prices are down anyway from Oil executives and representatives from the Nez Perce Tribal Executive Committee would remain protected from future comto issue a resolution in July 2010 stating the mercial development or residential subdi- the highs, but we sure don’t want to end Mammoet on the potential impacts to
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local businesses, energy and sewer infrastructures, emergency services and the environment. They were offered sweeping assurances that life and public safety would not be interrupted, but the promises from MDT and Imperial Oil—at least in the eyes of individuals like Porter—suffered for a lack of adequate details. Even government officials in Missoula recognize the potential detriments the community faces if Imperial Oil and ConocoPhillips are allowed to pass down Highway 12 through Lolo and up Reserve Street to Interstate 90. The Missoula Board of County Commissioners submitted a letter to Tom Martin with MDT’s environmental services bureau last May highlighting its top 10 concerns regarding Imperial Oil’s EA. That list included a point that “the document fails to portray the true economic impact to local businesses, tourism and employment. Especially lacking are the effects to the transportation and timber products industry that are so important to our economy.” The Missoula City Council weighed in as well, voting unanimously in late November to increase the city’s oversized load fee from $100 to $200 per load. Dozens of citizens showed up to the meeting in support of the council’s move. However, as in Idaho, the primary concern among Missoulians has been the precedent these loads could set for a permanent high-and-wide corridor. The route as presently mapped would see oversized traffic utilizing Reserve Street to access the interstate and highways beyond. Lynch began issuing promises last year that Imperial Oil and ConocoPhillips would set no such precedent, but his previous statements in 2009 contradict his current stance. “We are actually setting the stage for a high-wide corridor through the state of Montana to be used, probably for things that we haven’t even imagined yet,” Lynch stated before the Montana Legislature’s Revenue and Transportation Interim Committee in September 2009. “Who would have imagined this would be proposed? Can we only think what might be coming down the line?” Lynch followed that statement by explaining that the proposed route was not MDT’s idea but Imperial Oil’s, and that the potential for a permanent corridor necessitated public involvement. But critics question why it took an additional nine months for details of the KMTP to be presented to the public. Those heading the opposition also feel that the infrastructure preparations required for the ConocoPhillips and Imperial Oil loads suggest years of careful planning. “It’s a testament to the corporate control of government in this country, along the same lines as the Supreme Court decision that allows for unlimited corporate campaign contributions,” Porter says. “Exxon is the wealthiest corporation in the world, and they were clearly hatching this plan years ago.” All Against the Haul focuses a considerable portion of its campaign to outreach, disseminating information in the interests
spawning beds in rivers like the Lochsa and Selway. But as an avid fly-fisherman with a fondness for nearby getaways, his interests in protecting Missoula’s backyard factor greatly into his desire to see the oversized loads stopped. He remembers taking a PBS film crew working on a wild salmon documentary to a 600-foot cliff overlooking a tributary of the Lochsa. “As [the cameraman] is setting up his camera, this four-foot beautiful silver wild female salmon came ripping down into the redd, turned her body sideways so her whole body shown like a knife blade,” Duncan says. “She started using her body to dig a redd for her young. She’s using the backbone of the continent. She’d climbed 4,500 feet and she’d come 650 miles, and it’s so moving to see that. The film crew immediately starts worrying, ‘Well, what if a bear comes out and gets her?’ And I said, ‘Then the bear gets a meal. That’s how it’s supposed to happen.’”
Local author and environmentalist David James Duncan recently took opposition to the heavy haul up a notch, penning an activist book with fellow writer Rick Bass called The Heart of the Monster. “It’s a mindset that doesn’t value human history, human culture, anything alive,” Duncan says of the oil corporations behind the big rig proposals.
of creating more widespread awareness of the heavy haul in the region and across the country. With that goal in mind, the group decided in its infancy to pull together an activist book outlining not just the sketchy backstory of the KMTP, but the grim details emerging from Imperial Oil’s final destination in Alberta. After significant finagling, Porter and his cohorts managed to sign renowned authors David James Duncan and Rick Bass to the project. All Against the Haul independently published and marketed The Heart of the Monster last month, and Porter says copies of the book have since been purchased online by readers as far away as Seattle and the East Coast. “Montana has marketed itself, and people come here from all over the country in droves because they want to go flyfishing, they want to hike in wild areas, they want to see Glacier, they want to see Yellowstone, they want to drive on twolane highways through beautiful forest and not have the canopy cut from over the highway as has already happened along this route,” says Duncan, a native of the Columbia-Snake River country and longtime wild salmon activist. “They don’t want the old cottonwood trees in the middle of Choteau cut so ExxonMobil can run a 30-foot-tall piece of shit through their town. What the hell?” Duncan’s home, like Laughy’s, rests within plain sight of Highway 12 and the heavy haul. He lives just a few miles up Lolo Creek from Traveler’s Rest, where Lewis and Clark camped both before and after reaching the Pacific Ocean. The ridgeline visible from his writing studio was used by the Nez Perce to bypass Captain C.C. Rawn’s troops at Fort Fizzle
just prior to the Battle of the Big Hole in 1877. Duncan says the entire region is rich in cultural history that major oil corporations seem to have no regard for. “It’s a mindset that doesn’t value human history, human culture, anything alive,” Duncan says. “It’s just money worship, blind oil and money worship. And I don’t think that’ll stand in this state. People in this state still care.” Duncan likens the fight against the heavy haul to the mid-1990s battle against an Arizona copper company’s bid to open a cyanide heap-leach gold mine on the Blackfoot River. The operation came with promises of job creation and economic activity for rural towns outside of Missoula, but environmental activists successfully sponsored a voter initiative in 1998 banning the use of cyanide heapleach mining statewide. Attempts by the mining community to overturn the ban failed in 2004. “Montana was the home of the first cyanide heap-leach gold mine ever, and we have banned that technology from this state,” Duncan says. “Once the people see some of the damages, once we suffer a little more, I think there will be a citizen rebellion that could result. The tar sands is going to get a lot of bad press in the coming decades…In Montana, it could be as simple as, ‘We want to shut this corridor. We don’t want to be the traffic route between the Alberta tar sands and the Pacific Rim nations.’” Much of Duncan’s opposition to the heavy haul stems from his decades of rankling against the four major dams on the lower Snake River, which he says prevent wild salmon from reaching historic
Public fervor regarding the big rigs boiled over once again last Thursday night, this time at St. Anne’s Catholic Church off Highway 200 in Bonner. The details of the KMTP elicited gasps of surprise from many of the roughly 50 locals gathered in the meeting room, revealing that not everyone along the route has heard of Imperial Oil’s plans. Much of the information provided by the three citizen panelists—brought together by the Bonner-Milltown community group Friends of Two Rivers—was identical to that offered by MDT and Imperial Oil representatives nearly a year ago in Missoula, Lincoln and Cut Bank. “Their decisions are not motivated by malice,” panelist and former MDT attorney Robert Gentry said of the three oil corporations seeking oversized permits in Montana. “But neither are they motivated by conscience.”
Bonner marks the separation between ConocoPhillips’ four coke drum loads and the 207 modules proposed by Imperial Oil. From here, ConocoPhillips will head east through central Montana to the corporation’s refinery in Billings. Imperial Oil— and, presumably, Harvest Energy—will roll north and east up Highway 200 on their way to the tar sands near Fort McMurray, Alberta. But regardless of the company, residents at the Bonner meeting scoffed at the notion of turning the road through their town into an industrial corridor. The absence of any representatives from ConocoPhillips or Imperial Oil didn’t speak well for the proposals either. Both respectfully declined invitations to the meeting via e-mail (read aloud to those gathered), with ConocoPhillips adding that they’d been working with MDT on their proposal for three years. The most telling empty chair, however, was that set aside for a representative from MDT. Porter says the department received an invitation to the meeting in early December but failed to send any response. MDT Director Jim Lynch could not be reached for comment by phone or e-mail. Porter hopes to see that silence change as opposition leaders push for several more public meetings along the Blackfoot River. The testimony provided by one of the panelists, University of Montana senior research professor and 40-year economist Steve Seninger, did little to calm public apprehensions. Specifically, Seninger outlined that the job creation pitch Imperial Oil has used is faulty. Most of the 82 fulltime jobs the KMTP will create are lowwage, low-skill positions for traffic flaggers and pilot car drivers. The new work for road maintenance and turnout construction will simply employ contractors who are already working, Seninger said, and the law enforcement escorts called for in the proposal will only require a salary bump for existing state and county employees.
“You don’t have to be an economist to know that’s really not an employment machine,” Seninger said. Seninger compared the limited job creation to the potential job losses the state will face if Imperial Oil rides through. He pointed to research by UM to highlight Montana’s top five tourism attractions, in order: mountains and forests, Yellowstone Park, open space and land, rivers and Glacier Park. Tourism employs 33,000 people statewide, Seninger said, and in Missoula County alone tourism and outdoor recreation account for 3,100 jobs annually. Yet conservation experts have struggled to find any real or potential environmental impacts to the Blackfoot River on which to hang their own opposition. Montana Trout Unlimited Executive Director Bruce Farling says he’s so far been unable to come up with a tangible environmental concern resulting from the heavy haul. “I’ve looked at this thing and I’ve thought about it a lot and I’m having a hard time finding a really significant nexus to, say, fish habitat issues or water quality,” Farling says. “Personally, me and a whole bunch of people think this is a really, really bad idea. But relative to our mission of conservation and restoration of cold water habitats, we’ve got bigger problems.” The main problem commonly accepted among residents of the lower Blackfoot—and Farling—is a change in the culture of Highway 200. Farling says Imperial Oil’s proposal will turn the pristine valley into “an industrial traffic corridor versus what it is now, which is a working landscape with a bunch of recreation.” Greenough resident and official Big Blackfoot Riverkeeper Jerry O’Connell describes the opposition to the heavy haul as “unanimous until you get to Lincoln.” “We’re trading what makes this state great—a spectacular, beautiful country
Imperial Oil and ConocoPhillips claim that by shipping their oversized loads at night, they’ll avoid impacting local businesses. But SuzAnne Miller, co-owner of Lolo’s Dunrovin Ranch, says that’s just not true. During a recent meeting in Bonner, she explained that her ranch offers guests a night at a Forest Service lookout off Highway 12 for a crash-course in astronomy.
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canyon drive with beautiful vistas and water—and we’re allowing it to be degraded and deluded by commerce that is wrong on so many levels,” O’Connell says. Last spring, MDT stated it would issue a decision on Imperial Oil’s environmental assessment for the KMTP in summer 2010. (ITD told the Independent that “an environmental assessment is not required by either federal or Idaho law for the potential issuance of permits to ConocoPhillips or ExxonMobil.”) But Montana is now months overdue with a ruling, a development that has generated mixed feelings among those on the heavy haul route. “I hope one of the reasons is that the officials who are going to make the decision here are thinking a lot harder about it than they would have a year ago,” Farling says, adding that the KMTP is under more of a “microscope” than other road projects due to widespread public concern. “When we signed off on a letter at least to the federal entities involved in this, [we said] we want really good environmental analysis done before there’s approval for this.” The harsh views of Imperial Oil’s heavy haul bid evaporate further up the Blackfoot, specifically in Lincoln. Although the loads will travel straight through the center of town, business owners have welcomed the proposal for the assumed economic boost it will bring. Restaurants and hotels maintain the Mammoet’s rig drivers and shipping personnel will stop in for food and rest while their loads are parked outside of Lincoln. Former Lewis and Clark County Commission Chairman Mike Murray told the Indy last May that the only consternation generated by the big rigs’ midnight rides would be among senior citizens who might have to stay up late to watch them drive by.
“I think that there’s a kind of mentality in Lincoln, Augusta, rural areas that we need all the jobs we can get in Montana,” says Derek Brown, Murray’s successor as commission chairman. “There’s some financial benefit from this, but they have no reason to oppose someone using public roads in a responsible manner that helps other people with jobs.” As for the potential impacts to tourism along the upper Blackfoot and beyond, Brown says the new pullouts constructed for Imperial Oil could actually benefit the visitor experience. “I don’t see the downside,” Brown says. “Maybe I’m not out there looking, but I don’t see a lot of people cruising around at three o’clock in the morning looking at the beauty of the Front.”
THE ROCKY MOUNTAIN FRONT Once over Roger’s Pass, Imperial Oil’s modules will crawl at low speeds through Lewis and Clark, Teton, Pondera and Toole counties, past ranch spreads and farm fields whose pastoral beauty is already dotted with hundreds of oil derricks. They’ll roll through the sleepy Montana towns of Augusta and Choteau—homes to popular summer rodeos and bases of operation for dozens of outfitters—in the dead of night. And it’s here that organized, grassroots opposition falls completely off the heavy haul map. “The general population doesn’t have any concerns,” says Teton County Commissioner Jim Hodgskiss. “There might be a few out there, but as a whole the population is eagerly anticipating them. It’s going to be novel, I think, seeing those big loads come through. And it’s going to be a pretty significant impact to the local economy because one of the places they’re going to park is just south of Choteau here.
Imperial Oil’s last stop in the United States will be Montana’s Port of Sweetgrass. From here, the corporation’s modules will crawl through Alberta to ExxonMobil’s Kearl Tar Sands project—an oil extraction site strip-mining millions of acres of boreal forest.
“There’s only 6,000 people in our county,” Hodgskiss continues, “so anytime you interject a little outside money, it’s got to have a positive effect.” Hodgskiss and Brown both note that representatives from Imperial Oil have proven extremely accommodating when it comes to public concerns in Lincoln and other rural towns. During the first string of public meetings last spring, Brown remembers one Augusta area resident voicing opposition to the location of a heavy haul turnout. Imperial Oil, rather than disturb the individual’s home nearby, opted to move the turnout site farther down the highway. “What I perceive occurring is that there is an opposition to them using the roads because of the end use, and that’s a political statement,” Brown says. “That’s not something I feel we should be involved with at this level.”
Hodgskiss offers a similar hypothesis for the dramatic change in popular sentiment on the east side of the Divide. Imperial Oil has addressed the potential disruption to emergency services by employing highway patrolmen or local sheriff ’s personnel to escort the loads and communicate by radio with ambulances, allowing Mammoet drivers plenty of time to pull over. Imperial Oil will have to trim 21 cottonwood trees in Choteau to accommodate the loads, but Hodgskiss believes “they’ve got a pretty good game plan.” “It’s just a different mindset over here,” he says of the Front. “We have some oil and gas production going now, and it’s kind of my personal feeling that the main opposition to those big loads is not the loads themselves but where they’re going with them, to the tar sands. I’d rather buy my oil coming out of Canada than the Middle East.”
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The Kearl Module Transportation Project would transport massive modules right through the center of several small Montana towns, including Choteau. Yet county officials claim the public is eager to see these loads roll through, and no organized opposition to the heavy haul has cropped up in these rural communities.
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There isn’t much at the Port of Sweetgrass but a shuttered café, a dutyfree shop and the Canadian border. A busy afternoon amounts to a handful of Hutterites browsing the shop’s wine and perfume selections. A few hundred yards away, the unassuming line of customs check stations are all that stand between Montana and Imperial Oil’s final destination, Alberta. Officials here are almost mute on the subject of the KMTP, predicting no impacts whatsoever to Imperial Oil’s last stop in America. “The shipments will be processed like any other wide-load, commercial shipment that is transiting through the U.S. to a foreign destination,” says U.S. Customs and Border Protection Area Port Director Daniel Escobedo. “We do not expect port operations to be impacted by these shipments.” But if opposition to the heavy haul dies suddenly at Lincoln, it picks up again inside the Canadian border. Here the tar sands have caused untold devastation to the natural environment as 10.6 million acres of boreal forest are swallowed up by the Kearl Project’s tailings ponds, strip-
mining pits and processing plants. Critics consider the tar sands the single dirtiest method of oil extraction employed today, calling for the separation and dilution of bitumen from sandy soil deposits. The process uses up to four gallons of fresh water to extract a single gallon of crude oil, according to the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), and requires large amounts of natural gas to power the steam-based operation. Environmental groups, First Nations activists and celebrities like film director James Cameron have loudly decried the Kearl Project for years. Endangered fisheries, polluted groundwater and increasing cases of rare cancers among tribal communities downstream from the tar sands on the Athabasca River rank among the top issues raised by Kearl Project opponents. A study conducted by the NRDC estimated that the tar sands tailings ponds could kill as many as 166 million migratory birds over the next 20 to 30 years. Yet the Kearl tar sands still account for roughly 60 percent of Alberta’s total oil production. “Animals are dying, disappearing, and being mutated by the poisons dumped into our river systems,” wrote a group of youth from three indigenous First Nations in a 2009 letter to U.S. Sen. John Kerry. “Once we have destroyed these fragile ecosystems we will have also destroyed our peoples and trampled our treaty rights.” Duncan, Laughy and scores of others question the sustainability of the Port of Lewiston’s dream, not just for its role in accommodating the tar sands, but for the impacts its actions will have on the region’s communities, economies and natural assets. “What’s been good for the Port of Lewiston has been horrible for the entire rest of the Pacific Northwest, and never more so than now,” Duncan says. “Now that the Port of Lewiston is trying to be a conduit connecting the Pacific Rim nations to the tar sands, never has that port so sorely needed to be shut down. That place is a disaster for the rest of the region.” email@example.com
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FLASHINTHEPAN My English-Italian dictionary kept letting me down, just when I needed it the most—in front of menus in northern Italy last month. My Italian was good enough that I knew trofie was not truffle, as someone at the table had suggested, and to glean from the waiter that it was in fact a kind of local pasta. I had to order it to understand the narrow, twisted shape of the noodles. Common food words like pasta, pesce, prosciutto and limoncello are easy enough to translate, but how does the novice find meaning in the likes of imbrogliata di carciofi? It turns out to be young, spiny, Ligurian artichokes fried gently in oil with garlic and parsley, then smothered with scrambled eggs and sprinkled with grated parmigiano. But good luck understanding the waiter’s attempts to explain that. The only thing I understood was parmigiano. I recently acquired a book that would have made my Italian travels much more gastronomically satisfying. The Slow Food Dictionary to Regional Italian Cooking contains all the Italian food words that your pocket dictionary is too small to include—as well as some that are so obscure they probably wouldn’t make the cut even if space were no issue, such as roveja: “A small wild legume with a dark brown, reddish or dark green skin, which has been grown for centuries, first records dating back to 1545. Grown on the high slopes of the Monti Sibillini, it used to be, along with lentils, one of the [Umbrian] staples. Though it has almost disappeared from the table, it is highly nutritious and an excellent ingredient in soups and on bread. Ground into flour it can be used to make a type of polenta, which is traditionally served with anchovies.” I find information like this good to know, even if I never get around to using it. In addition to being essential to hungry travelers and enjoyable to armchair epicureans, the book is also an example of something that, in my perfect world, would exist everywhere. Imagine a book along similar lines devoted to the vocabulary of regional American cuisines. The Deep South would hold particular interest for me. It’s the one part of the country where I’ve never spent any time, and I’m completely fascinated by
the cuisine: a mix of African, Native American, French, Spanish and Caribbean. I would certainly devour a dictionary of southern food if I had one. Ideally such a volume would not only explain the words, but also give advice on where to find what they represent. In the town of Espanola in northern New Mexico, for example, there are places where you can find chicos—oven-dried sweet corn kernels—on the menu. I like them in soup, like
Bernice’s Bakery 190 South 3rd West • 728-1358 Nothing says Bernice’s like the cold, grey months of January. Come in, sit quietly, or share a table with friends in our warm and cozy dining room. Enjoy a cup of joe, a slice of cake, or a breakfast pastry as the sun beams in through our large glass windows. Want a healthy lunch? Come by in the afternoon and try a salad sampler or Bernice’s own Garlic Hummus Sandwich on our Honey Whole Wheat Bread. Bless you all in 2011, Bernice. Biga Pizza 241 W. Main Street 728-2579 Biga Pizza offers a modern, downtown dining environment combined with traditional brick oven pizza, calzones, salads, sandwiches, specials and desserts. All dough is made using a “biga” (pronounced bee-ga) which is a time-honored Italian method of bread making. Biga Pizza uses
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You’re eating the years of trial and error that went into determining that the toast of day-old bread is best for this dish. I’d never heard of lesser calamint, aka mountain mint or basil thyme. It’s named after the Greek Kalos, the fabled king of serpents whose glance was fatal. That doesn’t exactly make me want to put it on my fish, but the herb is widely known as a medicinal, and reportedly tastes like a cross between oregano and mint. Seeds
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posole, and baked with pinto beans. The celebration of and obsession with regional cuisines and variations is a big part of what makes European food so interesting to me. Consider Opi ca’ nipitedda: “Bream with lesser calamint. Traditional recipe of the fishing village of Ognina [on-yeen-na] in the province of Catania. The fish are stewed in a covered pot with oil, onion, garlic, potatoes, sprigs of lesser calamint and water. Eaten with toasted day-old bread. Sicily.” When you eat a dish like this, you’re eating Sicilian culture and history, the sweat of shepherds gathering lesser calamint in the hills, of fishermen catching bream, and of farmers digging potatoes.
are available online, and I’m going to try some. Another herb I’d never heard of before flipping through this book is orapa, known as Good King Henry in English. Orapa is a relative to quinoa and lambs-quarter, and is sometimes described as a perennial version of its close cousin spinach. In orapi e fagioli it’s cooked with beans, oil, garlic, and chili pepper, and served with pieces of bread and grated pecorino Romano cheese. It’s also eaten in frittatas. Since it does well in shade, Good King Henry sounds like a good candidate for a certain shaded dirt patch by our house. If we can get some going I’ll cook it with some pinto beans, and maybe some
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Black Cat Bake Shop 2000 West Broadway (next to Noodles Express) 542-9043 Come try Missoula’s newest coffee house & bakery. Try our signature buttery morning buns, scones, cinnamon rolls, huckleberry coffee cake, & organic artisan breads. We also offer a variety of cakes, French pastries, & full coffee menu. (Banquet room available for morning meetings.) Tues - Sat. $-$$ Blue Canyon Kitchen 3720 N. Reserve 541-BLUE (adjacent to the Hilton Garden Inn) www.bluecanyonrestaurant.com We offer creatively-prepared American cooking served in the comfortable elegance of their lodge restaurant featuring unique dining rooms. Kick back in the Tavern; relish the cowboy chic and culinary creations in the great room; visit with the chefs and dine in the kitchen or enjoy the fresh air on the
The Bridge Pizza Corner of S. 4th & S. Higgins Ave. 542-0002 A popular local eatery on Missoula’s Hip Strip. Featuring handcrafted artisan brick oven pizza, pasta, sandwiches, soups, & salads made with fresh, seasonal ingredients. Missoula’s place for pizza by the slice. A unique selection of regional microbrews and gourmet sodas. Dine-in, drive-thru, & delivery. Open everyday 11 to late. $-$$
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Butterfly Herbs 232 N. Higgins 728-8780 Celebrating 38 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. $
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Doc’s Gourmet Sandwiches 214 N. Higgins Ave. • 542-7414 Doc’s is an extremely popular gathering spot for diners who appreciate the great ambiance, personal service and generous sandwiches made with the freshest ingredients. Whether you’re heading out for a power lunch, meeting friends or family or just grabbing a quick takeout, Doc’s is always an excellent choice. Delivery service within a 3 mile radius. Family Dental Group Southgate Mall • 541-2886 What is the difference between a cleaning and scaling? A cleaning is for routine prevention and removes material at or above the gum line. Scaling goes below the gum line. This is treatment, not prevention because the materials that were above the gum line are now causing disease below the gum line and these materials have to be removed. Food For Thought 540 Daly Ave. • 721-6033 Missoula’s Original Coffeehouse/Cafe located across from the U of M campus. Serving breakfast and lunch seven days a week. Also serving cold sandwiches, soups, salads, with baked goods and an espresso bar till close. WE DELIVER On Campus & to the area between Beckwith, Higgins & 5th Street. Delivery hours: M-F 11-2. $-$$ Good Food Store 1600 South 3rd West • 541-FOOD Our Deli features all natural made-to-order sandwiches, soup & salad bar, olive & antipasto bar, fresh deli salads, hot entrees, rotisserie-roasted cage free chickens, fresh juice, smoothies, organic espresso and dessert. Enjoy your meal in our spacious seating area or at an outdoor table. Open every day 7am - 10pm $-$$
Iza Asian Restaurant 529 S. Higgins Ave. • 830-3237 www.izarestaurant.com All our menu items are made from scratch, featuring dishes from Thailand, Japan, Indonesia, Korea, Nepal, and Malaysia. Extensive tea menu. Missoula's Original Bubble Teas. Beer, Wine and Sake available. Join us in our Asian themed dining room for a wonderful IZA experience. Jazz Wednesdays starting at 7pm. Lunch 11:30-3:00, Happy Hour 3-6, Dinner 5 - close. $-$$ Jakers 3515 Brooks St. www.jakers.com Every occasion is a celebration at Jakers. Enjoy our two for one Happy Hour throughout the week in a fun, casual atmosphere. Hungry? Try our hand cut steaks, small plate menu and our vegetarian & gluten free entrees. For reservations or take out call 721-1312. $$-$$$ Korean Bar-B-Que & Sushi 3075 N. Reserve • 327-0731 We invite you to visit our contemporary Korean-Japanese restaurant and enjoy it’s warm atmosphere. Full Sushi Bar. Korean bar-b-que at your table. Beer and Wine. $$-$$$ Oil & Vinegar Southgate Mall • 549-7800 Mon.-Sat. 10:00 AM-9:00 PM Sun. 11:00 AM6:00 PM. With a visit to Oil & Vinegar, you will discover an international selection of over 40 estate-produced oils & vinegars suspended in glass amphora-shaped containers on a dramatic backlit wall. Guests can sample the varieties and select from various shapes & sizes of bottles to have filled with an “on-tap” product of choice.
Hob Nob on Higgins 531 S. Higgins • 541-4622 Come visit our friendly staff & experience Missoula’s best little breakfast & lunch spot. All our food is made from scratch, we feature homemade corn beef hash, sourdough pancakes, sandwiches, salads, espresso & desserts. We also offer catering. www.justinshobnobcafe.com MC/V $-$$
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. $-$$
Iron Horse Brew Pub 501 N. Higgins • 728-8866 www.ironhorsebrewpub.com We're the perfect place for lunch, appetizers, or dinner. Enjoy nightly specials, our fantastic beverage selection and friendly, attentive service. Chilly weather is here. Stop in, warm up, & stay awhile! No matter what you are looking for, we'll give you something to smile about. $$-$$$
Paul’s Pancake Parlor 2305 Brooks • 728-9071 (Tremper’s Shopping Center) Check out our home cooked lunch and dinner specials or try one of 17 varieties of pancakes. Our famous breakfast is served all day! Monday is all you can eat spaghetti for $8.50. Wednesday is turkey night with all of the trimmings for $7.75. Eat in or take-out. M-F 6am-7pm, Sat/Sun 7am-4pm. $–$$.
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HAPPIESTHOUR The Missoula Club Atmosphere: Arguably one of Missoula’s goto watering holes for University of Montana football fans, the Mo Club boasts wall upon wall of Griz memorabilia. No surprise really that the bar has inherited so much material; the Mo Club’s been around since 1890. If you want a spirited game day experience, or the chance to rub shoulders with past and present Griz players, this is the place to be. Who’s serving: Jace Palmer is a familiar face in these parts. Besides his Mo Club career, he played defensive end for the Griz from 2005 to 2009. He racked up 5.5 sacks and an interception in his final season, making him the perfect bartender for the regular lunch crowd of shop-talking football fans. What you’re drinking: “We’re pretty meat and potatoes around here,” Palmer says, noting that the bar doesn’t have any happy hour special. Nor, he adds, do they have much in the way of a specialty mixer. True to the football den feel, most folks drink bottled domestics from the old-school wood-and-glass cooler. The Mo Club was, however, among the first local bars to offer microbrews on tap back in the 1990s. If it’s a real cold one you’re looking for, it also has milkshakes for $4 and malts for $4.25. What you’re eating: The fabled Mo Club burger is a Missoula staple, with Independent
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readers consistently voting it the best in Missoula. This place cooks the onion right into the patty for extra flavor. And that special horseradish cheese? Don’t get us started. Claim to fame: Never mind the state big wigs like Gov. Brian Schweitzer and Sen. Jon Tester that occasionally stop in here. Back in summer 2008—when his wife Hillary was running for president—Bill Clinton made an unannounced appearance at the Mo Club. He tried the burger, but went with a beverage choice that must have puzzled regulars: a Diet Pepsi. Where to find it: 139 W. Main St., about half a block off Higgins. —Alex Sakariassen Happiest Hour celebrates western Montana watering holes. To recommend a bar, bartender or beverage for Happiest Hour, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Pearl Café & Bakery 231 E. Front St. • 541-0231 Country French specialties, bison, elk, trout, fresh fish daily, delicious salads and appetizers. Breads and desserts baked in house. Three course bistro menu with wine $30, Tues. Wed. Thurs. nights, November through March. Extensive wine list, 18 wines by the glass, local beers on draft. Reservations recommended for the warm and inviting dining areas. Go to our website Pearlcafe.us to check out nightly specials and bistro menus, make reservations or buy gift certificates. Open Mon-Sat at 5:00. $$-$$$ 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 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-Sun 5:00-Close. Beer and Wine available. $$-$$$ 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 international & Irish pub fare as well as locally produced specials. FULL BAR, BEER, WINE, MARTINIS. $-$$ NOT JUST SUSHI Sushi Hana Downtown offering a new idea for your dining experience. Meat, poultry, vegetables and grain are a large part of Japanese cuisine. We also love our fried comfort food too. Open 7 days a week for Lunch and Dinner. Corner of Pine & Higgins. 549-7979. $$–$$$ Ten Spoon Vineyard + Winery 4175 Rattlesnake Drive • 549-8703 www.tenspoon.com Made in Montana, award-winning organic
wines, no added sulfites. Tasting hours: Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, 5 to 9 pm. Soak in the harvest sunshine with a view of the vineyard, or cozy up with a glass of wine inside the winery. Wine sold by the flight or glass. Bottles sold to take home or to ship to friends and relatives. $$ 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!! Sun Wed 8-3pm, Thurs - Sat 8-8pm $-$$ Westside Lanes 1615 Wyoming • 721-5263 Visit us for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner served 8 AM to 9 PM. Try our homemade soups, pizzas, and specials. We serve 100% Angus beef and use fryer oil with zero trans fats, so visit us any time for great food and good fun. $-$$
BITTERROOT Burger Shack 205 Main St., Stevensville 777-2370 Come take a bite out of our 1/2 pound big & beefy burgers. The only burger joint in Missoula and the Bitterroot serving 100% Certified Angus Beef, hand pattied, charbroiled and made to order. We have over a dozen mouth watering specialty burgers to choose from, like the Inside Out, stuffed with creamy gorgonzola cheese and fresh chopped bacon. Or the Philly Cheesesteak made with 100% Certified Angus top sirloin - touted to be the best outside of Philly! It's not just a burger, it's a destination. The Burger Shack is open Monday - Saturday, 11:00am to 8:00pm. Also serving beer & wine. Orders to go 7772370. $-$$ Spice of Life 163 S. 2nd St., Hamilton • 363-4433 Spice of Life welcomes you to the Bitterroot’s best locavore dining experience. Serving up fresh and fun food in a conscientious manner. For lunch try one of our hand made burgers from Lolo Locker or one of our fabulous fresh salads. Dinner selections include natural beef which contains no growth hormones or antibiotics ever, sustainable seafood selections and pasta dishes made from Montana wheat from Pasta Montana. Quench your thirst with beer from right here in Hamilton or try one of our reasonably priced yet fantastic wine selections. Children’s menu available. No reservations. So come as you are to Spice of Life! 163 S 2nd St. Hamilton, MT. Lunch: Mon - Fri 11:00 to 2:00 Dinner: Wed - Sat 5:00 to 9:00. 363-4433.
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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. End your afternoon with a fine glass of fermented grape juice when the Missoula Winery hosts its tasting room from 4–7 PM at the winery, 5646 W. Harrier. Free to attend, but the wine costs you. Call 830-3296 and visit missoulawinery.com. UM’s Dance Program presents an informal showing of Susan Marshall & Company’s Cloudless Suites, plus a new work in progress by company member Luke Miller, from 2–4 PM in Room 005 of UM’s PARTV Center. Free. Call 243-2832.
nightlife Sip on some well fermented spirits when Ten Spoon Vineyard and Winery hosts its wine tasting room, which runs from 5–9 PM, with last call at 8:30 PM, at the winery, 4175 Rattlesnake Drive. Free to attend, but the wine costs you. Call 549-8703. Raise your glass in honor of the Missoula Art Museum’s 39th Benefit Auction Exhibition during Artini: Art & Soul, which runs from 5:30–9 PM at the museum, 335 N. Pattee St., and features 102 works of art on display, a panel discussion on contemporary art at 6 PM from Karen Shimoda, Matt Hamon and Gretel Stoudt, plus music by Pterodactyl Plains and Churchmouse, and an art project with Josh Quick. Free. Call 728-0447 and visit missoulaartmuseum.org. John Floridis halts the impending war on flouride and Florida when the singer/ songwriter plays at 6 PM at the Bitter Root Brewery, 101 Marcus St. in Hamilton. Free. Call 363-PINT.
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The Montana Actors’ Theatre presents a performance of Larke Schuldberg’s play Sound of Planes at the Crystal Theatre, 515 S. Higgins Ave., on Fri., Jan. 21, at 7:30 PM. $15/$7.50 students. A gala performance occurs Jan. 22 at 6:30 PM, and nightly performances continue Jan. 26–29 and Feb. 2–5 at 7:30 PM. Visit mtactors.com.
Butter up your folk biscuits when locals Butter plays indie folk during the Top Hat’s “Artists-InResidence” family-friendly concert series every Thu. this month from 6–8 PM. Free. Families First presents the talk “Big Brains, Bad Grades: Understanding Underachievement,” which meets at 6:30 PM at Chief Charlo Elementary School, 5600 Longview Drive. Free. Call 721-7690 and visit familiesfirstmontana.org. Take some time out to care for yourself when The Women’s Club, 2105 Bow St., hosts a free self-care workshop, starting at 6:30 PM. Free. Call 728-4410. Get your literary fix during the Missoula Public Library’s Third Thursday Book
Group, which meets to discuss The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon, starting at 7 PM at the library, 301 E. Main St. Free. Call 721-BOOK. Leisure suit plus beer goggles not required: Trivial Beersuit, Missoula’s newest trivia night for the layperson, begins with sign ups at 7:30 PM and trivia shortly thereafter at the Brooks and Browns Lounge, at the Holiday Inn–Downtown at the Park, 200 S. Pattee St. Free. Includes prizes like a $50 bar tab, and trivia categories that change weekly. E-mail Katie at email@example.com. Bowling and karaoke go together like nihilists and crude coated candy bars during Solid Sound Karaoke at Westside Lanes at 8:30 PM. Free. Call 541-SING.
Join several hundred people and revel in the glory of debauchery when cheap well drinks and laptop-fueled hip hop, electronic, pop and mashed-up tunes hit the Badlander every week when Dead Hipster DJ Night gets booties bumpin’ at 9 PM. $3. Women give a thumbs up to spirits during Ladies’ Night at the Silver Slipper Sports Bar and Grill, 4063 Hwy. 93 S., which features half-off drinks for women and occurs this and end your event info by 5 PM on Fri., Jan. 21, 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.
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every Thu. starting at 9 PM at the bar. Free. Call 251-5402. Work your mind and your tentacles on the dance floor during Synergy in the Zoo!, a DJ night presented by the folks that brought you the Synergy Music Gathering featuring an array of electronic styles from Mirror Minds, Rustallion, 35th Octave & Uttara Praana, Dagga and Logistalone, starting at 9 PM at the Palace. Free. Also includes visuals by Kameon/Flowfiles. Save a spot in your sleeping bag for the afterparty when the UF Okies play the Sunrise Saloon & Casino, 1100 block of Strand Ave., at 9 PM. Free. Call 728-1559. Women celebrate their womanhood with cheap libations and a bit of karaoke during ladies’ night and live karaoke with Party Trained at Harry David’s Bar, 2700 Paxson St. Ste. H, this and every Thu. at 9:30 PM. Free to attend. Call 830-3277. Put your jazz hands up for Haiti during a Haiti Benefit Concert with music by Jazz Exposure, which begins at the Top Hat at 10 PM. Cost TBA. Cross your karaoke sword with others during Combat DJ and Karaoke nights, this and every Thu. at the Press Box, 835 E. Broadway St., at 10 PM. Free. Nate Hegyi, lead singer/songwriter of Wartime Blues, keeps the folk and Americana flowing free when he plays with a rotating cast of friends this and every other Thu. at the Old Post, 103 W. Spruce St., at 10 PM. Free.
Families can get help narrowing their search for quality child care, and find out if they qualify for assistance, with Child Care Assistance, which is offered by Child Care Resources from 8 AM–5 PM Mon.-Fri. at its office, on the lower level of 105 E. Pine St. Free. Call 728-6446 and visit childcareresources.org. Head down to Break Espresso, 432 N. Higgins Ave., every Fri. to catch a “Clarity Book Meeting with Great Freedom/Balanced View: Clarity in Everyday Life,” which begins at 10 AM. Free. Visit greatfreedom.org for more info.
The Missoula Public Library hosts a preschool storytime geared toward children 3–6 years old every Fri. at 10:30 AM. This week, The Mane Squeeze by Shelly Laurenston. Just kidding. (Did I need to tell you that?) Free. Call 721-BOOK. Families First presents the program “Pizza for Parents,” a lunchtime chat for parents with free pizza that this week features the topic “What is Self-Esteem?” and begins at 11:30 AM at Lewis & Clark Elementary School, 2901 Park St. Free. Call 721-7690 to register. Do your part to help run an important cultural festival by becoming a volunteer for the 2011 Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, which occurs Feb. 11–20 at the Wilma Theatre. Visit bigskyfilmfest.org/bsdff/festival/volunteers for a list of volunteer positions, and more info. E-mail email@example.com with questions. Southgate Mall, 2901 Brooks St., hosts “Give Kids a Smile Day,” an event where local volunteer dentists from the Montana Dental Society offer free dental screenings and dental work to low-income children, from 4:30–6 PM. Screenings will occur in the mall’s community room, located in the corridor near PetStop. Call 549-2778.
nightlife Say howdy to your aesthetically inclined neighbors when The Sandpiper Art Gallery, 306 Main St. in Polson, presents an opening reception for Welcome Neighbors!, an exhibit featuring work by members of the Hot Springs Artist Society, with the opening from 5–7 PM. Free. Visit sandpiperartgallery.com. Slip something stringy into your night when Nate Biehl and Caroline Keys of Broken Valley Roadshow play acoustic and electric instruments, perhaps with a drum machine, during the Top Hat’s “Family Friendly Friday” concert series, from 6–8 PM. Free, all ages. Just say yes to the grape juice mafia when Richie Reinholdt performs at the Ten Spoon Winery, 4175 Rattlesnake Drive, at 6 PM. Free. Call 549-8703. Party down when the Montana Repertory Theatre presents The Blue Dragon Gala, an opening night party for the Rep’s performance of Willian Inge’s Bus Stop that begins at 6:30 PM in the lobby of UM’s PARTV Center with appetizers and cocktails, followed by the
performance at 7:30 in the Montana Theatre. Then, you’ll head back to the lobby for music by Full Grown Men and a performance by aerialist Holly Rollins. $30 for the entire night. Call 243-6809 to RSVP, or visit montanarep.org to purchase tickets online. (See Spotlight in this issue.) You’re a cheap date, not a cheapskate: The Missoula Public Library hosts another installment of its cheap date movie night, which screens Salt at 7 PM at the library, 301 E. Main St. Free. Enter from the parking lot side of the building. Call 721-BOOK and visit missoulapubliclibrary.org. Witness the talents of a piano tickling master when pianist Bill Charlap performs as The Bill Charlap Trio, starting at 7 PM at DalyJazz, 240 Daly Ave. $45. Reservations required by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit dalyjazz.com. Soak up a poignant play about a girl who goes to Berlin to live with her aunt, after a car crash kills her parents, when the Montana Actors’ Theatre presents a performance of Larke Schuldberg’s play Sound of Planes, at 7:30 PM at the Crystal Theatre, 515 S. Higgins Ave. $15/$7.50 for students at the box office only. Visit mtactors.com for tickets. Witness the life of infamous Nigerian artist and activist Fela Anikulapo Kuti with a mix of dance, theater and music when Morris Productions presents an encore screening of the National Theatre Live’s performance of Fela!, starting at 7:30 PM at the Roxy Theater, 718 S. Higgins Ave. $16/$14 seniors/$11 students. Get tickets at Rockin Rudy’s and online at morrisproductions.org. Jazz it up for UM’s Jazz Program when it hosts its “Quick Draw” Fundraiser, which features art that will be created on site by several artists, plus music by the UM Combo I and UM Jazz Band I, with the music starting at 7:30 PM, followed by a live auction for the art at 9, all at St. Anthony Parish, 217 Tremont St. $10/$5 students and seniors. A silent auction for other artworks occurs throughout the night. Call 243-5071. Laugh it up with a play that combines British wit with a story about a town in Japan and the affairs of its citizens when the MCT Community Theatre presents a performance of The Mikado, at 8 PM at the MCT Center for the Performing Arts, 200 N. Adams St. $20. Call 728-PLAY or visit mctinc.org for tickets. Soothe your aching paws with the smooth
plucking of Trapline, which plays folk and bluegrass at 8 PM at the Symes Hotel, 209 Wall St. in Hot Springs. No cover, but pass-thehat donations welcome. Call 741-2361. When Copper Was King doesn’t want you to stop believing in that coppery feeling when it plays reggae with funk and soul elements, starting at 8 PM at the Missoula Winery, 5646 W. Harrier. $7. DJ Kris Moon also plays. Drain the ooze out of your sneakers when Party Trained rocks your toes with a variety of tunes at 8 PM at the Eagles Lodge, 2420 South Ave. W. Free. Be thankful 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. 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. 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. Belt out a few bars of somethin’ sweet at Karaoke by Figmo at Jokers Wild Bar and Restaurant, 4829 N. Reserve St., which features “Brain Strain” trivia and “Scaryoke Karaoke” and begins at 9 PM. Free. Spit the grit out of your mouth and feel the bass vibes in your thighs when San Jose’s NiT GRiT plays dubstep at 9 PM at the Badlander. $5/$10 for those under age 21. Portland’s Enzymes and locals Lui and Ebola Syndrome open. (See Noise in this issue.) House of Quist snaps your gingersnaps with a hearty helping of rock when it plays with openers Victory Smokes and Treehouse, at 9 PM at the Palace. $5. Enjoy a shred-a-riffic snowboard movie and a band that blends up hip-hop, jazz and neo-soul when the Top Hat hosts a set by Boulder, Colo.’s Salem, along with a premiere screening of the film Tailgate Alaska, starting at 9:30 PM. $7. I’ll show you my vulcan grip if you show me your version of the sip and dip when Zeppo MT plays the Union Club at 9:30 PM. Free. Scratch your way to the top of the social ladder when The Tom Cats play classic rock hits at 9:30 PM at Harry Davids, 2700 Paxson St. Ste. H. $2.
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Gyrate that pelvis like you mean it when Zoo City plays smokin’ hot rock at 9:30 PM at the High Spirits Club & Casino in Florence, 5341 Hwy. 93 N. Free. Call 273-9992. Stick that flea collar on the man just ‘cause you can when Blue Collar plays at 9:30 PM at the Sunrise Salon & Casino, 1100 block of Strand Ave. Free. Call 728-1559. Don’t be a born-again shame monger when No Shame plays rock at 9:30 PM at The Dark Horse, 1805 Regent St. Free. Call 728-1559. 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.
Those suffering from illness or loss can find solace during one of Living Art Montana’s Creativity for Life workshops at the Missoula Public Library, 301 E. Main St., at 10:30 AM. This week features the program “Paper Silhouettes” with Beth Jaffe. Free, but donations are appreciated but not expected. Register by calling 5495329 or visit livingartofmontana.org. Habitat for Humanity of Missoula announces that its dedicating its 42nd home in Missoula from 10:30 AM–noon at 4206 Deveraux Place, in the Windsor Park subdivision. Free. Call 549-8210. 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. Travelers’ Rest State Park, one half-mile west of Lolo on Hwy. 12,
presents a talk with Salish and Kootenai tribal member Tim Ryan on geological events that are referenced in Salish mythology starting at 11 AM at the Holt Museum and Visitor Center at the park. $3 per adult/free for children under age 18 and all current Travelers’ Rest Preservation and Heritage Association members. Visit travelersrest.org or call 273-4253. Tile it up when the Missoula Urban Demonstration Project (MUD), 629 Phillips St., presents its “Basic Bathroom Tiling” workshop, which meets from noon–3 PM. $20/$10 members. Call 721-7513 to RSVP and visit mudproject.org. Laugh it up with a play that combines British wit with a story about a town in Japan and the affairs of its citizens when the MCT Community Theatre presents a performance of The Mikado, at 2 PM at the MCT Center for the Performing Arts, 200 N. Adams St. $16. Call 728-PLAY or visit mctinc.org for tickets.
nightlife Sip on some well fermented spirits when Ten Spoon Vineyard and Winery hosts its wine tasting room, which runs from 5–9 PM, with last call at 8:30 PM, at the winery, 4175 Rattlesnake Drive. Free to attend, but the wine costs you. Call 549-8703. Put your horns down and your smiley face on when singer/songwriter John Floridis plays the Blacksmith Brewery, 114 Main St. in Stevensville, at 5:30 PM. Free. Call 777-0608. Quit dancing with scissors and rock out to a rock band with a psychedelic influence when Voodoo Horseshoes plays a CD release party at 6 PM at the Bitter Root Brewery, 101 Marcus St. in Hamilton. Free. Call 363-PINT. (See Noise in this issue.) Soak up a poignant play about a girl who goes to Berlin to live with her aunt, after a car crash kills her parents, when the Montana Actors’
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