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Vol. 20, No. 28 • July 9–July 16, 2009

Western Montana’s Weekly Journal of People, Politics and Culture


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Vol. 20, No. 28 • July 9–July 16, 2009

Western Montana’s Weekly Journal of People, Politics and Culture


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nside Cover Story The Independent’s 15th annual Best of Missoula issue features 160 winners—plus some staff picks—and stretches across 96 pages, making it the largest single issue in the paper’s history. That’s a lot of work—for you to read, we mean—so we plan to celebrate with a huge Cover illustrated by Kou Moua bash at Caras Park on July 9. Meet us at 5:30 p.m. for music from Secret Powers and Tom Catmull and the Clerics, food, drinks and maybe a few rounds on the mechanical surfboard. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12

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Letters More Huey and less Rehberg . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 The Week in Review Schweitzer nets a big fish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Briefs Cell phone crash, MERLIN mayhem and NIMBY concerns . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Etc. The Bitterroot National Forest embraces Twitter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Ochenski New hires at Fish, Wildlife and Parks raise concerns . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Writers on the Range Appreciating the finer parts of Amtrak travel . . . . . . . . . 9 Agenda Building up “Canstruction” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10

Arts & Entertainment

Flash in the Pan Locavore litmus test . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66 8 Days a Week The bestest week yet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67 Mountain High Comrade Calendar bids adieu . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75 Scope The National Folk Festival returns with an edge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 78 Books Violence begets grace in Burke’s Rain Gods . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 79 Books Matters of the heart find Canty at his best . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 80 Also Playing Allen’s Whatever mostly works. Plus: Moon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 81 Movie Shorts Independent takes on current films . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 82

Exclusives Street Talk . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 In Other News . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Independent Personals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 83 The Advice Goddess . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 83 Free Will Astrolog y. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 84 Classifieds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 85 Crossword Puzzle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 89 This Modern World. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 84

PUBLISHER Matt Gibson GENERAL MANAGER Lynne Foland EDITOR Skylar Browning ADVERTISING DIRECTOR Peter Kearns PRODUCTION DIRECTOR Joe Weston CIRCULATION & BUSINESS MANAGER Adrian Vatoussis ARTS EDITOR Erika Fredrickson PHOTO EDITOR Chad Harder CALENDAR EDITOR Jonas Ehudin STAFF REPORTERS Jesse Froehling, Matthew Frank, Alex Sakariassen COPY EDITORS Samantha Dwyer, David Merrill EDITORIAL INTERN Megan Gyermek ART DIRECTOR Kou Moua PRODUCTION ASSISTANTS Jenn Stewart, Jonathan Marquis ADVERTISING REPRESENTATIVES Carolyn Bartlett, Steven Kirst, Chris Melton, Hannah Smith, Scott Woodall CLASSIFIED ADVERTISING MANAGER Miriam Mick CLASSIFIED ADVERTISING REPRESENTATIVE Tami Johnson FRONT DESK Lorie Rustvold CONTRIBUTORS Ari LeVaux, George Ochenski, Nick Davis, Andy Smetanka, Jay Stevens, Jennifer Savage, Caitlin Copple, Chris LaTray, Ednor Therriault, Jessie McQuillan, Brad Tyer, Katie Kane

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STREET TALK

Inside Letters Briefs Ochenski Range Agenda News Quirks by Chad Harder

Asked Monday afternoon on North Higgins Avenue in downtown Missoula.

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This week the Independent celebrates Missoula’s best with our annual Best of Missoula issue. What’s the single best thing about living in Missoula for you? Follow -up: This issue is the biggest in the history of the paper, and our feature showcases winners in 160 different categories. But what’s one category you feel is missing from our list?

C h r i s t i n e A h l i n : I guess I’d have to say the live music. I’m in the band TSMF, and I play bass, and I just love all my musician friends in Missoula. They’re just great. Ro c k C i t y : Best Outdoor Venue for a Concert. We just played an outdoor show in Red Lodge and it was fun, although I really enjoy playing indoors, as well.

J a s o n J e f f r i e s : The best part of living in Missoula is the wonderful atmosphere—the trees, the clouds, the sky, and how it all fits together. Everything matches. Up w i t h p a r k s : You should have the Best Outdoor Fun Spot. I’d like to learn more about the parks, like Greenough, or other out-of-town spots. I mean, I’ve never even been to Greenough Park, and I think a lot of people don’t go to parks because they just don’t know they’re there. A d a m R i s s i e n : The best part of living in Missoula is just walking out your front door. I mean, you’ve got mountains, rivers and anytime of year you can find something fun to do— unless you’re just bent on hiding in your cave. H i k i n g g e m s : You should include the Best Non-Motorized Trail That’s Not Yet Designated Non-Motorized. The best in that category would be trail #313, the Sapphire Crest trail. Its not designated, but let’s make it that way.

Thank you for printing a balanced article about Huey Lewis and the Mitchell Slough debate (see “Deep cut,” June 18, 2009). Huey Lewis certainly is a gracious and generous man, a good steward of his land and an asset to our community. Mark Jergens Victor

Heating up Congressman Denny Rehberg missed a historic opportunity recently when he voted against the American Clean Energy and Security Act, which will re-power America and Montana with clean, renewable energy (see “Up in smoke,” June 4, 2009). America’s reliance on fossil fuels is draining our economy, threatening our security, destroying our environment, contributing to global warming pollution and putting our planet and future generations in peril. We cannot stay on this course. Fortunately, we have the tools, technology and American ingenuity to create a better future. We can live and work in buildings that use just a small fraction of the energy we use today. We can harness the power of the wind and sun. We can travel on high-speed rail systems and in American-made plug-in hybrid cars that get 100 miles to the gallon or more. All of this is within reach thanks to members of the U.S. House of Representatives who supported the historic American Clean Energy and Security Act. This bill creates a framework for moving toward a clean energy economy. Rehberg’s vote against the bill is very disappointing though now the action moves to the Senate. The Senate must strengthen and pass the bill in order to deliver on the promise of clean energy, recharge our economy and stop global warming before it’s too late. Sens. Baucus and Tester must support the American Clean Energy and Security Act. Melissa Cubria Environment Montana Missoula

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Eliza Gennings: The people. They’re a big part of why I stayed here after college. I mean, you really meet a lot of interesting people that come through town. Step right up: You need a Best Open Mic Night. Sean Kelly’s would win, because they have such a variety of music. And although anybody can sign up, they still have high quality performers.

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I am not a citizen of Montana, but Sen. Max Baucus, as the chair of the Senate Finance Committee, has extended his constituency to include all citizens of the United States of America. As such, I am writing you with a few questions/comments that I feel must be addressed.

I understand that Baucus received $1,826,652 from the health care and pharmaceutical industries during his 2008 senatorial campaign. I also discovered that Baucus received 345,937 votes, representative of well over 70 percent of the popular vote cast in Montana in the 2008 election. This works out to be $5.28 per vote, a bargain at twice the price. While it is a well-known fact that Baucus is ignoring the sizable majority of American citizens’ desire for a public health care insurance option in

America’s “ reliance on fossil fuels is draining our economy, threatening our security, destroying our environment, contributing to global warming pollution and putting our planet and future generations in peril. We cannot stay on this

course.

upcoming health care reform legislation, does Baucus’ blind eye extend to the desires of the majority of the citizens of Montana? Is there any recent statewide polling that has occurred in the state of Montana to indicate Montanan’s wishes regarding a public health care insurance option? I ask these questions because I count myself among the majority of

American citizens who strongly believe a public health care insurance option is a necessity in order to force the private health care insurance industry, the pharmaceutical industry and the health care industry overall, to become truly competitive so as to lower health care insurance premiums and reduce the dubious coverage now in place. I hope you can answer these questions soon. Should Baucus be found to be on the leash of the insurance and pharmaceutical lobbyists and ignoring his immediate constituents as much as he is ignoring his national constituents, he should be made to honor the moral obligation to obey the wishes of those who voted for him and, in so doing, placed their trust in him to represent their wishes in Washington. F. Wayne White Jefferson City, Missouri

Freedom fighter The Congressional Budget Office has said the proposed government takeover of health care could cost $1.6 trillion. Other estimates put the cost much higher. Various officials have proposed raising taxes on soda and alcohol, a higher payroll tax, taxing current employer-provided health plans, and even a new national sales tax to fund this massive government program. Do you support any of these middle-class tax hikes to fund government-run health care? If not, how would you pay for it? Under Obama’s plan, can you guarantee that I would get to keep my current health care plan and doctor? President Obama himself has actually said both “yes” and “no” to this question. Provisions in the Obama plan call for “comparative effectiveness research” to be used to decrease costs. “Savings” are achieved by denying treatments based on criteria such as cost, a patient’s health and/or a patient’s age. Isn’t this health care rationing? Can you guarantee that a new government plan will not deny care to individuals in order to control costs? This past Independence Day served as a time to remember who we are as a people, and what makes us special: our freedom. Let’s re-dedicate ourselves to that principle and work together to defend our freedom by derailing the plan to give the federal government control over our health care. John Rigter Richland

etters Policy: The Missoula Independent welcomes hate mail, love letters and general correspondence. Letters to the editor must include the writer’s full name, address and daytime phone number for confirmation, though we’ll publish only your name and city. Anonymous letters will not be considered for publication. Preference is given to letters addressing the contents of the Independent. We reserve the right to edit letters for space and clarity. Send correspondence to: Letters to the Editor, Missoula Independent, 317 S. Orange St., Missoula, MT 59801, or via e-mail: editor@missoulanews.com.

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• Wednesday, July 1

News Quirks by Chad Harder

Missoula’s new ban on text messaging while driving or biking goes into effect. Under the new legislation, police will patrol at their own discretion for violators and are allowed to pull over anyone they assume is texting. First offense fines start at $100 and run as high as $500.

• Thursday, July 2 On the deadline day to file for city elections, Roy Houseman Jr., a millworker at Smurfit-Stone and president of United Steelworkers Local 885, announces he’ll challenge John Hendrickson for Missoula City Council in Ward 2. No one files to run against Councilman Jon Wilkins in Ward 4, or against Mayor John Engen.

• Friday, July 3 Gov. Brian Schweitzer, having just floated the confluence of the Clark Fork and Blackfoot rivers, hangs out at East Missoula’s Sha-Ron fishing access site in a fishing shirt and swim trunks. The governor claims he caught an 18-inch cutthroat trout while floating a section of the river where the Milltown Dam once stood.

• Saturday, July 4 On a particularly dangerous Fourth of July, 8-yearold Jasmine Flankey of Missoula dies after being electrocuted by an air-conditioning unit while watching the city’s fireworks display on a church roof. Travis Wickum of Whitefish, 27, dies in a boating accident on Flathead Lake.

• Sunday, July 5 The Missoula Osprey stage a furious ninth inning rally in Billings, scoring four runs in the last frame, but still fall to the Mustangs, 8-7. Third-round draft pick Keon Broxton does his best to help the Osprey, hitting his third homer of the season and scoring three runs in the game.

• Monday, July 6 In response to Billings Gazette columnist Ed Kemmick’s in-depth questioning of the Montana Meth Project’s success, the organization issues a statement admonishing Kemmick’s reporting. We empathize with Kemmick considering the Indy published an award-winning story on the same topic in 2007 that also ticked off the organization.

• Tuesday, July 7 The Missoula County Sheriff’s Office asks for any information on a Missoula man who went missing Monday night. Lee Richard Sells, 28, went for an evening drive and never returned, according to Sheriff Mike McMeekin. Deputies recovered his car east of Missoula late Monday night, but Sells was still not accounted for.

Congratulations, Hollie & Roger!

Ray Risho speaks to more than 150 people rallying Tuesday afternoon in Caras Park to support the people of Iran in their fight for a free and democratic society. Others may have already said it, says Risho, but “you have to speak your mind when the moment comes.”

Motor Vehicles

County refuses to pay When Missoula County Treasurer Vickie Zeier told the Independent in early June that it was going to be a long summer for the Motor Vehicle Division, she wasn’t kidding. The department continues to have problems with its new title and registration system—dubbed MERLIN— and those problems are now generating friction between Missoula and the state. According to Larry Fasbender, deputy director at the Department of Justice, Missoula County owes the state office nearly $1.7 million in vehicle registration payments. The state was hoping to get the money by fiscal year end, but that date has come and gone and still no check. “The concern of the state, of course, is those moneys go into a short-term investment program,” Fasbender says. “The money generated from those is partly what helps support the state.” Zeier says it’s not her fault. She’s been unable to pay the state since MERLIN went live on April 1 largely because of discrepancies between the state’s transaction report and the county’s records.

“We’ve been on MERLIN since April 1, and we haven’t been able to balance April or May,” Zeier says. “The state hasn’t received moneys from Missoula County for those months because we can’t balance.” Zeier and Kim Seeberger, her chief deputy treasurer, recently attempted to reconcile numbers for one week in April, but the numbers didn’t match. So far the closest they’ve come to a balanced report is still $200 off. Fasbender says other counties found similar discrepancies, but most agreed to pay now and reconcile numbers later. The fact that Zeier still hasn’t paid is creating a problem. Last Tuesday, Fasbender told her he’d send a state patrol officer to collect a check for April and May. Zeier said she wouldn’t hand over a check if they did and the state backed off. Simply put, Zeier flat-out refuses to hand over any money until she knows exactly how much Missoula County owes the state. She says she’s only trying to do her job as an elected official. “As county treasurer,” she says, “I’m not going to send them money when I don’t know what I should send.” Alex Sakariassen

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Planning problems persist Jeff Harris, director of the Flathead County Planning & Zoning office, finds himself under siege by a small but vocal group of property rights advocates who last week submitted a petition to the county commission to have him ousted. Their claim: Harris’ office violated laws in the drafting of neighborhood plans in Lakeside and Somers. “Whatever they can do to disrupt those processes they’re trying to do, including making allegations and accusations at the planning office and myself,” Harris says. The group, American Dream Montana, staunchly opposes “smart growth,” which its website describes as a “destructive social (or socialist) experiment.” At a June 29 meeting, the group gathered more than 100 signatures on a petition calling for Harris to be suspended without pay until an independent investigation can determine whether the planning office acted outside of local and state laws. “The county and the county attorney’s office has condoned secret meetings, secret websites,


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in which a lot of decisions were being made in regards to peoples’ private property and how it could or could not be used,” claims Russ Crowder, head of American Dream Montana and a Marion resident. “I think that’s probably the most egregious [example].” Crowder adds that he’s circulating the petition to “get the county to get back to the rule of law when it comes to land-use matters.” The effort comes after a June 15 planning meeting in Somers that turned contentious. Sheriff ’s deputies were called in after planning opponents become rowdy, interrupting Harris’s presentation by shouting profanities. According to Harris, the vocal opponents’ understanding of property rights “is something to the effect that everybody should be able to do whatever they want on their property without regard to neighbors or anything else. We don’t take that view. We take a more balanced property rights view.” Next week, Harris expects to submit to Flathead County Commissioners a written response to the accusations. “If there are legitimate issues raised, we’ll address those and we’ll adjust,” Harris says. “If the accusation is a half-truth, if it’s misleading entirely, I’m obligated to point those things out. There was a whole lot of stuff thrown on the wall, and they’re hoping something will stick.” The commissioners will decide what sticks—if anything—in the coming weeks. Chairman Dale Lauman, for one, thinks an independent investigation seems appropriate. But he says he and the other commissioners haven’t discussed suspending Harris. Matthew Frank

Cell Phones

Mayor defends veto A June 29 auto accident that killed Lyle Bagnell, the longtime voice of Frenchtown football, sparked an impromptu reevaluation of Missoula Mayor John Engen’s partial veto of the city’s cell phone ordinance. The crash, which is still under investigation, occurred on Highway 93 near Arlee in Lake County. According to Bagnell’s family, the beloved announcer died after a car driving in the opposite direction crossed the center line and collided with Bagnell’s vehicle. Bagnell’s niece, Missoula County resident Kim Bagnell, says information provided to her by responding officers suggests the other driver may have been distracted by talking on a cell phone.

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Armed with that information, Kim Bagnell issued an emotional plea at the July 1 Missoula County Commissioner’s meeting asking that the group consider a county-wide cell phone ban for drivers. Since Missoula County is not a self-governing entity, the commissioners pointed her to Missoula’s City Council. “I don’t know if you’re aware that Missoula city basically tried to pass a cell phone ordinance and it failed,” Commissioner Michele Landquist told Bagnell at the meeting. “It got vetoed.” Unprovoked, Landquist added that she thought it didn’t pass for political reasons. “It’s

an election year,” Landquist said. “I’m going to call it like I see it.” Engen, who is running unopposed in the upcoming election, heard about the exchange and wrote a letter to Bagnell explaining his veto. “This decision was based on my belief that the ordinance as written would not have prevented a single accident or saved a single life,” he wrote. “That belief is unchanged.” Landquist backed away from her earlier comments when contacted by the Independent this week. “That was something I just threw out,” she says. “[Kim Bagnell] wanted answers. It was spur of the moment, off the cuff and I probably shouldn’t have said it, but people around me have thrown that out.” Landquist went on to say she believed Engen’s letter was “well thought out” and commended the mayor’s thoroughness in making decisions. Kim Bagnell, meanwhile, intends to take her fight for a cell phone ordinance to the Montana Legislature in 2011. Jesse Froehling

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Ryan Creek

New venue, old hurdles Ryan Creek Meadows, the newly announced outdoor venue east of Missoula, could face larger hurdles than attracting concert promoters. Development at the location has a history of generating backlash, and plans for an expansive subdivision there are currently hung up in Granite County District Court. In 2007, Granite County commissioners denied landowner Toby Hansen’s request to build a 500-lot subdivision along Interstate 90 near Beavertail Hill. Hansen countered the county’s decision with a lawsuit and the subdivision’s future awaits ruling from Judge Ray Dayton. The commission said there were several reasons for the denial, but would not comment further due to continued court proceedings. Hansen says he still hopes to build the subdivision, which includes housing for first-time homebuyers and possible small-scale commercial development in the Ryan Creek neighborhood. He planned all along to use an amphitheater as a draw for potential homeowners. Hansen’s concert venue has yet to stir a public outcry among neighbors, even after the announcement of a second concert on September 23 with Michael Franti and Spearhead. Hansen’s wife, Keli, went door-todoor in the area last week to address initial complaints and supply residents with her contact information. Keli says the dominant reaction was one of indifference, but resident Christine Oschell has a different take. “I can’t fault them for what they’re doing,” Oschell says, “but I’m not happy about it. They want to make it pretty big and there’s only one road going in and out of here.” Oschell says her concerns over the venue are the same as her past concerns over a subdivision. “I don’t think it’s appropriate,” Oschell says. “The infrastructure isn’t here.” More than anything, Oschell says she feels powerless in the development of Ryan Creek Meadows. She has nothing personal against the Hansens—Keli gave Oschell two free Mudvayne tickets—but Oschell still doesn’t think the venue is a good idea. “I don’t think anyone really is [happy], but I don’t think anybody really has any kind of outlet for it,” she says. Alex Sakariassen

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People who attended a live satellite feed of Michael Jackson’s star-studded memorial service at Missoula’s Carmike 10. The cinema chain offered seats free of charge to the first 185 in attendance. An estimated 1.6 million fans requested tickets to the actual July 7 event in Los Angeles.

etc. Just over a year ago, the Mars Phoenix Lander blanketed Earth’s social networking system, Twitter, with one simple but historic sentence: “We have ice.” The message was quaint, like a note passed from WALL-E to the world during sixth grade math. Now the Bitterroot National Forest is hoping to follow the Lander’s lead. Last Thursday morning there was a large snowdrift blocking Magruder Road approximately 1.3 miles beyond Observation Point. How did we know? A little blue bird told us. The Bitterroot National Forest became the latest victim of the Twitter pandemic a few weeks ago, signaling that, indeed, every single entity in the world is tweeting these days. (Incidentally, you can follow the Indy at Missoula_Indy.) So far, the forest has gained 39 followers and tweeted about road closures and public events. We have no problem embracing the latest Digital Age kitsch, but we do wonder what value it adds to the Bitterroot National Forest. Emergency Food and Drug Administration recalls make sense, but what can a 140-character message possibly add to the Forest Service’s existing arsenal of websites, press releases and public meetings? Nan Christianson, the Bitterroot’s public affairs officer, says the agency hopes to reach a younger breed of wilderness users by taking information to their digital stomping ground. A valiant end-goal, true, but so far most tweets have had the feel of watching grass grow. How announcing a KPAX feature on bitterroot flowers in bloom will beckon young, connection-obsessed Twitterers away from their Facebook pages is beyond us. Christianson says there’s potential for Twitter on the wildfire front as well. The network can easily spread news from the Forest Service’s existing wildfire information engine— InciWeb—as proven by regular tweets in California’s San Bernardino Forest this summer. But there are nagging flaws in this logic, too. Beyond media members and the odd deskjockey with a fetish for following fire activity, those who most need instant updates are likely those beyond Twitter’s reach. That said, there’s a much simpler genesis for the “Why Twitter?” question. The Bitterroot’s Twitter feed does little good without a reliable website to back it up. The forest’s site currently suffers from a rash of broken links and outdated information. The problems will be addressed this fall, Christianson says. But, to mangle a metaphor, we can’t help feeling they’re putting the tweet before the Web page.

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Montana’s Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) has one of the most important jobs in the state— namely, taking care of Montana’s world-famous wild trout fisheries; keeping our diverse wildlife and big game healthy, genetically strong and diverse; and managing the 320 fishing access sites and 53 state parks spread across the fourth largest state in the union. But now, questions are being raised about hirings at the agency that, from all available evidence, are being based on political connectedness to Gov. Brian Schweitzer rather than professional abilities—and that’s bad news for Montanans. Eyebrows were raised when Schweitzer first imported his old college roommate, Joe Maurier, to head the Parks Division of FWP a couple years back. Maurier, who worked in the Parks Division of Colorado’s Department of Natural Resources, is a likeable guy, but those familiar with the level of commercial development and the excessive fee schedules for Colorado’s parks were leery of what he might want to do in Montana. Sure enough, under Maurier the agency soon tried to institute a whole series of electrification projects at state parks so huge recreational vehicles could “hook up” to however much power they could possibly use to run their air conditioners, washers and dryers, televisions, ovens and refrigerators while “camping.” The response was overwhelmingly negative by Montanans, who typically go to their favorite parks to enjoy nature, not the hum of all-night air conditioners, outside lights and television commercials. With gasoline and diesel running over $4 a gallon at the time, catering to what would obviously be a diminishing number of large RVs seemed idiotic. Add to that the increased cost of electricity and an inability to determine exactly how much electricity individual units were using and the whole boondoggle collapsed. Then, in a move that raised serious consternation among agency personnel, well-respected FWP Director Jeff Hagener was precipitously removed from his position and escorted from the office by the governor’s staff. What happened next? Maurier was appointed by Schweitzer to become FWP director and soon thereafter, with no public involvement whatsoever, announced he was going to re-organize the entire department. Given Maurier’s woefully inadequate qualifications in fisheries and wildlife, his announcement made

more than a few people very nervous about the outcome. Now, only months after Maurier took his new position, Art Noonan, the former executive director of the Montana Democratic Party, has been hired as the deputy director for FWP at an annual salary of $85,506. Noonan, like Maurier, is a nice enough guy, but he has no professional background in managing fisheries, wildlife or parks. Nonetheless, he is now second in com-

If there’s any “ hint that decisions are being based on politics instead of science, we’ll be treated to an embarrassing repeat of Bushadministration cronyism right here in

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mand over those charged with the often-difficult and complex tasks of stewarding those precious resources. In a guest opinion in Sunday’s Missoulian, Mark Henckel, an outdoor writer for the Billings Gazette, penned a scathing condemnation of the move, suggesting it may be “a political plum at resource management’s expense.” Henckel has a long-standing and close connection to FWP and it’s certainly not beyond imagination that those within the agency, who are undoubtedly shocked at the recent developments, have turned to Henckel to give voice to their concerns in the media. In Maurier’s own words, Noonan was hired because: “He is a leader and has great knowledge in the matters before FWP. Noonan has more than 35 years of experience in the legislative process, in both federal and state government, that will be an asset to our team. He has the ability to track down federal funding for a wide variety of projects for our outdoors that will enhance and maintain access opportunities for sportsmen and women.”

Unfortunately, Maurier neglected to detail the breadth of Noonan’s “great knowledge” in fish and game issues beyond noting his involvement in the political process at both the federal and state level. And sure enough, Noonan has worked in politics since the mid-’70s, served on the staff of former Sen. John Melcher and then former Rep. Pat Williams. But Melcher has been out of office for 20 years and Pat Williams left D.C. 13 years ago. A lot, to put it mildly, has changed since then. What Noonan has done politically in the last 13 years is telling. He’s served in the state legislature in the House of Representatives as minority floor leader and helped push Schweitzer’s energy development agenda through the legislative process with such determination that he even dressed down Democrats who dared question the governor’s sometimes arcane plans. In politics, the loyal servant has historically been rewarded in many ways, not the least of which is securing positions of power in government agencies. If Henckel is right, that’s what’s happening now. If that’s the case, Montanans have reasons to be worried. FWP has long been seen as non-political and, should that status change, it may bode ill for FWP in coming legislative sessions. If there’s any hint that decisions are being based on politics instead of science, we’ll be treated to an embarrassing repeat of Bush-administration cronyism right here in Montana under a Democratic governor. Elk are now suspected of transmitting brucellosis to cattle—and the decisions facing the state on that issue alone are daunting. Indiscriminately slaughtering bison is bad enough, but when and if they decide to go after elk, well, them’s fighting words in Montana. Likewise, the increasing impacts of global warming are challenging fisheries and wildlife managers in a plethora of ways that seem to intensify and change with every passing day. Perhaps it will all work out just fine, but scrambling the agency from the top down with no public input, and letting folks without a professional background determine the future of Montana’s fish and wildlife resources is troublesome. It’s far too important to subject to political games. Helena’s George Ochenski rattles the cage of the political establishment as a political analyst for the Independent. Contact Ochenski at opinion@missoulanews.com.


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Riding the rails Appreciating the finer parts of Amtrak travel by Betsy Kepes

“You been ridin’ the rails?” The man had an old green duffel bag slung over his shoulder. I could tell he’d checked us out as we stood on the lush lawn by the courthouse in Missoula. On my back I wore a faded red pack, and across my front I’d strapped my 6-month-old son. Sevenyear-old Lee wore his own backpack, and my husband, Tom, leaned over from the weight of the huge load he carried. “It’s a good way to travel, ain’t it?” The traveler was wiry and not too clean, but then, neither were we. I nodded but noticed my husband squirming, uncomfortable with my fibbing. Sure, we’d been riding the rails, but we’d paid Amtrak for the tickets and had taken the bus down from Whitefish. Should I tell this drifter that we’d traveled in wide, comfortable seats? That we weren’t homeless wanderers who’d had to toss our baby up to hands waiting inside a moving freight car? “See you on the road,” the traveler said, and shifted the duffel higher on his back as he walked away. Middle-class Americans take it for granted that transportation will be convenient and speedy. Put on new tires for a road trip. Hop on a plane. We need to get somewhere fast so we can slow down and relax. But what about travelers with no car or little money? Buses may be cheap, but they’re also cramped, and these days, what with all the cutbacks, they don’t always take you to the town you want to go to. And too often they deposit their long-distance passengers in dingy waiting rooms in the bad part of town to wait out the night for a connection in the morning. Train travel—even in a crowded coach—is luxurious. Not only is there more room, but stewards patrol the cars, dispensing tiny pillows and re-arranging passengers so families can sit together. Children travel for half-price on Amtrak

and seniors get a discount, so the coaches are filled with frugal travelers. Families haul coolers onto the train to avoid eating in the pricey dining car. The only ones in three-piece suits are the conductors, who stand in the aisle clipping tickets, legs braced, pens and tickets bulging out of their vest pockets. Since meeting that real hobo in Missoula, my family has crossed the country 10 times on Amtrak to get to our summer job site in Idaho, where we work for the U.S. Forest Service. Usually, when I first board Amtrak, my mind is

“I am descending into Amtrak time, a zone where there is no hurry. We’ll get there when we get there, whenever

that might be.

speeding along ahead of me, cataloguing everything I have to do when I get off the train. I’ve stuffed my daypack with three or four novels, my journal, a laptop, a package of stationery; I’m going to use these days on the train to the utmost. But something magical happens once I’m on board. The swaying of the train as it clicks along the track makes me

drowsy. I stare out the window. My book falls onto the floor. I don’t even get annoyed at the kids who run up and down the aisle. I am descending into Amtrak time, a zone where there is no hurry. We’ll get there when we get there, whenever that might be. I still read, and (after some cajoling) I’ll play cards, and I wander up to the dome car now and then for a stretch. But I’ve lost my edge; in an odd way, I’m on retreat. An Amtrak coach is certainly not a remote monastery, but it is a place where the normal routines of life are gone. In a coach car, dawn is a very quiet time. Most passengers sprawl across their seats, their jackets tucked around them, heads bent and nodding with the rattle of the train. The baby that cried during the night is sleeping. The active little kids look angelic, their eyes closed, their skinny bodies draped across their parents’ laps. Outside the windows, an orange glow expands across the flat horizon while miles of fields and pasture flow by. We’ve made it through the discomfort of the moving night. We’re heading west or east, and we’re somewhere in the long wide middle of the country, the part we’d skip completely if we were flying hundreds of miles above the land. We still have a whole day to go, a day of reading, napping, staring out the window and lurching up and down the aisles. But we’re Amtrak veterans now. We’re longdistance traveling companions, and when I look at my neighbor across the aisle, her hair ruffled, her eyes still heavy with sleep, we nod to each other and smile. Betsy Kepes is a contributor to Writers on the Range, a service of High Country News (hcn.org). She’s a seasonal worker for the Forest Service in Kooskia, Idaho.

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Your Comrade was taught from an early age not to play with his food. When I’d ring my plate’s overhang with asparagus spears to avoid consuming them, my deception’s revelation at table-clearing time led to what one might call “formative consequences.” Now here comes the Montana Food Bank Network with an effort to reverse those years of training. During Missoula’s inaugural Canstruction Event, teams of students and community groups are encouraged to treat items of sustenance as little more than artsy building blocks. As yon photo indicates, the goal is to build some massive sculpture—other examples include Oscar the Grouch, a mustarded- and ketchuped-hot dog and the Jolly Roger—to grace the consumptive hallways of Southgate Mall. The project’s been in the works for months, and it begins to take form at 5 PM on

The inaugural Canstruction Event benefits the Montana Food Bank Network, begins with group erections at 5 PM on Thu., July 9, at Southgate Mall, and continues at 10 AM on Fri., July 10, with all-day voting and a 7 PM awards ceremony. $1 or two canned items to vote. Call 721-3825, or visit mfbn.org.

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Tired of Morning Classics and/or Freeforms? Twist your radio dial to KBGA, 89.9 FM, every weekday from 11 AM–noon to hear Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez’s award-winning program Democracy Now!, which offers an alternative perspective to the corporate media and features lively, progressive reporting and debates with no advertising, corporate underwriting or government funding whatsoever. Free. Visit kbga.org or democracynow.org.

Thursday, July 9, as teams erect their entries in the mall’s sterile promenade. The next morning, you’re invited to peruse the creations and cast your vote—bring $1 or two canned goods to qualify—for the coolest can-built contraption. This year, I’m but a modest observer, but as soon as mooshy veggies qualify as building material, count me in on the construction end of things. —Jonas Ehudin

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Fri. 10 July Get your health screened, for a second time, if you really feel like it, when the AARP Wellness Tour touches down at Walgreens, 2100 Brooks St., from noon–6 PM. Free. Call (866) 484-TOUR.

Sat. 11 July As I rapidly approach unemployment, it would behoove me to attend homeWORD’s one-day Financial Fitness Workshop, which begins at 9:30 AM at 127 N. Higgins, Room 303, covers the basics of being a fiscally responsible adult and promises to fill quickly. $10, scholarships available. R S V P 532 - 4 6 6 3 e x t . 14 , o r e - m a i l meghan@homeword.org. Veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan can join facilitator Chris Poloynis every Sat. at 3 PM, when Spartans Honour, an outdoor PTSD support group, meets at Greenough Park’s southernmost footbridge. Free. Call 327-7834. Comrade Calendar knows the value of environmental education, which is why with his last breath he urges you to attend the seventh annual Rockin’ for Ravenwood music festival, which begins at 4 PM at Bigfork’s Rocky Mountain Roadhouse, features sets by The Clintons, Milton Menasco and the Big Fiasco, Bluestone and Guido & Suzie, and tempts your gullet with great food, wine, ice cream and more. $12/$8 children/$36 family pass. Call 8377279, or visit www.ravenwoodolc.org.

Let’s hope they’re not referring to Hamilton’s Rocky Mountain Labs when City Club Missoula presents “Exporting Montana’s Culture to the World,” beginning with lunch at 11:30 AM at the Holiday Inn-Downtown at the Park. $16/$11 members/$5 forum only. RSVP 541-2489.

Tue. 14 July The Missoula County Democrats present a City Council Candidate Forum—all candidates have been invited—where you’ll have the opportunity to ask a tough question or two, at 7 PM in City Council Chambers, 140 W. Pine St. Free.

Wed. 15 July Celebrate the season while you’ve got the ear of your local officials when the Missoula County Democrats host their annual Summer Picnic from 6:30–10 PM at Kiwanis Park. Bring a side dish or dessert. Or don’t. It’s just the Democrats, after all. I mean, they can’t even posse up around single payer… Sheesh. Free.

Thu. 16 July While the 14th Annual Missoula Hempfest doesn’t get sparked up until Sept. 12, don’t be left holding the bag of shake: Attend their Volunteer Informational Meeting—one shift gets you a drink and a “meal”—at 6 PM at the Missoula Public Library. And thanks, Angela, for always being such a good sport about my high-spirited ribbing. Call 493-0425, or visit missoulahempfest.com.

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IN OTHER NEWS Curious but true news items from around the world

CURSES, FOILED AGAIN - Authorities responding to a bank robbery in Daytona Beach, Fla., arrested suspects Randall Fredric Walker, 38, and Jason Warren Dietrich, 35, after their getaway vehicle ran out of gas while leaving the scene. A man wielding an ice pick entered Black Diamond Equipment in Salt Lake County, Utah, and demanded cash and precious metals. The Salt Lake Tribune reported that when the nightshift manager pointed out the company, despite its name, sells mountaineering gear, not diamonds or precious metals, the robber settled for some office computers and climbing equipment and left. NON-PROBLEM SOLVED - Intending to make street crossing safer, even though there have been no incidents, officials in Lemoyne, Pa., spent $250 to place plastic bins at two of the borough’s busiest intersections and fill them with bright orange flags. Signs direct pedestrians to take a flag, hold it while crossing the street, then deposit it in the opposite bin. The Patriot-News reported Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pa., tried a similar initiative but gave up after a year because, according to college official Christine Dugan, people kept taking the flags. WHEN GUNS ARE OUTLAWED - Authorities in Shelbyville, Tenn., reported that “a verbal altercation” between James Earl Taylor, 40, and Mary S. Childers, 44, led to an assault with Cheetos. According to the Shelbyville Times-Gazette, sheriff’s Cpl. Kevin Roddy charged both of them with domestic assault because he couldn’t determine the primary aggressor since the Cheetos left “no physical marks on either party.” TICKETS GONE WILD - When residents of Toledo, Ohio, complained they had received $25 parking tickets while their vehicles were in their driveways, Mayor Carty Finkbeiner defended the citations. He explained that city law forbids parking on unpaved surfaces, including gravel driveways. Finkbeiner, who’s already facing a recall vote, refused to say whether the fines were related to the city’s budget crisis. After receiving and contesting 170 citations since 1997 for violations he didn’t commit, Tom Feddor finally went to the Chicago Department of Revenue and the Department of Administrative Hearings for help. He told the Chicago Tribune that hearing officer Zipporah Lewis made several calls to officials on his behalf, but “the people she encountered at the other end of the phone seemed to be annoyed and bothered by her. Most tried to quickly end the call.” Finally authorities discovered that the number the Revenue Department has been using as a placeholder license plate for testing its parking ticket equipment is the same as Feddor’s actual license plate: 0. Feddor said his family has been using it for 40 years, but officials were unaware it was in circulation. “The test violations should have been dismissed in the database,” Revenue Department official Ed Walsh said, adding that any fines Feddor paid would be refunded. DON’T CLUCK WITH THE CONSTITUTION - When John Vorderbrueggen, 39, complained to his neighborhood homeowners association in Monroe, Wash., because his neighbor, Helen Immelt, 52, was violating the association’s covenant by keeping chickens in her yard, she began driving by Vorderbrueggen’s house in the early morning hours and honking her horn. The Seattle Times reported that when police asked Immelt to stop, she “became heated,” according to court documents, and when the officer went to get a statement from Vorderbrueggen, Immelt drove by and gave “three long blasts” on her car horn, prompting her arrest. A jury convicted her, but she appealed, arguing before the Washington Court of Appeals that the noise ordinance was “vague, overbroad and interfered with her right to free speech.” The court disagreed. “Horn honking per se is not free speech,” Justice C. Kenneth Grosse wrote, pointing out, “Horn honking which is done to annoy or harass others is not speech” at all. SECOND-AMENDMENT FOLLIES - Jamiyl Muhammad, 17, was part of a group of youths fighting with a rival group in Upper Darby, Pa., when he began pistol-whipping a member of the opposing group in the head with a black handgun. Witnesses told police the gun went off, and a bullet struck Muhammad’s 19-year-old brother, who was standing 25 yards away observing the fight. The Philadelphia Daily News reported the brother was treated at the hospital and released. Police investigating a shooting in Winter Haven, Fla., said that Troy Christoff, 34, threatened to kill five family members and, while loading a handgun, announced which person each bullet was intended for. ABC Action News reported that when Christoff had loaded the gun, he raised it and aimed at his wife, Dawn Christoff, 35. Before he could pull the trigger, she drew her own 9mm handgun and fired multiple shots at her husband, wounding him several times. NO FUN ALLOWED - Local officials ordered a halt to construction of China’s first sex theme park after they became incensed over the park’s risqué nature. The New York Times reported that photos on the Internet showed workers “pulling down a pair of white plastic legs and hips that appear to be the bottom half of a giant female mannequin towering over the park’s entrance. The mannequin is wearing a red G-string.” According to China Daily, Lu Xiao-qing, manager of Love Land in Chongqing, had planned to display naked human sculptures, giant models of genitals, sex technique workshops and a photography exhibit about the history of sex. He insisted the park was being built “for the good of the public” and would help adults “enjoy a harmonious sex life.” STRANGE BEDFELLOWS - Mayor Julian Mullis of Mulberry, Fla., told police he was attacked at home by his live-in companion, cross-dressing Eugene Ornelas, 29. The two share a home with Mullis’s two children. The trouble started when Ornelas came home at 5 a.m. with a stranger and “lost his cool somehow,” acting police chief Steve Peacock told WPTV News, “and began throwing articles inside the residence and attempted to strike Mr. Mullis at one point but missed.”

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HOMELESS IN REVERSE - After losing a three-year struggle to keep city officials from taking his Minneapolis house, Ted Poetsch, 53, was ordered to vacate his lifelong residence. Poetsch gathered his belongings and made it to the front door an hour before the deadline, only to find that the door and windows had been boarded up, trapping him inside. City officials eventually freed him and told the Star Tribune their mistake was unprecedented, but they said Poetsch had been given ample warning to leave.

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ifteen years ago, the Independent staff wanted to break up the winter doldrums, drum up some advertising cash (they said as much in print) and recognize some hard-working businesses in the Missoula community. That inaugural Best of Missoula issue featured 90 categories—including Best Newsstand—and stretched across 28 pages. The ballots were mailed to the paper’s post office box and took more than two weeks to count. The staff celebrated in the office when they logged the final vote. In some ways, not much has changed since 1995. This year, the Independent staff hopes to break up the dog days of summer, drum up some advertising cash (hey, we’re a newspaper) and recognize more than a few hard-working businesses and individuals in the Missoula community. But to accomplish that nowadays, we had to expand from the original game plan. Our 15th annual Best of Missoula issue features 160 categories—including Best Website—and stretches across 96 pages, making it the largest single issue in the paper’s history. The ballots were hand-written and dropped off at locations throughout town, or submitted online at www.missoulanews.com, and they took us nearly two weeks to verify and tally. We plan to celebrate with a huge bash at Caras Park on July 9, with music from Secret Powers and Tom Catmull and the Clerics, food, drinks and a mechanical surfboard. Okay, so maybe a little has changed. But there’s one thing that’s exactly the same as it was in 1995: You picked the winners. It’s because of your passionate opinion on all things Missoula that this issue continues to thrive. So, thank you. And without further ado, let’s get on with passing out the hardware.

PEOPLE AND MEDIA Best Local Politician Best Public Servant: John Engen Say what you want about John Engen’s policies, but our mayor is a hell of a politician. He’s friendly to everyone. He’s accessible. He’s self-deprecating and funny. Heck, the guy used to write a humor column for the Missoulian. He’s also managed to make City Council operate like a well-oiled machine, a once unimaginable feat comparable to peace in the Middle East and a sensible solution for West Broadway. Most importantly, Engen appears to always keep Missoula’s best interests at the forefront of his agenda—another rarity in the political arena. It’s no wonder that the mayor doesn’t have an opponent in this year’s election, and no wonder why he continues to be your favorite politician and public servant. Best TV Newscast: KPAX Fair. Accurate. To the point. That’s what the KPAX news team strives for, and it’s about time to add a fourth part to the motto—thoroughly dominant. Led by the veteran tandem of news anchors/parental figures Jill Valley and Mark Holyoak, meteorologist/jokester Jeff Kelly and Griz insider/sports anchor Phil Buck, our local

CBS affiliate leads this category year-in and year-out. KPAX won in the original Best of Missoula for Best TV News Program. Best TV Personality: Jill Valley In a recent Indy cover story offering real world advice for college graduates, KPAX anchor Jill Valley said it’s okay to eat chili for breakfast. She also said that it’s important to not get involved in work gossip. And she noted that some of her best times in life were when she had very little money, but had good friends who sat around and drank cheap wine. These humanizing elements—and how they come through when she confidently delivers the nightly news—are why you continue to vote for Valley, and why we’re hoping to have her over sometime soon for a bottle of Yellow Tail. Jill Valley won in the original Best of Missoula for Best TV News Personality—and Best TV News Hair. Best Meteorologist: Mark Heyka Over the years, KECI’s Mark Heyka has developed what he swears is arthritis in one finger. It swells, it aches and he acknowledges it might well be the barometric pressure. “Yeah, I guess you could say I feel the weather in my bones,” he says. That’s exactly the sort

Best Meteorologist: Mark Heyka

of dedication that makes the 26-year vet of the forecasting scene our readers’ favorite weather man. Best Radio Station: 103.3, “The Trail” At this very moment “The Trail” is playing the classic Jimi Hendrix cover of Bob Dylan’s “All Along the Watchtower.” Just a few minutes earlier, we heard a little Wilco and Son Volt, and a B-side from the Boss. That eclectic yet familiar flavor—courtesy of longtime DJs like Tracy Lopez and Robert Chase—is what keeps the station’s growing legion of “Trailheads” from adjusting their dials.

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“I can remember lyrics from 1982,” she says, “better than I can remember what I had for dinner the other night.” Lopez volunteered for four years at KBGA and served as an intern at the Indy before heading to “The Trail” in 2005. During her KBGA years Best Radio Personality: Tracy Lopez

Best Radio Personality: Tracy Lopez Tracy Lopez is humble about her beginnings, though she admits she’s always been a complete music geek.

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she admits to playing a lot of music and not talking much on the air, but that’s changed now that she’s hosting her station’s evening shows—and winning this award for the second year in a row. Best Journalist: Tristan Scott Journalism can be a thankless job sometimes. Take this category’s deserving winner, Missoulian cops and courts beat writer Tristan Scott, who, most recently, covered the W.R. Grace

criminal trial for the better part of three months. What did Tristan have to show for his excellent daily reporting? How about an inglorious orange parking boot on his Subaru wagon, and $160 in parking fees. We call that a battle scar, the true measure of this talented writer’s devotion to his craft. We wish we could offer some kind of monetary award to help cover Tristan’s next boot—his blog, copsandcourts.com, says he’s been booted four times in and around the courthouse—but

instead it just shows how much we all appreciate his dogged reporting. Best Local Sports Figure: Monte There’s only one person in this town who appears to be more popular than John Engen, and lucky for the mayor that person is a bandana-clad bear. Monte, the face of the University of Montana Grizzlies, doesn’t just overshadow the athletes he roots for on game days, he also appears in countless local commercials and at numerous

Best Raging Napoleonic Complex Leading researchers debate whether or not the Napoleonic complex—in which a short person overcompensates for their height by being an overly aggressive dick—really exists. But anyone who witnessed the recent W.R. Grace criminal trial in Missoula would have to agree that such an inferiority complex exists. How else to explain the complete courtroom dominance of superlawyer David Bernick, lead council for the defense? The diminutive Bernick, whom Forbes once cutely described as a “5-foot-6 dynamo,” spent most of the three-month trial articulately steamrolling anyone who dared stand in his way. He mercilessly ripped the government for prosecutorial misconduct. He grandstanded in District Judge Donald Molloy’s courtroom, demanding the case be dismissed. He dismantled the government’s key witness, former Grace executive Robert Locke, on cross-examination. He crafted a closing argument so deft that he managed to applaud the government’s efforts to fight for Libby while berating them for being recklessly ignorant of the law. And he prevailed. The little dynamo who represented the big company suits won handily, and walked out of that courtroom feeling just a little bit taller.

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Best UM Professor: Garry Kerr

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local events the rest of the week. The country’s toughest teddy bear has vaulted to the top of the national mascot contest twice, and to the top of this category for the third time in a row.

there’s a place I can go in town and be anonymous,” says Kerr. “I’ll be going to the bathroom somewhere and a student will come up and say, ‘Hey, Garry, do you have my bonus paper?’”

Best UM Professor: Garry Kerr Garry Kerr says it’s probably his contagious enthusiasm that makes him a hit in and out of the University of Montana’s anthropology department. He’s known for his animated classes and talking a mile a minute. In fact, he boasts that he once wore out two sign language interpreters during a single lecture. “I still look at the world as if I’m the student and not the professor,” says Kerr, summing up his teaching strategy. But being best in class does have its downside, especially in a small town like Missoula. “I don’t think

Best Local Activist: Ellie Hill The success of the state’s largest homeless center, the Poverello Center, rests largely on the shoulders of Executive Director Ellie Hill. The former district attorney never expected to be in her current position, but she points out that the word “lawyer” translates to “advocate” in most other languages. Although she’s kicked around the idea of leaving her current position for a more traditional legal career, it’ll never happen. “I’m still a lawyer in a lot of ways,” she says. “I consider myself an advocate for the poor.”


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Best Ongoing Political Speculation It’s no secret that locals love Missoula Mayor John Engen, and the affable former councilman is clearly good at his job—he’s consistently built consensus on contentious issues, commands a room with his self-deprecating brand of humor and doesn’t seem to be the type to get caught hiking the Appalachian Trail anytime soon. So with such a solid foundation, what are Engen’s aspirations beyond his current position? The rumblings started as soon as Engen, who is currently up for re-election without an opponent, hosted his first campaign fundraiser—in Helena. Engen’s friend, Attorney General Steve Bullock, helped arrange the March event, which brought in $3,100, as well as a whole slew of speculation along the lines of, “Why launch a Missoula mayoral campaign in the state capital?” The mayor downplayed any significance, but the speculation continued when Engen hosted a Missoula fundraiser last month that included a special guest—current White House Deputy Chief of Staff Jim Messina. Engen was an early supporter of Messina’s current boss, and introduced Barack Obama during a Missoula campaign stop, but Messina’s presence at a backyard event still sent a strong message. Many armchair pundits believe Engen, like a whole army of other Democrats, may be laying some groundwork for 2012, when Gov. Brian Schweitzer’s term runs out. Those same pundits, however, add that it’d be nearly impossible for the mayor of Montana’s most liberal city to win a statewide election, and think Engen’s angling for lieutenant governor. And who would be at the top of the ticket? Well, just last week Engen floated the restored Clark Fork River with Schweitzer and good friend Bullock. Considering Bullock already won a statewide election—and by a significant margin—could they be a match? Let the speculation continue.

Best Local Website: NewWest.net As daily papers around the country struggle to survive and the Internet turns the industry’s business model on its head, Missoula-based NewWest.net stands at the cutting edge of nextgeneration journalism. This year, the national award-winning site made its mark by extensively covering Missoula’s second most high-profile court case, the Yellowstone Club’s dramatic bankruptcy. That’s just one example of the site’s commitment to help readers better understand the changes taking place in the Northern Rockies, and why Missoulians say they dig NewWest.Net more than any other local site.

ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT Best Art Gallery: Dana Gallery The Dana Gallery recently hosted an art exhibit showcasing the two- and three-dimensional work of 92 local artists, from BFA art students to top-selling big names. Gallery owner Dudley Dana may hold an international reputation—his gallery has hosted the prestigious Oil Painters of America juried show twice—but the local showcase underscores just how committed he remains to the local arts scene. It’s that approachable, down-home, Montana feel that keeps the Dana Gallery atop this category, even as the space continues to garner more worldly acclaim.

Best Local Band Best Local Musician: Tom Catmull and the Clerics For many of you, local troubadour Tom Catmull has become a sort of personal soundtrack. Whether it’s sipping a glass of wine at the Red Bird while watching him play solo, or dancing to the full band and slurping up Jim Beam at the Union Club, Catmull’s everyman crooning blankets our neck of the woods. And we’re okay with that. We’d be hard-pressed to find a better songwriter or, more importantly, a nicer dude. Even better, he knows how to surround himself with some of the best musicians in town. The full band features guitarist Gibson Hartwell, drummer Travis Yost and bassist John Sporman. After years of playing together—and two straight years of winning this category—the band has solidified its spot as our local headliner. Best Movie Theater: Wilma Theatre Short of allowing cigarette smoking inside the ornate lobby and performance space, Missoula’s historic Wilma Theatre comes about as close to 1920s nostalgia as you can get. The entryway feaBest Movie Theater: Wilma Theatre

Best Local Artist: Monte Dolack Monte Dolack paints the kind of landscapes you’d prefer to see out of your office window. He paints blue herons flying through a purple-hued evening in downtown Missoula. He depicts a winding river at dusk with the silhouette of a fisherman casting a line. He creates antique tractors on farm fields and elegant cranes standing in water at sunset. Dolack continues to be your favorite artist because he captures the most flattering facets of the West, always with bright colors and a playful tone. Photo by Chad Harder

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tures black Italian marble walls and leads into a 1,000-seat theater highlighted by the largest hand-painted ceiling in the state. The concession stand serves cocktails, wine and beer—including local microbrews—and the marquee always highlights the best in independent and foreign films. Added together, seeing a movie at the Wilma isn’t your normal multiplex outing—it’s an experience. Best Video Rental: Crystal Video In February, Missoula almost lost its most beloved video store, Crystal Video. The venerable Hip Strip staple seemed destined to be just another victim in the wake of pay per view and Netflix, and owner Tim Huffmann announced its imminent closing. But Missoula, thank heavens, tends to rally against such heartless trends and protect its past. And Huffmann found a financial backer at the 11th hour, announcing the deal just minutes before allowing a growing crowd to buy out his inventory. The fact that Huffmann’s announcement resulted in a resounding cheer speaks to

Theatre production of Jesus Christ Superstar. Most recently, she stole the show in the Montana Rep’s To Kill a Mockingbird as Scout’s younger brother, Jem. At the sprightly age of 18 years old, and with the ability to believably play the roles of both beautiful maidens and young Southern boys, we think Fleming-Lovely’s got the acting chops to rival the best of the best in Missoula and beyond.

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Best Dancer: Heather Adams It’s hard to limit this award only to Heather Adams’ dancing ability. Adams wins this inaugural category as much for her memorable performances as for her success in expanding dance within the community. A year ago she opened the Downtown Dance Collective, which offers a cornucopia of dance classes ranging from classical ballet and ballroom to booty ballet and African boogie. All ages and abilities are welcome, and Adams herself leads classes in ballet, modern dance, jazz, flamenco and salsa. As a performer, Adams may be best known

Best Early Morning Rock Show The Saturday morning markets have never really been about music. Sure, we get the occasional string band set up along Higgins Avenue, and always the smattering of middle schoolers honking out “America The Beautiful” on a clarinet, but a cover charge-worthy display of fret work? Not so much. Unless, that is, Dan Dubuque sets up at the Clark Fork River Market. Dubuque considers his influences wide ranging—from Trent Reznor to Miles Davis to Jimi Hendrix—and you can often hear him sneak in a metallic riff or a smoky psychedelic chord or two when he plays the market. But Dubuque also knows his audience, and for the coffee-drinking, vegetable-seeking crowd that tends to congregate around his perch under the bridge, he sticks to mellower offerings like rhythmic soul and Eastern-styled strumming. Dubuque brings in the crowd by playing a charango (a small stringed instrument from Bolivia) and the Weissenborn (a lap slide guitar; think Ben Harper). He plays alone, but often thumps his fingers against the body of the instruments to create a resonating hollow echo. He doesn’t sing. Dubuque grew up “on the rez” in Polson—though his ancestry is South American—and he currently lives out of his car, surfing friends’ couches as he plays across the state. Although the traveling bard has begun booking more evening shows in town—he plays the Finn & Porter in August, after returning to the market July 18—he’ll remain one of our favorite musicians for spicing up our Saturday morning soundtrack. just how much we love our local rental store. Thus, the Crystal wins again this year and, we hope, for many more years to come.

for her work in the long-running “Leather Forever” show, but we recognize her for much more. Missoula’s lucky to have a dance partner like her.

Best Local Actor: Alex Wells Since his 1999 Missoula debut in the University of Montana’s production of The Night Thoreau Spent in Jail, Alex Wells has developed a certain fondness for acting in Missoula. Audiences will remember his face from Missoula Children’s Theatre shows like A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and his most recent appearance in Bang the Drum Slowly. “I just love the feeling of family you get,” says Wells. “There’s such a great community of actors in Missoula and such a huge pool of talent. Meeting all those creative people is the best part of acting.” Wells says he has no plans of leaving Missoula or the stage anytime in the foreseeable future, which means if he keeps up his current pace, he could be playing the part of our best local actor for a long time to come.

Best Photographer: Chad Harder Working at the Indy comes with its fair share of perks, but one weekly ritual stands out. Every Monday there’s usually a crowd around Indy photographer Chad Harder’s desk. What’d he do? What’d he see? More importantly, what’d he shoot? Rarely does the crowd find disappointment, because Harder seems to fill every free day with some outlandish outdoor adventure that puts the rest of our escapades to shame. (Prime example: Harder spent the summer solstice skiing Beartooth Pass.) Indy readers have grown accustomed to seeing the results of Harder’s adventures in our pages, and you seem to marvel at them as much as we do. We’re proud to present our staff shooter with this award for the ninth straight year.

Best Local Actress: Jennifer Fleming-Lovely Jennifer Fleming-Lovely melts into her characters with the subtlety and confidence of a pro. Earlier this year, she played the stunningly beautiful wife of Pontius Pilate, pleading with her husband to let Jesus go in the Missoula Children’s

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Best Bet Three years ago Courtney Blazon was still a relative unknown in the Missoula art community. Her distinctive illustrations could be found in the booth belonging to local independent press Slumgullion, and one of her collages helped promote an underground theater troupe’s performance. During the day, Blazon worked part-time in a doctor’s office. A lot of local artist stories end there—comfortably making a mark on the fringe, struggling to cover the bills, fading to Etsy or a full-time office gig. Not Blazon. Her unparalleled ascent in the local arts community impressively crisscrosses mainstream profitability and DIY street cred, and, at 31, she’s suddenly among the most recognizable artists in Missoula. “I started working full time on my artwork in December,” says Blazon. “It’s not easy and I’m just making ends meet, but it’s so sweet. I just feel so fulfilled.”

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Just within the last year, Blazon’s been invited to show her work at Helena’s Holter Museum, sold work at the Missoula Art Museum, been featured in New American Paintings magazine and Juxtapoz.com, and made her first solo outof-state showing at a gallery in Seattle. Every Saturday she hosts her own booth at the People’s Market and her illustrations continue to help promote some of the best theater in town (including the anticipated Rigoletto performance by the Montana Lyric Opera). And, in what’s surely to be her biggest achievement yet, Blazon’s original illustration w o n t h e I n d y ’s B e s t o f Missoula art competition this year. “When I see [contests] like that, it’s a good excuse to do work that I wouldn’t normally do,” says Blazon. “Like I don’t normally do anything with a connection to Missoula. But this gave me a chance to try it.” That winning piece, above, is currently for sale at her People’s Market booth at a cost of $100. If her recent history is any indication, a smart collector will step up pretty quickly and make a sound investment in one of the area’s most promising artists.


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Bitterroot felt entirely out of place. But as we’d soon learn, in Burke’s world every little thing has meaning, and our literary discovery proved more than auspicious. Brilliant dialogue, crushing violence and a compelling use of Montana landmarks had us kicking the whole thing in just seven consecutive hammock sessions. Burke’s 20some award-winning and best-selling novels have moved others similarly—with or without a hammock—and this year those readers chose the author, once again, as our best local scribe. Best Filmmaker: Gita Saedi Kiely When Gita Saedi Kiely first moved to Missoula in 2003, she was known primarily as the awardwinning documentary filmmaker from Chicago. She earned that reputation by editing such arresting series as Kartemquin Films’ critically acclaimed PBS special “The New Americans” and working alongside documentary legend Steve James on films like Reel Paradise. But as she’s spent more time in Missoula, Saedi Kiely’s been able to turn her attention to local projects. She produced and directed 2008’s Jailed for Their Best Filmmaker: Gita Saedi Kiely

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Words, which is part of UM’s Sedition Project, and her Star Spangled Blues screened as part of this year’s Lunafest film festival. In just a few short years, Saedi Kiely’s now known as that awardwinning documentary filmmaker from our neck of the woods.

FASHION AND BEAUTY Best Boutique Best Men’s Clothing Best Women’s Clothing: Betty’s Divine According to the Indy’s readers, Betty’s Divine has solved the problem of shopping as a couple, serving the fashion savvy of both sexes. The lady wants a stylish, locally made bag from Donkeygirl to go with her Free People top? Betty’s has it. The dude’s neglected his laundry too long and needs some choice UZI tees ASAP? Betty’s has it. Forget traipsing from store to store catering to individual tastes. Betty’s is Missoula’s one-stop choice for clothing, and takes both categories for the second year in a row.

kid on the playground. We recommend anything made by Speesees, the all-organic company that pays homage to the animal, plant and human species with every article of clothing, or any of the locally produced T-shirts, kimonos or handmade kid furniture. Even better, we suggest planning to spend more than a few minutes in the store—the back includes an awesome play area that keeps the little ones occupied while you peruse. Best Thrift Store: Goodwill If you’re like most Missoulians, you moved here with a half tank of gas and a bank account balance in the double digits. As exciting as that may have been, you still needed some goods, like winter clothing and a really badass getup for that Friday night potluck. You can find those things—and plenty more—for a song at that monument to Missoula frugality, Goodwill. “I suspect [we’re popular] because of the amount of inventory we have,” says store manager Robert Weaver, “and the amount of new stuff that comes in every day.” Goodwill tied with Carlo’s One Night Stand in the original Best of Missoula for Best Secondhand Clothing Store. Best Jewelry: Miss Zula’s Every guy’s been there: A few days before an anniversary or a birthday, no big ideas and a desperate thought that jewelry—jewelry!—never fails. We’ve been there at least once every year. And when that time comes, we turn to experts, like the crew at Miss Zula’s. This year, we received the Photo by Chad Harder assistance of two “sales divas” who thoughtfully modeled different necklaces by Sorelli, Ann Koplik and La Vie Parisienne. We went with the Koplik, a bold yet elegant silver number that won us serious brownie points at home. We’ll be back at Miss Zula’s soon, no doubt, in need of the next big idea. Best Cosmetics: Skin Chic Don’t ask how we know this, but Skin Chic just happens to be one of the few Missoula businesses that offer a professional Brazilian wax. Listen, that’s serious business—heck, New Jersey almost banned the Brazilian earlier this year—so you know right off the bat that Skin Chic takes its craft seriously. In addition to offering tinting and waxing (the Brazilian runs $45, if you’re interested), Skin Chic has a full menu of facial treatments and mineral make-up products. We recommend the “Rapid Renewal Facial” ($35) for a quick and affordable splurge, followed by a complimentary “brow clean-up.” Best Lingerie: Victoria’s Secret You may not be Austin Powers, but you can still get your mojo back, and the majority of our

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Best Recession-era Fashion Advice In an economy like this, everyone has to cut costs. Many of us have decided we don’t really need cable or a landline or quite as much junk from WalMart. Money-crunched hipsters, meanwhile, have had a harder time cutting costs. They already shop secondhand, already only drink PBR and already style their hair with wood glue. Or so we’ve heard. The next step of cost-cutting savvy shouldn’t be too much of a—pardon the pun—stretch: buying kid-sized jeans. The current fashion trend already calls for impossibly tight denim. But rather than shopping for $200 jeans at designer outlets, local hipsters are turning to kids’ sections to buy cheaper alternatives. Sure, it’s easy to poke fun. But it’s the hipsters who now have a little extra money in their pocket to buy another PBR—if only they could squeeze their hand in there to get it. readers find it in Victoria’s Secret inside Southgate Mall. Maybe they’re attracted to the popular BioFit bra, which comfortably uplifts bosoms of all shapes and sizes. Or maybe it’s the store’s signature smell, Heavenly, reportedly the top-selling fragrance in the country. Whatever it is, don’t be bashful. No matter your tastes, go bring home “Yeah, baby!” in a box. Best Shoe Store: Hide & Sole As the Bible says, “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.” But no matter thy word, you ain’t going nowhere without some good shoes, or sandals like the ones Jesus wore. Fortunately, Hide & Sole stocks plenty of both— including Birks, Docs, Crocs, Chacos, Danskos and Keens—to keep those dogs happy wherever your path leads. Let their friendly and knowledgeable staff show you the way. Best Day Spa: Sorella’s Take a deep breath and just imagine how the following may feel: An aspara lavender bath in a special hydro tub, followed by a hot stone massage, an Equavie organic facial and a classic pedicure (total “Grand Indulgence” package: $235). Or, maybe you just want to rinse away the memories of your harsh week/month/life and indulge in a seaweed detox wrap or remineralizing gel wrap (both $80). Whatever you choose, Sorella’s Day Spa offers the relaxing escape you crave. Best Hairstylist Best Place for a Haircut: Wendell Peterson, Tangles Whether you’re meticulous in your coiffure or a haircut comes around as often as your birthday, Wendell Peterson and the rest of the staff at Tangles are the hairstylists to visit. They take hair seriously. How seriously? Peterson chairs the Montana Board of Cosmetology and Barbers and has served as president of the Montana State Cosmetologists Association and the National-

Interstate Council of State Boards of Cosmetology. The latter position landed him a trip to China to assist in setting the standard for that country’s testing of cosmetologists. What’s Peterson’s secret? “Long, short,” he says, “I just love a variety of heads.” Best Tanning Salon: Brown Sugar Nothing ruins a good skinny dip in the Clark Fork more than glaring tan lines. Lucky for you, Brown Sugar, this category’s reigning champ, offers six different tanning options, from deluxe sun-filled beds to Mystic tanning spray. Prices run from the teeny bikini sum of 45 cents per minute for a standard bed to the still-affordable $2 per minute for the luxurious Avantegarde 600 setup. And if you’re looking to save a little more coin when ridding yourself of those tan lines, monthly bed specials offer a little extra pocket change. You know, for when you put your shorts back on. Best Tattoo Parlor: Painless Steel The first time Painless Steel was voted the best tattoo shop in Missoula, it had only been open seven months. Now, 14 years later, the shop is still garnering much-deserved Best of Missoula votes. Owner Lee Burns recognizes that getting ink or getting holes in your skin can be a somewhat teeth-chattering experience, and he goes out of his way to keep customers at ease. The walls are adorned with trophies and magazine covers, testaments to his and his artists’ abilities. It’s also obsessively clean, and open to any preference. “We have seven different artists,” Burns says, “so you can get just about whatever you want.”

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Best Eyewear: Specticca Word of mouth really does spread far and fast. Specticca isn’t just Missoula’s best eyewear outlet. According to owner Claude Huguet, the shop draws the visually encumbered from all over Montana. People in Butte or Helena catch a

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glimpse of a friend’s new Swissflex glasses and they can’t resist getting a pair of their own, Huguet says. Specticca opened 12 years back with the intention of offering high-quality, stylish prescription specs. They regularly cast their nets at frame shows on the West Coast, and the international fare they pull in clearly pleases the Missoula eye.

FOOD AND DRINK Best Restaurant: The Pearl Café and Bakery The Pearl recently set up shop among the stalls of the Clark Fork River Market, and the weekly waiting list for their cannoli already seems to rival the waiting list for prime Griz football season tickets. Missoula foodies saw that as just the tip of a fine-dining iceberg when they voted the Pearl’s Front Street headquarters the city’s best restaurant. The Pearl has atmosphere and décor perfectly matched for a night away from the kitchen. Nearly any menu pick is a guaranteed winner, with a crispy pair of pancetta-wrapped quail the hot choice these days. Owner Pearl Cash says customers love her two filet mignon choices so much they haven’t let her take them off the menu for years. Best Restaurant Service Best Restaurant Wine List Best Romantic Dining: Red Bird Sometimes, when you’re splurging on a nice dinner with that special someone, you just have to trust your waiter. Heaven forbid you order a bottle of Chardonnay to go with your steaks, or make some other embarrassing faux pas. Fortunately, you’re in good hands at the Red Bird. Their servers are as passionate about the food they serve as the top-notch chefs who prepare it. And they know, for instance, that the South African Boekenhoutfkloof syrah—one of Red Bird’s 135 wines—will pair perfectly with the medium-rare bison tenderloin. Chocolate fondue for dessert? Try the Karly Late Harvest Zinfandel

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dessert wine from Amador County, Calif. Have faith, good patron. Your taste buds—and your date—will thank you. Best Waitress: Kera Cashman, Sean Kelly’s Kera Cashman swears she only serves Missoula diners as best she can. The fact that she was even in the running for an award came as a surprise. What makes her the best? Maybe it’s her “creepy Rain Man memory,” she says, or the fact that she remembers many people “by beer.” We think it has more to do with the fact that Cashman, who’s been working at Sean Kelly’s for four years, continues to keep a smile on her face, even during the public house’s busy lunch rushes. Best New Restaurant: Red Robin This win signifies Missoula’s capacity to forgive—or, perhaps, its insatiable appetite for juicy burgers. As you may remember, the new Red Robin

inside Southgate Mall made an inauspicious debut with a breastfeeding brouhaha back at teh beginning of the year. That’s now ancient history. Over the last six months, those signature burgers—topped with grilled pineapple rings, chili, guacamole, you name it—have made enough of an impression to win back your favor and earn your vote. Best Breakfast: The Shack By now you know The Shack for its world famous omelets. (Our favorite features bright yolked eggs, blinding green avocados and sweet fire-engine tomatoes.) But the Main Street institution serves plenty more than that during its famous breakfast rush. You’ll find hashbrowns that taste like they’ve come from a freshly grated potato, or the irresitable #12 farmer’s veggie browns. And the mimosas…don’t even get us started. It’s easy to fall in love with The Shack’s omelets, but we suggest this is not the place to be monogamous with your food.

Best Reason to Shirk Vegetarianism A vegetarian moves to Missoula. When he arrives, he’s disgusted by the living conditions in which farm animals are raised, and by Americans’ gluttonous consumption of them, and thinks ranchers are partly to blame for the West’s environmental problems. But before long, his complaints fail to hold water. He soon tosses out his Boca Burgers and stocks the freezer with cuts of meat from a local rancher. He turns in his PETA membership for an elk tag. He slaps a “Cows not Condos” sticker on his car. To what can we attribute his enlightenment? Besides a slap upside the head, the answer is Lifeline Farm bacon, the vegetarian’s gateway drug. These succulent strips from the Bitterroot Valley aren’t your roommate’s brittle, throw-in-the-microwave pig parts. These slices are as thick as steaks—so thick you can fit only three or four cuts in a pan. As it simmers, the bacon yields enough grease to mold a candle after it congeals. And the best part—well, aside from the amazing I-will-never-be-avegetarian-again relief—is that all of Lifeline’s meats and cheeses are biodynamic, organic and locally raised and butchered. That makes us conscientious carnivores happy as a pig in slop.


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Best Budget Lunch Best Place to Eat Alone: Taco del Sol Count us among the hordes of broke and lonely Missoulians who grub regularly at Taco del Sol. Missoula’s favorite taco joint now operates four locations (counting the new Boca Rey spinoff on W. Central Avenue), so tummy contentment is never far away. And if fat $5 burritos, funky music and stacks of the best reading material in town aren’t enough, the downtown location serves Kettlehouse Cold Smoke and stays open late Friday nights during the summer to fuel your late-night revelry.

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Best Family-Friendly Dining: The Montana Club Parents consider a few different measurables when it comes to deeming a restaurant worthy of their children’s presence. There’s the scream factor—as in, if or when my kid screams, how thoroughly embarrassed will I be? There’s the deliciousness of the mac and cheese and/or spaghetti, depending on your moppet’s must-have favorite. And then, perhaps most crucial, there’s the quality of the coloring book and complimentary crayons that keep the little ones occupied before dinner arrives. The newly remodeled Montana Club passes on all fronts, plus earns bonus points for serving some excellent prime rib to keep mom and dad happy and content as they mentally prepare for bedtime. Best Sandwich: Doc’s Gourmet Sandwich Express You might miss Doc’s the first time you happen by. It’s tucked into a doorway on Higgins Avenue and it’s easy to miss it if you’re not looking. That is,

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unless it’s lunchtime. Then, typically, the line to the counter bunches against the front door. That’s because Doc’s uses only the highest-grade ingredients, makes all their concoctions from scratch and employs only the super-friendliest of staffers. If you haven’t been in yet, we have it on high authority that you should try the Doc Holiday, a turkey sandwich with herb stuffing, cranberry sauce, lettuce and mayonnaise on multigrain bread. If that doesn’t do the trick, turn to the Doctor Who, which includes turkey, cheddar cheese, bacon, avocado, mayonnaise, lettuce and tomato on toasted sourdough bread. Soleil, a Doc’s manager, thinks you’ll cherish either choice. “I think anybody who comes in here once,” she says, “comes back.” Best Mexican Food: El Cazador We’re a long way from Mexico, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get your south-of-the-border fix in Big Sky Country. There are a few choices in town, but Missoula’s reigning luchador is downtown’s El Cazador. Manager Augie Guererro reports that the enchiladas verdes and “The Bandera”—a cut of flank steak with peppers, onions and sliced tomatoes—are the two most popular dishes. And just because El Caz’s dishes are delish doesn’t mean they’ll break the bank. Ten bucks will get you out the door full and feeling like a champ. Best Asian Food: Sa Wad Dee Upon reviewing this year’s Best of Missoula winners, only one compelled the Indy’s entire editorial staff to get up, walk out of the meeting room and head immediately to lunch. Ladies and gentlemen: Sa Wad Dee. We were drawn to the chicken peanut curry and coconut-y tom kah gai, a soup that achieves that perfect equilibrium of

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You can miss it if you’re not careful. In the back of Orange Street Food Farm, between aisles 12 and 13, stands a sizable three-shelf display stocked with an assortment of mostly organic and/or international goodies. The lineup of these shelves constantly rotates. For instance, one recent shopping trip revealed a bag of sun-dried tomato and cheese focaccia baking mix, Yohay brand “Lemon Tea” shortbread cookies, luncheon meat from Poland, herring fillets in mushroom cream sauce, and Island Pineapple grilling marinade in a spritzer bottle. John Lubbers, majority owner of the Food Farm, tells us that most of the products displayed on the shelves come from Tree of Life, the nation’s leading distributor of natural and specialty foods. When Tree of Life has a surplus of one item, an item isn’t fit for bulk distribution or an item is discontinued, they call up the Food Farm. That means loyal shoppers get treated to an ever-revolving and often fleeting aisle of intrigue. “People really like it,” says Lubbers. “I know I shop there.”


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sweet, sour and spice. Sa Wad Dee offers quick, fairly inexpensive lunches, as well as dinners with an authentic ambience. We only wish—and Missoulians seem to agree—that they offered some sort of meal plan to help us justify all the repeat visits. Best Seafood: Sushi Hana Ever wonder why there’s a mile-long line outside Sushi Hana on Wednesday nights? It might have something to do with the mid-week $1 sushi special, but more likely it has to do with huge cuts of fresh tuna, salmon, yellowtail and eel draped over little beds of sticky rice. In other words, it has to do with taste. The downtown establishment packs in the crowds for lunch and dinner—specials or not—and can take credit for turning more than

a few landlocked Montanans into true sushi lovers. Our recommendation for your next visit: Take a chance and ask the chef to surprise you with a specialty roll. We’ve never been disappointed. Best Produce Best Salad Best Supermarket Best Vegetarian Food: Good Food Store The Good Food Store (GFS) is the best of the Best of Missoula, with Indy readers voting it the cream of the crop in four different categories, more than any other local establishment. It’s like Michael Phelps meets Michael Pollan. Many Missoula foodies report that GFS isn’t just the best grocery store in Missoula—

Best of Both Worlds People say Missoula boasts the best of both worlds—nature and culture, hipsters and ranchers, hot summers and snowy winters. But how about when Missoula’s favorite ice cream parlor teams up with the city’s most beloved brewery? Yes, the good folks at the Big Dipper have created Cold Smoke ice cream in honor of the Kettlehouse’s popular scotch ale. Cold Smoke ice cream is the antidote to indulgent Missoulians’ indecision. And it’s damn good—malty, a little nutty, subtle, yet distinctly Cold Smoke. For us, the flavor comes on strongest in the aftertaste, just like the much-loved beer. The Big Dipper actually makes the ice cream from reduced wort—beer without hops and before fermentation—which explains the malty taste. But the process is labor intensive, so Cold Smoke isn’t always available. When it is stocked—like a couple weeks ago, when Big Dipper ice cream maestro Bryan Hickey decided to brew a batch—it sells out fast. Again, just like the beer. Next time you’re lucky enough to score a pint, we offer a simple suggestion: Try a Cold Smoke float. Two scoops in a beer mug, with a pour of the actual suds over the top, and you’ve created a culinary celebration distinct to our neighborhood. it’s the best they’ve ever been to, period. With spreads of organic and local produce, bulk foods, meats, wines and cheeses, and a top-notch salad bar, it’s food that not only tastes good, but makes you feel good about where it came from and how it was produced. GFS simply lives up to its name, year after year. Good Food Store won in the original Best of Missoula for Best Food Market.

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Best Hamburger: Missoula Club It must be those juicy chunks of onion packed right into the patty that raise the Missoula Club’s burgers above the rest. Nothing goes better with a pint of PBR, except maybe a riveting game on the

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Best Reason to Go Underground Sure, you can sit upstairs at the Double Front Café, but we’d recommend heading downstairs to the café’s lounge. Freshly fried chicken, pitchers of red beer and Johnny Cash on the jukebox all create a certain charm despite the fact that you’re in a windowless basement. Call it dive-bar ambiance. The celebrated fried chicken—perfectly crispy on the outside, moist and salty on the inside—is delivered via a dumbwaiter. Friendly, no-B.S. bartenders serve cold beer, cheap. Want to play cribbage? There’s a board behind the bar. Want to watch “Jeopardy”? Ask nicely and they’ll let you switch the station. Want to know just how popular this understated lounge—and especially that chicken—has become? Swivel around and eye the eclectic group of regulars; you’ll recognize ’em, and aspire to eventually join their ranks. are hauntingly delicious. They’re not too battered, not too bare. They’re velvety inside and never, ever overcooked. It’s the kind of place that makes you a believer that fries can be more than a side—they can be a meal. That distinction—plus their win in this category—is the highest praise we can offer. Best Pizza Best Chef: Bob Marshall, Biga Pizza We’re a little bitter. The best pizza joint in town—and, some would argue, well beyond town— has become so popular that we’ve waited up to an hour at the VFW next door waiting for a table. But, every time—even if we endure karaoke—it’s more than worth the wait. Bob Marshall’s Biga Pizza has even the East Coast pizza snobs among us drooling over its brick-oven pies. Marshall mixes old country mastery with fresh Montana ingredients to cook up who-woulda-thunk-it creations, like seasonal Flathead cherry pizza with Italian sausage, cherry chutney and smoked gouda. And that’s just one option—Marshall’s salads could feed an army, the

antipasto plates overflow and lunchtime regulars swear by the spicy Tuscan tuna sandwich. Wait or not, we join our readers in being hopelessly devoted to this local treasure. Best Caterer: Two Sisters Your wedding day is stressful enough without having to worry about what you’re going to eat. Rest easy with Two Sisters Catering. Their menu is stuffed with delectable options for whatever you crave. Thinking of spicing up your reception? Choose the Cajun buffet, complete with chicken and andouille sausage jambalaya, fried catfish and chicken gumbo. Looking for just some finger foods to keep your guests happy? Premium apps include bacon-wrapped barbecue shrimp, smoked salmon canapés, pepper steak and horseradish aioli bruschetta and seared duck breast on sweet potato gaufrette, among other mouthwatering options. With food like this, you should be able to stomach even the most nerve-racking nuptials.

Best Ice Cream: Big Dipper There are few certainties in Missoula, but we’ve found one as dependable as the sunrise: If it’s a gorgeous summer day, there’ll be a line in front of the Big Dipper. This staple of the Missoula summer— and, since the counter’s open year-round, fall, spring and winter—started in 1995 with only a used ice cream machine and a freezer in the back of the Kettlehouse Brewery. In the years since, the Dipper has gained national recognition in Food and Wine and Budget Travel, as well as in just about every regional publication. Even so, they refuse to rest on their laurels. In addition to offering up a slew of old favorites and innovative concoctions (mango jabanero sorbet?), they remain committed to their slogan: “If you can imagine a flavor…we can make it.” As the Big Dipper basks in this year’s win, we’ll try to dream up some flavor to challenge them before next year’s Best of Missoula. Best Milk Shake: Uptown Diner It only seems like the Uptown Diner has won Best Milk Shake for the past 84 years. Really, this old-school Higgins Avenue establishment has only won every year since 1998, the first time we introduced the category. But with the Uptown’s milk shake menu, we wouldn’t be surprised to see them win for the next 84 years. Our favorite remains the “Liquid Pavement,” a blend of espresso, fudge, chocolate and Oreos. But our favorite part of ordering is the fact that each shake is served with a spoon instead of a straw. That, friends, is what milk shakes are all about. Best Steak: The Depot Upset alert! Since this category debuted 15 years ago, Lolo Steakhouse—formerly Guy’s—has dominated the competition. But this year Missoula’s own

famous steak joint, The Depot, jumps into the lead spot. Hand-cut New York and prime rib are the most popular items, and they’re cooked to order no matter how bloodied or charred you want them. Add one of those to a side of baked potato or rice pilaf and we’re in carnivore heaven. Best Desserts: Mustard Seed This win is about much more than fortune cookies. Mustard Seed pastry chefs Matt Ball and Jill Geisler have won this award three years straight for putting a little extra TLC into their desserts. The ice cream is made on the premises and Brown, who admits to a soft spot for chocolate, takes special care in making the chocolate mousse. Our favorite may be the white chocolate raspberry cheesecake, or the poppy seed rum cake. And while we certainly like a dish of General Mustard’s chicken, we’re not shy about visiting the Mustard Seed simply to share a plate of one of Ball and Geisler’s creations. Best Bakery: Bernice’s Bakery General Manager Scott Hevener says the secret to his bakery’s success is a lot of time, a lot of sweat and a lot of butter. In fact, you can find someone working in the bakery 24 hours a day, 363 days a year. But this isn’t just about sweet treats—it’s about being a conscientious member of the community. Bernice’s re-uses building materials, buys locally, composts its coffee grounds and heats the building with the bakery’s ovens. “It’s about making tasty stuff, and keeping it a friendly place for people to gather,” says Hevener. “It’s kind of a second home for a lot of people.” Bernice’s Bakery won in the original Best of Missoula for Best Bakery.

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Familiar faces on the stools and at the tap make this Maple Street staple a warm place for a cold IPA from noon to 8 p.m. Swarms of post-work patrons are constant evidence that Tim O’Leary and his squad are doing something right, and the operation continues to grow. Canning is running full-steam at the spacious new First Street pad these days, and fourpacks of Cold Smoke and Double Haul are becoming a constant on local shelves. As any dedicated patron knows, the place we spend our nights is merely a “home away from Kettlehouse.” Best Local Brew: Kettlehouse Cold Smoke Nothing screams 5:15 p.m. on a Friday like that first pint of locally brewed nectar. The Kettlehouse Brewery’s Cold Smoke Scotch Ale holds its own once again as Missoula’s favorite frosty beverage. Hardly a day goes by when it ain’t on tap, and when it isn’t you’re sure to hear about it. We remember a time not too long ago—last fall, to be exact—when the kegs ran dry for a spell. We’d like to say we didn’t piss and moan, but then we’d be masking our addiction. And really, that tingle and that smoky aftertaste never fail to remind us why we’ve been dying to get out of the office since noon. Best Bartender: Al Pils, Kettlehouse You love his witty barbs and barstool wisdom, often plastered on a prominent whiteboard next to the television for everyone to read. You love his tapBest Bartender: Al Pils, Kettlehouse

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room playlist, even when—or especially when—it’s heavy on the Gourds. You love that he actually remembers your name, even though that’s so cliché. You love that he hates clichés. You love his running commentary on and steadfast support of the local music scene, Midwestern sports teams and, like any true Missoulian, the things that make this town tick. You especially love the Kettlehouse beer he pours, but even if you didn’t you’d still seek out those few slow afternoons when you could find an empty stool at the bar and catch up with the man. You love Al Pils for any of these reasons, and more, and that’s what makes this award all his this year. Best Retail Beer Selection: Orange Street Food Farm The Orange Street Food Farm has a lot of beer. We went in to count the daunting number of selections, but quickly grew discouraged in the face of the enormous wall space dedicated to beer. So, we decided to ask. But Nick Nagle, the night manager, didn’t even know how many flavors the store carried until he kindly offered to count them for us. When he called us back 10 minutes later—it took him that long to count—he told us the magic number: more than 200. That’s a lot of beer, and makes the Food Farm this category’s winner, once again. Best Liquor Store: Grizzly Liquor Grizzly Liquor bills itself as Missoula’s “Tailgate Headquarters,” and it’s true. Missoula’s libation station on Spruce Street is a convenient and necessary stopover to any gridiron battle at Washington-Grizzly Stadium. Sandy, a friendly employee, reports that during the Griz’s last home outing, a 24-13 drubbing of Weber State during the playoff quarterfinals, Grizzly Liquor sold $12,000 more booze than the establishment sells on a typical day. That’s a lotta Mad Dog! This fall, when the Griz take the field on Sept. 5 against Western State, we highly recommend you head to Grizzly Liquor early to stock up.

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Best Convenience Store: Ole’s Country Stores The makings of any great adventure begins at any one of the Ole’s locations throughout town. Stop in empty handed, and leave with the essentials: burrito, pack of smokes, case of beer, bag of pretzels, Gatorade (for later), full tank of gas and, if the mood strikes you, a really awesome pair of aviators. As with any convenience store, it’s Ole’s special promotions— like two 32-ounce Xzudes for a buck— that keep our readers stocking up here before every trek out of town.

Wartime Blues and traveling old school punks like the Queers. On Sundays, the bar switches it up for Jazz Martini Nights, where candlelit tables and live jazz bands make for a classy atmosphere of moony-eyed conversation. And then there are special music events, like Total Fest, which returns again this summer for three days and 40-some bands of raucous revelry. It’s no surprise, then, that the Badlander wins the honor of Best Place to Hear Live Music. But Best Bar? That speaks to the venue’s diversity beyond just live music. Our readers have embraced the Badlander’s other attractions, like a pub quiz, rawk n’ roll bingo with Colin Hickey, sweaty Dead Hipster dance parties and political gatherings with Forward Montana. The spacious bar itself includes couches to lounge on, booths to crowd into and bar stools to sit on when you need to have a stiff drink and that heart-to-heart with the bartender about where your life went wrong. For all of the above, let’s raise a toast to the Badlander for taking two of our premier categories this year. Best Place to Dance: Union Club At some venues, dancing can come off as irritatingly self-indulgent—you’re there to see the band, right? But at the Union Club, people regularly go swing dance and jitterbug crazy, whether the band of the night is Zeppo, Russ Nasset and the Revelators, Bob Wire, Tom Catmull, Shane Clouse or some other gang of noisemakers. We think we know the secret to the Union Club’s firm grip on this category—no cover charge, ever. Best Bar to Hook Up: Stockman’s When we stepped into Stock’s on a recent Tuesday, we managed to count 13 backward baseball caps among the crowd. That’s a telltale sign of one thing, according to leading scientific minds: College dudes looking to score a random hookup. Sure enough, our suspicions were confirmed when we watched as a young woman in a denim skirt and tank top shook over to a gentleman sporting a Mohawk. A few minutes later, the same young woman was in another man’s lap—a man wearing a backward baseball cap, we might add—while her friend sucked on the ear of the gentleman with the Mohawk. We’d seen enough, but the young woman wasn’t quite done. On our

Best Outdoor Dining: Finn & Porter It’s hard to beat a summer evening on the Finn & Porter’s deck overlooking the Clark Fork River. With fishermen usually casting lines within view, Mount Sentinel towering above and friendly servers delivering heaping plates of fresh mussels and spicy calamari, our readers agree that it’s as comfortably luxurious as any outdoor experience in Missoula.

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Best Prediction We’ve seen some clever bathroom quotes in Charlie B’s over the years. “I’m so ugly a female fly isn’t attracted to me,” and, on the condom machine, “For full refund, return baby.” But the one that stands out the most—literally— is the prescient one-liner, “Just wait ’til the whole bathroom’s painted BLACK!!!” which is surrounded by, you guessed it, black paint. Restroom quotes usually appeal to our darker sense of humor, but this is ridiculous. Charlie’s has always maintained a sense of tradition, and while the bar chose to do away with most of the bathroom’s words of wisdom, it kept this bit from a local Nostradamus. More recently, someone else added the following in white ink: “Graffitti [sic] endures.” If history holds true, we can only expect the Charlie’s restroom to someday surround this statement with a fresh coat of white paint.

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their names on a slip. And who knows? Maybe the timid one in the group will prove a vocal Neil Diamond in the rough. Best Pool Table: The Palace Lounge Who needs a hip hop show or a reunion of Jeff Ament’s college metal band as an excuse to hit the Palace Lounge? Not us, and apparently not our readers. Primo billiard tables and a snappy bar are more than enough to draw a crowd. Depending on the time of day, the place could be packed with pool sharks or the usual low-key, couch-crashing video game crew. No bent bar cues or ripped felt here. The Palace does a good job of keeping its digs in order. Just one piece of advice: Don’t be the guy who sends a cue ball flying onto some patron’s foot. Trust us. We’ve been there. The Palace won in the original Best of Missoula for Best Pool Table.

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with a pinkie held high. Not around these parts. At the Finn & Porter, locals and visitors alike can choose between the comfort of their classy yet casual dining room, or their inviting outdoor patio, and take their time choosing from the best martini menu in Missoula. If you’re from out of town and maybe looking to, um, “check out the scenery,” perhaps a white chocolate martini will say, “I’m the lady of your dreams.” Or maybe you’ve never had a martini before because it doesn’t fit with your earthy rep. In that case, order the Green-tini with guilt-free, eco-friendly vodka. But there’s no question about our favorite: The Montuckey-tini, which includes Woodford Reserve Bourbon, Grand Marnier and orange juice. Bet you can’t find that one in some swanky Big Apple club. Best Bloody Mary: Last Run Inn For the amateur Bloody Mary mixers among us, behold Missoula’s Holy Grail: the Last Run Inn’s lip-smacker. Whether you just ripped Snowbowl’s East Bowls in knee-deep powder or wussed out and moseyed down Second Thought, don’t think twice about what to order at the bar. The Last Run Inn’s Bloody Mary is the all-in-one cure for sore legs, dehydration and the urge to call it a day, which is why it wins, once again, in this category. Best Bar For A Stiff Pour: Al’s & Vic’s Some bartenders’ idea of a cocktail comes in a skinny glass with an umbrella. Those bartenders don’t work at Al’s and Vic’s. The blue-collar brother of the James Bar next door is an establishment by drinkers for drinkers, but lacks the personalized bar stools or cigarette smoke of Charlie B’s. Put it this way—when you walk in, nobody gives you the stink eye. But Megan, one of many venerable Al’s and Vic’s barkeeps, does keep it real. We ordered a whisky and seven and she poured it long and slow, garnishing our beverage with quality conversation. We didn’t try, but we imagine that if we’d followed up with an apple martini, she would have kicked us in the teeth, picked us up and poured us a proper shot of bourbon before sending us on our way. Best Happy Hour: Jakers If you live or work downtown, a lot of attention gets heaped on the hoppin’ happy hours near Higgins Avenue. But an increasingly less secret hot spot exists down Brooks Street, on the way toward the South Hills and Reserve Street, at Jakers. The American grill—we recommend the steaks, which come out still sizzling on hot

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plates—packs ’em in three deep at happy hour for one main reason. Er, maybe two—as in, two drinks for the price of one. Find out what all the fuss is about weekdays from 4–6 p.m. (and from 9–11 p.m., including weekends), and order any beer, house wine or well drink. We hear the Long Island iced teas are most popular. Best Casino: Silver Slipper Lounge, Casino and Card Room This south side staple offers a little slice of Las Vegas on the way to Lolo. Located next to the Conoco on Highway 93, the Silver Slipper recently finished a complete remodel. The Sin City-styled lounge includes a fireplace, more than 20 beers on tap, 18 flat-screen TVs, a larger poker room, the “Buck Hunter” video game and a new outdoor patio. All the trimmings are nice, but we think it’s the friendly staff—they take a page from Al’s & Vic’s when it comes to pouring drinks—that deals the Slipper its winning hand. Best LGBTI Scene: AmVets This underground bar—literally—continues its reign as the top spot for Missoula’s queer crowd. What rookies may not realize, though, is AmVets’ dance floor draws in birds of all feathers. We’ve stopped in more than a few times, both for the $1 Jell-o shots and for a chance to strut our moves (tastefully, thank you very much) on the stripper pole in the center of the bar. It’s no wonder AmVets also places second for Best Place to Dance. AmVets won in the original Best of Missoula for Best Gay and Lesbian Scene.

HEALTH AND WELLNESS Best Massage Therapist: Willa Gingery This year’s best masseuse takes her job seriously. Willa Gingery first became interested in massage after her mother, an arthritis sufferer, visited a massage therapist and lived the next two weeks of her life pain free. Gingery now focuses her practice on chronic issues in hopes that she can offer the same sort of relief to clients. “I like to think of massage,” she says, “not as a treat, but as a treatment.” Her office, a nondescript building off Brooks Street, backs up that philosophy. “It’s for the everyday, blue-collar folks who sit at desks or lift heavy stuff,” Gingerly explains. With enough hardworking locals needing her helping hands, Gingerly earns enough votes to win this inaugural category.


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sion is usually who we trust most when it comes time to, say, cough. For the second year in a row the Indy’s readers have made this an easy choice and scheduled their annual checkup with Eric Ravitz and his team at Blue Mountain Clinic. Ravitz’s approach to his patients is so calm, thorough and open-minded that Patch Adams should take notes. That same patientfirst philosophy filters down to the rest of the clinic’s indispensable family practice staff, including Laura Marx, Mindy Opper and Kelly Polus. Nobody ever enjoys getting sick, but the Photo by Chad Harder caring Blue Mountain Clinic crew at least helps to speed up the healing process.

Best Massage Therapist: Willa Gingery

Best Chiropractor: Anthony Lambert So you spent all morning weeding the garden, and now your back hurts as bad as your kale looks. What to do? Check your kale for aphids— and go visit Anthony Lambert at Lambert Family Chiropractic, Missoula’s subluxation-fixing station. (That’s a spinal misalignment, by the way.) Dr. Anthony, as he’s called, is known for his holistic approach, combining top-notch chiropractic care with wellness workshops and massage. Trust our readers: Dr. Anthony’s got your back. Best Dentist: Ike Heaphy Like most in his field, Ike Heaphy knows the importance of keeping his customers relaxed and calm while under the drill. In fact, Heaphy says one of his main operating rooms has a window that faces a backyard, complete with a squirrel house and a big tree. It’s a scene he calls “a quaint little place,” perfect for helping clients chill out while Heaphy works at keeping their mandibles free from decay. But more than his serene setting, Heaphy wins this award for his neighborly approach. “If you just be honest and friendly with people,” he says, “they reciprocate, especially in Missoula.”

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Best Doctor Best Health Clinic: Eric Ravitz, Blue Mountain Clinic We all take our health care options pretty darn seriously—just ask Max Baucus—and our first deci-

Best Dentist: Ike Heaphy

Best Optometrist: Kimberly Everingham Those of us who are visually impaired and require the use of pre-

scription glasses know just how important it is to get tested—and tested accurately—during an eye exam. When locals turn their hazy gaze toward help in this department, they focus in on Kimberly N. Everingham with Rocky Mountain Eye Center. Everingham’s worked at the facility since 1988 and, after tallying this year’s vote, we can see pretty clearly that she’s our readers’ top choice for eye care. Best Physical Therapist: Angela Listug-Vap, Alpine Physical Therapy Angela Listug-Vap probably doesn’t boast about her accomplishments at the neighborhood potluck—she’s pretty modest that way—but we’re here to tout one especially impressive aspect of her resume. Listug-Vap is a graduate of the Hayward Physical Therapy Fellowship in Advanced Orthopedic Manual Therapy. This comprehensive approach to PT ensures, according to the fellowship, “a systematic decision-making framework to effectively assess and reassess progress and solve complex

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patient problems.” Most of her clients just want to get back onto a pair of skis or conquer their first marathon, but rest assured that Listug-Vap comes prepared to handle pretty much anything you got.

’cause we’re not the newest hotel in town.” And with roughly 200 employees, the Doubletree certainly has no shortage of help for guests in need— or people who deserve to take a bow for this year’s award.

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Best Home Accessories: Target Target’s inventory gracefully straddles the line between cheap and hip. It’s pretty easy to walk out of the bright red box store loaded up with elegant cocktail accessories and a stylish apple green toaster without having to pay the elaborate prices of a high-end department store. For the funkierminded, it’s just as easy to lock in on a side table that looks like it’s from an overseas flea market, without having to fly across the world to find it. That convenience and diverse selection makes the big red store a winner with Indy readers this year.

Best Lodging: Doubletree We like to think Missoula leaves a good and lasting impression on visitors, but it only takes one crappy hotel room to erase all that. Fortunately, the Doubletree on the banks of the Clark Fork River is here to clinch the deal. “We’re ranked second in the nation right now out of Doubletrees in customer service,” says general manager Dan Carlino. “We score pretty well year after year, and obviously that makes the difference

Best Toy Store: Learning Tree True story: A certain local 3-year-old decided, for reasons unclear, that Santa was destined to bring her “a silly looking donkey with umbrella eyes” this past Christmas. Mom and Dad, convinced the bizarre wish would pass, paid it no mind until, on Christmas Eve, they realized the 3year-old’s mind wasn’t going to change. The fate of Christmas morning, it seemed, rested on this fantastical donkey’s arrival. Dad then turned to the place Missoulians most trust when it comes to the wants and needs of 3-year-olds: The Learning Tree in Southgate Mall. The store stocks everything from Playmobile to plush toys, Melissa and Doug products to pretty marbles. And, low and behold, donkey figurines. Alas, no umbrella eyes, but the last-minute find still worked like a charm, and solidified The Learning Tree’s status as the best toy store in town. Best Veterinarian: Minott Pruyn To say that Minott Pruyn has experience with animals is an understatement. The Pruyn Veterinary Clinic opened 60 years ago when Earl Minott Pruyn graduated from veterinary school at Washington State University and returned home to Missoula. Earl died in June of last year, but his clinic continues under the gentle hands of his son, Minott, who has 34 years of his own experience. Besides the Pruyn’s considerable time taking care of Fluffy and Fido, the clinic offers late hours and rehabilitative equipment to ensure that your little furball fully recovers—and that Minott wins this category for another year. Best Real Estate Agent: Mindy Palmer Sure, Mindy Palmer’s Best of Missoula winning streak has a lot to do with her distinctive and

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Best Department Store: Macy’s

ubiquitous advertising. That Men in Black photo—the one with Mindy sporting psychedelic Chuck Taylor’s—has pretty much made her a local celebrity. But let’s not overlook the fact that Mindy’s among the hardest working real estate agents in town. Those Chucks must be worn thin, and our readers have noticed. Best Apartment Rental Agency: Garden City Property Management We think a good property management company is like a good restaurant server. They get you what you need, deal with any gripes and then they leave you alone. Garden City’s a perfect example. If something breaks, they fix it pronto. If you lock yourself out, they let you in. This service costs $30, but if you’re polite, and it’s not the middle of the night, they might let it slide. And, lastly, if your rent is late, they don’t bend you over. The fee is nominal. Bottom line: If Garden City were a server, we’d sit at their table. Best Computer Repair Shop: Computer ER The owner of Computer ER, Craig Flint, wants you to know that his employees are not nerds. They are not the “Company Computer Guys” who scoff at your lame computer questions or who roll their eyes at whether you use a PC or a Mac. Indeed, Computer ER services both kinds

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of computers and actually works evenings and weekends to make damn sure that the assignment you lost to some evil virus will be found in time for finals week. “We are not robots,” Flint says. And by the sincerity in his voice, we know this to be true. Best Department Store: Macy’s During the city’s recent drafting of a long-term Downtown Master Plan, residents, business owners, elected officials and other stakeholders spent considerable time discussing the importance of “catalysts.” In other words, things that draw people away from Reserve Street or Southgate Mall and into our vital city center. During the conversation, Macy’s wasn’t just listed as a catalyst for Missoula, but mentioned as perhaps the key to our downtown’s future. And when you think about it, that’s not too surprising—Macy’s offers Missoula’s most discerning shoppers everything from men’s suits to women’s fragrances, fine jewelry to cutlery, bedding to name-brand boots and has done so for decades. This year’s Best of Missoula victory, and the Downtown Master Plan process, just goes to show how much Missoula appreciates what this store means to the community. Macy’s, formerly known as the Bon Marche, won in the original Best of Missoula for Best Department Store.

Best Reason to Procreate There are hundreds of reasons to fret about bringing a little one into the world today: a mounting deficit, global warming, Glenn Beck, and so on. But there’s at least one reason why it makes sense to spawn in Missoula: Blackbird Kid Shop Dance Parties. With apologies to Dead Hipster parties at the Badlander, Metal Militia nights at the Palace Lounge and all those karaoke events across town, Blackbird’s shindigs may be the best deal in Missoula. For a nominal cover, parents and their offspring can mosh in a meticulously cleaned Palace Lounge to the funkadelic sounds of DJ Colin Hickey. This isn’t Barney played on a boom box in a dingy basement—it’s vintage Jackson 5, a professional sound system, concert lights and a bubble machine. Blackbird co-owner Kia Liszak cribbed the idea from an East Coast phenomenon called Baby Loves Disco, blowout affairs that draw thousands of screaming tykes to huge clubs. The Missoula version maintains a low-key vibe, but sticks to the same general concept—spiff up a popular local nightspot (Liszak and her husband, Volumen’s Doug Smith, spend hours cleaning the Palace), play popular dance music that appeals to all ages, and no one’s allowed in unless they’re accompanied by a kid. The little ones burn off energy and down Shirley Temples while the ’rents hang back and imbibe a beer or two. Too often parents get left out of the night club scene. We’re not saying these parties are the only reason to have a kid in Missoula, but they sure help balance out all the sleepless nights and dirty diapers. Just a little.

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Best Financial Institution: Missoula Federal Credit Union You may be struggling to rub two pennies together, but at the Missoula Federal Credit Union you can walk in like you own the place. As a member of the nonprofit financial cooperative, you actually do. It makes us feel a little better about calling and asking—again—if they’ll forgive that $22 overdraft fee. But even if they don’t, at least the money doesn’t go to some corporate bigwig. It goes back to members in the form of dividends and better service. That sort of local connection convinces our readers that Missoula Fed is their best investment.

Best Furniture Store: Wagner’s Home Furnishings Forget about that beer-stained, secondhand couch you got years ago, or the dining table that features scores of ring marks from all those dishes you forgot to wash and put away. Our readers think that Wagner’s Home Furnishings, a family run Missoula institution since 1953, is the best place to hook you up with a decent array of new furniture. On a recent visit we found some pretty sweet barstools that we think will look great next to the beer-stained, secondhand couch that we can’t quite afford to replace yet. Best Hobby/Craft Shop: Treasure Chest Back in the old days you could score massive amounts of Dungeons & Dragons figurines at the Treasure Chest. But times have changed since you rolled for dexterity and faced your doppelganger in the twisted madness created by your dungeon master. The Treasure Chest has changed with the times, too, and now sells an abundance of transportation hobby items. That means they have remote controlled helicopters that can fly outside and inside your home. If you’re more of a rails type, there are also model trains and miniature boats. It’s a sweet collection—almost as sweet as the Bloodseeker Drake and the Grimlock.

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Best Lawyer: Paul Ryan Sooner or later you’re going to do something stupid and wind up in front of a judge. Whether you get caught driving wasted, or punching out the meathead rooting against the Griz, our readers suggest you call Paul Ryan. The Missoula lawyer says he’s gone out of his way to make sure

clients can count on him. After years at a large firm, Ryan opened up his own shop on Front Street in 2007. Since then, he’s focused his practice on personal injury, family law and criminal defense. “We’re an operation that works hard,” he says. “We’re not too big, and we’ve been successful with good results in court.” No objections here—Ryan’s the winner. Best Motorcycle/ATV Dealer: Montana Harley Davidson-Buell Riding a Harley is all about attitude. And at our local Harley shop, you can ride away with all the attitude you need, even if you’re not willing to plunk down half a year’s paycheck for a new Fat Bob. Montana Harley DavidsonBuell offers rentals at a cost of $145 per day, with unlimited miles. That means—as long as you have experience with a heavyweight bike— you can take a red hot Road King out for a spin over Lolo Pass, or see what a blue pearl Street Glide feels like on a scenic trip to Thompson Falls. And once you fall smitten to the sweet ride, you just need to talk to the same friendly staff that set you with the rental to find out how to buy your very own. Best New Car Dealer: Bitterroot Motors Whether they’re eyeing a 2009 Toyota Yaris, saving up for a newer model Ford F-150 or contemplating the purchase of a Scion xD, our readers find that Bitterroot Motors offers the best selection of new wheels. The Brooks Street lot opened in 1973 as just a Toyota dealership, then added Ford in 1981 and Scion in 2005, and continues to grow. In today’s auto market, it’s reassuring to know that a place like Bitterroot Motors continues to stand strong.

Our sincerest Best thanks Optometrist, to everyone who voted for Kimberly Everingham, OD OD Winner: Kimberly Everingham, for Winner Best Optometrist and Rocky Mountain Optical & Contact Lens Finalist: Best Eyewear, Rocky Mountain Optical & Contact Lens Center Center for Finalist Best Eyewear.

From eye exams and glasses fittings to cataract, corneal, pediatric, and glaucoma care, as well as LASIK surgery, Rocky Mountain Eye Center’s highly experienced staff of specialists keep abreast of all the latest developments in eye care. Rocky Mountain Optical & Contact Lens Center is a fullservice optical shop for all your eyeglass, sunglasses, and contact lens needs.

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Best Used Car Dealer: Eide Motors

Best Used Car Dealer: Eide Motors We’ve had our eye on a second car for a long time now—nothing too fancy, but a reliable, affordable, get-around car. We searched the classifieds, but wanted a little more confidence than buying from a shirtless dude with a Chevy on cinderblocks in his front yard. We checked out some of the other used car dealers in town, but the hard sells turned us off. Then we moseyed over to Eide Motors on Reserve Street. With a deep stock of cars to choose from—Mazda sports cars, Dodge Quad Cabs, plenty of Subarus, even a few Audis—and a smart, laidback staff, we were able to take our time in the lot, ask plenty of questions and mull over our options without any of the usual smarmy salesperson pressure. We even met owner Mark Eide for a second, and we talked about sports rather than cars. Long story short, Eide Motors makes its customers feel comfortable, and that usually leads to a good decision on a used car. While you voted Eide first in this category for the second year in a row (they tied for first three years ago), we happily drove off the lot with a well-kept Subaru.

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Best Pet Care/Boarding: Quick Paws For us smitten dog owners, it sometimes feels like our separation anxiety is as bad as our dog’s. But don’t go poppin’ your puppy’s Prozac. Instead, drop him off at Quick Paws, Missoula’s favorite doggy daycare. Whether you’re gone for a day or a week, your pooch will dig Quick Paws’ digs. But he’ll appreciate even more the threehour-long hikes in the woods with his new pals and his temporary companionship with a Quick Paws dog-sitting professional. And get this: Each day Quick Paws posts a picture on its website of your dog trottin’ through the trees, just to keep nervous owners apprised of their precious pet’s whereabouts. If only Quick Paws would take your two kids, too.

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Best Pet Supplies: PetSmart If you own a dog, cat, fish, bird, hamster, snake, turtle, lizard, horse or any other really cool creature that we haven’t even considered, you probably know PetSmart well. No matter how big or small your pet, this national chain carries the food or toys you need at an affordable price. As an extra bonus, you can also knock out any grooming. But may we suggest you just limit that to your dog or cat—grooming a lizard can get a little hairy. Best Plant Nursery: Caras Nursery Garden City green thumbs abound, and their favorite plant nursery, perennially, is Caras. Whether you’re looking to grow your own food, replace your burnt grass with water-wise native plants or you just want a few trees to block out your peering neighbors, Caras—with its 10,000 square feet of green house space—has plenty to fill up your pickup. It’s been in the Caras family since 1920, and a nursery since the late 1800s. If Caras can stay rooted that long, its trees and shrubs probably will, too. Best Store for Home Appliances: Vann’s This Missoula-owned store carries quite a tradition. The grandfather of business founder Pete Vann was once responsible for rescuing Charlie Russell—yep, that CM Russell—from a blizzard. Pete himself grew up on a cattle ranch near Great Falls before working as a janitor at a Missoula appliance store in the late 1940s. Eleven years later Pete bought the store, and over the years has turned Vann’s into the state’s largest independent retailer. The best thing about Vann’s is that, despite its expansion, the neighborly service, attention to detail and expert advice remain. It’s for those reasons that you continue to make it your first stop when it comes to home appliances.

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Best Way to Reclaim Your Youth Qwivals Fun Center in Victor serves up plenty of entertaining nonsense— miniature golf, laser tag, Dance Dance Revolution, etc.—but it’s their oldschool Go-Karts course that catapults old fogies back to the days of yore. Go-Karts afford those of us already feeling the creaks and groans of our old bones a chance to sit leisurely in a padded car and politely knock our friends into a tailspin. The stress and anger we’ve built up in our supposedly responsible adult lives? Gone in an instant, as you rev up and ram full force into the person in front of you. It’s not all collisions, of course. There’s the actual race, and trying to scoot around the track faster than Danica Patrick. That thrill alone should be enough to forestall any mid-life crisis involving a red sports car. At least for another year or two. Best Store for Home Electronics: Best Buy Once again, Best Buy wins our readers’ hearts as a one-stop-shop for all kinds of electronic gadgets and gizmos. Whether it’s a new HDTV to get grandma up to snuff with the transition to digital television, a new Belkin wireless router for you and your beau, or that Nintendo Wii that Skippy has been begging for, this towering blue and yellow warehouse meets your needs. Just one piece of advice: Save some extra time during your shopping to play at one of the video game demo stations. Those things are wicked awesome. Best Dry Cleaner Best Laundromat: Green Hanger “We’re just your friendly neighborhood laundromat,” says attendant Nina Corelli. A little modest, aren’t we Nina? Green Hanger offers free soap, free ironing service and competitively priced dry cleaning. Green Hanger operates enough washers and dryers to stay busy, but keep those long lines short—even during the Sunday evening rush. All that, and Green Hanger has ushered in an environmentally friendly brand of dry cleaning, thanks to the adoption of a new chemical that doesn’t make your hemp shirt reek. Much more than just a neighborhood laundromat—Green Hanger is our undisputed clothes cleaning champ. Best Florist: Bitterroot Flower Shop This Missoula institution, situated on the prime corner of Higgins and Sixth, does serious business when it comes time to show that special someone how much you care. For instance, during the week leading up to Mother’s Day, Bitterroot Flower Shop delivered 705 bouquets throughout the greater Missoula area. According to co-owner

Nancy Larson, that’s roughly 500 more than their usual busy week. It’s no wonder Indy readers voted the shop, once again, tops in this category. Bitterroot Flower Shop won in the original Best of Missoula for Best Floral Shop. Best CDs and Music: Rockin Rudy’s Whether it’s under the watchful eye of Elvis as you walk past the greeting cards, or in the shadow of the store’s enormous music listening library, you get the sense that you’re surrounded by the best in sonic pleasures at Rockin Rudy’s. Even after the music section shrunk earlier this year to account for the switch to digital downloads, old-school CD buyers and chronic browsers continue to turn to the back aisles of this local institution for their latest discovery. Even older-school fans—or, we suppose, those hip enough to like a little scratch, crackle and pop with their noise—frequent Rockin Rudy’s vinyl inventory at the Record Haven on Higgins Avenue. That new location carries 300,000 records at any given time, which means you’re bound to find something new to enjoy under headphones. Rockin Rudy’s won in the original Best of Missoula for Best Music Store. Best Store for Musical Instruments: Morgenroth Whether scouting for that first guitar or dropping the money on a new piano, Missoulians rely on Morgenroth Music Center to meet their musical needs. General manager Gary Bowman credits the full line of top-brand instruments the shop keeps in stock, from Taylor acoustic guitars to Yamaha pianos. “Because we’ve been around so long, we probably have the top name brands in the industry,” Bowman says. It’s also one of the

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only stores in Missoula that sells sheet music. “Keeps traffic in the store,” says Bowman, and it keeps Morgenroth at the top of this category. Best Pawn Shop: Liquid Assets Even for those who don’t know what they’re looking for, Liquid Assets probably has it. Firearms, fishing gear and a fine selection of musical instruments are just a few of the highlights. Tinker around with a Fender guitar or sift through DVDs for tonight’s entertainment. Kid signed up for the school band? How about a clarinet for $199? One modest investment and you could have the next Benny Goodman on your hands. That combination of practical finds and random discoveries puts Liquid Assets atop our readers’ list of pawn shops. Best Auto Repair: Kent Bros. Automotive It’s a common occurrence: A visitor to our fair city finds herself driving down Broadway behind a Subaru Outback. But wait, there’s one to the right, one to the left, two behind her, and, yes, one in the oncoming lane. No, you haven’t just entered a Subaru parade, you’re just in Missoula, and in Missoula we’re driving Outbacks. And if Missoula’s unofficial pace car is the Outback, our official pit crew

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is the master mechanics at Kent Bros. Automotive. Steve Bierwag and his team of Subie superstars are standing by to fix the inevitable, from blown head gaskets to cranky windows. But plan your breakdowns strategically, because these Subaru gods rest on Fridays. Kent Bros. Automotive won in the original Best of Missoula for Best Auto Repair. Best Car Wash: Happy Days The simple pleasure of a car wash is taken to new heights at Happy Days Car Wash. Eight bucks gets you “The Works,” which begins with a human rub down of your ride to get those tough-to-reach places. Next, you ride through the calming swishes of the automated car wash—suds, more suds, rinse and dry. At the end you get access to the fully stocked interior cleaning stations. As if that wasn’t enough, ladies earn a free Loose Caboose (ALERT: Best of Missoula cross-promotion with our readers’ Best Coffee Hut) latte with a Tuesday scrub down. That’s enough to make us wanna get a little dirty.

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Best Camera/Photo Store: The Dark Room We count western Montana among the most photogenic places in the world, and our readers count on the Dark Room to put it all in focus. The laid-back staff of professional photographers will

Best Attempt to End the 21st Century In a classic 1993 episode of “The Simpsons,” the town of Springfield finds itself flush with cash after the Environmental Protection Agency fines Mr. Burns $3 million for dumping nuclear waste. How to spend it? Smooth salesman Lyle Lanley (played by Phil Hartman) convinces the city to build a futuristic monorail. On it’s maiden voyage—marked by a Leonard Nemoy appearance—the monorail disastrously malfunctions and Homer, the conductor, stops the speeding train only by anchoring it to the town’s giant donut. Meanwhile, Lanley absconds with the cash. Little did the show’s writer, Conan O’Brien, know that 16 years later Missoula would be flush with stimulus money and an uncannily similar scheme to bilk it. In March, Unimodel introduced Missoula to “SkyTran,” a $25 million project that would use hydrogen-fuel-cell-powered “magnetic levitation vehicles”—essentially space pods—to connect Missoula and Hamilton. For better or worse, the two “visionaries” behind the proposal—Paul Williamson of the University of Montana’s Alternative Energy Technologies program and Unimodel CEO Christopher Perkins—lack Lanley’s salesmanship (and, perhaps, a citizenry as gullible as Springfield’s). The SkyTran mostly fell on deaf ears. But before they push these preposterous space pods and the promises that “Missoula is poised to become the Kitty Hawk of the 21st Century,” we recommend Williamson and Perkins watch the end of “The Simpsons” monorail episode. After leaving Springfield, Lanley’s flight redirects to North Haverbrook, a prior victim of his swindling, and he’s lynched by the locals.

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Best Signs of the Times

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Sometimes 15 years doesn’t seem like that long ago. Then you remember that Forest Gump swept the Oscars, Bill Clinton sat in the Oval Office, the 49ers won the Super Bowl and Michael Jackson released HIStory. Want to know just how much the times have changed? Check out some of the winners of the original Best of Missoula. Best Best Best Best Best Best Best Best Best

Local Band: The Moonlighters and Stand Up Stella (tie) New Restaurant: Hob Nob Café Jukebox: The Silver Dollar Griz Player: Dave Dickenson Lady Griz Player: Skyla Sisko Politician and Best Bureaucrat: Dan Kemmis Newsstand: Garden City News Ice Cream: Goldsmith’s Journalist: Woody Kipp

dial in the perfect set-up, and if you don’t know your aperture from your ass, take a class. The Dark Room offers Photoshop classes, darkroom classes and a free digital camera class for beginners with any camera purchase. That’s the kind of service you can’t get on the Internet, and why voting for the Dark Room is as easy as point-and-shoot. Best Ranch Supply Store: Quality Supply You’re a rancher and you’ll proudly admit you need equine supplies and power tools of the most durable kind. No frills necessary, no equipment that falls apart after a few weeks because it can’t take the tough Montana lifestyle. Quality Supply provides just what you need. What you might not admit is that you like to look sharp, too, which is why the ranch supply store’s inventory has grown to include Western wear that gives the cool air of Alan Jackson with the veteran feel of Randy Travis. We’re not saying it’s fashion over comfort, but Quaility Supply knows that there’s no harm in ranching with style. Best Hardware Store: Ace Hardware One thing you’ll never hear from a local who stumbles into Ace is that they couldn’t find a red-vested employee to help find the thingy needed to fix the whatchamacallit their spouse has been nagging them about for weeks. Employees at Ace are like Labs, so eager to please and right there when you need them. That’s a good thing, because we usually do need someone to point us in the right direction. And we need popcorn. And dog treats. And something to buy to make our neighbors jealous. Which is why our readers choose Ace with the same reliability demonstrated by their personnel. Ace Hardware won in the original Best of Missoula for Best Hardware. Best Antiques: Antique Mall When it comes to antique shops, Missoulians sure know how to pick ’em. Every corner of this four-story mall hides another forgotten marvel, from old Montana newspaper type to classic wicker fishing creels. Glass cases brim with worldly pins, stunning necklaces and vintage Yellowstone Park kitsch. The Antique Mall is ideal for downtown weekend treasure hunting, and if you’re in need of a new summer project, there’s plenty of sturdy wood furniture that could do with some polish and a new coat of shellac. Best Bookstore: The Book Exchange There’s something about used books. They don’t feel any less valuable, like used clothes. They feel well-loved, carefully thumbed-through and then passed on for someone else to enjoy.

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It’s like an inanimate wanderer that found its way to you. There’s also something about paying less for books. And swapping your read books for a fresh stack of unread ones. For all of these reasons, our readers pick the Book Exchange as Missoula’s favorite bookstore. Best Big Box Store: Costco Just how big is this perennial box store winner? According to Christy Arledge, membership marketing manager for our local Costco, the store counts approximately 40,000 current memberships, which she estimates to equal more than 80,000 individual shoppers perusing the 117,000 square-foot facility. More importantly, Arledge says Costco employs about 200 people, 30 percent of whom are students. But you probably voted for Costco because of the great deals. We asked Arledge, who has worked at Costco for 18 years, what she recommends as the best bargain in the box store. “Milk,” she answered quickly. “Two gallons of non-fat milk runs just $3.59. For the average family, that alone will pay off your membership in less than a year.” We can drink a shot of cow juice to that.

SPORTS AND RECREATION Best Fly-fishing Shop: Grizzly Hackle It certainly helps that when you arrive in the morning for your guided fishing tour at Grizzly Hackle, they’ve got a coffee shop with espresso drinks and sweet muffins to jumpstart your brain. The fly-fishing shop also has a few philosophies about fishing that makes Missoulians swoon. First off, the people who work there are wild about equipment that has environmentally friendly aspects, like their Vibram sole boots that prevent whirling disease for fish. And secondly, they pride themselves on not being snotty. Even if you call it a pole instead of a rod, or you haven’t the faintest idea what a dry fly is, you’re bound to get the same kind of friendly treatment as the most expert fisher. Best Fishing Guide: Stacy Jennings Fly-fishing guide Stacy Jennings hooks this title for the third year in a row. Not many people know this, but Jennings also works as a family therapist, which means when she takes you on a guided fishing tour she also has some insight into how to best get inside your head and help you out. Don’t be scared. Jennings knows that your number one desire out on the river is to catch fish, and she’ll do anything to make that happen. She rows up river constantly, unties fishing line knots tirelessly and makes damn sure you’re not slacking off on your casting technique. If anything, Jennings proves that fishing is the best kind of therapy.


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Best Store for Skis: Gull Ski Shop It says something when our powder-mad readers deem your shop the best for dependable ski equipment. And Gull wins, again, hands down. Inside this ski haven, the latest line of Nordica boots are at your disposal, as is a product list ranging from helmets to bevels to gummy stones. You might just be looking to tune a trusty pair of Rossignol Bandits for that trip to Lost Trail, or you could be on the hunt for a whole new outfit. Either way, the service and the goods at Gull will more than match any line you’ll find in the mountains.

Best Personal Trainer: Tom Mackenroth, PEAK Health and Wellness Center

Best Snowboard Shop: Edge of the World Sometimes the only way to deal with Missoula’s long winter is to get outside and enjoy it. For those inclined to play in the snow on a snowboard, our readers know that owner Jake Barrow and his crew over at Edge of the World have all the boards, bindings and accessories you need to get you out of the winter blues and into the powder. Whether you’re an expert shredder or a newbie to the sport, this Hip Strip staple will send you down the slopes in style.

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Best Store for Mountaineering Gear: Pipestone Mountaineering The recent purchase of Pipestone Mountaineering by Bozeman-based Northern Lights Trading Company shouldn’t stir any concern. Former Pipestone owner Jim Wilson dedicated himself to a smooth transition, and Missoula’s go-to mountaineering outlet hasn’t really changed—unless you consider the wider array of merchandise now available. Sturdy Black Mountain climbing gear or a light weight Arc’teryk backpack will give Pipestone shoppers plenty to do while the summer months hold out. And when the snow starts getting heavy, a pair of telemark skis will carry you through till spring. Best Bike Shop: Bike Doctor At the Bike Doctor, don’t worry about any pre-existing conditions. No matter what ails that killer cruiser of yours, the good Doctor will get it back on the road in a snap. But beyond the shop’s reputation for

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having some of the best bike-grease monkeys around, we think their victory has something to do with the vibe at their new digs on the corner of Toole and Scott. They’ve built a few dirt ramps, host Friday night get-togethers with live music, and last month when they hoisted their new Bike Doctor sign, it was like an old fashioned barn raising. Now that’s a community bike shop. Bike Doctor tied with Open Road in the original Best of Missoula for Best Bike Repair. Best Sporting Goods: Bob Ward & Sons Many Missoulians live or die by the quality of their outdoor equipment. A leaky tent or a crummy pair of hiking boots can destroy an otherwise wonderful weekend in the local backcountry. So where do sporting enthusiasts turn for reliability? Bob Ward & Sons offers quality— and quantity—for everyone from anglers to hunters to casual joggers. They emphasize both a wide product line and a patient, competent service staff in all departments. “Every day we have people that say, ‘Geez, way to go. It was sure nice being here,’” says manager Mark Anderson. “And we really try to nurture that kind of environment every minute.” Bob Ward & Sons won in the original Best of Missoula for Best Sporting Goods.

Best Yoga Instructor: Brian Baty, PEAK Health and Wellness Center

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Are Headaches Controlling Your Life? If You’re Female, Over 25 And Suffer With Migraines – These Are The Facts You Must Know Living with headaches is tough. Day after day of being miserable, irritable, and looking a lot older than you really are. The frustration of knowing that your friends and family don’t understand what you’re going through. Add this to doctors’ visits, MRI’s and CT scans -- which only come back with “normal” results. And that’s not all… trying one medication after another, feeling like you’re on a merry-go-round of drugs.

Imagine being able to live life like a normal person again, pain free and without headaches -- being able to play with your kids, enjoy time with friends, and not have to worry that your headache will hit you at just the wrong time. I’m running a special 14-day offer for those suffering with headaches. Until July 24, $27 will get you all the services I normally charge new patients $230 for! Why would I practically give away my services? Because patients tell me too often… “I only wished I had found you sooner”

All this is enough to make anyone want to scream!

IF YOU DO NOTHING ELSE, READ THIS: 1) Approximately 22 million women are affected by migraines in the United States. 2) Medical science has discovered that most headaches are caused by damaged structures around the neck like joints, ligaments, muscles, and cervical discs, all of which have complex nerve endings. 3) Research has proven certain natural treatments have great success with headaches – even better than massage and medications – and with no side effects. Why not get rid of those debilitating headaches today? Read the full facts on this page.

My name is Dr. Shane Cutting, and I’ve been helping patients with neck tension, headaches and migraines live pain free for years now. Every week I hear how women suffer from severe headaches – statements like… • • • • •

“I feel like my head is in a vice.” “My eyes hurt and I feel so drowsy.” “I have to lay down.” “I’ve had migraines since childhood.” “Muscle tension in the neck and pain into the shoulders.”

They tell me they’re sick and tired of jumping from one headache medication to the next. Here’s what I hear… “I am tired of being looked upon as someone who is only out there to get medicine. I only want RELIEF. I don't know why that is so hard for people to understand. I don't want to be treated badly anymore. I want to get help, and I want to get rid of the headaches.”

This happens so often, I decided to do something about it and run this ad. Just call before July 24 and here’s what you’ll get… • An in-depth consultation about your headaches where I will listen…really listen…to the details of your unique situation. • A complete neuromuscular and skeletal computerized spinal examination of the head and neck so we can find the problem. • A full set of specialized x-rays to determine if posture or joint problem is contributing to your pain … (NOTE: These would normally cost you at least $100). • A thorough analysis of your exam and x-rays where we’ll map out how you can get rid of your headaches once and for all. • A special report complimenting your recommendations that reveals the foods you should never, ever eat when suffering from chronic headaches. Could This Drugless Treatment Be Your Headache Solution Too? Numerous studies have shown the benefits of spinal adjustments with headache patients.

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“Dr. Shane has made a big and positive change on my back problems as well as my migraines. I highly recommend this clinic to everyone.” Ann Dosier, Missoula

Recurring Headaches Are Not Normal No question… if you are having headaches then something is wrong. Pain is your body’s way of telling you something is wrong. Finding the problem and fixing it has got to be top priority! Call today…

Phone 406-543-1955 Call anytime between the hours of 8:00 am and 6:00 pm Monday through Friday. Tell the receptionist you’d like to come in for the Special Headache Evaluation before July 24, 2009. Look, you have very little to risk and a lot to gain. Call today and we can get started with your consultation, exam and xrays as soon as there’s an opening in the schedule. Our office is called Water’s Edge Chiropractic and Wellness Center and you can find us on the river at 2419 Mullan Road, in Missoula (on Mullan between Reserve St. and Broadway, across from the correctional facility).

Medical experts concluded that spinal manipulations resulted in almost immediate improvement for headaches. Patients also had significantly fewer side effects and longerlasting relief of headaches than a commonly prescribed medication.

Sincerely,

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How many years can your body handle taking one pill after another?

“About 4 years ago, I was tolerating extremely disabling migraines. Since seeing Dr. Shane, I have only had one true migraine in the last 4 years.” Barb Karst, Missoula

Shane Cutting, D.C. P.S. Why Suffer With Years Of Misery?

That’s no way to live, not when there could be an easy solution to your problem. Many of the pain medications available are quite addicting and can have drastic side effects. Call today. I may be able to help you live a normal, pain-free life again. Call 406-543-1955

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Best Catch Griz linebacker Brandon Fisher, his brother Trent, and the boys’ father, Tennessee Titans head coach Jeff Fisher, vacationed off the coast of Guatemala in late May, according to Yahoo Sports. The trio spent the trip fishing for marlin, which sounds pretty posh. But it turned scary when Brandon felt a strong tug on his line, embarked on a 30-minute-plus fight with a fish and then watched as an estimated 650-pound marlin hurled itself out of the water and lunged at the boat. “I was videotaping the whole thing,” Jeff Fisher told Yahoo columnist Michael Silver, “and all of a sudden this sucker is up out of the water, tail-walking and coming right at us. It jumped and hit the side of the boat, and then it made two more jumps toward us before diving straight down. Two more feet and that thing would’ve jumped into the boat and killed everybody. We all looked at each other like, ‘Wow, did that just happen?’ ” Here’s the best part—Brandon didn’t give up. He fought for another 45 minutes before eventually reeling the fish into the boat. We’d like to see Griz coach Bobby Hauck work that into a halftime pep talk sometime this season. Maybe a “Win one for the grouper” speech? Best Store for Guns: Brady’s Sportsman’s Surplus So you’ve decided to kill an ungulate. Or you just want to put holes through the national forest road signs you so loathe. Either way, you need a gun. Where do you go? Brady’s Sportsman’s Surplus, a Missoula staple for 46 years. Brady’s boasts an in-store inventory of some 2,500 guns and a straight-shootin’ staff to help you pick out yours. And while you’re there, be sure to grab your license, blaze-orange, guthook, wool pants and jerky. Just promise to practice at the range before heading into the woods. Best Place for Paddle Sports Gear: Trail Head Ping-pong paddles, paddleball paddles, “Animal House”-style hazing paddles—the Trail Head has it all. Wait, strike that. With the Trail Head, we’re talking the best in canoe, kayak and rafting equipment. The store’s expert staff specializes in inflatable whitewater boats to help you rip the many rapids around Missoula. If you’re just looking to experiment before plunking down cash for a boat of your own, the Trail Head offers rentals for fearless weekend warriors. Either way, our readers suggest you stop in here before you put in. Best Bowling Alley: Westside Lanes Flamboyant professional bowler Pete Weber, better known on the circuit as “PDW,” started bowling at age 2 and was winning tournaments at his local bowling alley by the time he turned 15. During our many nights at Westside Lanes—complete, always, with a few pitchers of beer and a large pizza—we haven’t exactly looked like young PDWs, but we have done plenty of LOL. Westside Lanes is a great time for beginners and serious

bowlers alike, and that’s why our readers find it has the best lanes in town. Best Health Club: The Women’s Club At many health clubs you might go work out on the machines, take a cycling class, shower and go home. Not at the Women’s Club. This femaleonly refuge feels a bit more like a weekend getaway than a fitness chore. With a waterfall in the lobby, tea and vanity stations in the dressing rooms, massage and pedicure services and a Jacuzzi, you almost forget that old saying, “No pain no gain.” Almost. Besides standard classes like Nia, yoga, step and Pilates, the WC offers things like belly dancing, holiday parties and raffles. A workout club that likes to party—that’s our kind of place, and our readers’ choice. Best Personal Trainer: Tom Mackenroth, PEAK Health and Wellness Center When it comes to trimming down that post-holiday fat and getting Missoulians into shape, personal trainer Tom Mackenroth promotes a philosophy of balanced body and mind. “It’s not about how much weight you can lift. It’s about being healthy and making sure you’re confident about how you look and feel,” says Mackenroth. Perhaps it’s that outlook, coupled with a regimen that relies on a mix of training styles, that makes Mackenroth our readers’ choice for cutting the fat and getting into shape.

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Best Unintended Money Saver This summer, city workers plan to block off the Scott Street bridge and give it a much-needed facelift. Heavily financed by federal stimulus funds, the twomonth project should help kick-start the city’s economy with new construction jobs. The repair should help out local checkbooks, as well. As any Northside resident knows, radar-pointing police hang out at the Scott Street bridge the same way they hover around Ruby’s Café. The bridge’s sharp rise and fall forces even the most astute driver—yes, forces—to break the unrealistic 25 mph speed limit. It’s like shooting fish in a barrel, and Missoula’s finest staked their claim to the spot ages ago. But now, the barrel’s blocked off. While some Northsiders may bemoan months of detours, consider the cold hard cash saved from speeding tickets a nice consolation priz. yoga class. Amen. Whether it’s a stress release, confidence boost or workout, Baty’s yoga classes aim to get you feeling and thinking right. Our readers’ feel pretty healthy about making him their choice for this inaugural category. Best Golf Course: University Golf Course The oldest golf course in Missoula remains our readers’ local version of Augusta National. That’s why UM hears cries of bloody murder every time there’s talk of developing over the nine holes, and why we recommend signing up for early tee times during the busy summer months. It’s also why we’re constantly amazed that it only costs $15 to play these well-manicured 3,086 yards. No mulligan needed here—the University Golf Course finds the fairway for our readers every year. Best Day Hike Best View: The M Trail In 1908, some extraordinarily motivated members of the Forestry Club chopped a set of switchbacks into Mount Sentinel and hauled rocks up its face to form Missoula’s most notable landmark—and our best view. It may be popular, but that’s because hiking the M trail is so rewarding. After only a few switchbacks, you can see the whole Missoula Valley clear to Smurfit Stone. And if you haven’t hiked the M, you’re in the minority. In the summer, the trail reportedly bears the burden of more than 1,000 pairs of feet per day.

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the long-established Missoula Farmers’ Market at the north end of Higgins Avenue. Local jewelry and crafts are just a hop, skip and a block away at the People’s Market on Pine. And let’s not forget the booming Clark Fork River Market below the Higgins Avenue bridge. With all the fresh veggies and hot coffee promised by a Saturday in downtown Missoula, couch and guest-room surfers will be begging to stay just one more week. Best Park Best Place for People Watching: Caras Park Missoula congregates as well as any community we can think of, and when we come together it’s usually downtown at Caras Park. Whether it’s for any of the umpteen festivals that take place over the summer, for Downtown ToNight every Thursday or Out to Lunch every Wednesday, we’ll see you there. Whether it’s at the Brennan’s Wave overlook, on the bike or pedestrian trails along the river, or on the grassy knoll that overlooks the whole park, we’ll see you there. Whether you’re heading to or coming from Dragon’s Hollow, A Carousel for Missoula, the Children’s Museum, the Wilma, the Clark Fork River Farmers’ Market, or some other nearby attraction, we’ll probably see you at Caras Park. Best Place for Kids’ Fun: A Carousel for Missoula and Dragon Hollow Why does this award just have to be about the kids? Not for nothing, but maybe moms and dads have just as much fun winding through the monster maze of slides and steps in Dragon Hollow, or reaching for the golden ring inside the dragon’s mouth at the carousel. Maybe the adults are the ones rushing to the front of the line to mount Soro or the Larry Pirnie-designed Paint. Maybe the old fogies find a rush spinning on the tire swing. We’re just sayin’, while these community treasures may win this category, rest assured they’re for little kids and big kids alike.

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Best Place for a Nap It was an epic powder day at Whitefish Mountain Resort, and four hours have passed since you and your friends kicked off your skis and clomped into the Bierstube. By now there’s no telling how many rounds you’ve downed while waiting fruitlessly for the Tropicana Ski Bunny Team to arrive and save your evening. You may be buzzed, but you know a few things: Even if the Tropicana crew shows up, it ain’t your night to get lucky. You really need to loosen your boots. And you haven’t peed since… morning? Knocking over a pitcher as you stumble toward the can, you find that the wise souls at the ’Stube have planned ahead for your arrival by providing unusually comforting urinal headrests. Yes, these pillowy pads cradle pre-hangover foreheads with such love you’ll forget all about that never-happening bunny hook-up. Even as the room spins around you, the headrest ensures a few minutes to collect yourself—and that your loose cannon will remain on target. Now, just keep it that way once you leave the restroom. Best Place to Walk Dogs: Jacob’s Island Bark Park Taking your pooch out for a walk can be a task fraught with too many choices of where to go, especially if your companion likes to run free without the hindrance of a leash. When confronted with this dilemma, our readers once again opt for Jacob’s Island Bark Park, the six-acre, fully fenced and gated park as the place for Fido and other Missoula dogs to run, romp and even take a dip in the Clark Fork River.

families and the Salcido drop-in center for the chronically homeless. In all, the Pov serves Missoula’s poorest—about 300 per day—year round, without fail. That service includes food programs, case management, employment referrals, housing placement and an on-site health clinic. More than 50 employees help fulfill these services, as well as the efforts of 21,000 annual volunteer shifts. “In a way,” says Executive Director Ellie Hill, “damn near everyone in Missoula has worked at the Pov at one time or another.”

Best Festival/Event: Garden City Brewfest Missoula’s unpredictable spring weather broke long enough this year for the Garden City to celebrate Brewfest’s 17th annual lineup of the region’s best local and national suds. As always, the event drew thousands of thirsty tasters, filling Caras Park with the “mmm”s and “ahh”s of a refreshed populace. This year judges from the Zoo City Zymurgists voted Missoula’s own Highlander Scottish ale the Best Montana Beer. But judging by the crowd—and your overwhelming vote for Brewfest in this category—we’re guessing many of you found your own best beer this year.

Best Church Choir: Christ the King Richard Bishop chooses an intriguing word when describing his choir at Christ the King Parish. “We’re spontaneous,” he says. “I like to think that’s what makes us different.” See, we would have expected a choir director to tout his group’s harmonies or versatility or size, but when Bishop drops the word “spontaneous” we’re suddenly curious to learn more. Like, can he offer an example of the choir’s spontaneity? “It’s our spirit and our trust that it will work out that allows us to try different things,” he says. “It’s not rehearsing, rehearsing, rehearsing. Instead, it’s an enthusiasm we bring to what we do.” Sounds good to us, and apparently to this year’s voters, as well.

Best Nonprofit: Poverello Center You probably know it by the blue house on Ryman Street, but the Poverello Center, the largest homeless center in the state, also encompasses the Valor House for veterans, the Joseph Residence for Best Nonprofit: Poverello Center

Best Public Restroom: Iron Horse Brew Pub You’ve probably walked into the women’s restroom at the Iron Horse and thought you had suddenly been transported to a dinner party at a fancy mansion in the South Hills. A scented candle burns next to a vase of red roses. Inside a large basket is a plethora of lotions, body sprays, deodorant, hairbrushes and other beautifying tools. Whoever heard of such a thing in a bar, but there it is. The men’s bathroom doesn’t have all the fussy perfumes, but it’s still clean and stocked and residential. Not a bad place to wind up after you’ve had one too many tequilas, and if there’s ever a zombie apocalypse, no sweeter water closets to hole yourself in. Best Place to Work: University of Montana Who else gets to eye coeds while they work? Just kidding. You voted for UM because everyone from the professors to the secretaries, the groundskeepers to the administration, work to keep the campus a proud reflection of where we live. With a wide variety of job opportunities, and the diverse collection of people filling them, it’s easy to understand why Missoulians consider UM an excellent place to work.

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Quick Guide Arts & Entertainment Best Art Gallery 1. Dana Gallery: 246 N. Higgins Ave; 721-3154; danagallery.com 2. Monte Dolack Gallery: 139 W. Front; 549-3248; dolack.com 3. Missoula Art Museum: 335 N. Pattee; 728-0447; missoulaartmuseum.org

2. Hastings: 2501 Brooks; 542-1077; gohastings.com 3. Crazy Mike’s: 1003 E. Broadway; 2230 N. Reserve; 721-8935

2. Whippersnappers: 129 N. Higgins; 728-7400; whippersnappersmt.com 3. Children’s Place: Southgate Mall; 728-2152; childrensplace.com

Fashion & Beauty

Best Lingerie

Best Boutique 1. Betty's Divine: 521 S. Higgins; 721-4777; bettysdivine.com 2. Miss Zula's: 111 N. Higgins; 541-7376; misszulas.com 3. Charlotte's: 208 N. Higgins; 721-1715

Best Dancer 1. Heather Adams 2. Amy Ragsdale 3. Lee McAfee

Best Local Actor 1. Alex Wells 2. Andrew Rizzo 3. Chris Torma

Best Cosmetics 1. Skin Chic: Southgate Mall; 541-8464; skinchic.com 2. Macy’s: 110 N. Higgins; 542-6000; macys.com 3. Dillard’s: Southgate Mall; 721-3100; dillards.com

Best Local Actress 1. Jennifer Fleming-Lovely 2. Lee McAfee 3. Tie: Margaret Johnson & Taschia Gates

Best Local Artist 1. Monte Dolack 2. Kendahl Jan Jubb 3. Tie: Larry Pirnie & Mary Beth Percival

Best Day Spa

1. Gita Saedi Kiely 2. Andy Smetanka 3. Doug Hawes-Davis

1. Sorella’s: 207 E. Main; 721-3639; sorellasdayspa.com 2. Cedar Creek: 216 W. Main #210; 543-0200; cedarcreekspa.com 3. The Spa at the Peak Health Center: 5000 Blue Mountain Rd; 251-8200; peakmissoulaspa.com

Best Local Musician

Best Eyewear

Best Local Band 1. Tom Catmull & the Clerics: tomcatmull.com 2. Reverend Slanky: myspace.com/reverendslanky 3. Secret Powers: myspace.com/secretpowersmt

Best Local Filmmaker

1. Tom Catmull: tomcatmull.com 2. David Boone: davidboone.net 3. Amy Martin: amymartin.org

Best Local Photographer 1. Chad Harder 2. Michael Gallagher 3. Crackle

Best Local Writer 1. James Lee Burke 2. Prageeta Sharma 3. David James Duncan

Best Movie Theater 1. Wilma Theatre: 131 S. Higgins; 728-2521; thewilma.com 2. Carmike 10: 3640 Mullan Rd; 541-7467; carmike.com 3. The Roxy: 718 S. Higgins; 728-9380

Best Video Rental 1. Crystal Video: 614 S. Higgins; 543-3456; crystalvideo.blogspot.com

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1. Victoria’s Secret: Southgate Mall; 721-1811; victoriassecret.com 2. Bella Donna: 208 N. Higgins; 549-4000; ishopbelladonna.com 3. Midnight Dreams: 2700 Paxson St; 542-6227; midnightdreamslingerie.com

Best Men’s Clothing 1. Betty’s Divine: 521 S. Higgins; 721-4777; bettysdivine.com 2. Dillard's: Southgate Mall; 721-3100; dillards.com 3. Desmonds: 129 N Higgins Ave; 728-8233; desmondsmt.com

Best Place for a Hair Cut 1. Tangles: 275 W. Main; 728-0343; tanglesmt.com 2. Roosters Men’s Grooming Center: 216 E. Main; 728-4247; roostersmissoula.com 3. BoomSwagger: 204 S. Third St W; 830-3192

Best Shoe Store

1. Specticca Optical Boutique: 319 N. Higgins; 549-5700 2. Rocky Mountain Optical: 700 W. Kent Ave; 541-3918; rockymountaineye.com 3. Uptown Optical: 101 E. Broadway; 327-9988; uptownoptical.com

1. Hide & Sole: 236 N. Higgins; 549-0666; hideandsole.com 2. Dillard’s: Southgate Mall; 721-3100; dillards.com 3. Montana Bootlegger: Southgate Mall; 721-3451; theclogstore.com

Best Hairstylist

Best Tanning Salon

1. Wendell Petersen (Tangles) 2. Buckshot (Peak) 3. Dana Wheeler (Shear Art)

1. Brown Sugar: 1220 SW Higgins #3; 3273 N. Reserve; 541-4441 2. Rayz of Lite: 1575 Benton Ave. Suite B; 543-0205 3. Misty's: 3101 S. Russell St; 543-0717

Best Jewelry 1. Miss Zula’s: 111 N. Higgins; 541-7376; misszulas.com 2. Rockin Rudy’s: 237 Blaine; 542-0077; rockinrudys.com 3. Alara: 312 N. Higgins; 728-8844; alarajewelry.com

Best Kids’ Clothing 1. Blackbird Kid Shop: 525 S. Higgins; 543-2899

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Best Tattoo Parlor 1. Painless Steel: 1701 S. 5th St. W; 728-1191; painlesssteeltattoo.com 2. American Made: 234 W. Front; 721-3830; amtattoo.com 3. Altered Skin: 103 Brooks 549-8544; alteredskin.com

Best Thrift Store 1. Goodwill: 2300 Brooks; 549-6969; esgw-nrm.easterseals.com 2. Secret Seconds: Multiple Locations; 549-1610; ywcaofmissoula.org/secret 3. Bargain Corner: 200 S. California St; 543-4926

Best Women’s Clothing 1. Betty’s Divine: 521 S. Higgins; 721-4777; bettysdivine.com 2. Macy’s: 110 N. Higgins; 542-6000; macys.com 3. Dillard’s: Southgate Mall; 721-3100; dillards.com

Food & Drink Best Asian Food 1. Sa Wad Dee: 221 W. Broadway; 543-9966; sawaddeedowntown.com 2. Mustard Seed: Southgate Mall; 542-7333; mustardseedweb.com 3. Sushi Hana: 403 N. Higgins; 549-7979; sushihanamissoula.com

Best Bakery 1. Bernice’s Bakery: 190 S. 3rd St. W; 728-1358; bernicesbakerymt.com 2. Le Petit Outre: 129 S. 4th St. W; 543-3311; lepetitoutre.com 3. Great Harvest: 1407 S. Higgins; 728-4549; greatharvest.com

2. Creative Catering: 131 N. Higgins; 721-1418; creativecateringmissoula.com 3. All Events Catering: 1609 W. Broadway; 728-3400; all-events-catering.com

Best Chef 1. Bob Marshall (Biga Pizza) 2. Scott Gill (Scotty's Table) 3. Dominick Martin (Red Bird)

Best Coffee 1. Butterfly Herbs: 232 N. Higgins; 728-8780; butterflyherbs.com 2. Break Espresso: 432 N. Higgins; 728-7300 3. Starbucks: Multiple Locations; 542-5130; starbucks.com

Best Coffee Hut 1. Loose Caboose: Multiple locations; 728-1748; 2. Grizzly Bean: 1704 1/2 S. Russell St; 541-2633 3. Lighthouse Espresso: 1900 W. Broadway; 541-8282

Best Convenience Store 1. Ole's: Multiple Locations; 721-2170 2. Holiday on Higgins: 605 S. Higgins; 721-6911; holidaystationstores.com 3. Grizzly Grocery: 721 Hill St; 721-2679

Best Delicatessen

1. Al Pils (Kettlehouse) 2. Kyle Riggs (Iron Horse) 3. Jeremy Kehoe (Sean Kelly's)

1. Worden’s Market: 451 N. Higgins; 549-1293; wordens.com 2. Tagliare Delicatessen: 1433 Higgins; 830-3049 3. Good Food Store: 1600 S. 3rd St. W; 541-3663; goodfoodstore.com

Best Breakfast

Best Desserts

1. The Shack: 222 W. Main; 549-9903; shackcafe.com 2. Paul’s Pancake Parlor: 2305 Brooks; 728-9071 3. Hob Nob: 531 S. Higgins; 541-4622

1. Mustard Seed: Southgate Mall; 542-7333; mustardseedweb.com 2. Bernice’s Bakery: 190 S. 3rd St. W; 728-1358; bernicesbakerymt.com 3. Pearl Café & Bakery: 231 E. Front Street; 541-0231; pearlcafe.us

Best Bartender

Best Budget Lunch 1.Taco Del Sol: 422 N. Higgins; 327-8929; tacodelsol.com 2. Butterfly Herbs: 232 N. Higgins; 728-8780; butterflyherbs.com 3. El Diablo: 1429 S. Higgins; 728-9529

Best Caterer 1. Two Sisters Catering: 111 N. Higgins; 549-3005; twosistersofmontana.com

Best Family-Friendly Restaurant 1. Montana Club: 2620 Brooks; 4561 N. Reserve; 543-3200; montanaclub.com 2. Red Robin: Southgate Mall; 830-3170; redrobin.com

3. Ruby's Café: 2101 Regent St; 728-9890

Best French Fries 1. Iron Horse Brew Pub: 501 N. Higgins; 728-8866; ironhorsebrewpub.com 2. Hoagieville: Multiple Locations; 543-5265 3. Tie: Hob Nob: 531 S. Higgins; 541-4622 Red Robin: Southgate Mall; 830-3170; redrobin.com

Best Fresh Produce 1. Good Food Store: 1600 S. 3rd St. W; 541-3663; goodfoodstore.com 2. Farmers’ Market: Downtown Missoula Seasonal; Sat. 8 a.m. –12 p.m. 3. Orange Street Food Farm: 701 S. Orange; 543-3188

Best Hamburger 1. Missoula Club: 139 W. Main; 728-3740 2. Red Robin: Southgate Mall; 830-3170; redrobin.com 3. Fuddruckers: 2901 Brooks; 2805 N. Reserve; 721-4577; fuddruckers.com

Best Ice Cream 1. Big Dipper: 631 S. Higgins; 543-5722; bigdippericecream.com 2. Cold Stone Creamery: 3275 N. Reserve 549-5595; coldstonecreamery.com 3. Dairy Queen: Multiple Locations; 549-6075; dairyqueen.com

Best Liquor Store 1. Grizzly Liquor: 110 W. Spruce; 549-7723;grizzlyliquor.com 2. Krisco Liquor: 1300 S. Reserve, Suite E; 549-7242; 3. Diamond Jim’s: Multiple Locations; 829-9898

Best Local Brew 1. Kettlehouse Cold Smoke 2. Big Sky Summer Honey 3. Big Sky Moose Drool

Best Mexican Food 1. El Cazador: 101 S. Higgins; 728-3657 2. Fiesta En Jalisco: 3701 Brooks; 5055 N. Reserve; 728-1323 3. Taco Del Sol: 422 N. Higgins; 327-8929; tacodelsol.com


Best Microbrewery 1. Kettlehouse Brewery: 602 Myrtle St; 782-1660; kettlehouse.com 2. Big Sky Brewing: 5417 Trumpeter Way; 549-2777; bigskybrew.com 3. Bayern Brewing: 1507 Montana St; 721-1482; bayernbrewery.com

Best Milk Shake 1. Uptown Diner: 120 N. Higgins; 542-2449 2. Big Dipper: 631 S. Higgins; 543-5722; bigdippericecream.com 3. Butterfly Herbs: 232 N. Higgins; 728-8780; butterflyherbs.com

Best New Restaurant 1. Red Robin: Southgate Mall; 830-3170; redrobin.com 2. Taco Sano: 115 1/2 S. 4th St; 541-7570 3. Caffe Dolce (New Location): 500 Brooks St; 830-3055; caffedolcemissoula.com

Best Outdoor Dining 1. Finn & Porter: Doubletree; 100 Madison St; 542-4660; finnandporter.com/missoula 2. Iron Horse Brew Pub: 501 N. Higgins; 728-8866; 3. Tie: The Depot: 201 Railroad St. W; 728-7007 Old Post: 103 W. Spruce St; 721-7399; oldpostpub.com

Best Pizza 1. Biga Pizza: 241 W. Main; 728-2579; bigapizza.com 2. The Bridge: 600 S. Higgins; 542-0002; bridgepizza.com 3. MacKenzie River: 2510 Grant Creek Rd; 137 W. Front; 721-0077; mackenzieriverpizza.com

Best Place to Eat Alone 1. Taco Del Sol: 422 N. Higgins; 327-8929; tacodelsol.com 2. Butterfly Herbs: 232 N. Higgins; 728-8780; butterflyherbs.com 3. Food for Thought: 540 Daly Ave; 721-6033; thinkfft.com

Best Restaurant

Best Retail Beer Selection 1. Orange Street Food Farm: 701 S. Orange; 543-3188 2. Worden’s Market: 451 N. Higgins; 549-1293; wordens.com 3. Good Food Store: 1600 S. 3rd St. W; 541-3663; goodfoodstore.com

Best Retail Wine Selection 1. Worden’s Market: 451 N. Higgins; 549-1293; wordens.com 2. CVS: 1914 Brooks; 728-1380; cvs.com 3. Good Food Store: 1600 S. 3rd St. W; 541-3663; goodfoodstore.com

Best Romantic Dining 1. Red Bird: 120 W. Front; 549-2906; redbirdrestaurant.com 2. Pearl Café and Bakery: 231 E. Front Street; 541-0231; pearlcafe.us 3. The Keep Restaurant: 102 Ben Hogan Dr; 728-5132; thekeeprestaurant.com

Best Salad 1. Good Food Store: 1600 S. 3rd St. W; 541-3663; goodfoodstore.com 2. Iron Horse Brew Pub: 501 N. Higgins; 728-8866; ironhorsebrewpub.com 3. Biga Pizza: 241 W. Main; 728-2579; bigapizza.com

Best Sandwich 1. Doc’s: 214 N. Higgins; 542-7414

2. Tie: Staggering Ox: 123 E. Main; 1220 SW Higgins; 327-9400; staggeringox.com Worden’s Market: 451 N. Higgins 549-1293; wordens.com 3. Tagliare Delicatessen: 1433 Higgins; 830-3049

Best Seafood 1. Sushi Hana: 403 N. Higgins; 549-7979; sushihanamissoula.com 2. Nara Korean Bar-B-Que & Sushi: 3075 N. Reserve; 541-0731 3. Finn & Porter: Doubletree; 100 Madison St; 542-4660; finnandporter.com/missoula

1. Pearl Café and Bakery: 231 E. Front Street; 541-0231; pearlcafe.us 2. Scotty's Table: 131 S. Higgins; 549-2790; scottystable.net 3. Red Bird: 120 W. Front; 549-2906; redbirdrestaurant.com

Best Steak

Best Restaurant Service

Best Supermarket

1. Red Bird: 120 W. Front; 549-2906; redbirdrestaurant.com 2. Pearl Café and Bakery: 231 E. Front Street; 541-0231; pearlcafe.us 3. Scotty’s Table: 131 S. Higgins; 549-2790; scottystable.net

Best Restaurant Wine List 1. Red Bird: 120 W. Front; 549-2906; redbirdrestaurant.com 2. The Depot: 201 Railroad St. W; 728-7007 3. Finn & Porter: Doubletree; 100 Madison St; 542-4660; finnandporter.com/missoula

1. The Depot: 201 Railroad St. W; 728-7007 2. Lolo Creek Steakhouse: 6600 Hwy 12 W; 273-2622 3. Outback Steakhouse: 2415 N. Reserve; 327-6900; outback.com 1. Good Food Store: 1600 S. 3rd St. W; 541-3663; goodfoodstore.com 2. Orange Street Food Farm: 701 S. Orange; 543-3188 3. Safeway: Multiple Locations; 251-3311; safeway.com

Best Vegetarian Food 1. Good Food Store: 1600 S. 3rd St. W; 541-3663; goodfoodstore.com 2. Hob Nob: 531 S. Higgins; 541-4622 3. Sa Wad Dee: 221 W. Broadway; 543-9966; sawaddeedowntown.com

Best Waiter/ Waitress 1. Kera Cashman (Sean Kelly's) 2. Joe Black (The Keep) 3. Tie: Viet Lee (China Gardens) Kim Kilbourne (Ruby's Café)

Goods & Services Best Antiques 1. Montana Antique Mall: 331 Railroad St. W; 721-5366 montanaantiquemall.com 2. Curiosity Shop: 1804 North Ave. W; 542-0097 3. Circle Square Second Hand Store: 519 N. Higgins; 549-3512; 2ndhand.com

Best Apartment Rental Agency 1. Garden City Property Management: 422 Madison St; 549-6106; gcpm-mt.com 2. Grizzly Property Management: 1601 South Ave. W; 542-2060; grizzlypm.com 3. Professional Property Management: 2685 Palmer, Suite B; 721-8990; professionalproperty.com

Best Auto Repair 1. Kent Bros. Automotive: 127 S. 4th St. W; 728-1747 2. Gary's Conoco Service Station: 2125 S. Higgins; 542-0121 3. Tie: Curt’s Autocare: 721 Mount Ave. #A; 728-7472 Mountain Imports: 1800 S. 3rd St. W; 721-3395; mountainimports.com

Finalist

Best Big Box Store 1. Costco: 3220 N. Reserve; 721-1535; costco.com 2. Target: 2420 N. Reserve; 543-4000; target.com 3. Walmart Supercenter: 3555 Mullan Rd; 829-8489; walmart.com

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Best Bookstore 1. The Book Exchange: 2335 Brooks; 728-6342; booksmontana.com 2. Fact & Fiction: 220 N. Higgins; 721-2881; factandfictionbooks.com 3. Barnes & Noble: 2640 N. Reserve St; 721-0009; barnesandnoble.com

Best Camera/Photo Store 1. The Dark Room: 135 N. Higgins; 549-1070; darkroomofmontana.com 2. Best Buy: 2640 N. Reserve; 829-0409; bestbuy.com 3. Yellowstone Photo: 321 N. Higgins; 728-7637; yellowstonephoto.com

Best Car Wash 1. Happy Days: Multiple Locations; 251-7009 2. Dazzlers: 2610 Radio Way; 728-6262 3. Splash: 2050 Cooper St; 721-3743

Best CDs and Music 1. Rockin Rudy’s: 237 Blaine; 542-0077; rockinrudys.com 2. Ear Candy Music: 624 S. Higgins; 542-5029; earcandymusic.nu 3. Hastings: 2501 Brooks St. 542-1077; gohastings.com

Best Computer Repair Shop 1. Computer ER: 2100 Stephens #105; 541-2600; computer-er.com 2. Computer Central: 136 E. Broadway; 542-6540; ccmissoula.com 3. Geek Squad (Best Buy): 2640 N. Reserve; 829-0409; bestbuy.com

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Best Department Store

ONE THOUSAND "WOOFS" ARE NOT ENOUGH to express our gratitude, Missoula! Thank you for voting Quick Paws Best Pet Care/Boarding

1. Macy’s: 110 N. Higgins; 542-6000; macys.com 2. Dillard’s: Southgate Mall; 721-3100; dillards.com 3. Target: 2420 N. Reserve; 543-4000; target.com

Best Dry Cleaner 1. Green Hanger: 146 Woodford; 960 E Broadway; 728-1948 2. Missoula Textiles: 111 E. Spruce; 1201 Burlington Ave; 543-5171; missoulatextiles.com 3. Fresh Natural Cleaners: 1132 SW Higgins; 542-8100

Best Financial Institution

Exercise and attention for your best friend when your schedule is booked! A clean and dog-friendly atmosphere Exercise options for any dog's ability and energy level One-on-one services for pets while you're away

1. Missoula Federal Credit Union: Multiple Locations; 523-3300 missoulafcu.org 2. First Security Bank: Multiple Locations; 728-3115; fsbmsla.com 3. First Interstate Bank: Multiple Locations; 523-4200; firstinterstatebank.com

Best Florist 1. Bitterroot Flower Shop: 811 S. Higgins; 542-0309; bitterrootflowershop.net 2. Habitat Floral Studio: 211 N. Higgins; 543-0967; habitatfloralstudio.com 3. Flower Bed: 2405 McDonald Ave; 721-9233; flowerbedandgallery.com

3. Tie: Morgan Modine (Modine Law Office): 215 W. Broadway; 542-1111; modinelaw.com Milton Datsopoulos (Datsopoulos Mac Donald & Lind): 201 W. Main St. #201 728-0810; dmllaw.com

Best Lodging 1. Doubletree: 100 Madison; 728-3100; doubletree.com 2. C’Mon Inn: 2775 Expo Pkwy; 543-4600; cmoninn.com 3. Holiday Inn Downtown at the Park: 200 S. Pattee; 721-8550; himissoula.com

Best Motorcycle/ ATV Dealer 1. Montana Harley Davidson: 5106 E. Harrier Dr; 721-2154; mtharley.com 2. Kurt’s Polaris: 2904 W. Broadway; 541-3651; kurtspolaris.com 3. Tie: Big Sky Motorsports: 2315 South Ave. W; 728-5341; bigskymotorsports.com Scooterville: 1706 Brooks; 721-9666; scootmt.com

Best Ranch Supply Store 1. Quality Supply: 2801 W. Broadway; 549-2355; qualitysupply.com 2. Mountain West Co-op/Cenex: 4570 N. Reserve; 543-8383; cenexmt.com 3. Montana Ace: 2301 Brooks/Tremper's; 905 E. Broadway/Eastgate; 721-9690; montanaace.com

Best Real Estate Agent 1. Mindy Palmer (Prudential MT): 329-2055; mindypalmer.com 2. Tie: Anne Jablonski (Windermere) 546-5816; movemontana.com Pat McCormick (Properties 2000): 728-8850; properties2000.com 3. KD Dickinson (Portico): 327-8787; homesbykd.com

Best Store for Home Appliances 1. Vann’s: 3623 Brooks; 728-5151; vanns.com 2. Sears: Southgate Mall; 523-3200; sears.com 3. Best Buy: 2640 N. Reserve; 829-0409; bestbuy.com

Best Furniture Store

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(406) 721-1943 charla@quickpaws.net

1. Wagner’s Home Furnishings: 916 SW Higgins; 728-3214; wagnershomefurnishings.com 2. Ashley Furniture: 3025 Paxson St; 542-2222; ashleyfurniture.com 3. Williams & Wegner: 1221 W. Kent; 549-8288

Best Hardware Store 1. Montana Ace: 2301 Brooks/Tremper's; 905 E. Broadway/Eastgate; 721-9690; montanaace.com 2. Lowe’s: 3100 N. Reserve; 329-1800; lowes.com 3. Home Depot: 2725 Radio Way; 523-0901; homedepot.com

Best Hobby/Craft Shop 1. Treasure Chest: 1612 Benton Ave; 549-7992 2. Michaels: 2850 N. Reserve; 542-0128; michaels.com 3. Bathing Beauties: 501 S. Higgins Ave; 543-0018; bathingbeauties.us

Best Home Accessories 1. Target: 2420 N. Reserve; 543-4000; target.com 2. Pier 1 Imports: 2800 N. Reserve; 728-3347; pier1.com 3. Real Deals: 2036 Mullan Road; 830-3059; realdeals.net

Best Laundromat 1. Green Hanger: 146 Woodford; 960 E. Broadway; 728-1948 2. Sparkle Laundry: 812 S. Higgins; 721-5146 3. South Campus Laundry: 2301 S. Higgins; 721-2831

Best Lawyer 1. Paul Ryan (Paul Ryan & Associates): 218 E. Front #210; 542-2233; paulryanlaw.com 2. Martin Judnich (Judnich Law Office): 523 S. Orange St; 721-3354

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Best New Car Dealer 1. Bitterroot Motors: 3943 Brooks; 251-2525; bitterrootmotors.com 2. Karl Tyler Chevrolet: 3663 N. Reserve; 721-2438; montanachevy.com 3. University Motors: 3600 S. Reserve; 721-4900; universitymotors.com

Best Pawn Shop 1. Liquid Assets: 434 N. Higgins; 542-6606 2. Downtown Pawn: 219 W. Broadway; 549-8622 3. Circle Square Second Hand Store: 519 N. Higgins; 549-3512; 2ndhand.com

Best Pet Care/Boarding 1. Quick Paws: 901 S. 2nd St. W; 721-1943; quickpaws.net 2. Dog Logic: 1200 Shakespeare St; 327-9663; nocagesmontana.com 3. Pruyn Veterinary Hospital: 2501 S. Russell; 829-8150

Best Pet Supplies 1. PetSmart: 2850 N. Reserve; 549-9188; petsmart.com 2. GoFetch!: 517 S. Higgins; 627 Woody St; 728-2275; gofetchdog.com 3. Pet Nebula: 2100 Stephens Ave; 541-9929; petnubulamissoula.com

Best Plant Nursery 1. Caras Nursery & Landscaping: 2727 S. 3rd St. W; 549-3242; 2. Marchie’s: 1845 S. 3rd St. W; 542-2544 3. Pink Grizzly: 1400 Wyoming St; 728-3370

Best Store for Home Electronics 1. Best Buy: 2640 N. Reserve; 829-0409; bestbuy.com 2. Vann’s: 3623 Brooks 728-5151; vanns.com 3. Costco: 3220 N. Reserve; 721-1535; costco.com

Best Store for Musical Instruments 1. Morgenroth: 1105 W. Sussex; 549-0013; montanamusic.com 2. Electronic Sound & Percussion: 819 S. Higgins; 728-1117; espmusic.com 3. Outlaw Music: 724 Burlington Ave; 541-7533; outlawmusicguitarshop.com

Best Toy Store 1. Learning Tree: Southgate Mall; 543-0101; learningtreemontana.com 2. Tsunami: 101 S. Higgins Suite 4; 541-8699 3. Walking Stick Toys: 829 S. Higgins; 543-1179; walkingsticktoys.com

Best Used Car Dealer 1. Eide Motors: 3010 S. Reserve; 721-2323; eidemotorsmissoula.com 2. Sunshine Motors: 3309 W. Broadway; 728-2626; usedcarsmissoulamt.com 3. Jim's Cars: 1801 W. Broadway; 543-8269;

Best Veterinarian 1. Minott Pruyn (Pruyn Veterinary Hospital): 2501 S. Russell; 829-8150 2. Sara Stephens (Alpine Veterinary): 500 S. 5th St. W; 728-4605 3. Sandy Moore (AnCare): 1440 S. Russell; 728-0408


Health & Wellness Best Chiropractor 1. Anthony Lambert (Lambert Family Chiropractic): 1320 S. 3rd St. W; 541-9355; missoulachiropractic.com 2. Shelby Smith (Vitality Chiropractic Clinic): 410 W. Spruce St; 549-0119 3. Shane Cutting (Water's Edge Chiropractic): 2419 Mullan Rd; 543-1955

Best Dentist 1. Ike Heaphy: 712 Kensington Ave; 543-8347 2. Terry Zahn: 690 SW Higgins; 728-0896 3. Susan Tiede: 1300 S. Reserve, Suite B; 541-7334

Best Bar to Hook Up

Best Poker Game

1. Stockman’s: 125 W. Front; 549-9668 2. Bodega: 221 Ryman; 549-0435 3. Iron Horse Brew Pub: 501 N. Higgins; 728-8866; ironhorsebrewpub.com

1. Stockman’s: 125 W. Front; 549-9668 2. Oxford: 337 N. Higgins; 549-0117; the-oxford.com 3. Tie: Silver Slipper Lounge & Casino: 4063 Hwy 93 S; 251-5402; silverslipperlounge.com Silvertip Casino: 680 SW Higgins; 728-5643

Best Beer Selection 1. The Rhino: 158 Ryman; 721-6061 2. Iron Horse Brew Pub: 501 N. Higgins; 728-8866; ironhorsebrewpub.com 3. Kettlehouse: 602 Myrtle; 728-1660; kettlehouse.com

Best Bloody Mary

1. Eric Ravitz: 610 N. California; 721-1646 2. Lar Autio: 500 W. Broadway; 721-5600 3. Lisa Lovejoy: 500 W. Broadway; 721-5600

1. Last Run Inn at Snowbowl: 549-9777; montanasnowbowl.com 2. Sean Kelly’s: 130 W. Pine; 542-1471; seankellys.com 3. The Badlander: 208 Ryman; 549-0235; myspace.com/thebadlander

Best Health Clinic

Best Casino

1. Blue Mountain Clinic: 610 N. California St; 721-1646; bluemountainclinic.org 2. Western Montana Clinic: 500 W. Broadway; 721-5600; westernmontanaclinic.com 3. Cost Care: 1001 E. Broadway; 2819 Great Northern Loop; 721-5513; costcare.com

1. Silver Slipper Lounge & Casino: 4063 Hwy 93 S; 251-5402; silverslipperlounge.com 2. Flippers: 125 S. 3rd St. W; 721-4895 3. Lucky Lil’s: Multiple Locations; 721-5770

Best Doctor

Best Massage Therapist 1. Willa Gingery: 544-5698; wmgmassage.iwantamassage.com 2. Scott Schweitz 3. Maura Buck: 531-9957

Best Optometrist 1. Kim Everingham (Rocky Mountain Eye Center): 700 W. Kent; 541-3937; rockymountaineyecenter.com 2. Sandy Sheppard: 700 South Ave. W. #G; 549-4851; eyefinity.com 3. Daniel Larsen (Rocky Mountain Eye Center): 700 W. Kent Ave; 728-3504

Best Physical Therapist 1. Angela Listug-Vap (Alpine Physical Therapy): 5000 Blue Mountain Rd; 2825 Stockyard Rd; 251-2323; alpineptmissoula.com 2. Brent Dodge (Alpine Physical Therapy): 5000 Blue Mountain Rd; 2825 Stockyard Rd; 251-2323; alpineptmissoula.com 3. Linsey Olson (Alpine Physical Therapy): 5000 Blue Mountain Rd; 2825 Stockyard Rd; 251-2323; alpineptmissoula.com

Nightlife Best Bar 1. The Badlander: 208 Ryman; 549-0235 myspace.com/thebadlander 2. James Bar: 127 W. Alder; 721-8158 3. Tie: Iron Horse Brew Pub: 501 N. Higgins; 728-8866; ironhorsebrewpub.com Charlie B’s: 428 N. Higgins; 549-3589

Best Bar for a Stiff Pour 1. Al’s & Vic’s: 119 W. Alder; 728-4804 2. Charlie B’s: 428 N. Higgins; 549-3589 3. Iron Horse Brew Pub: 501 N. Higgins; 728-8866; ironhorsebrewpub.com

Best Happy Hour 1. Jakers: 3515 Brooks; 721-1312; jakers.com 2. Finn & Porter: Doubletree; 100 Madison St; 542-4660; finnandporter.com/missoula 3. The Bridge: 600 S. Higgins; 542-0002; bridgepizza.com

Best Karaoke Bar 1. Bowl Dog Lounge @ Westside Lanes: 1615 Wyoming St; 721-5263; missoulabowling.com 2. VFW Club: 245 W. Main; 728-7749 3. Harry David's (Reopening Aug.09): 2700 Paxson St; 531-7800

Best LGBTI Scene 1. AmVets Club: 225 Ryman; 543-9174 2. Club Q @ Elks Lodge: 112 N. Pattee St; 549-0542 3. The Rhino: 158 Ryman; 721-6061

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Best Sports Bar 1. The Press Box: 835 E. Broadway; 721-1212; pressboxsportsbar.com 2. Red’s: 217 Ryman; 728-9881; redsbar.net 3. Paradise Falls: 3621 Brooks; 728-3228 paradisefallsmissoula.com

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People & Media Best Activist 1. Ellie Hill: 2. Tie: Angela Goodhope Matthew Koehler 3. Matt Singer

Best Journalist 1. Tristan Scott 2. Michael Moore 3. Skylar Browning

Best Local Politician 1. John Engen 2. Jason Wiener 3. Jon Tester

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1. Monte the Bear 2. Colt Anderson 3. Joslyn Tinkle

Best Local Website 1. NewWest.net 2. Missoulian.com 3. EGriz.com

Best Meteorologist 1. Mark Heyka (KECI) 2. Russ Thomas (KPAX) 3. Jeff Kelly (KPAX)

Best Public Servant 1. John Engen 2. Donna Gauckler 3. Jim Lemke

Best Radio Personality 1. Tracy Lopez (Trail 103.3) 2. Shawn & Strip Club KC (96.3 The Blaze) 3. Craig & Al (KYSS 94.9)

Best Place to Dance

1. Jill Valley 2. Mark Heyka 3. Heidi Meili

1. The Badlander: 208 Ryman; 549-0235 myspace.com/thebadlander 2. Wilma Theatre: 131 S. Higgins; 728-2521; thewilma.com 3. Top Hat: 134 W. Front; 728-9865

tennis elbow, poor posture, low back pain, knee pain, shin splints, aching feet,

1. Palace Lounge: 147 W. Broadway; 542-5295; myspace.com/thepalacemissoula 2. Flippers Casino: 125 S. 3rd St. W; 721-4895 3. Al’s & Vic’s: 119 W. Alder; 728-4804

Best Radio Station

Best Place to Hear Live Music

• been experiencing jaw pain, headaches, tense neck/shoulders, rotator cuff issues,

Best Pool Table

1. Finn & Porter: Doubletree; 100 Madison St; 542-4660; finnandporter.com/missoula 2. James Bar: 127 W. Alder; 721-8158 3. The Badlander: 208 Ryman; 549-0235; myspace.com/thebadlander 1. Union Club: 208 E. Main; 728-7980 2. AmVets Club: 225 Ryman; 543-9174 3. The Badlander: 208 Ryman; 549-0235 myspace.com/thebadlander

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1. Trail 103.3 2. KBGA 89.9 3. KUFM 89.1

Best TV Newscast 1. KPAX 2. KECI 3. KTMF

Best TV Personality

Best UM Professor 1. Garry Kerr 2. Garon “G-Whiz” Smith 3. David Firth

Sports & Recreation Best Bike Shop 1. The Bike Doctor:

1101 Toole Ave; 721-5357 2. Open Road: 517 S. Orange; 549-2453; orbicycleandnordic.com 3. Missoula Bicycle Works: 708 S. Higgins; 721-6525; missoulabicycleworks.com

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Best Bowling Alley 1. Westside Lanes: 1615 Wyoming St; 721-5263; missoulabowling.com 2. Five Valleys Bowl: 1515 Dearborn Ave; 549-4158

Best Day Hike 1. The M 2. Rattlesnake 3. Blue Mountain

Best Fishing Guide 1. Stacy Jennings (Kingfisher): 370-4027 2. Chris Dombrowski 3. Kurt Long (Grizzly Hackle): 721-8996

Best Fly-fishing Shop 1. Grizzly Hackle: 215 W. Front; 721-8996; grizzlyhackle.com 2. The Kingfisher: 926 E. Broadway; 721-6141; kingfisherflyshop.com 3. Tie: Kesel's Four Rivers: 1522 S. Reserve; 721-4796; fourrivers.net Missoulian Angler Fly Shop: 401 S. Orange; 728-7766; missoulianangler.com

Best Golf Course 1. UM Golf Course: 515 South Ave. E; 728-8629; umt.edu/golf 2. Canyon River Golf Club: 1268 Bandmann Trail; 721-0222; canyonrivergolfclub.com 3. Larchmont: 3200 Fort Missoula Rd; 721-4416

Best Health Club 1. The Women’s Club: 2105 Bow St; 728-4410; thewomensclub.com 2. Peak Health and Wellness: 5000 Blue Mountain Rd; 251-3344; peakmissoula.com

2. Bob Ward & Sons: 3015 Paxson St; 728-3220; bobwards.com 3. Pipestone Mountaineering: 129 W. Front; 721-1670; pipestonemountaineering.com

3. Gold's Gym: 2425 W Central Ave # 100; 549-9181; goldsgym.com

Best Personal Trainer 1. Tom Mackenroth (Peak): 5000 Blue Mountain Rd; 251-3344; peakmissoula.com 2. Kayla Johnson (Top Notch Training): 531-3926; tntmissoula.com 3. Laura Bender (Bodies by Bender): 113 W. Main; 728-4395; bodiesbybender.com

Best Place to get a Snowboard 1. Edge of the World: 618 S. Higgins; 721-7774; edgeoworld.com 2. Bob Ward & Sons: 3015 Paxson St; 728-3220; bobwards.com 3. Gull Ski Shop: 2601 W. Broadway; 549-5613; gullskishop.com

Best Sporting Goods 1. Bob Ward & Sons: 3015 Paxson St; 728-3220; bobwards.com 2. Brady’s Sportsman’s Surplus: 2315 Brooks (Tremper); 721-5502; bradyssportsmansurplus.com 3. REI: 2230 N. Reserve #300; 829-0432; rei.com

Best Store for Skis 1. Gull Ski Shop: 2601 W. Broadway; 549-5613; gullskishop.com 2. Bob Ward & Sons: 3015 Paxson St; 728-3220; bobwards.com 3. Trail Head: 221 E. Front; 543-6966; trailheadmontana.net

Best Store for Guns 2. Brady’s Sportsman’s Surplus: 2315 Brooks (Tremper); 721-5502; bradyssportsmansurplus.com 2. Axmen South: 5175 Hwy 93 S; 251-3399;axguns.com 3. Bob Ward & Sons: 3015 Paxson St; 728-3220; bobwards.com

Best Yoga Instructor 1. Brian Baty (Peak): 5000 Blue Mountain Rd; 251-3344; peakmissoula.com 2. Harriet Alterowitz (Women's Club): 2105 Bow St; 728-4410; thewomensclub.com 3. Jessica Lewis (Down Dog Missoula): 327 E. Broadway; 550-2267; downdogmissoula.com

Best Store for Mountaineering Gear 1. Pipestone Mountaineering: 129 W. Front; 721-1670; pipestonemountaineering.com 2. Trail Head: 221 E. Front; 543-6966; trailheadmontana.net 3. REI: 2230 N. Reserve #300; 829-0432; rei.com

Uniquely Missoula Best Church Choir 1. Christ the King 2. Holy Spirit Episcopal Church Choir 3. South Hills Evangelical Church

Best Place for Paddle Sports Gear 1. Trail Head: 221 E. Front; 543-6966; trailheadmontana.net

Best Festival/Event 1. Garden City Brewfest: Caras Park; Early May Annually

2. River City Roots Festival: Downtown; Late August Annually; rivercityrootsfestival.com 3. Out to Lunch: Caras Park; Every Wed, June - Aug; 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Best Nonprofit Organization 1. The Poverello Center: 535 Ryman St; 728-1809; thepoverellocenter.org 2. YWCA: 1130 W. Broadway; 543-6691; ywcaofmissoula.org 3. Missoula Food Bank: 219 S. 3rd St. W; 549-0543; missoulafoodbank.org

Best Park 1. Caras 2. Bonner 3. Greenough

Best Place for Kids' Fun 1. Carousel for Missoula & Dragon Hollow: Caras Park; 101 Carousel Dr 549-8382; carrousel.com 2. Splash MT: 3001 Bancroft St. S; 542-9283 3. Tie: The Children's Museum: 225 W. Front St; 541-7529; learnplayimagine.org Bonner Park: Ronald Ave. at Evans Ave.

the $$–$$$...$15 and over Ciao Mambo 541 S. Higgins Ave. 543-0377 Ciao Mambo, at the end of the Hip Strip on 4th and Higgins, serves up fresh, classic, immigrant style Italian food seven days a week. Terrific service and an extensive domestic and Italian wine list makes Ciao Mambo a hit for any occasion. Dinner only and take out service available. Ciaomambo.com or 543-0377. $$-$$$ Jakers 3515 Brooks St. • 721-1312 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. Special senior menu & a great kids’ menu. 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. $$-$$$ Pearl Café & Bakery 231 E. Front St. • 541-0231 Country French Specialties, Bison, Elk, Fresh Fish Daily, delicious salads and appetizers. Breads and desserts baked in house. Reservations recommended for the warm & inviting dining areas, or drop in for a quick bite in the wine bar. Now, you may go to our website Pearlcafe.US to make reservations or buy gift certificates, while there check out our gorgeous wedding and specialty cakes. Open Mon-Sat at 5:00. $$-$$$ Red Bird Restaurant & Wine Bar 111 N. Higgins Ave. • 549-2906 A hidden culinary treasure in the Historic Florence Hotel. Treat yourself to a sensuous dining experience, service, cuisine and ambiance delivered with creative and elegant detail. Seasonal menus featuring the freshest ingredients. New wine bar open Monday - Saturday, 5:00 - 10:30. Enter through the Florence Building lobby. $$-$$$

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Scotty’s Table 131 S. Higgins Ave. • 549-2790 Share a meal on our park side patio or within the warm elegance of our location at the historic Wilma Building. Enjoy our seasonal menu of classic Mediterranean and European fare with a contemporary American twist, featuring the freshest local ingredients. Serving lunch Tues-Sat 11:00-2:30, and dinner 7 days a week 5:00-Close. Beer and Wine available. $$-$$$ Sushi Bar & Japanese Cuisine 549-7979 Corner of Pine & Higgins Located in beautiful Downtown Missoula, serving traditional Japanese cuisine and exquisite sushi. Sushi Hana offers a variety of traditional and local favorites, including nigirisushi, maki-sushi rolls and sashimi. In addition, we offer Tempura, Teriyaki and appetizers with a delicious assortment of sauces. Expanded selection of sakes, beer and wine. Open 7 days a week for Lunch and Dinner. $$–$$$

$–$$...$5–$15 Biga Pizza 241 W. Main Street • 728-2579 Biga Pizza offers a modern, downtown dining environment combined with traditional brick oven pizza, calzone, salads, sandwiches, specials and desserts. All dough is made using a "biga" (pronounced bee-ga) which is a time-honored Italian method of bread making. Biga Pizza uses local products, the freshest produce as well as artisan meats and cheeses. Featuring seasonal menus. Lunch & dinner. Beer & Wine. Mon-Sat. $-$$ The Bridge Pizza Corner of S. 4th & S. Higgins Ave. 542-0002 Dine-In, Drive-Thru, Delivery... Truly a Missoula find. Popular with the locals. Voted Missoula's best pizza. Everything from hand-tossed, thin-crust, stone deck pizza to wild salmon burritos, free-range chicken, rice bowls, ribs, pasta, salads, soups, sandwiches & "Pizza by the Slice." And now offering gluten-free dough. Local brews on tap and wine by the glass. Open every day for lunch & dinner. $-$$ Catalyst Cafe and Espresso Bar 111 N Higgins • 542-1337 We're open 7 days a week at 7 AM. Serving breakfast, unbelievable espresso, and sumptuous lunch. Our menu

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1. Caras Park events 2. Southgate Mall 3. Farmers', People’s and Clark Fork Markets

Best Place to Walk Dogs 1. Jacob’s Island Bark Park 2. Blue Mountain 3. Kim Williams Trail

Best Place to Work 1. University of Montana 2. Poverello Center 3. Peak Health & Wellness

Best Place to Take Outof-Towners 1. Farmers', People’s and Clark Fork Markets: Downtown Missoula; Seasonal; Sat. 8 a.m. –12 p.m. 2. The M trail 3. Downtown ToNight: Caras Park; Every Thurs. June - Aug; 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Best Place for People Watching

Best Public Restroom 1. Iron Horse 2. Florence Building 3. Southgate Mall

Best View 1. From The M/Mount Sentinel 2. At The Keep and Highland Golf Course 3. From the L/Mount Jumbo

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uses local ingredients and varies seasonally. Try our renowned tomato-lime tortilla soup or freshly made pastries and desserts. $-$$

attentive service. Getting ready for outside seating? So are we. Not matter what you are looking for, we'll give you something to smile about. $-$$

Food For Thought 540 Daly Ave • 721-6033 Missoula “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, baked goods and an espresso bar til close. Mon thru Thurs 7am - 3pm Fri & Sat 7am - 3pm Sun 8am - 3pm. www.thinkfft.com $-$$

The Mustard Seed Asian Café Located outside Southgate Mall Paxson St. Entrance • 542-7333 Contemporary Asian Cuisine served in our all new bistro atmosphere. Original recipes and fresh ingredients combined from Japanese, Chinese, Polynesian, and Southeast Asian influences to appeal to American palates. Full menu available in our non-smoking bar. Fresh daily desserts, microbrews, fine wines & signature drinks. Take out & delivery available. $$–$$$.

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 free-range 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. $–$$ Hob Nob on Higgins 531 S. Higgins • 541-4622 Come visit our friendly staff & experience Missoula’s best little breakfast & lunch spot. All our food is made from scratch, we feature homemade corn beef hash, sourdough pancakes, sandwiches, salads, espresso & desserts. We also offer catering. www.justinshobnobcafe.com MC/V $-$$ HuHot Mongolian Grill 3521 Brooks • 829-8888 At HuHot you’ll find dozens of meats, seafood, noodles, vegetables and homemade sauces for the timid to the adventurous. Choose your favorites from the fresh food bars. You pick ‘em…we grill ‘em. We are as carnivore, vegetarian, diabetic, lo-salt and low-carb friendly as you want to be! Start with appetizers and end with desserts. You can even toast your own s’mores right at you table. A large selection of beer, wine and sake’ drinks available. Stop by for a great meal in a fun atmosphere. Kid and family friendly. Open daily at 11 AM. $-$$ 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,

Noodle Express 2000 W. Broadway • 541-7333 Featuring a mixture of non-traditional Chinese, Japanese, and Polynesian contemporary dishes. Phone ahead ordering is enhanced with a convenient PickUp window. $-$$ Orange Street Food Farm 701 S. Orange St. • 543-3188 Don't feel like cooking? Pick up some fried chicken, made to order sandwiches, fresh deli salads, & sliced meats and cheeses. Or mix and match items from our hot case. Need some dessert with that? Our bakery makes cookies, cakes, and brownies that are ready when you are. $-$$ Paul’s Pancake Parlor 2305 Brooks • 728-9071 (Tremper’s Shopping Center) Check out our home cooked lunch and dinner specials or try one of 17 varieties of pancakes. Our famous breakfast is served all day! Monday is all you can eat spaghetti for $6.95. Wednesday is turkey night with all of the trimmings for $6.95. Eat in or take-out. M-F 6am-7pm, Sat/Sun 7am-4pm. $–$$. Posh Chocolat 119 South Higgins 543-2566 Next to the Historic Wilma Building in downtown Missoula. The chocolate lovers paradise is now also a great place for lunch. With a total remodel, serving freshly made sweet and savory crepes, delicious quiches, soups, seasonal salads and artisanal European style pastries. And don't forget what's been keeping us busy since 2005; stop in and try our single origin, 100% Ecuadorian, hand crafted Truffles. www.poshchocolat.com. $-$$


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the Red Robin 2901 Brooks Street 406.830.3170 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! $-$$ SA WAD DEE 221 W. Broadway • 543-9966 Sa-Wa-Dee offers traditional Thai cuisine in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Choose from a selection of five Thai curries, Pad Thai, delicious Thai soups, and an assortment of tantalizing entrees. Featuring fresh ingredients and authentic Thai flavors-no MSG! See for yourself why Thai food is a deliciously different change from other Asian cuisines. Now serving Beer and Wine! $-$$ Sean Kelly’s 130 West Pine • 542–1471 Located in the HUB of the LOOP! Open for Lunch and Dinner, featuring a Sat.-Sun. Brunch 11-2pm. Great Fresh food With Huge Portions. Traditional Irish fare combined with tasty specials from around the globe! FULL BAR, BEER, WINE, MARTINIS, 100% SMOKE FREE. "Where the Gaelic and the Garlic Mix!" $-$$ Staggering Ox 1220 SW Higgins • 542-2206 123 E Main • 327-9400 Home of the famous Clubfoot Sandwich - unique, portable, delicious! We serve fantastic sandwiches on fresh-baked bread. Now featuring a special summer menu. Call in your order and pick it up on your way to play $-$$ The Stone of Accord 4951 N. Reserve St. • 830-3210 Serving Award Winning Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinners 7 days a week! All of your favorite Irish classics, plus a daily selection of Chef's specialties. A fully stocked bar, wine and liquor store and the Emerald Casino make The Stone of Accord the perfect place for an enjoyable meal. 6:30am-2:00am $-$$ 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 12 straight years. Great Food, Great Service, Great Fun!! Monday - Sunday 8a.m. - 3p.m. $-$$ Westside Lanes 1615 Wyoming • 721-5263 Visit us for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner served 8 AM to 9 PM. Try our homemade soups, pizzas, and specials. We serve 100% Angus beef and use fryer oil with zero trans fats, so visit us any time for great food and good fun. $-$$ Wok-ee Mountain Asian Restaurant 11300 US Hwy 93, Lolo 273-9819 Brand new Thai & Chinese cuisine featuring original recipes. Specializing in curry. Extensive menu, vegetarian options and many soup options as well including Vietnamese style pho, Tom Yum, wonton and more. Wok-ee Mountain Asian Restaurant is perfect for take out or dine in. $-$$

$...Under $5 Bernice’s Bakery 190 South 3rd West • 728-1358 Where Myrtle Avenue ends at Bernice's, a tiny bakery sits as a veritable landmark to those who enjoy homestyle baked goods, strong coffee, community, and a variety of delicious treats. Join us for lunch if you'd like. Crazy delicious. Crazy cheap. 30 years and still baking. Open Every Day 6AM to 8PM. $ Bucks Club 1805 Regent • 543-7436 Missoula’s best Food & Drink Values. 2-for-1 food specials daily. Eat the legend. Burgers for a buck. Over 1,000,000 sold. Great Breakfast served daily. If you go away hungry, don’t blame us. Mon.–Sat. Open 7 AM and Sunday 8 AM. $

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Butterfly Herbs 232 N. Higgins • 728-8780 Celebrating 37 years of great coffees and teas. Truly the “essence of Missoula.” Offering fresh coffees, teas (Evening in Missoula), bulk spices and botanicals, fine toiletries & gifts. Our cafe features homemade soups, fresh salads, and coffee ice cream specialties. In the heart of historic downtown, we are Missoula’s first and favorite Espresso Bar. Open 7 Days. $

Cold Stone Creamery Across from Costco on Reserve by TJ Maxx & Ross 549-5595 Cold Stone Creamery, the ultimate ice cream experience! Our smooth and creamy ice cream is made fresh daily using our secret recipe. Come in for our weekday specials. Get $5 off ice cream cakes with your business card. Get Gift Cards any time. Treat yourself to a 10minute vacation at Cold Stone Creamery. $-$$ eMpanadas 728-2030 www.empanadalady.com eMpanadas are back! Indulge in your favorites at the Clark Fork River Market this Saturday, 8am to 1pm and at Downtown Tonight, Caras Park, Thursdays, June-August 5:30-8:30pm. Baked to perfection with fresh, local ingredients, 10 exquisite varieties of Argentine-style empanadas await you: Carne de búfalo, lamb, pollo, humita, and more. $ Indulge Bakery 700 SW Higgins Ave • 544-4293 indulgebakery.wordpress.com Now open! Enjoy international flavors Russian teacakes, pizzelles, baci di dama, as well as cupcakes, scones, specialty breads, with new specialties added daily. Get bread fresh from the oven between 3 & 5PM. Open M-F 7AM to 6:30PM, Sat 7AM-4PM. We're just around the corner from Bamboo Chopsticks. Stop in today. $ Le Petit Outre 129 South 4th West 543-3311 Twelve thousand pounds of oven mass…Bread of integrity, pastry of distinction, yes indeed, European hand-crafted baked goods, Pain de Campagne, Ciabatta, Cocodrillo, Pain au Chocolat, Palmiers, and Brioche. Several more baked options and the finest espresso available. Please find our goods at the finest grocers across Missoula. Saturday 8-3, Sunday 8-2, Monday-Friday 7-6. $

Bitterroot Valley Main Street Cafe 363-4567 upstairs 217 Main St. Hamilton Danielle Dupuy presents...A little taste of France in the Bitterroot. Serving Gourmet French

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Whitefish Café Kandahar 406-862-6247 A George’s Distributing fine wine tasting, a Café Kandahar 7 course wine dinner, Kandahar Lodge luxurious accommodations and an Andy Blanton champagne brunch come together May 14-15 for a “Not To Be Missed” event. Meet & greet with the winemakers. Full package $299 for two. Call 406-862-6247 for limited tickets.

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Anyone can eat local in summer. The farmers’ market is in full bloom, edible weeds are sprouting from even the most abandoned gardens, restaurant menus boast of local ingredients and neighbors are dumping wheelbarrows of extra zucchinis on your doorstep. The true test of your local eating skills comes down to what you eat in winter, when slim pickings force many aspiring locavores to throw in the napkin. But by the same token, the dregs of winter present an opportunity for motivated practitioners to step up to the plate. Doing so takes preparation, because in winter you can’t just buy your way to a local diet. You need to have made some hay while the sun was shining. Summer has just begun but it will sail by quickly, and seasonal fruits like apricots, cherries, peas and strawberries are already on their way out. The peak of harvest for any given crop is when it’s cheapest, thanks to the bountiful supply. So now is the time to acquire in bulk by any means available to you, be that your farmers’ market, local u-pick farms, grocery stores that market local produce, your garden, your neighbor’s garden, wherever. Your duty is twofold: enjoy these fresh fruits of summer to the fullest while you can, and stash some away for later. Meanwhile, keep your eyes open for what’s going to be in season next. My neighbor’s apricot tree is already full of ripe fruit, and he told me to come get some if I want. Heck yeah, I want apricots! They’re one of my favorite fruits, and I love snacking on dried apricots in autumn when I’m hunting. So Shorty and I hit that tree like a plague of locusts and brought home a big sack, which we washed, pitted and put on the dehydrator. I’m munching on some right now, halfdried and warm. There’s hardly a better flavor, and the whole house smells like sweet sunlight.

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In its purest form, oyster sauce is made by boiling oysters, removing them, and cooking down the water in which they were boiled, which concentrates the oyster extracts. Many versions of oyster sauce, including some made by Lee Kum Kee, my favorite brand, also contain starch, MSG, caramel color and synthetic preservatives. As a general rule, get the stuff with the fewest ingredients. Oyster

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the unsweetened water will pull sugar out of the fruit and into the water, leaving you with fruit that’s less sweet than what you put in. So I recommend at least a light sugar syrup. It will vary with the type and sweetness of your fruit, but a ballpark figure is 3 cups sugar per 10 cups water. Don’t hesitate to consult a comprehensive canning source for detailed instructions on canning fruit and syrup recipes. If you want some fruit in jars but are dead-set against adding sugar, I recommend making jam. Most jam is thickened with a plant extract called pectin, which reacts with sugar and solidifies. While most jam recipes call for sugar in order to activate the pectin, there is a brand of pectin, Pomona’s, that thickens without sugar, so you can make your jam to taste with as much or as little sweetener as you like.

Many of summer’s greener fruits are also soon to wane. So after you’ve gorged on raw snap peas and stir-fried your share with garlic and oyster sauce, consider putting some away for later, as follows: To a pot of boiling water, add about 2 cups snap peas at a time. (The exact quantity will depend on how much water is in the pot—you want to add as many peas as you can without losing the boil.) After 2 minutes, fish out the peas with a slotted spoon and plunge them into an ice bath. Then drain and freeze. The boiling, also called blanching, kills enzymes in the peas that would make them rot in the freezer, while the ice bath ends the cooking process abruptly and fixes a nice bright green color. The same process, with varying blanching times, can be applied to many other veggies, like broccoli, kale or cauliflower. Shelling peas are also in season, and your first priority should be to make the following pea and mutton salad: Braise mutton (or the meat of your choice) until tender. Let cool, Photo by Ari LeVaux and cut or shred to small pieces. In a salad bowl, combine shelled peas, braised meat, sliced sweet onions, sliced cucumbers, chopped dill and chopped romaine lettuce. Toss in a dressing, made in a blender, of two parts mayo to one part yogurt, grated horseradish and garlic, shredded cheddar, curry powder, salt and pepper. Make extra, because this salad is better the next day. Then, shell a bunch more peas and freeze them. Few things are more convenient and uplifting than a bag of frozen shelled peas to add a little summer green to your winter dish. Whatever you’re making—squash, potatoes, soup, fried rice—you can liven it up by tossing in a handful of peas. Those bright green drops of summer in your winter meal are magical. Even the motion of tossing them in, done with the correct flick of the wrist, looks like you’re casting a spell.

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Here in New Mexico the cherries have already come and gone, but not before we packed some in jars in a light sugar syrup. Some people are philosophically opposed to canning fruit in sugar syrup. “It’s already so sweet,” goes the argument, which assumes that adding more sugar will make it even sweeter. Wrong. If you don’t add sugar to the water in your jars, the imbalance between the sweet fruit and

sauce is usually added to steamed, blanched or stir-fried veggies and meat. I like to enhance my oyster sauce by frying minced garlic in oil, adding white pepper and finally the oyster sauce. Pour this over your stir-fry and you’ll be happy as an, uh, oyster. Fish sauce is made, unsurprisingly, from fish, but the process is much more elaborate than for oyster sauce. Small fish, like anchovies, are typically used—larger fish can be used too, but large fish usually have greater commercial value elsewhere. The fish are heavily salted and stored in earthenware crocks in the sun. The salt draws out the fish juice, and everything ferments in the warm crock. The fish sauce is

drained from the crock after nine to 12 months. Shortcuts are used in the production of cheaper fish sauces, but if you want the good stuff, go for Golden Boy or Tra Chang. Fish sauce is a staple in Southeast Asian cooking, where it’s used in place of salt or soy sauce. It’s an acquired taste, to put it mildly. It basically smells like rotten fish, and so will your kitchen, at least for a few minutes, when you add it to food. But like some stinky French cheeses, the flavor is much milder than the smell. Send your food and garden queries to flash@flashinthepan.net


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The SpectrUM Discovery Area, located in Room 166 of UM’s Skaggs Building, presents the program Toy Take Apart from 3:30–7 PM. $3.50/Free under 4. Call 243-4828 or visit spectrum.umt.edu.

Get your fresh produce up near Glacier, if you choose, every Thu. from 4–8 PM as the Columbia Falls Farmers’ Market overtakes Nucleus Ave. and offers live music from 5–7:30. Even those without a bun in the oven will benefit when the Happy Mama Prenatal Center, 736 S. First St. W., presents a low-impact Community Yoga Class every Thu. at 4:15 PM. $5 suggested donation. Support a U.S.-Cuba policy based upon respect and non-aggression while chowing on a fine home-cooked meal as the Jeannette Rankin Peace Center, 519 S. Higgins Ave., h o s t s a Pa s t o r s - F o r - P e a c e C a r a v a n Potluck—meet embargo-bustin’ participant Janine Bandcroft and goggle her multimedia presentation—from 5–7 PM. Bring a dish to share or a cash donation. Call 543-3955, or visit pastorsforpeace.org. The Montana Food Bank Network hosts Canstruction—a multi-day event at Southgate Mall that begins at 5 PM as teams of architects and engineers mentor students and community groups who compete to design and build giant structures made entirely from full cans of food. Stop by to vote for your favorite on Fri., July 10, but bring $1 or two cans of food to qualify. Visit mfbn.org. (See Agenda in this issue.)

nightlife It’s time for dinner and a show with several hundred friends as Caras Park hosts this week’s Downtown ToNight, which celebrates the announcement of this year’s Best of Missoula winners at 5:30 PM, a wild soiree with food vendors, kids’ activities by Mismo Gymnastics and music by Tom Catmull and the Clerics and Secret Powers. Free. Call

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Out with the old, in with the Two. James Two, that is, aka Jimi Nasset, seen here blowing up the Orange Street pedestrian underpass with an outgoing Comrade Calendar. Catch the hip hop statesman, ice cream vendor, YMusic teacher and hometown homeboy when his Cruel Summer Dance Party floods the Badlander on Fri., July 10, with DJs spinning and Jiggywatts spitting, at 9 PM. $3.

543-4238. (See, well, the whole damn rest of this ridiculously long issue.) All genres are encouraged—excepting, perhaps, death metal—every Thu. at 5:30 PM at Tangled Tones Music Studio, 2005 1/2 South Ave. W., where musicians bring their noise makers and synergy builds a joyful sound during the Tangled Tones Pickin’ Circle. Free. Call 396-3352. The valley’s haven for year-round thrashers, Fiftytwo Skatepark, on El Way past the Missoula Airport, hosts Girls’ Skate Club Night every Thu. at 6 PM, which means girls skate for free. Guys are welcome, but should plan on parting with a few bucks. Call 542-6383.

Learn to identify, prevent and manage the curious critters in your neighborhood when you attend a Wildlife Pests Class at 6:30 PM at the Lee Metcalf Wildlife Refuge, where MSU wildlife specialist Roy Fenster and Montana Department of Agriculture’s Sarah Holden teach the tricks o’ the trade. Free. Call 329-1346.

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Come to The Cottage Inn in Kila for a 7 PM Irish jam—mmm… Irish jam…—session and stay for the weekly cribbage tournament at the world famous home of “Turbo Crib.” Free. Call 755-4572.

pure unabashed grindaholism hails your arrival every Thu. at the Badlander, where Dead Hipster DJ Night rewards you with rock, indie, krunk, pop and more at 9 PM. $2. And call 241-9935 for a rickshaw.

If your normal swing spot’s become jam-packed with losers, head to the Eagle’s Lodge, 2420 South Ave. W., where swing lessons begin every Thu. at 7 PM and the dance party gets going in earnest at 8. $5.

Join Sandy Bradford and Mark Souhrada when they host the jam at Los Caporales in Columbia Falls at 9 PM. Call 892-5025.

Hoot and holler in support of our hometown ball whackers when Missoula Osprey baseball continues with a 7:05 PM face-off against the Casper Ghosts. $9–14. Call 543-3300 or visit missoulaosprey.com. When In Rome Productions takes you deep into Blanche’s world as they present A Streetcar Named Desire at 7:30 PM at the Crystal Theatre, 515 S. Higgins Ave. $8/$14 couples. Call 670-9358. Whitefish’s Alpine Theatre Project presents the Tony Award-winning musical comedy The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee at 8 PM at the Whitefish Performing Arts Center. $12–37. Call 862-SHOW or visit alpinetheatreproject.org. Bring your weapons of mass distraction, but leave the drum kits at home, as Polson’s East Shore Smoke House, half a mile north of the Finley Point turnoff on Highway 35, hosts a weekly “semiunplugged” Blues Jam from 8–11 PM. Free. Call 887-2096. Bowling and karaoke go together like part-time work and health insurance during Solid Sound Karaoke at Westside Lanes at 8:30 PM. Free. Call 541-SING. Start down a path that ends messily in a Las Vegas dressing room every Thu. at 8:30 PM when the Downtown Dance Collective, 121 W. Main St., presents Show Girl 101. Call 541-7240 for pricing. Join the ranks of the Missoula Metal Mulletia, led by Vibrant S o c i e t y, F i l t h M a t t r e s s a n d Bridgebuilder, at the Palace Lounge at 9 PM. $3. Psychobilly from Bellingham, Wash. arrives in the form of the Whiskey Wailers, who play an all-ages show at the Elk’s Lodge at 9 PM with locals Come Up Swinging and Arrested Adolescence. $5. The heavens open, the average pant size plummets and a tsunami of

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Landslide hosts open mic night at the Bandit Saloon in Columbia Falls every Thu. and Tue. night, starting at 9 PM. Free. Bassackwards Karaoke thanks the good Lord for earplugs every Thu. at 9 PM at Deano’s Casino on Airway Boulevard. Free. Call 531-8327. I’m about to take a nice, long one of these: Stoney Holiday floods the Top Hat with R&B and rock at 10 PM. Cover TBA. Call 728-9865. Clear that pile of cougars from your lap and hit the dance floor every Thu. at 10 PM, when the James Bar, 127 W. Alder St., hosts The Social Club, featuring DJs Fleege and Kris Moon spinning an all-over-tha-map mix of lounge, breakbeat, dub, tech house and progressive electro dance music. Free.

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And thus begins the National Folk Festival, a three-day bash in Uptown Butte that features six stages, over 250 musicians, dancers and craftspeople and the chance to finally get a taste of that famous Butte water. Free, and I’ll be the guy on a bike. Visit nationalfolkfestival.com, or get your guide in last week’s Independent.

Here’s a Call to Artists for the Traffic Signal Box Project, your chance to deface public property with the municipality’s blessing, and you’ve only got until Fri., July 24, to submit your proposal. Visit www.ci.missoula.mt.us/index.aspx?N ID=854, or go hassle someone at City Hall. The Missoula Public Library hosts a preschool storytime geared toward children 3 to 6 years old every Fri. at 10:30 AM. This week, The Sinful Life of Lucy Burns by


Live music helps us digest just a little better, yet another reason why Charlie Seitz and Pete Hand play the Keep Restaurant at 7 PM. Free.

Every weekday, kids aged 6–13 flock to the ZACC, 235 N. First St., where the Young Artists Afterschool Program provides experiences with ceramics, painting, construction, lawn darts, wire, robots, nuclear wessels and more. $12 per day. Call 549-7555 or visit zootownarts.com Join artist Linda Stoudt for an opening reception for an exhibit of works on paper from 5–7 PM at Hamilton’s Frame Shop & Gallery, 325 Main St. Free. Call 363-6684.

nightlife Looking for a varied buzz? Try a weekly wine tasting at the Loft of Missoula, 119 W. Main St., where the sweet juice of divinity begins flowing at 5:15 PM every Fri. $10. If you love it when your cell phone vibrates in your pocket, your next big thrill comes during Hot Harley Nights, which is actually only one night, but still, it begins at 6:30 PM at Montana Harley-Davidson, features the mania of Bubba “The American Daredevil” Blackwell, lotsa bigbreasted Hooters ladies washing bikes and yet more classy stuff, like the tunes of Secret Powers and the Mike Bader Blues Band. Oh, and if last weekend’s downtown air quality was to your liking, don’t miss the Burn OuT Contest. Free. Visit mtharley.com. Every Fri., Dianne Keast offers tips on taking care of yourself with the class

Hoot and holler in support of our hometown ball whackers when Missoula Osprey baseball continues with a 7:05 PM face-off against the Casper Ghosts. $9–14. Call 5433300 or visit missoulaosprey.com. When In Rome Productions takes you deep into Blanche’s world as they present A Streetcar Named Desire at 7:30 PM at the Crystal Theatre, 515 S. Higgins Ave. $8/$14 couples. Call 670-9358. Get your booze on in a classier locale than the Worden’s parking lot when David Boone plays Lake Missoula Cellars, 5646 W. Harrier, with openers Betty and the Boy and Kati O’Toole. $10. Call 541-8463. Whitefish’s Alpine Theatre Project presents the Tony Award-winning musical comedy The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee at 8 PM at the Whitefish Performing Arts Center. $12–37. Call 862-SHOW or visit alpinetheatreproject.org. What’s long, skinny and gets a lot of people into trouble? Evaro Hill plays the Missoula Eagles Lodge, 2420 South Ave. W., at 8 PM. Free. Call 207-0498. Art takes on a sixth dimension when Canadian invaders Endangered Ape join Butte’s Mordecai and local homegirls Fag Rag—you might know some of them from Knot Knocked UP!—as they fire up an all-ages thumpwagon at 8:30 PM at the ZACC, 235 N. First St. W. $5. Missoula’s favorite son and hip hop ambassador to Spokane, James Two, hoists his syncopated standard above the Badlander at 9 PM, where the Cruel Summer Dance Party features DJ-driven funk, hip hop, dancehall and

Class war hits the dance floor as Blue Collar plays Florence’s High Spirits at 9 PM. Free. It’s time for an all-request miniskirt grope-a-thon 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.

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Take a pull or two of some wicked weed when the Ravalli County Weed District hosts the fourth annual Bitterroot Floating Weed Pull, with hot weed action beginning at 9 AM at the Darby Bridge Fishing Access, though volunteers are to report to the Wally Crawford Access at 8 AM to carpool to the put-in spot. Free, and lunch and $2,000 in

prizes—probably not weed—are included. Call 777-5842. Your heart, the planet and your farmer-neighbors give thanks every Sat. from 8 AM-noon as you head down to the Clark Fork River Market (clarkforkrivermarket.com), which takes place beneath the Higgins Street bridge, and to the Missoula Farmers’ Market (missoulafarmersmarket.com), which opens at 8:30 at the north end of Higgins Avenue. And if it’s non-edibles you’re after, check out East Pine Street’s Missoula Saturday Market

Belt out a few bars of somethin’ stupid at East Missoula’s Reno Casino and Cafe’s karaoke night, brought to you by Karaoke by Figmo, every Fri. and Sat. night at 9 PM. Free. Be thankful that the freedom to speak includes the freedom to let one rip when you sidle up to the mic at karaoke night at the VFW, kicking off at 9 PM. Free. Pick up a new best friend for the night at AmVets Club, where DJ DC rocks dance music at 9 PM. Free. Release your inner Dead Prez when Larry’s Six Mile Casino and Cafe in Huson presents an evening with Grayhound Karaoke at 9 PM. Free. Call 546-8978. When the Frenchtown Club, 15155 Demers St., turns over the sound system to a live DJ every Fri. at 9 PM, all you’ve got to remember is to turn south after taking exit 89 from I90. Free. Call 370-3200. That hidden something comes into sharp contrast when Russ Nasset and the Revelators spice things up like a sweat sock in the slumgullion stew at 9:30 PM at the Union Club. Free. Be sure to wear extra protection when The Clumsy Lovers get friskier than two bunnies in a gunny sack at the Top Hat at 10 PM. Cover TBA. Call 728-9865. Or call 241-9935 for a rickshaw. 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.

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The Opera House Theatre in Philipsburg offers three running productions this summer: The Vaudeville Variety Show, Butterscotch and Having a Wonderful Time, Wish You Were Her are staged every week from Thu.–Sun. at varying times throughout the season. $17/$9 under 13. Visit operahousetheatre.com, or call 859-0013.

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Two Rwandan boys face a test of their friendship as stressed parents warn that “Hutus and Tutsis are supposed to be enemies,” when the Missoula Public Library’s World Wide Cinema presents Munyurangabo at 7 PM. Free. Call 721-2665.

In a triumphant return scenario, there’s too much room for disappointment: Let’s just welcome Scriptures—formerly This is a Process of a Still Life— to the Palace Lounge at 9 PM as they play with Black Velvet Elvis/Rooster Sauce blend Velcro Kicks. $5.

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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.

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(missoulasaturdaymarket.org), which runs 9 AM–1 PM. Free to spectate, and often to sample. Enjoy a weekly dose of playful, happy and fantastic cardiovascular exercise when you bring yourself to the Downtown Dance Collective, 121 W. Main St., for Saturday Morning Nia every Sat. at 9 AM. $10. Call 360-8763 or 541-7240. Don’t miss the Belly Tent Dance Studio’s Hipsy Gypsy Dance Troupe, which sways and sashays from 9 AM–1 PM—with a special noon performance—by the Missoula Saturday Market, aka the “People’s Market,” on East Pine Street. Free. Call 531-3000. If you’re south of Missoula, your weekly dose of fresh awaits at the Hamilton Farmers’ Market, which opens at 9 AM every Sat. through Oct. 3 on Bedford Street near the Ravalli County Museum. Free. Call 961-0004. As I rapidly approach unemployment, it would behoove me to attend homeWORD’s one-day Financial Fitness Workshop, which begins at 9:30 AM at 127 N. Higgins, Room 303, covers the basics of being a fiscally-responsible adult and promises to fill quickly. $10, scholarships available. RSVP 532-4663 ext. 14, or email meghan@homeword.org. Author and lover of all that’s chitinous Deb Oberbillig hosts Bug Day, which incorporates a signing of her book, Bug Feats, at 10:30 AM at Fact & Fiction, 220 N. Higgins Ave. Free. Call 721-2881. The wheel is turning, and you can’t slow down, so you might as well head to the Missoula Art Museum, where Erin Roberts hosts the Saturday Family Art Workshop: Primary Color Mandala at 11 AM. $5 per artist. Call 728-0447. Alison Laundrie gets you in shape and provides precious moments away from your

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spawn every Sat. at 11 AM during a Pilates class at Sunflower Montessori School, 1703 S. Fifth St. W. $10 includes childcare. RSVP 214-7247. Practice your rapid eye movement when you check out all that’s new during a Twenty Minute Tour every Sat. at noon at the Missoula Art Museum. Free. Call 728-0447. Okay, now, get out the calendars, as you’ve got a date every second Saturday of the month, when the Missoula Vegetarian Society hosts a Vegetarian Potluck at noon at the UU Fellowship of Missoula, 102 McLeod Ave. Bring a dish and a couple of bucks to cover the room. Call Sue at 529-2108. Keep the ferment heading in the right direction, and delve into sterilization and bottling, as MUD presents Beer Brewing Part II at 1 PM at their compound at 629 Philips St. on the Northside. $20/$10 members/50 percent off for enrollees in Beer Brewing I. Call 721-7513. Take another stab at draining a bit o’ girth from our city’s little people when the “Got Nature?” activity “Native American Games” begins at 1 PM in McCormick Park, where the natural materials used to make traditional game equipment will be highlighted. Free. Visit missoulachildrenandnature.org. Veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan can join facilitator Chris Poloynis every Sat. at 3 PM, when Spartans Honour, an outdoor PTSD support group, meets at Greenough Park’s southernmost footbridge. Free. Call 327-7834. Whether you’re there for the emergency services or vehicle extrication demos, the barbecue sauce contest—minimum half-gallon entry— or the Tae Kwon Do Carnival, get thee to the Clinton Rural Fire Department


SPOTLIGHT stringy stringer In kindergarten, all the kids had their way of avoiding naptime. The Puker. Ms. Homesick. Captain ADHD. Carrie Rodriguez went for the bathroom, and her mid-day escapade led her past a screechy violin lesson. “And I remember walking down the hallway and hearing these violins scratching out ‘Twinkle Twinkle Little Star,’” she says, in a quote from her website. “I was immediately drawn to that and came home and told Mom I wanted to take violin lessons.”

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nightlife Bitterroot Therapeutic Riding benefits when you attend an evening of Horse Camp Music with Dave Stamey, who shares the Hamilton Performing Arts Center stage with cowboy poet Shad Pease at 7 PM, after a silent auction begins at 6. $25. Call 961-2999, or visit bitterrootriding.org. In a building packed full of swaying bodies, segregation may be a good thing: The Downtown Dance Collective, 121 W. Main St., presents the fundraiser Gentleman’s Affair/Ladies’ Promenade, which begins with 7 PM gender-divided eating and boozing, separate-but-equal performances at 8 PM and then a grand ol’ co-mingling dance and “poker fest” from 9 PM until late. $15. Call 541-7240. Hmm… In a pre-emptive move to draw the crowd away from the upstairs show, the Zoodown Basement, 235 N. First St. W., hosts an all-ages banshee ‘n’ bass convention featuring Fag

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—Jonas Ehudin Cop!, The Holograms, Mylin Sheaths, The Thug Nasties, Fag Rag and Knot Knocked UP! at 7 PM. $4. Hoot and holler in support of our hometown ball whackers—not least of which is the venerable (I almost typed “venereal”) Bob Wire, who plays a pre-game set with the Magnificent Bastards atop the visitors’ dugout—when Missoula Osprey baseball continues with a 7:05 PM face-off against the Idaho Falls Chukars. And what’s a chukar, anyway? Oh: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ chukar. $9–14. Call 543-3300 or visit missoulaosprey.com. When In Rome Productions takes you deep into Blanche’s world as they present A Streetcar Named Desire at 7:30 PM at the Crystal Theatre, 515 S. Higgins Ave. $8/$14 couples. Call 670-9358. S e a t t l e ’ s v e r b o s e i j i a n d Wa t e r c o l o r Paintings play an all-ages show with local support by the Chalfonts at 8 PM at the ZACC, 235 N. First St. W. $5. Whitefish’s Alpine Theatre Project presents the Tony Award-winning musical comedy The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee at 8 PM at the Whitefish Performing Arts Center. $12–37. Call 862-SHOW or visit alpinetheatreproject.org. Evaro Hill plays the Missoula Eagles Lodge, 2420 South Ave. W., at 8 PM. Free. Call 207-0498. Arrive early for the 8 PM sign-up—and to down a few jitter-killing drinks—as Frenchtown’s Alcan Bar and Cafe hosts the weekly Saturday Night Open Jam with Jimmy Falcon and Sam Massa at 9. Free.

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Solid Sound Karaoke proves that tone deafness is rampant in our society at Westside Lanes at 8:30 PM. Free. Call 541-SING. N a s h v i l l e r e c o r d i n g a r t i s t Ty Herndon—who’s almost certainly not named after the D.C. suburb— plays a 9 PM gig at Lolo’s Lumberjack Saloon with Thompson Square and Sho-Down. Free. If you can guess the brand of vodka in the two-fer-one spotlight during the party known as Absolutely with DJs Kris Moon and Monte Carlo, I’ll give you a complimentary screwdriver. Meet me at the Badlander at 9 PM. Free. And call 241-9935 for a rickshaw. Four dudes and a bunch of really loud gear bring the post-punk rock to the Palace Lounge as Portland, Ore.’s Prize Country plays with Red Obelisk and Green Sickness at 9 PM. $5. Class war hits the dance floor as Blue Collar plays Florence’s High Spirits at 9 PM. Free. Feel free to perform “Take This Job And Shove It” by Johnny Paycheck during karaoke night at 9 PM at the VFW, but don’t be surprised if 20 people send in their resumes before you’re even done with the first verse. Free. No, seriously, if somebody good and sarcastic doesn’t apply for this job, I’m going to be pissed. If you get nervous in front of crowds, just imagine they’re your employer, but with only a big diaper on, at East Missoula’s Reno Casino and Cafe’s karaoke night, brought to you by Karaoke by Figmo at 9 PM. Free.

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When the sun sets at 9:29 PM, be sure you’ve staked out your little bit o’ turf at the Northside’s Head Start School, where Missoula Outdoor Cinema presents the Marx Brothers’ classic Horse Feathers, in which a college dean tries to stack his football team and ends up amid that squirmy, eye-poking trio. $5 suggested donation. Call 829-0873.

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Like some kind of sacred weed, Greenstar emerges again to play the Union Club at 9:30 PM. Free. If you’re hankering to meet the woman of your musical dreams, mando-master, fierce fiddler and voracious vocalist Carrie Rodriguez is your nocturnal missus, and lucky for you, she plays the Top Hat at 10 PM. $15 plus fees/$12 advance. Call 728-9865. (See Spotlight in this issue.)

Weather permitting, the MCAT MovieClub’s Summer Breeze features showings of short Missoula-made films at MCAT’s Spruce Street entrance at 10 PM. Free, and bring a blanket upon which to sit. Call 542-6228. DJ Dubwise supplies dance tracks all night long so you can take advantage of Sexy Saturday and rub up against the gender of your choice—that’s an original Corporal Calendar line, by the way. Just keepin’ it real—at 10 PM at Feruqi’s. Free. Call 728-8799.

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Sunday brunch at 10 AM with jazz from Three of a Kind is probably the oldest and stalest listing left, so don’t just roll out of bed and head into the Blue Canyon Kitchen & Tavern, located in the Hilton Garden Inn at 3720 N. Reserve Street. Would the next Calendar Editor please change this one pronto? Free. Whitefish’s Alpine Theatre Project presents the Tony Award-winning musical comedy The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee at 2 PM at the Whitefish Performing Arts Center. $12–37. Call 862-SHOW or visit alpinetheatreproject.org. Playing bingo at 2 PM at the Missoula Senior Citizens Center is your chance to yell “For the record, don’t try to use free software to publish a newspaper!” Free. Call 543-7154. Hoot, holler and watch for flying bats in support of our hometown ball whackers when Missoula Osprey baseball continues with a 5 PM face-off against the Idaho Falls Chukars. $9–14. Call 543-3300 or visit missoulaosprey.com.

nightlife The weekend isn’t over until you quit your job and start drinking heavily, only to one evening stumble into Jam Night at the Finish Line, 153 Meridian Road in Kalispell, where Landslide hosts at 8 PM. Free. Call 257-0248. Euchre is one of those games that goes great with beer because you can tell what the cards look like even if your vision is a little blurry. See what I mean, or try to anyway, tonight at Sean Kelly’s just-for-fun Euchre Tournament at 8 PM. Free.

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Kick off the latter hours of your day of rest when the Badlander’s Jazz Martini Night welcomes saints and sinners alike with live jazz by the Sam White Quartet and spun sounds by DJ Gary Stein from 8:30 PM–midnight. Free, and the martinis are super affordable. The Palace Lounge groans under the weight of So Many Dynamos, Bacon & Egg and Victory Smokes, who play twixt that crazy Dead Hipster DJing, at 9 PM. $5/$7 under 21. Hear ye, hear ye: AmVets Club offers a new spin on karaoke night, and it’s known as “Jheryoake.” Really? Delve into the mystery at 9 PM, when Happy Hour gets the crowd loose until 10. Free. Wait, really? Hate poky smool halls? No sweat—and no smoke: Head underground when The Palace Lounge, 147 W. Broadway, features a rotating cast of Random Rock DJs at 9 PM every Sun. Free.

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Another week of Missoula Parks & Rec’s Sk8 Clinics begins at 8:30 AM at the MOBASH Skatepark, and this year it’s co-sponsored by the Montana Skatepark Association, so you can almost taste them fresh grinds. Call Jason at 552-6271.

It’s day one of Jennifer Ogden’s four-day class Beautiful Horses, which meets at 10 AM at the Missoula Art Museum, so get your 8–13-year-old signed up for a deep session of quadrupedophenia. $50/$45 MAMbers. Call 728-0447. Tired of Morning Classics and/or Freeforms? Twist your radio dial to KBGA, 89.9 FM, every weekday from 11 AM–noon to hear Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez’s award-winning program Democracy Now!, which offers an alternative perspective to the corporate media and features lively, progressive reporting and debates with no advertising, corporate underwriting or government funding whatsoever. Free. Visit kbga.org or democracynow.org. Pray they’re not referring to Hamilton’s Rocky Mountain Labs when City Club Missoula presents “Exporting Montana’s Culture to the World,” beginning with lunch at 11:30 AM at the Holiday Inn-Downtown at the Park. $16/$11 members/$5 forum only. RSVP 541-2489. And it’s also day one of Jennifer Ogden’s four-day class Drawing: Make Your Mark, which meets at 1 PM at the Missoula Art Museum, so get your 8–13-year-old signed up for lessons on how to be totally sketchy. $50/$45 MAMbers. Call 728-0447. Carrie Maynes presents students aged 16 and over with five weeks of Figure Drawing for Young Adults every Mon. at 4 PM at the Missoula Art Museum through July 13. $75/$67.50 members. Call 728-0447. Give yourself and your soon-to-be infant a dose of nurturing exercise during a Prenatal Yoga Class every Mon. at 4 PM at the Open Way Mindfulness Center, 702 Brooks St. $11/$10 with a card. Previous yoga experience is not required. Call 549-9005.


nightlife Beginning World Fusion Bellydance comprises more than just the Truffle Shuffle every Mon. at 5:30 PM at the Belly Tent Dance Studio, 2016 Strand Ave. Beginners are more than welcome. $7. Call 531-3000. Get to work on your sun salutations during a Vinyasa Yoga Class every Mon. at 5:30 PM at the Open Way Mindfulness Center, 702 Brooks St. $12/$10 with a card. Call 549-9005. What reason have you got for lying around the house watching the tube when Florence’s High Spirits offers Free Pool at 6 PM? I mean, my God! Free pool, people! Free. Call 273-9992. Train your fingers to feel the difference between a “Q” and an “E” when you attend the Missoula Scrabble League’s weekly Scrabble meet at 6 PM in the boardroom of the Missoula Public Library. Free. Call 721-0387. Get this: Every Mon., Lolo’s Square Dance Center, 9555 Highway 12, begins with beginners’ lessons at 6:30 PM and then moves into full square dance party mode at 8. First two beginners’ sessions free/$4 thereafter. Call 273-0141. The fella I most want as my wingman, Russ Nasset, plays the Red Bird Wine Bar, 111 N. Higgins Ave., at 7 PM. Free. Call 549-2906. The VFW hosts bingo at 7 PM. Free. If you’ve got a horn, go ahead and blow it in the Sentinel High School

Band Room at 7 PM when the Missoula City Band rehearses every Mon. through Aug. 3, in preparation for some grand performance of the future. Free. Call 728-2403, ext. 7041. There’s a meditation group at Osel Shen Phen Ling Tibetan Buddhist Center, 441 Woodworth Ave., where sadhana practice, visualization and mantra recitation cleanse the doors of perception at 7 PM. Call 543-2207. Hoot, holler and walk out of work in support of our hometown ball whackers when Missoula Osprey baseball continues with a 7:05 PM face-off against the Idaho Falls Chukars. $9–14. Call 543-3300 or visit missoulaosprey.com. Delve into a language only slightly more arcane than COBOL as an Introduction to Tibetan is offered at 7:30 PM at the Missoula Public Library. Free. Call 240-6641. At Be Here Now Sangha you can learn the basics of meditation every Mon. night at 7:30 PM at the Open Way Mindfulness Center, 702 Brooks St. Open to all religions and levels of practice. Unite the clans with the mystically magnetic Geneva Bybee, who presents Tribal Fusion Bellydance at 8 PM every Mon. and Wed. at the Downtown Dance Collective, 121 W. Main St. Call 541-7240 for pricing. (See Alluring in this issue.) Drinking abhors a sonic vacuum, which is why DJ Monte Carlo spins a full night of tunes to loosen gullets and relax gag reflexes beginning at 9 PM at the Badlander. Free.

The Milkcrate Mechanic—who must be differentiated from the Milkshake Mechanic, which is Mikki at the Butterfly. Damn#@!— keeps the groove fine tuned with random music for random people, free pool and mad krunk every Mon. at 9 PM at the Palace Lounge. Free. Bring your music appreciation glands to Sean Kelly’s open mic night, hosted by Mike Avery at 9:30 PM, and you’ll soon find yourself surrounded by the finest musical acts in the galaxy. Free. On the eve of Bastille Day, in preparation for and celebration of Skin Pa n c a k e ’ s h e r o i c r e v o l u t i o n a r y action, don’t miss reggae by the Abyssinians, who play with special guest Etana, at the Top Hat at 10 PM. Cover TBA. Call 728-9865.

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Bend, stretch and play every Tue. and Thu. at Happy Mama, 736A S. First St. W., where Yoga for Everybody eases the suffering at 9:30 AM. $12 drop-in/$10 advance. Call 880-6883. If they’re under 24 months old, bring the kiddos to the Children’s Museum of Missoula, 225 W. Front St., where Families First’s Family Motion offers corporeal strength to you and yours at 11 AM. $4.25/Free for members. RSVP 541-PLAY. Keepin’ it simple for the B’root: The Kent Curtiss Band plays Hamilton’s

Legion Park during this week’s “Tuesday at 12,” which actually begins at noon. Free. Find strength and the will to fight at the Breast Cancer Support Group, which meets at noon each Tue. at St. Francis Xavier Church, 420 W. Pine St. Free. The dictionary defines “BOGO” as an acronym for “Buy One, Get One,” which means BOGO Pottery Tuesdays ease your entry into ceramics ownership from noon–6 PM every Tue. at the ZACC, 235 N. First St. Call 549-7555 or visit zootownarts.com. You probably can’t convince your parents that you need a bird of prey, so get them to give you a ride to the Missoula Public Library at 2 PM instead, where the noble beasts of Raptors of the Rockies will happily devour your little liver every night, only to have it re-grow by the morning, at which point they’ll return to tear it out again, only you’re chained to the cliff, and you’re pretty much stuck in that situation forever. Free. Call 721-2665. If you’re already out of Saturday’s veggies, try the Whitefish Downtown Farmers’ Market at 5 PM at Depot Park, with music from Greg Grant. Free. Call 862-2043.

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on the list for Sept. 15. $5/children free. RSVP 721-7690. Instructor Holly Jeremiassen teaches young people aged 10 and up the finer points of glass fusing every Tue. at 5:30 PM during Youth Glass Class at the ZACC, 235 N. First St. W. $15 per session. Call 549-7555 or visit zootownarts.com. Don’t it make your green grass blue? The pickin’ circle begins at 6 PM, and house pickers Pinegrass play at 9:30 PM at the Top Hat. Cover TBA. Call 728-9865. It’s a spicy good time when the Downtown Dance Collective’s Heather Adams presents beginning salsa dance lessons at 6 PM, followed by intermediate/advanced at 7, every Tue. at the Badlander. $5. The YWCA of Missoula, 1130 W. Broadway, hosts weekly support groups for women every Tue. at 6:30 PM, where groups for Native women and children meet as well. New group members with children are asked to arrive at 6:15, without kids at 6:25. Free. Call 543-6691. A single bracelet does not jingle, which is why they’re so popular: Unity Dance and Drum’s all-levels West African Dance Class meets every Tue. evening at 6:30 PM at the Downtown Dance Collective, 121 W. Main St. $10/class or $35/four classes. Call 549-7933. The Missoula County Democrats get their freak on during a City Council Candidate Forum—all candidates have been invited to attend—where you’ll have the opportunity to lob a tough question or two, at 7 PM in City Council Chambers, 140 W. Pine St. Free.

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Find out exactly Where The Money Went—hint: the rich took it all—as author Kevin Canty reads from and signs his new book of short fiction at 7 PM at Shakespeare & Co., 103 S. Third St. W. Free. Call 549-9010. Author James Lee Burke hosts a reading and signing for his book, Rain Gods, at 7 PM at Fact & Fiction, 220 N. Higgins Ave. Free. Call 721-2881. John and Andy Dunnigan bring their humorous stories to Kalispell’s Picnic in the Park concert series at Depot Park, located at Center St. and Main St., at 7 PM. Free. Call 758-7717. You’re invited by Turning the Wheel to take part in some BodyCentered Creative Expression to live music every Tue. at 7 PM. $5–10 donation. Call 543-4414 for location and more details. Hey wrong-side-of-the-street-rider: You can learn to bike responsibly at Free Cycle’s Bike Well classes at 7 PM at 732 S. First St. W., where class also convenes on Wed. and Thu. Call 541-7284 for times. Missoula’s huge ambient goth scene sees its relevance climb a notch as Lacuna Coil spirals emptily into the Wilma Theatre at 8 PM, with crowdpleasing support by Kill Hannah, Seventh Void and Dommin. $18. It’s a Cajun-rrific extravaganza when Beausoleil avec Michael Doucet plays Whitefish’s O’Shaughnessy Center at 8 PM. $20–27/$15 under 13/Get four tix for the price of three. Call 8625371, or visit whitefishtheatreco.org. Sean Kelly’s invites you to another week of free Pub Trivia, which takes place every Tue. at 8 PM. And, to high-

light the joy of discovery that you might experience while attending, here’s a sample of the type of question you could be presented with. Ready? This week, the National Folk Festival lures us all to Butte for three days of music and cultural exchange. Who described Butte as “an island of easy money surrounded by a sea of whiskey?” (Find the answer in the calendar under tomorrow’s nightlife section.) Whitefish’s Alpine Theatre Project presents the Tony Award-winning musical comedy The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee at 8 PM at the Whitefish Performing Arts Center. $12–37. Call 862-SHOW or visit alpinetheatreproject.org. Enjoy Tunes on Tuesdays with Christian Johnson from 8:30–11 PM, an acoustic open mic jam every Tue. night at Red’s Wines & Blues in Kalispell. Free. Call 755-9463. Help a local band afford a bite to eat and a place to take a shower—not to mention a battering ram for when they storm the Missoula County Detention Facility at midnight—when Skin Pancake prog rocks the Badlander at 9 PM. Free. The Broadway’s Tuesday Night Comedy takes place every Tue. at 9 PM and is followed by dancing with tunes from the Tallest DJ in America. $5/$3 students. Call 543-5678. DJs Karl K, Dillon, Cosmic Diva, Timmie Irie, Tobin and Kris Moon play music for the irie-hearted every Tue. at 9 PM when Reggae Night overstands all your troubles at the Badlander. Free. The moon’s always full and the pack’s always howlin’ at the Wolf Den’s Open Mic Night in Polson. Free. 9 PM. Call 883-2054.

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The Bitterroot has become far less bitter in recent days and would almost have to be considered agreeable! Good hatches of PMDs, yellow sallies and caddis have the fatties moving to the surface on a regular basis. The cooler weather we've been seeing this week has this top-water feeding window lasting most of the day now. Even in windy conditions, the 'root continues to give it up like insider stock tips at a congressional cocktail party. Bring your purple haze, cripple and stimi chew toys lest you be stuck with the General Electric stock fly equivalent.

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The fishing is still very good up here and getting better again as people spread out to fish the other area rivers. In the bright sun, the fish will be focused more on terrestrials like hoppers and ants, but in the clouds, it's a mayfly deal in a big way. The evening caddis hatch remains a consistent source of motivation for fish that had been shy all day long. Count on heavy hatches of PMDs, yellow sallie stones and caddis.

During slow downs, attractor/DEEP dropper rigs have been productive for dredging up willing suspects. Beginning around 6:30 p.m., some of the best fishing of the day has been occurring until just past dark when the caddis come off in droves. A #12 or 14 Goddard, elk hair or stimulator twitched or slowly dragged across the surface is DEADLY! Look for this river to continue to be a great option.

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The Clark is fishing very well right now pretty much its whole length. In addition to the predictable PMD and caddis action, the upper and lower river in particular are giving it up pretty consistently on olive, brown or yellow streamers. It's been happy depth charge follies lately. When the wind stays down, and with any kind of cloud cover, there have been lots of fish up and looking for PMDs beginning around 10:30.

Good hatches of PMDs beginning early in the day should get you into fish pretty much right when you get to the water. If the weather remains even semi-sane, your day should continue productively with little yellow sallie stoneflies, smaller hoppers and caddis. Water levels have dropped to the point where wading is a good option although with flows still above 900 cfs, it's not a cake walk by any means.

Remember, never fish your hopper farther from the bank than they could jump unless you're in an area where they could potentially have gotten deeper by falling off floating pinecones or swi ming crooked water monkeys.

Missouri

Not ideal weather by any means but if the wind stays manageable, you can expect good fishing with PMDs and caddis. In moderately windy conditions, indicator nymphing with scuds, caddis pupa, RS2s and other standard Mo fare should keep you bent. The fishing remains very good and widely varied in terms of what's working. Caddis imitations both above and subsurface are still the king although there is seriously good surface activity on PMDs and ant patterns. The streamer fishing has also been very productive for bigger fish. Water levels below Holter remain fairly consistent these days with a reading today of 8080 cfs.

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At the outset, you stand alone in a field of adversaries. In your hand, a soft yet accurate ball awaits an injection of kinetic energy. Your gaze falls softly on the shrieking, shrinking, shirking mob, each individual moving with intense awareness of the sphere you hold. Thus begins the game known as “Comrade.” Any veteran player will tell you it’s the first conversion that’s the trickiest. As the ball renders its possessor immobile—much like in a game of Ultimate—the crowd has a seemingly easy time avoiding your tosses. But eventually, you strike one of your opponents—though not in the head, as that doesn’t count—and suddenly you’ve got an ally with which to toss back and forth the insistent rallying cry, “Comrade!” Now things heat up. Working as a team, your ever-growing squad of pinko-communalists hunts down the scattering, squealing capitalist pigs, each time witnessing a furthering of interconnectivity as you add another, and another, and another. “Comrade!” “Comrade!” “Comrade!” At last, a lone individual remains, darting to and fro within the boundary cones, engaging in what’s clearly a dead-end endeavor. With that final Nerf hit, the game concludes with everyone on the same team, an affirmation of our combined power when we work together toward a common goal. As a nation, and a world, with seemingly infinite common goals right about now, it’s time that we practice unity wherever we can. Organize a game of Comrade down at your neighborhood park. Bring it to the public schools. Block your street with a couple of abandoned cars and take over the pavement for an allevening Comrade tourney. And keep your eyes peeled, dear comrades, as the Indy calendar will no doubt carry listings for upcoming games in your neck of the woods. And we move into this week’s activities. As a newly unemployed American, I’m exercising my liberty, as well as my legs, by biking to Butte for the National Folk Festival. I left on Wed., July 8, and if you’re quick, you can still catch up with me. Take the route to

other trips, at www.cfc.umt.edu/wi, or by calling Sarah at 243-5361. One of my favorite local trips, in theory at least, is this next one. The Bitterroot Floating Weed Pull, in addition to providing me with great material, kicks off a fourth year of decimating invasives at 8 AM on Sat., July 11, at the Wally Crawford Fishing Access. Floaters are carpooled to the put-in at the Darby Bridge, there’s a picnic and prizes at the end and you can tell all your friends you took huge pulls of weed on the Bitterroot this weekend. Call 777-5842. It’s a pity I’ll be passing through Wisdom a few days too early, as this weekend’s program at the Big Hole Battlefield features professional pow wow singer and dancer Leroy Seth, whose presentation on traditional Native American lifeways begins at noon and 3 PM on Sat., July 11. He’s at it again at noon on Sun., July 12, so tell me, what’s your excuse? Get on your bike and pedal down there. Call 689-3155. Maybe I’m just romanticizing history, but I doubt there were many Playstation-addicted roly-polies running around Native villages of yore. We take a lesson in hopes of weaning our youth from the sweet bosom of obesity as the “Got Nature?” program Native American Games invites youngsters to meet at McCormick Park at 1 PM on Sat., July 11. There they’ll learn about the natural materials used to make traditional gaming supplies—ok, so silicon is technically a natural material, but come on—and learn a few games to boot. It’s free, no reservations are required and you can get more info at missoulachildrenandnature.org. And in keeping with the “active kids” theme, allow me to inform you of a weekly opportunity to get both exercise and serious street cred. Kids, depending upon your age and gender, there’s a week-long Sk8 Clinic just for you, the next of which begins at 8:30 AM on Mon., July 13, at MOBASH, and is intended for boys and girls aged 7–11. It’s co-sponPhoto by Chad Harder sored by Missoula Parks & Rec and the Montana Skatepark wildlife, trail conditions, signs and other aspects critical to management Association, so you’ve kind of got both yin and yang thrown into the operations. To sign up or learn about other trips, call Beverly at 240- mix. Call 552-6271. And now I remove my chapeau, bow ever so slightly and with a 9901, or e-mail thegreatburn@yahoo.com. Train your powers of observation on a different target, as the afore- sweep of my arm, wish you the most congenial of days in the wild. mentioned second trip, this one led by UM’s Wilderness Institute, is a Remember your connections, to the Earth, to your fellow creatures three-day jaunt to Weasel Creek in the Bitterroot National and beings and to the mysterious Universe at large. I’ll see you on the Forest’s Sapphire and Blue Joint Wilderness Study Areas that Comrade field, and sooner rather than later, we’ll all be on the same leaves on Fri., July 10. Your transportation and dinners are provid- team. ed, provided you help seek out invasive and native species, learning calendar@missoulanews.com applicable monitoring methods and the like. Sign up, or get info on Wisdom, and then up toward Anaconda. If we don’t meet up, I’ll be staying in the Butte High School courtyard, so drop in for a visit or a laugh. For the rest of ye, here’s what the Comrade’s cooked up this week. Two trips with the intention of wild lands monitoring roll down the pike. The first, sponsored by the Great Burn Study Group and the National Forest Foundation, is a three-day expedition to the Ward-Eagle area of the proposed wilderness that leaves town on Fri., July 10. Activities include monitoring weeds,

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SPOTLIGHT this is it Ah, my final Spotlight. Not that this is about me. Not at all. This is about an incredible group. Actually, Balthrop, Alabama promotes itself as a “small town band,” one that formed in the heart of Gotham itself. The eleven-person folk rock township takes indie to the next level, with their sheer numbers adding a depth that’s like the comfort one finds in an overstuffed sofa.

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WHERE: The Badlander HOW MUCH: $5 The two albums I received in the mail, dubbed Cowboy Songs and Subway Songs, showcase this musical municipality’s versatile ethos like a coyote skin nailed to a Mail Pouch barn. Which is to say they’re subtle yet lovable, as in “The Butter Song”: “Try to be a little bit more PC/Don’t mean to be getting so greasy/But I’m gonna cover your butt with a big stick of butter.” And actually, this is about me. Ever your dedicated private/civil servant, I, Comrade Calendar, do hereby declare this show to be my official “Happy Unemployment Party,” so come on down to the Badlander, rub my facial hair for good luck, buy me a drink or two—please, not everybody at once—and

Forego the weekly shower and join Unwashed Promotions for live music and Missoula’s moistest DJs Harvey and Heyska when Punk Rock Tuesday fumigates the Palace Lounge every Tue. at 9 PM. Free.

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Get your youngsters started on the path that leads to being able to work an iBook when the Children’s Museum of Missoula, 225 W. Front St., presents the early childhood literacy class Ready, Set, Read at 11 AM. $4.25/members free. Call 541-PLAY. Your weekly lunch date with, well, everyone comes at 11 AM as Caras Park transforms with Out to Lunch, which features food vendors and a performance that signals the official start of this year’s swine flu-free International Choral Festival. Free. Call 543-4238.

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shake it on the dance floor to one of the most compelling, mentally impregnating, life-affirming and tasty posses you’re bound to see all summer. Thanks, Missoula. Next time we meet, let’s have it be on bikes. —Jonas Ehudin

Another free chance to dig on an International Choral Festival Concert comes at 2 PM at Southgate Mall, where the voices of angels ricochet off the empty husk of capitalism. Free.

Combine a relaxed and supportive atmosphere with live models in their birthday suits—18 and over only, please—and you’ve got the Missoula Art Museum’s Hump Day Figure Drawing group every Wed. from 6–8 PM. $7/$5 members. Call 728-0447.

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Gillian Kessler asks only that you embrace your inner diva—and not hers—as she fuses slick Brazilian moves with modern techniques for her Afro-Brazilian Dance Class, which takes place every Wed. at 6 PM at the Downtown Dance Collective, 121 W. Main St. Call 5417240 for pricing.

Celebrate the season while you’ve got the ear of your local officials when the Missoula County Democrats host their annual Summer Picnic from 6:30–10 PM at Kiwanis Park. Bring a side dish or dessert. Or don’t. I mean, if the Dems can’t even pass Universal Leash Laws, are they really going to come after you for empty-handed potlucking? Free. It’s day one of Edgar Smith’s twoweek class Abstract Drawing, which meets every Wed. at 6 PM at the Missoula Art Museum, so now you know, and knowing’s half the battle. $60/$54 MAMbers. Call 728-0447.

Here’s hoping “Bachelor Bob” is a person, and not a watery tub filled with the floating unwed, as that’s the tantalizing fruit luring you to the Missoula Senior Center, 705 S. Higgins Ave., where the annual Summer Picnic begins at 11:30 AM. $5. Call 543-7154.

Learn how to harness the power of millions of individuals goofing off at work when Imagination Media’s Tim Danyo presides over the first meeting of Social Media Club Missoula, which meets to discuss the benefits of exploiting everybody’s addiction to Facebook, Twitter and the like, at 6 PM at the Missoula Public Library. Free. Call 544-3098.

La Nota Blues and Jazz plays during the lunch portion of Kalispell’s Picnic in the Park concert series at Depot Park, located at Center St. and Main St., at 11:30 AM. Free. Call 758-7717.

Get your fair share of live music without having to down a pot of coffee when Vanna, 10 cc Love Affair, A Shattered Hope and Celestial Chaos play an early all-ages show at the Palace Lounge at 6 PM. $10.

Learn to bump and grind, shimmy and shake and strut your stuff like a pro every Wed. evening at 6 PM during a Burlesque Dance Class at the Belly Tent Dance Studio, 2016 Strand Ave. Call Kelli Neumeyer at 531-2482. A revolving cast of local singers and musicians makes up the band Katy and Friends, who do the rocking every Wed. at 6:30 PM at the Cottage Inn in Kila. Free. Call 755-8711. Today’s final chance to dig on an International Choral Festival Concert comes at 7 PM at Bonner Park, where those choirs unaffected by swine flu and/or visa issues shall lift ev’ry voice and sing. Free. It’s a psychobilly meltdown as the ever-dependable, if only slightly sanctimonious, Reverend Horton Heat sets fire—metaphorically speaking—to the Wilma Theatre once Nekromantix warms the joint up at 8 PM. $21.


Whitefish’s Alpine Theatre Project presents the Tony Award-winning musical comedy The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee at 8 PM at the Whitefish Performing Arts Center. $12–37. Call 862-SHOW or visit alpinetheatreproject.org. Cut the ribbon on Missoula’s newest chunk o’ turf, one that’s actually a band, when multi-modal, hee-haw, high-society soundsmiths Balthrop, Alabama stake their claim at the Badlander, where tourmates Ne’er Do Evers join locals the Wartime Blues in laying out the red carpet at 9 PM. $5. (See Spotlight in this issue.) You can pick your friends, and you can pick your nose, but neither will help you emit that high lonesome sound every Wed., when the Old Post Pub hosts a Pickin’ Circle at 9 PM. Free. The answer to this week’s when-cops-moonlightas-public-relations-officers trivia question: Known as the Richest Hill on Earth, Butte gathered a ragged populace of down-on-theirluck miners in the days before that blasted Gold Rush thing. Lots of them stuck around afterwards, with little to do by mine and drink. As we head to Butte this week for the National Folk Festival, let’s keep in mind a celebrated summation of the locale, uttered by Butte Police Chief Jere “The Wise” Murphy, who served from 1893 until his death on the job on Sept. 19, 1935: “an island of easy money surrounded by a sea of whiskey.” Hate smoky pool halls? No sweat— and no smoke—but plenty of girl

power: Head underground at 9 PM every Wed. when The Palace, 147 W. Broadway, presents Ladies’ DJ Night. Free. Spit the parc out of your taorht with Bassackwards Karaoke every Wed. at 9 PM at Deano’s Casino on North Reserve Street. Free. Call 531-8327. This Missoula legend has nothing to do with ground beef: Wasted Wednesday at the Top Hat offers unlimited tap beer and M-Group at 10 PM and the wisdom you’ll gain is worth the $7 cover many times over. Call 728-9865. Longevity is the man’s secret weapon: DJ Dubwise spins mad flava all over the ladies’ drink specials starting at 10 PM at Feruqi’s. Free. Call 728-8799.

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The International Choral Festival Concert begins in earnest, with performances at four locations—the Hellgate High School Auditorium, St. Anthony Parish, and UM’s Music Recital Hall and University Theatre— at both 10 AM and 7 PM, and continues through Sat., July 18. $15 allaccess button. Call 721-7985, or visit choralfestival.org. Your youngling who’s not seen three years is invited for an hour of songs, rhymes, body games, storytelling and

more during WORD’s Toddlers, Babies and Books at 11 AM every first and third Thu. of the month, where the snack’s always free. And so is the program. Call 543-3550, ext. 255. Give your youngsters something to strive for—or to avoid like the plague—when the Children’s Museum of Missoula, 225 W. Front St., serves up a Playdate with an Artist at 11 AM. $4.25/members free. RSVP 541-PLAY.

nightlife Take in art from all corners of the state—yes, there are more than four—when Artini:Triennial begins at 5:30 PM at the Missoula Art Museum, features appearances by aesthetics luminaries Lee Proctor, Elizabeth Rose—who’s also an extreme long-distance cyclist, by the way—Scott Sutton and Jessica Baldwin at 7. Free. Call 728-0447. It’s time for dinner and a show with several hundred friends as Caras Park hosts this week’s Downtown ToNight at 5:30 PM, a celebration with food vendors, kids’ activities by the Children’s Museum of Missoula and music by Deja Voodoo. Free. Call 543-4238. Or call 241-9935 for a rickshaw. While the 14th Annual Missoula Hempfest doesn’t get sparked up until Sept. 12, don’t be left holding the bag of shake: Attend their Vo l u n t e e r I n f o r m a t i o n a l Meeting—one shift gets you a drink and a “meal”—at 6 PM at the

Missoula Public Library. And thanks, Angela, for always being such a good sport about my high-spirited ribbing. Call 493-0425, or visit missoulahempfest.com. You’re invited to dance as though nobody’s watching—but, come on, we all know they’re watching—as the Teranga Arts School, 2926 S. Third St. W., hosts another sesh of Ecstatic Dance at 6 PM. Cover TBA. E-mail ecstaticdancers@gmail.com. Whitefish’s Alpine Theatre Project presents the Tony Award-winning musical comedy The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee at 8 PM at the Whitefish Performing Arts Center. $12–37. Call 862-SHOW or visit alpinetheatreproject.org. Lest ye think every band you might hear on The Blaze are dude-brah conventions, dig on Aroarah, four ladies of the night who beckon you to the Palace Lounge, where they play at 9 PM with Rooster Sauce and Celestial Chaos. $6. Award-winning Minnesotan bluegrass glistens like an egg wash over the deep Irish loaf that is Sean Kelly’s when The High 48s get the party started at 9:30 PM. Cover TBA. Call 542-1471. That down-home bluegrass flava just don’t come any more dependably that when it’s dishes up by local pickers Pinegrass at the Top Hat at 10 PM. Cover TBA. Call 728-9865. Clear that pile of cougars from your lap and hit the dance floor every Thu. at 10 PM, when the James Bar, 127 W. Alder St., hosts The Social Club,

featuring DJs Fleege and Kris Moon spinning an all-over-tha-map mix of lounge, breakbeat, dub, tech house and progressive electro dance music. Free. As my editor and friend, Skylar Browning, and I have long known and nervously anticipated, the day comes in every Calendar Editor’s life for a change. For the past 31 months, I’ve served the High Calendar Council, and each and every one of my beloved readers, as Comrade Calendar, offering universal events coverage regardless of employment status, degree of lateness—ahem, to a point—and a sincere sense of joy at the varied happenings you’ve created in what some might write off as just a small mountain town. I love this place, I’ll be here for the long haul and you’re all invited to grab a ride from me or my friends on one of the Garden City Gondolas. Just in case my blatant conflict of interest has somehow gone over your head, allow me to be perfectly clear: You’re to call 241-9935 or 241-9932 for the hottest, most musical, ofttimes terrifying and singularly surreal experience of zipping through the Five Valleys on a bicycle taxi. See you around the block, my good people. And give the next Calendar Officer a hearty welcome, bear with them through the learning curve and, as always, follow this, my bedrock commandment: Send your event info by 5 PM on Fri., July 10, to calendar@missoulanews.com. Alternately, snail mail the stuff to Comrade Calendar c/o the Independent, 317 S. Orange St., Missoula, MT 59801 or fax your way to 543-4367.

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Back to Butte The National Folk Festival returns with an edge by Erika Fredrickson

Last year, Butte hosted the National Folk Festival to the tune of 75,000 attendants, 25 musical acts and an estimated $8 million economic impact. This weekend, they get to try and top it. The three-day musical extravaganza—considered the oldest multicultural festival in the United States—presents a whole different set of acts this time around, but the vibe’s the same. Irish traditionalists follow American Indian drummers, Chinese ensembles perform next to blues musicians, and so on. One look at the schedule shows that nearly every moment will be jam packed, but we highlight five acts that stand out from the rest of the lineup.

Thomas Mapfumo and the Blacks Unlimited Zimbabwe native Thomas Mapfumo plays a fusion of traditional Shona music and political rock called “chimurenga,” which translates to “struggle.” This popular combination of rippling

that idea in mind, it’s easy to see how a Seattle breakdance group would make its way into this event. Hip hop has its roots in African American rhythms, and break dance styles can be traced back to late 1960s James Brown. Over the years, breakdance and hip hop styles brought urban life—city folk culture, if you will—to the consciousness of mainstream America. It provoked and entertained. It was both rebelliously edgy and deemed an alternative expression to gang activity. Massive Monkees formed in 1999 and they’ve won numerous b-boy—that’s “break-boy”—contests with their wild and crazy moves. Massive Monkeys perform Saturday, July 11, at 3:15, 4:45 and 9:30 PM, and Sunday, July 12, at 3 PM.

Sierra Hull Sierra Hull rebelled as a teenager, but not in the way most people expect of a 17-year-old. Instead of

“two-handed” style that sounds similar to the speedy delivery of a bluegrass ho-down. Since Little was 6, he’s sat in with plenty of top-notch musicians, including mentor Doc Watson—an Appalachian rebel himself who’s incorporated rockabilly styles and guitar fiddling techniques into traditional songs. Little joins the festival with a band comprising banjo, guitar and bass. The Jeff Little Trio performs Saturday, July 11, at 1 and 4 PM and Sunday, July 12, at 4:30 PM.

Bill Kirchen Though Charlie Ryan wrote and recorded “Hot Rod Lincoln” in 1955, it was the 1972 version by Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen that made it a big-time rockabilly hit. Guitarist Bill Kirchen (aka “The Titan of the Telecaster”) played with Commander Cody, and continues the “Hot Rod Lincoln” legacy with his own solo version.

The National Folk Festival in Butte features, clockwise from top left, Massive Monkees, Sierra Hull, Bill Kirchen, Jeff Little and Thomas Mapfumo.

melodies and social commentary gained Mapfumo the powerful nickname “The Lion of Zimbabwe” in his home country. But success came at a price. Mapfumo endured political imprisonment for three months, his music was banned from the radio and the government consistently harassed the musician. Now living in the United States in a self-imposed exile, Mapfumo continues to sing about the struggles in his country. In his music, you can hear the influences of jazz, big band rumba and R&B, which he heard on the radio as a kid while living in a poor township of Salisbury. But it’s the more controversial Shona aspect to his music that makes Mapfumo’s music so powerful. Mapfumo performs Friday, July 10, at 9:15, and Saturday, July 11, at 3 and 5:30 PM.

crawling into her parents’ liquor cabinet or skipping school with a mohawked boyfriend, she’s mastered the mandolin. In fact, at her young age—she started playing when she was 8—she’s already gained enough notoriety to share the stage with top performers like Alison Krauss, Ricky Skaggs and Edgar Meyer. The Tennessee-bred bluegrass picker formed her own backup band, Highway 111, who will join her at the folk festival—but she’s the star. Her onstage presence is as engaging as it gets, and her blistering solos weave together hillbilly plucking with the kickass confidence of guitar gods Steve Vai or Eddie Van Halen. Sierra Hill and Highway 111 performing Friday, July 10, at 9:15 PM, Saturday, July 11, at 2 and 4:15 PM, and Sunday, July 12, at 5:15 PM.

In the original, the Lincoln passes a Cadillac before getting pulled over by the cops, but Kirchen takes longer to surrender in his extended update to the song. And that’s not the only trouble Kirchen seeks. He also calls out other artists—“Johnny Cash, pull over!”—as if he’s passing them on the road. He names Duane Eddy, Marty Robinson, Roy Orbison, Howlin’ Wolf, the Rolling Stones, the Ventures, Bo Didley, Chuck Berry, Jimi Hendrix and others, like he’s checking off a hit list. And each time Kirchen tells someone to pull over, he plays a riff from one of the artist’s classic songs. The impersonations are slick, quick and cocky—and enough to fill about four minutes of the seven minute song. It’s over-the-top and still completely badass after all these years. Bill Kirchen performs Saturday, July 11, at 9 PM and Sunday, July 12, at 2 PM and 5 PM.

Jeff Little Trio Massive Monkees Terms like “folk music” often get treated as a genre rather than as an ever-evolving concept. In reality, “folk”—though often referring to acoustic traditional music or indigenous art—more broadly defines the creative culture of common people. With

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When you think of Appalachian music in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains, you don’t immediately think of pianos. Flatpicking guitars, fiddles, banjos and the mandolin, maybe. But not pianos. Until you hear Jeff Little. The North Carolina native tickles the ivories with a distinct

The National Folk Festival runs Friday, July 10, through Sunday, July 12, in Historic Uptown Butte. Festivities begin at 6 PM Friday and noon on both Saturday and Sunday. Free. efredrickson@missoulanews.com


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Eye of the storm Violence begets grace in Burke’s Rain Gods by Azita Osanloo

If there were a massive edition of the collect- pursuit after Vicki fires a bullet into his foot, an act ed works of James Lee Burke (and the growing that both annoys and arouses him. Enigmatic and cold-blooded, Preacher is one of popularity of Kindle may very well make this possible), a good title for it might be At the the best villains ever to come out of a Burke novel. Intersection of Beauty and Violence: The Articulate and religious, Preacher is not opposed to Collected Crime Novels of James Lee Burke. sharing his moral insight with friends, enemies and victims (and sometimes those categories are (Simon & Schuster can thank me later.) It’s been said by many reviewers (including blurred), nor is he opposed to correcting their grammyself ) that the physical setting of a James Lee mar. Cold-blooded and guilty of grisly acts of cruelty, Burke novel—whether it be Texas, Montana or New Preacher is, nonetheless, capable of surprising and Orleans—is important, secseemingly (at least to his ond only to the crime that partners) inexplicable acts provides the narrative crux. of mercy. It was Flannery This is true, sort of. Whether O’Connor, one of Burke’s they be detective or crimiliterary predecessors who nal, Burke’s characters are as also hailed from the South affected by their landscape (Burke is originally from as they are by the events Texas), who said that viounfolding in it. These lence in fiction is “strangely events, though, consistently capable of returning characsuggest that depravity and ters to reality and preparing b e a u t y g o t o g e t h e r. them for their moment of Therefore, it might be more grace.” Throughout Rain accurate to say it’s the less Gods, Preacher Jack tangible setting—that place Collins—not unlike a modwhere extreme violence ern-day equivalent to intersects with grace—that O’Connor ’s most welldefines the real “sense of known (and well-loved) vilplace” in a Burke novel. lain, The Misfit—seems to be In his latest, Rain Gods, perpetually anticipating his Burke resurrects Hackberry own moment of grace. While Hackberry Holland, a small town Texas Holland and his chief sheriff who has appeared in Rain Gods deputy, Pam Tibbs (whose earlier works as the cousin James Lee Burke advances Hackberry finds of Billy Bob Holland, an hardcover, Simon & Schuster harder and harder to attorney in Lolo. Hackberry 448 pages, $25.99 resist) follow in the trail of is a Korean War vet who’s haunted by the time he spent in a POW camp and, Pete and Vicki and all their enemies, they’re more recently, the memory of his deceased wife. A forced to work with the FBI’s Department of former attorney turned policeman, Hackberry Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), comes face to face with the murder of nine whose unpredictable agent comes with his own women from Thailand, all of them young, all of haunted past. As Hackberry gets closer to solving them illegal aliens, who were machine-gunned to the gruesome murder of the nine Thai women, death and then buried in a shallow grave behind a the separate stories of each character become church. “She was thin-boned, a toy person,” more and more vivid. Though it’s the murder that writes Burke in the novel’s opening pages, “her ties all the characters to the novel, it’s their sepablack blouse a receptacle for heat and totally inap- rate stories that make their motives all the more propriate for the climate. [Hackberry] guessed she understandable—and makes the novel, ultimately, was not over seventeen and that she had been all the more thrilling. Burke’s crime novels almost always follow a alive when the dirt was pushed on top of her. She was also Asian, not Hispanic as he had expected.” similar pattern: the shock of sudden violence The gruesome murders unfold into a multi- (and, despite the competition on television and threaded narrative that includes a complex cast of in film, the violent acts in Burke’s novels still do characters. After making an anonymous phone call shock) followed by a pursuit to a conclusion. to the police, Pete Flores, a young Iraq War vet and That pursuit is punctuated, as illustrated in unwilling participant at the scene of the crime, Burke’s descriptions of his characters and in takes off with his girlfriend, Vicki. The two have their dialogue, by a heartbreaking empathy. reason to run: Hugo Cistranos, the crime boss Burke’s characters are never perfect, are often who paid Pete $300 “to drive a truck to San haunted by demons both real and imagined, and Antone” (the soon-to-be victims were in the back are always part of a vivid landscape painted by a of that truck) is after them, as is Nick Dolan, a master storyteller. James Lee Burke reads from Rain Gods at well-meaning yet cowardly strip club owner. Most dangerous of all is Preacher Jack Collins, a vigi- Fact & Fiction Tuesday, July 14, at 7 PM. Free. lante who believes he’s “on the other side of arts@missoulanews.com God.” Preacher becomes even more dogged in his

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“It ought to make us feel ashamed,” wrote meaning here, something full of light, but it Raymond Carver, “when we talk like we know remains unseen and unknown. what we’re talking about when we talk about In “The Boreal Forest,” our biologist climbs love.” That’s a quote I dug up after reading Kevin into the mountains to check on hair-sample traps Canty’s newest book of stories, Where the Money for lynx, the subject of his studies. “Nobody ever Went. It’s a natural place to start, given that sees lynx,” he observes. “My colleague Rick University of Montana writing instructor Canty is Johnson has been working the mountains behind an inheritor—perhaps the inheritor—of Carver’s Seeley Lake for thirty years, way back into the clean prose and powerful wilderness, and he has emotional style, and Where never seen one. I have the Money Went is about never seen one. I have seen love. Or, more specifically, tracks, have combed their the book investigates love fur out of traps and sent it the same way you’d investioff for DNA analysis, have gate a long-forgotten culeven, on one occasion, ture: by the ruin it leaves even smelled one, I think, behind. though there’s no way of Canty fills his pages knowing for sure. But I with divorce, betrayal, have never seen one.” breakup and longing, from It begins to snow, but start to finish. In the openthe biologist has his GPS ing title story a man sits at and trudges on. But when his kitchen table reckoning the GPS mysteriously quits, the financial cost of his he takes refuge under a failed marriage. In the last pine, lost. He thinks of the piece, “Burning Bridges, extramarital affair he’s havBreaking Glass,” a man ing with his wife’s best unsteady under his newfriend, Maria. He knows it’s found sobriety risks two wrong, but she’s been his marriages and drives 2,000 Where the Money Went friend, too, for years, and miles for an hour in a Kevin Canty no one’s getting hurt, motel with a woman he hardcover, Nan A. Talese except that she left her husmet during rehab. The sto- 208 pages, $25.00 band recently, and maybe ries are filled with the he had something to do shards and splinters left behind by everyday peo- with that. And then he sleeps. ple who brush up, even briefly, against desire. When he wakes, it’s afternoon, the snow’s Yet, at the core of each is hope, an aspiration stopped and he sees the trail he climbed. And toward something beautiful and pure, if unde- there in the snow, just a few dozen feet from fined and unattainable. where he slept, are the tracks of a lynx that Most of Canty’s stories revolve around mar- chased down a snowshoe hare. “If I had been riage. Of course, marriage has often been batted awake,” mulls the biologist, “if I had been watcharound, usually as the culmination of romantic ing through the branches of the fir, I would have love or the foundation of societal morality, but seen the animal at long last. I felt a sharp sorrow the actual relationship that comprises a marriage as a lover would. She had been near me, my prey, is always a little more complicated than what sim- my love, and I had missed her by minutes.” plistic generalization serves up. It’s simultaneousSomehow, it’s the perfect image for the ly more mundane and more powerful, and at its themes running through the book. Love’s only heart is an ineffable personal bond. In “The form is in its snowy footprints. And Canty, like the Boreal Forest,” Canty’s wildlife biologist protago- rest of us, adhering to Carver’s warning, adeptly nist describes a marriage as “the faith that binds shows he knows little of what it really is. two people together, the doubts that separate us, Where the Money Went is Canty at his best. the conversations and the silences—all happen in He’s long since been a master of his craft but this private, out of anybody’s light but our own.” He book also contains a poignancy that, for me, had refers to it as a kind of living entity that’s unique been missing from some of his previous work— to two people and unknowable to everyone else, like his 2000 novel, Nine Below Zero, which, “the dark side of the moon, the face that’s turned while elegantly written, came off flat and barren. away from you.” And when it goes awry, as it With Where the Money Went, Canty snaps back to invariably does in these pages, “when the ex-hus- form and displays a kind of wisdom and a jolt of band or ex-wife sits you down to tell what it was spirit that proves there are few better at writing a really like, the story is all hopelessly false.” story. And maybe that’s why Canty uses fractures Kevin Canty reads from Where the Money and breaks for literary fodder—that’s where all Went at Shakespeare & Co. Tuesday, July 14, at the stories lie. And like following a shark circling 7 PM. Free. in these dark waters, we see only patterns traced around what’s at the center. There’s some deeper arts@missoulanews.com


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Almost works Allen, David curb our enthusiasm by Marjorie Baumgarten

After five years of making films abroad, Woody Allen returns to his old stomping grounds of Manhattan for his latest comedy, Whatever Works. The lead character, Boris Yellnikoff, is a familiar Allen curmudgeon, but instead of casting himself as he so often does, Allen this time casts Larry David of “Seinfeld” and “Curb Your Enthusiasm” fame as his onscreen narrator substitute. Yellnikoff is a misanthropic misfit of the highest order. A genius and former scientist, Yellnikoff now lives by himself in a crummy apartment in Chinatown (having divested himself of a wife to whom he felt too well-matched and a fine apartment in Beekman Place). He earns a living teaching chess to youngsters and spends his leisure time hanging out with his friends in restaurants, argumentatively pontificating on all that comes within his purview. Into his life tumbles naive waif Melodie St. Ann Celestine (Evan Rachel Wood), a Southern belle who’s become a New York City runaway. She begs him for food, and his inner marshmallow invites her up to his apartment for a meal, which turns into a place to sleep—and, before you know it, marriage. The movie’s conceit is that this guileless Mississippi innocent, who laps up every one of Yellnikoff ’s misanthropic assertions as a pearl of wisdom, is his perfect romantic foil. (Only for one brief

moment, when the use of Viagra is casually mentioned, must we contemplate the idea of sex between these otherwise platonic two, whose age difference is greater than four decades. It’s also best not to dwell too intently on Allen’s stereotypical portrait of Southerners as Bible-thumping know-nothings; his narrative license is egregious, but then again, the story’s told from a misanthrope’s perspective.) In time, Melodie’s mother (scene-stealing Patricia Clarkson) arrives in New York, followed later by her father (Ed Begley Jr.), and both characters undergo their own wild transformations under the spell of the Big Apple. Their tangential story arcs eventually upstage those of Yellnikoff and Melodie, to the detriment of the movie as a whole. Nevertheless, Wood finds her own equilibrium in the character of Melodie, mixing sincere naiveté with bouncy self-assuredness to create a leading lady who’s every bit the equal of the other actresses (Diane Keaton, Dianne Wiest, Penélope Cruz) who’ve gone on to win Oscars for their work in Allen’s films. Populated with scores of witty one-liners and excellent performances by David and Wood, Whatever Works feels more like a Woody Allen movie than have many of his recent films. Still, for a movie that goes out of its way to mock the pious selfdelusions of Frank Capra’s classic It’s a Wonderful Life, Whatever Works offers us an ending that practically insults our intelligence. Consider our enthusiasm curbed. Whatever Works continues at the Wilma Theatre. arts@missoulanews.com

Moon Directed by Duncan Jones Starring Sam Rockwell and Kevin Spacey Rated R This is one of those rare films—Pi and Primer are the only other recent entries that come to mind—that prove that you can do great, intelligent sci-fi with a tiny little budget. Moon is a bit more ostentatious than those two movies, and certainly features more special effects than both of them combined, but at heart it’s a slow-burning thought piece. A blue-collar worker named Sam Bell (Sam Rockwell) lives alone on an energymining colony on the moon. As he nears the end of his three-year hitch, he gradually starts to lose his mind. Sam suspects his HALlike helper robot Gerty (voiced with delicious apathy by Kevin Spacey) of colluding with his superiors in some kind of a conspiracy. His wife and daughter’s infrequent video messages from Earth only serve to frustrate Sam further. And just as he starts to prickle at his robotic companion, he encounters, impossibly, another Sam Bell, identical to him in almost every way, on the station. It’s in these scenes—Rockwell interacting with Rockwell—where the movie really finds its power. This is no Parent Trap. The split-screen effects are stunning, allowing the actor to get in close with himself and somehow build a palpable tension. Moon was written for Rockwell, and it is completely his show: He’s in almost every scene and at times the movie feels so intimate that it could practically be a theatrical production. Rockwell does a fine job of staying somewhat likable (never entirely likable, to his credit), and, most notably, he never overacts. Duncan Jones (incidentally, the son of David Bowie) displays remarkable confidence for a first-time director. At a Seattle International Film Festival appearance, he remarked on his desire to make a gritty, realistic ’70s-style sci-fi film like Silent Running, Outland or Alien. Moon’s steady inward gaze, and humble sense of scale, makes it a worthy heir to those films. Moon opens at the Wilma Theatre Friday, July 10. Paul Constant

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OPENING THIS WEEK Bruno Six words: Sacha Baron Cohen’s gay Austrian model. Rated R. Showing at the Village 6 at 5:30, 7:40 and 9:50 with Sat.–Sun. matinees at 1:10 and 3:20. Harry Potter and the HalfBlood Prince Ding! Round six! All your faves are back, everything’s more dangerous and hormonal—especially Hermione—and somewhere someone’s getting all steamed up about witchcraft’s glorification in the mainstream media. Rated PG. Opens Tue. at 11:59 PM at the Mountain in Whitefish and plays Wed.–Thu. at 3:45, 6:45 and 9:45, with Fri.–Sun. matinees at noon, and also opens Tue. at 11:59 PM at the Entertainer in Ronan, with Wed.–Thu. shows at 3:45, 6:45 and 9:35. I Love You, Beth Cooper This summertime fare about a high school valedictorian whose graduation speech confession of love to the one, the only Beth Cooper—and his subsequent “night of his life” with her—probably contains something of a moral as well. Actually, maybe not. Rated PG-13. Showing at the Carmike 10 at 4:55, 7:25 and 9:55, with Fri.–Sun. matinees at noon and 2:25. Moon Whoa. See this. Sam Rockwell (The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford)—a solo lunar Helium-3 miner who’s two weeks from the end of his three-year contract—cracks up big time, and has to put all the pieces back together before the support crew shows up and/or he has any more hallucinations, in this ice cold blend of several sci-fi space fears. Rated R. Showing at the Wilma Theatre at 7 and 9, with Sun. matinees at 1 and 3, and no Tue.–Wed. shows at 7.

NOW PLAYING The Hangover Four gents on a Las Vegas bachelor party expedition scramble to answer the morning-after question, “What happened?” and get the groom back to L.A. in time for some nuptials. Sick lyrical cameo by Mike Tyson. Rated R. Showing at the Carmike 10 at 5:30, 7:50 and 10:15, with Fri.–Sun. matinees at 12:40 and 3:05. Also showing at the Village 6 at 5:30, 7:50 and 10:15, with Sat.–Sun. matinees at 12:40 and 3:05. Also playing at the Pharaohplex in Hamilton at 9, with no Sun. show. Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs This animated children’s comedy, the third installment in the series, follows Manny and his friends as they navigate life through adult-oriented topics like falling in love, starting a family and going extinct. Voiceovers include cameos by Queen Latifah and Denis Leary. Rated PG. Showing in 3D at the Carmike 10 at 5, 5:55, 7:10, 8:10 and 9:30, with Fri.–Sun. matinees at 12:40, 1:35, 2:50 and 3:45. Also playing, but in 2-D, at the Village 6 at 5, 7:10 and 9:30, with Sat.–Sun. matinees at 12:40 and 2:50, and in 3-D at the Pharaohplex in Hamilton at 7 and 9 with Wed., Sat. and Sun. matinees at 3 and no 9 show on Sun. My Sister’s Keeper Cameron Diaz and Jason Patric play parents who have to make a life or death decision about one of their two children. This decision ultimately ends up in court, as one of their daughters fights to become medically emancipated. Rated PG-13. Showing at the Village 6 at 4:20, 7:10 and 9:45,

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America, only to discover he’s got a stowaway Cub-Scout equivalent on board. Rated PG. Showing at the Carmike 10 at 5:05, 7:30 and 9:55, with Fri.–Sun. matinees at 12:15 and 2:40. Also playing, but in 2D, at the Pharaohplex in Hamilton at 7 with Wed., Sat. and Sun. matinees at 3.

The Proposal Showing Fri.–Thu. at the Stadium 14 in Kalispell at 1:25, 4:10, 7:05 and 9:35, with Fri.–Sat. shows at midnight. Also playing at the Mountain in Whitefish at 4:15, 7:15 and 9:30, with Fri.–Sun. matinees at 1:45.

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boss, whose response to possible deportation— she’s Canadian, okay?—is to order the hapless chap to marry her. Then they have to play it off in front of his folks. Anybody see the train coming at us through the tunnel? Rated PG-13. Showing at the Carmike 10 at 7 and 9:40, with Fri.–Sun. matinees at 1 and 4. Also playing at the Pharaohplex in Hamilton at 7 and 9 with Wed., Sat. and Sun. matinees at 3 and no 9 show on Sun. Public Enemies Jump on the bank-hatin’ bandwagon with this tale of 1930s gangster John Dillinger (Johnny Depp), hunted by the newly formed FBI’s top agent (Christian Bale) and his cohorts in a wild ride complete with betrayals, slick gunfights, car chases and the aspirations for power of J. Edgar Hoover (Billy Crudup). Rated R. Showing at the Carmike 10 at 5, 7, 8 and 10 with Fri.–Sun. matinees at 1, 1:55 and 4, and at the Village 6 at 7 and 10, with Sat.–Sun. matinees at 1 and 4. Also playing at the Pharaohplex in Hamilton at 6:35 and 9:15 with Wed., Sat. and Sun. matinees at 3 and no 9:15 show on Sun. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen Autobots wage their battle to destroy the evil forces of the Decepticons in this sequel to 2007’s fast-moving blurfest that sexploitationally showcases Megan Fox. Wanna know the truth? I walked out. Rated PG-13. Showing at the Carmike 10 at 4:45, 7, 8 and10:15, with Fri.–Sun. matinees at 12:30, 1:30 and 3:45. Also playing at the Village 6 at 7 and 10:15, with Sat.–Sun. matinees at 12:30 and 3:45, and at the Pharaohplex in Hamilton at 6:35 and 9:15 with Wed., Sat. and Sun. matinees at 3 PM and no 9:15 show on Sun. Up 3D Aging balloon salesman Carl Fredricksen takes his house on a helium-powered expedition to South

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Whatever Works Grumpy old Larry David leaves his life of luxury to reinvent himself as a bohemian in New York, which leads to his shacking up with a young southern belle in this Woody Allen film that also features Evan Rachel Wood, Patricia Clarkson and Ed Begley, Jr. Rated PG-13. Showing at the Wilma Theatre at 7 and 9, with Sun. matinees at 1 and 3, and no Tue.–Wed. shows at 9.

FLATHEAD SHOWTIMES Bruno Showing Fri.–Thu. at the Stadium 14 in Kalispell at 12:10, 2:15, 4:30, 7:10 and 9:30, with Fri.–Sat. shows at midnight. The Hangover Showing Fri.–Thu. at the Stadium 14 in Kalispell at 1:45, 4:15, 7:15 and 9:40, with Fri.–Sat. shows at midnight. Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs Showing Fri.–Thu. at the Stadium 14 in Kalispell at noon, 12:30, 1, 1:30, 2:30, 3, 3:30, 4:30, 5, 5:30, 6, 7:15, 7:45 8:30, 9:30 and 10, with Fri.–Sat. shows at midnight. Also playing at the Mountain in Whitefish at 4, 7 and 9 with Fri.—Sun. matinees at 1:30, and at the Showboat in Polson at 4, 7 and 9. I Love You, Beth Cooper Showing Fri.–Thu. at the Stadium 14 in Kalispell at 12:05, 2:30, 4:55 and 7:20 with Fri.–Mon. shows at 9:45. My Sister’s Keeper Showing Fri.—Thu. at the Stadium 14 in Kalispell at 1:40, 4:05, 6:50 and 9:20. Also playing Fri.–Tue. at the Mountain in Whitefish at 4:15, 7:15 and 9:30, with Fri.—Sun. matinees at 1:45, and Fri.–Tue. at the Entertainer in Ronan at 4, 7 and 9:15.

Public Enemies Showing Fri.–Thu. at the Stadium 14 in Kalispell at noon, 1:15, 3:30, 4:45, 7 and 8, with Fri.–Sat. shows at 10:15 and midnight. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen Showing Fri.—Thu. at the Stadium 14 in Kalispell at 12:05, 1:35, 3:35, 4:50, 7:05 and 8:30, with Fri.–Sat. shows at 10:15 and midnight. Also showing at the Mountain in Whitefish at 3:45, 6:45 and 9:45, with Fri.—Sun. matinees at 1, and at the Showboat in Polson at 3:45, 6:45 and 9:30. Up 3D Showing Fri.–Sun. at the Stadium 14 in Kalispell at 12:15, 2:35, 4:55, 7:20 and 9:40, with Fri.–Sat. shows at midnight. Year One Jack Black and Michael Cera are lazy hunter-gatherers whose exile from the village leads to humanity’s primordial road trip in this Harold Ramis joint. Rated PG-13. Showing Fri.–Thu. at the Stadium 14 in Kalispell at 6:55 and 9:35, with Fri.–Sat. shows at midnight. Capsule reviews by Jonas Ehudin and Ira Sather-Olson. Moviegoers be warned! Show times are good as of Fri., July 10. Show times and locations are subject to change or errors, despite our best efforts. Please spare yourself any grief and/or parking lot profanities by calling ahead to confirm. Theater phone numbers: Carmike 10/Village 6—541-7469; Wilma—728-2521; Pharaohplex in Hamilton—961-FILM; Roxy Twin in Hamilton— 363-5141. Stadium 14 in Kalispell-—752-7804. Showboat in Polson, Entertainer in Ronan and Mountain in Whitefish—862-3130.


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When Hairy Palms Met Sally I checked my boyfriend’s online history (okay, invaded his privacy) and saw he’d been looking up porn all day yesterday and the day before while home with the flu. I freaked! We’d talked about porn before. He said he watched it in his younger days, but didn’t anymore, so I was surprised. I confronted him, and he said he’d been bored and curious, but doesn’t watch porn regularly. I don’t know whether I believe him. I’ve heard people get addicted to porn. Beyond that, there are the unrealistic images of women. The fact that he initially lied makes me worry he has a problem. —Smut Patrol You thought you’d come home, ask what your poor sick bunny did all day, and learn that he was weak and feverish, but not too weak and feverish to spend eight hours straight picking out a ring and poring over all the great wedding gifts on Tiffany’s website. Whoops…it seems he was actually on the other Tiffany’s site—watching and rewatching Tiffany Gives Heidi Her Sponge Bath. Yeah, right…he only watched porn in his “younger days”—like last week, when he was approximately five days younger. And then, wouldn’t you know it, he got “bored and curious,” as in, “Yawn…I wonder what really enormous fake breasts look like.” Bored? Sure. Curious? Right. What is he, an 8-year-old who has yet to hack through the parental controls on Mommy’s laptop? Actually, he’s a man, with male sexuality, which evolved to be highly visual and variety-driven, probably because the more indiscriminate sex a guy had, the more likely he was to pass on his genes. Because women get pregnant and saddled with the kids, they evolved to be choosy and seek men who show a willingness to commit. Erotica targeted to each sex plays out along these lines, notes evolutionary psychologist Catherine Salmon. While men have nudie porn, women have commitment porn—the romance novel—with equally “unrealistic images” of male behavior. Yet, you don’t see men picketing the Harlequin rack at the grocery store, complaining that women will expect a dark, imposing prince to ride up on a white horse, pledge his everlasting love (while revealing some seriously ripped abs), and carry them back to his castle. If you want the truth about porn, ask your boyfriend whether he prefers naughty nurses to other naked professionals. Because male and female sexual psychologies are largely at odds, men hide their porn consumption

while women hide their more femalecentric pastimes—like loading their photo and their boyfriend’s into morphthing.com to see what the children would look like. Porn, like anything that rings bells in the brain’s pleasure center, can be addictive, but suspecting the guy’s addicted merely because he watches it is like suspecting he’s addicted to food because he ate a double cheeseburger. Okay, so he watched porn for two days straight while home with the flu. If he’s always out with “the flu,” yet his only symptoms are a really bad case of carpal tunnel and being too weak to have sex with you, that’s when you start worrying. Regardless, you don’t get to paw through his Internet history. Figure out whether you’re getting your needs met, and if you aren’t, tell him, and see whether he’ll do something to change that. Remember, there are men who never look at porn. You’ll find them where all the rapists are rich and handsome and where nobody ever gets knocked up by the bus driver; in other words, wherever books like Harlequin’s Billionaire Prince, Pregnant Mistress and Pregnant with the Billionaire’s Baby are sold.

Windbagging The Girl I just learned my high school sweetheart is attending our 10-year reunion and is single. We never expressed our love sexually. I still think of her as a whole person, an attractive person, and wonder what she looks like in the nude. How might I tell her I’m interested in her, wanting to be physical, establish a bond, and increase intimacy with her in a sexual way? —Second Chance It seems you’ve gotten your hands on the Kama Sutra, as translated by C3PO: “I am wanting to be physical. Establish a bond. Increase intimacy with you in a sexual way.” Let’s get real: You never nailed her in high school, and you think she might get drunk and put out. And no, don’t say that either, but at least be honest with yourself. And then, when you see her, grab her some punch and just talk about life. Get a little nuzzly, put your arm around her, and if she doesn’t pull away in horror, keep going. Maybe you’ll score with her, maybe you won’t, but you’ll do much better with women in general if you keep in mind that seduction is an activity, not the transcript to an episode of Dr. Phil. Got a problem? Write Amy A l k o n , 171 P i e r A v e , # 2 8 0 , Santa Monica, CA 90405, or e-mail Advice Amy@aol.com (www.advicegoddess.com)

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Free Will A strology by ROB BREZSNY ARIES (March 21-April 19): Miracle of miracles: A pointless pain in the butt will soon stop bugging you. Meanwhile, an annoying itch in your heart is subsiding, and may even disappear. As a result of these happy developments, you will be able to concentrate on a much more interesting and provocative torment that has been waiting impatiently for your loving attention. Actually, it’s an ancient torment dressed up in a new package. But as before, it’s a torment you’ve never had the right name for. That’s about to change, however. You’re finally ready to find the right name for it, and when you do, you’ll be halfway toward a permanent cure.

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TAURUS (April 20-May 20): When he was growing up, the father of basketball superstar Pat Riley forced him to play basketball with kids who were stronger and tougher than he was. He said it forged his son into a winner. I can see the principle at work, but it doesn’t come naturally to me. In my efforts to provide you with the parenting you missed as a kid, I’ve always preferred a gentler, more nurturing approach. Nevertheless, the time has come to override my personal desires for the sake of your character-building needs. I recommend that you force yourself to play with grown-up kids who’re stronger and tougher than you.

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CANCER (June 21-July 22): I believe that when you chatter carelessly about a big change that’s in the works, you’re in danger of draining it of some of its potency. So I don’t want to trumpet or gossip about the gift that’s on its way to you. I’ll just mention that it’s coming, and urge you to prepare a clean, well-lit place for it to land. Here’s a hint: It could, among other things, help you convert one of your vulnerabilities into a strength or inspire you to start transforming an area of ignorance into a future source of brilliance.



LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): At the farmer’s market, an escape artist performed in the middle of the street. As a crowd gawked, he had two big strong men tie him up tight in a straitjacket and 50 feet of chain. For the next 20 minutes he shimmied and contorted and bent over backwards. His face grew red and sweaty. There were no Houdini-like magic tricks. There were no puffs of smoke or magic boxes or mirrors or distracting assistants. He rarely spoke as the ordeal progressed, but in the end, after the last of the chains slipped off and he wrestled his way out of the straitjacket, he said simply, “Now I invite all of you to go home and use what I just did as a metaphor for your life.” It was a supremely sexy performance, and I realized maybe it would help you with your current situation.



VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Your concentration for dicey assignments, like conquering fear and adversity, is sharp. And I bet you’ll summon a lot of stamina and resourcefulness if you’re pressed to solve a crucial riddle during a turning point in your own personal hero’s journey. On the other hand, humdrum details have the potential to flummox you, especially if they involve tasks you’re not even that interested in or committed to. The moral of the story: Banish absent-mindedness by keeping yourself focused on only the most riveting challenges.



LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): The sky will not start falling. But something resembling heavenly tokens may cascade down with such frequency that you’ll be wise to keep looking up a lot. You never know when another piece of the blessed puzzle will come raining down. And it would be a shame to suffer the embarrassment of having your favorable fortune knock you over. Who’d have ever guessed that a shower of good news would be such a tricky trial?



SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): How well are you capitalizing on this year’s unique opportunities, Scorpio? Since we’re midway through 2009, let’s take an inventory. I hope that by now you have at least begun building the power spot or energy source that will serve as your foundation for the coming years. So much the better if it’s more than halfway finished and will be ready for full use by the end of summer or early fall. Remember my promises: Life has been and will continue to be conspiring to get you settled in your ideal home base, supercharge your relationships with your closest allies, and connect you with the resources that will fuel your long-term quest.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): In the Middle Ages, people became adults when they turned seven years old. These days, the threshold is much later. I’m happy about that. In my view, the longer you can hold on to your playful irreverence and innocent lust for life, the better. Still, there is value in taking on the kinds of responsibilities that help you express yourself with grace and power. So I don’t mean to rush you, but it might be time to take a step towards being on the verge of tiptoeing to the brink of preparing to accept more adulthood into your heart. You could make the process less harrowing by hanging out with those rare wise guys and wise girrrls who’ve survived the transition to greater maturity and a higher degree of professionalism with their youthful flair more or less intact.



CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): I don’t care what you feel this week, as long as you don’t feel nothing. Get inflamed with hunger or justice or sadness or beauty or love, but don’t submit to apathy. Don’t let yourself be shunted into numbness. You can’t afford to be cut off from the source of your secret self, even if it means having to feel like hell for a while. And the odd thing is that if you’re willing to go through hell, you won’t have to go through hell. So to hell with your poker face and neutrality and dispassionate stance. Be a wild thing, not a mild thing.



AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): The Iliad is an ancient Greek epic poem that describes events near the end of the Trojan War. Most modern critics regard it as a foundation stone of Western literature. In my opinion, though, it’s mostly just a gruesome tale of macho haters who are inflamed with pride, treat women like property, and can’t stop killing each other. I share the perspective of poet Diane di Prima, who once had a dream in which the Iliad was cast as gangsta rap. Now please adopt the style of our critique for use in your own life, Aquarius. What supposedly noble or important situation is actually pretty trivial or clichéd? It’s time for you to tell the truth about the hype.



PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): “May you live in interesting times.” That old toast is actually a droll curse meant to be heaped upon an enemy. “Interesting” implies rapid change, rampant uncertainty, and constant adjustment. What’s preferable is to live during a boring era when stability reigns. Or so the argument goes. But I reject that line of thought. I celebrate the fact that we’re embroiled in interesting times. I proclaim our struggles to navigate the sharp turns and uphill climbs to be a jubilee of the first degree. What fantastic luck it is to be on the planet when everything mutates! May we be up to the task of bringing heaven down to earth. May we be worthy of the trust the universe is placing in us. Now get out there, Pisces, and enjoy the hell out of the epic and entertaining drama we’re stewarding. This is your time to be a leader and a luminary.

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SATELLITE INSTALLERS, F/T, Msla. Looking for a career change and enjoy working in a technology field? Will work full time, varying days and may include weekends. #2975807 Missoula Workforce Center 7287060 TRUCK DRIVER TRAINING. Complete programs and refresher courses, rent equipment for CDL. Job Placement Assistance. Financial assistance for qualified students. SAGE Technical Services, Billings/Missoula, 1800-545-4546

* Technical lead for web development projects including information architecture, code creation and testing. * Full life-cycle development of web-based applications and websites.

Hiring Experienced Operators, Pipe Layers, Truck Drivers, & Laborers

Qualifications: * HS Diploma or equivalent required; B.S. Computer Science or equivalent experience preferred. * Solid experience using Adobe ColdFusion and Adobe Flex. * Familiarity with web production issues including browser and platform compatibility, size and speed issues.

Experienced QC Analytical Chemist needed to join our talented, fast paced manufacturing team. Responsible for pharmaceutical validation, HPLC and assist with writing SOPs. Must be able to work in a high paced environment and maintain professionalism under pressure. Successful candidate must have previous HPLC experience, knowledge of GLP and GMP procedures and possess strong planning and organizational skills. Masters Degree required. Closing date 07/17/09.

GREEN HANGER

For a full job description and qualifications log on to: http://www.intertech-usa.com/about_us/jobs.asp 6070 Industrial Road Missoula, MT 59808

Email or mail resumes and salary history: epratt@nutritionallabs.com Nutritional Laboratories, Attn: HR Director, 1001 S. 3rd Street West, Missoula, MT. 59801. EOE

Eco-Friendly Dry Cleaners Laundromats • WI-FI Free Non-Phosphate Laundry Soap Clean & Comfortable

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Piano Lessons Ages 8-Adult Beginner-Intermediate

Laura- 250-0228

Turn off your TV and turn on your life.

Bennett’s Music Studio Guitar, banjo,mandolin and bass lessons. Rentals available.

721-0190

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T'ai Chi

Instruction ANIYSA Middle Eastern Dance Classes and Supplies. Call 2730368. www.aniysa.com EARN $75 - $200 HOUR. Media Makeup Artist Training. Ads, TV, Film, Fashion. One week class. Stable job in weak economy. Details at http://www.AwardMakeUpScho ol.com 310-364-0665

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Reiki promotes your body's natural ability to heal itself. Reiki is a series of hand positions which gently applies energy from head to feet. It is effective for the physical, emotional, mental & spiritual

Contact

REIKI INTEGRATIVE MEDICINE, LLC

Work Beginning July

Missoula Job Service for referral/ application Women & Minorities are Encouraged to Apply. EOE

2620 Radio Way, Missoula REIKI SESSION $60.00 BY APPOINTMENT

Reiki Certificates Available CALL FOR MORE INFO

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Save on energy costs through sustainable building & remodeling Affordable Asbestos Surveys for contractors and homeowners • Quick Turnaround Time • Design & Clearance Testing • DEQ Accredited Inspectors Conveniently located at the Missoula Plans Exchange

2 CONVENIENT LOCATIONS!! 146 Woodford St. 728-1948

960 E. Broadway 728-1919

Redfield Construction

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201 N Russell, Suite 3 406-728-5181 • 406-370-4642

www.aemontana.com SOCIALLY RESPONSIBLE INVESTING For More Information Contact: John K. Faust, MBA Pacific West Financial Group • Custom Portfolios 700 SW Higgins, Suite 100A • Shareholder Advocacy Missoula, MT 59803 • Community Investing (406) 543-0708 • Screening johnfaust@pwfinancial.net Securities offered through Pacific West Securities, Inc. • Member FINRA/SIPC Advisory services provided through Pacific West Financial Consultants, Inc., a Registered Investment Advisor.

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CLASSIFIEDS Body/Mind/ Spirit

Body/Mind/ Spirit

Waxing Specials... Bikini: $25

Body/Mind/ Spirit

Body/Mind/ Spirit

Body/Mind/ Spirit

The Goods

Acupuncture Easing withdrawal from tobacco/alcohol/drugs, pain, stress management. Counseling. Sliding fee scale. Licensed acupuncturist. 543-2220

seminar & retreat. October 1-4th, located in the beautiful Potomac Valley on 4 acres of pristine beauty. $375 includes workshop, lodging, and 1 meal/day. Limited space, reservation deadline 9/15. Call 549-0289 for more info.

Hypnosis & Imager y

A Touch of Class

* Smoking * Weight * Negative self-talk

NEW TO YOU

Amy Holmlund, Certified Massage Therapist Now taking appointments at the Hickory Street Chiropractic Clinic. Discount sessions through August 1st. 406.459.7475

Brazilian: $45 Under Arms: $15 Full Leg: $55 Full Leg w/ Bikini: $70 Full Leg w/ Brazilian: $90 Full Body: Starting at $150 Man Boobs: Starting at $25 Ask about other great prices! Body Care By Michelle • Waxing Specialist

2409 Dearborn Ste. I 549-0777

Barefoot deep tissue. Deep compression massage great for relieving neck, shoulder and back pain. 4 0 6 - 3 6 0 - 8 7 4 6 www.CarlaGreenMassage.com BodyTalk, Therapeutic Swedish Massage and Arvigo Technique of Maya Abdominal Massage. 18 years experience. Moondance Massage/Rosie Smith, NCMT, CBP 240-9103 Healthy Hummingbird Massage & Art Center! Warehouse Mall: 725 W. Alder, Suite 27. Regular Rates: $55/hr, $75/1.5hr, Students: $35/hr, $55/1.5hr. Erica: 396-6868, Souta: 207-6269, Mary: 5965842. Come see our local store and Art Gallery! Open M-F 10-7, weekends by appointment, and First Fridays 5-10pm. LOVE ASTROLOGY? FREE Monthly Conference Calls, all levels welcome! (406) 552-4477 www.astrologymontana.org Loving what is; the work of Byron Katie (Visit www.thework.org) inquiry facilitated by Susie 406543-2220

We make it personal

Local Medical Cannabis Certifications

Professional Massage $50. Swedish & Deep Tissue. Gift Certificates Available. Janit Bishop, CMT. 207-7358 127 N. Higgins Reiki Retreat Laser Reiki Cosmic Energetic Healing- 4 day

* Str e s s * D e p r e s s i o n * E m p o w e r y o u r s e l f

728-5693 • Mar y Place MSW, CHT, GIS

Ten Percent Solution: Affordable Medical Weight Management

Antiques & Treasures 11705 Hwy 93 South, Lolo • 273-7750

Crystal Limit HUGE selection of

Gemstones, Jewelry & Beads

742 Kensington 542-8090

1920 Brooks • 549-1729

Wholistic Choices Massage Therapy. Neuromuscular Massage $45/hour. Anna 4930025

Affordable Medical Weight Management Come in to register for free physical

1804 North Ave

742 Kensington • 542-8090

$5 off Haircut exp 7/16/09

Call 214-3112 w w w. s h e a r a r t s a l o n. c o m

The Goods

COSMETIC TATTOOING Eye Brows, Eye Liner, Lip Color, Medical Repigmentation 17 yrs exp

Adoption PREGNANT? CONSIDERING ADOPTION? Talk with caring agency specializing in matching Birthmothers with Families nationwide. LIVING EXPENSES PAID. Call 24/7 Abby’s One True Gift Adoptions 866-413-6293

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Antiques

Antiques

Naturopathic Family Practice Medicine

Dr. Christine White, ND

542-2147

Auction

www.blackbearnaturopaths.com

CLARK FORK STORAGE

521 S. 2nd St. W. Missoula, MT

(intersection of Kensington & Bow)

Fitness

• Check-ups • Same Day Appt's • Bio-Identical Hormones • Medical Weight loss

It’s O.K.

541-8090 - stash happens

We take Insurance Medicare Medicaid Corner of Bow & Kensington

rivercityfamilyhealth.com

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will auction to the highest bidder abandoned storage units owing delinquent storage rent for the following unit(s): 216 and 217. Units can contain furniture, cloths, chairs, toys, sports equipment, books, beds, other misc household goods, vehicles & trailers. These units may be viewed starting July 18th, 2009 by appt only by calling 5417919. Written sealed bids may be submitted to storage offices at 3505 Clark Fork Way, Missoula, MT 59808 prior to July 22nd, 2009, 4:00 P.M. Buyer's bid will be for entire contents of each unit offered in the sale. Only cash or money orders will be accepted for payment. Units are reserved subject to redemption by owner prior to sale. All Sales final.

A Full Body Affair

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Computers

EVEN MACS ARE COMPUTERS! Need help with yours? Clarke Consulting

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Ask about Summer Fit Camp

Furniture New Arrivals!

MISSOULA’S new go-to place for CONSIGNMENT FURNITURE. 2935 Stockyard Rd. Unit K2 406.542.1202

Books! Books! Books! The Multi Item Store 1358 1/2 W Broadway (corner of Burns & Broadway) 10-6pm Tues-Sat 406-382-0272

Sporting Goods

Waxing • Facials

Massage $35/hr Professional Services Only

Deni Llovet, FNP • 742 Kensington

Fitness

Jesse Hedeen Personal Trainer 406-270-3612

Affordable • Quality • Personal

DISH NETWORK. Satellite TV systems installed FREE this week! First month FREE! No bank account needed! No $$$ down needed! (866)689-0523. Call now for details!

RECOMPUTE COMPUTERS Starting Prices: PCs $40. Monitors $20. Laptops $195. 1337 West Broadway. 5438287.

IV Micronutrient Therapy

Call for appointment 541- 8092 742 Kensington

08 Kona Zing Road Bike Like new, extremely LOW mileage. Excellent road and competition bike. Carbon fork, 53 cm. $1050 O.B.O. Call Gwen @ 258-6091

Electronics

Congregations

De'Ette Balfourd

Black Bear Naturopathic

543-0176

crystallimit.com

TEN PERCENT SOLUTION

Art Salon

Custom Fly Rods

rodsbyjay@gmail.com

Come in to register for free physical. River City Family Health

Shear

Sporting Goods

HIP STRIP BLOCK PARTY JULY 18TH Buy/Sell/Trade

Consignments 111 S. 3rd W.

721-6056

Clothing Puddin's Place

Children's Boutique New & gently used children's clothing 800 Kensington (next to Baskin Robbins)

M-F 10-5:30 • Sat 11-3 543-1555


CLASSIFIEDS Clothing

Clothing

Thanks, Missoula!

Music Outlaw Music

Pets & Animals

Wanted to Buy

LDR Kennel

CASH PAID for old wrist watches, pocket watches and parts. Keith’s Watch Shop. 406-821-3038 OR 406-370-8794

724 Burlington Ave. Open Mon. 12pm-5pm Tues.-Fri. 10am-6pm Sat. 11am-6pm

Finalist Best Thrift Store 1136 West Broadway 549.1610 920 Kensington 541.3210 1221 Helen Ave 728.9252

541-7533

Specializing in Stringed Instruments

WANTED: MINERAL INTERESTS. Experienced Family Owned Oil Production & Exploration Co. We’ll help you monetize your Mineral Assets. Send details to P.O. Box 8946, Denver, CO 80201

ACCESS MUSIC. Mail Order Prices. Guitar Strings: Buy One Set, Get One Set Free. Two Free Guitar Lessons With Purchase Of Guitar, Mandolin Or Banjo. 728-5014. Corner Of Orange & Third. accessguitar.com FOR HIRE: Your very own 5-piece blues band. From your backyard get together to corporate blowouts. Horn section extra. Frank N. Furter 406381-3629

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by Matt Jones

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PAINTING

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LIGHTEN UP PAINTING. Licensed, Insured, Local References. Spring special second room 50% off. Carrie 207-9255

HOME IMPROVEMENT Affordable asbestos surveying. Quick turnaround time. Design & clearance testing. DEQ accredited Inspectors. Affinity Environmental - Lic/Reg/Ins. 728-5181

Carpentry-Tile Roofing-Decks Fences-Remodels Kitchens-Baths Lic/Ins Visa/M.C. Accepted

546-1837

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Summer Discounts!

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INSPECTION Affinity Environmental offers asbestos, lead, and mold inspections. Call us for surveying & testing. Lic/Reg/Ins. 7285181

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Licensed & Insured • (406) 880-1540

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Affinity Environmental is proud to offer affordable asbestos surveys for contractors and homeowners. Lic/Reg/Ins. 728-5181

Saddle Mountain Construction Remodels & Additions Kitchens, baths, barns, & more Licensed General Contractor

Ryan Frey • 241.4546

542-5101

PLUMBING

B & K Eco Maintenance

Blue Mountain Storage 5x10 $35 • 10x20 $65 Bitterroot Mini Storage 5x10 $35 • 10x10 $45 • 10x15 $55 10x20 $65 • 10x30 $85 • 542-2060 Grizzly Property Management, Inc.

FLOORING

Cramic Tile Ceramic Tile Setter- Reasonable rates, references. Showers, floors, etc. Ron- 542-2933.

Comprehensive Plumbing & Heating Specializing in Green Technology Brian French Master Plumber

NEW ERA PLUMBING & HEATING Missoula's Alternative Plumber

Your Source For: • Tankless Water Heaters • Solar Hot Water

20 years experience

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406-546-1246

Call Rennie Frank, an experienced advocate offering comprehensive representation.

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CLASSIFIEDS Automotive

Automotive

Automotive

‘07 Kia Rio LX, 4cyl, auto, air, 40,000 miles.....$7,995Jim’s Cars 1801 W. Broadway 5438269

Car of the Week!

‘00 VW Jetta GLS, 4cyl, 5spd, air, Sunroof, 123,000 miles.....$5,995 Jim’s Cars 1801 W. Broadway 543-8269

DOMESTIC ‘06 Chrysler PT Cruiser, 4cyl, 5spd, air, 30,000 miles.....$7,995Jim’s Cars 1801 W. Broadway 543-8269 Log on to SaveOnTheLot.com Your Key to Automotive Savings ‘03 Saturn L200, 4cyl, auto, air, sunroof, leather, 100,000 miles.....$5,995 Jim’s Cars 1801 W. Broadway 543-8269

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PICKUP TRUCKS Type 3 Fire Engine 1963 Dodge, 1000 gal. tank, low miles, wildland fire engine, runs great, $3500 o.b.o. call 7511698 ford f700 1982, very low miles, brand new rear tires, ready for flatbead, $1500 obo call 751-1698 Ultimate Sportsman’s Truck 2007 TOYOTA TACOMA DOUBLE-CAB (RED W/ GREY CLOTH) ONLY 16,000 MILES AND IN LIKE-NEW CONDITION. CUSTOM LOCKING STORAGE BOXES AND LOADING RAMP, UPGRADED TIRES, ELECTRICAL, SIRIUS SATELLITE RADIO. PERFECT FOR FISHERMEN, HUNTERS, AND DOG OWNERS. ASKING $27,500. CALL 406-250-7146.

4X4 ‘00 Ford Ranger Super Cab, V6, auto, air, 4x4, XLT 123,000 miles.....$5,995Jim’s Cars 1801 W. Broadway 543-8269

SPORT UTILITY High Quality, Low Mileage, Pre-Owned Vehicles Log on to SaveOnTheLot.com

CULVER’S FOREIGN CAR SERVICE INC. AND SALES See us for your ser v i c e n e e d s and used vehicle inspections WE BUY SUBARUS, SAABS AND TOYOTAS FOR RECONDITIONING AND RESALE 2302 McDonald 721- 5857 Proudly SERVICING MISSOULA SINCE 1978

I Buy Hondas/Acuras/ Toyotas/Lexus & All Other Japanese Cars & Trucks. Nice Or Ugly, Running Or Not. Also buying VWs too!

327-0300

$3,995 '97 Ford Probe GT, V6, 5spd, air, 107,000 miles

Nothing over $7,995! WE FINANCE

Jim's Cars

1801 W. Broadway 543-8269 MOTOR HOMES/RVS 2007 Winnebago Tour 40TD Well-maintained diesel pusher in EXCELLENT CONDITION. Freightliner Evolution chassis, Cummins 400-hp engine. Two slides-outs, hydraulic auto leveling system. Full body paint. Kitchen: Solid-surface countertops, 30” microwave/ convection

oven, 4-door refrigerator/ freezer, range with three gas burners. Living Room: Dinette, Leather Euro chair with ottoman, inmotion satellite tv system, 30” tv and DVD player. Bedroom: Sleep Number queen bed, ceiling fan, stereo system, with AM/FM stereo, CD/DVD player, alarm clock, headphone jack and port for MP3 player, Splendide washer/ dryer, Smoke-free, pet-free. $173,500 OBO 858-603-7897

NOTHING OVER

$7,995!

Here Are Just Some Of The Cars On Our Lot! '07 Kia Rio LX, auto, air . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$7,995 '06 Chrysler PT Cruiser, 30,000 miles . . . . . . . . . .$7,995 '06 Chev Aveo, 4 Cyl, auto, air . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$5,995 '06 Ford Taurus SE, 4dr, auto, air . . . . . . . . . . . . .$7,995 '05 Ford Taurus, low miles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$7,995 '04 Dodge Intrepid, 63,000 miles . . . . . . . . . . . .$6,995 '04 Dodge Stratus, 4dr, V6, auto, air . . . . . . . . .$5,995 '04 Nissan Sentra, 4 cyl, auto, air . . . . . . . . . . . .$6,995 '04 Olds Alero, 2 door, auto, air . . . . . . . . . . . . .$6,995 '04 Buick Century, 4dr, auto, air . . . . . . . . . . . . .$5,995 '03 Saturn L200, 4dr, auto, air, leather . . . . . . . .$5,995 '03 Mitsubishi Montero Sport LS, 2WD . . . . . . . . .$6,995 '03 Ford Ranger XLT, 4dr, 4x4 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$7,995 '03 Mercury Sable GS, auto, air . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$6,995 '03 Mercury Grand Marquis GS, loaded! . . . . . . . .$7,995 '02 Mitsubishi Diamante, 4dr, loaded . . . . . . . . .$4,995 '02 Chevy Cavalier LS Sport, 4dr, auto, air . . . . .$5,995 '02 Saturn, 4dr, auto, air . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$4,995 '01 Dodge Grand Caravan, auto, air . . . . . . . . . . .$4,995 '01 Subaru Legacy Wagon 4x4 . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$5,995 '01 Pontiac Grand Am, 2dr, 4cyl, 5spd . . . . . . . . .$5,995 '01 Pontiac Grand AM, 4dr, auto, air . . . . . . . . . .$4,995 '01 Chevy 1/2T X-Cab 2WD . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$6,995 '01 GMC Sonoma X-Cab, 4x4 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$7,995 '01 Dodge 1/2T, short, 2wd . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$5,995 '01 Ford Cargo Van E-250 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$3,995 '00 Jeep Grand Cherokee, 4dr, 4x4 . . . . . . . . . . .$3,995 '00 VW Jetta GLS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$5,995 '00 Ford Windstar Mini Van, auto, air . . . . . . . . .$4,995 '00 Ford Ranger, 4dr, 4x4, blue . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$5,995 '00 Ford Focus, 5spd, 4cyl, air . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$4,995 '00 Dodge Dakota Club Cab, 4x4 . . . . . . . . . . . . .$6,995 '00 Plymouth Grand Voyager, 4dr . . . . . . . . . . . .$3,995 '99 GMC Yukon, 4dr, 4x4 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$6,995 '99 Dodge 1500 Cargo Van . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$3,995 '99 Ford Ranger Super Cab 4x4 . . . . . . . . . . . . .$4,995 '99 Chevy 3/4 T X-Cab, 5spd, 4x4 . . . . . . . . . . . .$2,995 '99 Toyota Camry, 4dr, auto, air . . . . . . . . . . . . .$4,995 '99 Ford F250, V10, utility box . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$7,995 '99 Honda CVR, 4dr, 4x4 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$6,995 '99 Cadillac Sedan DeVille, loaded . . . . . . . . . . .$4,995 '98 Ford Taurus 4dr, auto, air . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$3,495 '98 Subaru Outback Wagon, 4x4 . . . . . . . . . . . . .$4,995 '97 Chevy Tahoe, 4dr, 1 owner, 2wd . . . . . . . . . .$4,995 '95 Toyota 4Runner Limited, 4x4 . . . . . . . . . . . . .$2,995 '95 Dodge Dakota Club Cab, 4x4 . . . . . . . . . . . . .$4,995 '95 Chevy 1/2T 4x4, 5spd . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$4,995 '95 Ford F-250 Supercab, 4x4 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$4,995 '94 Mercury Sable, 4dr, auto, air . . . . . . . . . . . .$2,995 '94 Cadillac Sedan DeVille, Concourse, loaded . . .$3,995 '94 Mercury Grand Marquis, 4dr, auto, air . . . . .$2,995 '94 Ford F-150 Supercab, 4x4 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$3,995 '93 Ford Explorer, 2dr, 4x4, 5spd . . . . . . . . . . . .$2,495 '91 Lincoln Towncar, loaded . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$2,995 '89 GMC Short Box Step Side, 4x4, sharp! . . . . . .$4,995

CLOSED SATURDAYS & SUNDAYS

Jim's Cars

WE FINANCE

1801 W. Broadway • 543-8269

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Public Notices

Public Notices

Public Notices

Public Notices

MISSOULA COUNTY GOVERNMENT

July 22, 2009, at 1:30 p.m., in Room 201 of the Missoula County Courthouse Annex. Any person wishing to be heard on the matter may submit written or other materials to the Commissioners and/or speak at the hearing. Comments may also be submitted anytime prior to the hearing by phone, mail, fax or personal delivery to the Commissioners at their offices in the Missoula County Courthouse, 200 West Broadway, Missoula, MT 59802, FAX (406) 721-4043. Additional information on the hearing may be obtained from Denise Alexander, Principal Planner, Office of Planning and Grants, 435 Ryman Street, Missoula, Montana, 59802 or by calling (406) 2584657.

Helena, MT 59601 6.) Builders Exchange 1105 Reeves Road W., Ste. 800 Bozeman, MT 59718. Copies of the Contract Documents may be purchased by mailing check or money order to: HDR Engineering, Inc. Attn: Devie Bessette 1715 S. Reserve St. Suite C Missoula, MT 59801 406-532-2200. Documents will be shipped via UPS Second Day Service. If shipping by other means is required, Bidder shall include their UPS/Federal Express/DHL account number with their request for documents. Copies of half-size set of Drawings and Contract Manual may be obtained upon paying a non-refundable fee of $100.00. Full-size drawings are not available. Make checks payable to HDR Engineering, Inc. BID SECURITY: Proposals must be accompanied by cash, cashier’s check, certified check, or bank money order drawn and issued by a national banking association located in the State of Montana, or by any banking corporation incorporated in the State of Montana, or by a bid bond or bonds executed by a surety corporation authorized to do business in the State of Montana in the amount of ten percent (10%) of the total bid as a guarantee that the successful bidder will enter into the required contract. The bid security shall identify the same firm as is noted on the bid proposal form. Performance and Payment Bonds will be required of the successful bidder in the amount of one hundred percent (100%) of the aggregate of the proposal for the faithful performance of the contract, and protection of Missoula County against liability. BIDS TO REMAIN OPEN: The Bidder shall guarantee the Total Bid Price for a period of 60 calendar days from the date of bid opening. Contractor and any of the contractor’s subcontractors doing work on this project will be required to obtain registration with the Montana Department of Labor and Industry (DLI) except as listed in MCA 399-211. Information on registration can be obtained from the Department of Labor and Industry by calling 1-406-444-7734. Contractor is required to have registered with the DLI prior to bidding on this project. (“Bid Only” registration is available for outof-state contractors.) All laborers and mechanics employed by contractor or subcontractors in performance of this construction work shall be paid wages at rates as may be required by law. The contractor must ensure that employees and applicants for employment are not discriminated against because of their race, color, religion, sex or national origin. Successful contractors and vendors are required to comply with Missoula County Business Licensing requirements. Proposals must be sealed and marked “Lewis & Clark Water System Rehabilitation Project”, “Opening” August 4, 2009 and marked “Sealed Bid” with the Contractor’s name, address, current state license number, and, Montana Contractors Registration Number and be addressed to: Missoula County Director of Public Works 6089 Training Drive Missoula, MT 59808 No facsimile bids will be accepted. Any objection to published specifications must be filed in written form with the Board of County Commissioners Office prior to the scheduled time of bid opening. WAGE RATES: This project is partially funded with Federal Funds; therefore, the Contractor shall not pay less than the latest Federal Davis Bacon Wage Rates as determined by the U.S. Secretary of Labor. A copy of said wage rate is attached as part of the specifications in Section 00825. Bidder is subject to 18-2-401, et. Seq., Montana Code Annotated and amendments thereto and regulations issued there under, relating to prevailing wages, benefits, and other requirements. No claim for additional compensation will be allowed based upon a lack of knowledge or a misunderstanding of any such requirements by Bidder or failure to include in bid adequate increases in such wages over the term of the Contract. NONDISCRIMINATION PROVISION: Bidders on this work will be required to comply with Title 40 CFR 35.3145(d) and Executive Order 12138. The goals and other requirements for bidders and contractors under this regulation which concerns utilization of Minority Business Enterprises (MBE), Women’s Business Enterprises (WBE) Small Businesses (SB) and Labor Surplus Area Businesses (LSAB) are explained in the Section FEDERAL REQUIREMENTS. Bidders on this work will be required to comply with the President’s Executive Orders No’s. 11246 as amended, 11458, 11518 and 11625. The requirements for bidders and contractors under these orders are explained in the specifications. Certain goals and timetables for minority and female utilization shall be included in all federal and federally assisted construction contracts and the subcontracts in excess of $10,000. The goals are applicable to the Contractor’s aggregate on-site construction work force, not merely that part of the work force that is performing work on a federal or federally assisted contract or subcontracts. The appropriate goal will be inserted in the blank in paragraph (d) of “Notice of Requirements” contained in Section 00900 – Funding Agency Special Provisions for Montana Public Facility Projects. FEDERAL AND STATE INTEREST EXCLUSION: Neither the United States or State of Montana, nor any of its departments, agencies, or employees are, or will be, a party to this Invitation to Bid, any resulting contract, or subcontract. PRE-BID CONFERENCE: Prospective bidders shall attend a mandatory pre-bid conference which will be conducted jointly with the Owner and Engineer, located at the Clinton School, 20397 East Mullan Road, Clinton MT 59825 at 2:00 p.m. on July 29, 2009. PROJECT ADMINISTRATION: All questions relative to this project prior to the opening of bids shall be directed to the Engineer. It shall be understood, however, that no specification interpretation will be made by telephone, nor will any “or equal” products be considered for approval prior to award of contract. The Engineer for this project is: John Manion, P.E. HDR Engineering, Inc. 1715 South Reserve Street, Suite C Missoula, MT 59801-4708 Telephone: (406) 532-2200 OWNER’S RIGHTS RESERVED: The Owner reserves the right to reject any or all bids, to waive any informality in a bid, or to accept the lowest responsive and responsible bid and bidder, and to make awards in the interest of the Owner. The low bid shall be

deter-mined on the basis of the lowest responsible Bid or lowest combination of Base Bid Items No. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17 and No. 18 and accepted Alternative Bids if alternatives are included. Bids received that do not include pricing for all Bid Items will be considered non-responsive. The Owner reserves the right to authorize construction of any combination of, or all of, the base bid items and additional bid items defined at the bid amounts presented in the Contractor’s Bid Proposal Date July 7, 2009 Owner: Missoula County By: Amy Rose, Missoula County Public Works

CALL FOR BIDS Notice is hereby given that sealed proposals will be received at the office of the Missoula County Department of Public Works until 10:00 A.M., Monday July 20 2009 at which time bids will be opened and read for the purpose of purchasing two (2) Heavy Duty Motor Graders. Specifications and bid procedures can be obtained at the Department of Public Works, 6089 Training Drive, Missoula, MT 59808 Telephone Number (406) 258-4753. Proposals must be accompanied by security in the amount of ten percent (10%) of the amount of the bid as a guarantee that the successful bidder will enter into the required contract and in the form specified in MCA 18-1-203, for example: Cash, cashier’s check, certified check, bank money order, or bank draft, any of which must be drawn and issued by a national banking association located in the state of Montana or a banking association incorporated under the Laws of Montana; or a bid bond or bond executed by a surety corporation authorized to do business in the state of Montana. THE CONTRACT WILL BE AWARDED TO THE LOWEST RESPONSIBLE QUALIFIED BIDDER WHOSE BID PROPOSAL COMPLIES WITH ALL THE REQUIREMENTS. Proposals shall be sealed and marked “Proposals for Motor Grader Purchase” and addressed to: Missoula County Department of Public Works, ATTN: Jeff Seaton, 6089 Training Drive, Missoula, Montana, 59808

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MISSOULA COUNTY GOVERNMENT CALL FOR BIDS Notice is hereby given that sealed proposals will be received at the office of the Missoula County Department of Public Works until 10:00 A.M., Monday July 20, 2009, at which time bids will be opened and read for the purpose of purchasing one (1) Loader/Backhoe. Specifications and bid procedures can be obtained at the Department of Public Works, 6089 Training Drive, Missoula, MT 59808 Telephone Number (406) 258-4816. Proposals must be accompanied by security in the amount of ten percent (10%) of the amount of the bid as a guarantee that the successful bidder will enter into the required contract and in the form specified in MCA 18-1-203, for example: Cash, cashier’s check, certified check, bank money order, or bank draft, any of which must be drawn and issued by a national banking association located in the state of Montana or a banking association incorporated under the Laws of Montana; or a bid bond or bond executed by a surety corporation authorized to do business in the state of Montana. THE CONTRACT WILL BE AWARDED TO THE LOWEST RESPONSIBLE QUALIFIED BIDDER WHOSE BID PROPOSAL COMPLIES WITH ALL THE REQUIREMENTS. Proposals shall be sealed and marked “Proposal for Backhoe Purchase” and addressed to: Missoula County Department of Public Works, ATTN: Jeff Seaton, 6089 Training Drive, Missoula, Montana, 59808

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FLOODPLAIN DEVELOPMENT PERMIT APPLICATION The Office of Planning & Grants has received a floodplain application from Mr. Sam Milodragovich of NorthWestern Energy to work within the Butler Creek floodplain. The project is located in Section 35 Township 14N Range 20W and includes the replacement of an existing gas line. The primary purpose of Floodplain Development Permits is to promote the public health, safety, and general welfare, to minimize flood losses in areas subject to flood hazards, and to promote wise use of the floodplain. Copies of the full applications are available for review in the Office of Planning and Grants in City Hall. Written comments from anyone interested in County floodplain permit application # 09-14 may be submitted prior to 5:00 p.m., July 17, 2009. Address comments to the Floodplain Administrator, Office of Planning & Grants, 435 Ryman, Missoula, MT 59802 or call 258-4841 for more information.

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NOTICE OF HEARING The Missoula Board of County Commissioners will conduct a public hearing on: 1. A proposal that the County place before the voters in precincts 39, 40, 41 and 42 on a mailed ballot for the November 3rd elections the question of creating a Community Council that covers the areas east and west of Hwy 93 from the Missoula/Lake County line and south, to the base of Evaro Hill; and 2. The number of members of the proposed council; and 3. Whether interim members will be appointed by the Commissioners prior to the next available election date. The Commissioners will conduct the Public Hearing at the Evaro Community Center/ Schoolhouse on July 13, 2009, at 7:00 PM. Any person wishing to be heard on the matter may submit written or other materials to the Commissioners and/or speak at the hearing. Comments may also be submitted anytime prior to the hearing by mail or personal delivery to the Commissioners at their offices in the Missoula County Courthouse, 200 West Broadway, Missoula, MT 59802; by fax at (406) 721-4043; or by e-mail at bcc@co.missoula.mt.us. Additional information on the hearing, including a map of the proposed Community Council boundary, may be obtained from Missoula County Rural Initiatives, 317 Woody Street, Missoula, MT 59802; by phone at 2583432; or by e-mail at ri@co.missoula.mt.us

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NOTICE OF HEARING FIRE REVIEW SERVICE FEES The Missoula Board of County Commissioners will conduct a hearing on a proposed Resolution to enact new fees for subdivision related Fire Review Services rendered by the Missoula County Fire Inspector or by the Rural Fire Districts located in Missoula County. A copy of the proposed Resolution and fee schedule is available on-line on the OPG website @ http://www.co.missoula.mt.us/opgweb The Commissioners will conduct the hearing at their regularly scheduled Public Meeting on

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NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a petition has been filed with the County Commissioners requesting to abandon that certain county road specifically described as: Unnamed GLO Roads, located in the NW 1/4 of Section 34 and the SW 1/4 of Section 27, T15N, R21W From North rightof-way line of Interstate 909 To West line of Section 27 And further described in the Road Book of the Missoula County Surveyer as: Existing GLO Roads. (For more information, please see the petition on file in the Clerk & Recording Office at 200 West Broadway, 2nd floor.) The abandonment of this county road is necessary and advantageous for the following reasons: 1. No physical evidence of this road and/or it’s purpose. 2. To avoid conflict with proposed residential subdivision. 3. Allows road record a more accurate reflection of actual land use. A PUBLIC HEARING on the above requested abandonment will be held before the Board of County Commissioners at their regular meeting on July 15, 2009 at 1:30 p.m., Room 201, Missoula County Courthouse. Interested parties are requested to be present at that time to be heard for or against the granting of this petition. Written protest will be accepted by the Commissioners’ Office, Room 204, Missoula County Courthouse, prior to the hearing date. /s/ Vickie M. Zeier, Clerk & Recorder/Treasurer By: /s/ Kim Cox, Assistant Chief Deputy Clerk & Recorder, 200 West Broadway, Missoula, MT 59802 (406) 258-3241 MISSOULA COUNTY GOVERNMENT NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a petition has been filed with the County Commissioners requesting to alter that certain portion of a county road specifically described as: Roman Creek Road, located in Section 34, T15N, R21W From a point where a line running 30’ East of and parallel with the west line of Section 34 Intersects the East line of that Tract shown on COS 1959. To the Northeasterly right-ofway line of Interstate 90 (see attached exhibit). And further described in the Road Book of the Missoula County Department of Public Works Surveying Division and shown on the attached Exhibit as: An existing petition road. (For more information, please see petition on file in the Clerk and Recording office at 200 West Broadway, 2nd floor.) THE REASONS for this request are as follows: 1. No physical evidence of this portion of this road. 2. To avoid conflict with proposed residential subdivision. 3. Allows road record to be clarified, more accurately representing actual land use. A PUBLIC HEARING on the above requested alteration will be held on July 15, 2009 at 1:30 p.m. in Room 201, Missoula County Courthouse. Interested parties are requested to be present at that time to be heard for or against the granting of this petition. Written protest will be accepted by the Commissioners’ Office, Room 204, Missoula County Courthouse, prior to the hearing date. /s/ Vickie M. Zeier, Clerk & Recorder/Treasurer, 200 West Broadway, Missoula, MT 59802 By: /s/ Kim Cox, Assistant Chief Deputy Clerk and Recorder/Elections (406) 258-3241

MISSOULA COUNTY GOVERNMENT SECTION 00020 INVITATION TO BID RECEIPT OF BIDS: Notice is hereby given that sealed bids will be received at the office of the Missoula County Director of Public Works, 6089 Training Drive, Missoula, Montana, 59808, until 2:00 P.M. local time, on August 4, 2009 for the construction of the Lewis & Clark Water System Rehabilitation Project. DESCRIPTION OF WORK: The work includes the installation of approximately 1,200 lineal feet of 4” water main, 42 water services, 1 blow off assembly, valves and fittings according to the plans and specifications and appurtenant work. PROJECT FINANCING: The “Lewis & Clark Water System Rehabilitation Project is funded by the federal government through the State Revolving Fund Program (SRF)— American Recovery And Reinvestment Act of 2009, the Renewable Resource Grant Loan Program (RRGL), Missoula County and the Special Improvement District No. 8496. Bidder must meet all requirements of the appropriate Federal/State agencies, as indicated in the specifications. The Bidder shall take special notice and shall meet the requirements of section 00900 as this project is partially funded by the State Revolving Fund (SRF)—American Recovery And Reinvestment Act of 2009. SITE OF WORK: The site of the work is located on Clarkson Drive in Clinton Montana. COMPLETION OF WORK: All work must be substantially completed within 60 calendar days after the commencement date stated in the Notice to Proceed. Contract time will be extended in accordance with the contract documents. DOCUMENT EXAMINATION AND PROCUREMENTS The Bidding and Contract Documents may be examined at the following locations “Lewis & Clark Water System Rehabilitation Project”: 1.) Missoula County—Public Works6089 Training Drive Missoula, MT 59808, 2.) HDR Engineering, Inc.1715 South Reserve Street, Suite C Missoula, MT 59801, 3.) Missoula Plans Exchange 201 N. Russell Missoula, MT 59801, 4.) NW Montana Plans Exchange 2303 US Highway 2 East Kalispell, MT 59901, 5.) Montana Contractor’s Association 1717 11th Avenue

MONTANA FOURTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT COURT, MISSOULA COIUNTY, Dept. No. 1 Probate No. DP-09-121 NOTICE TO CREDITORS IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF WILMA O’GARA, Deceased. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the undersigned has been appointed Personal Representative of the above-named estate. All persons having claims against the said estate are required to present their claim within four (4) months after the date of the first publication of this notice or said claims will be forever barred. Claims must either be mailed to Joseph V. Dulac, return receipt requested, c/o Worden Thane P.C., PO Box 4747, Missoula, Montana 59806 or filed with the Clerk of the above-entitled Court. DATED this 30th day of June, 2009. /s/ Joseph V. Dulac, Personal Representative MONTANA FOURTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT COURT, MISSOULA COUNTY Dept. No. 1 Probate No. DP-09-109 NOTICE TO CREDITORS IN RE THE ESTATE OF MARTIN K. DUKLETH, Deceased. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Jack Dukleth and Glenda Dukleth have been appointed Personal Representatives of the above-named estate. All persons having claims against the decedent are required to present their claims within four moths after the date of the first publication of this notice or said claims will be forever barred. Claims must either be mailed to Jack Dukleth and Glenda Dukleth, the Personal Representatives, return receipt requested, at 1624 South 4th Street, Missoula, MT 59801 or filed with the Clerk of the above Court. DATED this 18th day of June, 2009. Birdsong Law Office, P.C. /s/ Greg Birdsong, Attorney for Personal Representatives MONTANA FOURTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT COURT, MISSOULA COUNTY Dept. No. 1 Probate No. DP-09-122 NOTICE TO CREDITORS IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF PAUL D. O’CONNELL, Deceased. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the undersigned has been appointed Personal Representative of the above-named estate. All persons having claims against the said estate are required to present their claim within four (4) months after the date of the first publication of this notice or said claims will be forever barred. Claims must either be mailed to Francis M. O’Connell, return receipt requested, c/o Worden Thane P.C., PO Box 4747, Missoula, Montana 59806 or filed with the Clerk of the above-entitled Court. DATED this 30th day of June, 2009. /s/ Francis M. O’Connell, Personal Representative MONTANA FOURTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT COURT, MISSOULA COUNTY Dept. No. 2 Robert L. Deschamps, III Probate No. DP-09-114 NOTICE TO CREDITORS IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF LEN J. LABUFF, Deceased. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the undersigned has been appointed personal representative of the above estate. All persons having claims against the decedent are required to present their claims within four months after the dte of the first publication of this notice or their claims will be forever barred. Claims must either be mailed to Nancy K. LaBuff, the personal representative, return receipt requested, in care of its attorneys, Crowley Fleck, PLLP, 305 South 4th Street East, Suite 100, PO Box 7099, Missoula, Montana 59807-7099 or filed with the Clerk of lthe Court. Dated this 22nd day of June, 2009. /s/ Nancy K. LaBuff, Personal Representative MONTANA FOURTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT COURT, MISSOULA COUNTY Dept. No. 4 Douglas Harkin Probate No. DP-09-106 NOTICE TO CREDITORS IN RE THE ESTATE OF MARY J. WEISSMAN, Deceased. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the undersigned has been appointed Personal Representative of the above-named estate. All persons having claims against the decedent are required to present their claims within four months after the date of the first publication of this notice or said claims will be forever barred. Claims must either be mailed to CHESTER W. OLIVER, the Personal Representative, return receipt requested, at PO Box 3231, Missoula, MT 59806 or filed with the Clerk of the above Court. Dated this 10th day of June, 2009. /s/ Chester W. Oliver, PO Box 3231, Missoula, MT 59806 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE Pursuant to §71-1-301, et seq. of the Montana Code Annotated, the undersigned hereby gives notice of a trustee’s sale to be held on the 29th day of September, 2009, at 1:00 o’clock p.m, on the steps of the Courthouse of Missoula County located at 200 West Broadway, Missoula, Montana, of the following described real property located in Missoula County, Montana: The following described premises in Missoula County, Montana, to-wit: Lot 17 of Emma Court, a platted subdivision in the City of Missoula, Missoula County, Montana, according to the official recorded plat thereof. Subject to: Provisions, conditions, easements and special assessments of the Missoula Valley Water Quality District; An Easement shown on plat; Provisions contained in a document entitled Declaration of Protective Restrictions, Covenants, Conditions and road Maintenance Agreement for Emma Court Subdivision in Book 419 at Page 681 Micro Records; Assessments, if any, of a Homeowner’s Association as provided for in Declaration of Protective Restrictions, Covenants, Conditions and Road


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Maintenance Agreement for Emma Court Subdivision in Book 419 at Page 681 Micro Records; Continuing rights of utility companies to any utility lines or systems now installed in the vacated street and/or alley and access to same for maintenance; Conditions or Restrictions set forth on plat; Conditions set forth in Certificate of Subdivision plat approval, filed as file no. 2698, records of Missoula County, Montana. Tax Map or Parcel ID No.: 3234305. Cynthia L. Riggleman, as Grantor, conveyed the above- described real property, and the improvements situated thereon, if any, to I.R.E. Processing, as Trustee, to secure an obligation owed to Beneficial Montana Inc., d/b/a Beneficial Mortgage Co., a Delaware corporation authorized to do business in Montana, who was designated as Beneficiary in a Deed of Trust dated July 22, 2004 and recorded on July 27, 2004 as Document No. 200421073 and put of record in Book 738 at Page 1651 of the official records of Missoula County, Montana (“Deed of Trust”). Dan G. Cederberg, a licensed Montana attorney, is the Successor Trustee pursuant to a Substitution of Trustee dated April 20, 2009, and recorded in the office of the Clerk and Recorder of Missoula County, Montana. Cynthia L. Riggleman has defaulted in the performance of the said Deed of Trust and associated Loan Repayment and Security Agreement by failing to make the monthly payments due in the amount of $910.97 for the month of November, 2008, and each month subsequent, which monthly installments would have been applied on the principal and interest due on said obligation and other charges against the property or loan. As of April 15, 1009, the sum of $4,848.45 is past due. As of April 15, 2009, the principal balance due was the sum of $119,666.07 principal, plus $7,018.66 accrued interest, with interest continuing to accrue on the principal at the contract rate set out in the Loan Repayment and Security Agreement, which is currently 7.98% per annum, and other fees and expenses that may be advanced. The Beneficiary may disburse any amounts as may be required to protect Beneficiary’s interest. If Beneficiary elects to make such disbursements, sums paid shall become additional indebtedness secured by the Deed of Trust. In accordance with the provisions of the Deed of Trust and Loan Repayment and Security Agreement, the Beneficiary has elected to accelerate the full remaining balance due under the terms of the Deed of Trust and Loan Repayment and Security Agreement and has elected to sell the interest of Cynthia L. Riggleman, the original Grantor, her successors and assigns, in and to the aforedescribed property, subject to all easements, restrictions, encumbrances or covenants existing of record or evident on the property at the time of sale to satisfy the remaining obligation owed. Beneficiary has directed Dan G. Cederberg, as Successor Trustee, to commence such sale proceedings. Those with an interest in the property and who appear from the public record to be entitled to notification of these proceedings are: Occupants 843 Emma Court Missoula MT 59802 Cynthia L. Riggleman 843 Emma Court Missoula MT 59802 Cynthia L. Riggleman 10895 Fred Lane Missoula MT 59808 Successor Trustee is unaware of any party in possession or claiming right to possession of the subject property other than those persons noticed herein. DATED this 18th day of May, 2009. /s/ Dan G. Cederberg, Successor Trustee STATE OF MONTANA: ss. County of Missoula) This instrument was acknowledged before me on the 18th day of May, 2009, by Dan G. Cederberg, Successor Trustee. (Notarial Seal) /s/ Susan Marshall Notary Public for the State of Montana Residing at: Missoula, Montana My commission expires 17 March 2011

The conveyance will be made by trustee’s deed without any representation or warranty, express or implied, as the sale is made strictly on an as-is, where-is basis. Grantor, successor in interest to Grantor or any other person having an interest in the Property may, at any time prior to the trustee’s sale, pay to Beneficiary the entire amount then due on the Loan (including foreclosure costs and expenses actually incurred and trustee’s and attorney’s fees) other than such portion of the principal as would not then be due had no default occurred. Tender of these sums shall effect a cure of the defaults stated above (if all non-monetary defaults are also cured) and shall result in Trustee’s termination of the foreclosure and cancellation of the foreclosure sale. The trustee’s rules of auction may be accessed at www.northwesttrustee.com and are incorporated by the reference. You may also access sale status at www.Northwesttrustee.com or USAForeclosure.com. (TS# 7777.10169) 1002.121720-FEI

for the 01/01/09 installment payment and all monthly installment payments due thereafter. As of May 13, 2009, the amount necessary to fully satisfy the Loan was $158,768.87. This amount includes the outstanding principal balance of $153,290.84, plus accrued interest, accrued late charges, accrued escrow installments for insurance and/or taxes (if any) and advances for the protection of beneficiary’s security interest (if any). Because of the defaults stated above, Beneficiary has elected to sell the Property to satisfy the Loan and has instructed Successor Trustee to commence sale proceedings. Successor Trustee will sell the Property at public auction On the front steps of the Missoula County Courthouse, 200 West Broadway, Missoula, MT 59802, City of Missoula on September 21, 2009 at 11:00 AM, Mountain Time. The sale is a public sale and any person, including Beneficiary and excepting only Successor Trustee, may bid at the sale. The bid price must be paid immediately upon the close of bidding at the sale location in cash or cash equivalents (valid money orders, certified checks or cashier’s checks). The conveyance will be made by trustee’s deed without any representation or warranty, express or implied, as the sale is made strict-

ly on an as-is, where-is basis. Grantor, successor in interest to Grantor or any other person having an interest in the Property may, at any time prior to the trustee’s sale, pay to Beneficiary the entire amount then due on the Loan (including foreclosure costs and expenses actually incurred and trustee’s and attorney’s fees) other than such portion of the principal as would not then be due had no default occurred. Tender of these sums shall effect a cure of the defaults stated above (if all non-monetary defaults are also cured) and shall result in Trustee’s termination of the foreclosure and cancellation of the foreclosure sale. The trustee’s rules of auction may be accessed at www.northwesttrustee.com and are incorporated by the reference. You may also access sale status at www.Northwesttrustee.com or USAForeclosure.com. (TS# 7023.03866) 1002.122733-FEI

was Grantor, Montana Mortgage Company was Beneficiary and First American Title Company was Trustee. First American Title Insurance Company has succeeded First American Title Company as Successor Trustee. The Deed of Trust encumbers real property (“Property”) located in Missoula County, Montana, more particularly described as follows: All Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad Company’s rights of way as constructed in the S1/2 SW1/4 of Section 6 and the NE1/4 NW1/4 of Section 7, Township 14 North, Range 22 West, P.M.M. in Missoula County, Montana. Recording Reference: Book 262 of Micro Records at Page 769. An easement 30 feet in width for ingress and egress as set forth in Quitclaim Deed recorded May, 232001 in Book 653 of Micro Records at Page 497. By written instrument recorded as Instrument No. 200208076, Bk 879, Pg 206, beneficial interest in the Deed of Trust was assigned to Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. successor by merger to Wells Fargo Home Mortgage, Inc. Beneficiary has declared the Grantor in default of the terms of the Deed of Trust and the promissory note (“Note”) secured by the Deed of Trust because of Grantor’s

failure timely to pay all monthly installments of principal, interest and, if applicable, escrow reserves for taxes and/or insurance as required by the Note and Deed of Trust. According to the Beneficiary, the obligation evidenced by the Note (“Loan”) is now due for the 02/01/09 installment payment and all monthly installment payments due thereafter. As of May 15, 2009, the amount necessary to fully satisfy the Loan was $113,330.93. This amount includes the outstanding principal balance of $110,225.68, plus accrued interest, accrued late charges, accrued escrow installments for insurance and/or taxes (if any) and advances for the protection of beneficiary’s security interest (if any). Because of the defaults stated above, Beneficiary has elected to sell the Property to satisfy the Loan and has instructed Successor Trustee to commence sale proceedings. Successor Trustee will sell the Property at public auction On the front steps of the Missoula County Courthouse, 200 West Broadway, Missoula, MT 59802, City of Missoula on September 22, 2009 at 11:00 AM, Mountain Time. The sale is a public sale and any person, including Beneficiary and excepting only Successor Trustee, may bid at the sale. The bid price

must be paid immediately upon the close of bidding at the sale location in cash or cash equivalents (valid money orders, certified checks or cashier’s checks). The conveyance will be made by trustee’s deed without any representation or warranty, express or implied, as the sale is made strictly on an as-is, where-is basis. Grantor, successor in interest to Grantor or any other person having an interest in the Property may, at any time prior to the trustee’s sale, pay to Beneficiary the entire amount then due on the Loan (including foreclosure costs and expenses actually incurred and trustee’s and attorney’s fees) other than such portion of the principal as would not then be due had no default occurred. Tender of these sums shall effect a cure of the defaults stated above (if all non-monetary defaults are also cured) and shall result in Trustee’s termination of the foreclosure and cancellation of the foreclosure sale. The trustee’s rules of auction may be accessed at www.northwesttrustee.com and are incorporated by the reference. You may also access sale status at www.Northwesttrustee.com or USAForeclosure.com. (TS# 7023.03438) 1002.122802-FEI

NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE Reference is hereby made to that certain trust indenture/deed of trust (“Deed of Trust”) dated 03/27/06, recorded as Instrument No. 200607077, Bk 771, Pg 326, mortgage records of Missoula County, Montana in which Patrick T. Beers was Grantor, Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc. solely as nominee for Mann Financial Inc. d/b/a Mann Mortgage was Beneficiary and Title Services, Inc. was Trustee. First American Title Insurance Company has succeeded Title Services, Inc. as Successor Trustee. The Deed of Trust encumbers real property (“Property”) located in Missoula County, Montana, more particularly described as follows: The South one-half of Lots 16,17,18 and 19 in Block 20 of Car Line Addition a platted subdivision in Missoula County, Montana, according to the official recorded plat thereof. By written instrument, beneficial interest in the Deed of Trust was assigned to US Bank National Association, as Trustee for CSMC 2006-6. Beneficiary has declared the Grantor in default of the terms of the Deed of Trust and the promissory note (“Note”) secured by the Deed of Trust because of Grantor’s failure timely to pay all monthly installments of principal, interest and, if applicable, escrow reserves for taxes and/or insurance as required by the Note and Deed of Trust. According to the Beneficiary, the obligation evidenced by the Note (“Loan”) is now due for the 01/01/09 installment payment and all monthly installment payments due thereafter. As of May 8, 2009, the amount necessary to fully satisfy the Loan was $147,065.91. This amount includes the outstanding principal balance of $142,298.30, plus accrued interest, accrued late charges, accrued escrow installments for insurance and/or taxes (if any) and advances for the protection of beneficiary’s security interest (if any). Because of the defaults stated above, Beneficiary has elected to sell the Property to satisfy the Loan and has instructed Successor Trustee to commence sale proceedings. Successor Trustee will sell the Property at public auction On the front steps of the Missoula County Courthouse, 200 West Broadway, Missoula, MT 59802, City of Missoula on September 15, 2009 at 11:00 AM, Mountain Time. The sale is a public sale and any person, including Beneficiary and excepting only Successor Trustee, may bid at the sale. The bid price must be paid immediately upon the close of bidding at the sale location in cash or cash equivalents (valid money orders, certified checks or cashier’s checks).

NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE Reference is hereby made to that certain trust indenture/deed of trust (“Deed of Trust”) dated 12/30/02, recorded as Instrument No. 200300114, Bk 696, Pg 564, mortgage records of Missoula County, Montana in which Carla Hilferty, a married person was Grantor, Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc. solely as nominee for Mann Financial Inc. d/b/a Mann Mortgage was Beneficiary and Stewart Title of Missoula County, Inc. was Trustee. First American Title Insurance Company has succeeded Stewart Title of Missoula County, Inc. as Successor Trustee. The Deed of Trust encumbers real property (“Property”) located in Missoula County, Montana, more particularly described as follows: Tract D-2 of Certificate of Survey No. 4326, located in the SE1/4 SW1/4 of Section 35, Township 11 North, Range 20 West, P.M.M., Missoula County, Montana. Together with a 60 foot Private Access and Public utility easement as disclosed by Certificate of Survey No. 4226 and Certificate of Survey No. 4326 and by document recorded in Book 464 of Micro Records at Page 149. By written instrument recorded as Instrument No. 200805875, beneficial interest in the Deed of Trust was assigned to Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.. Beneficiary has declared the Grantor in default of the terms of the Deed of Trust and the promissory note (“Note”) secured by the Deed of Trust because of Grantor’s failure timely to pay all monthly installments of principal, interest and, if applicable, escrow reserves for taxes and/or insurance as required by the Note and Deed of Trust. According to the Beneficiary, the obligation evidenced by the Note (“Loan”) is now due for the 02/01/09 installment payment and all monthly installment payments due thereafter. As of May 8, 2009, the amount necessary to fully satisfy the Loan was $317,879.35. This amount includes the outstanding principal balance of $312,855.72, plus accrued interest, accrued late charges, accrued escrow installments for insurance and/or taxes (if any) and advances for the protection of beneficiary’s security interest (if any). Because of the defaults stated above, Beneficiary has elected to sell the Property to satisfy the Loan and has instructed Successor Trustee to commence sale proceedings. Successor Trustee will sell the Property at public auction On the front steps of the Missoula County Courthouse, 200 West Broadway, Missoula, MT 59802, City of Missoula on September 15, 2009 at 11:00 AM, Mountain Time. The sale is a public sale and any person, including Beneficiary and excepting only Successor Trustee, may bid at the sale. The bid price must be paid immediately upon the close of bidding at the sale location in cash or cash equivalents (valid money orders, certified checks or cashier’s checks). The conveyance will be made by trustee’s deed without any representation or warranty, express or implied, as the sale is made strictly on an as-is, where-is basis. Grantor, successor in interest to Grantor or any other person having an interest in the Property may, at any time prior to the trustee’s sale, pay to Beneficiary the entire amount then due on the Loan (including foreclosure costs and expenses actually incurred and trustee’s and attorney’s fees) other than such portion of the principal as would not then be due had no default occurred. Tender of these sums shall effect a cure of the defaults stated above (if all non-monetary defaults are also cured) and shall result in Trustee’s termination of the foreclosure and cancellation of the foreclosure sale. The trustee’s rules of auction may be accessed at www.northwesttrustee.com and are incorporated by the reference. You may also access sale status at www.Northwesttrustee.com or USAForeclosure.com. (TS# 7023.03636) 1002.121793-FEI NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE Reference is hereby made to that certain trust indenture/deed of trust (“Deed of Trust”) dated 07/05/07, recorded as Instrument No. 200717849, Bk 801, Pg 698, mortgage records of Missoula County, Montana in which Sergio Romero & Emily S. Walter, as joint tenants with rights of survivorship was Grantor, Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc. solely as nominee for Mann Mortgage LLC was Beneficiary and Insured Titles, LLC was Trustee. First American Title Insurance Company has succeeded Insured Titles, LLC as Successor Trustee. The Deed of Trust encumbers real property (“Property”) located in Missoula County, Montana, more particularly described as follows: Lots 27, 28, and 29 in Block “E” of Car Line Addition No. 2, a platted subdivision in Missoula County, Montana, according to the official recorded plat thereof. By written instrument recorded as Instrument No. , beneficial interest in the Deed of Trust was assigned to Wells Fargo Bank, NA. Beneficiary has declared the Grantor in default of the terms of the Deed of Trust and the promissory note (“Note”) secured by the Deed of Trust because of Grantor’s failure timely to pay all monthly installments of principal, interest and, if applicable, escrow reserves for taxes and/or insurance as required by the Note and Deed of Trust. According to the Beneficiary, the obligation evidenced by the Note (“Loan”) is now due

NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE Reference is hereby made to that certain trust indenture/deed of trust (“Deed of Trust”) dated 01/31/02, recorded as Instrument No. 200203478, Bk 876, Pg 922, mortgage records of Missoula County, Montana in which Michael A. Lee, a married man as his separate estate

Missoula County Government

Missoula County Government

PUBLIC NOTICE The Missoula Consolidated Planning Board will conduct a public hearing on the following items on Tuesday, July 21, 2009, at 7:00 p.m., in the Missoula City Council Chambers located at 140 W. Pine Street in Missoula, Montana.

INVITATION TO BID

1. PUD Zoning Amendment Request – Canyon Creek Village A request from Westmont Builders to amend the Canyon Creek Village PUD zoning in order to revise the density allowance in Subdistrict #3 and permit Church uses as a conditional use rather than as a special exception in Subdistrict No. 5. The property is legally described as Reserve B Missoula Airport Development Park/ Parcel B, COS #5176, located in Canyon Creek Village, Phase 12 (not yet filed) in the NW1/4 of Section 1, T13N, R20W, P.M.M. (see Map F). 2. Zoning Ordinance - Historic Preservation Ordinance The Missoula Historic Preservation Commission in consultation with the Historic Preservation Officer and the University of Montana Law School Land Use Clinic has drafted a Historic Preservation Ordinance. The purpose of the ordinance is to promote and safeguard the historic integrity of Missoula’s historic resources and neighborhoods, and to stimulate neighborhood revitalization. The ordinance would apply to properties currently listed in the National Register of Historic Places and properties in Missoula’s nine (9) listed and eligible National Historic Districts: Missoula Downtown District, East Pine Street District, Northside Railroad District, Lower Rattlesnake, University of Montana, University Area, Historic Southside, McCormick Neighborhood, and Fort Missoula. (see Map C). The list of National Register of Historic Places sites in Missoula can be found at http://www.nr.nps.gov/iwisapi/explorer.dll?IWS_SCHEMA=NRIS1 &IWS_LOGIN=1&IWS_REPORT=100000039 and at HistoricMissoula.org. This list is also located at http://www.co.missoula.mt.us/opgweb /HistPres/ along with a draft of the proposed ordinance. On June 15, 2009, the City Council approved sending the draft ordinance to the Missoula Consolidated Planning Board for a public hearing and their review and recommendation.

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT SEALED BIDS WILL BE RECEIVED BY MISSOULA COUNTY AT THE OFFICE OF THE MISSOULA COUNTY AUDITOR, ATTN: BARBARA BERENS, LOCATED ON THE SECOND FLOOR OF THE MISSOULA COUNTY COURTHOUSE ANNEX, 200 WEST BROADWAY, MISSOULA, MT 59802 UNTIL 1:30PM LOCAL TIME ON THURSDAY, JULY 23, 2009. BIDS WILL BE OPENED IN ROOM 201 OF THE MISSOULA COUNTY COURTHOUSE ANNEX AND PUBLICLY READ ALOUD FOR THE FURNISHING OF ALL LABOR, EQUIPMENT AND MATERIALS FOR CONSTRUCTION OF THE FOLLOWING: MISSOULA COUNTY PARKS 2, 3, 4 & 6 LANDSCAPE PARK IMPROVEMENTS MISSOULA DEVELOPMENT PARK MISSOULA, MT PARK 2, MT. JUMBO WEST LITTLE LEAGUE BALLFIELDS, LANDSCAPE CONSTRUCTION WORK TO INCLUDE: SITE PREPARATION, GRASS AND TREE PLANTINGS TO THE PLANTING STRIP BETWEEN THE BALLFIELDS AND STREET AT EXPRESSWAY AND KESTREL COURT TO PROPOSED PARKING LOT ENTRY AND EXTENDING THE EXISTING IRRIGATION SYSTEM TO THE NEWLY PLANTED AREAS. PARKS 3 AND 6, CENTRAL PARK SOUTH, LANDSCAPE CONSTRUCTION WORK TO INCLUDE: FULL DEVELOPMENT OF THE PARK 6 PORTION WITH TREES, SHRUBS, TURF, NATURAL GRASSES, TO INCLUDE AN IRRIGATION SYSTEM, EARTHWORK, FINISH GRADING AND PARTIAL DEVELOPMENT OF PARK 3. PARK 4, CENTRAL PARK NORTH, LANDSCAPE CONSTRUCTION WORK TO INCLUDE: FINISH GRADING AND RECLAMATION SEEDING IN THE AREAS OF THE TWO PARK SHELTERS. SEALED BIDS SHALL BE ADDRESSED TO THE BID OFFICER, MISSOULA COUNTY AND ENCLOSED IN SEALED ENVELOPES PLAINLY MARKED ON THE OUTSIDE “PROPOSAL FOR PARKS 2, 3, 4 AND 6, MISSOULA DEVELOPMENT PARK.” THE ENVELOPES SHALL ALSO BE MARKED WITH THE BIDDER’S NAME AND MONTANA CONTRACTOR’S IDENTIFICATION NUMBER. NO BID MAY BE WITHDRAWN AFTER THE SCHEDULED TIME FOR THE PUBLIC OPENING OF BIDS, WHICH IS 1:30 PM., LOCAL TIME JULY 23, 2009. A COMPLETE SET OF THE CONTRACT DOCUMENTS CONSISTING OF DRAWINGS, SPECIFICATIONS, BIDDING DOCUMENTS AND PROJECT MANUAL MAY BE EXAMINED OR OBTAINED AT THE OFFICE OF PROFESSIONAL CONSULTANTS, INC, LOCATED AT 3115 RUSSELL STREET, MISSOULA, MT 59801. THE REQUIRED DEPOSIT IS $75.00 PER SET, WHICH IS NON-REFUNDABLE. CHECKS SHALL BE MADE PAYABLE TO MISSOULA COUNTY. IN ADDITION, THE DRAWINGS AND PROJECT MANUAL MAY ALSO BE EXAMINED AT THE MISSOULA PLANS EXCHANGE, 201 N. RUSSELL, MISSOULA, MT (406) 549-5002. THERE WILL BE A PRE-BID CONFERENCE IN ROOM 201 OF THE MISSOULA COUNTY COURTHOUSE ANNEX, LOCATED AT 200 WEST BROADWAY, MISSOULA, MT AT 1:30PM ON FRIDAY, JULY 17, 2009. INTERESTED CONTRACTOR’S ARE ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND. CONTRACTOR AND ANY OF THE CONTRACTOR’S SUBCONTRACTORS DOING WORK ON THIS PROJECT WILL BE REQUIRED TO OBTAIN REGISTRATION WITH THE MONTANA DEPARTMENT OF LABOR AND INDUSTRY (DLI). FORMS AND INFORMATION ON REGISTRATION CAN BE OBTAINED FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR AND INDUSTRY, P.O. BOX 8011, 1805 PROSPECT, HELENA MONTANA 59604-8011 OR BY CALLING 1-406-444-7734. CONTRACTOR IS NOT REQUIRED TO HAVE REGISTERED WITH THE DLI PRIOR TO BIDDING ON THIS PROJECT, BUT MUST HAVE REGISTERED PRIOR TO EXECUTION OF THE CONSTRUCTION AGREEMENT. ALL LABORERS AND MECHANICS EMPLOYED BY CONTRACTOR OR SUBCONTRACTORS IN PERFORMANCE OF THE CONSTRUCTION WORK SHALL BE PAID WAGES AT RATES AS MAY BE REQUIRED BY LAW. THE CONTRACTOR MUST ENSURE THAT EMPLOYEES AND APPLICANTS FOR EMPLOYMENT ARE NOT DISCRIMINATED AGAINST BECAUSE OF THEIR RACE, COLOR, RELIGION, SEX OR NATIONAL ORIGIN.

The Board of County Commissioners will hold a public hearing Item #1 at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, August 5, 2009, in Room 201 of the County Courthouse at 200 West Broadway in Missoula. The City Council will conduct a public hearing on Item #2 on a date yet to be determined. Your attendance and comments are welcomed and encouraged. The requests and exact legal descriptions are available for public inspection at the Missoula Office of Planning and Grants, City Hall, 435 Ryman, Missoula, Montana. Telephone 258-4657. If anyone attending any of these meetings needs special assistance, please provide advance notice by calling 258-4657. Missoula County or the City of Missoula will provide auxiliary aids and services.

EACH BID OR PROPOSAL MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY A CASHIER’S CHECK, CERTIFIED CHECK, OR BID BOND PAYABLE TO MISSOULA COUNTY IN THE AMOUNT OF NOT LESS THAN TEN PERCENT (10%) OF THE TOTAL AMOUNT OF THE BID. SUCCESSFUL BIDDERS SHALL FURNISH AN APPROVED PERFORMANCE BOND AND A LABOR AND MATERIALS PAYMENT BOND, EACH IN THE AMOUNT OF ONE HUNDRED PERCENT (100%) OF THE CONTRACT AMOUNT. INSURANCE AS REQUIRED SHALL BE PROVIDED BY THE SUCCESSFUL BIDDER(S) AND A CERTIFICATE(S) OF THAT INSURANCE SHALL BE PROVIDED. MISSOULA COUNTY RESERVES THE RIGHT TO WAIVE INFORMALITIES, TO POSTPONE THE AWARD OF THE CONTRACT FOR A PERIOD NOT TO EXCEED SIXTY (60) DAYS, TO ACCEPT THE LOWEST RESPONSIVE AND RESPONSIBLE BID WHICH IS IN THE BEST INTEREST OF THE OWNER, TO REJECT ANY AND ALL PROPOSALS RECEIVED, AND, IF ALL BIDS ARE REJECTED, TO BE ADVERTISED UNDER THE SAME OR NEW SPECIFICATIONS, OR TO MAKE SUCH AN AWARD AS IN THE JUDGMENT OF ITS OFFICIALS BEST MEETS THE COUNTY’S REQUIREMENTS. ANY OBJECTIONS TO PUBLISHED SPECIFICATIONS SHALL BE FILED IN WRITTEN FORM WITH THE BID OFFICER PRIOR TO BID OPENING AT THE OFFICE OF THE MISSOULA COUNTY AUDITOR, ATTN: BARBARA BERENS, LOCATED ON THE SECOND FLOOR OF THE MISSOULA COUNTY COURTHOUSE ANNEX, 200 WEST BROADWAY, MISSOULA, MT 59802. THE CONTRACTOR IS REQUIRED TO BE AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER.

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Notice of Trustee’s Sale T.S. No. 09 0087134 Title Order No. 090451181 THE FOLLOWING LEGALLY DESCRIBED TRUST PROPERTY TO BE SOLD FOR CASH AT TRUSTEE’S SALE. Notice is hereby given that the undersigned trustee will, on 11/12/2009, at the hour of 11:00 AM sell at public auction to the highest bidder for cash, the interest in the following described real property which the Grantor has or had power to convey at the time of execution by him of the said Trust Deed, together with any interest which the Grantor his successors in interest acquired after the execution of said Trust Deed, to satisfy the obligations thereby secured and the costs and expenses of sale, including reasonable charge by the trustee, at the following place: On the front steps to the County Courthouse, 200 West Broadway, Missoula, MT.. RECONTRUST COMPANY, N.A. is the duly appointed Trustee under and pursuant to Trust Indenture in which ANTHONY M CERASANI, AN UNMARRIED MAN as Grantors, conveyed said real property to CHARLES J PETERSON as Trustee, to secure an obligation owed to MORTGAGE ELECTRONIC REGISTRATION SYSTEMS, INC., as Beneficiary by Trust Indenture Dated 12/06/2006 and recorded 12/12/2006, in document No. 200631786 in Book/Reel/Volume Number 788 at Page Number 1055 in the office of the Clerk and Recorder Missoula County, Montana; being more particularly described as follows; LOT 12 OF BEYER MEADOWS, A PLATTED SUBDIVISION IN MISSOULA COUNTY, MONTANA, ACCORDING TO THE OFFICIAL RECORDED PLAT THEREOF. Property Address: 12676 CONESTOGA. WAY, LOLO, MT 59847 The beneficial interest under said Trust Deed and the obligations secured thereby are presently held by MORTGAGE ELECTRONIC REGISTRATION SYSTEMS, INC. There is a default by the Grantor or other person(s) owing an obligation, the performance of which is secured by said Trust Deed, or by their successor in interest, with respect to provisions therein which authorize sale in the event of default of such provision; the default for which foreclosure is made is Grantor’s failure to pay the monthly installment which became due on 03/01/2009, and all subsequent installments together with late charges as set forth in said Note and Deed of Trust, advances, assessments and attorney fees, if any. TOGETHER WITH ANY DEFAULT IN THE PAYMENT OF RECURRING OBLIGATIONS AS THEY BECOME DUE. By reason of said default, the beneficiary has declared all sums owing on the obligation secured by said Trust Deed immediately due and payable said sums being the following: The unpaid principal balance of $387,000.00 together with interest thereon at the current rate of 6.375% per annum from 02/01/2009 until paid, plus all accrued late charges, escrow advances, attorney fees and costs, and any other sums incurred or advanced by the beneficiary pursuant to the terms and conditions of said Trust Indenture. The Beneficiary anticipates and may disburse such amounts as may be required to preserve and protect the property and for real property taxes that may become due or delinquent, unless such amounts of taxes are paid by the Grantors. If such amounts are paid by the Beneficiary the amounts or taxes will be added to the obligations secured by the Deed of Trust. Other expenses to be charges against the proceeds to this sale include the Trustee’s fees and attorney’s fees, costs and expenses of the sale and late charges, if any. Beneficiary has elected, and has directed the Trustee to sell the above described property to satisfy the obligation. Dated: 07/08/2009 RECONTRUST COMPANY, N.A. Successor Trustee 2380 Performance Dr, TX2-985-07-03 Richardson, TX 75082 ASAP# 3164791 07/09/2009, 07/16/2009, 07/23/2009

DESCRIBED AS TRACT 2 OF CERTIFICATE OF SURVEY NO. 5236 Amber & Erik Armitage, as Grantor(s), conveyed said real property to First American Title Co. of MT, Inc., as Trustee, to secure an obligation owed to Montana First Credit Union, as Beneficiary, by Deed of Trust dated 05/22/2007, and Recorded 05/29/2007 at 12:19 o’clock p.m., in Book 798, Page 184, under Document No. 200713098. The beneficial interest is currently held by PHH Mortgage Corporation. Charles J. Peterson, is the Successor Trustee pursuant to a Substitution of Trustee recorded in the office of the Clerk and Recorder of Missoula County, Montana. A default has occurred in the performance of said Deed of Trust by failing to make the monthly payments due in the amount of $1,562.44, beginning October 1, 2008, and each month subsequent, which monthly installments would have been applied on the principal and interest due on said obligation and other charges against the property or loan. The total amount due on this obligation as of 05/27/2009 is $203,410.55 principal, interest at the rate of 7.125% now totaling $8,139.89, late charges in the amount of $416.28, escrow advances of $499.03, and other fees and expenses advanced of $68.50, plus accruing interest at the rate of $39.71 per diem, late charges, and other costs and fees that may be advanced. The Beneficiary anticipates and may disburse such amounts as may be required to preserve and protect the property and for real property taxes that may become due or delinquent, unless such amounts of taxes are paid by the Grantors. If such amounts are paid by the Beneficiary, the amounts or taxes will be added to the obligations secured by the Deed of Trust. Other expenses to be charged against the proceeds of this sale include the Trustee’s fees and attorney’s fees, costs and expenses of the sale and late charges, if any. Beneficiary has elected, and has directed the Trustee to sell the above described property to satisfy the obligation. The sale is a public sale and any person, including the beneficiary, excepting only the Trustee, may bid at the sale. The bid price must be paid in cash at the time of sale. The conveyance will be made by Trustee’s Deed. The sale purchaser shall be entitled to possession of the property on the 10th day following the sale. The grantor, successor in interest to the grantor or any other person having an interest in the property, at any time prior to the trustee’s sale, may pay to the beneficiary or the successor in interest to the beneficiary the entire amount then due under the deed of trust and the obligation secured thereby (including costs and expensed actually incurred and attorney’s fees) other than such portion of the principal as would not then be due had no default occurred and thereby cure the default. The scheduled Trustee’s Sale may be postponed by public proclamation up to 15 days for any reason, and in the event of a bankruptcy filing, the sale may be postponed by the trustee for up to 120 days by public proclamation at least every 30 days. Dated: 04/28/2009 Charles J. Peterson Successor Trustee Mackoff Kellogg Law Firm P.O. Box 1097 Dickinson, ND 586021097 State of North Dakota County of Stark On 04/28/2009, before me, a notary public in and for said County and State, personally appeared Charles J. Peterson, Successor Trustee, known to me to be the person whose name is subscribed to the foregoing instrument and acknowledged to me that he executed the same. Joan Meier Notary Public Stark County, North Dakota Commission expires: 02/23/2013. ASAP# 3169748 07/09/2009, 07/16/2009, 07/23/2009

without any representation or warranty, express or implied, as the sale is made strictly on an as-is, where-is basis. The sale purchaser shall be entitled to possession of the property on the 10th day following the sale. The grantor, successor in interest to the grantor or any other person having an interest in the property, at any time prior to the trustee’s sale, may pay to the beneficiary or the successor in interest to the beneficiary the entire amount then due under the deed of trust and the obligation secured thereby (including costs and expenses actually incurred and attorney’s fees) other than such portion of the principal as would not then be due had no default occurred and thereby cure the default. The scheduled Trustee’s Sale may be postponed by public proclamation up to 15 days for any reason, and in the event of a bankruptcy filing, the sale may be postponed by the trustee for up to 120 days by public proclamation at least every 30 days. THIS IS AN ATTEMPT TO COLLECT A DEBT. ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE. Dated: April 10, 2009 Charles J. Peterson Successor Trustee Mackoff Kellogg Law Firm P.O. Box 1097 Dickinson, ND 58602-1097 State of North Dakota County of Stark On April 10, 2009, before me, a notary public in and for said County and State, personally appeared Charles J. Peterson , Successor Trustee, known to me to be the person whose name is subscribed to the foregoing instrument and acknowledged to me that he executed the same. Nicole Schafer Notary Public Stark County, North Dakota Commission expires: 03/28/2011 ASAP# 3147627 06/25/2009, 07/02/2009, 07/09/2009

MONTANA FOURTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT COURT, MISSOULA COUNTY Dept. No. 1 Cause No. DP-09-111 NOTICE TO CREDITORS IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF LINDA KURE, Deceased. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the undersigned has been appointed Personal Representative of the abovenamed Estate. All persons having claims against the decedent are required to present their claims within four months after the date of the first publication of this notice or said claims will be forever barred. Claims must either be mailed to the Personal Representative, Gary Henricks, return receipt requested, at The Modine Law Office, 215 West Broadway, Missoula, Montana 59802 or filed with the Clerk of the above Court. DATED this 18th day of June, 2009. /s/ Gary Henricks, Personal Representative, 1845 36th Street, Missoula, MT 59801 MONTANA FOURTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT COURT, MISSOULA COUNTY Dept. No. 1 Cause No. DP-09-119 NOTICE TO CREDITORS IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF DOROTHY S. DAVIDSON, a.k.a. DOROTHY DAVIDSON, Deceased. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the undersigned was appointed Personal Representative of the above-named estate. All persons having claims against the deceased are required to present their claims within four months after the date of the first publication of this notice or the claims will be forever barred. Claims must either be mailed to William L. Davidson, the Personal Representative, return receipt requested, 1853 Frey Lane, Missoula, Montana 59808, or filed with the clerk of the above-entitled court. DATED this 29th day of June, 2009. /s/ William L. Davidson, Personal Representative NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE TO BE SOLD FOR CASH AT TRUSTEE’S SALE on 09/08/2009, at 11:00 o’clock A.M. at the Main Door of the Missoula County Courthouse located at 200 West Broadway in Missoula, MT 59802, the following described real property situated in Missoula County, Montana: A TRACT OF LAND LOCATED IN SECTION 43, TOWNSHIP 15 NORTH, RANGE 22 WEST, P.M.M., MISSOULA COUNTY, MONTANA, BEING MORE PARTICULARLY

NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE TO BE SOLD FOR CASH AT TRUSTEE’S SALE on August 18, 2009, at 11:00 o’clock A.M. at the Main Door of the Missoula County Courthouse located at 200 West Broadway in Missoula, MT 59802, the following described real property situated in Missoula County, Montana: Lot 45 of Meadwolark Acres, a platted subdivision in the City of Missoula, Missoula County, Montana, according to the official recorded plat thereof. Thomas W Theisen, as Grantor(s), conveyed said real property to Title Services, Inc., as Trustee, to secure an obligation owed to Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc., as Beneficiary, by Deed of Trust Dated July 20, 2006 and Recorded July 21, 2006 at 04:24 o’clock P.M., in Book 779, Page 515, under Document No. 200618024. The beneficial interest is currently held by Residential Credit Solutions. Charles J. Peterson, is the Successor Trustee pursuant to a Substitution of Trustee recorded in the office of the Clerk and Recorder of Missoula County, Montana. The beneficiary has declared a default in the terms of said Deed of Trust by failing to make the monthly payments due in the amount of $856.11, beginning December 1, 2008, and each month subsequent, which monthly installments would have been applied on the principal and interest due on said obligation and other charges against the property or loan. The total amount due on this obligation as of April 8, 2009 is $161,150.59 principal, interest at the rate of 6.375% now totaling $4477.57, late charges in the amount of $128.40, escrow advances of $- , suspense balance of $ and other fees and expenses advanced of $23.52, plus accruing interest at the rate of $28.15 per diem, late charges, and other costs and fees that may be advanced. The Beneficiary anticipates and may disburse such amounts as may be required to preserve and protect the property and for real property taxes that may become due or delinquent, unless such amounts of taxes are paid by the Grantors. If such amounts are paid by the Beneficiary, the amounts or taxes will be added to the obligations secured by the Deed of Trust. Other expenses to be charged against the proceeds of this sale include the Trustee’s fees and attorney’s fees, costs and expenses of the sale and late charges, if any. Beneficiary has elected, and has directed the Trustee to sell the above described property to satisfy the obligation. The sale is a public sale and any person, including the beneficiary, excepting only the Trustee, may bid at the sale. The bid price must be paid immediately upon the close of bidding in cash or cash equivalents (valid money orders, certified checks or cashier’s checks). The conveyance will be made by Trustee’s Deed

NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE TO BE SOLD FOR CASH AT TRUSTEE’S SALE on August 24, 2009, at 11:00 o’clock A.M. at the Main Door of the Missoula County Courthouse located at 200 West Broadway in Missoula, MT 59802, the following described real property situated in Missoula County, Montana: ALL THAT PARCEL OF LAND IN MISSOULA COUNTY, STATE OF MONTANA, AS MORE FULLY DESCRIBED IN DEED BOOK 749, PAGE 156, ID# 759606, BEING KNOWN AND DESIGNATED AS LOT 2 IN BLOCK 3 OF WAPIKIYA NO. 3, A PLATTED SUBDIVISION IN MISSOULA COUNTY MONTANA, ACCORDING TO THE OFFICE RECORDED PLAT THEREOF. Erwin L Hilliard and Elaine Hilliard, as Grantor(s), conveyed said real property to Gerald Schuster, as Trustee, to secure an obligation owed to Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc., as Beneficiary, by Deed of Trust Dated December 15, 2006 and Recorded February 09, 2007 in Book 791 of Micro Records Page 1340.. The beneficial interest is currently held by The Bank of New York Mellon (fka The bank of New York) on behalf of CIT Mortgage Loan Trust 2007-I. Charles J. Peterson, is the Successor Trustee pursuant to a Substitution of Trustee recorded in the office of the Clerk and Recorder of Missoula County, Montana. The beneficiary has declared a default in the terms of said Deed of Trust by failing to make the monthly payments due in the amount of $355.60, beginning October 1, 2008, and each month subsequent, which monthly installments would have been applied on the principal and interest due on said obligation and other charges against the property or loan. The total amount due on this obligation as of April 10, 2009 is $46,943.85 principal, interest at the rate of 8.190% now totaling $2,338.85, late charges in the amount of $124.46, suspense balance of $1247.24 and other fees and expenses advanced of $1922.35, plus accruing interest at the rate of $10.53 per diem, late charges, and other costs and fees that may be advanced. The Beneficiary anticipates and may disburse such amounts as may be required to preserve and protect the property and for real property taxes that may become due or delinquent, unless such amounts of taxes are paid by the Grantors. If such amounts are paid by the Beneficiary, the amounts or taxes will be added to the obligations secured by the Deed of Trust. Other expenses to be charged against the proceeds of this sale include the Trustee’s fees and attorney’s fees, costs and expenses of the sale and late charges, if any. Beneficiary has elected, and has directed the Trustee to sell the above described property to satisfy the obligation. The sale is a public sale and any person, including the beneficiary, excepting only the Trustee, may bid at the sale. The bid price must be paid immediately upon the close of bidding in cash or cash equivalents (valid money orders, certified checks or cashier’s checks). The conveyance will be made by Trustee’s Deed without any representation or warranty, express or implied, as the sale is made strictly on an as-is, where-is basis. The sale purchaser shall be entitled to possession of the property on the 10th day following the sale. The grantor, successor in interest to the grantor or any other person having an interest in the property, at any time prior to the trustee’s sale, may pay to the beneficiary or the successor in interest to the beneficiary the entire amount then due under the deed of trust and the obligation secured thereby (including costs and expenses actually incurred and attorney’s fees) other than such portion of the principal as would not then be due had no default occurred and thereby cure the default. The scheduled Trustee’s Sale may be postponed by public proclamation up to 15 days for any reason, and in the event of a bankruptcy filing, the sale may be postponed by the trustee for up to 120 days by public proclamation at least every 30 days. THIS IS AN ATTEMPT TO COLLECT A DEBT. ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE. Dated: April 15, 2009 Charles J. Peterson Successor MACKOFF KELLOGG LAW FIRM P.O. Box 1097 Dickinson, ND 58602-1097 STATE OF NORTH DAKOTA County of Stark On April 15, 2009, before me, a notary public in and for said County and State, personally appeared Charles J. Peterson, Successor Trustee, known to me to be the person whose name is subscribed to the foregoing instrument and acknowledged to me that he executed the same. Nicole Schaffer Notary Public Stark County, North Dakota Commission expires: 3/28/011 ASAP# 3150056 06/25/2009, 07/02/2009,

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Public Notices 07/09/2009 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE TO BE SOLD FOR CASH AT TRUSTEE’S SALE on August 24, 2009, at 11:00 o’clock A.M. at the Main Door of the Missoula County Courthouse located at 200 West Broadway in Missoula, MT 59802, the following described real property situated in Missoula County, Montana: A TRACT OF LAND LOCATED IN THE SEK OF SECTION 29 AND THE NE 1/4 OF SECTION 32, TOWNSHIP 12 NORTH, RANGE 20 WEST, P.M.M., MISSOULA COUNTY, MONTANA, BEING MORE PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED AS TRACT 32B OF CERTIFICATE OF SURVEY NO. 5856 Mark L Heppler, as Grantor(s), conveyed said real property to First American Title Insurance Co., as Trustee, to secure an obligation owed to Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc., as Beneficiary, by Deed of Trust Dated November 30, 2007 and Recorded on December 05, 2007 at 04:47 o’clock P.M., under Document No. 200731453. The beneficial interest is currently held by IndyMac Federal Bank FSB. Charles J. Peterson, is the Successor Trustee pursuant to a Substitution of Trustee recorded in the office of the Clerk and Recorder of Missoula County, Montana. The beneficiary has declared a default in the terms of said Deed of Trust by failing to make the monthly payments due in the amount of $2,069.10, beginning November 1, 2008, and each month subsequent, which monthly installments would have been applied on the principal and interest due on said obligation and other charges against the property or loan. The total amount due on this obligation as of April 2, 2009 is $324,000.00 principal, interest at the rate of 6.5% now totaling $10,587.70, late charges in the amount of $526.50, escrow advances of $44.04, and other fees and expenses advanced of $59.00, plus accruing interest at the rate of $57.70 per diem, late charges, and other costs and fees that may be advanced. The Beneficiary anticipates and may disburse such amounts as may be required to preserve and protect the property and for real property taxes that may become due or delinquent, unless such amounts of taxes are paid by the Grantors. If such amounts are paid by the Beneficiary, the amounts or taxes will be added to the obligations secured by the Deed of Trust. Other expenses to be charged against the proceeds of this sale include the Trustee’s fees and attorney’s fees, costs and expenses of the sale and late charges, if any. Beneficiary has elected, and has directed the Trustee to sell the above described property to satisfy the obligation. The sale is a public sale and any person, including the beneficiary, excepting only the Trustee, may bid at the sale. The bid price must be paid immediately upon the close of bidding in cash or cash equivalents {valid money orders, certified checks or cashier’s checks). The conveyance will be made by Trustee’s Deed without any representation or warranty, express or implied, as the sale is made strictly on an as-is, where-is basis. The sale purchaser shall be entitled to possession of the property on the 10th day following the sale. The grantor, successor in interest to the grantor or any other person having an interest in the property, at any time prior to the trustee’s sale, may pay to the beneficiary or the successor in interest to the beneficiary the entire amount then due under the deed of trust and the obligation secured thereby (including costs and expenses actually incurred and attorney’s fees) other than such portion of the principal as would not then be due had no default occurred and thereby cure the default. The scheduled Trustee’s Sale may be postponed by public proclamation up to 15 days for any reason, and in the event of a bankruptcy filing, the sale may be postponed by the trustee for up to 120 days by public proclamation at least every 30 days. THIS IS AN ATTEMPT TO COLLECT A DEBT. ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE. Dated: April 14, 2009 Charles J. Peterson Successor Trustee MACKOFF KELLOGG LAW FIRM P.O. Box 1097 Dickinson, ND 58602-1097 STATE OF NORTH DAKOTA County of Stark On April 14, 2009, before me, a notary public in and for said County and State, personally appeared Charles J, Peterson, Successor Trustee, known to me to be the person whose name is subscribed to the foregoing instrument and acknowledged to me that he executed the same. Stark County, North Dakota Commission expires: 02/23/2013 Joan Meier Notary Public ASAP# 3150067 06/25/2009, 07/02/2009, 07/09/2009 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that the Trustee will on OCTOBER 15, 2009, at the hour of 11:00 o’clock A.M., at the front doors of the Missoula County Courthouse located at 200 West Broadway, Missoula, Montana, sell at public auction to the highest bidder, payable at time of sale in lawful money of the United States, the following described property: Tract 1-B on Certificate of Survey No. 5813, located in Government Lot 6 within Section 6, Township 13 North, Range 16 West, P.M.M., Missoula County, Montana. Said property is subject to a Montana Trust Indenture recorded October 11, 2006, Document No. 200626378, records of Missoula County, Montana, where GARY L. HAND is GRANTOR, STEWART TITLE OF MISSOULA COUNTY is TRUSTEE, and ED ENGEL, an undivided 16% interest, TIM L. GUENZLER, an undivided 13% interest, KARL L. ROESCH, an undivided 13% interest, MAX M. JOHNSON AND MARIANNE M. JOHNSON, an undivided 11% interest, GREGG FRASER A/K/A STEWART GREGORY FRASER, an undivided 3.2% interest, COREY E. RICHWINE AND KATHY A. RICHWINE, joint tenants with right of survivorship, an undivided 4.4% interest, CHERYL FRASER, an undivided 3.4% interest, JACK C. DOWNES AND GAIL L. DOWNES, joint tenants with right of survivorship, an undivided 11% interest, RANDALL S. OGLE, TRUSTEE OF THE OGLE AND WORM, ATTORNEYS AT LAW, PROFIT SHARING PLAN, an undivided 11% interest, and RONAN TELEPHONE COMPANY, EMPLOYEE PROFIT SHARING PLAN, an undivided 14% interest are BENEFICIARY. Christy L.

Public Notices Brandon is the Successor Trustee pursuant to an Appointment of Successor Trustee recorded May 12, 2008, Document No. 200810563, records of Missoula County, Montana. Grantor’s default consists of failure to make payments when due beginning with the monthly payments from and after November 9, 2007 in the amount of $3,937.50 each. The total sum owing on this obligation is $315,000.00 principal balance plus accruing interest at the rate of 15% per year ($129.45 per diem) totaling $75,082.20 as of May 12, 2009, $6,300.00 late fees, $562.00 escrow fees, and $6,753.84 other fees and costs. Beneficiary anticipates and may disburse such amounts as may be required to preserve and protect the property and for real property taxes that may become due or delinquent, unless such amounts of taxes are paid by the Grantor. If such amounts are paid by the Beneficiary, the amounts or taxes will be added to the obligations secured by the Montana Trust Indenture. Other expenses to be charged against the proceeds of this sale include the Trustee’s fees and attorney’s fees, costs and expenses of the sale and late charges, if any. Beneficiary elects to declare all amounts under said Note and Trust Indenture to be immediately due and payable in consequence of the default of Grantor. Beneficiary directs that Trustee sell the real property above described for the satisfaction of the obligation. This sale is a public sale and any person, including the Beneficiary, excepting only the Trustee, may bid at the sale. The bid price must be paid in cash. The conveyance will be made by Trustee’s Deed and will be made without warranty, express or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances. The sale purchaser shall be entitled to possession of the property on the tenth day following the sale. The sale is subject to bankruptcy filing, payoff, reinstatement or any other circumstance that would affect the validity of the sale. If any such circumstance exists, the sale shall be void, the successful bidder’s funds returned and the trustee and current beneficiary shall not be liable to the successful bidder for any damage. The grantor or the grantor’s successor in interest in the trust property or any part thereof or any other person having a subordinate lien or encumbrance of record thereon or any beneficiary under a subordinate trust indenture, at any time prior to the trustee’s sale, may pay to the beneficiary or the beneficiary’s successor in interest the entire amount then due under the trust indenture and the obligation secured thereby (including costs and expenses incurred and trustee’s and attorney’s fees) other than such portion of the principal as would not then be due had no default occurred and thereby cure the default. The scheduled Trustee’s Sale may be postponed by public proclamation up to 15 days for any reason, and in the event of a bankruptcy filing, the sale may be postponed by the trustee for up to 120 days by public proclamation at least every 30 days. DATED June 1, 2009. /s/ Christy L. Brandon, Successor Trustee, P.O. Box 1544, Bigfork, MT 59911, (406) 837-5445.

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+/-400 ACRES SWEET GRASS COUNTY, near I-90/Yellowstone, minerals, live water, power, mountain views, deer, antelope, elk and game birds, $560,000.00, MLBC 406-939-2501. www.montanalandauctions.com

Beautiful park-like setting, private trout ponds, nature trail, stunning views. Lots start at $39,000. Kevin & Monica Ray at Access Realty 406207-1185. www.RiverRidgeMT.com

Homes for Sale

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Homes for Sale

Borders Lolo National Forest. Ski out your back door, drive 10 minutes to Snowbowl Ski area, or take a hike in 3 different directions in the summer! Located just 15 minutes from downtown Missoula!The main house is a 3 bd, 2 bath, 3 story log home, with completely renovated bathrooms, newer 3 car open garage with tons of storage built above it and a small guest cabin! www.11815benchrd.com

For location and more info, view these and other properties at: This 5 bedroom home on a corner lot with a fenced yard and a full finished basement features a separate one bedroom apartment that rents for $600/month. That equals LOW House Payments!

www.rochelleglasgow.com

Missoula Properties

Rochelle Glasgow

Kevin & Monica Ray

207.1185 • 544.3098 www.AccessRealty.net

Cell:(406) 544-7507 • glasgow@montana.com

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Out of Town

Out of Town

800 square foot cabin near hunting, fishing, and skiing in beautiful Haugan, MT. $83,000. Kevin & Monica Ray at Access Realty 2071185. www.AccessRealty.net

Helmville. $140,000. Montana International Realty 406-883-6700

Turn key cabin in the Garnet Mountains, 24.49 acres, off the grid, gated access, spring water, new propane appliances, 9 miles south of

Mountain West Mortgage. Best Mortgage Loan Products. 35 Years experience. John Timmons 406-5438945 Lic #6,7

Mortgage & Financial

Mortgage & Financial

REAL ESTATE LOANS Up to 70% LTV. We specialize in “NonBankable Deals” Hard money lending with a conscience. We also buy Private Notes & Mortgages. Creative Finance & Investments, LLC. 406721-1444; 800-999-4809. Info@creative-finance.com MT Lic.#000203. 619 SW Higgins, Ste O, Missoula, MT 59803

1519 Defoe Anna Nooney

New Energy Efficient Homes • $265,000 These new construction, energy efficient homes blend low maintenance features with quality living. The unsurpassed craftsmanship accompanies amenities such as hardwood and tile flooring, hardiplank siding, tankless water system, custom alder cabinetry, 2 cycle furnace and much more! Convenient location close to downtown and river. Call Pat for a tour today.

WHS, CNE, GRI

Cell: 406-544-8413 AnnaNoooney@Windermere.com www.BuyInMissoula.com

Two 5 acre parcels

15 minutes from Missoula with nice building sites and access to the Blackfoot River. $149,000 for either 5 acre parcel or buy both for $285,000. mls# 902286

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3 floor plans to choose from

Creekfront Home in Six Mile Valley

$350,000 • MLS# 903548 18575 Six Mile Road • Huson, MT

3BD/2BA historic home with large garage/workshop on 3.44 lush creekfront acres. Spruce, aspen, lilacs & roses add privacy and serenity to this beautiful property. Only 20 minutes from Missoula!

4617 Bordeaux Blvd Sweet 3 Bedroom

Julie Gardner

mls# 904072

406-532-9233 | jgardner@lambros.com

Land for Sale

Land for Sale

REDUCED Beautiful 20 Acre parcel w/meadow and views. Financing OAC with 10 % down. Make offer. $159,900. MLS# 900454. Janet 532-7903 or Robin 240-6503 riceteam@windermere. com. Text:44133 Message:12888 for pics

Pictures At: http://ViewWeb Page.com/4PYS or Email: bendbenson@gmail.com

Spectacular 108 Acre NH Lakefront Estate & Horse Farm. The Most Amazing Property Available Anywhere. $5,000,000. See

Commercial Tanning Salon • $65,000 Excellent history, loyal clientele., great location. Call Loubelle Wissler at Fidelity: 543-4412 or 240-0753

LET US HELP YOU PURSUE YOUR MONTANA DREAM. 11307 Melody Lane Big Flat area 4 bedroom, 3 and one half bath home on more than an acre, end of road very private. Open floor plan. ONLY $575,000

Price Reduced $100,000 Nine Mile Creek Frontage 2300 sq. ft. 3 bedroom, 2 bath home on 10 acres with barn. Possible split. A BARGIN AT $270,000

2424 Burlington Totally Remodeled Home New Kitchen, roof, furnace, air conditioning, and rock. End of road privacy w/ shop, newly landscaped, a must see! ONLY $209,900

Price Reduced O'Brien Creek 2350 Clydesdale One Owner Like New 3bdrm, 2bth home, 24x42 RV Garage plus triple car garage on 2.5 acres. ONLY $399,900

2 Bath home in the Canyon Creek Village. Built in 2003 this home has a wonderful floor plan with Master Bedroom on the main floor and an additional 2 bedrooms on the upper level. Charming covered front porch for enjoying the summer evenings. Home has been very well maintained and is priced to sell quickly. Home qualifies for many programs - human resource silent 2nd,RD, FHA. For a private showing or more information please call Mary Marry 406-544-2125 mmarry@bigsky.net

Nice newer 3 bedroom 2 full bath home on the North side. Very Close to bike/walking path. FOR RENT 908 Defoe Approximately 1,100 Sq. Ft. built in 2005. Includes all appliances and washer/dryer. Small unfenced yard. $1,050 a month. Year lease.

Mary Mar ry R E A LT O R ® , B r ok er

Office 406-728-9295 • Cell 406-544-2125 mmarry@bigsky.net

Mike Wamsley :: Broker/Owner 501 Brooks Missoula 406-721-0620 :: 360-6362 www.wamsleyrealty.com

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Mortgage & Financial

Mortgage & Financial

Mortgage & Financial

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