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Over the last few decades, trapping has become a hot button, emotional issue in western Montana. As anti-trapping groups push for change, many trappers realize they need to do a better job of defending their place in society. For some, that means addressing the ethics of what they do, and having a much deeper conversation about wildlife and land-use. In short, it’s about proving that trappers are still relevant........14
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News Letters The ethics of spear hunting and lawmakers packing heat ...........................4 The Week in Review Brueggeman’s replacement and Carlyle petitions PSC ..........6 Briefs Wolken steps up and The Corner files for Chapter 11 ...................................6 Etc. Anti-gay crusader defeats his own purpose ........................................................7 Up Front Tribes await quarantined Yellowstone bison..............................................8 Ochenski Obama speech a resounding dud .............................................................9 Writers on the Range Conservatives concoct another “War on the West” .............11 Agenda Global Issues & Foreign Film Series. ..........................................................12
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by Chad Harder
Asked Tuesday afternoon on Higgins Avenue in downtown Missoula.
This week the Independent reports on the future of trapping and efforts to outlaw the activity on public land. Would you support such a ban? Follow-up: What’s your preferred method of killing animals?
Kevin “Hobo” Petitpas: Well, the way I see it, Montana is first and foremost a frontier state. You shouldn’t just take away trapping here. For some it’s a traditional way of life, either for sustenance or just as a way to make money. I’m not a local here, but shit, I know that. Ready! Aim!: Quickly.
Brandon VanArsdale: Sure, why not? I mean, trapping animals? Really? It doesn’t even work all the time, so that means it’s kind of inhumane, right? I say if you want to kill something, just go kill it. Eat your heart out: Well, I’m a vegetarian, but if I were to want to kill, I’d prefer to go with a quick heart or lung shot, and I might just grab the heart and take a bite out of it. I mean if you’re going to do something, you might as well do it right.
Drew Grissom: Well, I just moved here last week, and I don’t know much about trapping. But I definitely don’t want to jump to conclusions. It should be allowed on private property, but on public land, well, that’s a rougher issue. As long as everyone follows the guidelines I imagine it’d be okay. Archery class: A good old-fashioned bow and arrow. It just seems like a classy way to hunt.
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Spears? Really? As reported in the Independent, Sen. Greg Hinkle wants to return Montana to the Stone Age by allowing spear hunting during general rifle season (see “Going primitive,” Jan. 20, 2011). When is enough enough? We’ve got bullets, arrows, and traps; we’ve got year-round, unlicensed recreational killing of many predator and “nongame” species in addition to regulated hunting and trapping seasons. As if there weren’t already enough methods and opportunities to kill animals in Montana! And just why is a Treasure State legislator infatuated with Neanderthal blood sport? Hinkle, in his service to citizens of Montana, cited defensive end Jared Allen of the Minnesota Vikings. Allen’s showy exploits are available online, where he spears an elk on an Illinois game farm. That’s right, a football player from Minnesota, spearing domesticated elk on an Illinois game farm is influencing legislation in Helena. Sadly, the bill passed the Senate last Wednesday by a vote of 27-21 (two Republican senators were absent, and one lone Dem crossed over to vote with all the Republicans). Next up, the House. Let’s consider suffering, something that 27 of our senators failed to do or simply dismissed. A poorly placed bullet can quickly be followed by another, but what about with a spear? I posed this question to Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks. Is there research on injuries to animals from poorly thrown spears? Is there data from other states? Shouldn’t this be part of the discussion? This answer came back from the FWP Law Enforcement Bureau: “When this bill was introduced, we sent out an inquiry through National Association of Conservation Law Enforcement Chiefs regarding this issue. Of the 50 states, 35 responded, with all but one not allowing spears or atlatls for hunting big game. Many states did allow it for either small game or birds, however. The one state that did allow it for big game hunting (Alabama) had only one season behind them and had no information regarding wounding, etc.
Rachel Brouwer: Yes, it should be banned. Mostly for people’s safety, and the safety of their pets. I have some friends who had dogs caught in traps, and it’s extremely upsetting. I have constant fear when I go out. Go primitive: With a spear. That should make it more challenging.
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That is really the extent of the information available to us at this time.” FWP is taking no position on SB 112, maintaining that it’s a “social issue” with no biology involved.
“bigByoilallowing to move their weight and greed through the Pacific Northwest and Montana to the Alberta tar sands, we will become accomplices in ruining the wild land and water we love and the quality of life and freedoms we currently
Is spear hunting actually about hunting—or really just about ego and killing? Kathleen Stachowski Lolo
Read your heart out The Heart of the Monster, an exposé on ExxonMobil’s proposed heavy haul, written by David James Duncan, Rick Bass and a team of dedicated and concerned people, is like a horror story except that it is real and is about to happen if we don’t do something to stop it. Everyone should read this book. What ExxonMobil is bulldozing through is monstrous and devastating (see “Crossroads,” Jan. 20, 2011). By allowing big oil to move their weight and greed through the Pacific Northwest and Montana to the Alberta tar sands, we will become accomplices in ruining the wild land and water we love and the quality of life and freedoms we currently enjoy. And all for a sickening addiction—oil. There are less destructive ways to go about this. And just to clarify, this is not a right versus left political issue. The entire tiny town of Kooskia, Idaho, showed up at a recent meeting on the topic and every one of them—loggers, tree huggers, anglers, hunters, river guides, geeks, hippies, old farts—said “hell no” to big oil and sent the businessmen slithering out of town with their tails between their legs. There was very clear consensus. My husband and I know very well how crucial healthy ecosystems are and how they contribute to healthy cultures. We have spent much of our adult life working in and advocating for wild places. We recently hunkered down in the wild woods of the Seeley Swan Valley to live a quiet life and do our art—we thought. After reading this book we see no other option than to stop this haul. Its ramifications are too far-reaching. In my husband’s words, “If we go on and on about being proud to be Montanans and then let this haul happen, we are giving up our lives to multibillionaires who don’t give a rat’s ass about what or who we are.” We can’t let their sweet lies brainwash us. This is trouble. Please get the book, read it, and help. Randi de Santa Anna Seeley Lake
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WEEK IN REVIEW • Wednesday, January 19
by Chad Harder
David Paisley, 43, a former Hellgate High School girls’ basketball coach accused of arranging a sexual encounter with a fictitious 14-year-old girl over the Internet, pleads not guilty in Missoula County District Court to a felony charge of sexual abuse of a minor.
• Thursday, January 20 The Lake County Republican Central Committee appoints businesswoman Carmine Mowbray to fill the Senate vacancy left by the resignation of Sen. Jon Brueggeman. Committee Chairman Brent Matson calls Mowbray a “rock-solid conservative” whose “commitment to natural resource development is unquestionable.”
• Friday, January 21 After police pull over Michael Paul Kerish, 28, for going 50 mph in a 25 mph zone on South Third Street West, they arrest him for being under the influence of alcohol and marijuana and possessing psychedelic mushrooms, a felony.
• Saturday, January 22 In the 282nd game between the University of Montana and Montana State University men’s basketball teams, four of five starters score in double figures to lift the Griz to a 75-61 victory over the Bobcats in front of a record-breaking crowd of 7,312 fans in Dahlberg Arena.
• Sunday, January 23 Packaging manufacturer Rock-Tenn Co. announces plans to buy competitor Smurfit-Stone Container Corp. for $3.5 billion in cash and stock, making it one of North America’s largest paperboard companies. Smurfit-Stone still plans to sell the vacant Frenchtown mill.
• Monday, January 24 The Carlyle Group, the world’s second largest private investment firm, petitions Montana’s Public Service Commission to withhold scrutiny of its proposed purchase of Missoula’s Mountain Water Co. based on the fact that Mountain Water’s parent company, Park Water Co., is based in California.
• Tuesday, January 25 Anthony Brazington, 21, pleads guilty in Missoula District Court to felony charges of promoting prostitution. Police arrested Brazington and Richard Carpita in September, alleging the duo had prostituted five young girls via Craigslist. Brazington faces $100,000 in fines and 30 years in prison.
Mallard drakes and hens congregate on a lower stretch of Rattlesnake Creek Tuesday morning. While most mallards have migrated south, this paddling of nearly 20 ducks has been calling the creek’s frigid waters home for weeks.
Real estate Backed into a corner After years of construction, it appears time has finally caught up with “The Corner,” the posh condos on the corner of South Higgins Avenue and Brooks Street that were listed for sale just as the local high-end real estate market was tanking. Two weeks ago, project developer and architect Eric Hefty filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, as did his company, The Corner Development, LLC. Hefty declined to comment, deferring to his attorney, Harold Dye of the local firm Dye & Moe. Dye says both The Corner and the adjacent University Apartments on Roosevelt Street, also owned by Hefty, are implicated in the filings. Hefty found himself in a “foreclosure situation” with primary creditor Mountain West Bank, Dye says, and was forced into an emergency bankruptcy filing to protect his assets from the bank’s “imminent action.” “We’re going to try to sell things in an orderly manner to hopefully pay everybody off,” Dye says.
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“That’s the general goal.” According to The Corner’s website, two small residential condos and the entire 4,100-square-foot ground floor, designated as commercial space, remain for sale. Prices aren’t disclosed. A year and a half ago, the Missoulian quoted Hefty as expressing concern over the $3 million project’s timing, saying it isn’t “the best time to be a developer” and that the Missoula condo market is “probably on hold.” A condo glut remains, but 2010 data shows signs of increasing activity. “Currently, at 178 listings, we have fewer condos on the market than we have had since October of 2008 when we started tracking,” says Missoula Organization of Realtors CEO Ruth Link. “That tells us that some of the surplus has begun to be absorbed.” But the absorption has mostly happened at the lower end of the market. The median sales price for condos in 2010 was $164,410, significantly less than The Corner’s prices. Bankruptcy documents estimate The Corner Development’s assets at less than $50,000, with lia-
bilities exceeding $1 million. More thorough financial statements will soon be filed, Dye says. Matthew Frank
City Council Wolken steps up Roughly 12 hours after Missoula’s City Council selected Cynthia L. Wolken as Ward 2’s newest representative, she was busy fielding phone calls from media, charting out her increasingly chaotic schedule and hustling to make it to City Hall in time to be sworn in. “I’m still a little in shock,” Wolken said Tuesday morning. The 31-year-old attorney was still absorbing the news that she had beaten out 16 other applicants to replace outgoing council member Roy Houseman, who resigned at the end of December to take a job with the United Steelworkers Union. During the weeks leading up to Council’s Monday night vote, Wolken navigated a rigorous application process. It proved difficult for the Council, too, which was tasked with whittling an
overflowing roster of qualified candidates down to one. “We’ve been put in a really hard position here tonight,” said Councilwoman Stacy Rye. Prior to the vote, community members sung high praises for Wolken, who ran for Council in 2009 before dropping out to care for a sick family member. An active member of the Missoula County Democratic Party, she’s been very involved with the Montana Woman Pipeline project and serves as the board chairwoman for the Montana Human Rights Network. “She has grace and integrity to continue governing as Houseman did,” said community organizer Molly Moody. Rye was similarly impressed by Wolken’s resumé, brains and—perhaps most importantly when working with strong-minded council peers—her temperament. “There is something to be said for emotional intelligence,” Rye said. After two rounds of voting, Wolken garnered votes from council members Marilyn Marler, Stacy Rye, Dave Strohmaier, Pam Walzer, Jason Wiener, Ed Childers and Bob Jaffe. Adam Hertz earned Lyn Hellegaard and Renee Mitchell’s support. Dick Haines picked Myrt Charney. Wolken says for the next couple of weeks she’ll focus on simply learning the ropes and becoming better acquainted with her constituents. From there, she’ll hunker down to work on issues close to her heart, specifically affordable housing and sustainable transportation. Her seat will be contested in November. She’s already planning her election bid. “I’m looking forward to rolling up my sleeves,” she says. Jessica Mayrer
Pets Wiener war A wiener dog finds himself in the middle of a dispute that may soon involve a lawsuit—high doggie drama even in a mutt mad town like Missoula Last March, Corinna Spelts’ dachshund named Gunner went missing in the South Hills area of Missoula, and 10 months later she still held out hope that she’d find him. As recently as Jan. 16 the 30-yearold posted an ad on Craigslist offering a cash reward for the squat pup to be returned home. Little did Spelts know that Gunner—or at least
the dog she thinks is Gunner—had been found, and, in mid-December, someone else had adopted him from the Humane Society of Western Montana (HSWM). “So now the dog has a new owner,” Spelts says, “and I have to go to court.” Spelts, who filed lost-dog reports with HSWM and Missoula County Animal Control, claims HSWM failed to perform its due diligence to find the dog’s owner when Gunner—if it is indeed Gunner—was dropped off at its facility after being found in Drummond. But HSWM Director Lora O’Connor says the shelter followed the protocol it always follows when someone drops off a stray, including listing the dog
in the Missoulian for several days and scanning it for a microchip. “We do everything we can to try to reunite lost pets and their families,” O’Connor says. “We want them to go back home. An acquaintance of the adopter saw Spelts’ Craiglist post, noticed a resemblance, and sent Spelts photos of the dog. They were enough to convince Spelts that the dog belonged to her. “Don’t count on them as a resource to help find your pet,” Spelts says of HSWM. O’Connor says she can’t remember a similar circumstance in her 10 years at the shelter, and she hopes Spelts won’t take legal action. As for the wiener dog—Gunner or not—the present owner, who declined to disclose its name, says he’s “fantastic.” Matthew Frank
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Outdoors Search and rescue reactivated Missoula County Search and Rescue is officially back on the job this month after spending last fall and much of the winter on inactive status. Sheriff Carl Ibsen says he moved “immediately” to reactivate the local volunteer squad upon taking office in early January, recognizing a need to mobilize all of the county’s resources as soon as possible. “We’re in that season, and we have been for a while,” Ibsen says. “Winter is almost always reasonably busy with lost snowmobilers and lost skiers and you name it, and it just didn’t seem to make sense not to avail ourselves of the full resources that were there.” Former Missoula County Sheriff Mike McMeekin declared the Missoula-based unit inactive last July, following a series of internal spats he repeatedly refused to elaborate on. The Independent reported in early November that McMeekin had gone so far as to change the locks on the unit’s county-owned equipment bay, despite the fact that much of the equipment was donated to and owned by the squad. McMeekin’s actions, in part, prompted members in the Seeley Lake area to split from the group in August and form their own independent organization, Seeley-Swan Rescue, which remained on active duty. He attempted to calm the situation with a memorandum of understanding last fall, but the memo only furthered complicated relations with local volunteers. Now, Ibsen says, the county has reached agreements that are satisfactory to all. “I’m told by my other coordinators that everything’s running pretty good,” Ibsen says. “Both units are obviously hoping they’re not needed, but if they are they’re ready to go.” A number of changes will persist as search and rescue moves on from McMeekin. The two organizations will remain separate entities under the supervision and command of different deputies. Ibsen appointed Sgt. Dave Ball, a county rescue coordinator from years ago, to act as a central county coordinator for the two units. Any necessary tweaks or changes to operations will be thoroughly discussed among all parties, Ibsen says. “We as the administration will be taking our cues from not only our coordinators but from the memberships of the various units,” he adds. Missoula County Search and Rescue recently held its annual officer elections. Members voted for Ben Ehlers to replace Chris Froines as volunteer chief for 2011. Alex Sakariassen
Fines handed down to former Montana Sen. Greg Barkus, 64, by a district court judge in Kalispell last week. Barkus managed to avoid jail time for his role in a 2009 boat crash on Flathead Lake that injured five including Rep. Denny Rehberg.
Dallas Erickson just won’t quit. After his persistent but ultimately futile attempts to put the kibosh on Missoula’s antidiscrimination ordinance, the anti-gay crusader from the Bitterroot Valley, along with Big Sky Christian Center pastor Harris Himes, are working with Rep. Kristin Hansen, R-Havre, to pass a state law that would retroactively forbid any local governments from crafting a civil rights ordinance like Missoula’s. Call it the anti-antidiscrimination bill. “I think that’s outrageous, and we will be sharing some pieces of our mind on that one,” says Missoula City Councilman Dave Strohmaier who, along with fellow councilmember Stacy Rye, introduced the citywide antidiscrimination law—the state’s first—that makes it illegal to deny services, housing or employment to people based on sexual orientation or gender expression. Hansen remains mum on the yet-to-be-drafted bill. But Erickson says a law is needed to protect children from homosexuals—whom he blames for sexual abuse within the Catholic Church and Boy Scouts—and to give employers the right to deny employment to them. “I think if I’ve got a youth group, and I have to hire somebody, I shouldn’t have to hire a gay person,” Erickson says. “And if I refuse that person because he or she is gay, I shouldn’t be sued for discrimination.” Research has repeatedly debunked claims promulgated by Erickson and others of his ilk. Gay people are no more likely than heterosexuals to be pedophiles, according to data compiled by a number of institutions including the University of California-Davis. Erickson’s fanatical misinformation campaign would be laughable if it wasn’t so profoundly harmful. In reality, Montana’s children don’t need protection from homosexuals. They need protection from homophobes like Erickson. His message marks gay people as deviants deserving of fewer rights than straight people. In a society keen on branding homosexuals as perverts and pedophiles, it should come as no surprise that gay teens are up to four times more likely than heterosexual peers to commit suicide. Just last year, the nation watched as a spate of persecuted teenagers killed themselves in highly publicized incidents. Those teens faced ostracism, bullying and verbal abuse. If the Montana Legislature endorses Erickson’s message, not only will lawmakers be signing off on state-sanctioned discrimination, they will hurt the same young people Erickson and his peers claim they want to protect.
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Waiting game Will quarantined Yellowstone bison find a home? by Alex Sakariassen
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R o b e r t M a g n a n , t h e Fo r t Pe c k Reservation’s fish and game director, has waited two years for an answer to a fairly straightforward question: Will the reservation in northeast Montana become home to a new herd of Yellowstone bison graduating from the state’s brucellosis quarantine facility at Corwin Springs? Despite nearly a decade of interagency discussions contemplating tribal land for quarantined bison relocation—and despite Fort Peck’s investment of roughly $200,000 in grazing land, solar-powered water troughs and wildlife-friendly fences to accommodate the ungulates—Magnan has yet to hear any guarantees. “We fenced the whole 5,000 [acres] with brand-new game-friendly fence,” Magnan says. “The money we received from
Several weeks ago, FWP began its latest round of discussions on where to place bison that have successfully passed through the state’s quarantine program. Some 50 bison determined to be brucellosis-free are currently awaiting temporary relocation, and in early January FWP identified three state-owned wildlife management areas— Marias River, Beartooth and the newly acquired Spotted Dog—that could serve as interim holding sites until the agency can develop a long-term plan. It’s an avenue FWP Director Joe Maurier believes wasn’t properly explored in earlier management discussions. “Nobody in the agency, it appears to me, was really looking at our own public lands as well,” Maurier says. “I think we have an obligation to look at that.”
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various donors and grants helped us to get it going, and we’re all done with it now. We’re just waiting for the buffalo.” It’s an uncertain situation not only for Fort Peck but also for north central Montana’s Fort Belknap Reservation. There, tribes have put bison infrastructure projects on hold pending a response from Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) on whether they’ll ever receive the animals. The reservation and its supporters in the environmental community are growing tired of years of talk and no action. “In a meeting last year with Fish, Wildlife and Parks in Helena, we were assured that this was part of the plan, that the tribes would be kept involved in the planning process and ultimately the distribution of these buffalo to tribes,” says Mike Fox, a Fort Belknap Community Council representative and former head of the reservation’s bison management program. “We never heard anything back.”
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FWP took a drastically different approach to bison relocation in 2010. The agency temporarily released 86 quarantined animals to Ted Turner’s Green Ranch near Bozeman and promised 75 percent of the herd’s offspring to Turner Enterprises. The decision led four bison advocacy groups to file a lawsuit against FWP alleging the state had privatized wildlife held in public trust. FWP defended its actions, stating that no other public or private groups were adequately prepared to house the bison. While Maurier says tribal lands are a “viable option,” he points to the ongoing legal battle as the reason behind the state’s sudden hesitancy to relocate bison to Fort Peck or Fort Belknap. “My view, frankly, is I don’t see a difference between [Green Ranch] and the tribes because the tribes are sovereign nations,” Maurier says. “When you say public, that means everybody has access to them in an unfettered manner, either for viewing or
hunting. And I think the fact of the matter is, on tribal lands that wouldn’t be the case.” “If we’re going to get sued for it,” Maurier adds, “why would I give them to the tribes if the court’s going to say, ‘No, you can’t do that’?” Yet according to the plaintiffs themselves, Maurier’s concerns are baseless. Both the Yellowstone Buffalo Foundation and the Buffalo Field Campaign told the Independent they support, and even encourage, the relocation of Yellowstone bison to tribal lands. Some with the FWP Commission agree that the tribes deserve equal consideration in the coming months. “I was strongly assertive at the commission meeting [Jan. 13] that Fish, Wildlife and Parks, before we move any bison away from Yellowstone, makes sure we’ve given full consideration to the tribe’s application for receiving bison, that they don’t receive short shrift,” says Commissioner Ron Moody, adding that he refuses to vote on any relocation measure “until the tribes say they’ve been treated fairly.” For Defenders of Wildlife, the tribes’ questions have gone unanswered for far too long. The group has supported both reservations for over a decade to expand the infrastructure for existing herds and improve bison-related tourism. “The latest science is showing that very few bison are genetically pure and free of cattle genes,” says Jonathan Proctor, Defenders of Wildlife’s Rocky Mountain Region representative. “So both tribes want to convert to genetically pure Yellowstone bison and try to manage them in a more wild manner.” FWP’s legal troubles aren’t the only hurdles facing bison relocation to tribal lands. Sen. John Brenden, R-Scobey, recently introduced a bill in the Montana Legislature banning any relocation of free-roaming Yellowstone bison out of the Corwin Springs facility—one of many legislative attempts to modify bison management. Brenden’s legislation, a rewrite of a bill he failed to push through in 2009, went before the Senate Fish and Game Committee last week. Maurier says he’s unsure what will happen to the quarantined bison if Brenden’s bill passes, but Proctor believes it will require the wholesale slaughter of all disease-free bison—and render the efforts of people like Magnan pointless. “I’ve had people say, ‘Well, why do you want Yellowstone buffalo?’” Magnan says. “Genetic purity. They’re the closest to our ancestors as we can get, and that’s why we want them. To retain that history.” firstname.lastname@example.org
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Snuffed out Obama speech a resounding dud If, as so many political pundits predicted, the State of the Union speech by President Barack Obama was the kickoff for his 2012 re-election campaign, the president is in trouble. The rambling, unfocused and non-specific presentation to Congress was more like a very boring college lecture, except it lacked anything resembling proof to back up the theories being thrown out like popcorn to the pigeons. Simply put, the fire that was the Obama of two years ago has gone out, smothered in a wet blanket of wheedling pleas for bipartisanship to Republicans who have clearly professed their goal of making him a one-term president. It’s not hard to recall the excitement, joy and hope for a better future that accompanied Obama at the podium during his inaugural State of the Union speech. The rolling waves of applause filled the chamber as the huge Democratic majorities in Congress cheered the man who, against all odds, made history by becoming the first black president of the United States. Obama’s campaign slogan of “Hope and Change” stirred Americans to lift their weary eyes toward a new light on the horizon. We truly believed his every word—his commitment to average Americans, his determination to rein in the excesses of Wall St., to bring equity to the tax structure so the rich didn’t continue to get richer while the poor fell through the cracks into dissolution and despair. We thought, at least for a little while, that a new day had dawned in America, that we had left behind the lying, spying, war-mongering administration of Bush and Cheney and were on the path back to national sanity. But as time went on, the new president’s promises began to fade. While millions of Americans lost their homes and jobs, Obama and his Wall Street advisers decided to throw the lifesavers to the same “too big to fail” banks, corporations and investment firms that brought down the economy with their wild, greed-driven, get-rich-quick schemes, their massive executive bonuses and the house-ofcards deceptions upon which it was all built. The common folk, whose votes brought him to office, simply vanished beneath the waves of economic distress. In the meantime, hundreds of billions continued to flow toward the two futile, unjustified and unpopular wars started by George W. Bush. Although Obama promised all war costs would be contained in his budget, once in office the sorry practice of special “emergency” appropriations for the wars continued,
billions continued to disappear, and the blood of Americans and the victims of both wars continued to flow into desert sands and barren mountains far from our shores. Ironically, on the day Carol Browner, one of his top advisers on energy and climate change, departed the White House
that “wasThethefireObama of two years ago has gone out, smothered in a wet blanket of wheedling pleas for
with no plans to fill or even maintain her position, President Obama used his speech in a weak attempt to re-define coal and nuclear energy as “clean” energy sources for the future. In the meantime, we were once again treated to promises of meeting sustainable energy goals 10, 20, or 40 years in the future–goals which no serious person could possibly predict with certainty. Of course Obama was not alone in creating the collapse of his campaign promises. With Democrats controlling both chambers of Congress by the largest majorities in decades, we hoped to see change come to fruition. But no. Instead we were treated to the health care follies, in which Montana’s own Sen. Max Baucus turned not to the popular singlepayer model used by almost all industrialized nations of the world, but to the bloated insurance industry that squats like a fat spider, sucking the juices out of the economy. And sure enough, the resulting legislation does not reform health care, it only marginally reforms health insurance. In exchange, it man-
dates that all Americans must buy health insurance by 2014 and has no mechanism whatsoever to control what the insurance industry may wring from desperate citizens. The same Democratic-controlled Congress refused to cut military spending, preferring instead to keep the military-industrial complex rolling in taxpayer dough for pork barrel, home-district expenditures. Suggesting cutting $78 billion in five years from a military budget that is annually ten times that large seems ludicrous, at best—another illusory measure intended to placate listeners rather than cut one of the nation’s single largest on-going expenses. Or how about the repeal of the Patriot Act, the closure of Guantanamo’s torture cells, and the restoration of America’s reputation as an honorable, civilized nation? Here, the results are likewise severely disappointing to those who elected the Democrats and Obama to office. The Patriot Act has been extended, with new provisions to spy on Americans. Guantanamo remains open for business, if that’s what you call it, and America’s reputation remains what it was–a hypocritical bully on the world stage that substitutes military might for diplomacy, torture for decency, and deceit for transparency. If nothing else, WikiLeaks pulled back the curtain on all those charades. And so, last November, the Democrats watched 68 seats and control of the House of Representatives go to the Republicans, the single greatest loss by any political party since 1938. It wasn’t because Republicans were so great that we wanted to return to the sick days of George Bush’s reign of error. It wasn’t because the Tea Party lured voters with tea bags and tri-corner hats. It was because Democrats stayed home. With hopes shattered, the de-energized and disillusioned base of the Democrat Party could find little to motivate its vote again. As blues singer Etta James once sang: “Your love is like trying to light a fire with a wet match–you won’t even get a spark like that.” Substitute “speech” for “love” and it sums up the State of the Union. We got lots of smoke from President Obama, but no light, no heat, and certainly no fire. Helena’s George Ochenski rattles the cage of the political establishment as a political analyst for the Independent. Contact Ochenski at email@example.com.
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Conservatives concoct another “War on the West”
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by Paul Larmer
If a new report from the U.S. Senate and Congressional Western Caucus is any indication, the next two years will be long and painful for Interior Secretary Ken Salazar as well as for other officials charged with managing natural resources in the West. The “War on Western Jobs Report” penned by Wyoming Sen. John Barrasso and Utah Rep. Rob Bishop, the new chairman of the House Subcommittee on Public Lands, lays out grievances against the few environmental policies promoted by the Obama administration. “There is a renewed ‘War on the West,’” warn the authors, both Republicans. “This administration’s anti-business, anti-multiple use agenda threatens Western communities. It is killing jobs and undermining state and local budgets.” In the section titled “Job Killing Policy #3: Impeding Domestic Energy,” Barrasso and Bishop attack Salazar’s decision last year to cancel 77 natural gas leases in Utah’s canyon country, some on the borders of national parks. They also criticize new Bureau of Land Management (BLM) policies that call for the consideration of wildlife, air and water quality and other values before leasing public lands for industrialization. “The administration has put vital American energy resources off-limits and arbitrarily cancelled existing lease rights,” they charge. Spinning sensible conservation measures as an act of war is a well-worn tactic here in the West. In the 1990s, conservative lawmakers labeled Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt’s attempt to modernize mining and grazing programs on the public lands a “War on the West.” It worked. Roused by the notion that the feds were out to destroy the region and its ranching and mining culture—and backed with industry money—a small army of Westerners squelched most of the reforms. These days, despite the soaring deficit, no one much talks about imposing a royalty on minerals extracted from federal
lands, or charging anything near market rates for the right to graze livestock. When the Bush administration took over, all notions of reform—or even of honoring the existing environmental laws governing public lands—were thrown out the
Most “ Westerners see the ‘War on the West’ for the trumped up media sound
bite that it is.
door. Through a series of administrative orders that “streamlined” environmental reviews and expedited leasing and drilling, George W. Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney and Interior Secretary Gale Norton (who now works for Royal Dutch Shell Oil) made energy extraction the top priority. The directives coincided with rising oil and natural gas prices, setting off an unprecedented petro-boom in Utah, Colorado, Wyoming and New Mexico. Wherever the industry pointed, the Bureau of Land Management doled out leases–tens of thousands of them covering tens of millions of acres. Though the Bush directives scarred vast areas of land, conservative lawmakers said not a word, while most conservationists assumed their customary defensive stance, protesting leases on the most scenic and ecologically important lands, pushing for more aggressive regulations at the state
level and waiting for the day when a friendlier administration moved to town. Enter Ken Salazar. Though it has moved slowly, Salazar ’s Interior Department has finally started to assert its vision. In addition to the oil and gas reforms, Salazar announced in December that the BLM would again consider protecting lands with outstanding wilderness qualities—an authority that, for the first time, Interior had ceded under Bush. These shifts bring some badly needed balance back to public land management. Predictably, though, they have provoked the alarmist crowd. Utah Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch told The Deseret News that the wilderness policy “is a brazen attempt to kowtow to radical environmental groups by locking up more public lands in Utah and other states.” Now that Republicans control the House, Secretary Salazar will become all too familiar with the walk to the House Resources Committee chambers. Chairman Doc Hastings, from Washington State, has already promised to grill Salazar on his wilderness policy in the coming weeks. Barrasso and Bishop will also get to take their shots. Most likely, all will blame the administration for the recent slowdown in public-lands drilling, even though depressed natural gas prices and new gas-field finds in the East are the cause, not administrative policy changes. The rhetoric will be hot, but let’s hope Salazar and the administration resist the bullying. They need to send a strong message: Most Westerners see the “War on the West” for the trumped up media sound bite that it is. We just want our public resources—including wildlife and wilderness—managed with care.
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Paul Larmer is a contributor to Writers on the Range, a service of High Country News (hcn.org ). He is the magazine’s executive director in Paonia, Colorado.
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REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS In the areas of Education, Income & Health United Way of Missoula County • United Way of Ravalli County United Way of Missoula County and our Bitterroot affiliate, United Way of Ravalli County, seek proposals for funding from nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations based in Missoula and Ravalli Counties whose work addresses these general priorities:
EDUCATION: Helping children and youth achieve their potential INCOME: Promoting financial stability and independence HEALTH: Improving people’s health Potential applicants that do not currently receive grant funding from UWMC or UWRC must request an application packet by 2.7.11 by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or calling 549-6104. Applicantions from organizations that do not request materials directly from United Way will not be accepted.
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Americans seem to have collective amnesia when it comes to historic foreign affairs. Consider this: How many of you knew the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan in 1979 in order to fight against anti-communist Mujahideen rebels, and that the U.S. fought a proxy war against the Soviets on Afghani land in the 1980s? If none of this rings a bell, you can learn more about this slice of history on Friday when the International Wildlife Media Center & Film Festival (IWMCFF) kicks off its newly created “Global Issues & Foreign Film Series” with the program “Afghanistan, the First Time.” It’s an event that aims to analyze Soviet and American involvement in Afghanistan, and features comments from UM student Shaima Khinjani, a
woman from Afghanistan who started a secret school for Afghani women in her home in 1996, when the Taliban ruled the country. Her husband, Dr. Faeez Akram, joins her. This self-described “intellectual salon” also includes a screening of The Ninth Company, a film about Soviet army recruits fighting in the Soviet War in Afghanistan, which lasted from lateD e c e m b e r 1979 t o m i d February 1989. –Ira Sather-Olson
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MONDAY JANUARY 31
Missoula’s County Commissioners are looking for a few good volunteers to apply for a position on the Missoula Consolidated Planning Board. Grab applications at the Missoula County Courthouse Annex, 200 W. Broadway St., or online at co.missoula.mt.us/mcbcc/ forms.htm. Applications are due by 5 PM on Feb. 4. Call 258-4877.
Veterans can find support with trained facilitator Chris Poloynis every Mon. at 2 PM, when PTSD group Spartans Honour meets at the Missoula Veterans Affairs Clinic, 2687 Palmer St. Free. Call 829-5400.
UM’s College of Technology announces that it’s offering free college prep classes for qualified veterans, including courses in math, writing and basic computer skills, starting Feb. 7. Orientation takes place at 5 PM on Feb. 7 in the College of Technology’s dining room, 909 South Ave. W. For more info or to enroll, call 877-356-VETS. Watch some puck hitters and support a local no-kill animal adoption center when the Missoula Maulers host a 50/50 raffle for AniMeals during the Missoula Maulers vs. Butte Roughriders hockey game, which begins at 7:30 PM at the Glacier Ice Rink, 1101 South Ave. W. Visit missoulamaulers.com for ticket info.
SATURDAY JANUARY 29 Partnership Health Center, 323 W. Alder St., hosts free cervical health screenings for un-insured or under-insured women, from 9 AM–4 PM. Call 3295654 to schedule an appointment. Sip on some fermented grape juice and learn about a local watershed organization when the Ten Spoon Vineyard and Winery, 4175 Rattlesnake Drive, hosts a “nonprofit nite” featuring the Watershed Eduction Network, from 5–8:30 PM. Free to attend. 50 cents from each glass of wine sold will be donated to WEN, and members of the organization will be on hand to chat about their work. Visit montanawatershed.org. If you live in the Riverfront Neighborhood, bring yourself and your kids to the Riverfront Neighborhood Council meeting, which occurs at the Currents Aquatic Center, 600 Cregg Lane, and begins with an all ages swim from 6–8 PM, followed by a council meeting at 6:30 PM that touches on a variety of topics including neighborhood planning. Free. Visit missoula-neighborhoods.org.
SUNDAY JANUARY 30 The Missoula Urban Demonstration Project presents its demonstration site charrette, starting at 4 PM in the Gold Dust Community Room, 330 N. First St. W. Free. Call 721-7513.
The inaugural run of the “Global Issues and Foreign Film Series” is Fri., Jan. 28, at 7 PM at the Roxy Theater, 718 S. Higgins Ave. $5. Call 728-9380 and visit wildlifefilms.org.
TUESDAY FEBRUARY 1 You can fight for peace in many different ways, but how about knitting for it? Find out when the group Knitting for Peace meets every Tue. from 1–3 PM at Joseph’s Coat, 116 S. Third St. W. Free. Call 549-1419. Missoula’s YWCA, 1130 W. Broadway, hosts weekly support groups for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, including groups for American Indian women and teens, every Tue. staring with dinner at 5:30 PM, followed by meetings at 6:30 PM. Free. Those with children are asked to arrive at 6:15. Call 543-6691 for more info and visit ywcaofmissoula.org/?q=node/57. UM’s Climate Change Studies Program and the Wilderness Institute present the “Conservation and Climate Change Lecture Series,” which kicks off this week with the topic “Global Change: Tipping Points for People and the Biosphere,” a talk with Rob Jackson of Duke University, starting at 7 PM in Room 106 of UM’s Gallagher Business Building. Free. Call 243-6596.
WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 2 Enjoy a local brew and support a local organization during the Kettlehouse Northside Tap Room’s Community U-NITE Pint Nights, which occur this and every Wed. from 5–8 PM at the tap room, 313 N. First St. W. Free to attend. A portion of the proceeds from each pint sold goes to a different organization each week. This week’s beneficiary is the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, and will feature raffles for documentary screenings, the Yo La Tengo performance and BSDFF schwag. Visit kettlehouse.com.
THURSDAY FEBRUARY 3 Seek out some future adventure during a Peace Corps Information Session, which features a presentation by local representative Tenly Snow and begins at 4 PM in Room 327 of the University Center. Free. Call 243-2288. Missoula families can explore a school that offers children in preschool through the fifth grade a place-based education that values nature, community and academic excellence when Clark Fork School, 2525 Rattlesnake Drive, hosts an open house from 6–7:30 PM. Free. Visit clarkforkschool.org for details or call Sam or Karin at 728-3395.
AGENDA is dedicated to upcoming events embodying activism, outreach and public participation. Send your who/what/when/where and why to AGENDA, c/o the Independent, 317 S. Orange, Missoula, MT 59801. You can also e-mail entries to email@example.com or send a fax to (406) 543-4367. AGENDA’s deadline for editorial consideration is 10 days prior to the issue in which you’d like your information to be included. When possible, please include appropriate photos/artwork.
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Curious but true news items from around the world
CURSES, FOILED AGAIN - A security officer called police after noticing blood and two trays of empty razor blade packages at a Walmart store in Venango County, Pa. Deducing that a shoplifter had cut himself while removing the blades, state troopers followed the trail of blood to Michael Barton, 29. (Erie Times-News) Zannish Frazier, 28, called police in West Linn, Ore., to say she was stranded in a park and needed a ride to the transit station. Officers who showed up found the woman toting six duffel bags, two of which turned out to be filled with stolen laptops, clothes and jewelry. “It was almost like she went Christmas shopping,” police Sgt. Neil Hennelly said after arresting Frazier for burglary and theft. (Portland’s The Oregonian)
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ANOTHER NAIL IN THE POST OFFICE’S COFFIN - As more Netflix customers switch from mail-order DVDs to Internet downloads, its streaming movie service is hogging North America’s bandwidth, threatening the Internet’s capacity to handle other uses, according to the network management company Sandvine. Its annual report on broadband usage said that just under 2 percent of Netflix subscribers account for 20 percent of all Internet traffic during peak home Internet usage hours in the United States and Canada. Sandvine forecasts Netflix will strain broadband capacity as more and more customers abandon the mail. (Slate) HARD TIMES - Executions in the United States declined 12 percent in 2010, in part because of “the high costs of the death penalty at a time when budgets are being slashed,” according to the Death Penalty Information Center’s annual report. Texas led the nation, carrying out 17 of the 46 U.S. executions. (Reuters) SECOND-AMENDMENT FOLLIES - Michael Eck, 50, was loading a cannon outside Trafalgar, Ind., when it accidentally went off and fired a two-inch cannon ball through his right hand. Police said Eck and two other men had fired the cannon at least three times already before the accidental shooting. (Franklin’s Daily Journal) When Johnathan W. Hartman, 27, got into an argument with a woman while sitting in a car in a parking lot in Billings, Mont., police said he pulled out a gun, threatened to kill the woman and then fired two shots, one of which went through the car’s roof. A delayed third shot fired when Hartman tried to tuck the gun into his waistband but accidentally wounded himself in the buttocks. (Billings Gazette) DUPE OF THE WEEK - Joseph Jones, 73, told sheriff’s investigators he was awakened by a phone call to his motel room in Spartanburg, S.C., from someone claiming to be the manager. The caller explained that a prior guest had left behind some “highly sophisticated cameras” that were hidden and needed to be removed. Following the caller’s instructions, Jones smashed the television with the ceramic toilet tank cover, then threw the set outside and shattered all the mirrors in the room. Next, the caller said that a midget was trapped in an adjoining room, and Jones “needed to help police get to him.” Jones dutifully broke through the wallboard. By then, the real motel manager had received noise complaints from nearby guests and called the authorities, who concluded that Jones was the victim of an elaborate prank, which had targeted guests at other motels. No charges were filed, but the manager asked Jones to leave. (Spartanburg’s WXII-TV) OVERREACTION OF THE WEEK - When his girlfriend turned down his marriage proposal at a Burger King in Pico Rivera, Calif., Francisco Hernandez, 22, went to his car, which still had “Stacy Will You Marry Me?” written on the back window. He drove onto the sidewalk, through some bushes and into the restaurant parking lot, where he reportedly tried to run the ex-girlfriend down. He narrowly missed, then tried to drive away with two flat tires. He abandoned the car and ran, according to Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Andrew Hernandez, but “then our helicopter guys spotted him walking down the street carrying a bouquet of flowers.” (Los Angeles Times) LITTLE THINGS MEAN A LOT - An unnamed man in Granby, Quebec, appeared before a smallclaims court demanding compensation for a penis enlarger he insisted didn’t work, although he spent 500 hours trying to make it. The man said he paid $262 for the X4 Extender Deluxe Edition because an advertisement promised results. (Canadian Press) Surgeons at Taiwan’s Institute of Biomedical Engineering said their experiments showed that electricity is a safer alternative to scalpels for performing penile surgery. Their report, “Determination of Human Penile Electrical Resistance and Implication on Safety for Electrosurgery of Penis,” noted that a highly concentrated electrical current performs a cleaner cut with much less blood. Because of the potential risk of determining how much electricity a penis could safely withstand, Dr. Vincent Tsai noted the researchers performed their experiments on themselves, attaching electrodes to both the head and the shaft of the organ, then applying voltage—but not anesthetic. Their conclusion, Tsai said, was to use less power for shorter durations. (Australia’s news.com.au) SLIGHTEST PROVOCATIONS - Police said Shemika McVey, 21, stabbed boyfriend Maurice Davenport, 22, with a kitchen knife at their Indianapolis home after he refused to let her view his Facebook page. (Indianapolis Star) Troy Hixon, 45, his girlfriend, another woman and his father, former Ku Klux Klan Exalted Cyclops George Hixon, 73, were drinking at home in Osceola County, Fla., when, according to the sheriff’s report, Troy Hixon threw his girlfriend down and began shooting into the ground near her. The unnamed girlfriend told deputies that the incident occurred during an argument that began after she complained she was forced to drink cheap beer while the men drank “good beer”—Budweiser, according to the report. Troy Hixon explained the gunshots by telling a deputy he “did the redneck thing” by shooting holes in a trash can full of water so it could drain. Both Hixon men were arrested after they made threats against the deputies. (Orlando Sentinel) UN-AMERICAN ACTIVITY - Reporting on Iowa’s Treasure Hunt program to return unclaimed cash, stocks and property to residents, State Treasurer Michael Fitzgerald said the person who stands to gain the most, an 85-year-old man in Storm Lake, refuses to file the necessary paperwork to claim what’s owed him: $1,632,427 in cash and stocks valued at $446,874. “We have made overtures to him,” Fitzgerald said. “He knows the money is there. It appears to be a situation of him not wanting to be bothered.” (The Des Moines Register)
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hree summers ago, David Cronenwett stood in front of 13 guests at the Pine Butte Guest Ranch in Choteau holding a beaver pelt in his hands. As the ranch’s natural history educator, it was Cronenwett’s job to provide background stories to guests before they headed out to explore the Pine Butte Swamp Preserve. He had just finished explaining the early beaver boom in North America, and he was in the
middle of describing the beaver’s current role in the wetlands, when a guest suddenly interjected: She wanted to know how he had acquired the beaver pelt. When Cronenwett suggested that a local trapper probably donated it, the woman sat back angrily and said, “That dirty bastard.” It wasn’t the first time Cronenwett had met with this kind of reaction, but being a trapper himself, he took the comment personally.
“I tried not to come off defensive,” Cronenwett says. “I told her I was a trapper. I told her that it was one way to supplement a living, a way to get outside and interact with the landscape, and to be connected to a tradition that’s been going on for millennia.” As the week went on, Cronenwett and the guests took hikes across the prairie and into the mountains. The time spent together, he says, helped diffuse the tension.
“You’re with these folks for many hours of the day and it’s a good way to get to know people,” Cronenwett says. “Once you get to know people, it’s much easier to have these discussions.” On a larger scale, discussions about trapping don’t come quite as easily. Over the last few decades, trapping has become a hot button, emotional issue in western Montana. The passion has escalated even more in the past few years,
INHUMANE. OUTDATED. DOG KILLERS. TRAPPERS HEAR THE CRITICISM FROM ALL SIDES, BUT REMAIN STEADFAST IN DEFENDING ONE OF THE STATE’S OLDEST TRADITIONS. by Erika Fredrickson • photos by Chad Harder
When Dee Baker arrived in Seeley Lake in 1978 there was a strong commercial market for fur. He trapped commercially for 12 years, often heading on long ski trips into the Bob Marshall Wilderness. These days, he says, he’s happy to have trapping as a recreational endeavor.
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Stories about non-target wildlife—like this dead Clark’s Nutcracker in an elevated leg hold trap—have surfaced over the past winter, providing evidence to anti-trapping groups like Footloose Montana that it’s time to ban trapping on public lands.
especially around urban settings like Missoula and in the developing Bitterroot and Flathead valleys. Stories in the news about domestic dogs maimed or killed in traps have driven a large portion of the uproar. But other issues about trapping rise to the surface with equal fury, such as the ethics of trapping and its overall safety in an ever-populating West. In the early 1980s, the late trapper and renowned conservationist Bud Moore all but predicated the debate when he told Fur, Fish and Game magazine that, while he personally felt trapping could still play a role in the modern landscape, it would ultimately be society at large that would determine whether it’s good or not, and whether it would continue. As society at large carries out that debate, trappers find themselves increasingly on the defensive. Even a starting point to the conversation—an understanding of what trapping is—can be hard to pin down. For instance, the Bitterroot-based anti-trapping group Footloose Montana states on its website: “Trapping is a poorly understood activity in Montana—and trapping organizations would like to keep it that way.” Meanwhile, the National Trappers Association’s ethics handbook states: “Trappers who act responsibly and ethically don’t have anything to hide. However, they need to appreciate the fact that most people know little or nothing about trapping.” Montana’s Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP), which supports trapping for management and regulates it for recreational use, agrees that a basic ignorance about trapping remains a huge obstacle. “Groups that oppose regulated trapping have painted it as unduly cruel, dangerous and a threat to wildlife populations,” says FWP wildlife biologist Jay Kolbe. “The vast majority of the general
public has, at best, only a passing knowledge of it, and these messages may be all they have with which to form an opinion. “The facts are much different,” Kolbe continues. “Today, most trappers use specialized methods and equipment to hold or dispatch animals ethically and which limit the possibility of non-target captures. Many of the traps that caused the recent and highly publicized injuries to dogs were illegally set. Fact is, trappers who follow the law will avoid most conflicts; those that don’t will and should be prosecuted like any other game-law violator.” As anti-trapping groups push for change, many trappers realize they need to do a better job of defending their place in society. The task at hand isn’t as simple as merely explaining the mechanics of trapping and hoping that will suffice. For those trappers who consider themselves progressive and conscientious, it means addressing the ethics of what they do, and having a much deeper conversation about wildlife and land-use. In short, it’s about proving that in a swiftly changing landscape, trappers are still relevant. And it’s a point some of them are already working hard to drive home.
ootloose Montana has established itself as one of the most vocal critics of trapping in the state. In 2009, the organization, which focuses on domestic dogs in traps, formed Montanans for Trap-Free Public Lands and campaigned for Citizens’ Initiative 160. The ballot initiative aimed to ban all trapping on public lands with the exception of trapping used for science, propagation, health and safety. Though the initiative didn’t make it on the ballot, the campaign succeeded in stirring up strong emotions on all sides of the issue.
On its website, Footloose Montana offers at least 10 examples of stories relating to dogs getting killed or hurt in traps. The organization also cites examples of birds and other non-target animals that have met their demise due to either illegally set traps or, in some cases, legal traps set near high-use recreation areas. A few months ago, not far off the Fred Burr Trail in the Bitterroot, a couple of cross-country skiers discovered a dead Clark’s Nutcracker in an elevated leg hold trap. The skiers notified FWP and gave Footloose Montana the photos with a request to remain anonymous for fear of backlash from the offending trapper. Other stories surfaced over the past winter including one from a family in Wolf Creek whose Labrador showed up with a trap on his paw eight days after he went missing. For Footloose supporters and many dog owners, trapping on public lands is unnecessarily risky. “I’ve been kept hostage by the trapping season because I don’t want to expose my dogs to the danger,” says Anja Heister, Footloose’s executive director. “Now I go to the places around Missoula and I’m not using the public lands that I pay taxes for.” For many anti-trappers, the issue stretches beyond the danger posed to domestic dogs. Broader arguments include trap cruelty, the “incidental” trapping of endangered species or nontarget animals, and a lack of regulation by FWP. “It is a good-old-boy club where the trappers make the regulations,” says Heister. “There are a lot of trappers within Fish, Wildlife and Parks. They have a furbearer coordinator who is an avid trapper, and game wardens who are trappers.”
Last year, over 4,000 trappers purchased licenses in the state of Montana. One of the main concerns for Footloose is that trappers don’t have to take an education course to get a license, and theoretically trappers can also set out a limitless number of traps. The law requires lethal traps be set 300 feet away from trails, while a snare has to be at least 1,000 feet away. FWP sets quotas on four species—bobcat, otter, wolverine and fisher—and trappers must notify the agency if one is caught. But for many other species, there is no limit on how many animals can be trapped. Footloose claims there’s little enforcement, and even less incentive for trappers to adhere to suggestions like checking traps every 48 hours. For the organization and its supporters, trappers don’t care. “In my personal opinion most trappers couldn’t care less about animals suffering,” says Heister. It’s a damning conclusion for trappers. Though many of the cases involving domestic dogs are linked to illegal trapping, the incidents have become the black mark on all trappers and, subsequently, the chief argument for a ban. It’s exactly the kind of example Footloose needs to champion another ballot initiative. “In the United States,” Footloose Montana states, “trapping is an overwhelmingly recreational activity, meaning animals—including, every year, family pets—suffer for fun. Meanwhile, the pelts a trapper does sell are probably adorning
a fur coat worn by a rapper wannabe in some urban center far from Montana’s high mountains.”
ee Baker has heard the criticism that trapping is purely about recreation. Almost no trappers in the state makes a living on trapping these days—market prices are far too low and, in general, modern activities and the modern lay of the land has changed its viability as a commercial activity. But for Baker, it’s the very fact that trapping is no longer highly commercialized that makes it valuable and viable. Fur booms of the past have taught him that large-scale competition, unchecked, can lead to disastrous consequences. Like a local foodie who prefers a community garden to industrial agriculture, Baker likes to see his fur kept small-scale and local. Baker’s history of trapping in the Seeley area backs up his views. When he arrived in Seeley in 1978 there was a strong commercial market for fur. That particular fur boom started in the 1960s and lasted through the early 1980s, with beaver pelts selling from $80 to $100 each. Seeley-Swan beaver pelts, says Baker, were considered some of the best quality at the North American Fur Auctions in Canada. “This valley’s famous for its furs, especially beaver,” he says. “They are a rich, lustrous color, and when they go on commercial fur markets they’re graded [on par] with Alaskan and Canadian beaver.”
Many trappers say new technology has made kill traps more efficient— and, therefore, more ethical. Newer snares like the Quick Kill Snare Spring cinch down more effectively to kill quickly. Other mechanisms include a Break-Away “S” hook, which releases any potential non-target animals like deer that can put 80 pounds of pressure on it.
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Trappers who take trapping seriously say it’s a labor-intensive, time-consuming endeavor. “Trapping isn’t like hunting where you could go out for a few hours and then be done,” says David Cronenwett. “There are a lot more logistics.”
The fur boom brought trappers from Great Falls, Kalispell and other parts of the state to the valley, adding to the 20 or 30 trappers that already lived and worked there. “The beavers just got hammered,” Baker says. “They didn’t get wiped out, but the population got low. At that
point, the Montana Trapping Association (MTA) stepped in and told Fish and Game that beaver were being over-harvested.” For five years, beaver season was closed. When FWP opened it again, only a limited number of beaver could be trapped. The new quota, coupled
with a commercial market on a downslide, brought the beaver population back. It’s a bittersweet moment in history for trappers. A certain amount of greed and a certain lack of foresight endangered the species, but Baker says it was a lesson for local trappers to
take leadership with issues of resource management. “There have been a lot of instances like this in history where trappers as an organization have stepped in to protect resources,” Baker says. Baker grew up on a farm in rural Tennessee and graduated from the University of Montana with a degree in sociology. At the age of 32 he moved to Seeley and, at the suggestion of a friend, learned how to trap. He trapped commercially for 12 years, often heading on long ski trips into the Bob Marshall Wilderness. It was a lifestyle with which he felt comfortable. “I think growing up in a rural area on a farm your perception of animals can sometimes be quite different than people in an urban area,” says Baker. “Your consciousness is formed from everyday relationships with animal populations. It’s not formed by media or Walt Disney or Hollywood—and I’m not saying one is better than the other; I’m saying there’s a real difference. If I came from a different place I might have thought trapping was a terrible way to kill an animal. But growing up where I did, that’s not how I looked at it.” The Seeley-Swan has changed significantly over the past decade. The few residents like Baker who continue to trap have had to adjust to a population influx, to people living and recreating on land that had been untouched. With the influx, Baker says, came a change in attitude toward trapping. “There are people in the community now who don’t look favorably at trapping—unless they have beavers eating trees in their yard or foxes eating their chickens,” he says. Instead of shrinking away from the change, Baker has embraced it by thinking locally. In 2001, he and his wife opened an artisan shop called The Grizzly Claw Trading Company, where he serves espresso, hosts literary readings by local writers, and sells the wares of 60 Montana artisans. Among the store’s inventory is a small selection of fur pillows, fur hats and jewelry made from beaver teeth and claws. The fur comes directly from trap lines Baker’s been working for over 30 years—with the exception of a few areas that are now subdivisions. “It’s a mixed blessing,” he says. “I regret those places are so populated and, at the same time, it’s hard to have a retail business when no one is coming through your door. I just hope the development is planned so that the wild spaces here stay wild.”
In the early 1980s, the late trapper and renowned conservationist Bud Moore all but predicated the debate when he told Fur, Fish and Game magazine that, while he personally felt trapping could still play a role in the modern landscape, it would ultimately be society at large that would determine whether it’s good or not, and whether it would continue.
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avid Cronenwett grew up in New Jersey and earned a music degree from Cornish College with an emphasis in classical guitar. Despite his urban beginning, Cronenwett’s interest in natural history led him to rural Montana. In 2003, he founded the Wilderness Arts Institute, which offers courses in ethnobotany, birding, fire-starting and shelterbuilding, among other skills. He consid-
ers himself a naturalist first, and only an occasional trapper. When he traps, he hikes into the woods on foot or with snowshoes, setting traps and collecting the fur for personal use as clothing lining and outdoor accessories. But having spent time in both big cities and rural areas like the Yaak Valley and Choteau, he’s thought a lot about the debate over contemporary trapping. On his natural history blog called “A View From Aerie Mountain,” Cronenwett usually writes about fire ecology, wind impacts, prairie islands and birds, often combining hard science with meditative thoughts on nature. But after watching the anti-trapping campaign begin to build last year, and sometimes finding himself on the defensive with guests at the Pine Butte Ranch, he decided to tackle the issue in a blog post he titled “On Trapping.” In the post, he explores the way anti-trappers frame trapping in contrast to other activities like hunting, conservation support and dog walking. Hunting, in particular, has seen changes in perception over the last decade. Though extreme animal rights activists view killing any animal as egregious, many in Montana—including Footloose—view ethical hunting as an important part of the local food movement, and not antithetical to animal welfare. Trapping does not hold the same position of reverence. T h o u g h C r o n e n w e t t d o e s n’ t equate the two activities, he questions whether it’s a fair assessment to see them so differently. “There is a strong message that hunting is good but trapping is bad,” he wrote on the blog. “Apparently, there are some who believe that all hunts end with a quick and humane kill, but…there are some very ethical folks who have taken shots that unintentionally caused great suffering…Does this mean that hunting should be banned because accidents happen occasionally?” Another comparison between hunting and trapping makes the point that a hunter eats the animal he kills, providing valuable sustenance. Most trappers don’t eat the meat, but Cronenwett says that the money gained from pelts provides a need in the same way eating does. And just because a trapper doesn’t eat his kill, it doesn’t mean the meat’s going to waste. Dee Baker, for instance, says he uses the flesh for bait, or leaves it for birds and other animals to eat. “The carcass is recycled into trapping coyotes,” explains Baker. “If I trap the coyotes, then it’s been used. If I don’t, then that meat gets recycled back into the animal kingdom.” Yet another comparison between hunting and trapping takes issue with the level of skill involved in trapping. Hunters take time to track an animal while, according to trapping critics, trappers simply set down traps and leave. Cronenwett says that just as unethical hunters will be sloppy in their work, an unethical trapper will do the same. But if you are an ethical trapper, it’s a laborintensive, time-consuming endeavor.
“Trapping isn’t like hunting where you could go out for a few hours and then be done,” says Cronenwett. “There are a lot more logistics. You need to get several sets out there in different locations, check your traps every day or every other day, and then go get them again. It’s something that takes planning.” Cronenwett also takes issue with the idea that anti-trappers get so furious about trappers killing wildlife, but not with others who may make a larger, albeit less direct, impact. In “On Trapping” he compared a jet-
dogs say that with adjustments in land use and more trapper education, the tradition could continue without public conflicts. “As far as dogs ending up in traps,” Cronenwett says, “that needs to be mitigated and I think there’s room to compromise.” In fact, Cronenwett sees other areas where trappers and anti-trappers could find common ground. He wrote on his blog that trapping of “rare animals” like wolverines should be “halted immediate-
Photo courtesy of Simon Williams
David Cronenwett usually writes about natural history, but after watching the anti-trapping campaign build last year, he decided to take on the anti-trapping criticism. “My biggest beef with trapping is there is no ethical trapping movement,” says Cronenwett. “Trappers need to step up and write about these issues.”
setting corporate lawyer add what impacts are to a “local-rural-guy who supplements his income with some beaver trapping.” “It gets him outside locally and as such, is part recreation and provides a service to local ranchers who would like to hang on to some of their cottonwood trees…,” he writes of the local. “While the attorney’s impacts are unseen and unrecognized, they are significant. I am admittedly painting a simplistic example…but am doing so to illustrate the fact that these issues are complex…” Cronenwett acknowledges one of the biggest marks against trapping is the issue of dogs getting hurt or killed in traps. He says it’s, once again, a circumstance of unethical trapping. Trappers like him who have never had run-ins with
ly.” The biting reaction he received from fellow trappers after that post, however, confirmed just how entrenched they are in their ways. It will take time for trappers to truly engage in an open dialog about the future of their work. “My biggest beef with trapping is there is no ethical trapping movement,” says Cronenwett. “Trappers need to step up and write about these issues, think about them…This discussion, this battle over trapping is important, because this is a place where it can still be done and it can be done well.”
umerous peer-reviewed studies show trapping on a local level can reduce the numbers in an immediate
area and mitigate conflicts with land owners. For people like Joe Miller, experience backs up those studies. He is regularly allowed to trap coyotes sneaking onto ranches, or “damage beaver” that cause flooding and harm private property. “Beaver will overpopulate and eat themselves out of house and home, and the [excess] will die by disease and starvation rather rapidly,” he says. “And, in the process, they do so much damage.” Whether there’s a study or not, when the coyotes stop showing up on a ranch for the calving season, his job is done. Miller defines an “environmentalist” as someone who is a steward of the land. It wasn’t that long ago—10 years or so, he says—that his definition would have been different—“some greenie, tree-hugger down in Missoula.” His role as a trapper has brought him face-to-face with those tree-huggers, and it used to be something he despised. But in 2003, Miller was asked by the Montana Trapping Association to talk with a group of college students about trapping at Northwest Connections—a nonprofit founded by UM environmental studies grad and executive director Melanie Parker, her husband, conservation specialist Tom Parker, and Bud Moore. At first he was uncomfortable speaking to a crowd of people who likely held anti-trapping views. After the first talk, however, his view changed. “I just immediately fell in love with it,” says Miller. “It forced me to think outside the box.” Miller’s talks usually focus on his time spent on ranches like the Union Creek Ranch in the Potomac Valley, where he traps coyotes. The ranchers tell Miller that, though they lose some animals to direct coyote predation, they lose even more during calving season when stressed heifers sense coyotes on the perimeter. “If you take coyotes out, more will come in,” Miller says. “You’re not trying to eradicate the population, you’re trying to reduce the impact via trapping.” First, he reduces the population in the immediate vicinity and then creates a barrier by trapping around the perimeter. “Coyotes are incredibly smart animals,” says Miller. “The risk is not worth the reward: They’re that savvy. There’s still the ebb and flow of coyotes from the Garnets in the big picture. But the felt impact at the ranch is noticeably lessened.” Serious trappers like Miller put enormous efforts into trapping. For his coyote work, Miller spends three months out of the year prepping equipment and scouting out areas before he ever sets a single trap. Last year he scouted out a potential line that took him from ranches in Seeley through the Potomac Valley, across the Garnets to Bearmouth and up to Drummond. When he did set up the trap line—about 100 traps in all—he ran it on rotation so he could check the traps within 48 hours.
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“That’s what I could handle,” he says. “If I had more than that I felt like my work would get sloppy.” That’s not to say his trapping has been perfect. As with hunting, accidents happen. Over the course of five years Miller admits he’s accidentally snared two deer—one of which was released safely. The other one ran into the trap when a logging project sprang up nearby. Though Miller had scouted out deer routes beforehand, the unanticipated logging project funneled the herd toward his trap line. “I felt really bad about it,” he says. “I really sat back and thought twice about ever snaring again, but I continued to because most of it I can predict.”
coming from, and it’s not my mission to convert them to supporters of trapping. My mission is to hear them out and, if they want, to share the knowledge I have so they can think clearly about the issue, too. It works both ways.”
ike Stevenson tracks carnivores from the backyard of his cabin at the base of the Mission Mountains all the way to the top of the peaks. Using a snowmobile, skis and snowshoes, he works his way up designated trails, documenting animal tracks. He’ll note small ones like mice and rabbit, but mostly he has his eye out for carnivores like wolverine, lynx, mountain lion and fish-
were our mentors and heroes, and we wanted to know what they knew.” Despite his early romantic ideals, Stevenson doesn’t pretend that trapping occurs without suffering. He does believe the perception of traps being cruel has been exaggerated through anti-trapping campaigns, especially since new technology has made kill traps more efficient. “I do have a lot of experience using conibears with beaver, muskrat and marten and they kill very quickly,” he says. “You can tell when an animal’s been alive in a trap because they’ll pull the wire and there will be tracks and scrapes and claw marks. But 99 times out of 100, when those animals are caught in a conibear, it comes down on the back of the neck and [kills] it.”
“In a way you can’t argue the truth that trapping isn’t what it was a century ago or in the Great Depression,” says Northwest Connection’s Tom Parker. “It was an extremely honorable profession then, and people actually wore furs for the utility and warmth and longevity.”
Any kind of wildlife management carries the weight of controversy. While FWP considers trapping to be a tool, Miller knows that others doubt it. Over the last couple years he says he’s had to defend trapping more and more. Even Melanie Parker at Northwest Connections challenged him to think deeper about why he does what he does. Specifically, she asked Miller: What if we didn’t trap and we let all the predators and prey sort it out? “If there’s one person who can make a statement and force me to think, it’s Mel Parker,” laughs Miller. “I have to say, I pondered that question, literally, for months. There was not a day that went by that that question didn’t go through my head.” For Miller, the answer isn’t cut-anddried. And even between trappers and FWP, there isn’t always an agreement on how wildlife should be managed. The most important thing, he says, is that the conversation continues. “I never used to respect other people in regard to anti-trapping sentiment,” says Miller. “Now, I respect their opinion. I really do. I understand where they’re
er. When he sees those tracks he punches their locations into a GPS device, adding to the long list of data he’s collected over 12 years. Stevenson is a former trapper currently on staff with Northwest Connections. Along with Tom Parker and a few other trackers, he is working to map how carnivores travel on the landscape and how variation in habitat affects them. It’s a project that’s helped him put into perspective the life and death issues—the suffering—that wildlife deals with on a day-to-day basis, as well as in the broader ecosystem. Stevenson’s interest in wildlife and trapping started when he was growing up in Montana and Alaska where his father worked as a forest ranger. He recalls veteran trappers hanging around the ranger stations. One of those trappers was Bud Moore, whom he met when he was 13 and whose articles Stevenson read in Fur, Fish and Game. “Those old-time trappers were the ones that really got out there more than anyone else,” says Stevenson. “They kind of knew the secrets of the forest. They
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Leg hold traps are different. They generally cut off the blood supply and numb the leg. A No. 3 offset jaw leg hold for a coyote, for example, catches the front foot and holds it without forcing the jaws to dig in. “When an animal is caught in a leg hold trap—don’t let any trapper fool you—yes, there is pain and that animal is scared,” says Stevenson. “But it’s not as gruesome as a lot of the anti-trappers try to paint it to be. Animals will fight it, but usually not for long, and then they’ll just kind of lay around until you come up.” That animals like mink have reportedly chewed off their leg to get out of a trap doesn’t indicate that it’s the norm, adds Stevenson. With leg holds, trappers have to kill the animal themselves. Stevenson says he kills coyotes with a .22 pistol. Smaller animals can be killed with a stick. “I know it sounds like clubbing baby seals,” says Stevenson, “but it’s an effective way to dispatch a small animal. Then you can stop the heart with your foot or hand by stepping on the [chest].” It’s the kind of details left out of fairytales and nursery rhymes, but for
Stevenson, the death and pain associated with trapping needs to be understood relative to the rest of the natural world. “Animals don’t just lie down under a tree and go to sleep,” says Stevenson. “They usually die of starvation or another animal eats them. There’s a lot of pain out there and for us to participate in the reality of the natural world, is part of that circle.”
hen I-160 hit the Montana Trappers Association’s (MTA) radar two years ago, the group met with several organizations in western Montana to rally for support. Most of those organizations were already on the trappers’ side, such as cattlemen and outdoor sporting groups. But MTA did meet with Footloose Montana a couple of times, before Footloose drew the proverbial line in the sand. Jim Anderson, a regional director for MTA, says that while it’s his hope to broker another discussion between the groups, the prospect of it going anywhere looks grim. “Some kind of forum would be nice where we can get together,” he says. “It is such an emotional issue for people…whether or not we are adequately or properly doing a good job of managing our wildlife, some people simply are not going to change their mind.” Footloose remains steadfast in its conviction that trapping on public lands for commercial and recreational purposes must be stopped. The group continues to map out trap locations so that those people recreating on public lands can avoid them. It continues to put on workshops for dog owners who want to learn how to release their pets from traps. Most importantly, it will continue to fundraise and build support for its cause in the hopes of gaining enough signatures so that, within the next couple of years, it can finally put trapping up for public vote. “Trapping is a privilege that can be taken away by society at any time,” says Heister. “It’s cruel and it keeps the public hostage. It needs to end.” Despite the impasse, many trappers remain committed to a broader discussion of what they do, and how they do it. The issue for them isn’t just if trapping should continue, but how to continue it ethically. It’s more of a discussion to be had among themselves, as opposed to with organizations like Footloose. In Cronenwett’s sign-off for his post about trapping he made his plea not to the anti-trappers out there, but trappers whose way of life is at stake and whose reputation is on the line. “The image of the bloodthirsty, cruel trapper plying his trade in the backcountry…must be overcome,” he wrote. “Trapping based on ecology, legitimate cultural values and unassailable ethics is the only kind of trapping that will survive in the United States and elsewhere in the future.” firstname.lastname@example.org
Food desire vs. food truth FLASHINTHEPAN Reviewing restaurants for a newspaper in a city with good food is what many people would call a dream job. I won’t deny the obvious perks of subsidized restaurant inspection, but as I live this dream I’m finding it often puts me at odds with my own values about food, and if I’m not careful it will take years off my life. As it stands, a packet of Alka-Seltzer inhabits the spot in my wallet where a condom once lurked. The antacid sees a lot more action. If I listened to my gut I wouldn’t eat half of what I swallow in the line of duty, and if I listened to my heart, I’d eat even less. I’m much closer to being a militant locavore than most readers of my restaurant reviews would ever suspect, but as a critic I have to judge the dishes on their own terms, evaluating them according to criteria that a majority of readers can relate to. Were it not for this job I’d usually order vegetarian in restaurants, forgoing the ubiquitous mystery meats. The only meat I really want to be involved with is the kind that’s in my freezer: deer from last year’s hunt that lived a happy life and was dead before it even heard the bullet; beef and pork from farmer friends who raise clean, humane meat; the occasional store-bought organic chicken. Alas, this job has me eating more fried fat and grease than I’d otherwise choose, and sometimes even loving it in spite of myself. But as I’ve grown older and wiser I’ve realized that I don’t always have to swallow, and I can learn everything I need to know from just a bite or two. My dog, who ends up eating ribs on a regular basis with no evident angst, may be my professional dilemma’s happiest beneficiary. Albuquerque has more New Mexican restaurants than any city in the world—a distinction worthy of note in culinary circles. After all, how many gastronomes get excited at the mention of Florida-style food, Idaho cuisine, or the delicacies of New Hampshire? The mere mention of green chile can induce visceral pangs of longing, in and outside of New Mexico. New Mexican food—at least what they serve in restaurants—epitomizes my love-hate relationship
by ARI LeVAUX
I’d eat those chicharrones because they’re so irresistible, while whining softly to myself about how much better the chicharrones would probably taste if they were made from local pork. The same basic conflict appears when I review fancy restaurants that drench everything in butter, thicken it with flour and sweeten it with sugar. Even if they braise the pork belly with five-spice rather than deep-frying it, it’s still hogs from a factory farm. Lecturing my readers about how much better a restaurant’s fajitas could have been if only they were made with local beef would get very old, very quickly. Readers want to know if the enchiladas are flat or rolled, or if the carne adovada has cumin. Telling the world that the cook needs to start a garden and shop at Whole Foods would be like a music critic deciding a song can’t be good if it has no redeeming social value. The distinction between art for its own sake and art with an embedded agenda is the difference, according to James Joyce in Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, between “proper and improper art.” Improper art, Joyce says, aims to impregnate you with an idea or desire, while proper art shows you a Photo by Ari LeVaux glimpse of truth. Food criticism is all about desire. If the mammary secretions of incarcerated, drug- I describe the way one place adds chicharrones to its addicted cattle. Even a green chile can’t change that. posole, New Mexican mouths will water. If I were to A similar dilemma exists regarding chichar- muddy that picture with my feelings about the rones. In the southwest, chicharron is a broadly health, ethical and environmental consequences of defined term that refers to a spectrum of deep-fried the industrial food system, it would compromise the pork possibilities. Chicharrones come in all sizes, aesthetic of the piece. And if my pieces weren’t aesthetically satisfying, with varying ratios of meat to fat. Some chicharrones are made from sections of belly flab normally turned the boss would hire someone else for the job, and I into bacon. Others are made from chewier chunks of wouldn’t get to review sushi joints, where at least I shoulder meat. Chicharrones can be boogie board- can point out that wild-caught mackerel is on sized sheets of waffle-textured pigskin, or even Seafood Watch’s “Best Choice” list, unlike, say, whole pork chops. At any particular restaurant, my hamachi, which is usually farm-raised on an unsusreaders will want to know if the chicharrones burri- tainable diet of fish feed. That means I’ll have to suspend my disgust at the to is best smothered in red or green chile. If I were paying my own way, and eating my way, shameful wastefulness of flying raw fish around the I’d at least ask them to hold the cheese on that bur- world. But if I don’t inspect the red dragon rolls, green rito, because in addition to hating the thought of tamales and chicharrones of Albuquerque, somebody where the cheese came from, it gives me heartburn. else will. So I guess it might as well be me. with restaurant criticism. At its best, New Mexican food is an expression of this region’s landscape and culture, a song of corn, chile, and pinto beans. But in the American economy, the selling of food is greased by the insertion of commodities like cheese, flour, pork bellies and sugar. Still, I can see profound elegance in a green chile cheeseburger. But all too often I also see potential unrealized. Most cheeseburgers, even expensive ones, amount to disgusting patties of industrial feedlot meat on bleached white buns stuck together with melted squares of orange-stained cheese made from
LISTINGS $…Under $5 $–$$…$5–$15 $$–$$$…$15 and over Bernice’s Bakery 190 South 3rd West • 728-1358 Nothing says Bernice’s like the cold, grey months of January. Come in, sit quietly, or share a table with friends in our warm and cozy dining room. Enjoy a cup of joe, a slice of cake, or a breakfast pastry as the sun beams in through our large glass windows. Want a healthy lunch? Come by in the afternoon and try a salad sampler or Bernice’s own Garlic Hummus Sandwich on our Honey Whole Wheat Bread. Bless you all in 2011, Bernice. Biga Pizza 241 W. Main Street 728-2579 Biga Pizza offers a modern, downtown dining environment combined with traditional brick oven pizza, calzones, salads, sandwiches, specials and desserts. All dough is made using a “biga” (pronounced bee-ga) which is a time-honored Italian method of bread making. Biga Pizza uses
local products, the freshest produce as well as artisan meats and cheeses. Featuring seasonal menus. Lunch and dinner, Mon-Sat. Beer & Wine available. $-$$ Black Cat Bake Shop 2000 West Broadway (next to Noodles Express) 542-9043 Come try Missoula’s newest coffee house & bakery. Try our signature buttery morning buns, scones, cinnamon rolls, huckleberry coffee cake, & organic artisan breads. We also offer a variety of cakes, French pastries, & full coffee menu. (Banquet room available for morning meetings.) Tues - Sat. $-$$ Blue Canyon Kitchen 3720 N. Reserve 541-BLUE (adjacent to the Hilton Garden Inn) www.bluecanyonrestaurant.com We offer creatively-prepared American cooking served in the comfortable elegance of their lodge restaurant featuring unique dining rooms. Kick back in the Tavern; relish the cowboy chic and culinary creations in the great room; visit with the chefs and dine in the kitchen or enjoy the fresh air on the
Outdoor Patio. Parties and special events can be enjoyed in the Bison Room. Hours: Tavern hours Monday-Saturday 3pm11pm, Sunday 3pm-10pm . Dining Room hours MondaySaturday 5pm-10pm, Sunday 4pm-9pm. $$-$$$ The Bridge Pizza Corner of S. 4th & S. Higgins Ave. 542-0002 A popular local eatery on Missoula’s Hip Strip. Featuring handcrafted artisan brick oven pizza, pasta, sandwiches, soups, & salads made with fresh, seasonal ingredients. Missoula’s place for pizza by the slice. A unique selection of regional microbrews and gourmet sodas. Dine-in, drive-thru, & delivery. Open everyday 11 to late. $-$$ Butterfly Herbs 232 N. Higgins 728-8780 Celebrating 38 years of great coffees and teas. Truly the “essence of Missoula.” Offering fresh coffees, teas (Evening in Missoula), bulk spices and botanicals, fine toiletries & gifts. Our cafe features homemade soups, fresh salads, and coffee ice cream specialties. In the heart of historic downtown, we are Missoula’s first and favorite Espresso Bar. Open 7 Days. $
Call ahead for a breakfast sandwich to go on your way to class, work, or even on your way to the ski hill
www.thinkfft.com Mon-Thurs 7am - 8pm • Fri & Sat 7am - 4pm Sun 8am - 8pm • 540 Daly Ave • 721-6033 Missoula’s Original Coffeehouse/Cafe. Across from the U of M campus.
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Doc’s Gourmet Sandwiches 214 N. Higgins Ave. • 542-7414 Doc’s is an extremely popular gathering spot for diners who appreciate the great ambiance, personal service and generous sandwiches made with the freshest ingredients. Whether you’re heading out for a power lunch, meeting friends or family or just grabbing a quick takeout, Doc’s is always an excellent choice. Delivery service within a 3 mile radius. Family Dental Group Southgate Mall • 541-2886 “Should I wait until I have dental insurance before seeing a dentist?” No. Waiting for insurance coverage often results in small problems becoming much larger and more expensive. Most dental insurance plans have very limited benefits. Over half our patients do not have dental insurance. Many use financing plans to make sure small problems don’t become big ones. Food For Thought 540 Daly Ave. • 721-6033 Missoula’s Original Coffeehouse/Cafe located across from the U of M campus. Serving breakfast and lunch seven days a week. Also serving cold sandwiches, soups, salads, with baked goods and an espresso bar till close. WE DELIVER On Campus & to the area between Beckwith, Higgins & 5th Street. Delivery hours: M-F 11-2. $-$$ Good Food Store 1600 South 3rd West • 541-FOOD Our Deli features all natural made-to-order sandwiches, soup & salad bar, olive & antipasto bar, fresh deli salads, hot entrees, rotisserie-roasted cage free chickens, fresh juice, smoothies, organic espresso and dessert. Enjoy your meal in our spacious seating area or at an outdoor table. Open every day 7am - 10pm $-$$
Iza Asian Restaurant 529 S. Higgins Ave. • 830-3237 www.izarestaurant.com All our menu items are made from scratch, featuring dishes from Thailand, Japan, Indonesia, Korea, Nepal, and Malaysia. Extensive tea menu. Missoula's Original Bubble Teas. Beer, Wine and Sake available. Join us in our Asian themed dining room for a wonderful IZA experience. Jazz Wednesdays starting at 7pm. Lunch 11:30-3:00, Happy Hour 3-6, Dinner 5 - close. $-$$ Jakers 3515 Brooks St. www.jakers.com Every occasion is a celebration at Jakers. Enjoy our two for one Happy Hour throughout the week in a fun, casual atmosphere. Hungry? Try our hand cut steaks, small plate menu and our vegetarian & gluten free entrees. For reservations or take out call 721-1312. $$-$$$ Korean Bar-B-Que & Sushi 3075 N. Reserve • 327-0731 We invite you to visit our contemporary Korean-Japanese restaurant and enjoy it’s warm atmosphere. Full Sushi Bar. Korean bar-b-que at your table. Beer and Wine. $$-$$$ Oil & Vinegar Southgate Mall • 549-7800 Mon.-Sat. 10:00 AM-9:00 PM Sun. 11:00 AM6:00 PM. With a visit to Oil & Vinegar, you will discover an international selection of over 40 estate-produced oils & vinegars suspended in glass amphora-shaped containers on a dramatic backlit wall. Guests can sample the varieties and select from various shapes & sizes of bottles to have filled with an “on-tap” product of choice.
Hob Nob on Higgins 531 S. Higgins • 541-4622 Come visit our friendly staff & experience Missoula’s best little breakfast & lunch spot. All our food is made from scratch, we feature homemade corn beef hash, sourdough pancakes, sandwiches, salads, espresso & desserts. We also offer catering. www.justinshobnobcafe.com MC/V $-$$
Orange Street Food Farm 701 S. Orange St. 543-3188 Don’t feel like cooking? Pick up some fried chicken, made to order sandwiches, fresh deli salads, & sliced meats and cheeses. Or mix and match items from our hot case. Need some dessert with that? Our bakery makes cookies, cakes, and brownies that are ready when you are. $-$$
Iron Horse Brew Pub 501 N. Higgins • 728-8866 www.ironhorsebrewpub.com We're the perfect place for lunch, appetizers, or dinner. Enjoy nightly specials, our fantastic beverage selection and friendly, attentive service. Chilly weather is here. Stop in, warm up, & stay awhile! No matter what you are looking for, we'll give you something to smile about. $$-$$$
Paul’s Pancake Parlor 2305 Brooks • 728-9071 (Tremper’s Shopping Center) Check out our home cooked lunch and dinner specials or try one of 17 varieties of pancakes. Our famous breakfast is served all day! Monday is all you can eat spaghetti for $8.50. Wednesday is turkey night with all of the trimmings for $7.75. Eat in or take-out. M-F 6am-7pm, Sat/Sun 7am-4pm. $–$$.
HAPPIESTHOUR The Savoy Casino & Liquor Store What you’re drinking: Red beer, made with Bud Light, tomato and clam juices. Why you’re drinking it: We’re typically purists when it comes to beer. We like our ale dark and straight up. Skip the veggies and mollusks, please. However, while state Sen. Jim Shockley’s citation last week for drinking canned red beer while driving inspired the Republican to step down from his position chairing the legislative committee drafting tougher DUI laws, it inspired us to devote this week’s Happiest Hour to his beverage of choice. What it tastes like: It’s like a salty Bloody Mary with beer. Savoy bartender Jack Arcand says Budweiser, or Bud Light, is essential when mixing a red beer. For some reason, Arcand says, other light beers, like PBR, just don’t work. And dark brews overpower the tomato juice flavor. One benefit of adding juice to an already light ale—for us and Shockley, who had a BAC of .03 when a Missoula police officer pulled him over—is that it takes a few before intoxication sets in. “You’ve got to drink a lot of these to get wasted,” Arcand says. Who you’re drinking with: Arcand and James Gillison, who says he spent one entire day this week at the Savoy drinking red beer.
Jim Shockley, R-Victor
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“For the record, I live like two blocks from here,” Gillison says. Happy Hour specials: Spend $5 gambling and the Savoy will buy you up to three drinks per hour, all day, every day. If you’re not a gambler, a pint of red beer runs $3. The Savoy also sells canned Budweiser Chelada for $2.75. As Shockley knows, canned red beer is very convenient. How to find it: 123 West Broadway, between Higgins Avenue and Ryman Street. —Jessica Mayrer Happiest Hour celebrates western Montana watering holes. To recommend a bar, bartender or beverage for Happiest Hour, e-mail email@example.com.
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Red Robin 2901 Brooks Street • 830-3170 www.redrobin.com Half the price, twice the fun! Halfy Hour at the Southgate Mall Red Robin®! Half price bar drinks Monday – Friday, 4-6 p.m. and Monday – Saturday, 9-10 p.m. Enjoy a drink with one of our insanely delicious Gourmet Burgers, Bottomless Steak Fries. Or, snack on one of our shareable starters with friends! $-$$ SA WAD DEE 221 W. Broadway • 543-9966 Sa-Wa-Dee offers traditional Thai cuisine in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Choose from a selection of five Thai curries, Pad Thai, delicious Thai soups, and an assortment of tantalizing entrees. Featuring fresh ingredients and authentic Thai flavors-no MSG! See for yourself why Thai food is a deliciously different change from other Asian cuisines. Now serving Beer and Wine! $-$$ Scotty’s Table 131 S. Higgins Ave. • 549-2790 Share a meal within the warm elegance of our location at the historic Wilma Building. Enjoy our seasonal menu of classic Mediterranean and European fare with a contemporary American twist, featuring the freshest local ingredients. Serving lunch Tues-Sat 11:00-2:30, and dinner Tues-Sun 5:00-Close. Beer and Wine available. $$-$$$ Sean Kelly’s 130 West Pine • 542–1471 Located in the heart of downtown. Open for Lunch and Dinner, featuring a Sat.-Sun. Brunch 11-2pm. Great Fresh food With Huge Portions. Featuring international & Irish pub fare as well as locally produced specials. FULL BAR, BEER, WINE, MARTINIS. $-$$ NOT JUST SUSHI Sushi Hana Downtown offering a new idea for your dining experience. Meat, poultry, vegetables and grain are a large part of Japanese cuisine. We also love our fried comfort food too. Open 7 days a week for Lunch and Dinner. Corner of Pine & Higgins. 549-7979. $$–$$$ Ten Spoon Vineyard + Winery 4175 Rattlesnake Drive • 549-8703 www.tenspoon.com Made in Montana, award-winning organic
wines, no added sulfites. Tasting hours: Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, 5 to 9 pm. Soak in the harvest sunshine with a view of the vineyard, or cozy up with a glass of wine inside the winery. Wine sold by the flight or glass. Bottles sold to take home or to ship to friends and relatives. $$ Uptown Diner 120 N. Higgins • 542-2449 Step into the past at this 50's style downtown diner. Breakfast is served all day. Daily Lunch Specials. All Soups, including our famous Tomato Soup, are made from scratch. Voted best milkshakes in Missoula for 14 straight years. Great Food, Great Service, Great Fun!! Sun Wed 8-3pm, Thurs - Sat 8-8pm $-$$ Westside Lanes 1615 Wyoming • 721-5263 Visit us for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner served 8 AM to 9 PM. Try our homemade soups, pizzas, and specials. We serve 100% Angus beef and use fryer oil with zero trans fats, so visit us any time for great food and good fun. $-$$
BITTERROOT Burger Shack 205 Main St., Stevensville 777-2370 Come take a bite out of our 1/2 pound big & beefy burgers. The only burger joint in Missoula and the Bitterroot serving 100% Certified Angus Beef, hand pattied, charbroiled and made to order. We have over a dozen mouth watering specialty burgers to choose from, like the Inside Out, stuffed with creamy gorgonzola cheese and fresh chopped bacon. Or the Philly Cheesesteak made with 100% Certified Angus top sirloin - touted to be the best outside of Philly! It's not just a burger, it's a destination. The Burger Shack is open Monday - Saturday, 11:00am to 8:00pm. Also serving beer & wine. Orders to go 7772370. $-$$
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Pearl Café & Bakery 231 E. Front St. • 541-0231 Country French specialties, bison, elk, trout, fresh fish daily, delicious salads and appetizers. Breads and desserts baked in house. Three course bistro menu with wine $30, Tues. Wed. Thurs. nights, November through March. Extensive wine list, 18 wines by the glass, local beers on draft. Reservations recommended for the warm and inviting dining areas. Go to our website Pearlcafe.us to check out nightly specials and bistro menus, make reservations or buy gift certificates. Open Mon-Sat at 5:00. $$-$$$
Spice of Life 163 S. 2nd St., Hamilton • 363-4433 Spice of Life welcomes you to the Bitterroot’s best locavore dining experience. Serving up fresh and fun food in a conscientious manner. For lunch try one of our hand made burgers from Lolo Locker or one of our fabulous fresh salads. Dinner selections include natural beef which contains no growth hormones or antibiotics ever, sustainable seafood selections and pasta dishes made from Montana wheat from Pasta Montana. Quench your thirst with beer from right here in Hamilton or try one of our reasonably priced yet fantastic wine selections. Children’s menu available. No reservations. So come as you are to Spice of Life! 163 S 2nd St. Hamilton, MT. Lunch: Mon - Fri 11:00 to 2:00 Dinner: Wed - Sat 5:00 to 9:00. 363-4433.
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Daily TEMPURA Special - $1.25 for 2 pieces - 11:30am-2:30pm Tuesdays - LADIES’ NIGHT, $5 Sake Bombs & Special Menu
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Arts & Entertainment listings January 27–February 3, 2011
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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. Bring an appetite for something literary when the Bitterroot Public Library, 306 State St. in Hamilton, presents its “Brown Bag It! Book Discussion Group” on Churchill by Paul Johnson, starting at noon. Free. Call 363-1670. End your afternoon with a fine glass of fermented grape juice when the Missoula Winery hosts its tasting room from 4–7 PM at the winery, 5646 W. Harrier. Free to attend, but the wine costs you. Call 8303296 and visit missoulawinery.com. Enjoy lunch and a presentation that awards businesses, organizations and institutions that encourage the use of sustainable transportation when Missoula In Motion presents its Transportation Best Practices Award ceremony, which occurs on Feb. 3 at 11 AM at the Holiday Inn–Downtown at the Park, 200 S. Pattee St. $10/$5 members. RSVP’s are requested by 4 PM today. Call 258-4961 to register.
nightlife Sip on some well fermented spirits when Ten Spoon Vineyard and Winery hosts its wine tasting room, which runs from 5–9 PM, with last call at 8:30 PM, at the winery, 4175 Rattlesnake Drive. Free to attend, but the wine costs you. Call 549-8703. Butter up your folk biscuits when local band Butter plays indie folk during the Top Hat’s “Artists-In-Residence” family-friendly concert series every Thu. this month from 6–8 PM. Free. Grill it up and drink it down when Sockeye Sawtooth socks it to you with a set of alt
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“Would you care for a game of footsie?” Brooklyn’s The Pimps of Joytime play a danceable mix of funk, soul and pop at the Top Hat Tue., Feb. 1, at 10 PM. $10, with advance tickets at Ear Candy Music and Rockin Rudy’s.
country, blues and Americana, starting at 6 PM at the Bitter Root Brewery, 101 Marcus St. in Hamilton. Free. Call 363-PINT. Blast off into the world of permaculture when Paul Wheaton hosts a lecture on “Rocket Mass Heaters” starting at 6:30 PM in the large conference room of the Missoula Public Library, 301 E. Main St. Free. Visit permies.com/permaculture/missoula for more info. Getting buzzed is always allowed: The Lucky Strike Bar, 1515 Dearborn Ave., presents Buzz Time Trivia, which starts at 7 PM this and every Thu. and features trivia plus specials on Jello shots and homemade pizzas. Free to attend. Call 549-4152. Ladies can dance to the beat of booty busting tunes during Dance Dance Party Party, a dance party for women that runs from 7–8 PM at YWCA Missoula, 1130 W. Broadway St. Free, all ages. No booze, boys or judgement allowed, but leg warmers are optional. E-mail Roe at firstname.lastname@example.org. A bus stop at a rural diner in Kansas turns into a hotpot of romance when the
Ireland and America - a relationship set to music The University of Montana Irish Studies Program presents
Bridging the Atlantic A Free Public Lecture exploring the 300-year musical link between Ireland and America
PJ Curtis Ireland's premier musicologist UM Music Recital Hall Saturday, February 5, 7:30 - 9:00pm Part of the Springtime of Irish Music and Song Series Sponsored by
Tickets for Music Concerts Available at: www.griztix.com; the Adam's Center; The Source; The Southgate Mall; Worden's; Rockin Rudy's. Information at: www.irishmontana.com www.friendsofirishstudies.org, or call Terry at 544.0311
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Montana Repertory Theatre presents a performance of William Inge’s play Bus Stop, at 7:30 PM at the Montana Theatre, in UM’s PARTV Center. $20/$16 seniors and students/$10 children age 12 and under. Visit montanarep.org for tickets or call 2434581. (See Theater in this issue.) Soak up a poignant play about a girl who goes to Berlin to live with her aunt after a car crash kills her parents, when the Montana Actors’ Theatre presents a performance of Larke Schuldberg’s play Sound of Planes, at 7:30 PM at the Crystal Theatre, 515 S. Higgins Ave. $12/$6 for students at the box office only. Visit mtactors.com for tickets. Leisure suit plus beer goggles not required: Trivial Beersuit, Missoula’s newest trivia night for the layperson, begins with sign ups at 7:30 PM and trivia shortly thereafter at the Brooks and Browns Lounge, at the Holiday Inn–Downtown at the Park, 200 S. Pattee St. Free. Includes $7 pitchers of Bayern beer, prizes like a $50 bar tab, and trivia categories that change weekly. E-mail Katie at email@example.com.
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Laugh it up with a play that combines British wit with a story about a town in Japan and the affairs of its citizens when the MCT Community Theatre presents a performance of The Mikado, at 8 PM at the MCT Center for the Performing Arts, 200 N. Adams St. $20. Call 728-PLAY or visit mctinc.org for tickets. Bowling and karaoke go together like finger snaps and open-heart surgery during Solid Sound Karaoke at Westside Lanes at 8:30 PM. Free. Call 541-SING. Sorry ladies, but Thu. nights belong to the dudes at Men’s Night at The Office Bar, 109 W. Main St. in Hamilton, where the testosterone-fueled karaoke begins at 9 PM. Free. Call 363-6969. Women give a thumbs up to spirits during Ladies’ Night at the Silver Slipper Sports Bar and Grill, 4063 Hwy. 93 S., which features half-off drinks for women and occurs this and every Thu. starting at 9 PM at the bar. Free. Call 251-5402. See a plethora of patterns and colors—after a few pitchers—and muster up the courage to belt out some prize-winning classics during Kaleidoscope Karaoke every Sun.–Sat. at the Lucky Strike Casino, 1515 Dearborn Ave., at 9 PM. Free. Call 721-1798. Jah insists that you take a puff from a musical pipe when Chele Bandulu, Supa J and DJ Green play reggae at 9 PM at the Palace. Free. Bust a hip move when the Dead Hipster Dance Party celebrates its 150th party with giveaways of free drinks, prizes for “best dancer” and “best dressed,” plus hot dance cuts DJ’d by Chris Baumann and Mike Gill, starting at 9 PM at the Badlander. $3. Women celebrate their womanhood with cheap libations and a bit of karaoke during ladies’ night and live karaoke with Party Trained at Harry David’s Bar, 2700 Paxson St. Ste. H, this and every Thu. at 9:30 PM. Free to attend. Call 830-3277. end your event info by 5 PM on Fri., Jan. 28, to firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternately, snail mail the stuff to Calendar Overlord c/o the Independent, 317 S. Orange St., Missoula, MT 59801 or fax your way to 543-4367.
Winter Reading Club 2011 January 15 - March 15, 2011
Read books to earn prizes! Sign up at Missoula Public Library or join online. 301 E Main Street, Missoula www.missoulapubliclibrary.org 721-BOOK (2665) Think...MORE! MPL thanks the Winter Reading Club Sponsors: • Civitella Espresso Bar • Grizzly Claw Trading Company • Kayla Romberger, Artist
Avoid shrinkage of your dancing parts and bust a move to the UF Okies when it plays at 9:30 PM at the Sunrise Saloon & Casino, 1100 block of Strand Ave. Free. Call 728-1559. He’ll cure your tremors with a sweet shot of country: Russ Nasset hits up the Old Post, 103 W. Spruce St., for a solo set this and every other Thu. at 10 PM. Free. Cross your karaoke sword with others during Combat DJ and Karaoke nights, this and every Thu. at the Press Box, 835 E. Broadway St., at 10 PM. Free. Purr it up with some bass heavy electronic music when BassFace presents its Pussy Cat Party for AniMeals, which features sets of various electronic styles by locals Ebola Syndrome, Kris Moon, ir8Prim8 and AP, at 9 PM at the Top Hat. The show also includes a raffle, silent auction, visuals by Amber Bushnell, and breakdancing by “Soled Out.” Free, but AniMeals will be accepting donations.
Families can get help narrowing their search for quality child care, and find out if they qualify for assistance, with Child Care Assistance, which is offered by Child Care Resources from 8 AM–5 PM Mon.–Fri. at its office, on the lower level of 105 E. Pine St. Free. Call 728-6446 and visit childcareresources.org. It’s all about the money when the Hilton Garden Inn, 3720 N. Reserve St., hosts the 36th annual Economic Outlook Seminar, which features the theme “Paying for the Recession—Rebalancing Montana’s Economy” and begins at 8 AM. $80. Call 243-5113. The Missoula Public Library, 301 E. Main St., will be closed today due to building maintenance. It reopens at 10 AM on Sat., Jan. 29. Call 721-BOOK. Head down to Break Espresso, 432 N. Higgins Ave., every Fri. to catch a “Clarity Book Meeting with Great Freedom/ Balanced View: Clarity in Everyday Life,” which begins at 10 AM. Free. Visit greatfreedom.org for more info. Missoula’s County Commissioners are looking for a few good volunteers to apply for a position on the Missoula Consolidated Planning Board. Grab applications at the Missoula County Courthouse Annex, 200 W. Broadway St., or online at co.missoula.mt.us/mcbcc/forms.htm. Applications are due by 5 PM on Feb. 4. Call 258-4877. Do your part to help run an important cultural festival by becoming a volunteer for the 2 011 B i g S k y D o c u m e n t a r y F i l m Festival, which occurs Feb. 11–20 at the Wilma Theatre. Visit bigskyfilmfest.org/ bsdff/festival/volunteers for a list of volunteer positions, and more info. E-mail email@example.com with questions. Missoula’s Parks and Rec Department announces a host of activities for adults and kids starting in February, including a J u n i o r P l a y m a k e r s W i n t e r Yo u t h Basketball League and a movement series called Pilates at Parks. Visit missoulaparks.org for specifics and call 721PARK or stop by the Currents Aquatics Center to register.
End your afternoon with a fine glass of fermented grape juice when the Missoula Winery hosts its tasting room from 4–7 PM at the winery, 5646 W. Harrier. Free to attend, but the wine costs you. Call 8303296 and visit missoulawinery.com. Southgate Mall, 2901 Brooks St., hosts “Give Kids a Smile Day,” an event where local volunteer dentists from the Montana Dental Society offer free dental screenings and dental work to low-income children, from 4:30–6 PM. Screenings will occur in the mall’s community room, located in the corridor near PetStop. Call 549-2778.
nightlife Sip on some well fermented spirits when Ten Spoon Vineyard and Winery hosts its wine tasting room, which runs from 5–9 PM, with last call at 8:30 PM, at the winery, 4175 Rattlesnake Drive. Free to attend, but the wine costs you. Call 549-8703.
Stanzas slip off the page when local poet Mark Gibbons hosts a bilingual reading of his book Mauvaises Herbes—with help from his son Sean Gibbons and UM prof Michel Valentin—starting at 7 PM at Shakespeare and Co., 103 S. Third St. W. Free. Call 5499010 and visit shakespeareandco.com.
A bus stop at a rural diner in Kansas turns into a hotpot of romance when the Montana Repertory Theatre presents a performance of William Inge’s play Bus Stop, at 7:30 PM at the Montana Theatre, in UM’s PARTV Center. $20/$16 seniors and students/$10 children age 12 and under. Visit montanarep.org for tickets or call 243-4581. (See Theater in this issue.)
SPOTLIGHT movers and rollers
UM’s College of Technology is offering free college prep classes for qualified veterans, including courses in math, writing and basic computer skills, starting on Feb. 7. Orientation takes place at 5 PM on Feb. 7 in the College of Technology’s dining room, 909 South Ave. W. For more info or to enroll, call 877-356-VETS. Those in Whitefish enjoy a preemptive strike of aesthetics during the 2011 Whitefish Artwalk, which starts at 5 PM and includes a slew of downtown businesses showing a variety of works. Guided tours of the walk are at 5 PM and 6, starting at Stumptown Art Studio, 145 Central Ave. A reception at the studio follows from 6–8 PM. Free. Call 862-5929 and visit stumptownartstudio.org. Help support an organization that operates Ogren Park at Allegiance Field during Play Ball Missoula’s annual Hot Stove Banquet and Auction, which begins at 5:30 PM with a silent auction and reception, and moves into dinner and a live auction at 7 PM, all at the Holiday Inn–Downtown at the Park, 200 S. Pattee St. $85 per person/$750 for a table of 10. Call 543-1007 for tickets. Josh Farmer waters your hearing receptors when the keyboardist/guitarist and vocalist plays the Top Hat’s “Family Friendly Friday” concert series, from 6–8 PM. Free, all ages. Leave your “bro face” where you found it when EL3-OH! plays gypsy jazz in the tasting room of the Ten Spoon Winery, 4175 Rattlesnake Drive, at 6 PM. Free. Call 549-8703. Step into an intellectual salon when The Roxy Theater, 718 S. Higgins Ave., presents the debut of its “Global Issues and Foreign Film Series,” which this week features the program “Afghanistan, the First Time,” and includes a talk by UM student and Afghani native Shaima Khinjani, plus a screening of the Russian film The Ninth Company, starting at 7 PM. $5. Call 728-9380. Introduce your buckaroo to something stringy when the Missoula Symphony Orchestra presents its Family Concert, which offers an interactive and educational concert with a “Wild West” theme, starting at 7 PM at the University Theatre. $8. Visit missoulasymphony.org for more info and to purchase tickets. Call 721-3194.
Photo courtesy of William Munoz
Writers need to write, painters need to paint, and modern dancers need to writhe and slither their bodies onstage. They can’t help it. It’s in their blood. And, in their quest to explore the boundaries of movement, they do things like suspend themselves with pulleys in order to climb backwards up a stepladder. Or they roll up into the arms of another dancer, so they can be held upside down by their fellow aesthetic partner in crime. Those moves I just described comprise some of the 18 dance vignettes in choreographer Susan Marshall’s piece “Cloudless,” which was hailed by The New York Times as “dramatically taut and emotionally rich.” This week, 10 UM students will present restaged excerpts from the critically acclaimed piece—re-titled as “Cloudless Suites”—during the UM School of Theatre and Dance’s American College Dance Festival Benefit Concert. It’s a student run showcase that aims to raise funds for dance students to attend and present new choreographic works to judges at the Northwest Regional American College Dance Festival in Idaho this March. This celebration of motion also features new work by Luke Miller, a member of Marshall’s contemporary dance outfit known as the Susan Marshall & Company. His composition utilizes six student dancers, and is described as an amalgamation of outlandishness and poignancy. WHAT: American College Dance Festival Benefit Concert WHO: UM School of Theatre and Dance WHEN: 7:30 PM nightly Fri., Jan. 28–Sat., Jan. 29 WHERE: The Open Space, on the bottom floor of UM’s PARTV Center HOW MUCH: $5 suggested donation MORE INFO: Call 243-2832 Students are also planning to show their goods. Steve Teran’s “Strut,” pictured, features lots of attitude and music by Appaloosa and the Scissor Sisters, while Michael Becker and Collin Ranf’s duo performance titled Silt explores the similar experiences of two people, and is set to Radiohead’s tune “Nude.” Here’s another nugget of info to note: In December, Miller and fellow company member Darrin M. Wright came to UM to teach a master class to students as part of a guest artist residency. The fruits of their pedagogy will be seen in “Cloudless Suites,” and if you dig what you see this weekend, you’ll get to see “Cloudless” performed in its entirety during UM’s “Dance in Concert” performance in April. —Ira Sather-Olson
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Watch some puck hitters and support a local no-kill animal adoption center when the Missoula Maulers host a 50/50 raffle for AniMeals during the Missoula Maulers vs. Butte Roughriders hockey game, which begins at 7:30 PM at the Glacier Ice Rink, 1101 South Ave. W. Visit missoulamaulers.com for ticket info. Soak up a poignant play about a girl who goes to Berlin to live with her aunt after a car crash kills her parents, when the Montana Actors’ Theatre presents a performance of Larke Schuldberg’s play Sound of Planes, at 7:30 PM at the Crystal Theatre, 515 S. Higgins Ave. $15/$7.50 for students at the box office only. Visit mtactors.com for tickets.
Help some UM dancers get to a regional dance festival while absorbing their sweeping moves during the UM School of Theatre and Dance’s annual American College Dance Festival Benefit Concert, which features student performances of work by renowned choreographer Susan Marshall and others, and begins at 7:30 PM in The Open Space, on the bottom floor of UM’s PARTV Center. $5 suggested donation. Call 243-2682. (See Spotlight in this issue.) Laugh it up with a play that combines British wit with a story about a town in Japan and the affairs of its citizens when the MCT Community Theatre presents a
Do You Own Property in Montana? Business owners must complete and return a business equipment reporting form by February 15. If you haven’t reported business equipment in the past or you haven’t received a reporting form in the mail, please contact your local Department of Revenue office. Non-profit, religious or charitable organizations may qualify for a property tax exemption. Applications must be filed annually by March 1 to be considered for the current tax year (those who have received an exemption since 1981 only need to reapply if the property or its use has changed.) Disabled veterans (or surviving spouses) may claim an exemption or reduction of property taxes if the disability is rated at 100%. Applications must be filed annually by April 15 to be considered for the current tax year. Residential property owners may be eligible for reduced property taxes if you meet household income criteria. Applications must be filed annually by April 15 to be considered for the current tax year. For more information please contact your local Department of Revenue office, visit revenue.mt.gov, or call toll free (866) 859-2254 (in Helena 444-6900).
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Neighborhood Stabiliza on Program 3 (NSP3) Montana Department of Commerce
On October 19, 2010 Congress allocated funding for the third round of the Neighborhood Stabiliza on Program (NSP3). In Montana, the NSP3 Program will be administered by the Montana Department of Commerce. The Department of Commerce an cipates receiving an award of $5 million in funding. These funds will be awarded by the MTDOC to eligible en es to stabilize neighborhoods whose viability has been, and con nues to be, damaged by the economic eﬀects on proper es that have been foreclosed upon and abandoned. The funds can also be used to demolish blighted structures or redevelop demolished or vacant proper es within areas of high need. Coun es, ci es, towns and tribal governments are eligible to apply for the funds in areas of greatest need, as defined by the U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). To determine if your community is eligible, please contact the MTDOC. Eligible en es must submit an ‘Intent to Apply’ for NSP3 funds in order to be considered for NSP3 funding. The ‘Intent to Apply’ form and instruc ons are available on the Montana Department of Commerce website at:
h p://comdev.mt.gov/NSP/default.mcpx The completed ‘Intent to Apply’ form is due to the MTDOC on or before February 8, 2011. Eligible en es must provide a descrip on of their proposed project and how it meets the NSP3 criteria. For those eligible en es that submit an ‘Intent to Apply’, a full applica on and compe ve process for the NSP3 funds will follow in May 2011. Applicants who do not submit an ‘Intent to Apply’ form on or before February 8, 2011 will not be eligible to apply for or receive NSP3 funds. Please contact the Montana Department of Commerce NSP staﬀ or further informa on at 406.841.2770 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
performance of The Mikado, at 8 PM at the MCT Center for the Performing Arts, 200 N. Adams St. $ 2 0 . C a l l 7 2 8 - P L AY o r v i s i t mctinc.org for tickets. All feel-good bets are on when Steve Betz plays “feel good Americana” at 8 PM at the Symes Hotel, 209 Wall St. in Hot Springs. No cover, but pass-the-hat donations welcome. Call 741-2361. Local bluesman Kevin Van Dort shoots plenty of indigo stuff from his axe when he plays blues at 8 PM at the Missoula Winery, 5646 W. Harrier. $5. Call 830-3296. The Jimmy Snow Country Show advises against branding your boss with a branding iron when it plays country at 8 PM at the Eagles Lodge, 2420 South Ave. W. Free. Be thankful the freedom to speak includes the freedom to sing when you sidle up to the mic at karaoke night at the VFW, kicking off at 9 PM. Free. Learn to sing “Dancing Queen” in tongues when Bassackwards Karaoke invades the Alcan Bar & G r i l l i n Fr e n c h t o w n , 1678 0 Beckwith St., every Fri. at 9 PM. Free. Call 531-8327. Feel free to flail around like a rock star whilst busting out your best version of Hall and Oates’ “Kiss on My List” during Combat Karaoke at the Deano’s Casino near Airway Blvd., 5318 W. Harrier, this and every Fri. at 9 PM. Free. Shake it like a salt shaker when DJ Sanchez cranks out the jams at The Office Bar, 109 W. Main St. in Hamilton, every Fri. at 9 PM. Free. Call 363-6969. It’s time for an all-request video dance party to celebrate the week’s end: Feelgood Friday featuring hip hop video remixes with The Tallest DJ in America at 9 PM at The Broadway Sports Bar and Grill, 1609 W. Broadway. Free. Call 543-5678. Belt out a few bars of somethin’ sweet at Karaoke by Figmo at Joker’s Wild Bar and Restaurant, 4829 N. Reserve St., which features “Brain Strain” trivia and “Scaryoke Karaoke” and begins at 9 PM. Free. Even Congressman John Boehner finds reason to lighten the funk up and get into a groove when Kung Fu Kongress plays funk at 9 PM at the Badlander. $5. Drag queens and kings give your undies something to scream about during the Panty Rock Drag Show, a night of drag and DJs spinning dance music starting at 9 PM at the Palace. $5. Proceeds from the event go toward the UM Women’s Resource Center production of the Vagina Monologues. Hang with the prime minister of honky tonkin’ when Bob Wire & The Magnificent Bastards play country at 9 PM at The Sunrise Saloon and Casino, on the 1100 block of Strand Ave. Free. Call 728-1559.
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Matt Powell brings the aural heat when he DJs tunes at The Dark Horse, 1805 Regent St., at 9 PM. Free. Bowling commingles with a laser light show and some DJ tunage from Kaleidoscope Entertainment every Fri. and Sat. at 9:30 PM at Five Valleys Bowling Center, 1515 Dearborn Ave. Free. Call 549-4158. Be a rolling pin in a sea of sweaty body parts when Tom Catmull and The Clerics lead the way with a set of Americana and roots music, at 9:30 PM at the Union Club. Free. Beauty is in the bloodshot eyes of the beholder when Ugly Pony plays at 9:30 PM at the High Spirits Club & Casino in Florence, 5341 Hwy. 93 N. Free. Call 273-9992. Just don’t drink the rust colored kool-aid when Russ Nasset & The Revelators play country and rockabilly at 9:30 PM at the Great Northern Bar & Grill in Whitefish, 27 Central Ave. Free. 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. When life gives them ground meat, The Lil’ Smokies serve up a piping hot plate of bluegrass when it plays at 10 PM at the Top Hat. $5.
The Missoula Businesswomen’s Network presents its annual symposium featuring seminars plus a keynote speech from Nan Gardetto, the woman who created Gardetto’s Snack Mix, from 8 AM–5 PM at the Hilton Garden Inn, 3720 N. Reserve St. $50/ $45 MBN members. Visit discovermbn.com to register.
Partnership Health Center, 323 W. Alder St., hosts free cervical health screenings for un-insured or under-insured women, from 9 AM–4 PM. Call 329-5654 to schedule an appointment. Those suffering from illness or loss can find solace during one of Living Art Montana’s Creativity for Life workshops at the Missoula Public Library, 301 E. Main St., at 10:30 AM. This week features the program “Alterations” with Odette Grassi. Free. Donations are appreciated but not expected. Register by calling 549-5329 or visit livingartofmontana.org. Your bedtime tales of college-age debauchery fall a little short of the mark. Family Storytime offers engaging experiences like stories, fingerplays, flannel-board pictograms and more at 11 AM at the Missoula Public Library. Free. Call 721-BOOK. Travelers’ Rest State Park, one half-mile west of Lolo on Hwy. 12,
presents a talk with Salish elder and tribal member Louis Adams on tribal history, stories and culture starting at 11 AM at the Holt Museum and Visitor Center at the park. $3 per adult/free for children under age 18 and all current Travelers’ Rest Preservation and Heritage Association members. Visit travelersrest.org or call 273-4253. Bitterroot Gymnastics presents a carnival for kids ages 2–12, which runs from noon–4 PM and features an obstacle course, rock wall, inflatable jumper, and other activities, all at the gymnastics center, 736 Cooper St. 50 cents per ticket. Call 728-4258. Laugh it up with a play that combines British wit with a story about a town in Japan and the affairs of its citizens when the MCT Community Theatre presents a performance of The Mikado, at 2 PM at the MCT Center for the Performing Arts, 200 N. Adams St. $16. Call 728-PLAY or visit mctinc.org for tickets. A bus stop at a rural diner in Kansas turns into a hotpot of romance when the Montana Repertory Theatre presents a performance of William Inge’s play Bus Stop, at 2 PM at the Montana Theatre, in UM’s PARTV Center. $20/$16 seniors and students/$10 children age 12 and under. Visit montanarep.org for tickets or call 243-4581. (See Theater in this issue.)
nightlife Treat your snaggletooth to a bubbly barley soda and some fine tunes when the Walrus James Band plays Stevensville’s Blacksmith Brewery, 114 Main St., at 5:30 PM. Free. Visit blacksmithbrewing.com. Sip on some fermented grape juice and learn about a local watershed organization when the Ten Spoon Vineyard and Winery, 4175 Rattlesnake Drive, hosts a “nonprofit nite” featuring the Watershed Education Network, from 5–8:30 PM. Free to attend. Ten Spoon donates 50 cents from each glass of wine sold to WEN, and members of the organization will be on hand to chat about their work. Visit montanawatershed.org. If you live in the Riverfront Neighborhood, bring yourself and your kids to the Riverfront Neighborhood Council meeting, which occurs at the Currents Aquatic Center, 600 Cregg Lane, and begins with an all ages swim from 6–8 PM, followed by a council meeting at 6:30 PM that touches on a variety of topics including neighborhood planning. Free. Visit missoula-neighborhoods.org. You can admire his beard, but I would advise against touching it. Missoula roots music favorite Tom Catmull plays a solo set at 6 PM at the Bitter Root Brewery, 101 Marcus St. in Hamilton. Free. Call 363-PINT.
Slide slap guitarist Dan Dubuque slips a little soul into your Indonesian rendang when he plays at 7 PM at IZA Asian Restaurant, 529 S. Higgins Ave. Free. A bus stop at a rural diner in Kansas turns into a hotpot of romance when the Montana Repertory Theatre presents a performance of William Inge’s play Bus Stop, at 7:30 PM at the Montana Theatre, in UM’s PARTV Center. $20/$16 seniors and students/$10 children age 12 and under. Visit montanarep.org for tickets or call 243-4581. (See Theater in this issue.) Soak up a poignant play about a girl who goes to Berlin to live with her aunt after a car crash kills her parents, when the Montana Actors’ Theatre presents a performance of Larke Schuldberg’s play Sound of Planes, at 7:30 PM at the Crystal Theatre, 515 S. Higgins Ave. $15/$7.50 for students at the box office only. Visit mtactors.com for tickets. Help some UM dancers get to a regional dance festival while absorbing their sweeping moves during the UM School of Theatre and Dance’s annual American College Dance Festival Benefit Concert, which features student performances of work by renowned choreographer Susan Marshall and others, and begins at 7:30 PM in The Open Space, on the bottom floor of UM’s PARTV Center. $5 suggested donation. Call 243-2682. (See Spotlight in this issue.) Simmer yourself with an intimate tale set during World War I when the Whitefish Theatre Co. Black Curtain Reader’s Theatre presents a reading of Mary’s Wedding by Stephen Massicotte, which begins at 7:30 PM at Whitefish’s O’Shaughnessy Cultural Center, 1 Central Ave. $8 at the door. If you purchase a ticket and bring a friend, your friend gets in for free. Call 862-5371 and visit whitefishtheatreco.org. The Jimmy Snow Country Show advises against branding your boss with a branding iron when it plays country at 8 PM at the Eagles Lodge, 2420 South Ave. W. Free. Laugh it up with a play that combines British wit with a story about a town in Japan and the affairs of its citizens when the MCT Community Theatre presents a performance of The Mikado, at 8 PM at the MCT Center for the Performing Arts, 200 N. Adams St. $20. Call 728-PLAY or visit mctinc.org for tickets. Keep the head banging to a minimum when the Indulge Jazz Quintet plays smooth jazz at 8 PM at the Missoula Winery, 5646 W. Harrier. $5. Call 830-3296. Drink from the rock ‘n’ roll gumbo when Andrea Harsell plays folk rock, blues and country at 8 PM at
the Symes Hotel, 209 Wall St. in Hot Springs. No cover, but passthe-hat donations welcome. Call 741-2361. Solid Sound Karaoke proves that music can also be a liquid or a gas, but never plasma, at Westside Lanes at 8:30 PM. Free. Call 541-SING. DJs Kris Moon and Monty Carlo are guaranteed to keep you dancing to an assortment of hip hop, electronic and other bass-heavy beats ‘til the bar closes during Absolutely at the Badlander at 9 PM. Free, with visuals by V3R. The Frenchtown Club, 15155 Demers St., lets the karaoke genie out of the bottle at 9 PM. Turn south after taking exit 89 from I-90. Free. Call 370-3200. Feel free to perform “Bella Ciao” by Mirah & The Black Cat Orchestra during karaoke night at 9 PM at the VFW but don’t be surprised if someone tells you we’re in Missoula, and so it’s time to start talking American. Free. Sing a fast tune or five during Greyhound Karaoke at Larry’s Six Mile Bar & Grill in Huson, 23384 Huson Road, every Sat. at 9 PM. Free. Bust out a cover tune and dance the night away when Combat Karaoke overtakes Deano’s Casino near Airway Blvd., 5318 W. Harrier, with a combo of karaoke tunes and dance music this and every Sat. at 9 PM. Free. Belt out a few bars of somethin’ sweet at Karaoke by Figmo at Joker’s Wild Bar and Restaurant, 4829 N. Reserve St., which features “Brain Strain” trivia and “Scaryoke Karaoke” and begins at 9 PM. Free. Hang with the prime minister of honky tonkin’ when Bob Wire & The Magnificent Bastards play country at 9 PM at The Sunrise Saloon and Casino, on the 1100 block of Strand Ave. Free. Call 728-1559. Matt Powell brings the aural heat when he DJs tunes at The Dark Horse, 1805 Regent St., at 9 PM. Free. Hail the cloven-hoofed master and freak out with a band that mixes rock with a psychedelic influence when the Voodoo Horseshoes play a CD release party at 9 PM at the Palace. $5. Locals The Dodgy Mountain Men and Traff the Wiz open. Dance like you have red ants in your socks when a DJ spins dance music at Florence’s High Spirits Club and Casino, 5341 Hwy. 93 N., this and every Sat. at 9:30 PM. Free. Call 273-9992. Just don’t drink the rust colored kool-aid when Russ Nasset & The Revelators play country and rockabilly at 9:30 PM at the Great Northern Bar & Grill in Whitefish, 27 Central Ave. Free.
Joan Zen lets you take a sip from a tranquil milkshake when she plays a mix of reggae, jazz and soul at 9:30 PM at the Union Club. Free. 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 at 10 PM at Feruqi’s. Free. Call 728-8799. San Francisco’s Sleepyhead awakens your dead limbs with a mix of UK funky, house, dub, techno and other styles when he plays at 10 PM at the Top Hat. $10. Locals Ebola S y n d r o m e a n d I l l e g i t i m a te Children open.
Laugh it up with a play that combines British wit with a story about a town in Japan and the affairs of its citizens when the MCT Community Theatre presents a performance of The Mikado, at 2 PM at the MCT Center for the Performing Arts, 200 N. Adams St. $ 1 6 . C a l l 7 2 8 - P L AY o r v i s i t mctinc.org for tickets. Tickle your senses with good tunes during “Four for Four: Celebrating the Bicentennials of Mendelssohn, Schumann, Chopin and Liszt,” a keyboard benefit concert with performances by Barbara Blegen, Margery Whatley, Christopher Hahn and Steven Hesla, starting at 3 PM in the UM Music Recital Hall, in the Music Building. $25 reserved seats/$10 general admission/ $5 students and seniors. Call 243-6880. The Missoula Urban Demonstration Project presents its demonstration site charrette, starting at 4 PM in the Gold Dust Community Room, 330 N. First St. W. Free. Call 721-7513.
YOGA FOR BEGINNERS WITH SARAH PEDERSON, LMT, RYT Sarah teaches principles from Alignment Yoga, paying attention to structural alignment and creating a friendship with gravity. If you have ever wanted to learn the basic principles of yoga, this is a great place to begin. It is Sarah's pleasure to introduce new students to yoga.
Mondays, 9am-10:30am • $45 for a 4-week series Sliding scale is available. 825 W. Kent St. For a complete listing of our classes and to learn more about our project, please visit www.redwillowlearning.org. or contact Kathy Mangan at 406-721-0033.
nightlife Missoula’s Speculative Movement, an all-ages, all-concepts allowed multimedia organization meets to critique stories, make zines, write screenplays and music, and work creativity on anything else that falls under the science fiction/horror/fantasy umbrella, starting at 6 PM at 1843 S. 14th St. W. Free. Visit specmovement.forumotions.com. Laugh it up with a play that combines British wit with a story about a town in Japan and the affairs of its citizens when the MCT Community Theatre presents a performance of The Mikado, at 6:30 PM at the MCT Center for the Performing Arts, 200 N. Adams St. $18/$15 children. Call 728-PLAY or visit mctinc.org for tickets. Bathe your senses in something literary when UM’s Second Wind Reading Series hits the Top Hat at 6:30 PM with a reading from author and creative writing profes-
“Smile, though your heart is breaking . . .” 5th Annual
Missoula Labor Film Festival Roxy Theater, 718 S. Higgins, Missoula Fri., Feb. 26 6:30 p.m. Demand – the hidden world of sex trafficking 7:45 p.m. American Casino – subprime lending scandal Sat., Feb. 27 6:30 p.m. The Philosopher Kings – custodians in academia 8:15 p.m. Modern Times – Chaplin’s famous silent film
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sor Kevin Canty, as well as second-year MFA creative writing student Alice Bolin. Free. Explore the peace, happiness and skillfulness that exists within you during a “Clarity Book Meeting with Great Freedom/Balanced View,” which runs every Sun. at 7 PM in the meeting room of the Jeannette Rankin Peace Center, 519 S. Higgins Ave. Free, but donations accepted. Enter from the back entrance. Visit greatfreedom.org for more info. Simmer yourself with an intimate tale set during World War I when the Whitefish Theatre Co. Black Curtain Reader’s Theatre presents a reading of Mary’s Wedding by Stephen Massicotte, which begins at 7:30 PM at Whitefish’s O’Shaughnessy Cultural Center, 1 Central Ave. $8 at the door. If you purchase a ticket and bring a friend, your friend gets in for free. Call 862-5371 and visit whitefishtheatreco.org.
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