Vol. 20, No. 10 • March 5–March 12, 2009
Western Montana’s Weekly Journal of People, Politics and Culture
Lawmakers pledged to fix the state’s embattled Department of Environmental Quality during this session, but may be making a mess instead. So why isn’t DEQ Director Richard Opper speaking up? by Patrick M. Klemz
Scope: Politics and race collide with poet Thomas Sayers Ellis Theater: UM’s Buried Child unearths a method to the madness Up Front: Mixed martial arts fights its way to the mainstream
BETTY’S DIVINE 521 S. Higgins, 721-4777 The Matoon Art Show. This brother sister combo displays a variety of art techniques. Larkin utilizes spray paint, markers, pens, and colored pencil on plywood and canvas. Primarily a stencilist, he takes his inspiration from everything from movies to sports to models. Willow works with acrylic paints on canvases of multiple sizes, her inspirations being primarily based in the fashion realm. Music provided by DJ Tak 45. Mucho vino and cookies. 5-8pm. BLACKBIRD KID SHOP 525 S. Higgins, 543-2899 Please join us this Friday, March 6th, for an art opening by The Missoula Community School and live music that your kids will love by Andrew Hunt. 5-8pm- Yummy snacks and wine. BUTTERFLY HERBS 232 N. Higgins, 728-8780 Please join Butterfly Herbs for March's First Friday celebration as we present current works from 18-year-old Missoula local Emily Jenne. Emily is a Hellgate Senior, and this will be her first solo show. Her work has been featured at the Missoula Art Museum and the Missoula WORD auction. The exhibit will extend through the month of March with a First Friday opening event on March 6th from 5-8pm. CATALYST 111 N. Higgins, 542-1337 Visit us after First Friday's Art Walk. Enjoy local art and our 100% seasonal and local dinner menu at our monthly First Friday event. Dinner served 7 PM to 10 PM.
CUTTING CREW 220 Ryman St., 529-2085 A polaroid slide show by Peter Kearns and new paintings by Kat Ahlstrom. 5pm - 8pm. THE GREEN LIGHT 128 W. Alder, 541-8623 2 For 1 at The Green Light this First Friday, March 6th. Lauren Varney, co-director and co-founder of Home Resource is showing his work with the work of artist Jack Boyd. Both artists use salvaged material in their work, creating pieces that are as beautiful as they are functional. 5-8pm. HEALTHY HUMMINGBIRD MASSAGE & ARTS CENTER 725 Alder, Suite 27, 207-6269 Join us for our grand opening and First Friday celebration! Featuring art from Gavin Hudgeons, Patti Jo Ruegamer, Becky Kramer, Brenda Edwards, David Dragonfly and more. Live acoustic music from Amanda Cevallos and Birdsmile Home. Great art, great music and good food will be enjoyed Friday, March 6th, from 5-10. www.healthyhummingbird.com. MISS ZULA’S 111 N. Higgins, 541-7376 The acrylic paintings of Kristy Dana Gish will brighten any room of your home because of the vivid color scheme she uses. Her paintings are contemporary and span from landscapes to heavily textured abstracts. This show will have something for everyone. An artist reception will be held Friday, March 6, from 5-8pm during Missoula's First Friday celebration.
MONTANA ART AND FRAMING 709 Ronan St., 541-7100 Ten oil stick paintings from the “Bear Series” by Nancy Erickson, oil paintings by Stephanie Frostad, new digital photographs by Christofer Autio, and watercolor paintings tucked away for the last 30 years by Don Mundt. A First Friday opening is on March 6th from 5 to 9 pm and special gallery hours from 9 to 4 pm on Saturday, March 7th. MONTE DOLACK GALLERY 139 W. Front St., 549-3248 Join us Friday, March 6th, from 5-8pm for a retrospective look at several years’ worth of original paintings, limited edition prints and fine art posters by Monte Dolack and Mary Beth Percival. Also on view will be the jewelry of Marlene Dolack. Open weekdays 10-5:30 and Saturday 11-5. www.dolack.com. WHOOPING CRONES GALLERY 508 E. Broadway, 721-3042 The Whooping Crones Gallery is showing “Sleepless Nights and Day Dreams” Masks by Michel Colville, Myra Ducharme, Kathi Quick and others. Continuing paper sculptures by Kerry Nagel. Show runs through March 28th. First Friday Artist reception Friday, March 6th 5~8 pm. ZOË 229 E. Front St., 541-9400 Last First Friday at Zoe. Featuring a reading and book signing by local poet extradinaire, Sheryl Noethe. Come at 6 - reading will begin at 6:45. Join us for a lively evening with refreshments.
Get in touch with your inner artist New Location Grand Opening
Free Massages, Beverages, Food, Live Music, and Art! 5pm-11pm
First Friday Gallery Walks!
725 Alder, Suite 27 • 207-6269
Miss Zula’s 111 North Higgins 542-1337
First Friday Dinner Served 7 to 10 PM
Featuring the art of Kristy Dana Gish 111 N Higgins Missoula, MT • 541-7376
Reading & book signing by Sheryl Noethe
Custom matting and framing "First Friday Gallery Opening" 10 Bears by Nancy Erickson Oil paintings by Stephanie Frostad Digital images by Chris Autio Watercolors by Don Mundt
“...I cannot begin to tell you how deeply moved and lifted away I was by your very deeply personal work...” —Martin Sheen 229 East Front St. Missoula Independent
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nside Cover Story Responding to particularly appalling delays in the approval of gravel pit operations, lawmakers on both sides of the aisle pledged to fix the state’s Department of Environmental Quality’s permitting division during the current legislative session. A truckload of proCover illustration by Kou Moua posed reform bills began appearing before the session started. The renewed interest, however, has failed to translate into a budget windfall for DEQ. The result could be a mess. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
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Letters Raising the curtain on local theater . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 The Week in Review Walgreens gets robbed again . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Briefs Chickasaw votes, vetoes and protecting protesters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Etc. Why are there more HIV/AIDS patients in Missoula? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Up Front Mixed martial arts fights its way to the mainstream . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Ochenski New attorney general abandons Bush policies. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Writers on the Range It’s time to cowboy up on climate change . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Agenda Celebrating International Women’s Day . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
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Flash in the Pan Soup without tears . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 8 Days a Week Some of them include sleep . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Mountain High Be mindful of burning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 Scope Politics and race collide with poet Thomas Sayers Ellis . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 Noise Little Brazil, Ladyfinger (ne), Donavon Frankenreiter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . and Gary Jules & the Group Rules . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 Theater Buried Child unearths a method to the madness . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 Film Snyder delivers the Watchmen we already know . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 Movie Shorts Independent takes on current films . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34
Exclusives Street Talk . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 In Other News . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Independent Personals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 The Advice Goddess . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 Free Will Astrolog y. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36 Classifieds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 Crossword Puzzle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41 This Modern World. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46
following the Parade Live music by Malarkey
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PUBLISHER Matt Gibson GENERAL MANAGER Lynne Foland EDITOR Skylar Browning ADVERTISING DIRECTOR Peter Kearns PRODUCTION DIRECTOR Joe Weston CIRCULATION & BUSINESS MANAGER Adrian Vatoussis ARTS EDITOR Erika Fredrickson PHOTO EDITOR Chad Harder CALENDAR EDITOR Jonas Ehudin STAFF REPORTERS Patrick Klemz, Jesse Froehling, Matthew Frank PHOTO INTERN Ashley Sears COPY EDITORS Samantha Dwyer, David Merrill ART DIRECTOR Kou Moua PRODUCTION ASSISTANT Jenn Stewart ADVERTISING REPRESENTATIVES Carolyn Bartlett, Steven Kirst, Chris Melton, Hannah Smith, Scott Woodall CLASSIFIED ADVERTISING MANAGER Miriam Mick CLASSIFIED ADVERTISING REPRESENTATIVE Tami Johnson FRONT DESK Lorie Rustvold CONTRIBUTORS Ari LeVaux, George Ochenski, Nick Davis, Andy Smetanka, Jay Stevens, Jennifer Savage, Caitlin Copple, Chris LaTray, Ednor Therriault, Jessie McQuillan, Brad Tyer, Katie Kane
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by Ashley Sears
Asked Monday morning at the trailhead to “The M” at the base of Mount Sentinel.
Montana’s air and water quality standards appear to be taking quite a hit in the 2009 Legislature. Do you believe Montana’s laws are so strict that they prevent reasonable resource development? Follow-up: What would you do if you were told that an electrical transmission line was to be built above your home?
Nic Brouillard: I think every system of government has room for improvement, and a lot of those laws are outdated. We don’t want to sacrifice air and water quality standards for anything, but there has to be room for commerce and development. Squeaky wheel: I’d probably go down to the commissioners’ office and find out if it needed to be there. If it did I’d swallow my pride, and if not I’d bitch about it.
Amy Hartz: I honestly don’t think they’re that strict. At least in Missoula they’re not that bad. Fight the power: Actually, I live out in the country in Buxton, outside Butte, and they wanted to build a huge electrical line through our ranch because they just put up a big subdivision nearby. It’s terrible. We’re fighting it right now but it’s really hard when you’re fighting a big electrical company. We had a petition and wrote letters but there’s just nothing more we can do. It’s really terrible.
Tyler Shorter: I don’t think you can have strict enough laws when it comes to air and water quality. Movin’ man: I’d be pissed! And would probably move out of my house.
Bruce Midget: No, I don’t think they’re strict enough in most cases. My friends come out to Montana for fishing and they’re absolutely appalled by some of the conditions. Knowledge is power: Well, I’d find out what kind of procedures I’d need to go through in order to stop it and what organizations could help.
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Inside Letters Briefs Up Front Ochenski Range Agenda News Quirks
Raising the curtain Is it possible that this week’s courageous production of Edward Albee’s play The Goat, or Who is Sylvia? could be the most important piece of theater presented for Missoula audiences during this season? Certainly. Among other things, The Goat, or Who is Sylvia? questions our culture’s morality in a spirit similar to that which Albee described in response to criticism of another of his works, The American Dream (1960). “This play is an examination of the American Scene, an attack on the substitution of artificial for real values in our society, a condemnation of complacency, cruelty, emasculation and vacuity; it is a stand against the fiction that everything in this slipping land of ours is peachykeen.” Can this week’s production of the work of a three-time Drama Desk Award Winner, three-time Tony Award Winner and three-time Pulitzer Prize Winner, hope to achieve its rightful place of significance if the culture of critics in our community limits its scope of this acclaimed dramatic work to its gossamer veil of “taboo themes” and most easily noticeable plot devices? Certainly not. As Neil LaBute asserts in his play, The Shape of Things, there has got to be a line between creating art and just needing attention. Missoula audiences are wont to agree with him. So, news articles that do not actually educate audiences, other than to leave them with the impression that they might be uncomfortable after an evening of theater, can lead many to be understandably resistant to take part in the event. I believe that the level of thoughtful commitment that I witness being given to this production—and many others of late—warrants an equal deepening of critical perspective from our journalistic society. Granted, it is extremely difficult for many a theater artist to articulate his or her process and its magnitude until involvement in the production of a work such as The Goat, or Who is Sylvia? has ended, because the vicissitude inherent to realism lends itself to the sense of uncertainty that is central to the expe-
rience of participating in live theater. This self-defeating habit of guarded secrecy is something that I have lately been challenging my friends and colleagues in the theater, as well as myself,
“As Neil LaBute asserts in his play, The Shape of Things, there has got to be a line between creating art and just needing attention. Missoula audiences are wont to agree with
he mentions in his nickellbag.com blog that he “gets thanks from [theater artists] for marking the legitimacy of their efforts with [his] thoughts,” and the emergence of Erika Fredrickson’s deeply reflective interest in theater is an emboldening inspiration to the dynamism that exists at the core of every creative artist. This local advancement in criticism must be sustained. It is a vital facet and steward of the continual professional development and social consequence of Missoula’s theater artists. Chris Torma Missoula
Consumer rip-off This letter is in regards to the double tax and fees on light trucks and cars that is imposed every time a vehicle changes ownership. There is no allowance for taxes and fees already paid for that year. House Bill 187 will correct this $5.2 million per year consumer rip-off. This bill passed second reading by a 65–34 vote, but was referred to House Appropriations, where I fear that it will die by lack of action. This same legislation was killed by non-action in the last session. Please contact Reps. Hands, Henry, Malek, Reinhart, Sands and McAlpin and urge them to change their vote to “yes” on this consumer protection legislation. Gerry Devlin Miles City
Thanking Tester to break. For it is unreasonable to insist on a greater and more vital degree of thoughtful criticism from our community unless we are willing to put forward to its journalists news of our creative ideas and speak with candor about the authenticity of the work that we are doing from moment to moment. I am encouraged to have noticed a boon of insightful analysis published in the Independent and the Missoulian since I returned to my hometown three years ago. Joe Nickell is spot-on when
The American Legion applauds Democratic Sen. Jon Tester for supporting S. 423, the Veterans Health Care Budget Reform and Transparency Act of 2009. This legislation is supported by nearly every major veterans’ service organization in the United States. When enacted, S. 423 will help achieve timely, predictable and sufficient VA medical care funding. The American Legion salutes Senator Tester for his steadfast support of this critical veterans’ issue. David Rehbein Washington, D.C
etters Policy: The Missoula Independent welcomes hate mail, love letters and general correspondence. Letters to the editor must include the writer’s full name, address and daytime phone number for confirmation, though we’ll publish only your name and city. Anonymous letters will not be considered for publication. Preference is given to letters addressing the contents of the Independent. We reserve the right to edit letters for space and clarity. Send correspondence to: Letters to the Editor, Missoula Independent, 317 S. Orange St., Missoula, MT 59801, or via e-mail: email@example.com.
Motion explores the science of movement through exhibits including an interactive hang glider simulator, a giant turntable from the San Francisco Exploratorium, and other hands-on experiences where your family can experiment with gravity, waves, and friction.
SPRING BREAK SCIENCE SMORGASBORD Spring Break workshops will be held Monday-Friday from 9 am4pm for ages 8-12. Cost is $45 per day or $195 for the whole week. Registration required in advance. Here is a list of the smorgasbord samplings: Monday, 3/30: ROCKIN’ RUBE GOLDBERG MACHINES Explore the physics of motion. Build over-engineered apparatuses that perform simple tasks in complex ways.
For a limited time, buy one air/hotel package and the second person ﬂies free* from Bozeman, Billings, Great Falls, Kalispell and Missoula! Packages available with over 50 of Las Vegas’ most exciting hotels.
(702) 505-8888 *Offer based on a buy one (1) air/hotel package, get one (1) round-trip companion airfare for free. Minimum two (2) night, two (2) person air/hotel package required. Companion travel must be on same itinerary as regular fare passenger. Must be purchased by March 18, 2009 for travel between April 1 and Sept. 30, 2009. Prices do not include PFC, segment tax or Sept. 11 security fee of up to $10.60 per segment. A segment is one take-off and one landing. A convenience fee of $13.50 per passenger will apply when booked on allegiantair.com. A convenience fee of $13.50 per passenger, plus $10.00 per segment, will apply when purchased through Allegiant Air call centers. When purchased at time of booking, a fee of $15 for first checked bag and $25 for second checked bag will apply per person, per segment. If purchased at flight check-in, a fee of $25 for the first checked bag and $35 for the second checked bag per person, per segment will apply. In all cases additional higher fees will apply for three or more checked bags. Fare rules, routes and schedules are subject to change without notice. Restrictions apply. Offer not valid on previously purchased tickets.
Tuesday, 3/31: ROBOTIC CITY PART 1 Use MIT-created PICO Cricket robots to create a virtual city with moving parts and creatures. Wednesday, 4/1 : ROBOTIC CITY PART 2 Build onto the city’s framework and create new structures and systems. Students do not need to enroll both days. Thursday, 4/2: THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF WEATHER Launch a weather balloon that collects important atmospheric data and learn about exciting weather phenomena. Friday, 4/3: ART AND MOTION Create random and calculated art pieces using exhibits on the floor and created machines.
............................. PUBLIC HOURS AND ACTIVITIES Thursday 3:30 pm-7:00 pm Saturday and Sunday 11:00 am-4:30 pm.
Thursday, 3/5 ROCKET ROLL 3:30 pm-7:00 pm. Design and build a rocket--how far will your's fly?
Saturday, 3/7 LIGHT PAINTING 1:00 am-4:30 pm. Draw pictures in the air with LEDs and capture your art on digital film. A favorite for adults!
Sunday, 3/8 CENTER OF MASS AND GRAVITY 1:00 pm-4:30 pm. How does the distribution of mass affect an object? Find out at the Discovery Bench!
............................. BIRTHDAYS Hey kids – Have an unforgettable Super Science Birthday Party at spectrUM Discovery Area. DIRECTIONS From Arthur Ave., turn east onto Beckwith Ave. toward Mt. Sentinel and onto The University of Montana campus. Turn left at Mansfield Ave. and into the parking lot. ADMISSION $3.50 for those 4 years of age and older. Children 3 and younger are free. Free parking all day Saturday and Sunday, and Thursday after 5:00 pm. WWW.UMT.EDU/SPECTRUM T/ 243.4828
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WEEK IN REVIEW • Wednesday, February 25
News Quirks by Ashley Sears
A private plane carrying the remains of Lt. Col. Gary Derby arrives at Billings Logan International Airport. Derby, 44, died Feb. 9 in Mosul after being wounded by an improvised explosive device, according to the Department of Defense.
• Thursday, February 26 Weeks after a Montana judge found BNSF liable for a massive brownfield in the Flathead, state Attorney General Steve Bullock issues a report accusing the railway of overcharging local grain producers. According to the report, Montanans pay about $3,454 per carload, more than farmers in neighboring states.
• Friday, February 27 The Missoula Maulers book early tee times after the Yellowstone Quake eliminate the local skaters from the Northern Pacific Hockey League playoffs with a 3-2 victory at Glacier Ice Rink. Yellowstone forward Cody Suder scores 1:38 into overtime, completing a 3-0 series sweep of the Maulers.
• Saturday, February 28 Iconic radio newscaster Paul Harvey dies at age 90. Harvey landed his first radio gig with KGVO Radio in Missoula in 1941. Before long he was reportedly fired by then-owner Art Mosby for his “silly-sounding delivery” and advised to go into sales instead.
• Sunday, March 1 Canadian trucker James Scott allegedly sets fire to several cars at the Crossroads Travel Plaza early this morning, causing nearly $340,000 in damages and nearly killing two people sleeping in a nearby cab. Prosecutors charge Scott with arson and criminal endangerment.
• Monday, March 2 Missoula County officials learn during a budget review meeting that the general fund is projected to be $336,000 in the red by the end of the year. Officials attribute the shortfall in part to investment earnings falling about $200,000 short of projections.
• Tuesday, March 3 For the third time in a month, an armed robber enters the Walgreens on N. Reserve Street seeking cash and prescription drugs. The suspect is described as a white male in his early 20s, approximately 5-feet-10 and weighing 150–175 pounds. Police believe the same man may be responsible for all three robberies.
A Bohemian waxwing plucks a mountain ash berry and heads for a perch Monday afternoon on the University of Montana campus. Thousands of the nomadic songbirds congregate this time of year in Missoula, where massive flocks scavenge dried berries before returning to Canada’s northern forests in the summer.
Dropped call U.S. District Court Judge Donald Molloy recently dissolved an injunction against a Lolo telemarketer accused by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) of scamming hundreds of out-of-state customers. In the order, Molloy calls evidence presented by FTC “weak” and states that, if the trial were to occur today, the feds would seem unlikely to succeed on the merits of their claims. Federal attorneys filed the lawsuit against U.S. Magazine Service and owner Jason Ellsworth of Hamilton on May 13, quickly securing an injunction and a freeze on Ellsworth’s assets without posting bond (see “Boundary call,” July 31, 2008). The telemarketer’s attorney, Hank Waters, says prosecutors used the best of FTC’s evidence to try and maintain the injunction. “They’ve already kind of shot their load with the judge,” Waters says. “My guess is their supervisors didn’t know how bad the case was going.” The FTC’s complaint accuses the company
of luring customers into frontloaded payment plans with promises of sweepstakes prizes and then refusing cancellation requests—a violation of the Telemarketing Sales Rule. Molloy agreed with Ellsworth that while recorded sales calls show representatives refusing cancellation, the FTC’s evidence fails to prove the violations stemmed from company policy, rather than the actions of a few employees. Twenty customer affidavits and roughly 200 complaints constituted the rest of FTC’s evidence, but in many of those cases Molloy determined the complainants either agreed to the payment plans or received a refund. The lawsuit remains before the district court, though it appears prosecutors must now expand upon the body of evidence if they hope to succeed. The Spokane Better Business Bureau and the Montana Department of Justice compiled much of the documentation used against U.S. Magazine Service. State attorneys have no standing in the case itself since the telemarketing firm solicits only out-of-state clients. Charles Harwood, regional director of the FTC, says discovery is ongoing. The case is
scheduled for trial in early 2010. Patrick M. Klemz
Protection for protesters An incident outside Missoula’s Blue Mountain Clinic in September 2007 involving an anti-abortion protester and a volunteer patient escort has prompted Jim Shockley, R-Victor, to introduce a bill to protect protesters. The “reverse bubble bill” would counterbalance 2005’s “bubble bill,” which made obstructing access to a health care facility a crime and established an eight-foot buffer around a person entering or leaving a facility. Shockley’s proposal, Senate Bill 497, would effectively establish the same eight-foot buffer around protesters to protect their right to demonstrate. It unanimously passed the Senate Judiciary Committee last week. According to city court records, protester Cathy Kulonis was charged with disorderly conduct for blocking the pathway of volunteer escort Carol Marsh outside Blue Mountain
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Clinic on September 12, 2007. But it was Marsh who initiated contact, allegedly inadvertently. The case was dismissed. As clinic director Anita Kuennen describes the incident, Marsh was forced to step off the sidewalk to avoid Kulonis and “lost her balance and brushed up against her.” Shockley—the attorney who represented Kulonis—says the “brushed up against” was more of a “plowing into.” In any case, he concluded protesters need a buffer, too. But Kuennen believes the bill isn’t necessary. “It’s a reactionary attempt to claim that there’s some kind of need for them to be protected in their demonstration,” she says. “Honestly, I think it’s a bogus attempt at trying to make it seem like we’re the aggressors in the situation, where the clinic has really taken a very proactive stance to not engage and not escalate the situation.” The proposed bill is even more bizarre, Kuennen adds, considering how amiable she and other Blue Mountain staffers are toward repeat protesters, and vice versa. She likens the relationship to the classic “Wolf and Sheepdog” Warner Bros. cartoon, in which the characters greet each other: “Mornin’ Sam.” “Good morning Ralph.” “We do that,” Kuennen says. “That’s how (we) interact every week.” Matthew Frank
Engen’s first veto For the first time in his role as Missoula’s mayor, John Engen vetoed a City Council resolution. The resolution in question, which originally passed on Feb. 23, designated the Jacob’s Island Bark Park, the Tower Street conservation area, the northern portion of Playfair Park and the city-owned portion of Mt. Sentinel as “voice restraint” areas for dog owners. It was the second of two options provided by the Parks and Rec Department, with the first also including the North Hills and Mt. Jumbo. That first option reflected a two-year-old Parks
and Rec policy that was never updated in the city ordinance. City code says that all dogs must be on a leash unless otherwise designated. When City Council decided to vote for the second option, dog owners howled over what appeared to be a change in policy on the North Hills and Mt. Jumbo.
In a letter to the City Council, Engen outlined his reasons behind the veto. He noted that City Attorney Jim Nugent recommends that any areas designated as voice restraint should be listed in the ordinance and not determined by a resolution. He also pointed out that the city is beginning work on a conservation lands management plan that would have to jibe with the dog ordinance. Lastly, in a nod to the budding controversy, he wrote that “as elected officials, we owe it to our community to be open minded and to listen to further discussion.” “This is not dogs gone wild,” Engen told City Council when he publicly announced his veto March 2. “This is about trying to find a reasonable compromise.” Until the compromise is reached, Engen told the council that the city’s policy will return to the status quo, meaning dogs can continue to run unleashed on the North Hills and Mt. Jumbo. Jesse Froehling
BY THE NUMBERS
A one-vote swing When City Council voted on the annexation of the controversial Chickasaw Place subdivision March 2, most members voted without hesitation. But Ward 2 Councilmember Pam Walzer, who had backed the measure in committee, looked torn as her name was called. She paused for a breath, then voted against the development, which would have allowed a new subdivision on prime Missoula soil. The annexation failed, 7-5, one vote short of the super-majority required to pass. “It was to me a lose-lose situation,” said Walzer a day after the decision. “No matter how I voted, there would be consequences that could be quite extreme.” Wa l z e r c o m m e n d e d Chickasaw developer George Lake for offering to protect three acres of agricultural land on the plot north of Seventh Street. But ultimately she felt the importance of locally grown food in our communities and the rural appeal of the Orchard Homes neighborhood won out. “I did not vote to deny annexation to encourage one house per acre,” she said. “All that’s doing is supporting McMansions.” However, as subdivisions spring up, Walzer said adjacent landowners sometimes decide to move. Occasionally, they sell their land to other developers who create more subdivisions. And sometimes, those subdivisions, like Lake’s, stand on prime agricultural land. “When do we say enough is enough?” Walzer said. “I guess last night, I said, ‘Enough.’” Kristin Smith, who works for Lake’s planning agency, says her client hasn’t made a decision about the future of his land. “You can imagine if you were in his shoes, it would be pretty frustrating,” she says. “I don’t think [the council] left him with many options other than turning to the county.” Jesse Froehling
Amount Russell Athletic paid to produce Griz Gear before the University of Montana cancelled the contract over alleged workers rights violations. Students for Economic and Social Justice lobbied UM for weeks to sever ties with the company before administrators made the announcement March 3.
etc. The last time local HIV/AIDS treatment made headlines, it took an Elton John fundraising controversy to call attention to the issue. You may remember how things played out last March: The University of Montana, in an effort to woo the pop star back to the Adams Center, offered to raise $75,000 for the Elton John AIDS Foundation. The move irked local advocates, who stressed just how much Missoula patients could use some of that money. The sides eventually compromised, with John’s foundation redirecting $20,000 to local groups. Exactly a year later, there’s more news that underscores the needs of local HIV/AIDS organizations: Missoula’s Partnership Health Clinic reports a startling increase of 17 new HIV/AIDS diagnoses across western Montana last year, including eight in Missoula County. That’s about three times what had been the norm since the clinic opened in 2002. “It’s not like there’s an infection outbreak so much as a diagnosis outbreak,” says Partnership’s Mary Jane Nealon. “It’s a very good thing.” Nealon largely attributes the new diagnoses to organizations like the Missoula AIDS Council and Montana Gay Men’s Task Force, which are actively encouraging and enabling more people to be tested. In addition, the Centers for Disease Control have normalized the testing procedure. Christa Weathers, prevention coordinator for the Missoula AIDS Council, says it’s pretty simple: more awareness begets more testing begets more diagnoses. The Montana Gay Men’s Task Force, for instance, has recently targeted gay and bisexual men who primarily use the Internet to hook up for sex by promoting rapid HIV/AIDS testing on sites like craigslist.org, manhunt.net and gay.com. Director David Herrera says the campaign is part of a national effort to target high-risk individuals who don’t normally consider getting tested. “The worst thing for us to think about is that there are people in town or in the area who don’t know they’re infected,” Nealon says. While the number of new HIV/AIDS patients shows progress, it also puts a strain on local organizations. Nealon says Partnership relies on treatment funding from the Ryan White Care Act, the largest federally funded program for people living with HIV/AIDS. Those funds have dried up, leaving the clinic to rely entirely on local United Way donations— totaling $68,000 for HIV/AIDS treatment since 2003—until the end of this fiscal year. That’s hardly Elton John money, but just goes to show how much these organizations rely on precious local funds.
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For years, politics and public senti- Corti, the advising and activity class direc“The fighters are true athletes,” says ment relegated local mixed martial arts tor at the Department of Human Powers, “and not some guy who just (MMA) events to venues like Rock Creek Performance, met Powers through one of rolled out of the bar.” Lodge, the Clinton roadside attraction the department’s community partnerThe true athletes, as Powers describes best known for hosting the infamous ships. She says the program already them, will be on display March 21 at the Testicle Festival. At capacity, Rock offered classes in Tai Chi, Judo, Tae Adams Center. The event’s promoter, Creek’s summertime fights draw Kwando and Capoeira, and she was Brian Deets of Bozeman’s Fightforce, says impressed by Powers’ approach to teach- that although he’s been associated with approximately 1,700 spectators. MMA for the past 20 years, the Adams But now, corporate sponsorship and ing MMA. Center event is the first of its mainstream media attention kind in Missoula. have boosted the sport’s “In terms of reputability, legitimacy and created a it’s definitely a step up,” says boon for Missoula’s MMA Deets. enthusiasts. The University Mary Muse, executive of Montana introduced a director of the Adams new MMA class this semester Center, says she “doesn’t see through the Department of any red flags” with “Missoula Human Performance, and Mayhem” and views it as an later this month the Adams opportunity to diversify her Center will host its first-ever venue’s offerings. MMA event. Organizers of the 13-fight lineup, dubbed “The way I look at my “Missoula Mayhem,” say the responsibility is that it’s not arena is prepared to seat as my job to make value judgmany as 5,500 general ments—I don’t mean that as a admission fans and 400 backhand to the event,” she guests at premium ringside says. “It’s like any other onand floor tables—more than campus production.” three times Rock Creek However, Muse does Lodge’s capacity. apply a universal set of crite“The popularity worldria to event organizers hopwide is just huge now,” says ing to rent out the Adams Matthew Powers, co-owner Center. For instance: Is the of Rock Creek Lodge and promoter who is putting on the instructor of UM’s new the event credible? Does he MMA course. “Two of the have appropriate insurance? last [Ultimate Fighting Does he have a good busiChampionships] have been ness structure in place? Does overseas, and they sell out his business practice mitigate every time they put on an the university’s liability? Photo by Chad Harder event.” “Those kinds of things I MMA fights allow for Matt Powers, the instructor of UM’s new MMA class, do take very seriously, and both striking and grappling shows his students how to set up a submission move when you look at an event such as mixed martial arts, techniques, and include called an arm bar. those are very pertinent quesfull-contact combat while “So much of me doing these classes tions,” Muse says. “And I will say that I standing and on the ground. The sport received harsh criticism in the 1990s for depends on the instructors themselves,” have had inquiries from other mixed marits intense bloodshed and lack of rules— she says. “He really wants to teach this tial arts groups and oftentimes I’ve found John McCain famously called it “human sport so people understand what the that as I’ve outlined my criteria and met cockfighting” on the U.S. Senate floor in deal is behind it. It’s not, ‘Let’s brawl in with them, they don’t ever call back.” Once Muse scheduled the event, 1996—but gained legitimacy by institut- Missoula.’” ing new regulations and creating legitiIn a recent Thursday afternoon Deets turned his attention to promotion mate sanctioning bodies. In the last five class, Powers squatted over a volunteer and ticket sales. He says he’s sold eight of years, MMA surpassed boxing in popu- inside UM’s Schreiber Gymnasium 10 ringside tables for $500 each and most larity based on television ratings and while leading a group of 15 students of the floor tables, which cost $400. pay-per-view purchases. For instance, through the specifics of a submission Deets says he doesn’t have sales figures UFC 94, the sport’s most recent mar- move. The move, called an “arm bar,” for general admission tickets, but notes quee event, attracted 1.3 million PPV looks innocent until Powers deftly most attendees buy tickets at the door on customers on Jan. 31, or about 50,000 maneuvers his hamstring over the vol- fight night. He’s hoping to meet or more than boxing’s premier December unteer’s face and bends the volunteer’s exceed the attendance from the last fight bout between Oscar De La Hoya and arms against his shoulders. Then it he promoted—February’s “Butte Brawl Manny Pacquiao. looks painful. However, Powers points 6” at the Butte Civic Center. That event The sport’s popularity—and the rep- out that the arm bar is an apt represen- drew more than 2,400 fans, the most to utation of local proponents like Powers— tation of the sport as a whole—more of date for a Montana MMA event. led UM administrators to add the new a technician’s chess match than a barMMA course this semester. Adrienne room scuffle. firstname.lastname@example.org
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Hooray for Holder New attorney general abandons Bush policies American citizens in military prisons without legal representation and without bringing charges against them. That shameful era has ended, according to Holder, who put it bluntly in his own words: “Too often over the past decade, the fight against terrorism has been viewed as a zero-sum battle with our civil liberties. Not only is that school of thought misguided, I fear that in actuality it does more harm than good.” Adding to the new era of transparency, the Justice Department also revealed that the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) had destroyed 92 videotapes of prisoner interrogations. Amrit
Granted, it’s “ tough to know the facts when the agency in question destroys the evidence that could prove or disprove
Singh, an attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union, said, “The large number of videotapes destroyed confirms that the agency engaged in a systematic attempt to hide evidence of its illegal interrogations and to evade the court’s order.” Because the CIA destroyed the tapes rather than turn them over to the Justice Department, Singh contends that the agency should be held in contempt of court for noncompliance. The CIA, however, apparently still getting used to the idea that it’s a whole new ballgame now, told reporters: “If anyone thinks it’s agency policy to impede the enforcement of American law, they simply don’t know the facts.” Granted, it’s tough to know the facts when the agency in question destroys the evidence that could prove or disprove the facts. It’s also tough to ferret out the facts when the Bush administration claimed such tapes never even existed. But now, with Bush and his arrogant and corrupt cronies out of the White House, those facts are
finally coming to light. As Holder testified during his Senate confirmation hearings, “No one is above the law”— and that would appear to include the government intelligence agencies implicated in the illegal actions. This comes on top of yet another recent announcement by Holder that the Justice Department would also quit raiding clinics and patients in states that had adopted medical marijuana laws. For thousands of Montanans, this is great news. Even though Montana’s voters approved legalizing medical marijuana by the highest percentage of any state—62 percent—legal actions by federal authorities have hampered the ability of Montanans to legally comply with the laws adopted by our own citizens. Tom Daubert heads the medical marijuana group Montana Patients and Families United and has a bill to expand Montana’s medical marijuana law to include such maladies as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Daubert applauded the Holder decision and hopes the new attorney general will consider moving further on the issue. “He should cut DEA funding entirely for anything to do with medical marijuana in states and restrict the use of federal drug task force funding in relation to medical marijuana,” says Daubert. “He should also install science-based policies in the Veteran’s Administration to allow VA doctors to make medical marijuana recommendations, eliminate the policy that allows loss of all veteran benefits to those who test positive for marijuana, and clarify that federal funding of clinics, hospitals and related facilities does not require bans on physician recommendations for medical marijuana.” Finally, Daubert suggests Holder “follow the recommendations from the Drug Enforcement Agency’s own administrative law judges to remove marijuana from being listed as a Schedule 1 substance.” Whether Daubert’s recommendations become policy remains to be seen, but Holder and the Obama administration are undeniably moving in the right direction on the issue. Moreover, Holder is shining a light on transparency in government, truthfulness from public agencies and the rejection of the torture policies of the Bush era. And for that, we should all be thankful.
A tidal wave of economic gloom and doom from Washington, D.C., has dominated the public’s attention in recent weeks—and few would disagree that it’s downright depressing. But news this week of actions taken by new U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder brings hope to our country. In the first weeks of the Obama administration, the actions of the Justice Department raised more than a few eyebrows. Instead of the change we were promised, the agency defended some of the Bush administration’s policies on wiretapping and shipping prisoners to secret jails in foreign lands for harsh interrogation. But this week the attorney general showed where the new administration stands on these thorny issues by releasing a series of legal opinions drafted nearly eight years ago by Bush’s Office of Legal Counsel. The content of the memos is enlightening about the manner in which President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney looked at both the powers of the executive branch and the applicability of the U.S. Constitution and existing law to the exercise of that power. According to an Associated Press article the legal memos, many of which were issued only weeks after the 9/11 attacks, “reiterated in page after page of documents that the president had broad authority to set aside constitutional rights,” including Fourth Amendment protections against unwarranted search and seizure, “as long as the president was combating terrorism.” Bush’s Deputy Assistant Attorney General John Yoo wrote in an October 23, 2001, memo that “First Amendment speech and press rights may also be subordinated to the overriding need to wage war successfully. The current campaign against terrorism may require even broader exercises of federal power domestically.” Only days later, Yoo added to the opinion by suggesting changes in existing laws on wiretapping because, as the AP article reports, “the government’s interest in keeping the nation safe following the terrorist attacks might justify warrantless searches.” These opinions, as expressed through the series of memos, provided the support the Bush administration sought for a whole host of despicable practices. This includes sending suspects to Guantanamo prison, where they were submitted to interrogation techniques that are normally regarded as torture, reading U.S. citizens’ e-mails without warrants, and even detaining
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Tax time The country needs to cowboy up on climate change by Auden Schendler
There’s a saying here in the West when you’re sniveling too much. The term is “cowboy up,” and it means, “Suck it up.” It’s “buck up, little camper” for grownups. Here’s a sample use: If you’re a cowhand who just tore a thumb off in a roping accident, you need to cowboy up and bite on a stick while Aunt Thelma stitches you with her vet kit. A contemporary example of the need to cowboy up occurs, in of all places, the politics of climate change. Here’s how: It’s seen as gospel these days that to mention the T-word (taxes) is political suicide. Nowhere is this truer than in the world of climate policy, where virtually all politicos recognize the need to put a price on carbon dioxide emissions to control climate. But few are willing to buck up and talk about taxing carbon, a simple solution to climate change. A carbon tax is one of two approaches we might use to make it more expensive to pollute, adding a levy to anything that causes carbon dioxide emissions, whether from fuel, natural gas or electricity. There are some nifty ways to get at this without hurting the little guy. For example, you might jack the price of gas up to $10 a gallon but reduce income tax proportionately. You can incentivize people away from gasoline, without making them starve or miss their rent payments. The other option is called “cap and trade.” Under this scheme, total allowable CO2 emission would be capped at, say, current levels. But this ceiling on emissions would drop every year, and everyone would have to reduce their emissions accordingly or be forced to pay by buying pollution permits. If a polluting enterprise can’t affordably reduce its emissions, it would simply have to buy more permits. If it can easily reduce emissions, it might be able sell the credit for emissions reduction beyond the requirement of the cap to another polluter. Pick the cheaper option. The idea here is that those who can most cost-
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effectively cut emissions would do so first. This is the only policy scheme that is getting any traction in Washington, and it’s widely understood that forthcoming climate legislation will include cap and trade. There’s a problem, though. Cap and trade requires that major polluters such as electric utilities and big industries measure and report their emissions. That’s where things get messy. In huge multinational corporations or in massive utilities, it’s tough to figure out what you’re emitting. For example: I work for a ski resort,
Without CIA “assistance, the public is literally being tortured into confessing that we need real, workable solutions to climate
a miniscule business relative to what we’ll be regulating under cap and trade. We made a good-faith effort to track our emissions, tallying utility bills and diesel usage, gasoline purchases and propane consumption. Three years into our audited cap-and-trade commitment through the Chicago Climate Exchange—an early, voluntary effort at cap and trade—we discovered we hadn’t been counting fuel from part of the company.
As Homer Simpson would say: “Doh!” If we failed to accurately track our emissions—doing it voluntarily and in good faith and with a third-party auditor—what will happen when a multinational corporation tries to Enron or Madoff the system? This doesn’t even address the fact that cap and trade creates a huge, unwieldy bureaucracy to measure, audit and regulate the beast. A carbon tax avoids all this messiness. The European Union early on demonstrated the problems with cap and trade. They grossly overestimated existing emissions, issued too many permits and caused the price of carbon—the cost of emitting a ton of carbon dioxide—to crash. Carbon trading often resembled, to use a tired analogy, the Wild West. That’s why we need to cowboy up and stop whining that carbon taxation is politically impossible. Taxes bring us some of the best things our society has to offer—schools and bridges, scholarships and clean water. Moreover, American political opinion about climate change might be changing. Without CIA assistance, the public is literally being tortured into confessing that we need real, workable solutions to climate change. Increasing floods, storms, wildfires, beetle infestations and droughts—all predicted by climate models—are taking us to the breaking point. If our politicians are finally tough enough to withstand these calamities and then rebuild cities like New Orleans, surely they’re tough enough to utter the words “carbon tax.” Auden Schendler is a contributor to Writers on the Range, a service of High Country News (hcn.org). He directs sustainability programs for the Aspen Skiing Co. and is the author of the new book, Getting Green Done: Hard Truths from the Front Lines of the Sustainability Revolution.
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Every March 8, International Women’s Day is celebrated around the world with educational events, film screenings, demonstrations and more. Of course, a celebration of women’s struggles for equality and human rights could hardly fit in just one day, which brings us to this week’s happenings. From warm-up events like Friday’s kick-off parade and Saturday’s WORD Faces of Women Fundraiser to Sunday’s film screenings and speakers at the Crystal Theatre, this week spotlights women’s work and status around the world. Further on in women’s week, NARAL Pro-Choice Montana provides a fitting bookend called VOICES.POWER.POLITICS, which this year features an address by political and feminist blogger Rebecca Traister, pictured above. A senior writer for Salon.com, Traister has written for Elle, The
Nation and The New York Times, to name a few. When UM’s Students for Choice brings Traister to the University Center Theatre this week, her presentation highlights the roles of gender and sexism in the 2008 elections. Last year’s event, which featured a presentation by author and blogger Jessica Valenti, drew a crowd of over 300 people, so you’re advised to arrive early for what’s become a yearly outreach event for not only young women, but for everyone in the Missoula area as well. —Jonas Ehudin
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experts—NorthWestern Energy’s Bob Rowe, Public Service Commissioner Gail Gutsche and attorney Chuck Magraw—adds spark to City Club Missoula’s next forum, Montana’s Energy Outlook: Policy and Practice. $16/$11 members/$5 forum-only option. RSVP 546-6643.
The UM Peace and Justice Film Series continues at 5:30 and 7:30 PM in the UM University Center Theater, where screenings of Walkout— a look at a series of Chicano student-led high school walkouts in 1968 to protest academic prejudice and school conditions—are followed by discussions. Free, donations appreciated. Visit peaceandjusticefilms.org.
Fri. 6 March Dress up in your favorite feminist regalia—interpret as you will—and get to the XXXXs at the north end of Higgins Avenue by 6:45 PM to meet up for the 7 PM International Women’s Day Parade, which ambles south to the Florence Building lobby for an evening of speakers sponsored by WVE, WORD, Montana Women Vote, the Poverello Center and the YWCA. Free. Call 543-6691.
Sat. 6 March Celebrate 20 years of WORD’s Futures Program and help them continue for another several decades when you attend their Many Faces of Women Fundraiser, which includes a fast-paced live art auction, a silent auction, dinner, dancing and a mad dash for dessert and begins at 5:30 PM at the Doubletree Hotel. $35 through March 6/$45 on March 7/$350 per table of 10. RSVP manyfacesofwomen.com or 543-3550.
Sun. 8 March So far, the speakers include professor Anya Jabour, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau and YWCA national coordinating board chair Tracy Lakatua when the YWCA presents a film and live presentation regarding Women’s Rights in Montana and Elsewhere at 3 PM in the Crystal Theatre, 515 S. Higgins Ave. Free. Call 543-6691.
Mon. 9 March The Holiday Inn-Downtown at the Park’s the place to be at 11:30 AM, as a panel of three
VOICES.POWER.POLITICS, presented by NARAL Pro-Choice Montana and UM’s Students for Choice, presents “Gender and Sexism in the 2008 Election: An Evening with Rebecca Traister” at 7 PM on Thu., Mar. 12, in UM’s University Center Ballroom. Free.
Tue. 10 March Three weeks of construction instruction await as the six-session course “Building with Habitat” begins at 6 PM at the UM College of Technology and continues to meet every Tue. and Thu. through Mar. 19. Free. RSVP habitatmsla.org or 549-8210. Help unseat Denny Rehberg at 7 PM in the meeting room at the MCT Center for the Performing Arts, where the Missoula County Democrats host Montana Democratic Party Chairman Dennis McDonald, a rancher from Melville who’s looking into taking on the long-seated Rep. Free. Call 546-9144.
Thu. 12 March Dive deep into the teenage mind when the sixth annual Ravalli County Prevention Conference begins at 9 AM at Hamilton’s St. Francis Parish Center, 411 S. Fifth St., where keynote speakers Michael Mann and Dannette Wollersheim help us all help kids steer clear of nasty habits. Free. Call 375-9588. This month’s Real Meals for Women event begins with food prep at 5 PM at the Orchard Homes Community Center, 210 N. Grove St., and clean up is done by 9 with leftovers and recipe cards for you to take home. $7/obo, EBT accepted. RSVP ASAP 546-4697. Learn more about their campaigns involving fair trade, indigenous rights and Colombia in general when you attend the next Community Action for Justice in the Americas (CAJA) meeting, which goes down at 6:30 PM at the Jeannette Rankin Peace Center, 519 S. Higgins Ave. Free. Call 3635292 or visit cajistas.blogspot.com.
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I N OTHER N EWS Curious but true news items from around the world
CURSES, FOILED AGAIN - A German teenager caught shoplifting in Verden found himself in even more trouble because the address he gave police turned out to be the home of one of the investigating officers. “It was a complete coincidence,” a police official told Reuters after the 18-year-old boy admitted lying. “The thief gave that address because he’d once lived in the house. The policeman was the guy who moved in afterwards.” When Allahmanamjad Barbel, 21, walked into a police station in Barnstable, Mass., asking for help removing a pair of handcuffs, he explained that his sister had slipped them on him at a child’s birthday party as a prank. The Cape Cod Times reported that before confirming his story, officers ran a check and, according to Sgt. Sean Sweeney, discovered Barbel had at least four outstanding warrants. He was promptly arrested. IN-AND-OUT UPS & DOWNS - Eighteen years after Russia stopped giving medals to women who bore at least 10 children to serve the nation, the government has resumed rewarding fertility. Facing a potentially disastrous population decline, the government launched a publicity campaign urging people to have larger families. In a live television broadcast from the Kremlin, President Dmitry Medvedev awarded the Order of Parental Glory to eight families he congratulated for “setting an example for all society.” Following an announcement that Singapore would double government spending on incentives to boost the birthrate, lawmaker Loo Choon Yong told the legislature that because people were not taking advantage of their free time to produce more babies, more of them should work six days a week instead of five. “We should accept that as a people, our procreation talent is not our forte,” Loo said. LOOPHOLE OF THE WEEK - Cleveland attorney Blake Dickson appealed a ticket he received for a violation recorded by one of the city’s 41 red-light and speed cameras by pointing out the law specifies that the “owner of the vehicle shall be eligible for the penalty.” Dickson was ticketed for driving a leased vehicle and argued in Ohio district court that “the lessee of the vehicle is not liable under this Cleveland code section.” He won. VICTIMLESS CRIMES - David Kocmit, 27, told Cleveland police he was attacked outside a strip club by three black men who called him a racial slur and then beat him. He suffered a broken leg and was taken to the hospital. The Plain Dealer reported that detectives investigating the incident as a felonious assault and hate crime reviewed surveillance tape and determined that Kocmit was not assaulted but broke his leg when he slipped and fell in the parking lot. “We don’t need to fabricate racial strife,” police Lt. Thomas Stacho said. “There is enough of it in America and in Greater Cleveland.” A 17-year-old boy who lost his right hand and leg in an explosion told police in Latrobe, Pa., that the blast occurred in his backpack after unknown people threatened him. Investigators said the boy later admitted he had been playing with a large firecracker in his grandmother’s house and kept lighting and extinguishing the fuse. When the fuse wouldn’t go out, police said he put the firework between his thighs and covered it with his right hand to muffle the explosion. Police summoned to a store in Kingston, Ontario, found a man with “a very swollen lip, a bloody nose, maybe a broken nose,” according to Staff Sgt. Mike Attwood. The 34-year-old man said two men had jumped him and beat him while trying to steal his wallet. After he gave a detailed description of the attackers, police launched a search for the pair but found no one. Then they began to notice inconsistencies in the man’s story. Under questioning, he admitted concocting the story, saying he beat himself to get a day off from work. “I can only assume,” Attwood told the Whig-Standard after the man was charged with public mischief, “that they didn’t have a great sick plan where he works.” FIRE WHEN READY - The father of a 9-year-old boy admitted shooting his son in the buttocks with a BB gun at their home in Dane County, Wis. Sheriff’s Detective William Hendrickson said the father explained he was trying to watch television, but the boy was standing in front of the TV blocking his view and didn’t move when told to. Madison’s Capital Times reported the 36-year-old man said he happened to be holding a BB gun resembling an M-16 assault rifle, so he aimed at the boy’s rear pocket, which he thought would provide more padding, and fired. After being hit, the criminal complaint said, the boy “jumped somewhat and moved away from the TV.” The Arkansas House approved a bill allowing concealed handguns in churches. The measure, which passed 57-42 and headed to the Senate, removes churches and other houses of worship from the list of private places where concealed handguns are banned, leaving only bars. The bill’s sponsor, Rep. Beverly Pyle, who told the Associated Press she introduced the measure after a series of church shootings across the country, said individual churches would be permitted to decide whether to allow the concealed guns. Nathan Perry, a Baptist preacher in Fordyce, presented legislators with a petition from 40 preachers who support the bill. “It’s not about gun rights,” he insisted. “It’s about church rights.” NO-REBATE POLICY - An Ontario Superior Court judge ruled that Pasqualino Cornelio must continue paying child support to his ex-wife, even though DNA tests prove he isn’t the biological father of her 16-year-old twins. The couple separated 10 years ago. Cornelio accused his wife of providing “incomplete and misleading information” about an extramarital affair that led him to believe he was the twins’ biological father. Anciolina Cornelio told the court she couldn’t remember having an affair, blaming the memory lapse on medication she was taking at the time. “While the failure of Ms. Cornelio to disclose to her husband the fact that she had an extramarital affair and that the twins might not be his biological children may well have been a moral wrong against Mr. Cornelio,” Justice Katherine van Rensburg wrote, “it is a wrong that does not afford him a legal remedy to recover child support he has already paid, and that does not permit him to stop paying child support.”
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n fall 2005, the city of Missoula and a private developer initiated permitting with state and federal governments to transform the contaminated Champion logging yard into new urban infill. In three-and-ahalf years, from the submittal of applications to final approval of soil reclamation on Feb. 9, project managers estimate construction crews were able to complete only four months of actual shovel work. “You had a lot of different greasy spots on the earth,” says Chris Cerquone, engineering consultant for the cleanup. “Each one of those had their own little plan, their own little process and their own little reports to get closure.” The plans, processes and reports, filed by the applicants with the Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), ate up the bulk of time. The cash-strapped state agency had just one person working through the
mountain of paperwork required for the project. Local government officials who regularly work with DEQ say grueling permitting delays are simply part of the reclamation business in Montana. “There are some things that DEQ is struggling with and some of that’s resource-based. They don’t have a lot of funding,” says Missoula brownfields coordinator Kisha Schlegel. Across the board, DEQ finds itself completely backlogged with permit applications piled onto a growing heap by the burgeoning state energy industries. Last summer, the release of a critical legislative audit highlighted an obvious lack of resources within the permitting division of DEQ and blamed the problem partly on agency leadership. Although DEQ Director Richard Opper considers some of the audit’s conclusions unfair, he admits regulators were slow to react to perceived growth
in certain natural extraction industries. Still, he asserts the main source of the permitting backlog remains DEQ’s woeful funding situation. “DEQ is an agency that has been systematically starved of resources by a legislature that hates us,” Opper says. “We’ve been denied, denied, denied and then they hammer us for not getting permits out faster. The problem is a legacy of historic underfunding.” Responding to particularly appalling delays in the approval of gravel pit operations, lawmakers on both sides of the aisle pledged to fix DEQ’s permitting division during the current legislative session. A truckload of proposed reform bills began appearing before the session started. The renewed interest, however, has failed to translate into a budget windfall for DEQ. Anne Hedges, a lobbyist with the Montana Environmental Information Center (MEIC), believes the Republican-
controlled 61st Legislature will intentionally starve DEQ to ensure failure. “This legislature is toxic,” she says. “If the governor asks for more money so many of them will scream bloody murder that he’s bloating state government at the expense of the taxpayer.” Reforming the gravel permitting process also proved a lesser concern to the 2009 Legislature. In February, lawmakers tabled bills strengthening DEQ’s regulatory powers over gravel pit operators by setting concrete standards for air and water quality. The proposed laws aimed to curb contention between communities and the opencut industry, as exemplified by the proposed Knife River pit in Lolo. A committee bill is still in the works that would put a tax in place to fund two more staffers for DEQ using a fee system proposed by the Montana Contractors’ Association.
Lawmakers pledged to fix the state’s embattled Department of Environmental Quality during this session, but may be making a mess instead. So why isn’t DEQ Director Richard Opper speaking up? by Patrick M. Klemz
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“DEQ is an agency that has been systematically starved of resources by a legislature that hates us,” says Richard Opper, the agency’s director. “We’ve been denied, denied, denied and then they hammer us for not getting permits out faster.”
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“From a development point of view, the regulators are constantly upping the ante, but that’s the history of environmental protection,” says Tom Power, a natural resources economist at the University of Montana. “To blame the whole thing on environmental groups appealing things, and to take the right to legally appeal the actions of state environmental officers, just seems to be a wild overreach.”
With gravel cast out of the center ring, legislators opted instead to promote state energy development by stripping down the permit and appeal processes for natural resources extraction and power generation. The most controversial bills promise to accelerate the authorization of major projects across a number of industries. Legislative attention seems keyed on one industry in particular—coal-fired power generation, which was thrust to the fore by the recent high-profile demise of the Highwood Generating Station near Great Falls. DEQ—the state’s principal environmental regulator—would stand to lose much of its decision-making authority on major development projects if the GOP’s legislation succeeds. Yet, on nearly all issues of reform, including those related to Highwood, the agency remains deathly quiet on the legislative floor.
n Feb. 2, Southern Montana Electric cancelled its plans to build the Highwood Generating Station in rural Cascade County. The announcement concluded a three-year battle between would-be neighbors of the 250-megawatt coal plant and a coalition of four electric cooperatives, who ultimately failed to push the facility’s air quality permit past citizen
appeals. The investment group eventually decided to build a natural gas plant instead (with just less than half the power capacity) and blamed environmentalists for scuttling its coal plans. Not long after, Republican legislators used Southern’s tale of woe to stump for a series of bills stripping down the appeals process afforded state residents under the Montana Environmental Policy Act (MEPA). Southern testified at many of those legislative hearings complaining of environmental interests effectively wielding Montana’s onerous regulatory laws against Highwood. “Our power plant has been the focus of unending litigation and changing permitting requirements,” Southern’s lobbyist, Candace Payne, told a House committee on Feb. 18. “An outside investor looking at our state would certainly recognize that the current permitting process in Montana is fraught with peril.” The GOP’s most aggressive bills cover quite a bit of ground. Senate Bill 440, introduced by Kelly Gebhardt, RRoundup, exempts air quality permits from MEPA. Conrad Republican Llew Jones’ House Bill 483 is one of two proposed laws removing various “choke points” from the review process by limiting who can appeal environmental decisions and when they can do it. Jumping the aisle, Butte Democrat
Jim Keane drafted Senate Bill 417, which alters the language of conservation laws to prevent regulators from denying a permit based on environmental review. All of the proposed legislation aims to disarm DEQ’s review process and the system of citizen oversight, and all of it enjoyed a momentum boost when Highwood foundered. The plant itself became the sacrificial lamb that furthered the deregulation cause. Opper and DEQ have taken no official position on any of the bills, choosing instead to seek amendments behind the scenes. In an interview with the Independent, Opper defended the agency’s strategy, arguing too much DEQ presence would only further antagonize Republican lawmakers already fuming over Highwood. Although reluctant to address specific legislation, the director spoke in generalities about the air permitting process currently under fire in the Capitol. Fundamentally, Opper challenges the core belief that the air quality standards set by Montana are pushing energy development to Wyoming, Idaho and the Dakotas. “I don’t think our air quality program is broken at all. Wyoming is always held up as this model of prodevelopment, but we’ve got tighter statutory timeframes than they do,” Opper says. “If the lege chose to shorten our timeframes, we would not be able to come out with a defensible permit because we wouldn’t be able to get the work done we need to put in to make sure the facility is going to protect public health and the environment. Nothing wastes time like a shortcut.” Opper notes that it’s not just the DEQ’s permitting process that’s drawing fire, but also the citizen appeals that follow many agency decisions. Southern and legislators sympathetic to DEQ’s plight blame a group of local and national environmental groups for the problems inherent under MEPA and state permitting laws. They accuse MEIC, the Northern Plains Resource Council and other groups involved in litigation on development projects of using lawsuits to maliciously tie up plant permits until the financiers surrender. MEIC largely discredited the GOP’s case with a February audit showing that of 1,210 air permits issued by DEQ, only six faced appeals and industry initiated half of those. Opponents of the deregulation agenda allege that Republicans just want undue reckoning for Highwood. Nevertheless, the bills limiting the appeals process passed their houses of origin by comfortable margins after minor amendments. Proposed legislation imposing time restrictions on DEQ permit review and weakening state environmental standards has been similarly successful. Republicans admit the sheer number of appeals hardly appears over-
whelming, but say one only has to look at the list of failed projects to see the intent of certain environmental groups. “Yes, there’s not a ton relative to the number of permits out there, but there are some very well targeted appeals and litigation,” says Jones, the sponsor of HB 483. “And they seem to be fairly effective if your goal is preventing these plants from coming online.” Whether an indicator or an anomaly, Highwood certainly succeeded in swinging some moderate opinion toward regulatory reform. Former Sen. J.D. Lynch of Butte supported MEPA and many of Montana’s environmental protection laws when first enacted, but considers Highwood’s defeat a clear abuse of the law’s intentions. “When I voted for those in the 1970s or ’80s, I never imagined that they were going to be just used as tools to obstruct any progress in our state,” Lynch said during a Feb. 18 Senate committee hearing. Environmentalists like Brianna Randall of the Clark Fork Coalition say Highwood’s failure overshadowed any attempt at making substantive policy. Many conservation groups lament that much of the GOP’s deregulation agenda will be hard to keep off the governor’s desk. “Highwood created this perfect storm of fervor to fix the appeal process when really it doesn’t need to be fixed,” Randall says.
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“This legislature is toxic,” says Anne Hedges, a lobbyist with the Montana Environmental Information Center (MEIC). “If the governor asks for more money so many of them will scream bloody murder that he’s bloating state government at the expense of the taxpayer.”
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hough the entire affair transpired in plain sight, accounts of what happened to the Highwood Generating Station follow two very different storylines. Industry’s version takes place in a courtroom, while the litigant’s story describes a field on the high plains where co-op officials tried to sneak in a smoke-belching coal plant without drawing attention. “The public did not know where this Highwood Generating Station was going to be located until after the environmental impact statement was published,” complains Art Dolman, a selfstyled historic preservationist from Great Falls who says the proposed plant would have disturbed a pioneer portage road. By any account, economic change in the coal industry dealt a serious blow to the financial viability of the plant under its original design. But the point of debate stems from whether countless obstructionist appeals of Southern’s permit applications effectively drove away potential investors. “Even if you win the lawsuit, you lose the battle because the project is no longer feasible in a lot of cases,” argues Jason Toddhunter, who says the members of his organization, the Montana Logging Association, have
been fighting “nuisance” lawsuits for decades. “A lot of times the litigants risk nothing through the Equal Access to Justice Act. We’re the ones who are risking everything.” Several decades ago, Sen. Greg Hinkle, R-Thompson Falls, received a pink slip from the lumber mill where he worked—a product, he says, of frivolous lawsuits against the company by environmentalists. Now Hinkle wants to require anyone looking to throw the emergency break on major development through the courts or Board of Environmental Review to post a substantial bond. “I talked to many folks who are really upset at the fact that timber sales in our area would be stopped by different groups or individuals and that it didn’t cost them a whole lot to stop this natural resources development,” Hinkle said during the hearing for Senate Bill 288. “So I decided that if I was elected to this body that I would create a bill that would level the playing field.” Hinkle’s law, if it passes the legislature, would put a financial obstacle in place to prevent frivolous appeals and lawsuits. Those protesting the development project and halting its progress would essentially surrender the bond if the appeal fails. Hinkle argues it’s only fair considering natural resources investors often commit millions of dol-
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Responding to particularly appalling delays in the approval of gravel pit operations, lawmakers on both sides of the aisle pledged to fix DEQ’s permitting division during the current legislative session. The renewed interest, however, has failed to translate into a budget windfall for DEQ.
lars to plans like Highwood only to watch their permits expire while the nuisance appeals keep coming. “I think that trend needs to change,” he says. “There’s too many jobs at stake.” Ironically, if passed, SB 288 will probably end up in court itself. Many environmental groups are already questioning the bill’s constitutionality. So much for stifling litigation. “The state would be saying, ‘You have a right to a healthy environment, but you have to pay for it.’ I don’t think that’s constitutional,” says Matt Clifford, former staff attorney for the Clark Fork Coalition. “I don’t think the legislature cares if what it passes is constitutional. They just let the courts strike it down and then call the judges liberal.” Environmentalists also strongly disagree that lawsuits against major projects like Highwood are ever cheap, easy or frivolous. Whether Highwood, the “poster child” of SB 288, to quote Southern’s own lobbyist, makes for an appropriate case study is another question altogether. Despite the numerous appeals of Highwood’s permits, not a single appellant actually sought an injunction on construction of the plant. Tom Power, a natural resources economist at the University of Montana, doesn’t buy that citizen appeals or lawsuits actually felled Highwood. “It was an unusual combination of events, but the economics started eroding fairly quickly,” he explains. According to Power, Highwood plans emerged at a time when northcentral Montanans found themselves frustrated with the area’s dominant power utility, NorthWestern Energy. Taking advantage of newfound deregulation, he says, the coalition behind the proposed plant came up with an ambitious 250-megawatt facility to solve a relatively small power need. Highwood then—like many coal-fired power plants—struggled mightily to secure
the necessary $790 million in financing with greater federal greenhouse gas regulation right around the corner. “From a development point of view, the regulators are constantly upping the ante, but that’s the history of environmental protection,” Power says. “To blame the whole thing on environmental groups appealing things, and to take the right to legally appeal the actions of state environmental officers, just seems to be a wild overreach.” As for the state environmental officers, DEQ took no position on Hinkle’s bill or other legislation designed to shorten timeframes on and restrict access to the appeals process. Opper says citizen appeals have often been instrumental in catching agency oversights, but recognizes the potential for abuse. “The air quality permits are good for 18 months, so somebody can appeal and the clock still ticks. That gives appellants the ability to run out the clock,” Opper says. “Part of the tactic is to run out the clock. I mean, let’s be honest about that.”
n Hinkle’s hometown of Thompson Falls, a group of investors received a permit from DEQ in 2001 to build a coaland wood waste-burning plant on the banks of the Clark Fork River. After securing the needed permit amendment, they instead built a coal plant with ramshackle boiler parts. The facility failed to meet emission standards and a $1.9 million fine issued by the agency in 2006 put the operation out of business. On Feb. 6 of this year, DEQ issued a new permit to the plant’s new owners, who some Thompson Falls residents say hired the violators of the old permit to run the facility for them. DEQ responded that, by rule, it cannot take history into account when issuing permits to anyone. As long as the plant can meet emission thresholds in the future, Opper says, the past is irrelevant.
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Area conservationists can’t help but wonder why the 2009 Legislature isn’t interested in that kind of regulatory reform. “I wish there were three strikes and you’re out for these guys as well,” says Cesar Hernandez, a local environmentalist. Wayzata Investment Partners, the Minneapolis hedge fund that purchased the plant from its bankrupt founders, hung up twice when the Independent called to ask who was running the facility. A cursory search of the company revealed that the federal Securities Exchange Commission filed suit against Wayzata in February based on consumer claims of investment fraud. “The law has not allowed DEQ to effectively take into account the environmental violation history—the bad actor status—of the plant and its owners. These guys could literally be the worst criminals in the world but when they come around to get a permit, DEQ is going to treat them like anybody else,” says Clifford, the former Clark Fork Coalition attorney who helped environmentalists fight the first permit in court. “DEQ hands permits out like candy to people who are frankly willing to violate them.” When it comes to making changes to the laws that govern its practices, DEQ prefers a back seat, deferring to the logic that the visible presence of regulators in policymaking would ill serve environmental interests in Montana. In fact, the agency’s prime
legislative agenda this session involves imposing fees on gravel pits to finance more permitting staff— something even industry supports. And, even on that issue, DEQ keeps out of sight. “The way that we thought we’d be successful in getting more resources is to not have our name on the bill. It works like a charm so far,” Opper says. From the agency’s standpoint, staffing remains the priority, especially as new avenues of natural resource development—like coalbed methane extraction—continue to grow. Still, the biggest burden on DEQ resources is gravel pits. Even with the recent construction slowdown, the expected surge in transportation spending under the federal stimulus promises a healthy amount of quarrying in 2009. Seen in that light, the proposed gravelpermitting fix currently before the legislature appears little more than a Band-Aid. Some wonder, considering the circumstances, why the agency isn’t more proactive on its own behalf. “I listen to Opper and Opper says the industry is their client. I couldn’t disagree more,” Hedges says. “They are not a proactive group of individuals. Bureaucrats are cautious people by their very nature. They don’t want to be perceived as doing something new. “You had so many years of [Govs. Marc] Racicot and [Judy] Martz where they weren’t allowed to be creative and where they weren’t allowed to be per-
ceived as even remotely aggressive, and that became their mindset.” Gov. Brian Schweitzer’s administration claims progress with DEQ, believing the agency has evolved since the governorships of Racicot and Martz. Citing one example, Opper says DEQ now strives to continually update the reclamation bonds on hard rock mines. By keeping better track of declining digs, Opper hopes to curb Montana’s sordid history of calving environmental disasters like the Zortman-Landusky gold mine and, of course, Libby. But even on this front, the administrative changes seem a far cry from the new day Schweitzer promised in 2004. Case in point: An ongoing envi-
ronmentalist lawsuit against the DEQ charges its reclamation bond on a soon-to-shutter silver mine near Troy won’t cover the cost of cleanup. The Schweitzer administration still has plenty of time to make good on its promises to revitalize DEQ, but not without confronting the pro-development hoi polloi and, by extension, their Republican allies. Opper concedes that in many ways he simply can’t win. “Nobody is ever going to be liked in this job,” he says, “because you’re either doing way too much or way too little.” firstname.lastname@example.org
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DEQ permitted Thompson River Power investors in 2001 to build a coal- and wood waste-burning plant along the Clark Fork River. The company instead constructed a coal plant with ramshackle boiler parts. The facility failed to meet emission standards and a $1.9 million fine in 2006 put the operation out of business.
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Vietnam Noodle 2100 Stephens 542-8299 A true Vietnamese dining experience! Enjoy our authentic beef noodle soup, spring rolls, pad thai, Vietnamese style hot & sour soup, noodle soup bowls & daily lunch/soup combo specials. We suggest that you also try our new stuffed hot peppers. For your cooking pleasure at home, we have an Asian grocery next to our restaurant! Get a free meal on your birthday when you bring 5 or more friends. $-$$
Bucks Club 1805 Regent 543-7436 Missoula’s best Food & Drink Values. 2-for-1 food specials daily. Eat the legend. Burgers for a buck. Over 1,000,000 sold. Great Breakfast served daily. If you go away hungry, don’t blame us. Mon.–Sat. Open 7 AM and Sunday 8 AM. $
Westside Lanes 1615 Wyoming 721-5263 Visit us for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner served 8 AM to 9 PM. Try our homemade soups, pizzas, and specials. We serve 100% Angus beef and use fryer oil with zero trans fats, so visit us any time for great food and good fun. $-$$
$...Under $5 Bernice’s Bakery 190 South 3rd West 728-1358 Where Myrtle Avenue ends at Bernice's, a tiny bakery sits as a veritable landmark to those who enjoy homestyle baked goods, strong coffee, community, and a variety of delicious treats. Join us for lunch if you'd like. Crazy delicious. Crazy cheap. 30 years and still baking. Open Every Day 6AM to 8PM. $
Butterfly Herbs 232 N. Higgins 728-8780 Celebrating 36 years of great coffees and teas. Truly the “essence of Missoula.” Offering fresh coffees, teas (Evening in Missoula), bulk spices and
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Cold Stone Creamery Across from Costco on Reserve by TJ Maxx & Ross 549-5595 Cold Stone Creamery, the ultimate ice cream experience! Our smooth and creamy ice cream is made fresh daily using our secret recipe. Come in for our weekday specials. Get $5 off ice cream cakes with your business card. Get Gift Cards any time. Treat yourself to a 10minute vacation at Cold Stone Creamery. $-$$ Le Petit Outre 129 South 4th West 543-3311 Twelve thousand pounds of oven mass…Bread of integrity, pastry of distinction, yes indeed, European hand-crafted baked goods, Pain de Campagne, Ciabatta, Cocodrillo, Pain au Chocolat, Palmiers, and Brioche. Several more baked options and the finest espresso available. Please find our goods at the finest grocers across Missoula. Saturday 8-3, Sunday 8-2, Monday-Friday 7-6. $
Bitterroot Valley Main Street Cafe 363-4567 upstairs 217 Main St. Hamilton Danielle Dupuy presents...A little taste of France in the Bitterroot. Serving Gourmet French American Cuisine. As of January 13, introducing Le Petits Plats menu (small plates) to enjoy with premium wines & European beers. Also featuring a tapas menu (small bites) and a cheese and dessert menu is also available. Serving dinners only Tues.-Sat. 5-9pm. Reservations.
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Soup without tears French onion soup was the last meal Julia Child ate before she died in 2004. Perhaps it was a premonition, the earthy flavors of concentrated onion-root wafting from the underworld and foreshadowing her descent. And while it generally won’t kill you, a good batch of French onion soup can induce a lot of tears before it takes you to heaven. Like many French recipes Child helped popularize, French onion soup is a simple dish, essentially a fancy version of peasant food commonly made with inexpensive, locally available ingredients. Legend has it that King Louie XV invented French onion soup after arriving at a hunting cabin and finding only onions, wine and butter. But the reality is that these ingredients were what stocked the average farmer’s larder on an average winter day. “I didn’t have to go to the store for anything,” said my friend El Camino, who made French onion soup the other day. “It worked out great.” The price tag makes homemade French onion soup a good option when money is tight, and its rich, warming and concentrated flavor makes it good wintertime food. All things considered, now might be a good time for some French onion soup. El Camino traded with a farmer friend for a big batch of organic onions. He packed away the good ones for storage, removed the softer specimens, and ended up with 14 pounds, which he decided to preserve as frozen portions of French onion soup. “I ran out of tears,” he says of his adventure cutting all those onions. According to El Camino, the secret to good French onion soup is to slowly oven-roast the onions in butter. This gently concentrates the sweetness of the onions without burning them. Doing so in the oven, and not the stovetop, slows the process and provides some cushion against over-browning, as you don’t have to watch it like
Down on the farm
Dear Flash, About eight years ago my wife and I bought some riverfront property. Rather than build a McMansion on the property, we wanted to become farmers. We really tried to do everything right. We made a buffer next to the river and have enhanced riparian vegetation to prevent erosion of the farmland. We pay a living wage and provide a product—fruit—that the local community seems to appreciate. By buying the land and farming it we have saved it from one kind of development but created another. I’m sure some folks paying big bucks for a guided fishing trip have commented, “What kind of trash would build a place like that?”
You can find the Cooks Illustrated recipe that El Camino did wonders with at cookography.com. But I’m partial to an old James Beard recipe that’s nearly the same at heart, right down to caramelizing the onions in the oven rather than on the stovetop, but is more conversational and less like a laboratory protocol. The recipe is called “Onion Soup without Tears,” because the onions are only cut in halves, and not laboriously sliced or chopped. This minimizes the cook’s exposure to the onion fumes. Beard suggests: “Set the oven to 400 degrees. Peel the onions [4 medium sized, yellow] and cut them in half from tip to root, then lay them in a roasting tin and add the butter [2 tablespoons], salt and some pepper. Roast until they are tender and soft, and toasted dark brown here and there. You might have to turn them now and again.” One note: The only thing I would add to Beard’s recipe is to back the temperature down to 250 or 275 once the oven is pre-heated, and slowly caramelize the onions at that temperature. “Cut the onions into thick segments,” the recipe continues. “Put them in a saucepan with the wine [1 glass, white] and bring to the boil. Let the wine bubble until it almost disappears (you just want the flavor, not the alcohol), then pour in the stock [6 cups, beef or vegetable]. Bring to the boil and simmer for about 20 minutes. Photo by Chad Harder “Just before you want to serve the soup, When I tasted his soup, the bottom dropped out make the cheese croutes. Cut the loaf into thin in my mouth. I was tasting the sweet fragrance of the slices and toast lightly on one side under a hot earth, first concentrated into the form of onion grill (broiler). Turn them over and sprinkle with bulbs, and concentrated again into the brown broth. the grated cheese. Get the soup hot, ladle it into I enjoyed the bread and cheese in creating the bowls and float the cheese croutes on top. Place finished presentation of the dish, but at the same the bowls under a hot grill (broiler) and leave time they were a bit of a distraction. The onion until the cheese melts. Eat immediately, whilst the soup itself was the soul in that bowl, and that’s cheese is still stringy and molten.” El Camino added thyme to his soup as well, where I really wanted to focus. The recipe El Camino used was a modified and I’ll vouch for that being a good thing. There version of a Cooks Illustrated recipe that, as is the are a lot of variations on the simple equation of way of that magazine, is detailed to the point of wine, onions and butter. It’s a good thing winter—and onions—lasts so long. being micro-managerial. a hawk like you do when browning onions on a stovetop. “I tasted the onions after a few hours, and they were sweet like fruit,” El Camino said. “I couldn’t believe it. I kind of wish I’d served it like that, but I kept going ’til it was mahogany brown, like it says in Cooks Illustrated.” He served his soup oven-baked with a slice of bread and sliced Gruyere on top, in individual clay pots he scored at Goodwill that morning.
The answer is white trash trying to farm. Now comes the Big Sky Rivers Act. If this becomes law in its present form we no longer control the destiny of the land near the river, which is the only land we can build infrastructure on. To do anything on this land, we would have to apply for a variance to an as-yet-to-be-determined local government official. I had a previous life where I dealt extensively with regulators and government officials and I guarantee you don’t want your destiny determined by government officials making political decisions. It’s also possible that if our infrastructure were damaged, we would not be able to rebuild it. What’s a poor farmer to do? —Fruit Guy
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Volunteers are needed to serve as docents and helpers as the Missoula Art Museum’s 22nd Annual Fifth Grade Art Experience, which takes place through March—attend a discussion with exhibiting artist Mary Ann Papanek-Miller at 5 PM to begin your training. Free. Call 728-0447. Put your wee beastie’s flailing to good use when you sign them up for the ongoing Y Music Dance Therapy Group for kids aged 6–9, which teaches ways to use your body to manage big feelings, soothe tattered nerves and develop social skills, and meets every Thu. at 5 PM at the YMCA, 3000 S. Russell St. $16 per session/four session minimum. Call 721-YMCA or visit ymcamissoula.org.
nightlife The UM Peace and Justice Film Series continues at 5:30 and 7:30 PM in the UM University Center Theater, where screenings of Walkout—a look at a series of Chicano student-led high school walkouts in 1968 to protest academic prejudice and school conditions—are followed by discussions. Free, donations appreciated. Visit peaceandjusticefilms.org. An eight-week workshop offers a chance for people who’ve had cancer, dubbed Cancer, Courage and Creativity, takes place at 5:30 PM every Thu. through Apr. 30 at Living Art’s Reserve Street studios. Free, donations appreciated. RSVP 549-5329 or email@example.com. All genres are encouraged—excepting, perhaps, death metal—every Thu. at 5:30 PM at Tangled Tones Music Studio, 2005 1/2 South Ave. W., where musicians bring their noise makers and synergy builds a joyful sound during the Tangled Tones Pickin’ Circle. Free. Call 396-3352.
Take your first crack at wheel throwing when Stumptown Art Studio, 145 Central Ave. in Whitefish, presents the class Mud in Motion at 6 PM. $75. Call 862-5929 or visit stumptownartstudio.org. See what it means to be a full-time rider when the film Seasons, which follows seven top mountain bike riders through 12 months of sick tracks, screens at 7 PM in UM’s Urey Lecture Hall. Free. Call 243-5172. The Sapphire Arabian Horse Club invites the horse set to attend their monthly meeting at 7 PM at the Stevensville Feed & Farm conference room, where attorney and member Brenda Wahler presents the program “Equine Liability Laws for Horse Owners.” Free. Call 544-2926. Learn to make slippery elm lozenges, ear oil, dream pillows and an herbal healing salve when Katrina Farnum presents the class Herbs for Kids, which has nothing to do with Initiative 2, at 7 PM at Meadowsweet Herbs, 180 S. Third St. W. $30. Call 728-0543. An open mic night by any other name: Lake Missoula Cellars, 5646 W. Harrier, hosts a Local Artist Showcase—for which you’re instructed to sign-up by 10 AM on Wed.—at 7 PM. Free. Call 541-8643. Dark family secrets, alcoholism and generalized lunacy make for an excellent time when the UM Department of Drama/Dance present Sam Shepard’s Buried Child at 7:30 PM in the UM PARTV Center’s Masquer Theatre, and you’re encouraged not to bring the kids. $14/$12 students and seniors/$8 under 13. Call 2434581. (See Theater in this issue.) Instead of entering into a long-term conflict with 50 Cent, take in a show from someone who has: L.A.-bred and Dre-sponsored—for a while, at least—The Game brings his fluid style to the Wilma Theatre at 8 PM. $25/$23.50 advance. Acceptable sexuality and marital flexibility weather a storm of deviance
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when Red-Headed Angel Productions and Montana Rep Missoula stage Edward Albee’s The Goat, or Who is Sylvia? at 8 PM at the Crystal Theatre, 515 S. Higgins Ave. $15/Whatever you make in an hour/$5 student rush at 7:30. (See Spotlight in this issue.) Let it all hang out—well, maybe not all of it—during L.I.V. Karaoke’s Ladies’ Night at the High Spirits in Florence starting at 9 PM. Free. Call 273-9992. 5, 10, 12, 17, 19, 22. Nope, it’s not another set of Hugo’s numbers, it’s the meeting dates in March for the class Fundamentals of Whitewater Kayaking, which begins at 8:30 PM in UM’s Griz pool. $155 includes gear, instruction and pool use. RSVP 243-5172. Bowling and karaoke go together like fruit bats and fart boots during Solid Sound Karaoke at Westside Lanes at 8:30 PM. Free. Call 541-SING. Missoula’s industrial midsection gets a touch funkier when Izabella and Luau Cinder play the Other Side, 1100 W. Strand Ave., at 9 PM. $7/$5 with Griz card. As America’s musical talent is drawn magnetically to Austin, Texas right about now for the South by Southwest Music Festival, you’re the big winner, as they all need places to rest along the way: Missouri’s poppy folksters The Foundry Field Recordings entertain the Palace Lounge with locals Red States—formerly Blue Orpheus—at 9 PM. $5. The heavens open, the price of well drinks plummets and a tsunami of pure unabashed booty dancing hails your arrival every Thu. at the end your event info by 5 PM on Fri., March 6, to firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternately, snail mail the stuff to Comrade Calendar c/o the Independent, 317 S. Orange St., Missoula, MT 59801 or fax your way to 543-4367.
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The only Dust Bowl he’s ever known was the one he lost under the passenger’s seat. Hank III takes the Wilma Theatre crowd mudboggin’ through outlaw country, punk, metal and more with his band Assjack, after an opening set from Those Poor Bastards at 8 PM on Sat., March 7. $19/$17.50 advance.
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stage: The Union Club and Teri Llovet host Jammin’ at the Union, an open mic/jam night, every Thu. at 9 PM, so bring that axe and get to work. Free. Whether you prefer your reggae along the lines of soulful acoustic or booming dancehall, Kingston, Jamaica’s Anthony B has the riddims to keep you moving, evidence of comes at 10 PM in the Elk’s Lodge’s upstairs ballroom. $15.
Poet Thomas Sayers Ellis presents the public craft talk “The Widescreen Matrimony of Prose and Poetic Dictions” at 1 PM in Room 123 of UM’s Gallagher Business Building as part of the Creative Writing Department’s Spring Reading Series. Free. Call 2435267. (See Scope in this issue.)
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Sure, you’re a good and decent Missoula liberal, but just how deeply does that current run? Playwright Edward Albee didn’t have the hub of five valleys in mind when he wrote The Goat, or Who is Sylvia?, but his assertions and ethical dilemmas possess the same gravity for us as they do for his characters. At the core of the work is the notion that no matter how open-minded and tolerant you consider yourself, there’s a limit beyond which you suddenly turn conservative. Yes, Missoula, you’re also a bunch of Photo by Ashley Sears conservatives. Shocking, I know, but when Rick Martino and Carmen Corona star in The Goat, or faced with subject matter like sexual Who is Sylvia? deviance—try adultery, incest and/or besThe play’s four principals are a study in variation, tiality on for size, as Albee’s characters do—the result isn’t always the continuity of laissez-faire with some displaying marital virtue and faith while others are getting googly-eyed around the livestock. thinking. They interact and respond to one another’s fetishes, and lack thereof, all to some fairly devastating WHAT: The Goat, or Who is Sylvia? effects.
WHEN: Thu., March 5–Sat., March 7, 8 PM WHERE: Crystal Theatre, 515 S. Higgins Ave. HOW MUCH: $15, or your hourly wage/ $5 student rush at 7:30
For audiences well versed, at least theoretically, in matters of sexual revolution, The Goat, or Who is Sylvia? will no doubt raise a slew of relevant issues and questions—about family, society and human spirit—to take home. —Jonas Ehudin
Who will Oliver be? DIRECTED BY Michael McGill
Sunday, March 8 12–3 P.M. CHILDREN (ages 8–18) and 3–6 P.M. ADULTS NEEDED:
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