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Voices The readers write .................................................................................................4 Street Talk Oh the stories you would tell.......................................................................4 The Week in Review The news of the day—one day at a time ......................................6 Briefs Freedom Gardens seeks home, surviving the Silver, and exempting townhomes .......6 Etc. Did Ryan Zinke go AWOL? ........................................................................................7 News Sensory deprivation comes to Missoula ................................................................8 News Prepping students for the state’s looming labor shortage ....................................9 Opinion Ban deadbeat dads from hunting? It’s the least we should do ......................10 Feature The Indy’s guide to the 14th annual Big Sky Documentary Film Festival ......12

Arts & Entertainment

Arts Behind the kit with journeyman drummer Antonio Al .........................................18 Art Coyotes, cocktails and thermochromic ink with Ryan Feddersen ..........................19 Books Whitefish biologist Doug Chadwick chases Gobi Desert grizzlies.....................20 Film Is A Cure for Wellness worse than the disease?.....................................................21 Movie Shorts Independent takes on current films.......................................................22 What’s Good Here Black Cat’s King Cake: Mardi Gras on a plate...............................23 Happiest Hour Sipping Grandpa’s Ruin at Montgomery Distillery.............................25 8 Days a Week Now with fewer boat shows.................................................................26 Agenda “Ask a black person” at the University Center .................................................33 Mountain High The problem with going pro ..............................................................34


News of the Weird ........................................................................................................12 Classifieds....................................................................................................................C-1 The Advice Goddess ...................................................................................................C-2 Free Will Astrolog y ....................................................................................................C-4 Crossword Puzzle .......................................................................................................C-8 This Modern World...................................................................................................C-12

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[voices] by Derek Brouwer and Alex Sakariassen

Asked Friday night at Great Burn Brewing The Big Sky Documentary Film Festival begins Feb. 17. What’s your favorite documentary and why? Follow-up: If you had a film crew at your disposal, what would you make a documentary about? Heather Thams: The Scientology documentary that came out two years ago, Going Clear. It was so scandalous. I just couldn’t believe that people actually knew these things about Scientology, but that it still goes on as a thing people believe in. Summer camp: Seasonal employees at national parks. I think people would be entertained by the things people get up to when they’re stuck in national parks without access to the rest of civilization.

Oh that card again... Your snarky, sarcastic article (“Better dumb than sorry?” Feb. 9) only demonstrates your failure to be a well-read and informed citizen, not just of the United States but of the world. A proactive legislative body is, in my opinion, frequently more helpful than a reactive one. This bill might not have been necessary if Missoula hadn’t decided to play the phony “we’re all so caring and loving here” card so a few people could pat themselves on the back for their good deeds and wait for the resettlement money to roll in. Linda Sauer posted at

Aquiver in our bubble Heidi Sedivy: Young at Heart. It’s about senior citizens in a choir. It’s beautiful. I don’t cry, and it makes me cry every time. Where’s the mute button? The Missoula karaoke scene. It would give me an excuse to go to karaoke all the time. My favorite is at the Badlander.

One city block in Dearborn Heights, Michigan, probably has more resident Muslims than all of Montana (“Better dumb than sorry?” Feb. 8). All those guns, and “Big Sky” is afraid of a crescent moon and stars? Randy Bassett posted at

Free the pigs! Chris Galanti: I feel like maybe you shouldn’t ask me. Honestly, I started drinking whiskey earlier. Pearl Jam Twenty is the best documentary I’ve ever seen. They’re one of the greatest rock bands of all time, and they stand for something, whatever it may be. TBH: If I’m going to be perfectly buzzed and honest, I’d make a documentary about people roofie-ing chicks downtown. There’s a problem going on here in Missoula.

Adrianna Worman: Amanda Knox. I like true crime. At the end of it I was convinced she was not guilty. Top of mind: Breweries— traveling the country, tasting different beers from different regions.

Amanda Patel: For the Love of Spock. It was just interesting because I didn’t know anything about Leonard Nimoy. It was his son who started it, and when Leonard Nimoy died, his son finished the documentary. Whoopsies: I would do safety in health care. Medication errors, medical errors—I think they’re a lot more prevalent than people realize.

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I am writing in regard to the University of Montana’s proposed research facility using live pigs to test spinal cord injuries. I suffer with PTSD, and how dare you use my disability as an excuse to cause severe trauma to these pigs! Especially knowing that this is a completely unnecessary and outdated research method! All 202 accredited osteopathic and allopathic medical schools in the United States and Canada have terminated the use of live animals to teach medical students. This includes the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (the U.S. military medical school). In addition, 47 hospitals and colleges teach first responders crucial life-saving methods using human-based methods after abandoning outdated live animal use. Under the Animal Welfare Act, no experiments—including those that inflict pain without relief—are outlawed. The Animal Welfare Act is the only federal law that applies to animals used for research. Each species has a unique spinal orientation, movement kinetics and neural anatomy. Non-invasive imaging techniques such as PET, SPECT and fMRI can be used to visualize neural pathology at various timepoints after injury. In Miami, researchers are collaborating on the Human Spinal Cord Injury Model project. You can read more about ethical research and education using non-animal testing methods at You can also

find grants for non-animal testing research at Montanans do not want this facility, as proven by the failure of I-181, which was due, in part, to the possibility of live animals being used as test subjects. Bringing this lab to the University of Montana would take the university backward, in addition to tarnishing the

“What is it about religion that just drives you leftists crazy? You want your rights the way you want them, but those that don’t agree with you, well that’s where your ‘love everyone’ comes to an end.”

image of Missoula. UM can join other universities and medical schools in rejecting outdated live animal labs and using more advanced and humane methods for research. Jennifer Nitz Missoula

Tick-tock I am shocked that we still allow flaring, venting and leaking methane into our atmosphere. These practices threaten our health, waste our resources and—perhaps most concerning—accelerate the threat of climate change. Methane is a powerful greenhouse gas; it heats the planet at a far faster rate than carbon dioxide. We can no longer afford to continue releasing these lethal emissions. Especially when they are emissions that, in most cases, can be avoided. The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists has something they call the “Doomsday Clock” used to illustrate how close the world stands to “midnight,” or doomsday. During the Cold War, the clock stood at 2 minutes to midnight. Right now? 2.5 minutes to midnight. According to these scientists, we face an existential threat the size of the nuclear-arms race: climate change.

The Bureau of Land Management responsibly created protections requiring that more oil- and gas-field emissions be captured. This agency spent years traveling our country, listening to affected people, and creating rules that took all sides into account. However, Congress and the new administration are putting these protections on their chopping block. Congress is slated to vote on the rules next week, and they are gunning to entirely eliminate those protections. The time to take action is now. Montana’s senators need to hear from you: Protect the climate, fight for the methane rules and stand up for the West. Cindy Webber Big Timber

You want a list? What is it about religion that just drives you leftists crazy (“A teen and a prayer,” Feb. 9)? You want your rights the way you want them, but those that don’t agree with you, well that’s where your “love everyone” comes to an end. You want any speech you don’t agree with shut down. Ed Kugler posted at

Has he no shame? Twice in one day, Sen. Steve Daines disgraced Montana. “School choice” does not help the budgets of public schools in our cities and towns, and it offers nothing whatsoever for education in our rural areas, where there will never be charter schools to offer “choice.” But Daines chose to back out-ofstate campaign contributions over the interests of Montanans when he voted for Betsy DeVos. Later the same day, he played toady to authoritarian party powers, helping to muzzle open, honest debate with the party-line vote to silence Sen. Elizabeth Warren. Her “out of bounds” testimony? Reading letters written by Sen. Ted Kennedy and Coretta Scott King, which had been considered earlier as Senate committee testimony. If Steve Daines and the party in power are so genuine in their adherence to Senate rules, why didn’t those same rules compel them to allow Supreme Court nomination hearings last year, as provided for by the Constitution? This is a sad day for Montana’s representation in our nation’s capital. Steve Daines has disgraced our state by putting wealthy campaign donors ahead of Montana’s school children, and by taking part in ham-fisted authoritarian practices more at home in the Kremlin than in a 21st-century democracy. Tod Trimble Stevensville



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Wednesday, Feb. 8 The Montana Supreme Court unanimously upholds the conviction of Missoula resident Markus Kaarma, who was found guilty in 2014 of shooting and killing a 17-year-old German exchange student who’d walked into his open garage.

Thursday, Feb. 9 Heavy snowpack and warm temperatures lead to avalanche danger and washed-out roads throughout northwestern Montana. Highway 2 at Lolo Pass is closed, as well as I-90 between St. Regis and Lookout Pass.

Friday, Feb. 10 BNSF re-opens its rail line through Glacier National Park after heavy snows and avalanche threats had closed all rail traffic on the Hi-Line for a few days.

Saturday, Feb. 11 A Missoula couple alleges they were attacked outside a bar on Ryman Street by men making homophobic comments. The suspects are described as two white men in their 30s and 40s, one with a long goatee and chin piercing.

Sunday, Feb. 12 The 300-mile Race to the Sky dogsled competition kicks off in Lincoln. Idaho rancher Laurie Warren, 53, goes on to win at the finish line in Seeley Lake the next day.

Monday, Feb. 13 The Big Sky Documentary Film Festival announces backup venues to host screenings that had been slated to show at the Silver Theater, after the Silver’s roof collapsed on Feb. 4. For more on the festival, see our coverage starting on page 12.

Tuesday, Feb. 14 The state GOP tweets Valentine’s Day sentiments including “Who needs a Valentine when I have Coal to keep me warm at night” and an image of former Sen. John Walsh captioned “You can’t revoke my valentine because of plagarism”[sic]. The misspelled Walsh tweet is later deleted.

A pigeon and a poem occupy a wall of the Missoula Mercantile building. Deconstruction of the historic building began this week.

Power of art

Collapse spares sculpture Crushed by the weight of snow and water, the roof of the Silver Theater took out most everything beneath it when it caved in earlier this month. The collapse split the freshly remodeled building down the middle, claiming a new movie projector and a venue for the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, which was then less than two weeks away. As an excavator picked at the rubble, Carolyn Maier, executive director of the Morris and Helen Silver Foundation, which owns the theater, kept her eye out for something else: a large, intricate sculpture that she and fellow artist Hadley Ferguson had created. Called the “Tree of Resilience,” the steel and copper structure was designed as the centerpiece of an art installation about Parkinson’s disease that premiered at the Montana Museum of Art and Culture last May. Maier spotted the

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sculpture beneath a piece of roof, which was draped over the metal like a canopy. The excavator operator pushed the crumbling concrete wall away from the area, and by 10:30 p.m. the art was revealed. True to its name, “Tree of Resilience” was unscathed. Maier says she looks at the spared sculpture as one bright spot in an otherwise devastating blow to the nonprofit. After purchasing the former World Theater in 2015, the foundation was putting the finishing touches on an interior remodel aimed at renewing the building at 2023 South Higgins Ave. into an arts and community space. Since the roof collapsed on Feb. 4, local media outlets have tried to probe its cause, noting that while no one was injured, hundreds of moviegoers were to have packed the venue for the upcoming film festival. Maier declined to discuss details of the situation, citing ongoing discussions with the building’s insurer, except to say that

staffers had been aware of the roof ’s condition and were working to remove snow and ice about a week prior to its failure. “It wasn’t just like all of a sudden the roof fell down,” she says. Material from the “Capturing Moments: Living Life with Parkinson’s” installation was being stored inside the theater after exhibition at the World Parkinson Congress last fall. The tree consists of 40 branches holding more than 4,000 iron mesh leaves, each of which features a quote provided by someone whose life was affected by the disease. When the building came down, Maier was finalizing an agreement to exhibit the project in Washington, D.C., later this year. That’s one plan the foundation won’t have to change. “There’s not a scratch on it, pretty much,” Maier says. Derek Brouwer

[news] Townhomes exempted

Subdivision gets greenlight A judge’s recent ruling paves the way for a large residential development in Missoula’s South Hills to proceed over objections from a local housing nonprofit. With 68 units planned for construction off Hillview Way, Hillview Crossing was the largest housing development in Missoula to utilize a controversial shortcut known as the “townhome exemption” when it was approved by city officials in 2015. The state law, enacted in 2011, has garnered critics who see it as unfairly skirting important subdivision requirements regarding density, sidewalks, trail connections and more. Projects declared under the townhome exemption also bypass public notice and hearing processes, and it’s that component of the shortcut that formed the basis for the legal challenge filed last March by the Human Resource Council. The HRC owns a small parcel next to the undeveloped Hillview Crossing land, and claimed its property would be rendered inaccessible by the development. The group argued that the state exemption undercuts HRC’s constitutional right to participate in the permitting process. HRC sued the developers and the city of Missoula to halt the project. Missoula District Court Judge John Larson disagreed in a Jan. 30 ruling, finding against the HRC on all counts. The nonprofit’s case was built on the premise that an earlier subdivision planned for the site by a different owner had included access to the HRC land, while the more densely packed Hillview Crossing plan does not. Larson ruled that because the earlier plan was only preliminary (and never recorded), the HRC does not have a valid property interest with respect to Hillview’s development. “Obviously, we’re disappointed with the decision,” says HRC attorney Mike O’Brien. “We have not foreclosed the idea that we might appeal.” Before an appeal could take place, Larson must first address Hillview’s counterclaim that the HRC lawsuit constituted an abuse of process. The developers were not forbidden from commencing construction during the 11-month litigation, but they nonetheless appear to have waited for the lawsuit to be resolved. Neither Dan

Ermatinger, a local real estate agent and one of the development's owners, nor Hillview’s attorney returned calls for comment. Derek Brouwer

Agriculture on the run

Freedom Gardens seeks dirt The organizers behind Missoula nonprofit Freedom Gardens have big goals for the coming years. They hope to launch a nonprofit farm with an aquaponics system, greenhouse and educational programming for kids. But after talk of a partnership with Missoula County ended in early February, Freedom Gardens is back to basics. “We need water and acreage,” says Heath Carey, founder of Freedom Gardens. Carey helped launch the organization in 2013 on three acres of the Missoula County Fairgrounds. Carey, who has a master’s degree in soil science, says the volunteer-operated gardens achieved a lot in a few seasons: installing a 2,000-gallon gravity-fed drip irrigation system, hosting educational events and donating 800 pounds of food to the Missoula Food Bank last year. Freedom Gardens’ tax filings and business plan indicate that none of its board members, including Carey, are compensated for their work. (Carey’s day job is running Nourishing Cultures, his kombucha business.) “There are a lot of local farmers around here, but we could stand to use even more farmers,” Carey says. “A huge amount of food brought into Missoula is completely dependent on fossil fuels.” In early 2016, Freedom Gardens learned it would have to relocate to make way for this year’s major redesign of the fairgrounds. Carey says he thought he’d found the perfect fit in LaLonde Ranch, a seven-acre, county-owned historic property near Big Sky Brewing. Freedom Gardens tried to lease



Percentage of people who said they find Montana attractions “exciting” or “extremely exciting” in a statecommissioned survey of 6,200 leisure travelers from across the country. That enthusiasm level puts Montana in a “less relatively competitive” position than other western states, according to the report’s authors.

Ryan Zinke has been waiting weeks for the U.S. Senate to vote on his appointment as Secretary of the Interior. With two cabinet nominees in the queue ahead of him, and the Senate days away from a week-long break, the wait for confirmation could last into early March. In the meantime, Montana’s sole voice in the House of Representatives appears to have gone AWOL. According to congressional records, Zinke hasn’t cast a single vote since Jan. 5. His private and official Twitter accounts have gone virtually dormant, though his Facebook page has been sporadically updated with links to news stories and a photo of his wife, Lola, at President Trump’s Jan. 20 inauguration. The most recent statement on his congressional web page is from Dec. 14, and announces the hiring of a new state director. A request to Zinke’s office for comment went unreturned. It’s not like the House hasn’t been taking up issues of interest to Montanans. Zinke didn’t vote on a bill Jan. 9 to improve access to maternity care nationwide—a measure that passed with overwhelming bipartisan support. He didn’t vote on a proposal Jan. 24 to “prohibit taxpayer funded abortions.” He also missed voting on a bill to further incentivize the hiring of veterans and another overturning Obama’s Stream Protection Rule. What did he vote on before ducking out? Well, the election of Rep. Paul Ryan as House Speaker, for starters. Then there was his controversial Jan. 3 vote on a rules change easing the transfer of federal lands to state, tribal or local control. But his final vote, recorded at 8:11 p.m. on Jan. 5, came in favor of a bill to strip the executive branch of its authority to enact major new regulations without congressional approval. Don’t let fear of Trump-era overreach fool you—as The New Yorker wrote a few days later, those who stood to gain most from the bill’s passage were big corporations, and the bill’s staunchest supporters have been Koch-backed organizations like Americans for Prosperity. Preparing to take up the reins of a federal agency can’t be an easy task. And we get that Montana has just one vote among 435. But that’s our vote, and 56 percent of Montana voters entrusted it to Zinke. The least he could do is cast it.


the homestead, offering to improve the structures and host community gardening programs in exchange for a reduced rate. Freedom Gardens board member Susan Estep says the county seemed amenable to the idea, and she expected to finalize the deal and start planting in April. But at a meeting with county commissioners on Feb. 7, Freedom Gardens learned that the county won’t give the go-ahead for LaLonde without first considering other options. County Commissioner Dave Strohmaier says he couldn’t justify approving the Freedom Gardens deal without soliciting other organizations’ ideas. He says he’s first investigating whether LaLonde might be operated in partnership with the Historical Museum at Fort Missoula, which is a county entity. “I think we need to look at what’s in the long-term best public interest as stewards of this site,” Strohmaier says. Estep says the last few years of dealing with the county have been enormously frustrating. She says board members are scouting for a partner who understands Freedom Gardens’ mission. “It’s really just about climate change,” Estep says. “If California isn’t going to be able to provide the 90 percent of [Missoula’s] food that they provide now 10 years from now, we better be prepared to do it ourselves.” Kate Whittle

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Alone time Sensory deprivation comes to Missoula by Kate Whittle

photo by Joe Weston

Enlyten Float Lab, which opened Feb. 14, offers two sensory deprivation tanks, each containing water and 1,250 pounds of dissolved Epsom salts. Owner and veteran Matt Gangloff says floating has been an effective treatment for his PTSD symptoms.

Fans of sensory deprivation tanks say the experience can be a profound one. “When I’ve been able to do two floats in a week, the second one, I was like Deep Space 9,” says Ginger Pils, a Missoula resident. “It was like floating naked in outer space. It was a tripped-out experience, for sure.” Pils says she’s been enamored with float tanks ever since she first tried one at a spa in Kalispell five years ago. Since then, while traveling, she’s floated at several float centers across the country. The basic experience at any center is the same: the floater, usually naked, spends an hour to two hours in an enclosed tank filled with warm saltwater, which provides effortless buoyancy. Tanks are kept dark or softly lit and quiet so all physical sensation disappears and the user can melt into a meditative state. Now Pils won’t have to travel to reach that state. Enlyten Lab Float Center opened this month in the former Betty’s Divine location on South Higgins. Farther down the road, Missoula Floatopia plans

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to open its doors on Southwest Higgins later this year. Enlyten Lab owner Matt Gangloff is a combat veteran who served in Iraq with the U.S. Army’s 82nd Airborne Division in the early 2000s. After the army, he graduated from college and worked as an IT consultant. He started floating at a center in Whitefish a few years ago in search of relaxation and relief from PTSD symptoms and back pain. “The environment lifts and separates the vertebrae naturally and counteracts the gravity we deal with all day long. Halfway through, my whole spine lets loose and cracks,” Gangloff says. “It feels unbelievable.” Two years ago, Gangloff decided to quit his job, write a business plan and start scouting for locations for Enlyten. As Gangloff was hatching Enlyten in 2015, Stephen Likewise was formulating plans of his own for Missoula Floatopia. Likewise says he’s had more setbacks than expected, and he still works full time at a

lawncare company while renovating the Floatopia space, a former hair salon, in his free hours. Likewise says he plans to distinguish Floatopia with a diverse group of services, including an infrared sauna, massage and Reiki therapy. He’s also building an extra-large float tank sized for two people. The first commercial sensory deprivation tank opened in 1979 in Beverly Hills, and the concept enjoyed a brief heyday until the mid-1980s. About 10 years ago, float tanks started seeing a resurgence. In Montana, Missoula’s new float centers arrive on the heels of centers in Whitefish, Kalispell and Belgrade. Pils says she’s looking forward to trying out the new local float tanks. “Taking time away from the world to truly be with yourself is an awesome thing that not a lot of people get to try,” she says.


Help wanted In search of solutions to Montana’s labor shortage by Alex Sakariassen

Back during the height of the reces- qualify them for those jobs. DLI has started attended the University of Montana, and sion, when the timber industry was weath- to delve deeper into supply-side research, as even luckier to have landed a job after ering the same storm of tumbling revenues well. Last year the department published a graduation that could help him pay down and pink slips that plagued so many other 72-page study on labor market outcomes his student loans. Last month Morigeau introduced Montana industries, the state’s Department among students at the University of Monof Labor and Industry made a strange con- tana’s two-year Missoula College, highlight- House Bill 185, the “Montana Promise Act,” nection. Tasked with helping out-of-work ing areas of study that are most likely to result a measure aimed at providing qualifying timber workers, the department began to in employment and wage gains following students with $75 per credit toward their steer them toward one of Montana’s graduation. That report was a pilot project, education at tribal and two-year colleges. fastest-growing occupations: nursing. It Wagner says, paving the way for a more com- Morigeau calls it a “last-dollar program,” designed to complement a stumay sound odd, chief economist dent’s existing financial aid and Barbara Wagner says, but the two incentivize enrollment in tradeoccupations aren’t as different as and certificate-based studies. A you might think. Pell Grant might cover the bulk of “When you look at the math a student’s tuition, Morigeau says, requirements of each of the jobs, if while HB 185 could help cover you look at the skill requirements, the cost of books, food or housin terms of how much knowledge ing. The program could be particis needed in operating machines ularly beneficial to displaced and things like that, those two jobs workers looking to retrain and reactually have a lot of skills in comenter the labor force, he adds. mon,” Wagner says. “Sometimes there are occupations that seem HB 185 has already garnered very different that are very good enough bipartisan support to pass matches for each other in terms of through the House, though getting somebody through the Morigeau did have to strip the retraining system quickly.” quested $2 million in appropriations from the bill. He’s now Today, “quickly” is the operaworking to keep the bill on lawmaktive word when it comes to Moners’ radar should funding become tana’s workforce. An estimated photo courtesy Shane Morigeau available at the end of the session. 130,000 baby boomers will be reaching retirement age over the Freshman Rep. Shane Morigeau drops House Bill “There’s plenty of time to look at next decade. According to Wagner, 185 in the hopper in the early days of the 2017 ses- funding opportunities,” he says. The financial aid in Morigeau’s “The number of young people sion. Morigeau hopes the bill will help more Montanans access higher education, and add more bill may not sound like much, but joining the labor market just can’t workers to the state’s dwindling labor force. based on her experience as an acakeep up” with the number leaving it. Throw in the department’s job growth prehensive study of colleges across Montana. demic adviser at Missoula College, Mickey forecasts, which predict about 6,500 new The statewide report is slated for release later Lyngholm says every little bit helps. For example, students in the diesel tech program openings per year through 2025, and the this spring. labor shortage on Montana’s horizon For Rep. Shane Morigeau, D-Missoula, have to acquire an extensive toolkit at a cost comes into sharp focus. the growing need for skilled laborers that can equal tuition, and isn’t covered by As to what exactly those new jobs might quickly morphed into an opportunity to standard financial aid. “For a student on a be, that’s a tougher question. DLI’s data sug- address another issue during his first ses- limited income who doesn’t have family supgests they’re all over the map, from food serv- sion in the Montana Legislature. Morigeau port,” Lyngholm says, “up to $6,000 of tools ice and retail sales to teaching and is a member of the Confederated Salish in two years really adds up.” construction. Wagner says the department is and Kootenai Tribes and grew up in Ronan At least it’s an investment with a good working hard to ensure that Montanans are on the Flathead Indian Reservation. As a chance of paying off. According to DLI’s latas prepared as possible, by signing people up kid, he knew a lot of people who probably est report, Montana can expect up to 118 for its state-run apprenticeship program or could have excelled in college. But higher openings a year for automotive technicians offering would-be students guidance on what education, particularly in poverty-stricken and mechanics through 2025. professions will match their income needs areas, isn’t necessarily a common ambition. and where to acquire the education that will Morigeau considers himself lucky to have • February 16–February 23, 2017 [9]


Abandonment issues A targeted solution to deadbeat dads: no hunting for you by Dan Brooks

Bad news for deadbeat dads: The Montana state Senate has passed a law that will send people to jail for not paying their legally mandated child support. Just kidding! You can still abandon your kids and not really suffer any consequences, as long as they have a mother to look after them. According to the Federal Office of Child Support Enforcement, 37 percent of Montana families did not receive the child support payments they were legally owed in 2013. That’s over $147 million in arrears, and the state only collected 12 percent of it. You can totally get away with not supporting your children, even if a judge says you have to. But if the Senate passes the bill it heard last week, you won’t be able to get a hunting license. Senate Bill 172, sponsored by Sen. Mike Lang, R-Malta, would bar people with unpaid child support debts from purchasing hunting, fishing or trapping licenses. It doesn’t sound like much, but it might be effective. In testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Sarah Swanson-Partridge of Glasgow said her former husband went seven years without making his court-mandated child support payments. After a state agency threatened to withhold his trapping and fishing licenses, however, he paid off the overdue child support in one year. Now there’s a man who loves fishing! I’d love to spend an hour in a boat with him, talking about casting techniques, lures, his favorite spots—any subject, really, except his kids. But I digress. The point is that this small measure could work, even on people whose priorities are so warped that you can’t think about them for more than a few seconds without wanting to take to the streets with an ax in search of anyone who appears biologically male. And yet SB 172 has its detractors. Sen. Jennifer Fielder, R-Thompson Falls, told the committee that she agrees with child support enforcement in principle, but worries that the bill could hurt families who rely on hunting for food. Here she is as quoted in the Daily Inter Lake:

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“A number of people in this state that are in poverty, and lack of payment is not always because they don’t want to— sometimes it’s because they can’t,” she said. “I’m really concerned if we strip away a person’s ability to provide sustenance through wild meat that is obtained by a great number of families through fishing, hunting and trapping in this state, I’m really concerned that we’re not helping families.”

“A just society would punish these men for abandoning their children. Instead, we lecture single mothers about family values and how irresponsible it is to raise kids without fathers.”

Let us take the substance of this objection where we can find it. Fielder is right that a number of people in this state are in poverty. For example, 63 percent of Montana children living below the poverty line live with a single parent. But the idea that a significant portion of deadbeat dads can’t afford to pay child support doesn’t make sense. Child support payments are pegged to income. It’s not how much the kids

need, but how much the non-custodial parent makes—as any single mom will tell you, if you can catch her between shifts. Payments can be adjusted or postponed in the event of unemployment or income change. By definition, unpaid child support is money that people could have paid. In this context, Fielder’s subsistencehunting objection is absurd. It is hard to imagine that a lot of deadbeat dads are bringing their children wild game. This argument seems more like a product of Fielder’s knee-jerk opposition to any restriction on hunting privileges than of her concern for people who pay their child support in venison. Such people shouldn’t be able to get hunting licenses. They shouldn’t be able to stiff their kids without suffering any consequence worse than their own consciences can inflict. Custodial parents who don’t adequately feed and house their children get charged with neglect. They go to jail. Deadbeats dads get away with it. The overwhelming majority don’t even get sent to collections. A just society would punish these men for abandoning their children. Instead, we lecture single mothers about family values and how irresponsible it is to raise kids without fathers. Single mothers aren’t the problem. They’re the ones who stuck around. The problem is the men who get women pregnant and abandon them, men who not only don’t raise their own children, they can’t even be bothered to send them a check. There are thousands such men in Montana. There are more than there have to be, because we let them get away with it. Probably we should round them up and make them work in day-care centers and school cafeterias until they’ve paid what they owe. But not giving them fishing licenses is a start. If that’s all it takes, I am A) profoundly depressed to hear that and, B) in favor of it. Dan Brooks writes about politics, culture and subsistence hunting at


EWWWW! – On Jan. 31, doctors at Stanley Medical College and Hospital in Chennai, India, removed a live, full-grown cockroach from the nasal cavity of a 42-year-old woman whose nose had been “itchy” earlier in the day. Two hospitals were unable to help her, but at Stanley, Dr. M N Shankar, chief of ear-nose-throat, used an endoscope, forceps and, for 45 minutes, a suction device— because, he said, the roach “didn’t seem to want to come out.” Another doctor on the team noted that they’ve removed beads and similar items from the nasal cavity (demonstrating the splayed-out trespasser in full wingspan), “but not a cockroach, especially not one this large.” CAN’T POSSIBLY BE TRUE – Zachary Bennett and Karen Nourse have found Manhattan quite affordable, reported the New York Post in January—by simply not paying, for six years now, the $4,750 monthly rent on their loft-style apartment in the Chelsea neighborhood, citing New York state’s “loft law,” which they say technically forbids the landlord from collecting. Since the other eight units of their building are “commercial,” the landlord believes it doesn’t need a “residential certificate of occupancy,” but Bennett and Nourse believe the law only exempts buildings with at least two residences, and for some reason, the landlord has obstinately declined to initiate eviction or, until recently, to sue (for back rent, fees and electricity). UPDATE FROM “BIG PORN” – The colossus PornHub dot com, in its annual January rundown, reported its several sites had 23 billion “visits” in 2016 (about one-fourth from females), during which time its videos were viewed 91 billion times. In all, earthlings spent 4.6 billion hours watching PornHub’s inventory (that is 5.2 centuries’ time doing whatever people do when viewing porn). USA took home the gold for the most “page views” per capita, just nipping Iceland. Online visitors from the Philippines, for the third straight year, remained (per capita) on the sites the longest per visit. The top search term on PornHub from U.S. computers was “step mom.” UNCLEAR ON THE CONCEPT – Late last year, Oxford University professor Joshua Silver accused Britain’s Home Secretary of a “hate” crime merely because the Secretary had made a speech urging that unemployed Britons be given preference for jobs over people recruited from overseas. Silver denounced this “discrimination” against “foreigners” and made a formal complaint to West Midlands police, which, after evaluation, absolved Secretary Amber Rudd but acknowledged that, under the law, the police were required to record the Secretary’s unemployment speech as a “non-crime hate incident.” The British Medical Association issued a formal caution to its staff in January not to use the term “expectant mothers” when referring to pregnancy—because it might offend transgender people. Instead, the Association’s memo (reported by the Daily Telegraph) suggested using “pregnant people.” The BMA acknowledged that a “large majority” of such people are, in fact, “mothers,” but wrote that there may be “intersex” and “trans men” who also could get pregnant. LEADING ECONOMIC INDICATORS – In 2001, Questcor Pharmaceuticals bought the rights to make Acthar Gel, a hormone injection to treat a rare form of infantile epilepsy, and gradually raised the price from $40 a vial to $28,000 a vial. The British company Mallinckrodt bought Questcor in 2014 and apparently figured the vials were still too cheap, raising the price to $34,000. However, the Federal Trade Commission noticed that Mallinckrodt also during the latter period bought out—and closed down—the only company manufacturing a similar, cheaper version of the product, thus ensuring that Mallinckrodt had totally cornered the market. In January, the FTC announced that Mallinckrodt agreed to a $100 million settlement of the agency’s charge of illegal anti-competitive practices. (“$100 million” is only slightly more than the price of giving one vial to each infant expected to need it in the next year.) “LESS COWBELL!” – Applicants for passports in Switzerland are evaluated in part by neighbors of the applicant, and animal-rights campaigner Nancy Holten, 42, was rejected in January because townspeople view her as obnoxious, with, said a Swiss People’s Party spokesperson, a “big mouth.” Among Holten’s “sins” was her constant criticism of the country’s hallowed fascination with cowbells—that make, according to Holten, “hundred decibel,” “pneumatic drill”-type sounds (though a hit song, “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper,” by the group Blue Oyster Cult, skillfully employed the cowbell—before it was satirized in an epic “Saturday Night Live” sketch starring Christopher Walken). THE ARISTOCRATS! – In January, Texas district judge Patrick Garcia was charged with misdemeanor disorderly conduct after a dispute outside the courthouse in El Paso. An April trial date was set for Garcia, who was accused of giving the middle finger, in public, to another judge. LEAST COMPETENT CRIMINALS – Not Ready for Prime Time: A suspect pointing a gun attempted a robbery at a laundromat in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, in February was not immediately identified. (The official reason for not initially identifying him was that, though detained, he had not yet been booked; less likely, perhaps, police might have been trying to spare him embarrassment in that the laundromat’s overnight clerk, a woman named Naou Mor Khantha, had simply taken his gun away from him and shot him three times. He was hospitalized in serious condition.) A NEWS OF THE WEIRD CLASSIC (MAY 2013) – The Washington Post reported in April (2013) that the federal government spends $890,000 a year on totally useless bank accounts. The amount is the total of fees for maintaining more than 13,000 shortterm accounts the government owns but which have no money in them and never will again. However, merely closing the accounts is difficult, according to the watchdog group Citizens Against Government Waste, because they each previously housed separate government grants, and Congress has required that, before the accounts are “closed,” the grants must be formally audited—something bureaucrats are rarely motivated to do, especially since, as Citizens noted, there is no additional penalty for not auditing. Thanks This Week to Seth Franklin, and to the News of the Weird Board of Editorial Advisors. • February 16–February 23, 2017 [11]


ichael Galinsky’s film All the Rage begins with a quote from Arthur Conan Doyle: “There is nothing more deceptive than an obvious fact.” It’s a strange springboard for a film in which facts initially appear to be pretty wily, but by the end it reads as perfectly apt. On the surface, All the Rage [Elks Lodge. Sat., Feb. 18, at 8:15 p.m.] is a story about chronic pain and a doctor’s quest to help people get rid of it. But it’s really about the stories people tell themselves about themselves, despite the facts that are right in front of their faces. It’s about the devastations of childhood, the rage of the impoverished and disenfranchised and the dismissal of science despite all evidence. As a showcase for documentary work, the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival deals in facts as deployed in stories. In its 14th annual iteration, during a year in

which “alternative facts” has emerged as a government-sanctioned synonym for lies, the very concept of factuality takes on added importance. The 10-day festival hosts more than 150 nonfiction films about people and places both foreign (Bosnian motorcycle clubs) and familiar ( Yellowstone bison). And, as befits the world into which they’re being born, a significant number of these films focus on issues, from climate change to riverine pollution to conflict in the Middle East. What these films accomplish when they succeed, like All the Rage does, is more than just a feverish sorting of facts from fake news. These films seek to discover and share truth. They may not always get there—documentarians know better than most how slippery an entity truth often turns out to be—but if recent months have taught us anything, it’s the importance of at least aiming for the target. Here are some that rang true to us.

An Independent guide to the 14th annual Big Sky Documentary Film Festival by the Independent staff

FEATURED Indigenous visions: Oyate, Tribal Justice, Badger Creek Gerald Vizenor, the Anishinaabe cultural theorist who popularized the word “survivance,” defines it as “an active sense of presence, a continuance of native stories, not a mere reaction or a survivable name.” In other words, “survivance” acknowledges cultural trauma, historical genocide, and current political, economic, social and cultural realities without viewing them through the lens of victimization. If that sounds like a lot of dense academese, that’s because it is. Luckily, three films playing at the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival deftly address this complex subject without so much as glancing at theory—which is exactly the right approach to take. They offer a view into the dynamic, beautiful, dysfunctional and hopeful lives of a handful of individuals from four tribes: Lakota, Piikáni (Blackfeet), Yurok and Quechan. Oyate is an intimate look at two families on the Pine Ridge Reservation. It’s a subtle, somewhat wandering film, and the viewer comes away with impressions rather than distinctive narratives. The film intentionally combats stereotypes associ-

ated with reservations—“poverty porn,” as one character unflinchingly calls it—and what replaces the stereotype is, of course, far more complex and less definable. The film features rodeos and fireworks and laughing children on trampolines, newborn infants and weddings, and also dilapidated trailers, struggling single fathers

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and the specter of addiction lurking at every turn. Most important, we see unfailing familial bonds and a fierce love that thrives despite—or perhaps because of— the realities in which the people of Pine Ridge live. The narrative is clearer in Tribal Justice, a film that shadows two tribal judges,

both of whom are pushing for innovative and holistic approaches to criminal justice. The Yurok and Quechan tribes are working with the state of California to implement rehabilitation and redemption programs instead of focusing on punishment, applying the approach to meth addicts, heroin users, juvenile offenders and

kids caught up in Child Protective Services. The logic and the results are unassailable: Offenders are treated as individuals and offered the opportunity to rehabilitate within the framework of their own tribe. The chance for success is markedly higher. Personal accountability becomes a point of pride. Ceremony and song provide support, as do family and community. Makepeace Productions offers a hopeful example of what’s possible when the legal system takes a personalized approach to justice, but it doesn’t shy away from the grim reality that no matter how well intentioned their judges, some offenders can’t escape their pasts. Badger Creek is the shortest of the three films, but maybe the most successful. Judicious editing allows the characters, scenery and loose narrative to weave together seamlessly. Shot on the Blackfeet Reservation, the film focuses on one extended family that has chosen to embrace Piikáni tradition, culture and language as a means of avoiding the darker possibilities of reservation life. The patriarch says at one point, “We stopped that cycle of drinking and drugs. …I wanted to learn as much as I could [about the old ways] so that I could give that option to my kids.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW When: Fri., Feb. 17, through Sun., Feb. 26 Where: All screenings and events are at the Rocky Mountain School of Photography, The Wilma, the Roxy, the Hell Gate Elks Lodge theater, the Public House and MCT Center for the Performing Arts All-access pass: $325 All-screenings pass: $175 Five-punch pass: $40/$30 students and seniors Individual film tickets: $9/$7 students and seniors Tickets available online and at Rocky Mountain School of Photography Visit for more info …I feel real fortunate that generations down the line, they can come back and say, ‘They did something for us, and we’ve learned a lot from those generations.’” These three films are powerful in many ways, but perhaps most significantly because they highlight a sense of community, family, spirituality and rootedness that is often painfully and obviously absent from mainstream culture. The examples of reservation life and portraits of individuals illustrate vital lessons about what’s necessary to be whole as a human. Badger Creek wraps up by stating the sentiment succinctly: “We teach our children, you gotta be who you are as an individual, but you’re always a part of this tribe, this family. Because we’re always Piikáni, and this is where we come from.” (Melissa Mylchreest) Oyate screens at MCT Mon., Feb. 20, at 3 PM. Tribal Justice screens at the Elks Mon., Feb. 20, at 8 PM and the Wilma Tue., Feb. 21, at 6:30 PM. Badger Creek screens at the Wilma Sun., Feb. 19, at 2:45 PM and Sun., Feb. 26, at 3:15 PM.

100 Years: One Woman’s Fight For Justice For 15 years, Elouise Cobell proved herself a warrior in the fashion of her great-grandfather, legendary Blackfeet leader Mountain Chief. People in Montana watched her legal battle against the federal government unfold slowly, even ploddingly, over a span that encompassed three presidential administrations. Cobell never gave up her tenacious pursuit of justice for Native Americans whose trust accounts had been grotesquely mismanaged for more than a century. Former Sen. Byron Dorgan, a North Dakota Democrat

who served as chairman of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, said it best: “If you’re ever going to take on an adversary in life, I would not suggest you pick Elouise.” What Montanans may not have heard during those years were the stories of the poverty-stricken and disenfranchised tribal members across the country for whom Cobell so tirelessly fought. And while Melinda Janko’s 2016 documentary, 100 Years, spends much of its time with Cobell, the moments that stand out most are those spent with other characters: Dorothy Wilson, James “Mad Dog” Kennerly, Harry Johnson and his mother, Mary. They live hardscrabble lives on reservations, getting by on the meagerest of government checks for use of their allotted lands—if the checks come at all. Cobell’s fear throughout her class-action lawsuit was that justice would not come in time for the eldest of those plaintiffs. Taken as a documentary of the landmark Cobell case, 100 Years feels chronologically fragmented at times, and leaves unaddressed the equally maddening struggle for congressional approval of the $3.4 billion settlement. But there are enough revelations here to forgive the lack of signposts, particularly regarding the deplorable manner in which trustee records were stored at various Bureau of Indian Affairs offices around the U.S. The toll that plaintiff deaths took on Cobell as events played out is equally stirring, as the fierce warrior is forced to grapple with the halting pace of bureaucracy. Many plaintiffs did not live long enough to see the first settlement payments. Cobell was among them. The greatest story left untold in 100 Years is Cobell’s simultaneous battle with cancer, which claimed her life on Oct. 16, 2011. It’s a story Cobell largely kept to herself,

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instead willing the focus onto those for whom she sought justice. In that sense, Janko’s film is a fitting tribute—not a rehash of a 15-year lawsuit, but a light shed on the hardships that lawsuit was meant to correct. (Alex Sakariassen) Screens at the Wilma Sun., Feb. 19, at 2:45 PM and Wed., Feb. 22, at 8:45 PM.

The Lure In 2010, an eccentric millionaire named Forrest Fenn hid a treasure chest somewhere in the Rocky Mountains, and thousands of people have been looking for it ever since. The Lure follows just a few of these hopefuls on their quest to

find the gold. Famed documentarian Errol Morris has an executive producer credit, and his influence shows in the film’s sympathetic and quirky portrayals of its subjects. We meet a once-wealthy Wall Street guy with a Santa Claus beard who gave up his privileged life more than a decade ago to hunt for gold and play cowboy in the Southwest. There are a couple of women who’ve set out on a weekend camping expedition together, away from husbands and families who don’t quite understand “the lure.” In truth, I don’t really get it either. Fenn provided a few clues about the treasure at the outset, and he continues to feed his minions crumbs as time goes on. There’s a baffling poem, for instance,

which talks about how long and perilous the journey will be, but also how easy and interesting. “It’s not in Idaho or Utah,” Fenn writes, which just means it could be anywhere in four other states. I hesitate to repeat the tired expression “needle in a haystack.” What the hunt requires of its subjects is so much worse. But it’s not about the finish line! At least that’s what all of them insist. The fun comes from the adventure and the thrill of the chase. Still, you can’t help but notice a certain glimmer in each subject’s eyes when they talk about the treasure. Always they engage in self-talk aimed at tempering their expectations, but it seems like all of them secretly believe the treasure is their destiny, and they alone will find it.

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Looking back with EyeSteelFilm The first film Daniel Cross made in film school was Danny Boy, a 15-minute Super-8 short about a kid who lives on the streets of Montreal and whose only escape is drugs. That film got some play in festivals and led to a trilogy of street stories, including S.P.I.T.: Squeegee Punks in Traffic. For S.P.I.T., Cross provided a camera to a street kid named Roach, who filmed his own scenes in collaboration with Cross. The process was transformative for them both. “At the time, he was mainlining cocaine,” Cross says. “He was a homeless drug addict, but with the camera he got so involved and invested in it, it motivated him to get off the street, quit the hard drugs—and he made three more films as a director.” Cross’ love for offbeat characters and underground subject matter led him to start EyeSteelFilm, a Canadian collective that has produced 30 featurelength films (plus dozens of shorts) from a variety of directors with funding from the National Film Board. These are projects that often don’t fit into a mainstream television-style documentary mold with talking heads and narration. “We like to make social documentaries that have a strong director’s point of view,” he says. “A lot of the films tend to have a personal element to them.” In 2005, Cross brought his Daniel Cross founded EyeSteelFilms, a Canadian collective focused on social film Chairman George to the sec- justice and experimental projects. ond Big Sky Documentary Film Festival. It follows a Greek-Canadian statistician who works for the government and every year flies to China, where he sings Chinese and Greek folk songs (in Chinese) on the streets. Cross met him by chance in Beijing while working on a different project. “It turns out that if you can sing in Chinese, you’re basically Elvis,” Cross says. “He was the nerdiest goofiest guy you could imagine. ‘You want me to whip it out?’ he asked me, and I’m like, ‘Uh, OK.’ He pulls out a bouzouki and plays and all the girls start coming around and swaying and dancing and smiling, and I look behind me and the cooks are out of the kitchen listening. It was totally absurd, and so I quit what I what I’d been doing and started following him around.” This year’s Big Sky Documentary Film Festival includes an EyeSteelFilm retrospective featuring 17 films, some of which, including Danny Boy, predate the collective. Deprogrammed by Mia Donovan focuses on cults, but it starts with a personal story: how Donovan’s older brother went through the deprogramming process when she was a kid. Chameleon is about an elusive Ghanaian journalist. One film focuses on Islamic punk, and another on blues in the bayous of Louisiana. Rip: A Remix Manifesto is one of the more creative EyeSteelFilms. It’s directed by Brett Gaylor, an internet geek and filmmaker who collaborated with mashup artist Greg Gillis, aka GirlTalk, to explore the world of sampling and copyright. There are several versions of the film, because they shared the footage on Open Source Cinema to allow viewers to manipulate the scenes. It’s this kind of rebellious approach to filmmaking that makes EyeSteelFilm stand out. “We’re not trying to fit into a TV-show format. We’re not reading the newspaper for ideas and then making a film out of it,” Cross says. “The projects we take are with directors who are making passion documentary projects, something they would be making regardless of whether they had the money to do it or not.” (Erika Fredrickson) Chameleon screens at the Roxy Fri., Feb. 24, at 1:30 PM. Danny Boy screens at the Elks Feb. 24, at 1 PM. Deprogrammed screens at the Wilma Wed., Feb. 22, at 1:30 PM. S.P.I.T. screens at the Elks Fri., Feb. 24, at 1 PM. Rip: A Remix Manifesto screens at Public House Sat., Feb. 25, 9:45 PM.

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Now in his 80s, Fenn’s motivations and sincerity remain a constant point of speculation. He maintains playful contact with the treasure hunters online, but can anything he says be trusted? Did he even hide a treasure at all? The Lure is a delightful adventure, and a nice reprieve from some of the festival’s more heady subjects. (Molly Laich) Screens at the Elks Lodge Mon., Feb. 20, at 5:30 PM and Sat., Feb. 25, at 8:30 PM.

Untouchable Take a guess: What percentage of convicted sex offenders will go on to commit a second sex crime? If you named any figure higher than 5 percent, social science says you’re wrong. But don’t worry, the U.S. Supreme Court doesn’t know the right answer, either. More than 100 court decisions around the country, including from the high court, have cited sex offenders’ supposedly “frightening and high”

Book getting dressed in walk-in closet that puts any Men’s Wearhouse to shame. It’s a portrait not of an aggrieved father willing himself out of bed each day, but of a general preparing for battle. Book is one of the most powerful lobbyists in Florida, and since his daughter’s abuse, he’s been on a mission to keep kids safe from sexual predators. That’s how he describes it. As the film shows, the swaths of legislation that Book has pushed have done more to make sex offenders’ lives miserable than to actually protect children. “Sentence them to waterboarding every day, throw the keys away,” Book says at one point. “I used to be a liberal Democrat, and then a crime hit my family, and I realized just how conservative I was.” The quote encapsulates our national attitude toward sex offenders, one that relegates them to a monstrous, subhuman class. We see this in neighborhood “predator patrols,” in state-sanctioned sex of-

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fender tent colonies, and in the eagerness with which politicians of all stripes invent new scarlet letters with which to brand offenders. We see it, too, in the three registered sex offenders whose stories are interwoven throughout the film, themselves victims of a society that would rather they disappear and die than offer treatment, rehabilitation or, God forbid, compassion. Anyone familiar with these arguments will quickly realize that Untouchable isn’t treading new ground. Still, the filmmakers exhibit considerable deftness in tracing a character-driven historical arc that helps makes sense of this deeply discomfiting subject. (Derek Brouwer) Screens at MCT Sun., Feb. 19, at noon.

how that culture ultimately influenced Timothy McVeigh to kill 168 people in a single blast. Political unrest gained traction in 1992 after a gunfight in Ruby Ridge, Idaho, between the Weaver family and the United States government. The multi-day standoff ended with one dead U.S. marshal, two dead Weavers and their slain family dog. The Weavers illegally harbored weapons and were likely sympathetic to a nearby faction of the Aryan Nation, but does that mean it was OK for government agents to entrap Randy Weaver when he refused to become an informant? It’s complicated. In any case, the incident had a way of re-invigorating a long-closeted white supremacist movement.

Director Barak Goodman’s Oklahoma City reminds us of the tremendous teaching power of a well-told story. If you’re a Montana-born, anti-government gun enthusiast, this film is for you. If you’re a peaceful anti-Trump protester in a state of suspended horror at the current state of things, there are lessons here for you, too. Most of us can recall basic facts and images surrounding the 1995 bombing of a federal building in the otherwise unremarkable midwestern town. Who could forget the photograph of the firefighter holding the charred baby? Or how, immediately after the attack, most everyone assumed it must have come from enemies in the Middle East. Remember how unsettled we were when it turned out to be a white kid from New York who mostly acted alone? In a brief 102 minutes, Oklahoma City gives an overview of the bombing, the rise of white supremacy in the 1990s and


threat of reoffense in justifying the increasingly sadistic punishments the country inflicts upon them. David Feige’s documentary examines how this class of untouchables came about. Driving the narrative is the startling figure of Ron Book, whose daughter was horrifically abused by the family’s female nanny for six years. The film opens on the father’s pain, still raw decades after the fact, as seen in his eyes, both distraught and deranged. There’s a seemingly intimate scene of Book getting ready in the morning, where we see him shaving, with his shirt off, his middle-aged body exposed to the camera. What’s jarring is that he’s standing in a gorgeous granite bathroom. We see shots of his case of expensive watches, then of

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The plot thickened in 1993 when a 51-day standoff in Waco, Texas, between the federal government and members of a well-armed cult known as the Branch Davidians ended in fiery tragedy. Hundreds of white supremacists flocked to the site during the conflict, among them the disgruntled 24-year-old Gulf War veteran McVeigh. Goodman’s film surprised me with its measured and detailed account of the circumstances leading up to the Oklahoma City bombing. McVeigh deliberately scheduled the attack on the two-year anniversary of Waco, and he did it independently of any larger terrorist organization or homegrown militia. With so many angry, unhinged people out there, it makes you wonder why catastrophic events like the

eating pilot whales for centuries. “Not a lot grows here,” one man in this subtitled film explains, so the communities rely on seabirds and whale meat for their primary sustenance. But mercury and PCBs are making their way into the humans who live off these marine animals. Local scientists are running a long-term study that proves exactly that, and the people are told again and again that eating whale meat will slowly poison their children. But the community rationalizes the threat away. One man drives away from a doctor’s appointment with his three bubbly children in the backseat and says he thinks his kids are doing just fine—why should they change their diet? It doesn’t help to change anybody’s mind when the Sea Shepherds arrive. This PETA-offshoot organization uses pirate-y logos and invasive tactics to get between the Faroe residents

and their whales. Pamela Anderson, a longtime vegan activist, even appears at a tense press conference to argue with the locals, who respond that they don’t find it realistic to suddenly start eating food shipped in from the mainland. The Sea Shepherds seem to succeed only in strengthening the Faroe people’s resolve to keep hunting whales. The Islands and the Whales’ message is that we’re screwed unless people start empathizing with each other, which might be too depressing for some to handle, but I urge anyone who can to see this on the big screen. The enormous vistas of misty islands and slate-colored waves reminded me that we can hardly fight to save the world if we don’t love it. (Kate Whittle) Screens at the Wilma Wed., Feb. 22, at 6:30 PM and at the Elks Lodge Fri., Feb. 24, at 3:15 PM.


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Oklahoma City bombing don’t happen more often. Hell, I can think of a few dudes I know personally who are about a hair’s breadth from snapping. More than just gripping cinema, Oklahoma City is a spooky cautionary tale. (Molly Laich) Screens at the Wilma Tue., Feb. 21, at 1:30 PM.

The Islands and the Whales Sheer human stubbornness crashes against immutable scientific fact in The Islands and the Whales the same way waves crash against rocky shores. Here we meet the denizens of the Faroe Islands, a remote part of Norway where blond men in knitted sweaters have been hunting and

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CAPSULE REVIEWS Chasing Evel: The Robbie Knievel Story So here’s a film about a man whose whole life story is his attempt to escape his father’s shadow, and still, it’s dad’s name that comes first in the title. Robbie Knievel, alive and striving in his mid-50s, is relegated to post-colon status even in his own biography. That’s got to chap a guy’s ass. But if Evel Knievel was a tough act to follow, Robbie was more than up to the task. “Evel broke bones,” an early quote quips. “Robbie broke records.” In fact he far surpassed his more famous dad as a daredevil, and he held his own against accomplished paterfamilial competition as a self-destructive drunk. Robbie’s late-career attempt at sobriety and comeback is the thread that pulls this documentary taut, but it’s the fatherson conflict that gives it tragic heft—and

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hints of triumph, for that matter. The Butte backdrops are an illuminating bonus. I wouldn’t venture to guess how this film might read outside its natural demographic of people roughly my age, but if you, like me, watched Evel Knievel crash into the Snake River Canyon on live TV, or tuned in to watch Robbie Knievel stick

the landing at Caesar’s Palace, or ever woke up on Christmas morning to a red, white and blue RV and a plastic ramp and a wind-up motorcycle, you can expect to spend this doc’s two-hour running time entirely enthralled. (Brad Tyer) Screens at the Wilma Sun., Feb. 19, at 8 PM.

In 2009, serial killer Anthony Edward Sowell was finally arrested on rape, kidnapping and murder charges after 11 unidentified bodies were found in his decrepit home in Cleveland’s Mount Pleasant neighborhood. Rather than dwelling on Sowell, Laura Paglin’s film instead focuses on interviews with his victims, all of them poor, black women who were lured in with promises of drugs. For two years, women went missing while the neighborhood smelled of a suspicious rot. More than one woman escaped from Sowell's home, and either didn’t press charges or found themselves disbelieved. Why wasn’t anything done? Through candid interviews and images of the impoverished Mount Pleasant community, Unseen acts as a haunting indictment of a police force that failed its citizens. (Molly Laich) Screens at the Roxy Sat., Feb. 18, at 7:30 PM.

In Walk with Me: The Trials of Damon J. Keith, we meet a judge in Detroit, Michigan, who had the singular responsibility of ruling on a number of landmark court decisions in the ’60s and ’70s that have had far-reaching implications for contemporary civil rights. Part biography, part historical document, the story of judge Keith is like the Forrest Gump of justice. Over the course of his career, he found himself on the frontline of topics as varied as school integration, affirmative action, housing and job discrimination. When affluent white citizens in Pontiac were content to maintain the lie of “separate but equal,” Keith passed legislation to rezone the school districts. The decision ultimately sent the city into a turmoil it’s never fully recovered from, but damn it, change isn’t easy. Keith’s ruling against • February 16–February 23, 2017 [15]

and good journalism can land you in jail, answers loudly, resoundingly and urgently: Comedy is absolutely vital. It’s inspiring to watch the bravery of Bassem, a heart surgeon turned satirical newscaster, as he amasses millions of viewers speaking truth and making it funny, even in the most dire and dangerous times. At one point during the documentary, as the people of Egypt unify with more than a little help from Bassem’s television program, he says, “When you go after the joker, the joke’s on you.” It’s advice echoed by Jon Stewart himself, who makes several ap-

Detroit Edison exposed systematic racial discrimination in hiring practices that had ramifications not just in Detroit, but for employers all over the country. Directed by Jesse Nesser with warmth and grace, Walk with Me tackles loaded subjects in a way that’s celebratory and uplifting. (Molly Laich) Screens at the Wilma Sat., Feb. 18, at 5 PM and at MCT Mon., Feb. 20, at 12:45 PM.

Olancho It’s not every day you see a freshly murdered corpse captured live in a documentary, but Olancho delivers just that. Making its world premiere at Big Sky, the film features members of a popular band in Olancho, a violent district of Honduras ruled by drug cartels and chaos. Directors Chris Valdes and Ted Griswold have seemingly impossibly intimate access to their subjects. With gorgeous photography, they capture real, poignant moments. When the band shows up to play a festival and a man gets stabbed in broad daylight, the band thinks they might get the day off, but no—the organizers have already rented the equipment. The show must go

pearances in the movie: “If your regime isn’t strong enough to handle a joke, you do not have a regime.” These are important words that should probably be heeded by certain SNL-criticizing leaders in our own country. (Sarah Aswell) Screens at the Roxy Sat., Feb. 18, at 9:45 PM.

Big Sonia Sonia Warshawski is an optimist. That might not mean much until you hear about her life, which includes surviving three of


on, and we see the group perform for a slightly stunned and grieving crowd. Olancho is one of those rare international films you’ll probably only get to see at a festival like Big Sky. Don’t miss your chance. (Molly Laich) Screens at the Elks Lodge Sat., Feb. 25, at 6 PM and the Roxy Sun., Feb. 26, at 6 PM.

Tickling Giants Fake news. Mass protests. Power grabs. I’m not talking about contemporary Amer-

ican politics. I’m talking about Egypt during the recent Arab Spring. In Tickling Giants, filmmaker Sara Taksler follows the fascinating rise of Egyptian comedian Bassem Youssef (“the Jon Stewart of Egypt”) through the tumultuous recent political struggles in his country, from the ousting of a dictator to the removal of Egypt’s first elected president via military coup. Currently in the U.S., we’ve been asking if comedy has a meaningful place in political activism—or if it’s merely a distraction. Tickling Giants, which takes place where protests often turn deadly

Tickling Giants

The art and activism of Tracy Rector Fifteen years ago, Tracy Rector was working in the garden of Skokomish tribal leader Bruce Miller when PBS asked to film a documentary about Miller’s mission to pass on his spiritual knowledge before the end of his life. Miller agreed on the condition that the crew include a Native intern, because, he said, “Our people need to tell our stories.” Rector was hired, and she started down the unlikely path of filmmaker and social justice advocate, despite the fact that her interest at the time leaned more toward botany. “I wasn't entirely sure what I could offer, since plant medicine was my passion in the moment,” Rector says, “but Bruce told me that as a people with strong storytelling traditions, media was a modern form of this expression and the best way to reach kids today.” Currently located in Seattle, Rector is now a standout in the world of modern Native storyCh'aak' S'aagi (Eagle Bone) telling and social-justice media. As executive director of Longhouse Media, an indigenous media arts nonprofit, she pects of VR in order to help viewers experience the entwined nature helps Native youth discover the art of storytelling while also devel- of land and identity for indigenous people. Rector became interested in virtual reality at last year’s Big Sky oping a range of media arts programming for indigenous communities. As a filmmaker, she has used her voice to advocate for the festival, when another filmmaker, Lucy Walker, debuted a VR film exenvironment and to oppose all things racist, classist, fascist, homo- ploring the history of Cuban dance. Her interest grew when she returned to Seattle and the woman-led production company Mechanical phobic and misogynistic. Rector is a long-time fan of and participant in the Big Sky Docu- Dreams asked her to work on a VR project. “Everything about my intro and experience with VR was through mentary Film Festival, attending 12 of the last 14 events. This year, she is debuting her first virtual reality film, Ch'aak' S'aagi (Eagle Bone), the lens and creative energy of women,” Rector says. “Then I went to as well as participating in a DocShop panel that explores how to doc- the Toronto International Film Festival and realized that 90 percent of the media makers in the VR industry were men. Filmmaking and media ument movements through the lens of Standing Rock. Ch'aak' S'aagi is a five-minute film that utilizes the immersive as- tend to be dominated by privileged white men, and it will be interest-

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ing to see who rises up to tell their stories through this medium and who also steps up to teach and share the knowledge of immersive media making with traditionally underserved storytellers and communities.” Rector’s personal life and art was also heavily influenced in the last year by the protests at Standing Rock. She initially visited the camp with a friend to drop off supplies, but found herself drawn back. “As soon as we pulled up to our apartment building in Seattle [after returning from the first visit], my friend and I looked at each other and said, “We have to go back,” Rector explains. “We collected an enormous amount of winter and food items over two days and headed back to Standing Rock, arriving the morning after the infamous water cannon attack on the water protectors. I spent roughly a month dedicated to the movement. It changed my life.” With the help of a cameraman, Rector was able to capture dozens of stories and interviews at Standing Rock, while at the same time expanding her understanding of Native communities, protest, activism and awareness. After her return, she has been more determined than ever to develop her craft and tell the stories that mean the most to marginalized groups and the environment. “As a filmmaker and activist, I see that there are thousands of stories that need to be told, not just because they are real people’s experiences, but because they raise questions that we as a society need to face,” she says. “When media is used as a tool to share stories that are compelling and accurate, they move us to think more deeply, connect with those we might have not felt connected to, and act to change our world.” (Sarah Aswell)

the Nazi’s worst death camps as a teenager— an experience that included watching her mother walk to a gas chamber and getting shot in the chest on the day her camp was liberated. Directed and produced by her granddaughter, Leah, Big Sonia follows this truly marvelous woman as she navigates her 80s: holding on to her quirky, popular tailor shop in a dying Kansas City mall, making trips to schools and prisons to share her

does much with a small cast of characters, balancing the various sides of the bison debate without crowding the field or venturing too far down the rabbit hole of policy. Only in its final minutes does the film begin to feel a bit like a recruitment ad for the Buffalo Field Campaign. Most notable, though, is Duek’s constant focus on the species itself. His camera never lingers too long on a human

Big Sonia

story, and doing all one person can to quash hate, which she sees as a slowly returning force in the world. Clad in bright red lipstick and animal prints (in addition to the faded tattoo on her forearm), Sonia lives her life with a contagious energy and attitude, though she admits to being profoundly scarred by her past. Surrounding herself with beautiful things, from freshly cut flowers to costume jewelry, she can’t seem to step outside without remarking on the beauty of the world. Even on a gray, overcast day she tells her granddaughter that above the clouds, there is blue sky. It’s a cliché to call a movie inspiring, but this one is as inspiring as things get. You will leave brimming with hope and filled with purpose. (Sarah Aswell) Screens at the Roxy Sat., Feb. 25, at 5:45 PM.

subject, opting instead to center on the breathtaking—and often brutal—world of the bison. Here Duek flirts with controversy of his own. As the tone of the film grows darker, so do the shots he chooses to include. Tatanka Vs Montana isn’t for the squeamish, but rather for those who want an honest and graphic view of how our nation treats one of its most iconic animals. (Alex Sakariassen) Screens at the Wilma Sun., Feb. 26, at 3:15 PM.

Supergirl Prepare for an atypical vision of femininity from the minute this documentary begins, with a 9-year-old girl in a singlet

observant Orthodox Jews from New Jersey who eat kosher and observe a strict sabbath. (That includes not using electricity on Saturday; in one scene, Naomi’s family is staying at a hotel for a competition and tells the staff they can’t use an elevator that day.) Kutin’s father also competed in powerlifting when he was young, and started training Naomi at a young age, as well. Naomi has already broken world records for her age and weight class—under 97 pounds—when the documentary begins. Her real challenge is how to keep lifting even as she grows into a lanky teenager and the competition becomes much tougher. She also struggles with everyday teen girl dramas about her weight and appearance, except that she also gets to read YouTube commenters calling her “butch” and a “freak.” Documentaries about living people— especially young people—can be challenging to pull off, but director Jessie Auritt keeps the pacing taut throughout. Kutin’s powerlifting scenes make for edge-ofyour-seat viewing. Can this huffing and puffing 97-pound girl manage to squat more than 230 pounds and break another record? Even if she fails, Supergirl serves as an inspiring pick-me-up. (Kate Whittle) Screens at MCT Sun., Feb. 19, at 7:15 PM and the Roxy Fri., Feb. 24, at 4 PM.

Off the Rails Darius McCollum is like a character from a Don DeLillo novel. For decades, he’s managed to hijack New York City subway trains and buses and proceed to… take passengers to their destinations. He’s been jailed 32 times over the years for expertly impersonating conductors. Flip those digits, and that’s how many years

Off the Rails

Director Adam Irving’s debut documentary takes its time unpacking its notorious subject. McCollum narrates much of his own tale, which is then explicated by mental health advocates who have worked with him. McCollum clearly seems to enjoy the spotlight, and this gives the impression that he’s a somewhat unreliable narrator. Only toward the end of the film is this uncomfortable aspect explained. Indeed, the whole narrative moves a bit like a subway train, traveling at a steady clip, but only slowly getting to its final destination. With each stop along the way, McCollum’s story becomes more interesting and more troubling. It just requires a bit of patience. (Derek Brouwer) Screens at the Wilma Tue., Feb. 21, at 8:45 PM and Elks Lodge Thu., Feb. 23, at 8:45 PM.

Charlie vs Goliath For the past four years I’ve been holding onto a stack of glitzy attack mailers from the 2012 Tester versus Rehberg senate race. I have no idea why. Maybe I’m just a wonkish hoarder, but I like to think of those mailers as a reminder of how high

a price candidates put on elected office. A U.S. Senate contender campaigning with less than $65,000? Ridiculous. Unless you’re Charlie Hardy. Charlie vs Goliath is a panacea for all of us suffering from campaign fatigue. Hardy’s 2014 quest to oust a corporately funded Wyoming incumbent—Republican Sen. Mike Enzi—would be Pollyanna-ish if it weren’t so damned inspiring. As Enzi counts his coal cash, Hardy takes to the streets, a former priest convinced he can win with handshakes and $5 donations. A Democrat in Wyoming? Voters scoff. One jokes that he thought they had been outlawed. But even Republicans admire Hardy’s man-of-the-people approach. Director Reed Lindsey has found a Don Quixote for our time. Hardy’s Rocinante is a decades-old schoolbus. His Sancho Panza is a crew of scruffy volunteers who like to sing Queen hits. Defeat is imminent, inevitable. But as a political operative says, “Maybe tilting at windmills is what [Hardy] does on a daily basis.” These days, we need more Hardys. (Alex Sakariassen) Screens at the Roxy Sun., Feb. 19, at 5:30 PM.

Tatanka Vs Montana Few issues in Montana are more confusing, more nuanced or more emotional than the management of Yellowstone bison. I’ve tried countless times to articulate why bison have become so mired in controversy, but I’m inevitably met with the same glazed, befuddled look. As an outsider, filmmaker Claudio Duek does what those of us who have long followed the saga of our National Mammal always forget to do: Start at the beginning. From the near-extinction of bison in the 1800s to today’s grazing- and diseasefueled rangeland war, Tatanka Vs Montana squeezes an alarming amount of history into just under half an hour. Duek builds his narrative layer by layer, allowing contemporary tensions to emerge only once the foundation is firmly set. And he


puffing out her cheeks and rolling her eyes and straining to deadlift more than 200 pounds. “Most of the time I’m normal and shy… but when I put on my workout clothes, I’m supergirl!” says Naomi Kutin, the heroine of this sweet, unabashedly heartwarming feature about femininity, strength, faith and coming of age. Kutin’s family members are

McCollum has spent in maximum-security prison for his bizarre performance art. Only it’s not performance art. The compulsion to commandeer city transit stems from McCollum’s Asperger syndrome in some complex ways. It’s all too complicated, of course, for the criminal justice system, which struggles to find a solution other than locking him up.

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Drum machine The happy ubiquity of journeyman rhythm maker Antonio Al by Ednor Therriault


uring a recent Sunday night session at Imagine Nation Brewing called Jazzination, Antonio Al folds his long frame behind a small sparkly red drum kit and starts snapping out a beat. Bushy salt-and-pepper hair bouncing, he stirs and pops the snare with a brush as his eyes track between the other four musicians, communicating wordlessly about where the song is going. The connection is palpable. The other players respond to the signals he relays with subtle off-beat hits or pauses. Beer drinkers and rhythm junkies bob their heads as the ad hoc band locks into a groove. You can’t have a great band without a great drummer. It’s been said that the drums are the horse on which the rest of the band rides, but if that horse is a swaybacked oat junkie with one hoof in the glue factory, no amount of guitar fireworks or acrobatic saxophone runs will get that beast to win, place or show. And what’s the hallmark of a thoroughbred drummer? A rock-solid grip on the snare, the center of the drummer’s universe. Antonio Al knows the snare. “The snare is the oldest drum in the set,” says Al (his last name is a truncated version of Alvarez), sipping Mexican cocoa in a southside coffee shop a few days after the gig. The lanky, bespectacled stickman has been popping up everywhere since moving to Missoula from Madrid, Spain, two years ago. He agrees that when it comes to drumming, it’s all about that snare. Holding an imaginary pair of sticks, he demonstrates. “The snare has all the rudiments,” he says. “Paradiddle, the flam, the paradiddle diddle. This is coming from the ’20s, especially in jazz.” If you dig live music in Missoula, there’s a good chance you’ve caught Al driving the beat with a local band, be it rock, pop, kids’ music—pretty much anywhere a competent journeyman is needed to anchor the rhythm. He’s been busy since the moment he unpacked his suitcase. “When there’s a new drummer in town, everyone wants to be aware,” he says with a smile. He floats between bands, filling in here, recording tracks there, sometimes playing three or four gigs a week. In ad-

photo by Amy Donovan

Jazz? Funk? Kids’ music? If it’s got drums, Antonio Al plays it.

dition to Jazzination jam on Sunday evenings, which is hosted by bassist Carla Green, Al plays every Thursday night at Plonk with a jazz trio featuring Owen Ross on guitar and Finn Carroll on bass. He also plays occasionally with GoGo Motion, an upbeat funk outfit with Moneypenny’s John West and Christopher Gray on Hammond organ and guitar, respectively. Gypsy jazz swingers Night Blooming Jasmine also use Al from time to time. “I also played with my favorite band in town, Cash for Junkers,” he adds. “They are a lot of fun.” He laughs at the memory of sitting in with the honky-tonkers. “I was robbing my ’50s R&B skills and putting them into this band.” While touring around the west with the John Adam Smith Band, Al became smitten with Missoula and decided to make it his home. It’s a familiar story. “I always liked this place,” he says. “Everybody is so nice. ‘Hey, how you doing? How’s your day going?’ Every week I’m discovering new musicians and every week I’m discovering a new awesome person.”

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The feeling, Green says, is mutual. “He is creating quite a lovely jazz community with the jams on Sunday night,” she says. “He is bringing in lots of different players.” In his charming Spanish accent, Al describes the culture shock of coming to the U.S. “The American culture is very known,” he says. “It has a good side and bad side, like everything else. It’s shocking when people in Spain ask me how it is. It’s a big country. So much space. A standard-sized apartment here is [the size of] a big house in Spain.” And the transition hasn’t all been smooth. One of his first Missoula projects ended in a bizarre meltdown at Imagine Nation about a year ago, when a mercurial newcomer fired Al and bassist John West mid-set. The bandleader, Elvis Cantu, had formed the rockabilly trio Shuggie B. Goode after coming to Missoula from Portland. In front of a packed house, Al recalls, the guitarist abruptly pulled the plug over some perceived infraction of his band code, and made a show of firing his rhythm section on the spot, leaving a

shocked crowd with no music for the rest of the night. “It was really unprofessional,” Al says. Cantu has since left town, while Al remains hip-deep in gigs. Al has traveled the world, soaking up various cultures and joining other musicians in sharing the universal language. “I’ve played a lot of weird places— Ethiopia, Kathmandu. But with music, the connection is instant.” Growing up in Madrid, there was always a steady source of income for a working musician, he says, although it’s not as lucrative now. “When I was 16 or 17, I started to play blues. Blues was huge in Spain. I played seven nights a week since I was 19. Fifteen years ago we made good money. The music business is not what it used to be, but there are still places where you can jump seven nights a week and get paid.” When our conversation turns back to Missoula, Al becomes animated as he extols the virtues of his adopted hometown. “The music scene is decent for a small town,” he says. “First thing that caught my eye when I moved here was the dancing

activity. Even the terrible dancers, they are wonderful. Dancing equals fun.” Lately he’s been playing rock and roll in Andrea Harsell’s new band, Luna Roja. “She’s a stage monster,” he says of the veteran Missoula songstress. The band is putting the finishing touches on a debut album recorded at Missoula’s Club Shmed studio. That album should arrive on the heels of an impending release from juvierockers the Salamanders, the first band Al hooked up with after making the move to Missoula in 2015. He’ll add those projects to the 35 other albums he’s played on, “from rock to reggae, blues to jazz, funk to folk and everything else.” For all his breadth of style, he declines to identify a favorite genre. “I love songs,” he says, flicking a drop of cocoa off the dark soul patch under his lower lip. “Not music for musicians, but songs. I like playing music for dancers. That’s why I’m a terrible dancer. I like to shake my booty but I’m always up on the stage!”


Resistance now Coyote and cocktails in Ryan Feddersen’s MAM exhibit

Is there there a BIG EVENT in your future? future?

by Erika Fredrickson

A panel from Ryan Feddersen’s installation “Coyote Now!” shows Coyote camping out in the mountains.

With an installation called “Coyote Now!” Seattle artist Ryan Feddersen has taken the mischievous mythological figure of Coyote and transported him to Missoula. She re-imagines him as the creator of Missoula’s famous peace sign, which was painted illegally between 1983 and 2001 on a 30-foot-high telecommunications reflector panel that overlooked the valley from the North Hills. (Each time U.S. West, the company that owned the panel, painted over it, someone would repaint it under the cover of night.) On a wall inside the Missoula Art Museum, Feddersen’s large-scale coloring book pages depict Coyote masterminding the act of rebellion. “Since the painter was anonymous, I decided it could have been Coyote,” Feddersen says. “First we see Coyote the artist in his studio surrounded by antiwar propaganda posters. Inspired, he thinks of a peace sign, which we see him clandestinely graffiti at night, and then we see the final image of the peace sign on the hill.” Next to the pages on the wall is a bowl of crayons, which Feddersen carved into the shapes of small coyote bones. Museum-goers are encouraged to use the crayons to color the pictures—a symbolic act meant to reference stories in which Coyote dies due to some act of mischief and is resurrected when a fox jumps over his bones three times. “Coyote Now!” is one of four installations Feddersen made for her MAM exhibit, Resistance. In another piece, “Unveiling the Romantic West,” she’s created images based on Edgar Paxson’s Missoula courthouse murals. They appear to be straightforward depictions of the Lewis and Clark story done in black ink, but the ink is thermochromic, which means if you hold your hand against it long enough it dis-

appears to reveal other images beneath it. The hidden layer shows things that were particularly important to Native Americans: bitterroot plants for medicine and the Buffalo Road on which they traveled. “I wanted to take these artificial, romanticized paintings that are very much presenting one version of history and bring in elements that remind people there’s a lot more to this story, and if you dig for them you can find them,” she says. Feddersen grew up in Wenatchee, Washington, and is a member of the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation (her uncle, Joe Feddersen, is a notable Native American artist). Resistance is about resource policy and how it has assumed the exclusion of Native American people, but it’s also an obvious reaction to current politics surrounding Standing Rock and the Trump administration. The installation “Martha Stewart Cocktails” is a feminist piece that shapes felt and bottles to look like Molotov cocktails. “I used felt because it’s soft, as a symbol of feminine, and made it into an image of violence and rebellion,” she says. “It’s looking at feminism as one of the acts of resistance.” The interactive part of the exhibit—thermo ink and coloring—allows viewers to engage with the work. And participation by both artists and viewers, Feddersen says, is what any good resistance movement needs. “It’s been exciting to see people start to get hungry for it,” she says. “ I’m encouraged by the fact that a lot of artists are seeing this time as a call to action. At some point, everybody makes a decision about how and when they want to make an impact in the world—and for a lot of people it’s now.” • February 16–February 23, 2017 [19]


Everywhere a bear Talking Ursus arctos, from Glacier to the Gobi desert, with Doug Chadwick by Chris La Tray

It’s easy to get the impression that only young daredevils with snowboards and climbing gear are having real adventures these days. A look at Whitefish resident Doug Chadwick’s resume will challenge that notion. For several decades, the 68-year-old biologist has traveled to the world’s most remote nooks and crannies to study elusive wildlife. He’s traversed the sub-Antarctic Ocean, the Himalayas, Africa and our own Rocky Mountains in search of snow leopards, whales, mountain goats, bears and wolverines. Along the way he’s written more than 50 articles for National Geographic magazine and 13 books. Chadwick’s latest book, Tracking Gobi Grizzlies: Surviving Beyond the Back of Beyond, finds him in the vast emptiness of Mongolia, chasing bears that few people know exist. For his upcoming readings in Missoula, he took some time to talk with the Indy about the significance of these creatures. What, exactly, is a Gobi grizzly? Are they the same bear we have here? Doug Chadwick: Genetically they are a subspecies … but, you know, taxonomists like to argue over whatever category you can make up. You could also ask how similar the grizzlies in the Arctic Wildlife Refuge are to the ones in Glacier Park. Size-wise [Gobi bears] are more similar to the ones in the Arctic, or some other minimal resource kind of place—it’s tough to make a living there in the Gobi. They are a bit smaller and rangier, but they’re every bit Ursus arctos. We have Ursus arctos hor-

photo courtesy Joe Riis

Doug Chadwick’s journey through the Mongolian desert led to his recent book, Tracking Gobi Grizzlies.

ribilis; they are Ursus arctos gobiensis. The question for scientists is how closely related they are to the Himalayan grizzly bears and the Tibetan grizzly bears. How did you get involved in studying them? DC: I heard about Mongolian bears when I was looking for snow leopards in Mongolia. There are brown bears that are the same as grizzlies—European brown bears—in the very northern part of Mongolia up near the Russian border. We went looking for those but we couldn’t find any. I figured they’re probably being poached a lot. Someone finally said, “Well, we have other bears in another part of Mongolia,” and I said, “Oh, what kind?” and they said, “You know, the same, brown bears, grizzly bears,” and I said, “Where?” and they said, “Down in the Gobi Desert.” It made no sense at all to me. You can understand bears [living] in the northern part of Mongolia because it’s mountainous and looks a lot like what you’d see here out on a hike in Glacier or something. With the Gobi bears, my first reaction was that this was something I had to see. There are grizzly bears in all these places that I think most people would be shocked to know

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about, because here in North America, it’s like we seem to think we own the grizzly bear, right? DC: Yes, we do, and you and I could talk about this classification stuff all day. It’s why scientists don’t use the term “grizzly bear” and call it the brown bear instead, because it was first classified in Europe, a European brown bear. But the species arose in Central Asia. I was in the right place! And it spread from there into North America, so we can’t claim Ursus arctos as ours. What we can do, and we did, is name the ones on our continent “grizzlies,” because they have the silver-tipped, grizzled fur, right? But then it gets horribly confusing again, because I’ve seen bears at 17,000 feet in the Himalayas that looked exactly like a grizzly bear up in Alaska. And it was a grizzly bear from Syria, or a brown bear, whatever we want to call them today, that was in a television show—and we’re getting into old guy stuff here—called Grizzly Adams. Ben! DC: That’s right. Ben was a brown bear from Syria. They used to be in the Middle East, they’re in northern India, they’re on the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido. I happen to think that brown bears—Ursus arctos—were probably part of humankind’s earliest religion. There is evidence of painted bear skulls, things like that, in stone age archaeological and paleonto-

logical sites, and it looks as though people had a special relationship with bears. And that they may have worshiped it, because it’s enough like us. It’s like us but it’s bigger, it’s more powerful. It’s a god-like figure. The last remnants of that Clan-of-the-Cave-Bear kind of worship of the bear were found, intact, on the northern island of Hokkaido. Even today, grizzly bears tend to fire the imagination, good or bad, like few other animals do. DC: Exactly. Which is part of why we want to save bears. We call it conservation, but then we divide up into camps and go around and around about how to handle them like we do all the time here in Montana. But why do guys like me get up early in the morning, before dawn, and creep out somewhere where I can watch them in a spring meadow? I don’t know why, I’m just drawn to them. I’m not thinking about biodiversity or anything like that, I’m not even sure what “biodiversity” really even is. I just know that anywhere I see them I have a pretty good idea that that ecosystem is still pretty intact, and still pretty wild. And I like that. Vital Ground presents an evening with Douglas Chadwick at Fort Missoula’s Heritage Hall Thu., Feb. 16, at 7 PM. Fact & Fiction hosts a presentation Fri., Feb. 17, at 7 PM.

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Look away A Cure for Wellness requires a strong stomach by Scott Renshaw


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I’d rather have snakes on a plane.

There’s a temptation facing reviewers to anticipate the commercial prospects of movies before they are released. This is usually a fool’s errand; anyone who believes they know what will be a hit and what will flop should find a different career. Nevertheless, it’s hard to resist predicting a general audience’s reaction. Such was the case with A Cure for Wellness, and the prediction went something like this: “People are going to hate this movie.” It’s important to emphasize the distinction between such predictions and my own feelings about the film. A whole lot of what makes this film occasionally fascinating—or, at the very least, lurid fun— can also seem like the result of a computer program designed to earn a C- CinemaScore. But A Cure for Wellness is also frustrating for the difference between how it begins and what it ends up delivering. If you’re going to make a freaky amalgam of allegory, morality play and body horror, it’s best to let the audience know in advance that’s what they’re in for. Not that the opening minutes don’t hint at something sinister. From a prologue set amid forbidding skyscrapers backed with slate-gray skies, the story transitions to a financial services whiz kid named Lockhart (Dane DeHaan) who may have cut a few regulatory corners to seal his latest deal. His bosses use that slipup to blackmail him into a strange assignment: retrieving the company’s CEO, Pembroke (Harry Groener), from the exclusive Swiss spa from which he has sent a message claiming that he intends never to return. When Lockhart arrives at the “wellness center,” run by Dr. Vollmer ( Jason Isaacs), he finds an almost cultlike atmosphere in a castle with a creepy history. Director Gore Verbinski does creepiness well—he directed the first American iteration of The Ring—and he sets the stage with a handful of arresting shots, like an empty room full of glowing computer terminals and an image playing off the mirrored surface of a Euro-

pean train. The production design is a top-to-bottom delight, employing ominous hospital corridors and steampunk-y isolation tanks for a sense of dilapidated menace, and populating these sets with patrons and staff members all dressed in crisp institutional white. Eventually, however, there’s the not-inconsequential matter of what A Cure for Wellness is ultimately about, and that’s where things get messy. Initially, it promises to use its solve-the-mystery structure to explore the contemporary “disease” of power-mad careerism, offering a touch of David Fincher’s The Game via Lockhart’s history of following in the footsteps of his suicidal father. Will Vollmer, addressing the existential black hole in the lives of his wealthy clientele, turn out to be the villain of this story, or its hero? How does his remote, no-cellphone-service mountain hideaway fit into a world of perpetual faces-staring-at-screens anxiety? A Cure for Wellness turns out to be considerably more complicated than those questions, not least regarding the identity of a mysterious, childlike young woman named Hannah (Mia Goth) who stares down from the castle walls and hums unsettling tunes. The mythology gets more convoluted by the minute, until the resolution tempts viewers to say, “That’s where you were going with this?” And that’s not even touching on all the unpleasant places Verbinski and screenwriter Justin Haythe go in the film’s second half: dental torture, forced ingestion of disgusting substances, rape and incest— material that average viewers are unlikely to applaud. A Cure for Wellness may have slipped a lesson about modern life into its sinister setting, but it’s hard to find amid the bloated, operatic Grand Guignol trappings. There’s never a dull moment as ticket buyers scurry unhappily toward the exits. A Cure for Wellness opens at the Carmike 12.

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[film] ORDINARY PEOPLE (1980) Robert Redford took home Oscar gold in his directorial debut about the disintegration of an uppermiddle class family after a tragic boating accident. Rated R. Stars Donald Sutherland, Mary Tyler Moore and Judd Hirsch. Playing Sun., Feb. 19 at 5 PM at the Roxy.

OPENING THIS WEEK A CURE FOR WELLNESS Maybe it’s wiser to take a personal day than to fly to the Swiss Alps to retrieve your CEO from a mysterious wellness center with some pretty horrific treatments. Rated R. Stars Dane DeHaan, Jason Isaacs and Mia Goth. Playing at the Carmike 12 and the Pharaohplex. (See Film)

RINGS Twelve years after its last outing, the cursed VHS tape that kills all who watch it returns with a technological update for the digital era. Rated PG-13. Stars Matilda Lutz, Alex Roe and Vincent D’Onofrio. Playing at the Carmike 12 and the Pharaohplex.

FIST FIGHT You’d think being a mild-mannered high school English teacher would excuse you from having to fight a fire axe-wielding teacher from across the hall after class. This is probably Betsy DeVos’ fault somehow. Rated R. Stars Charlie Day, Ice Cube and Kumail Nanjiani. Playing at the Carmike 12 and the Pharaohplex.

SING The best way for a broke koala to save his failing theater is to host a local singing competition. Too bad his assistant offered $100,000 in prize money they don’t have. Rated PG. Stars the voice talents of Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon and Nick Kroll. Playing at the Carmike 12.

THE GREAT WALL The only thing stopping an army of alien monsters from invading medieval China is Matt Damon. Wait, really? Rated PG-13. Also stars Willem Dafoe and Jing Tian. Playing at the Carmike 12 and the Pharaohplex.

NOW PLAYING 2017 OSCAR NOMINATED SHORTS - LIVE ACTION Check out this year’s Oscar-nominated short films so you’ll know which ones to pull for while watching the Oscars. Showing at the Roxy. Visit for showtimes. 20TH CENTURY WOMEN Some moms raise their kids by themselves. Some moms have a partner. This mom enlists a free-spirit punk artist and the girl next door to help with her son’s upbringing. Rated R. Stars Annette Bening, Elle Fanning and Alia Shawkat. Playing at the Roxy. ALMOST FAMOUS Rolling Stone apparently had some very lax hiring policies in the ‘70s. How else do you explain the rock band Stillwater taking a 15-year-old journalist on the road with them? Rated R. Stars Billy Crudup, Frances McDormand and Philip Seymour Hoffman. Playing Sat., Feb. 18 at 8 PM at the Roxy.

“I could play Batman so much better than Ben. This is so unfair.” The Great Wall opens at the Carmike 12 and Pharaohplex. happened behind the scenes before seeing this one. Rated PG. Stars Dennis Quaid, Josh Gad and K.J. Apa. Playing at the Carmike 12 and the Pharaohplex. FIFTY SHADES DARKER America’s love affair with rich creeps with spanking fetishes continues. Rated R. Stars Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan and Hugh Dancy. Playing at the Carmike 12 and the Pharaohplex. HIDDEN FIGURES You think you’re underappreciated at work? These African-American women did the calculations that put John Glenn in orbit while they worked at a segregated facility. Rated PG. Stars Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monáe. Playing at the Carmike 12.

ARRIVAL A linguistics professor leads an elite team of investigators when gigantic spaceships touch down in 12 locations around the world. Rated PG-13. Stars Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner and Forest Whitaker. Playing Wed., Feb. 15 at 7 PM at the Roxy.

JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 2 A retired super-assassin is dragged back into the life of international crime in this sequel to the coolest action movie of the last decade. I just hope no one messes with his puppy. Rated R. Stars Keanu Reeves, Ruby Rose and John Leguizamo. Playing at the Carmike 12 and the Pharaohplex.

A DOG’S PURPOSE A heroic pooch is resurrected as a series of different breeds. Doesn’t that sound nice? Maybe Google what

LA LA LAND An aspiring actress falls in love with a jazz pianist in this love letter to Hollywood musicals. Rated PG-13.

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Stars Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone and John Legend. Playing at the Carmike 12. THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE Na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na. . . tie in! Gotham’s caped crusader goes toe to toe with the Joker in the world of Lego. Rated PG. Stars the voice talents of Will Arnett, Zach Galifianakis and Michael Cera. Playing at the Carmike 12 and the Pharaohplex. LION Twenty five years after getting lost on a train and being taken thousands of miles away from his family, a man seeks out his lost home with the help of Google Earth. Rated PG-13. Stars Dev Patel, Rooney Mara and Nicole Kidman. Playing at the Roxy. MOONLIGHT Set against the backdrop of the War on Drugs, a young man comes to terms with himself, his community and his sexuality. Rated R. Stars Mahershala Ali, Naomie Harris and Janelle Monáe. Playing Wed., Feb. 22 at 7 PM at the Roxy. NETWORK Threatening to kill yourself on the air is certainly one way to improve the evening news’s stagnant ratings. Rated R. Stars Peter Finch, William Holden and Faye Dunaway. Playing Thu., Feb. 23 at 7 PM at the Roxy.

THE SPACE BETWEEN US The first human born on Mars is now a hormonal teenager making his first trip to Earth to meet his online girlfriend and hopefully not die in our atmosphere. Rated PG-13. Stars Asa Butterfield, Britt Robertson and Gary Oldman. Playing at the Carmike 12. SPLIT After being kidnapped by a man with 24 personalities, three women discover something truly terrifying: they’re in an M. Night Shyamalan movie. Rated PG13. Stars James McAvoy, Betty Buckley and Haley Lu Richardson. Playing at the Carmike 12 and the Pharaohplex. WELCOME TO LEITH Leith, North Dakota struggles for its soul when notorious white supremacist Craig Cobb plans to turn the small town into a Nazi outpost. Not Rated. Directed by Michael Beach Nichols and Christopher Walker. Playing at the Roxy Mon., Feb. 20 at 7 PM. WHAT SEPARATES US Produced and filmed in Helena and Missoula, this coming-of-age drama features a young brawler falling head over heels with a beautiful artist. Not Rated. Stars Mike Butters, Shannon Mary Dixon and Bryan Ferriter. Playing Thu., Feb. 16 at 7:30 PM at the Roxy. Capsule reviews by Charley Macorn. Planning your outing to the cinema? Visit the arts section of to find up-to-date movie times for theaters in the area.


photo by Kate Whittle

King Cake: Mardi Gras on a plate by Kate Whittle Mardi Gras is all too often an afterthought in Montana, relegated to lousy bar specials at best. I have reached the state of adulthood where I can’t get wasted on a Tuesday night anymore, but that doesn’t mean I’m about to ignore such an important holiday. I take Mardi Gras seriously because my mother, a practical, sturdy woman from Iowa, loves everything to do with New Orleans and the holiday for which it’s famous. For years, our eastern Montana farmhouse was festooned with feathered masks and voodoo dolls she’d brought back from trips to Louisiana. She loves the fleur-de-lis so much that she ordered one inscribed upon her custom-made funerary urn last year. (Don’t worry, she’s perfectly healthy—she just likes to plan ahead.) That love of Mardi Gras, combined with our observant Catholic upbringing, means that Fat Tuesday—Feb. 28 this year—registers as a holiday of import in my family. If I had to pick the optimal entry point into the joys of Mardi Gras, I would suggest a king cake. They can be tough to find in Montana if you’re not willing to make them yourself, but Black Cat Bakery makes it a point to offer enormous king cakes available for order in the weeks leading up to Mardi Gras. Black Cat’s king cake captures the tacky exuberance of Mardi Gras and all of the bizarre traditions that go with it, including the plastic baby thing. (More about that in a minute.) The cake itself, which dates to Roman times, is really a giant, sweet, yeasted roll, studded with roasted apples and spices, surprisingly flaky and delicate in texture. Romans used to bake it to celebrate the winter solstice holiday of Saturnalia. Once the holiday was adopted by Christians, the cake

WHAT’S GOOD HERE was dubbed “king” cake to honor the Three Kings who visited the baby Jesus with offerings of frankincense, gold and myrrh. Black Cat co-owner and pastry master Jack Wich oversees the the king cake’s crucial final touches. After it’s baked and cooled, he carefully inserts a plastic baby into one of the vents cut into the pastry. The baby, according to Mardi Gras tradition, symbolizes Jesus and brings good luck to the person who finds it. Finding the baby also conveys to the finder the title of king of the party. Wich suggests that the baby-finder be put in charge of buying the cake next year. “It’s a scam,” he says. Wich disguises the baby’s location by slathering the top of the king cake with an abundance of rich, buttery icing. In Louisiana, commercially made king cakes are usually topped with fondant, a moldable, gelatin-based type of frosting. “Our icing isn’t really traditional, but I just like it so much better than the traditional icing,” Wich says. I’m inclined to agree. Fondant is too sweet and gluey for my taste. The final flourish on a king cake includes gold, purple and green sprinkles representing power, justice and faith, and plastic coins and beads. To the uninitiated, the resulting delicacy might seem like a mess of clashing colors and inedible doodads. But to fans the cake epitomizes a holiday that has swelled far beyond its religious origins into a riot of color, hedonism and good cheer, all of which we could sorely use up here in the frozen days of late winter. Take it from my mom: You don’t have to be Catholic, or Cajun, to share the joy. • February 16–February 23, 2017 [23]

[dish] Asahi 1901 Stephens Ave 829-8989 Exquisite Chinese and Japanese cuisine. Try our new Menu! Order online for pickup or express dine in. Pleasant prices. Fresh ingredients. Artistic presentation. Voted top 3 People’s Choice two years in a row. Open Tue-Sun: 11am-10pm. $-$$$

Lunch menu served until 3. Dinner menu served all day. 406-829-8989 1901 Stephens Ave

Bernice’s Bakery 190 South 3rd West 728-1358

Order online at Delicious dining or carryout. Chinese & Japanese menus.

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Bernice's is committed to keepin' Missoula sweet and there is no better time to share our treasures than Valentines. Tempt her with a cream puff. Hold her hand and share a Red Velvet Heart Cake. Show the office how much you love 'em and get 'em a dozen roses. Rose cupcakes that is! Mini and full size. The infamous handfrosted conversation heart sugar cookie awaits a personalized message from you, or choose one of our pre-written delights. So much to choose from. What better way to say I Love You than to stop by Bernice's and buy Missoula's signature sweet treats for your sweetheart. xoxo bernice. p.s. Ordering ahead is always appreciated. $-$$

Biga Pizza 241 W. Main Street 728-2579 Biga Pizza offers a modern, downtown dining environment combined with traditional brick oven pizza, calzones, salads, sandwiches, specials and desserts. All dough is made using a “biga” (pronounced bee-ga) which is a timehonored Italian method of bread making. Biga Pizza uses local products, the freshest produce as well as artisan meats and cheeses. Featuring seasonal menus. Lunch and dinner, Mon-Sat. Beer & Wine available. $-$$ Bridge Pizza 600 S Higgins Ave. 542-0002 A popular local eatery on Missoula's Hip Strip. Featuring handcrafted artisan brick oven pizza, pasta, sandwiches, soups, & salads made with fresh, seasonal ingredients. Missoula's place for pizza by the slice. A unique selection of regional microbrews and gourmet sodas. Dine-in, drive-thru, & delivery. Open everyday 11am - 10:30pm. $-$$



Burns Street Bistro 1500 Burns St. 543-0719 We cook the freshest local ingredients as a matter of pride. Our relationship with local farmers, ranchers and other businesses allows us to bring quality, scratch cooking and fresh-brewed Black Coffee Roasting Co. coffee and espresso to Missoula’s Historic Westside neighborhood. Handmade breads & pastries, soups, salads & sandwiches change with the seasons, but our commitment to delicious food does not. Mon-Fri 7am - 2pm. Sat/Sun Brunch 9am - 2pm. $-$$

Butterfly Herbs 232 N. Higgins 728-8780 Celebrating 44 years of great coffees and teas. Truly the “essence of Missoula.” Offering fresh coffees, teas (Evening in Missoula), bulk spices and botanicals, fine toiletries & gifts. Our cafe features homemade soups, fresh salads, and coffee ice cream specialties. In the heart of historic downtown, we are Missoula’s first and favorite Espresso Bar. Open 7 Days. $

Doc’s Gourmet Sandwiches 214 N. Higgins Ave. 542-7414 Doc’s is an extremely popular gathering spot for diners who appreciate the great ambiance, personal service and generous sandwiches made with the freshest ingredients. Whether you’re heading out for a power lunch, meeting friends or family or just grabbing a quick takeout, Doc’s is always an excellent choice. Delivery in the greater Missoula area. We also offer custom catering!...everything from gourmet appetizers to all of our menu items. $-$$ Good Food Store 1600 S. 3rd West 541-FOOD The GFS Deli features made-to-order sandwiches, Fire Deck pizza & calzones, rice & noodle wok bowls, an award-winning salad bar, an olive & antipasto bar and a self-serve hot bar offering a variety of housemade breakfast, lunch and dinner entrées. A seasonally-changing selection of deli salads and rotisserie-roasted chickens are also available. Locally-roasted coffee/espresso drinks and an extensive fresh juice and smoothie menu complement bakery goods from the GFS ovens and Missoula’s favorite bakeries. Indoor and patio seating. Open every day 7am-10pm $-$$

Grizzly Liquor 110 W Spruce St. 549-7723 Voted Missoula’s Best Liquor Store! Largest selection of spirits in the Northwest, including all Montana micro-distilleries. Your headquarters for unique spirits and wines! Free customer parking. Open Monday-Saturday 9-7:30. $-$$$ Hob Nob on Higgins 531 S. Higgins • 541-4622 Come visit our friendly staff & experience Missoula’s best little breakfast & lunch spot. All our food is made from scratch, we feature homemade corn beef hash, sourdough pancakes, sandwiches, salads, espresso & desserts. MC/V $-$$ Iron Horse Brew Pub 501 N. Higgins 728-8866 We’re the perfect place for lunch, appetizers, or dinner. Enjoy nightly specials, our fantastic beverage selection and friendly, attentive service. Stop by & stay awhile! No matter what you are looking for, we’ll give you something to smile about. $$-$$$

Not available for To-Go orders

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[dish] Iza 529 S. Higgins 830-3237 Local Asian cuisine feature SE Asian, Japanese, Korean and Indian dishes. Gluten Free and Vegetarian no problem. Full Beer, Wine, Sake and Tea menu. We have scratch made bubble teas. Come in for lunch, dinner, drinks or just a pot of awesome tea. Open Mon-Fri: Lunch 11:30-3pm, Happy Hour 3-6pm, Dinner M-Sat 3pm-close. $-$$ Liquid Planet 223 N. Higgins 541-4541 Whether it’s coffee or cocoa, water, beer or wine, or even a tea pot, French press or mobile mug, Liquid Planet offers the best beverage offerings this side of Neptune. Missoula’s largest espresso and beverage bar, along with fresh and delicious breakfast and lunch options from breakfast burritos and pastries to paninis and soups. Peruse our global selection of 1,000 wines, 400 beers and sodas, 150 teas, 30 locally roasted coffees, and a myriad of super cool beverage accessories and gifts. Find us on facebook at /BestofBeverage. Open daily 7:30am to 9pm. Liquid Planet Grille 540 Daly 540-4209 (corner of Arthur & Daly across from the U of M) MisSOULa’s BEST new restaurant of 2015, the Liquid Planet Grille, offers the same unique Liquid Planet espresso and beverage bar you’ve come to expect, with breakfast served all day long! Sit outside and try the stuffed french toast or our handmade granola or a delicious Montana Melt, accompanied with MisSOULa’s best fries and wings, with over 20 salts, seasonings and sauces! Open 7am-8pm daily. Find us on Facebook at /LiquidPlanetGrille. $-$$ Missoula Senior Center 705 S. Higgins Ave. (on the hip strip) 543-7154 Did you know the Missoula Senior Center serves delicious hearty lunches every week day for only $4 for those on the Nutrition Program, $5 for U of M Students with a valid student ID and $6 for all others. Children under 10 eat free. Join us from 11:30 - 12:30 M-F for delicious food and great conversation. $ The Mustard Seed Asian Cafe Southgate Mall 542-7333 Contemporary Asian fusion cuisine. Original recipes and fresh ingredients combine the best of Japanese, Chinese, Polynesian, and Southeast Asian influences. Full menu available at the bar. Award winning desserts made fresh daily , local and regional micro brews, fine wines & signature cocktails. Vegetarian and Gluten free menu available. Takeout & delivery. $$-$$$ Korean Bar-B-Que & Sushi 3075 N. Reserve 327-0731 We invite you to visit our contemporary KoreanJapanese restaurant and enjoy it’s warm atmosphere. Full Sushi Bar. Korean bar-b-que at your table. Beer and Wine. $$-$$$

Orange Street Food Farm 701 S. Orange St. 543-3188 Experience The Farm today!!! Voted number one Supermarket & Retail Beer Selection. Fried chicken, fresh meat, great produce, vegan, gluten free, all natural, a HUGE beer and wine selection, and ROCKIN’ music. What deal will you find today? $-$$$

Grandpa’s Ruin at Montgomery Distillery


Pearl Cafe 231 E. Front St. 541-0231 Country French meets the Northwest. Idaho Trout with King Crab, Beef Filet with Green Peppercorn Sauce, Fresh Northwest Fish, Seasonally Inspired Specials, House Made Sourdough Bread & Delectable Desserts. Extensive wine list, local beer on draft. Reservations recommended. Visit us on Facebook or go to to check out our nightly specials, make reservations, or buy gift certificates. Open Mon-Sat at 5:00. $$-$$$ Pita Pit 130 N Higgins 541-7482 Fresh Thinking Healthy Eating. Enjoy a pita rolled just for you. Hot meat and cool fresh veggies topped with your favorite sauce. Try our Chicken Caesar, Gyro, Philly Steak, Breakfast Pita, or Vegetarian Falafel to name just a few. For your convenience we are open until 3am 7 nights a week. Call if you need us to deliver! $-$$ Sushi Hana 403 N. Higgins 549-7979 Montana’s Original Sushi Bar. We Offer the Best Sushi and Japanese Cuisine in Town. Casual atmosphere. Plenty of options for non-sushi eaters including daily special items you won’t find anywhere else. $1 Specials Mon & Wed. Lunch Mon–Sat; Dinner Daily. Sake, Beer, & Wine. Visit for full menu. $$-$$$

Taco Sano Two Locations: 115 1/2 S. 4th Street West 1515 Fairview Ave inside City Life 541-7570 • Home of Missoula’s Best BREAKFAST BURRITO. 99 cent TOTS every Tuesday. Once you find us you’ll keep coming back. Breakfast Burritos served all day, Quesadillas, Burritos and Tacos. Let us dress up your food with our unique selection of toppings, salsas, and sauces. Open 10am-9pm 7 days a week. WE DELIVER. $-$$

photo by Derek Brouwer

What you’re drinking: All right, hop up on this stool here, sonny. Yes, bartender, I’ll take a Grandpa’s Ruin, please, and so will my boy. What do you mean he’s not old enough? Give him a water, then—he’ll need it anyway to wash down the sip he’ll take from mine. Listen, sonny, it’s time you learned how your old man’s old man lived. I know you never met him. It’s a shame, I know, and this’ll help explain why.

don’t be drawing the bartender’s attention. Do you taste that sweetness? Sweet, smoky candy is what gramp’s used to call it. Good for the soul, less good for the body. You best stay away from tobacco, though. See the orange peel floating in the drink there? You start smoking and soon enough you’ll be coughing up bits of lung in your drinks. If gramps had learned that lesson sooner he might still be here with us today.

What’s in it: This here highball is just like what gramps drank. Two a day, maybe three of these. In truth, sonny, this one’s a little fancier. The base is rye whiskey—you know what that is, right?—milled and distilled here in Missoula. Add a house amaro—that’s a bitter liqueur—and a pinch of demerara sugar. Then, here’s the best part: homemade tobacco bitters. Smell that? Comes from soaking pipe tobacco in alcohol for a month. That’s pretty much how gramps lived, you know. Not exactly, but pretty much, pretty much.

Where you’re drinking it: This here distillery isn’t so different from the old bars your gramps used to bring me to. See that big, wood bar back, those bison and steer mounts on the wall? In truth, sonny, this place is a little fancier. One of these skulls is made out of metal, for god’s sake, and there’s an iPad under that bust of Honest Abe. So you see it’s not quite the old west in here, but if you sip slow enough on this cocktail, you might catch a whiff of the past.

What it tastes like: No shame in coughing, sonny. This one’s strong, real strong. Just

Where to find it: Montgomery Distillery, 129 West Front St. $9, limit two per person per day. No sips for the children, please. —Derek Brouwer

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. $-$$

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FRI | 10 PM | TOP HAT Kitchen Dwellers play the Top Hat Fri., Feb. 17. Doors at 9:30 PM, show at 10. $5.

SAT | 9 PM | MONK’S Japanese dubstep superstar Goth-Trad drops the bass at Monk's Sat., Feb. 18. 9 PM. 18-plus. $5.

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TUE | 8 PM | TOP HAT Hippo Campus plays the Top Hat Tue., Feb. 21. Doors at 7:30 PM, show at 8. $16/$14 advance.



FINAL ROUND Feb 17 - 20 THU | 2/16 | 9 PM | TOP HAT Jerry Joseph brings the Jackmormons for a night of globetrotting music at the Top Hat Thu., Feb. 23. Doors at 8:30 PM, shows at 9. $10.

JACKPOT DOOR BUSTERS 1 Select flies 50% Off 2 All Buffs, Buy One Get One 50% Off 3 Select Scientific Angler fly lines 40% Off 4 All Julbo Sunglasses, Including Kids 50% Off 5 All GoPro Accessories 50% Off 6 Ticla Teahouse 3 Tent $149

SURE BETS 1 Entire Stock Of Nordic Boots 40% Off Nearly 2 All in-stock Raft Frame Parts 20 - 50% Off all instock 3 All Stanley Items 20% Off winter apparel 4 In-stock Rafts 10% Off and ski wear is 5 All Glasses in stock 20% Off on sale! 6 Black Diamond Factor MX Ski Boot $299.99

GAMBLED GOODS 1 All Fall/Winter clothing 10%–50% Off 2 Select Travel 20-30% Off 3 Fly Rods (excluding Winston) 10/20/30, Fly Reels 15/25/35 4 Ski Packs 10%-50% Off 5 Dan Bailey Waders and Boots 30/40/50 6 Huge Selection of Camping Accessories, Including Stoves, Cookware & More 10% - 40% Off

FRI | 9 PM | MONK’S Pay attention, class. Prof plays at Monk’s Fri., Feb. 17. 18-plus. $15.

221 East Front St. 543-6966 M-F 9:30-8 Sat 9-6 Sun 11-6 Southgate Mall 2901 Brooks 541-6978 M-Sat 10-9 Sun 11-6 • February 16–February 23, 2017 [27]

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Thursday UM’s Black Student Union hosts Ask a Black Person, a panel discussion on race in America at the University Center room 326. 4 PM.

All those late nights watching gameshow reruns are finally paying off. Get cash toward your bar tab when you win first place at trivia at the Holiday Inn Downtown. 7:30–10 PM.


You’ll have to wait until after nightfall to see Dusk at the Sunrise Saloon. 8:30 PM. Free.

World-renowned, award-winning journalist Suzanne Goldenberg speaks on the human cost of climate change in UM Liberal Arts Building room 103. 5 PM. Free and open to the public.

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543-1128 236 N. Higgins

Radius Gallery probes into the work, biography and drinking preferences of Missoula-born artist Hadley Ferguson with 10 Questions. 5 PM. Free. RSVP to In conjunction with Resistance, an exhibition by Seattle-based artist Ryan Feddersen (Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation), renowned local poet Heather Cahoon (Pend d’Oreille) will read from her recent series of poems that speak of Coyote’s children at Missoula Art Museum. 5:30 PM. Free.

The ritual is complete. Swamp Ritual and Stone Elk perform at the Palace. 9 PM. Free.

Gallatin Grass Project brings its pickin’ skills to Bitterroot Brewing Thu., Feb. 16, at 6 PM. and open to all abilities, levels and interests. 725 W. Alder. 6:30 PM–8 PM.

Start spreading the news! There’s karaoke today! You don’t need to be a veteran of the Great White Way to sing your heart out at the Broadway Bar. 9:30 PM. Free.

Say “yes and” to a free improv workshop every Thursday at BASE. Free

Poet Grace Bonner reads from Round Lake, her first book of poems, at Shakespeare & Co. 7 PM. Free.

Faster Rabbit’s VFW Residency continues with Helena’s Regan Clancy and Pender. 10 PM. Free.

opens with a screening of Bright Lights, a portrait of Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher. The Wilma. 7 PM. Visit for more info, tickets and a full schedule.

Dickens’ great unfinished work. With over 350 possible endings even Inspector Bucket couldn’t get a handle on this one. The Hamilton Playhouse. 8 PM. $15.

You don’t understand me, mom! Emo Night returns to the Palace. Local DJs select the finest emo tunes ever. Join the Black Parade at 9 PM. Free.

Author and wildlife biologist Douglas Chadwick presents a portrait of the Gobi grizzlies’ battle for survival in one of the most remote settings on Earth for his new book. Fact & Fiction. 7 PM–9 PM.

Missoula’s HomeGrown Comedy yearly competition kicks off with the first qualifying round at the Public House. See the best in Montana comedy go head-to-head in the pursuit of free PBR shirts and cash. 8 PM. $10.

Awesome Possums brings the banjo to Draught Works Brewery. 6 PM–8 PM. Free.

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Presidents’ Day

Kris Moon hosts and curates a night of volcanic party action featuring himself and a rotating cast of local DJs every Thursday at the Badlander. 9 PM. Free.

nightlife Imagine Nation releases its new art and literature magazine about beer with a party. Get your copy of Beyond Beer and enjoy a cold one. 6 PM–8 PM. Free. Bring an instrument or just kick back and enjoy the tunes at the Irish Music Session every Friday at the Union Club from 6–9 PM. No cover. Andrea Harsell brings her honky-tonk chops to Missoula Brewing Co. 6 PM– 8 PM. Free. Cozy up with a glass of made-in-Montana wine and the live, local music of David Horgan and Beth Lo at Ten Spoon Winery. 6PM–8 PM. Free. The Big Sky Documentary Film Festival

Your paramour will appreciate your thriftiness at the Cheap Date Night, where the Missoula Public Library screens a free, recently released motion picture. Doors open at 6:45 PM and close at 7:15. Enter from the Front Street side of the building. The Mystery of Edwin Drood comes to life with a stage production of Charles

Band in Motion finally got that pair of wheels to take them where the future’s lyin’. In this case it’s Cowboy Troys. 8 PM. Free. Prof, named the 19th-best rapper from Minnesota by City Pages weekly, brings his Time Bomb tour to Monk’s. 9 PM. 18-plus. $15.

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These guys have CHUDS for downstairs neighbors. Kitchen Dwellers play the Top Hat. Doors at 9:30 PM, show at 10. $5. This is your first chance this week to catch the Last Chance Band at the Sunrise Saloon. 9:30 PM. Free. The Josh Farmer Band take a break from tilling the soil to perform at the Union Club. 9:30 PM. Free.


Spotlight The night sky above Missoula will be dark, because all the stars will be at the MCT Center for the Performing Arts for a special benefit for the Downtown Dance Collective to continue its mission offering dance classes and performances in Missoula. Ten Garden City big wigs and 10 professional dancers pair up to bust a move, cut a rug, and some third violent expression for dancing. Dancing with the Stars features such notable residents of

February’s I’ll House You at the Badlander features the hot tracks and California style of DJ Smokey Rose. 9 PM. Free.

and legal eagle Jennifer Ewan. Which is great WHEN: Sat., Feb. 18 at 7:30 PM and all, but come on. I should be a shoo-in WHERE: MCT Center for the Performing Arts for this. I'm a very noHOW MUCH: $45 table resident of Missoula! Whose MORE INFO: slow-speed chase around the mall had Missoula as Biga Pizza magnate the whole city on the edge of their fuand Volumen drummer Bob Mar- tons last Administrative Assistant's shall, chiropractor Dr. Mark Wilson Day? Who leads the fight to have WHAT: Dancing with the Missoula Stars

that place downtown renamed the Thomas Meagher Beagher? If they didn't want me as a star (which I totally understand; my voluminous arrest record might be a factor), I could easily fill in as one of the professional dancers. I mean, I've seen Flashdance almost two times. Give me a call. I'll only charge you my standard hourly rate. — Charley Macorn


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Saturday Get your fresh produce and farm-direct goodies when Stage 112 hosts the Missoula Valley Winter Market from 9 AM–1 PM. Attention all cinephiles! Big Sky Documentary Film Festival continues. Visit for info. Sharpen your bird identification on a beginning birding field trip at the Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge. Binoculars are available if needed. Families with children are welcome. Minimal walking is involved. 10 AM–12 PM. Winter Storytelling at Travelers’ Rest State Park celebrates the Salish tradition of sharing stories. This week Mary Jane Bradbury presents Well Behaved Women Rarely Make History: Women in Science. 11 AM. $5. Elaine Dugas Shea reads poetry and signs her new book Dream Transfer and Wonder at Fact & Fiction. 2 PM. The Montana Natural History Center presents activities for kids Saturday. Free with admission to Center. 2 PM.

nightlife Geoff Lake covers a lot of ground at

the Highlander taproom at Missoula Brewing Co. 6 PM–8 PM. Free. Live from Imagine Nation it’s Saturday Night Live Music series! This week catch the Gallatin Grass Project. 6 PM–8 PM. Free. Bob Mislevic provides the soundtrack at Draught Works Brewery. 6 PM–8 PM. Free. The Stevensville Playhouse host a fundraiser featuring music by Kendall Norris, Josh Farmer, Jenn Adams and mimery by Christian Ackerman. 6 PM. $40/$60 for couples. I can’t help but notice I haven’t been asked to participate. I can do the worm like no one’s business. The 2nd Annual Dancing With the Missoula Stars benefits the Downtown Dance Collective. MCT Center for the Performing Arts. 6:30 PM–11 PM. $45-$100. Shimmy over to for more info.

The Mystery of Edwin Drood comes to life with a stage production of Charles Dickens’ great unfinished work. The Hamilton Playhouse. 8 PM. $15.

It’s the dance, not the chip dip. Salsa 406 returns with Latin music and dancing at the Dark Horse every third Saturday of the month. 8:30 PM. Free. DJ Kris Moon completely disrespects the adverb with the Absolutely Dance Party at the Badlander. 9 PM, with fancy drink specials to boot. $5. Aladdin and Hercules are my OTP. The kings and queens of the Imperial Sovereign Court of the State of Montana show you a whole new world of Disney classics while celebrating the life of Empress Brooke St. John. The Palace. Doors at 9 PM, show at 10. $5. 18-plus. The only goth trad I’m interested in is preserving the Masquerade. Japanese dubstep superstar Goth-Trad drops the bass at Monk’s. 9 PM. 18-plus. $5.








































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Sunday Attention all cinephiles! Big Sky Documentary Film Festival continues. Visit for a full schedule and tickets. Family Storytime offers engaging experiences like storytelling at 11 AM on Sat. and 2 PM on Sun. at the Missoula Public Library. Free. Join Kim Briggeman, Pastor Carl Rohr and Pastor Dan Taylor as they tell reveal the secret origins of St. Ann Catholic Church, Our Savior’s Lutheran Church and Hope Baptist Church. St. Ann Catholic Church. 2 PM–4 PM. Free. Pasty dinner to follow.

nightlife Every Sunday, Imagine Nation hosts

Jazzination, the perfect excuse to indulge your inner Lisa Simpson. 5 PM– 8 PM. Free. Don’t feel down, Luna Blue plays Draught Works Brewery. 5 PM–7 PM. Free. Sundays are shaken, not stirred, at the Badlander’s Jazz Martini Night, with $5 martinis all evening, live jazz and local DJs keepin’ it classy. Music starts at 8 PM. Free. Portland’s Each Both joins Neutral Colors and Cairns for a night of music at the Joe Below. 8 PM. $6. Every Sunday is “Sunday Funday” at the Badlander. Play cornhole, beer pong and other games, have drinks and forget tomorrow is Monday. 9 PM.

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Monday Attention all cinephiles! Big Sky Documentary Film Festival continues. Visit for a full schedule and tickets. Every Monday the Learning Center at Red Willow hosts Yoga for Wellness. 12 PM–1 PM. $40 for four classes, $12 for drop in. Shake off your Monday blues at the Dram Shop with $3 drinks every Monday. 12 PM–9 PM.

Bingo at the VFW: The easiest way to make rent since keno. 245 W. Main. 6:30 PM. $12 buy-in. Get mindful at Be Here Now, a mindfulness meditation group that meets Mondays from 7:30–8:45 PM at the Open Way Mindfulness Center, 702 Brooks St. Free. Karaoke night at the Dark Horse Bar. 9 PM. Free.


Every Monday DJ Sol spins funk, soul, reggae and hip-hop at the Badlander. Doors at 9 PM, show at 10. Free.

Prepare a couple of songs and bring your talent to Open Mic Night at Imagine Nation Brewing. Sign up when you get there. Every Monday from 6–8 PM.

Live in SIN at the Service Industry Night at Plonk, with DJ Amory spinning and a special menu. 322 N. Higgins Ave. 10 PM to close. Just ask a server for the SIN menu. No cover.

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Tuesday Attention all cinephiles! Big Sky Documentary Film Festival continues. Visit for a full schedule .

nightlife Dust off that banjolin and join in the Top Hat’s picking circle, 6–8 PM every Tuesday. All ages. I was hoping this would be a support group of some kind. Timothy O’Leary reads from his new book Dick Cheney Shot Me in the Face at Fact & Fiction. 7 PM–9 PM. Free. Part dance, part live theater, Ceiling in the Floor portrays a deeply personal story of two artists whose relationship deteriorated as the result of a quiet struggle with depression and sui-

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cide. UM PARTV Center. 7 PM. $20/$15 advance. Claire Haughey gives a free public lecture on photographing the backcountry at Rocky Mountain School of Photography. 7 PM. Free. Mike Avery hosts the Music Showcase at the Badlander. 7 PM–10 PM. To sign up, email This band looks hungry, hungry. Hippo Campus plays the Top Hat Lounge. Doors at 7:30 PM, show at 8. $16/$14 advance. The UM music faculty recital presents Evan Chamber’s Atonement with other works by Eric Mandat, HyeKyung Lee and Joseph Horovitz at the UM School of Music. 7:30 PM. $12.

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Wednesay Andrea Harsell provides the tunes at Great Burn Brewing. 6 PM–8 PM. Free.

nightlife At the Phish Happy Hour you can enjoy Phish music, video and more at the Top Hat every Wednesday at 4:30 PM. But I know you’ll show up at 4:20. Free. All ages. Wednesday Night Brewery Jam invites all musicians to bring an instrument and join in. Yes, even you with the tuba. Hosted by Geoffrey Taylor at Imagine Nation Brewing Co. 6–8 PM. Free.

Bring your biggest wigs and appreciation for the emotional lives of trees to the ZACC for Bob Ross Night. Paint some happy little shrubs from 6 PM–8 PM. $25. Broadway Trivia Night at the Broadway Sports Bar and Grill, 1609 W. Broadway Ave. 7 PM. Trivia answer: Wear a tuxedo.

In the Montana premiere of Melissa Ross’s play Thinner Than Water, a trio of half siblings warily come together when their dad’s current girlfriend reaches out to let them know he’s in the hospital. The Masquer Theatre, PARTV Center. 7:30 PM. $16/$14 students. Missoula’s HomeGrown Comedy Showcase/Open Mic blends established comedians with fresh new voices at the Roxy Theater. 7:30 PM. Free with concession purchase.

Get up onstage at VFW’s open mic, with a different host each week. Halfprice whiskey might help loosen up those nerves. 8 PM. Free. Make the move from singing in the shower at the Eagles Lodge karaoke night. 8:30–10:30 PM. No cover. Local DJs do the heavy lifting while you kick back at Milkcrate Wednesday down in the Palace. 9 PM. No cover, plus $6 PBR pitcher special.

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Thursday tAttention all cinephiles! Big Sky Documentary Film Festival continues. Visit for a full schedule and tickets.

nightlife Tom Catmull blurs the line between country, pop and rock at Bitter Root Brewing. 6 PM–8 PM. Free. I thought his name was Hunnicutt. Huckleberry Mash plays Draught Works Brewery. 6 PM–8 PM. Free.

Speak the speech, I pray you, as I pronounced it to you, trippingly on the tongue. Poetry Slam at E3 Convergence Gallery puts the best local poets against each other. 7 PM. Free. Western historian Annie Gilbert Coleman explores how recreational consumption has goofed up mountain landscapes both visually and politically at a free lecture at Gallagher Business Building room 106. 7 PM. In the Montana premiere of Melissa

Ross play Thinner Than Water, a trio of half siblings warily come together when their dad’s current girlfriend reaches out to let them know he’s in the hospital. The Masquer Theatre, PARTV Center. 7:30 PM. $16/$14 students. World traveler and raconteur Jerry Joseph brings the Jackmormons for a night of globetrotting music at the Top Hat. Doors at 8:30 PM, shows at 9. $10. Faster Rabbit’s VFW Residency continues with Florida’s Ron Dunbar, L.A.’s

Vanessa Rochelle and local heroes Critical Failure. 10 PM. Free. We want to know about your event! Submit the details to calendar@ missoula Don’t forget to include the date, time, venue and cost. Send snail mail to Cal-eesi, c/o the Independent, 317 S. Orange St., Missoula, MT 59801. Or submit your events online at There’s a treasure map on the back of this calendar. • February 16–February 23, 2017 [31]

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Agenda Racism and bigotry are frequent and undeniable parts of our national story. Even though we live in a relatively homogenous city in a homogenous state, these dangerous systems affect Missoulians and Montanans on a daily basis. White people can't pretend they don't. White people need to listen to the voices of those affected by this. Throughout this month, the University of Montana’s Black Student Union hosts events exploring the history and experiences of people of color. The February series includes film screenings, lectures and panels, like this week’s panel on race in America titled “Ask a Black Person.” BSU Marketing and Outreach Coordinator Meshayla Cox knows that the panel will create tension. “We're looking forward to getting questions the panel isn't comfortable hearing,” she says. “They aren't going to answer anything overtly racist, but we need to have a voice there, in a respectful setting, to create a space where we can open a discussion about the black experience. We have panel members that might disagree on certain aspects. That's because there

THURSDAY FEBRUARY 16 The Learning Center at Red Willow hosts a free meditation class for veterans at the Missoula Vet Center. 1 PM. Call 406-721-4918 for more info and registration. UM’s Black Student Union hosts Ask a Black Person, a panel discussion on race in America at the University Center room 326. 4 PM.

FRIDAY FEBRUARY 17 The Women in Black stand in mourning of international violence every Friday on the Higgins bridge from 12:15–12:45 PM. Visit to learn more.

MONDAY FEBRUARY 20 Veterans are invited to take a free Tai Chi class from the Learning Center at the Missoula Vet Center. 3 PM. Call 406-721-4918 to register. Find out how the Garden City grows at the weekly Missoula City Council meeting. Missoula council chambers, 140 W. Pine St. Meetings are the first four Mondays of every month at 7 PM, except for holidays.

TUESDAY FEBRUARY 21 Shootin’ the Bull Toastmasters helps you improve your public speaking skills with weekly meetings at ALPS in the Florence Building, noon–1 PM. Free and open to the public. Visit for details. Caregiver Support Group, for caregivers to an older adult or person with a disability, meets every third Tuesday of the month from 4–5 PM at Missoula Aging Services, 337 Stephens Ave. Call 7287682 for more information. Yoga Beyond Cancer meets every Tuesday at the Learning Center at Red Willow. $40 for four sessions. Call 406-721-0033 for more info and registration.

isn't just one black experience, but many.” Cox says the panel, made up of six students and faculty members, relish the chance to talk about the ongoing struggles in our country and provide a chance for others to listen. —Charley Macorn Ask a Black Person is held Thu., Feb. 16 at 4 PM in University Center room 326. Visit for a full schedule. The 1,000 Hands For Peace meditation group uses ancient mudras for cleansing the heart. Meets Tuesdays at 5:30–6:30 PM at Jeannette Rankin Peace Center. Donations accepted. Forward Montana and the League of Women Voters host a free showing of the award-winning documentary Raising Ms. President. This film explores the reasons why women don’t run for office, where political ambition begins and why we should encourage more women to lead. 7 PM. Missoula Public Library Conference Room. Parkinson’s Wellness Yoga meets every Tuesday at 10:30 AM at the Learning Center at Red Willow. $40 for four classes. Screening form required. Call 406-721-0033 for more info and registration.

WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 22 Nonviolent Communication Practice Group facilitated by Patrick Marsolek every Wednesday at Jeannette Rankin Peace Center. 12–1 PM. Email or 406-443-3439 for more information. Every Wednesday is Community UNite at KettleHouse Brewing Company’s Northside tap room. A portion of every pint sold goes to support local Missoula causes. 5 PM–8 PM. Learn the ins and outs of farm planning with a series of workshops Wednesdays at the Missoula County Extension Building. This week learn how to finance your farm. $15. Visit for more info and registration.



The Learning Center at Red Willow hosts a free meditation class for veterans at the Missoula Vet Center. 1 PM. Call 406-721-4918 for more info and registration.

AGENDA is dedicated to upcoming events embodying activism, outreach and public participation. Send your who/what/when/where and why to AGENDA, c/o the Independent, 317 S. Orange, Missoula, MT 59801. You can also email entries to or send a fax to (406) 543-4367. AGENDA’s deadline for editorial consideration is 10 days prior to the issue in which you’d like your information to be included. When possible, please include appropriate photos/artwork.

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n May of 2015, free climber, BASE jumper and alpinist Dean Potter died in a wingsuit crash in Yosemite Valley. His was the fifth BASE jumpingrelated death in a U.S. national park since January 2014. “It's no accident that Potter died with a GoPro camera on his helmet,” says Annie Gilbert Coleman, who serves as associate professor of American Studies at the University of Notre Dame. Coleman visits the University of Montana this week as part of the Hampton Lecture Series to talk about the impacts of recreational consumption on national parks and private lands. Thanks to death-defying acts being recorded on cameras like GoPros, she says, athletes are pushing themselves further in pursuit of more exciting videos. In doing so, they are changing the perception of

FRIDAY FEBRUARY 17 I don’t know about you, but wrapping up my work week by watching some poor cricket getting devoured by a large Chilean tarantula is somehow very satisfying. Tarantula feeding at the Missoula Butterfly House and Insectarium, every Friday at 4 PM. $4 admission.

SATURDAY FEBRUARY 18 You’ll be bright-eyed and bushy-tailed after Run Wild Missoula’s Saturday Breakfast Club Runs, which start at 8 AM every Saturday at Runner’s Edge, 325 N. Higgins Ave. Free to run. Visit Learn the skills to find and catch walleye with Bob Hickey at Bretz RV and Marine. 10 AM–11 AM. Free.

Annie Gilbert Coleman presents The Problem with Going Pro at the Gallagher Business Building in room 106 Thu., Feb. 23, at 7 PM.

tivities for kids every Saturday. Free with admission to Center. 2 PM.

MONDAY FEBRUARY 20 Spend Monday morning exploring before enjoying a hot beverage with Missoula Movers Coffee Walks. This week, explore Mt. Jumbo’s South Zone. Meet at Currents Aquatics Center. 9 AM12 PM. $5.

TUESDAY FEBRUARY 21 The Rocky Mountaineers monthly meeting features photographer and all around class act Lee Silliman speaking on backcountry canyons and mesas of the American Southwest. The Trail Head. 7 PM. Free.


Sharpen your bird identification on a beginning birding field trip at the Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge. Binoculars are available if needed. Families with children are welcome. Minimal walking is involved. 10 AM–12 PM.

Associate professor at Guizhou University of Finance and Economics Jiang Nie speaks on traditional ecological knowledge and resource utilization in China at the University Center room 330. 12 PM. Free.

Winter Storytelling at Travelers’ Rest State Park celebrates the Salish tradition of sharing stories during the long, dark winter every Saturday in January and February. This week Mary Jane Bradbury presents Well Behaved Women Rarely Make History: Women in Science. 11 AM. $5.

The last Wednesday of every month you can join a few dozen other thirsty road warriors for Run Wild Missoula’s Last Wednesday Beer Run. This month’s starts at the Big Sky Brewing. 6 PM. Free.

Learn the skills to fish while traveling by boat with Mike Howe at Bretz RV and Marine. 12 PM–1 PM. Free. The Montana Natural History Center presents ac-

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how we view our mountain landscapes. Ski culture boomed in the United States following the end of the World War II, but the broadcasts of daredevil culture have taken an unexpected turn. “Such consumption … fractured mountain landscapes into a patchwork of mostly federal but also private land,” Coleman says. “This raises questions about exactly who had a right to the mountains and contributing to acts of arson, multi-million dollar lawsuits, and increasingly risky extreme sports.” —Charley Macorn

THURSDAY FEBRUARY 23 Western historian Annie Gilbert Coleman explores how recreational consumption has goofed up mountain landscapes both visually and politically at a free lecture at Gallagher Business Building room 106. 7 PM.

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By Amy Alkon GET OFF MY YAWN! I’m a 61-year-old guy who’s been married four times. I love the security and acceptance of marriage, but after several years, either my wife du jour or I will get bored, and we’ll agree to move on. Clearly, I like being a husband, but I do a poor job of remaining one. Can I change that? —Chairman Of The Bored So, you just want the security of marriage with all the excitement of dating somebody new—which is kind of like wanting to parachute out of an airplane without leaving the safety and comfort of your warm, cozy bed. Though, no, you can’t have it all, you might manage to have a good bit of it all— the security and the excitement—by bringing in the neurochemistry of the chase when you’re in the cuddly-wuddly longterm attachment stage. This probably sounds complicated, but it’s basically the brain version of how your freezer can serve as both an ice cube manufacturing area and a makeshift morgue for Squeaky the hamster, until you can give him a proper burial. It turns out that the goo-goo-eyed “Granny and I are still so in luvvv!” and the bug-eyed “Wowee, that’s new and exciting!” can have some brain parts and neurochemicals in common. Social psychologist Arthur Aron and his colleagues did a brain imaging study of couples who were still passionately in love after being married for 10 to 29 years. Surprisingly, the results looked a lot like their previous results on couples who’d just fallen madly in love, with intense activity in regions of the brain “associated with reward and motivation.” The neurotransmitter dopamine is a central player in this reward circuitry. Though dopamine is still widely known by its outdated nickname, the “pleasure chemical,” current research by neuroscientist Kent Berridge suggests that it doesn’t actually give you a buzz (as opioids in the brain do). It instead motivates you to do things that might—like eating cake, smoking a doob, and making moves on that girl with the hypno-hooters. Dopamine-secreting neurons are especially on the alert for what researchers call “novel rewards”—any yummy, sexy, feel-good stuff you haven’t tried before. Neuroscientist Wolfram Schultz finds that “unpredictable rewards” may be even three or four times as exciting to us as those we’re used to. The problem is, when there’s nothing new on the horizon, there’s no reason for your dopamine to get out of bed. In other words, there’s a neurochemical explanation for why your marriages often go dullsville. But, there’s also good news: Aron and his

colleagues note that “if partners experience excitement” from, say,“novel and challenging activities” that they do together,“this shared experience can reignite relationship passion by associating the excitement with the relationship.” Obviously, these should be unanticipated good experiences—like alternating who plans date night and surprising each other with the week’s event—not having your spouse find you in bed with the cleaning lady. You might also try to delight your spouse with small unexpected gestures every day. Ultimately, you should find bringing in surprise much more fun than simply hoping the relationship won’t die—kind of like a paramedic just staring down at a heart attack victim:“Not lookin’ good, dude! Hope you didn’t have any big weekend plans!”

WISHFUL SINKING’ The girl I’m in love with has a boyfriend. She and I have already fooled around, but she can’t bring herself to break up with this guy. She insists she doesn’t want to lose me and promises we’ll date eventually. I’m confused. Do you think she’s playing me? —Lost It’s nice to hope for the best about people—but still put a note, “tofu-kelp casserole,” on that foil-wrapped plate of brownies you stuck in the break room refrigerator. However, especially when our ego is involved, we’re prone to believe the best about people, because of what psychologists call “optimism bias.” This is a form of selecto-vision that leads us to overestimate that things will turn out wonderfully for us and underestimate the likelihood of our experiencing bad stuff, like being in a flaming car wreck or a flaming car wreck of a relationship. In short, we believe that bad things happen to other people. For example, that cheater we’re in love with is only cheating because the other dude’s such a buttknuckle, not because she has the ethics of a dust mite. Because optimism bias is ego-protecting, understanding that we’re susceptible to it typically isn’t enough to dig ourselves out. What might help you, however, is telling yourself your story, but about some other girl and guy.Then advise that guy on his prospects. For example: Yes, here’s a woman you can trust completely to be faithful—whenever she’s trapped, totally alone, 2,300 feet below ground in a Chilean coal mine.

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FREE WILL ASTROLOGY By Rob Brezsny ARIES (March 21-April 19): By my estimates, 72 percent of you Aries are in unusually good moods. The world seems friendlier, more cooperative. Fifty-six percent of you feel more in love with life than you have in a long time. You may even imagine that the birds and trees and stars are flirting with you. I’m also guessing that 14 percent of you are weaving in and out of being absurdly, deliriously happy, sometimes without any apparent explanation. As a result of your generosity of spirit, you may be the recipient of seemingly impossible rewards like free money or toasted ice cream or unconditional tenderness. And I bet that at least ten percent of you are experiencing all of the above. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): I am launching a campaign to undo obsolete stereotypes about you Bulls. There are still backwards astrologers out there who perpetrate the lie that many of you are stingy, stolid, stubborn slowpokes. As an antidote, I plan to heighten everyone’s awareness of your sensual, soulful sweetness, and your tastefully pragmatic sensitivity, and your diligent, dynamic productivity. That should be easy in the coming weeks, since you’ll be at the height of your ability to express those superpowers. Luckily, people will also have an enhanced capacity to appreciate you for who you really are. It will be a favorable time to clarify and strengthen your reputation. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Will Giovanni surreptitiously replace Allesandra’s birth control pills with placebos? Will Camille take a hidden crowbar to her rendezvous with the blackmailer? Will Josie steal Jose’s diary and sell it on eBay? Given the current astrological omens, you may have an unconscious attraction to soap opera-type events like those. The glamour of melodrama is tempting you. But I’m hoping and predicting that you will express the cosmic currents in less toxic ways. Maybe you’ll hear a searing but healing confession after midnight in the pouring rain, for instance. Perhaps you’ll break an outworn taboo with ingenious grace, or forge a fertile link with a reformed rascal, or recover a lost memory in a dusty basement.


CANCER (June 21-July 22): All naturally-occurring matter on earth is composed of 92 basic elements arranged in various combinations. Since some of these appear in trace amounts, they took a long time for humans to discover. In the 18th and 19th centuries, chemists were exuberant when they tracked down seven of the 92 in a single location: an underground mine on the Swedish island of Ytterby. That small place was a mother lode. I’m predicting a metaphorically similar experience for you, Cancerian: new access to a concentrated source that will yield much illumination.

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LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): The next four weeks will be an excellent time to upgrade your understanding of the important characters in your life. In fact, I suspect you will generate good fortune and meaningful synchronicities whenever you seek greater insight into anyone who affects you. Get to know people better, Leo! If there are intriguing acquaintances who pique your curiosity, find out more about them. Study the oddballs you’re allergic to with the intention to discern their hidden workings. In general, practice being objective as you improve your skill at reading human nature. (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): In 1787, English captain Arthur Phillip led an eight-month naval expedition to the southeastern part of the continent now known as Australia. Upon arrival, he claimed c VIRGO the land for England, despite the fact that 250,000 Aboriginal people were living there, just as their

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LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): The ancient Roman rhetorician Quintilian authored a twelve-volume textbook on the art of oratory. As ample as it was, it could have been longer. “Erasure is as important as writing,” he said. According to my reading of the astrological omens, that counsel should be a rewarding and even exciting theme for you in the coming weeks. For the long-term health of your labor of love or your masterpiece, you should focus for a while on what to edit out of it. How could you improve it by making it shorter and more concise?

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(Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Do you know about the long-running kids’ show Sesame Street? e SCORPIO Are you familiar with Big Bird, the talking eight-feet-tall yellow canary who’s one of the main characters? I hope so, because your horoscope is built around them. In the Sesame Street episode called

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“Don’t Eat the Pictures,” Big Bird solves a riddle that frees a 4,000-year-old Egyptian prince from an ancient curse. I think this vignette can serve as a model for your own liberation. How? You can finally outwit and outmaneuver a very old problem with the help of some playful, even child-like energy. Don’t assume that you’ve got to be relentlessly serious and dour in order to shed the ancient burden. In fact, just the opposite is true. Trust blithe and rowdy spirits.


SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Your lessons in communication are reaching a climax. Here are five tips to help you do well on your “final exam.” 1. Focus more on listening for what you need to know rather than on expressing what you already know. 2. Keep white lies and convenient deceptions to a bare minimum. 3. Tell the truth as strong and free as you dare, but always—if possible—with shrewd kindness. 4. You are more likely to help your cause if you spread bright, shiny gossip instead of the grubby kind. 5. Experiment with being unpredictable; try to infuse your transmissions with unexpected information and turns of phrase. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): The meaning of the Latin phrase crambe repetita is “cabbage re-

twice-cooked.” I urge you to avoid partaking of such a dish in the coming weeks, both literally g heated, and figuratively. If you’re truly hungry for cooked cabbage, eat it fresh. Likewise, if you have a ravenous appetite for stories, revelations, entertainment and information—which I suspect you will—don’t accept the warmed-over, recycled variety. Insist on the brisk, crisp stuff that excites your curiosity and appeals to your sense of wonder.


AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Here’s your mantra for the next three weeks: “I know what I want, and I know how to glide it into my life.” Say this out loud 11 times right after you wake up each morning, and 11 more times before lunch, and 11 more times at bedtime. “I know what I want, and I know how to glide it into my life.” Whenever you do this little chant, summon an up-flow of smiling confidence— a serene certainty that no matter how long the magic might take, it will ultimately work. “I know what I want, and I know how to glide it into my life.” Don’t let any little voice in your head undermine your link to this simple truth. Lift your heart to the highest source of vitality you can imagine.


PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): “We cannot simply sit and stare at our wounds forever,” writes Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami. “We must stand up and move on to the next action.”That’s your slightly scolding but ultimately inspirational advice, Pisces. According to my astrological analysis, you have done heroic work to identify and investigate your suffering.You have summoned a tremendous amount of intelligence in order to understand it and further the healing. But right now it’s time to turn your focus to other matters. Like what? How about rebirth? Go to to check out Rob Brezsny’s EXPANDED WEEKLY AUDIO HOROSCOPES and DAILY TEXT MESSAGE HOROSCOPES. The audio horoscopes are also available by phone at 1-877-873-4888 or 1-900-950-7700.

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tive, return receipt requested, c/o GIBSON LAW OFFICES, PLLC, 4110 Weeping Willow Drive, Missoula, Montana 59803, or filed with the Clerk of the abovenamed Court. Dated this 27th day of January, 2017. /s/ Antonia Manus, Personal Representative By: /s/ Nancy P. Gibson, Attorney for Personal Representative

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PUBLIC NOTICES INVITATION TO BID NOTICE TO CONTRACTORS: Sealed bids will be hand-delivered to North-Missoula Community Development Corporation (NMCDC) at 1500 Burns Street, Missoula, Montana 59802 or received by the United States Postal Service office (address bids to NMCDC, 1500 Burns Street, Missoula, Montana 59802) by Thursday, March 2, at 1:00 p.m. for the Pre-Deconstruction Asbestos and Lead-Based Paint Abatement Project at Lee Gordon Place, 503 East Front Street, Missoula, Montana. All bids will be publicly opened and read aloud after they have been received. STATE STATUTE COMPLIANCE: Each bidder shall comply with all fair labor practices and state statutes. This project is publicly-funded and therefore includes State of Montana and Federal contract requirements. ADA/EEO: Alternative accessible formats of this notice are available upon request. Request accommodation or additional information from Mr. Jon Pederson, NewFields, 700 SW Higgins Avenue Suite 108, Missoula, Montana 59803. Email contact at BID SECURITY: Each bid shall be accompanied by Bid Security in the amount of not less than TEN PERCENT (10%) of the total amount of the bid. PERFORMANCE BOND: Successful bidders shall, upon signature of the contract, furnish an approved Performance Bond in the amount of ONE HUNDRED PERCENT (100%) of the

contract. DRAWINGS & SPECIFICATIONS: Drawings and Specifications may be examined without charge at the office of NMCDC at 1500 Burns Street, Missoula, Montana 59802, or online via the major Montana Plan Exchanges ( Printed versions of these materials are also available upon written request from NewFields. A non-refundable fee of $75 is required for each printed plan set. PRE-BID WALK-THRU: A MANDATORY pre-bid walkthru meeting will be conducted on Thursday, February 27, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. Special requests to access the facility and view work areas should be submitted to NMCDC prior to Monday, February 20, 2017. WITHDRAWAL OF BIDS: No Bidder may withdraw his Bid for at least NINETY (90) days after the scheduled time for receipt of bids, except as noted in the Instructions to Bidders. RIGHT TO REJECT BIDS: The Owner reserves the right to reject any or all bids, to waive informalities, to evaluate the bids submitted and to accept the proposal which best serves the interests of the NMCDC. MONTANA FOURTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT COURT, MISSOULA COUNTY Cause No. DP-17-19 Dept. No. 4 Karen S. Townsend NOTICE TO CREDITORS IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF DANIEL VICTOR KRIEG, DECEASED. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the undersigned has

MONTANA FOURTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT COURT, MISSOULA COUNTY Cause No. DP-17-21 Dept. No. 2 NOTICE TO CREDITORS IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF LEO ALBERT RHEIN, Deceased. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the undersigned has been appointed Personal Representative of the abovenamed estate. All person having claims against the said decedent are required to present their claims within four months after the date of the first publication of this notice or said claims will be forever barred. Claims must either be mailed to Antonia Manus, Personal Representa-

MONTANA FOURTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT COURT, MISSOULA COUNTY Cause No. DP-17-28 Dept. No. 3 NOTICE TO CREDITORS IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF EVERETT VERNON TANDE, Deceased. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the undersigned has been appointed Personal Representative of the abovenamed estate. All person having claims against the said decedent are required to present their claims within four months after the date of the first publication of this notice or said claims will be forever barred. Claims must either be mailed to David Alan Tande, Personal Representative, return receipt requested, c/o GIBSON LAW OFFICES, PLLC, 4110 Weeping Willow Drive, Missoula, Montana 59803, or filed with the Clerk of the abovenamed Court. Dated this 3rd day of February, 2017. /s/ David Alan Tande, Personal Representative By: /s/ Nancy P. Gibson, Attorney for Personal Representative MONTANA FOURTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT COURT, MISSOULA COUNTY Cause No. DP-17-33 Dept.

No. 3 NOTICE TO CREDITORS IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF JUANITA J. WATTERS, Deceased. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the undersigned has been appointed Personal Representative of the abovenamed estate. All person having claims against the said decedent are required to present their claims within four months after the date of the first publication of this notice or said claims will be forever barred. Claims must either be mailed to Kelly A. Hale, Personal Representative, return receipt requested, c/o GIBSON LAW OFFICES, PLLC, 4110 Weeping Willow Drive, Missoula, Montana 59803, or filed with the Clerk of the abovenamed Court. Dated this 10th day of February, 2017. /s/ Kelly A. Hale, Personal Representative By: /s/ Nancy P. Gibson, Attorney for Personal Representative MONTANA FOURTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT COURT, MISSOULA COUNTY Cause No. DV-17-32 Dept. No. 2 The Honorable Robert L. Deschamps, III SUMMONS FOR PUBLICATION NANCY SELDIN, Plaintiff, vs- MORTGAGE ELECTRONIC REGISTRATION SYSTEMS, INC. (MERS), as nominee for GMAC MORTGAGE CORPORATION, its successors and/or assigns, Defendant. TO: GMAC MORTGAGE CORPORATION YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED to answer the Complaint for Partial Quiet Title in this action which is filed in the Office of the

Clerk of this Court, a copy of which is herewith served upon you, and to file your Answer and serve a copy thereof upon the Plaintiffs’ attorney within twenty-one (21) days after the service of this Summons, exclusive of the day of service; and in case of your failure to appear or answer, judgment will be taken against you by default, for the relief demanded in the Complaint. This action is brought for the purpose of quieting title to land situated in Missoula County, Montana described as follows (the “Property”): The East 210 feet of a strip, piece or parcel of land situated in the SW1/4 of Section 14, Township 13 North, Range 19 West, Missoula County, Montana, being more particularly described as follows: Beginning at a point on the West boundary of Section 14, Township 13 North, Range 19 West, and 4010.85 feet South of the Northwest section corner of Section 14; thence North 89°54’ East a distance of 370.0 feet; thence South 0°15’10” East a distance of 133 feet; thence South 89°54’ West a distance of 370 feet; thence North 0°15’10” West, a distance of 133 feet to the place of beginning. Recording Reference Book 316 of Micro Records at Page 1105.The action also contains a request for (1) a decree declaring and adjudging that Plaintiff owns the Property free and clear of the HELOC Deed of Trust that is the subject of the action, by virtue of having fulfilled all conditions for

reconveyance, and that the HELOC Deed of Trust is no further force and effect, and shall be treated as if it was properly reconveyed; and, (2) that pursuant to Mont. Code Ann. § 71-1-307, the Defendants are liable to the grantor for the sum of $500.00 and all actual damages resulting from Defendants failure to reconvey the Property. WITNESS my hand and the seal of said Court this 19th day of January, 2017. /s/ Shirley E. Faust MISSOULA COUNTY CLERK OF COURT (COURT SEAL) By:/s/ Molly A. Reynolds Deputy MONTANA FOURTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT COURT, MISSOULA COUNTY Cause No.: DP-16-242 Dept. No.: 2 NOTICE TO CREDITORS IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF: CAROL LEE HEIDEMANN, Deceased. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the undersigned has been appointed Personal Representative of the abovenamed estate. All persons having claims against the said deceased are required to present their claims within four (4) months after the date of the first publication of this Notice or said claims will be forever barred. Claims must either be mailed to RITA ELEANOR HEIDEMANN, Personal Representative, return receipt requested, in care of Douglas Harris, Attorney at Law, PO Box 7937, Missoula, Montana 59807-7937 or filed with the Clerk of the above-named Court. DATED this 24th day of January, • February 16–February 23, 2017 [C5]

PUBLIC NOTICES 2017. /s/ Rita Eleanor Heidemann, PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE MONTANA FOURTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT COURT, MISSOULA COUNTY Cause No.: DP-16-257 Dept. No.: 2 NOTICE TO CREDITORS IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF MICHAEL CHARLES FELLOWS, Deceased. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Steven Fellows has been appointed Personal Representative of the abovenamed estate. All persons having claims against the said deceased are required to present their claims within four (4) months after the date of the first publication of this Notice or said claims will be forever barred. Claims must either be mailed to STEVEN BRADLEY FELLOWS, Personal Representative, return receipt requested, in care of Clifford B. Irwin, Attorney at Law, P.O. Box 7937, Missoula,

Montana 59807-7937 or filed with the Clerk of the above-named Court. DATED this 1 day of February, 2017. /s/ Clifford B. Irwin MONTANA FOURTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT COURT, MISSOULA COUNTY Cause No.: DV-17-2 Dept. No.: 2 In the Matter of the Name Change of Jenna Lynn Ruff, Petitioner.This is notice that Petitioner has asked the District Court for a change of name from Jenna Lynn Ruff to Jacob Lynn Troy Ruff. The hearing will be on 03/07/2017 at 11:00 a.m.The hearing will be at the Courthouse in Missoula County. Date: 1/24/17 /s/ Shirley E. Faust, Clerk of District Court By: /s/ Molly A. Reynolds, Deputy Clerk of Court MONTANA FOURTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT COURT, MISSOULA COUNTY Cause No.: DV-17-58 Dept.

No.: 1 Leslie Halligan SUMMONS FOR PUBLICATION. MARY ANN WONDERLY and THOMAS O. WILSON, Plaintiff ’s vs. MARIAN DAHL, and all other persons, unknown, claiming or who might claim any right, title, estate, or interest in or lien or encumbrance upon the real property described in the Complaint adverse to Plaintiff’s ownership or any cloud upon Plaintiff’s title, whether the claim or possible claim is present or contingent, Defendants. THE STATE OF MONTANA SENDS GREETINGS TO THE ABOVE NAMED DEFENDANT: Marian Dahl; and all other persons, unknown, claiming or who might claim any right, title, estate, or interest in or lien or encumbrance upon the real property described in the Complaint adverse to Plaintiff’s ownership or any cloud upon Plaintiff’s title, whether the claim or possible claim is present or contingent. YOU ARE HEREBY summoned to answer to the Complaint in this action as filed in the office of the Clerk of Court, a copy of which is herewith served upon you, and to file your answer and serve a copy thereof upon Plaintiff’s attorneys within 21 days after the service of this Summons, exclusive of the date of service; and in case of


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your failure to appear or answer, judgment will be taken against you by default, for the relief demanded in the Complaint. This action is brought for the purpose of quieting title, in favor of Mary Ann Wonderly and Thomas O. Wilson, to land situated in Missoula County, Montana and described as follows: That certain mining claim known as the CATO LODE QUARTZ LODE MINING CLAIM, situate, lying in, and being in Section 33, TWP 13, Range 14 of the Coloma Mining District in the County of Missoula, State of Montana. WITNESS my hand and seal of said Court this 24th day of January, 2017. (SEAL) /s/ Shirley E. Faust, Clerk of District Court By: /s/ Laura M. Driscoll, Deputy Clerk MONTANA FOURTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT COURT, MISSOULA COUNTY DEPT. NO. 1 PROBATE NO. DP-17-15 NOTICE TO CREDITORS IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF JEANNETTE S. TAWNEY, Deceased. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the undersigned has been appointed Personal Representative of the abovenamed estate. All persons having claims against the decedent are required to present their claims within four months after the date

of the first publication of this notice or said claims will be forever barred. Claims must either be mailed to CHARLES E. EISEMAN, JR., the Personal Representative, return receipt requested, at c/o Worden Thane P.C., P.O. Box 4747, Missoula, MT 59806-4747, or filed with the Clerk of the above Court. DATED this 25th day of January, 2017. /s/ CHARLES E. EISEMAN, JR. c/o Worden Thane P.C. P.O. Box 4747, Missoula, Montana 59806-4747 WORDEN THANE P.C. Attorneys for Personal Representative By: /s/ Gail M. Haviland, Esq. MONTANA FOURTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT COURT, MISSOULA COUNTY Dept. No. 1 Probate No. DP-17-13 NOTICE TO CREDITORS IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF: RITA MARTINEZ, Deceased. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that John Martinez has been appointed Personal Representative of

ACCESS STORAGE will auction to the highest bidder abandoned storage units owing delinquent storage rent on March 16th, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. Units can contain furniture, clothes, chairs, toys, kitchen supplies, tools, sports equipment, books, beds & other misc. household goods. A silent auction will be held Saturday, March 16th 2017. at 7648 Thornton Drive, Missoula, MT 59808. Buyer’s bid will be for entire contents of each unit offered in the sale. Only cash or money orders will be accepted for payment. Units are reserved subject to redemption by owner prior to sale. All Sales final.


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the above-named estate. All persons having claims against the Deceased are required to present their claims within four (4) months after the date of the first publication of this Notice or their claims will be forever barred. Claims must either be mailed to Christian, Samson & Jones, PLLC, Attorneys for the Personal Representative, return receipt requested, at 310 W. Spruce, Missoula, MT 59802, or filed with the Clerk of the above Court. I declare under penalty of perjury under the laws of the State of Montana the foregoing is true and correct. Dated this 24th day of January, 2017. /s/ John Martinez, Personal Representative /s/ Kevin S. Jones, Attorney for Personal Representative MONTANA FOURTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT COURT, MISSOULA COUNTY Dept. No. 2 Probate No. DP-17-26 NOTICE TO CREDITORS

NOTICE OF PUBLIC SALE The following described personal property will be sold at public auction to the highest bidder for cash or certified funds. Proceeds from the public sale for said personal property shall be applied to the debt owed to Rent-a-Space in the amounts listed below (plus as yet undetermined amounts to conduct the sale): Space/Name/$$$/Desc 4130/Jeffery Otich/$407/keyboard SALE LOCATION: Gardner’s Auction Service, 4810 Hwy 93 S, Missoula, MT SALE SALE DATE/TIME: Wed, Feb 22, 2017 @ 4:30 PM (check website for details) TERMS: Public sale to the highest bidder. Sold “AS IS”, “WHERE IS”. Cash or certified funds.

IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF EDDIE SCHWAB, Deceased. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the undersigned has been appointed Personal Representative of the abovenamed estate. All persons having claims against the said

EAGLE SELF STORAGE will auction to the highest bidder abandoned storage units owing delinquent storage rent for the following units146, 373, 435, 466, 681 & 711. Units can contain furniture, clothes, chairs, toys, kitchen supplies, tools, sports equipment, books, beds, & other misc. household goods. These units may be viewed starting Monday February 27, 2017. All auction units will only be shown each day at 3 P.M. written sealed bids may be submitted to storage office at 4101 Hwy 93 S., Missoula, MT 59804 prior to Tuesday February 28, 2017 4:00 P.M. Buyers bid will be for entire contents of each unit offered in the sale. Only cash or money orders will be accepted for payment. Units are reserved subject to redemption by owner prior to sale. All Sales final.

CLARK FORK STORAGE will auction to the highest bidder abandoned storage units owing delinquent storage rent for the following unit(s): 12, 82, 103, 191, 199, 217, 242, 271. Units can contain furniture, cloths, chairs, Toys, kitchen supplies, tools, sports equipment, books, beds, other misc household goods, vehicles & trailers. These units may be viewed starting 2/20/2017 by appt only by calling 541-7919. Written sealed bids may be submitted to storage offices at 3505 Clark Fork Way, Missoula, MT 59808 prior to at 2/23/17 at 4:00 P.M. Buyer’s bid will be for entire contents of each unit offered in the sale. Only cash or money orders will be accepted for payment. Units are reserved subject to redemption by owner prior to sale, All Sales final.

PUBLIC NOTICES deceased are required to present their claims within four months after the date of the first publication of this notice or said claims will be forever barred. Claims must either be mailed to Ivy K. Seifert, the Personal Representative, return receipt requested, c/o Boone Karlberg P.C., P. O. Box 9199, Missoula, Montana 59807-9199, or filed with the Clerk of the above-entitled Court. I declare, under penalty of perjury and under the laws of the state of Montana, that the foregoing is true and correct. DATED this 3rd day of February, 2017, at Missoula, Montana. /s/ Ivy K. Seifert, Personal Representative BOONE KARLBERG P.C. By: /s/ Julie R. Sirrs, Esq. P. O. Box 9199 Missoula, Montana 59807-9199 Attorneys for Ivy K. Seifert, Personal Representative MONTANA FOURTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT COURT, MISSOULA COUNTY Dept.

No. 3 Cause No. DP-17-1 Hon. John W. Larson Presiding. NOTICE TO CREDITORS IN RE THE ESTATE OF WOODROW W. COWART, Deceased. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the undersigned has been appointed Personal Representative of the abovenamed estate. All persons having claims against the said Deceased are required to present their claims within four months after the date of the first publication of this notice or said claims will be forever barred. Claims must either be mailed to Dustin W. Cowart, the Personal Representative, Return Receipt Requested, c/o Skjelset & Geer, PLLP, PO Box 4102, Missoula, Montana 59806 or filed with the Clerk of the above-entitled Court. DATED this 3rd day of January, 2017. /s/ Dustin W. Cowart, Personal Representative SKJELSET & GEER, P.L.L.P. By: /s/ Douglas G. Skjelset Attorneys for the Estate

STATE OF MONTANA ):ss. County of Missoula) I declare under penalty of perjury under the laws of the State of Montana that the foregoing is true and correct. Signed this 3 day of January, 2017. /s/ Dustin W. Cowart, Personal Representative Subscribed and sworn to before me this 3rd day of January, 2017. /s/ Douglas G. Skjelset Notary Public for the State of Montana Residing at Clinton, Montana My Commission Expires September 24, 2019 MONTANA FOURTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT COURT, MISSOULA COUNTY Dept. No. 3 Cause No. DV-17-57 Judge John W. Larson Notice of Hearing on Name Change In the Matter of the Name Change of Merry Ann Onken-Fryer, Petitioner. This is notice that Petitioner has asked the District Court for a change of name from Merry Ann Onken-Fryer to Merry Ann Onken.The hearing will be on February 23, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. The hearing will be at the Courthouse in Missoula County. January 18th, 2017. /s/ Shirley E. Faust, Clerk of District Court By: /s/ Casie Jenks, Deputy Clerk of Court MONTANA FOURTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT COURT, MISSOULA COUNTY Dept. No. 3 Probate No. DP-17-11 NOTICE TO CREDITORS IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF: ROY H. WINSLOW, Deceased. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Nancy Winslow has been appointed Personal Representative of the abovenamed estate. All persons having claims against the Deceased are required to present their claims within four (4) months after the date of the first publication of this Notice or their claims will be forever barred. Claims must either be mailed to Martha L. Goodloe, Attorney for the Personal Representative, return receipt requested, at 1603 Jackson St., Missoula, MT 59802, or filed with the Clerk of the above Court. I declare under penalty of perjury under the laws of the State of Montana the foregoing is true and correct. Dated this 24th day of January, 2017. /s/ Nancy Winslow, Personal Representative of the Estate of Roy H. Winslow /s/ Martha L. Goodloe, Attorney for Personal Representative.

MONTANA FOURTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT COURT, MISSOULA COUNTY IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF DEBRA KATHLEEN WILTGEN, Deceased. Probate No.: DV-16-17 Dept. No.: 2 NOTICE TO CREDITORS NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the undersigned has been appointed Personal Representative of the abovenamed estate. All persons having claims against the said estate are required to present their claim within four (4) months after the date of the first publication of this notice or said claims will be forever barred. Claims must either be mailed to Halaron W. Wiltgen, return receipt requested, c/o Rhoades, Siefert & Erickson, PLLC, 430 Ryman, Second Floor, Missoula, Montana 59802, or filed with the Clerk of the above-entitled Court. Dated this 19th day of January, 2017. /s/ Halaron W. Wiltgen, Personal Representative MONTANA FOURTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT COURT, MISSOULA COUNTY IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF RITA FAYE WILTGEN, Deceased. Probate No. DP-16-236 Dept No.: 3 NOTICE TO CREDITORS NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the undersigned has been appointed Personal Representative of the abovenamed estate. All persons having claims against the said estate are required to present their claim within four (4) months after the date of the first publication of this notice or said claims will forever be barred. Claims must either be mailed to Daniel C. Wiltgen, return receipt requested, c/o Rhoades, Siefert & Erickson, PLLC, 430 Ryman Street, Second Floor, Missoula, Montana 59802, or filed with the Clerk of the above-entitled Court. Dated this 27th day of January, 2017. /s/ Daniel C. Wiltgen, Personal Representative NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE Reference is hereby made to that certain trust indenture/deed of trust (“Deed of Trust”) dated 09/08/14, recorded as Instrument No. 201414027 B: 933 P: 1350, mortgage records of Missoula County, Montana in which Aaron L Hunt and Tina A Hunt husband and wife was Grantor, Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc., as the nominee for

Horizon Credit Union, successors and assigns was Beneficiary and Western Title and Escrow was Trustee. First American Title Insurance Company has succeeded Western Title and Escrow as Successor Trustee. The Deed of Trust encumbers real property (“Property”) located in Missoula County, Montana, more particularly described as follows: Lands located in the SW1/4NE1/4 of Section 27, Township 13 North, Range 18 West, M.P.M., described as follows: Beginning at a point which bears South 89 degrees 30’ West from the East quarter corner of said Section 27, a distance of 2048.3 feet; running thence North 33 degrees 50’ West to an iron pin in North boundary of U.S. Highway No. 10 a distance of 50 feet; running thence North 52 degrees 56’ East a distance of 180 feet to an iron pin; running thence Southeasterly at right angles to last named course a distance of 183.2 feet to an iron pin in quarter section line; running thence South 89 degrees 30’ West a distance of 223.9 feet along quarter section line to place of beginning. Deed Exhibit #652. Recording Reference: Book 193 of Deeds at Page 408 By written instrument recorded as Instrument No. 201520087 B: 952 P: 1170, beneficial interest in the Deed of Trust was assigned to Wells Fargo Bank, NA. Beneficiary has declared the Grantor in default of the terms of the Deed of Trust and the promissory note (“Note”) secured by the Deed of Trust because of Grantor’s failure timely to pay all monthly installments of principal, interest and, if applicable, escrow reserves for taxes and/or insurance as required by the Note and Deed of Trust. According to the Beneficiary, the obligation evidenced by the Note (“Loan”) is now due for the 11/01/15 installment payment and all monthly installment payments due thereafter. As of December 8, 2016, the amount necessary to fully satisfy the Loan was $266,396.20. This amount includes the outstanding principal balance of $250,281.91, plus accrued interest, accrued late charges, accrued escrow installments for insurance and/or taxes (if any) and advances for the protection of

beneficiary’s security interest (if any). Because of the defaults stated above, Beneficiary has elected to sell the Property to satisfy the Loan and has instructed Successor Trustee to commence sale proceedings. Successor Trustee will sell the Property at public auction on the front steps of the Missoula County Courthouse, 200 West Broadway, Missoula, MT 59802, City of Missoula on April 24, 2017 at 11:00 AM, Mountain Time. The sale is a public sale and any person, including Beneficiary and excepting only Successor Trustee, may bid at the sale. The bid price must be paid immediately upon the close of bidding at the sale location in cash or cash equivalents (valid money orders, certified checks or cashier’s checks). The conveyance will be made by trustee’s deed without any representation or warranty, express or implied, as the sale is made strictly on an asis, where-is basis. Grantor, successor in interest to Grantor or any other person having an interest in the Property may, at any time prior to the trustee’s sale, pay to Beneficiary the entire amount then due on the Loan (including foreclosure costs and expenses actually incurred and trustee’s and attorney’s fees) other than such portion of the principal as would not then be due had no default occurred.Tender of these sums shall effect a cure of the defaults stated above (if all non-monetary defaults are also cured) and shall result in Trustee’s termination of the foreclosure and cancellation of the foreclosure sale. The trustee’s rules of auction may be accessed at and are incorporated by the reference. You may also access sale status at or Hunt, Aaron L. and Tina A. (TS# 7023.117586) 1002.289813File No. NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE Reference is hereby made to that certain trust indenture/deed of trust (“Deed of Trust”) dated 05/31/07, recorded as Instrument No. 200714360 Book 798, Page 1446, mortgage records of MISSOULA County, Montana in which Roy D. Loewen and Karen C.

Loewen was Grantor, Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. was Beneficiary and Alliance Title and Escrow Corp was Trustee. First American Title Insurance Company has succeeded Alliance Title and Escrow Corp as Successor Trustee. The Deed of Trust encumbers real property (“Property”) located in MISSOULA County, Montana, more particularly described as follows: Tract 1 of Certificate of Survey No. 3240, located in the Southwest quarter (SW) of Section 21, Township 15 North, Range 22 West, P.M.M., Missoula County, Montana. By written instrument recorded as Instrument No. 201601146 B: 956 P: 971, beneficial interest in the Deed of Trust was assigned to Wilmington Trust, National Association, not in its individual capacity, but solely as trustee for MFRA Trust 2015-2. Beneficiary has declared the Grantor in default of the terms of the Deed of Trust and the promissory note (“Note”) secured by the Deed of Trust because of Grantor’s failure timely to pay all monthly installments of principal, interest and, if applicable, escrow reserves for taxes and/or insurance as required by the Note and Deed of Trust. According to the Beneficiary, the obligation evidenced by the Note (“Loan”) is now due for the 02/01/14 installment payment and all monthly installment payments due thereafter. As of December 15, 2016, the amount necessary to fully satisfy the Loan was $207,530.80.This amount includes the outstanding principal balance of $167,304.71, plus accrued interest, accrued late charges, accrued escrow installments for insurance and/or taxes (if any) and advances for the protection of beneficiary’s security interest (if any). Because of the defaults stated above, Beneficiary has elected to sell the Property to satisfy the Loan and has instructed Successor Trustee to commence sale proceedings. Successor Trustee will sell the Property at public auction on the front steps of the Missoula County Courthouse, 200 West Broadway, Missoula, MT 59802, City of Missoula on April 26, 2017 at 11:00 AM, Mountain Time. The sale is a public sale and any person, including Beneficiary and excepting only Suc- • February 16–February 23, 2017 [C7]



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1 Baker's buy 6 Group of periods 9 Pet sounds? 13 Threepio's mate 14 McDonald's Corporation mogul Ray 15 "Dog Barking at the Moon" painter Joan 16 Maintain the same speed as 18 Tree of Knowledge garden 19 Converse with the locals in Rome, e.g. 21 NBC show since '75 24 Lilly of pharmaceuticals 25 Undersized 26 Size in a portrait package 28 It keeps going during the Olympics 31 "You're not ___, are you?" 32 Guy with a lot of food issues? 33 "Chandelier" singer 36 What regular exercise helps maintain 40 Layer of lawn 41 Mid-sized jazz combo 42 Blue material 43 Clunky footwear 44 Home of Titian's "Venus of Urbino" 46 Muhammad Ali's boxing daughter 49 Soundless communication syst. 50 U.K. tabloid, with "The 51 "Hmmm ... I'm thinking ..." 56 Contends 57 What each of the entries with circles reveals 61 To be in France 62 Lago contents 63 Country divided since 1948 64 Hair band of the 1980s 65 He played Clubber Lang in "Rocky III" 66 Gift on the seventh day of Christmas


1 Chatter away 2 Poet's palindrome 3 Brunched, say 4 Absorbs, with "up" 5 Unbelievable cover? 6 "CHiPs" costar Estrada 7 Bread at an Indian restaurant 8 Eight, to Ernst 9 Audrey Tautou's quirky title role of 2001 10 Chamillionaire hit that doesn't actually have "Dirty" in the title 11 Lose one's mind 12 Cher's partner 14 "The Bridge on the River ___" 17 Hit with a barrage 20 Concede 21 Exchanges 22 Cheesy chip flavor 23 Bridges of film 27 "Stacks of wax" 28 Cabinet contents 29 Departed 30 "Entourage" agent Gold 32 Werewolf's tooth 33 Long haulers 34 Onetime Trooper and Rodeo maker 35 John who was Gomez Addams 37 Acquired relative 38 Dove noise 39 Abbr. stamped on a bad check 43 Place for supplies, sometimes 44 "Back in the ___" (Beatles song) 45 The gold in Goldschlager, e.g. 46 What "-phile" means 47 Curly-tailed canine 48 Like xenon, as gases go 49 On the ocean 52 "Taken" star Neeson 53 Caltech grad, perhaps 54 Letter-shaped bolt link 55 Site with the tagline "Discover the expert in you" 58 Glass on the radio 59 "Steal My Sunshine" band 60 "___ Boot" (1981 war film)

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cessor Trustee, may bid at the sale. The bid price must be paid immediately upon the close of bidding at the sale location in cash or cash equivalents (valid money orders, certified checks or cashier’s checks). The conveyance will be made by trustee’s deed without any representation or warranty, express or implied, as the sale is made strictly on an asis, where-is basis. Grantor, successor in interest to Grantor or any other person having an interest in the Property may, at any time prior to the trustee’s sale, pay to Beneficiary the entire amount then due on the Loan (including foreclosure costs and expenses actually incurred and trustee’s and attorney’s fees) other than such portion of the principal as would not then be due had no default occurred.Tender of these sums shall effect a cure of the defaults stated above (if all non-monetary defaults are also cured) and shall result in Trustee’s termination of the foreclosure and cancellation of the foreclosure sale. The trustee’s rules of auction may be accessed at and are incorporated by the reference. You may also access sale status at or Loewen, Roy D. and Karen C. (TS# 8410.20399) 1002.289817File No. NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE To be sold for cash at a Trustee’s Sale on April 3, 2017, 09:00 AM at the main entrance of Missoula County Courthouse located at 200 West Broadway Street, Missoula, MT 59802, the following described real property situated in Missoula County, State of Montana: A tract of land located in a portion of Lot 30 of Dinsmore’s Orchard Homes No. 4, a Platted Subdivision in Missoula County, Montana, and more particularly described as follows: Beginning at a point on the South line of Lot 30, of said Dinsmore’s Orchard Homes No. 4, which point bears East a distance of 182.00 feet from the Southwest corner of said Lot 30; thence North a distance of 190.00 feet; thence East a distance of 80 feet; thence South a distance of 190 feet; thence West along the South line of said Lot 30, a distance

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of 80 feet to the point of beginning. Recording Reference: Book 346 of Micro at Page 705. Parcel ID 712400 More commonly known as 3130 South 7th Street, Missoula, MT 59804. Jonathan W. Burt and Christine K. Burt, as Grantors, conveyed said real property to Charles J Peterson, as Trustee, to secure an obligation owed to Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc. as nominee for Countrywide Bank, FSB., its successors and assigns, by Deed of Trust on December 27, 2007, and filed for record in the records of the County Clerk and Recorder in Missoula County, State of Montana, on January 4, 2008 as Entry No. 200800249, in Book 811, at Page 482, of Official Records. The Deed of Trust was assigned for value as follows: Assignor: Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc. as nominee for Countrywide Bank, FSB., its successors and assigns Assignee: BAC Home Loans Servicing, LP FKA Countrywide Home Loans Servicing LP Assignment Dated: March 10, 2011 Assignment Recorded: March 14, 2011 Assignment Recording Information: as Entry No. 201104521, in Book 875 at Page 136 Benjamin J. Mann is the Successor Trustee pursuant to a Substitution of Trustee recorded in the office of the Clerk and Recorder of Missoula County, State of Montana, on November 21, 2016 as Entry No. 201621275, in Book 971, at Page 103, of Official Records. The Beneficiary has declared a default in the terms of said Deed of Trust due to Grantor’s failure to make monthly payments beginning March 1, 2016, and each month subsequent, which monthly installments would have been applied on the principal and interest due on said obligation and other charges against the property or loan. By reason of said default, the Beneficiary has declared all sums owing on the obligation secured by said Trust Deed immediately due and payable. The total amount due on this obligation is the principal sum of $226,988.80, interest in the sum of $7,665.53, escrow advances of $1,720.50, other amounts due and payable in the amount of $45,908.76, for a total amount owing of

$282,283.59, plus accruing interest, late charges, and other fees and costs that may be incurred or advanced. The Beneficiary anticipates and may disburse such amounts as may be required to preserve and protect the property and for real property taxes that may become due or delinquent, unless such amounts of taxes are paid by the Grantor. If such amounts are paid by the Beneficiary, the amounts or taxes will be added to the obligations secured by the Deed of Trust. Other expenses to be charged against the proceeds of this sale include the Trustee’s fees and attorney’s fees, costs and expenses of the sale, and late charges, if any. Beneficiary has elected, and has directed the Trustee to sell the above described property to satisfy the obligation. The sale is a public sale and any person, including the Beneficiary, excepting only the Trustee, may bid at the sale. The bid price must be paid immediately upon the close of bidding in cash or cash equivalents (valid money orders, certified checks or cashier’s checks). The conveyance will be made by Trustee’s Deed, without any representation or warranty, including warranty of title, express or implied, as the sale is made strictly on an as-is, where-is basis, without limitation, the sale is being made subject to all existing conditions, if any, of lead paint, mold or other environmental or health hazards. The sale purchaser shall be entitled to possession of the property on the 10th day following the sale. The Grantor, successor in interest to the Grantor, or any other person having an interest in the property, has the right, at any time prior to the Trustee’s Sale, to pay to the Beneficiary, or the successor in interest to the Beneficiary, the entire amount then due under the Deed of Trust and the obligation secured thereby (including costs and expenses actually incurred and attorney’s fees) other than such portion of the principal as would not then be due had no default occurred and by curing any other default complained of herein that is capable of being cured by tendering the performance required under the obligation or to cure the default,

by paying all costs and expenses actually incurred in enforcing the obligation and Deed of Trust with Successor Trustee’s and attorney’s fees. In the event that all defaults are cured the foreclosure will be dismissed and the foreclosure sale will be cancelled. The scheduled Trustee’s Sale may be postponed by public proclamation up to 15 days for any reason. In the event of a bankruptcy filing, the sale may be postponed by the Trustee for up to 120 days by public proclamation at least every 30 days. If the Trustee is unable to convey title for any reason, the successful bidder’s sole and exclusive remedy shall be the return of monies paid to the Successor Trustee and the successful bidder shall have no further recourse. This is an attempt to collect a debt and any information obtained will be used for that purpose. Dated this 23rd day of November, 2016. /s/ Benjamin J. Mann Substitute Trustee 376 East 400 South, Suite 300 Salt Lake City, UT 84111 Telephone: 801-3552886 Office Hours: Mon.Fri., 8AM-5PM (MST) File No. 46437 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE To be sold for cash at Trustee’s Sale on June 2, 2017, at 10:00 a.m., on the front (south) steps of the Missoula County Courthouse located at 200 W. Broadway, Missoula, MT 59802, all of Trustee’s right, title and interest to the following-described real property situated in Missoula County, Montana: Tract C of Remick’s Swan River Tracts No. 2, Block 2, Lots 1-6, a platted subdivision in Missoula County, Montana, according to the official recorded plat thereof. Michael S. Sapp and Faye H. Sapp, as Grantors, conveyed the real property to First American Title Company of Montana, as Trustee, to secure an obligation owed to Citizens Alliance Bank, f/k/a First Valley Bank, as Beneficiary, by Trust Indenture dated January 15, 2008, and recorded January 24, 2008, in Book 812 of Micro Records at Page 342, records of the Missoula County Clerk and Recorder. A Substitution of Trustee designating Kevin S. Jones as Successor Trustee was recorded January 20, 2017, records of the Mis-

soula County Clerk and Recorder. The default of the obligation, the performance of which is secured by the aforementioned Trust Indenture, and for which default of this foreclosure is made, is for failure to pay the monthly payments as and when due. Pursuant to the provisions of the Trust Indenture, the Beneficiary has exercised, and hereby exercises, its option to declare the full amount secured by such Trust Indenture immediately due and payable. There presently is due on said obligation the principal sum of $96,058.97, which includes interest at a rate of 8% per annum, plus late fees of $585.00, for a total amount due of $96,643.97, as of January 19, 2017, plus the costs of foreclosure, attorney’s fees, trustee’s fees, escrow closing fees, and other accruing costs. The Beneficiary has elected, and does hereby elect, to sell the above-described property to satisfy the obligation referenced above.The Beneficiary declares that the Grantor is in default as described above and demands that the Trustee sell the property described above in accordance with the terms and provisions of this Notice. DATED 23rd day of January, 2017. /s/ Kevin S. Jones,Trustee STATE OF MONTANA))ss . County of Missoula) On this 23rd day of January, 2017, before me, the undersigned, a Notary Public for the State of Montana, personally appeared Kevin S. Jones, Trustee, known to me to be the person whose name is subscribed to the within instrument, and acknowledged to me that he executed the same. IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and seal the day and year first above written. (SEAL) /s/ Christy Shipp Notary Public for the State of Montana Residing at Missoula, MT My Commission Expires May 07, 2017



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1315 E. Broadway #4. 2 bed/1.5 bath, close to U, coin-ops, storage, pets? $850. Grizzly Property Management 542-2060

All real estate advertising in this newspaper is subject to the Federal and State Fair Housing Acts, which makes it illegal to advertise any preference, limitation, or discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status or national origin, marital status, age, and/or creed or intention to make any such preferences, limitations, or discrimination. Familial status includes children under the age of 18 living with parents or legal custodians, and pregnant women and people securing custody of children under 18. This newspaper will not knowingly accept any advertising for real estate that is in violation of the law. Our readers are hereby informed that all dwellings advertised in this newspaper are available on an equal opportunity basis. To report discrimination in housing call HUD at toll-free at 1-800-8777353 or Montana Fair Housing toll-free at 1-800-929-2611

1324 S. 2nd Street West “B”. 3 bed/2 bath, central location, single garage, W/D. $1100. Grizzly Property Management 542-2060 1918 Scott St. “B”. 2 bed/1 bath, HEAT PAID, Northside, coin-ops, off-street parking. $725. Grizzly Property Management 542-2060 2205 ½ South Avenue West. 3 bed/1 ¾ bath, all utilities included. $1225. Grizzly Property Management 542-2060 2329 Fairview Ave. #2. 2 bed/1

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MOBILE HOMES BONNER 4Bd/2Ba FENCED YARD Mobile home with covered deck, pets possible. Tenant pays heat and electric. SWG included. $1090. Nancy 880-8228 Lolo RV Park. Spaces available to rent. W/S/G/Electric included. $495/month. 406-273-6034

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18.6 acre building lot in Sleeman Creek, Lolo. $129,900. BHHS Montana Properties. For more info call Mindy Palmer @ 2396696, or visit visit 1845 South 9th West. Updated triplex with 4 bed, 2 bath upper unit and two 1 bed apartments in basement. $470,000. Shannon Hilliard, Ink Realty Group. 2398350 2 Bdr, 2 Bath, Rose Park home. $270,900. BHHSMT Properties. For more info call Mindy Palmer @ 239-6696, or visit visit 3 Bdr, 2 Bath, Huson home on 5.5 acres. $425,500. BHHSMT Properties. For more info call Mindy Palmer @ 239-6696, or visit More than 35 years of Sales & Marketing experience. JAY GETZ • @ HOME Montana Properties • (406) 214-4016 • •

CONDOS 801 N Orange Street #303, Missoula, MT 59802 MLS #21605224 $159,710. Anne Jablonski, Portico Real Estate 546-5816 Pinnacle Townhomes. Modern 3 bed, 2.5 bath with private fenced yard & double garage on Charlo Street. $289,900. Shannon Hilliard, Ink Realty Group 239-8350

MANUFACTURED For Sale 2- 16x80 mobile homes in great condition $35,000 delivered and set up within 150 miles of Billings. 406-259-4663

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These pets may be adopted at Missoula Animal Control 541-7387 MARYLAND•

Maryland is a 5-year-old female Boxer mix. She is a very stoic lady that understands several commands. Maryland definitely lacks a silly bone and listens to commands with a regal, authoritative attitude. This girl takes life seriously, and if she doesn't think you're serious, she'll give you the cold shoulder. Maryland would do best as an only pet.


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CAMERON•Cameron is a 5-year-old male

Pit Bull. He is an excited and eager dog that would love to be given a job to earn his much deserved affection. Cameron loves to play tug, and will put any toy to the test of his very persistent jaws. He would do best with an active and experienced dog owner, and would prefer only female dog buddies.

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ALFREDO• Alfredo is a 3-5-year-old male orange Tabby. He is the life of any party and most alluring entertainer you could ever hope for. Alfredo will go to no end to make sure he receives his much deserved affection. Alfredo loves to play, and everything becomes a toy. He is also very food motivated and might be a willing participant to learn tricks in order to receive treats! CYPRESS• Cypress is a 2-5-year-old male black cat. He is an outgoing and playful young guy with a very sweet and cuddly disposition. One moment he'll be chasing feathers, climbing in the toy bin, hunting for the catnip stash, and digging in the food bin. The next moment, he'll be snuggled up in your lap and rubbing his head against you. Cypress knows that he is the ultimate cure for a lonely heart.

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DAISY• Daisy is a 3-year-old female black and white cat. She is a special little girl with a sweet little sqeak for a meow. Daisy is partially blind and deaf, but that doesn't stop her from seeking out the most cozy lap to lay in. She does need to be an inside only cat due to her imparement. Daisy has a spit fire personality and isn't afraid to let you know exactly what she does and does not like.

ABERDEEN• Aberdeen is a 2-year-old female Pit Bull mix. She is a very sweet and submissive gal. She has an easy smile and is eager to please. Aberdeen loves belly rubs and head pats. She doesn't seem to know what toys are, so a family that can help her discover the fun of a tennis ball or tug toy would be a wish come true!

These pets may be adopted at the Humane Society of Western Montana 549-3934 LEXUS• Lexus purrs like a luxury car! This

gorgeous Calico is easygoing. If you have a lap, she'll find a way to nap on it! Lexus is 8-yearsold and part of our Senior for Senior program which reduces her adoption fee to help her find her forever home! Lexus would prefer to be the only cat, so she can shower you with all her love! Call today! 406.549.3934

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JOSEPH• Sweet-face Joseph is a friendly 2.5-year-old cat who loves being next to you or in your lap! Joseph enjoys telling you about his day, purring, and exploring. He is wary around other cats, and might prefer to be the only cat in the house, though he may warm up in time! This young gentleman’s adoption fee is only $14 this month, thanks to Suburu!

SUNSHINE• Did someone say FETCH? Sunshine is a beautiful yellow lab with oodles of fun energy who loves people and tennis balls! She is 7-years-old and knows lots of behaviors already like ‘sit,’ ‘stay,’ and ‘down.’ If you’re looking for a loyal friend, come by the shelter Wednesday-Friday between 1pm-6pm, or Saturday-Sunday from 12pm-5pm to meet Sunshine!

JOJO• Jojo is a staff favorite: friendly, loving,

and gentle! An older gentleman at 15-years-old, Jojo would love a quieter home to warm your lap and your heart! Our Senior for Senior program reduces Jojo’s adoption fee to help him find that purrfect lap for his next nap! Stop by the shelter at 5930 highway 93 S to meet him!

LUCKY• Someone will be very lucky bringing Lucky into their family! This handsome young man is incredibly sweet and eager to please. He would love an adult family who could offer consistency and positive training to help him become a wonderful canine citizen! Lucky enjoys smaller dog friends, long walks, and his people! Thanks to Suburu, his adoption fee for is only $14 this month! 406.549.3934.

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PENNY• Spunky, sweet, and all hound, Penny is an older Bluetick Coonhound with lots of love to give. She takes daily medications with food to manage some health issues, but she is as enthusiastic as ever! Penny is looking for a home without other pets or children where she can take short hikes and long naps! To help find her perfect home, we’re waiving her adoption fee! Learn more: • February 16–February 23, 2017 [C11]




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