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Voices/Letters Satire, misinformation and Early Edge ...................................................4 The Week in Review J.K. Simmons, Chinese satellite launcher and Kardashians.........6 Briefs Higher One, White Pine Sash and Montana films.................................................6 Etc. So, who did Krakauer talk to? .................................................................................7 News Pabst takes over as attorney’s office navigates changes.........................................8 News The technique that’s revolutionizing aquatic science ...........................................9 Opinion Social welfare spending isn’t the problem Helena needs to solve.................10 Opinion Public lands aren’t about to change hands to state control ...........................11 Feature Outdoorsman, businessman and man of faith: Sen. Steve Daines..................14

Arts & Entertainment

Arts Healing and the art of storytelling .........................................................................18 Music Mendelssohn, Cakes da Killa and Torche ...........................................................19 Theater Two-man Romeo and Juliet pays tribute to the bard ......................................20 Books Author Leslie Budewitz on killing and community ...........................................21 Film Birdman soars best when it’s not trying to be art................................................22 Movie Shorts Independent takes on current films.......................................................23 Flash in the Pan Roasted roots.....................................................................................24 Happiest Hour Winter BrewFest ..................................................................................26 8 Days a Week Can we talk about the Daines family campaign ads? ...........................27 Mountain High Snow Joke half-marathon ...................................................................33 Agenda Amplify Kindness .............................................................................................34


Street Talk .......................................................................................................................4 In Other News ..............................................................................................................12 Classifieds....................................................................................................................C-1 The Advice Goddess ...................................................................................................C-2 Free Will Astrolog y ....................................................................................................C-4 Crossword Puzzle .......................................................................................................C-6 This Modern World...................................................................................................C-12

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Lost in translation


by Cathrine L. Walters

Asked Tuesday, Feb. 24, near the corner of Broadway and Spruce. When you think of Sen. Steve Daines, what word or words come to mind? Follow-up: What’s one thing you hope politicians in Washington, D.C., achieve this year? Casey Greene: My hope for Steve Daines is that he recognizes what’s in the best interest for Montanans with regards to protecting public lands. Designation decision: That Rep. Mike Simpson’s proposed wilderness bill in the [Idaho’s] White Cloud Mountains, which is not publicly supported by The Wilderness Society, does not get designated and that the National Monument proposal, which has broad coalition support from wilderness and mountain bike advocates, does come to fruition.

Stephen Egli: Rich. Remember what you’re there for: To work to solve problems instead of focusing on getting reelected.

I was appalled to read Dan Brooks’ column in the most recent Independent titled, “On the offensive” (see Feb. 18). It makes me wonder if the article was written years ago and just now being published? Otherwise, I cannot imagine what planet he has been living on this past year and more. He stated that he had no idea that Rep. Ryan Zinke was in the military and “it’s a little irresponsible of Zinke not to have mentioned this before.” Not only did Rep. Zinke mention his service as a SEAL in his numerous speaking engagements throughout the state prior to the election last year but most of the TV ads he produced also mentioned his service. It is most irresponsible of Dan Brooks to state this and other remarks in his article that are simply not true. I call this very irresponsible journalism and he should retract these statements to the public. It is also irresponsible of the Independent to print articles that are not based on fact. Myra Greene Missoula

Lip service and lies

David O’Hagen: He does a lot of YouTube advertising. I usually skip the ad. Walls come tumbling down: Immigration. I’m pro-immigration and I’d like them to figure out what they’re doing at our border with Mexico. There should be a process for people to come to America and become citizens.

Lacey Simonich: He’s a Republican. Red. From my cold, dead hands: I hope they don’t ban guns.

Nate Rogers: Ugh. Words that would be censored in this paper. Dialogue: That the Democrats and Republicans can actually talk to each other.

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Sens. Daines and Tester are spreading misinformation in their bid to pump up logging of federal lands. They are doing industry’s bidding and they don’t seem to care if their rate of logging public forests violates environmental laws or not. Tester recently told Montana Public Radio “every logging sale in Montana right now is under litigation. Every one of them.” The Flathead National Forest website, however, lists 17 approved logging projects, only four of which have been litigated. Daines wants to force citizens to post a large bond in order to sue the Forest Service, undermining the Equal Access to Justice Act in an effort to make it impossible for David to take on Goliath when environmental laws are being broken. Nonprofit conservation groups already have plenty invested in attending field tours, studying environmental documents and attempting to reach agreement with the Forest Service prior to filing any necessary lawsuits. Public lands can’t afford to have nonprofits and citizens priced out of their right to due process. The Flathead National Forest has been trying since 1974 to reduce its logging to comply with environmental laws. Stoltze Lumber sued the Flathead to keep the logging inflated. In 1995 the Flathead cut its logging levels in half and proposed in 2006 to reduce them further to better protect fish, wildlife and water quality. This has helped reduce litigation. Now Stoltze has duped the Whitefish Range Collaborative into nearly doubling the federal land available for logging by reducing protections for threatened griz-

zly bear and lynx. Environmental protection is nothing more than lip service when senators and collaborators work to get around the law while trying to marginalize those who would enforce it in court. Keith Hammer Chair Swan View Coalition Kalispell

Ripple effect I urge you to join the Early Edge movement to offer the option for early childhood education for every child in Montana by visiting earlyedge action.org. According to multiple National Institute for Early Education Research

“It is most irresponsible of Dan Brooks to state this and other remarks in his article that are simply not true.” studies, children who attend high-quality preschool programs enter kindergarten with better pre-reading skills, richer vocabularies and stronger basic math skills than those who do not. This “early edge” creates a ripple effect for children, building their education on a solid foundation and leading to greater success in life. So which children attend preschool? Those whose families can afford it. Studies show that lower income students are less likely to receive education at home, making pre-school education more imperative than ever. Giving everyone access to great, prekindergarten education levels the playing field and provides more children with a great educational foundation. This argument isn’t simply ethical; it’s also smart economics. Every public dollar spent on high-quality preschool returns $7-$9 through a reduced need for spending on other services, such as remedial education, grade repetition and special education, as well as increased productivity and earnings for these children as adults. As a child I attended University Congregational Church’s preschool program here in Missoula and feel fortunate to have had parents who could send me to a private preschool pro-

gram. For those families who might not have the resources to pay for preschool, the Early Edge program can be a positive springboard for those children, leading to higher confidence, stronger literacy, language development and math skills. If the initiative passes, community block grants will provide local school districts the financial freedom to leverage existing public and private highquality education programs or to create new ones. In addition, Early Edge allows each unique community in our state to build the early education program that works best for their families. Parents can opt-in or out of the program as they please, but at least all children will start with the same opportunities. Thank you for your consideration of this issue and initiative. Kim Shappee Missoula

One step closer As we’ve seen in recent weeks, numerous stakeholder groups that depend heavily on water resources have announced their support of the Water Compact, and late last week it passed the Senate Judiciary Committee with strong bipartisan support. Thanks to the educational efforts of the compact bill sponsor, Sen. Chas Vincent, who went the extra mile make the compact and related documents and guides easily accessible to the public and his legislative colleagues, Montanans are one step closer to water rights certainty and avoiding the decades of litigation that failing to pass the Compact would cause. The 8-4 vote in favor of the compact shows that when folks take the time to really look into the substance of the bill, as those who voted for it did, that it is an agreement that is beneficial for all Montanans. Not only will the compact make our state stronger, but it will protect existing water rights and ensure water at levels of historic consumptive use for water users across Montana. Without the compact, Montanans would have to foot the bill for millions of dollars in court costs. Not only would individual farmers, ranchers, irrigators and water users have to shoulder the litigation costs—so too would all the taxpayers in Montana I commend Sen. Vincent for his relentless dedication to ensuring that our water resources are protected for future generations and that the hardearned dollars of Montanans aren’t wasted on unnecessary and avoidable litigation. Mary Stranahan Arlee



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by Cathrine L. Walters

Wednesday, February 18 The Missoula Redevelopment Agency approves the use of $147,000 to help fund sidewalks and other infrastructure improvements for a new 60-unit apartment complex across the street from the Good Food Store.

Thursday, February 19 David Joseph Lenio makes his first appearance in Flathead County Justice Court to face felony charges stemming from threats he made against school children and Jews on Twitter. Lenio reportedly yells, “Free Palestine,” as he’s brought into court.

Friday, February 20 Carol Ann Burrafato, who led police last month on a car chase through downtown Missoula before crashing, faces numerous charges, including fleeing from a peace officer and her fourth DUI, in Missoula County Justice Court.

Saturday, February 21 A black GMC Yukon carrying reality TV stars Kim and Khloe Kardashian hits a patch of black ice, slides off the road between Bozeman and Belgrade, and crashes into a ditch. No injuries are reported.

A group of dogs waits for dinner after a day of pulling sleds at Dog Sled Adventures Montana in Olney.


Sunday, February 22 University of Montana alumnus J.K. Simmons wins the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his role in Whiplash. In his acceptance speech, Simmons encourages everyone to “call their parents” and listen to them for as long as they want to talk.

Monday, February 23 Around 11 p.m., a Chinese rocket body is seen streaking across the Montana sky as it reenters Earth’s atmosphere. The rocket travels 1,000 miles during reentry, according to the American Meteor Society, and is observed as far south as Arizona and as far north as Alberta.

Tuesday, February 24 Missoula District Court Judge Karen Townsend sentences William Ashley Sandel II to 30 years in prison, with 15 suspended, for attacking two women last summer, one on the Kim Williams Trail and the other on the Higgins Avenue bridge.

Big Sky, big stall A bill aimed at reinstating Montana’s decade-old Big Sky on the Big Screen tax incentive hit a roadblock in the House Appropriations Committee in February, confusing proponents and temporarily handicapping those charged with promoting the state as a premier film location. Montana Film Commissioner Deny Staggs says in the wake of the committee tabling House Bill 120, his office has had to be guarded about how it plugs Montana to the entertainment industry. “Nobody’s going to come in here and invest in shooting a film in Montana if there’s uncertainty,” Staggs says. “For us, we have to say, ‘We feel confident, we think it’s a good program, the numbers look good, we believe the legislature will see that the numbers are strong and

believe this is a good program.’ That’s the best we can do.” According to the Montana Department of Commerce, the state has paid out $702,840 in film tax credits related to 48 productions since the incentive was enacted in 2005. Those productions in turn spent an estimated $9 million here, a return on investment Staggs calls a “10-to-one play.” HB 120 is “a jobs bill,” he adds, considering Montanans accounted for an average of 50 percent of the workforce hired for those film projects. However, February’s hearing before the appropriations committee saw the emergence of the only opponent in the history of the incentive: former state Sen. Joe Balyeat, now a lobbyist for the nonprofit Americans for Prosperity. Balyeat related a number of concerns to the committee, starting

with the claim that film tax credits across the country “simply don’t work.” “There’s very little logic or fairness in taxing average Montanans, who on average make amongst the lowest average wages in the entire country, to subsidize a handful of out-of-state rich people who make movies,” Balyeat said. Staggs likens that stance to past opposition in other states decrying the recipients of such tax credits as Hollywood fat-cats. But to him, the figures supplied by the Department of Revenue tell a different story, as does the recent push in the North Dakota legislature to pass a tax credit identical to Montana’s. The incentive is the first thing potential productions ask about when they call, Staggs adds, and gives Montana a legup when competing with neighboring states and places like New Zealand and Iceland. The transmittal date for HB 120 is April 1, and Staggs is hopeful the legislature will move it forward. Still, having HB 120 stalled leaves the future unclear— for the Montana Film Office and for productions already debating whether to film here. “I wouldn’t doubt that if it doesn’t go through, we would lose several projects that have been looking at us for quite some time,” Staggs says. Alex Sakariassen

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Site’s future far from settled In 1999, Mike Stevenson and six other investors, collectively known as Scott Street Partners, bought 32 acres of contaminated and blighted land on the Northside from Huttig Building Products, the last in a series of owners to operate a wood-manufacturing operation on the site. Over the next 16 years, Scott Street Partners sold 11 acres to the city, donated one acre for construction of White Pine Park and waited for the Montana Department of Environmental Quality to decide how the rest of their property should be cleaned of pentachlorophenol, a likely carcinogen, and other pollutants. On Feb. 19, Stevenson and his partners finally found out what will be required for their remaining 19 acres to be developed: About 9.3 acres will have to be cleaned to a commercial standard; the other 9.7 acres must be remediated to a higher standard suitable for residential use. While Stevenson says he and his partners are “happy that we’re finally making some progress,” he doesn’t exactly sound thrilled with the DEQ decision. “To be quite honest with you, I think it’s probably an—I don’t want to use the word ‘overkill,’ but I think it’s an over-cleaning for the proposed use of the property and for the limitations within the covenant deeds that I’m restricted to,” Stevenson says. One of those deeds declares that “[n]o portion of the Property shall be used in any manner for residential purposes ...” Though the deed could be modified with approval from the DEQ, Huttig and Scott Street Partners, Stevenson says he won’t pursue such a change. As a result, the decision could create unnecessary further delays while Huttig gets the land up to a standard out of sync with its intended use. But while Stevenson has argued against the residential requirement, many in the Northside neighborhood have fought for it—and they are disappointed more of the 43-acre plot won’t be cleaned as comprehensively. Bob Oaks, director of the North Missoula Community Development Corporation, says the decision “doesn’t go far enough, in terms of what the neighborhood’s expectations were,” but he does allow that it’s “better than what [DEQ’s] first proposed plan was, which didn’t have any cleanup for residential use.” Missoula City Councilman Bryan von Lossberg echoes Oaks’ sentiment. Along with fellow Ward 1 representative Jason Wiener, von Lossberg sponsored a 2014 resolution asking DEQ to “recognize residential use as as future anticipated land use” of the site and to require enhanced cleanup.

“Obviously, I and, I’m sure, the vast majority of the people in the community would’ve liked to see that entire 19-acre parcel set to be cleaned up to that level,” von Lossberg says. “So it’s a mixed bag.” Oaks says his group is working with a group of attorneys “to see if we have any options to do something better there.” Huttig, too, could challenge the DEQ’s decision, though a spokesperson for the company declined to comment for this story, saying officials are still reviewing the decision. In addition, DEQ still has to set up a timeline and process for the cleanup. Meanwhile, Stevenson and his partners will continue to put off development.

“We’ve had many, many inquiries from commercial/ industrial people who were interested in the property, but because of this continuing period of indecision as to what the cleanup standards were going to be, it’s hard to get anyone to commit to saying, ‘I’m gonna build this 15to 20,000-square-foot building on here and then have to dig up the dirt underneath it later on,’” Stevenson says. “People don’t want to deal with unknowns.” Ted McDermott


Privacy suit moves forward Law student Daniel Knudsen’s suit against the University of Montana over alleged privacy violations is moving forward following an unsuccessful motion by the university last month to have the case dismissed. Knudsen stands firm in his belief that UM erred in passing his personal information to Higher One, a private bank contracted to dole out financial aid disbursements and refunds to students. Likewise, UM continues to claim its contract with Higher One effectively made the bank an extension of the institution. “The university’s position is that no student privacy rights are violated or in any way compromised,” says Lucy France, general counsel for UM. “The university

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contracts, as many agencies do, with an outside company to process the disbursement of financial aid and other refunds to students.” The case’s first hearing is set for March 2 in Missoula District Court. In its motion to dismiss filed Jan. 14, UM reiterated its stance that as a contractor, Higher One “steps into the University’s shoes for the purpose of processing student disbursements.” The motion compared the bank to other vendors UM outsources services to for health screens, health insurance and alcohol education courses. It also argued that the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act protects entities conducting financial aid services on behalf of educational institutions. “Plaintiff ’s claims are not only frivolous and without merit, but also have precarious consequences for the functioning of our campus,” the motion reads. “It is imperative that this dodgy lawsuit be dismissed at this early stage.” Knudsen’s attorneys responded to the motion by declaring that FERPA does not preempt state privacy law. The filing claims privacy protections for Montana students are far more restrictive than the federal statute, citing the opening brief of Attorney General Tim Fox in the state’s ongoing appeal of author Jon Krakauer’s attempt to obtain records relating to the Jordan Johnson sexual assault case. FERPA “cannot save the Higher One contract by operation of federal preemption,” the document states. “Montana Privacy Law is more protective than is FERPA, so preemption does not apply.” France counters the university’s stance isn’t that FERPA trumps state law, rather that UM violated neither. Knudsen says despite the fact he’s graduating in a few months, the battle is important to him, particularly in light last year’s class action lawsuit against Higher One. It’s not just his rights that were violated, he adds, but those of all students. “I know that regardless of what happens here at the local level, I will get my day in front of the Montana Supreme Court to ask them,” Knudsen says. “And I know that their case history has not been nearly as permissive of this sort of behavior.” Alex Sakariassen

ETC. Over the past week, we and other media outlets in town have been trying to figure out who Jon Krakauer interviewed for his forthcoming exposé on sexual assaults in Missoula. So far, though, all anyone’s found is people who didn’t talk to Krakauer and were never even approached by him. The best-selling author didn’t talk to the former or current president of the University of Montana, the former or current chief of police or the former or current Missoula County Attorney. He didn’t speak with Missoula Mayor John Engen or Gwen Florio, the ex-Missoulian reporter who played a key role in publicizing the flawed handling of rape allegations long before Krakauer came around. So, at this point, it’s worth asking: Who did Krakauer interview? The only answer his publisher has supplied came in a press release that promised “a dispassionate, carefully documented account” of “the searing experiences of several women in Missoula.” Telling the victims’ side of the story is unquestionably important, but without the balance of full reporting it risks undermining Krakauer’s whole endeavor. Just ask Rolling Stone. From his public effort to wrest documents in court, Krakauer will also undoubtedly rely on records to help fill in the picture. But documents are limiting. Why not, for instance, try to speak with Kirsten Pabst, who worked in the Missoula County Attorney’s Officte, defended accused rapist Jordan Johnson in a highly publicized trial and now serves as the Missoula County Attorney? She covers nearly every angle with one phone call. These questions become important when considering Krakauer’s past. Despite his strong reputation, his accuracy and reporting have come under fire before. Impartial critics considered parts of Three Cups of Deceit, Krakauer’s takedown of Central Asia Institute founder and Bozeman resident Greg Mortenson, imbalanced and misleading. In addition, Into the Wild has been criticized for speculating about how its subject, Chris McCandless, died, as well as for romanticizing certain facts of his life. The point of raising questions about Krakauer’s process isn’t to resist the intense and inevitable coverage of one of Missoula’s darkest chapters by one of the country’s most-read nonfiction authors. It’s about a basic hope that, when faced with such a potentially damaging portrayal, it’s at least been done fairly. From the limited information available, things don’t look promising. We asked Krakauer to respond to these concerns. He was unavailable for comment—but, hey, at least we tried.

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Making her case Pabst takes over as attorney’s office navigates changes by Ted McDermott

On June 10, just a week after Kirsten Pabst won the Democratic nomination for Missoula County Attorney and, absent a Republican challenger in the general election, the office, she heard some big news. Outgoing County Attorney Fred Van Valkenburg had signed an agreement with Montana Attorney General Tim Fox to end a two-year U.S. Department of Justice investigation into the attorney’s office over its handling of sexual assault cases. Van Valkenburg had resisted that investigation, even suing the DOJ to prevent it, and he accepted the agreement with resignation, deeming it “window dressing.” Pabst, however, saw things differently. “It was a beautiful thing,” Pabst says now, sitting behind her desk in the Missoula County Courthouse office Van Valkenburg previously occupied. From 1999 until 2012, Van Valkenburg was Pabst’s boss. It was only a couple of months after Pabst resigned her position as chief deputy county criminal attorney and entered private practice as a defense lawyer that the DOJ first announced it would begin looking into how the Missoula Police Department, the University of Montana and the attorney’s office responded to more than 350 sexual assault reports between 2008 and 2012. She says her predecessor’s reluctance to cooperate “concerned me, because I think if you don’t have anything to hide, don’t hide anything.” In fact, Pabst says, she took the opposite tack, going out of her way to offer the DOJ “a lot of ideas about the way I thought the office could do better.” While Pabst claims that “almost all of my recommendations made it into the ultimate agreement,” Chief Deputy County Attorney Jason Marks says the process of change within the office began well before the AG’s agreement was even signed. “A lot of what’s in that agreement are things that we had implemented already,” Marks says. “The fact of the matter is, having these brought up [with the investigation], we took a look at how we were doing things and asked ourselves, ‘Are there things we could be doing better?’ And the answer was, ‘Absolutely, there are.’ So we set about trying to make those improvements.” Marks says many of those improvements had to do with dealing with cases more expediently, with devoting more prosecutors exclusively to domestic and sexual violence cases, and with communicating more efficiently and openly with victims. In late 2013, for example, the office signed a memorandum of understanding

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with the Missoula Police Department committing to set timelines for reviewing cases. (The next year, a similar MOU was signed with the Missoula County Sheriff ’s Office.) Also before the agreement, Van Valkenburg increased the number of attorneys devoted specifically to sexual and domestic violence from one to three. (Pabst has since added a fourth special prosecutor.) Though he defends the motives and commitment of his fellow county attorneys, Marks says the changes have been part of a highly productive “learning process.” “There is no way there was ever anyone working in this office that didn’t care about these [sexual assault] cases or didn’t

enforcement and prosecutors, inviting detectives to attend daily attorneys’ meetings to discuss questions and concerns about ongoing cases and investigations. That, Bouchee says, allows “for other eyes and other heads to get together and work towards the common goal of helping the victim.” Though Pabst has reassigned attorneys and reorganized aspects of the office, the change in leadership has been more seamless than might have been expected. During her three years defending clients against county prosecution, Pabst occasionally came into direct conflict with the office she now leads. Most notably, she

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After three years as a defense attorney, Kirsten Pabst has returned to lead the Missoula County Attorney’s Office during a period of major reform. She says she’s committed to “make life better for future victims.”

care about victims,” Marks says. “But that doesn’t change the fact that there were things we weren’t doing well.” According to an outside observer, the attorney’s office has made major strides toward greater transparency and responsiveness. Shantelle Gaynor of Missoula’s crime victims advocate program says a series of “good changes” at the attorney’s office began with the DOJ investigation and have continued under Pabst. Weekly meetings between attorneys, advocates and law enforcement, Gaynor says, have helped victims get information, especially in the difficult period when prosecutors are determining whether to charge a suspect. She also points to Pabst’s “small reorganization” of the attorney’s office to create “specific point people” for sexual and domestic violence cases as being beneficial for victims. Missoula Police Detective Lt. Bob Bouchee says Pabst has also opened up vital lines of communication between law

helped represent University of Montana quarterback Jordan Johnson in a highly publicized sexual assault case; Johnson was found not guilty of rape in 2013. While declining to comment specifically on that case, Pabst says her experience representing the accused isn’t an impediment but a boon to her new work as the county’s chief prosecutor. “Every file, every event, involves human beings,” Pabst says. “It’s not that I learned that being a defense attorney, because we know that. We’re feeling, thinking people. But that realization really hit home as a defense attorney, to see the profound effect that the system has on people’s lives and their kids and their parents and their extended families and the people that work for them. There’s just ring after ring after ring of people and lives that are affected by decisions that are made in the system.” tmcdermott@missoulanews.com


Fishing with eDNA The technique that’s revolutionizing aquatic science by Ben Goldfarb

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The author holds up a non-native brook trout, plucked from a lake in Yellowstone National Park. eDNA can help researchers pinpoint invasive species, saving them hours or days of arduous searching.

Back in 2009, I passed a memorable summer in Yellowstone, helping the National Park Service exterminate the alien trout that past generations of biologists and anglers had carelessly introduced. One week, in an effort to purge the park’s northeast corner of invasive brook trout, we used backpack shockers: ungainly apparatuses that zapped streams with electric current, stunning nearby fish into submission so that we could net and kill the interloping brookies. It was hard work, plagued by uncertainty and inefficiency. One crew waded up a steep tributary for hours, fruitlessly waving electrodes beneath logjams and waterfalls, certain that the stream was uncontaminated—only to shock an intrepid, lonely brook trout at the headwaters. Sweat-soaked shoulders slumped. A day of back-breaking work to find a single fish? There had to be a better way. Now, such a way exists: environmental DNA, or eDNA. The scientific technique allows researchers to sample water or soil for minute traces of animal DNA—morsels of shed skin, fecal matter or reproductive material—to verify the presence of their target critter. Have brook trout or other invasive specifes infiltrated a watershed? Is the cryptic Idaho giant salamander hiding in a mountain creek? Just grab a few water samples and run some polymerase chain reactions, or PCRs— a method for amplifying DNA that’s used in everything from forensics to diagnosing hereditary disease—and voila, you’ve got your answer. During my time in Yellowstone, eDNA could have saved us hours, even days, of arduous searching. No wonder, then, that scientists

around the West are spreading the eDNA gospel. Among the converts is Matthew Laramie, a U.S. Geological Survey ecologist who recently employed the technique to find summer chinook salmon in northern Washington’s Methow and Okanagan basins. The fish head upriver in spring, when melt-swollen creeks make traditional sampling methods like snorkeling or electrofishing impractical. By contrast, says Laramie, using eDNA barely requires getting out of the car: “A single person could sample the whole Okanagan Basin in a day or two.” More important than convenience, of course, is accuracy. Fortunately, eDNA passes that test. In streams where Laramie knew chinook were present, he generally found their DNA; in streams that the fish couldn’t access, he didn’t. Now that the test has been proven effective on chinook, says Laramie, it can be used to track the salmon restoration efforts of the Colville Confederated Tribes, which plan to reintroduce spring chinook into the Okanagan within the year. eDNA is also being employed to combat those pesky brook trout, an eastern species that have displaced bull trout, a threatened native cousin, in many Western streams. Tracking the fishes’ relative distributions may help researchers like Taylor Wilcox, a PhD student at the University of Montana, understand exactly what happens when the invader enters a system—especially whether bull trout can survive by fleeing to connected streams elsewhere in the watershed. Such a vast study is tailor-made for environmental DNA.

“With eDNA, you can have really high detection probability over very large scales, and the cost of sampling is lower than doing backpack electrofishing,” Wilcox says. Indeed, he and collaborators have picked up traces of brook trout genetic material in situations where backpack electroshocking had stunned nary a fish. Still, eDNA remains immature in many ways. The technique has only been in widespread use for a few years, and there are important questions it can’t yet reliably answer. How many fish—or frogs, or salamanders—live in a stream? Are they old or young, healthy or sick? Though traces of Asian carp DNA have led some scientists to suspect that the infamous invader has finally reached the Great Lakes, while others claim the samples could have come from bird droppings or boats. Distinguishing the DNA of close relatives like brook and bull trout, or coho and chinook salmon, is also challenging. Scooping up water samples might be easy, but creating sufficiently sensitive PCR assays, claims Laramie, “is where the hard work of this method comes in.” Nonetheless, eDNA is already changing the face of aquatic science and conservation—and as methods improve, its role will only expand. “There are still so many unknowns,” Laramie says with relish. “It’s a field that’s just ripe for research. This story originally appeared in High Country News (hcn.org ). editor@missoulanews.com

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Mother’s helper Welfare spending isn’t the problem Helena needs to solve by Dan Brooks


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The 2015 Montana Legislature is less than two months old, but Republicans in Helena have already gotten tough on poor people. In January, Sen. Art Wittich, R–Belgrade, subpoenaed welfare workers to share anecdotes about fraud before the Health and Human Services Committee. Weeks later, Rep. Tom Burnett, R–Bozeman, told colleagues on his own HHS committee that welfare recipients need to go to church and eat “with others, at a table, not on the couch.” Shortly thereafter, the House passed HB 200, requiring people who receive federally funded Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, or TANF, to take monthly drug tests. Clearly, Republicans in Helena believe we’re spending too much money on welfare. But if they’re serious about getting people off government assistance, they should look for better ways to enforce child support. The majority of TANF recipients are single mothers. Forty percent of the Montanans who get food stamps are children in single-parent households. Research shows that approximately 2 percent of welfare recipients use drugs—roughly the same rate as the general population. On the other hand, only 41 percent of custodial parents get their legally mandated child support each month. The so-called crisis in social welfare spending is a crisis in child support payment. Some TANF and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program recipients may be scamming the state for benefits they don’t need, but many, many more are stuck on welfare because the fathers of their children have broken the law. The “crisis” in welfare spending comes from fathers who have shifted their obligations to the state, not from mothers who are actually raising their children. But Republicans in Helena talk about single motherhood as if it’s not something fathers are doing. They’ve abandoned serious policy to indulge the fantasy that people on welfare are immoral and spoiled. In 2013, for example, Rep. Dave Hagstrom, R– Billings, wrote:

“[Welfare] creates a mindset that if I have kids and their dads are deadbeats, the government should buy my groceries and help me get a job while they provide day care for my kids and send me to school to educate me so I can get a better job.” This claim implies that mothers raising children are somehow responsible for

“Saying single mothers should work harder or be married won’t get them off welfare, but enforcing child support payments will.” deadbeat dads. It would be more accurate to say lax enforcement of child support creates a mindset that if I have kids and abandon them, nothing bad will happen to me. Saying single mothers should work harder or be married won’t get them off welfare, but enforcing child support payments will. If more men paid their legally mandated child support, the largest single demographic of TANF and SNAP recipients would get more money every month. Hungry kids could rely on their fathers instead of the government. We could improve the lives of the poor even as we spent less money on welfare. Massive noncompliance with child support is not an easy problem to fix. In Montana, single parents who apply for TANF are automatically referred to the Child Support Enforcement Division, which pays what fathers owe and hopes to be reimbursed later. This system eases the burden on single

moms, but it strains funding and lets fathers shift their responsibilities to the state. There’s a reason nearly 60 percent of people who owe child support don’t pay. Montana law allows the state to garnish their wages, subtract payments from their tax returns and suspend their driver’s licenses, but many deadbeat dads work for cash. For the same reasons they don’t comply with court orders, they’re more likely to skip tax returns or drive without a license. It’s almost as if deadbeat dads were irresponsible. But instead of focusing on this obvious moral issue—one that directly impacts social welfare spending and can be addressed through stronger enforcement of existing laws—Republicans have spent the last two months attacking welfare moms. They should change how they think about this issue, because it touches on two central planks of the GOP platform: reducing dependence on government and preserving traditional families. If fathers couldn’t abandon their kids with impunity, fewer children might be born out of wedlock. If more single mothers got the child support to which they are legally entitled, fewer of them would need money from the government to get by. That’s a practical solution to a social problem. It saves the state money and encourages traditional childrearing. It also rests on the kind of moral argument that Republicans in Helena seem comfortable advancing. All they need to do is stop judging welfare recipients and start talking about people who are actually breaking the law. There is a welfare crisis in Montana, but it doesn’t come from single moms. There are people out there who would rather let the government provide for their children— people who are lazy and immoral and taking the taxpayers of this state for a ride. Republicans in Helena should get real about who they are. Dan Brooks writes about politics, culture and deadbeat dads at combatblog.net.


Missoula County Growth Policy: Shaping Our Place, Charting Our Future

Road to nowhere Public lands aren’t about to change hands to state control by Hillary Hoffmann

Plenty of ink has been spilled lately over Utah’s Transfer of Public Lands Act, the controversial law requiring the federal government to turn over 31.2 million acres of public land to the state of Utah—without even a token payment to the U.S. Treasury—as well as talk of similar efforts around the West. But should the American public take these proposals seriously? The Utah Legislature’s legal counsel noted that its transfer law was likely unconstitutional. After all, the federal government’s right to retain and manage the federal estate is considered settled law according to a long line of Supreme Court cases, starting with Kleppe v. New Mexico in 1976. Nonetheless, state legislators have appropriated millions of dollars of Utah taxpayers’ money to study the potential implications of state ownership and to litigate title to federal lands. Utah Rep. Ken Ivory, the bill’s lead sponsor, continues to press the discredited notion that certain states are somehow “entitled” to the nation’s public lands. He’s raised hundreds of thousands of dollars from his fellow county commissioners to form a nonprofit group, the American Lands Council, to push for state takeovers. As a representative of the council, he’s traveled far and wide, trying to convince Westerners that their states are the rightful owners of America’s national forests and Bureau of Land Management lands. Despite drawing the attention of sagebrush rebels like Cliven Bundy in Nevada and right-wing think tanks like the American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC, Ivory’s efforts have thus far failed to spur other states to pass similar legislation. Ivory has also been stymied in Utah.

How should we preserve rural character, protect natural resources, and respect individual choice? Comment on draft goals and identify future actions. x Feb. 23, 6:30 p.m.: East Missoula Community Hall, 314 Montana Ave., East Missoula x Feb. 24, 6:00 p.m.: Swan Valley Community Center, Mile Post 42, Condon x Feb. 25, 6:00 p.m.: Frenchtown Fire Station, 16873 Marion St., Frenchtown

When his bill passed in 2012, it demanded that the federal government relinquish all federal lands in the state by the end of 2014. That deadline passed without any federal action, and Utah’s attorney general has yet to file suit to force the issue. The issue remains alive, however; the Utah Legislature appropriated $2 million dollars to

“So here’s $2 million worth of free advice: Stop the madness.” hire outside counsel to strategize and sue, if necessary. Here’s the basic question: Does Utah have a legal leg to stand on? To seize federal public lands, Utah would have to file suit under the Quiet Title Act, which requires proof that the state has a valid claim of ownership. But the statute of limitations under this law ran long ago, with the passage of the Federal Lands Policy and Management Act in 1976. Ivory’s cause is not attracting much political support either. Staunchly conservative editorial boards at Utah’s Deseret News and the St. George Spectrum recently editorialized against transferring federal lands to the state of Utah. Even Gale Norton, former Interior secretary under George W. Bush, would not back Ivory at a recent conference he hosted on the issue

in Washington, D.C. Then, just before Christmas, a 784page economic study of the state’s proposed transfer found that the transfer failed to make sense financially for Utah. According to the study, even if the state got to keep the public’s mineral royalties, it would still come up short. Under the economic study’s most optimistic scenario— based on consistently high oil prices—Utah’s public education system would face a $1 billion deficit in 20 years. In order to make the numbers work at all, the state would have to aggressively drill for oil in many publicly valued places such as the region around Canyonlands National Park. And even doing that, Utah would still face a $100 million backlog in deferred maintenance costs for everything from roads to campgrounds. So here’s $2 million worth of free advice to the state of Utah: Stop the madness. Congress has the exclusive authority to transfer public lands. The only viable path forward is to pass transfer legislation through Congress and obtain the president’s signature—an approach that isn’t going anywhere. Remember, the American public hasn’t responded well to past attempts to seize control of their public lands. In short, it’s time for the backers of this doomed land grab to admit defeat and leave America’s public lands alone.

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Hillary Hoffmann is a contributor to Writers on the Range, a column service of High Country News (hcn.org). She is a law professor at Vermont Law School’s Environmental Law Center, specializing in natural resources and public lands issues throughout the West.

missoulanews.com • February 26–March 5, 2015 [11]


CURSES, FOILED AGAIN – Jeffrey Wood, 19, announced a robbery at a convenience store in Washington, D.C., where two police detectives were shopping. They were in plain clothes, but one had her badge hanging from her neck. She told the suspect, “Stop playing, I got 17,” referring to the number of bullets in her gun. Wood reportedly replied, “I got 17, too.” He was bluffing, however, and was easily arrested. (The Washington Post) Someone reported two men acting suspiciously in a parked car in Rexburg, Idaho, but before police could respond, the men, aware that they had been observed, assumed they had been discovered by undercover officers. They called 911 and admitted to possessing 20 pounds of marijuana. Rexburg police, who said they had no idea the men were driving through town with drugs, arrived to find Leland Ryan Kaimipono AyalaDoliente, 21, and Craig Seward, 22, standing outside their car with the pot. (Pocatello’s Idaho State Journal)

VICTIM OF THE WEEK – Adam Wisneski, 31, rode his bicycle to a Chicago police station to report a stolen iPhone. He didn’t have his lock, so he asked if he could leave his bike inside the station. After filling out a police report, he turned around to find someone had stolen his bike. (Chicago’s WBBM Radio) FORGIVE AND FORGET - After Charlene and Charles Earle drove to a hospital in Orange City, Fla., for treatment of injuries from a fight at home, sheriff’s deputies described the couple as “mutual combatants.” Charlene Earle is 83, 4 feet 11 inches tall and weighs 88 pounds. Charles Earle is 87. They’ve been married 64 years. They told authorities they didn’t remember the incident or why they were arguing. (The Daytona Beach News-Journal) WHEN GUNS ARE OUTLAWED – Police said Andrew Rak, 28, threatened Will Flanagan, the former mayor of Fall River, Mass., with oversized scissors used at ribbon-cutting ceremonies. Rak reportedly stole the prop scissors from Flanagan’s SUV, along with other items, including a small souvenir baseball bat, which he smashed against the ground outside Flanagan’s apartment while stating he was going to “kill the mayor.” Flanagan, who was ousted from office by a recall election in December, confronted Rak, who said, “I’m going to kill you. You lost the election.” (Fall River’s The Herald News) OVERREACTION – Mitzi Lynn Martinez, 50, admitted to setting fire to a tent where two men were sleeping after drinking beer with them at her home in Palm Bay, Fla. She said she gave one of the men $15 to go buy more beer, then got into a “heated argument” with the other one, who left. He met the other man, and they took the beer to their tent. Five hours later, Martinez lit a soft drink container filled with lighter fluid and rolled it down an embankment toward the tent, which burst into flames. Police charged her with attempted murder. (Orlando Sentinel) MR. UNLUCKY – Motorist Michael S. Baumann, 20, hit bicyclist Darryl Isaacs, 50, from behind in Indian Hills, Ky. Witnesses confirmed that Isaacs was signaling a left turn when he was struck and thrown back into the car’s windshield and on to the pavement. Police Chief Kelly Spratt said Isaacs is lucky to be alive. Isaacs is a well-known personal injury attorney who markets himself as the “Heavy Hitter” and the “Kentucky Hammer” for his firm’s success in recovering $500 million in benefits for his clients. (Louisville’s The Courtier-Journal) BUZZ KILLS – One byproduct of legalized marijuana is a rash of exploding houses, according to Colorado authorities, who reported 32 such blasts across the state last year. The incidents result from people using flammable liquids, mostly butane, to extract hash oil from marijuana. “They get enough vapors inside the building, and it goes off,” Grand Junction Fire Marshal Chuck Mathis said. No one has been killed, but the fires have injured dozens of people, including 17 who received skin grafts and surgery at the University of Colorado Hospital’s burn center. Arguing that such tragedies aren’t crimes because of the 2012 constitutional amendment that legalized marijuana use, including processing, attorney Robert Corry said using butane to make hash oil is “the equivalent of frying turkey for Thanksgiving,” where “someone spills the oil, and there’s an explosion.” (The New York Times) Spanish authorities on the resort island of Ibiza said Dimitrina Dimitrova, 29, was so excited when her boyfriend proposed to her at a scenic spot overlooking the Mediterranean Sea that she began jumping up and down, lost her balance and fell 65 feet to her death. (Britain’s Daily Mail)

SHIRKING-CLASS HERO – A.K. Verma, an assistant executive engineer at India’s Central Public Works Department (CPWD), went on leave in 1990 but declined to return to work. “He went on seeking extension of leave, which was not sanctioned, and defied directions to report to work,” a government statement said, noting that an inquiry found Verma guilty of “willful absence from duty” in 1992. He remained on unauthorized leave for another 22 years, however, before Urban Development Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu finally ordered his dismissal to “streamline the functioning of CPWD and to ensure accountability.” (Britain’s The Guardian) INSENSITIVITY LESSONS – The Irish school Colaiste Eoin in Stillorgan canceled a workshop on homophobic bullying after its board of management decided “both sides of the argument should be represented.” (Britain’s Metro) Philadelphia’s Bryn Mawr College drew criticism after sending overweight students an email advertising a fitness program. Targeted students with “elevated” body mass indexes were identified by information from the school’s health center. Center Director Dr. Kay Kerr apologized “to anyone who has been upset or offended by our communication.” (NBC News)

THEM THAT HAS, GETS – Although China owns at least $1.3 trillion of the U.S. debt, the U.S. government sent it $12.3 million in foreign aid last year and is handing it another $6.8 million this year. An official for the State Department’s USAID program said the money is earmarked to help Tibetan communities “preserve their threatened cultural traditions” and to help China “address environmental conservation and strengthen the rule of law.” (The Washington Times)

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n Jan. 6, Steve Daines strolled down the center aisle in the U.S. Senate chambers, shoulders squared and hands folded at his waist. He carried a small, tan copy of the New Testament passed down from his grandfather, a pastor at a Lutheran Church near Ledger, and grinned as he shook hands with Vice President Joe Biden. Sen. Jon Tester shifted from foot to foot as Daines pledged to uphold the office to which Montana voters had elected him the previous November. The swearing-in ceremony lasted all of two minutes, but it had far more historic implications back home. Daines officially became the first Republican to occupy that Senate seat in more than a century—a remarkable ascent for someone whose political career dates back less than a decade. A Bozeman native and 28-year veteran of the private sector, Daines really only became a familiar name in Montana politics in 2007. Rumors were circulating throughout the state that year that the RightNow Technologies executive was weighing a gubernatorial challenge against Brian Schweitzer. Daines repeatedly dismissed the whispers, even as he founded nonprofit focused on pressuring the state to return a large portion of its $1 billion surplus to taxpayers. A flurry of television and radio advertisements framed the issue in business terms, casting taxpayers as customers and the state as the company that had overcharged them. Daines ran the ini-


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U.S. Sen. Steve Daines, above, addresses a Feb. 18 joint meeting of the Montana Legislature, calling on lawmakers to come up with “Montana solutions” to national problems. Inset: Daines, accompanied by his wife Cindy, is officially sworn in to the Senate Jan. 6 by Vice President Joe Biden.

[14] Missoula Independent • February 26–March 5, 2015

tiative, did ad voiceovers, even posted photos of himself and his wife, Cindy, to the website GiveItBack.org—a phrase Daines says was coined by his father, Clair. “Growing up in the construction business, my dad always taught me when you overcharge the customer, you should give them back the money,” Daines tells the Independent. “And looking at the surplus, I said, ‘You know what, in some ways the taxpayer has been overcharged. That’s not the government’s money, that’s the taxpayers’ money … Let’s set aside half of it for a rainy day—always good to keep some

savings—but let’s give back the other half to the taxpayers who were overcharged in the first place.’” Daines’ debut on Montana’s political stage was quickly met with reproach by the left. The Montana Democratic Party filed a complaint with the state’s Commissioner of Political Practices alleging the initiative violated campaign practice laws. The complaint was dismissed, but in spring 2008, Daines left GiveItBack.org and, two days later, filed to run for lieutenant governor alongside Republican Roy Brown. The Democratic Party reasserted its allegations in a second filing in March. That, too, was dismissed, but then-Commissioner David Gallik acknowledged that “Daines’ name recognition and desirability within the conservative audience may have increased as a result of his spokesperson role for the organization.” Daines and Brown lost the race, but the notoriety Daines garnered among Montana conservatives paid off four years later when he launched a successful bid for an open seat in the U.S. House. Nine months into his first term, Daines responded to the news of Sen. Max Baucus’ pending retirement by announcing his candidacy for the Senate. He became the frontrunner last summer when his Democratic opponent, Sen. John Walsh, exited the race amid revelations that he’d plagiarized a research paper at the U.S. Army War College—information the National Republican Senatorial Committee later admitted it had leaked to The New York Times.

ulist farmer like Tester, nor does he command the D.C. clout of Baucus. His public speeches and voting record paint a clear picture of an ambitious young Republican, dogmatic on social issues and conservative on fiscal ones. According to data from the Sunlight Foundation, he’s voted with the GOP 94.5 percent of the time, on issues ranging from abortion bans to repealing the Affordable Care Act. Yet Daines has managed

Montana Wilderness Association, asking for thoughts on what Congress should do to increase development of traditional and renewable energy resources in the state. The letter came shortly after lawmakers had succeeded in passing a massive public lands package attached to the National Defense Authorization Act—a package that included 67,000 acres of new wilderness in Montana. Daines had waffled on the Rocky

restless and ready for a hike. He shifts constantly in his chair, raises and lowers his legs, flexes the polished black cowboy boots on his feet. He talks about taking weekend breaks from his summer job at his dad’s construction company in high school to camp and climb. When not in school or skiing at Bridger Bowl, he says his winters were spent poring over topo maps of the Spanish Peaks, the Crazy Mountains and

“Montana has some threads of John Denver running through it, and it has some threads of Merle Haggard running through it. Trying to figure out that melody in our state is something I take very seriously.” —Steve Daines to pull out some surprises with that other 5.5 percent. A few months into his House stint, he agreed to carry the North Fork Watershed Protection Act, a conservation bill pioneered by Democrats and blithely ignored by his Republican predecessor, Denny Rehberg. He also broke from House leadership early on to support reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act. At first blush, it’s easy for the left to loathe him and the right to laud him. But those reactions tend to focus only on how he’s voted on key issues. As Montana gets to know its new senator—a dedicated out-

Mountain Front Heritage Act for nearly two years, and his support was finally won in exchange for the release of two wilderness study areas in eastern Montana. Daines’ letter to Sybert asked for specific input on possible recommendations for the release of additional WSAs. “The tone of that letter did cause us concern,” Sybert says, “because it seemed to be heavily weighted towards release of WSAs versus a more balanced approach and really looking at which ones deserve protection and which ones may deserve some other designation.”

the Taylor-Hilgard Unit of southwest Montana’s Lee Metcalf Wilderness. “I had a fly rod in my hand way before Brad Pitt discovered it,” he quips. To hear Mike Gaffke tell it, Daines’ enthusiasm for the outdoors was infectious. The two became friends in high school, fishing local creeks together and hunting deer. After graduating from Bozeman High, Gaffke recalls, Daines and several others plotted a weeklong trip through the Beartooths. Gaffke had never been on such an intense outing, but says Daines proved an adept leader.

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A young Steve Daines poses during a backpack trip in the Beartooths, a stretch of backcountry the senator frequently references when plugging his connection to Montana’s public lands.

Daines defeated Walsh’s replacement, former state Rep. Amanda Curtis, by nearly 18 points. According to Joel Shouse, a longtime friend of the Daines family in Bozeman, “A lot of things just fell into place kind of like they were meant to be.” The speed of Daines’ rise from political unknown to the U.S. Senate has left many in the state scrambling to figure out who, exactly, this newcomer is. He’s not a pop-

doorsman, polished business leader and unapologetic man of faith—it’s starting to understand why he votes the way he does, and how that can create unexpected results.

The Outdoorsman In the waning days of his first and only term in the House, Daines sent a letter to Brian Sybert, executive director of the

sees Montana’s wild places as “a gift,” and balks at the notion perpetuated by some within his own party that Congress should surrender ownership of its holdings to the states. Daines appears to be walking a line on the issue of transferring public lands. He doesn’t specifically support the transfer of ownership pushed by conservative groups like the Utah-based American Lands Council, nor does he agree with Gov. Steve Bullock, the Montana Wilderness Association and scores of others who view the debate as a waste of time and money. “Public lands are … part of our heritage, it’s a treasure that we have, and it needs to be protected,” he says. “So I don’t support the transfer of federal lands to the state. I don’t see a fiscal path that would make that work, for starters. What I do support is ensuring Montanans have a louder voice and have a greater say in how we manage our public lands today. I think most Montanans think we could do a better job of managing those lands than federal bureaucrats 2,000 miles away.” Daines took advantage of this month’s Senate recess to host a series of roundtable discussions regarding forest management reforms. In his mind, a Montana governor working with state agencies to oversee national forests like the Lolo, Kootenai and Flathead can “probably do a better job than having this one-size-fits-all federal mandate.” That scenario could result in “more common-sense regulations,” he says, adding there’s a “greater appetite” for such reforms in Congress at present.

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More than 500 Montanans rallied in the Capitol Rotunda Feb. 16 to oppose efforts to transfer federal lands to the states. Daines opposes a straight ownership swap, but supports increasing state control over federal lands.

When it comes to public lands issues, Daines frequently makes reference to being an avid outdoorsman. His summiting of Granite Peak, his fondness for backpacking in the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness and his mountain-top marriage proposal to his wife factor heavily in speech after speech as examples of his connection to the state’s wild heritage. Even seated in his office in downtown Helena, Daines comes off as

“We started in Cooke City and came out on the other side,” Gaffke says. “Steve was the one that kind of led the expedition as far as pulling out the maps and planning the route, where we’d camp and how far we’d go. A lot of it was off-trail, and that’s something I’d never done before.” Daines says his lifelong connection to the outdoors provides a solid foundation for his approach to public lands policy. He

Daines’ desired approach to forest management became gradually clearer during his two years in the House, largely reflected by his position on Sen. Tester’s Forest Jobs and Recreation Act. Sybert says Daines sounded “laudatory” about the collaborative spirit of the bill early on, and his near-immediate willingness to carry the North Fork Watershed Protection Act in the House earned praise from conservation-

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ists. But hope dwindled as Daines began to build a voting record that included supporting the 2013 Restoring Healthy Forests for Healthy Communities Act. The measure, sponsored by Rep. Doc Hastings, RWash., called on the U.S. Forest Service to establish “Forest Reserve Revenue Areas” on all national forests designed to increase timber harvest nationwide. “We and our broader coalition had asked the senator—the congressman at the time—what changes he needed to see in FJRA,” Sybert says. “We never really saw a list of specific changes, but I guess what he wanted to see was it apply to timber reform, forest policy reform, on all 10 national forests” in Montana. Sybert says Daines’ positions have become more troubling in his first month as senator. He cites four specific developments as cause for concern: an amendment aimed at undoing certain provisions of the Antiquities Act, a vote in favor of reforming the Land and Water Conservation Fund, his subsequent opposition to reauthorizing the fund, and his support for a proposal by Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, to strip WSA status from millions of acres nationwide. Sybert isn’t the only conservationist with mounting doubts about Daines. His dedication to coal development on the Crow Indian Reservation has prompted the Missoula-based Blue Skies Campaign to dub him “an example of what’s wrong with Congress.” The League of Conservation Voters this month gave Daines a zero percent on a special edition Senate scorecard, citing a number of recent votes including his unwavering support for the Keystone XL pipeline. Meanwhile, Daines continues to advertise his status as an outdoorsman and his appreciation for Montana’s wild places. Sybert hopes that sentiment will carry over into his approach to federal policy. If Daines wants to pursue increased timber harvest on national forests in Montana, Sybert says, perhaps he’ll be open to discussing wilderness and other conservation designations as a counterweight. It’s an option Daines will have to consider if he plans to get the now-senior Sen. Tester on board. “Any sort of land management bill we come up with needs to have three main things,” Tester says. “It has to have forest cut, it has to have wilderness, it has to improve recreational opportunities.” Without those linchpins—and a collaborative, Montanabased coalition pushing it—Tester’s support for any reforms will be non-existent.

The Businessman Daines strolls to the front of the Montana House chambers, escorted by four state lawmakers. He jokes in the opening of his Feb. 18 address that this is his second consecutive appearance as a freshman before the joint bodies of the legislature—a nod to his relatively quick move from congressman three years ago to newly elected senator. Daines’ address leaps from topic to topic, starting with his recently introduced Balanced Budget Accountability Act and winding around to overregulation by the Environmental Protection Agency, the im-

portance of moving forward on the Keystone XL and the war President Barack Obama is waging on the coal industry. The most fervent applause come from Republican legislators, but when he declares that public lands should remain public, it’s the Democrats who jump from their seats first. Daines outlines a broad conservative agenda for the Senate term ahead, but the message he imparts is concise: Solutions to the nation’s problems aren’t going to come from federal bureaucrats in D.C. “They’re going to come from local legislators like you,” he says. “They’re going to come from Montana small business owners, from Montana families. Washington is the problem. Montana has the solutions.”

describes the work of outcompeting Chinese companies as “very, very hard” but ultimately rewarding, not just for P&G but also for his personal future. The experience gave him “a global perspective,” Daines says, “something that helps me in my job today.” “In the United States Senate today, we’re having to grapple with significant challenges globally,” he continues, “and having a better understanding of where we fit in this larger global picture I think is a very important part of leading our country in policy on global competitiveness and frankly national security.” The break Daines most often refers to, however, came after he moved back to Montana in 1997. He worked for his father’s construction company for several

out adding that during his tenure there, the company created “hundreds of good jobs ... averaging more than $70,000 a year.” RightNow, and the connections built there, also contributed significantly to Daines’ own financial wellbeing. His 2013 financial disclosure report—the most recent released by Daines—stated he had personal assets worth between $8.9 million and $32.7 million. A large portion of that is attributed to properties owned by Genesis Partners, a firm Daines founded with Gianforte and his father, Clair Daines. Daines stuck with RightNow Technologies for nearly 12 years, resigning to run for the House not long after the world’s second-largest software company, Oracle Corp., purchased RightNow for $1.8 bil-

photo by Cathrine L. Walters

Asked why he supports Daines, Rep. Kerry White, R-Bozeman, cites faith and a strong family connection to the state.

It’s a talking point he will repeat continuously during his Montana tour. Daines refers to his own 28-year career in the private sector as a primer for public office.” After graduating from Montana State University with a degree in chemical engineering, he immediately applied for and received a job with the multinational consumer goods manufacturer Procter & Gamble. Daines started in an entry-level management position with the company in Iowa City, Iowa, overseeing a team of 30 people and producing some of the company’s most famous brands: Scope mouthwash, Crest toothpaste, Head & Shoulders shampoo. He calls it a “high-pressure environment,” one that showed him “how important humility is in leadership.” “I think it really taught me the importance of, when you come into a role, listen first, speak second,” he says. P&G eventually tapped Daines for a job heading up the company’s expansion into Asian markets, a promotion that required Daines, his wife and their two children at the time to relocate to Hong Kong. Daines

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years, but eventually connected with local businessman and fellow engineer Greg Gianforte, who was in the process of starting a software firm called RightNow Technologies. Daines joined the company as a vice president in 2000, not long after Amy Wiening was hired to RightNow’s sales team. “Sometimes when you had issues that were escalating, it was just sort of a battle internally to try to resolve them,” Wiening says. “When I got to work with Steve, that wasn’t the case. ... He was just good about listening to the whole issue and deciding where the resolution needed to come from, whether it was from us or from the client, rather than always trying to push it off like it wasn’t our issue. It was good to have him in meetings where, even if people were upset or mad at us for any reason, that never flustered him. He could just take that in and process it for what it was. He never took it personally.” RightNow Technologies has become another favorite talking point for Daines, whether on the campaign trail or speaking before the legislature. In fact, he seems incapable of mentioning the company with-

lion. Critics have since speculated that his years at the company and the money netted by executives through the Oracle purchase were the springboard from which Daines launched his political career. In fact, according to a February 2014 article in the Billings Gazette, Daines officially filed his candidacy for the U.S. Senate from his iPhone while at the Bozeman offices of Oracle. Both Procter & Gamble and Oracle have served as prominent backers in Daines’ rise to office. Individuals and political action committees associated with the former contributed $32,900 to his Senate campaign alone; the latter shelled out $19,590. P&G’s contributions were topped by only two other donor sources: the Elliott Management Corporation, founded by billionaire hedge fund manager Paul Singer, and Koch Industries, the Kansas-based multinational firm run by brothers Charles and David Koch. The Washington Post listed Daines as one of several freshman senators in attendance at the Kochs’ Freedom Partners conference in Palm Springs this January.

The list of Daines’ top 100 contributors, as compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics, includes the names of numerous corporations with direct ties to the issues he’s taken up in the House and Senate. Companies like Devon Energy, a major proponent and beneficiary of the Keystone XL, and Cloud Peak Energy, the mining outfit pursuing development on the Crow Indian Reservation, have poured thousands into Daines’ campaign coffers. Three decades in the private sector influenced both Daines’ principles and his approach to leadership. He talks about government as though it is a business, with taxpayers as the customers and government as the company providing the services they need. “I see these principles and these skills as transferrable,” he says, “focused not on ourselves and the institution but focused on the people that elected us to serve them in the first place.” That’s one of the underlying messages he sees in the Balanced Budget Accountability Act, which would terminate congressional pay if a balanced budget can’t be passed. It’s an approach Tester expresses serious reservations about, as both a 10-year veteran of the Senate and a working farmer. “On one hand, I agree with him, I think we need to get to a balanced budget,” Tester tells the Indy. “I think if we did it tomorrow—which I think is what the bill implies; we don’t get paid until we do it—it could have incredible draconian effects on, I could go down the list: agriculture, veterans, Indian Country, housing projects and, quite frankly, how we’re attacking ISIS in the Middle East.” Tester adds that if his congressional pay was cut tomorrow, he’d be in no position to continue the work. Without mentioning Daines by name, he draws a comparison to his millionaire colleague. “There are some folks that have a lot of dough back there,” Tester says, “and they could withstand going a few years without a salary. But I’m not one of them.”

Man of faith Joel Shouse moved to Bozeman from Maquoketa, Iowa, nearly 40 years ago. He was a hunter and angler and quickly befriended fellow Bozeman newbies Clair and Sharon Daines. Shouse, his wife and the Daines eventually took to traveling together, including a trip to Europe. It was Sharon, Shouse recalls, who actually first predicted her son’s career path. “She always said about him, ‘Someday, he’s going to do one of two things. He’s either going to go to seminary and become a pastor or he’s going to get involved in politics,’” Shouse says. “That was many years ago that she made that observation about him, and she was correct.” A civil engineer by trade, Shouse grew quite close to Steve Daines during his years studying chemical engineering at MSU. The two would talk shop, or Steve would simply share tales of his latest hunting exploits. Shouse still runs into the senator at Springhill Presbyterian nearly every Sunday, and holds him in high personal regard.

“He’s a good solid Christian guy and he certainly is not bashful about being in church and exposing himself to perhaps criticism in some accounts from that,” Shouse says. “He’s the kind of people that I feel we need to have a lot more of back there, and I just really expect him to do great things.” Daines attends Springhill Presbyterian now, but he was baptized and confirmed Lutheran. Shouse remembers that as teenagers, his daughter and Daines both participated in an interdenominational Christian ministry called The Navigators, whose outreach efforts are reflected in the motto “to know Christ and make him known.” Later, when Daines returned to Bozeman after leaving Procter & Gamble, he and Shouse became involved in founding a local chapter of Bible Study Fellowship International, another interdenominational organization that hosts Bible classes across the globe. Shouse was the discussion leader for the men’s group, he says, and Daines was the study leader. “For, I don’t know, seven or eight years I’d see him at 5:30 in the morning on Monday mornings when the leadership group would meet, and then I’d see him again on Tuesdays at 6:30 in the evenings when the men’s group would meet,” Shouse says. “I was around him an awful lot during those years, and he did an absolutely phenomenal job. Steve is a very, very gifted speaker and he really did just a super job.” Watching him grow up, Shouse feels faith has influenced much of Daines’ life, from business to public service. He adds Gianforte, who recruited Daines to RightNow, was a “very strong Christian guy” too. When asked about his most prominent experience in his religious life, and how his faith has influenced his politics, Daines becomes somewhat guarded. “I think probably the most important thing I think about faith is probably coming down to the Golden Rule,” he tells the Indy, “which is do unto others as you would ask them to do or seek them to do unto you. It really comes down to, it’s not about us, it’s about other people. It’s not about us, it’s about serving. And I think if I boil it all down about faith, it’s not about me. It’s about serving other people.” Yet it’s hard not to see faith contributing to his votes alongside religious conservatives on a host of issues like abortion and gay marriage. During last year’s televised Senate debate in Billings, Daines referenced the First Amendment and freedom of religion in answering a question about access to contraception. Amanda Curtis quickly went on the offensive, tying Daines’ mention of the First Amendment to the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby and the belief that corporations should be able to “make my health care decisions for me.” “As a woman,” Curtis said, “I absolutely disagree with that.” Others continue to question just how extreme Daines’ religious views are. Campaign opponents, bloggers and the media have publicly discussed the senator’s connections to young earth creationist theory;

Mother Jones last year revisited the buzz around Daines’ House race after his campaign scheduled a fundraiser at the Creation Museum in Petersburg, Kentucky—a fundraiser Daines is quick to remind people never actually took place. “There are parts of it that are inaccurate and not true, but you know what? Sometimes those things aren’t even worth responding to,” Daines says of such accusations. Daines weaves the threads of faith and family tightly into the fabric of his political narrative. He rarely misses a chance to mention his status as a fifth-generation Montanan, citing his great-great-grandmother Karine Dyrud’s immigration from Norway to the U.S. in 1869. Dyrud actually

throughout the state. White, whose own family recently celebrated 150 years in the Gallatin Valley, doesn’t question Daines’ credentials. “I think the multiple-generation shows the passion he has for the people and this state,” White says. Daines would add it demonstrates an understanding of Montana residents, as well, though he acknowledges he’s learned much about the diversity of Montana simply by traveling it. This isn’t a red state or a blue state, Daines says. It’s a place with a fierce independent, populist, Western mentality. He draws a stark contrast between Montana and its redder neighbors like Idaho and Wyoming. “Montana has some threads of John Denver running through it, and it has

and Senate, explaining it hasn’t happened before because “most Bobcats are too smart to run for Congress.” Afterwards, Daines takes questions from the room, which include a query about Obama’s veto of the Keystone XL bill passed by Congress earlier this month. When will he veto, and will it be overridden? Daines says Obama is getting a lot of pressure from the “traditional Democratic base” to kill the pipeline, and it now looks like the Senate is four votes short of an override. “The math doesn’t look good,” he says. The room clears, and as Daines sits down for a final cup of coffee before heading north to tour the Rainbow Dam in Great Falls, Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Fortunate Son” drifts out of the

photo by Cathrine L. Walters

As Montanans grow more familiar with the details of Daines’ background, it’s becoming clearer why he votes the way he does, and why he’s capable of the occasional departure from the conservative norm.

spent much of her life in Minnesota, moving to Montana sometime around 1909 alongside her grown children, of which she had seven. In fact, Bureau of Land Management records show the first Dyruds to file homestead patents in the state were Karine’s sons Anton and Adolph in 1913. By 1919, more of her children had established homesteads throughout Liberty and Pondera counties. Daines—who was born in California but moved back to the state at age 2—doesn’t dispute these dates, though throughout his campaigns and congressional career the focus has always been Karine’s year of immigration. “She came out in ’09—’08 or ’09—and she was a founding member of the Golden West Lutheran Church,” Daines says. “She’s buried in that cemetery, about two miles away from there.” The issue of Daines’ Montana roots matters to many, as it often becomes a key bragging point in political campaigns. Rep. Kerry White, R-Bozeman, a staunch Daines supporter, says it shows a candidate’s connectivity to communities

some threads of Merle Haggard running through it,” Daines says. “Trying to figure out that melody in our state is something I take very seriously, understanding that we do have different views in our state and how do you best represent the people of Montana when I go down on the floor and cast a vote.”

Owning it Daines looks fairly laid-back at 7 a.m. on a Thursday in a top-floor meeting room at downtown Helena’s Montana Club. He’s there for the weekly gathering of Hometown Helena, and after a collection of locals finish offering updates on the condition of shelves at the Helena Food Share and efforts to expand crisis services for veterans, the senator launches into a slightly tweaked version of the previous day’s legislative address. He lobs the same attacks on D.C. bureaucrats, plugs the same list of items on his Senate agenda. He also points out he’s the first Bobcat to be elected to the U.S. House

kitchen door. As has often proven the case during his speedy rise in Montana politics, his speech contained no real surprises. Everyone knows Daines supports increased timber harvest, reduced government spending, moving forward on the Keystone XL. One of the primary companies standing to benefit from the Keystone—Valero Energy—has in recent annual reports cited dwindling domestic demand for gasoline as the impetus for aggressively pursuing exports to other markets. Daines isn’t concerned that such statements might undermine his promises of economic growth and energy independence resulting from the pipeline. “Ask a Montana farmer or rancher how important exports are for economic growth and opportunity,” Daines says. “What happened in agriculture is we first started by working to feed our state, and then we started feeding our country, and then thanks to the hard work and productivity of the Montana farmer and rancher, we now feed the world. … If it weren’t for exports, Montana agriculture would be

struggling. Similarly, I think the world will be a safer place if it’s looking to the United States as an energy supplier instead of the Middle East.” It’s hard to think of a better example of the influence Daines’ business career has had on his political leanings. In his mind, issues like the Keystone and coal development boil down to making the U.S. more competitive and prosperous. He wears his support for the energy industry on his sleeve, as he does with almost any other issue. “Anytime you’re in leadership, there’s going to be people who agree with you and people who disagree with you,” Daines says. “It’s the nature of being a leader. The best advice I received was pretty simple: Keep your skin thick and your heart tender. And I think that applies well in life, and it applies in politics, and it applies as a candidate in a hotly contested race.” Tester says his first real impression of Daines came in the days leading up to his swearing-in to the House in 2013. Tester and Baucus went to Daines’ office to welcome him, and what Tester saw was a man trying to get his feet on the ground in D.C. “I don’t think he came for any other reason than to try to do what’s right,” Tester says. Over the next year, Tester feels there’s much for him and Daines to collaborate on. The two have already had a one-on-one meeting—no staff—to discuss the path forward, and Tester hopes they’ll have more. They’re currently in tandem on the Internet Tax Freedom Forever Act, as well as a measure to grant federal recognition to Montana’s Little Shell Tribe. “Like I told him when he got sworn in,” Tester says, “we’ll work together when we can agree and when we don’t agree we won’t fight a lot about it. We’ll just do the best we can do.” They may be finding common ground, but on many issues, the best Tester and Daines will be able to do is disagree. One has spent his life farming a spread in eastern Montana, worked as a music teacher and served as president of the state Senate. The other grew up in western Montana’s backcountry, leaving the state at 21 to begin a decades-long career in business. Political scientists have already deemed Daines the “most conservative” congressman in Montana history, an assertion echoed by Curtis time and again last year. It’s criticism he expects to hear more of, but will not nudge him away from doing what he believes—and what his experience has taught him—is right. “Depending on who’s scorecard you use and who’s criteria you use, you can get called a lot of different names and label a lot of different things,” he says. “In a political campaign, temperatures get turned up a little bit and ultimately I stayed focused on what I thought was right for our state. We didn’t waver from this ‘more jobs, less government’ message and talking about the policies associated with that, and ultimately I let the voters decide who they think should be serving them. And the voters decided.” asakariassen@missoulanews.com

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Do not pass go Healing and the art of storytelling with Melissa Bangs (plus a special appearance from God) by Skylar Browning


hen Melissa Bangs talks about one of the scariest moments in her life, she makes it sound funny. Not necessarily laugh-outloud funny, at least not at first. But it sounds accessible and normal, even though it was frightening and surreal. The moment occurred more than two years ago, in the weeks after the birth of her daughter, when Bangs was sleep deprived, manic and dealing with hormones that were completely out of whack. With the support of her husband and family, she was admitted to Providence Psychiatric Facilities—“the loony bin,” as she sometimes calls it—and prescribed a heavy dose of medications that produced wild side effects. Some days she was stricken with paranoia, others found her knocked out. The medicine would change, and with it her experience. All the while, Bangs struggled with the reality of not being with her newborn, and weighed the shame and sense of failure and overall confusion of what was happening. Then, one day, she found herself playing Monopoly against God. As Bangs recalls the game, she doesn’t stray from her overall narrative of fear and frustration, but she certainly takes the time to land a few punch lines. After all, it’s not often you’re battling over Baltic Avenue with Him. This is the balancing act of Playing Monopoly With God & Other True Stories, Bangs’ new onewoman show about what happened after the birth of her daughter. She’s careful about how she describes the content, calling it both “wildly funny” and “deeply sad” in a press release. The same release specifies that it’s definitely not a comedy. But for those who’ve met Bangs—a Missoula native, longtime nonprofit consultant and exhibiting artist at Radius Gallery—it’s no surprise to find that humor plays a key part in her latest work. “If I got up in front of an audience and just told a sad story, their defenses would never come down,” Bangs says. “But if I can get them laughing and they’re just open, and then I deliver some sad, shocking details that happened, you don’t have time to put your guard up. You’re already in.” Bangs uses humor as a tool, and she uses it effectively. She took classes with the Upright Citizens Brigade when she lived in New York City, and it helped her develop improv skills and a sense of comic timing. She’s also a natural storyteller who understands how to grab and keep the attention of a room. Her talents were on display last year when she took the stage at the Top Hat Lounge and told her birth story as part of the regular Tell Us Something storytelling series. The crowd alternated between laughter and dead silence. Some cried. “[A friend] told me, because you had me laughing so much, I trusted you,” Bangs says. “Because I trusted you, I agreed to follow you to the darker places because I knew you wouldn’t leave me there.” To be clear, Bangs does not sugarcoat the darker places. The psych ward was not all board games and absurd hallucinations. She couldn’t fathom what was going on. She doubted herself in ways she’d never imagined. She convinced herself she was destined for Warm Springs. As her doctors searched for answers, and a long list of family and friends stepped up with

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Melissa Bangs describes her one-woman show about her postpartum experience as “deeply sad” and “wildly funny,” but “definitely not a comedy.”

support, Bangs couldn’t shake the simple fact that she wasn’t in the one place she was needed most: with her newborn daughter. “I did have one moment in the psych ward where I thought, no one is ever going to know about this,” she says. “How could I ever explain it when I didn’t even know what parts were real?” Healing took time. When Bangs was discharged, her doctors prescribed lithium, which didn’t seem to help, and diagnosed her as bipolar, which didn’t seem to make sense to her or her family. Unsatisfied with modern medicine’s answers, Bangs pursued alternative measures. One of the biggest breakthroughs, she says, was learning just how much her hormone levels were off—something that, in hindsight, makes sense for a 40-year-old first-time mother. She started seeing a naturopath. She tracked her diet, sleep and exercise. She stopped taking the lithium. Today, she proudly says she’s off all medications, including hormone supplements. She and her husband are happily raising their daughter. And while her story has already been featured on Montana Public Radio, on the front page of the Missoulian and in

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a first-person story in the Mother’s Day issue of Mamalode Magazine, she says there’s still more to talk about—particularly for other mothers. “I always knew that telling this story and getting people to laugh about certain parts of it would be healing for me,” she says. “What I didn’t know until later is that friend after friend after friend, so many of my mama friends, started sharing these deep, dark, painful experiences from their births that I had never heard. In far too many cases, they hadn’t told anyone. And not only had they not told anyone, they just endured it. They endured it and they hadn’t healed from it. … I thought, maybe, if I tell my story, and I can do it with a big dose of self-love and without shame, that will help other women heal, forgive themselves, get help and feel like they don’t have to just endure it.” For exactly this reason, Bangs made sure her show spoke to others and didn’t only focus on her experience. She used extensive research about postpartum depression and psychosis to help contextualize her story, as well as educate the audience. Information from support groups will be available in-

side the theater, and birth doulas will be in attendance. A portion of the show’s proceeds will help launch a new fund for local mothers who need immediate postpartum support and services. Ideally, she sees others starting to talk about these often unspoken issues and beginning to heal. That process, Bangs says, is important. She’s in a much better place today than she was two years ago, happier and healthier, but it’s not like her experience is “tidy,” as she puts it. You don’t go through something like a visit to the psych ward and just move on. She may be taking the stage this weekend to tell her story, but she admits that story is still changing. “My hope going in was that this performance would be healing to other mamas out there,” she says. “Turns out, I think the performance is going to be profoundly healing for me in a way I didn’t expect.” Melissa Bangs presents Playing Monopoly With God & Other True Stories at the Crystal Theater Fri., Feb. 27, and Sat., Feb. 28, at 7 PM. Sold out. sbrowning@missoulanews.com


Off the rails Mendelssohn doesn’t have the indie rock problem In the indiscriminate land of indie rock, it’s often difficult to find bands that don’t sound like watered-down, homogenous imitations of The Shins, Beach House and Wilco. Chord progressions get recycled and weary, and those edgy and intellectual lyrics quickly seem a little less edgy and intellectual. Soon enough, it all just blends together. Mendelssohn doesn’t have that problem. The Chicagoborn group came to Missoula in 2011 with intentions to record their first full-length album, and now they’re producing vinyl and digital copies of their debut LP, Years. Listeners will hear a sampling of the record at an Indiegogo campaign launch at Free Cycles this week, and the actual album will be pressed and ready for distribution by early May. The songs on Years exhibit a refreshing instrumental diversity, integrating horns and woodwinds

with mandolin, keyboard and a typical three-piece. Imagine a folky cousin of Real Estate. Tracks like “Watching All the Pastures” are subdued but not lazy, blending landscapes of Americana with more playful, surf-rock style guitar melodies. “U.S. Highway 20,” with its drifting trumpet solo and minimal vocals, takes a more hushed, contemplative route. Occasionally, the band’s instrumental complexity gets out of hand and sways toward the unwieldy and schizophrenic side of things, but that’s probably intentional. They aren’t afraid to embrace a little imperfection. Mendelssohn’s members cut their teeth on jazz and world music, so going off the rails every once in a while is part of the process. (Micah Fields) Mendelssohn plays Free Cycles Fri., Feb. 27, at 7:30 PM to support their album campaign, along with Wartime Blues and The Skurfs. Dona-

Cakes da Killa When Cakes da Killa raps the word “faggots,” he is more than likely talking about his own crew. Cakes is gay, and the inversion in connotation of that word—problematically common in club rap, the genre that successfully reclaimed another prominent epithet—is enough reason to listen to him. The New Jersey rapper is aggressively out in a form that sometimes presents itself as the only music ever to attract no gay men at all. That constitutes a realness gap, and Cakes exploits it gleefully. In contemporary hip-hop, realness often means conforming to the genre’s most theatrical stereotypes at the expense of personal expression, a la Rick Ross. But personal expression is Cakes’

thing, and he makes it a distinctive strength. “They’re mad because they’re not real,” his hype woman shouts at the beginning of “Get 2 Werk,” “and they look at us for their realness.” Cakes has a moral advantage here, and he is right to press it. It helps that he does so over some extremely degenerate club beats, atonal honks and all. This is party music. It is the kind of party where the realer you are, the harder you will dance, and vice versa. It’s the party rap needs. (Dan Brooks) KBGA presents Cakes da Killa at the Palace Sat., Feb. 28, at 9 PM along with locals Tahj and Twosday. $15/$12 advance at Ear Candy. 18-plus.

Torche, Restarter I had planned on making this review just 200 words of “TOOOOOORRRRCCCHHHE!!!!!!!!!!1111 :DDD,” because that is descriptive of how this band makes me feel. But since that’s not terribly informative, I will use other words. Namely, that this Miami sludgemetal band’s new record, out this month on Relapse Records, is essential listening if you’re a metalhead—and maybe if you’re a pop-punk kinda kid, too. Restarter doesn’t vary much from Torche’s established formula of thunderous, rolling guitars crashing around surprisingly catchy melodies. Where other metal bands aim for maximum brutality, Torche uses

levity, only employing maximum aggression where it works to the greatest effect, as a way to punctuate brief, memorable tracks like “Annihilation Affair” and “Blasted.” Restarter runs a little more dissonant and drawn-out than Torche’s last record, but like all of the band’s catalog, it’s the perfect soundtrack for long drives on epic mountain passes or winter hikes through sleet. The real shame here is that, with a sound that so mightily evokes calving glaciers and mystical creatures, Torche insists on making their home in southern Florida, of all places. Fingers crossed they come to our corner of the planet again soon. (Kate Whittle)

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Bloody valentine Two-man Romeo and Juliet pays tribute to the bard by Erika Fredrickson

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Sam Williamson, top, stars as Juliet and Nick Pavelich stars as Romeo in a two-man version of the Shakespeare classic.

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Sam Williamson and Nick Pavelich wake up each morning with Shakespeare on the brain. They’re so plagued, in fact, that Williamson recently told his fiancée, Heidi Mudd, that she should “wash thy clothes.” (He’d just finished a load and wanted to offer her the chance to launder hers.) “I thought to myself, ‘Don’t ever say that again!’” he says, face-palming himself. But when you’re practicing scenes from Romeo and Juliet every day for four hours a day, it’s hard to separate reality from the Elizabethan. The two Missoula actors have to spend so much time rehearsing because they are the only two people in their upcoming production of the Shakespeare classic. Williamson plays Juliet, Pavelich plays Romeo, and they both play every other character as needed. They are selfdirected, though Mudd offers feedback and line prompts. “It’s a grand experiment,” Pavelich says. “We’re doing it because we can and because we think the only way to explain why we are doing it like this is to do it like this. It’s like, why climb a mountain? Because it’s there.” It also seems likely that no one has ever done a production exactly like this before. “I Googled ‘two-man version of Romeo and Juliet’ and got nothing,” Williamson says. “So either we’re bold and challenging ourselves in a unique way, or we’re the dumbest theater practitioners that ever lived.” In the dark, cold basement of the Zootown Arts Community Center, the actors stage sword fights and romantic scenes under the glow of a single fluorescent light and strings of white Christmas bulbs. They lovingly call it “the murder room,” and let’s face it, in their case it’s apropos: within the stretch of their twohour adaptation, Williamson is murdered three different times (as Tybalt, Mercutio and Paris) before they both finally die in the famous double suicide. As University of Montana theater alumni, Pavelich and Williamson are veterans of the Missoula stage. They’re best known as comedic actors, even in serious plays. Pavelich inhabited wry, deadpan characters in The Cherry Orchard, The Miracle Worker and Holocene. Williamson, known for his physical comedy, has played several hilarious characters including the jolly drunk uncle, Sir Toby Belch, in Twelfth Night, as well as recently starring in the coveted role of Bottom in UM’s Midsummer Night’s Dream. The two got to know each other well a few years ago when Williamson directed a version of Macbeth

starring Pavelich as the title character. The cast performed it in the woods of Greenough Park. It was challenging, marred by just enough curve balls to feel like a true Macbeth curse. The day of the show they found themselves short an actor. A sword broke. There were hornets everywhere. But still, those challenges don’t compare to the chaos of doing a twoman version of Romeo and Juliet, sans props. “This has just been way more wild,” Williamson says. The actors, who will perform the play at the Crystal Theater for a week-long run, picked Romeo and Juliet for their experiment because it’s one of their favorites, but also because it’s not a comedy. The vigorous and absurd act of playing all the characters already naturally falls prey to audience laughter. And Pavelich and Williamson wanted to stray from type—from what everyone expected of them as comedic actors. “I think if we were to do a comedy, it takes away the challenge of fighting against that,” Williamson says. “You can find sincere moments in those comedies, but I think a comedy would have given us too much cushion.” The decision to play female characters—Juliet and Juliet’s nurse—is also precarious territory, vulnerable to criticism and speculation. But the actors insist this production isn’t a statement about gender. It’s also not meant to be a throwback to the old days when male actors played female characters on stage. And it’s definitely not a way to get easy laughs. “We’re trying to be absolutely honest and sincere and big in our portrayal of all of these characters,” Pavelich says. “You can lean a little too heavily on the device of a man playing a woman—the sexism of it— but that’s not the sort of theater we’re going for here.” They do agree that what this production is, is their valentine to Shakespeare. It’s a stripped down tribute to the language and what Mudd calls “the epitome of independent theater.” It’s also a risk that even the actors aren’t sure is a good idea. But they’re throwing caution to the wind. “Punk rock Romeo and Juliet,” Pavelich calls it. “And my mantra has been, ‘I don’t give a fuck.’” Nick Pavelich and Sam Williamson perform Romeo and Juliet at the Crystal Theatre Tue., March 3–Sat., March 7, at 7:30 PM nightly. $10. efredrickson@missoulanews.com


Tasty dilemmas Author Leslie Budewitz on killing and community by Kate Whittle

The British-style murder mystery is a venerated genre tradition, going back to Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock. Bigfork-based author Leslie Budewitz fondly recalls growing up reading Agatha Christie and Nancy Drew. These days, she puts a food-loving Montanan’s spin on the murder mystery with punny novels like Death al Dente and Crime Rib, where a small-town mercantile owner helps solve disappearances and eat plenty of handmade pasta along the way. Budewitz is also a practicing lawyer, and wrote the 2011 award-winning nonfiction guide Books, Crooks & Counselors: How to Write Accurately About Criminal Law and Courtroom Procedure. She also serves as vice president of Sisters in Crime, an international nonprofit literary organization that provides networking for mystery writers. Budewitz’s latest, Assault and Pepper, moves the setting to the Pike Place Market in Seattle, a bustling community that’s rife with opportunities for intrigue. We caught up with Budewitz about her love of good food and crafting stories.

How do you plot out clues and the big reveal? LB: To tell you the truth, I don’t think a lot about that. They just flow, and then I see that they’re there, and I highlight them in my word processor so that I can identify them later and make sure they all come back into place.

Would you say your experience as a lawyer helps when working on a story? Leslie Budewitz: Yeah. I will say that writing mysteries is a lot more fun because I can actually kill people without having to worry about prison. When did you get started as a writer? LB: I started writing at 4, literally on my father’s desk. I did not yet understand the concept of paper. Happily, my parents were very understanding, and my mother who’s 89 still gives me notebooks and pens for Christmas. I was always interested in writing, and in telling stories, but I didn’t really know how you did that. It wasn’t until about, gosh, it’s 20 years now, that I started thinking I wanted to do this. I was sitting in the law library in my firm’s office in Polson one day, and those were days when we had big law libraries with big tables, and I had a yellow notepad, and a character came to me and I just started writing her story. … So when I decided to start writing fulllength mysteries again, I really loved the lighthearted side, which is what I’m writing now, and sometimes called the cozy mystery. That lighthearted side is very popular right now and a lot of fun, and I decided to focus on that. The food angle came in because of course I love to eat, and I love to cook, and readers love that. Mystery is such an enduring genre. Why do you think people stay engaged with mysteries? LB: You know, there’s a mystery at the heart of every story, whether it’s shelved in the mystery section or some other section. We are all inherently curious about other people’s experiences. We read for other people’s experiences. The type of novel we actually call the mystery is just more organized that way.

Assault and Pepper Leslie Budewitz paperback, Berkley 304 pages, $24.69

Tell me about Sisters in Crime. LB: It was founded to promote women crime-fiction writers. They had discovered from their own experience and from clear observation that women didn’t get the review space or the shelf space, and they suspected they weren’t getting the advances that men got. And the organization has worked ever since then to change those conditions. Writing seems like a solitary thing, but it’s really not. LB: We spend all day alone in our offices or coffee shops with characters who only exist because we make them up. And truthfully, I’m a happier, healthier person because of it. We do so much alone, and yet we have to have the community. Every accomplishment and opportunity I have had as a writer has come because of the writing community and contacts I’ve made. Leslie Budewitz reads from Assault and Pepper at Fact and Fiction Tue., March 3, at 7 PM. kwhittle@missoulanews.com

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Academy-approved Birdman soars when it’s not trying to be “art” by Jule Banville

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“Come on, Robin, to the bird’s nest!”

Before it got the Best Picture stamp, the bushy aura around Birdman was mostly that it was weird (it is). It’s arty. It has very long takes. It’s Michael Keaton at his best ever, even with the hackneyed rundown of a real-life washed-up Batman playing a fakelife cinematic superhero making a thea-tah comeback via a Raymond Carver adaptation. Got all that? Great. No? It’s okay, because it’s time to just talk about the long takes. Because despite all of this movie’s promise and ambitions, the truth is those seem to be what it wants to be about. And I’m just gonna say it: It may be art. It may be a movie about actors acting—the Academy so digs that!—but the filmmaking here detracts from the film. Worse, it detracts from the weird. And the weird of Birdman is so super good. Take the opening shot. It’s Keaton in a Walter White getup (tighty whites) sitting cross-legged and levitating, which is never explained. The jazzy drum soundtrack is a metaphorical character until it makes an actual cameo. Things explode telekinetically. And that throaty bully that is the voice in Keaton’s head? It’s really Keaton-as-Birdman trying to convince him to ditch a play and do another movie. Among other things. We hear so much sooner than we see the feathered and scaly alter ego of Keaton’s Riggan Thomson. That only helps to land the instantly classic scene when Birdman finally appears over Keaton’s shoulder. (There’s a pretty great parody of this featuring Big Bird and his puppeteer. I’ll wait while you Google.) All this to say: There’s a lot going on here in addition to what turns out to be followable, solid plot. So can we please get over all the filmy wanking about director Alejandro González Iñárritu’s grueling-on-actors technique to do the movie in chunky, unbroken swaths? My guess is not, since he won Achievement in Directing last Sunday, but still. The effect here was to make the hallways of the St. James Theatre compete with Keaton as the star. And let’s face it: This much walking and brooding and talking and blowing up in hallways hasn’t happened since TV critics liked Aaron Sorkin. And Keaton didn’t need competition. That’s why he should have won the damn Oscar! So, backing up, just in case you need me to: Keaton plays Thomson, a complicated, egotistical, depressed actor who made superhero blockbusters be-

fore he got older and a little fatter and wanted to be the actor he thought he could be before he donned feathers. He adapts Carver’s short story collection, “What We Talk About When We Talk About Love,” directs and stars in it. The movie-about-the-play begins in the pre-dawn of Broadway previews. Thomson’s most fraught relationship, other than with the bird voice, is with a daughter whose life he checked out of (a tattooed Emma Stone). As a junkiecoming-good, Stone’s got a Big Oscar Scene where she speaks truth to her father’s worth and in it, she’s mostly convincing at making you forget she was kissing Peter Parker/Spider-Man a few movies ago. Thomson’s got an ex-wife, too, a noticeably miscast Amy Ryan, and you can just go ahead and forget her. Because if there’s someone competing with the director and his star for Birdman’s legacy, it’s Edward Norton. He’s a guy so adept at feeding the weird, while still providing relief from it. Here may be the best example yet. Norton plays Mike, an actor who saves Thomson’s play and then becomes his nemesis. The tension between Mike’s cockiness and Thomson’s vulnerability is also, to borrow a phrase, so super good. It builds and tips into a fight scene with Norton in a Speedo, fresh from the tanning bed he ordered just because he’s worth it. Pure theater inside a theater and fun to watch, even if you’ve seen the trailer or that clip a dozen times. Other actor side dishes here—Zach Galifianakis, Naomi Watts—are tasty, too. But it’s really about the many forms Keaton and his character take in and, most memorably, outside of that many-hallwayed theater over 119 minutes. In the first of those, you hear that deep, dark invisible voice: “How did we end up here? This place is horrible. We don’t belong in this shithole.” And when he finally does get out of the bowels of the St. James, there’s freedom. There’s flying. It’s called Birdman, after all. Well, technically, it’s called Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance). Because why simply title a movie when you can add parentheses and make Academy-approved art? Birdman continues at the Roxy through March 5. arts@missoulanews.com

[film] THE LUNCHBOX (DABBA) A young housewife befriends an older man through notes in Mumbai’s famous lunchbox delivery system. Starring Irrfan Khan, Nimrat Kaur and Nawazuddin Siddiqui. Rated PG. Screening at the Roxy Wed., March 4, at 7 PM.

OPENING THIS WEEK AMPLIFY KINDNESS Katrina Shull’s documentary commemorates last year’s deadly Mount Jumbo avalanche and applauds the volunteers and first responders. Premiering at the Roxy Sat., Feb. 28, at 5 PM. (See Agenda.)

MCFARLAND, USA Kevin Costner is a cross-country coach determined to lead his team to a championship. I didn’t realize it was Feel Good Sports Movie season already. Also starring Maria Bello and Morgan Saylor. Rated PG. Carmike 12, Pharaohplex.

FOCUS Will Smith plays a veteran con man who just might get taken for a ride by his femme fatale ex-girlfriend. Also starring Margot Robbie and Rodrigo Santoro. Rated R. Carmike 12, Pharaohplex, Showboat.

PADDINGTON A London family is surprised to find that inviting a talking bear to their home causes more comedic trouble than they expected. Starring Hugh “Lord Grantham” Bonneville, Sally Hawkins and Julie Walters. Rated PG. Carmike 12, Pharaohplex.

JACKIE BROWN A flight attendant gets caught between an international arms dealer and the police. Starring Pam Grier, Samuel L. Jackson and Robert Forster. Screening at the Roxy Thu., Feb. 26 at 7:15 PM, as part of the Tarantino retrospective. KING LEAR (STRATFORD FESTIVAL) An aging monarch has his faith in humanity shattered during a family conflict in Shakespeare’s classic. Heads up: this gets pretty violent, so maybe leave the younger kids at home. Screening at the Roxy Tue., March 3, and Tue, March 20 at 7 PM. Visit mtlive.org.

Bloody mess. What We Do in the Shadows opens Friday at the Roxy.


THE LAZARUS EFFECT After medical students discover a way to bring dead people back to life, they are surprised to discover that something has gone terribly wrong. Starring Olivia Wilde, Mark Duplass and Evan Peters. Rated PG-13. Carmike 12, Pharaohplex.

AMERICAN SNIPER Clint Eastwood directs the based-on-a-true-story tale of legendary Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle. Starring Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller and Kyle Gallner. Rated R. Carmike 12, Pharaohplex, Showboat.

MOVIE MOCKERS: INNERSPACE The interactive screening of the classic ‘87 Martin Short flick includes local comedians Aaron Roos, John Howard, Kyle McAfee and Michael Beers snarking on it live in the theater. Screening at the Roxy Sat., Feb. 28 at 8 PM.

BIRDMAN A typecast actor who used to play a superhero tries to recover his career with an artsy new role. (Look up “meta” in the dictionary.) Starring Michael Keaton, Zach Galifianakis and Edward Norton. Screening at the Roxy Fri. Feb. 27-March 5, nightly at 8 PM, plus 4 PM matinee on Saturday and Sunday. (See Film.)

MR. TURNER Timothy Spall stars as the eccentric but brilliant British painter J.M.W. Turner in a tale of his passionate, controversial lifestyle. Also starring Paul Jesson and Dorothy Atkinson. Rated R. Wilma. WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS Modern-day vampires deal with the drags of life, like chores and rent, in a comedy from the “Flight of the Concords” dudes. Starring Jemaine Clement, Taika Waititi and Jonathan Brugh. Screening at the Roxy Fri., Feb. 27-Wed., March 4, at 7:15 PM.

BLACK OR WHITE Kevin Costner stars as a clueless grandfather battling for custody of his young granddaughter. Also starring Octavia Spencer and Gillian Jacobs. Rated PG-13. Carmike 12, Showboat. THE DUFF Sadly, this movie has nothing to do with Hilary Duff, but rather, is about a high school senior finding out she’s been labeled the “Designated Ugly Fat Friend.” Starring Mae Whitman, Bella Thorne and Robbie Amell. Rated PG-13. Carmike 12.

HOT TUB TIME MACHINE 2 Goofy dudes have to change the future in order to save their past that’s really the present. Starring Rob Corddry, Craig Robinson and Clark Duke. Rated R. Carmike 12. IDA Before a young Polish woman can take her vows as a nun, she discovers a dark family secret that could derail her life plans. Winner of the Oscar for Best Foreign Film. Starring Agata Kulesza, Agata Trzebuchowska and Dawid Ogrodnik. Rated PG-13. Screening at the Roxy Sun., March 1 at 5 PM. JUPITER ASCENDING A genetically engineered warrior-hunk and predestined heroine get together to fight bad guys and change the cosmos. They probably also make out at some point. Starring Channing Tatum, Mila Kunis and Eddie Redmayne. Rated PG-13. Carmike 12, Pharaohplex. KINGSMAN: THE SECRET SERVICE A slick, modern spy organization recruits a smart-talking kid off the street. Will the protege be able to save the world from an evil genius in time?!?!? Gosh, I have no idea. Starring Colin Firth, Taron Egerton and Samuel L. Jackson. Rated R. Carmike 12.

THE SPONGEBOB MOVIE: SPONGE OUT OF WATER The Square One embarks on a quest for a stolen recipe that takes him onto dry land. Starring Tom Kenny, Antonio Banderas and Bill Fagerbakke. Rated PG. Carmike 12, Pharaohplex, Showboat. TWO DAYS, ONE NIGHT (DEUX JOURS, UNE NUIT) A young Belgian woman learns that her company is about to fire her and distribute her salary as a raise to its other employees. She gets the weekend to convince them not to do it. Sounds stressful! Starring Marion Cotillard, Fabrizio Rongione and Catherine Salée. Rated PG-13. Wilma. WHIPLASH Our homeboy J.K. Simmons stars as a music instructor who’s merciless to promising young students. Also starring Miles Teller and Melissa Benoist. Rated R. Wilma. Capsule reviews by Kate Whittle. Planning your outing to the cinema? Visit the arts section of missoulanews.com to find up-to-date movie times for theaters in the area. You can also contact theaters to spare yourself any grief and/or parking lot profanities. Theater phone numbers: Carmike 12 at 541-7469; The Roxy at 728-9380; Wilma at 728-2521; Pharaohplex in Hamilton at 961FILM; Showboat in Polson and Entertainer in Ronan at 883-5603.

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Roasted roots by Ari LeVaux Root crops are the soul of a winter meal. But at this stage of the season, after months of playing around with these earthy, dense vegetables, many cooks are bored and have run out of ways to prepare them. Sometimes when you’re at such an impasse, all it takes is a new little trick to thrust open the creative doors. For me, learning to make a roasted root brunoise was just the ticket. It’s both a finished product that’s ready to be eaten, and an ingredient for other dishes, such as roasted root risotto. Brunoise (pronounced “broon-wahh”) is French for “very small cubes.” It also functions as a verb, meaning “to cut things into very small cubes.” Roasted root brunoise results in a fragrant mix of confetti-like colored bits of chewy roasted root. Munched plain, a mouthful of roasted root brunoise tastes a bit like those Terra brand “exotic vegetable chips” that come in fancy bags, though not as crispy. Roasted root brunoise can be sprinkled on salad, added to soup or fried with your breakfast. Most any tuber is fair game for a roasted brunoise. Whatever’s at the store, in your root cellar, or even still surviving in the garden deserves consideration. It can be a simple mix, like carrot and potato, or you can force the cashier to look up the codes for every obscure item in the produce section. While roasting mellows and sweetens some fiery flavors, like that of a turnip, it will intensify others, like rutabaga, which becomes especially pungent when roasted. Radishes stay feisty, while shriveling to the point of nearly disappearing. Carrot, celeriac and parsnip are especially aromatic. Taro and yam are starchy and sweet. Potatoes become starchy with a hint of bitterness. Beets are intense, earthy and sweet. Depending on the context, caution is warranted with strong-flavored roots like radishes and rutabaga, which can really swing the flavor of a dish. Red beets, meanwhile, can give a crimson hue to everything they touch—thus, I would stick to the non-staining Chioggia (red and white striped) or golden varieties. But that’s just me. Part of the fun of roasted root brunoise is experimenting with different roots and combinations. True brunoise consists of perfect cubes of less than 1/8-inch per side. In culinary school, aspiring chefs are judged by their ability to create perfect brunoise in a timely manner. For our purposes, chopped really small will do, but it helps to at least attempt to do the chopping in a brunoise-like manner. A sharp knife is essential. The three main steps in making brunoise are: 1) cut your vegetable into thin sheets; 2) cut the sheets into matchsticks, or julienne; 3) cut your julienne into brunoise. Your vegetable should always rest flat against the cutting board, so begin by cutting it in half and placing the two halves side by side, flat sides down. Slice the

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two halves lengthwise into sheets. Don’t be afraid to slice slowly—you don’t have to be all chopchopchopchop like the pros on TV. Your fingertips will thank you. After cutting your two halved roots into sheets, arrange the sheets on the cutting board in piles, with flat sides down, like stacks of plywood. Julienne into matchstick-like slivers. Holding these piles together with one hand, turn the knife 90 degrees and chop the julienne crosswise into brunoise. If this is too confusing, numerous online videos can help demonstrate the process. Because each type of root will cook at a different pace, it’s a good idea to keep each type of brunoise separate. Spread each variety onto a baking sheet or skillet, and bake at 350. Stir frequently, and remove each brunoise at the first sight of browning. Combine roasted roots into a colorful medley, sprinkle with salt and start eating. Or use it as an ingredient in other ventures, such as the aforementioned this rice-free Roasted Root Risotto: Ingredients: 2 cups roasted root brunoise 4 tablespoons butter or olive oil 1 medium onion, minced 4 cloves garlic, minced ½ cup sliced mushrooms 4 cups stock ½ teaspoon nutmeg 1 tablespoon garlic powder 1 teaspoon thyme The brunoise should be completely cooled, preferably overnight. Heat butter or olive oil in a pan on medium heat, and sauté onion, garlic and mushrooms until the onion becomes translucent. Don’t let it brown. Assemble two cups worth of roasted root brunoise. I like a mix of carrot, potato, celeriac, parsnip and Chioggia or golden beet. Add the brunoise to the pan and mix it with the onions and garlic. Add two cups of stock and let it simmer uncovered until the stock almost evaporates. When the stock is almost gone, but before the pan dries out, add another cup of stock and stir. Season with salt, pepper, garlic powder, nutmeg and thyme. Stir occasionally until the stock is again almost gone. Add the final cup of stock, and let it cook off, stirring occasionally to keep it from sticking. This is a rich dish, perhaps best served as a side. Each bite delivers a different balance of the various components of the brunoise. Leftovers can be refried with bacon and eggs in the morning. Meanwhile, whatever brunoise you happen to have left over can be stored in the fridge like a colorful supply of earth-toned pixie dust, ready to be scattered upon whatever is cooking.

[dish] Bernice’s Bakery 190 South 3rd West 728-1358 Have you checked out Bernice's website: bernicesbakerymt.com? Are you a fan of Bernice's on Facebook? Did you catch that silly Christmas video on YouTube? Viewed the Montana Home Shopping Showcase? Bernice's not only has awesome breakfast pastries, elegant cakes, signature wedding cakes, cookies and treats galore, lunch, and excellent coffee. Bernice's has great employees who rock the social media! 36 years of solid goodness! Check out our social media and then stop by to celebrate a job well done! Xoxo bernice. Bernicesbakerymt.com $-$$ Biga Pizza 241 W. Main Street 728-2579 Biga Pizza offers a modern, downtown dining environment combined with traditional brick oven pizza, calzones, salads, sandwiches, specials and desserts. All dough is made using a “biga” (pronounced bee-ga) which is a time-honored Italian method of bread making. Biga Pizza uses local products, the freshest produce as well as artisan meats and cheeses. Featuring seasonal menus. Lunch and dinner, Mon-Sat. Beer & Wine available. $-$$ Black Coffee Roasting Co. 525 E. Spruce 541-3700 Black Coffee Roasting Company is located in the heart of Missoula. Our roastery is open Mon.–Fri., 7:30–4, Sat. 8-4. In addition to fresh roasted coffee beans we offer a full service espresso bar, drip coffee, pour-overs and more. The suspension of coffee beans in water is our specialty. $ The Bridge Pizza Corner of S. 4th & S. Higgins 542-0002 A popular local eatery on Missoula’s Hip Strip. Featuring handcrafted artisan brick oven pizza, pasta, sandwiches, soups, & salads made with fresh, seasonal ingredients. Missoula’s place for pizza by the slice. A unique selection of regional microbrews and gourmet sodas. Dine-in, drive-thru, & delivery. Open everyday 11 to 10:30 pm. $-$$ Brooks & Browns Inside Holiday Inn Downtown 200 S. Pattee St. 532-2056 Martini Mania with $4 martinis every Monday. The Griz Coaches Radio Show LIVE every Tuesday at 6pm, Burger & Beer special $8 every Tuesday. $2 well drinks & $2 PBR tall boys every Wednesday. Big Brains Trivia every Thursday at 8pm. Have you discovered Brooks & Browns? Inside the Holiday Inn, Downtown Missoula $-$$ Burns Street Bistro 1500 Burns St. 543-0719 burnsstbistro.com 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, affordable food and over-the-top fun and friendly service does not. Mon-Fri 7 AM – 2 PM. Sat and Sun Brunch 9 AM – 2 PM. Reservations for Prix Fixe dinners on Fri and Sat nights. $-$$ Butterfly Herbs 232 N. Higgins 728-8780 Celebrating 42 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. $

Cafe Zydeco 2101 Brooks 406-926-2578 cafezydeco.com GIT’ SOME SOUTH IN YOUR MOUTH! Authentic cajun cuisine, with an upbeat zydeco atmosphere in the heart of Missoula. Indoor and outdoor seating. Breakfast served all day. Featuring Jambalaya, Gumbo, Étouffée, Po-boys and more. Beignets served ALL DAY! Open Monday 9am-3pm, Tuesday-Saturday 11am-8pm, Closed Sundays.

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Doc’s Gourmet Sandwiches 214 N. Higgins Ave. • 542-7414 Doc’s is an extremely popular gathering spot for diners who appreciate the great ambiance, personal service and generous sandwiches made with the freshest ingredients. Whether you’re heading out for a power lunch, meeting friends or family or just grabbing a quick takeout, Doc’s is always an excellent choice. Delivery in the greater Missoula area. We also offer custom catering!...everything from gourmet appetizers to all of our menu items. $-$$

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Eagles Lodge #32 Missoula 2420 South Avenue 543-6346 Tailgate with us before each Griz home game, and get a FREE ride to the game on our shuttle. Soup, salad and burgers served for lunch Monday thru Friday 11:00am to 2:30pm. Don’t forget to stop in for our Thursday Night Matadors & Friday Night Burgers, 6:00 to 8:00pm both nights. Live music EVERY Friday and Saturday night and admission is always FREE!

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El Cazador 101 S. Higgins Ave. 728-3657 Missoula Independent readers’ choice for Best Mexican Restaurant. Come taste Alfredo’s original recipes for authentic Mexican food where we cook with love. From seafood to carne asada, enjoy dinner or stop by for our daily lunch specials. We are a locally owned Mexican family restaurant, and we want to make your visit with us one to remember. Open daily for lunch and dinner. $-$$ The Empanada Joint 123 E. Main St. • 926-2038 FREE DELIVERY DOWNTOWN. Offering authentic empanadas BAKED FRESH DAILY! 9 different flavors, including vegetarian and gluten-free options. NOW SERVING BREAKFAST Empanadas! Ask us about our Take and Bake Service! Plus Argentine side dishes and desserts. Super quick and super delicious! Get your healthy hearty lunch or dinner here! Wi-Fi, Soccer on the Big Screen, and a rich sound system featuring music from Argentina and the Caribbean. Mon-Thurs 11 am - 6 pm. Friday and Sat 11-8 pm Downtown Missoula. $ Good Food Store 1600 S. 3rd West • 541-FOOD The GFS Deli features made-to-order sandwiches, Fire Deck pizza & calzones, rice & noodle wok bowls, an award-winning salad bar, an olive & antipasto bar and a self-serve hot bar offering a variety of housemade breakfast, lunch and dinner entrées. A seasonally-changing selection of deli salads and rotisserie-roasted chickens are also available. Locally-roasted coffee/espresso drinks and an extensive fresh juice and smoothie menu complement bakery goods from the GFS ovens and Missoula’s favorite bakeries. Indoor and patio seating. Open every day 7am-10pm $-$$ Grizzly Liquor 110 W Spruce St. 549-7723 www.grizzlyliquor.com Voted Missoula’s Best Liquor Store! Largest selection of spirits in the Northwest, including all Montana microdistilleries. Your headquarters for unique spirits and wines! Free customer parking. Open Monday-Saturday 9-7:30 www.grizzlyliquor.com. $-$$$ Hob Nob on Higgins 531 S. Higgins • 541-4622 hobnobonhiggins.com Come visit our friendly staff & experience Missoula’s best little breakfast & lunch spot. All our food is made from scratch, we feature homemade corn beef hash, sourdough pancakes, sandwiches, salads, espresso & desserts. MC/V $-$$

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Fifth Annual Winter BrewFest HAPPIEST HOUR The scene: Missoula’s Winter BrewFest once again braves the elements this Friday night, promising to turn Caras Park into a sea of bands, burn barrels and beer drinkers. Things got pretty crowded under the pavilion last year, but according to a statement from BrewFest Committee Chair Ellen Buchanan, a spacious new layout should give revelers “more room to move freely around the beer selection.” Tunes from Zeppo and Miller Creek should help keep the circulation going in your feet. Just don’t forget the koozie; Friday’s forecast calls for snow. The brews: Better show up thirsty. This year’s BrewFest will feature 41 brews from more than three dozen breweries throughout the region. The list includes a number of local favorites—Cold Smoke, Scepter Head IPA, Wildwood’s Loquacious Duck—along with a smattering of seasonal offerings like Big Sky’s Camp Robber Coffee Porter and Philipsburg’s Badfinger Imperial Stout. Friday will also mark the first Winter BrewFest appearance by Great

Burn Brewing and Lolo Peak Brewing. Looks like the most far-flung visitor will be The Traveler Beer Company out of Burlington, Vermont, which will have its Illusive Traveler Grapefruit Shandy on tap. The cost: The $12 entry fee nets attendees a 7-ounce commemorative glass along with two beer tokens. After that, additional beer tokens go for $1. The Missoula Downtown Association has also emphasized that Mountain Line bus service will be running fare-free until 8:45 p.m. The deets: Winter BrewFest runs from 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, Feb. 27, in Caras Park. Entrance is on the west side of the pavilion near the Carousel. —Alex Sakariassen Happiest Hour celebrates western Montana watering holes. To recommend a bar, bartender or beverage for Happiest Hour, email editor@missoulanews.com.

Iron Horse Brew Pub 501 N. Higgins 728-8866 www.ironhorsebrewpub.com We’re the perfect place for lunch, appetizers, or dinner. Enjoy nightly specials, our fantastic beverage selection and friendly, attentive service. Stop by & stay awhile! No matter what you are looking for, we’ll give you something to smile about. $$-$$$ Iza 529 S. Higgins 830-3237 www.izarestaurant.com 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 3pmclose. $-$$ Jimmy John’s 420 N. Higgins 542-1100 jimmyjohns.com Jimmy John’s - America’s Favorite Sandwich Delivery Guys! Unlike any other sub shop, Jimmy John’s is all about the freshest ingredients and fastest service. Freaky Fast, Freaky Good - that’s Jimmy John’s. Order online, call for delivery or visit us on Higgins. $-$$ Le Petit Outre 129 S. 4th West 543-3311 Twelve thousand pounds of oven mass…Bread of integrity, pastry of distinction, yes indeed, European hand-crafted baked goods, Pain de Campagne, Ciabatta, Cocodrillo, Pain au Chocolat, Palmiers, and Brioche. Several more baked options and the finest espresso available. Please find our goods at the finest grocers across Missoula. Saturday 8-3, Sunday 8-2, Monday-Friday 7-6. $ Market on Front 201 E. Front St. marketonfront.com The Market on Front is more than a market with a restaurant. It is an energetic marketplace which offers an epicurean experience to excite the senses. It is also an energetic, vibrant marketplace creating an opportunity to taste and take home the products of artisans who create excellent products at awesome prices. This community centered specialty food destination features gourmet yet traditional prepared foods, sandwiches, salads, specialty cheeses, charcuterie, local brews, wines, espresso and so much more! $-$$ Missoula Senior Center 705 S. Higgins Ave. (on the hip strip) 543-7154 themissoulaseniorcenter.org Did you know that the Missoula Senior Center serves delicious hearty lunches every weekday for only $3? (Missoula County residents over 60: $3, only $6 if younger and just stopping by) Anyone is welcome to join us from 11:30-12:30 Monday- Friday for delicious food and great conversation. For a full menu, visit our website. $ The Mustard Seed Asian Cafe Southgate Mall 542-7333 Contemporary Asian fusion cuisine. Original recipes and fresh ingredients combine the best of Japanese, Chinese, Polynesian, and Southeast Asian influences. Full menu available at the bar. Award winning desserts made fresh daily , local and regional micro brews, fine wines & signature cocktails. Vegetarian and Gluten free menu available. Takeout & delivery. $$-$$$ Korean Bar-B-Que & Sushi 3075 N. Reserve 327-0731 We invite you to visit our contemporary Korean-Japanese 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 www.orangestreetfoodfarm.com 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? $-$$$ Pearl Cafe 231 E. Front St. 541-0231 pearlcafe.us Country French meets the Northwest. Idaho Trout with Dungeness Crab, Rabbit with Wild Mushroom Ragout, Snake River Farms Beef, Fresh Seafood Specials Daily. House Made Charcuterie, Sourdough Bread & Delectable Desserts. Extensive wine list; 18 wines by the glass and local beers on draft. Reservations recommended for the intimate dining areas. Visit our website Pearlcafe.us to check out our nightly specials, make reservations, or buy gift certificates. Open Mon-Sat at 5:00. $$-$$$ Pita Pit 130 N Higgins 541-PITA (7482) pitapitusa.com Fresh Thinking Healthy Eating. Enjoy a pita rolled just for you. Hot meat and cool fresh veggies topped with your favorite sauce. Try our Chicken Caesar, Gyro, Philly Steak, Breakfast Pita, or Vegetarian Falafel to name just a few. For your convenience we are open until 3am 7 nights a week. Call if you need us to deliver! $-$$ Plonk 322 N Higgins 926-1791 www.plonkwine.com Plonk is an excursion into the world of fine wine, food, cocktails, service and atmosphere. With an environment designed to engage the senses, the downtown establishment blends quality and creativity in an all-encompassing dining experience. Described as an urban hot spot dropped into the heart of the Missoula Valley and lifestyle, Plonk embodies metropolitan personalities driven by Montana passions. Ruby’s Cafe 2101 Regent St. at Brooks 728-9890 True American Diner! Come join us at the counter, grab a booth or find a table. Breakfast all day, Lunch & Dinner. Homemade Pies. Homemade Soups. Mon-Sat 6am - 9pm and Sun 8am - 3pm. “You keep us cookin!” $-$$ Taco Sano 115 1/2 S. 4th Street West 1515 Fairview Ave inside City Life 541-7570 • tacosano.net Once you find us you’ll keep coming back. Breakfast Burritos served all day, Quesadillas, Burritos and Tacos. Let us dress up your food with our unique selection of toppings, salsas, and sauces. Open 10am-9am 7 days a week. WE DELIVER. $-$$ Ten Spoon Vineyard + Winery 4175 Rattlesnake Dr. 549-8703 www.tenspoon.com Made in Montana, award-winning organic wines, no added sulfites. Tasting hours: Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, 5 to 9 pm. Soak in the harvest sunshine with a view of the vineyard, or cozy up with a glass of wine inside the winery. Wine sold by the flight or glass. Bottles sold to take home or to ship to friends and relatives. $$ Westside Lanes 1615 Wyoming 721-5263 Visit us for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner served 8 AM to 9 PM. Try our homemade soups, pizzas, and specials. We serve 100% Angus beef and use fryer oil with zero trans fats, so visit us any time for great food and good fun. $-$$

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The UM School of Theatre and Dance explores love and conflict in 19th century Ireland in Translations. Performances at the Masquer Theatre in the PARTV Center, Feb. 1721 and Feb. 24-28 at 7:30 PM. $9/$6 for students. Visit umt.edu/theatredance. Vermont jamsters Twiddle bring the funky to-do to the Top Hat, along with Cure for the Common and Kitchen Dwellers. 8 PM. $12/$10 in advance. 18-plus. Tickets at the Top Hat and Rockin Rudy’s.

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Small town girls, city boys and anyone that leaves out can share the night on and on and on at the Dead Hipster Dance Party of lore, at the Badlander on Thursdays. No cover, plus $1 wells from 9 PM to midnight. Shake that moneymaker at the J. Sherri residency, with a gaggle of groovemeisters, arty types and “carnal delights” at the VFW, Thursdays in February, starting at 10 PM. The Going Away to Florida grand finale features guests No Fancy and Gerygone and Twig. $2 cover, $2 PBR tallies, plus “free pizza (wink wink) and free milk (wink wink).” Oh boy-o.

FRIDAYFEB27 Now’s your chance to really ham it up when Havre’s Cheeseboot plays the Real Lounge, along with local country-fied outfit The Shiveries, general weirdos Shahs and those sleek Magpies. 9 PM. $4. Don’t try this at home, kids: The AcroYoga Workshop series with Eleanor Bramwell imparts such skills as Therapeutic Flying, Root to Rise, Turn Your World Upside Down and Thai Massage, at Inner Harmony Yoga from Feb. 27Sun., March 1. $38-$133. Visit yogainmissoula.com for full deets. Adam Taub leads a class that will introduce you hot-steppers to the Dominican Republic dance of Bachata. Open Space in the PARTV Center. 9-11 AM. Free. Right to bare arms. Flyleaf plays the Wilma Wed., March 4, along with Adelita’s Way, Framing Hanley and Fit for Rivals. 7 PM. $20.


pace. Thursdays, 11 AM-1 PM, through Feb. 26. $6/$5 for members; drop-ins welcome.

the second and fourth Thursday of each month from 6-7:30 PM. $5 donation requested.

The irreverent goofballs of Missoula’s Todd Lankton and the Family Band have been on hiatus, but now the boys are back to perform sketch comedy and improv at the Crystal Theater. 8 PM. $8.


Yeast meets West(ern) when The Fermenters play Draught Works, 915 Toole Ave., from 6-8 PM. No cover.

Young artists ages 2 and up can get off on the right foot at Art Start, a morning DIY series at the ZACC, where you and your kid will work on an array of engaging projects at your own

Mary Place and Blue Moon heat up the afternoon with jazz at the Union Club every Thursday from 5:30-8 PM. Free. The Djebe Community Drum and Dance class offers interactive instruction in performance traditions from nations including Guinea, Senegal, Mali, Zimbabwe and South Africa. Barn Movement Studio, 2926 S. Third St. Meets on

Bust out a little geetar, tunesmiths, at the Open Mic with Cheree at the Eagles Lodge Missoula, 2420 South Ave. W. Runs 7:30-10:30 PM. Impress ‘em enough and you could get paid $50 as a showcased performer. Text 406396-5934 to sign up early.

Young artists can check out cardboard sculpture master Chris Gilmour and learn his techniques at the Cardboard Sculpture class at the ZACC. Fridays, 3:30-5:30 PM through March 13. $90/$80 for members. Visit zootownarts.org/youngartists. Merriam-Frontier Award winners Jolene Brink and JP Kemmick read their winning poetry and nonfiction at the Mansfield Library’s Theta Rho room, 4:10-5 PM.

nightlife Scotch ales will put hair on your chest at the ninth annual Winter Brewfest in Caras Park, with selections from Montana breweries and a

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Future’s so bright, they gotta wear shades. New Wave Time Trippers play the Top Hat Fri., Feb. 27, at 10 PM. $5.

sprinkling of California and Washington beers. 510 PM. $12 gets you a taster glass and two tokens, $1 for additional tokens. (See Happiest Hour.) Polson’s Sandpiper Art Gallery celebrates tribal artists in its Native American Invitational exhibit, including Dion Albert, Sierra Pete, Ben Pease and Louie Still Smoking. Reception from 5-7 PM. Visit sandpiperartgallery.com. Sip a Guinness and be whisked away to the Emerald Isle with the Irish Music Session, every Friday at the Union Club from 6-9 PM. No cover. Family Friendly Friday invites little ones to boogie while parental units kick back at the Top Hat, starting at 6 PM, with a rotating lineup of local musicians providing all-ages tunes. No cover. The nimble-witted Stensrud Improv troupe presents local sketches and off-the-cuff hilarity at the Stensrud Playhouse. Doors at 6:30 PM, show at 7:30. $12/$22 for two, plus discounts for UM students. Visit stensrudplayhouse.com. Melissa Bangs presents comedic and poignant storytelling about severe post-partum depression in Playing Monopoly with God, And Other True Stories. Crystal Theater, Fri., Feb. 27Sat., Feb. 28. Doors at 6 PM, show at 7. Sold out. (See Theater.)

$3. Call 240-9617 to learn more. Wartime Blues are teaming up with Mendelssohn and The Skurfs to boogie all night at Free Cycles, starting at 7:30 PM. Free, with snacks and non-alcoholic beverages available as well as $2 Kettlehouse keg beer. Donations appreciated, ‘cuz benefits go toward Free Cycles and Mendelssohn’s crowd-funded album recording. Save all your lovin’ for The Soul City Cowboys, who play rockin’ country tunes to bring the house down at the Eagles Lodge, 2420 South Ave. 8 PM to close. Comedian Tony Baker, of “Last Comic Standing” and Comedy Central fame, performs at the Press Box along with guests Matt Kettelhake, Rochelle Cote and Zack Jarvis. 8 PM. $15/$12 in advance at standupmt.com, Rockin Rudy’s and the Press Box. Gerygone & Twig, Maiah Wynne and something called Partisan Yogurt Bed & Breakfast get together for a shindig at E3 Convergence Gallery, 229 W. Main St. 8 PM. Plus, there’s live painting, a Draught Works keg and raffle. Proceeds benefit Opportunity Resources. $5 suggested donation.

The effervescent jack-of-all-creativetrades Josh Wagner reads from his latest novel, Shapes the Sunlight Takes, at Shakespeare & Co., 103 S. Third St. 7 PM.

Win big in Arlee at the weekly karaoke contest, with everything from Asia to Zeppelin in the book to choose to from. Stockman’s, 92580 U.S. 93, starting at 8 PM. Best singer wins 50 bux.

The nimble-footed Harlem Globetrotters presents their ballin’ wizardry with a performance at the Adams Center, 7-9 PM. $22-$85.50; visit griztix.com.

Get frisky with other mammals when the Fox Den DJs provide house and techno all nite at the Badlander, starting at 9 PM. No cover, plus $4 Stoli drink special.

The UM School of Theatre and Dance explores love and conflict in 19th century Ireland in Translations. Performances at the Masquer Theatre in the PARTV Center, Feb. 1721 and Feb. 24-28 at 7:30 PM. $9/$6 for students who are required to attend. Visit umt.edu/theatredance.

I was gonna make a dubstep joke, but I’ll just drop it and say that SoCal’s Megalodon wobbles ‘n worbs at Monk’s Bar, along with New Zealand duo Truth and our own Digifreq, Deadline and Dubsfeld. 9 PM. $15/$10 in advance. 18-plus. Visit standupmt.com.

See the feminine mystique in action when Bare Bait Dance Company presents Happier with a Hoover, featuring original choreography by Joy French and guest performers. Fri., Feb. 27–Sat., Feb. 28 at 7:30 PM, plus 2 PM matinee on Feb. 28. $12/$10 in advance at barebaitdance.org. Cut a rug when the Golden Age Club hosts dancing and live music in an alcohol-free environment. 727 S. Fifth St. in Hamilton. 6-10 PM.

The Dodgy Mountain Men play the Bear Cave Bar at Lolo Hot Springs Resort, starting at 9 PM, with a nice big bonfire outside, too. $5/free with Snow Goers membership. Listen and dance to Joan Zen’s funky soul machinations at the Union, starting at 9:30 PM. No cover. If you missed your chance to shake your ass on the hood of Whitesnake’s car, The New Wave Time Trippers of 1985 party like there’s still music still on MTV. Top Hat. 10 PM. $5.

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Fine Arts

Current and Political Affairs

Bali: Music and Imagination Megan McNamer The End and The Beginning Emily Walter French New Wave Cinema (1958 to 1970) Michel Valentin The History of Music Through the Classical Guitar Luis Millán An Insider’s Guide to the Montana Museum of Art & Culture: 120 Artworks for 120 Years Brandon Reintjes Ray Risho’s Ports of Call Ray Risho Shadowboxing: Reading and Writing Poetry Mark Gibbons

The Federalist Papers Ron Perrin Mexican Immigration to the U.S. from the Late 19th Century to Present Time Rodolfo Villarreal-Ríos Terrorism in the Middle East, North Africa, and Central Asia Mehrdad Kia

Natural and Social Sciences Freshwater Ecology of the Flathead Watershed Tom Bansak Montana CSI: Sex, Drugs, Guns, and Dirt: The Real Crime Lab Ray Murray et al The Science and Practice of Happiness and Emotional Well-Being Kevin Dohr South Africa: The Making of a Rainbow Nation Katherine Weist

Humanities 1894: Breaking News in Missoula! Jim Harmon Ethics vs Faith: A Philisophical Exploration of the Role of Faith and Virtue for the Good Life David K. Clark The Illiad You (Probably) Never Knew: Why This is a Poem for All of Us Linda W. Gillison Olá Brazil: Its Soul. Its People. Silvia Lazo Russia’s “Greatest” Novel: Pushkin’s Eugene Onegin Ona Renner-Fahey Terror and War: French Revolution and Napoleon Linda Frey What Happened Between Malachi and Matthew? The Old Testament Apocrypha, The Dead Sea Scrolls, and Other ‘In-Between’ Books of the Bible Thomas R. Lee

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SATURDAYFEB28 Pianist Spencer Myer tickles the ivories and unlocks the “Keys to Your Heart” with the Missoula Symphony Orchestra and Chorale at the Dennison Theatre. Sat, Feb. 28 at 7:30 PM, and Sun., March 1 at 3 PM. Tickets run $10-$45. Visit missoulasymphony.org. The new Missoula Winter Public Market features all manner of produce, meats, eggs, honey and treats, plus coffee and craft vendors. 800 S. Third St. W. Now open every Saturday, Jan. 10-April 25. 10 AM-2 PM. Visit facebook.com/mslawinterpublicmarket. Anyone dealing with illness or loss is invited to find creative therapy at the Watercolor Leaves drop-in workshop, led by Loretta Vizzutti. Living Art Studio, 725 W. Alder St. Unit 17. 10:30 AM-12:30 PM. Free. Call 549-5329 for info, or visit livingartofmontana.org/Programs. The Experimental Printmaking Workshop: Hot Glue Relief-Intaglio uses a plastic matrix press and teaches techniques for experienced and newbie printmakers alike. Missoula Art Museum, noon-4:30 PM. $35/$31.50 for members. Visit missoulaartmuseum.org to learn more. Buzzy Jackson reads from her latest, The Inspirational Atheist: Wise Words on the Wonder and Meaning of Life, billed as a sort of “Chicken Soup for the Soulless.” Fact and Fiction, 220 N. Higgins Ave. 1:30 PM.

nightlife Get Saturday into gear when Djebe Bara busts out African drumming at Draught Works, 6-8 PM. No cover. The bluegrassy Workers hop to it at Ten Spoon Vineyard, 4175 Rattlesnake Drive, with tasting at 4 PM and tunes from 6-8 PM. No cover. Cut loose with the Wild Coyote Band, playing a country-fried dance party at the American Legion Hall, 825 Ronan St. (near Mount and Russell) every third Saturday of the month from 7-11 PM, except for February and March, where they’ll play on the fourth Saturdays. $7. The UM School of Theatre and Dance explores love and conflict in 19th century Ireland in Translations. Performances at the Masquer Theatre in the PARTV Center, Feb. 17-21 and Feb. 24-28 at 7:30 PM. $9/$6 for students who are required to attend. Visit umt.edu/theatredance. See the feminine mystique in action when Bare Bait Dance Company presents Happier with a Hoover, featuring original choreography by Joy French and guest performers. Fri., Feb. 27–Sat., Feb. 28 at 7:30 PM, plus 2 PM matinee on Feb. 28. $12/$10 in advance at barebaitdance.org. Save all your lovin’ for The Soul City Cowboys, who play rockin’

let it go In “Raw Bare Crave,” dance student Arina Hunter explores the lines between control and upheaval— that common desire to convey certain aspects of oneself while concealing others. In the beginning of Hunter’s performance, she portrays that fragile inner

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WHO: UM School of Theatre and Dance


WHAT: Dance New Works WHEN: Tue., March 3–Sat., March 7, at 7:30 pm; Sat., March 7, matinee at 2 pm Program I: Tuesday, Thursday, Satur day at 7:30 pm Program II: Wednes day, Friday at 7:30 pm and Saturday at 2 pm WHERE: The Open Space in UM’s PAR/TV Center HOW MUCH: $9

self with quick, restrained movements. As her piece evolves, her movements become more uninhibited, the dancing less restricted, as though she is no longer in control. Finally, she reintegrates and pulls these competing parts of herself together to create balance. “Raw Bare Crave” is one of 16 original pieces produced by UM’s School of Theatre and Dance for its annual Dance New Works Spring Showcase. As country tunes to bring the house down at the Eagles Lodge, 2420 South Ave. 8 PM to close. Absolutely DJs Kris Moon and Monty Carlo deliver the primo Saturday nite party at the Badlander. Doors at 9 PM. Two-fer-one Absolut vodka drinks until midnight. No cover. NYC’s totally baked rapper Cakes Da Killa bumps beats at the Palace, along with local wordsmiths Tahj and Twosday. 9 PM. $12 in advance at Ear Candy. 18-plus. Hip-hopper Crooked I, of supergroup Slaughterhouse and Shady Records renown, busts into Monk’s Bar. Doors at 9 PM. $15. Tickets at Rockin Rudy’s. 18-plus. For some good ol’ country music join the Idle Ranch Hands at the Union for some Saturday night dancing. Cash for Junkers gets into the western swing of things at the Top Hat, with show starting at 10 PM. No cover.

SUNDAYMAR01 Celebrate your Sunday Funday with Newtflix, the new curated film screening and drunken banter session hosted by Newton Wise, the first Sunday of the month at the VFW. 6 PM. No cover, plus dranks are half-off all day. March 1 features Beastmaster and Hawk the Slayer.

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usual, it offers two alternating concerts, which feature an array of dancing genres from contemporary ballet to hip-hop. And this year, solo choreography, such as Hunter’s, will be integrated into each program. The inspiration behind Hunter’s theme, which is part of Program II, began when she started to analyze the vulnerability she felt in front of an audience. She says she also wanted to explore a piece that involved the interaction of live dance with a projection screen. Hunter tells a story that anyone can relate to. The struggle to control all aspects of our lives, the realization that we cannot, the process of dealing with this truth and, finally, letting go. —Kellen Beck

Photographer Beverly McGowan’s vivid prints of natural beauty are on display at the Catalyst Cafe, starting today and on display through April. 111 N. Higgins Ave. Catalyst hours are 7 AM-3 PM. Have your treats in a box or with a fox when Missoula Public Library hosts a family storytime and Dr. Suess party from 2-4 PM, with snacks, stories and crafting. Free.

nightlife Pianist Spencer Myer tickles the ivories and unlocks the “Keys to Your Heart” with the Missoula Symphony Orchestra and Chorale at the Dennison Theatre. Sat, Feb. 28 at 7:30 PM, and Sun., March 1 at 3 PM. Tickets run $10-$45. Visit missoula symphony.org. John Floridis Trio rocks the folk out at Draught Works, 915 Toole Ave., 5-7 PM. No cover. 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. Mark the Sabbath with some Black Sabbath or whatever else twangs your heartstrings at the Sunday Funday evening karaoke at the Lucky Strike, 1515 Dearborn Ave., featuring $1 domestic drafts and wells. Free.

MONDAYMAR02 You’ve put the days of Jungle Juice behind you, hopefully, but you can still support the ole’ college try at the Moscow Monday benefit for KBGA College Radio, where proceeds from drinks purchased between noon-8 PM benefit the station. Plus, live tunes from Joey Running Crane start at 6 PM. Ages 8 months to 2 years can bring an adult with ‘em to the Baby Sign Language Class at City Life Community Center, which meets Mondays at 9 AM through March 23. $50 per parent and child, which includes a DVD. $5 charge per additional sibling. Call 218-8695 or visit the Simply Signing Facebook page. Anyone affected by epilepsy can come to the Epilepsy Support Group at Summit Independent Living Center, 700 SW Higgins Ave. 2–3:30 PM. Free. Call 721-0707.

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nightlife Dancer-types and anyone seeking to get into touch with their body can check out the Authentic Movement Group, where a facilitator will help you find and follow your own movement. The Barn Movement Studio, 2926 S. Third St. Mondays from 6-8 PM through May. $30. Call 5292322 to register.

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[calendar] Shake, rattle ‘n roll at the Beginner/Intermediate Jazz Dance class, led by Jennifer MeyerVaughan on Mondays at Downtown Dance Collective, 7:30-8:55 PM. Regular rates apply. Maintain dignity for best results at Super Trivia Freakout. Winners get cash prizes or shots after the five rounds of trivia at the Badlander, including picture and music rounds. 9 PM. Free. To get those neurons sparking, here’s a question: In 1926, author Agatha Christie mysteriously disappeared for how many days? Find answer in tomorrow’s nightlife.

TUESDAYMAR03 Art historian H. Rafael Chacón chats about “Predilections and Possibilities: the Virtues of a Teaching Collection,” as part of the ongoing exhibit that celebrates the Museum of Art and Culture’s permanent collection. Masquer Theatre. 7 PM.

nightlife The ongoing, uninstructed Open Figure Drawing invites adults to pop in to the Missoula Art Museum for the chance to observe and sketch a live model. 5:30-7:30 PM, $7/$5 for members. Some art supplies available. Visit missoulaartmuseum.org. Bring an extra pair of socks, ‘cuz In Flames is gonna rawwwk it off on the Charming America tour, along with All That Remains and Wovenwar. Wilma. Doors at 6:30 PM. $29/$27 in advance. Tickets at Rockin Rudy’s and knittingfactory.com. Writers of all stripes can meet somewhere besides a bar for once with the Writer’s Group facilitated by John Robinson at Bitterroot Public Library. 6:30-8 PM every other Tuesday. Bigfork-based author Leslie Budewitz reads from her latest tasty mystery, Assault and Pepper, about a Seattle shop owner whose employee is accused of murder most foul. Fact and Fiction, 220 N. Higgins Ave. 7 PM. (See Books.) The Unity Dance and Drum African Dance Class is sure to teach you some moves you didn’t learn in junior high when it meets Tuesday from 7 to 8:30 PM at the Missoula Senior Center, 705 S. Higgins Ave. All ages and skill levels welcome. $10, $35 for four classes. Email tarn.ream@umontana.edu or call 549-7933 for more information. The UM Alumni Association’s Community Lecture Series, every Tuesday at 7 PM at the UC Theatre, features such radass profs as Ken Dial, Bret Tobalske, Creagh Breuner, Dick Hutto and Erick Greene, plus special guest Emily Graslie ‘11, host of The Brain Scoop and Internet Sensation. $20/$15 for UMAA dues-playing members/$10 students. Find info and full schedule at grizalum.org/events/cls/default.php. Country fella Clint Black don’t fool around when he plays the Dennison Theatre, along with Shane Clouse. 7:30 PM. Tickets TBA at MSO Hub and all Griz Tix outlets. (Trivia answer: 11 days. Some historians now speculate that she was suffering from severe depression at the time.) Up ‘n coming prancers strut their stuff at the UM School of Theatre and Dance’s Dance New Works, showcasing original choreography in ballet, hip hop, lyrical, experimental and more at the Open Space in the PARTV Center. Program I on Tue., Thu. and Sat. at 7:30 PM, Program II on Wed., Fri. at 7:30 PM and Sat. at 2 PM. $9, with discounts for students.

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Vested interest. In Flames plays the Wilma Tue., March 3, along with All That Remains and Wovenwar. Doors at 6:30 PM. $29/$27 in advance. Tickets at Rockin’ Rudy’s and knittingfactory.com.

Would a dude by any other name seem as sweet? Find out when Nick Pavelich and Sam Williamson star in an unusual two-man adaptation of the classic Shakespearean tragedy, Romeo and Juliet. Crystal Theater, March 3-7, at 7:30 PM. $10. (See Theater.) Get hip 2 the monthly Square Dance at the Top Hat, where steps will be taught as you go and beginners are welcome. 7:30 PM. First Tuesday of the month. March 3 features tunes from the Beet Tops. 21-plus after 9 PM.

WEDNESDAYMAR04 See how the magic happens when Dolce Canto hosts a open rehearsal, where you can drop in and listen as you please, 7:30-9 PM, and enjoy refreshments and conversation with the choir afterwards. St. Paul Lutheran Church. Free. The spiffy new Montana Distillery hosts a grand opening all day, with live music and prize giveaways from 5-7 PM. Find ‘em by the railroad tracks at 631 Woody St. Ages 7-14 are invited to the orientation for Youth Aikido in the upstairs of the Union Hall. Orientation is 4:15-5:15 PM; classes meet Tuesdays and Thursdays at the same time. Call 5498387 to learn more.

nightlife Experienced farmers chat about their management practices for employees and interns at this latest installment of Farm School, hosted at Burns Street Bistro from 5:308 PM. Bring a dish to share for the potluck; beer is provided. Visit missoulacfac.org/ farm-school.html.

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Flyleaf, who you may remember from seeing on Fuse videos at your friend Jenna’s house in high school (or maybe that’s just me) (hi Jenna!) headlines the Snocore 2015 tour, along with Adelita’s Way, Framing Hanley and Fit for Rivals. Wilma. 7 PM. $20. Tickets at Rockin Rudy’s and knittingfactory.com. Live those “American Idol” fantasies at the Wednesday night karaoke with Cheree at Eagles Lodge Missoula, 2420 South Ave. W, chance to win $50 big ones if you enter the drawing when you sing. 7:30-10:30 PM. No cover; must stick around for the prize drawing to be eligible to win. Up ‘n coming prancers strut their stuff at the UM School of Theatre and Dance’s Dance New Works, showcasing original choreography in ballet, hip hop, lyrical, experimental and more at the Open Space in the PARTV Center. Program I on Tue., Thu. and Sat. at 7:30 PM, Program II on Wed., Fri. at 7:30 PM and Sat. at 2 PM. $9, with discounts for students. Would a dude by any other name seem as sweet? Find out when Nick Pavelich and Sam Williamson star in an unusual two-man adaptation of the classic Shakespearean tragedy, Romeo and Juliet. Crystal Theater, March 3-7, at 7:30 PM. $10. (See Theater.)

THURSDAYMAR05 Wager on a cheery evening when Scottish feelings-y outfit The Twilight Sad plays Stage 112, along with Port St. Willow. Doors at 8 PM. $12/$10 in advance. 18-plus.

nightlife Mary Place and Blue Moon heat up the afternoon with jazz at the Union Club every Thursday from 5:30-8 PM. Free.

Bust out the epee for a Foray into Fencing class on the first Thursday of the month at Missoula Fencing Association, 1200 Shakespeare, Ste. A. 6:30-7:30 PM. Ages 9 and up are welcome to join in; just wear gym clothes and bring a water bottle. Free, but limited to first 16 people. Visit missoulafencing.net or call 251-4623 with questions. Up ‘n coming prancers strut their stuff at the UM School of Theatre and Dance’s Dance New Works, showcasing original choreography in ballet, hip hop, lyrical, experimental and more at the Open Space in the PARTV Center. Program I on Tue., Thu. and Sat. at 7:30 PM, Program II on Wed., Fri. at 7:30 PM and Sat. at 2 PM. $9, with discounts for students. Would a dude by any other name seem as sweet? Find out when Nick Pavelich and Sam Williamson star in an unusual two-man adaptation of the classic Shakespearean tragedy, Romeo and Juliet. Crystal Theater, March 3-7, at 7:30 PM. $10. (See Theater.) Missoula progressive-rock outfit Fallow celebrates an album release with special guests down at the Palace, starting ‘round 9 PM. No cover.

March is supposed to be in like a lion, out like a lamb, right? Submit events at calendar@missoulanews.com at least two weeks in advance of the event to guarantee publication. Don’t forget to include the date, time and cost. If you must, snail mail to Calapatra c/o the Independent, 317 S. Orange St., Missoula, MT 59801. You can also submit online. Just find the “submit an event” link under the Spotlight on the right corner at missoulanews.com.




s I write this, winter is threatening to come back. This really ruins my sunbathing routine, but works out nicely for those of you who haven’t yet collected enough beard icicles. And beard icicles— and bragging rights—are to be found in plenty at the Snow Joke Half Marathon. The marathon is always held on the last Saturday of February, rain or shine, snow or sleet, below-zero windchill or balmy 40 degree day. It was founded in 1980 by the Cheetah Herders Athletic Club, a group of running enthusiasts whose routes often favored local watering holes. The club’s mottos have included “Drink before you run” and “Seek levity without obliteration,” both of which are fine sentiments. Snow Joke is now an official USA Track and Field event run by Big Sky Orogenic Racing and Events— and, full disclosure, organized in part by the Indy—

but the fun spirit remains. The route follows Highway 83 for the first six miles, then circles around Seeley Lake on a county road, where you’ll need to be prepared for some steeper grades. In case you start to flag, the Charlie Cheetah Preserve between miles six and 10 gets a little bit playful with some “cheetah herding.” Besides the fame and glory, obviously, the winner of the chip-timed race gets a fur sash and medallion— and then you can seek all the liquid levity you like. —Kate Whittle The 36th annual Snow Joke Half Marathon takes off on Sat., Feb. 28, at 11 AM, with a course around Seeley Lake. $35 race-day registration/$5 for ages 19 and under. Cruise over to mtsnowjoke.com.

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THURSDAY FEBRUARY 26 Is there a pot of gold at the end of the race? Find out at Run For the Luck of It, which starts bright ‘n early with a kids’ dash, 7-mile and 5K, starting and ending on the 100 block of Pine Street. Costumes and green outfits encouraged. Registration party at Valley Physical Therapy on Feb. 26 from 5-7 PM, race day is March 14. Visit runwildmissoula.org to learn more. $20-$25 to register. The fine folks of the Selway-Bitterroot Frank Church Foundation host their ninth annual Winter Gathering and Silent Auction, with raffles for guided river trips and guest speakers. Missoula Winery, 6:30-9:30 PM. No cost to attend.

SATURDAY FEBRUARY 28 Shred the gnar like there’s no tomorrow at Coldsmoke Freeride, a three-day ski and board competition at Lost Trail Powder Mountain, with divisions for men, women and kids. $75 rider fee. Check out losttrail.com. Those Missoulians on Bicycles are back in action, with a short ‘n sweet trip planned that meets in the Big Dipper parking lot at 3 PM and cruises around to finish at Dairy Queen. Call Wayne for more info at 721-3095.

SUNDAY MARCH 1 The MOBI folks wheel into action today with a ride that meets at the Eastgate Center at noon and heads to Bonner for lunch at the River City Grill. Call Wayne for info at 721-3095 or check out missoulabike.org.

Big Sky Area Winter Games kick off today at Big Sky Resort, with ski, board and snowshoeing competitions. Check out bigskyresort.com/specialolympics.

TUESDAY MARCH 3 As the earth tilts on its axis, the Montana Dirt Girls switch gears to host weekly hikes in the Missoula area, Tuesday evenings at 6 PM, November through March, with the chance to grab dinner afterward. Foot-grippers and headlamps advisable. Find out locations and info by signing up for the mail list at mtdirtgirls.tripod.com. UM professor Natalie Dawson presents “Please Carry This Solar Panel, and Other Requests for Free Labor,” as part of the UM Wilderness Institute’s spring lecture series. Gallagher Business Building, room 123. 7 PM.

WEDNESDAY MARCH 4 Hump day just got friskier with the Wednesday Night Ski Race League, where teams of four (including at least one woman) race weekly at Snowbowl, Wednesdays from 7-10 PM until March 6. $395 per team. Contact missoulaalpinerace@gmail.com or 240-0836 for info.

THURSDAY MARCH 5 Wildlife advocate Steve Primm chats about grizzly and wolf recovery around Yellowstone National Park, along with his work founding the People and Carnivores nonprofit. Flathead Valley Community College, Art and Tech building, room 139. 7 PM.

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This Saturday marks one year since the Mount Jumbo avalanche that crashed into the Rattlesnake neighborhood. The 50-foot wall of snow swept one home off its foundation into the yard of another. In the process, it injured two people and led to the death of Michel Colville. On the anniversary of that avalanche, Missoula director Katrina Shull premieres her first film, the 40minute documentary, Amplify Kindess. The film honors the first responders and volunteers who, on that bitterly cold day, realized something was wrong, and ran toward the disaster to help dig out the avalanche victims. Many more members of the community would pitch in during the weeks that followed to clean up and sort through the destroyed property on Harrison and Holly streets. Just this January, one of the families displaced by the avalanche moved into a Habitat for Humanity home, not far from their original property. Amplify Kindness goes on to explore how sim-

ple acts of kindness can reverberate through a community. And nicely enough, the film was funded by the community, through a campaign on Indiegogo. —Kate Whittle Amplify Kindness premieres at the Roxy Sat., Feb. 28, at 5 PM. $5-$7. Visit theroxy theater.org.

[AGENDA LISTINGS] THURSDAY FEBRUARY 26 As part of Black History Month, African American studies prof Tobin Shearer presents “Homing In: The Effects of WWI on Black Women and Men,” at the Mansfield Library main floor. 6-7:30 PM. You don’t have to be a time lord to check out the Missoula Time Bank, in which members exchange skills and services instead of money. Orientations at the Jeannette Rankin Peace Center on the fourth Thursdays of the month. 7 PM. RSVP required at info@missoulatimebank.org. Check out missoulatimebank.org.

FRIDAY FEBRUARY 27 Grab a pen and paper and get crackin’ at Learning from Your Life: Writing for Resilience, which teaches how to work through difficult events and celebrate life’s joys through writing. Learning Center at Red Willow, 825 W. Kent Ave. Meets Fridays from 11 AM-1 PM through March 13. $145 for five-week course. Call 721-0033 or visit redwillowlearning.org for registration and info. The annual Hospice Ball, which raises funds for crucial end-of-life care services in the Missoula area, presents an evening of dinner, drinks and entertainment at the Hilton Garden Inn, 6 PM-midnight. Visit hcfmissoula.com.

SUNDAY MARCH 1 The Sons of Norway host a Spring Scandinavian Pancake Breakfast with all the tasty fixins at 5795 Highway 93 South, 9 AM-1:30 PM. $7. Proceeds benefit the Montana Norwegian Camp Camperships. The Missoula Area Secular Society presents the M.A.S.S. Lunch, where atheists, secular humanists, agnostics and other freethinkers meet. Take note the group is now meeting on the first and third Sunday of every month for brunch at 10 AM at the Stone of Accord, 4951 N. Reserve St. Free to attend, but the food costs you. Visit secularmissoula.org.

MONDAY MARCH 2 The Growing Through Pain and Progressive Loss group meets at Summit Independent Living Center, 700 S. Higgins, Mondays from 1-3 PM through March. 16. For more information call Kathy at 728-1630.

Former military members are invited to the Veterans For Peace Western Montana Chapter meeting, which will work to inform and advocate about peace issues. Meets at the Jeannette Rankin Peace Center, 519 S. Higgins Ave., on the first Monday of every month at 4 PM. Visit veteransforpeace.org to learn more. MSU professor Barton Scott chats about “Gandhi & the Global Travels of Non-Violence” as part of the South and Southeast Asian Studies program. Dell Brown Room of Turner Hall. 5 PM.

TUESDAY MARCH 3 Katie Patten leads the three-week Exploring Glass workshop, with a creative, therapeutic focus for people dealing with illness or loss. Living Art of Montana, 725 W. Alder St #17. Meets on Tuesdays from 1-3 PM through March 17. Free, but registration is required at info@livingartofmontana.org or 549-5329. The Friends and Families Matter support group invites anyone who’s coping with an incarcerated loved one to an informal session on Tuesdays from 5:15-6:30 PM. 1610 S. Third St. W., Ste. 210. Visit pfrmt.org for more info. Coal-train traffic through Missoula might increase, and folks get together to chat about citizen activism at the Burns Street Events Center, 1500 Burns St. 6-7 PM. Email blueskiescampaign@ gmail.com to learn more.

WEDNESDAY MARCH 4 Practice empathy with Patrick Marsolek during Compassionate Communication, a peaceful communication weekly practice group, where you’ll role-play stressful situations and practice responding calmly. Jeannette Rankin Peace Center, 519 S. Higgins Ave. Wednesdays at noon. Free.

THURSDAY MARCH 5 Connect with other new or expecting parents at Meet the Doulas, an informational session hosted by the Missoula Birth and Postpartum network. Nursing Nook, 734 Kensington. Jan. 8, Feb. 5 and March 5 from 5:30-7:30 PM. Call 552-8319 or email melinda@thelotusprojectmt.org.

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 calendar@missoulanews.com or send a fax to (406) 543-4367. AGENDA’s deadline for editorial consideration is 10 days prior to the issue in which you’d like your information to be included. When possible, please include appropriate photos/artwork.

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STAY AT HOME MARTYR I just moved in with the love of my life. Her former boyfriend from years ago lives in her downstairs "granny unit." My girlfriend recently revealed that along with financially subsidizing him, she's still doing his laundry because "it's just easier." He is 50 and previously earned a lot of money repairing computers and being a handyman, but he is not "into" working. My girlfriend is a therapist and sees a therapist, who has advised a proper separation. Amazingly, my girlfriend would rather she and I move out than insist he leave (though the home and loan are hers!). I'm worried that this will be one long, frustrating ride. — Dumbfounded Kids these days grow up so fast. Before you know it, they're 50 and back home doing bong hits in the basement. Though you see your girlfriend as the preyed-upon one here, consider that she's getting something out of this, too, like feeling needed and conflict avoidance. Being conflict-avoidant means refusing to experience legitimate adult discomfort—like the ouchiepoo of telling a full-grown able-bodied man that he needs to go get a job, an apartment, and a roll of quarters to do his own damn laundry. We evolved to be a social species and to care about how others see us. However, we can take this too far, as your girlfriend has, probably out of an overvaluing of relationships (over self) and an ensuing desperate need to be liked. This leads her to shove away her needs, making her the perfect mark for an aging and manipulative slacker—to the point where she stops just short of cradling her adult baby in her lap and feeding him a bottle of pale ale. Life involves making trade-offs. On the one hand, you call her the love of your life. On the other hand, she comes with a man-sized tumor that she seems unwilling to excise from her life and yours. Whatever you decide, avoid telling her what to do (which generally provokes defensiveness, not change). Instead, you can tell her where your "nuh-uh, can't do" point is—like if you ultimately can't live with a woman who is in a relationship with you but has one foot (and her wallet and a couple of laundry baskets) squarely in the life of her ex. It's possible that a real likelihood of losing you could do for her what having a therapist and being a therapist could not— compel her to act assertively. However,

GENERAL you do take a risk in drawing the line. You may decide to just suck it up to keep her, even if it means keeping him. If so, try to focus on the positives of having an adult toddler around—like how he should only need to be taken to the emergency room for the occasional cardiac event and not because he's put yet another bean or Lego up his nose.

BETWEEN THE SPREADSHEETS I started dating a female coworker. I've seen many office romances go bad and be fodder for gossip, so I act very professional at work so nobody knows. She's hurt that I'm keeping her a "secret." —Stressed It's a bit of a disconnect to get the office hello from a guy who, just the night before, was undressing you with his teeth. But the real problem here isn't conflicting ideas on whether to put out an all-office memo: "The softball team will meet at 5:30 p.m. behind the building, and oh, yeah, Amber and I are doing it." Differences of opinion are part of every relationship. What helps your partner feel okay about them—even when she goes along with what you want—is acting like you're in a relationship, not a dictatorship. This means figuring out policy together instead of your single-handedly deciding it and then—surprise!—greeting her like you aren't quite sure whether she's Amber who just helped you break your headboard or what's-her-face from sales. Had you made this a discussion instead of a decree, she might've told you she's worried you're ashamed of her—allowing you to reassure her (assuming you're not). Well, there's no time like now to have that policy discussion—including worst-case scenarios, like how you two would handle it if things went south. It does seem prudent to wait to alert your co-workers until you're reasonably sure your relationship has legs. However, sooner or later, somebody from the office is likely to run into the two of you out on the town. The story of a Saturday night strategy session in the parking lot of a romantic French restaurant is unlikely to fly— especially when it appears to have ended with both of you wearing her lipstick.

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B R E A K FA S T / L U N C H COOK - Full time, day shift. Must have a High School Diploma/GED. Must be able to lift up to 20 pounds. As a Cook, you would be responsible for preparing food items in accordance with recipes and established standards in the hotel’s continuing effort to deliver outstanding service and financial profitability. Specifically, you would be responsible for performing the following tasks to the highest standards: Prepare food items according to designated recipes and quality standards; Maintain cleanliness and comply with food sanitation standards at all times; Manage guest orders in a friendly, timely and efficient manner; Ensure knowledge of menu and all food products; Stock and maintain designated food station(s); Visually inspect all food sent from the kitchen; Practice correct food handling and food storage procedures according to federal, state, local and company regulations; Prepare requisitions for supplies and food items, as needed. Full job description at Missoula Job Service. employmissoula.com Job # 10108953 Child Care Worker Dependable Child Care Worker needed for both weekday and weekend schedules. Childcare experience is preferred, but not required. Applicant must enjoy working with infants and children and have current CPR and First Aid certifications or the ability to obtain them within 2 weeks of hire. Requires current immunizations and the ability to pass a background check. Will care for all ages of children and assist with keeping the center clean and neat. Specific schedule to be discussed. Wage is $8.05 per hour with increased pay after successful completion of probationary period. Full job description at Missoula Job Service. employmissoula.com Job # 10109016

DATA ENTRY TEMPORARY, FULL TIME POSITIONS AVAILABLE with the Department of Revenue in Missoula, MT. Must be accurate, fast and a hard worker. **Must pass background check (must not have any past taxes that haven’t been paid for DOR). Full job description at Missoula Job Service. employmissoula.com Job # 10108908 Dispatch Specialist Local multi-state firm offering opportunity for a Dispatch Specialist to provide emergency dispatch callout services. Must have high school diploma or GED. Previous Call Center/Dispatch experience preferred. Position is 20 hours per week, M-F and then will switch to full-time. Detailed Job Description: — Dispatch emergency tickets via phone and ticket administration system. — Document all pertinent emergency ticket information. — Provide detailed ticket information to endusers. — Applicant must have previous Microsoft Office experience. — Must have excellent oral and written communication skills. — Other duties as assigned. Required Physical Abilities: 1. Sit and operate a computer for a long period of time. 2. Manual and physical dexterity needed to operate a keyboard and handle paper documents. 3. Adequate hearing and verbal abilities to communicate effectively in person and by telephone. $10.00 $11.00 Hourly. Full job description at Missoula Job Service. employmissoula.com Job # 10108972

M.O.R.E. INTERNSHIP POSITION MORE - Missoula Outdoor Recreation and Education is looking for a temporary, full-time M.O.R.E. INTERNSHIP POSITION for Missoula Parks and Recreation. Successful interns MUST be flexible, self-motivated and self-directed. Interns MUST have an internal drive to work with youth and people with disabilities. Work is full-time (3540 hrs/week) and pay is $8.69/hr. **OPEN UNTIL FILLED*** Full job description at Missoula Job Service. employmissoula.com Job # 10108916 NAVY RESERVE HIRING in all fields. Serve part-time. Paid training & potential sign-on bonus. Great benefits. $ for school. Call Mon-Fri (800) 8870952, or jobs_seattle@navy.mil NAVY RESERVE Serve part-time. No military exp needed. Paid training & potential sign-on bonus. Great benefits. Retirement. Call Mon-Fri (800) 8870952, or jobs_seattle@navy.mil Regional Manager Wanted! Renzenberger, Inc. is looking to fill a Regional Managers position in Missoula, Montana. Call (800) 838-9814 ext. 263. Pay is DOE ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: • Supports company’s safety goals, including but not limited to audits, staffing, training, vehicle maintenance, customer relations. • Communicate with customer’s field management personnel, i.e.

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EMPLOYMENT Dispatch immediately. • Ensure Manager’s First Report of Accident is completed within 24 hours of accident and submit required accident information to Claims Department. • Ensure completion of documentation required for workers’ compensation claims. Basic Requirements: Must have a high school diploma or G.E.D. and a minimum of 1-2 years management experience and/or training or equivalent combination of education and experience. Qualifications: Must have valid driver’s license, no alcohol or drug related convictions within the last 3 years, and no careless/reckless driving conviction with the last 3 years • Clean controlled substance screen • Available to take trips as needed • Must be at least 21 years of age • Have a clear understanding of the English language • Ability to safely operate a motor vehicle • Basic understanding of employment laws • Must be available for all shifts and days – 24 hour/on call position Physical Requirements: • Ability to lift 70 lbs. to change a tire • Ability to bend to inspect the undercarriage of a vehicle and/or the tires • Ability to climb in and out of vehicles Moving Allowance: A moving allowance may be available for relocation. THE NAVY IS HIRING Top-notch training, medical/dental, 30 days’ vacation/yr, $$ for school. HS grads ages 17-34. Call MonFri (877) 475-6289, or jobs_seattle@navy.mil

PROFESSIONAL CHIP TRUCK DRIVERS NEEDED from the Missoula area. • Local hauls • Home daily • Good pay • Benefits • 2 years exp. required Call 406493-7876 9am-5pm M-F. FLATBED DRIVERS NEEDED • Home weekly to Biweekly • Top pay • Full benefits • New equipment • 2 years exp. required • Clean driving record 1-800-700-6305 Legal Assistant/ Secretary Now hiring for a legal assistant/secretary. Job duties include being in charge of document production, typing up legal briefs, answering phones, sorting mail, and other administrative/reception type tasks. A qualified candidate must have the following qualities: 1) be able to type quickly and efficiently, 2) be good with computers, 3) be comfortable with Word and Excel, and 4) be comfortable answering phones and dealing with the public. This position is M-F from 8am-5pm with an hour for lunch. A qualified individual must have at least 1 year of experience working in an office setting. The pay for this position depends on experience. Full job description at Missoula Job Service. employmissoula.com Job # 10109027

SKILLED LABOR FENCE INSTALLER A local fence company is hiring for a FENCE INSTALLER. Welding experience is a plus. Must have valid driver’s license and clean driving record and be able to lift


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CANCER (June 21-July 22): The prolific and popular French novelist Aurore Dupin was better known by her pseudonym George Sand. Few 19th-century women matched her rowdy behavior. She wore men's clothes, smoked cigars, was a staunch feminist, and frequented social venues where only men were normally allowed. Yet she was also a doting mother to her two children, and loved to garden, make jam, and do needlework. Among her numerous lovers were the writers Alfred de Musset, Jules Sandeau, and Prosper Mérimée, as well as composer Frederic Chopin and actress Marie Dorval. Her preferred work schedule was midnight to 6 a.m., and she often slept until 3 p.m. "What a brave man she was," said Russian author Ivan Turgenev, "and what a good woman." Her astrological sign? The same as you and me. She's feisty proof that not all of us Crabs are conventional fuddy-duddies. In the coming weeks, she's our inspirational role model.

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GEMINI (May 21-June 20): If you're a martial artist and you want to inject extra energy into an aggressive move, you might utter a percussive shout that sounds like "eee-yah!" or "hyaah!" or "aiyah!" The Japanese term for this sound is kiai. The sonic boost is most effective if it originates deep in your diaphragm rather than from your throat. Even if you're not a martial artist, Gemini, I suggest that in the coming weeks you have fun trying out this boisterous style of yelling. It may help you summon the extra power and confidence you'll need to successfully wrestle with all the interesting challenges ahead of you.

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TAURUS (April 20-May 20): One of the most dazzling moves a ballet dancer can do is the fouetté en tournant. The term is French for "whipped turning." As she executes a 360-degree turn, the dancer spins around on the tip of one foot. Meanwhile, her other foot thrusts outward and then bends in, bringing her toes to touch the knee of her supporting leg. Can you imagine a dancer doing this 32 consecutive times? That's what the best do. It takes extensive practice and requires a high degree of concentration and discipline. Paradoxically, it expresses breathtaking freedom and exuberance. You may not be a prima ballerina, Taurus, but in your own field there must be an equivalent to the fouetté en tournant. Now is an excellent time for you to take a vow and make plans to master that skill. What will you need to do?


By Rob Brezsny ARIES (March 21-April 19): Lately your life reminds me of the action film Speed, starring Sandra Bullock and Keanu Reeves. In that story, a criminal has rigged a passenger bus to explode if its speed drops below 50 miles per hour. In your story, you seem to be acting as if you, too, will self-destruct if you stop moving at a frantic pace. I'm here to tell you that nothing bad will happen if you slow down. Just the opposite, in fact. As you clear your schedule of its excessive things-to-do, as you leisurely explore the wonders of doing nothing in particular, I bet you will experience a soothing flood of healing pleasure.


LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): It seems you've slipped into a time warp. Is that bad? I don't think so. Your adventures there may twist and tweak a warped part of your psyche in such a way that it gets healed. At the very least, I bet your visit to the time warp will reverse the effects of an old folly and correct a problem caused by your past sins. (By the way, when I use the word "sin," I mean "being lax about following your dreams.") There's only one potential problem that could come out of all this: Some people in your life could misinterpret what's happening. To prevent that, communicate crisply every step of the way.


VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): In English and French versions of the word game Scrabble, the

letter z is worth ten points. In Italian, it's eight points. But in the Polish variant of Scrabble, you score just one point by using z. That letter is rarely used in the other three languages, but is common in Polish. Keep this general principle in mind as you assess the value of the things you have to offer. You will be able to make more headway and have greater impact in situations where your particular beauty and power and skills are in short supply.


LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): "Learn all you can from the mistakes of others. You won't have to make them all your yourself." So said Alfred Sheinwold in his book about the card game known as bridge. I think this is excellent advice for the game of life, as well. And it should be extra pertinent for you in the coming weeks, because people in your vicinity will be making gaffes and wrong turns that are useful for you to study. In the future, you'll be wise to avoid perpetrating similar messes yourself.


SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): "Love her but leave her wild," advised a graffiti artist who published his thoughts on a wall next to the mirror in a public restroom I visited. Another guerrilla philosopher had added a comment below: "That's a nice sentiment, but how can anyone retain wildness in a society that puts so many demands on us in exchange for money to live?" Since I happened to have a felt-tip pen with me, I scrawled a response to the question posed in the second comment: "Be in nature every day. Move your body a lot. Remember and work with your dreams. Be playful. Have good sex. Infuse any little thing you do with a creative twist. Hang out with animals. Eat with your fingers. Sing regularly." And that's also my message for you, Scorpio, during this phase when it's so crucial for you to nurture your wildness. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): "Don't worry, even if things get heavy, we'll all float on." So sings Modest Mouse's vocalist Isaac Brock on the band's song "Float On." I recommend you try that approach yourself, Sagittarius. Things will no doubt get heavy in the coming days. But if you float on, the heaviness will be a good, rich, soulful heaviness. It'll be a purifying heaviness that purges any glib or shallow influences that are in your vicinity. It'll be a healing heaviness that gives you just the kind of graceful gravitas you will need.



CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): "What I look for in a friend is someone who's different from me," says science fiction novelist Samuel Delany. "The more different the person is, the more I'll learn from him. The more he'll come up with surprising takes on ideas and things and situations." What about you, Capricorn? What are the qualities in a friend that help you thrive? Now is a perfect time to take an inventory. I sense that although there are potential new allies wandering in your vicinity, they will actually become part of your life only if you adjust and update your attitudes about the influences you value most. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): At the turn of the 19th century, Russian laborers constructed thousands of miles of railroad tracks from the western part of the country eastward to Siberia. The hardest part of the job was blasting tunnels through the mountains that were in the way. I reckon you're at a comparable point in your work, Aquarius. It's time to smash gaping holes through obstacles. Don't scrimp or apologize. Clear the way for the future.


PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): The British rock band the Animals released their gritty, growly song "The House of the Rising Sun" in 1964. It reached the top of the pop music charts in the U.S., Canada, U.K., and Australia, and was a hit with critics. Rolling Stone magazine ultimately ranked it as the 122nd greatest song of all time. And yet it took the Animals just 15 minutes to record. They did it in one take. That's the kind of beginner's luck and spontaneous flow I foresee you having in the coming weeks, Pisces. What's the best way for you to channel all that soulful mojo?



[C4] Missoula Independent • February 26–March 5, 2015

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MONTANA FOURTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT COURT MISSOULA COUNTY Dept. No. 4 Cause No. DP-15-25 NOTICE TO CREDITORS IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF MARGARET L. VARNER a/k/a Peggy Varner, Deceased. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the undersigned has been appointed Personal Representative of the above�named Estate. All persons having claims against the said 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 RICHARD A. VARNER, the Personal Representative, return receipt requested, c/o Reely Law Firm, P.C., 3819 Stephens Avenue, Suite 201, Missoula, Montana 59801, or filed with the Clerk of the above-entitled Court. DATED this 10th day of February, 2015. /s/ Richard A. Varner, Personal Representative REELY LAW FIRM, P.C. 3819 Stephens Avenue, Suite 201 Missoula, Montana 59801 Attorneys for Personal Representative By: /s/ Shane N. Reely, Esq. MONTANA FOURTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT COURT, MISSOULA COUNTY Case No. DP-1520 Dept. No. 2 NOTICE TO CREDITORS In the Matter of the Estate of ROSINA DARIDA CROONENBERGHS, Deceased. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the undersigned have been appointed Personal Representatives of the above-named estate. All persons having claims against the decedent are required to present their claims within four months after the date of the first publication of this notice or said claims will be forever barred. Claims must either be mailed to the Personal Representatives, Alberta K. Kronen and Steven J. Croonenberghs, return receipt requested, at Tipp & Buley, P.C., PO Box 3778, Missoula, MT 59806 or filed with the Clerk of the above Court. DATED this 4th day of February, 2015 /s/ Alberta K. Kronen, Personal Representative /s/ Steven J. Croonenberghs, Personal Representative

having claims against the decedent are required to present their claims within four months after the date of the first publication of this notice or said claims will be forever barred. Claims must either be mailed to the Personal Representative, Lynette Joy Hill, return receipt requested, at Tipp & Buley, P.C., PO Box 3778, Missoula, MT 59806 or filed with the Clerk of the above Court. DATED this 28th day of January, 2015 /s/ Lynette Joy Hill, Personal Representative MONTANA FOURTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT COURT, MISSOULA COUNTY Cause No.: DV15-125 Dept. No.: 1 Notice of Hearing on Name Change In the Matter of the Name Change of Galen Sontag Henseler, Petitioner. This is notice that Petitioner has asked the District Court for a change of name from Galen Joseph Sontag Henseler to Galen Joseph Sontag Henseler. The hearing will be on 04/01/2015 at 1:30 p.m. The hearing will be at the Courthouse in Missoula County. Date: 2/19/2015. /s/ Shirley E. Faust, Clerk of District Court By: /s/ Michael Evjen, Deputy Clerk of Court MONTANA FOURTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT COURT, MISSOULA COUNTY Dept. No. 1 Pro-

MNAXLP bate No. DP-14-216 NOTICE TO CREDITORS IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF ROBERT P. HOLDEN, Deceased. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Kathleen L. Holden 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 said 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 West Spruce, Missoula, Montana 59802, or filed with the Clerk of the above Court. We declare under penalty of perjury under the laws of the State of Montana the foregoing is true and correct. Dated this 28th day of October. 2014. /s/ Kathleen L. Holden, Personal Representative /s/ Richard J. Samson, Attorney for Applicant MONTANA FOURTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT COURT, MISSOULA COUNTY Dept. No. 1 Probate No. DP-15-26 NOTICE TO CREDITORS IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF DOROTHY IRENE HEBERT, Deceased. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that

Valetta Hutcheson has been appointed Personal Representative of 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 West Spruce, Missoula, Montana 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 11th day of February. 2015. /s/ Valetta Hutcheson, Personal Representative of the Estate of Dorothy Irene Hebert /s/ Kevin S. Jones, Attorney for Personal Representative MONTANA FOURTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT COURT, MISSOULA COUNTY Dept. No. 2 Cause No. DV-15-72 SUMMONS FOR PUBLICATION. TREASURE STATE BANK, Plaintiff, v. LEONARD L. KNAPP, JOSEPH THERRIAULT, AND ALL UNKNOWN OWNERS, UNKNOWN HEIRS, OR ANY UNKNOWN DEVISEES OF ANY DECEASED PER-

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JONESIN’ C r o s s w o r d s "O No!"--prepare for an abrupt ending.

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1 Fashionable resort 4 2001 biopic 7 Mishmash 14 Neighbor of Isr. 15 Part of 31-Across 16 High-flying competition 17 "AOL's line was 'You've Got Mail'," for example? 19 Artless one 20 Unloading site 21 Time 23 Irish playwright O'Casey 24 "The Best of the Alternative Press" magazine, familiarly 25 Music show all about the sun? 29 "Crazy" singer Cline 31 It's north of LAX 32 Pitched 33 Animation collectible 35 "Take on Me" group 37 "Much ___ About Nothing" 38 Money stashed away for big-time sport fishermen? 42 Mr. Ripken 44 Ronnie James band 45 Most common word 46 Accumulate 49 Org. that publishes health studies 51 Cartoon cat 55 Result of losing equipment during Woodland Frisbee? 58 Penalize 59 One of Clair Huxtable's sons 60 Medical specialty prefix 61 Kinks hit 62 City in the desert 65 Cookie Monster's attempt at concealing his excessive munching? 67 Half of football or basketball 68 Cremains holder 69 Night before 70 Loud fights in public places 71 Stephen of "V for Vendetta" 72 Guitarist ___ Paul Last week’s solution

DOWN 1 Faux pas 2 Pumpkin seed snack 3 Not there 4 Simile center 5 Shoe strings 6 Song starts 7 Moo goo ___ pan 8 Laundry soap brand of old 9 Silver, on a coat of arms 10 Security lapse 11 Thin promo on a website 12 Prefix for pressure 13 "Whaddaya know!" 18 Grapefruit-flavored drink 22 Italian sports car 26 Pacific Coast salmon 27 Herring color 28 Afternoon hour 30 Ouija board reply 34 "Dropped" substance 36 Rearward, at sea 38 Words after "3...2...1..." 39 Late chanteuse Edith 40 "Weird Al" Yankovic movie about TV 41 Turntable need 42 No gentleman 43 Montreal mate 47 Paul of "Fresh Off the Boat" 48 Crayola's "burnt" color 50 Garfield's successor 52 Mr. Richie 53 Swooning 54 ESPN event 56 Boisterous 57 Bete ___ (nemesis) 62 Handheld device 63 Mag mogul 64 Simple signatures 66 Tiny strands ©2015 Jonesin’ Crosswords

PUBLIC NOTICES SON, 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 THERETO, WHETHER SUCH CLAIM OR POSSIBLE CLAIM BE PRESENT OR CONTINGENT, Defendants. THE STATE OF MONTANA TO THE ABOVE-NAMED DEFENDANTS, GREETINGS: You are hereby SUMMONED to answer the Complaint to Quiet Title in this Action which is filed with the above-named Court, a copy of which is served upon you, and to file your written answer with the Court and serve a copy thereof upon Petitioner’s attorney within twenty-one (21) days after service of the SUMMONS FOR PUBLICATION, or such other period as may be specified by law, exclusive of the day of service. Your failure to appear or answer will result in judgment against you by default for the relief demanded in the Complaint. A filing fee must accompany the answer. This action is brought for the purpose of quieting title the following-described real property located in Missoula County, Montana: A tract of land in Lots 1 and 2 of Block 3 of the Townsite of Frenchtown, in the NE1/4SE1/4 of Section 34, Township 15 North, Range 21 West, M.P.M., Missoula County, Montana, more particularly described as follows: A strip of land 30 feet wide on the southerly side and all that land in said Lots 1 and 2 lying north of the following described center line: Beginning at a point on the westerly line of said Lot 2, which said point bears northerly along said westerly line a distance of 51.6 feet, more or less, from the southwest corner of said Lot 2; thence from the said point of beginning along a curve to the right of 955.0 feet radius, 71.6 feet to a point on the easterly line of said Lot 1, which said point bears northerly along said easterly line a distance of 66.7 feet, more or less, from the southeast corner of said Lot 1, and containing in all 0.10 acres, more or less. Dated this 11th day of February, 2015. /s/ Shirley E. Faust, By: /s/ Casie Kragh, Deputy Clerk MONTANA FOURTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT COURT, MISSOULA COUNTY Dept. No. 2 Pro-

[C6] Missoula Independent • February 26–March 5, 2015

bate No. DP-14-261 NOTICE TO CREDITORS IN RE THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF: PHILIP WAYNE ZIEG, Deceased. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the undersigned has been appointed Personal Representative of the above-named estate. All persons having claims against the decedent are required to present their claims within four (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 Katherine Kleinkopf, the Personal Representative, return receipt requested in care of Trent N. Baker of the law firm Datsopoulos, MacDonald & Lind, P.C., 201 W. Main, Suite 201, Missoula, Montana 59802, or filed with the Clerk of the above Court. DATED this 26th day of January, 2015. /s/ Katherine G. Kleinkopf Personal Representative 3010 Spurgin Road Missoula, MT 59804 MONTANA FOURTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT COURT, MISSOULA COUNTY Dept. No. 2 Probate No. DP-15-19 NOTICE OF HEARING OF PETITION FOR FINAL ACCOUNT AND FOR SETTLEMENT AND DISTRIBUTION OF THE TRUST IN THE MATTER OF SUPROCK TRUST, NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Lorraine Curtis by and through her counsel of record has filed in the above Court and cause a Petition for Final Account and for Settlement and Distribution of the Trust. For further information, the Petition, as filed, may be examined in the office of the clerk of the above Court. Hearing upon said Petition will be held in said Court at the courtroom in the courthouse at Missoula, Montana, on the 3rd day of March, 2015, at the hour of 11:00 o’clock a.m., at which time all interested persons may appear and object. Dated this 3rd day of February, 2015. BOONE KARLBERG P.C. By: /s/ Julie R. Sirrs P. O. Box 9199 Missoula, Montana 59807 Attorneys for Lorraine Curtis MONTANA FOURTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT COURT, MISSOULA COUNTY Dept. No. 2 Probate No. DP-15-29 NOTICE TO CREDITORS IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF ANN MARIE CARTER, Deceased. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Gary E. Carter has been appointed Personal Representative of 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 said 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 West Spruce, Missoula, Montana 59802, or filed with the Clerk of the above Court. We declare under penalty of perjury under the laws of the State of Montana the foregoing is true and correct. Dated this 17th day of February, 2015. /s/ Gary E. Carter, Personal Representative of the Estate of Ann Marie Carter /s/ Kevin S. Jones, Attorney for Personal Representative MONTANA FOURTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT COURT, MISSOULA COUNTY Dept. No. 3 Probate No. DP-14-259 NOTICE TO CREDITORS IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF HELEN KOZLOWSKI, 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 Carol Coats, 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 aboveentitled 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 5th day of February, 2015, at Missoula, Montana. /s/ Carol Coats BOONE KARLBERG P.C. By: /s/ Julie R. Sirrs, Esq. P. O. Box 9199 Missoula, Montana 59807 Attorneys for Carol Coats, Personal Representative MONTANA FOURTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT COURT, MISSOULA COUNTY Dept. No. 4 Cause No. DP-15-24 NOTICE TO CREDITORS IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF ANN M. FANDRY, 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 be mailed to Paul A Halttunen, the Personal Representative,

return receipt requested, c/o J. Tiffin Hall, Attorney at Law, 124 Riverside Drive, Suite 101, Eureka, Montana 59917 and filed with the Clerk of the above Court. DATED this 11th day of February, 2015. /s/ Paul A. Halttunen, Personal Representative MONTANA FOURTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT COURT, MISSOULA COUNTY Dept. No. 4 Cause No. DV-15-44 NOTICE OF PENDING NAME CHANGE IN THE MATTER OF THE PETITION FOR CHANGE OF NAME OF: BONITA GAIL GRIFFIN BISHOP, Petitioner. TO ALL PERSONS INTERESTED HEREIN: PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that a Petition for Name Change of BONITA GAIL GRIFFIN BISHOP to obtain an order of this Court granting leave to assume the name of GAIL GRIFFIN BISHOP, will be presented to the above-entitled Court, at the Missoula County Courthouse at Missoula, Montana, on Tuesday the 24th day of March, 2015 at 1:30 p.m., or as soon thereafter as counsel can be heard, and that at such time, application will be made for the relief sought in the said Petition. DATED this 26th day of January, 2015. WELLS & MCKITTRICK, P.C. By: /s/ JAMIE J. McKITTRICK, Attorneys for Petitioner MONTANA FOURTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT COURT, MISSOULA COUNTY Probate No. DP14-252 Dept. No. 4 NOTICE TO CREDITORS IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF STEVEN WILLIAM BENZSCHAWEL, 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 PATRICIA MAE DeFOE, 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 abovenamed Court. DATED this 3rd day of February, 2015. /s/ Patricia Mae DeFoe, Personal Representative NOTICE ANDREA FARLEY The State of Tennessee, Department of Children’s Services, has filed a Petition against you seeking a finding of dependency and neglect in regards to your child, Chloe

Cantrell. It appears that ordinary process of law cannot be served upon you because your whereabouts are unknown. Your are hereby ORDERED to serve upon Stacye Choate, Attorney for the Tennessee Department of Children Services, 600 Hearthwood Court, Cookeville, Tennessee 38506, (931) 646-3012, an Answer to the Petition filed by the Tennessee Department of Children Services, within thirty (30) days of the last day of publication of this notice, and pursuant to Role 39(e)(1) of the Tenn. R. Juv. P. you must also appear in the Juvenile Court of Dekalb County, Tennessee at Smithville, Tennessee on the 8th day of April, 2015, at 8:00 A.M. for the Adjudicatory Hearing on the Petition by the State of Tennessee, Department of Children’s Services. If you fail to do so, a default judgment will be taken against you pursuant to Tenn. Code Ann. § 36-1-117(n) and Rule 55 of the Tenn. R. of Civ. P. for the relief demanded in the Petition. You may review and obtain a copy of the Petition and any other subsequently filed legal documents at the Dekalb Court Clerk’s Office, Smithville, Tennessee. NOTICE OF SALE UNDER DEED OF TRUST Deed of Trust: Dated August 9, 2005 Grantor: Rebecca E. Titus (Married) 658 Utah Avenue, Missoula, MT 59802 Original Trustee: David R. Chisholm 175 N. 27th Street, Suite 1400, Billings, MT 59101-2048 Original Beneficiary: Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc. as nominee and limited agent for U.S. Bank N.A. and its successors and assigns P.O. Box 2026, Flint, MI 485012026 Current Beneficiary: U.S. Bank National Association, 4801 Frederica Street, Owensboro, KY 42301 Successor Trustee: Scott W. Farago, Garlington, Lohn & Robinson, PLLP, P.O. Box 7909, Missoula, MT 598077909 Date & Place of Recordation: Original recorded August 16, 2005 under Document No. 200521182, records of the Clerk & Recorder of Missoula County, Missoula, Montana. The undersigned hereby gives notice that on the 13th day of May, 2015, at the hour of 1:00 p.m. at the front steps of the Missoula County Courthouse, 200 West Broadway, Missoula, Montana, SCOTT W. FARAGO, as Successor Trustee under the above-described instrument, in order to satisfy the obligation set forth below, has elected to and will sell at public auction to the highest bidder, for cash, lawful money of the United States of America, payable at the time of sale to the Successor Trustee, the in-

PUBLIC NOTICES terest of the above-named Trustee, Successor Trustee and Grantor, and all of her successors and assigns, without warrant or covenant, express of implied, as to title or possession, in the following described real property. LOT 9 IN BLOCK 2 OF EAST MISSOULA ADDITION, A PLATTED SUBDIVISION IN MISSOULA COUNTY, MONTANA, ACCORDING TO THE OFFICIAL RECORDED PLAT THEREOF, AND DESCRIBED AS LOT 9 OF CERTIFICATE OF SURVEY NO. 5373. The defaults for which this foreclosure is made are the failure of the above-named Grantor, and all of her successors and assigns, to pay when due the monthly payments provided for in the Note in the amount of Seven Hundred Eight and 60/100 Dollars ($708.60) for the months of November 1, 2011 through January 2, 2015; together with interest which continues to accrue at the rate of 5.5 percent (5.5%) per annum; together with the escrow balance of Seven Thousand Three Hundred Fifteen and 91/100 ($7,315.91). The sum owing on the obligation secured by the Deed of Trust is the principal balance of One Hundred Twelve Thousand Nine Hundred Eighty Nine and 05/100 Dollars ($112,989.05), plus interest thereon at the rate of 5.5% from and after the months of October 1, 2011 to January 2, 2015, in the amount of Twenty Thousand Two Hundred Thirteen and 96/100 Dollars ($20,213.96), plus per diem interest thereafter at the rate as provided in the Note, plus all costs, expenses, attorney’s and trustee’s fees as provided by law. DATED this 15 day of December, 2014. /s/ Scott W. Farago, Successor Trustee, Garlington, Lohn & Robinson, PLLP, PO Box 7909, Missoula, MT 59807-7909 STATE OF MONTANA):ss County of Missoula) This instrument was acknowledged before me on the 15th day of December, 2014 by SCOTT W. FARAGO, Successor Trustee /s/ Joan D. Edmunds, Notary Public for the State of Montana Residing at Missoula, MT My Commission Expires September 01, 2016 February 19, February 26, March 5, 2015 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE Reference is hereby made to that certain trust indenture/deed of trust (“Deed of Trust”) dated 06/09/09, recorded as Instrument No. 200914294 Bk 841 Pg 734, mortgage records of MISSOULA County, Montana in which David M Felker and Daphne J Felker, husband and wife was Grantor, Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. was Beneficiary and Alliance Title &

Escrow Corp. was Trustee. First American Title Insurance Company has succeeded Alliance Title & Escrow Corp. as Successor Trustee. The Deed of Trust encumbers real property (“Property”) located in MISSOULA County, Montana, more particularly described as follows: Lot 2 in Block 3 of Spring Hills Addition, a Platted Subdivision in Missoula County, Montana, according to the Official Recorded Plat thereof. 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 09/01/14 installment payment and all monthly installment payments due thereafter. As of January 9, 2015, the amount necessary to fully satisfy the Loan was $215,906.31. This amount includes the outstanding principal balance of $208,777.03, 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 May 21, 2015 at 11:00 AM, Mountain Time. The sale is a public sale and any person, including Beneficiary and excepting only Successor Trustee, may bid at the sale. The bid price must be paid immediately upon the close of bidding at the sale location in cash or cash equivalents (valid money orders, certified checks or cashier’s checks). The conveyance will be made by trustee’s deed without any representation or warranty, express or implied, as the sale is made strictly on an as-is, where-is basis. Grantor, successor in interest to Grantor or any other person having an interest in the Property may, at any time prior to the trustee’s sale, pay to Beneficiary the entire amount then due on the Loan (including foreclosure costs and expenses actually incurred and trustee’s and attorney’s fees) other than such portion of the principal as would not

MNAXLP then be due had no default occurred. Tender of these sums shall effect a cure of the defaults stated above (if all non-monetary defaults are also cured) and shall result in Trustee’s termination of the foreclosure and cancellation of the foreclosure sale. The trustee’s rules of auction may be accessed at www.northwesttrustee.com and are incorporated by the reference. You may also access sale status at www.Northwesttrustee.com or USA-Foreclosure.com. (TS# 7023.112643) 1002.277068File No. NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE TO BE SOLD FOR CASH AT TRUSTEE’S SALE on April 13, 2015, at 11:00 o’clock A.M. at the Main Door of the Missoula County Courthouse located at 200 West Broadway in Missoula, MT 59802, the following described real property situated in Missoula County, Montana: Tract 3A3 of Certificate of Survey No. 1909, being a portion of Tract 3A of Certificate of Survey No. 1743, located in the Northeast quarter of Section 3, Township 11 North, Range 20 West, P.M.M., Missoula County, Montana. TOGETHER WITH a 60 foot private roadway easement for ingress and egress as shown on Certificate of Survey Nos. 1369, 1743 and 1909. Orion A Heath aka Orion Allen Heath, as Grantor(s), conveyed said real property to Stewart Title of Missoula County, Inc, as Trustee, to secure an obligation owed to World Alliance Financial Corp., as Beneficiary, by Deed of Trust dated on March 10, 2009 and recorded on March 16., 2009 Book 835 Page 611 as Document No. 200905777. The beneficial interest is currently held by Bank of America, N.A.. First American Title Company of Montana, Inc., is the Successor Trustee pursuant to a Substitution of Trustee recorded in the office of the Clerk and Recorder of Missoula County, Montana. The beneficiary has declared a default in the terms of said Deed of Trust by vacating the property on March 23, 2012. The total amount due on this obligation as of October 31, 2014 is $280,056.72 principal, interest at the rate of 5.830% now totaling $1,360.61 and other fees and expenses advanced of $13,836.53, plus accruing interest at the rate of $51.20 per diem, late charges, and other costs and fees that may be advanced. The Beneficiary anticipates and may disburse such amounts as may be required to preserve and protect the property and for real property taxes that may become due or delinquent, unless such amounts of taxes are paid by the Grantors. If such

amounts are paid by the Beneficiary, the amounts or taxes will be added to the obligations secured by the Deed of Trust. Other expenses to be charged against the proceeds of this sale include the Trustee’s fees and attorney’s fees, costs and expenses of the sale and late charges, if any. Beneficiary has elected, and has directed the Trustee to sell the above described property to satisfy the obligation. The sale is a public sale and any person, including the beneficiary, excepting only the Trustee, may bid at the sale. The bid price must be paid immediately upon the close of bidding in cash or cash equivalents (valid money orders, certified checks or cashier’s checks). The conveyance will be made by Trustee’s Deed without any representation or warranty, 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, at any time prior to the trustee’s sale, may pay to the beneficiary or the successor in interest to the beneficiary the entire amount then due under the deed of trust and the obligation secured thereby (including costs and expenses actually incurred and attorney’s fees) other than such portion of the principal as would not then be due had no default occurred and thereby cure the default. The scheduled Trustee’s Sale may be postponed by public proclamation up to 15 days for any reason, and in the event of a bankruptcy filing, the sale may be postponed by the trustee for up to 120 days by public proclamation at least every 30 days. THIS IS AN ATTEMPT TO COLLECT A DEBT. ANY INF O R M A T I O N OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE. Dated: December 3, 2014 /s/ Dalia Martinez Assistant Secretary, First American Title Company of Montana, Inc. Successor Trustee Title Financial Specialty Services PO Box 339 Blackfoot ID 83221 STATE OF Idaho )) ss. County of Bingham) On this 3rd day of December, 2014, before me, a notary public in and for said County and State, personally appeared Dalia Martinez, known to me to be the Assistant Secretary of First American Title Company of Montana, Inc., Successor Trustee, known to me to be

the person whose name is subscribed to the foregoing instrument and acknowledged to me that she executed the same. /s/ Lisa J Tornabene Notary Public Bingham County, Idaho Commission expires: 11/6/2018 Reverse Mortgage V Heath 42083.005 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE TO BE SOLD FOR CASH AT TRUSTEE’S SALE on April 24, 2015, at 11:00 o’clock A.M. at the Main Door of the Missoula County Courthouse located at 200 West Broadway in Missoula, MT 59802, the following described real property situated in Missoula County, Montana: TRACT A OF CERTIFICATE OF SURVEY NO. 3272, LOCATED IN THE NORTHWEST ONEQUARTER OF SECTION 12, TOWNSHIP 12 NORTH, RANGE 18 WEST, P.M.M., MISSOULA COUNTY, MONTANA Rick D. Lloyd, as Grantor(s), conveyed said real property to Title Services, Inc., as Trustee, to secure an obligation owed to Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc., as Beneficiary, by Deed of Trust dated June 30, 2006 and recorded July 6, 2006 in Book 778, Page 536 under Document No. 200616476. The beneficial interest is currently held by U.S. Bank National Association, as Trustee, successor in interest to Bank of America, National Association, as Trustee, successor by merger to LaSalle Bank National Association, as Trustee for Washington Mutual Mortgage Pass-Through Certificates WMALT Series 2006-8 Trust. First American Title Company of Montana, Inc., is the Successor Trustee pursuant to a Substitution of Trustee recorded in the office of the Clerk and Recorder of Missoula County, Montana. The beneficiary has declared a default in the terms of said Deed of Trust by failing to make the monthly payments due in the amount of $1,179.32, beginning December 1, 2010, and each month subsequent, which monthly installments would have been applied on the principal and interest due on said obligation and other charges against the property or loan. The total amount due on this obligation as of December 08, 2014 is $243,927.52 principal, interest at the rate of 5.00% totaling $50,068.96, late charges in the amount of $353.82, escrow advances of $16,408.81, and other fees and expenses advanced of $5,682.68, plus accruing interest at the rate of $33.41 per diem, late charges, and other costs and fees that may be advanced. The Beneficiary anticipates and may disburse such

amounts as may be required to preserve and protect the property and for real property taxes that may become due or delinquent, unless such amounts of taxes are paid by the Grantors. If such amounts are paid by the Beneficiary, the amounts or taxes will be added to the obligations secured by the Deed of Trust. Other expenses to be charged against the proceeds of this sale include the Trustee’s fees and attorney’s fees, costs and expenses of the sale and late charges, if any. Beneficiary has elected, and has directed the Trustee to sell the above described property to satisfy the obligation. The sale is a public sale and any person, including the beneficiary, excepting only the Trustee, may bid at the sale. The bid price must be paid immediately upon the close of bidding in cash or cash equivalents (valid money orders, certified checks or cashier’s checks). The conveyance will be made by Trustee’s Deed without any representation or warranty, 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, at any time prior to the trustee’s sale, may pay to the beneficiary or the successor in interest to the beneficiary the entire amount then due under the deed of trust and the obligation secured thereby (including costs and expenses actually incurred and attorney’s fees) other than such portion of the principal as would not then be due had no default occurred and thereby cure the default. The scheduled Trustee’s Sale may be postponed by public proclamation up to 15 days for any reason, and in the event of a bankruptcy filing, the sale may be postponed by the trustee for up to 120 days by public proclamation at least every 30 days. THIS IS AN ATTEMPT TO COLLECT A DEBT. ANY INF O R M A T I O N OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE. Dated: December 16, 2014 /s/ Dalia Martinez Assistant Secretary, First American Title Company of Montana, Inc. Successor Trustee Title Financial Specialty Services PO Box 339 Blackfoot ID 83221 STATE OF Idaho)) ss. County of Bingham ) On this 16th day of December, 2014 before me, a notary public in and for

said County and State, personally appeared Dalia Martinez, known to me to be the Assistant Secretary of First American Title Company of Montana, Inc., Successor Trustee, known to me to be the person whose name is subscribed to the foregoing instrument and acknowledged to me that she executed the same. /s/ Lisa J Tornabene Notary Public Bingham County, Idaho Commission expires: 11/6/2018 Chase Vs. Lloyd 41916.681


will auction to the highest bidder abandoned storage units owing delinquent storage rent for the following unit(s): 95, 148, 190, 201,248. 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 starting3/16/2015 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 3/19/2015 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.

MURPHY STREET STORAGE will auction to the highest bidder abandoned storage units owing delinquent storage rent for the following units (unit number followed by rent owed, late fees and auction fees): 20 ($2599), 27 ($1609), 41 ($1319), 52 ($959.00), 61 (($690), 74 ($1131.00), 80 ($1906), 89 ($1702), 100 ($1412), 112 ($2104), 113 ($2570), 117 ($1827), 132 ($2188), 136 ($596), 143 ($1450). Units contain personal items. Auction to take place at Murphy Street Storage, 2504 Murphy Street, Missoula, Sunday, 3/22/2015 at 2:00 p.m. Cash or money orders only.

EAGLE SELF STORAGE will auction to the highest bidder abandoned storage units owing delinquent storage rent for the following units: 129, 198, 236, 301, 456, 485, 497 & 510. 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 March 2, 2015. 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 Thursday March 5, 2015 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.

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These pets may be adopted at Missoula Animal Control 541-7387 RUSTY• Rusty is a 7-year-old male Chow Chow mix. He is truly the nicest Chow you will ever meet. Rusty is great with dogs of all sizes and walks very nicely on a leash. His activity needs are moderate, and would do well in a less active home with older kids. Rusty is really a striking creature to behold and frequently steals the show in the kennel.

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BUTTERCUP•Buttercup is a 3-year-old female Border Collie mix. She is incredibly sweet and loves to lean next to you and soak up lots of attention. You will never feel lonely with Buttercup in your home. This happy little girl is always looking to please.

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ROO•Roo is a 2-year-old male brindle German Shepherd mix. He is young and has a great deal of energy which would make an active family his perfect home. South Reserve Street, Missoula, Montana, 59801 Roo loves to play fetch and knows how to 2330 Lobby: 9:00am-5:00pm (Mon-Fri) • Drive-thru: 7:30am-6:00pm (Mon-Fri) sit before going through a door. He will need an owner who is willing to invest the 3708 North Reserve Street, Missoula, Montana, 59808 Lobby: 9:00am-5:00pm (Mon-Fri) time to train and exercise to keep him bal- Drive-thru: 7:30am-6:00pm (Mon-Fri) • Drive-thru: 9:00am-12:00pm (Sat) anced.

BIG RED•Big Red is a senior male cat. This older guy is a true lap cat and loves to be brushed. Big Red originally came to the shelter after being treated for a gun shot wound in his right side. Now he is all healed and looking for a retirement home. Big Red is great with other cats, and wouldn't mind a dog sniffing him, but probably wouldn't appreciate being pestered one.

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RABBIT•Rabbit is an 8-year-old male black Domestic Short Hair. He loves to sit in laps and be brushed. Rabbit is terrified of other cats and spends most of his days at the shelter hiding in his kennel or in a corner. This gentle man deserves a home where he isn't surrounded by other animals. Only then will he ever come out of his shell.

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SOPHIE• Sophie is a 7-10 year-old female Calico/Tabby. She is currently our longest-term resident at the shelter, having been here for 113 days. Sophie has not adjusted to shelter life very well and has come to view her little cage as her only solace. She has the most pathetic meow that will tug at your heart strings.

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These pets may be adopted at the Humane Society of Western Montana 549-3934 TED• Ted is a gentleman who loves to tell you about his adventures. He enjoys getting pets and rubs and will certainly meow his thanks in return! Originally a stray, Ted is looking for his forever home where he can have long conversations, get lots of ear scratches and have plenty of windows to look out of. Come let Ted melt your heart today!

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SOPHIE• Sophie is an active, playful girl who loves to play fetch and explore the outdoors. She is a very smart girl and already knows a few commands, but she would love to attend a Basic Manners training class with her new adopters to learn even more! If you are looking for an eager companion to share in your Montana adventures, come meet Sophie today.

SIERRA•Sierra is a beautiful lady who can be a bit shy at first. She prefers to investigate people during a quiet moment when the spotlight isn't on her. She has proved to be loving and enjoys cheek scratches and ear rubs. Sierra is looking for a quiet home to help her gain confidence so she can bloom into the star we know she is!

BENJAMIN•Meet Benjamin! Looking for a smart, quirky cat who will never cease to entertain you? Then Benjamin's your guy! He is a whiz with interactive food toys and will make you smile as he serenades you with his lovely voice. Benjamin has been at the shelter for over a year now (currently our longest resident) and it's his turn to finally find his furrever home.

MARGOT• Margot is a spunky girl who really is the Life of the Party! Margot enjoys going on hikes and playing tug, but fetch is truly the way to this girl's heart. Margot participates in our volunteer Paws Ahead training program and her adoption comes with a free private lesson with our Certified Professional Dog Trainer.

MONTE• Meet Monte!

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Monte is a big, goofy guy who is definitely still a puppy despite his size. He is very playful and has experience living with dogs and cats. Monte is crate-trained and loves his peanut butter-filled Kong toy. He knows how to sit and would love to attend a Basic Manners training class with his adopter to learn more. Stop by to meet Monte today!

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RENTALS APARTMENTS 1 bedroom, 1 bath, $525-$625, New Complex, DW, A/C, coinop laundry, storage, off-street parking, W/S/G paid. No Pets, No Smoking. GATEWEST 7287333 1 bedroom, 1 bath, $525. Downtown, coin-op laundry, carport, off-street parking, W/S/G paid. No Pets, No Smoking. GATEWEST 728-7333 1 bedroom, 1 bath, $675, newer complex, near Broadway & Russell, DW, A/C, coin-op laundry, storage, off-street parking, W/S/G paid. No Pets, No Smoking. GATEWEST 728-7333 1-2 bedroom, 1 bath, $575$650, N. Russell, coin-op laundry, storage, off-street parking, H/W/S/G paid. No Pets, No Smoking. GATEWEST 728-7333 1-2 bedroom, 1 bath, $600$705, quite cul-de-sac, near Good Food Store, DW, coin-op laundry, off-street parking, H/W/S/G paid. No Pets, No Smoking. GATEWEST 728-7333 1024 Stephens #5. 2 bed/1 bath, central location, DW, coinops, cat? $700. Grizzly Property Management 542-2060 1115 Rollins: 2 Bedroom, Slant Street, Large, Yard, Hook-ups, Heat paid! $725. Garden City Property Management 5496106 1 year Costco membership & $200 gift card. 1213 Cleveland St. “D”. 1 bed/1 bath, HEAT PAID, central location, shared W/D, pet? $600. Grizzly Property Management 542-2060


EQUAL HOUSING OPPORTUNITY 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

1237 Kensington: Newer Studio, Full kitchen & bath, Dishwasher, Laundry, Heat paid! $640. Garden City Property Management 549-6106 1 year Costco membership & $100 gift card. 1315 E. Broadway #3. 1 bed/1.5 bath, near University, coin-ops, carport, pet? $700. Grizzly Property Management 542-2060 1315 E. Broadway #6. 2 bed/1.5 bath, close to U, coinops, pet? $800. Grizzly Property Management 542-2060 1914 S. 14th St. W. “C”. Studio/1 bath, newer, W/D included, central location. $575. Grizzly Property Management 542-2060 1939 S. 3rd St. W.: 1 Bedroom, Stacking washer & dryer, *FREE DIRECTV*, Microwave, $595. Garden City Property Management 549-6106 1 year Costco membership & $100 gift card. 2 bedroom, 1 bath, $875-$895, 2 Weeks FREE w/6 Month Lease, Brand New 6-Plex, DW, A/C, large closets, patio/balcony, storage, off-street parking,

W/S/G paid. No Pets, No Smoking. GATEWEST 728-7333 2306 Hillview Ct. #1. 2 bed/1 bath, South Hills, W/D hookups, shared yard, storage. $600. Grizzly Property Management 542-2060 2329 Fairview #1. 2 bed/1 bath, shared yard, close to shopping. $650. Grizzly Property Management 542-2060 2345 S. 3rd St. W.: 2 Bedroom, Hook-ups, Dishwasher, Microwave, Near Reserve, $725. Garden City Property Management 549-6106 1 year Costco membership & $200 gift card. 720 Turner St. “B” 3 bed/1.5 bath Northside, pet? $900 Grizzly Property Management 5422060


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RENTALS Are you a first time renter and not sure how to pick the right property choose a NARPM professional property manager. Our members have a code of ethics that require managers to educate our tenants on fair housing laws. westernmontana.narpm.org Got vacancy? Contact a NARPM member and see how you can put their expertise, education and commitment to work for you. westernmontana.narpm.org Looking for the right property and not sure which one to choose? Choose a NARPM professional property manager. NARPM members have a duty to protect the public against fraud, misrepresentation, unethical practices in property management. You can feel safe knowing you are protected by a NARPM member. western montana.narpm.org NOW LEASING! Mullan Reserve Apartments Rugged yet refined. Secluded yet convenient. Luxurious yet sustainable. Call for a free tour. 543-0060. 4000 Mullan Road. mullanreserveapartments.com River Ridge is a lovely, active community dedicated for seniors only (residents must be 55+ to qualify). This apartment complex has a mix of 1 & 2 bedrooms apartments over 3 floors. Thoughtful floor plans, radiant heat flooring and all utilities paid help make this is comfortable and welcoming place to call home. There is a large community room with a fireplace, a library, card/puzzle room, and a billiards room. 2 elevators serve the building, there is a laundry room on each floor and garages are available for an additional fee. 1 bedrooms $625, security

REAL ESTATE deposit $550 and 2 bedrooms $725, security deposit $650. Please contact Property Manager Colin Woodrow at 406-549-4113 x131 cwoodrow@missoulahousing.org to schedule a tour.” Tenants from hell? Contact a NARPM member and see how we can restore your sanity. westernmontana.narpm.org

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1717 13th St. “B”. 3 bed/1 bath triplex, central location, W/D hookups, shared yard. $1000. Grizzly Property Management 542-2060

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The Palace Apartments, located at 149 W. Broadway, is now leasing studio’s, 1 bedroom & 2 bedroom units! This is an income qualifying property, with rents from $405-$707 monthly. H/W/S/G/ all paid, electric is tenant responsibility. Parking must be acquired thru the Missoula Parking Commission. The Palace boasts a central downtown location, with 2 elevators and a secure building. Please call Matty Reed, Property Manager, at 406.549.4113 x130 for details!

2318 55th Street #2. 2 bed/1 bath, South Hills location.


30 years in Call for Current Listings & Services Missoula Email: gatewest@montana.com

Lolo RV Park Spaces available to rent. W/S/G/Electric in-


10955 Cedar Ridge. Loft bedroom, 1 bath on 20+ acres with guest house & sauna near Blue Mountain Recreation Area.

1511 Van Buren. 3 bed, 1 bath in lower Rattlesnake. Hardwood floors, coved ceilings & basement. Mt. Jumbo views. $229,900. Anne Jablonski, Por-

7000 Uncle Robert Ln #7

The Missoula Housing Authority complies with the Fair Housing Act and offers Reasonable Accommodations to persons with Disabilities.

1235 34th St. • Missoula (406) 549-4113 missoulahousing.org

1633 South 4th West. 1920’s era 4 bed, 2 bath with fenced yard, patio and many new upgrades. $299,900. Pat McCormick, Properties 2000. 2 4 0 - 7 6 5 3 pat@properties2000.com

2227 West Kent. 2 bed, 1 bath with unfinished basement and small fenced yard. Central location. $138,000. Rochelle Glasgow, Prudential Missoula 728-8270 glasgow@ montana.com 3 Bdr, 2 Bath, Central Missoula home. $275,000. Prudential Montana. For more info call Mindy Palmer @ 239-6696, or visit www.mindypalmer.com 3 Bdr, 2 Bath, East Missoula home. $225,000. Prudential Montana. For more info call Mindy Palmer @ 239-6696, or visit www.mindypalmer.com 3 Bdr, 2 Bath, East Missoula home. $249,000. Prudential Montana. For more info call Mindy Palmer @ 239-6696, or visit www.mindypalmer.com

All properties are part of the Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) program.


tico Real Estate 546-581. annierealtor@gmail.com

2 Bdr, 2 Bath, Rose Park Home with commercial space. $265,000. Prudential Montana. For more info call Mindy Palmer @ 239-6696, or visit www.mindypalmer.com

MHA Management manages 7 properties throughout Missoula.



$299,900. Shannon Hilliard, Prudential Missoula 239-8350. shannon@prudentialmissoula.com

No Initial Application Fee Residential Rentals Professional Office & Retail Leasing


Uncle Robert Lane 2 Bed Apt. $675/month


2227 West Kent $138,000

3010 West Central. 5 acres in Target Range with 3 bed, 1 bath home. Borders DNRC land. $325,000. Pat McCormick, Properties 2000. 240-7653 pat@properties2000.com 3010 West Central. Five acres bordering DNRC in Target Range with 3 bed, 1 bath home. $325,000. Pat McCormick, Properties 2000. 240-7653 pat@properties2000.com 4 Bdr, 2 Bath, University District home. $439,000. Prudential Montana. For more info call Mindy Palmer @ 239-6696, or visit... www.mindypalmer.com 4 Plex By The River 319/321 1st St. Dream location! 3-plex and alley house (2 efficiencies and 2 one bed units) behind Bernices ‘hood, River views and end of the street. Reduced $365,000. KD 240-5227 porticorealestate.com

Priced to sell! 2 bed, 1 bath ranch home in central location. Unfinished basement & small fenced yard. New roof in 2007. Newer bedroom windows. Needs some TLC. MLS #20150444 For location and more info, view these and other properties at:



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Are your housing needs changing? We can help you explore your options. Clark Fork Realty. 512 E. Broadway. (406) 728-2621. www.clarkforkrealty.com Buying or selling homes? Let me help you Find Your Way Home. Please contact me David Loewenwarter, Realtor, Prudential MT Real Estate 406-241-3221 LOEWENWARTER.COM Farviews Home 404 Westview. Three bedroom, 2 bath home in the desirable Farviews neighborhood for $265,000! Solar panels, views, great home. KD 240-5227. porticorealestate.com

REAL ESTATE Former MUD Site 633 Phillips - $150,000. Excellent opportunity to own a home at the former MUD demonstration site on the Northside. Many outbuildings and so many possibilities. KD 2405227 porticorealestate.com I’ll save you time and energy. Let me help you Find Your Way Home. I know Missoula and have lived here 30+ years. Please contact me David Loewenwarter, Realtor, Prudential MT Real Estate 406-241-3221 LOEWENWARTER.COM If you’ve been thinking of selling your home now is the time. The local inventory is relatively low and good houses are selling quickly. Please contact me David Loewenwarter, Realtor, Prudential MT Real Estate 406-241-3221 LOEWENWARTER.COM Interested in real estate? Successfully helping buyers and sellers. Please contact me David Loewenwarter, Realtor, Prudential MT Real Estate 406-241-3221 LOEWENWARTER.COM Orange Street Triplex 201 S Orange Street Triplex. Reduced $300,000. Location is awesome, near the river and downtown and river trails and bike trails and all sorts of conveniences. Two main floor units, one upper. Some hardwood floors and some upgrades and tons of character! KD 240-5227 porticorealestate.com Put my experience and dedication to work for you. JAY GETZ, Prudential Montana Real Estate. (406) 214-4016 • jay.getz@prumt.com • www.JayGetzMissoula.com Rattlesnake Farmhouse A friendly home with large garden in the middle Rattlesnake. 1145 Lolo Street. At corner of Gilbert and Lolo Streets. 3 bedroom, 2 bath, 10,200 sq. ft. lot [0.23 acres] Fruit trees. Access to town and trails. For sale by owners of 24 years. $279,000. Main and Second floors have 1,375 Sq. Ft. Unfinished basement 240 Sq.Ft. Parking off street. Fenced yard and garden. All SIDs paid including city sewer,sidewalk. Natural gas heat. Roof one year old. Taxes $2304.33 in 2014. Pictures on craigslist. 406-4371800 or masirr@yahoo.com South Hills Ranch Style 2615 Arcadia - $250,000. 3 bed/1 bath. Open floor plan, gorgeous updates including kitchen abd bath, backs to open space, large backyard. KD 2405227 porticorealestate.com

Sweet & Modern 949 Discovery. $225,000. 3 bed/2 bath energy-efficient home with a trail up Mt. Jumbo right out your door! No maintenance siding; low maintenance yard; super floor plan and kitchen, and lots of light. KD 240-5227 porticorealestate.com We’re not only here to sell real estate, we’re your full service senior home specialists. Clark Fork Realty. 512 E. Broadway. (406) 7282621. www.clarkforkrealty.com When considering a move please call Missoula native JAY GETZ, Prudential Montana Real Estate. (406) 214-4016 • j a y. g e t z @ p r u m t . c o m • www.JayGetzMissoula.com WHO CARES? We do, in good times & bad... Auto; SR-22; Renters; Homeowners. JT Zinn Insurance. 406-549-8201. 321 SW Higgins. Find us on Facebook.

CONDOS/ TOWNHOMES 425 West Kent. 2 bed, 2 bath with hardwood floors, arched doorways & built-ins. Patio & single garage. $260,000. Shannon Hilliard, Prudential Missoula 239-8350. shannon@prudentialmissoula.com 4801 Bordeaux. 2 bed, 2 bath with A/C & 2 car garage. $168,000. Rita Gray, LambrosERA Real Estate 532-9283. ritagray@lambrosera.com

bath top floor unit with lots of light. W/D, carport, storage & access to exercise room. $162,000. Anne Jablonski, Portico Real Estate 546-5816. annierealtor@gmail.com Uptown Flats #312. 1 bed, 1 bath modern condo on Missoula’s Northside. $151,900. Anne Jablonski, Portico Real Estate 546-5816. annierealtor@gmail.com Uptown Flats. Upscale gated community near downtown. All SS appliances, carport, storage and access to community room and exercise room plus more. Anne Jablonski, Portico Real Estate 546-5816. annierealtor@gmail.com www.movemontana.com Why Rent? Own Your Own 1400 Burns #10. Designed with energy efficiency, comfort and affordability in mind. Next to Burns Street Bistro and Missoula Community Co-op. 2 bedroom unit for $119,000. KD 240-5227 porticorealestate.com


Cabinets, Glamour Bath & Much More. 16 x 80 Singlewides Tape & Texture Throughout & Oak Cabinets starting at $45,900. Elite Homes - Call Troy at 406-696-6282 OR Jason at 406-855-2279

LAND FOR SALE 1625 Lot 12A Cote Lane. Level 1 acre with fantastic views. Mary Louise Zapp-Knapp, Lambros ERA Real Estate 532-9296. mlzappknapp@lambrosera.com Lot 33 Old Mill Loop, St. Regis. 1.02 acre with 150’ of Clark Fork River Frontage. Mary Louise Zapp-Knapp, Lambros ERA Real Estate 532-9296. mlzappknapp@lambrosera.com LOWER RATTLESNAKE LAND FOR SALE- NHN RAYMOND-

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.62 ACRES. Please contact me David Loewenwarter, Realtor, Prudential MT Real Estate 406-241-3221 LOEWENWARTER.COM NHN Arnica. Pattee Canyon acreage with great view of Missoula. Mary Louise Zapp-Knapp, Lambros ERA Real Estate. 5329296 mlzappknapp@lambrosera.com

outbuildings. $389,900. Shannon Hilliard, Prudential Missoula 239-8350. shannon@prudentialmissoula.com 2 Bdr, 2 Bath, Stevensville home. $180,000. Prudential Montana.

For more info call Mindy Palmer @ 239-6696, or visit www.mindypalmer.com 4 Bdr, 2 Bath, Nine Mile Valley home on 12.3 acres. $350,000. Prudential Montana. For more

NHN Rock Creek Road. 20 acres bordered on north by Five Valleys Land Trust. Direct access to Clark Fork River. $189,900. Shannon Hilliard, Prudential Missoula 239-8350. shannon@prudentialmissoula.com

OUT OF TOWN 1476 Eastside Highway, Corvallis. 3 bed, 2 bath Victorian on over 7 fenced acres with barn &


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Burns Street Condo 1400 Burns #16 $160,000. Three bedroom upper level unit offers spacious, convenient, and beautiful living space. One of the best things about Burns Street Commons is its gorgeous exterior and great community atmosphere. KD 240-5227 or Sarah 3703995 porticorealestate.com Clark Fork River Condo 1401 Cedar Street #16. $122,500. Charming 2 bedroom, 1.5 bathroom townhouse set on the Clark Fork River. What an amazing home! KD 240-5227 porticoreal estate.com Uptown Flats #303. Top floor unit looks out to the “M” and includes all the wonderful amenities that The Uptown Flats offers. $159,710. Anne Jablonski, Portico Real Estate 546.5816. annierealtor@gmail.com Uptown Flats #306. 1 bed, 1

THE UPTOWN FLATS #303 • $159,710 & #312 • $151,900 Top floor units include all the wonderful amenities that The Uptown Flats offer. Ask Anne about ALL the opportunities for Ownership in The Uptown Flats or visit www.movemontana.com 2014 Best Real Estate Agent

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info call Mindy Palmer @ 2396696, or visit www.mindypalmer.com 4 Bdr, 3 Bath, Frenchtown home on 5.4 acres. $300,000. Prudential Montana. For more info call Mindy Palmer @ 239-6696, or visit www.mindypalmer.com

5 Bdr, 3 Bath, Florence area home on 3.2 acres. $479,000. Prudential Montana. For more info call Mindy Palmer @ 2396696, or visit www.mindypalmer.com



Rose Park commercial building with attached rental. $265,000. Prudential Montana. For more info call Mindy Palmer @ 2396696, or visit www.mindypalmer.com

EQUITY LOANS ON NONOWNER OCCUPIED MONTANA REAL ESTATE. We also buy Notes & Mortgages. Call Creative Finance & Investments @ 406-721-1444 or visit www.creative-finance.com

We are experts in the home lending process. Call Astrid Oliver, Loan Officer at Guild Mortgage Company. 1001 S Higgins Suite A2, Missoula. Office: 406-258-7522 or Cell: 406-550-3587

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949 Discovery $225,000 Tasteful & sweet 3 bed, 2 bath with 2 car garage at base of Mt. Jumbo. Energy efficient!

2311 Briggs $229,900


Well-maintained 3 bed, 2 bath with finished basement, 2 bonus rooms & single garage.


1511 Van Buren $229,900 Lower Rattlesnake 3 bed, 1 bath on double lot with single garage. Coved ceilings, crystal doorknobs & hardwood floors.


2615 Arcadia Many upgrades including kitchen and bath............................................................................$250,000 319/321 S 1st St W 4-plex Bernice's neighborhood. River views. .................................................................$365,000 404 Westview So much house in a great 'hood! ..........................................................................................$265,000 201 S Orange Triplex Great location, great rental......................................................................................$300,000 2311 Briggs Well-maintained 3 bed, 2 bath .................................................................................................$229,900 1511 Van Buren Rattlesnake charmer!........................................................................................................$229,900 949 Discovery Gorgeous, sweet, tasteful 3 bed, 2 bath ...............................................................................$225,000 17730 Wild Goose Lane, Frenchtown One level living on golf course, lots of upgrades ..............................$310,000

1400 Burns Last 2 Bedroom Unit......................$119,000 Uptown Flats #303 Modern Amenities ............$159,710 406 Aspen View Rd., Polaris Amazing Home and Uptown Flats #306 Third Floor Views! ............$162,000 Area ..................................................................$345,000 Uptown Flats #312 Efficient 1 Bed ..................$151,900 2348 River Road 2.23 Acres in Town ...................$535,000

Homes With Land Commercial:


Old Indian Trail 4.77 Acres. South Facing Slope of 2309 Grant Commercial Building & Land ..........$155,000 Hillside at Base of Grant Creek..........................$90,000 9435 Summit 40x60' Shop + Almost 2 Acres ....$375,000 Old Indian Trail 15 Acres. Views of Lolo Peak & Missoula Valley ...............................................$148,000


1400 Burns 3 Bedroom Unit On One Level........$160,000

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3010 West Central • $325,000 5 acres in Target Range bordering DNRC land. Includes 3 bed, 1 bath home and outbuildings. Perfect for the rural life in town.

Pat McCormick Real Estate Broker Real Estate With Real Experience

pat@properties2000.com 406-240-SOLD (7653)


512 E. Broadway 406-728-2621 matt@clarkforkrealty.com

“Float Like a Butterfly, Sting Like a Bee.” – Cassius Clay, American Hero

A Benefit for Bitterroot Ecological Awareness Resources Warren Miller's film "No Turning Back" featuring Lost Trail Ski Area Friday, February 27 Hamilton City Hall Bedford Building

More info: bearmt.org

Mendelssohn Crowd Funding Party & Free Cycles Benefit Friday, February 27, 7:30-10:30pm Free Cycles, 732 S. 1st St W

African Drum & Dance Classes with Alseny Yansane Saturday, March 7 Missoula Senior Center 705 S. Higgins Drum: 6-7:30pm Dance: 7:30-9pm

$15 per class Tickets & Info: 541-232-5471; westernafricanculturalarts.org Sponsored by Unity Dance & Drum and West African Cultural Arts Institute

Free show! Featuring performances by Mendelssohn Wartime Blues The Skurfs More info: mendelssohnmusic.com

Hellgate Drama Presents

Alice in Wonderland Hellgate Auditorium February 26, 27, 28 - 7:30pm

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