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Ron Smith can’t remember exactly how old he was when he overheard the conversation, but it was before he started drinking, so it was before he was 11. He doesn’t recall exactly what was said, either. When his aunts were finished talking, though, he was certain: He was a mistake from Cover photo by Chad Harder which his father could never recover. Now, 30 years after he killed two men, Smith is on the verge of being killed himself ....................14
Letters It’s the medical marijuana issue, stupid..........................................................4 The Week in Review Children corner ghost deer......................................................6 Briefs Verizon close to building a cell tower on Waterworks Hill ..............................6 Etc. The feds’ silent war on Montana med pot ...........................................................7 Up Front Hank Green’s awesome, lean-forward video biz.........................................8 Ochenski Who can tell Montana’s politicians apart? ................................................10 Range Hating wolves is tired. We need facts .............................................................11 Agenda Phillip K. Tompkins speaks about homelessness .........................................12
Arts & Entertainment Flash in the Pan The rise of Mexican-American food...............................................18 Happiest Hour Wheatfish Whiskey ...........................................................................19 8 Days a Week You make us feel like a natural woman ...........................................21 Mountain High A screening of Unbreakable: The Western States 100 ....................33 Scope Rockin’ Tummy Fest returns after a six-year hiatus ........................................34 Soundcheck In the bowels of Modality’s big sound ................................................35 Arts Jo Nasvik wore what she didn’t consume, on a wedding dress ........................36 Noise In honor of Lester: Zeds Dead, High On Fire, 64 Tuna..................................37 Movie Shorts Independent takes on current films ...................................................38
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This week the Indy reports on death row inmate Ron Smith, a convicted murderer. How do you feel about killing people who kill people? Follow up: If you had to order your last meal, what would it be?
Sydney Cortright: I think it’s a tough call to make. It’s not so black-andwhite; it’s just a very gray area. I did a mock debate on this topic in class recently, with the argument about the money spent to keep repealing it. I debated for the death penalty in class, but in real life, I couldn’t make a decision like that. Wrap it up: Sushi and avocado.
Ty Grogan: I don’t believe in “an eye for an eye.” I believe he should be punished to the fullest without being killed, and have life in prison. It’s just a really fuzzy line; for example, if someone killed my son, I probably would feel a lot differently. Doubling down: Double Front chicken.
Daantje Spofford: I don’t believe in it at all. I’m from the Netherlands, so it flabbergasts me that the U.S. still has the death penalty. Crime isn’t any less because of having the death penalty. To me, it’s always so hypocritical that there are people who are for the death penalty and against abortion. Mussel-bound: I’d go to the market in Rotterdam and get mussels and fried fish.
Claire Muller: I think it’s a tough situation that depends on each case. It depends on the motives, the crime and the culture it was committed in, as well as the mental status of those involved. Many people look at it as a black-and-white situation, and oftentimes it isn’t. There are two sides to every story. First, and last: Pizza and beer. And afterward, some ice cream. But definitely a cold, tasty beer.
Aspen Ward: I don’t support the death penalty, primarily because it feels like stooping to their level, but it’s also a moral catch-22. I also feel indifferent, because I feel if you infringe on the rights of someone, you should have your rights infringed on. Bean curd?: Toby’s Tofu Tia. It’s a mix of Mexican spices and Indian curry, with tofu and garlic. You can only find it in Douglas County, Ore.
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Why Tester and Bullock will lose It’s the medical marijuana issue, stupid. A year ago, there were more than 30,000 marijuana patients, 5,000 growers (most helping fewer than three patients) and who knows how many close relatives and friends of these patients. Today, all have been betrayed by the state and federal governments. Most are now unwilling even to be named on a state list of registered patients. But all will vote, and few will ever again vote for any candidate who doesn’t speak and act to end our nation’s horribly failed war on marijuana users. Six years ago, Jon Tester won by only about 3,000 votes. More than 2,000 of these likely came from the new voters in Missoula County who had registered to support a county initiative to recommend making adult marijuana possession the lowest law enforcement priority. Federal raids of state-licensed medical marijuana producers, coupled with the extremism of the state legislature last year, decimated hundreds of farming jobs and brought renewed misery to the lives of thousands of sincere Montana patients. The petitioning process for a referendum on the legislature’s repeal of medical marijuana led 5,000 more new voters to register last summer. All of them are furious over this issue, and more are registering now to support an amendment to the state constitution on marijuana. No one expected Tester to end the federal war on marijuana patients and their providers. No one expected him to singlehandedly force the federal government to adopt an intellectually honest policy based on science. But when federal agencies zoomed into Montana and on a single day raided the Montana equivalent of more than 900 raids in California, we did expect him to at least say something supportive. When he says nothing, even in the face of dozens of federal prosecutions, in which no amount of honorable adherence to the state law can even be mentioned in court, then Montana patients and their friends and relatives cannot forgive or forget. Shame on Sens. Tester and Max Baucus and Rep. Denny Rehberg. Shame on all of them for doing and saying absolutely nothing to defend honest Montanans against exactly the kind of overzealous police-state federal government that Thomas Jefferson and the founding fathers warned against. Then there’s Attorney General Steve
Bullock, who sold the state’s patients and their loved ones down the river in numerous ways. He refused to effectively enforce the law voters had adopted. He refused to help develop stricter rules that patient leaders and the health department sought, and again said and did nothing when the federal raids came. Many of us believe he had a hand in making the raids happen, to take a controversy off the table to clear the way for his next political ambition. And now he expects Montanans to trust that he will fight to defend all of us, as governor?
“This November will see the beginning of a sustained and growing single-issue voter movement for marijuana reform, and we won’t stop until the insanity ends.”
Gov. Brian Schweitzer is no better. He vetoed the first repeal bill, but he could have done so much over the years to help make the voter-passed medical marijuana law work smoothly, and he refused as well. Marijuana may not have been too hot for him to handle when he smoked it in college, but as governor, he cowered from the political heat of it, watched and allowed it to die. That’s not leadership. It’s cowardice. It’s not Montana values, either.
Many, many thousands of us will never again vote for any candidate who doesn’t speak and act to defend basic patient rights and to reform old-fashioned, cruel and failed drug policies. This may bring shortterm electoral chaos since there are almost no Republicans we can support either, but we will stick with it for years to come. This November will see the beginning of a sustained and growing single-issue voter movement for marijuana reform, and we won’t stop until the insanity ends. We owe this much to our fallen comrades, now in federal prison, and our fallen patients, some now dead and others suffering unnecessarily. In the words of the Occupy movement: We will not forgive. We will not forget. Expect us. Shane “Moose” Combs Helena
The other circus The circus is coming to Missoula. The Western Montana Shrine Club contracts with the Jordan World Circus, which has lost its U.S. Dept. of Agriculture exhibitor’s license due to failures to meet minimal federal standards for care as determined by the Animal Welfare Act. Previous citations include several for inadequate veterinary care, safety issues and substandard nutrition, water and housing. Jordan now leases its animals from other exhibitors. Circus animals lead sad lives of deprivation, constant confinement and abusive training. Charitable work for one species shouldn’t depend upon the exploitation of another; attending the circus sends all the wrong messages to kids about our obligation toward other species. Instead, consider contacting the Western Montana Shrine Club to see if they can earmark a donation to “provide transportation and lodging for children and their families at the Shrine Hospital for Children in Spokane,” which is what they indicate a portion of circus proceeds are used for. Rather than watching defeated, coerced animals performing unnatural acts, consider doing something life-affirming. Western Montana offers many opportunities to teach kids a lesson in compassion, from visits and volunteer work at traditional humane shelters to donations to New Dawn Montana farmed animal sanctuary. If you know a Shriner, encourage him to start advocating for animal-free circuses. Even when circus tickets are free, the cost to animals is too steep. Kathleen Stachowski Lolo
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WEEK IN REVIEW • Wednesday, April 18
News Quirks by Chad Harder
Attorneys for Greg Mortenson, the Bozeman-based author of Three Cups of Tea, ask a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed against Mortenson and his nonprofit, the Central Asia Institute. The suit alleges Mortenson lied about his Central Asia experiences to dupe readers into buying his book. The judge says he needs more time to weigh his decision.
• Thursday, April 19 Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer draws fire for comments he makes in an interview with The Daily Beast about Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney. Schweitzer says that Romney could have a hard time getting elected because “his father was born into [a] polygamy commune in Mexico.”
• Friday, April 20 The City of Missoula announces that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development cleared a $285,000 grant that will enable the Poverello Center to close on a deal to purchase the former Trail’s End bar site on West Broadway. Building a new Poverello Center homeless shelter at the site is estimated to cost $4 million.
• Saturday, April 21 Greggory Wayne Scheeler, 56, is booked into the Missoula County Detention Center on charges of sexual assault after allegedly groping a woman on the Higgins Avenue bridge. Law enforcement says the woman was walking with two friends at around 5 p.m. when Scheeler assaulted her.
• Sunday, April 22 Just more than a week after Missoula officials begin evaluating whether the city should cull urban deer to better ensure public safety, a University of Montana employee calls the Office of Public Safety to report that three children have cornered deer near the University Villages. Law enforcement responds but finds no sign of the children or the deer.
• Monday, April 23 The Missoula City Council gets an earful from a couple of locals who oppose amending city zoning regulations to allow accessory dwelling units, or “granny flats,” in single-family neighborhoods that currently prohibit them. Rather than sending the amendment to the Office of Planning and Grants, which would be the next step to make the proposal a reality, council returns the issue to committee for further tweaking.
• Tuesday, April 24 The United States Peace Index says Montana is the 18th most peaceful state in the nation. The annual report, compiled by the Institute for Economics and Peace, evaluates crime, incarceration rates and the availability of weapons. According to the report, Maine is the most peaceful state. Louisiana is the least.
Seconds after breaking her own Grizzly Triathlon course record with a time of 1:02:33, professional triathlete Linsey Corbin is congratulated by a race official Saturday afternoon, April 21, on the University of Montana campus. With more than 530 competitors, the race has become the largest pool-swim triathlon in North America.
Politics Calling all concerns Farmers, ranchers and conservationists packed into Choteau High School April 21 to weigh in on Sen. Max Baucus’s proposed Rocky Mountain Front Heritage Act. The debate over preservation of the Front was one they’d had before, repeatedly. But Rep. Denny Rehberg, the host of Saturday’s listening session, couldn’t help rekindling the conversation, because, an aide says, he’s “heard some pretty major concerns” about the legislation. Rehberg announced the meeting April 13, two weeks after Sen. Jon Tester co-signed Baucus’s bill. In his release, Rehberg compared the Heritage Act to Tester’s Forest Jobs and Recreation Act, claiming support for the latter had been “manufactured.” Rehberg is challenging Tester in Montana’s 2012 U.S. Senate race. The insinuation that support for the Heritage Act is dubious gave some on the Front pause. For more than five years, a hodgepodge of conservationists, ranchers, outfitters and businessmen have wrangled over how best to preserve the Front without limiting current uses. Those discussions culminated
in Baucus’s bill last fall. “We don’t have a whole lot in common, goal-wise, with the Montana Wildlife Federation,” says Dusty Crary, a Choteau rancher and member of the Coalition to Protect the Rocky Mountain Front. “But we all checked our guns at the door and said, ‘We need to work toward the things we do agree on.’ And we did.” Crary stresses that the Heritage Act came entirely from Front residents. “We’re not a shell coalition,” he says. Baucus calls the bill “a great example of a Montana-made proposal future generations will be proud of.” Even so, Crary welcomed another public discussion. Rehberg’s “doing the right thing” in offering more opportunity for discourse, he says. Rehberg’s staff said Saturday’s meeting was no different than the other 100 public meetings he’s hosted in the past four years: an attempt by the congressman to weigh public sentiment. “He had major concerns with Senator Tester’s wilderness bill because he held 22 public meetings to hear what regular folks thought,” says Rehberg spokesman Jed Link. “Sen. Baucus’s Rocky Mountain Front bill is no different.” Alex Sakariassen
Business Residential solar surges Dan Brandborg, the general manager of Missoula’s SBS Solar, can’t fully explain the recent surge in residential photovoltaic system installations. But he says folks who have wavered on going solar over the last couple of years are coming in and saying, “‘Let’s rock and roll.’” Year-to-date, he says, business is triple what it was last year. Beth Linkenhoker of Sunelco, in Victor, is seeing the same thing. “Five years ago,” she says, “they looked at the numbers, and said, ‘Well, maybe not.’ Now, those same people come in, they look at the numbers and they say, ‘Yeah, I’m ready to do it.’ ... I think people are more willing to take the plunge.” At Missoula’s Solar Plexus, co-owner Mary Hamilton says, “We did more work last winter than we’ve ever done in a summer.” Western Montana solar-installation companies are making hay while the sun shines. Their business is buoyed by local, state and federal incentives for renewable energy systems. Last week, at The Loft, in downtown Missoula, Molly Bradford, SBS Solar’s
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marketing and development director, gave a presentation on the array of incentives to a room full of beer-sippers. Perhaps the biggest inducement is NorthWestern Energyâ€™s increasingly popular Renewable Energy Program, which grants its customers $3 per watt for photovoltaic installations, up to $6,000. And thereâ€™s the federal 30 percent Residential Renewable Energy Tax Credit. And the stateâ€™s $1,000 tax credit. And the Montana Department of Environmental Qualityâ€™s Alternative Energy Revolving Loan Program, which gives loans of up to $40,000 at 3.75 percent interest for renewable energy projects. Plus, solar panel prices have plummeted. Bloomberg reports that the price of polysilicon, the raw material used to make most solar panels, fell three percent last week to its lowest price in a decade, due to oversupply. â€œItâ€™s bringing the total system cost on a two-kilowatt system down to about $2,500â€”essentially near a 10-year payback,â€? says SBS Solar project manager Alexander Sievers. Still, â€œWhen payback is your only motivation,â€? Bradford said during her presentation, â€œitâ€™s a hard sale.â€? Matthew Frank
Rattlesnake Verizon plans Waterworks tower The Luckman family has owned a farmstead in the Rattlesnake Valley, on the eastern slope of Waterworks Hill, for more than a century. Today, the familyâ€™s 126 acres are surrounded on three sides by Missoula County open space land. To the east is a subdivision off Duncan Drive. Verizon has long eyed the Luckmansâ€™ island of private property, wanting to build a 50-foot-tall cell phone tower on it to improve the valleyâ€™s spotty cell phone coverage. â€œTheyâ€™ve been after us for years,â€? says Greg Luckman. â€œThey need a tower up there for that valley, and I guess our propertyâ€™s the best place to put it.â€? Now the Luckmans are receptive. Greg is the son of Doris Luckman, whoâ€™s 82 and owns the land though doesnâ€™t live on it. â€œSheâ€™s get-
ting older and she sold her business several years ago and the incomeâ€™s kind of dried up from that,â€? Greg says. â€œAnd [Verizon] offered to pay a long-term lease
and sheâ€™d get some income.â€? Verizon has submitted its preliminary plan: to build a road that would switchback up the steep hillside behind Highland and Skyline drives to the northernmost point of the Luckman property, and erect the tower. Denise Alexander, of the Missoula City-County Office of Planning and Grants, says the proposal is subject to both city and county regulations. The city might require a change to the proposed height of a retaining wall; the county might require the road to be paved. But other than those issues, which could be resolved by the city and county boards of adjustment, there doesnâ€™t appear to be much that could get in the way of the project once itâ€™s officially submitted. That concerns some neighbors. Jeremy Roberts closes this week on a house on Highland Drive. Heâ€™s a longtime Verizon customer with poor reception, but, he says, â€œI donâ€™t want improved coverage if it means roads, towers and houses in that open space.â€? Another neighbor, Brian Elling, has begun an online petition asking Verizon to reconsider. The Luckmans donâ€™t have immediate plans to build a house or two off the new road, but Greg says itâ€™s possible in the future. Matthew Frank
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â€œWe just want a bathroomâ€? Gracie Kushner has short blonde hair and a stocky build. She plays football. On first glance, one might not know whether the 16year-old Hellgate High School sophomore is a girl or a boy. â€œI just donâ€™t feel comfortable in either gender role,â€? explains Kushner, who considers herself â€œgender queer,â€? or somewhere in between traditional notions of masculine and feminine. Because of the way she looks, Kushner has a hard time in public restrooms. Women there get very uncomfortable, she says. â€œI get stared at hardcore.â€? Kushner says the problem is especially acute in school, where all of the restrooms are gender segregated. She tries to avoid them. â€œI wait all day,â€? she says. Kushner, whoâ€™s president of Hellgate Highâ€™s Gay-Straight Alliance, says sheâ€™s not the only one who avoids the campus bathrooms. Of the roughly 25 members of Hellgateâ€™s student body that belong to the GSA, Kushner estimates that 10 of them would benefit from gender-neutral facilities. â€œNobody feels comfortable using the restroom,â€? she says. â€œYou should be able to pee without being harassed.â€? Thatâ€™s why the group is asking Hellgate Principal Russ Lodge to designate a gender-neutral, or unisex, restroom. Lodge says after engaging in conversations with Kushner and other members of the GSA, he empathizes with the discomfort they may feel. â€œWe had a discussion about how we can help solve the problem,â€? he says. â€œBut we havenâ€™t arrived at any resolution, yet.â€? Awareness of gender diversity is growing in Missoula and across the nation. Thatâ€™s emboldening trans and queer kids to press for institutional changes. In San Francisco, two students at George Washington High School petitioned administrators earlier in the school year to create a gender-neutral bathroom. Similarly, students in Oregon, at Oregon City High School, last week wrapped up efforts to collect the signatures of people who support such facilities there. Kushner says for her, the issue is simple. â€œWe donâ€™t want to make a statement,â€? she says. â€œWe just want a bathroom.â€? Jessica Mayrer
Team Ninja Vixensâ€™ winning time in the female division of the GrizzlyMan Adventure Race at the Lubrecht Experimental Forest and the Resort at Paws Up, April 21. Vixens Cassidy Randall and Alli Niels-LeMoine ran on and off trail, mountain biked on and off trail, orienteered and whitewater paddled their way to victory.
etc. Montana U.S. Attorney Michael Cotter last week broke his officeâ€™s 13-month silence surrounding the federal raids of state-licensed medical marijuana business, but he didnâ€™t really say anything, just reviewed the facts: 25 Montanans have been indicted on federal drug charges and 12 have been sentenced. Cotter said we probably can expect more. Two weeks ago, the feds reached another plea agreement, with Tom Daubert. The feds believed Daubert was not in â€œclear and unambiguous complianceâ€? with state law, even though Daubert, a longtime lobbyist and founder of Patients and Families United, wrote the law. Thatâ€™s one of the glaring and maddening problems here: The feds decide who was in compliance with the vague state law, but those indicted, federal judges have ruled, canâ€™t use the state law as a defense, because pot is illegal under federal law. Period. And because these cases arenâ€™t going to trialâ€” like Daubert, other indicted Montanans are understandably agreeing to plea deals in order to salvage half their lives (just going to trial accelerates the penalties if youâ€™re ultimately found guilty)â€”the fedsâ€™ evidence never comes out, so itâ€™s never challenged. Chris Lindsey, a husband, father and attorney who over the last several years has specialized in medical marijuana law, is about to buck that trend. He was indicted in February on an array of drug and gun charges relating to his association with Montana Cannabis. If you add up the sentences for the charges, Lindsey is facing up to almost 700 years in prison. He says heâ€™ll refuse a plea deal; heâ€™ll take his case to trial. â€œUnfortunately, there really isnâ€™t a way to give my side of the story outside of a jury trial situation,â€? Lindsey says, â€œand I just think that thatâ€™s got to be done â€Ś We have a duty as Americans to fight laws that we think are unjust, and if the only way that I really have to fight is to go to jury trial, then thatâ€™s the path thatâ€™s been laid before me and one that I have to walk.â€?
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Meet the vloggers Hank Green’s business is just awesome by Jessica Mayrer
It started on Jan. 1, 2007, when Hank of the Roman Empire. Hank, who has a masHank Green remembers the first time he saw his company’s motto, “Don’t Forget and John replaced email and text with video ter’s degree in Environmental Studies from to be Awesome,” or “DFTBA,” tattooed on a blog, or “vlog,” chats posted on YouTube. the University of Montana, stars in SciShow, stranger. It was at a Harry Potter fan conven- The experiment, called “Brotherhood 2.0,” which tackles biology and physics and tion. The woman had it tattooed inside her became a near-instant sensation. includes discussions such as “How Weed Brotherhood 2.0 videos have now been Works,” “Homophobia and Consumerism” bottom lip. and “Why Water is Awesome.” Crash Course “It appeared that she’d been waiting viewed more than 40 million times. In 2010, Hank and John founded and SciShow episodes have drawn anythere for me,” says the 31-year-old Green. Green’s messy blond hair makes him VidCon, a video blogger convention akin to where from 50,000 to 280,000 views. look boyish; his dark-rimmed glasses, Comic-Con. Last year’s VidCon sold out “It’s educational content that young nerdy. But he’s no ordinary geek. He’s a L.A.’s Hyatt Regency Century City with more people are intentionally going after,” Hank than 2,400 attendees. Green says roughly says. “We’re not forcing it down their “Nerdfighter.” The Nerdfighting meme throats. They’re coming to us.” grew out of an online video blog Industry experts call the Green launched in 2007 with his Greens’ programming style “lean Indianapolis-based author and forward.” Vlogbrothers producbrother, John Green. Among the tions are fast and direct. Episodes Nerdfighters’ guiding tenets is to last less than 14 minutes. The “increase awesome” and hosts engage viewers directly. “decrease world suck.” That’s Hank says their approach contrasts where DFTBA comes in. “It’s just with television’s lackadaisical pace a cool, secular way to say, ‘I just and the way people watch it. “It’s a want to be a good person,’” completely different way of engagHank explains. ing with content,” he says. “When DFTBA is central to a value you talk about watching an system shared by the following episode of ‘Bones’ … you’re that Hank and John Green, maybe going to be playing solitaire known as the Vlogbrothers, have and looking at the news and knitcultivated in the past five years. ting and picking your nose at the There are more than 75,000 same time. Whereas when you Nerdfighters across the globe, watch a five-minute episode of they say, including in California, Crash Course or SciShow, the idea the UK and the Philippines. is you’re sitting in a chair. You’re The meme, coupled with sitting up. You’re sitting at a desk. the Green brothers’ seemingly It’s very active.” ceaseless energy, quick wit and, YouTube is banking on leanat times, childish sense of humor, forward content. The grant to the has led to online success. Earlier Missoula-based company comes this year, YouTube gave the brothas the Google-owned video platers a grant that enabled Hank to form is trying to woo even more move their western headquarters viewers. It announced last spring Photo by Chad Harder from his Missoula home into the that it would roll out dozens of Radio Central Building on East Missoulian Hank Green ponders the next step in world new channels airing original, domination. Main Street. high-quality programming. The new digs feel like a Notables like Madonna, skatestart-up. There’s an espresso maker next to 5,000 convention goers are signed up for board legend Tony Hawk and spiritual a dorm-sized refrigerator on the floor not this year’s event in June at the Anaheim luminary Deepak Chopra are slated to air far from the office’s front door. Another cof- Convention Center. programs on YouTube in coming months. The Greens’ YouTube channel has YouTube has remained mum on many of fee maker sits on a table above. The grant also has enabled the Greens to hire a cast of more than 680,000 subscribers. One vlog, the specifics, but The Wall Street Journal writers, editors, producers and other cre- in which Hank tells 51 jokes in four min- and other media outlets report that the ative types. The Vlogbrothers now employ utes, garnered 3.7 million views. The broth- company intends to invest up to $100 milnine people in Missoula, including Hank ers have been featured on National Public lion in the new content. and his wife Katherine, who oversees social Radio and in USA Today and The Wall Hank’s already working on the media. Vlogbrothers’ next project: a vlog-based Street Journal. “I’m the buffer,” she says. The YouTube grant—Hank declines to adaptation of Jane Austen’s Pride and On a recent Friday afternoon, Hank sits specify its amount—is funding their creation Prejudice. cross-legged in a white chair in his new of content for the video-sharing website, “No one knows exactly how it’s supoffice, not far from what’s left of lunch from including their Vlogbrother programs, Crash posed to be done,” he says. “We get to make the Pita Pit, and talks about how it feels to Course and the SciShow. 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Theyâ€™re all the same Here comes Montanaâ€™s campaign-season mud If youâ€™re like most Montanans, your television, email and mailbox are increasingly filled with ads, videos, fliers and pleas for money from candidates seeking federal, state and local offices. As this is the last month before primary elections, the quantity, if not the quality, of the campaign material can be overwhelming. At last count there were eight candidates in the Republican primary race for governor, plus their eight running mates, clogging the ballot. Some of them have no chance whatsoever and know it. Others have no chance but donâ€™t know it. Voters are somehow supposed to assimilate enough information from vague promises, pledges and â€œwhere I standâ€? declarations to differentiate between these gubernatorial wannabes. But there just isnâ€™t much differenceâ€“theyâ€™re all Republicans and all offer the same solutions weâ€™ve heard over and over: less government, more free market, more resource extraction, more jobs, fewer taxes. None of them has put forth any detailed plans that actually explain how, as governor, theyâ€™re going to pull off their promises. Governors, as it turns out, cannot change the laws by themselves. If, say, a Republican does become governor next year, he will face whomever winds up getting elected to the 2013 legislature. As Gov. Schweitzer can tell you, the best laid plans of mice and men can come to a screeching halt in the partisan battles of the House and Senate. Some may say that wonâ€™t happen if Republicans hold their legislative majorities and take the governorâ€™s office. Perhaps theyâ€™ve forgotten the disasters provoked by Montanaâ€™s Republicans in the â€™90s, when they controlled both the legislature and the governorâ€™s office. Utility deregulation, for which Montanans are still paying dearly, and the destruction of our once-great water quality laws to allow a free hand for corporate polluters are two examples of what happens when too many heads nod in party unison. Then thereâ€™s the cluttered Democratic field for Montanaâ€™s lone congressional seat.
To listen to the candidates, youâ€™d think a freshman representative from one of the least populated states in the nation will somehow be able to lead 434 other representatives to a new dawn of awareness. How that will happen without the power to chair a committee or quickly ascend to a leadership position through the antiquated seniority system is a mystery. But fear not, just check the campaign literature and you can be sure that if only we elect one of
Tester and Rehberg are raking in millions of dollars from special interests, which will try to call in their chits from whomever wins in November. them, the wars will end, poverty will be eliminated, education and social funding will be preserved and enhanced and Montanaâ€™s lone voice will ring loud on the floor of the House. Or how about what weâ€™re told is a race of national importanceâ€”the campaign for the Senate seat currently held by Jon Tester. If you believe the hype, the race between Tester and challenger Dennis Rehberg is the hottest thing since global warming. But take the time to look at the positions the candidates are espousing and the differences are perhaps not so great. Sure, Tester is a Democrat and Rehberg is a Republican, but what does that actually mean as far as Montanans are concerned? Both candidates
are raking in millions of dollars from special interests, and those special interests, no matter how much the candidates may deny it, will try to call in their chits from whomever wins in November. Tester plays the common-man card as the flat-top farmer from Big Sandy. But behind the scenes, Tester is now the leading recipient of special interest campaign donations in the entire Senate and House. Leading the list are the big banks, Wall Streetâ€™s investment pirates and a host of lobbyists and law firms. The â€œlittle peopleâ€? are rather a long ways down the line and likely to stay there. Nor is Rehbergâ€™s donor list anything to brag about, since itâ€™s likewise larded with large special interests. Certainly there must be some defining differences in what they say theyâ€™ll do? Not really. Tester has already shown himself to be more than willing to weigh in on the side of the resource extraction industries, including the controversial Keystone XL pipeline. Rehberg says heâ€™s for an â€œall of the aboveâ€? energy policy. If that sounds familiar, itâ€™s probably because youâ€™ve heard the same words from President Obamaâ€™s lips. And of course, Obama speaks for his party, in which Tester is a loyal soldier. So what, exactly, is the great difference between Tester and Rehberg on energy policy? Nada. Weâ€™re in for a long season of mudthrowing, charges, counter-charges, superPAC spending and radical misrepresentations. Candidatesâ€™ fliers, emails, phone calls and ads are begging for more moneyâ€”to â€œfight backâ€? against their opponents. Every action has an equal and opposite reaction. Campaign overload is no exception. Maybe itâ€™s time Montana voters kept their money in their pockets and called baloney on the politics coming their way. Helenaâ€™s George Ochenski rattles the cage of the political establishment as a political analyst for the Independent. Contact Ochenski at email@example.com.
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Give wolves a break We need less emotion and more facts by Christina Nealson
I spent this winter in northwestern Montana, close to the border of Idaho’s Panhandle, a place well known for its dense population of wolves. To hear hunters tell it, I should have seen a deer or elk skeleton every few feet on the forest floor and a lurking wolf behind every tree. Game numbers have plummeted, they claim, as they affix stickers that say “SSS”—for “Shoot, Shovel and Shut-up”—on pickups and don baseball caps that urge “Smoke a Pack a Day.” They’re not talking about cigarettes. I own guns. I support hunting, and the elk and deer meat from these forests is luscious. An avid naturalist, I’ve walked, skied and driven hundreds of miles over these mountains for eight months, including every day during bow and rifle season. Yet it took three months before I spotted wolf tracks and scat. It was in November, the final week of rifle season. Three months later, I saw my first wolf. Wolf sign did not become common until late winter mating season, when scat and blood-laced urine appeared twice in one week in the high country along creek drainages. What I saw on the ground never matched the stories I heard or read about in the newspapers, which blamed wolves for killing off the game. My experience came closer to the claim of Kent Laudon, a Fish, Wildlife and Parks wolf biologist, who estimates that there’s one wolf for every 39 square miles of game terrain in the Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks’ Region One, in northwestern Montana. He estimates the average pack size at 6.7 animals. Coming from Colorado, a state that manages elk herds with sharpshooters and silencers, I was unprepared for the vitriol toward wolves in northwestern Montana.
When I listened to hunters gathered around camo-decorated crock pots, they seemed to enjoy trashing these animals. One line of attack went like this: “If we can’t eat game, we’ll be forced to move to town. It’s rural cleansing. Next, they’ll take away our guns.” Hunting guides complained that outof-state clients were reluctant to come to
What I saw on the ground never matched the stories I heard or read about in the newspapers, which blamed wolves for killing off the game. wolf-infested woods. Some taxidermists said they had lost business, while ranchers claimed that wolf packs threatened their livelihoods. Yet the figures show that only 97 cows were killed by wolves in Montana in 2009. During that year, government statistics showed that 2.6 million cattle, including calves, lived in the state; therefore, the percentage of cattle killed by wolves was only 0.004 percent. Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks cites a 15 percent increase in the wolf population from 2010 to 2011, to around 653, as the justification for increasing the quota for the 2012 wolf hunt. However, according to Jay Mallonee, a wolf researcher and scien-
tist for Friends of Animals, their figures are impossible to substantiate. By its own admission, Montana’s wildlife agency has oversold doe tags in the past. Laudon confirms that while a few deer herds are down in numbers, other herds are stable or increasing. A predation study is currently under way at the University of Montana. Early reports point to mountain lions, which are three times more numerous than wolves, according to Laudon, as the primary cause of elk calf deaths. Meanwhile, the state uses anecdotal sightings to help it determine wolf counts. This May, wildlife commissioners will consider their options for the 2012-2013 wolf season and make a final decision in July. Will wolf kills be determined by the bully pulpit and defined by how many deer and elk show up in people’s backyards? Or will the commissioners consider a combination of factors and try to balance gametag distribution, hunting pressure and poaching, game counts, herd movements and natural deaths? Restoring wolves to Montana has changed everything, and that takes some getting used to. Wolf packs have sharpened the wits of the ungulates, forcing them to alter the way they move through the forest. Hunters now have to deal with game that no longer behaves in traditional ways. Meanwhile, the anti-wolf contingent batters the public with relentless horror stories about wolves, hoping to convince people that all the game has disappeared. Of course, that’s not true, but is anybody getting the facts behind the rhetoric? Christina Nealson is a contributor to Writers on the Range, a service of High Country News (hcn.org ). She is a writer in Libby.
Missoula Independent Page 11 April 26 – May 3, 2012
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Homeless people can be scary. Not just at night. Not just when they “spange” you with a hoarse call from a dark doorway. Not just because they often have long hair that’s dirty and wire-like. Not because they sometimes have Marine Corps bulldog tattoos. They can be frightening because of how easily they tipped into homelessness. A divorce is one way, whether it’s a man who can’t pay his child support and simply quits the world or a woman who doesn’t receive that child support and ends up living in a car with her children. A few traffic tickets and a drivingwhile-suspended ticket can get you unemployed and in jail real fast. Faced with thousands of dollars in fines, one might think that giving up is the best bet. There are, of course, many homeless people who have mental health or drug problems and may never find relief from the streets with or without assistance. But, victims of their own making or otherwise, the homeless are people. And they are our neighbors, like it or not. They share our streets and sidewalks and
THURSDAY APRIL 26 The 27 Annual Mansfield Conference at UM features panels on violence against women, law, development and leadership. This year’s theme is Holding Up Half the Sky: Womens Leadership and Development. UM Turner Hall. 8:30 AM–5 PM. Contact the Mansfield center for more info. at 2432988. th
Stephen Edwards of the UM Center for Natural Resources and Environmental Policy talks Central Asia during her lecture Forty Tribes, One Yurt: Kyrgyzstan, Ethnic Violence and Civic Nationalism. UM Stone Hall, Rm. 303. Noon. Free. The Young Republicans host a Debate of the Lieutenant Governor Candidates at the UC Theater. 6:30 PM. The Peace and Justice Film Series brings us Climate Refugees, a film that considers the geo-political impact of climate change. Currently, the UN believes there are more climate refugees than political or religious refugees. Gallagher Business Bldg., Rm. 122. 7 PM. Free.
FRIDAY APRIL 27 Practice being peaceful in a world of differences during the Jeannette Rankin Peace Center’s Intercultural Dialogue Group, a monthly meeting that aims to bring together people from various backgrounds for an afternoon of conversation and peacemaking. Every last Fri. of the month at 4:30 PM in the library of the Peace Center, 519 S. Higgins Ave. Free. Call Betsy at 543-3955 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info. See what all the fuss is about at the Missoula Patriots’ Governor Candidates’ Forum in the Lambros Realty Conf. Rm. 3011 American Way. 6–9 PM. Free. Now this has nothing to do with fun. James K. Galbraith of the University of Texas unleashes this mega downer of a presentation called The Great Financial Crisis
alleys. Longtime advocate for the homeless Phillip K. Tompkins believes as much. He’s recorded their stories and shared their hopes and failures with us in his book Who Is My Neighbor?: Communicating and Organizing to End Homelessness. He’ll be sharing his thoughts on how to end homelessness in a lecture at the University of Montana. No matter how you feel about the existence of the homeless, you must in some way desire to get them off the streets and into a home. It wouldn’t hurt if you desired to do so because of your charity, but even if it’s because you want them plain old out of sight, Tompkins’s ideas could be worth hearing. —Jason McMackin Phillip K. Tompkins speaks about his book Who is My Neighbor?: Communicating and Organizing to End Homelessness on Tues., May 1, at 7 PM, on the UM campus in the Gallagher Business Building Room 106. Free.
and the Dismal Science as part of the President’s Lecture Series. 8 PM. Free.
SUNDAY APRIL 29 Occupy Missoula General Assembly takes place at the Union Hall. 208 E. Main St. 2–4 PM. occupymissoula.org.
MONDAY APRIL 30 Blue Mountain Clinic, along with the Missoula AIDS Council, offers free, anonymous and blood-free HIV testing. 610 N. California. 1–4 PM. Free. Call 721-1646.
TUESDAY MAY 1 Learn how to give and receive empathy with Patrick Marsoleck during Compassionate Communication Non-Violent Communication Weekly Practice Group at the Jeannette Rankin Peace Center. 519 S. Higgins. Noon–1 PM. Free. Knitting For Peace meets at Joseph’s Coat. All knitters of all skill levels are welcome. 115 S. 3rd St. W. 1-3 PM. For information, call 543-3955. YWCA Missoula, 1130 W. Broadway, hosts YWCA Support Groups for women every Tue. from 6:30–8 PM. An American Indian-led talking circle is also available, along with age-appropriate children’s groups. Free. Call 543-6691. Join the good eggs from the Davidson Honors College for UM Global Grizzlies Night at REI. The group disperses aid to countries in need. This month they begin their community gear drive to distribute goodies to those in need throughout the world. 3275 Reserve. 6:30–8 PM. Professor Philip K. Tompkins of CU presents the lecture Who is My Neighbor? Communicating and Organizing to End Homelessness. Gallagher Business Bldg. Rm. 106. 7 PM. Free.
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Missoula Independent Page 12 April 26 – May 3, 2012
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I N OTHER N EWS Curious but true news items from around the world
CURSES, FOILED AGAIN - When Joshua Devonshire, 19, tried to pay for gas with a debit card in Lancaster, Pa., the clerk noticed the card had her mother’s name on it. She also recognized Devonshire as someone she went to school with. He fled but was arrested the next day. “Some people,” police Sgt. Jim Alexander observed, “just aren’t cut out to be criminals.” (United Press International) After Theresa Kimberly Cunningham, 32, leased computer equipment worth $2,800 from a Rent-ACenter outlet in Auburndale, Fla., she promptly pawned the gear for $300. Following her arrest, Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd commented, “It is hard to imagine how people think they can get away with this kind of theft.” (St. Petersburg’s WTSP-TV) ANTI-HERO WORSHIP - The gift shop at the Gettysburg National Military Park visitors’ center stopped selling bobblehead dolls of John Wilkes Booth holding a handgun after a reporter asked about them. The bobbleheads, which are seven inches tall and come in boxes that look like the inside of Ford’s Theater, where Booth shot President Lincoln, had been on sale for a week. (Associated Press) A Turkish shampoo commercial aired for a week before it was withdrawn after Jewish groups complained. The 12-second ad shows Adolf Hitler urging men to buy “a 100 percent male shampoo,” meaning Biomen. “If you are not wearing a woman’s dress,” Hitler declares, “you should not use her shampoo either.” (Agence France-Presse) HOW BUREAUCRACY WORKS - During the height of last summer’s drought, farmers in West Texas knew their cotton crops were toast but kept watering them anyway to qualify for federal crop insurance. Before making payouts, insurance companies required proof that farmers had tried to grow a crop, such as electric bills for operating irrigation pumps. “Producers who insure their crop under the irrigated practice are required to irrigate their crop at the proper time and amounts necessary to produce their production guarantee,” the U.S. Department of Agriculture stated. (Austin’s The Texas Tribune) SLIGHTEST PROVOCATION - A jury in Montgomery County, Md., convicted James Biddinger, 27, of manslaughter after he stabbed his housemate in the back during a confrontation about a clogged, smelly toilet. (The Washington Post) One person was killed and seven others were injured at a 15-year-old girl’s birthday celebration in Ellis County, Texas, when family members turned on each other with guns, knives and a brick, according to investigators, because the party ran out of beer. “It doesn’t make sense in a sane world,” sheriff’s Lt. R. D. White said. (Dallas’s WFAA-TV) Maryland State Police charged Alexander E. Malaska, 69, with the shooting death of his son’s neighbor during a dispute over the ownership of three trees. (The Washington Post) Authorities arrested an unidentified woman they said opened fire at a Waffle House in Augusta, Ga., during an altercation between two groups of women that stemmed from a Facebook posting. (Augusta’s WRDW-TV) Authorities charged Ania Wilkes, 20, with aggravated battery and mob action when she led an attack on a waitress at a Red Lobster in Fairview Heights, Ill., who brought her table the wrong order. (Associated Press) Patricia A. Cave, 50, of Washington, D.C., stabbed her former boyfriend to death after he refused to slide over in bed to make room for her. A D.C. Superior Court jury found that Cave acted in selfdefense because when she tried to move him, he grabbed her by the throat and choked her. (The Washington Post) HOMELAND INSECURITY - In a report titled “Terrorism Awareness and Prevention,” the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security identifies excessive yawning as one way to recognize potential terrorists in public. Other suspicious behavior includes appearing fidgety and excessive clock watching. Acknowledging that these indicators “are not guarantees of terrorist activities,” the agency nevertheless advised anyone encountering such behavior that “common sense would tell you that increased attention and thought should be placed on reporting your observations.” (Britain’s Daily Mail) WAR ON ALLAHCOHOL - Religious Kazakhs protested against a new vodka whose bottle cap bears the Arabic word for God and whose labels imply the liquor packs a kick by using the slogan, written in Arabic script, “Allah’s Strength Is Enough for Everybody.” Islam forbids alcohol, but many Kazakhs acquired a taste for it when the country was part of the Soviet Union. “The only salvation for those who did this is to repent,” Bekzat Boranbai uly, an Imam in Semey, told television station KTK. “Allah is against alcohol, and this is mockery.” When officials called on Geom, which produces the Baiterek brand, to withdraw stocks from shelves, the company apologized for the blasphemy, pleading ignorance. It explained the labels were produced in Russia and that nobody in the company speaks Arabic. (Britain’s The Telegraph) BROUGHT DOWN TO EARTH - A California law firm asked a judge to block San Joaquin Valley congressional candidate Jose Hernandez from describing himself as an astronaut on the June ballot. Even though Hernandez flew aboard the shuttle Discovery in 2009, he left NASA in January 2011. “Hernandez’s attempted use of ‘astronaut’ violates the Election Code’s unambiguous requirement that a candidate’s ballot designation reflect one’s current profession,” the lawsuit states, pointing out that “astronaut is not a title one carries for life.” (The Fresno Bee) LACK OF AMBITION - Brandon Lee Price, 28, an Army private reported as absent without leave since June 2010, managed to convince Citibank to have the address of Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen’s account changed from Allen’s Seattle mansion to Price’s Pittsburgh address. Three days later, Price asked the bank to send a new debit card for Allen’s account to the new address but not to report the old card as stolen. When Citibank complied, federal authorities said, Price gained access to Allen’s account and used it to pay off a debt of $658.81 and to try to buy $278.18 worth of video games at Gamestop and something for $1 at Family Dollar. Forbes estimates Allen’s net worth at $14.2 billion. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
Missoula Independent Page 13 April 26 – May 3, 2012
D EAD MAN WAITING Thirty years after killing two men, is Ron Smith’s number finally up? By Jamie Rogers
on Smith can’t remember exactly how old he was when he overheard the conversation, but it was before he started drinking, so it was before he was 11. He doesn’t recall exactly what was said, either. When his aunts were finished talking, though, he was certain: He was a mistake from which his father could never recover. Nelson Smith’s temper was a constant presence in the Smith home. He worked in the oil fields of central Alberta and was away from his wife, Dolores, his two daughters and his son, Ron, for months at a time. When he was home, he drank himself into volatile stupors, often beating Dolores. Smith would intervene, but his efforts only redirected his father’s rage. Documents filed in U. S. District Court in 1995 recount one such instance, when Dolores went to check on her son in the wake Nelson’s latest tantrum. Ron’s blood was splattered on the bedroom wall. Today, at the Montana State Prison in Deer Lodge, Smith talks about that conversation between his aunts, about his father and about the seed of anger planted in him as a young boy. Smith, now 54, has a barrel chest and forearms made thick by the hour of weightlifting he’s allowed each day. He has a gray handlebar mustache that sometimes does the smiling his mouth refuses. He talks unsentimentally about his life and the double murder that landed him in prison. Perhaps this is to be expected of a man who has spent the last 30 years thinking about his life in the imminence of his date with an executioner. Next week, Smith, who senselessly killed two young men in 1982, and his attorneys will plead his case before the Montana Board of Paroles and Pardons. The board will make a recommendation, and then it will be up to Gov. Brian Schweitzer alone to decide Smith’s fate: lethal injection or life in prison. Smith has a dagger tattooed on his forearm, a remnant from his days as an occultist. He says he was never drawn to organized religion, but in his youth he thought about the world and the possibility of a higher power, an all-connecting energy, an afterlife. “I’ve never really been able to figure all that out. Recently, various people have been trying to encourage me to develop a closer relationship with God,” he says, emphasizing the capital G, “but if He’s all knowing, then He’s pretty much got me figured out.”
and living on his own, drifting between the houses and couches of friends and extended family. He spoke to his mother sporadically. He wasn’t sure his father even knew he was gone. When he was 16, he was arrested for theft. By 18, he’d been arrested for theft and drug possession four more times. He drank and used drugs constantly. “Partying was pretty much the whole scene,” he recalls. “I had no aspiring hopes.”
In January of 1982, after being released from jail for breaking-and-entering, Smith discovered he had a daughter, Carmen. He hadn’t spoken to the girl’s mother in years. Carmen was four. Smith wanted to be a part of her life. The mother resisted. This was the first time Smith became aware of the “serious slide” he was on, he says. He wanted to be a father, but he knew he didn’t deserve it.
The urge to kill Ronald Allen Smith was born in Wetaskiwin, Alberta, in 1957. He says his early years were typical: He listened to music (Elvis, Johnny Cash, Conway Twitty), he liked reading (Treasure Island, Ivanhoe) and, as is custom in Alberta, he loved hockey. But life at home eventually became too much to bear. By 14, he’d made a habit of getting drunk and was out of school
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Later that year, he ran into a police officer outside a bar. He’d first encountered the officer five years before, when he stole his patrol car. Smith says the man had been embarrassed by the incident and launched a vendetta against him. He says the officer pulled him over numerous times without cause and once shined a spotlight through Smith’s bedroom window in the middle of the night. Outside the bar, Smith was drunk and taunted the officer. “I did everything in my power to get him to take a swing at me, because then I could do whatever I wanted to him,” Smith recalls. “But the fact that he wouldn’t give me the opportunity to deal with him physically, that’s when I snapped. I wanted to kill him.” The urge to kill supplanted an aspect of his humanity. He knew he had to change, he says. A month and a half later, he headed south. On the night of Aug. 2, 1982, Smith, then 24, walked across the Canadian border north of Babb. He carried a backpack, a few changes of clothes, a sawed-off .22-caliber rifle and a handful of bullets in his pocket. He traveled with two other men, Rodney Munro and Andre Fontaine. Smith was headed for Mexico. The journey, he had convinced himself, would correct the trajectory of his life. It would clear his mind, set him straight and one day return him to Canada a different man, ready for fatherhood. Munro and Fontaine wanted to join, insisting they’d only tag along so long as it took to score some drugs, Smith says. Then they’d leave Smith and return home. “I should have gone with my original plan, there wasn’t gonna be anybody but me,” Smith says. “I thought I needed to get away from my crazy life and then come back and be a good dad. Now I know I just needed to quit drinking.”
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The men spent a night in a grain silo near the border. The next day, they walked and thumbed to East Glacier, where, on Aug. 4, they posted up in a bar on the south side of town. Since embarking, the three had been drinking beer and taking LSD continuously. Court documents would later allege that on Aug. 4, Smith consumed between 12 and 18 beers and had been eating between 30 and 40 hits of LSD a day for several days. At the bar, the men played pool and cooled off from the blacktop heat of the highway. There, they met two Montanans, Blackfeet tribal members, Thomas Running Rabbit Jr., 20, and his cousin Harvey Mad Man Jr., 23. Later that day, the cousins were driving west on Highway 2 in a 1977 Ford LTD they’d borrowed from their grandmother. They stopped for three hitchhikers—the Canadian men they’d met in the bar.
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Prison guards escort Ron Smith back to his death row cell.
About 20 minutes later, at mile marker 195, near the top of Marias Pass, the men stopped to relieve themselves. When they returned, Smith held his sawed-off .22. He and Munro marched Running Rabbit and Mad Man into the woods. Smith shot Mad Man in the back of the head while Munro stabbed Running Rabbit. Smith then shot Running Rabbit through his temple. Smith, Munro and Fontaine scratched the VIN off the vehicle. Near Elmo, they found an abandoned Mazda and stole the plates. They headed for California, where Munro and Fontaine were arrested after robbing a convenience store. Smith made it to Rock Springs, Wyo., before he was apprehended on Aug. 27 and eventually charged with two counts of deliberate homicide and two counts of aggravated kidnapping. Smith was brought back to Flathead County. On Feb. 2, 1983, the county attorney offered him a plea deal: the state would drop the kidnapping charges and not recommend the death penalty, resulting in a life sentence. On Feb. 24, Smith rejected the deal. During the subsequent trial, Smith’s public defender offered no mitigating circumstances. The attorney would later admit to spending a total of 10 hours on Smith’s defense. A month later, Smith requested the death penalty. The state obliged. On April 11, 1983, Smith asked the court to reconsider his sentence, hoping, perhaps, the judge would acknowledge the previous plea offer. Smith was sober for the first time in years, and, after being transferred from Flathead County Jail to Montana
State Prison, felt that if he could drag it out, he might be able to contact his daughter and find time to mend some of the relationships with his family. The court upheld the sentence. Smith then appealed to the Montana Supreme Court, where the sentence was again affirmed. Then, in 1990, Smith’s case went to federal court, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. The court told Montana to re-sentence him. In 1993, at an evidentiary hearing, Smith’s new attorneys, Greg Jackson of Helena and Don Vernay, a death penalty specialist from New Mexico, presented a comprehensive defense. In order for a murder case to become a capital case, Montana stipulates that one or more of a list of ten aggravating circumstances must be proven by the prosecution, such as that the defendant lay in wait for the victim or that the victim was a government employee. The defense typically responds with mitigating circumstances. Among the 11 mitigating circumstances presented by Jackson and Vernay were that Rodney Munro, Smith’s co-defendant, who took the plea deal, was
sentenced to 60 years and eventually paroled in Canada; that Smith had apologized, shown remorse and accepted responsibility for killing the men; and that Smith was mentally and emotionally disturbed when he did it. At 17, Smith was evaluated by psychologists in the Canadian criminal system. He was again evaluated at 24, after his offense, and once more, in preparation for the appeal, at 36. The tests show a 17-year-old Smith and a 36 year-old Smith are nearly identical. A 24 year-old Smith showed a decline of 16 points on his full-scale I.Q. and 21 points on his verbal. It wasn’t enough. A Montana district court again sentenced Smith to death. At this point, Smith Photo by Chad Harder had been sentenced to die three times. But he was no longer just delaying his inevitable execution. He had a new reason to live. After the 1990 sentencing, Smith received a letter from his father. Nelson wanted Ron to know he was sorry, and that though he’d made many mistakes in his life, having a son was not one of them. A yearslong correspondence ensued in which old wounds
were healed and the men forged a kinship they’d never before shared. During this time, Smith also became closer with other members of his family. His sisters began making a yearly drive from Alberta to visit him in prison. He began to believe a relationship with his daughter was possible, despite the past, despite the future. “I keep going for my family,” he says. “To be there for them, to provide as much interaction as I can, for my circumstance … I don’t want to do to them what I did to the families of the victims.” Today, Smith writes each of his family members regularly and speaks to them about once a week on the phone. He also has a relationship with his daughter. She’s now 35 and has two children of her own. Smith says he writes each of his grandchildren once a week. He hasn’t spoken to the Running Rabbit or Mad Man families. He says he’d like to, but he knows it would have to be on their terms. “Sorry,” he says, “doesn’t exactly cover it.” Thomas Running Rabbit IV was born June 21, 1982, about six weeks before his father was murdered. He was raised by his mother and grandparents. By the time he was 3 or 4, he says, his mother was remarried. When he was 6, his grandmother explained what had happened to his real father. Running Rabbit says people should know that Smith’s crime still echoes loudly in his family. “Every year, when appeals and court hearings come up, it dredges up these feelings, depression, crying,” he says. “And disbelief at the court system, how this could be dragged on so long. “I don’t understand why there is even an option of clemency.”
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Cruel and unusual On Sept. 10, 1943, Philip “Slim” Coleman Jr. was hanged in the Missoula County Jail. He’d been convicted of killing Carl and Roslyn Pearson and robbing them of $200 and their car. Coleman allegedly showed no remorse for his crime, even bragged about other people he’d killed back home in St. Louis. The day before his execution, he asked to be baptized into the Catholic faith. The next day, Father Henry L. Sweeny accompanied Coleman to the execution room. Coleman was the 71st man hanged in Montana since 1863. He was the ninth black man. Montana then went 52 years without an execution, a period that saw the mechanics of capital punishment in the United States change drastically. In 1972, the U.S. Supreme Court came to a 5-4 decision striking down most state death penalty laws, finding them “arbitrary and capricious.” The court held that the laws violated the “cruel and unusual punishment” provision of the 8th amendment. A federal moratorium ensued. Over 600 condemned inmates had their death sentences lifted. States responded by modernizing death penalty statutes. Most adopted a bifurcated trial system: a jury trial to determine guilt or innocence and a second trial before a judge for the sentencing. States also implemented an automatic process of appeals that would boomerang all capital cases from the state to the federal level and back again. Appeased, the U.S. Supreme Court lifted the moratorium in 1976. It wasn’t until a year later, in 1977, that the biggest change to U.S. capital punishment came. Hanging, the electric chair and a firing squad were thought to be gruesome, visceral and theatrical ways to execute criminals. The gas chamber, too, was eventually thought to be inhumane, given that the inmate suffered considerably before his or her heart stopped. In 1977, Oklahoma’s state medical examiner, Jay Chapman, proposed a different method: lethal injection. The protocol called for a three-drug cocktail to be intravenously administered. This was quiet compared to past methods—almost a medical procedure rather than a state-sponsored killing. Today, all 33 capital punishment states use lethal injection as the primary method of execution, and nearly all of them, including Montana, use a version of the three-drug protocol first proposed in Oklahoma. On Aug. 12, 2011, his last day in office, Montana State Prison Warden Mike Mahoney signed off on a revised protocol for Montana executions. The reason for the revision, in large part, was because sodium thiopental, a barbiturate intended to anesthetize an inmate, has been made unavailable for executions by its manufacturer. The new protocol substitutes the old drug with pentobarbital, a barbiturate typically used by veterinarians to euthanize animals. If Ron Smith is denied clemency, his life will be sustained for a few more months by Montana’s new protocol, which Helena-based attorney Ron Waterman says does not go far enough. In the fall of 2011, Smith was granted a stay of execution based upon complaints Waterman presented to the First Judicial Court in Lewis and Clark County. Among the grievances are that the 149-page protocol does not stipulate what training or experience the execution-
What it costs As Ron Smith’s clemency hearing nears, a number of voices have spoken in his favor, including the Canadian government’s. In a letter to the Montana Board of Paroles and Pardons, Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird wrote, “The government of Canada does not sympathize with violent crime … The government of Canada requests you grant clemency to Mr. Smith on humanitarian grounds.” Though people close to Smith agree that he is a very different man from the person who murdered Running Rabbit and Mad Man, most of Smith’s support reflects the Canadian government’s position, calling for clemency based on a humanitarian rejection of capital punishment, no matter the crime. Dave Wanzenreid has served in the Montana legislature for over 20 years. In the last decade, he has made the abolishment of the death penalty his priority. “I Photo by Chad Harder ran for office six times before anyone ever asked me what my position on the death penalty was,” Wanzenreid says. “I think the more people pick up the lid on er must have, only that he or she “volunteer” and the garbage can, they’re going to find out what’s in “be trained by the warden”; and that the protocol, there, and they’re not gonna like what they see.” like all three-drug protocols, calls for a paralytic What they’re going to see, he continues, is “a agent, pancuronium bromide, to be administered decrepit and failed institution.” before the final, heart-stopping drug, potassium
According to Wanzenreid, it was the “first time in history that a legislative body controlled by Republicans has ever passed a bill to abolish the death penalty.” The bill was then struck down in the House. In 2009 and 2011, the bill again passed the Senate before, again, being killed by the House Judiciary Committee. Montana seems to be following a nationwide trend, albeit at a glacial pace. Earlier this month, Connecticut became the seventeenth state, and the fifth in the past five years, to abolish the death penalty, making life without parole the maximum criminal sentence. Similar legislation is pending in Kentucky, Maryland and Kansas. Of the reasons for abolition Wanzenreid cites, cost may be the most compelling, given its partisan neutrality. Though there has never been a comprehensive study of the cost of capital punishment cases for Montana, a rigorous study conducted by the Urban Institute for the state of Maryland found that a death penalty case costs, on average, $2 million more than a comparable non-capital case. The study found that between 1978 and 1999, the state spent $186,000,000 to try capital cases resulting in five executions. According to the Abolition Coalition, a Helena-based nonprofit dedicated to ending the death penalty, a capital case in Gallatin County cost the Montana Public Defenders Office $115,000. A comparable case, tried in Lewis and Clark County, where the death penalty was not sought, cost $3,200. The reasons for the exorbitant costs are complicated and the specifics vary from state to state. In short, the changes that were made to state death penalty laws in the 1970s came with price tags. The
chloride. Waterman argues that the paralytic agent In the last three state legislative sessions, merely plants the façade of a peaceful, humane Wanzenreid sponsored a bill to abolish Montana’s death by masking any pain the inmate feels. death penalty, replacing the sentence with life withIn 1995, Waterman witnessed the execution of out parole. In 2007, the bill passed the Senate. his client, Duncan McKenzie. McKenzie was sentenced to death in 1974 after being convicted of the rape and murder of a Conrad schoolteacher. It was the first execution in Montana since 1943 and the first lethal injection in state history. The week leading up to the execution date, Waterman visited McKenzie everyday. They had exhausted every possibility for a stay, for clemency, for some way to prolong McKenzie’s life a little longer. At 9:30 p.m., hours after McKenzie’s last meal—a steak and an Orange Crush soda—it was clear there would be no more interference from the courts. Just before midnight, McKenzie was rolled into the execution chamber, a 12-by-48-foot, single-wide trailer next to the maximum security unit in Deer Lodge. (MSP has plans to build a new chamber.) McKenzie was strapped to a crossshaped gurney. Waterman watched from a row of folding chairs. McKenzie had no final words, but he and Waterman had worked out a series of simple hand signals to communicate how he was feeling. McKenzie gave a thumbs-up before the first drug was administered. By the time the second drug was administered, McKenzie was completely paralyzed. Whether or not he felt pain when the final drug entered his veins, Waterman will never know. McKenzie couldn’t Ron Smith at Montana State Prison with one of his attorneys, Greg Jackson, right. move his thumbs.
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bifurcated trial system and automatic appeals tionships with various members of his family and has process have led to more lawyers, more taken advantage of the educational opportunities judges, more expert witnesses, more hearings offered by the prison that houses him. He has expressed deep regret for his and hours and hours and hours of deplorable actions. However, conbillable work. sideration of these issues are Yet, despite the rigorous court beyond our jurisdiction in this proceedings, mistakes are still case. Clemency claims are commade. According to the Death mitted to the wisdom of the Penalty Information Center, 140 executive branch.” people have been released from Greg Jackson and Don death row after evidence, usually Vernay, who were assigned from DNA, proved their innoSmith’s case when it first went to cence. Since 2000, an average of the Ninth Circuit, have worked five condemned people have been and studied in capital law for exonerated each year. most of their careers. Jackson says Ed Corrigan, the prosecuting Dave Wanzenreid he’s never seen a federal court attorney for Flathead County, says take a measure “virtually recomboth the cost and the risk of the mending that the governor process are warranted. “I believe grant … clemency.” personally that there is a class of This will be the first homicides that are sufficiently death-row clemency petition heinous that … life without parole Schweitzer has faced. He declined or 100 years in prison are not adeto discuss Smith’s case with quate,” he says. “In those the Independent, but he’s said cases where the death penalty the decision weighs on him: should apply because of the “You’re not talking to a goverheinous nature of the crime, the nor who is jubilant about these economic considerations don’t things,” he told a reporter from come into play for me … The costs Canada, where there is no death are something the state is going to penalty. “It feels like you’re carryhave to bear.” Ron Waterman ing more than the weight of an angus bull on your shoulders.” Smith isn’t getting much support from the people who might be whispering in the governor’s ear Ron Smith was not at the prison when his friend come May 2, the day Smith’s case will be heard. On Duncan McKenzie was executed in 1995. He was in Feb. 22, 2012, the Independent received the followcourt for one of his appeals. Asked how McKenzie’s ing statement from John Doran, a communications death affected him, he shrugs and says, “I just officer with the Montana Department of Justice: got back from court and I didn’t have Mac to pick “The state of Montana will file a written response opposing Ronald Allen Smith’s petition for commuon anymore.” Smith is locked down in a maximum security cell 23 hours a day. He watches television, reads and listens to the radio. Sometimes, on the radio, he can pick up hockey games out of Calgary. He doesn’t expect to be forgiven for his crimes, he says. He understands they deserve harsh judgment, but he wants people to know that the man who committed them is already gone. Unable to change the past, Smith has worked hard to make the future more promising. Since the dialogue with his father, he has earned his GED. He’s begun taking college courses and now has the equivalent training of a paralegal. One day, circumstances permitting, he hopes to assist fellow inmates with their legal issues. Jon Salmonson, a now-retired instructor for the education department at the Montana State Prison, taught Smith for years. In a 2011 letter to Gov. Schweitzer, he wrote that Smith’s “effort and example enabled other inmates to have access to a college-level program that challenged their abilities and led them into areas of thought and competence beyond their previous experience. Ron Smith led the way.” In 2010, Smith appealed to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals for the second and final time. The appellate court again denied him. The court “unanimously agreed that the actions of his attorney in representing him at the time of his plea of guilty were deplorable, [but] because Mr. Smith voluntarily pled guilty to his offenses, he was not prejudiced by his attorney’s deplorable actions.” Included in the court’s decision was the following passage: “By all accounts, Smith has reformed his life. He has developed strong rela-
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tation of his sentence and intends to defend the strong court record upholding his original death sentences.” Then, in early April, less than a month before the hearing, Smith’s attorneys received an email from the Montana Board of Pardons and Paroles containing a four-page document apparently giving the board’s recommendation before the case was heard. “Smith does not meet any of the commutation criteria as outlined in the BOPP administrative rules,” it said. “Smith hasn’t demonstrated an extended period of exemplary performance and there doesn’t appear to be any extraordinary mitigating or extenuating circumstances that would constitute the exceptional remedy such as commutation. It is recommended [that] a commutation of a sentence be denied.” The board has said the document was written by a staffer and is no more than the staffer’s recommendation, standard procedure in clemency cases. The board said the email was sent in error. If he’s denied clemency, Smith’s life will continue as long as it takes the state to work out the lawsuit with Ron Waterman over the protocol. The hearing in that case is scheduled for September 2012.
Live with it On Aug. 6, 1982, Cecile Grant reported her grandchildren, Harvey and Thomas, missing. A search party went out to look for the men but came back empty-handed. Within a day, news of Fontaine and Munro’s arrests reached Flathead County. Cecile Grant’s Ford had been recovered, and the nature of the search changed. Gabe Grant, uncle to Thomas Running Rabbit and Harvey Mad Man, was a member of the party that found the men’s bodies. Though he did not return phone calls from the Independent, he described the events in a March 2012 article in the Great Falls Tribune: “We did it an organized way so
we didn’t miss a spot. We went all the way up to Paradise, Montana, and walked the entire road back to the reservation.” The bodies were finally found on Sept. 17. “They were in a little indentation on the edge of steep side hill,” he said. “There was a stream running through there.” Gabe Grant and Carol Arrow Top are two of only a few living family members with any memory of Thomas and Harvey. Arrow Top was their aunt. “They were friends, they were cousins, they were brothers,” she remembers. “Harvey was a kind kid. He was a gentle person. He wanted knowledge. He asked a lot of questions.” The Running Rabbit and Mad Man families have spent the last 30 years waiting for a sclerotic justice system to provide some sort of closure. Ron Smith’s case has now outlived nearly everyone who knew Harvey and Thomas, and, in a way, outlived the man who committed the crime. The children of the victims and the convicted have barely known a life without the thunderhead of the next appeal, the next court date, looming on the horizon. Jessica Crawford was 5 when her father was murdered. Like her brother, Thomas Running Rabbit IV, she was raised by her mother and grandparents. According to Greg Jackson, there was a time when everyone in the Running Rabbit family wanted to see Smith executed. But after seeing Smith at a court hearing in Helena, Crawford, who is now in her early thirties and a mother, changed her mind. In 2011, Crawford told the Canadian Press she feels Smith should “remain locked away.” She continued, “After seeing him and seeing how real it was, I just feel it is more of a punishment for him that he just sit out his years.” She doesn’t forgive Smith, she said. “I just think he should have to live with it.” firstname.lastname@example.org
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Gustavo Arellano writes “Ask a Mexican,” a syndicated weekly Q&A about all things, and anything, Mexican. Two summers ago, I rendezvoused with The Mexican himself in Hatch, New Mexico, where we broke tortillas at the Pepper Pot. I was in town to buy green chile for the freezer. He was researching his third book, which was to be called Taco USA: How Mexican Food Conquered America. Taco USA has finally been published. It’s full of history researched, rescued and retold, and flavored with fun and important stories from the present, as it chronicles the impact of Mexican food on American culture. The cuisine has seeped into surprising places, like the canned chicken tamale rations sent to American soldiers in the Philippines during World War II or the invention of Doritos at Disneyland or the breakfast burritos that were rolled at the International Space Station, by popular demand from the crew, by a Mexican-American astronaut named Danny Olivas. In a recent phone interview for the Weekly Alibi in Albuquerque, Arellano and I spoke about Mexican food in America today and where it might be going. In a nutshell, I’d say if he were trading shares of Mexican-American he’d be buying a modest stake in Denver-Mex (or Den-Mex cuisine), holding onto his California-Mex (Cal-Mex) interest and selling his TexMex for whatever he could get for it. And he’d be looking to make significant purchases in regional Mexican cuisines from south of the border states like Nuevo León, Coahuila and Chihuahua that have supplied much of what Americans know of as Mexican. Den-Mex, he says, is a gem that’s virtually unknown off the I-25 corridor. He’s particularly infatuated with the Denver burrito, aka the Mexican hamburger, which, he told me on the phone, is “essentially a smothered burrito, usually with beans and chicharrónes, but with a hamburger patty inside. Right smack dab in the middle, it’s all scrunched up in the middle of the burrito. And it’s smothered in Denver-style chile … It’s an orange chile. And not chili con carne. This would be more like a chile from New Mexico … It is a bizarre chile … unlike anything you’ve ever seen. And it’s also spicy as hell.” “Den-Mex is the cousin of New Mexico-style food, because there is that very strong connection between the people who settled southern Colorado—all those Hispanos, they all came from
New Mexico. They know the cult of the [chile-] smothered burrito. They know the cult of just chile, of good fulsome chiles and being able to eat them.” Arellano’s forecast for classic Tex-Mex is not so upbeat. Restaurants that serve those hot, oblong, cheese-drenched combo plates that epitomize TexMex food, with their dollop of sour cream and pud-
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dle of refried beans, are no longer opening in significant numbers. While chili con carne has worked its way into heartland recipe books, it’s no longer on the march. In recent years, the rise of Cal-Mex sped the decline of Tex-Mex as well, Arellano writes in Taco USA. “The burrito only reached Texas in the second part of the twentieth century.” Arellano doesn’t quite pronounce Tex-Mex dead, but in his book he quotes what he calls an “inglorious obituary” to Tex-Mex food that was printed in Texas Monthly. “‘We will always love our yellow cheese. But as dishes from Mexico’s heartland apply for permanent residency in Texas at an ever-increasing rate, we’re on the threshold of a new culinary era: the time of Mex-Tex.’” I personally would take albondigas, chiles en Nogada and natillas any day over most Tex-Mex I’ve known, and in his book Arellano describes it as “platters baked in an orange goop resembling a dairy product.” But on the phone, his assessment of the dying guard was more glorified. “I’m a fan of Tex-Mex. A lot of people dismiss it as trash, but it’s not. Tex-Mex has
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its own charm. Look at what food writer Robb Walsh is doing in Houston with his restaurant El Real Tex-Mex [Cafe]. He basically set that up because he himself—an apostle of Tex-Mex, a friend and a mentor of mine—felt that Tex-Mex food was slowly disappearing.” Food may be the focus of Taco USA, but it’s only one of the ways that Mexico has influenced America. And Arellano has his sights on all of them. Perhaps that’s why, as he told me, the most disturbing stereotype about Mexicans to him is the idea that they don’t assimilate into American culture and contribute to society. “It’s the Americans who refuse to believe that we can do that,” he told me. “I would use my family’s example. My parents came to this country 40 years ago. I’m their oldest. The first language I spoke was Spanish. The only language I spoke when I entered kindergarten was Spanish. Here I am speaking to you in English.” Arellano dedicates Taco USA “To all the Mexican workers—busboys and waitresses, line cooks and sous chefs, janitors and crop pickers, and so many more—who toil anonymously in our food industry, making American cuisine even more Mexican than we can ever realize.” America, he implies, is more Mexican than we realize. Assimilation is happening at every level of society. It’s history. And America is eating it up. As Taco USA notes, salsa has overtaken ketchup as America’s leading condiment. While Main Street America is getting hip to chips and salsa, elsewhere the creative forces of assimilation are experimenting, with interesting results. As Arellano told me over red and green bowls of chile, in Hatch, they’re putting French fries in burritos in San Diego, green chile on the burgers in New Mexico—and of course putting their burgers inside their burritos in Denver. And they’re selling panocha in Chimayo during Lent, something that even an open-minded California Mexican like himself had trouble comprehending at first. “Panocha is a New Mexican pudding made with brown sugar and [sprouted] wheat and sold during Lent. You gotta try it, man. It’s also a different name for vagina. So imagine a Mexican like myself from southern California coming here and seeing all over the place during Lent ‘panocha one dollar, panocha one dollar …’ I’m like, What? Then I realize it’s pudding. Good pudding, man. Oh my God is it good.”
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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. $-$$ Big Sky Drive In 1016 W. Broadway 549-5431 Big Sky Drive In opened June 2nd 1962. We feature soft serve ice cream, shakes, malts, spins, burger, hot dogs, pork chop sandwiches and breaded mushrooms all made to order. Enjoy our 23 shake and malt flavors or the orange twist ice cream. Drive thru or stay and enjoy your food in our outdoor seating area. Lunch and dinner, seven days a week. $-$$ Black Coffee Roasting Co. 1515 Wyoming St., Suite 200 541-3700 Black Coffee Roasting Company is located in the heart of Missoula. Our roastery is open Monday – Friday, 7:30 – 2. 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 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 late. $-$$ Butterfly Herbs 232 N. Higgins 728-8780 Celebrating 39 years of great coffees and teas. Truly the “essence of Missoula.” Offering fresh coffees, teas (Evening in Missoula), bulk spices and botanicals, fine toiletries & gifts. Our cafe features homemade soups, fresh salads, and coffee ice cream specialties. In the heart of historic downtown, we are Missoula’s first and favorite Espresso Bar. Open 7 Days. $ Claim Jumper 3021 Brooks • 728-0074 Serving Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner 7 days a week. Come in between 7-8 am for our Early Bird Breakfast Special: Get 50% off any breakfast menu item! Or Join us for Lunch and Dinner. We feature CJ’s Famous Fried Chicken, Delicious Steaks, and your Favorite Pub Classics. Breakfast from 7am-11am on Weekdays and 7am-2pm on Weekends. Lunch and Dinner 11am-9pm SunWed and 11am-10pm Thurs-Sat. Ask your Server about our Players Club! Happy Hour in our lounge M-F 4-6 PM. $-$$$ 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. The Empanada Joint 123 E. Main St. 926-2038 The Empanada Joint 123 E. Main St 9262038 Offering authentic empanadas BAKED FRESH DAILY! 9 different flavors, including vegetarian and gluten-free options. 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. 11am-9pm Tuesday-Sunday. Downtown Missoula. $ Food For Thought 540 Daly Ave. 721-6033 Missoula's Original Coffehouse/Café located across from the U of M campus. Serving breakfast and lunch 7 days a week+dinner 5 nights a week. Also serving cold sandwiches, soups, salads, with baked goods and espresso bar. HUGE Portions and the Best BREAKFAST in town. M-TH 7am-8pm, Fri 7am-4pm, Sat 8am-4pm, Sun 8am-8pm. $-$$ Good Food Store 1600 S. 3rd West 41-FOOD Our Deli features all natural made-to-order sandwiches, soup & salad bar, olive & antipasto bar, fresh deli salads, hot entrees, rotisserie-roasted cage free chickens, fresh juice, smoothies, organic espresso and dessert. Enjoy your meal in our spacious seating area or at an outdoor table. Open every day 7am - 10pm $-$$ 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 $-$$ Holiday Inn Downtown 200 S. Pattee St. 532-2056 Brooks and Browns Trivia Night is back. $7 Bayern Pitchers plus appetizer specials. Every Thursday from 7-10pm. $50 Bar Tab to winning team. Warm up your chilly nights with our Hot Jalapeno Artichoke Dip. We have Classic French Onion Soup and hearty Bison chili made in house daily. Fall in love with our Bacon Cheeseburger Meatloaf-stuffed with crispy Daily’s bacon and cheddar cheese, served with cheddar mashed potatoes and corn. And finish the best meal in town with our New Orleans style Bread Pudding with warm caramel sauce and Big Dipper vanilla bean Ice cream. We still have Happy Hour from 4-7 every day and on game days we offer wings specials and all your favorite local micro-brews. Everyone loves our SUNDAY BINGO NIGHT! Sundays 6-9 pm at Brooks and Browns. Same happy Hour specials ($5 pulled pork sliders, ? order wings, ? nachos; $6 Bud Lite pitchers) Have you
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How it’s made: The whiskey mash comes from the Who’s behind it: Glacier Wheatfish beer recipe, which is Distilling Company is a Montana brewed with Montana wheat and whiskey and spirits maker in the barley at the Great Northern little town of Coram, at the edge Brewing Company in Whitefish. of Glacier Park. It’s an artisan The distillery takes the mash, disoperation; everything’s handtills it into whiskey and ages it in crafted and hand-bottled in what barrels. they call “The Whiskey Barn” (sounds dreamy). The company, Photo by Erika Fredrickson Where to find it: The which opened last year, is currently making a handful of whiskeys, including Glacier Distilling Company has a tasting room at 10237 Hwy. 2, in Coram: “Look for the red a white, peach-infused one. barn on the north side of the highway, just What it tastes like: A little spicy, slightly past the cottonwood tree that got cut down sweet and very warm. This is a sipping whiskey last summer.” But call ahead, 406-387-9887, that’s smooth at first, with an escalating heat that because the hours are sporadic. Or taste it fills your nostrils. Tastings.com got even more in- from designated locations, including Grizzly depth: “Mild aromas of peanut brittle, frosted Liquor ($33.15 a bottle) and Sean Kelly’s in banana pastry, straw and brown spices with a soft, Missoula. —Erika Fredrickson fruity-yet-dry medium body and a warming honeyed raisin cake, vanilla extract and peppery spice Happiest Hour celebrates western finish. A fun and flavorful choice for cocktails.” Montana watering holes. To recommend a How it compares: It’s lived up to high bar, bartender or beverage for Happiest Hour, standards, winning a silver medal this year in email email@example.com.
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discovered Brooks and Browns? Inside the Holiday Inn, Downtown Missoula. 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. $$-$$$ Iza Asian Restaurant 529 S. Higgins • 830-3237 www.izarestaurant.com All our menu items are made from scratch, featuring dishes from Thailand, Japan, Indonesia, Korea, Nepal, and Malaysia. Extensive tea menu. Missoula's Original Bubble Teas. Beer, Wine and Sake available. Join us in our Asian themed dining room for a wonderful IZA experience. Rotating music and DJs. Lunch 11:30-3:00, Happy Hour 3-6, Dinner 5-10. $-$$ Jakers 3515 Brooks St. • 721-1312 www.jakers.com Every occasion is a celebration at Jakers. Enjoy our two for one Happy Hour throughout the week in a fun, casual atmosphere. Hungry? Try our hand cut steaks, small plate menu and our vegetarian & gluten free entrees. For reservations or take out call 721-1312. $$-$$$ Korean Bar-B-Que & Sushi 3075 N. Reserve • 327-0731 We invite you to visit our contemporary Korean-Japanese restaurant and enjoy it’s warm atmosphere. Full Sushi Bar. Korean bar-b-que at your table. Beer and Wine. $$-$$$
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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. $
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The Mercantile Deli 119 S. Higgins Ave. • 721-6372 themercantiledeli.com Located next to the historic Wilma Theater, the Merc features a relaxed atmosphere, handcrafted Paninis, Sandwiches, and wholesome Soups and Salads. Try a Monte Cristo for breakfast, a Pork Love Panini for lunch, or have us cater your next company event. Open Monday – Saturday for breakfast and lunch. Downtown delivery available. $-$$ The Mustard Seed Asian Café Southgate Mall • 542-7333 Contemporary Asian Cuisine served in our allnew bistro atmosphere. Original recipes and fresh ingredients combined from Japanese, Chinese, Polynesian, and Southeast Asian influences to appeal to American palates. Full menu available in our non-smoking bar. Fresh daily desserts, microbrews, fine wines & signature drinks. Takeout & delivery available. $$-$$$ Orange Street Food Farm 701 S. Orange St. • 543-3188 Don’t feel like cooking? Pick up some fried chicken, made to order sandwiches, fresh deli salads, & sliced meats and cheeses. Or mix and match items from our hot case. Need some dessert with that? Our bakery makes cookies, cakes, and brownies that are ready when you are. $-$$ Paul’s Pancake Parlor 2305 Brooks • 728-9071 (Tremper’s Shopping Center) Check out our home cooked lunch and dinner specials or try one of 17 varieties of pancakes. Our famous breakfast is served all day! Monday is all you can eat spaghetti for $8.50. Wednesday is turkey night with all of the trimmings for $7.75. Eat in or take-out. M-F 6am-7pm, Sat/Sun 7am-4pm. $–$$. Pearl Café 231 E. Front St. • 541-0231 Country French specialties, bison, elk, and fresh fish daily. Delicious salads and appetizers, as well as breads and desserts baked in-house. Extensive wine list; 18 wines by the glass and local beers on draft. Reservations recommended for the intimate dining areas. Visit our website Pearlcafe.us to check out our nightly specials, make reservations, or buy gift certificates. Open Mon-Sat at 5:00. $$-$$$ Philly West 134 W. Broadway • 493-6204 For an East-coast taste of pizza, stromboli, hoagies, salads, and pasta dishes and CHEESESTEAKS, try Philly West. A taste of the great “fightin’ city of Philadelphia” can be enjoyed Monday - Saturday for lunch and dinner and late on weekends. We create our marinara, meatballs, dough and sauces in-house so if “youse wanna eat,” come to 134 W. Broadway. Pita Pit 130 N. Higgins 541-PITA (7482) • pitapitusa.com Fresh Thinking Healthy Eating. Enjoy a pita rolled just for you. Hot meat and cool fresh veggies topped with your favorite sauce. Try our Chicken Caesar, Gyro, Philly Steak, Breakfast Pita, or Vegetarian Falafel to name just a few. For your convenience we are open until 3am 7 nights a week. Call if you need us to deliver! Sapore 424 N. Higgins Ave. • 542-6695 Voted best new restaurant in the Missoula Independent's Best of Missoula, 2011. Located on Higgins Ave., across the street from Wordens.
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Serving progressive American food consisting of fresh housemade pastas every day, pizza, local beef, and fresh fish delivered from Taste of Alaska. New specials: burger & beer Sundays, 5-7 $9 ~ pizza & beer Tuesdays, 5-7 $10 ~ draft beers, Tuesday -Thursday, 5-6:30 $3. Business hours: Tues.- Sat. 5-10:30 pm., Sat. 10-3 pm., Sun. 5-10 pm. Authentic Thai Restaurant 221 W. Broadway • 543-9966 sawaddeedowntown.com Sa Wa Dee offers traditional Thai cuisine in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Choose from a selection of five Thai curries, Pad Thai, delicious Thai soups, and an assortment of tantalizing entrees. Featuring fresh ingredients and authentic Thai flavors- no MSG! See for yourself why Thai food is a deliciously different change from other Asian cuisine. Now serving beer and wine! $-$$ Sean Kelly’s Empire Grill 130 W. Pine St. • 542-1471 Located in the heart of downtown. Open for lunch & dinner. Featuring brunch Saturday & Sunday from 11-2pm. Serving international & Irish pub fare. Full bar, beer, wine, martinis. $-$$ Silvertip Casino 680 SW Higgins • 728-5643 The Silvertip Casino is Missoula’s premiere casino offering 20 Video gaming machines, best live poker in Missoula, full beverage liquor, 11 flat screen tv’s and great food at great prices. Breakfast Specials starting at $2.99 (7-11am) For a complete menu, go to www.silvertipcasino.com. Open 24/7. $-$$ Sparkle Laundry 812 S. Higgins Ave. • 721-5146 The big pizza joints have been hating on our $6, made-to-order, 12” pepperoni pizzas for a reason. They’re affordable and they’re good. Well, the cat’s out of the bag, boyee! We also have dogs, pretzels, muffins, bagels, ice cream and more. We do your laundry too. Since 1960. NOT JUST SUSHI We have quick and delicious lunch specials 6 days a week starting at $7, and are open for dinner 7 nights a week. Try our comfort food items like Pork Katsu and Chicken Teriyaki. We also offer party platters to go and catering for all culinary styles. Lunch 11:30-3 Mon-Sat. Dinner 5-9:30 Every Night. Corner of Pine and Higgins. Very Family Friendly. 549-7979. $$-$$$ Taco Del Sol 422 N. Higgins 327-8929 Stop in when you're in the neighborhood. We'll do our best to treat you right! Crowned Missoula's best lunch for under $6. Mon.-Sat. 1110 Sun 12-9. Taco Sano 115 1/2 S. 4th Street West Located next to Holiday Store on Hip Strip 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. Tamarack Brewing Company 231 W. Front Street 830-3113 facebook.com/tamarackmissoula Tamarack Brewing Company opened its first Taphouse in Missoula in 2011. Overlooking Caras Park, Tamarack Missoula has two floors -a sports pub downstairs, and casual dining upstairs. Patrons can find Tamarack’s handcrafted ales and great pub fare on both levels. Enjoy beer-inspired menu items like brew bread wraps, Hat Trick Hop IPA Fish and Chips, and Dock Days Hefeweizen Caesar Salads. Try one of our staple ales like Hat Trick Hop IPA or Yard Sale Amber Ale, or one of our rotating seasonal beers, like, Old 'Stache Whiskey Barrel Porter, Headwall Double IPA, Stoner Kriek and more. Don’t miss $8 growler fills on Wednesday and Sunday, Community Tap Night every Tuesday, Kids Eat Free Mondays, and more. See you at The ‘Rack! $-$$ Ten Spoon Vineyard + Winery 4175 Rattlesnake Drive 549-8703 www.tenspoon.com Made in Montana, award-winning organic wines, no added sulfites. Tasting hours: Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, 5 to 9 pm. Soak in the harvest sunshine with a view of the vineyard, or cozy up with a glass of wine inside the winery. Wine sold by the flight or glass. Bottles sold to take home or to ship to friends and relatives. $$ 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. $-$$ YoWaffle Yogurt 216 W. Main St. • 543-6072 (Between Thai Spicy and The Shack) www.yowaffle.com YoWaffle is a self-serve frozen yogurt and Belgian waffle eatery offering 10 continuously changing flavors of yogurt, over 60 toppings, gluten free cones and waffles available, hot and cold beverages, and 2 soups daily. Indoor and outdoor seating. Meetings welcome. Open 7 days a week. Sun-Thurs 11 AM to 11 PM, Fri 11 AM to 12 AM, Sat. 10 AM to 12 AM. Free WiFi. Loyalty punch cards, gift cards and t-shirts available. UMONEY. Like us on facebook. Let YoWaffle host your next birthday party! $
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Arts & Entertainment listings April 26 – May 3, 2012
By any other name. Frankie Rose, formerly of the Crystal Stilts and the Dum Dum Girls, plays the Palace, 147 W. Broadway, on Thu., April 26, at 9 PM. Boys are opening. $10.
The 27th Annual Mansfield Conference at UM features panels on violence against women, law, development and leadership. This
year’s theme is Holding Up Half the Sky: Womens Leadership and Development. UM Turner Hall. 8:30 AM–5 PM. Contact the Mansfield center for more info. at 243-2988. A timely topic this time around at UM’s Indian Law Week: Emerging Issues for Energy Development in Indian Country. UM Law Bldg. Noon.
Stephen Edwards of the UM Center for Natural Resources and Environmental Policy talks Central Asia during her lecture Forty end your event info by 5 PM on Fri., April 27, to firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternately, snail mail the stuff to The Calemander c/o the Independent, 317 S. Orange St., Missoula, MT 59801 or fax your way to 543-4367.
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