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Just a Little Light Reading: the Stimulus Plan 3.3.2009 NewWest.Net All Headlines
There's a lot to learn from reading the 407- page stimulus plan, but the biggest lesson is this: out of the mouths of fools come firm predictions - and convictions - about whether or not it's going to work. In an era when the former Federal Reserve chair and economic rock star - the mighty Alan Greenspan - said he was wrong about free markets and a few other things, it's just silly to say your own convictions about the ARRA are right and others are wrong. When the second-richest man in the world, investor and businessman Warren Buffett says that nobody knows if the plan will work and that economists have often been very, very wrong who are we to claim we're right?
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Compassion and Artistry Collide for Missoula Musician David Boone 27.2.2009 NewWest.Net All Headlines
Listen to prolific Missoula rocker David Boone sing and its clear he loves to make music. Listen to him talk and it's clear he is a man of vision. So when he released his critically acclaimed seventh album Tale of Gold just over a year go, he did something unheard of in the Missoula music scene. He held a benefit concert. At the Wilma. With around a 1000-seat capacity the Wilma's sheer size is problematic for local musicians, fellow guitar picker and sometimes Boone stage mate Tom Catmull said. Four or five hundred people in a bar and the energy is fantastic. Four or five hundred people in the Wilma and the place feels empty.
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Scrubbing Livestock More Fun Than Reading Stimulus Bill 27.2.2009 NewWest.Net All Headlines
LAST UPDATE BEFORE A REPORT ON MONDAY. It's DAY 9, Friday the 27th, and I finished reading the damn stimulus bill, as it will be forever called around here. If you get a hankering to do this, I recommend you go wash a muddy cow. Much more festive. A few highlights, then a full report on Monday: The ARRA increases the maximum Pell Grant by $500, from $4,850 to $5,350. That means more people in college and a better educated work force. The Army Corps of Engineers will get $5 billion for construction projects. Very old atomic energy plants will be cleaned up and dams will be repaired, among other things. In the West, there is money for water. Places which have been hit by drought conditions will get some relief. Previous updates... UPDATE, END OF DAY ONE: ...
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Montana Opens Door for Horse Slaughter 27.2.2009 NewWest.Net All Headlines
Old, sick or lame horses may no longer be shipped to Canada and Mexico for slaughter if a bill passed by the Montana House of Representatives on Wednesday clears the Senate. Since the closure of the last three remaining horse slaughterhouses in the U.S. in 2007, many ranchers and horse owners have struggled to find economic ways to dispose of their ailing animals, Montana reporter Matt Gouras reports for the AP. The aptly named Republican Rep. Ed Butcher, a horse owner himself, sponsored the bill that would lead to the construction of a horse slaughterhouse in Montana. In increasingly tough economic times, Butcher noted that animal cruelty and horse abandonment cases are rising as ranchers and horse owners find they can no longer afford to care for ...
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Bozeman Mayor Asks City Employees to Give Up Pay Raises 26.2.2009 NewWest.Net All Headlines
In her annual State of the City address this week, Bozeman's Mayor Kaaren Jacobson asked city employees to voluntarily forgo their annual pay increase to help save jobs at the city. I come to you at a time that's not nearly as rosy as a mere 12 months ago, Jacobson said in opening her speech, which she gave as part of the regular commission meeting Monday night. The mayor described a fiscal forecast that has revenues increasing for the city at a smaller rate than last year 3.5 percent rather than 7.5 percent. This projected increase translates into about $350,000 dollars in revenue, she said.
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Former Wall Street Journal Editor to Deliver First Jeff Cole Lecture 26.2.2009 NewWest.Net All Headlines
Jeff Cole, who grew up in Darby and graduated from the University of Montana Journalism School, was one of the best reporters I ever knew, and also one of my best friends. He was killed in a plane crash while on assignment in January of 2000 - an immense tragedy for his wife Maria, his two children, and the many, many other people who loved him. Among those who loved Jeff was Paul Steiger, the long-time top editor at the Wall Street Journal, where Jeff worked for many years. Steiger is now head of the non-profit investigative news organization Pro Publica, and it's fitting that he will be the first Jeff Cole Distinguished Visiting Lecturer at the University of Montana. He'll be giving a talk entitled "Finding the New Jeff Coles: Journalism's Future in ...
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Salmonella in Peanut Butter, Melamine in Milk -- How Do We Know What's Safe to Eat? 25.2.2009 AlterNet.org: Health and Wellness
One can go vegetarian, buy organic, or avoid processed foods, but it is hard to truly avoid all of the dangers that lurk in our food.
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Idaho Legislative Session Shifts Gears Over Possibility of Stimulus Cash 21.2.2009 NewWest.Net All Headlines
The uncertainty of whether - and when - Idaho can expect to receive federal stimulus money has thrown expectations of a short 60th Idaho legislative session into doubt. Rep. Phylis King, D-Boise, writes that Idaho could receive a projected $300 million for Medicaid, $346 million for education, and $203 million for roads and bridges. Whether they agree with the package or not, be assured that the Idaho leadership will not turn down a penny of that money, she said. Bills which got barely a nod from committee chairs two weeks ago may now get hearings based on possible stimulus cash. Legislators will go back to their drawing boards. Gov. Otter named an eight-member Stimulus Executive Committee to help him study the plan and its possible impact on Idaho. ...
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Big Sky High Students Get Expert Lessons in Documentary 20.2.2009 NewWest.Net All Headlines
When it comes to documentary filmmakers, it's safe to say most students in Missoula have heard of say a Michael Moore, but probably not a Mike Bonfiglio. But that didn't matter one bit to Big Sky High School senior Danielle Winn, who called Bonfiglio's visit to her filmmaking class Thursday afternoon awesome. I thought it was really interesting, especially hearing about his experience with film school and the business side of things. I hadn't thought about that before, Winn, who plans to attend film school at Montana State, said.

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Red Gold Wins Big At Big Sky Documentary Film Festival 20.2.2009 NewWest.Net All Headlines
The winners include: Best Feature: Rough Aunties by Kim Longinotto Artistic Vision: In A Dream by Jeremiah Zagar Best Short: Bronx Princess by Musa Syeed & Yoni Brook Artistic Vision: The First Kid to Learn English From Mexico by Peter Jordan Best MiniDoc: Jennifer by Stewart Copeland Artistic Vision: The Secret Life of Beards by Melanie Levy Big Sky Award: Red Gold by Travis Rummel & Ben Knight

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Warrant Issued for Arrest of Edra Blixseth 20.2.2009 NewWest.Net All Headlines
A federal judge in Colorado has issued a warrant for the arrest of Edra Blixseth, owner of the bankrupt Yellowstone Club, after she failed to appear for a court proceeding relating to her alleged default on a $13 million loan. A warrant was issued last week for the arrest Edra Blixseth's son, Matthew Crocker, in connection with the same loan. The loan, from a Colorado real estate finance company called Western Capital Partners, was for the Story Mill development project in Bozeman. While the warrant for Matthew Crocker was limited to the state of Colorado, the jurisdiction of the so-called "bench warrant" for Edra Blixseth has not been determined, according to the minutes of the Colorado court ...
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Risch Briefly Addresses Idaho Senate; Uses Debunked Talking Points 19.2.2009 NewWest.Net All Headlines
While Lt. Gov. Brad grinned and repeatedly whacked the handle of his gavel into his palm, Idaho state senators waited for Idaho Senator Jim Risch to be escorted into their chamber, according to protocol. Once at the lectern, Risch quipped, Thanks for sending that committee to welcome me in those two lovely ladies and that other guy referring to Sens. Kate Kelly, D-Boise, Shawn Keough, R-Sandpoint, and Mike Jorgenson, R-Hayden Lake. Risch began with You'd be so proud of the way the Idaho delegation works. We are so much more focused and disciplined. It's less than disciplined on the floor. I've only voted on four bills voted 50-60 times on amendments, but only four bills. Talking at the speed of a bullet train, Risch told of his temporary office ...
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Story Mill Developer Files Personal Bankruptcy 18.2.2009 NewWest.Net All Headlines
The developer of the much-touted Story Mill development in Bozeman, Matthew R. Crocker, has filed for personal bankruptcy, according to court records. Crocker, the son of embattled Yellowstone Club owner Edra Blixseth, had envisioned a major mixed-use development at the site of the historic Story Mill on Bozeman's north side. The project won approval from the city, but funding dried up in the wake of the financial crisis at the Yellowstone Club and the real estate meltdown. Crocker and his mother co-signed a $13 million loan with a Colorado finance company, Western Capital Partners, which is now in default. All work on Story Mill has been at a standstill for several months and its not clear if and when foreclosure proceedings or other legal action on ...
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Coal Train Derails Near Superior 18.2.2009 NewWest.Net All Headlines
This in from KPAX: A 124-car train carrying coal from Wyoming to Washington derailed late Monday night 10 miles east of Superior. Linda Frost of Montana Rail Link says 23 cars came off the tracks but leaked no hazardous materials. MRL cleanup efforts are underway, but the MRL mainline will be closed until further notice. Click here for the full story from KPAX.

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Explorer Helen Thayer in Missoula To Speak About Change in the Gobi 17.2.2009 NewWest.Net All Headlines
Six days of intense heat had passed in Mongolia's Gobi Desert and world renowned explorer Helen Thayer and her husband Bill were almost out of water. We were desperate then, she said. A camel accident had left them with only five gallons of water and considering they had been drinking a gallon and a half a day, "by day seven we were out and we knew that if we didn't find water on day seven we would die by day eight, Thayer said. The couple managed to find a small pool that at the time looked fresh and magnificent, but in hindsight was terrible and dirty. Nevertheless, It saved our lives, she said. For 81 days in 2001, she and her husband Bill, then age 63 and 74 respectively, walked with two camels 1600 miles across the Gobi Desert, dodging drug ...
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Economic Stimulus: $626 million for Montana 14.2.2009 NewWest.Net All Headlines
How much money will Montana see from the economic stimulus bill approved Friday by Congress, and where will the money go? Here's a breakdown from the Montana Economic Developers Association (with thanks to Brent Campbell of WGM Group for passing this along): National School Lunch Program Equipment Assistance: $247,461 The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP):$261,650 Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP): $50,046,787 Emergency Food and Shelter Program**: $172,693 Drinking Water State Revolving Fund: $19,651,000 (click "more" to see the full list)

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Crapo Will Talk to State Legislature About Stimulus 13.2.2009 NewWest.Net All Headlines
Idaho Senator Mike Crapo will speak to members of the Idaho House and Senate about economic stimulus efforts before Congress and spearhead other economic and education issues during a visit to the Treasure Valley next week, February 17 and 18. Crapo, a member of the Senate Finance Committee that oversees health care legislation, will also tour a local Primary Health Medical Group clinic in Meridian and discuss cost-saving medical practices with area physicians. Crapo also plans to donate 40 Congressional books entitled Black Americans in Congress: 1870-2007 to Board Members of the Idaho Black History Museum on Wednesday. Crapo's schedule is subject to change with the Senate schedule. You can find his complete schedule ...
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Is Telemark Skiing Doomed? 13.2.2009 NewWest.Net All Headlines
I just got home last week from the latest round of trade shows. It is always fun to walk the aisles and listen for the buzz, check out what's new and cool, and get a feel for the direction of the industry. This year, more than ever, it was apparent to me that the Telemark side of the ski business is in some significant trouble. Why? Especially if the equipment is better than ever, and, in general, product failures are at an all time low. I think several factors are at play, but three things really stood out to me: product assortment, price and better Alpine Touring gear.

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What Not to Miss at the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival 13.2.2009 NewWest.Net All Headlines
Grab your popcorn and head to the Wilma film fans, its time for the sixth annual Big Sky Documentary Film Festival. The festival, which begins Friday in Missoula and lasts through Sunday Feb. 22nd, screens 143 short and feature length documentaries from over 30 countries, many of which will mark their Montana, Northwest or even international premier. Subjects range from unique visual artists and cultural iconoclasts to hot button political issues like Aids in Africa and U.S. immigration. This year's festival features a series of films that provide a varied look at the complex continent that is Africa. The festival also showcases some of the work of Canadian Ron Mann, a long time chronicler of alternative cultural movements, and renown documentary ...
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Future of Missoula's Top Hat Bar In Doubt After Owner's Death 10.2.2009 NewWest.Net All Headlines
The future of the Top Hat bar, a long time feature of the Missoula music scene, remains in limbo, after the death of its long time owner Steve Garr. The Top Hat is in a time of transition right now. It won't be closed per se, Nicole Garr, Steve's oldest daughter said by telephone Monday afternoon. Steve left the bar to his six children, who must now figure out how to run and work the place, Nicole said. We've all been in this bar all our lives. Each one of us grew up in this bar, Nicole said. And like their father they worked as bartenders or musicians there too. The bar's late owner, Steve Garr, passed away Friday at St. Patrick's Hospital in Missoula from natural causes. He was 62. He began working at the Top Hat around 1974 as a bartender, musician, ...
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