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New West Daily Roundup for Oct. 5, 2015

Courtesy of Visit Castle Rock

Here’s your New West news: how Castle Rock became ballet shoe mecca, Albuquerque firms see export business expand, Colorado addresses new statewide ozone regulations, Denver-based Smashburger has its eyes on Egypt, and Montana’s cottage food industry sees changes.

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Attempted Murder or Bad Hunting? Debate Rages Over Montanore Mine in Libby

Montmore Mine Location

Debate over the proposed Montanore Mine near Libby, Mont., officially turned up a notch in November and continues to rage with accusations of attempted murder — which are thin gruel at best.

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Tester’s Response Poor Strategy

If Senator Tester and the timber industry really want to enact legislation that will expedite logging of Montana’s national forests, they are the ones that have an uphill battle. In fact, they could not pass such legislation without at least the tacit support of the Montana’s and Nation’s environmental community. It is the wilderness proponents who hold the cards for passage of any legislation that will change the laws and regulations regarding how logging occurs on national forest lands.

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Forest Service misses education opportunity

The Elliston Face logging sale near the town of Elliston, Montana is yet another example of how the Forest Service exploits the public’s misconceptions about wildfire and forest ecology to further its logging agenda. Like the old time physicians who bled the “bad” blood to treat patients no matter what the ailment, the Forest Service seems incapable of doing any management that doesn’t include logging as the solution to any problem—whether real or manufactured.

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So Long, England Dan


One of the latest losses suffered by classic country music is the death of Dan Seals. Yes, before you even start in on me, I do know that he started out on the soft rock/pop side of the fence as England Dan of England Dan and John Ford Coley. Whatever successes he had in ‘70s with that music, though, isn’t what I’m concerned with. It’s the ‘80s and early ‘90s that I’m talkin’ about, when he had more than 20 singles on the country charts, with 11 of them hitting No. 1.

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Juneau Ushers in a New Day

Denise Juneau was sworn in as State Superintendent of Public Instruction on Monday. Simultaneously, she made Montana history as the first Native American woman to be elected to a statewide office. Saying that this is important for Montana and for Native Americans is an understatement.

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Questions About Blackfoot Clearwater Stewardship

The Blackfoot Clearwater Stewardship Proposal on the Seeley Lake Ranger District of the Lolo National Forest has gotten a lot of positive praise from all involved, including many environmental organization. However, in their rush to reach consensus, many fundamental underlying assumptions about the need for forest restoration, whether logging can achieve the goals, the effectiveness of fuels thinning, as well as the environmental and economic viability of the proposal are not critically evaluated by plan proponents.

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Fair Days Revisited

Mmmm . . . tater pig. . . .

Despite how much I hated the last day/night of the fair, and the realization of where our animals, pets by now, were headed, I have nothing but fond memories of my years as a 4-H kid and a participant in what made the fair so awesome. One of my regrets is the moving around we’ve done did not allow me to get my son into 4-H, though who knows if he would have been interested in it. Times are different now.

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Politics + Spring + Butte = Montana Democrats’ Prom

The Montana Democratic Party's Mansfield-Metcalf Dinner in Butte Saturday night. Photos by Anne Medley

On Saturday I attended that time-honored American spring ritual: the prom. Granted, I'm ten years too old for the real thing. But the beauty of this particular prom is that the older you are, the cooler you are—because this was the Montana Democrats’ version of prom, the annual Mansfield-Metcalf dinner in Butte. This prom featured coiffed mullets, shiny curls, and stiff Stetsons. Diamonds set off battered-looking bolo ties. Ballgowns swished next to Wranglers, and minks sat next to Carhartt coats—usually on different people, too. My take on the night's theme: “sequins and denim.” As Hillary Clinton said in her speech at the dinner on Saturday night, the only party to rival Butte’s infamous Saint Paddy’s Day is the Democratic Party. And, boy, was she ever right.

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Bob Wire’s Sentimental Breakdown


The eternal struggle for bands who thrive when stumbling around on stage is to capture the energy and vibe of the live show on tape, package it up and deliver it. I don’t know whether or not Bob Wire made an effort to do that, but intentionally or not he pulled it off. Sentimental Breakdown, Wire’s second release since going solo, is everything a kick-up-your-heels-and-yee-haw country roadhouse show is all about, minus the bad breath and beer stains.

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