Archive for September 28th, 2007

by jhwygirl

It’s not like we didn’t notice him there in the GOP annual picnic photos Missoulapolis linked to in this post, back on September 12th.

Seems like they’ve taken that photo out, though.

Wonder how long it will be before his name is removed from her post – which, for posterity, currently says:

We had perfect weather, great turnout, interesting talk. Special guests included Congressman Denny Rehberg, Secretary of State Brad Johnson, Public Service Commissioner Doug Mood, City Councilmen Dick Haines and John Hendrickson, County Commissioner Larry Anderson, and Ward 6 candidate Lewie Schneller.


But wait! Google to the rescue!


by Rebecca Schmitz

There really isn’t much going on this weekend in Missoula. I’ve heard vague rumors about some concert on the UM campus tonight, and a small, unorganized parade tomorrow morning followed by some sort of sporting event in the afternoon. Just in case none of those sketchy events tickle your fancy, there are a couple of fun things to do over the next two days. Both involve two of my favorite things, alcohol and food.

The Moon-Randolph Homestead, snugly tucked away in the North Hills, is celebrating the seventh annual Homestead Fall Gathering on Saturday. The century-old homestead and its apple orchard are normally open to the public every Saturday from May to October. But beginning with the cider pressing at 3pm tomorrow afternoon, it’s the setting for a community celebration of burgers, beer and neighborhoods. The homestead is a charming backdrop to an all-ages potluck and fundraiser for the North Missoula Community Development Corporation. The admission is a suggested donation of $5 to $10 and a salad or dessert to share with everyone. The NMCDC will provide the beverages, soup and burgers. The Gathering is a great cause that’s surpassed only by the good conversation around the bonfire at the end of the evening and the fresh apple cider flowing out of the cider press.

Before the Fall Gathering, and continuing on Sunday, take a short but beautiful drive up the Rattlesnake to Ten Spoon Winery because it’s time for their annual grape harvest. Connie Poten and Andy Sponseller are asking the community to help them bring in the grapes. According to their website, if you bring your own clippers, they’ll provide the really necessary tools. You know, like:

Delicious lunch, beer, wine, soda, music, quirky vine conversations.

I’m hoping “wine” means I can drink their marvelous Flathead Cherry Dry to my heart’s content. Ten Spoon’s harvest will be all day Saturday and Sunday until 5pm. So even if you happen to go to one of those other rumored events mentioned earlier, and find yourself a bit under the weather thanks to four or five too many tailgate parties, you can recover in their vineyard under the autumn sunshine on Sunday afternoon.

by Pete Talbot

Ward Three’s Bob Jaffe and his MissoulaGov website make my job a whole lot easier. Here’s his report from Missoula’s Public Safety Committee hearing this week:

“Mr. Wilkins made a motion to kill the (chicken) ordinance right out of the gate. Committee Chair Don Nicholson refused to accept the motion since there had yet to be any discussion or questions. We started by discussing licensing. Mr. Ballas (present but not a member of the committee) and Mr. Hendrickson indicated that annual licensing were a requirement for them. Dave made the motion to approve the ordinance with a one time license. I amended it for annual licensing since that was important to some of the members. The vote failed 4-4. Then we had Jon’s motion to kill it. That failed 4-4. Then we had a motion to forward it to council with no recommendation. That failed 4-4. So now what. Our rules are not exactly clear regarding what forwards to council. Sometimes when things fail in committee that is the end of them. Other times they fail and still go to the council with a recommendation to deny.

Our attorney Jim Nugent appears to be suggesting that it does not go on to council in this case. There is also some question as to whether any two members can request that something be placed on the council agenda under new business. That rule is also not very well written.

So I’m not sure what the status of the chicken ordinance is right now. It may be dead. We’ll find out on Monday night most likely.”

For the record: Don Nicholson, John Hendrickson, Jon Wilkins and Dick Haines voted against the chickens; Bob Jaffe, Stacy Rye, Heidi Kendall and Dave Strohmaier voted for the chickens.


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