Archive for October 31st, 2007

by jhwygirl

The Big Sky RX program is a prescription assistance program for Medicaid recipients.

Funded by the tobacco sales tax, it provides up to $33 bucks a month to Medicaid prescription plan participants.

Income limits are pretty generous – $20,660 for singles, $27,620 for couples. It doesn’t put limits on assets either.

And – enrollment is open all year. The only requirement is that you be enrolled in Medicaid.

I heard a blurb on KPAX yesterday – but couldn’t find anything on its website. The reporter did say – I scribbled a quick note – that only 20% of those eligible for the program are participating.

The State’s website lists a 1-866-369-1233 number to call, 9 – 5, Monday – Friday, for an application.

You can also download an application on the website – but click on this link with warning – it froze up my computer 3 times before I gave up.

Think about your neighbors who might be living on limited income – I have one guy who was an airline pilot for 29 years….and less than 2 years after he retired, the company went bankrupt, along with his pension. Can you imagine?!

Give them the number, or, better yet, call that toll-free number for them and just have an application mailed to them.

by jhwygirl

I rarely get over that ways nowadays, but had occasion to stop over a friends house.

I really love that area too – it has a real ‘neighborhood’ feel, with sidewalks and boulevards. Lots of Missoula individuality – plenty of unique gardening to those boulevards over there!

I also saw a really nice Planned Neighborhood Cluster (PNC) going up. The homes are on the market for $280,000.

Not very affordable.

Perhaps it was the route I took, but there were sure a lot of Pam Walzer signs around.

What struck me – and I almost went home to get a camera just so I could post the picture here – was one house that had its garage door open. Now, keep in mind that it is election time, and as I said, there were plenty of sky blue Pam Walzer signs all abound – but this house, with its garage door open had 3 or 4 Don Nicholson signs.

Only, the Don Nicholson signs weren’t in the yard – they were in the garage, next to the garbage cans.

by Pete Talbot

With less than a week remaining, 28 percent of Missoula voters have returned their mail-in ballots.

Perhaps the most intriguing statistic to me is from Ward Four. It has the highest percentage of voters returning their ballots: 32 percent. This ward has two Republicans running (Jerry Ballas and Lyn Hellegaard). Anyone have insights on why this ward is number one in turnout?

Ward One has two Democrats running (Justin Armintrout and Jason Wiener) but is near the bottom in voter turnout at 25.5 percent. However, Ward One also includes UM so it’s numbers are traditionally low, although student voting numbers are trending upward lately. Forward Montana is helping turnout there.

The other wards definitely have Republican v. Democrat races. Yeah, I know, it’s a nonpartisan election — but let’s not kid ourselves.

Ward Six (Lewie Schneller and Ed Childers) is coming in at slightly less than 26 percent.

Ward Three (Doug Harrison and Stacy Rye) is weighing in at slightly more than 26 percent.

Ward Two (Don Nicholson and Pam Walzer) and Ward Five (Renee Mitchell and Christine Prescott) are both hovering around 28 percent.

Debbie Merseal, Chief Deputy Clerk and Recorder down at the county elections office, said she’s hoping for a 40 percent turnout. That’s almost double the average turnout for this type of municipal election, which is a good thing.

Besides the council races, there’s the Iraq War Referendum and a high school bond issue. (Up in Seeley Lake there’s a water bond issue, but those folks don’t get to vote on council candidates or Iraq.)

If you haven’t sent in your ballot and aren’t quite sure how to vote, this site has some recommendations here, here and here, and that’s just a few of the posts as 4&20 contributors have written extensively on this election. Just start scrolling down. Interviews were also conducted by the Missoulian, New West and Forward Montana (Jeez, there’s that name again).

Two other sources I neglected to mention that might help voters: the Missoula Independent stuck its collective neck out and actually endorsed candidates. I appreciate that. Also, UM journalism students took a comprehensive look at the candidates, the referendum and bond issue. (A tip o’ the hat to UM Journalism Professor Dennis Swibold.)

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