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Journalists blog!

by Jay Stevens

Intrepid Missoulian reporter, Michael Moore, has decided to dip his toe into the blogosphere, with The Other Michael Moore. Following in the fine tradition of Ed Kemmick and the Missoulian‘s Western Montana 360 (degrees), Moore has decided to air his laundry in public! And, in an even more daring move, it’s on a blog that does not fall under the auspices of his employer!

That more reporters are taking to the Inter Tubes is a good thing. It reminds us that they are human — for both good and ill — and gives us a peek into the minds of those that write our official records.

Welcome aboard, Mr. Moore, and don’t let the trolls grind you down.


by Rebecca Schmitz

In the comments of my previous post, I linked to an article in today’s Missoulian about the efforts of folks in Lakeside to establish “planning districts”–zoning–as a way to combat poorly planned development. Towards the end of Michael Jamison’s article is the description of a proposed subdivision in an un-zoned area of Flathead County that’s a prime example of everything the Fire Suppression Interim Committee is warning us about:

A recent Lakeside flurry centered on a proposed gated community called Bear Mountain, 26 lots on 160 forested acres once owned by Plum Creek. It is the vision of former Canadian hockey player Lanny McDonald…It’s 160 acres, subdivided into lots of about six acres on average…It’s behind a gate, above the lake, on the other side of the highway, with a shared lake access, in good wildlife habitat, with questionable emergency roads, built with individual septic systems. “It was fought pretty hard,” Harris said, “and we don’t really try to encourage that type of development at all. It’s steep with very thin soil, not a good place for septics…”

Forested Plum Creek land? Steep lots with poor access roads? Potential problems with the groundwater? Sounds perfect, if taxpayers are able to spend millions of dollars to protect these 26 trophy homes from a wildfire. How much longer can Montana afford these kinds of developments? How much longer can all of us afford to resist county-wide zoning?

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