Archive for April 2nd, 2008


Belated by the time you read this, I suppose.

Happy 4th Birthday to you Jag, you handsome boy!

You’ve been very good this year – raising all that cash for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Montana with your book First Dog: Unleashed in the Montana Capitol. And then there was that spread in Bark! magazine.

May 2008 be even kinder to you!

Jag’s Birthday Cake

(No, it’s not chocolate – nice try though!)

by Jamee Greer

There’s been a lot of talk about how this campaign is about race and gender but we know there is more at stake. There are 37,000 children in Montana who are uninsured and need your help! Join Forward Montana as we gather as many as 10,000 signatures for the Healthy Montana Kids Initiative, register voters, and rally fake doctors for the Med School later this month – all at the Adams Center on Saturday morning!

Forward Montana is calling for 150 volunteers, with 150 clipboards and 150 cups of coffee – to do 150 volunteer shifts on Saturday morning!

We’ll meet on campus at 7am, location TBA.

Singles, students, families, fake doctors, pink bunnies, registered voters, and the mobilized are encouraged to come along!

We’ll provide coffee and breakfast, clipboards and pens. You provide the energy to succeed, the will to create change, and let’s win Montana!

Have an outstanding Day4Democracy you’d like to fill? Wanna help volunteer with Forward Montana? We’ll be hitting Adams Center early on Saturday morning to register voters and gather signatures for the Healthy Montana Kids Initiative – and we need your help!

Now’s our chance!

Contact Jamee Greer at, or call 406/542-VOTE

by jhwygirl

Join Barack Obama at a Rally in Missoula on Saturday, April 5.
Rally with Barack Obama

The University of Montana
The Adams Center
Missoula, MT 59812

Saturday, April 5, 2008
Doors open: 8:00 a.m.
Program begins: 10:00 a.m.

The event is free and open to the public. However, seating is limited and a ticket is required. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. RSVP using the form to the right.


Free offline tickets will also be available at the following location:
Obama for America’s Missoula Regional HQ

218 East Front Street
Missoula, MT 59802

Available: Thursday and Friday, 9:00a.m.-9:00p.m.

by jhwygirl

Missoula Office of Planning & Grants will unveil its Concepts and Directions Report in a public workshop tomorrow night, with a short reception beginning at 6 p.m., at the MCAT Center for the Performing Arts, 3rd floor, at 200 N. Adams.

The draft Conceptions and Directions Report has been out since mid-March, and has had some brief discussion at at least one Planning Board meeting. The concept, initially, was to rewrite the regulations – that are sorely in need of rewrite from a merely technical point of view. Anyone familiar with having to head to OPG to find clarity in either the zoning or subdivision regulations is aware of the massive amount of interpretations and secondary documents that are often utilized by staff to assist in addressing issues.

What has developed, once the consultants met with staff and interested parties, was a clear call for a desire to overhaul the regulations – streamlining the regulations and updating the 33 zoning districts and 8 overlay districts and looking at the actual patterns that have developed in those neighborhoods.

It’s much more complex that that – and rather than risk boring some of you with the tedious details, a read, at least, of the 3 page Executive Summary will give most readers enough of an understanding of what direction is being contemplated.

This is your community, folks – both the Zoning Regulations and the Subdivision Regulations set forth how development and how uses will occur in your neighborhoods and your city. With the consultants in town, it is an excellent opportunity to speak with outside professionals who can answer your questions from a perspective of having seen rewrites undertaken and overhauled in other communities all over. It’s your tax dollar at work – go get your money’s worth.

Seriously. Life’s a learning experience. You might even have fun.

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