Archive for April 9th, 2008

by Rebecca Schmitz

Allow me to interrupt the discussion of last weekend’s events to remind my fellow Montana Public Radio listeners that it’s pledge week. You can donate online here. However, if you call–either 243-6400 or 800-325-1565–there’s a fair chance I’ll be the one taking your pledge. One of the reasons why I like to volunteer each spring is a very simple, perhaps selfish one: everyone answering the phones down at the studio gets to check out all the fantastic premiums.

This year I’ve got my eye on the five pounds of homegrown green chiles. Yum. If anyone caught my Hatch chile pesto recipe in the Independent last September, you know what I’ll be doing with them.

by jhwygirl

City Club Missoula is hosting local experts Dr. John Stone, Dr. Tom Roberts and Dr. Joe Knapp for a discussion on the ethical implications of the presidential candidates’ health care policies.

Stone is a physician and philosopher on health and healthcare inequalities.

Roberts has practiced internal medicine in Missoula for the better part of the past three decades, and is current president of Western Montana Clinic.

Knapp practices cardiology and internal medicine in Missoula and Helena.

This sounds like a great chance to hear some specific feedback from the guys who have an expert view on healthcare in terms of administering services and understanding the needs and pitfalls of doing it.

City Club Missoula forums are open to everyone, but reservations are required. Reservations for the Tuesday forum can be made by email to or by calling 546-6643 before noon this coming Friday, April 11th.

by jhwygirl

By email today came news today that the Blackfoot has seen the first fish known to have swim up the Clark’s Fork from below the dam. Pretty big news, considering it hasn’t happened for something like 100 years.

I doubt that rainbow trout was aware of the attention he drew.

The Missoulian’s John Cramer put it quite eloquently, I thought:

The first fish to swim upstream past the old Milltown Dam site in 100 years made the journey Tuesday, slipping silently through the dark waters and into the pages of ecological history.

And so the news traveled – via email, via the Missoulian, via radio.

A second email came with the announcement. This was undoubtedly one really important fish! One recipient hit “reply all” and asked “Do you think he knows he was the first one?”, to which another replied “The guy was probably chasing some tail, so I doubt he even realized what he was doing.”

David Schmetterling, a FWP fisheries biologist, had mixed feelings about the event. From the same Missoulian story:

David Schmetterling, a state fisheries biologist who has studied the dam’s impact for a decade, said he was initially irritated about the young trout’s decision to desert his downstream study.

To which a friend of mine said: “Well, you gotta wonder how many assumptions that fish screwed up.”

To that fish I say “congratulations and good luck,” cause I know some guys who said they were going after him this weekend.

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