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by jhwygirl

Via Helena’s CBS KXLH reporter Marnee Banks’ twitter feed, comes the sobering reminder that Montana National Guard Troops will be deploying Monday morning for (first) a six-week stop for training in Mississippi and then to their purposed assign in support of the Overseas Contingency Operation.

This is their second deploy, having already supported Operation Iraqi Freedom for 12 months in 2004-2005.

Montana’s soldiers leave from 5 major departure sites in the state – here are the times and locations:
Helena: Army Aviation Support Facility 2:40 pm
Great Falls: Great Falls International Airport 5:35 am
Belgrade: Gallatin Field Airport 6:00 am
Billings: Billings International Airport 3:40 pm
Missoula: Missoula International Airport 6:35 am

Today my thoughts are with them and their loved ones – their wives and husbands and children and fathers and mothers. Each of them take every drop of good will and wishes that I have in me.

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by jhwygirl

Please consider this an open thread.

The City of Bozeman is just about ready to open its first homeless shelter. Sounds like it was a very worth labor of love amongst a number of community members. Congratulations on your success.

Great Falls nonprofits are using recycling as a method of raising funds. Pacific Recycling – which has a location here in Missoula, too – is partner in the process.

Eartha Kitt – who played Catwoman on the original Batman series – passed away from cancer at age 81. The daughter of a white farmer and a black Cherokee mother, Eartha rose from abject poverty to break barriers in the entertainment field. She gained much notoriety, but not without cost, as she made Richard Nixon’s enemies list for her outspoken anti-Vietnam War stance.
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Hey! You people in Great Falls! Keep your dogs away from that river! Not one, but two rescues this week. Your firemen there are awesome!

Three out of four – 3 out of 4!are glad Bush is done.

Leonard Downie, Jr., of the Washington Post, ponders Could We Uncover Watergate Today?

This pic was too precious to pass up. It accompanied a New York Times article titled Bush’s Philosophy Stoked Mortgage Bonfire.

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by jhwygirl

This comes to us via Electric City Weblog.

The Montana Environmental Information Center (MEIC) was denied access to City of Great Falls records pertaining to the possibly soon-to-be-ill-fated coal-fired Highwood Generation Plant being constructed for Southern Electric Generation and Transmission.

The feasibility study is apparently problematic for the city – City Attorney Gliko said that even the preliminary draft was off-limits, citing that “no feasibility study existed, per se,” and that the city was not required to produce preliminary drafts under MCA 2.4.601(2)(ii)(c).

Looks like Great Falls will be picking up the tab on MEIC’s attorney fees too. Ouch.

We’ve blogged on Great Falls here in the past. This is one of my favorites: Quashing Public Comment and Police Strong Arm Tactics in Great Falls.

Big KUDOS to MEIC and its staff. They’ve got an eye on the Highwood Plant and five other proposed coal-fired plants across the state.

You can download the entire order here.

by jhwygirl

In a contentious City Council meeting last Tuesday, June 20th, Great Falls Mayor Dona Stebbins had Susan Overfield removed, forceably (via 3 plain clothed police officers), for violating a 3-minute public comment rule.

Apparently there is nothing in Great Falls that is worthy of anything more than 3 minutes of comment from any one citizen – so much so that they have a buzzer and plain clothed police officers, and the elected officials there are more than willing to yank someone physically from the podium, in front of a room full of people, including news reporters and cameras, and then throw them against a wall.

If you did that to me, and you weren’t in uniform, you’d be lucky if I didn’t get in at least one well-aimed kick. Apparently, Ms. Overfield was able to land a punch, though, and for that was arrested for felony assault (later reduced to a misdemeanor.)

All of this over who is going to run the city’s animal shelter. The Humane Society proposed extending their contract at a rate of $186,00/year, for three years, whereas the Great Falls Police Department have proposed a $516,00/year contract.

Ms. Overfield feels that the Humane Society would do a much better job.

Given the way the police apparently treat citizens merely trying to exercise their First Amendment right to free speech, I’d have to say she is probably correct.

Larry Kraj, Environmental Rangers! blogged this up over at Left in the West. Hopefully there will be video up soon, somewhere.

Since the Great Falls Tribune story will go to purchase only in a week, here is a link to the story at the Missoulian.




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