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Missoula, Montana
Executive Editor, The Missoula Independent

Co-author of Montana Baseball History (The History Press), due out June 15, and editor of the Missoula Independent.

The Indy newsroom is hiring — click to enlarge There are some changes happening in the Indy newsroom. Staff Reporter Ted McDermott is leaving us (for Freemasonry, perhaps?) and we're promoting long-time Calendar Editor/Copy Editor/Reporter/Wearer of Many Hats Kate Whittle to full-time Staff Reporter, where she'll continue to cover both news and arts.

What the national media has written about Krakauer's Missoula so far (updating) — click to enlarge Jon Krakauer's new book has and will continue to generate conversation in both the local and national media. We'll use this blog post to direct interested readers to how those outlets are covering the release of Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town.

Wait a second, what’s different about my printed Indy? — First off, thanks for asking. We're glad you noticed. This week's Indy debuts a new trim size. It also features an overall improvement in print quality, as evidenced by the color and crispness in our photos, graphics and ads. We're pretty excited about the latter but realize you may have questions about the former.

An intense dance movie for dancers - and non-dancers (honest) — click to enlarge Tension-filled movies don't always involve undercover spies or phone calls from inside the house. Sometimes, all it takes is a young dancer/choreographer gaining the biggest break of his career, creating an original ballet for one of the world's most prominent companies, and bringing it to one of New York City's most prestigious stages in two short months.

Memory fails | The Arts | Missoula Independent — When Wim Wenders' film Don't Come Knocking had its Montana premiere in Butte in late March, the debut was pretty big news around the state. And it deserved the attention-Wenders shot the majority of the beautiful-looking film in the historic mining city, and the project boasted some weighty Hollywood names, including writer and star Sam Shepard and actors Jessica Lange, Tim Roth and Gabriel Mann.

My bet with Gov. Schweitzer — Gov. Brian Schweitzer made international headlines last week when he referred to "jackasses" in Washington, D.C., holding up the Keystone XL pipeline. Buried in the same interview, below the governor's colorful commentary of Beltway bureaucrats and a funny description of Texas Gov. Rick Perry, he said he'd bet cold hard cash that the pipeline would be built.

MovieMaker magazine suggests all the moviemakers move to Missoula — click to enlarge For once it's not Outside magazine listing the Garden City among the best places to live. No, this time MovieMaker magazine has listed Missoula among the top five towns for moviemakers to live and work. It's hard to confine all that's going on in the Big Sky town of Missoula in this space...

Happiest Hour: Come Here Often? — click to enlarge What it is: A new book edited by Sean Manning that features 53 writers raising a glass to their favorite watering hole. Why it matters: Kevin Canty pays homage to Eddie's Club, the esteemed Missoula establishment now home to Charlie B's.

Dying to go green — Every year, traditional burials put 30 million board feet of casket wood, 1.6 million tons of concrete from burial vaults, more than 800,000 gallons of embalming fluid and 90,000 tons of steel from caskets into the ground. Whatever happened to just naturally returning to the earth?

Happiest Hour: Montana Brewery Passport — click to enlarge What it is: A way to track your travels to the state's nearly 50 breweries, and have fun while doing it. The passport works like, well, a passport. Visit a brewery, order a beer and get your passport marked with an official Montana Brewery Passport stamp.
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May 27, 2015

Met with visiting journalist from Myanmar today. Asked her what her favorite part of Montana has been. "Charlie's." #partylikeajournalist

May 27, 2015

RT @wabermes: Another ICYMI: great story by @mj_wright1 on #journalists' reactions to the closure of Lee Enterprises' state bureau:

May 25, 2015

My worst nightmare has come true: We publish a snake story and now readers are just emailing tons of pics of enormous snakes for us to ID.

May 25, 2015

At the risk of sounding like a total fanboy, it made my night to hear @colinmeloy go into the vault and sing "Save Yourself." #Tarkio

May 23, 2015

Now seems like a good time to say @SteveRushin story on the glory of NHL sudden death is really fun.…

May 21, 2015

RT @NYTSports: Bryce Harper represents everything Yankees are not: young, supremely talented and exciting.

May 21, 2015

The @hankstuever piece on Letterman then and now is spot on, and last night's classy finale backed it up.…

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