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Executive Editor, The Missoula Independent

Editor of the Missoula Independent. Bananas about sports (MT & DC), politics and movies. And local food. And local music. You get the idea.

Happiest Hour: Come Here Often?

missoulanews.bigskypress.com — 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

missoulanews.bigskypress.com — 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

missoulanews.bigskypress.com — 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.

Happiest Hour: Wildwood’s Krumholz Ale

missoulanews.bigskypress.com — What it is: A new Bavarian-style dark wheat beer from Stevensville's Wildwood Brewing. The first batch of this seasonal selection was tapped in early June and then canned a few weeks later. Wait, Wildwood already brews a wheat beer: Why, yes, it does.

This time, it's personal

missoulanews.bigskypress.com — Before James Lee Burke even sits down for an interview, the stories begin. He's talking about school shootings and Joyce Brothers and suicide and generational nostalgia and Benny Goodman. Over the course of an hour, once the interview starts in earnest, the conversation ranges from Baseball Hall of Famer Bob Gibson's change-up to rapper Snoop Dogg.

Perfect mess | Books | Missoula Independent

missoulanews.bigskypress.com — Fourth of July Creek marks Smith Henderson's debut novel, but millions of Americans are already familiar with the former Missoula resident's work. In 2012, Henderson shared writing credit for the Chrysler commercial starring Clint Eastwood, titled "Halftime in America," that appeared during the Super Bowl.

Happiest Hour: The Caipirinha

missoulanews.bigskypress.com — What you're drinking: A Brazilian cocktail currently receiving a ton of attention as that country hosts the World Cup. We've seen it featured on Anthony Bourdain's "Parts Unknown," ESPN's soccer pre-game show and a zillion other places leading up to the tournament. What it is: Super easy to make.

We are your friends

missoulanews.bigskypress.com — A poignant look at MisCon, Missoula's sci-fi convention: "The firefighters had certainly seen worse, but nothing quite like this. As they marched up the stairs at Ruby's Inn and Convention Center to investigate a fire alarm, the two men in yellow turnout gear and giant yellow helmets passed a crowd that made them look plain.

Tester, Walsh join effort to change racist NFL team name

missoulanews.bigskypress.com — Democratic Sens. Jon Tester and John Walsh signed a letter to National Football League commissioner Roger Goodell urging Washington to change the name of its football team. The letter, first obtained by The New York Times, references the National Basketball Association's quick response to racist remarks made by one of its owners and states bluntly that Goodell must follow suit.

Happiest Hour: Tamarack’s 1806 Pale Stout

missoulanews.bigskypress.com — What you're drinking: A light-colored and sweet pale stout, which shouldn't be confused with a typical dark-brown stout, like Guinness. Here, the word "stout" harkens back to its original British meaning of "strong." And Tamarack's 1806 certainly is strong, checking in at 8 percent alcohol by volume.
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Nov 23, 2014

Downtown Missoula is about as nutty as I've ever seen it. Get home safely, friends.

Nov 21, 2014

Lots going on this weekend, including Headwaters Dance Co.'s gala concert. Check out this trailer for the show: vimeo.com/112430137

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