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Missoula, Montana
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.

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.

Happiest Hour: Wildwood’s Krumholz Ale — 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 — 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 — 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 — 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 — 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 — 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.
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Jan 24, 2015

RT @hankgreen: Holy Shit, I Interviewed the President: An Exploration of Angry News People, Politics, and Legitimacy:…

Jan 24, 2015

RT @whatahowler: Long distance shot bounces off the post onto the back of the goalkeeper’s head and in for an own goal. #WhatAHowler

Jan 21, 2015

RT @AP: Montana city scrambles to decontaminate water supply after cancer-causing chemical found from oil spill:

Jan 20, 2015

First headline I saw today: "Iceland brewery makes beer using smoked whale testicles." Good morning!…

Jan 17, 2015

I'm sure hockey fights at Pineview are a normal thing, but today's was a little too Brashear/Probert. We broke it up. #Keeptheglovesonboys.

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