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Editor of the Missoula Independent, co-author of Montana Baseball History (Arcadia/The History Press). Bananas about local politics, arts, sports (MT & DC), etcEditor of the Missoula Independent, co-author of Montana Baseball History (Arcadia/The History

The definitive ranking of Kevin Costner's best movies — click to enlarge Today marks the release of Criminal, a film starring Kevin Costner, Gary Oldman, Tommy Lee Jones and Ryan Reynolds (who is curiously not listed on the movie poster). Initial reviews say it is awful. Laughably awful. Cringe-worthy awful. "It's like the movie was written in crayon, in the margins of a comic book."

How to do Record Store Day in Missoula — John Fleming at Ear Candy Music sounds out of breath on the phone-and for good reason. Saturday is national Record Store Day, and it marks the busiest day of the year at Ear Candy as customers line up early for special deals, promotional giveaways and the chance to grab limited edition releases specially made for vinyl's grand holiday.

Happiest Hour: Imagine Nation’s anniversary celebration — What it is: A weeklong series of events celebrating the local brewery's first year in business and its ongoing commitment to using craft beer to help enact social change. "When we opened this place we really wanted it to be more than just a brewery and for it to be a force for good in society," says cofounder and head brewer Robert Rivers.

Montana Baseball History — The first Montana native to make it to the majors did so in a way that would make his home state proud. Players called him loyal and hardworking. Beat writers respected him.

Happiest Hour: Drum Coffee — What it is: Surely you've heard of Missoula's newest coffee shop, founded by Fitz and The Tantrums drummer John Wicks and his wife, Jenna. Drum has dominated local news since its grand opening last Thursday-and rightfully so. It's an immaculate yet cozy neighborhood coffee shop and bakery with a star-driven backstory.

Happiest Hour: Great Burn's "smoky picnic" — What you're drinking: A mix of two of Great Burn's flagship pours. Start with a half-pint of Church Picnic Cream Ale (5.2 percent alcohol by volume) and top with a slow pull of Smoke Chase Porter (6.5 percent). Hence, a smoky picnic. Or a church chase, if you prefer.

Rockies Today, February 2 — click to enlarge Top news links, courtesy of Mountain West News: U. of Wyoming economist: Coal decline not as bad as oil, gas The moratorium on federal coal leases should not affect production in Wyoming as federal officials estimate mines have 20 years of reserves from existing leases.

Montanan among leaders arrested at armed occupation in Oregon — click to enlarge Leaders of the armed occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge were arrested Tuesday afternoon during a traffic stop on U.S. Highway 395, marking the latest development in a standoff that's lasted more than three weeks.

Rockies Today, January 22 — click to enlarge Top news links, courtesy of Mountain West News: Appeals court declines to put Clean Power Plan on hold during litigation In the lawsuit filed by 27 states, including Colorado, Montana, Utah and Wyoming, the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit declined to put the Clean Power Plan on hold while the states' lawsuit moves through the courts.

Happiest Hour: The Lemmy — click to enlarge What it is: Jack Daniel's and Coke. While this popular drink has always been called simply a Jack and Coke, fans of the late Motörhead frontman Ian Fraser "Lemmy" Kilmister launched an online petition to have it renamed. Since the campaign kicked off two weeks ago, nearly 45,000 have pledged their support.
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Apr 27, 2016

RT @derekwbrouwer: Cabinet-level hires at @umontana to be announced soon. You may not have heard, but new provost will be a temp #mtedu

Apr 26, 2016

RT @timelfrinkmia: Frustrating tale of an alt weekly's groundbreaking reporting getting zero national recognition via @fatalencounters…://

Apr 25, 2016

40 years ago today, outfielder Rick Monday made "a great play" involving an American flag.…

Apr 24, 2016

Dusty Baker and the Nats just absolutely stole one from Twins. #walkoff

Apr 23, 2016

Thank you to @pattillmanfnd for another great Pat's Run. Such a super positive vibe to honor Pat's legacy and support scholarships.

Apr 22, 2016

RT @derekwbrouwer: Sheriff's office investigating forged county commish letter claiming to pull support for #Missoula #refugees. #mtpol

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