State Sen. Bob Keenan, R-Bigfork, and former Sen. Verdell Jackson, R-Kalispell, have asked a federal judge to block the Flathead tribes from taking control of Kerr Dam this weekend. (Karen Swan)
IT"S NOT a scientific survey, but an online poll suggests University of Montana Grizzly fans are more likely to root for the MSU Bobcats than Cat fans will cheer for the Griz.
The poll was launched in the run-up to the Griz game vs. North Dakota State, with the sponsors wondering if MSU fans would be rooting for UM. According to this break-down of the results, it wasn't too likely. But Griz fans are a lot more likely to back the Cats when the two teams aren't squaring off against each other.
Of the 62 Griz fans who participated in the survey, 84 percent said they root for the Cats. But only 39 percent of the 83 Cat fans who responded said they ever support the Griz.
MONTANANS aren't very naughty. At least they aren't if you measure them using the Ashley Madison scale of naughtiness.
Ashley Madison is the go-to web site for infidelity. It's motto: "Life is short. Have an affair."
Ashley Madison made headlines recently when hackers made public information on millions of the site's users. Including where they live.
Turns out not many -- relatively speaking -- are from Montana. Or so the numbers suggest. Montana ranks 42nd in amount of money spent on Ashley Madison on a per capita basis, according to a Business Insider survey. The lowest rated state is West Virginia.
The top three: Alabama, Colorado, and the District of Columbia. Strange mix, huh?
UPDATE: The Billings Gazette is reporting that almost 50,000 accounts on Ashley Madison come from Montana zip codes. Yet few of those accounts seem to come from folks who are willing to pay up for the site's services. Only 897 Montanans were paying members between 2008 and this year.
It is unclear what all those accounts mean. Could 50,000 Montanans have gone on Ashley Madison and set up accounts? Seems unlikely. That's about 5 percent of the state's population.
There is evidence that a lot of the site's accounts are fake. Are any in Montana. Who knows?
IF MONTANANS aren't spending time on Ashley Madison, it doesn't appear for lack of cash. A different survey -- this one of incomes in some of the nation's small cities -- shows many Montanans are doing just fine financially, thank you.
Bozeman comes in at No. 19 on the Bloomberg Index of Wealth in micropolitan communities (cities with populations between 10,000 and 50,000). Bozeman has a median household income of $52,833.
Helena came in No. 39 on the list, and Kalispell No. 43. Topping the list is Summit Park, Utah at $83,336.
WHOA. You don't normally think of J.K. Simmons, the University of Montana grad and Oscar winner, as a buff dude. Probably because he usually doesn't play macho roles. But he sure looked like he'd been he'd been working out a lot in a recent appearance at a fundraiser for the Bigfork Playhouse, where he got his start on the stage many years ago.
Simmons is fresh off promotions for his latest film, "Terminator Genisys," in which he had a chance to act with former bodybuilder -- and the original Terminator -- Arnold Schwarzenegger. In an interview promoting the film, Simmons joked about how he was at a cast party last winter talking about his workout routine with Schwarzenegger and he "went fishing for a compliment" about his physique.
"So, I asked if he was impressed by my biceps," Simmons said. "And he said, 'Your biceps were just OK. But the triceps were very impressive.' I have been telling that to everyone at the gym since then."
IF YOU are badly hurt and need hospital care, would you rather be out in the boondocks in Montana or in a big city? You might answer Montana after reading a column by a Washington, D.C., pundit who wrote of what happened when he and a friend were fishing a remote area on the Missouri River recently when his friend was bitten by a "huge rattlesnake."
David A. Keene, the former head of the NRA who is now opinion editor for the Washington Times, said in the column that the area was so remote that they had to find a ferryman who had landline phone service where they could call for help. His friend was "in pain and mostly numb," and they were at least an hour from the nearest hospital.
The hospital arranged a mercy flight helicopter and told the men to get to a nearby high spot where the victim could be picked up. As they waited there, a truck roared up, and a man and his wife got out. They had heard about the victim's predicament, and scrambled to help. She was a nurse. By the time the chopper arrived, three more nurses were on the scene. "It was incredible," said Keene. "Everyone who heard there was a problem rushed out not to gape, but to help."
Keene compared that to what happened back in the District of Columbia the night before, where a "drugged-up 18-year-old stabbed a man to death while onlookers stood on both sides of a Metro car." Earlier in the year, he said, "a 77-year-old man collapsed and died of a heart attack across from a District fire station while people who banged on the door seeking help were turned away."
Keene summed up attitudes in Montana -- and many other parts of the country -- by noting the reaction of the man he thanked for coming so quickly to their aid. "No need,” the man said. “Out here, we all look after each other.”
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