Montana Congressman Ryan Zinke is sworn in Tuesday before his confirmation hearing as Interior Secretary. (Los Angeles Times)
A daily digest of Montana news
Jan 18, 2017
THE HEADLINE on the Dec. 21 letter to the editor of the Helena IR said: "Trump's pick for EPA a puppet for polluters." The writer, Caitlin McWilliams, said in her last sentence: "Our country deserves a champion for public health, not a puppet for polluters."
The same day the Missoulian ran a letter that had this headline "EPA nominee a puppet for polluters." And it was worded almost the same, including the same last sentence. So did McWilliams send her letter to the Missoulian? No, authors of the Missoulian letter were Todd and Andrea Onken.
So how did that happen? Did the Onkens copy McWilliams' letter, or vice versa?
No, what most likely happened is that McWilliams and the Onkens are members of an environmental group that asked members to submit the letter to their local papers. The letter has shown up in at least one other paper across the country.
RAPPER Snoop Dogg, who played a recent show in Billings, cruised through the Magic City before his concert, marveling at the mounds of snow dumped by the heaviest snowfall the city had seen in three decades.
Snoop Dogg posted a video of his winter wonderland excursion, for which he provided an amusing soundtrack by singing "Santa Claus is Coming to Town." Use this Last Best News link to see the video.
MISSOULA writer Stephanie Land didn't get a lot of love in the comments section of the Washington Post for her column about how Donald Trump's election stole her desire to find a partner.
In the article, Land, a single mom with two children, details how she's been on plenty of dates, including ones in August with two men who seemed particularly promising. She dated one for a few weeks before he decided he wasn't ready for anything serious.
Then, when Land began to get serious with the other man, Trump was elected and she "felt sick to my stomach. I wanted to gather my children in bed with me and cling to them like we would if thunder and lightning were raging outside, with winds high enough that they (sic) power might go out."
Land decided to part ways with her new beau because, in this uncertain new age of Trump, she just couldn't spare the energy needed for a new relationship. "There is no room for dating in this place of grief," Land said. "Dating means hope. I’ve lost that hope in seeing the words “President-elect Trump.”
In the comments section, Post readers seemed to have little sympathy for Land's plight. "Is this for real, or did the Onion somehow hack the Post's news pages?" one reader asked. "Is this an example of this 'fake news' we've all been hearing about ???" said another.
GOOGLE paid tribute recently to one of Montana's favorite sons and best-known writers, the late James Welch.
On Nov. 18, the day that would have been Welch's 76th birthday, Google's search page "doodle" was a piece of art by Sophie Diao that celebrated his life and work as a writer of such novels as "Fools Crow" and "Winter in the Blood." Born in Browning in 1940, he was the son of a Blackfeet father and a Blackfeet/Gros Ventre mother, and his Native American heritage and time spent growing up on Montana's Hi-Line deeply influenced his work.
“Through his novels, documentary film, and poems, Welch gave voice to the struggles and humanity of the Native American experience in the United States,” Google said.
“As a whole, Welch’s works emphasized the humanity of native peoples and their deep attachment to their homelands. He was considered an early part of what was later dubbed the Native American Renaissance, during which native writers celebrated tribal culture and revealed its complex problems in works readily accessible to the larger American public.”
Welch died, too soon, in 2003 of a heart after a bout with lung cancer. He was 62.
Send tips to email@example.com