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April 23, 2014






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NATIONAL Journal has placed Sen. John Walsh into its "losers" column for this year's US Senate contest. The Journal noted that Walsh's expected GOP challenger, Congressman Steve Daines, is in much better financial condition.

Daines raised $1.2 million in the first quarter of this year, and now has about $2.2 million in cash on hand. Walsh, by contrast, generated $947,000, but only has $700,000 left to spend.

The Journal notes that it's "... never a good sign when the challenger posts a larger haul than the incumbent--even if Walsh has only been one for about two months. The race was already viewed as an uphill battle for Walsh, and these figures support that notion."

Walsh also faces a stiff test in the primary from former Lt. Gov. John Bohlinger that could deplete his campaign coffers.

DURING his State of the Union Address, President Barack Obama said women "still make 77 cents for every dollar a man earns." This week, after Obama signed two executive orders aimed at addressing the alleged pay gap, reporters began asking questions about a recent study that showed female White House staffers earn only 88 cents compared to each dollar their male counterparts earn.

White House officials responded that the 88-cent number was misleading because it put together all workers, including those at lower levels, where women tend to outnumber men. But that, critics said, is one of the problems with the 77 cents figure: It is based on an aggregation of all workers, including women who want to work fewer hours so they have more time to spend with their families.

When Montana Gov. Steve Bullock created an Equal Pay for Equal Work Task Force last year, he cited the 77-cents figure, claiming it represented what women nationally were being paid to do the same work as men. In Montana, he said, the situation is even worse: Women earn 67 cents for each dollar men get for doing the same work.

The task force met last week in Bozeman, and experts there acknowledged that most of the pay gap is due to choices women make. These choices include taking time off to raise families, or working part-time, and choosing professions that are safer and less physically demanding.

YOU might want to steer clear of Yellowstone Park. Why's that? Because the recent 4.8 magnitude earthquake that rattled the park has triggered speculation among bloggers a supervolcano under the park will blow any day now.

As proof, they're citing photos showing bison and other animals leaving the park for allegedly safer ground elsewhere. Of course, they don't mention that bison leave the park most every winter seeking lower elevations and less snow to find food. 

One blogger posted a video showing bison migrating from the park along a highway and said "..whatever the case may be, ...their running away from Yellowstone is an alert of some sort."

These "alerts" might actually be good news for Montanans who have wanted to visit Yellowstone for years but have avoided doing so because of the swarms of tourists. If they go this summer, all they might have to deal with is fleeing critters. Though by then they should be fleeing back into the park.

IF YOU'RE a Montanan who frets about the possibility of a zombie apocalypse, you can now breathe a little easier. That is, you can if you believe the
rankings put out by the web site Estately.com,

The web site, which specializes in real-estate matters, had some fun by ranking the states on how prepared they were to deal with a zombie apocalypse. States with such things as a lot of gun owners and many people with survival skills and active military personnel scored the best.

Also, states with low levels of obesity -- a category where Montana ranks first -- is a big plus. Gotta outrun those zombies.

Montana finished 6th in the rankings, behind Alaska, Wyoming, Colorado, Idaho and New Mexico. Fortunately, except for Alaska, Montana is a little more out of the way than those other states.

MOST Montana histories focus on the western part of the state, so it's good to see one that explains a bit about how eastern Montana came to be. In blunt, folksy fashion, "A Hard-Won Life" by H. Norman Hyatt tells what life was like in the late 1800s in the Glendive area. Early on we learn that Dawson County, which then ran all the way from the Canadian border to just south of Glendive, was the last place in the USA settled by whites.

Among the first white settlers were Levi and Sarah Van Blaricom and their nine children. This book is based on the memoirs of the fifth child, Fred, who was born in 1875. Just a few months after the family arrived in early 1882 at Glendive, Sarah died from typhoid fever. Since Levi was disabled, the older children had to fare for themselves while younger siblings were shuffled off to friends or relatives. Freddie and his sister Alice were sent to live with a cousin near Forsyth.

The cousin's husband, a man Freddie dubbed "Coyote-breath," was abusive. In the winter of 1883, Freddie realized he and his sister could die if he didn't escape. He crossed the frozen Yellowstone River and fled along the railroad tracks with his grubstake of just "two slices of bread, two pieces of beefsteak, no water, no houses for miles, and no one that gave a damn whether I made it or not...and me 7 years old."

Freddie made it to Glendive and got help for his sister. It was just one of many tight squeezes he negotiated on the frontier where -- since he and school didn't see eye to eye -- he mostly worked as a cowboy.  Along the way he befriended many characters, including rancher and future president Teddy Roosevelt and artist C.M. Russell, who offered Fred several sketches.

"A Hard-Won Life" is as compelling as a novel, as van Blaricom chronicles not only the many hardships he and other settlers endured, but also the acts of kindness that kept them going.

Our Lady of the Rockies, which looks down on Butte from the East Ridge, turned red Wednesday night after some young pranksters placed red cellophane over the spotlights that illuminate the statue at night. Police located the perpetrators, but let them go since no harm was done. (State of Montana)
Proposed ballot measure would ban all pot use in Montana

Billings officer in Monday shooting killed man in 2013

Browning, Blackfeet squabble over utilities heads to court

Mercury found in some Glacier, Yellowstone fish

Baucus still casts shadow in Montana's US Senate race

Beekeeper banned from selling honey at farmer's market

Logan man hit with DUI charge after trying to tie it to post

Woman convicted of Helena killings sues Gallatin County

Amtrak passenger for assaulting conductor near Whitefish

Montana officials denounce delays in Keystone pipeline

Former Havre priest denies stealing $65K donated to church

Prank makes Our Lady of the Rockies a little red-faced

Bullock names Michael Moses Yellowstone Co district judge

Administration delays Keystone pipeline decision once more

Officials: Landowner justified in shooting bison near Gardiner

Corps boosts Libby Dam releases to make room for runoff

Low-level radioactive waste new problem in Bakken oil fields

Officials fret over flood potential due to record mountain snows

State makes repairs to Townsend-area dam to raise efficiency

NorthWestern: Changes could scotch proposed dam deal

MSU student leaders' effort to streamline angers some

MT officials work to restore coal rights to Northern Cheyenne

Ravalli Co leaders decide to keep treasurer on staff for now

3 accused of bilking Anaconda casinos of $2,100

Supreme Court rejects bid to rewrite Medicaid initiative

Bullock proposes grants for oil towns to be paid w/ state bonds

Butte man denies stabbing assisted-living resident to death

President declares parts of MT disaster area after flooding

Hundreds apply for work at planned Hardin correctional facility

Kalispell police haven't forgotten woman's murder 11 years ago

Billings police chief says movement of hands justified shooting

Court: Ethnic slurs, fighting words not protected speech


Opposition builds to proposed WA terminal for Bakken oil

As Stillwater Mine ramps up production, VP resigns

Coldwater Creek closing stores in Billings, Bozeman, Missoula

Great Falls Clinic to build new facility

Missoula's St. Patrick Hospital gets back into baby business

Boeing's Helena manufacturing plant takes off


Cats name 4 captains for fall season

New Bobcat hoops coach adds assistant from Oregon

UM signs 6-8 center from Australia

Grizzlies sign 6-5 JC scoring guard from Bay Area

Former Griz Cole Lockwood gets help fighting cancer

Grizzlies wrap up final spring practice with scrimmage


Do women earn 77% of what men earn for same work? Nah

RightNow founder should speak at commencements

Everyone has a story. Even zombies.

Flathead tribes go to war over water rights on reservation

State's elk-management plan is worth considering

Daines, Tester, Walsh should work together on North Fork bill


After 57 years, Milt Gunderson still likes reporting on Scobey

Teddy Blue helped tame Plains, and rode into history books

How the Yellowstone River got its name

Life of a Montana cowboy: Some glam, lots of drudge work

Montana newcomers starring in new Outdoor Channel show

Lewistown-area pictographs tell stories of MT's ancient people


Trace Adkins coming to Helena's Last Chance Stampede

Charley Pride headlines Red Ants Festival

State Fair lineup: Tesla, Everclear, Jake Owen & more

Chris Young, Train, Evil Pop among MontanaFair acts

Air Force's Thunderbirds plan air show Aug. 30-31 in Flathead

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