ANITA Whitworth, a member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribe, hates the Washington Redskin's moniker. She agrees with activists who argue that the problems that plague America's Indian reservations can be fixed only if the youth living there can take pride in who they are. 

Anita, a chemical dependency counselor, said she's been the victim of discrimination -- even called a "redskin" -- and she doesn't want her son to experience the same trauma.

Ironically, Anita's husband, Rusty, feels differently about the football team's name. “Just let them keep it,” says the laborer who works on ranches in the Flathead Valley. “It ain’t hurting nobody.”

Ironically, Rusty's opinion on the Redskin's name reflects the views of other Native Americans, by a long shot. A new Washington Post poll has found that nine in 10 Native Americans aren't offended by the name. The poll, which surveyed 504 people in every state and the District of Columbia, was consistent with the results of an earlier 2004 poll.

THE THEME song of Montana City must be artist Pharrell's "Happy." Because the little burg a few miles south of the state's capital city is the nation's third happiest city, according the online web site Zippia.

“We certainly didn’t see it coming, not because we don’t think it’s right; but simply because, who has Montana City on their places to visit list?" say the folks at Zippia. "Well, we certainly do now. It’s one of the least impoverished, most employed, and houses some of the most married residents (in their own houses, of course) in the entire country. It’s like the warm blanket fresh out of the dryer of places.”

As you can see from what Zippia had to say about Montana City, three of the criteria used to measure a city's "happiest" included the amount of poverty, jobless rates,and marriage levels, because getting and staying married generally has happiness benefits. Other measures: Length of commutes to work, home ownership, and costs of living.

If you live in Montana City, and are unhappy and want a change, you might try moving to Frontenac, Mo. That was No. 1 on Zippia's list.

WHO MAKES Montana's best pizza? It's Eugene's Pizza of Glasgow, according to those who submitted thousands of votes in this year's Montana Mint pizza championship runoff. 

Eugene's, which also won last year's contest, beat out 59 competitors over three rounds of voting conducted over three weeks. About 30,000 votes were cast online.

Pretty impressive, considering Glasgow is about as far as you can get from Montana's population centers. Eugene's pizzas must be pretty darn good, and its customers pretty darn loyal. It might be worth a drive. But if you find that a bit far to go, Eugene's will overnight deliver its pizzas half-cooked.

Eugene's competition in the final four were Nalivka's of Havre, Howard's Pizza of Great Falls, and MacKenzie River Pizza Company.

“The people of Montana have spoken: the best pizza in Montana can be found on the Hi-Line,” said a Montana Mint spokesman. “Eugene’s recipe for success seems to be great pizza and a VERY loyal fan base.  Their fans came up huge on social media, which ended up being the difference. Eugene’s is turning into the Duke University of Montana pizza.”


LIKE OTHER Americans, Montanans will flock to church on Easter. But there probably will be fewer of them filling the pews in Montana than there are in other parts of the country. Montanans just tend to be less religious than do Americans in other regions.

According to the Association of Religion Data Archives, Montana ranked 40th in terms of church membership in 2010. Many of the other states with low church membership were, like Montana, in the Rocky Mountain region or the West. 

Still, there were a few exceptions to that trend, The state with the nation's highest rate of church membership is Utah, while North Dakota is second.

WOULD YOU mind shelling out extra money every time you put gas in the tank if the revenue was used to improve the roads you drive on? Montanans apparently are, if a survey by the state's Chamber of Commerce is an accurate gauge.

A poll done for the Chamber in February of 800 Montana voters found that, by a 52 to 41 percent margin, Montanans are willing to pay a higher gas tax to fund work on roads and bridges.

The margin of support for a gas tax hike jumped to 56-28 when those polled were told the tax was last raised in 1993, that lower-priced fuel has reduced gas tax revenue, and that highway construction costs have risen by 68 percent.

So how much should the tax be raised? Almost half -- 47 percent -- said by 5 cents a gallon, while 30 percent were willing to see a 10 cent hike. Fourteen percent would pay more than 10 cents a gallon.


Retired Special Forces Lt. Col. Lee Hyslop, 77, shakes the hand of retired Gen. Dave Stovall after he was pinned by Congressman Ryan Zinke, center, at a ceremony in Missoula Friday. (Missoulian)




Feds say $57M dam on lower Yellowstone River could help sturgeon

Billings angler lucky to escape moose attack with only a kick in the back

Tester, Zinke honor Vietnam veterans at Missoula ceremony

Would Trump consider Ryan Zinke as his running mate?

Washington family tells harrowing tale of abduction by casino robbers

Helena High students protest requirement of wearing a bra

Man convicted in tribal corruption case charged with escape

MT man accused of threatening to shoot North Dakota hotel clerk

Inmate jumps fence at women's prison in Billings

Political committees pour money into legislative races

Thousands greet Trump in Billings, where he says: 'We're going to win'

Washington man gets 6 months in prison for shooting grizzly near Libby

Feds investigate Bozeman pot dispensary for distributing outside MT

Billings woman gets 60 years for murder and torture of infant son

School of choice for Montana's top students? MSU

Complaint against Meagher Co legislative candidate dismissed

Bozeman girl finished 4th in National Geographic Bee

Gianforte revises campaign story he told about state buying ranch

Trump backers gather early outside Billings' MetraPark arena

Kalispell woman who killed husband in park appeals to Supreme Court

Judge issues stay putting limits on donations from political parties

Tester introduces Flathead water compact bill to Senate

5-month-old puppy rescued after plunging into 26-foot-deep mine shaft

Forest Service officials fret over shooting in areas used by recreationists

Laurel couple recovers their stolen truck with help of social media

Students who vandalized Flathead High School barred from graduation

100 Missoula firefighters dispatched to help fight Fort McMurray blaze

Former Missoula Co attorney says judge has no authority to drop case

Over 25 stray dogs rounded up on Crow Reservation for adoption

Nashville hitmakers to headline Red Lodge festival June 23-25

Fort Peck Tribe enacts bathroom policy that mirrors North Carolina's

Political parties suggest they'll spend freely if judge's ruling stands

Infrastructure will again be key focus of Legislature

Great Falls elementary school evacuated after bomb threat

Company led by Chippewa Cree official pleads guilty to charges

Billings serial rapist Tony Griego asks court for new trial

Democratic PSC candidate's robocalls violate state law, official says

Zinke endorses Trump on eve of presidential candidate's visit to MT

MT Democrats have number of contested primary legislative races

Billings teen brutally assaulted on Rims recovering, speaks out

Queer Straight Alliance objects to naming of Gianforte building at MSU


Arch Coal drops stake in West Coast coal-export project

State may require Stillwater Mining to post a bigger bond

Bozeman's Bridger Brewing plans big expansion

Seattle Times editor to lead Missoulian, Ravalli Republic

Wind power growing in importance in Montana

Montana's railroads in depths of what looks like a recession

Hecla Mining buying Montanore Mine



Utah Valley transfer Frey to join Bobcat hoops team

MSU-Northern running back Ethan Blythe dies at 20; cause unknown

Big Sky hurdler finished race despite ruptured Achilles tendon

UM notches best attendances in FCS: 21,349

Libby freshman shatters record after shooting 63 on tourney's last day

MSU forward Price leaving team due to injury

Griz receiver Ben Roberts signs deal with Tennessee Titans

Former Griz & lawyer Andrew Schmidt makes 1st deal as  NFL agent


Regents should get a plan before selling any more names on buildings

Legislators should drop bill banning naming of buildings after candidates

Keep limits on what can be contributed to campaigns

EPA will have to change its tune on mine tailings removal in Butte

Time to be more honest about bison and brucellosis

A tip for Yellowstone Park visitors: Bison are a whole lot faster than you

Time to put some of our foolish tourists in the stocks?

Supreme Court ruling on immigration sure sign of judicial tyranny



New Historical Society book puts spotlight on fascinating MT women

Historian awed by steamboat captain who visited Ft Benton, died young

Yellowstone Park Hotel in tip top shape as it turns 125

Novelist based in London, but her books play out in western Montana

CNN's Anthony Bourdain finds inspiration in MT, writer Jim Harrison

Yellowstone's Lake Hotel celebrates 125th year of hosting guests

Late senator helped preserve historic character of state Capitol

Billings author takes long road, visiting all 56 counties, to write new book



Red Lodge Songwriter Festival set for June 23-25

Lineup set for Butte's folk festival July 8-10

Moods of the Madison set to rock Ennis July 15-16

Legendary rock band KISS to perform at MSU July 16

James Taylor to perform in Bozeman July 18

Red Ants Pants Music Festival set for July 28-31

Alabama, Chris Young among headliners at State Fair in GTF

Keith Urban plans Aug. 4 concert in Bozeman

Ziggy Marley to headline Billings Magic City Blues Festival in August

Jason Derulo on stage at MontanaFair in Billings Aug. 12

Emmy Lou Harris, John Prine performing in Gardiner Aug. 25

Def Leppard, REO Speedwagon, Tesla in Billings Sept. 14


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May 31, 2016