Huckleberries to the emergency service personnel and local residents alike who leaped into action during the storm that blew through western Montana Monday evening. Hundreds of calls flooded 9-1-1, thousands of people lost electricity and untold numbers of homes suffered damage from gusts that reached up to 74 miles per hour. Kudos to the police, firefighters, NorthWestern Energy crews, American Red Cross volunteers, urban foresters and many others who worked tirelessly to help our neighbors recover as quickly as possible.
Chokecherries to Monday evening's massive thunderstorms. High winds fanned new fires, tore venerable old trees up by their roots, snapped power poles and swept backyard sheds and other structures right out of their yards. Tragically, the storm also caused a multi-vehicle crash on Interstate 90 that claimed a young man's life and sent two others to the hospital with serious injuries. And during the storm, the 9-1-1 system was so inundated that some callers got busy signals, a problem that needs to be addressed before the next incident.
Huckleberries to Griz football wide receiver Ellis Henderson for sharing his story of chronic illness and depression, and in doing so, helping to shatter the myths and misconceptions about both.
Chokecherries to the Missoula City Council members who failed to pass an ordinance prohibiting the commercial use of wild and exotic animals. Instead of voting for the ordinance during their regular Monday night meeting, council members Ed Childers, Annelise Hedahl, Adam Hertz, Patrick Weasel Head and Jon Wilkins sent it back to committee - the same committee that unanimously approved it just two weeks ago. Hedahl and Weasel Head are members of that committee, and Wilkins is chair.
Huckleberries to the Western Montana Fair, which kicked off Tuesday and will continue through Sunday, and to the Midway Dispatch that brings Missoulian readers daily reports on a wide variety of fair attractions - from food and carnival rides to 4-H and special events.
Huckleberries to the Zootown All-Stars for winning the Senior Softball World Series - in front of a national audience on ESPN no less - in a 10-0 contest with Michigan. What's more, center fielder Natalie Schwab's catch saved a no-hitter by pitcher Macy Newbary and was named ESPN SportsCenter’s No. 1 play of the day, bringing even more well-deserved renown to the home team.