Huckleberries to J.K. Simmons, who won his first Oscar for best supporting actor at the 87th annual Academy Awards last Sunday. The University of Montana graduate wowed with his performance in "Whiplash," then impressed again with a heartfelt plea to the audience to call their parents. Simmons' own parents, Don and Pat Simmons, were prominent Missoulians who both passed away in recent years.
Chokecherries to those who are trashing the future West Broadway Island Park, leading city officials to close the area to the public. An apparent increase in illegal camps, trash and other problems at the popular six-acre island in the Clark Fork River has left city workers with a lot of extra work to do before they can make the necessary improvements, which are expected to take about two months.
Huckleberries to Missoula-based Neptune Aviation, which is looking into the possibility of expanding private charter services to Billings, Boise and Seattle. The company, best known for its firefighting operations, shared its new plans with the community at an investor breakfast hosted by the Missoula Economic Partnership earlier this week.
Chokecherries to President Obama's veto of the Keystone pipeline project, which is supported by both of Montana's U.S. senators, its U.S. representative and its governor. Although the veto was entirely expected, it was still disappointing; the project, which would transport crude oil from Alberta, Canada, to refineries located along the Gulf of Mexico, has been on hold for more than six years already.
Huckleberries to Patrick Weasel Head, who was selected by Missoula City Councilors this week to replace outgoing Ward 4 representative Caitlin Copple. Weasel Head is a University of Montana graduate in business and accounting who holds a Ph.D. in educational policy, a Vietnam veteran, and a volunteer for Meals on Wheels and Disabled Veterans for America. He is also believed to be the first Native American to fill the city council seat.