Huckleberries to Christmas cheer, which never fails to work its magic on even the grinchiest of hearts. This week, the Christmas spirit has inspired a special huckleberry-only editorial.
Huckleberries to all the individuals and local agencies who participate in the Missoulian's annual We Care for the Holidays project. Each year, the Missoulian asks agencies to share their clients' stories and needs with our readers, and each year, we are humbled by — and grateful for — the generous response.
Huckleberries to the Pharaohplex in Hamilton for offering a screening of "The Interview." Sony Pictures had pulled the movie from theaters after the company was hacked, allegedly by North Korean loyalists who believe the political comedy portrays North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in an unflattering light. Following public blowback for its cowardly reaction, Sony approved the film for a limited release on Christmas Day.
Huckleberries to the students of Loyola Sacred Heart High School, who set a new school record for their annual food drive this year. The senior class won the friendly competition by contributing an average of 211 per senior, for a total of 10,557 pounds of food. All told, Loyola gathered 24,127 pounds of food to distribute to 48 families.
Huckleberries to Plum Creek Timber Co. for adding to local food drive efforts by donating a total of $35,000 to food banks in northwest Montana. Plum Creek employees also collected food, including more than 140 turkeys, to donate as well. The company has done this for seven years in a row now.
Huckleberries to the city of Missoula for dropping the bicycle registration mandate. Council members looked at numbers provided by the bicycle and pedestrian office and found that the program brings in less than $1,500 a year, which means the program operates at a loss. Councilors also learned that many of the people who rely on bicycle transportation are those least able to afford it, and that most people either don't know about the registration requirement — or don't care to heed it. The council will look at this as well as other bicycle ordinance changes at its next meeting on Jan. 5.