MATR News Comments

As former Senator Burns once said: "In Montana there's a lot of dirt between lightbulbs." which is
why the practice of car pooling should be at the top of everyone's to-do list whenever traveling to
another Montana community. Just think how much we're wasting when 4 people drive 6 hours in
their individual cars for a one hour meeting. It would be so much better if it was 1 car with 4
people. And talking with 3 other people is a great way to enjoy the trip.
— Russ

Referring to article: Google's Waze Expands Carpooling App to All 50 States (Oct 12th, 2018)

So excited! Thank you Russ!
— Kelsey

Referring to article: Potluck Of The Minds- 10/26 - Missoula, MT (Oct 9th, 2018)

My recommendation to every entrepreneur I work with is to set aside 10 minutes every day at the same
time each day to do a journal about the decisions you've made in the last 24 hours at what time and
why. Over time, you'll see tendencies to make good and bad decisions based on timing that will
help you improve your decision making process.
— Russ

Referring to article: Timing is everything when it comes to making decisions (Oct 9th, 2018)

It shouldn't even be a question. 50/50 all the time.
— Russ

Referring to article: Startups need women in their boardrooms, too (Oct 3rd, 2018)

The Blackstone LaunchPad at the University of Montana can help UM alums seeking to sell their
business and also connect other business owners with MBAs or other students looking for a robust
entrepreneurial journey.
— Paul Gladen

Referring to article: The Succession Crisis of Montana Baby Boomer Businesses (Sep 24th, 2018)

Before you simply close the doors and sell the inventory, please consider the alternatives
available. You've spent a career building a reputation and cultivating good will that is valuable.
There are resources that can help you evaluate what can be done before you ride off into the
sunset. If you are a business broker, consultant in this area or know of resources that can
assist business owners, please add the information here as a comment or send me an email and I'll
post on MATR. If you have a Montana company that is for sale or you anticipate it being
available, please post it here to begin to explore next steps. Montana Businesses For Sale Posting articles
and events is a great way to promote your company or organization. MATR welcomes articles, events,
job openings, resumes, comments and company listings from registered members (also free) After you've registered, just go to the upper right
hand side of the home page to "My Account". There are many who would like to buy your firm
and carry on its work.
— Russ

Referring to article: The Succession Crisis of Montana Baby Boomer Businesses (Sep 24th, 2018)

I know this must be a very difficult decision for the administration to take but it also made me
wonder what Don Simmons, former Chair of the Music Department, his wife Pat or their son Academy
Award winner JK would say about this with respect to how music influenced their lives and the lives
of students and Missoula. I hope all will share their thoughts about the wealth of culture that
this department provides for Montana and the impact it has not only on music students but all
students at the U of M. I hope that something can be done to retain this vital force of
innovation, society and life at the University of Montana. It's our future.
— Russ

Referring to article: GREAT UPDATE - Dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts at the University of Montana Retracts Warning About Deep Cuts to UMArts (Sep 24th, 2018)

Link to buy tickets -
— Abby Turner

Referring to article: Evening In Science, 10/20, Bozeman (Sep 11th, 2018)

This is a great first step to managing our university system as a single entity. It's been like
two divisions in a company actively work against each other to the detriment of the parent which in
this case is Montana. The sports rivalry is fine but it's only a few games a year. Let's
encourage all campuses to collaborate on any number of efforts to make our education system more
attractive and available to all.
— Russ

Referring to article: Montana Board of Regents weigh 'unified recruiting,' MSU President Cruzado worried about limiting choice (Sep 13th, 2018)

Outstanding selection! Great for Missoula. Great for Montana. Carry on Grant.
— Russ

Referring to article: Missoula Economic Partnership Announces Grant Kier as New Executive Director (Sep 12th, 2018)

A great and growing alternative is "The Current" Well worth
your time and support. Similar new media in other Montana
communities: (currently
hiring) A great opportunity exists
for an energetic effort in Billings with the closing of These are the
future of the press in Montana and deserve your support if you believe in a free press.
— Russ

Referring to article: Without notice, Lee Enterprises shutters Missoula Indy, locks staff out of office (Sep 12th, 2018)

So why not on Reserve Street in Missoula?!?! *** Dangerous intersections: How you can
protect yourself - The top 4 dangerous intersections in Montana are on Reserve Street in Missoula
— Russ

Referring to article: MDT says York Road Roundabout in Helena could save lives (Sep 6th, 2018)

Tourism is one of the largest industries in Montana. This is why it is so critically important that
Montana's communities do everything they can to preserve that which brings people to them in the
first place. That is the unique old west architecture and individual unique qualities of our
communities. Once you tear down a truly unique building and replace it with a modern glass and
steel building you're effectively given tourists a reason to not visit Montana.
— Russ

Referring to article: The Unbearable Sameness of Cities (Sep 1st, 2018)

I wonder what additional problems will arrise from the recent net neutrality ruling. It's like
limiting electricity or water based on how much you pay.
— Russ

Referring to article: Congratulations to the Inc. 5000 Top Montana Companies (Aug 24th, 2018)

Why not have a similar position in Montana as well?
— Russ

Referring to article: Rural Broadband at Center of New State Position (Aug 21st, 2018)

Were any businesses that are not members of the Alliance invited to attend?
— Russ

Referring to article: Tax reform, health care and online taxes top Missoula tech leaders' talk with Gianforte (Aug 21st, 2018)

Gianforte's listening sessions are him putting himself into a echo chamber. He selectively sorts
out any views opposing his own, and only takes softball, sympathetic questions on his "tele-town-
halls." He avoids interacting with the majority of Montanans as much as possible.
— Matt

Referring to article: Protesters Walk Out Of Gianforte Forest Hearing In Hamilton (Aug 8th, 2018)

There are so many other considerations that need to be taken into account such as services needed
for housing, particularly plumbing (water and sewer), etc. Rather than build these concrete
structures, it would make more sense to build robotic parking which is less harmful to the
environment, preserves the architect's design flexibility for a housing conversion (because the
parking can be disassembled and leave a developable lot) and creates more convenience to the user.
Conventional parking structures are still going to embody concrete ramps that will wastefully
consume space and building materials. Flat floor plates is low-hanging fruit on a dying
tree. Geoff Badenoch
— Geoff

Referring to article: What Happens If Parking Structures Become Obsolete? Design parking garages so they can easily become housing (Aug 6th, 2018)

Sorry that the specifics of this webinar series are not included in this post. I've contacted
Northwestern representatives to provide that information so please check back to see how you can
participate. Thanks, Russ
— Russ

Referring to article: Webinar Series Aims To Help Business Owners (Aug 4th, 2018)

I will always treasure the wonderful time our family had with Congressman Dellums in his office when
we took our very young children to visit him in D.C. He even showed them where JFK had carved his
name in the desk used by the V.P. Magical for all of us. As it was almost Halloween, I also think
he let our kids know that trick-or-treating in Georgetown would result in the most candy per house.
He was sooo right. He was always such a gracious and thoughtful leader for Berkeley and the
— Russ

Referring to article: The lessons we can still learn from my friend and former Congressman Ron Dellums (Aug 4th, 2018)

I recently had an "impossible burger" and it was delicious. Friends said theirs was the best
burger they ever had.
— Russ

Referring to article: Most Americans will happily try eating lab-grown "clean meat" (Aug 1st, 2018)

When I watch tourists in Missoula I see them taking pictures of our old buildings, not the new ones.
They are one major reason they come to Missoula.
— Russ

Referring to article: No more Mercs: New city ordinance seeks to avoid demolition of Missoula's historic buildings (Jul 27th, 2018)

Good news,long hoped for. Never should have happened. Hurt vulnerable people unnecessarily.
Overestimate revenue and design legislation to use the "shortfall" to reduce services others rightly
deem "necessary" and appropriate. Does provide an opportunity, however, to seriously revue our
revenue structure to better align it with the changes in our economy and our needs. Keep up the good
— Joe Carbonari

Referring to article: DPHHS And Budget Director Listening Session On Budget Restoration Priorities - 8/1 - Helena, Montana (Jul 26th, 2018)

I commend the Gov. on this new effort. I do hope that the cabinet will include members of the
public who know what they need in terms of job-ready applicants and will be a major beneficiary of
this program. A cabinet made up of govt. officials may not get a full picture of employment
challenges and respond with the speed necessary to incorporate new programs and initiatives.
Fail Fast, Try New Things: How Government Innovators Can Succeed - Video
— Russ

Referring to article: Governor Bullock Creates Future Ready Cabinet (Jul 26th, 2018)

As with any successful initiative, a thorough inventory of all elements of all industry niches to
find out which cluster will be the best to pursue. It then takes further inventory items not
usually included in economic development. These include former C-suite execs living in the area or
who don't live there but are interested in participating, retired research professionals now living
in the area, execs or industry notables who may be interested in relocating to the area if a cluster
is developed etc. Doing this in-depth type of inventory also generates much more local interest
and participation that should contribute to a true consensus that is much more powerful. It also
uncovers those sleeper companies or research that could become clusters as they grow.
— Russ

Referring to article: How 'cluster' initiatives can help cities become high-tech industry leaders (Jul 26th, 2018)

What are your thoughts on this tax issue for Montana? Please contact Gov. Bullock and your local
representatives and let them know.
— Russ

Referring to article: What Will Montana Do? Let's Be Blunt, Internet Sales Taxes Are Economy-Sapping Domestic Tariffs (Jul 23rd, 2018)

Going through a review of websites will give you much insight about it which you can?t know by
simply visiting it. Our expert Allassignmenthelp Reviews go through many websites each month to
select only the best. This makes students aware of websites offering best
— ketty

Referring to article: This new startup makes it easy to find out if you are getting paid more or less than your peers (Mar 4th, 2016)

I had an "Impossible Burger" while in Santa Cruz last week. It was delicious. Better than a
traditional beef burger. Can't wait until this is available everywhere.
— Russ

Referring to article: Exclusive: Inside Beyond Meat's innovative future food lab (Jul 19th, 2018)

I know it may seem like it's going to take a long time for autonomous cars to come to your community
but it may be much sooner than you think. Your community and state may want to start
considering the implications of this life changing development (I don't think I'll ever have to buy
another car) on the built environment and how we'll live our future lives. The end of
"carcatecture" is coming.
— Russ

Referring to article: Autonomous Vehicles Might Drive Cities to Financial Ruin (Jun 20th, 2018)

No words can express the gratitude we have for former Congressman Pat Williams for all he did over
and over again to assist Mayor Collins to resettle in Helena and become a vibrant contributor to the
community and state. Thanks a thousand times Pat! You just don't stop making us all proud to
live in Montana.
— Russ

Referring to article: The Daily Show with Trevor Noah - Wilmot Collins: From African Refugee to Helena, Montana Mayor (Jun 20th, 2018)

I've been a member of the Missoula Mastermind group for almost 2 years. I only attend about once a
month, but every time I attend I get new ideas and meet good people. Joe does a great job of
facilitating the group and keeping each Thursday mastermind focused. He makes everyone feel welcome
and valued.
— Steve

Referring to article: Welcome To The Missoula Mastermind - Every Thursday Morning - Missoula (Jun 16th, 2018)

The advent of subscription alternative energy autonomous vehicles including flying versions, energy
generating roadways to replace the grid, IOT, decreased travel due to VR, online shopping and 3-D
printing options are all going to massively change the environment we live in. Government
bureaucracy takes 10-15 years to get a project started. The need to quick adoption of these
technologies and the changes that will be available to our streets, buildings and communities must
be much more responsive. We will spend billions on unnecessary projects and fail to realize the
massive beneifts offered if the current process is continued.
— Russ

Referring to article: Why the U.S. Needs to Embrace Private Sector Involvement in Infrastructure (Jun 12th, 2018)

People ask me what the MATR motto - "The State with the Best Education" means. It's what you
would expect of a state that we have an outstanding K - 12 and college education system that
provides the very best opportunities and challenges available to our future leaders. But it
goes way beyond this to include pre-natal to pre-K education that includes not only the primary
child but also education of the parents and, by way of inclusion, their other children in the
family. It also includes a goal of life-long learning for everyone with a state supported focus
on making this a cornerstone of our social and economic development programs. Technology is going
to rapidly change our way of life including everything from transportation, energy, and
communications to what we view and reward as work. Montana can easily stand out from the other
states by focusing on education as our future. All it takes is leadership and
— Russ

Referring to article: In the future, college never really ends (Jun 6th, 2018)

Big shoutout to the folks at Univision who performed a near miracle and not only saved my data from
a barely running hard drive but also got a new drive delivered and my data installed in record time
so I could leave on a trip. Thanks. You are appreciated.
— Russ

Referring to article: Univision Computers - Your Best Friend in Technology (Jun 4th, 2018)

Can't wait for an electric ATV. Anyone?
— Russ

Referring to article: Magnax prepares to manufacture radically high-powered, compact axial flux electric motor (May 31st, 2018)

Outstanding example of how the very best of Montana can be realized by the vision of an innovative
group of individuals both inside and out of the state. Congratulations and carry on.
— Russ

Referring to article: The American Prairie Reserve could be economic game-changer for rural Montana (May 30th, 2018)

Geoff Badenoch was kind enough to give me a preview of the river walk. Well worth the time - great
scenery, a bit of exercise and historic insights and you never knew.
— Russ

Referring to article: Downtown Missoula Partnership Reveals New Historic Guided Walking Tours Program - Unseen Missoula (May 24th, 2018)

You can find more social media courses in this piece - If you like learning from experts and
reading is just not enough for your kind of memory ? choose courses. It?s a great way to
really understand and memorize what you are learning and not to mention, the experts usually go a
lot more in-depth in a course than they do in articles.
— James Kilosto

Referring to article: 37 Free Marketing and Social Media Classes to Elevate Your Skills Today (Dec 1st, 2016)

Keep swinging,friend. The article talks about "urban planners of the future" but as the Firesign
Theater reminded us, "the future is NOW!" The planners of today need to plan to plan for the future.
Starting this conversation is one way...
— Geoff Badenoch

Referring to article: Lots of Lobbies and Zero Zombies: How Self-Driving Cars Will Reshape Cities (May 21st, 2018)

It starts with a comprehensive inventory of who and what you have to work with and who (locally and
remotely) wants to contribute their resources, contacts and expertise. Any project first
starts with a complete understanding of where it wants to start, what it has to work with and what
its goals are.
— Russ

Referring to article: Rather than become the next Silicon Valley, cities need to be themselves (Apr 25th, 2018)

This is another example of why early education is so crucial to the future of Montana. Real
early ed starts with pre-natal education of the parents. They not only learn about child education
but also life and parenting skills even before the child is born. Montana could improve in many
areas including economic development success while also ensuring a more enjoyable productive life
for all of us if we had a comprehensive pre-natal to kindergarten early education program available
to everyone.
— Russ

Referring to article: Missoulian editorial - What works to prevent child abuse and neglect in Montana? (Apr 15th, 2018)

The interchange at Van Buren Street is something I am still reticent about praising insofar as how
bikes and peds are treated. I wish MDT would simply be honest and admit that bike/ped safety and
convenience were being compromised for the benefit of cars and trucks. That may be an OK call, but
I wish they would be more up front about it. There isn't a whole lot of bike traffic at the Reserve
Street interchange, and this will pretty much assure that there never will be. Maybe I need to get
more sleep...this seems like a sort of grumpy response.
— Geoff Badenoch

Referring to article: Roundabouts seen as most efficient way to rebuild Van Buren interchange - Why not on Reserve St. as well? (Apr 11th, 2018)

I hope that this interview simply left out the fact that the UPC is also including
employers and other community professionals to provide their expertise and input on how rapidly
evolving skill sets are crucial to developing graduates who are ready to contribute to their new
jobs from day one. The business world is evolving at a dizzying pace and it's important that
the experiential skills and capabilities taught to students are kept as current as possible.
Why Practical Skills Will Matter More Than Your Degree In The New Economy The Experience One story proves that dramatic and
effective change is possible in higher education. "Montana Western is the only public
university in the United States engaged in this innovative educational delivery model and we have a
12-year track record of extraordinary results."
Could Singapore hold the secret to preparing workers for an uncertain future?
— Russ

Referring to article: UM President Seth Bodnar involves students in drive to "academic excellence" (Apr 6th, 2018)

Both on and off street parking requirements are only going to decrease as more use Uber type systems
and eventually subscription to autonomous vehicle services which removes the need for individuals to
own cars. The key element will be the ability to easily access the car services. Take a look at
SF which hasn't taken this into account and the congestion at busy venues is considerable just
because it's tough to get into and out of a car without stopping traffic.
— russ

Referring to article: Seattle City Council Approves Changes to Reduce Parking Requirements (Apr 4th, 2018)

Data is the key and Jim is the king of data.
— Russ

Referring to article: Jim Messina - Consultant who helped elect President Obama is working on recruitment for University of Montana -- for free (Apr 3rd, 2018)

"If you're not afraid, you're not paying attention." Tom Friedman
— Tom Friedman

Referring to article: Watch: dozens of local TV anchors read the same anti-"false news" script in unison - Sinclair TV Stations in Montana (Apr 3rd, 2018)

I just spent a few weeks living in downtown San Francisco where I used to live 20 years ago. I
witnessed large numbers of homeless people roaming the streets in the Market/Mission area running
from the bay to well into the heart of the city. I saw small groups of people selling drugs and
others sitting in small groups around the BART station entrances openly cooking drugs and shooting
up within feet of police officers standing around. Beyond that I saw traffic violations by
many many vehicles that have to try to navigate the sea of humanity crossing the streets both in
walkways and outside of them. This doesn't even count the accepted way of starting to cross an
intersection when there was a red hand in the traffic signal indicating that the light was going to
change in a few seconds and holding up cars trying to turn until cars from the other direction were
also in the intersection thus creating unnecessary congestion, honking horns and frustration.
I believe the San Francisco police have a duty to its citizens to help make the downtown a much
safer and cleaner place. Ticketing an autonomous vehicle for a highly questionable infraction is
not what the people of San Francisco deserve. Get your act together San Francisco! The joy
and beauty that is the City by the Bay is becoming a much less attractive place for people to live
and visit. Here's an editorial from 2016 in the Chronicle: A civic disgrace The reduction
of homelessness to the extent humanly possible must be San Francisco?s No. 1
priority. EDITORIAL
— Russ

Referring to article: Cop Slaps GM Cruise Self-Driving Car With Ticket (Apr 3rd, 2018)

Kudos to Great Falls and Butte. I can only pray that Missoula will wake up and realize that one
of our greatest assets is the old architecture and character of Higgins. Please please don't
continue to let it be replace by "modern" architecture that anyone can see in any large city in the
world. Our unique architecture is a major reason that many people visit our city. Our city
will never be the same if we let this legacy be removed and replaced by new buildings that don't
replicate its heritage.
— Russ

Referring to article: Quantifying the death of the classic American main street - Two Montana cities competing in Best Main Street in the Nation contest (Apr 1st, 2018)

Unfortunately the author fails to see that we will not own individual cars in the very near future.
We will subscribe to a service which will be accessible through our phone to call a car. It
won't be an individual car but the closest one. This will remove the problem of stacking and
increased traffic that the author sees with calling a specific car. The end of "carcatecture"
is near and our city planners need to start re-designing our transportation infrastructure now.
Carmakers consider subscriptions instead of ownership
— Russ

Referring to article: Parking lots: Why autonomous cars could save acres of space (Mar 29th, 2018)

Anna, I appreciated your article but wanted to update you on the very active startup
environment in Montana thanks to Next Frontier Capital, Frontier Angels, the State of Montana and
others. Montana's economic activity is expanding rapidly thanks to their efforts. I hope
you'll follow up with an article to reflect this activity. It's a great time to be starting a
company or growing one in Montana. Thanks, Russ Lots more going on but here's a few
of the recent headlines: Montana Launches State-Wide Business Plan Competition With Up To
$50,000 In Capital Investments - Missoula mapping company to expand Bozeman office with
$20 million fund Bozeman, Montana Based Blackmore
Sensors and Analytics Raises $18 Million Series B Financing Round to Scale Automotive Lidar Solution Montana's Next Frontier Capital Announces Successful
Final Close of Fund II with $38m in LP Commitments
— Russ

Referring to article: Capital with a cause: Montana VC firm Next Frontier Capital has provided $47M in funds to startups (Oct 10th, 2017)

How Easy is Walking to the Grocery Store in Your City?
— Russ

Referring to article: Should Billings be more open to business in neighborhoods? Group aims to update planning codes (Mar 26th, 2018)

How can we encourage all schools in Montana to consider implementing this program? Montana
could be the first state to implement this throughout every school and lead the nation.
— Russ

Referring to article: Callisto - Inside the online platform that's empowering survivors of campus sexual assaults ... and catching repeat offenders (Mar 24th, 2018)

Looking simply at cost per space, this number is still a bit higher than what we would find in
Missoula. However, there are other considerations. First, because it uses less space than a concrete
structure, mechanical parking reserves developable space for the developer to make income from while
satisfying parking demands. Second, the method of parking saves costs--the facility can be operated
by electricity generated from solar panels. Third, when and if the structure becomes outmoded or no
longer needed, it can be disassembled and re-used or recycled much more readily and more cheaply
than a concrete structure. Fourth, cars are less likely to be damaged because once the driver
leaves them, there is no chance of a collision, dent, scratch, break-in, car-jacking or other
liabilities. So, like most things, life cycle costs have to be considered when calculating
— Geoff Badenoch

Referring to article: Oakland automated garage seeks to cut parking's environmental impact (Mar 7th, 2018)

So biased and politically motivated. "Trust Us" they say. I live in the University
Neighborhood of Missoula and can only get 12 MPBS download max from Century Link. Just
unbelievable! Thanks to Arnie for helping us see the real story line of this corporate
ripoff in the making. Thank you Gov. Bullock for leading Montana and showing other states how
to combat this.
— Russ

Referring to article: Very informative conversation with President Trump's advisor on Net Neutrality, Dr. Roslyn Layton. Well worth a listen. (Feb 16th, 2018)

Are you a successful Montana entrepreneur who would like to be considered to speak or participate on
a panel at this conference? How could your experience benefit entrepreneurs and businesses in
coal country communities? contact Thanks,
— Russ

Referring to article: Strengthening Economies In Montana - A Forum For Coal-Reliant Communities - 4/18-19 - Billings, Montana (Feb 13th, 2018)

So much worse than Fox. Not even the pretrension of fair and balanced. Unbelievably bad for the
future of the U.S.
— Russ

Referring to article: Sinclair Broadcast Group solicits its news directors for its political fundraising efforts (Feb 10th, 2018)

This is wrong on so many levels and DOES NOT have the support of Montana's people. The
recreation and tourism economies are among the biggest in Montana and this legislation sends a
message to those interested in visiting Montana that we're taking away potential areas that remain
untouched by man for them to visit. This legislation should be removed from consideration
immediately before even more damage is done. It's our future.
— Russ

Referring to article: Daines touts bill to release wilderness study areas in Senate hearing (Feb 8th, 2018)

Dubai is home to engineers and technicians from all over the world. Today there are various
different [online engineering degree in
UAE]( and these foreign engineers are
enrolled in them to further improve their skills and to add new degrees to their CV. Surely this is
a great new phenomenon in the economy of UAE.
— Sheila Ogden

Referring to article: Montana campuses commit to improving outcomes for students (Oct 26th, 2017)

I'm sure there's someone or some group that wants to have the opportunity to keep this iconic
landmark and viable business going in downtown Missoula, especially as it's next door to the biggest
new tourist development project that Missoula has seen in downtown in many years. Call today
(406) 542-2449 if you'd like to see this historic business continue.
— Russ

Referring to article: Missoula's Uptown Diner closing its doors (Feb 5th, 2018)

Unfortunately, this article ignores a major development that will probably preclude this string of
events. Autonomous cars will make it less and less attractive to personally own a car.
Subscription services will manage fleets of widely located vehicles that are available for use by
its members. These companies will develop their own systems for charging their fleets.
Conductive charging from solar collecting roads will eventually replace the grid as we know it.
These may be built by car subscription companies. These will be augmented by micro grid projects
that will generate power for small groups of consumers to reduce the requirement for extended
transmission systems. These may be augmented by subscription service locations that not only
generate power for their vehicles but also provide excess energy to the local grid when required.
Bottom line, Car Subscription companies may become a key element in our power needs beyond just
that needed for the vehicles they provide to subscribers.
— Russ

Referring to article: Electric Cars Could Destroy the Electric Grid--or Fix It Forever (Feb 4th, 2018)

Missoula County Commissioners did not debate the merits of Daines? bill, but, rather, decided to
focus our efforts on legislation that has a direct impact on Missoula County. Moreover, both the
Montana Wilderness Association and The Wilderness Society recommended that we NOT sign the letter in
question. We?ll be drafting our own letter supporting the Blackfoot Clearwater Stewardship Act
and talking about the importance of public process more generally, which applies to the WSA bill,
too. Best, Dave Dave Strohmaier Missoula County Commissioner 406.529.5580
— Dave Strohmaier

Referring to article: Missoula County to sign letter supporting Tester’s Blackfoot-Clearwater bill (Feb 2nd, 2018)

Grateful thanks to Rick Nash for preserving this building for its historic architecture that makes
downtown Missoula such an attractive place for business owners, Missoulians and those who want to
visit a town with real character. He could have easily made it look modern but by preserving it
he's ensured a historic view that is sadly disappearing in so many communities. Just wish other
historic as well as new buildings could emulate this architecture so that Missoula continues to be a
place people visit just for the history. Missoula thanks you Rick. Everytime I visit I can hear
history passing by in those historic vehicles in the shop.
— Russ

Referring to article: Zip Auto - Restoring a Missoula, Montana Auto Shop with a One-Track Mind (Jan 31st, 2018)

Might have been even more successful if all participants would have had mindfulness training
including a deep understanding of their own emotional intelligence. Podcast - Daniel Goleman:
Mindfulness, the Dalai Lama, and How You Can Be a Force for Good Eight VCs Explain How (And Why) They Assess Founders'
Emotional Intelligence Why Mindfulness Is Your New Secret
Weapon These Are The 4 Emotional-Intelligence Job Skills
You'll Need In The Future Mindfulness Coaching: Start
with Your Own Journey Emotional Intelligence - Tech's
Damaging Myth of the Loner Genius Nerd How to Tell if a
Potential Hire Has Emotional Intelligence Why Google,
Target, and General Mills Are Investing in Mindfulness The Emotional Intelligence Deficit -- How It Stifles
— Russ

Referring to article: How 'Teaming' Saved 33 Lives in the Chilean Mining Disaster - Real World Example of the Concepts of the UM Western Experience 1 Program (Jan 31st, 2018)

Icelanders put bankers in jail for tanking their economy. The only country to do so, I believe.
Seemed pretty creative to me!
— Geoff Badenoch

Referring to article: Icelanders are super creative. Here's why (Jan 30th, 2018)

We spend a lot of money encouraging people to visit Montana. They are driving electric or hybrid
cars now and more will be driving them each day. Where is there a single map of all charging
stations in Montana that can be updated by anyone? Obviously new entries must be verified but
keeping an up to date map is crucial.
— Russ

Referring to article: Gov. Jerry Brown Calls for Five Million ZEVs on California Roads by 2030 (Jan 30th, 2018)

This has been an exceptionally successful Governor sponsored program for Wisconsin for years.
Montana should explore emulating this program to raise the level of excellence and the number of
high quality startups. We have so many successful Angel and VC investors who have homes here and
love the state but have never been asked "to play" in our entrepreneurial pool. Huge opportunity to
invite them to contribute to the future success of Montana. Not all will participate but enough
will to provide the sage advice and possible additional funding that is so crucial to a startup.
Huge opportunity!
— Russ

Referring to article: Count 'em down: Top 10 reasons to enter statewide B iz Plan Contest by Jan. 31 (Jan 30th, 2018)

For Missoula Jessica Morris has recommended It shows Gibson
Mansion Missoula Nissan Park Place Parking Garage Tesla Supercharger Are there others in
Missoula? It includes the entire world so please check your community to see if it's a complete
— Russ

Referring to article: Is there a map of all car charging stations in Montana more accurate than Plugshare or Tesla Supercharger ? (Jan 25th, 2018)

I count the first time I heard his voice from across the room as one of those memorable events that
you remember forever. Actually knowing him only made it better. I'd grown up in Colorado
devouring his films and loving the sport of skiing that he promoted to the level that it is today.
Many would have never attached two sticks to their feet to go hurtling down a mountain if not for
his incredible films with that voice adding a level of humor and wit that few can match. It was
always that voice that I heard in my head as I rode the chairlifts or glided through the pow pow.
Tonight we'll raise a glass and toast to a life well lived - hurtling from one near disaster to
another. Rest in Peace Warren. Thank you for stories and memories that will live long after the
snow melts.
— Russ

Referring to article: Warren Miller - 1924-2018 He spent his life lurching from one near disaster to another... - Montana now says goodbye to a great friend. (Jan 25th, 2018)

Coffee us usually drunk earlier in the day with beer later. Why not combine both in a single
business especially if you already have a brewery? Much better use of the physical facility and a
full time customer base.
— Russ

Referring to article: This new Boise coffee shop will feel like a beer brewery: 'We're marrying two worlds' (Jan 15th, 2018)

Now this is a true community discussion as opposed to phone call in events. I hope our other
legislators will emulate Sen. Tester's example of true community discussion with a wide range of
questions from a diverse group. Open invitation to all citizens with no editing or pre examining
of their questions. It's the only way we can have a true and open democracy.
— Russ

Referring to article: Montana Senator Jon Tester fields questions from Kalispell High School students as part of his "Montennial" tour (Jan 6th, 2018)

Congratulations to the staff of the Governor's Office of Economic Development. Given the tight
budgets and staffing constraints, they've provided an excellent record of Montana's economic success
in 2017. All Montanan's should be proud of this report and strive to make 2018 even better.
— Russ

Referring to article: 2017 Montana Economic Development Report (Apr 27th, 2018)

This is indeed a sad event for the future of Missoula and Montana. Wolf has been an outstanding
community leader who's professional efforts and winning personality have had a significant impact on
the success of our community. I can only hope that Wolf applies his skills and knowledge to a
worth effort so that his legacy of excellence can continue. All the best Wolf. Dinner is on me
when we next get together. Russ
— Russ

Referring to article: Federal funding cuts cost Missoula Job Service office manager Wolf Ametsbichler his job (Jan 5th, 2018)

I'm sure these rankings would change dramatically if we had roundabouts on Reserve St in Missoula (4
of the 5 worst intersections in Montana). The state should be putting its resources into
infrastructure that will encourage and accelerate the implementation of autonomous vehicles
throughout the state.
— Russ

Referring to article: Montana drivers are the worst in the nation, study shows (Dec 27th, 2017)

So, will it be just an office or will people be able to sweat there, too?
— Geoff Badenoch

Referring to article: International fitness company ClassPass to open third North American office in Missoula, Montana (Dec 27th, 2017)

Go Chelsea - Go!
— Russ

Referring to article: Montana ranked #1 Hulu streaming state (Dec 20th, 2017)

Mr. Friess mentions "The Obama-era FCC imposed net neutrality rules in 2015 based on hypothetical
speculation. The result has hindered investment and innovation." It would prove helpful to know
specifically which investments were hindered due to net neutrality rules. The hindered investments
seem to be as hypothetical as the bugaboos. While it seems to be common sense that the rules
should be applied equally across the board, some of Mr. Feiss's reasoning appears circular. He
seems to be saying that we need it and yet we should not demand it because it is hindering
something. Montana's telecom businesses do not engage in discrimination, but could that be because
we have rules against it? Surely Mr. Feiss is not suggesting that the internet of today is the same
business environment that it was when it was created. That would be like comparing the Wild West of
Montana's frontier years to the Missoula of today. ~Kim Morisaki
— Kim Morisaki

Referring to article: Attention Concerned Montana Businesses - Your opportunity to add your name to this Net Neutrality letter from The Montana Governor's Office of Economic Development. (Dec 15th, 2017)

On behalf of Montana's rural telecom providers, who invest nearly $100 million a year in deploying
advanced broadband infrastructure in one of the highest cost, least densely populated regions in the
nation, I urge you NOT to join Mr. Fichtler's crusade to re-impose heavy-handed, ex ante,
discriminatory regulations based on imaginary bugaboos. The Internet came to be, as did a host of
innovative broadband products and services, WITHOUT any "net neutrality" rules. The Obama-era FCC
imposed net neutrality rules in 2015 based on hypothetical speculation. The result has hindered
investment and innovation. Ironically, while Montana's rural telecom providers have not and do not
discriminate, violate customer privacy or engage in anticompetitive behavior, the proponents of net
neutrality rules--"edge" providers like Google, Facebook, Amazon et al.--regularly engage in the
very practices they rail against. (Google was fined $2Billion in Europe for anticompetitive
practices.) We need regulatory parity--rules that apply equitably to all players in the Internet
ecosystem. We cannot afford to have the government pick winners and losers--consumers are the
ultimate losers in that game. As the Obama-era chairman of the Federal Trade Commission wrote in
the Wall St. Jrnl., "Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are now expressing interest in pursuing
net-neutrality legislation. If they can get beyond partisanship and focus on practical solutions,
Congress could cement a meaningful and permanent resolution to an issue that should have been
resolved a long time ago. In the meantime though, the sky isn't falling. Consumers will remain
protected, and the internet will continue to thrive." I would have appreciated a call from the
Governor's Chief "Development" officer prior to his jumping on a bandwagon that embraces a 1930's
regulatory framework and would restrict innovation and competition in Montana--presumably activities
that a chief development officer would embrace rather than oppose.
— Geoff Feiss

Referring to article: Attention Concerned Montana Businesses - Your opportunity to add your name to this Net Neutrality letter from The Montana Governor's Office of Economic Development. (Dec 15th, 2017)

Installing a chip in the brain and immediately being able to speak every language or play the piano
like Chopin can't be that far behind....?
— Russ

Referring to article: Scientists 'Inject' Information into Brains of Monkeys Using Electrical Currents (Dec 13th, 2017)

I was happy that the privy to our farmhouse wasn't that far out back. Times have certainly
changed as has the definition of "farmhouse".
— Russ

Referring to article: For Sale: Western Farmhouse in Montana's Scenic Bitterroot Valley (Dec 7th, 2017)

What crap. Just like the airlines. Will the next step be to charge drivers for the bags they put
into the car. What is it with U.S. businesses that are constantly trying to see how they can
nickel and dime their clients with stupid fees? It's a terrible way to do business.
— Russ

Referring to article: BEWARE - Car rental companies find a way to ding motorists for electronic tolling (Dec 2nd, 2017)

Possible Montana "petting zoo" to comfort while also keeping your staff on their toes: Bull
Elk Buffalo Mountain Lion Grizzly all fully grown.
— Russ

Referring to article: Petting zoos at the office are the latest perk for stressed-out employees (Dec 1st, 2017)

How is the inevitable implementation of autonomous travel going to impact this concept? No
longer will our living environment be controlled by our reliance on having individually owned
vehicles. Great changes are on the way that we need to plan for now.
— Russ

Referring to article: The Block Fallacy, or How Not to Build a Circulation System (Nov 29th, 2017)

I hope that Montana's middle schools will take advantage of this great opportunity to give our
future programming experts an unfair advantage as they compete for college classes as well as their
career opportunities. I can see no better collaboration than for our Montana middle schools to
work with the Big Sky Code Academy and Montana Code Girls to maximize the benefits of the Project Lead the Way and
Verizon program.
— Russ

Referring to article: Colorado colleges overflowing with huge wave of computer science students (Nov 29th, 2017)

This is a great opportunity to give our future computer experts an advantage by starting their
skills training early in their lives. This will not only give them an unfair advantage when
they apply for college but also give them practical experience that can only enhance their
— Russ

Referring to article: Montana middle schools can apply for grants to add computer science courses (Nov 29th, 2017)

I'm only getting 8 Mpbs in the University district of Missoula for $45 a month from Century Link and
it's obviously terrible. Anyone know of any better service I could get?
— Russ

Referring to article: Broadband bang per buck: How your country rates on speed versus cost (Nov 27th, 2017)

— Russ

Referring to article: Wave Broadband brings gigabit-speed internet to all customers in Washington, Oregon, California (Nov 16th, 2017)

Alas, the harm that the auto has wreaked upon the urban fabric may transform. Highways turned into
greenways, boulevards into retail centers, garages into ADUs. The auto industry is looking as soon
as ten years for the demise of the individually owned car. I'm wondering what happened to the
millions of autos that were trashed in the Houston storm? Can the frames, and salvaged parts be
converted into electric vehicles? This situation is tiny compared to quantity of obsolete vehicles
once driver-less cars dominate.
— Tim Skufca

Referring to article: The Great Transportation Wormhole: Are We Ready for Autonomous Vehicles? (Nov 8th, 2017)

"95% of U.S. car miles will be traveled in self-driving, electric, shared vehicles by 2030." How is Missoula preparing for the inevitable exceptional
opportunities that will come to the built environment with the tsunami of autonomous travel?
Things that will change: Many fewer vehicles Retail will be done online and automatically
- visiting a store will be either for entertainment or product comparison. This includes the many
many hours we spend each year grocery shopping. Traffic lights, stop signs, parking, 4 lane
roads, traffic cops, parking meters... the list goes on and on but the main one for the design
discussion will be the removal of our focus on carcatecture with buildings and traffic corridors
based on individually driven cars. Our opportunities are only limited by our ability to
creatively think about what the future of Missoula will look like.
— Russ

Referring to article: Missoula inching forward with tools to manage design standards, guidelines (Nov 11th, 2017)

The State with the Best Education Wins!
— Russ

Referring to article: Public education rules Montana's economy (Nov 9th, 2017)

"As early as 2021, just over three years from now, traveling by a shared vehicle will be four to 10
times cheaper than buying a new car. Even if your vehicle is paid off, it will be two to four times
cheaper to summon a shared vehicle. Uber, Lyft, and other car sharing companies are just the
beginning. The tipping point will occur when private vehicle ownership is deemed unnecessarily by
the majority. According to the report this tipping point will occur soon. Because each shared
vehicle will satisfy the travel demands of multiple people each day, the total number of vehicles
needed is projected to drop dramatically. The report highlights that, "as demand for new vehicles
plummets, 70 percent fewer passenger cars and trucks will be manufactured each year. This could
result in total disruption of the car value chain, with car dealers, maintenance and insurance
companies suffering almost complete destruction." Beyond the many changes to the economy, social
disruption associated with dramatically reduced automobile ownership is another area that is
arguably far-reaching and difficult to predict." What will we do with unused home garages?
Parking garages? 4 lane freeways? Huge parking lots at stores, offices, venues etc.? The end
of carcatecture is coming much faster than any of us realize.
— Russ

Referring to article: The Great Transportation Wormhole: Are We Ready for Autonomous Vehicles? (Nov 8th, 2017)

I think the day of the self-driving vehicle will definitely come. The removal of the current
driver-operated inventory of vehicles is going to take quite some time. Those vehicles will have
residual presence because of their value to owners, the amount of infrastructure created for them,
the number of people employed in repairing and maintaining them. Lastly, the sheer physicality of
all those vehicles means there will be a need to dispose of or store millions of vehicles. This is
both a problem and an opportunity.
— Geoff Badenoch

Referring to article: The Great Transportation Wormhole: Are We Ready for Autonomous Vehicles? (Nov 8th, 2017)

How will you and your family participate in your community next week?
— Russ

Referring to article: A New Generation Is Returning to Practice the Small-Town Art of Participation (Nov 4th, 2017)

Once again Rob and Terry Ryan have come through to support a very important element of the education
system of the Bitterroot. Their ongoing support of Bitterroot Literacy should be a standard by
which others use their resources to support this and similar organizations. Thanks to Rob and
Terry, the Bitterroot is an even richer and more fulfilling place to live, learn and succeed.
Thank you Rob and Terry.
— Russ

Referring to article: Literacy Bitterroot receives $200,000 grant from the Rob and Terry Ryan Foundation to help ease budget shortfall (Oct 31st, 2017)

The end of the individually owned car centered environment (carcatecture) is coming. Will your
community be ahead or behind the significant modifications that will be possible to fully benefit
from the transportation and design changes that will impact all of us in uncountable
ways? Here's what Missoula has done to prepare for this revolution. 2016 Missoula Long
Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) Missoula Design Excellence
— Russ

Referring to article: Planning in the Face of Transportation Revolutions (Oct 30th, 2017)

CONGRATULATIONS to everyone who made this possible!
— Jim Haynes from Dallas

Referring to article: PR pros from across the state team up to relaunch Montana Chapter of Public Relations Society of America (Oct 23rd, 2017)

Future elements not considered in this report: 1. People will not own nor drive cars - they will
subscribe to an oncall service. Driving your own car will have a sigma similar to walking into a
crowded bakery and lighting up a cigar with a flamethrower. 2. Car fleets will have their own
system for recharging. 3. Conductive charging will be incorporated to a complete re-build of our
travel corridors. These will also generate significant additional energy for consumption to replace
traditional generation sources. 4. The end of "Carcatecture" will have as great an impact on our
lives as did the introduction of the computer. No longer will just about everything we do revolve in
some way around our transportation and mechanical systems.
— Russ

Referring to article: The Future of the Nation's Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (Oct 27th, 2017)

Janet Cornish is one of Montana's experts in TIF and was a great colleague. I wish I could attend
her workshop and contribute my thoughts to the use and future of TIF in Montana. Anyone who attends
this workshop is guaranteed to learn something from it!
— Geoff Badenoch

Referring to article: Tax Increment Financing In Montana - 10/24 - Butte, Montana (Oct 16th, 2017)

It's all about saving your most precious commodity - TIME.
— Russ

Referring to article: Walmart wants to send people into your house to stock the fridge -- even when you're not home (Sep 24th, 2017)

It's no wonder that there is an opioid crisis in the U.S. I recently had shoulder surgery and
received 45 Oxycodone with a refill for 45 more. I'm sure they were following instructions but
everyone involved in the surgery urged me to "stay ahead of the pain" and take multiple pills every
4 hours. I was concerned about the pending pain so I took 2 upon returning home and went to bed.
I took 1 more the next morning just to be sure. I guess I was lucky because I never did
experience that much pain and stopped taking them completely. I still felt weird the next
day. When I told a friend who's very involved in healthcare investing that I was going to have
surgery, his email consisted of "Don't get hooked." I didn't fully understand it at the time but I
do now. A physician friend of mine said that some people can get hooked in as little as 2
days. I can now see how that happens. We've got to do something about this now!
— Russ

Referring to article: Amid Opioid Crisis, Insurers Restrict Pricey, Less Addictive Painkillers (Sep 18th, 2017)

Just received this from Arivale CMO Sean Bell: "You'll be happy to know, as of last week, the
Arivale program is now available nationwide with the exception of New York! Interested
individuals can sign up using the following link: You'll note
that we revised the price substantially. Regards, Sean"
— Russ

Referring to article: Video of Previous Presentation at the University of Montana- Missoula native Dr. Leroy Hood's "Determined Optimism" and P4 Medicine is going to revolutionize healthcare beyond your wildest imagination - (Dec 14th, 2016)

Just heard from Arivale CBO, Sean Bell: You'll be happy to know, as of last week, the Arivale
program is now available nationwide with the exception of New York! Interested individuals can
sign up using the following link: You'll note that we revised
the price substantially.
— Russ

Referring to article: City Club Missoula - Missoula hospital execs say city's health care industry remains strong (Sep 12th, 2017)

The education system provides a new learning system for everyone. Most of the students can?t
complete his/her study or work in a small company. But now education is upgraded and develop an
online portal for every student who wants to grow fast and get a valuable degree. Online education
is very useful and easy process to enroll in it, there are well-qualified teaching staff and
professional lecturers who gives a new knowledge and awareness.
— Julian

Referring to article: Gazette opinion: What Billings can learn from Missoula about education success (Feb 8th, 2016)

Impressive list of finalists. The U of M is going to be in great hands with any of these
outstanding educators.
— Russ

Referring to article: Four Finalists for UM Presidency to Visit Campus (Sep 6th, 2017)

This is outstanding news for Montana's future leaders. There are many examples of students running
computer repair organizations within their school and catering to the public as well. Not only does
it give them real world experience in the technology of hardware but it also gives them
entrepreneurial experience. There are even examples where the students have taken over major
segments of the total IT program within their school including both hardware and software management
on the enterprise level. Nothing better than experiential learning to prepare students for the
future. Congratulations to Devin and Keegan and all the best for this exciting relationship.
— Russ

Referring to article: Keegan Nicholson, founder of ReLaptops, has joined forces with the America Campaign - the company behind Big Sky Code Academy and Montana Code Girls - to grow the program into Laptops for Students. (Sep 6th, 2017)

So many great memories, new friends, happy meals, goats running rampant.... I only hope they
rebuild it as it was and not all fancied up.
— Russ

Referring to article: Glacier Park's Sperry Chalet burns down (Sep 1st, 2017)

Thank you Ethan. He was an inspiration to us all. His leadership, generosity and kindness will be
— Russ

Referring to article: MAPS Video: Montana Afterschool programs across Montana and the difference they make for students, parents and the larger community. (Aug 24th, 2017)

Thank You to all who believed in my fathers vision and followed through to make it a reality. He
would (is) smiling in heaven. Blessings Always, Ethan Siegel
— Ethan Siegel

Referring to article: MAPS Video: Montana Afterschool programs across Montana and the difference they make for students, parents and the larger community. (Aug 24th, 2017)

A great loss to the University of Montana and Montana in general but hopefully he can find a more
influential platform to carry on his mission of saving us from ourselves. Carry on Steve and
Don't stay Calm!
— Russ

Referring to article: Set To Retire, University of Montana's Steve Running Talks Climate Wars, Activism And Nobel Prize Win (Aug 25th, 2017)

It is an honor and pleasure to have partnered with MT 21st CCLC programs since 2011. Through this
partnership not only did F1 In Schools begin, but AWIM (A World in Motion) took root. The
positive impact of students' lives has taken on a life of its own as shown through these
testimonials. My only regret is that Arne Siegel who began this quest years ago, is no longer
with us and will not be watching this amazing tribute to his legacy. Thank you, Mary Ellen
Earnhardt, 21st CCLC and the Montana Ambassadors who believed enough in this partnership to change
the world, one student at a time! Sincerely, Pat Schneider, RMAI Regional Consultant for SAE
— Pat Schneider

Referring to article: MAPS Video: Montana Afterschool programs across Montana and the difference they make for students, parents and the larger community. (Aug 24th, 2017)

This is a great loss for the University of Montana but I hope that it will give Dr. Running the
opportunity to have a much greater platform to inform and educate to the dangers of climate change
that he's championed for years. All the best to Steve. I hope we hear more from you on the
world stage. It's the future of the human race that you're trying to save.
— Russ

Referring to article: Lauded climate scientist Steve Running takes buyout from University of Montana (Aug 11th, 2017)

Completely agree Russ. He's confusing seed capital with revenue and ignoring the fact that they both
require an ability to create a compelling value proposition!
— Paul Gladen

Referring to article: Lack of seed money hinders new businesses in Montana (Aug 3rd, 2017)

I'm afraid Mr. Lovato is misinformed in his view that there is no seed capital in Montana for
startups with great models that solve big problems. His comment is TRUE for small services
businesses who have no differentiation or unique IP. But suggesting that there is a lack of seed
capital in MT in general isn?t even remotely true, and tends to psychologically drive entrepreneurs
of all stripes to seek investment outside the state when there are terrific options right
here. Frontier Angels alone will invest $10M or so over the next 3 years, and that's probably
only 25% of the total seed capital available. Homestake is also a great option for coompanies
like this. We need to start telling the positive side of the investment capital availability story
whenever someone wants to complain that they couldn?t get their business funded. There is capital
available but the idea needs to be able to compete on the global stage and become a world leading
company. Any company is competing for the same money as tomorrow's Google and Apple. It has to be
a big idea with a world class management team and either a significant interest from a number of
potential clients or actual sales. A dollar can be invested anywhere so entrepreneurs in Montana
are not competing for money that's solely destined for Montana. Montana's entrepreneurs need to
step up and show that they can compete on the world stage and understand how they can earn a
significant amount of money from a global customer base. If they do, the seed money as well as
multiple stages are there.
— Russ Fletcher

Referring to article: Lack of seed money hinders new businesses in Montana (Aug 3rd, 2017)

Every entrepreneur should remember that the single most important element to everyone is time.
Anything that can maximize the value of an individual's time could be a major success story. We
only have so many seconds in our life. Our goal should be to use each one as useful to
ourselves as possible.
— Russ

Referring to article: 'Buying Time' Can Provide a Path to Happiness (Jul 26th, 2017)

A key member of this effort must include the parents from the very earliest stages of the child's
life. No exceptions. Everyone, no matter if this is their first child or one of many, must have
the help of a community of experts who can help that child become the very best they can be.
— Russ

Referring to article: "Better Education Starts With Adults: Our treatment of educators and leaders is key to improving early childhood education." (Jul 26th, 2017)

WHY is this the norm? Unbelievable and certainly not sustainable.
— Russ

Referring to article: Major company CEOs made 271 times the typical U.S. worker in 2016 (Jul 24th, 2017)

Glad they're only using the residue. If it was the whiskey itself, I'd vote for walking and
drinking the whiskey. Exercise combined with enjoyment. Best of both worlds.
— Russ

Referring to article: Scotland is powering cars using whisky (Jul 7th, 2017)

Well that means we're screwed here in Montana with our huge herds of roos traveling the valleys of
Montana. Especially tough when you hit one with antlers.
— Russ

Referring to article: Self-driving cars can handle anything, except kangaroos (Jul 1st, 2017)

Well that means we're screwed here in Montana with our huge herds of roos traveling the valleys of
Montana. Especially tough when you hit one with antlers.
— Russ

Referring to article: Self-driving cars can handle anything, except kangaroos (Jul 1st, 2017)

Joanie and I attended the Innovation Symposium last year and enjoyed every aspect of it: excellent
speakers, plenty of interface with other participants, and good group discussions. We have
registered again this year - hope to see you there!
— Chuck Tooley

Referring to article: Great introduction video for the 2016 Montana Innovation Symposium in Billings, MT. All are encouraged to participate. It's our future! (Jun 3rd, 2017)

It's all about data that's available to everyone that they can analyze through interactive
dashboards every day to see how well the process is going and then share their observations with
others. Step 1 - Take an inventory of anything and everything that could have an impact on
success. Step 2 - Set short, medium and long term goals based on best paths to success indicated
by the inventory data. Step 3 - Monitor all elements on a daily basis and modify actions when
warranted to achieve success. Fail fast - fail often is the way to achieve success.
— Russ

Referring to article: 5 Best Practices for Economic Developers (May 19th, 2017)

Rep. Tschida and Rep. McConnell, Thank you for again exemplifying the ability to share "New Ideas
and a Free Exchange of Thought" by Montana's leaders. You truly set an example that I hope more
will emulate.
— Russ

Referring to article: Lawmakers discuss 2017 Legislature and stress bipartisanship at City Club Missoula luncheon (May 16th, 2017)

It's all about data that's available to everyone that they can analyze through interactive
dashboards every day to see how well the process is going and then share their observations with
others. Step 1 - Take an inventory of anything and everything that could have an impact on
success. Step 2 - Set short, medium and long term goals based on best paths to success indicated
by the inventory data. Step 3 - Monitor all elements on a daily basis and modify actions when
warranted to achieve success. Fail fast - fail often is the way to achieve success.
— Russ

Referring to article: 'Off the rails': How Bozeman, Montana's push to think big picture amid growth went astray (May 14th, 2017)

Much appreciated and continuing support for Montana's growing entrepreneurial community. Many
thanks Senator.
— Russ

Referring to article: Senator Tester Highlights Montana Small Businesses During Defense Hearing (May 3rd, 2017)

Let er buck!!!!
— Russ

Referring to article: They need your help - Helmville, Montana (est. pop. 250) scrambles to save iconic rodeo grandstand - "one of Montana's and the American West's most treasured traditional historic rodeos." (May 1st, 2017)

Wow - One of the great original ranch town rodeos in trouble. Needing donations to keep this
original going - in the valley with perhaps the most Land Conservation ranches. Help if you can.
Link in article. Thanks!
— Ray W.

Referring to article: They need your help - Helmville, Montana (est. pop. 250) scrambles to save iconic rodeo grandstand - "one of Montana's and the American West's most treasured traditional historic rodeos." (May 1st, 2017)

While it's wonderful that the Kauffman Foundation has explored the great entrepreneurial ecosystems
in Missoula and Bozeman, I'm afraid the research failed to acknowledge the significant leadership
that organizations such as the Montana Dept of Commerce, Montana Governor's Office of Economic
Development, The Montana Economic Developers Association, The Montana Ambassadors, The Montana
Associated Technology Roundtable and many others have contributed to this success. It also
fails to acknowledge the contributions of networking efforts including, 1 Million Cups,
City Club Missoula and others. It also fails to acknowledge those entrepreneurs who have built
the foundation for the success in Missoula, especially Steve Saroff and Glenn Kreisel. Here's
just one chapter of their outstanding success story: Three of Missoula's Best and Most
Successful Entrepreneurs Have you ever hung up on a caller three times before figuring out
it's a company that wants to buy your company? How about measuring the linear footage of books at
Barnes and Noble to figure out the focus of your new startup? Ever considered the real problems
you're opening your company to by getting a patent? How about the Missoula company with no debt,
no investors and only 5 employees making millions with an 85+% profit margin that is now part of
Dell? Full Story:
— Russ

Referring to article: Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation - "A New frontier: Entrepreneurship Ecosystems in Bozeman and Missoula, Montana" (Apr 30th, 2017)

Russ, Thanks for being such a strong supporter of the clean economy! -Brad
— Bradley Layton

Referring to article: Today's Energy Jobs Are in Solar, Not Coal (Apr 25th, 2017)

A glass of wine at sunset on the porch watching the waves amble across the lake at The
Lodges.... Priceless
— Russ & Alexis

Referring to article: The Lodges on Seeley Lake - Montana at its best (Apr 23rd, 2017)

Enter the Matrix!
— Bradley Layton

Referring to article: Elon Musk's masterplan for humanity's future is beyond your wildest sci-fi dreams (Apr 21st, 2017)

Words cannot express my admiration for Peter's life and his dedication to the future leaders of
Montana. A fitting legacy will be to see his vision and passion grow throughout Montana so that
every school child can participate in the MAPS program. Truly a great Montana Ambassador.
— Russ

Referring to article: Peter Rosten, Founder of MAPS Passes Away (Apr 19th, 2017)

Let's do this in Rural Montana - give me a call if you have ideas.
— Anne Boothe

Referring to article: Video: Creative Placemaking: Economic Development for the Next Generation (Apr 18th, 2017)

Way to go Montana! Let's keep up the great momentum!
— Bradley Layton

Referring to article: Montana Ranks #1 in the The Kauffman Index of Entrepreneurship - Missoula ranked 9th and Bozeman 12th in their startup rate (Apr 17th, 2017)

Many many Japanese love Montana and the cachet of Big Sky Country. Many many Japanese love booze.
What a great combination!!!
— Russ

Referring to article: Montana brewers, distillers consider exporting to Japan (Apr 16th, 2017)

Sounds brilliant. Often all I need to work on fixing things is somebody to inspire me and back me
up if I get stuck.
— Alexis Volkerts

Referring to article: Inspiring America: Neighbors Help Each Other at "Repair Cafe" - Is there one in your community? (Apr 12th, 2017)

Best place to be an entrepreneur who can gain success while still living a fulfilling life that
includes the wilds of Montana right out your door.
— Russ

Referring to article: Happy #406 Day From Gov. Steve Bullock (Apr 6th, 2017)

City Club Missoula is fulfilling this challenge through its monthly
forums that have hosted and will continue to host community discussions on a wide range of topics
pertinent to our future. I would encourage every other community to contact CCM and learn more
about the process and the resulting community dialogue that continues well after the
gatherings. I would encourage everyone who has a suggestion for a community forum to contact
CCM: Call: 541-CITY Email: Mail: P.O. Box 9071,
Missoula, Montana 59807 Please join your fellow citizens at the next forum: City Club Missoula
Presents: The Enigma Of Growth In Missoula - 4/10 - Missoula, Montana You can read about the history of CCM here:
— Russ Fletcher

Referring to article: Local Media Know the Problems; How About Helping Communities Get to Solutions? (Mar 30th, 2017)

I can't wait for the time when this won't be a headline. It won't be long before it won't be
unusual for an all girls team to win. It will just be normal.
— Russ

Referring to article: All-girls robotics team wins international competition (Mar 30th, 2017)

I attended the Houses Judiciary Committee hearing on SB 305, a bill to allow Montana Counties to
conduct the upcoming special election by mail in ballot. Supporters of the bill WAY out numbered the
opponents and supporters drove from as far away as Roosevelt County(400 miles). It became
clear that there were more people who wanted to get their views on the record so the Chair of the
committee ruled that there would be no more testimony. Then things got interesting. Ellie Hill
objected and asked that the citizens who traveled so far be given the courtesy of having been heard.
The chair, backed by the committee majority Republicans, shut that down. When a very nice and
feisty senior citizen on a fixed income from Helena stood up to say her piece, the Chair gaveled her
down and they cut her mic. THEN, the Chair ordered the Sergeant at arms to clear the hearing room.
After things settled down, people were allowed back in the hearing room and were allowed to
submit written testimony and give their names and community and affiliation on the record. Then we
heard the opponents. I felt their arguments were weak and not substantial. Don't know at this
point what was decided, but the optics were terrible for the Chair, in my opinion. Geoff
— Geoff

Referring to article: Video: Hearing on Montana vote-by-mail election gets rowdy, room has to be cleared (Mar 24th, 2017)

I attended the Houses Judiciary Committee hearing on SB 305, a bill to allow Montana Counties to
conduct the upcoming special election by mail in ballot. Supporters of the bill WAY out numbered the
opponents and supporters drove from as far away as Roosevelt County(400 miles). It became
clear that there were more people who wanted to get their views on the record so the Chair of the
committee ruled that there would be no more testimony. Then things got interesting. Ellie Hill
objected and asked that the citizens who traveled so far be given the courtesy of having been heard.
The chair, backed by the committee majority Republicans, shut that down. When a very nice and
feisty senior citizen on a fixed income from Helena stood up to say her piece, the Chair gaveled her
down and they cut her mic. THEN, the Chair ordered the Sergeant at arms to clear the hearing room.
After things settled down, people were allowed back in the hearing room and were allowed to
submit written testimony and give their names and community and affiliation on the record. Then we
heard the opponents. I felt their arguments were weak and not substantial. Don't know at this
point what was decided, but the optics were terrible for the Chair, in my opinion. Geoff
— Geoff

Referring to article: Video: Hearing on Montana vote-by-mail election gets rowdy, room has to be cleared (Mar 24th, 2017)

Outstanding organization with a globally attractive mission. I hope you can plan a trip to the
prairie to see how well this program is progressing. Wonderful for Montana!
— Russ

Referring to article: 'The Last Best Chance' to Restore an Ecosystem - Montana's American Prairie Preserve (Mar 22nd, 2017)

Wouldn't it be wonderful if this was staffed by retired artisans and makers working along side high
school students. The students could learn the key elements of business as well as the practical
experience and craftsmanship from the retirees. Wonderful community collaboration for the
good of all.
— Russ

Referring to article: Every Town Needs a Remakery (Mar 20th, 2017)

Big congrats to Evan Tipton and his team. They are well positioned to become yet another
Missoula success story on a grand scale ... hint to potential investors....
— Russ

Referring to article: Missoula Tech Company, TOMIS, Wins SBDC 'Shark Tank' Competition at the Governor's Conference on Tourism and Recreation (Mar 14th, 2017)

Politicians are some of the most self-centered, rude people--always spending other peoples money and
forcing large amounts of debt upon the taxpayer and then confiscating a large part of their income
to repay these debts. You can vote them out of office, but they never stop spending. I would love to
buy more bicycles, but government takes such a large chunk out of my check while assuring me I am
free, which makes it harder to buy more cool bicycles.
— Clay

Referring to article: Montana Senate president Scott Sales calls cyclists 'rude,' 'self-centered' before safety bill dies (Mar 14th, 2017)

Staying healthy (and generally out of the healthcare system) is clearly a good idea for lots of
reasons. The sleep deprivation issue is a contributor but probably less important than other
factors such as communication process flaws and persistent hierarchical attitudes that endanger
patient care and safety. Although we docs are fallible as humans like everyone else, my view is
that doc brains can be trained to respond well under stressed conditions (e.g. being awakened in the
middle of the night to sort an emergent problem). If not in residency, when? It?s complicated.
Some think IBM?s Watson is the answer. I disagree. In Medicine algorithms are useful but no
substitute for decision making in the context of the whole person and their unique circumstances?the
?art? part. Thanks for noting this important conversation. Dr. Frank Reed
— Dr. Frank Reed

Referring to article: First-year doctors will be allowed to work 24-hour shifts starting in July (Mar 11th, 2017)

Halleleujah. great news for those of us with electric or hybrid cars. My Volt cannot charge at a
Tesla station so this is wonderful. I will look for the parking garage with the charging stations
now. Alexis
— Alexis

Referring to article: Missoula Teams Up with NorthWestern Energy on Electric Vehicle Charging Stations (Mar 10th, 2017)

I'm really looking forward to this event. According to, when comparing the wages of
full time women to full time men, Montana ranks 45th in the nation.
— Thomas McGrath

Referring to article: "Gender Equality And You: A Conference To Create, Foster And Catalyze", 3/25, Bozeman, Montana (Feb 22nd, 2017)

Mr. Archuletta, please consider us here in Silver City=Grant County, NM, for an awesome location to
start up another business!!! We need you down here!!!
— Aletha J

Referring to article: The business of thinning (Jul 30th, 2002)

It's all about first taking an inventory. It must go beyond the "normal" items to also include
things like: Retired Execs now living in or near the community. Former residents who would be
interested in assisting. Talent that would be interested in moving to the community if there were
specific career opportunities. Much more beyond these...but the key is to then focus on the 4 or
5 key unique business niches that can set the community apart from others.
— Russ

Referring to article: How Smaller Communities Can Survive in an Age of Disruption (Mar 1st, 2017)

Sounds like a great opportunity. How come the job is still open?
— Theo Hubenet

Referring to article: Montana Career Opportunity - Web Front End Developer - Montana State University - Bozeman (Sep 23rd, 2016)

"Outstanding" doesn't do Pam justice. Her appointment is wonderful for Montana!
— Russ

Referring to article: Governor Bullock names Pam Haxby-Cote to run Commerce Department (Feb 23rd, 2017)

Missoula is indeed relatively small compared to major city centers but that's no reason that it
can't become an even more successful entrepreneurial center. They key is to figure out how it can
become that "red spotted zebra". By this I mean it needs to develop a unique economic cluster
identity. Broad based industry goals such as natural resources, health care or business services
are too broad and will only lead to a dilution of the possibilities of the community as a whole.
Other communities have faced the same challenge. They've thrived by first taking an
inventory of their assets and resources in all economic niches. For each type of business this
should include all of the normal measurements but also local data like retired scientists, retired C
suite execs, experts who don't live here but who have an interest in participating, potential
investors who have vacation homes, investors who regularly visit for recreation of cultural
pursuits, etc... The list is only limited by the imagination of the community. From this
analysis will come those industry niches that can be the focus of growth and innovation. A good
example of this is the optics/photonics economic cluster that has developed in Bozeman, Montana.
Montana Photonics Industry Alliance. There's much
more to this program but a community that realizes that it can't compete in all sectors but can
benefit all sectors by focusing on a single one will realize success well beyond its size. I hope
other Montana communities can find the will to embark on this most productive economic development
— Russ

Referring to article: Building Missoula's (and other Montana communities') entrepreneurial ecosystem (Jan 29th, 2017)

The Voice of America radio empire is now going to be broadcast in the U.S. for the first time. The
non-partisan board has been removed and Trump operatives are now in charge. This could become the
perfect "alternative facts" medium for Trump to "educate" his followers who believe anything he
says. It could be Fox news on steroids of the worst kind. Stay tuned and informed. *** Rachel
Maddow Details How Trump Is Turning Voice Of America Into His Personal Propaganda Outlet Maddow:
"No President Has Ever Been Able To Use The Resources Of The U.S. Government To Have Broadcasting
Resources" Like This, "But They've Done It Now"
— russ

Referring to article: Voice of America says it won't become Trump TV (Jan 26th, 2017)

This is so incredibly naive about Montana's economy. "...bicycle tourism across the state had
an economic impact of $377 million in 2014, as estimated by the Institute for Tourism and Recreation
Research at the University of Montana." ?seems very ridiculous when you start thinking about it.?
is a gentle way to describe this completely wrong proposal. I hope everyone can let Rep. Usher
know that there are many more important things that he and his fellow legislators should be
considering. Just amazing...and a terrible message sent to the thousands of tourists who come
here to ride their bikes through Montana's beauty let alone those Montanan's who ride. Bicycle
riders have the same right to our public roadways as everyone else.
— Russ

Referring to article: Bill by Rep. Barry Usher would ban bicyclists from most 2-lane roads in Montana (Jan 20th, 2017)

Other cities and states are further improving their early education programs while Montana is one of
a very few states that doesn't even have a program. It's time for Montana to catch up. This is
not only a necessity for a better education environment but also an economic benefit that will
encourage young families and professionals to bring their innovation and expertise to Montana.
Please support Early Edge Montana. It's our future.
— Russ

Referring to article: Boston Mayor Marty Walsh Makes Historic Proposal for Pre-K (Jan 20th, 2017)

Why on God's green earth would anyone want to cut off a highly successful privately funded but govt.
operated program that has shown nothing but success? The commitment from the Washington Corp and
other supporters has been outstanding. Why add additional costs to fund a different program
when this one is working so well? I think this is a job for Indivisible!
— Russ

Referring to article: New schools chief Elsie Arntzen may end privately funded Graduation Matters program that boosted graduation rates throughout Montana just as Montana's Graduation Rate Reaches Record High (Jan 15th, 2017)

A further reinforcement of why we love Missoula. Thanks to all who serve to make Missoula an
even better place now and for future generations.
— Russ

Referring to article: Leading the change: Missoula's female-majority city council forges new paths (Jan 12th, 2017)

It's so frustrating that while Washington allows refills and almost every state allows "corkage"
which is the ability for patrons to bring their own bottles of wine to a restaurant, Montana has got
a convoluted ruling from the Dept of Revenue that corkage is not allowed. This is so frustrating
for the thousands of part time residents who have wine that they'd like to drink during a night at a
local Montana restaurant. They're used to being able to do this everywhere else. This terrible
ruling costs Montana restaurants (they charge a fee to open the client bottles) many patrons and
frustrates Montana residents who would like to take their wine to restaurants. Antiquated at best
and long overdue for overturn and clarification. Let's have Montana catch up with the rest of
the world.
— Russ

Referring to article: Washington state proposal seeks expansion of wine refill law (Jan 11th, 2017)

"It's a small world but I'd sure hate to paint it."
— Geoff Badenoch

Referring to article: We all need a laugh - The Quotes of Steven Wright (Jan 10th, 2017)

When I click on this link, All Opportunities - I get
"page not found". please advise
— Pat Schneider

Referring to article: Montana Career Opportunities - Director of Accounting, Litigation Associate and more... - Crowley Fleck (Nov 22nd, 2016)

Congratulations to fellow Montana Ambassador Peter Rosten and his
amazing MAPS organization for helping Montana lead the nation in practical experiential learning for
over 13 years.
— Russ

Referring to article: Montana's MAPS (Media Arts in the Public Schools) program continues as one of top after school programs in the US (Jan 4th, 2017)

I've had the pleasure of knowing Evan for over a decade and he's definitely a true believer when it
comes to all things Montana. Evan - if our MAPS program can help in any way all you gotta do is let
us know. Happy New Year. Peter
— Peter Rosten

Referring to article: Time to invest in Montana's infrastructure - Evan Barrett (Dec 28th, 2016)

Amen to that, Russ. I live in Butte, and have had the good fortune to work with Evan for the past
20 years or so. Nothing ever gets him down, and he is always ready to lend anyone in Butte a
hand. Evan, thank you for what you have done for our company, and for me personally. Dan
Harrington Interactive Technology Group Butte.
— Dan

Referring to article: Time to invest in Montana's infrastructure - Evan Barrett (Dec 28th, 2016)

While I greatly admire entrepreneurial initiative, I'm afraid that this is similar to the battle
that was fought when a business owner tried to trademark "The Last Best Place". It took an act
of Congress and a lot of political power to stop it. I hope it doesn't take that to stop this
attempt. The "406" should be available to all.
— Russ

Referring to article: Montana Made: A Business Owner is Trademarking the 406 (Dec 20th, 2016)

I hope the extensive research that is provided in this post will be shared by all legislators who
are discussing this terrible solution to the infrastructure funding challenge. The question is
whether we spend money for a short term solution to a problem that may not exist in a few years
thanks to autonomous transportation (this is going to enable the most rapid change to our society
ever imagined) or provide
the best education possible for the future generations of Montana. We must not continue to rob
Montana's future.
— Russ

Referring to article: Montana Senate Republicans: Finance roads with pre-school education dollars (Dec 17th, 2016)

While I was reading this article, a window popped up with these words: " ... add us to your ad
blocker?s whitelist or pay $1 per week for an ad-free version of WIRED." Apparently, there are
some readers who add to their whitelist and still don't get access. I'm reluctant to
add an unconfirmed requester to my "whitelist" until I know the risks. Do you have any insight
about this?
— Chuck Tooley

Referring to article: The Bittersweet Sweepstakes to Build an AI That Destroys Fake News (Dec 16th, 2016)

Wanted to share the comments of one of Submittables earliest investors: "Much of my life I
have not had any money at all. In fact, I lived outside a lot in my 20?s, couch surfed at friends,
slept in back-yard tool-sheds and up on mount Sentinel in Missoula, ate at the Povorello (and other
soup kitchens), and was always edgy, often hungry, wet, cold and in need of a shower. But, like many
people who are alone, I spent a tremendous amount of time studying, reading about a book a day. So,
even though it was never planned in anyway, I got lucky with businesses. Now, in the past few years,
I have been helping various start-ups with advise and ideas and sometimes a bit of angel investment.
One of these start-ups, Submittable, really is zooming. Its brought new jobs to downtown Missoula.
Brought smart, great people. Submittable is changing the way words get from writers to readers. I
keep saying that Submittable is the salvation to the entire publishing industry. But I tend to think
like this, big. When you are starving and living alone outside and have nothing but your dreams, you
need to think big. And the best big dreams are the ones that can become real, and do become real.
Submittable is real. And right here in Missoula, Montana. Paying attention to Submittable, and to my
friend Michael A. FitzGerald could prove to be quite interesting." Steve Saroff
— Russ

Referring to article: Missoula, Montana's Submittable Raises $1.3 Million to Improve Online Submissions (Dec 11th, 2016)

Many thanks to Montana's great Pat Williams for contributing to this excellent podcast.
Hopefully we can share with as many as possible to help reset the political dialogue and bring
our governing bodies back to a less partisan more reasonable and productive environment. Our
future depends on it.
— Russ

Referring to article: "The Man From Montana " - Decades later, Senator Mike Mansfield's thoughts on politics ring true (Dec 10th, 2016)

There was a time when most people were modest when they were uninformed. Now it seems some people
are positively giddy about holding demonstrably false ideas. Willful ignorance is now a thing. We
all need to talk about it because it is apparent many Americans are being exploited over it. Being
ignorant and displaying it doesn't make you pretty--it makes you pretty foolish.
— Geoff Badenoch

Referring to article: PPP's newest national poll - Everyone can get fooled (Dec 9th, 2016)

Wow! Amazing! ___________________________
— Sagairt

Referring to article: 3D printing company Shapeways gets $30 million boost (Apr 25th, 2013)

The lack of critical analysis and reasoning skills by the American public is only getting worse.
Just watch Jimmy Kimmel's "Lie Witness News". America got
— Russ

Referring to article: Russian propaganda effort helped spread 'fake news' during election, experts say (Nov 25th, 2016)

I was also very impressed with the innovative programs that Tom Crady, VP for Enrollment, Student
Affairs and Mike Reid, VP for Administration and Finance are implementing to improve operations and
outreach at the U on many levels. It takes awhile to refine the course of an institution as big
as the U of M but I heard statements that there's a tidal shift in the works that includes a much
greater involvement with individuals in the Missoula community and their extensive technical,
marketing and financial expertise. Missoula and the U of M are linked in so many ways and Arthur
Ave. should not be a barrier to collaboration. How can you offer your expertise and support to
help guide a more inclusive and successful community?
— Russ

Referring to article: University of Montana tweeks student marketing strategy - UM's top administrators met with the Missoula City Council and Board of County Commissioners (Nov 23rd, 2016)

While I hope UM is successful in increasing student enrollment and I understand (to some extent)
alumni wanting more UM advertising at Griz games, I personally see that as wasted money. If a
minister only gives his message to those who attend church, he misses many conversion opportunities.
In other words, how many people not already interested in UM will see ads aired during Griz games?
This seems to be only marketing to UM graduates - not potential students. I do agree with many of
the other avenues outlined by Mario.
— Burt

Referring to article: University of Montana tweeks student marketing strategy - UM's top administrators met with the Missoula City Council and Board of County Commissioners (Nov 23rd, 2016)

We experienced this type of ordering recently while in Italy. Sorry but it was very frustrating
for us and others. When I went to pick up my order, I was not informed that they had run out of
coke. No explanation, just no drink and the price was the same. I finally got them to sell me a
beer for a price less the cost of coke. I witnessed at least two other arguments over what the
clients thought they had ordered and what they were given. There was no one delivering the food
in this McDonalds so hopefully this will improve the service but I see that as just a stepping stone
to even fewer employees and more self-service. There was one element that was enjoyable. They had
a full and separate desert counter with some very good selections. It took us 5 minutes to find
them on the kiosk and finally had to go to the counter and order them directly. They were very good
but then we were in Italy. Don't know what this could look like in other countries.
— Russ

Referring to article: Table service, touch-screen order kiosks coming to all U.S. McDonald's (Nov 18th, 2016)

Outstanding! Congratulations to all involved especially to Damon Adams for his scholarship
opportunity. You are an inspiration for Montana and the world. Must have been a treat to meet
Daniel and Max at Red Bull.
— Russ

Referring to article: Harlem, Montana United F-1 Team Is the Only U.S. Team to Win a World Award. Design Engineer Damon Adams offered Full Scholarship (Oct 28th, 2016)

My wife and I just took a stroll around the University area in Missoula to see one of nature's most
amazing shows. The leaves are incredible and will never be as gorgeous as they are now. So get out
there and enjoy one of Missoula's greatest treasures - our urban forest. And thanks to the City
of Missoula and it's urban forest program for taking such good care of this valuable resource.
— Russ

Referring to article: Missoula named top 10 spot in US to see leaves (Oct 21st, 2016)

Welll.,,,It's about time!
— Russ

Referring to article: Tesla announces fully self-driving cars (Oct 19th, 2016)

Fiber may have expanded within Montana, but boy, do they have the door shut to other providers. Do
you know the state considers Fiber optic a non utility and will not allow longitude installation
along their DOT corridors? Look up what Colorado, Oklahoma, Missouri, Utah have done with the DOT
ROW allowing fiber providers to utilize the corridors. Major statewide systems, multiple providers,
middle mile competition is bursting at the seams Montana has some of the oldest Long distance
routes connecting major urban areas Seattle, Denver, Minneapolis..and not many..2? The
internet is exactly as it sounds..Interconnection of networks..For speed, for pricing, for
redundancy, interconnection is important....Is Montana telecom association promoting connectivity or
just their members The last mile may be beautiful but lacking in Middle mile, Longhaul
connectivity...No IP peering locations. We can do better by the citizens of Montana and bring back
jobs by promoting connectivity...not restricting/monopolizing
— Fiber guy

Referring to article: Conquering Montana's Divide - Montana’s broadband network growing at unprecedented pace, transforming rural communities (Oct 18th, 2016)

One town is subsidizing commuters' Uber rides for $2 each instead of building a new parking lot
— Russ

Referring to article: Missoula transportation plan envisions different travel modes - and costs (Oct 8th, 2016)

Many millennials don't care about or need to own a car, yet we are still planning our communities
and future as if they do.
— Russ

Referring to article: Missoula transportation plan envisions different travel modes - and costs (Oct 8th, 2016)

My children work at companies where they're actively recruiting liberal arts, psychology, art etc.
majors who have participated in entrepreneur programs at their universities. They can teach them
code or other technical skills but they can't teach them creativity through experiential learning
like a university can. I hope that the Block One program from U M Western will be replicated at
other campuses throughout Montana. How can education in Montana be an even better "red spotted
zebra" that attracts a vibrant and inquisitive student body from the globe?
— Russ

Referring to article: It's Now Called STEAM - Colleges and Universities Using Arts Integration to Prepare for the New Economy (Oct 6th, 2016)

The Montana Infrastructure Coalition appreciates Mr. Trangmoe's concerns, but there appears to be
some misunderstanding. First, the Coalition was formed just this spring and played no role in
the infrastructure funding debate during the 2015 legislative session. As a broad-based
organization , we have individual members who may have
opposed certain aspects of the bonding bill last session, but the Coalition is prepared to support a
comprehensive infrastructure funding approach that directs more monies towards Montana's most
critical infrastructure needs without robbing from other defined needs and priorities across the
state. This means we need to explore efficiencies in existing programs as well as new revenue
streams, but continuing to divide an already-insufficient pool of money is not a sustainable
solution. Jason Rittal MT Infrastructure Coalition Board Member
— Jason Rittal

Referring to article: Montana Near Top in Construction Job Losses (Oct 4th, 2016)

While I wholeheartedly agree that infrastructure investment is important to the economy and the
future of the state I strongly disagree with the assertion of the MIC that we should divert
infrastructure money from our education system to fund cities and towns that don't have the
political will to raise taxes for their own improvements. Do the research! MIC will aggressively
lobby to cut education infrastructure from the bill again this session even though that investment
creates just as many jobs and has the additional benefits of preparing our kids to be good employees
and good people.
— Greg Trangmoe

Referring to article: Montana Near Top in Construction Job Losses (Oct 4th, 2016)

YOU'VE GOT TO BE KIDDING!!!! Their activities ruined a Montana institution along with the careers
of many fine people. Hundreds of thousands of dollars were used for their own personal use.
And the court is going to let him take a VACATION before sentencing him!?? This is not
right and only enforces the belief that those with money are getting special favors.
— Russ

Referring to article: Sentencing delayed for former Vann's CFO Paul Nisbet to allow vacation (Oct 4th, 2016)

I think they have the lane designations incorrect. It shouldn't be "Autonomous Car" and "Normal
Car". It should be "Safe Car" and "Dangerous Car". Driving a car manually will soon carry the
same danger concept as smoking.
— Russ

Referring to article: Proposed highway lane for self-driving cars would link Seattle and Vancouver (Oct 3rd, 2016)

Russ, Thanks again for being out there on the bleeding edge of technology. I would also like to
suggest that you add the Tweet and Share tags to your posts. It will allow us to reach a broader
audience. -BEL
— Bradley Layton

Referring to article: Solar Roadways to go live as the world watches (Sep 28th, 2016)

Probably later than I envision and sooner than you do... somewhere in the middle but it's coming
fast and communities need to start planning now, not building the same car focused things we always
have. The future will be radically different. Lyft president John Zimmer is right: Private car
ownership needs to die By and large, humans are terrible drivers. The sobering reality of the
1.3 million dead each year in automobile accidents is proof of that. "It may shock you, but
Americans spend more than $2 trillion every year on car ownership ? more money than we
spend on food. What?s even more staggering is that for all the money we spend on them, the 250
million cars in America are only occupied 4% of the time. That?s the equivalent of 240 million
of the 250 million cars being parked at all times. For the most part, your car isn?t actually a
driving machine at all. It?s a parking machine." According to his manifesto, there are 700
million parking spaces in the US. If each space was joined together, it would create an asphalt
landmass bigger than the state of Connecticut. by Matthew Hughes
— Russ

Referring to article: Lyft's John Zimmer shares his vision for autonomous transportation future (Sep 19th, 2016)

Russ - No argument with what you said. However, many people will be still making payments on their
current vehicles, which is motivation to use them most times when transportation is needed.
Additionally, an automobile purchase (new or used late model) is the second largest investment of
their lives - unlike some of us. Taking a hit that large when (not if) resale values go down is a
huge emotional issue. Again, I only think the timing is off in the article, not the concept.
— Burt

Referring to article: Lyft's John Zimmer shares his vision for autonomous transportation future (Sep 19th, 2016)

What if the chances of dying on the roads goes down 99+% by having an autonomous car not to mention
the associated costs of owning a car that sits for 95% of the time? No parking. No traffic tickets.
No garage needed. No repair costs. No depreciation cost. There's also the fact that young
drivers don't want to bother with driving and older drivers won't be able to drive. Add in the
amount of time wasted driving when you could be doing other things like reading, sleeping etc....
I think the lost opportunity and safety cost of owing a car is going to make resale value a mute
issue as there will be little, if any resale value very quickly.
— Russ

Referring to article: Lyft's John Zimmer shares his vision for autonomous transportation future (Sep 19th, 2016)

While I agree and look forward to autonomous cars being a part of everyday life, I don't see it
radically changing the need for parking space in the next 20+ years. People have invested in their
current vehicles and as the market for personally driven vehicles declines, so will the value of
trade-ins or person-to-person sales. Therefore; I suggest that people will continue to drive what
they have until it is no longer practical due to functionality and/or cost of repair. I think Mr.
Zimmer is being extremely over optimistic - as he should be if he plans to eventually reach his
goal. I just think his timing is off and the future he sees doesn't take into account the
reluctance of people to take a loss in order to change lifestyles
— Burt

Referring to article: Lyft's John Zimmer shares his vision for autonomous transportation future (Sep 19th, 2016)

Many millennials, and younger, don't care about or need to own a car, yet we are still planning our
communities and future as if they do. 15 year-olds in cities no longer dream of getting their
driver's license. They dream of getting their first Uber card. The beginning of autonomous cars is
already here and their usage will grow exponentially which will have an impact on our lives that
will be revolutionary. We soon won't own cars but will subscribe to an on-call service. Isn't
promoting public transit a foundation of Missoula? "Carcatecture" (a term I've borrowed from
Missoula's green expert, Steve Loken) will quickly evolve into much better usage of our land and
public spaces. Building huge cement structures that will cost almost as much to remove as they do
to build is not the way of the future. As Wayne Gretsky said: "You've got to go to where the puck
will be." Wake up planners. Take a look at what other communities are doing. They're not building
to accommodate more cars. They're building to embrace a world where the car is no longer dominant
in our every day lives.
— Russ

Referring to article: Missoula Redevelopment Agency looks to purchase parking spots in new Front Street housing project (Sep 15th, 2016)

Another way to look at it is to ask, "where is the greatest demand for Downtown parking today?" and
"where is the greatest demand for Downtown parking likely to be in the future?" In this case, it
seems to be an opportunistic solution to address the developers' bottom line, that is, the
developers' project doesn't pencil out unless the public buys 150 spaces in the basement of the
developer's building. Would the MRA's investment in public parking made more sense if it was in the
proposed new library, a public building? We will never know because the question was never
entertained, nor was there a parking study undertaken that would indicate where parking should be
sited. It seems the question asked and answered was, "what can MRA do to make this project work for
the developer?" Remember, this project was proposed years ago but don't recall there was any mention
of there being 150 spaces of public parking beneath it. This is a rather recent development
suggesting SOMETHING involving the infusion of public investment was necessary or the project
wouldn't make sense and, hence, go forward. I have nothing against public/private partnerships,
and I realize they often emerge out of opportunity. In this case, I would have felt more confident
of the City's decision if the public's interest in parking had been studied more thoroughly
beforehand with a conclusion that indicated that the basement or sub-basement of a private building
was the best place to make this investment in structured parking. Finally, I must disclose that
I do not have any particular knowledge about specific discussions between the City of Missoula
Redevelopment Agency and the project developer. I worked for many years for MRA and I have a deep
and abiding respect for the Board and Staff, but in this case, the optics leave a lot to be desired.
It is even more the case since one of the project's principals is a member of the Missoula Parking
Commission. It is possible that he has dutifully recused himself on the record on all MPC votes
having to do with the inclusion of millions of dollars of public funds for public parking in his
projects. I will acknowledge that I could be completely wrong about what has happened, and how, and
if I am, I will gladly accept correction.
— Geoff

Referring to article: Missoula Redevelopment Agency looks to purchase parking spots in new Front Street housing project (Sep 15th, 2016)

Well worth reading. For a more in depth, researched and documented companion piece, I recommend
Hedrick Smith's "Who Stole the American Dream." Warning! The more I read of the book, the madder I
got. "We wuz robbed!"
— Geoff Badenoch

Referring to article: How America became a 1% society - The United States now has a level of income inequality unprecedented in our history and so dramatic it's almost impossible to wrap one's mind around. (Sep 16th, 2016)

Thanks for posting this link. With 1000+ data variables on every single community in the U.S., has become the #1 national site selection portal for businesses seeking
locations. Free searches, community rankings, social sharing and more - it's an invaluable tool for
place marketing. We're pleased to see economic developers taking advantage of all this freely
available data. Check it out here:
— Alissa Sklar

Referring to article: Ranking communities on different consumer expenditures now easier than ever (Sep 2nd, 2016)

This is an amazing opportunity for Montana's future leaders. Please talk to your daughter and
explore the opportunities. Please share this information if you know someone who has a daughter
no matter where they live in Montana. It's for the future of Montana.
— Russ

Referring to article: Wanted: Montana Women (Age 9-19) Who'd Like to Learn to Code World Changing Apps and Build a Business Model - Montana Code Girls Launches Free State-wide Program (Sep 2nd, 2016)

I was flying back from Phoenix (Mesa)on Allegiant a few years ago and over the Grand Canyon, the
pilot announced a "problem with the aircraft" and returned to Mesa where we disembarked and waited
for a replacement plane. On the one hand I was grateful not to have fallen out of the sky, but
resentful that there was not a maintenance protocol in place to have caught the "problem with the
aircraft" before we left. One wonders if affordable flying is "traveler's roulette." It shouldn't
— Geoff Badenoch

Referring to article: Allegiant Air, with ultra-low fares, draws FAA's attention over safety concerns (Sep 1st, 2016)

It's not the worst thing for Montana's graduates to leave the state and get their most expensive
education. The challenge is to build a system to help them Come Home when they reach their 30's and
40's and have a family they want to raise here They've learned the lessons of life and business so
they can fully utilize their skills and connections and receive the compensation they
deserve. How many of those who have stayed here are working at jobs that don't fully utilize the
education they received in college? How often do we purchase a cup of coffee from a barista who
has an MBA?
— Russ

Referring to article: Retaining college grads key to Missoula's economic growth (Aug 28th, 2016)

I tried to fill out this survey, but was just directed to the thank you page. Is that all they
wanted to survey; how many would click on the link to take the survey???
— Tom Spika

Referring to article: Governor Bullock's Innovate Symposium Survey (Aug 25th, 2016)

This is great news for Montana and for our state's ability to provide a great growth environment for
tech companies - way to go Centricient!
— Kim Scurry

Referring to article: Bozeman, Montana based Centricient snags $6.5 million for its customer service messaging management software and it's hiring (Aug 23rd, 2016)

I just bought my copy and I can't wait to see if it includes some of the great stories (parachute
cord never was so important to a startup) Warren has passed along about how he started his company
and grew it into the standard for the industry. As a part-time (winter) resident of Montana,
Warren has a deep love for the state and has contributed a great deal to its success. Order
your copy today if you have ever been thrilled listening to his so distinctive voice accompany a
fearless skier down a cliff face in a torrent of snow. Truly a memory for the ages. Thank you
Warren for finally getting this book out. Can't wait.
— Russ

Referring to article: Ski Movie Legend Warren Miller Bares His Soul in his award-winning autobiography, Freedom Found (Aug 19th, 2016)

I can't help but marvel at the simple logic of English and European traffic circles while being
continually disappointed at the over-engineered roundabouts in Missoula. Our traffic planners
apparently think that we are unable to comprehend what others have bee successfully using for many
many years. A roundabout in Europe could be as simple as a paper place placed in the
intersection and then painted white around the outline. But in Missoula and other places, we need
to build huge cement centers with unnecessarily divided and marked lanes to help those apparently
incapable of making decisions to not only blight the visual community but also waste much more land
than necessary. I spend 5 years living in England and never had a problem with a roundabout. I
would encourage everyone involved in planning these to spend some time learning how to do them
correctly and much more efficiently. If the British can use theirs, I'm sure Montana's drivers
are capable of driving through much simpler roundabouts than currently being built. We're not as
dumb as you apparently think we are.
— Russ

Referring to article: The Brilliant Sorcery of England's 7-Circle Magic Roundabout (Aug 3rd, 2016)

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