MATR News Comments

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)

I was not excited by the pledge campaign. don't get me wrong as a woman, of course I support
closing the gender gap. The pledge campaign felt like here are ways you can help the "woman" when
we should be focused on gender equality. Recognize the women on your staff by giving them a raise
if they do the same work men do equally as well. Support their time off for family or aging
parents. I know many women who work full time, care for their children, run a household, volunteer
and tend to aging parents. Why don't men fill these same roles and then we would have gender
— Holly Ondrasek

Referring to article: Governor Bullock Takes More Steps to Support Equal Pay for Equal Work (Aug 2nd, 2016)

While I am grateful that MEP is attempting to focus on specific industry goals, I'm afraid that the
ones they've chosen could easily be the exact same goals as just about every other community of our
size. Broad industry goals are not unique goals. Business clusters such as drone research (North
Dakota), Photonics/Optics (Bozeman), Specialty foods (Brooklyn), Patient Care (Pittsburgh),
Aerospace (Tucson), Athletic sportswear (Portland) etc. are examples of how communities can find,
nurture and expand specific niches. Information technology and data, Biotech and life
sciences,Advanced manufacturing, Professional services, Business support services/back office,
Creative industries, Warehousing/distribution, and Finance and insurance are very generic and could
be the corpus of any economy. They are about as generic as possible so thus are incapable of
actually focusing Missoula on what it does best that can help it focus on to develop a unique
industry cluster that enables it to rise above the pack in that category. Other states and
communities have first conducted "resource and excellence inventory" evaluations to great
success. A local example is Bozeman and its Photonics cluster. There were few, if any,
companies in this segment in Bozeman just a few years ago but MSU was doing exceptionally innovative
research that it actively converted to commercial enterprises. Now it ranks among the top in the
world for research and commercialization in this niche. Here are just a few of the companies that
are helping to grow this niche The great thing about
clusters is that they allow the companies to grow as an industry much easier than an individual
company on its own in a community. It also provides a much needed incentive for those entrepreneurs
and industry specific talent who are considering moving to the community. What if the job doesn't
work out? Where else could I possibly work? Are there other companies in the community where I
could work? What companies do we have in each niche? What talent, both currently working and
retired, do we have to tap into? What research is currently underway or planned that could lead to
world class companies? What ancillary services do we have available to support specific industries?
These are only a few of the questions that we should know in order to develop a true list of the
potential of Missoula. How about more specific industry niches like GIS (We've got several companies
already in this area), immunomodulatory therapeutics (Inimmune), or ??? (It takes data to make the
best decisions.) I would like to challenge our economic leaders to reevaluate their choices and
instead, conduct a comprehensive inventory and data analysis of the strengths that Missoula
currently enjoys and try to pinpoint those and then publicize them to attract the talent that will
contribute to a more vibrant cluster. As a friend of mine says: "How can you be that red spotted
zebra" that stands out from the crowd? Russ Fletcher Montana Associated Technology
Roundtable "The State with the Best Education Wins!"
— Russ

Referring to article: Economic goals to help Missoula grow in next 5 years (Jul 31st, 2016)

Congratulations to the outstanding team at PFL for a thought provoking and information laden
conference that brought great speakers to Montana's businesses and organizations. It's not
every day that you can hear from a true thought leader like keynote presenter Salesforce VP for
Strategic Research Peter Coffee. But it got even better when he joined in the Leadership Panel by
asking questions from the floor. You don't see that very often. I look forward to seeing the
videos of the presentations because I know I missed many of the insights, apps and resources that
the speakers provided. I can't wait to see what PFL CEO and Founder Andrew Field will host next
year. If this inaugural event is any indication, they're going to need a bigger venue. Thanks
again to everyone at PFL and the presenters for an enjoyable event.
— Russ

Referring to article: PFL Hosts 'Big Sky: Big Ideas' conference with outstanding speakers (Jul 29th, 2016)

Missoula owes itself every opportunity to investigate all options for public parking, especially if
it provides a way to modify it in the near future as people will probably not own their cars and
autonomous cars will not require structured parking facilities. We are leaving the
"carcatecture" era. No longer will our lives, architecture and travel be dominated by the
individually owned car which now sits idle for 90% of its life. We shouldn't put up another cement
monolith that will have a very short life span. Let's plan for the future for once...
— Russ

Referring to article: Parking issues, steel prices jeopardize Missoula's downtown student housing project - What about Robotic Parking?! (Jul 24th, 2016)

Anyone available to car pool from Missoula? Best way to travel is with a car full. Helps the
miles speed by faster and a great networking opportunity. Happy to drive or ride. 406-531-8119
— Russ

Referring to article: Limited Space for the Big Sky Big Ideas Technology Summit, July 28 in Bozeman, Montana (Jul 20th, 2016)

Thank you Russ and MATR for sharing this! The Montana Ambassadors greatly appreciate your
assistance in sharing the information on the Montana Business Opening... going to be an excellent
— Tracy McIntyre

Referring to article: Governor Steve Bullock Invites You the Montana Ambassadors' "Business Open" Golf Tournament at the beautiful Jack Nicklaus Signature Old Works course in Anaconda FRIDAY, AUGUST 12th. (Jul 18th, 2016)

Key #1 Include the signup link when you post an
event: Doug
— Doug McIsaac

Referring to article: Webinar: 5 Keys To Attracting The Best Clients, 07/19, Billings (Jul 15th, 2016)

We need to remember that about 95 people died in traffic accidents the day this happened. It's
not a perfect system yet and it may never be perfect but if it can lower the number in any way, it's
much better than what we have now. It will only get better.
— Russ

Referring to article: Tesla confirms "Autopilot" crash in Montana - Driver says he'd buy another Tesla (Jul 13th, 2016)

Thanks for the plug at the end, Russman.
— Peter Rosten

Referring to article: Montana after-school programs gain new support network thanks to 3 year grant from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation (Oct 24th, 2014)

This article touches just the surface of what will happen as we abandon the "carcatecture"
environment. No longer will our homes, communities and country be based around the ownership and
use of the family car. In the not too distant future, people will no longer own cars. We
only use them about 10% of the time, at most, anyway. Why not belong to a system where you simply
call a car on your phone and it takes you wherever you need to go. Another car is called when you
want to go some place else. No need for garages. No need for road systems based on storage
of cars when not in use. How about huge concrete garages that take up so much of the city real
estate? Traffic lights and parking meters are gone as the cars communicate with each other and
are directed to whom ever needs them next. Solar roadways will replace the electric grid and
electric cars will be recharged as they drive. Car repair companies, car insurance, car parts
outlets, car rental as the first examples will disappear as the companies that own the cars do that
themselves. And the "Internet of Cars" will have sensors on everything so that every thing knows
where every thing else is will greatly reduce the accidents and number of fatalities. As 30,000
are killed each year in auto accidents, anything less than that is an improvement. We can't
begin to realize how this is going to change our lives and it's coming much faster than you think so
be prepared.
— Russ

Referring to article: Driverless cars could improve safety, but impact on jobs, transit questioned (Jul 4th, 2016)

10 things....more like 100 things make it the best!
— Becky

Referring to article: 10 Reasons Montana is the Most Beautiful Mountainous State in America (Jun 24th, 2016)

Missoula Federal Credit Union asked its members to decide which non-profits should benefit from the
60th Anniversary gift back to the Community. I have always appreciated the community focus of MFCU;
that's what happens when people are members, not just customers. Happy Birthday, Missoula Federal
Credit Union! Congratulations to all the volunteers and staff--past and present--who make it
Missoula's favorite financial institution.
— Geoff Badenoch

Referring to article: From food to mentors, Missoula Federal Credit Union grants have big impact on Missoula nonprofits (Jun 21st, 2016)

This is NOT what Montana needs to grow its economy and remain a state with a highly trained
— Russ

Referring to article: Las Vegas operator: Big opportunities in Montana to grow gaming (May 14th, 2016)

Great post. Very inspiring. Gives me hope. Thanks, Mac
— Mac

Referring to article: "...think of the cash in Breaking Bad, but all legal and no one dies..." A short story about one of Montana's most successful startups (May 6th, 2016)

While I totally agree with the law against texting while driving. It's the talking while driving I
don't understand. What exactly is illegal about it? You're holding the phone with one hand, up to
your ear, while driving with another hand and still looking ahead of you. This is no more
distracting than eating in the car while driving, no more distracting than talking to friends while
driving, no more distracting than dealing with children in the back seat. But yet, for some reason,
because the state found it hard to even catch texters, they threw "talking while driving" in this
law. There are so many other things that should be illegal while driving instead of "talking on the
phone." Next time I see a cop, I'm going to hold my hand up to my head, and drive with one hand, as
if I had a cell phone in my hand.
— Mike

Referring to article: Missoula passes tougher cellphone ban while driving (Apr 26th, 2016)

It is Page Goode, and she is president of Preserve Historic Missoula. Save the Merc is a
subcommittee of PHM.
— Jennifer Anthony

Referring to article: City Club Missoula - Downtown Redevelopment And Preservation: A Balancing Act, 5/9, Missoula (Apr 25th, 2016)

Im glad to see some much needed improvements to Caldwell
— Shirley

Referring to article: Caldwell, Idaho's biggest planned business development, Sky Ranch Business Center, attracts California companies (Jun 15th, 2006)

Are there any Montana schools that have received 3-D printers and the invite to attend FabSlam?
— Russ

Referring to article: Stem Action Center gives 3D printers to 15 Idaho schools to attend FabSLAM (Apr 13th, 2016)

A big Red Ant Happy Birthday to Sarah and her great crew on 10 years of innovation and success.
You're a great credit to Montana's entrepreneurial spirit.
— Russ

Referring to article: Red Ants Pants of White Sulphur Springs, Montana celebrates 10 years of making work wear for women (Apr 12th, 2016)

These are great!
— Joe Carbonari

Referring to article: 50 Wild Places: Celebrating Montana's Outdoors (Mar 26th, 2016)

Dear Montana, It's time to invest in clean energy. Let's keep our precious coal, natural gas, and
oil in the ground for future generations. We have the natural resources of wind, sun and
geothermal to keep ourselves under the photosynthetic ceiling indefinitely. Solutions such as
the Gordon Butte pumped storage facility to store wind power, high enthalpy geothermal, residential
geothermal, as well as solar thermal, and solar PV can move us away from the carbon economy. To
begin your career in renewable energy, please visit our
website: Bradley Layton PhD
PE Associate Professor Director, Energy Technology Program
— Bradley Layton

Referring to article: Scientists Warn of Perilous Climate Shift Within Decades, Not Centuries (Mar 24th, 2016)

Maybe we should agree on what we mean by ?the soul of Missoula? and ask ourselves whether this
current downtown eyesore is the defining characteristic. Maybe the Merc building is a part of
our soul, but then again, I would certainly hope that there are many other features that define our
soul more adequately than the memory and preservation of a structure that has little remaining
artistic character. --Roger Shuy
— Roger

Referring to article: Missoula Mayor Engen backs proposal to demolish Mercantile building.. but at what cost to Missoula's architectural soul? (Mar 6th, 2016)

I concur completely. That design is horrible! It looks like a senior citizens center; nothing even
close to the gem it is / was. The developers tout that money is not the only focus, but this
design appears that way. Maybe the rendering doesn't do the proposal justice? Hopefully there's an
element to that. Tim Skufca
— Tim

Referring to article: Missoula Mayor Engen backs proposal to demolish Mercantile building.. but at what cost to Missoula's architectural soul? (Mar 6th, 2016)

Just in time for the Montana Ambassador's conference!
— Russ

Referring to article: The Sip 'n Dip Lounge in Great Falls, Montana re-introduces MerMEN to the pool. (Mar 1st, 2016)

This challenge is not limited to the medical profession. Anyone moving to a location more rural
that their current location will face two main questions: 1.- Trailing spouse. My spouse has a
great job here. What will they do in the new location. 2.- What if? What will I do if this job
doesn't work out? What other similar jobs are potentially available in the new location. Both
can be partially addressed by focusing on the development of industry clusters throughout a state
where there are several companies with support companies, education opportunities etc. in the local
economy to provide additional employment opportunities.
— Russ

Referring to article: Study: Physicians married to highly educated spouses less likely to work in rural areas (Mar 1st, 2016)

Truly innovative communities will start planning for and implementing the new community model for
autonomous cars now. The age of carchitecture (architecture based around the car) is rapidly
coming to a close.
— Russ

Referring to article: How Driverless Cars Can Reshape Our Cities (Feb 27th, 2016)

You should be here building your startup and spending more time with your family. Montana- Home
of the 2 song commute.
— Russ

Referring to article: How much of your life you're wasting on your commute (Feb 25th, 2016)

And we thought autonomous cars were amazing...
— Russ

Referring to article: Amazing Video - Next-Gen ATLAS Robot Won't Be Pushed Around By Humans (Feb 24th, 2016)

Another example of how vitally important it is for any economic development effort to first take an
inventory of everything that can have an impact on the outcome. What are the strengths of the
business community, clusters of industry, workforce concentrations, people and companies outside of
the community who may want to participate in some way etc. that can be maximized to improve the
economy. It's no longer efficient to shot gun economic development and try to embrace all
industries. Look for concentrations of industries that can be the focus of ED efforts to develop
clusters of excellence. It all starts with a careful and extensive inventory.
— Russ

Referring to article: The city of Fairfield, Idaho is creating a class to train citizens on 3D printers and to attract businesses to the area. (Feb 23rd, 2016)

Events like this are important for Montana's future leaders especially when you see headlines like
this: "Montana county takes stand against allowing in Syrian refugees" We must help people
understand that not everyone outside of our borders is bad nor are they all good. Did you know that
the second largest group of refugees from Syria are Christians? Complete vetting of refugees should
be followed by an open and welcoming community. We've seen this type of reaction before and it's
always proven to be wrong. How many of you have ancestors who had to fight to get into the
U.S.? Our best hope is with our children. Hopefully they will learn that the world is
connected much more than ever and we need the innovation, courage and love of America that people
from other lands can bring to Montana. Congratulations to the Montana World Affairs Council for
organizing events and speakers who can help us all better understand the world outside of our
borders. Now is your opportunity to join and add your voice to the discussions:
— Russ

Referring to article: Over 200 students from Montana's High Schools showing how much they know about the world beyond our borders - Montana World Affairs Council Academic WorldQuest, 2/23, Missoula, Montana (Feb 19th, 2016)

Mr. Running should be careful not to bite the hand that feeds him. The oil, gas and mineral
industry has long been a big funding source for the very institution which support him and many
others. Were it not for the minerals taxes in Montana, much of the infrastructure you see in local
communities would not exist, including those communities that are not in the coal, gas and oil
counties. It's easy to be idealistic until you have to pay the bills.
— James Klessens

Referring to article: Nobel prize winning University of Montana climate professor Steve Running believes UM Foundation should divest its fossil fuel investments (Feb 17th, 2016)

These problems, and many more, are compounded many times in our tribal schools who are getting less
and less funding. Montana could benefit greatly if the state focused more efforts on improving
all elements of these schools. Success would raise the overall ratings for our education systems
to an even better economic advantage. "Without education, the economy can't work." former
Montana Senator Pat Williams
— Russ

Referring to article: Funding and Other Disparities Threaten Rural Schools (Feb 13th, 2016)

What an outstanding idea. Win-win-win for everyone and especially the community.
— Russ

Referring to article: Contest will choose best new Billings business plan, expansion (Feb 11th, 2016)

Couldn't agree more. By listening well deep relationships can be formed which lead to fostering
— Karl Jones

Referring to article: The One Leadership Skill That Impacts Overall Success (Feb 7th, 2016)

Congratulations to all, and particularly to Russ Fletcher for his Outreach Montana Ambassador of the
Year. Your recognition for "leadership in building business bridges to strengthen economic
development in Montana" is well deserved!!
— Jakki Mohr

Referring to article: Governor Bullock Announces Montana Ambassador Awards (Feb 5th, 2016)

A lady approached me about 10:00 at night near the restroom in a Glacier Park campground and said
she couldn't sleep because of the river sounds. "What time do they turn off the river so I can get
to sleep?"
— Russ

Referring to article: Visitors to Yellowstone Park ask some 'unique' questions - What's the best question you've heard? (Feb 7th, 2016)

I wonder why the local sand and gravel companies couldn't work out some mutually beneficial
arrangement with I.E. Recycling to offer the glass aggregate as an option to consumers. Too bad
Target couldn't have been a little more innovative and worked with the local sustainable community
organizations to have their members sort through the glass to make sure it was pure for recycling
instead of just hauling it to the dump. Not very smart Target and, while I appreciate your goal,
you've really fallen down on the execution.
— Russ

Referring to article: Target to cease glass recycling in Missoula, local company hopes to partially step in (Feb 7th, 2016)

Many thanks to Gov. Bullock and the Ambassadors Board. I'm deeply honored for being recognized for
my efforts to promote all that is great about Montana. I especially want to thank those
companies that have supported MATR over the years. It would not have been possible without
PrintingForLess Northwestern Energy Dorsey & Whitney iConnect Montana Montana
Department of Commerce Ticket Printing Montana Office of Tourism Skyly Great Falls
Development Authority Early Edge Montana Big Sky Economic Development
Authority Techlink Arrow Solutions Group Big Sky Commerce Spika Welding &
Manufacturing Montana Technology Innovation Partnership (MTIP) The MDT Disadvantaged Business
Enterprise (DBE) Program And a special thank you to John Masterson and Steven Sundheim who
built the MATR website 15 years ago... and it's still going strong.
— russ

Referring to article: Governor Bullock Announces Montana Ambassador Awards (Feb 5th, 2016)

Congratulations to all of the Award Winners. Montana Ambassadors had an unprecedented list of award
nominees; competition was tough. If you submitted a business or individual for an award and they
did not win this year, be sure to submit them for next year's awards!
— Gloria O'Rourke

Referring to article: Governor Bullock Announces Montana Ambassador Awards (Feb 5th, 2016)

Montana Access to Capital Surveys - Please take the 5 minute survey Please help us collect data
about access to capital in Montana by completing the appropriate 5 minute survey below. This data
will help us all better understand capital needs and availability.
— Russ

Referring to article: Senator Tester To Host 16th Small Business Opportunity Workshop, 2/16, Billings, Montana (Feb 3rd, 2016)

It would be nice if you could share this with others who've enjoyed the beauty of the Smith as well
as those who hope to some day. It can be saved if we work together. Happy drifting....
— Russ

Referring to article: Monte Dolack Celebrates the 75th anniversary of Montana State Parks with the beautiful "Smith River in June" (Jan 29th, 2016)

Liz is a remarkable woman. I know from personal experience that 'getting things done' is rural areas
(i.e. Montana) can be challenging. But clearly, for many years now, she has risen to the challenge
and exceeded it. GO LIZ!
— Peter Rosten

Referring to article: Liz Marchi - Attracting investors to 'Big Sky' and its entrepreneurs (Jan 28th, 2016)

This is an excellent example of "experiential learning" which is what most students want and need.
I've never walked into a meeting where we spent the first portion of the time talking about math
and then switching to a time to talk about marketing. All subjects are intertwined in everything we
do. I'm sure these students will benefit greatly from this effort as have the students at UM
Western. Unique and friendly with experiential learning: University of Montana Western draws
students, attention University of Montana Western -
'Experience One' - a more practical way to learn.
— Russ

Referring to article: Passion projects teach Bozeman students creative thinking (Jan 28th, 2016)

I had the pleasure of attending the luncheon and was very excited to hear of the many opportunities
there were to engage Israel based businesses and R&D as well as significant funding programs.
If you'd like to contact anyone in the delegation, please let me know.
— Russ Fletcher

Referring to article: Israel/Montana Business Partnerships - World Trade Center Assists With Israeli Consul General’s Montana Visit (Jan 23rd, 2016)

It's not good enough to say you're going to write in your journal every day. You need to set aside
a specific time each day where you're going to spend 10 minutes writing down the major decisions you
made and why you made them. You'll start seeing patterns and tendencies that you may not be
aware of. Those who fully embrace the process will see areas for improvement and areas where just a
bit more attention will have positive results. That being said, it's as important to regularly
review the journal every couple of weeks. Just writing it down is only half of the process.
— Russ

Referring to article: Why journaling can boost your career (and startup) for 2016 (Jan 19th, 2016)

Every community, state and government entity owes its citizens complete real time transparency.
— Russ

Referring to article: Boston Mayor to Unveil Data-Driven Performance Platform - "Complete transparency" (Jan 16th, 2016)

Outstanding! Montana is fortunate to be guided by Gov. Bullock and Lt. Gov. Cooney's
leadership. Montana is on the Move!
— Russ

Referring to article: Montana Governor Steve Bullock appoints Mike Cooney as new lieutenant governor (Dec 31st, 2015)

And yet we have another example how 'dark money' and the Citizen's United ruling are having undue
influence of our elections. Bad for Montana, bad for our country.
— Peter Rosten

Referring to article: Media mogul, broker donate to Montana dark-money group to influence Supreme Court race (Dec 22nd, 2015)

The University of Montana is an integral part of the Missoula community. A truly innovative cabinet
could be achieved by including strategic members of the business and civic community to provide
insight and guidance from their perspective. The potential participants should not only include
those from Missoula but also those who live elsewhere but have a strong interest in the University's
future. Building an even stronger bond with the world outside of the University can only help
both entities during these challenging times. I hope it goes without saying that Montana
businesses and non-profits could also benefit by including those associated with our Universities -
administration, faculty and especially students - on their advisory boards.
— Russ

Referring to article: University of Montana president expands Cabinet to include staff, faculty, student representatives (Dec 20th, 2015)

If you know of other shared work spaces in Montana please list them here so others will
know. 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 at , just go to the
upper right hand side of the home page to "My Account".
— Russ

Referring to article: Shared work spaces a growing trend in Bozeman, Montana (Dec 18th, 2015)

I am so sorry that Montana has lost Cooper. What an amazing inspirational friend and colleague. My
heart goes out to his family and friends.
— Gloria O'Rourke

Referring to article: Cooper Livingston Burchenal 1964-2015 - He was a Montana gentleman in the truest sense of the word. (Dec 15th, 2015)

California just made history by passing legislation to increase the amount of renewable resources
powering that state to 50% by 2030. So why is NorthWestern Energy?s CEO Bob Rowe lamenting that
America?s (EPA) Clean Power Plan is a ?steep cliff?? It requires Montana to reduce CO2 levels from
fossil fuel power generation 47% by 2030. NorthWestern already produces ?nearly 60 percent? of its
power from ?carbon free? wind and hydroelectric generators. Therefore, it shouldn?t be difficult to
reduce the remaining 40% of fossil fuel generated power by half. It would only require a 20%
increase in fossil fuel free electric generation over the next 15 years. Since NorthWestern recently
increased the amount of wind generated electrons on its system by 15%, an additional 20% will only
require 3 to 5 Judith Gap sized windfarms. To contend otherwise, Rowe must ignore the fact that it
wasn?t difficult for Californians to install 4.3 gigawatts of solar photovoltaic electric generation
in 2014. That?s a whole lot more than the 2.3 gigawatts of existing coal-fired generation at
Colstrip. Power Plan compliance is only a ?steep cliff? for monopolies watching consumer-owned solar
systems shrink their share of the energy pie. is proposing a 2016 ballot initiative
requiring the power sold by investor-owned utilities to be 50% renewable by 2030 and 80% fossil fuel
free by 2050. It?s doable. Uruguay, with three times more people than Montana, added wind power
after 2005. Now renewable sources produce 94.5% of its electricity. It?s helped the economy there.
Rowe rightly praises the NorthWestern workforce. But NorthWestern?s resistance to change will not
shield those workers from the transition to renewable energy. Why? Because, clean electricity
production or requirements in California, Colorado, Idaho, New Mexico, Nevada, both Dakotas,
Oklahoma, Oregon, Kansas, Minnesota and 10 eastern states already exceed the 15% of renewable energy
produced in Montana. Therefore, in order to export coal-fired electrons from Colstrip, Hardin, and
Sidney, utilities are going to have to put many more green electrons in the mix. Demand for coal is
decreasing. LA and the State Utility of Nevada plan to be coal-free by 2025. Denver will decrease
its carbon footprint by 80% by 2050. That will decrease Montana?s fossil fuel workforce. It?s why
the MTCARES ballot proposal makes transitioning to clean energy easier for workers affected by
decreased coal use. It provides training, pension, and enhanced unemployment benefits for those
displaced workers, improving their ability to get good jobs in the wind and solar economy. Rowe
brags NorthWestern invested more than $1 billion in clean energy. Well $870 million of it was to
buy-back dams that Montana consumers had already paid for before they were sold during deregulation.
Instead of being sold to benefit company insiders, the dams should have been kept as depreciated,
but still useful, assets providing mostly free electrons to utility consumers. The sale-buyback
means Montanans now have to pay for those dams yet again, hardly something to celebrate. The
transactions did not introduce any clean electrons to the generation mix that were not already being
produced for a century. They just meant the utility scheme of selling property back and forth in
order to inflate the rate base had just seen another round of monopoly manipulation. The
conservation Mr. Rowe celebrates? Not enough. For years we?ve urged NorthWestern to install energy
efficient LEDs to halve the energy component of its street lighting bill for Montana?s communities.
It wasn?t difficult for LA to install 140,000 LEDs -- saving $8.5 million a year. Apparently it?s a
?steep cliff? for NorthWestern to reduce energy used for nighttime lighting by 50%. Russ Doty A
Montana native who is licensed to practice law here, Mr. Doty has written a book, Poles Apart, on
Montana utility regulation and was an Assistant Attorney General representing the Montana Public
Service Commission. He lives in Greeley, Colorado.
— Russ Doty

Referring to article: NorthWestern Energy acts to inform and protect customers (Nov 29th, 2015)

I feel so privileged to have known Cooper and benefit from his friendship,wisdom and kindness.
Not mentioned in the above is the fact that he was also a very successful businessman as
Co-Founder and CEO of Omnibar , a wonderful Ambassador for
Montana and a strong supporter of the best of Montana. He will be missed.
— Russ

Referring to article: Cooper Livingston Burchenal 1964-2015 - He was a Montana gentleman in the truest sense of the word. (Dec 15th, 2015)

Cool to see this kind of work being done in the Garden City!
— Bryant

Referring to article: Montana Career Opportunity - Full Time Data Scientist - Upstream Health Systems Inc. (Dec 2nd, 2015)

The State with the Best Education Wins!
— Russ

Referring to article: MAPS Media Institute introducing Montana youth to business at an early age through its ENTREPRENEUR class for students 12 - 17 years old (Nov 27th, 2015)

Strategic plans only become effective when they first start with analysis of all data available to
see challenges and opportunities. Real time data analysis provides the opportunity to proactively
manage the outcome in real time instead of after the fact. Thanks to modern technology this is
no longer out of the reach of any organization, especially one that promotes itself as a data
focused institution. Recent events could have been prevented or lessened if the U would have
fully embraced data analysis several years ago when given the opportunity. Everyone needs to be
on the same page with one clear version of the truth. It's not too late but the U is losing a great
deal of opportunity to excel.
— Russ

Referring to article: Can University of Montana save the liberal arts and boost enrollment without a strategic plan? (Nov 22nd, 2015)

"The State with the Best Education Wins!"
— Russ

Referring to article: Governor Bullock talks energy, education at Bozeman luncheon (Nov 17th, 2015)

I hope every Montana community makes it a priority to be on this list next year!
— Russ

Referring to article: Best Places for Women Entrepreneurs, Small-Business Loans, Big Revenues (Nov 6th, 2015)

California?s goal is 50% carbon-free by 2030. Northwestern Energy is almost 60% carbon free by
actual output and almost 70% carbon-free by nameplate right now ? and with much lower
prices. Can't wait to see how Northwestern will innovate in the new energy environment.
— Russ

Referring to article: Southern California Utility Plans $12 Billion Investment to Light Up Electric Grid (Nov 5th, 2015)

Thank you Russ. Greatly appreciate MATR and your awesomeness!
— Carole Murphy

Referring to article: Indiegogo Campaign - Purse for the People Butte, Montana (Oct 13th, 2015)

A big thank you to Sunburst Sensors for this timely support. What is your organization doing to
support energy and climate efforts in your community?
— Russ

Referring to article: Missoula XPRIZE Winner Sunburst Sensors Donates $10,000 to Nonprofit Climate Smart Missoula to Boost Area Climate Efforts (Oct 12th, 2015)

I am so very glad that in addition to the many contributions my ancestors made to civilization
including philosophy, medicine, literature and the rest, they also brought forth Scotch whisky. I
am grateful everytime I enjoy a wee dram!
— Geoff Badenoch

Referring to article: For the Scotch Drinkers - Raw Craft with Anthony Bourdain - Episode Six: Dufftown (Oct 2nd, 2015)

Creating design standards is always a tricky process because it involves matters of taste,
which is plainly subjective as anything, and that such standards restrict a property owner's ability
to use his or her property as the property owner sees fit. To say there is some public interest in
what someone's building looks like opens a very interesting discussion indeed. Because it is hard
does not mean we shouldn't do it, but is that the only or best way to go about it? Is the lack of
design standards truly the problem? Rather than regulating private developers more, another
approach lies with incentivizing good design. MRA has the ability to do that when property owners
apply for TIF funds to help with redevelopment. In this event, MRA is essentially able to say,
"Since our assistance is not an entitlement, we can require more from a property owner if they want
to benefit from the public's largesse." More importantly, perhaps, is the City's larger
ability to raise expectations by doing a good job with its public areas. In Downtown, for example,
the City and the MRA, as a matter of public policy, reclaimed the riverfront, built parks and
trails, installed public art, planted trees, reconstructed sidewalks, etc. in recognition that
private property investment is not likely to occur where the public is reluctant to invest in its
property and spaces. Our Downtown is a place many, many people enjoy today because the example of
public investment encouraged the necessary private investment to complete the picture. In the
case of the unattractive development on Russell Street the editorial cites, in my opinion, the
building that exists as such a brutal presence can be traced directly to the City's inability to
complete the work to get Russell Street and its related Bridge reconstructed. Planning for that
project began in 1999 and nearly all the property on that street has waited until the forces of pent
up demand and economic opportunity compelled some property owners to build in advance of the City
completing this essential work. Consider: Russell Street is in the geographic core of our
City. It has one of five bridges that carry motorized traffic over the Clark Fork. It is an
impediment to the completion of vital and useful trail system elements. Amazingly, a baby born when
this planning process began is a licensed driver today and the project still has not broken ground.
City officials who began the project planning have long retired without completing this work. This
sort of paralysis on the part of government officials is shameless and gives government a deserved
bad reputation. Without completing this essential transportation segment, the community will
continue to see a patchwork of buildings designed in ways that are expedient, yet unimaginative,
because property owners and their architects have nothing to build to, no example of concrete public
design expectations. These buildings created before the Street is reconstructed will be with us for
a couple of generations, assaulting our senses and subtly demoralizing us every day. An area in the
heart of the City ought to be the most vibrant and desirable area of all. Demand for the opportunity
to build exceptional buildings would be high if this street were done. Yet, why should we expect
private development on Russell Street to be exceptional or inspired? The street has been a disgrace
for over 30 years. Calling for action to create more design regulations rings hollow when the
government fails to do the one thing that will guide and inspire good design voluntarily.
— Geoff Badenoch

Referring to article: Missoula should select design standards (Sep 29th, 2015)

The interview process should be a major consideration in everyone's marketing program. Candidates
and especially those who you don't hire can have a major impact on the public perceptions of your
company. You never know who they're going to talk to about your company and not responding to
applications, making the process seem unprofessional and conveying your decision to not hire them in
a less than positive manner can have long term negative impacts. The person you say no to today
may be working at your biggest client tomorrow... you never know.
— Russ

Referring to article: These companies have the most enjoyable interview process (Sep 19th, 2015)

I'm sorry but I have a problem with the first sentence of this article: "If you want to be good
at marketing in today's business world, you may need to understand data analytics." The "you may
need" needs to be "you MUST" Even if you aren't a data analyst (currently probably the most
sought after employee) you're going to need to be able to talk the talk of data analysis just to
justify whatever idea or concept you want to promote. Technology has made it much easier to
gather the data but the talent pool that can gather, organize and analyze the data is incredibly
small. This is the reason that most advertising and media companies are actively encouraging
college students to pursue data related careers. It may not be at the top of the list for all
companies yet but it will be in all departments and new hires as they see how they can improve not
only long term accountability and planning but everyday operations and information silo elimination.
There's a reason that Google (Alphabet) is one of the largest, most admired and successful
companies in the world. It's focus is data analysis. And a big congratulations to you-know-who
for being asked to join Google for your data skills and expertise. Can't tell you how proud we
— Russ

Referring to article: University of Montana School of Business Administration keeps up on workplace trends - QuestMT - A Forum On Marketing Analytics September 17-18th (Sep 3rd, 2015)

MATR has been pleased to help executives and tech experts find wonderful opportunities in Montana.
I won't go into specifics but if any of you would like to provide a comment or two about your
experiences, I'd appreciate it. Helping people come home usually entails two big challenges. -
1. Salary differences can be significant and 2. How can the trailing spouse find an opportunity that
is satisfactory, especially if they had a high paying position in their previous location or if
there is a lack of opportunities in their field of expertise. MATR has found that the salary
difference can be significant but that the rewards of raising their family and enjoying all that
Montana has to offer can be enough for them to justify the move. While the salary differences are
becoming less due to technology, they still can be a problem. Helping their spouse find a
rewarding opportunity that is hopefully in their chosen field is an ongoing problem that can be
addressed by having an active network of businesses and those who are active in recruiting. With
the ever-increasing challenges of workforce availability, it's important that Montana continue to
proactively encourage its former residents to consider coming home to contribute to the Montana
economy. Montana labor report: Worker shortage begins as baby boomers retire
— Russ

Referring to article: Montana industry executives, officials use strategies to retain, lure skilled workers (Sep 3rd, 2015)

The Montana Associated Technology Roundtable has been, for over 15 years,
offering the no cost opportunity for employers to recruit those who want to "Come Home" through its
"Come Home Montana" category It
also encourages those who want to come home to post their resumes. MATR is proud that there have
been a significant number of successful matches that have allowed rewarding and successful career
opportunities to be filled by those who left the state or who have a dream of living here but wanted
to live here after they've reached a stage in their lives where Montana was the best place to live
and work. Please feel free to post your job opportunities. Candidates can also post their
resumes to offer them to an ever-growing community of exciting Montana companies. 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" Please let me know if you have an questions. or
— Russ

Referring to article: Montana industry executives, officials use strategies to retain, lure skilled workers (Sep 3rd, 2015)

When I lived in Ft. Bragg, Cheri's restaurant was on the fishing docks, where the Noyo River joined
the sea. The sea lions would often haul out on the docks in the evening, for their rest. One
night, as the restaurant staff were cleaning up and getting ready to close, she gets a call from the
motel on the cliff above - "could you please tell your sea lions to quiet down, we're trying to
sleep up here". Maybe they're the same people who want the bears to be trained.
— Anon

Referring to article: Yellowstone visitor wants park to train bears to be 'where guests can see them' (Aug 26th, 2015)

What's the most "interesting" question you've been asked? Mine is: "At what altitude to deer
turn into elk?"
— Russ

Referring to article: Yellowstone visitor wants park to train bears to be 'where guests can see them' (Aug 26th, 2015)

Good news from good people whose guidance you can trust and whose company you can enjoy. Montana
— Joe Carbonari

Referring to article: Montana Based Frontier Angel Fund 2 Closes - Turns Focus to Investing, Education and Mentoring (Aug 19th, 2015)

I had the pleasure of talking with a couple of the Northwestern crews working to remove huge trees
from power lines and installing new poles. The extent of the damage in Missoula was extensive and
Northwestern brought in crews from throughout the state to get everyone back in service as quickly
as possible. I've been involved in other disasters including the 1989 San Francisco Earthquake
and the 1991 Oakland-Berkeley Hills Tunnel Fire and the efficiency and professionalism of the crews
from Northwestern give me great confidence that they're ready for anything. Thanks again to all
at Northwestern Energy
— Russ

Referring to article: Missoulian Editorial: Exhaustive response to massive storm - Thank you Northwestern Energy (Aug 14th, 2015)

Are you currently looking for writers??
— unanimous

Referring to article: Great Falls native Trever Fadrhonchas high hopes for a future as a film director in Hollywood (Feb 13th, 2006)

Need a Pilot with 21,000 hours?
— Dan DePauw

Referring to article: Neptune Aviation starting flights between Missoula & Billings on September 3rd (Jul 29th, 2015)

Worth reading. I'd add the study of irrationality. Why do people do that which is unexpected?
Consider your own motivations as guidelines but study how and why others' differ. Ask why you see or
get an unexpected response. Human nature rules, but it also varies. Take note of the's
fascinating...and it helps us to understand, to accept, to adapt, and ultimately to better lead.
— Joe Carbonari

Referring to article: Thinking Like a Leader: Three Big Shifts (Jul 29th, 2015)

I am heading to a family reunion tomorrow but when I get back I will pick up a fresh can of bear
spray and we can go play a few rounds!
— Geoff Badenoch

Referring to article: Golf in Montana - Now it's a sport. (Jul 27th, 2015)

Thanks Geoff. I've saved it in a different format that should work now. Wanna go golfing?
— Russ

Referring to article: Golf in Montana - Now it's a sport. (Jul 27th, 2015)

The link is sour. Couldn't make it open--it says in Word.
— Geoff Badenoch

Referring to article: Golf in Montana - Now it's a sport. (Jul 27th, 2015)

And we're hiring: LAMP Stack Programmer Cedar Mountain Software is an established custom
software shop in Missoula, Montana. We have a long time recurring customer base, several products
with growing numbers of users, and a lot of potential. We are looking for someone with solid PHP
skills who has the desire and capacity to be responsible for the whole development and technical
environment. This is a great opportunity for someone who wants to actively engage in the success of
their projects and the company as a whole. Job duties and necessary skills
include: ? Maintenance of existing PHP applications and the development of new ones ? Strong
knowledge and experience with PHP, OOP, Javascript, and AJAX ? Management of multiple Linux
servers ? Management of SVN repository ? Management of MySQL servers This is a full time
position, for the most part in the office. Please send requests to: Bob
Jaffe Or call 406-549-0766, or just stop by the office at 338 West
— Bob Jaffe

Referring to article: Missoula's Cedar Mountain Software - High Tech Solutions from Down to Earth People (Jul 16th, 2015)

My son is spending several weeks in Japan and sent this note when he saw the article: We rented a
portable wifi router through a quasi Japan gov entity; Japan Rail and we have access to the internet
and through that we use different apps (like Whatsapp , which lets us use
Voice over IP to make free calls and send messages all over wifi) to communicate, translate and get
directions everywhere we go. On top of that, most tourist attractions, hotels, coffee shops, etc....
offer free wifi. Obviously you try not to do any mobile banking and turn off bluetooth to
protect your sensitive information on the bigger public networks. also, we bought international
calling plans for our phones just in case. Japan provides the basic internet infrastructure and
our knowledge of smartphones and apps has made our trip surprisingly stress free. Kemble Fletcher
— Russ

Referring to article: Japan launches free Wi-Fi on Mount Fuji (Jul 10th, 2015)

If Japan can do this throughout the country, why can't the U.S.?
— Russ

Referring to article: Japan launches free Wi-Fi on Mount Fuji (Jul 10th, 2015)

This is wonderful. Congratulations Pam. All the best.
— Russ

Referring to article: Butte Local Development Corporation announces Pam Haxby-Cote as new executive director (Jul 8th, 2015)

It's my opinion that the IT and other computer/electronic field managers for the State of Montana
should spend more time listening to their "guys on the ground" for ideas in efficiency and work
flow. I've spoken to a few of them. They have some great thoughts that are left disrespected and
— Nora McDougall-Collins

Referring to article: CIOs Rethink the IT Department (Jul 7th, 2015)

The high school aged son of a business friend had his pickup confiscated and sold in civil
forfeiture. The truck was being used by other students, whether the pickup was willingly loaned, or
whether it was a case of bullying/coercion I don't know. In any case, the young man was not involved
in the crime, but still had his vehicle confiscated and sold. This was not a case of the justice
system being just.
— Nora McDougall-Collins

Referring to article: Civil Forfeiture Now Requires A Criminal Conviction In Montana And New Mexico (Jul 2nd, 2015)

The key is early education. The better that children and their parents are prepared for school,
the better the results for all. Montana is one of a handful of states that don't have a
comprehensive early education program. Montana needs to wake up and start focusing on the root of
education success. Early education is the proven way to raise graduation rates, improve outcomes
and raise the state's ability to excel. Please help your government representatives get their
education about this vital but missing element in Montana.
— Russ

Referring to article: Montanans share ideas to raise graduation rates (Jun 19th, 2015)

As you may know, approx. 70% of previous Riverstone classes have stayed in MT. Somewhat
unfortunately, many chose to stay in the larger population centers. In any case National data
continues to show that approx. 50% of all residency graduates practice within 100 miles of where
they complete their residencies. We hope to see similar stats when our first graduating class here
in Western Montana occurs next year and when the new Internal Medicine Residency in Billings begins
to graduate residents in 2017. From a workforce point of view, the more important stat is where
they are 5 years out from residency. Hats off to Riverstone a terrific accomplishment this year and
for keeping so many in the state in previous years. The people of Montana deserve access to
well-trained primary care docs (currently 52/56 MT counties remain underserved.) With three primary
care residency training programs now here in the state, we may finally be able to make a meaningful
impact on these shortages.
— Frank

Referring to article: 'Here for the service': Entire graduating RiverStone resident class to practice in Montana (Jun 14th, 2015)

To all my current and new colleagues and friends, thank you for the warm welcome to Prospera.
As you know, Prospera is a leading service provider that helps businesses and communities
succeed in our part of southwest Montana. This is an exciting time to be in this leadership role
as our part of Montana continues to attract new jobs, people and ideas - and Prospera strives to
advance a healthy, progressive, and sustainable business community for our region. I am
looking forward to reaching out and working with all of you. Thanks again. Paul Reichert,
Executive Director
— Paul

Referring to article: The Prospera Business Network Board of Directors and Staff are pleased to welcome Paul Reichert, Executive Director Prospera Business Network (Jun 15th, 2015)

Website localization can get quite tricky and slow at times, but with the right tools, the process
can be simplified a lot. I think a reliable localization management platform is It can be used for crowdsourcing translation, and it has powerful
automation features like API, Translation Memory and Github and Bitbucket integrations, that can
accelerate the localization workflow significantly.
— Sony

Referring to article: 10 Tips for Website Localization (Nov 23rd, 2011)

Don't limit your career search to your community. Telecommuting and working for companies with
offices in other communities is becoming easier and much more accepted. Just search for terms
like working remote and telecommuting. You can easily live in Montana and still have a
challenging and rewarding career with a major company.
— Russ

Referring to article: Working at Home: In Most Places, the Big Alternative to Big Cities for Montana Residents (May 30th, 2015)

Outstanding projects that sound like they're perfect for commercialization. Both would have been
excellent business ideas for the recent business plan competition held at the U of M. Too bad they
weren't entered.
— Russ

Referring to article: University of Montana students create app to test bee colony health using sound analysis - another app to reduce noise pollution in operating rooms (May 18th, 2015)

Leslie has been an outstanding agent for us in our real estate dealings. I recommend her to
anyone who wishes to have excellent service, enthusiasm and a genuine interest in the desires of
those she works with.
— Russ

Referring to article: Construction of condo building marks big step for Missoula's Old Sawmill District redevelopment (May 9th, 2015)

That is precious. And so is he. Thanks for sharing.
— Dori

Referring to article: Dad's Photos of 'Flying' Toddler Inspire Many - That Dad Blog (Apr 24th, 2015)

Electric cars are not cheap. A Tesla S runs well over $100K fully loaded. The people who drive
these cars are successful business owners and potential investors. Help make them feel welcome
in your community by putting the charging station in the center of town close to services and
entertainment. They can explore the best your community has to offer while their cars
recharge. You never know. Maybe one of them will decide your community would be a great place to
start a company or invest in one.
— Russ

Referring to article: Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks get $200K for electric vehicles (Apr 25th, 2015)

MATR is happy to help anyone interested in coming home to Montana the ability to not only monitor
economic opportunities but also post their resume to an ever-growing membership. As always,
everything on MATR is offered for free. 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 (available at no charge)
After you've registered, just go to the upper right hand side of the home page to "My Account"
— Russ

Referring to article: Yes, You Can Come Home to Montana Again (Apr 24th, 2015)

Just tried an espresso this morning and it was wonderful. Glad Christine and Marco have added
this to their menu. Goes wonderful with any pastry.
— Russ

Referring to article: Missoula's Bernice's Bakery to offer espresso and the pastries are outstanding! (Apr 23rd, 2015)

Any company or organization that is waiting until the end of the quarter or even the end of the
month to manage operations is leaving money and success on the table. A turn key Business
Intelligence system can provide everyone in the company the ability to see all data from all
departments in real time through a powerful dashboard/reporting solution
to analyze the data to see ways to monitor all operations and implement improvements and course
changes to increase the opportunities for success. It's much better to manage through the
windshield instead of the rear view mirror. *** Inteneo Systems - providing the right data at
the right time to the right people so that they can make the right
decisions. 406-531-8119 Missoula, Montana
— Russ

Referring to article: Assume Nothing: 5 Tests Every Manufacturer Should Run Quarterly (Apr 15th, 2015)

Public broadcasting began in the era of the Great Society when media was pretty much controlled by
major broadcasting corporations. In recognition that the airwaves belong to the public, the
foundations of public broadcasting were laid and, over a couple of generations, public radio and
television have matured within their niche to become a valuable, societal good broadcasting programs
that are unavailable elsewhere on your personal tuner. That model relied on a combination of public
funds and listener supported funding to make it work. It was never free. Today, the challenge is
to get a new generation of listeners to support public radio with their dollars to keep it going.
The fact is, the funding that comes from listeners is derived from a tiny percentage of all the
listeners. We need more listeners to support public radio. We need people who enjoy public radio
to realize that the financing model needs to have their dollars in the mix, too. How about a dollar
or two a week to help keep something you like available to you? I enjoy listening to public radio
and I suppport it with my dollars. If you are a listener, I hope you do, too.
— Geoff Badenoch

Referring to article: Montana Public Radio At A Crossroads: We need your help. (Apr 9th, 2015)

Our MAPS Media Institute is competing in the audience awards. In the "Cultural" category, we have
Darby Rodeo. In the "Outdoor" category, we have "Darby Logger Days". Please check them out and
perhaps throw a vote our way. Thank u.
— Peter Rosten

Referring to article: Vote Now - What's Your Favorite Montana Video (Apr 7th, 2015)

It is not clear to me why an experienced angel investor would fund a startup company via Reg A+
(versus a Reg D 506 (b) offering) considering the additional regulations imposed and the added
uncertainty of investing alongside unaccredited investors?
— Bill Payne

Referring to article: SEC Issues Regulation A+ Rules; Increases Access to Capital Markets for Smaller Issuers (Apr 7th, 2015)

Thanks for doing such a fabulous job, Thomas, on the Montana Ambassador award videos. They are
perfect and promoting both Montana and our organization.
— Gloria

Referring to article: Missoula-based Ndigena excels in digital marketing - Montana Ambassadors Videos (Apr 3rd, 2015)

Everyone can make all the assumptions they want about the problems and solutions but until all of
the data about how each student is doing is available to instructors and administrators to assist in
truly meaningful ways, everything is just a guess. Corporations and governments are showing
that data is the key to success. I hope our Montana educational institutions will finally embrace
full modern data analysis for the sake of our future leaders and the hope of Montana.
— Russ

Referring to article: Fixing the University of Montana's graduation rates (Mar 28th, 2015)

Stuart, It has been very, very good working with you these last few years. I wish you the best
in your next adventure! Steve
— Steve Holland

Referring to article: Prospera Business Network Update: Executive Director Transition- Thanks and All the Best to Stuart Leidner (Mar 24th, 2015)

Stuart, You have guided the Bozeman area through an incredibly period of growth and success. I
know I join all of Montana in thanking your for your spirit, innovation and love of The Last Best
Place. All the best in your new opportunities. We know you'll be back some day.
— Russ

Referring to article: Prospera Business Network Update: Executive Director Transition- Thanks and All the Best to Stuart Leidner (Mar 24th, 2015)

It was inspirational when Sarah gave her TEDx presentation to the Ignite session of the Rural
Medicine Hackathon at the U of M last night. Her story of how she came to found Red Ants Pants
in tiny White Sulpher Springs, Montana should be required reading for everyone who seeks to make a
difference in their community and in the lives of those around them. Thank you Sarah
— Russ

Referring to article: TEDX - Sarah Calhoun - How She Started a Global Company - Red Ants Pants - in White Sulpher Springs, Montana Because She Didn't Like Her Pants (Mar 21st, 2015)

It's past time for Montana government entities at the state, county and local level as well as all
education organizations to fully embrace the open data movement and make all data available to its
citizens. It's only when all data is freely available and able to be analyzed in a powerful
dashboard/analytics application will there be a much stronger belief in these organizations and a
stronger willingness for citizens everywhere to work with our institutions and elected officials.
*** Transparency Could Save Governments Billions in Borrowing *** Open Data Evolution: From Increasing Transparency
to Engaging Citizens *** CIO Mark VanOrden Discusses
Utah's New Open Data Portal *** "We Can Do Better Than
This As A City" -- using big data *** High-Tech
Council Creates Data Dashboard to Keep Massachusetts on Right Road
— Russ

Referring to article: Government undermining 'right to know' laws (Mar 16th, 2015)

I love my mother so much ❤️
— Jileesa Menlove

Referring to article: Mentoring program helps single moms succeed in the work force (Jun 14th, 2004)

Since it has been some time that I was home with small children, I did not pay much attention to
what was happening with Mamalode. But, somehow I liked their Facebook page and so have been
receiving posts of articles on my timeline. WOW! I am so impressed!
— Nora McDougall-Collins

Referring to article: Mamalode: Creating a sexy, authentic voice for moms everywhere (Feb 27th, 2015)

Kudos to Pat and his wife for their excellent work and enthusiasm!
— Nora McDougall-Collins

Referring to article: Missoula's Moonlight Kitchens has two commercial kitchens available for rent. (Feb 24th, 2015)

This is great! Makes me so proud to be "Pburger". So happy for my little hometown!
— Mary Jo Carstensen

Referring to article: Sunset magazine selects Montana's Philipsburg as finalist in magazine's first Sunset Travel Awards (Feb 24th, 2015)

I think college is a fading industry. Education today is accessible anywhere you look. That's
because everywhere you look is a screen that has access to the internet. There is still a place for
college because it teaches more than the curriculum. A degree is just a piece of paper that says,
"Yeah, I can put up with a lot to get things done and I can finish what I start. But if you are a
self starter and have a good work ethic like this article describes then you really don't need
college to land a good paying job. The land of education reaches far beyond campuses now-a-days.
College has it's place and its nice to say that you have a degree but it isn't necessary. I love the
quote, "I could spend 40 thousand dollars and 4 years getting an education, but I'd rather just
spend about 4 dollars and some change in overdue book fines at the library." That says a lot.
— Nathan

Referring to article: The few, the proudly employed, the coding boot camp graduates (Feb 25th, 2015)

Wooohooo! I love their bread.
— Nora McDougall-Collins

Referring to article: Breadwinners: Missoula's Le Petit Outre nominated for James Beard Award (Feb 20th, 2015)

Outstanding appointment. Pat's insight, experience and foresight will enhance the quality of
education throughout the West. "The State with the Best Education Wins!"
— Russ

Referring to article: Pat Williams Appointed To Western Interstate Commission on Higher Education By Gov. Bullock (Feb 20th, 2015)

Best wishes for the success of these businesses.
— Nora McDougall-Collins

Referring to article: Nine Native American Business Owners Receive Funding from the Montana Department of Commerce (Feb 17th, 2015)

Thanks for sharing this article, Russ!
— Debbie Huber

Referring to article: Local Bakery Ownership: Perfect Fit for Creatives and Community Values (Feb 12th, 2015)

Ceramics made by almost all forming processes suffer approximately 20% dimensional shrinkage during
firing. Unfortunately, that fired shrinkage is not highly predictable for three dimensional
structures. 3D printing is cool for those ceramic objects for which final, fired dimensions are not
— Bill Payne

Referring to article: Video: Ceramic 3D Printing at Medalta (Feb 1st, 2015)

2 Outstanding individuals who show why Montana is such a great place to start your business and live
your life. Congratulations to Brett and Jeremy
— Russ

Referring to article: North America's Top 50 Economic Developers Include Brett Doney, Great Falls Development Authority and Jeremy Vannatta, Big Sky Economic Development (Feb 2nd, 2015)

The key to this strategy is knowing and having control of the data. Without it, each franchisee is
basically on their own. Peer comparison to find best practices, changes in expectations,
changing trends, competitive responses etc. are some of the elements that can come from a business
intelligence system that provides everyone the ability to analyze all data in as close to real time
as possible. Franchise owners and their employees become more engaged if they know that their
insights and suggestions that they get from their data analysis contributes to a more successful
operation. Customers feel more engaged with their locally focused provider whether it be bread
or oil or insurance if the people they talk with have a 360 degree view of their relationship with
the company. With BI it's not a question of if but when your organization will implement a
system that takes full advantage of the power of your data and your people. *** Inteneo
Systems - providing the right data at the right time to the right people so that they can make the
right decisions. 406-531-8119
— Russ

Referring to article: Why the Future Franchise Will Look Nothing Like Today's - It's Already Here in Montana (Jan 29th, 2015)

Excellent article!
— Nora McDougall-Collins

Referring to article: What is the Hardest Thing About Owning a Small Business? (Jan 23rd, 2015)

Thank God that the Senate has assured us that none of this is caused by humanity. Keep
Calm and Carry on and (oh well...pretty soon it won't matter much) "We are
running the most dangerous experiment in history right now, which is to see how much carbon dioxide
the atmosphere can handle before there is an environmental catastrophe." Elon Musk
— Russ

Referring to article: California Ski Resorts Close over Lack of Snow (Jan 23rd, 2015)

Amazing woman!
— Nora McDougall-Collins

Referring to article: classic TED Talk Kimberley Motley: How I defend the rule of law (Jan 19th, 2015)

Sounds like the Mayor of Missoula learned his accounting from the likes of Enron. I'm sorry but I
believe Mtn Water company provide the citizens much value, great service and an important resource
at a fair price. They also protected the acquifer! I'll side with Mtn Water and John on this ALL
THE WAY. Bryant Ralston
— Bryant

Referring to article: City officials: Missoula can run water utility for millions less (Oct 31st, 2014)

I think the Mayor of Missoula is WAY OFF base on this one. His actions have cost the taxpayers of
Missoula $$$$ and, from what I know about this, I'm not convinced the water users of the garden city
would frankly be 'better off' with the City in possession of the assets and system of Mountain Water
company. The Garden City deserves better and you can quote me on that!
— Bryant

Referring to article: City Club Missoula - Missoula council members debate water system purchase (Jan 13th, 2015)

In a state full of natural beauty, the North Fork is one of the best!
— Nora McDougall-Collins

Referring to article: A Road Less Traveled (Jan 10th, 2015)

This may seem a silly law or one that restricts hunting but I've sat on panels that have tried to
find solutions to the growing feral hog problem in many states. These animals do hundreds of
millions of dollars in damage to not only farms and ranches but also to infrastructure. They are now
becoming threats to people in several states. I strongly urge the Montana legislature to pass
this legislation. It's very very expensive to eradicate these once they're established and the
results will be devastating.
— Russ

Referring to article: Montana bill aims to keep wild hogs out of state (Jan 9th, 2015)

Montana needs to include the best elements of this program and implement them as soon as possible.
— Russ

Referring to article: Accelerate New Hampshire hopes to help state startup firms (Jan 7th, 2015)

Yes please Nora. Any help in finding someone is appreciated.
— Russ

Referring to article: Website developer needed for site re-do (Jan 2nd, 2015)

Would you like people to spread the message by reposting on Facebook?
— Nora McDougall-Collins

Referring to article: Website developer needed for site re-do (Jan 2nd, 2015)

When will we be weary of political name calling that aims to win folks who spend more time reading
gossip magazines than participating in an academic discussion? And, will there ever come a time when
we judge a politician with the same judging criteria that our high school debaters are judged on. If
you replace logic and documentation with inflammatory arguments, you lose. And, when will we be
adult enough to realize that there are folks on both sides who really do want quality education but
who disagree on methodology.
— Nora McDougall-Collins

Referring to article: Montana school 'choice' battle may be at tipping point - The great charter school rip-off: Finally, the truth catches up to education "reform" phonies (Dec 29th, 2014)

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