KettleHouse Correction

The article titled "County to get zoning overhaul" (March 9) mischaracterized the zoning status of the KettleHouse Amphitheater. The article incorrectly asserted that the KettleHouse Amphitheater did not have the authority to operate under the current zoning regulation.

Logjam Presents, the owner of the KettleHouse Amphitheater improvements and operator of the venue, has been working closely with the Missoula County Zoning Department since November, 2016. The KettleHouse Amphitheater has presented iterations of the architectural drawings to Missoula County throughout the design process.

The zoning regulation that existed prior to March 9, 2017, allowed for the KettleHouse Amphitheater to conduct events with a limited infrastructure (as the Big Sky Brewery has done for over ten years). Infrastructure such as permanent concession areas and permanent bathrooms were not permitted under the zoning regulation that existed prior to the passage of the March 9 zoning changes. Missoula County Zoning Department and the KettleHouse Amphitheater had reached an agreement that if the zoning changes were not passed on March 9, 2017, the KettleHouse Amphitheater could proceed with the limited infrastructure design concept. At no time was a show booked, or were tickets sold, without an understanding between Missoula County Zoning Department and the KettleHouse Amphitheater.

The KettleHouse Amphitheater postponed submitting for its final building permit in anticipation of the passage of the March 9 zoning changes. That said, the KettleHouse Amphitheater had obtained the required permits and approvals to complete its mass excavation, rough grading and other retaining wall work. The KettleHouse Amphitheater was proceeding with construction in a manner that would allow it to complete the venue with either the full infrastructure or limited infrastructure, depending on the outcome of the March 9 zoning meeting.

On March 9, the Missoula County Commissioners approved several zoning changes. These changes allow for the KettleHouse Amphitheater to proceed with the more robust design concept that includes a more permanent infrastructure. The KettleHouse Amphitheater intends to submit for a full building permit on March 13.

Overall, the KettleHouse Amphitheater has collaborated with the Missoula County Zoning Department, Missoula County Health Department, Missoula County Building Department, the Conservation District, not-for-profit organizations such as the Blackfoot Challenge and the Clark Fork Coalition, and other regulatory bodies to obtain all entitlements and support required to design, develop and construct a world class venue. We take issue with the characterization in the March 9 article that we proceeded without the required zoning to conduct shows in the new venue. While the limited infrastructure design would have been less ideal and detracted from the artist and concert goer experience, it would have been sufficient for our first year of operations. We delayed our final building plan submittal to utilize the zoning changes and have the opportunity to construct a more robust venue.

Nick Checota

Editor's note:

Due to what turned out to be incomplete information available to us during the story’s reporting and editing, “County to get zoning overhaul” (March 9) inadvertently conveyed a misleading suggestion that the KettleHouse Amphitheater currently under construction in Bonner had yet to clear administrative and permitting hurdles necessary to the venue’s construction and the booking of acts there. That’s not the case. As Logjam Presents president Nick Checota has since clarified, Logjam—the owner and operator of the amphitheater—possesses both written and verbal confirmation from the county of Logjam’s longstanding compliance with the relevant regulations and requirements. The Independent regrets contributing to any confusion, and we’re pleased to have the opportunity to correct the misimpression.

Kitchen politics

Oh please, do we have to now bring our politics into our kitchens ("Turning red state blueberry muffins," March 2)? Maybe if your muffins are so good they will transcend party lines? But it is just another case of someone desperate to use the press for their own agenda. Very unAmerican blueberry muffins. Let's make muffins that unite, not divide.

Mary Frances Caselli

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Did not see that coming

Dan Brooks asked about possible "dumbness" of Montanans regarding Steve Daines in his good soldiering on Betsy DeVos, ACA dismemberment, constituent avoidance, etc. I expect that Montanans, at least those who follow this kind of thing, and certainly Indy readers, are pretty un-dumb regarding Senator D.

However, based on what I've seen in the newspaper and on the streets, Montanans are exhibiting a high degree of dumb in regards to another quite serious issue: getting slammed/crushed/killed by folks in large metal boxes on wheels. First, there is hardly a evening/night-time drive where I don't see (barely) a person walking on a road shoulder or starting to cross a street wearing dark, non-reflective clothing. Do these numbskulls not realize they are a chalk outline waiting to happen?

And then (secondly) there is the multi-chapter (never-ending ?) story of impaired, especially DUI, driving arrests, crashes and deaths. Is this of any real concern to my fellow Montanans? If so, I've not seen any significant indicators in the print or electronic media. Perhaps it is simply that driving while drunk (or otherwise impaired) and the resultant carnage is accepted as standard operating procedure by our community. If it isn't, one might expect gatherings at their door and/or letters to their office similar to the pushback to Daines' "leadership." Is that happening? Nope.

As "he-who-shall-not-be-named" often tweets: SAD!

Eugene Schmitz


Study the money

Montana has the most one-room schools of any state in the country. In light of this fact, how Daines could support Betsy DeVos and her charter school nonsense is beyond me ("How dumb does Steve Daines think Montanans are?" March 2). Tax dollars should go to public schools. Just a back door for the Republicans to get rid of teacher's unions.

Kathy Buchman

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Daines by a hair

Let's make sure Daines doesn't squeak by again like he did with his House seat and then the big leap to the Senate ("How dumb does Steve Daines think Montanans are?" March 2). Just lucky both times, due to Democrat mistakes and voters not paying attention. We see you now, Steve, and you better work for us or pack up.

Mari Laxmi von Hoffmann

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Sad simulacrum

Oh how magnificently sad this is ("Reality bytes: Mercantile gets a virtual resurrection through digital scanning," March 2).

Juanda Frelin

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Stay the course

Considering he did nothing in Congress, I hope he continues that trend in the Cabinet ("Ryan Zinke confirmed as Secretary of the Interior,", March 1).

Pam Little

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Watch your wilderness

Watch the privatization of federal lands coming soon! ("Ryan Zinke confirmed as Secretary of the Interior,", March 1.)

Dennis Petrak

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The bright side

Now hang on folksOf all the Trump picks, Zinke might be the best ("Ryan Zinke confirmed as Secretary of the Interior,", March 1).

Robert Dunlop

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Love the enthusiasm

Not quite as versatile as beer, but more than wine for sure ("Getting canned at Western Cider," March 2). And yes, I want to drink a loaf of bread with my loaf of bread!

Adam Keele

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Fat chance

Quit telling Daines and Trump what you think they should do.

I'm all for holding politicians accountable, but I think the recent protests against Daines at the capitol and at his office in Missoula were misguided. Folks need to realize that Daines and Trump are doing exactly what a majority of those who voted for them want them to do.

If you want to change the actions of elected officials you need to change the minds of the people who put them in office. People tend to think that folks on a different part of the political spectrum are all in Washington or Helena, but they're not. They live right next door to you. Protests have their place, but what you really need to do is what Obama urged in his farewell address: Go out and talk to your neighbors. Be open, engage them, learn where their views come from and let them learn about you. It's really the only way political progress will occur.

Good luck to us all.

Roy Curet


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