Warm regards

Incredible venue and everything was so well orchestrated ("First impressions of the new KettleHouse Amphitheater: It Rocks," July 20). Only negative was that the new Bonner Logger beer, sold in cans, was lukewarm, especially disappointing on a 95-degree evening. But overall, it was a unique and memorable concert experience. Can't wait for future visits.

Carol Van Valkenburg


Sound critique

I was only in attendance at Ween, but I feel like the sound could/should have been a lot better. I'm sure there are myriad details that need to be dialed in, and over time things should be approaching perfection, but I don't feel the sound was close on Sunday.

Other than that, I'm amazed and so happy that we have the KHAMP (is that a thing yet?) as a resource. Everyone I know who's been there has raved about the layout, the aesthetics, the sight lines, the comfort, etc.

I doubt the feeling that everything's perfect exists in any profession, and I hope they are working out the kinks to make the sound as dynamic as the rest of the atmosphere.

Dave Francis


Be prepared

Beautiful venue, pretty good layout, and the sound was on point. There was a pretty bad traffic bottleneck with one road in and out. I felt forced to leave early to avoid traffic since I had to drive from out of town. It's already tough driving from Polson for a show, but add the extra half-hour commute, and traffic.

I'll be thinking hard about the time investment from now on. Overall the lines were long and slow for entry and concessions as well. I'd like to think it could get better, but with the location, and most shows sold out, I think people will just have to plan for it.

Chawn DuBack


Bear necessities

A similar drive-through "bear park" existed in West Glacier ("In Idaho, a hunter finds a sad state of affairs for bears," July 20). It did not end well for the bears, the owner, or the neighbors. An ugly deal. When will people learn?

Jill Munson



When I lived in Idaho Falls I would drive by this place. They used to have a sign that said "Feel the Freedom"I hated everything about it. It's bad enough it was a tourist trap disguised as a zoo, but the animals would look very depressed.

John Taylor


Worth the wait

I thought the venue was great. Sound was great. Vibe, atmosphere, and overall experience were great. Honestly, I'll wait in a line (which didn't seem bad to me) and walk the extra 20 feet to a garbage can if it means this caliber of artist will be this accessible to me. Excited for Tedeschi Trucks Band!

Jordan Lane


Ennui 101

How depressing ("French professor Michel Valentin, a leader of la résistance, takes a buyout at UM," July 20). Part of me is embarrassed that I went to a school with such misguided priorities, and the rest is just grateful I finished before the liberal arts were completely gutted.

Autumn Goodman


Poor Corey

We all know he is singling out Missoula County because we are staunchly Democrat and proud of it ("Fake views: Corey Stapleton thinks something's fishy about Missoula elections. Something's fishy about Corey Stapleton," July 20). We have been a monkey-wrench in a complete Republican takeover of the state for a long time. The whiny buttercup Republicans can't stand that. As the second-largest city in the state, we swing elections. Bullock and Tester are good examples.

Mike McNamara


The other water protector

Thank you, Mayor Engen, for protecting our water! I have been meaning to thank you for a long time. It is prescient and strategically wise to buy our water system—at any cost. You are keeping Missoula's water for Missoula at a reasonable cost.

The worldwide trend is not avoidable in our country. In fact, California and Maine are prime examples of the corporate takeover of water. Water is already at crucial depletion in arid countries where corporations reap huge profits from bottled water. Bottling water is not a solution to drought, but that's another issue.

Nestle is buying water rights in many small communities, offering them money for 99-year leases. Poland Springs water in Maine is a subsidiary of Nestle, and Fryeburg, Maine, lost its water rights to Nestle. 630,000 gallons a day is trucked away to be bottled into plastic jugs for sale at stores. Or the example of Nestle bottling 36 million gallons of water in California while Californians had to limit their own use of water for home and agricultural use due to drought.

Water is in some places already a commodity. The writing is on the wall, and the large corporations pretending to be doing good for humanity know this, and they are making plans behind closed doors and devoid of democratic processes to purchase as many municipal water rights as possible.

Municipal water plans are for our community at large. I have heard over and over how great our aquifer is here. We are lucky. Nothing like an earthquake and record high temperatures in July to remind us how quickly things can change. Water changes have been going on quietly for decades, whether it is pollution into our water systems from chemicals, fracking, drugs poured down the toilet, or drought due to high temperatures and the global effects of loss of massive areas of forestation. Water may not always be abundant here where we live.

So many of us really thank you, Mayor Engen, for saying no to corporate water. Looks like somebody learned a lesson from Montana Power selling to Northwestern Energy!

Sarah Lane


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