On board with Curtiss

When we first envisioned what is now the KettleHouse Amphitheater on the banks of the Blackfoot River, few believed that it could go from a big idea to a reality in six months. As you can imagine, the project had a lot of moving parts and required extensive analysis, planning and approval from the county, the state and federal agencies.

Throughout the entire process, Missoula County Commissioner Jean Curtiss always answered my calls and was extremely responsive in helping us navigate a very complex situation. She saw the vision of bringing people together to enjoy an incredible music experience in a beautiful outdoor setting, while also revitalizing economic activity in Bonner.

We need leaders who have vision, experience and are willing to listen and pursue sensible solutions to complicated challenges. Now as we head into what is looking like a record-breaking year for our music venues and launching a new conservation effort to restore the Blackfoot River, I look back and am grateful to have had Jean’s willingness to see the dream and help us work through any snags along the way. I respect Commissioner Jean Curtiss’ work ethic and leadership. She has my full support.

Nick Checota

Logjam Presents, the Wilma, the Top Hat, KettleHouse Amphitheater


Go Keogh

I am writing to endorse Connie Keogh for House District 91, which generally includes the Rattlesnake area through downtown and over to University Avenue. She brings years of personal and professional experience to this race, including leadership skills, teaching experience and the “can do” attitude honed from years of hard work on the south-central Montana ranch where she grew up. She believes that public lands are critical to our quality of life. She understands that public lands are crucial for the clean air and water that make our communities livable, and they are what makes the outdoor recreation economy thrive in Montana. Connie supports keeping public lands in public hands, protecting Montana’s constitutional guarantee of a clean and healthful environment, continuing full funding to Habitat Montana, and empowering the Office of Outdoor Recreation to provide resources to rural communities to help them grow from the recreation boom. Please take the time to learn about her and get out and vote for Connie Keogh.

Rita Wolfe


Talking blues

I’d like to thank Ednor Therriault and the Independent for reviewing the recent CD of MudSlide Charley’s, Words & Bones, and for reflecting on our history of performing in Missoula for the past 14 years (“MudSlide Charley’s latest album showcases a band with resilience,” March 1). While it seems like 14 years is a long time, quite honestly it has passed in heartbeat. I would like to speak directly to one specific area of the article. During the interview with Ednor, I referenced the honor we feel being able to perform on a regular basis to the fabric of our community, and have never understood the perspective that some bands have about “shitty little bar gigs.” I indeed used that very quotable idea, but not as a representation of our truth. Our truth is the opposite. MudSlide Charley has always embraced the joy of playing all night long in the hearth of our community, wherever and whenever. Our goal? Connectivity around the blues. We have heaps of gratitude for each and every bar owner or individual who has come to appreciate what our journey has been, is, and is growing into being. Thank you for sharing in the fun! I was stunned that the article may have inferred a negative interpretation of our many years in Missoula bars. Enjoy our new CD, and we look forward to seeing each one of you at a variety of venues anytime in the near future.

Marco Littig


Land gobble

The Homestead Act allowed the carving up of America into tiny bite-sized pieces for the wealthy to gobble up as the poor farmers were wiped out by manipulated prices and nature’s cruel effects (“A lesson on taking public lands for granted,” March 13). Now we see Congress enabling the further attempt to bite off a few more tempting morsels of federal land, as they condemn wilderness areas. The process seems to repeat itself as we watch.

Dan Hutchinson


Home sweet home

Beautifully written and captures Missoula in all its wonderful contradictions (“Embracing home in Missoula’s in-between,” March 1).

John Squillante


Quick draw

One of the best Indy pieces in a long, long time! Josh Quick’s artwork is spot-on.

Geoff Peddicord


You weren’t alone

I found your story fascinating, enthralling and delightful!

Suzanne Burwick


Correction: A headline in the March 15 print edition misspelled Har Shalom and inaccurately identified student Rabbi Laurie Franklin as currently ordained. In fact Franklin’s ordainment will occur later this year. The Independent regrets the errors.

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