Highwood “Hogwash”

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Stumbled across a gem over at Thorazine In Your Farina, penned under the nom de blog of Rex Morgan, MD. He wrote an entry titled “Hogwash,” and it appears that he is a lawyer who traveled to Great Falls last month to defend the construction of the Highwood Generating Station. At least, that’s how it appears based on what he blogged. If any of you attended the public forum, you might be able to figure out who he (or she, possibly?) is. Here’s some of the best parts:

Due to the projected crowds that would want to speak, we were scheduled at the Paddock Club in Great Falls…adjacent to the grandstands at the Cascade County Fairgrounds. It smelled a little like a college bar on a Sunday morning. Sadly, the big coolers were devoid of libations, and there was no rodeo or monster truck contests to fill the time…

The people of Montana need cheap electrical power and, right now, this is the best source of it that anyone’s offered to build. Of course, the opposition may not give a rats ass about that. We joke that they won’t be satisfied until we’re all living in caves and drinking out of puddles. Maybe it’s no joke…

Their lead attorney struck me as a self important showman. Wearing a poorly fitted and frumpy three button suit (buttoned at the center only!), and having a tangled and unkempt mop of mostly gray hair, he looked like the classic professorial country lawyer. Hemming and hawing at the appropriate times…

Read the whole thing. I’m not 100% in either the “yes” or “no” camp of the Highwood project, but I really did get a kick out of reading this. How ’bout you?

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  1. I just gave it a skim, I’ll have to read it when I have more time, but I have to say this. We travelled through Wyoming on the way to Texas, and passed by two power plants that to me look like what they are building here. What an eyesore, you could see the plume of smoke and steam for miles. It will probably ruin the view of the highwood mountains as we know it from town, and most definitely from the north shore rivers edge trail that many people enjoy. I’d rather see a windmill farm than that…

  2. I wasn’t around when that stack was still standing, but it’s not in the same place, I know that. And I think it does ruin a great opportunity, as the River’s Edge Trail continues to expand, to get that feeling of really being “out there”.

  3. I’m not fond of the refinery either. It’s one of the main reasons I never understood spending all the money to restore the ninth street bridge, but I don’t see the point of damaging the nature we have intact. Maybe move them both out by the landfill? I know it will never happen, but that would have been a better choice.

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