Sunday Night

As far as I know (aka AFAIK!), the debut of “Montana People” with Karen Wolf will air at 10:00 pm on KTGF tonight; take a look and see what you think. UPDATE, 10:56 pm: nope – nothing but an informercial. Anyone know when the show is supposed to air?

Check the local news for developments in the Great Falls Explorers story – looks like the team (and the league?) is in trouble. Sad, if true. Is it possible for a town of our size to support a semi-pro team?

An alleged shoplifter was apprehended yesterday, which is good…but check out the resources that were used to capture him: seven patrol cars, a K9 unit and the Customs Boarder (sic) Patrol helicopter. Wow. I’d wager that the suspect was wanted on more than mere shoplifting charges and assault.

Snap Fitness Update

Just spoke to the folks at Snap Fitness and learned that the monthly fee is $29 for one person, or $49 for a family…and that there is currently NO enrollment fee, probably as part of the “grand opening,” but that a $49 one-time enrollment fee will soon be required. So if you want to join without paying the one-time fee, get moving! Also: apparently the opening of the NW location is still up in the air – sometime in 2008, but nothing more specific than that yet. UPDATE January 9: just found this KFBB piece (incl video) about Snap Fitness.

“Contact” Theories

I’ll admit that the “We Make Contact” guessing game is making me crazy – I want to know! The word “contact” might be a clue – something to do with communications, perhaps? Maybe Qwest is going to launch a new service or product. And the prominent letter V in the billboard – could it be related to Verizon, maybe? I doubt either of those theories – the entire campaign smacks of local interest, not part of some national campaign. Or how about this: the “UFOs” flying in the sky over Great Falls – possibly a reference to flying? Maybe a new regional airline will take off (heh) on January 15? Hm.

I’ll say this: it better not be some sort of attempt at a “hip” marketing campaign to promote the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center. I would be seriously disappointed. I love the L&C center, but the intersection of websites, viral marketing, and alleged UFOs better deliver something more relevant than 200-year old history.

Grrrr…maddening! Any of you have theories about it?

Friday Quick Hits

– The J-Bar-T is closing; one last weekend of partying on January 11-12. Never been there, but I understand that it was a pretty lively place. Any particular memories you have (good or bad) of the J-Bar-T? UPDATE: Wow – the Trib article about the J Bar T contains some pretty rowdy memories and interesting tales!

– A benefit for the family of CMR student Luke Clinger will be held on February 9 at the Northwest Center; Luke remains in the hospital following a car crash in October, and money raised will go towards his medical bills. For more information, call 231-0377.

– Alison e-mailed me to let me know that she just taped a new radio ad to promote her Dragonfly Dry Goods January sale, and is looking to hire two new staff members.

– Rothwell & Company (hi reann!) is one of the sponsors of “Sled-Fest 2008” that is taking place this weekend; it’s a freestyle snowmobiling competition that – remarkably – doesn’t use snow.

– Don’t forget the Town Hall meeting to address the on-going issue of animal welfare on January 5 @ 7:00 pm at the UGF Auditorium; it is free and everyone is invited.

We Make Contact: The Bovine Theory

Like most of you, I rarely frequent the Tribune online Forums. The signal-to-noise ratio is just horrible. But, much like some people have a weakness for tabloid trash or reality TV, I occasionally go looking around in the Forums to see if there is anything interesting, and yesterday I stumbled across a really weird thread that was started by “oscar the grouch.” Here’s part of it:

The prophecy has predicted that the year of 2008 is going to be the worst year mankind has seen with the horrible situation known as Cattle Mutilations.

Cattle Mutilation Signs are as follows :
The removal of eyes, udders and sexual organs
The removal of the tongue and/or lips
The presence of incisions and cuts across the body that appear to have been made by a surgical instrument
A lack of predation signs (including teethmarks, tearing of the skin or flesh, or animal footprints) on or around the carcass.

Ranchers, you must start acting now in order to prevent this from happening! There is absolutly no time to waste.

We have no time to point fingers. The year has begun, and if the prophecy get’s fullfilled, it will mean the end of mankind as we know it.

Wait a minute…cattle mutilations are a sure sign of alien activity, right? And we all know that the “invasion” will begin on January 15, when “We Make Contact,” right?

It all makes sense now – the aliens are going to launch a full-on assault of Montana’s cows on January 15, and “oscar the grouch” is trying to warn us via the We Make Contact campaign to protect our cattle!

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