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Warrant, Lita Ford, Stephen Pearcy performing in Great Falls tonight

GREAT FALLS -- Black Diamond Entertainment is hosting some classic rock acts from the 80s and 90s at the Montana ExpoPark on Tuesday night.

The performers are Warrant, Lita Ford, and former Ratt lead singer Stephen Pearcy.

The trio will perform in a 3+ hour show starting at 8 p.m. in the Four Seasons Arena at the Montana ExpoPark.

Hard-rockers Warrant are best known of their hits "Cherry Pie" and Heaven."

Lita Ford was a guitarist for the 70s band The Runaways, and then launched a solo career. Her biggest hits include "Kiss Me Deadly" and "Close My Eyes Forever," a duet with Ozzy Osbourne.

Stephen Pearcy was the lead singer of the band Ratt, which scored several Top 40 hits in the 80s, including "Round and Round," and "Back For More."

Click here for more information and to buy tickets.



Kids and ponies team up at Montana State Fair

GREAT FALLS -- Exhibitors from all over the Treasure State put their pony-handling skills to the test at the Montana State Fair in the 57th annual Pony Show.

Eight-year old Coleton Sherman from Ronan and his pony Calipso have only known each other for about three weeks, but Coleton says there's apparently some similarities between the two.

He explained, "My mom says she has the same personality as me...we both like to eat." He then laughed, "And my sister says that we fart when we walk!"

Before going into the ring, exhibitors prepped their steeds by brushing them out and saddling up.

Some of the classes held included harness classes, a matched pairs class, and western horsemanship, where contestants performed a pattern.

The difference between the pony and horse shows is obviously height. Ponies can not be more than 58 inches tall at the withers - just under 5 feet - meaning that children are the perfect size to ride them.

Pony show superintendent Kathy Krebs has been a part of the show for decades and says she's started to see second-generation exhibitors: "This is a good place to start. This is what this show is all about for me, is getting kids a good safe start in horse showing and just being with a horse."

Coleton says he's been showing ponies for only a couple of years and really enjoys it: "It's fun because you get to do different things every year and you're just having fun with other ponies that you don't know."



'Most Wanted' auction raises money to help breast cancer patients

GREAT FALLS -- Supporters in the fight against breast cancer hosted a special event at the Montana State Fair on Monday evening as they made bids in the "Montana's Most Wanted" auction.

Five bachelors and one bachelorette were auctioned off at the Montana ExpoPark, including KRTV meteorologist Zack Green, who went for $700 after showing off some of his dance moves.

This is the second year the auction as been held, with all proceeds going to the Benefis Sletten Cancer Institute to buy wigs, prosthetics, and whatever patients need.

Auction organizers say last year they made more than $7,000 dollars during the auction.



Snow-removal building nearly done at Great Falls airport

GREAT FALLS -- While Summer sizzles, the Great Falls International Airport is getting ready for the snow to fly.

Airport director John Faulkner says they are nearing the end of construction on a new building to house snow-removal equipment.

The 10,000-square foot facility is replacing a structure built during WWII that no longer fits all of the needed equipment.

The 18-month project will cost a total of $1.5 million dollars.

Faulkner says the most of that went into expanding utilities and sees it a head start on future development: "With this utility expansion the utilities are at a capacity that we opened up about 500 acres of developable land so the retail project that we've been working of for a couple of years. That land now all has adequate utilities some hanger areas that we hope to develop all the utilities are in for uh those bigger projects so that was a kind of exciting side benefit of the snow building was all those utility expansions."

The new building will have a 2,000-square foot office area as well as a 10,000-gallon fueling station nearby.

Airport workers expect to be in the new building within the next two weeks.



Keeping your lawn healthy this summer

GREAT FALLS -- Our recent stretch of hot, dry weather is starting to take its toll on lawns and gardens in and around Great Falls, but by following just a few simple steps, you can keep your yard healthy despite what Mother Nature throws our way.

Gardening experts suggest watering the lawn before the sun rises and this will allow the water to be absorbed deeper into the ground without being evaporated.

People with sandy soil need to water more frequently but with a shorter duration and yards composed of clay soil need to be watered less frequently but for a longer time.

Watering for a brief time during the middle of the day can also be very beneficial by cooling down the lawn and reducing heat stress.

Lawns that have turned brown aren't dead but rather dormant and experts say that it's best to leave things alone until temperatures start cooling off later in the season.

When tyring to maintain a healthy lawn, it's best to keep the grass longer which will help keep the ground cool and moist.

Marcia Bundi, owner of Bundi Gardens, said, "The leaves that you leave on there help shade those roots, shade the ground, keep it a little cooler and that means that the grass is going to like you a whole lot better. Two inches, three inches would be better this time of year and I know that goes against the grain for a lot of people but it really is better for the grass."

Fertilizer should not be applied to the lawn until Autumn when temperatures start cooling off again, and potted plants need to be watered daily and fertilized once a week.



Brown identified as man who died in I-15 crash

HELENA -- Jeffrey J. Brown of Great Falls, 52 years old, has been identified as the man who died after his motorcycle struck a tree near Wolf Creek on I-15 on Sunday.

Lewis & Clark County Coroner Mickey Nelson released the name on Tuesday.

Authorities with the Montana Highway Patrol say the crash happened at around 4:30 p.m. on Sunday when Brown was driving south on I-15 near mile marker 225.

He apparently tried to make a sharp left turn, but was unsuccessful, causing the motorcycle to go off-road into a ditch, hit a tree, and roll.

Brown was thrown from the motorcycle and sustained serious injuries. Several people driving by stopped and attempted to render aid, but Brown passed away at the scene.

Authorities say he was not wearing a helmet.

 



Girl hit by plane on Florida beach dies from her injuries

MIAMI (CNN) -- The 9-year-old girl critically injured when an airplane struck her on a Florida beach last weekend has died, the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office said Tuesday.

The girl, Oceana Irizarry, and her father, Ommy Irizarry, 36, of Georgia were both struck Sunday afternoon by a plane making an emergency landing, the Federal Aviation Administration said. The father died at the scene, and the girl was rushed to a hospital.

Venice Municipal Airport officials reported a plane in distress Sunday afternoon, Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Wendy Rose said.

The pilot of a 1972 Piper Cherokee radioed that he would be unable to make it back to the airport and that he was instead going to attempt a landing on Caspersen Beach, just to the south.

The investigation is continuing, the Sheriff's Office said.

The pilot, Karl Kokomoor, and his passenger, David Theen, were uninjured. Both are from Englewood, Florida.

The National Transportation Safety Board and the FAA are also investigating.

On the same day he died, Ommy Irizarry had posted a love message on Facebook to his wife, as they were celebrating their ninth wedding anniversary.

"Thank you for being with me through thick and thin. I love you with all my heart, mi Roma. I am very happy and can't wait to see what the next 100 have in store for us," Irizarry wrote.

According to his Facebook page, Irizarry was originally from Mayaguez, Puerto Rico. He was an Army Sgt. 1st Class stationed at Fort Stewart, Georgia.

He was a platoon sergeant assigned to Fort Stewart's Warrior Transition Battalion, the Army said. He twice deployed to Iraq since joining the Army in 2002.

"This is a heart-wrenching situation, especially losing loved ones while on vacation to celebrate a family milestone," said Maj. Gen. Mike Murray, commander of the 3rd Infantry Division and Stewart-Hunter. "Our thoughts and prayers are with the Irizarry family."

The pilot, Kokomoor, is president and CEO of DMK Associates, an engineering firm with offices in Englewood and Venice, Florida.

A note on the company's website states that Kokomoor was piloting the small plane when it lost power. The message expresses condolences to the Irizarry family, and says Kokomoor is cooperating with the FAA's investigation into the incident.


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Police ask public's help to solve Florida law professor's murder

TALLAHASSEE, Florida (CNN) -- The mystery behind the killing of a nationally renowned law professor has authorities in Florida asking for the public's help.

Investigators with the Tallahassee Police Department are seeking tips from anyone who might have encountered Florida State University professor Daniel Markel before he was found shot in the head at his home this month.

In a Monday news release, authorities asked anyone to come forward who might have seen Markel in specific areas, mostly on the north end of the city, but also near the centrally located FSU law school where he taught.

A department spokesman didn't comment on why authorities are looking into those particular areas.

Police went to the professor's home on July 18 after receiving a call from Markel's neighbor, who told officers he heard a loud bang before seeing a vehicle drive away from his house.

When he went to investigate, he found his neighbor inside his garage, in the driver's seat of his car, bleeding and in a daze. The driver's side window of the car had been bashed open, the report says.

A heavily redacted police report released Friday states there was no sign of forced entry, which Tallahassee police spokesman David Northway said could mean Markel knew the shooter. The report does not state whether the garage door was open.

Also in the report, the neighbor told police a white or silver vehicle left the home, describing it as a Toyota Prius, or a Prius "type" of vehicle.

Police on Wednesday released via social media a picture of a silver car they called a "vehicle of interest." Police on Facebook cautioned it may have been a resident, passerby or delivery driver.

Northway told CNN that investigators used a nearby business' surveillance camera to capture an image of what appears to be a Prius.

Police say there were no signs of a robbery and have yet to disclose a possible motive. They have been following up on more than 50 leads and offered a $3,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.

In a news release Friday, Tallahassee Police Chief Michael J. DeLeo said, "Our investigators are using all resources available to them and are continuing to explore all of the tips that we have received."

Police have been in contact with Markel's former wife, Wendi Adelson, also an FSU law professor, said her attorney, Jimmy Judkins.

She is "scared to death" that the killer may be targeting her entire family, said Allen Grossman, a close family friend, who has known Markel and Adelson for several years. The couple had two sons together.

Last week, Judkins told CNN his client has no idea why this happened.

Markel began working at FSU in 2005 after receiving his bachelor's degree at Harvard College, a master's from the University of Cambridge and a law degree from Harvard. During his FSU tenure, the Toronto native taught several classes and wrote extensively about criminal law, including articles published in the Yale Law Review, among others.

Markel also founded PrawfsBlawg, a blog focused on law and life, and his writing appeared in publications such as The New York Times, Slate, The Jerusalem Post and The Atlantic Monthly. On PrawfsBlawg, 10 fellow law professors posted about the respect they had for Markel and the mutual love he shared with his friends and family.

"His boundless energy was at the center of this community; it made it run, it gave it life. We are stunned and bereaved by his loss, and our thoughts go to his two little boys, who were precious to him, and to his family."


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Iconic Hi-Line coach Charlie Robinson has passed away

GREAT FALLS -- Iconic Hi-line coach Charlie Robinson has passed away.

Robinson coached for more than 40 years in Class C at many programs including Victor, Dutton, Kremlin-Gildford, and North Star, with his latest coaching job being the Chinook head girl's basketball coach.

He also was an assistant coach at North Montana College.

In total, he had 869 wins as a coach and was second all-time in Montana boys basketball wins with 559.

He also won the 9C tournament championship with the Sugarbeeters the last three years and was named the 9C coach of the year last season.

Funeral plans have not been announced yet.



MTN Sports - Mon Jul 28

- The Great Falls Voyagers came out on fire and put six runs on the scoreboard in the opening frame and bashed six home runs in a 12-4 defeat of the Missoula Osprey

- The Helena Brewers fell to the Billings Mustangs with a final scores of 10-5

- Iconic Hi-Line coach Charlie Robinson has passed away; click here to read more

 



Bloof Witzer & Walsh in a Sityourbuttdown Room interview

Recently Senator-By-Political-Crony-Appointment-Not-The-Will-Of-The-People John Walsh, Democrat from Montana, sat down with CNN’s Bloof Witzer on his show “The Sityourbuttdown Room” to discuss revelations that Walsh plagiarized a research paper required for his masters degree.

Bloof: Thank you for coming on the show Senator-By-Political-Crony-Appointment-Not-The-Will-Of-The-People Walsh.

Walsh: I want to thank you for letting me be myself again.

Bloof: Sure. Tell us a little about yourself.

Walsh: My home’s in Montana I wear a bandana my spurs are of silver my pony is gray While riding the ranges my luck never changes.

Bloof: Well, your luck may have changed a little here recently, but before we get into that please tell our viewers a little about your political beliefs.

Walsh: I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible with liberty and justice for all.

Bloof: Okay. Tell us a little about your philosophy on life and how it is that you have become a successful Senator-By-Political-Crony-Appointment-Not-The-Will-Of-The-People.

Walsh: Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise. Never leave that till to-morrow which you can do to-day. Oh, and he that goes a borrowing goes a sorrowing.

Bloof: A recent New York Times piece has revealed that you apparently plagiarized a large portion of a research paper required to get your masters degree. What do you say to those who criticize you for doing that?

Walsh: To err is human, to forgive divine and God helps them that help themselves. Well, I’m not a crook. I’ve earned everything I’ve got.

Bloof: But some say that plagiarism is a dis-qualifier for a Senate candidate, what say you?

Walsh: It depends what the meaning of ‘is’ is.

Bloof: Okay, let’s talk about a few issues. Ukraine; what are your views concerning the rebel separatists there and their attempt to break from Ukraine.

Walsh: When in the course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

Bloof: How about the conflict between the Palestinians and Israel?

Walsh: Moses my servant is dead. Now therefore arise, go over this Jordan, you and all this people, into the land that I am giving to them, to the people of Israel. Every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon I have given to you, just as I promised to Moses.

Bloof: Wait a minute, are you saying that Palestine is actually the ancient homeland of the Jews and is their possession by birthright?

Walsh: It depends what the meaning of ‘is’ is.

Bloof: Hmmm…well, let’s talk about the crisis on our southern border, what would you do to solve the problems down there?

Walsh: You may all go to hell, and I will go to Texas. God bless Texas. Ay carumba and uhm, er…out in the west Texas town of El Paso I fell in love with a Mexican girl.

Bloof: What? Okay, ahhh..what are your own personal thoughts about allegations that the President has overreached and is violating the Constitution through executive fiat?

Walsh: We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union,establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America. All legislative Powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and House of Representatives.

Bloof: Seems like I’ve heard that somewhere before. Oh well, wrapping things up now, how do you intend to handle these latest revelations that you plagiarized to earn a degree and what do you say to allegations coming from some that it proves that you’re either too dumb, lazy, dishonest or all three to be a U.S. Senator?

Walsh: Damn the torpedos, full speed ahead! I have not yet begun to fight! Give me liberty or give me death! An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure! If you like pina coladas and gettin’ caught in the rain! Hey macarena!

Bloof: Wow, sounds like you have some real deeply held convictions here, straight from the heart. Care to leave our viewers with a final word?

Walsh: You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can not fool all of the people all of the time…er oops, I mean NO COMMENT.

Bloof: Thank you for joining us today on “The Sityourbuttdown Room” Senator-By-Political-Crony-Appointment-Not-The-Will-Of-The-People Walsh.

Walsh: I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal….

Bloof: Cut his microphone, cut it…

Fair questions about fairgrounds

Good observations and questions about Expo Park here in Cascade County from a listener to the radio show:

“The financial situation at the Fairgrounds is very concerning. It seems the most fundamental  accounting procedures to ensure employee accountability and prevent theft have not traditionally been in place. Since the Fairgrounds is a public entity, this is very surprising. Along with proper daily procedures of cash handling, an annual audit is the rule.

I applaud whoever “blew the horn” on the situation and brought these unfortunate circumstances to light. I can only hope that as we move forward, the County continues to remain transparent, and inform and reassure the public that the correct procedures are in place.

Will we see an annual audit from a private accounting firm, and will the audit be publicly noticed and available to voters? And has anyone estimated the total amount of loss to taxpayers from this situation?”

Worse than Nixon? Wow!

Obama is the worst President since WWII.
Worse than Bush.
Worse than Nixon.
According to FOX News? No, according to 1446 registered voters in a new Quinnipiac poll. And the numbers get worse and worse as you look further into the poll. It’s devastating for the President and his party.

The President could turn it around though if he would stop behaving like a third grader with the taunting, mocking, “so sue me” cocky attitude and start behaving like the adult in the room.

Democrats will start jumping ship pretty quickly now because the Presidents antics and woeful lack of anything remotely resembling leadership will not yield the intended results of sufficiently firing up the base for November. Captain Obama is steering the Titanic directly at the iceberg and will sink his party and this country if not checked. Apparently he’s too arrogant and confident in his golden lifeboat waiting in 2016 to give a rip.

Wednesday radio show featuring former GOP state senator Jerry Black

This Wednesday, June 25th live in the studio will be former GOP state senator and longtime north central Montana broadcaster Jerry Black. Topics will include state and local politics and issues, political polarization and the state of the Montana Republican Party.
As always the show features listener call-ins and emails. The call-in number is 452-1073 and the email is ricktryon@msn.com.

Two good reasons for war no more

We should all hope and pray that our great country is not sucked into another foreign war for two reasons:

First, we should have all learned the lesson that nation building and trying to solve ancient feuds when the people directly involved don’t want us to is impossible and not worth even one drop of American blood or one penny of American treasure. Thanks to the blindness and ignorance of neo-cons like Cheney and the inept prosecution of the war by the then CINC G.W. Bush that lesson was learned at the expense of our brave young soldiers and an economic debt we may never pay off.

Second, the notion of engaging in another war under the “leadership” of Obama should frighten the crap out of all of us. The weakness, indecision and incompetence of the current CINC would make W look like a military genius by comparison. Just imagine a war-time president like Obama who thinks global warming or climate change or whatever they’re calling it this week is the greatest threat facing us and who can’t even manage a web site…or his own State Department. Imagine a CINC who has no idea whats going on in the world, or his own administration for that matter, until he learns about it from the newspaper after it’s too late.

Yikes!

Let’s bake a bigger pie

It’s distressing to see this community being divided once again over a school levy vote. Political vendettas, personal attacks, name calling and disrespect on all sides. Folks who oppose the levy have legitimate reasons and aren’t trying to hurt the community and those who support the levy do so for noble reasons as well and aren’t trying to rip off taxpayers.

Instead of squabbling over how to divide up the crumbs and thin slices of a shrinking pie we should be WORKING TOGETHER TO GROW THE PIE. I want to hear the sound of hammer and saw building new homes, businesses and infrastructure. I want to see a thriving economy where lot’s of people have good full time jobs, where shops and restaurants are so busy they can barely keep up.

We can have a growing community where we don’t even think twice about paying a little more for public schools because we’re prosperous and student enrollment is expanding because people want to move here and live here and raise their kids here.

We CAN be that. Why not here? Let’s get to work!

GFPS levy issue: BOTH sides need to compromise

When it comes to funding our schools at the local district level we need to find common ground and make arguments based on facts rather than casting aspersions on those we disagree with. We have to come to some kind of a consensus on funding education so we can build and maintain a prosperous economy and attract and keep good jobs here. It’s not rocket science; unless we show we are able to agree and make a commitment to excellence in public education we have little chance of growing and developing a thriving economy in Cascade County. Unfortunately many levy proponents always make the same silly mistake: they just can’t seem to stop themselves from referring to levy opponents as “haters” and “gripers” etc. This kind of name-calling really hurts the pro-levy cause. I’m not sure why those who favor a levy don’t seem to understand that most of those who oppose a levy have good reasons for doing so and are not “against kids” or “cheapskates” or “selfish” or “vandals” or “naysayers” – all terms I’ve heard and read recently referring to the “anti-levy crowd” which recently has been the majority “crowd”. Instead of characterizing opponents negatively try understanding their point of view. Instead of putting all of the responsibility on local taxpayers to buck up and just “hand over the money because it’s for the kids”, why not suggest, no DEMAND, that administrators and teachers also make some sacrifices. Most levy opponents I’ve spoken with are FOR more transparency, FOR more accountability, FOR more frugality, FOR more shared responsibility between taxpayers and district employees.

The district is asking for about $500,000 of this levy request to pay for the increase in health insurance premiums for district employees which is largely due to ObamaCare mandates. A 2% raise was just approved for teachers. The GFPS Athletic Director makes $96,569 per year. Where are the sacrifices being made by district employees? Where is the compromise and attempt to find common ground? We’re still waiting for information on how much of our property and money was stolen from OUR school district by a district employee. How can we be expected to give more money to an administration that doesn’t do everything possible to account for the money we have already given?

I want to make sure we provide a world class education to our kids, my own daughters got that education here and I am proud of our community and school system. That’s why I am urging the pro-levy voices, along with their advocacy for good public education, to ask for some accountability, responsibility and shared sacrifice by the GFPS and employees. I believe this is the key. If we want to see the levy pass there has to be a GENUINE attempt by the school board, the administration and the teachers union to compromise, find solutions and work together, otherwise everyone will suffer the consequences. I stand ready to help in the effort in any way I can.

A couple of random musings

Cynical political tip #113:  Draft a bill, it can have anything at all in it as long as you’re sure the opposing party will vote against it, then call it either the “Fairness and Equality For The Kids Act” or the “America Super Patriot Hero of the Republic Act”. Then when all of your political foes vote against it because of the actual content of the bill (if they actually read it) you can say that they’re against “Fairness and equality for children” or they’re against “American patriotism” in your stupid, lying-ass, hypocritical, selfish, evil, cynical, expensive campaign ads.

Cost of the ACA – According to Great Falls Public Schools Superintendent Tammy Lacey about $500,000 of the proposed $1.6 million dollar school funding levy will be used for increased health insurance premiums for district employees. The increase, according to Lacey, is mostly due to the ACA mandates which lead to more claims thus requiring the districts insurance provider, Signa, to raise premiums. You can hear all of Ms. Laceys remarks on my radio show podcast here.  This is not necessarily a reason to vote against the levy but it is necessarily a reason to question all of the pie-in-sky claims originally made to sell ObamaCare

 

 

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