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Check out the fair menu!

Sure, there’s carnival rides. Even a demolition derby, cute lil’ bunnies and three days of rodeo.

But everyone knows the best part about the Western Montana Fair isn’t in the arena, livestock stalls or exhibition buildings.

asdfNope, the reason you’ll see us lined up outside the gates when they open is quite simple: It’s the food.

So when we heard admission to the fair would be free every day, we didn’t get excited about the extra cash for rides. We started drooling over vikings, tater pigs, fry bread, deep fried Oreo cookies and the lot.

We’re talking about lunch, ya’ll.

Our favorite hour of the day just got sweeter because now, or at least for one glorious week in August, we can gain free access to the best food under the sun. Get in, chow down, maybe pet a pig or two, and back to the office.

And STILL head back later that night for the rides and rodeos.

Friends, we’ve been dieting all year for this, and we hope you’ll join us. Let’s make it a lunch date. And a dinner date. Shoot, we might even have to hit ’em up for some breakfast …

The Western Montana Fair runs Aug. 8-13. Tune in and follow us on Facebook for lots of great giveaways in the coming two weeks.!

Click HERE for all the fair information you need, including a schedule of events and a map.

And here’s what you’ve been waiting for – the complete list of food vendors and menu items for this year’s fair:

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We recently called on all our local JackFM listeners to hit us with their best ‘Missoula’ shot for a chance to win a concert ticket package, and boy did you deliver!

We received nearly 100 unique entries, with photos ranging from majestic mountaintop shots to  personal stories to the cheeky “only in Missoula” types.

Needless to say, picking a winner was hard.

We like to draw our winners randomly, but for this contest we wanted to give a bonus boost to those with great photos. So this time we picked a small number range randomly, and then from those selections picked our favorite photo.

We’re excited to announce Donna Mitchell as our winner. Donna sent in what appears to be a beautiful retro-style wedding photo shot at the grizzly bear statue on the UM campus.

It’s uniquely Missoula for two reasons: One, it depicts the gorgeous campus, including Main Hall and the zigzag trail up to the M. But also, it captures love. With all the bitterness and in-fighting and fear going on in the world today, there’s plenty to celebrate about small moments of serenity like this.

So congrats, Donna, and thank you for participating. We will be blowing this up into a high-quality print and framing it over at Frame of Mind, and in addition to free tickets to see Melissa Etheridge and Pat Benatar at the new Kettlehouse Amphitheater we’ll also award you a $50 gift certificate to the gallery.

Below is a gallery of some of the other finalists. Check ’em out!

We have a winner!
Help a neighbor in crisis

Missoula is known for a lot of good things, but chief among them is our willingness to look out for our neighbors in need.

Unfortunately, now is one of those times.

Eight-year-old Lolo resident Carli Miller was killed on Highway 93 earlier this month when her family’s vehicle was struck head-on by a pickup truck.

22343108_1500344664.7501The Millers were headed out to enjoy one of this region’s greatest summer pastimes – a day of huckleberry-picking. And now their lives will never be the same.

In addition to Carli’s tragic death, several other family members were hospitalized with serious injuries. And so now in addition to their heartbreak, they also face financial crisis.

Only time will help soften the former; but for the latter we as a community can do a lot to make things easier.

A benefit fundraiser has been set up for Aug. 6, 2-7 pm at Roper’s Lounge, 10565 US Highway 12. It will feature live music by Zoo City as well as lots of opportunities to contribute financially through live and silent auctions, raffles, etc.

But there’s another way you can pitch in, especially if you own or operate a business or organization: Consider donating to the auctions and raffles.

Art, furniture, trips, construction items, athletic gear – even gift baskets of food, coffee, drinks, gift certificates. Anything you can give up, Miller’s supporters will gladly come and pick up.

All you have to do is call Frank at Ropers Lounge. That’s 273-4848.

If you are inclined to drop your donations off, however, you don’t have to take them all the way to Lolo. Drop-sites have been set up at two Missoula businesses: Garden City Plumbing, 4025 Flynn Lane; and Western Title & Escrow, 1200 S Reserve, Suite M.

Nothing eases the pain of tragedy, but a lot can ease the unnecessary inconveniences that come along with it.

Thank you, Missoula, for stepping up to the plate!

The City of Missoula has put Stage II fire restrictions into effect beginning at midnight tonight.

The limitations are designed to prevent the sparking of new wildfires as the region continues to experience very dry, hot conditions with low relative humidity.

fire-restrictionsThe decision follows Missoula County Fire Protection Association’s motion to increase the county’s fire danger index to “extreme” on Monday.

State II restrictions affect users of any city open space and conservation lands, including Mount Jumbo, Mount Sentinel (including the Cox Property), the North Hills, the Kim Williams Trail, Greenough Park and the Tower Street conservation area.

The restrictions prohibit campfires and limit smoking in these areas except within an enclosed vehicle or building or while stopped in an area that is clear of flammable materials in a three-foot radius.

The restrictions also prohibit the following activities between 1 pm and 6 am:

• operating motorized vehicles off designated road and trails;

• operating any internal combustion engine;

• operating an acetylene or other torch with open flame, including any welding; and

• using any sorts of explosives.

Click HERE for maps of the areas impacted by these restrictions.

Also, please continue to monitor InciWeb for live updates on area wildfires, and for air quality information keep checking the county’s air quality website.

New fire restrictions
Where there’s smoke …

Make no mistake, fire season has officially arrived in Missoula County.

Several fires are currently burning south of town in Lolo National Forest, the Sapphire Complex and Goat Creek fires being the largest.

WestMtFires_7-25-2017-900x761And with the Sunrise fire growing near Tarko in neighboring Mineral County, the valley is filling up with smoke earlier – and thicker – each day.

We’re thankful, first, for the firefighters who work tirelessly in the heat and sun to keep us as well as our homes, businesses, land and livestock safe.

But the invisible heroes are those working to keep us safe from behind the scenes – those scientists, fire experts, incident commanders and government agencies who monitor the fires from afar and make critical – sometimes life-or-death – decisions about where to send our resources, human and otherwise.

It wasn’t too long ago we had to hear second-hand from the media what fires were burning where, and that often meant critical delays and distorted information that caused confusion at best and panic at worst.

But now, love it or hate it, information technology has made it much easier for us to stay on top of what’s going on without relying on those gatekeepers.

Without further ado, here’s a few great links that can help you follow the fires that are impacting you:

First, there’s InciWeb, an intergency all-risk incident management system designed both to provide the public with a single source of incident related info as well as a standardized reporting tool for the media.

sdfsdIf you follow this link, you can review a live roster of all the ongoing incidents across the country. By clicking on the column headers, you can sort the information to meet your specific inquiry. For example, click the “State” header and it arranges the incidents alphabetically by state.

You can also click on the specific incident you want to review and get a very detailed report on its current situation, outlook, weather concerns and planned actions.

This is also where you can monitor closures, evacuations, public meetings, etc.

-Second, there’s the local air quality website managed by Missoula County.

Here’s where you’ll find details about the smoke and how the fires are impacting air quality in the county, as well as what precautions you should take to avoid health problems due to the smoke.

From this page, you can follow a link to a pretty simple graphic that explains what comprises the different levels of air quality – from good to hazardous – and how you should adjust your activity accordingly.

There’s a lot of other neat links and resources available there for those who want to learn more about air quality in Missoula.

Say what you will about the positives and negatives of all the recent advances in information technology, but when it’s used to keep us and our families informed and safe, we’d say that’s a pretty neat evolution.