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Another one bites the dust.  This time it’s the print edition of the Bigfork Eagle. Its website will continue and maybe a dead tree version will get stuffed in Kalispell’s Daily Inter Lake sometime down the road.  Both the Eagle and the Inter Lake are owned by the Hagadone Corporation, a media and hospitality business out of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.

It’s tough times for the newspaper industry but one thing that wasn’t mentioned in the Missoulian article is the Eagle was up against some tough competition: The Flathead Beacon.  The award-winning, valley-wide weekly is owned by journalist/entertainers Maury Povich and Connie Chung, and is headquartered in Bigfork Kalispell.

The Eagle was losing money, according to the publisher, although there weren’t public stockholders demanding profits as Hagadone is a privately-held corporation. I don’t know if the Beacon is making money, or Povich and Chung have deeper pockets.  Flathead Valley residents should be grateful that the Beacon continues to cover and print local news.

Governor Steve Bullock announced his picks for the citizen council that will draft an energy emissions plan.  Montana must cut its carbon emissions by 47 percent by 2030 to meet U.S. Environmental Protection Agency rules.  A plan for doing so needs to be submitted to the EPA by midsummer.

As MTN’s Mike Dennison notes, the council isn’t lacking in members from the energy industry.  I would have liked to have seen more people from environmental groups and the climate sciences (Nobel Peace Prize recipient and UM Professor Steve Running?) but as usual, the administration didn’t consult me.  I wish the council the best of luck in coming to a solution.

We don’t exist.  That’s what an Onion-like website is saying about Missoula and perhaps its residents.  Some will rejoice, I’m sure.  The article is making the social media rounds and was also covered on MTN.  Descartes says, “Since I doubt, I think; since I think I exist.”  I hope he’s right.  Here’s the original piece.

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Pete Talbot

'Papa’ Pete Talbot is first and foremost a grandfather to five wonderful grandchildren. Like many Montanans, he has held numerous jobs over the years: film and video producer, a partner in a marketing and advertising firm, a builder and a property manager. He’s served on local and statewide Democratic Party boards. Pete has also been blogging at various sites for over a decade. Ping-pong and skiing are his favorite diversions. He enjoys bourbon.

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