Who needs ’em?
I just read a couple stories in the Missoula Independent.
Read this one by Jessica Mayrer about a Virginia company that booted an old woman from her home for failing to pay her property taxes. The company said it’s going to give her the money from the sale. (Oh, the directions you could go with that one.) I heard the company is busy on a few other properties here, but I’m not sure if that’s the case.
Also, today is Watson Children’s Center day. I wrote about it here. Matthew Frank’s story in the Independent noted referrals from Child and Family Services are dropping in the western region. Interesting. I’d just looked at referrals to Watson’s. From the Indy:
CFS statistics show that in the western region, which includes Flathead, Lake, Lincoln, Mineral, Missoula, Ravalli and Sanders counties, the number of referrals dropped by about a third between the fall of 2009 and last month. The same trend is occurring across the state.
Sounds like it’s because the state was pulling kids out their homes when it didn’t need to be doing so, and the feds found out. Oops.
Onto something new: Complaints to the Montana Commissioner of Political Practices! Yay! Just kidding. Good grief. They’re racking up like $2 parking tickets. Here’s Councilor Renee Mitchell’s against Caitlin Copple, and Councilor Lyn Hellegaard’s, also against Copple.
As you know, Mitchell and Hellegaard are running for re-election; Copple is challenging Hellegaard.
I hope this new state commissioner decides things faster and not, you know, well after elections and anyone gives a hoot.
One allegation against Copple involves the use of FaceBook, and I wonder how Montana’s laws regarding campaign practices intersect with the world of social media. What’s public? What’s private? What’s campaigning? What’s venting?
What’s next? Well, I’m going to keep on wondering for a while. Time for another story.
— Keila Szpaller