A post for Councilman Ed Childers

Councilman Childers wants more posts.

Here’s one.

I check in with Governing.com once in a while, and here’s a story about the way S&P and Moody’s give cities credit ratings. The story suggests cities should get a Moody’s rating to be sure their scores aren’t inflated, and to people who aren’t Ed, Missoula uses both S&P and Moody’s. (Ed already knows this, and more, as a veteran council member and former longtime money man for the city of Missoula. Treasurer, maybe.)

Also, if you missed it, here’s my story about a smell that’s making some neighbors on the Northside and Westside feel nauseous. I’d like to find out more about what it means to deem a smell a “public nuisance.”

Now, a question: Do you know anyone who needs a dog? A one-eyed black lab named Thor needs a home. More here.

The dog reminds me: The other day, I walked up Waterworks with a friend, and we saw a bunch of cigarette butts under one of the trees. We used my friend’s Mutt Mitt to pick up the cigarette butts, and I fantasized propaganda headlines as a way to diffuse my anger.

“Council adopts ordinance banning smoking in parks and trails everywhere, instates strict penalties; public shows broad support for new rule as beneficial for lungs, environment.”

The butts were annoying, but they also reminded me of running through the Orange Street underpass soon after someone smoked a cigarette in it and inhaling a bunch of second hand smoke. OK, enough on that. Enough.

But one last thing: If you’re on Instagram, follow @missoulian because there’s wonderful photos posted.

I’ll do another post for the councilman later about transportation, and it’ll be great.

Happy Friday.

– Keila Szpaller

Happy reads

Have you been loving summer in Missoula?

I’m back in the office after being out a week plus, and lots of awful things have happened around the world.

So I decided I’m on the good news beat for a while. Happy things only, at least here.

First, a thank you note to a redhead cyclist. If you know her, pass it along!

Also, I love this invite and offer from Howard Horton to play pinochle at the Missoula Senior Center. If you can’t afford the $1 entry, he’ll spring for you, apparently no questions asked.

– Keila Szpaller

Nekkid riders bike Missoula in “Bare as you Dare”

rainbowA nekkid bike ride will take place in Missoula on Sunday, August 17.

More here.

Will you be riding? It’s called “Bare as you Dare” because you don’t have to go completely bare.

Other news:

Fox Hotel developers are late showing their plan for the site on Orange and Front Streets.

In the Justice of the Peace race, here’s an update on candidate Matthew Lowy and his campaign.

Also in the JP race, an update on the lawsuit filed by candidate Marie Andersen.

The picture is from a couple Fridays ago. Rainbow Friday.

All for now.

– Keila Szpaller