The big news on the local government beat is Harlan Wells is leaving his Missoula City Council seat. Who will take over?
Reporter Peter Friesen has an interesting story about how the city is going about planning its budget this year. I haven’t seen them do this type of work in years past.
One question people were asked is this: “What gets you most excited about the City of Missoula’s future?”
A popular answer? “The mayor.”
Wells was going to challenge Mayor John Engen in 2017, but since he’s moving to Helena for his new job, the most vocal mayor-hopeful is out of the game. (*Correction! Apparently, Wells is only moving to Helena part time. Maybe he’ll work in Helena AND run for Missoula mayor.) A colleague told me a realtor in Missoula was fired up about finding an opponent. We’ll see who turns up.
In holiday cheer mode, here’s Alex Taft’s dog, Cassie, being very busy: alexs-dog. Taft was a council member, but now he’s gallivanting, camping at Holland Lake, doing other fun things.
Here’s Cooper, former crime reporter and always fearless Kate Haake’s pooch. Guess where Cooper is? CONGRESS!
Obviously, Cooper is busy as well. Miss you both, Kate and Cooper.
Photo credit: Haake.
All for now.
- Keila Szpaller