Caught My Eye…

Welcome to Friday and “Caught My Eye!” August is rolling by way to quickly…

If you are a first-time visitor, “Caught My Eye” is my weekly column where I take a quick look at some of the stories I did not have time to write about during the week. I often throw in some sarcasm and poke fun at people just to make you smile.

Today I write about the Granite Mountain Hotshots, Sieben Ranch Barbecue & Hoedown, Steve Daines –Moving on Up!, Constitution Free Zone, fishing and the Wyoming Senate, Holding My Nose, Time to Dance, plus there are three winners who are Making Montana Proud!

Taking Care of Our Own:

On Wednesday I wrote about members of the Granite Mountain Hotshots based in Prescott, Arizona, who died while fighting wildfires in Arizona. Some of their families were getting different survivor benefits than others. I said, “It’s very simple: Every member of the Granite Mountain Hotshot crew should be given the same benefits.”

CBS News is reporting, “Arizona state legislators were drafting a proposal that would provide full-time-employee benefits to all members of the Granite Mountain Hotshots.”

This is good news and I’ll keep you updated.

Sieben Ranch Barbecue & Hoedown:

Senators Max Baucus, Jon Tester, and Governor Steve Bullock are hosting the annual “Sieben Ranch Barbecue & Hoedown” on Saturday (August 10) to benefit the Montana Democratic Party. It’s being held at the Sieben Ranch, which is north of Helena.

The big question: Will we hear that someone is actually going to throw their hat into the ring for U.S. Senate? Maybe the booze and barbecue will help with the process…

Of course you can e-mail me any juicy rumors at: western_word@yahoo.com

Steve Daines –Moving on Up!

Congrats to Montana’s lone representative, Steve Daines, on his promotion to vice-chairman of the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Oversight and Management Efficiency.

Why would anyone want to run for U.S Senate when you can be vice-chairman of the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Oversight and Management Efficiency?

That’s a catchy title…

Constitution Free Zone:

Do you live in a Constitution Free Zone? Stop snickering. Click HERE to view the map and to read the story. The ACLU has a “Fact Sheet” HERE (from 2008).

Thankfully my bunker is just outside the zone…

Wyoming Senate:

The Casper Star-Tribune reported that Wyoming Senate candidate Liz Cheney “improperly received a state resident fishing license based on an application with incorrect information, according to Wyoming Game and Fish Department records.”

Cheney is finding out that running for public office is a lot harder than appearing on Fox News Sunday.

Last week I noted that Liz Cheney was late paying her property taxes in Wyoming. It’s also been reported that the person she is challenging, U.S. Sen. Mike Enzi, has also “made a few late tax payments on his house in Gillette since he joined the Senate, property records show.”

“Holding My Nose”

The Associated Press reported:

Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell’s re-election campaign manager [Jesse Benton] said in a taped telephone conversation earlier this year he was “sorta holding my nose” while doing the job, a less-than-flattering remark about a powerful GOP establishment figure struggling to shore up support among tea party voters back home in Kentucky.

I am sure there are people who could do the job without holding their nose!

IMHO, the Senate would be a much better place if Mitch McConnell loses. 

Making Montana Proud:

This is the section where I mention people whose actions embarrass Montana.

-From the Billings Gazette: Anthony Kenneth Allen was told by a police officer to put his gun on the ground and when he pulled it from his waistband it went off hitting him in the leg. But that’s not the most interesting part, “The officer reacted to the gunfire by shooting at Allen nine times. All nine of the .40-caliber bullets, fired at a distance of about 25 yards, missed Allen.”

I predict someone will have mandatory training at the shooting range…

-From the Helena Independent Record: Robin Renee Morgan from East Helena was arrested Monday after reports say, “she pointed a gun at a man in a truck in a case of mistaken identity.”

The story continues, “Police believe Morgan, driving a red car, pulled up to a person she believed to be Gary Hanson (who is wanted on a warrant for a felony sex crime in Cascade County) and ordered him not to move or she would shoot him. But it was not Hanson; and the person ‘indicated he was afraid he was going to get shot,’ McGee wrote in an email.”

Someone has been watching too many bounty hunter shows…

-From the Bozeman Daily Chronicle: Seth Patrick Durnam went to a Bozeman house for a job interview where “he dropped a memory card in the driveway.” The homeowner found the card and looked at the contents to try to identify the owner. He discovered it contained child porn and “an image of Durnam. He turned the card over to police.”

Durnam will be spending the next four years in prison, and he can put that on his memory card…

StePhest Colbchella ’013 – Time to Dance:

In case you’ve missed it- Enjoy.  Click HERE to watch.

One More Thing:

Don’t forget to stretch…

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