564th Missile Squadron: Earth & Gravel

The story “ICBMs off the books under treaty” on the Great Falls Tribune’s website did not get much attention. In fact, I don’t know if it even made it into the hard-copy of the Tribune because I could not find it in my E-Newspaper this morning.

I thought it was worthy of front page coverage, or at least a place on the front page of the Montana section. I did not see coverage anywhere else. I guess losing 50 missiles and the associated jobs is not as big a deal as it used to be in Great Falls.

Those of us who traveled in the missile “field” and worked on or around the missiles, or fought to maintain and increase the missions at the base probably have a different idea. At least I do.

The big news reported in the story by the Tribune’s military reporter is that the Air Force has eliminated 104 deactivated intercontinental ballistic missiles under budget and ahead of schedule. Those 104 include 50 at Malmstrom Air Force Base that were previously operated by the 564th Missile Squadron. The silos were filled with earth and gravel. The 564th was deactivated in 2008, which was due to the New START Treaty.

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Monday’s Potpourri

Welcome to Monday – It’s time for Monday’s Potpourri! When there are several stories out there that I want to comment about, I combine them into a “potpourri” column. Today I provide that valuable independent commentary you’ve come to love from The Western Word about:

  • Randy Pinocci’s Meltdown
  • The Tribune’s “The Edge” column is back featuring Taylor Brown, the Montana GOP, and the Montana Democrats.
  • North Dakota’s vision
  • I won a Big Gulp

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Caught My Eye…

Welcome to the first “Caught My Eye” of March – I can almost see spring from my underground bunker!

NOTICE: Daylight Saving Time begins Sunday, so make sure you get up at 2:00 a.m. to set your clocks ahead one hour. For the people in Iowa reading this, that means it will be 3:00 a.m.

If you are a first-time visitor, “Caught My Eye” is posted here every Friday morning! This is when I take a look at some of the stories I did not have time to write about during the week. Sometimes I throw in a touch of sarcasm to make you smile – or to irritate you just a little – or maybe both.

Today I write about changes at the Great Falls Tribune & some suggestions, problems with the new guy at the Air Force Global Strike Command, Ryan Zinke and the Bozeman Daily Chronicle, Charter Communications, Jeannette Rankin, Lucky for Life, the Selma anniversary, Curt Schilling, and much more!

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Thursday Numbers

Here we go ­­­­­- your free dose of knowledge awaits!

In case you’re new around here, “Thursday Numbers” is the weekly column where I take a look at the numbers that are in the news (in descending order) and provide commentary sometimes sprinkled with sarcasm. Everyone and everything is fair game.

This week I write about a Jeb Bush fundraiser, unemployment, Hillary’s e-mails, the world’s oldest person being really old, it pays to grow old, Teflon Jon, the Montana Legislature, Americans for Prosperity – Montana branch, singer-songwriters, Ronda Rousey, the veto vote, Obamacare & the Supremes, and much more!

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Caught My Eye…

Welcome to Friday and to the 236th edition of “Caught My Eye.”

If you are a first-time visitor, “Caught My Eye” is posted here every Friday morning! This is when I take a look at some of the stories I did not have time to write about during the week. Sometimes I throw in a touch of sarcasm to make you smile, or to irritate you just a little. Maybe both!

Today I write about Brian Schweitzer, the Cascade County Detention Center, Bill O’Reilly, Major League Baseball, Daytona 500, plus we have a winner who is Making Montana Proud.

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Caught My Eye…

Welcome to the first Friday of February – how about that! I can almost see spring from my kitchen window…

If you are a first-time visitor, “Caught My Eye” is posted here every Friday morning! This is when I take a look at some of the stories I did not have time to write about during the week. Sometimes I throw in a touch of sarcasm to make you smile – or to irritate you just a little – or maybe both.

Today I write about the Tribune’s Capital Bureau Chief, Department of Homeland Security, NBC’s Brian Williams, National Prayer Breakfast, Harvard University & sex, plus we have a winner who is Making Montana Proud!

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Thursday Numbers

It’s Thursday. Friday is in our headlights so hang on…

In case you’re new around here, “Thursday Numbers” is the weekly column where I take a look at the numbers that are in the news (in descending order) and provide commentary sometimes sprinkled with sarcasm. Everyone and everything is fair game.

This week I write about the Super Bowl, Ronald Read, unemployment, Obamacare, major Montana newspapers & Twitter followers, concealed weapons on college campuses, Stress in America, Bullock fundraiser, Republican & Democratic-leaning states, Anti-Bully Law, Grammy Awards, rock songs, Montana judges, the NFL & Marshawn Lynch, and much more!

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