Thursday Numbers

Welcome to the first “Thursday Numbers” of August! Your free dose of knowledge awaits you.

“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 spiked with sarcasm) just to make you smile, shake your head, or make you send me nasty e-mails or Tweets.

This week I write about Shelter Island Estate, Montana State Fair, Sir Paul McCartney, unemployment, Jake Owen, Max Baucus, rats, Malmstrom AFB, Ryan Zinke & John Lewis, gay marriage, Steve Daines & John Walsh, Montana lawmakers & the Affordable Care Act, NFL preseason games, Jason Priest, and much more!


That’s the price ($59.5 million) for Shelter Island Estate on Flathead Lake in Montana, which also includes a guest house! H/T @mikejopek



That’s how many new claims for unemployment were filed last week according to the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). (Source)

According to the DOL, this is the lowest level since February 2006. 


That’s how many people attended the 2014 Montana State Fair in Great Falls this year, which was an increase of about 1,771 from 2013. (Source)

I thought more people attended the state fair…


More than 25,000 fans saw Sir Paul McCartney play at Washington-Grizzly Stadium in Missoula, Montana, Tuesday night. (Source)

The folks at the University of Montana should book a couple big name concerts each summer at Washington-Grizzly Stadium. It has enough seating to bring in the biggest names.


That’s how many people attended county music star Jake Owen’s concert at the Montana State Fair this year. That concert had the highest attendance this year. (Source)


The Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library at the University of Montana received “more than 900 boxes” of congressional files from former U.S. Senator Max Baucus. (Source)

I wonder if Baucus kept notes on how he dated his own state director or how he nominated his girlfriend to be U.S. Attorney…


According to a report from Reuters, “Animal control officers were working on Friday to remove approximately 300 rats from an Ohio studio apartment and will put them up for adoption around the country, a humane society officer said.” (Source)



KRTV in Great Falls (MT) reported, “The last of 50 deactivated Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) launch facilities once operated by the 564th Missile Squadron of Malmstrom Air Force Base was demolished on Tuesday.” (Source)

Chalk up another military/defense loss for Montana’s Congressional delegation.


According to Vox Populi Polling, Ryan Zinke (R) leads John Lewis (D) 44-37 in the Montana U.S. House race. (Source)

This may be the premier race in Montana this year…


According to a report from CBS News, “Since the U.S. Supreme Court struck down part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act last year, gay marriage advocates have won more than 20 victories in federal courts. No decision has gone the other way in that time.” (Source)


Steve Daines has a 13-point lead over John Walsh in Montana’s U.S. Senate race according to Vox Populi Polling. (Source)

I expected Daines’ to increase his lead in the poll after the plagiarism story broke, but this was a very odd poll for several reasons…


The Montana Cowgirl blog reported, “Twelve Montana lawmakers are backing a bill to arrest any federal officials who try to implement the Affordable Care Act in Montana.”

Great googly moogly…


There are six NFL preseason games tonight (Thursday) and six NFL preseason games on Friday. (Source)

I am looking forward to this season!


The prosecutors in the trial of Montana State Senator Jason Priest, R-Red Lodge, “are seeking to have three children testify against their father” who is “charged with assaulting his 4-year-old daughter, his estranged wife and her boyfriend in February.” (Source)

This is a terrible situation. Some folks on Twitter have been wondering why Montana newspapers have not called for Priest’s resignation.


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