Caught My Eye…

Welcome to the 226th edition of the (almost) award-winning “Caught My Eye!”

If you are a first-time visitor, “Caught My Eye” is posted right 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 Zinke and the Armed Services Committee, the Montana Legislature, Barry Beach & Tim Fox, Great Falls’ unusual ice event, a change of venue, plus we have a winner who is Making Montana Proud!

Zinke – Armed Services Committee:

I was happy to hear that Congressman-elect Ryan Zinke will have a seat on the House Armed Services Committee. It will be good to have his experience there. Congratulations.

With his clout on the Armed Services Committee, it’s more important than ever for Zinke to have an office in Great Falls so he has staff near Malmstrom AFB and the Montana Air National Guard.

It would also be a good thing for the Zinke team to learn how to spell Malmstrom correctly in press releases. It reminds me of the time when U.S. Senator Jon Tester called the Airmen at Malmstrom AFB “soldiers.”

Montana Legislature:

They don’t start their session for a month, but the circus atmosphere has already started in Helena.

There’s a lawsuit filed because the Montana House Republican caucus met in private. Lee Newspapers has the story about how the legal counsel for the House GOP plans to fight the lawsuit. Please be careful while reading the story, because you may choke on your drink or food from laughing so much.

Some of the angles being used in the rebuttal to the lawsuit are:

-The public does not care if they meet in private
-The judge’s order from 1998 no longer applies
-They need some “quiet, private reflection” time
-The Montana Supreme Court meets in private

I predict the 2015 Montana Legislature will be the best circus ever!

Barry Beach & Tim Fox:

I was surprised that Montana Attorney General Tim Fox went all in when he wrote in his Response to the petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus to the Montana Supreme Court that “Beach repeatedly manages to be the beneficiary of hearings and procedures that no other convicted criminal is allowed. Beach is entitled to nothing more. The State respectfully requests that this Court dismiss Beach’s Petition.”

I’m sure Barry Beach’s supporters, many of whom are conservative-leaning, will remember Fox’s opinion come election time. I can already see the campaign signs – “Tim Fox is entitled to nothing more.”

Unusual Ice Event:

I chuckled when I read the press release from the City of Great Falls on Thursday telling residents the city “is currently experiencing an unusual ice event. Rain and freezing temperatures have resulted in dangerous icy conditions.”

I thought for a moment the Coors Light Silver Bullet train was rolling through town.

The City encouraged business owners “to de-ice their sidewalks and parking lots by using ice melt.” Since Great Falls has a terrible snow removal system, I really don’t think they are in much of a position to advise anyone on how to clear ice and snow.

But what really made me bust my gut was the contact person for the press release: Deputy City Manager Jennifer Reichelt. The Great Falls Tribune reported, “Reichelt and other officials are discouraging the public from taking unnecessary trips.”

I don’t think Deputy City Manager Reichelt should be advising people about taking unnecessary trips – if you know what I mean.

Change of Venue?

Attorneys for Adam Sanchez Jr., who is charged with killing a Cascade County deputy, wants a change of venue.

I find that request kind of ironic because it seems Sanchez has been treated pretty well by at least one judge and by Cascade County Prosecutor John Parker and his office. In my opinion, they are the reason he was free because they dropped the ball.

Maybe the change of venue should be granted so at least we’ll know justice will be served.

Making Montana Proud:

This section is where I mention people or groups whose actions embarrass Montana in some way.

-From the Great Falls Tribune: David Alton Boyken, who has a history of animal abuse made his initial court appearance Monday for allegedly punching his “talking bird” on Thanksgiving. Boyken is charged with felony cruelty to animals for allegedly choking and deliberately breaking a macaw’s leg.

It was later reported that the bird is expected to recover after surgery and that the bird is not a macaw, but is a sulphur-crested cockatoo.

I can think of some new words to teach the bird. For example, “David” and “embarrassment” and “jerk.”

One More Thing:

Don’t drink and drive…


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