Thursday Numbers

Love is the most important thing in the world, but baseball is pretty good, too. – Yogi Berra

Welcome to “Thursday Numbers!” In case you’re a first-time visitor, this 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.

This week’s topics include the Cascade County mill levy, unemployment, President Donald Trump, Montana State University, traffic fatalities, World Series, legalizing marijuana, job approval, National Parks fee increase, VA quality ratings, hurricane relief, and much more!


On the November 7, 2017, ballot in Cascade County (MT) is a request for a three-mill levy that would generate $460,000 for economic development. (GF Tribune)

I’m not sure I can support this levy, so put me down as undecided at this time. I am not that impressed with the work of the Great Falls Development Authority over the past few years.

You can buy a lot of nice dinners for $460k per year, though…


That’s how many people filed new claims for unemployment last week. (USDOL)


After some delays, President Donald Trump sent a check for $25,000 to the family of Army Sgt. Dillon Baldridge, who was killed in Afghanistan. (

That was nice.


The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reports that last year, Montana State University (MSU) campus police issued 65 citations for drugs and alcohol from August to October. This fall, citations have more than doubled to 175.

I hear the new motto at MSU is, “Hold my beer and watch this…”


That’s how many people have died on Montana roadways in 2017 after the Montana Highway Patrol reported three deaths in three separate accidents on Wednesday. (GF Tribune)

Buckle up and please don’t drink and drive!


That was the temperature at the start of first game of the World Series Tuesday night in Los Angeles – a record. (ESPN)


Gallup polling reports that Americans continue to warm to legalizing marijuana, with 64% now saying its use should be made legal. This is the highest level of public support Gallup has found for the proposal in nearly a half-century of measurement.

Marijuana should be legalized for recreational use (and taxed).


In a poll here at The Western Word about the World Series, 55% of those participating believe the Los Angeles Dodgers will win.


That’s the newest job approval rating for President Donald Trump from Fox News. That is down from 42 percent last month. At the same time, disapproval is up 4 points to a high of 57 percent. That includes 49 percent who “strongly” disapprove.


The National Park Service is considering increases to fees at 17 national parks during peak visitor seasons. The peak season for each park would be defined as its busiest contiguous five-month period of visitation. During the peak season at each park, the entrance fee would be $70 per private, non-commercial vehicle; $50 per motorcycle; and $30 per person on bike or foot. (

That would double or triple some fees.


The Department of Veterans Affairs released new quality ratings Wednesday for 146 of its medical centers across the country. One star is the worst and a five-star rating is the best. The Montana VA Health Care System at Fort Harrison received three stars in 2017, up from one star in 2016. (USA Today)

This is a great improvement.


Game number one of the Word Series lasted 2 hours and 28 minutes, which made it the shortest World Series game since 1992. (ESPN)

All the games should be this short.


T-Mobile says that it will donate $20,000 for every home run for the World Series. Additionally, T-Mo will donate $2 every time someone tweets the #HR4HR hashtag, up to $500,000 on top of the home run total. The money will go toward hurricane relief in Puerto Rico, Texas, and Florida. (

That’s a great way to raise money.



3 thoughts on “Thursday Numbers

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  2. In regards to the World Series, I find it appalling that the local newspaper doesn’t even have an article on Game 1 yet. I’ve been reading the paper front to back every day since I was a kid. It’s part of my life. That part may be ending soon as the Tribune just keeps getting worse while going up in price.

    • Rick – I checked my GF Trib paper and it had a game one story in Wednesday’s paper. On page S3. Maybe where you live you recd an earlier edition? It’s hard for them to compete these days and I think everyone realizes that they don’t cover as much as they once did. Thanks, JmB

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