Thursday Numbers

Everyone should have their mind blown once a day. – Neil deGrasse Tyson

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 special session, Montana beef, unemployment, urban chickens, mayor of Great Falls, Sutherland Springs, Montana, economic development levy, Troy Downing, Five on Black, college football, and much more!


Governor Steve Bullock called the Montana Legislature into special session next week to address a projected $227 million budget shortfall. (AP)

This should be fun to watch. At least the legislators, the lobbyists, and staff will make a little extra cash to spend during the holidays…


China’s largest online retailer has signed a deal with the Montana Stockgrowers Association to buy $200 million worth of Montana beef over the next three years and to build a $100 million slaughterhouse in the state. (AP)

I’ll take a couple ribeyes…


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


That’s how many people voted for or against raising urban chickens in Great Falls. (KRTV) The measure lost by about 600 votes.


That’s how many people voted for mayor in Great Falls Tuesday, which was fewer votes than urban chickens. (KRTV) Current Mayor Bob Kelly won reelection. (H/T @GFTrib_DMurray)

I’m thinking the famous San Diego Chicken should come to Great Falls and run for office.


That’s how many rounds the gunman fired who killed 26 people at in the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs. (AP)

They also found 15 empty magazines which could be loaded with 30 rounds each.


Montana celebrated its 128th birthday on Wednesday. Montana became a state on November 8, 1889.

Happy Birthday Montana! You are looking good!


That’s the percentage of voters (66%) who voted against an economic development levy in Great Falls Tuesday. (KRTV)

I voted against it. I wrote about my reasons for doing so HERE.


U.S. Senate candidate Troy Downing (R) has pleaded not guilty to nine misdemeanor violations dealing with resident license issues. The case is pending in state District Court in Gallatin County.

A person must live in Montana 180 days prior to buying a resident hunting and fishing license. The person also must register a vehicle in Montana, file state income tax returns as a resident and not possess or apply for any residential hunting, fishing or trapping privileges in another state. (AP)


Five on Black, a Missoula-based restaurant featuring Brazilian-inspired food, is coming to Great Falls. Restaurant founder and owner Tom Snyder announced Wednesday that the restaurant will open a location at West Bank Landing. (KRTV)

It’s not a casino!


If the college football playoffs started today, the four teams would be:

1. Georgia (9-0)
2. Alabama (9-0)
3. Notre Dame (8-1)
4. Clemson (8-1)

It looks like Georgia and Alabama may meet for the SEC Championship on December 2. Miami and Wisconsin may get in the playoffs, too. (ESPN)