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Deadly Reckoning article in the Montana Standard

Butte inspires mystery novel

Butte serves not only as a backdrop for much of a local author's book, but also as inspiration.

"Deadly Reckoning," a mystery by Marian Jensen, centers on a plane crash into a miner's cottage in Uptown.

"Butte is as much a character in the book, as the people," Jensen said.

The bevy of storytellers Jensen has met since moving to Butte also played a significant role in molding the story.

"There is no shortage of material to draw upon," she added.

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Bridging the Digital Divide along the Continental One

  mt-logoFish, Wildlife and Parks, in an honest endeavor to bring Montanans into the digital age, is setting up an online system for citizens hoping to harvest road kill. Approximately 56% of Americans own smartphones though I can't say where Montanans stack up there.

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Where Do Writers get their Ideas?

Often I don't have to go much beyond the newspaper (with all due respect to the victim). For example, an article in the Standard this morning reported body parts found in a car wash in Livingston.  Car washes are largely automated and therefore unattended here in Montana.

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In this case that includes no surveillance cameras. 

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Airplanes Landing in the Street

I just love it when airplanes land in the street. It can happen in lots of places, not just in Deadly Reckoning. Evel Knievel is smiling down on the pilots that do it, I know.

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Road Kill - the healthy alternative

  The news from Montana that makes it into the NY Times frequently generates a mild rant on my part about how the eastern news behemoth likes to write with tongue in cheek about the Treasure State. Roadkill as a menu item is the latest example.

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The Montana Legislature did indeed pass a law this last session that makes it legal for someone to harvest antelope, deer, elk or moose that have been hit by a vehicle. Since about 7,000 animals end up this way, the menu expansion has merit. Even PETA agrees: "If people must eat animal carcasses, roadkill is a superior option to the neatly shrink-wrapped plastic packages of meat in the supermarket."


PETA finding common ground with the Montana Legislature, now THAT' S worth writing about!

Marian at the Butte Archives



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