Saturday, August 26, 2006

where is ryegate, montana?

...and why would I want you to know?

Well, it's going to be a topic of some posts here in the near future. Ryegate, Montana, Golden Valley County Sheriff, Emergency Services Director and all around county servant Floyd R. Fisher, a county attorney named Stacey Maloney, a guy we'll call Rick, a scofflaw we'll call Dude, a car, a police chase, an illegal search, some improperly seized cash ($1,907.00, US), some court ordered returned cash ($1,907.00 US), an FBI agent we'll call Anonymous, a girl we'll call Sue, local government, state government, tow bills, alleged corruption, alleged conspiracy, adjacent Musselshell county, the Musselshell County Sheriff, good ol' boys, a deputy sheriff or clerk or receptionist or whatever she is with a real bad memory we'll call Deputy Debbie until I can get her real name and U.S. currency ($1,907.00) in the wrong denominations.

Yah, this is going to be interesting. I'm waiting for the information to get here but the story's a damned fine story... something right out of a novel. Maybe a couple of exciting and gripping chapters out of an otherwise lazy, easy reading novel.

I'll take you to Ryegate, Montana, Golden Valley County's seat of local government. I'll introduce you to the town, the county, the state, the players and the situation(s)... calling your attention to particular practices, matters of fact that should have been reviewed... should still be reviewed in detail by some corruption watchdog organization somewhere.

Given the circumstances surrounding the incidents I'm thinking some things just aren't quite on the "up and up" out there in that neck of the woods. But, then again I can always be wrong. Let's see where the information takes me.

In the meantime, if you're so inclined I'd recommend googling Ryegate, Montana just to get a bit of background before I start posting the info.

And while you're at it check Maximum Advocacy's latest battle with folks in Nevada! Interesting stuff...

I guess it's not just a Thurston County, Washington thing... this crap is happening all over the place. But then again, I wasn't so naive as to believe it is isolated to just one county.

Either way, stay tuned for the Ryegate posts.

washington's burning... is!

We have over 200,000 square acres of timber, prairie and agricultural property burning right now.

Some of these fires were caused by lightning and others were "human" caused.

Big fires, small fires and fires in between. We have fire crews from New Mexico, Arizona, California, Oregon, Idaho, Utah, Washington, Montana and many other states here trying to get lines around our many big fires.

We're burning up here folks.

I've been running from fire to fire for the past several weeks doing my thing... my little part in the big picture. It's been hectic and at times exhausting. Not just for me but primarily for those out there on the line day in and day out!

Most of these fires are not in easy terrain either. One fire in particular has a "finger ridge" on it's north front that is about 50 inches wide at it's widest place and over a mile long. How do fire crews get a "line" on that?

And what does "human caused" mean? Well, it could be a myriad of things. It could mean escaped campfires, carbon particles from internal combustion engines with defective exhaust (motorcycles, chainsaws, etc.), errant smokers, sparks from dragging trailer chains, fireworks, children with matches, etc.

It can also mean those idiots who intentionally light fires for jollies, money or whatever.

Yeah, we're having our fair share of fires right now... more than our "fair share". This is the second most fire intense year in the state's recorded history... so far. And the fire season isn't over yet.

The predicted weather for the next week includes a "warming trend" that'll reach the high 80's to low 90's on the west side of the Cascade Mountains and will push into the high 90's to triple digits on the east side of the Cascades. Warming from the mid 70's (west) and high 80's, low 90's (east).

All I can say is it's been one heckuva season thus far.

So, that's a bit of what I've been up to. There's been some other stuff that's been sprinkled in the wife's and my life these past couple of months as well... including the latest on bpbil and his very odd wife and her "family", her alleged assault on him, his latest run in with the law, some other troubling news and some "good" stuff thrown in just to ensure life's not all bad... just challenging and difficult at times... here lately, quite often.

Just when you think you've some time to breathe and relax a bit something else flies in your face.

I'll be back...

Thanks! Be careful and enjoy!

Oh yeah, we're very close to having our third grandchild join the world. She's due anytime... That's a huge bright spot!

Saturday, August 12, 2006

i'll be back soon...

I thought I'd mention that I've been away from the blog for quite some time... not intentional but necessary. I've been busy, pre-occupied... had to prioritize my time and quite frankly didn't have the urge nor energy to really post anything.

Don't get me wrong, I missed (and miss) every minute of it... and I've been lurking on yours. It's just that I've been out gathering experiences, stories to share and I'll be posting in the near future... when things "slow down".

The experiences... stories may range from bpbil and his latest antics to the Thurston County Criminal Justice System, bpbil's "wife" and her most unusual "family" (this could be a book in and of itself... though most would think it would be a work of fiction... moreover, science fiction), trips throughout the state regarding my work, domestic activities, depression, boats, fishing, friends, enemies, teeth, Grandkids, family, work and play.

Thanks for stopping by from time to time. I'll get back to it in a bit. I just needed to pull one iron out of the fire for awhile and focus on things closer to home.

a little quiz...

From Sue’s blog:

#1 - The book nearest me …page 18 line 4:
Well, it's work related and very dry reading but nevertheless, it's a reference book and it's the only book near me right now.

NESC Handbook. Fifth Edition
”on occasion, a greater lag time is given to allow for full implementation;”

#2 Stretch out left arm…..what do you touch?
Door trim

#3 last thing watched on television…?
Fox News.

#4 Without looking what time is it?

#5 What actual time is it?

#6 With the exception of the computer what can you hear?
Droning on by news reporter, constant ringing, dog barking.

#7 When did you last step outside?
About three minutes ago.

#8 Before this survey what did you look at?
Sue’s blog posts.

#9 What are you wearing?
pocket Tee Shirt

#10 Did you dream last night?

#11 When did you last laugh?
This morning around 08:00 a.m. when a fellow worker called me. It’s been pretty solemn around here over the past several months.

#12 What is on the walls in the room?
4 bottle hanging wine rack, wrought iron clock with candles, shuttered mirror, southwest native american paintings.

#13 Seen anything weird lately?
Other than bpbil, his wife and her family... dolphins in the south end of Puget Sound. A small variety that is rarely seen this far south.

#14 What do you think of this quiz?
It’s alright. Not too thought provoking.

#15 What is the last film you saw?
Eight Below

#16 If you became a multi-millionaire what would you buy?
I’d pay off the mortgages of our son’s and daughter’s homes, ours and help anyone else I could (within reason) then I’d buy some remote property somewhere with breathtaking views so I could give the whole family a place to live in peace if they want.

#17 Tell me something we don’t know
I don’t like spiders almost as much as I don’t like attorneys! I like snakes better than both.

#18 If you could change one thing about the world, what would you do?
I’d mix in a little more compassion, understanding, tolerance, logic, sensibility, humility, perseverance and adventure and I’d mix in a little less rivalry, anger, greed, complacency, ineptness, dependency, ego and brutality.

#19 Do you like to dance?

#20 George Bush?
A man in a thankless job making decisions that can’t always and won’t always please everyone... including me.

#21 Imagine your first child is a girl
Our first child is a girl... wonderful, hard working, energetic, intelligent, spontaneous... in so many ways like her mother! She’s married to a young man who was meant for her. J and I couldn’t have selected a better person for her even if we were given the opportunity to. They are the parents of two of our precious grandkids.

#22 Imagine your first child is a boy
He’d be just like the son we already have... he just would have arrived earlier. Honest, hard working, intelligent, unique, dedicated, compassionate, patient and married to a wonderful young woman. Again, J and I couldn’t have selected anyone more matching for him than her. Together they're the expectant parents of our third grandchild... grand daughter to be exact! Very soon!

#23 Would you consider living abroad?
Absolutely. It would depend on where but yes, absolutely.

#24 What would God say to you when you reach the pearly gates?
”You're a long ways from home. Are you lost?”

#25 3 people who will do this quiz:
I don’t actually tag. If you want to try it, go for it!