Jerry O'Connell - "Lost and Found"

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A knock on Jerry O'Connell's door yields an unexpected visitor seeking permission to fish in his backyard. He grants permission to Noah Maclean, on the condition that Noah join Jerry and the family for dinner. Noah agrees, and mistakenly leaves behind an important flybox.

Jerry O'Connell founded Big Blackfoot Riverkeeper and is currently the executive director.  He first viewed the Blackfoot in 1986 while hitchhiking through Montana.  It was love at first sight, and that moment planted the seed that eventually resulted in his moving from New England to the Blackfoot valley in 1992.  His love affair with the Big Blackfoot River continues today.

Jerry has been involved in a variety of projects to protect the Big Blackfoot.  He served on the River Recreation Advisory for Tomorrow committee which, in conjunction with Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, developed new recreation guidelines for the Blackfoot.  He is currently on the board of The Big Blackfoot Chapter of Trout Unlimited which has restored over 700 miles of Blackfoot tributaries.  Additionally, he is currently president of the Missoula City/County Consolidated Planning Board.

Jerry lives in Greenough with his wife Deborah, a couple of horses and a rather large crew of dogs.

Learn more about Jerry and his work at bigblackfootriverkeeper.org.

This episode of the Tell Us Something podcast was recorded in front of a live audience on September 10th, 2017, at The Wilma in Missoula, MT.  8 storytellers shared their story on the theme “Up the Blackfoot”.

 

 

Jay Dixon - “Blackfoot River Rescue”

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Jay Dixon of Dixon Adventures has clients on the boat and they are planning a 20 mile day on the Blackfoot. It’s the 3rd week of June during a Salmonfly hatch. With about an hour of daylight remaining, he sees a woman in distress on the rock scree above the river. With the help of Search & Rescue, Jay saves the woman’s life in a dramatic ordeal. Listen to Jay's story, which we call - “Blackfoot River Rescue”.

Jay Dixonhas a college degree in environmental geology with an emphasis in groundwater and fisheries from the University of Montana.  He has been fly fishing since the age of 6 and started tying flies soon after.  Jay Dixon owns and operates Dixon Adventures along with his wife and partner in crime, Deb. They live in an off-the-grid solar home they built together in the Sapphire mountains, overlooking the Bitterroot Valley, with their two boys, Jake and Zack.  Learn more about Jay and his work at  dixonadventures.com

This episode of the Tell Us Something podcast was recorded in front of a live audience on September 10th, 2017, at The Wilma in Missoula, MT.  8 storytellers shared their story on the theme “Up the Blackfoot”.

Juanita Vero - “Poop and Drowning, Relax”

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Seven-year-old Juanita Vero brings up the rear in a string of horses, as her father leads a line of guests on a ride. Crossing The Big Blackfoot River gives her horse the opportunity to shake Juanita off, which it does, and Juanita’s instinct and training kick in. Juanita's calls her story “Poop and Drowning, Relax”.

Juanita Vero is part of the fourth generation on a dude ranch in Greenough, Montana. She says it's like City Slickers meets Dirty Dancing meets The Horse Whisperer with A River Runs Through It and some Downton Abbey mixed in.

This episode of the Tell Us Something podcast was recorded in front of a live audience on September 10th, 2017, at The Wilma in Missoula, MT.  8 storytellers shared their story on the theme “Up the Blackfoot”.

Sarah Elkins - “Montana Anglers Never Lose Their Grip”

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Sarah Elkins carries a small child in her backpack while flyfishing. Her self tied Wooly Bugger gets stuck in a tree and snaps off, breaking the rod. A mother’s instincts kicks in to determine how to safely gain shore with a broken rod and her child strapped to her.

Sarah Elkins is a speaker, writer, coach, and professional musician. As a coach, Sarah helps people and businesses better understand how to find their stories, organize them, and share them across platforms. She is an active blogger and contributor to Thrive Global: Arianna Huffington’s latest project. LinkedIn, beBee, and on her own website, elkinsconsulting.com. She's also the President of Elkins Consulting, the company making a splash with small, face-to-face, affordable interactive conferences called No Longer Virtual.

This episode of the Tell Us Something podcast was recorded in front of a live audience on September 10th, 2017, at The Wilma in Missoula, MT.  8 storytellers shared their story on the theme “Up the Blackfoot”.

Tina Svaren - "Rip-Rap"

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A routine day floating The Big Blackfoot River in a sturdy boat during high water soon turns into a rescue ordeal for Tina Svaren and her family. Her story is titled "Rip-Rap".

Tina Svarenhas spent most of her life living in the Missoula and Bitterroot Valleys. She is an active participant in community theater in her home of Stevensville. Together with her husband, son and dog she spends as much time as possible hiking, rafting, camping and taking in all of Montana's breathtaking landscapes.

This episode of the Tell Us Something podcast was recorded in front of a live audience on September 10th, 2017, at The Wilma in Missoula, MT.  8 storytellers shared their story on the theme “Up the Blackfoot”.

Wendy Woollett - "Blackfoot River Horse"

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Camping up The Big Blackfoot River, Wendy Woollett envies the big white horse she sees at Mile Marker 7. Over the course of many years she, sees this HORSE and eventually returns to it in a SURPRISING reunion. Wendy is excited to share her story, which she calls  "The Blackfoot River Horse".

Wendy Woollett is the author of a number of plays including "The Montana Monologs" and "The Lost Montana Monolog". She beat cancer four times. She has retired from producing theater and is now recreating her life as a non-fiction writer. She is at work on "The Little Wendy Stories" and a book celebrating Montana's ranch women. 

This episode of the Tell Us Something podcast was recorded in front of a live audience on September 10th, 2017, at The Wilma in Missoula, MT.  8 storytellers shared their story on the theme “Up the Blackfoot”.

Lisa Triepke - “Who Says Kids Don't Listen to Their Parents?”

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Growing up around water and spending lots of time on The Big Blackfoot River gave Lisa Triepke a healthy respect for the water. Life on a lake is quite different from life on the river, though, and an afternoon on Placid Lake soon turns nearly deadly for her family. Lisa calls her story “Who Says Kids Don't Listen to Their Parents?”

Lisa Triepke moved from Maryland to Missoula 26 years ago.  She has been active in the community, volunteering, working at nonprofits and at CostCare, where she currently works.  She has four children who all participate in hockey, lacrosse and cross country; one at Montana Tech, 2 at Hellgate High School and one at Washington Middle school. She is active in many of the outdoor recreational activities Missoula offers. She enjoys quality time with her friends and family and is currently running for Mayor of Missoula. Learn more about Lisa and her bid for office at triepke4mayor.com
 
This episode of the Tell Us Something podcast was recorded in front of a live audience on September 10th, 2017, at The Wilma in Missoula, MT.  8 storytellers shared their story on the theme “Up the Blackfoot”.

Cindy Super - “Fairyland”

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Cindy Super grew up just past Clearwater junction on the banks of the Blackfoot River and has had the river in her life since she was 2 years old. She calls her story "Fairyland".

Cindy Super She left Montana after getting a Forestry degree from the University of Montana and returned home after 6 years in the Army. She calls Missoula home and now works in the same place she grew up, 45 miles east of Missoula as a Forester for the Montana Department of Natural Resources.

This episode of the Tell Us Something podcast was recorded in front of a live audience on September 10th, 2017, at The Wilma in Missoula, MT.  8 storytellers shared their story on the theme “Up the Blackfoot”.

Svein Newman - ”Hold My Bag?”

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Svein Newman remembers the first time he traveled internationally after 9/11.

Born in Norway, Svein Newman was kicked out of that country as a child for being bad at skiing and has roamed around Montana ever since. He grew up on family farmland in south-central Montana, went to college here at UM, and after a six and a half year stint in Billings is once again a Missoulian. When he’s not busy being afraid of speaking on a stage, Svein works for a conservation and family agriculture non-profit called Northern Plains Resource Council. He also volunteers with Soft Landing Missoula, serves on the board of the Montana Human Rights Network, and enjoys divey cowboy bars, day hikes, and the board game Settlers of Catan.

This episode of Tell Us Something was recorded in front of a live audience on June 20, 2017 at The Wilma in Missoula, MT. 9 storytellers shared their story. The theme was "On the Road”. This week's podcast comes to us from Svein Newman. He calls his story "Hold My Bag?".

Hilly McGahan - “Border Limes”

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Hilly McGahan shares about her family and their road trip to Mexico. 

Hilly McGahan was born and raised in Arlee, MT. She has worked as a domestic violence attorney on the Flathead Reservation since 2012. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Montana in 2007, and her juris doctor from the University of Cincinnati School of Law in 2012, where she was a fellow with the Urban Morgan Institute for Human Rights and the Ohio Innocence Project. Before law school, Hilly worked as a human rights accompanier in Guatemala, where she lived and traveled with witnesses testifying in genocide cases. Hilly enjoys fishing and hiking with her husband Jacob, and their young sons, Theo and Julian. She also enjoys being on time and eating good food with her enormous extended family. 

This episode of Tell Us Something was recorded in front of a live audience on June 20, 2017 at The Wilma in Missoula, MT. 9 storytellers shared their story. The theme was "On the Road”. This week's podcast comes to us from Hilly McGahan. She calls her story “Border Limes”.

Kathy Witkowsky - “Do Dreams Really Come True?”

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Kathy Witkowsky tells us about meeting the love of her life. 

Kathy Witkowsky has spent most of her life as a journalist, researching and telling other people's stories  in newspapers and magazines, on the radio, and in documentary films. Tonight she's branching out, and is going to share a story of her own.

This episode of Tell Us Something was recorded in front of a live audience on June 20, 2017 at The Wilma in Missoula, MT. 9 storytellers shared their story. The theme was "On the Road”. This week's podcast comes to us from Kathy Witkowsky . She calls her story “Do Dreams Really Come True?".

Pat Abbe - You Can Do what you Can't Do

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Pat Abbe shares a story about a Vespa ride gone wrong.

Pat has always wanted to perform on a stage where the band Yeasayer has performed and thanks to Tell Us Something he gets to do that tonight at the Wilma.  Has been a big fan of Tell Us Something for several years, and has previously shared a story at the Top Hat. Tonight Pat has driven all the way up from Victor, MT to share a follow-up story to the one he did at The Top Hat. You can listen to that story here.

This episode of Tell Us Something was recorded in front of a live audience on June 20, 2017 at The Wilma in Missoula, MT. 9 storytellers shared their story. The theme was "On the Road”. This week's story comes to us from Pat Abbe and is titled "You Can Do what you Can't Do".

Jason Weiner - "You Must Come Stay with My Family"

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Jason Weiner recounts his travels in a far-reaching corner of the world. 

Jason Wiener is doing things more often than he is buying things and he is always looking for an excuse to go somewhere new. He recently returned from a walkabout and is still unpacking from that trip. He grew up in Concord, New Hampshire. He arrived in Missoula in 2003 to earn his Master’s in philosophy from the University of Montana. He’s worked at The Missoula Independent, served on the City Council and formed a computer consulting company called The Techxorcist. He’s a Ranger in Black Rock City every year at Burning Man.

This episode of Tell Us Something was recorded in front of a live audience on June 20, 2017 at The Wilma in Missoula, MT. 9 storytellers shared their story. The theme was "On the Road”. This week's story comes to us from Jason Wiener. He calls his story "You Must Come Stay with My Family".

Alex Miller - "Mother/Son Bonding: A Cautionary Tale”

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Alex Miller's first experience with a geared bicycle is unlike anything most of us have experienced in this road trip story about mother-son bonding.

Alex Miller is 12-year-old human from the sunny, exotic paradise of Lolo, Montana.  He has two eyes, two ears, a nose, a mouth, two arms, and two legs.  He is the perfect specimen of Star Wars nerd-dom.  In his spare time, he likes to play video games and read novels.  One day, in a galaxy far, far away he will probably go to college and study something geeky.  May the Force be With You.

This episode of Tell Us Something was recorded in front of a live audience on June 20, 2017 at The Wilma in Missoula, MT. 9 storytellers shared their story. The theme was "On the Road”. This week's story comes to us from Alex Miller. He calls his story "Mother/Son Bonding: A Cautionary Tale”.

Steve Gonzalas “Help Me, I'm Melting”

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Steve Gonzalas makes his third appearance on the Tell Us Something stage and shares his story of discovering magic mushrooms in a pasture.

Steve Gonzales is a third generation plasterer living in Polson, MT working mostly in Missoula. Tonight marks his third appearance on the Tell Us Something stage. Learn more about Steve and his work over at Gonzo Plaster.

This episode of Tell Us Something was recorded in front of a live audience on June 20, 2017 at The Wilma in Missoula, MT. 9 storytellers shared their story. The theme was "On the Road”. This week's story comes to us from Steve Gonzalas and is titled "Help Me, I'm Melting".

Alex Sakariassen “Reluctant Journey”

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Alex Sackersen remembers when his friend Melissa Weaver invited him to be her date at a wedding. His journey with her takes a very unexpected turn.

This story is lovingly dedicated to Melissa Weaver and the Weaver family.

Alex Sackersen is a 2008 graduate of the University of Montana's School of Journalism. Hailing from a family of storytellers, and having grown up as one himself, he now makes his living writing about the environment, politics, and the people around us, for the Missoula Independent. Please welcome Alex Sackersen.

This episode of Tell Us Something was recorded in front of a live audience on June 20, 2017 at The Wilma in Missoula, MT. 9 storytellers shared their story. The theme was "On the Road”. This week's story comes to us from Alex Sackersen and is titled “Reluctant Journey”

Kim Maynard - “Road Wary”

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Kim Maynard shares her story of traveling abroad gone amuck.

Kim Maynard has a passion for adventure that sometimes gets out of control. She’s worked in conflict zones around the globe and fought forests fires at home, but some of the wildest adventures have been on a personal front. Storytelling is a thread that weaves her life together. She is about to turn 60 and looking for crazy and inspiring ideas on how to celebrate.

This episode of Tell Us Something was recorded in front of a live audience on June 20, 2017 at The Wilma in Missoula, MT. 9 storytellers shared their story. The theme was "On the Road”. This week's podcast comes to us from Kim Maynard. She calls her story "Road Wary".

Aaron Parrett - Confessions of a Dissolute Banjoist

Aaron Parrett - Confessions of a Dissolute Banjoist

This episode of Tell Us Something was recorded in front of a live audience on April 6, 2017 at Free Ceramics in Helena, MT. 9 storytellers shared their story. The theme was "The First Time”.

Today’s podcast comes to us from Aaron Parrett and is titled  "Confessions of a Dissolute Banjoist". Thank you for listening.

With a banjo on his knee, Arron Parrett entertains a group of Japanese businessmen at their fishery in Alaska where he eats sushi for the first time.

Aaron Parrett is a professor of literature and a letterpress printer at The Territorial Press in Helena Montana. He is working with artist Seth Roby to make a letterpress book that will include nine stories he's written and 13 wood engravings.

Jessica Peterson - My Daughter's Spirit Animal: A Duck

Jessica Peterson - My Daughter's Spirit Animal: A Duck

This episode of Tell Us Something was recorded in front of a live audience on April 6, 2017 at Free Ceramics in Helena, MT. 9 storytellers shared their story. The theme was "The First Time”.

Today’s podcast comes to us from Jessica Peterson and is titled  "My Daughter's Spirit Animal: A Duck". Thank you for listening.

Jessica Peterson is torn between two men and makes an honest decision about the one she wants. This decision foreshadows her future life as a parent in unexpected ways.

Jessica Peterson is a socio-economist and ecological entrepreneur. Her work includes community organizing, strategic planning, fundraising, teaching, lobbying, urban regenerative farming, massage therapy, herbalism, and mothering.

Born and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Jessica settled in Helena, Montana 10 years ago. The fact that incredible trails are accessible all seasons, day or night, never fails to fill her with grateful joy. She may be interested in collaborating with you on something, so connect with her at InsideEdgeDesign.com or Wild Willow Wellness.

Andy Shirtliff - The First Time I Stopped a Bank Robbery

Andy Shirtliff - The First Time I Stopped a Bank Robbery

This episode of Tell Us Something was recorded in front of a live audience on April 6, 2017 at Free Ceramics in Helena, MT. 9 storytellers shared their story. The theme was "The First Time”.

Today’s podcast comes to us from Andy Shirtliff and is titled  "The First Time I Stopped a Bank Robbery". Thank you for listening.

Andy Shirtliff, an underfunded actor trying to make it in Los Angeles, prevents a late night bank robbery.

Born in Butte, America, raised in Kalispell, Andy Shirtliff has lived and worked all across our state; from graduating from the University of Montana, to working in Billings and eastern Montana, to his current position as the Small Business Advocate for the Governor's Office of Economic Development.  In his off time, which isn't much, he enjoys drinking craft beer, grilling, hiking, and photography.