Montana Taxes

Becky and I have been looking at Property Taxes in Montana to better understand the variation in the system there.

Like Texas, they have fluctuating tax amounts based on real market value. Properties are appraised every two years. Property Taxes unlike in Oregon which pre-pays them, are paid in arrears in Montana.

I first traveled through Montana in 2005. I liked it then and liked it now.
"Homesteading" is interesting, but not really our thing at this point in our lives. The tax law doesn't really help prospectors to "grab" land and then hold them.

Some interesting concepts which are unique to Montana are explained here:

In addition to property taxes Montana has Mills.

Role and options of delinquent taxes seems to not be straight forward.

New laundry center

We’re looking to put in a new laundry center. This is the before shots.

Side view
Under the sink
Concept plans

Ejector pump notes, we have the 404 model, but the outstanding question is will it be strong enough to push a washing machine's worth of water up 10 feet in the air at the speed that a washing machine drains?:

Tentative Washer:

  • Washer H: 80 in (combined with Dryer)
  • Washer W: 27 in
  • Washer D: 30 in

Tentative Dryer:

  • Washer H: 80 in (combined with Dryer)
  • Washer W: 28 in
  • Washer D: 35 in

Tentative Dishwasher: Amana 24 in. White Front Control Built-In Tall Tub Dishwasher

  • Dishwasher H: 34 in
  • Dishwasher W: 24 in
  • Dishwasher D: 24 in

One Piece: 75H

Ideal Dishwasher.

Possible Dishwasher

Finally in the building phase…

Covered wall
Behind the wall
Walls going in.
1/16 inch clearance.
Finally done.

Climbing Wall Resources

For years my go-to resource for all things climbing has been Atomik. Atomik has won awards for their service and does great business. However, I am judicious when on how I spend my dollars. So, sometimes I look around for other kinds of deals.

I find bolts cheaper here: 5/16-18 X 1-1/4 Alloy Socket Head Cap Screw

From time to time I seem to get a hankering to build a climbing gym. I built one for my little girl and one for her cuisines.

Here are some links for the supplies I find necessary.
But I think that fastenal might have bolts cheaper

I also have gotten t-nuts cheaper elsewhere, but I can't remember where.

Sentinel Hanger

Clean air at the University of Oregon

In 2005 I applied to the linguistics program at the University of Oregon for the 2006 year. I was not accepted at that time. This year I was accepted to the nonprofit management masters at the University of Oregon. I have had many interesting encounters and experiences at the university this term. One of these experiences relates to air quality.

As we now know from COVID, air quality is significantly important to public health. At first the thought was that COVID was spread via liquid droplets — hence the mask mandates and their presumed effectiveness. However, now the consensus seems to be to acknowledge that COVID-19 is airborne. This drives some of the perceived need for quality air or “clean” air. One of the more popular standards for air filters is HEPA. Socially there seems to have been a resurgence in the interest in HEPA filters since general awareness of COVID came to be. However, the virus which causes COVID-19 is smaller than HEPA filters out. That means HEPA is not a good filtration system for corona viruses, including the one which causes COVID-19.

The University of Oregon has renewed their use of HEPA filters in their classrooms.

Email newsletter sent out to students from the University of Oregon

I am extremely excited that the university has added room based air filters to classrooms. As someone who appreciates clean air this is a huge step forward. It does beg the question: if HEPA is not useful for COVID abatement, and the university is now acknowledging the need for clean air, why didn’t they acknowledge the need for clean air previously?

HEPA filter placed in classroom at the University of Oregon.

Capitalization in indigenous writing systems

I was recently visiting a small remote village. There were large sorghum fields all around. This village was notable for some of the environmental literacy which on could find in the area. Particularly the use of capitalization in names. In fact the name of the village had two capital letters.

Village name sign

This sort capitalization pattern of the use of capitalization word medially has seen its objections among onomastists. The suggestion has been that English does not allow for names to contain two capital letters and therefore references materials written in English containing non-English names should normalize capitalization so that only the first letter of names is capitalized. Obviously this is an uninformed but principled position to take. It is a serious matter to regularize a reference resource because it gives a filtered (and biased) view to users.