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And the Indy bids a bleary-eyed farewell to staff reporter and avid hunter—wait, has he actually killed anything since I’ve been working here?—John S. Adams, who leaves Missoula’s Elysian Fields and our office’s subterranean womb to track leads in the state capitol.

To be fair, John has killed, and he will certainly kill again. In addition to slaying beasts of fur, feather and fin, he has also keenly stalked and caught in his crosshairs a Boone and Crockett-worthy collection of outdoor news stories in his days here at the paper.

In addition, he regularly shot perfect bulls-eyes with Monday’s morale-boosting tales of a past weekend’s exploits, which always seemed to involve a firearm or two, and left fellow staffers with the sense that if John could venture successfully into the primeval timber, then perhaps we could, too.

So, John, as the lead-up to Thanksgiving leaves this week’s column a bit light, we hope you’ll act as a surrogate for us all this week and explore the hills and hollers of your new Montana home.

Meanwhile, those of us left here can take in the Wild and Scenic Environmental Film Festival at 6:30 PM on Thu., Nov. 15, at the Roxy Theater. Over three hours of activism, comedy and breathtaking helicopter shots will take a little bit of the sting away. Call 542-7343.

For some, the easiest way to forget is to stay busy, which is why we’re glad the Sierra Club organized a therapeutic project: Join in a service outing that involves fence removal to benefit elk freedom, which begins at 9 AM at the Rattlesnake trailhead on Sat., Nov. 17. Bring the clothes and gear you’d expect—long sleeves and legs, gloves, glasses and fencing tools. Call John at 543-6696.

That project wraps up by around 1 PM, which gives you plenty of time to jet across town on the bike trail, arriving at the Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory St., just in time: On Sat., Nov. 17, at 2 PM, you can learn all about Terrific Turkeys at their Saturday Kids Activity. You and your attendant youngsters will learn turkey factoids, play turkey games and make an authentic turkey call, which you can then all mail to John in Helena. Call 327-0405.

Cycling season is over for all but the most intrepid, and you can see them together on Sun., Nov. 18, when the Montana State Championship Cyclo-cross Races begin at 11 AM at Fort Missoula. Ride or cheer from the side as men, women and juniors compete on a fast course with a reportedly “big, sandy run-up.” Get info at montanacycling.net or call 546-6750.

And if a last-minute exercise flurry eases your conscience about stuffing your face, consider bolting through The Turkey 8K at 9:30 AM on Thu., Nov. 22. You’ll see all your friends before they’re bloated and high on tryptophan, plus you’ll hobble away with a free pair of running gloves. Meet at the bear statue by the Boone and Crockett club—see how everything ties up neatly in the end?—and register by e-mailing courtney@runwildmissoula.org.

Farewell John—may the game be bountiful, the news worth the chase and the road always lead you back home.

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