Missoula County Attorney Fred Van Valkenburg, seen here outside his watery lair
Every time I start emitting opinions re: Fred Van Valkenburg around people who work with sexual assault victims, they say he’s doing a good job. It’s weird, because the Department of Justice is investigating his office, and our county attorney is acting for all the world like a man with something to hide. The MCPD and the University of Montana cooperated with DOJ and concluded their investigations months ago, but Justice versus Van Valkenburg drags on. This week in the Missoula Independent, I consider whether he might have a PR problem of his own making, like the reactive but basically gentle octopus. All he wants to do is eat crustaceans and small fish. All we want to do is understand his ways, but somehow we both wind up covered in ink. It’s a conundrum, is what it is, and you can read all about it instead of reading a proper blog post. We’ll be back tomorrow with Friday links.