News Buffet: Possible Recount, Ron Paul on the Line, Workplace Humor

By Beacon Staff

Good morning and Happy Independence Day to all our Cambodian readers. Dan Testa talked to Flathead Election Supervisor Monica Eisenzimer who said Turner Askew’s initial two-vote victory for Whitefish City Council was overturned on second count because election workers were stuffing mail-in ballots into the voting machines too quickly. Askew must decide by Thanksgiving whether to ask for a recount. In Helena, the Montana State Supreme Court upheld a Ferndale man’s conviction of killing his common-law wife in 2005. A Kalispell trucker has filed federal charges against the Butte-based Teamsters, alleging that he’s being over-charged for dues he must pay as a nonmember. And I write about Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul’s appeal to Flathead Valley voters.

In state news, the Republican National Committee has named Montana GOP Chairman Erik Iverson a rising star. Vince Devlin of the Missoulian writes about an odd election in Plains where two write-in votes got a reluctant incumbent reelected. Albertson and Safeway grocery store workers across Montana have reached a labor agreement with United Food and Commercial Workers Local No. 4. And if you’re planning to enter the Miss Montana contest the deadline is approaching.

And finally, a recent study proves that humor at the workplace “enhances creativity, department cohesiveness and overall performance.” Good thing the Beacon’s Myers Reece is so funny. Have a great weekend!