News Buffet: Willamette Winemakers, Healthcare Ballot Measure, F1 Taxi Ride

By Beacon Staff

Good morning and happy National Day to our readers in Burkina Faso.

On the Beacon this morning, Becky Lomax writes about an Oregon Pinot Noir made with the Montana market in mind. Bigfork is seeking someone to fill a vacancy on its Land Use Advisory Committee following the resignation of Mary Jo Naïve. We’re proud of Keriann Lynch for graduating from college. And on the Police Blotter, a teenager is probably feeling sheepish after getting busted for stealing a candy bar.

The top story statewide covers the funeral proceedings in Butte of late daredevil Evel Knievel. The funeral prompted Billings Gazette reporter Ed Kemmick to reassert that Butte inexplicably spawns the most colorful characters in the state. The Missoulian covers a woman in Whitefish who puts up the Christmas decorations on homes for the very very wealthy. Federal education guidelines restrict how Montana can evaluate the performance of individual students, instead, schools must evaluate groups of students. Gov. Brian Schweitzer and state Auditor John Morrison are disagreeing over what to insert into a 2008 state ballot measure to expand health care.

And finally, as the holidays approach, so does travel stress. If only we all had the ability of Formula One racing champion Michael Schumacher, who took the wheel of his family’s taxi to get to the airport on time. The cabdriver just held on and watched in awe. Have a great day.