Wednesday Buffet: Red Cross Closed, Brown Picks Running Mate, Kindergarten Mohawk

By Beacon Staff

Good morning and happy independence day to our readers in the Dominican Republic.

In our top local story, the Northwest Montana chapter of the Red Cross is being effectively shut down. Myers Reece also checks in with the new management at Stoltze Land and Lumber, as they try to guide a company nearly a century old into the new economy of the West. Business Columnist Mark Riffey concludes his seven-part series on improving your business. And in the ever-amusing Police Blotter, some dads got a little angry at Evergreen Middle School.

In state news, Republican gubernatorial candidate Roy Brown has taken Bozeman technology executive Steve Daines as his running mate. In district court in Missoula yesterday, Agriculture Undersecretary Mark Rey apologized for the Forest Service’s delay in evaluating the environmental effect of flame retardant – but maintained that his department operated well within the National Environmental Policy Act and the Endangered Species Act. W.R. Grace & Co. has been given some time to appeal in its case over asbestos poisoning in Libby.

And finally, a kindergarten student was suspended because of his mohawk haircut. That kid’s gonna be a rebel for life. Have a great hump day.