Wednesday Buffet: Grain Game Gambling, Stimson Worker Options, Elvis’ Secret Trip

By Beacon Staff

Good morning and happy birthday William Shakespeare!

Sorry for the late buffet today, folks, I was at a school board meeting until the wee hours last night. The snow is, sigh, once again covering the ground and the new Beacons are on the stands. Our top story looks at whether area farmers are really benefiting from record high prices for grain and other goods. A Happy Valley entertainment company has built a massive laser tag battleground. Residents of the Truman Creek area are concerned a dog may have been attacked by wolves. A C-Falls senior has been offered an appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. Also in C-Falls, the Arbor Day festival is on this weekend. And finally, business columnist Mark Riffey wonders why small businesses aren’t taking their Web sites more seriously.

Pres. Bush is criticizing the farm bill working its way through Congress, saying it will increase spending by $16 billion at a time when farms are making record profits. Gov. Schweitzer told a group of disaster service officials that Montana must be prepared to fight its fires on its own, and not expect immediate aid from neighboring states and federal agencies. Workers at the Stimson stud mill in Bonner, which will close next month, attended a training seminar to learn about their retirement and employment options. Asarco has agreed to pay more than $8 million to clean up one of its mines straddling Cascade and Judith County.

And finally, check out this report about Elvis Presley’s secret trip to London in 1958. Cool stuff. Have a great day.

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