Weekend Buffet: Flooding Predicted, Obama to Billings and Bozeman, Drunk Darth Vader

By Beacon Staff

Good morning and happy national Bike to Work Day. I biked to work today, so I’m feeling nicely morally superior.

With high temperatures predicted for the next several days, the Weather Service predicts flooding in the Flathead, possibly beginning as early as Sunday. A federal appeals court upheld a lower court ruling against W.R. Grace & Co. obligating the company to produce a list of pretrial witnesses and documents. Kalispell Mayor Pam Kennedy endorsed Sen. Hillary Clinton for president yesterday. In Bigfork, the Dawn Patrol upholds an early-morning kayaking tradition. The Whitefish Farmers Market kicked off yesterday selling some food, and herbs and flowers. And the sun shined on the business networking event in Columbia Falls.

The Missoulian reports that the clean-up effort of the April fuel spill on Highway 35 has worsened, with some raw product found in the lakebed of Flathead Lake. Presidential candidate Barack Obama will be in Billings and Bozeman next week. U.S. Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., is returning campaign donations from a defense contractor under scrutiny for setting up shell corporations to use as offshore tax shelters. A little known provision in the Farm Bill working its way through Congress contains a provision that may allow Plum Creek to sell off vast swathes of its land. And while Pres. Bush may veto the Farm Bill, Congress appears to have a veto-proof majority backing the legislation. And Lee’s Mike Dennison rounds up the three Democrats challenging U.S. Rep. Denny Rehberg, R-Mont., for his House seat.

And finally, in Wales, a drunk Darth Vader attacked a “Church of the Jedi” fighter in a lightsaber duel with a crutch – video included! Have a great weekend and enjoy the weather, before the flood.

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