Wednesday Buffet: New Enlistees, Schweitzer Denies VP Talk, Google Earth Poolcrashers

By Beacon Staff

Good morning. Today is the anniversary of the beginning of the War of 1812.

On the Beacon this morning, Keriann Lynch writes about the graduating seniors around the valley who have enlisted in the military, and their feelings about a war in which they may soon be fighting. And in Beacons on the stands all over the valley, you’ll find our Summer Guide 2008, a magazine dedicated to the season’s best recreational opportunities in the Flathead. Beginning Thursday, Columbia Falls will have its own Farmer’s Market. And business columnist Mark Riffey outlines the applications on the new iPhone that could prove useful to the small business owner.

It’s a pretty slow news day statewide, as evidenced by the top story, which involves Gov. Brian Schweitzer shooting down any speculation that he is on the short list of running mates for Barack Obama. With the warm weather and heavy snowpack, rivers around the state are beginning to creep back up toward flood stage. State Auditor John Morrison says he has enough signatures to qualify his ballot measure, I-155, which would expand children’s health insurance coverage. And the Republican candidate for state superintendent of public instruction is under fire from Democrats questioning her unorthodox fundraising techniques: She is auctioning off her 1974 El Camino.

And finally, a new wave of pool-hoppers in Britain are using Google Earth to find swimming pools and using social networking sites to organize impromptu, illicit parties. Have a great day.

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