Thursday Buffet: KRMC Irks Pharmacists, GOP Convention, Dead Mayor Re-elected

By Beacon Staff

Good morning and happy Juneteenth! On this day in 1865, a full two years after Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, slaves in Galveston, Texas received news of their freedom.

Our top story today hears from Kalispell’s independent pharmacists who are angry over KRMC opening up a retail pharmacy of its own. Myers Reece profiles a local carpenter who has found his calling crafting prosthetic limbs. After a series of heated public hearings over the DNRC’s proposal to sell a parcel of state school trust land in Woods Bay, any transactions in the near future are on hold. Beacon columnist Bill Schneider criticizes the state’s Real Estate management plan for such school trust lands. And another columnist, Warren Miller, passes on some of the life lessons he has acquired in his more than 50 years shooting ski movies.

In state news, the Montana GOP begins its convention in Missoula today, but U.S. Senate candidate Bob Kelleher will not be addressing the group. The U.S. Senate voted yesterday to override President Bush’s veto of the Farm Bill. The Billings Gazette conducted a survey which found that Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Montanans are more willing to identify themselves. The three-way campaign for state superintendent of the office of public instruction is underway and the differences between the candidates are stark.

And finally, a Romanian village re-elected its mayor, even though the mayor died shortly after polling began. That has to be a very big ego blow to the challenger. Have a great day.

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