Thursday Buffet: Cherry Orchard Classroom, Taproom Rule Pulled, Cheerleaders Trapped

By Beacon Staff

Good morning; on this date in 1934 an appeals court affirmed that James Joyce’s Ulysses was not, in fact, obscene.

On the Beacon this morning, county commissioners have decided to put on the ballot in November and let voters decide on a $10 million conservation bond. Myers Reece and Lido Vizzutti spent a day with the Polson program that tutors the children of migrant workers, while their parents picked cherries. A Flathead Valley Community College art instructor uses ancient techniques to create massive sculptures. A Bigfork jewelry artist preserves flowers and insects by containing them in a poly resin coat, then using them in necklaces and bracelets. And Beacon columnist Dave Skinner weighs in on the new fire season and the politics that inevitably surrounds every blaze.

Missoula County’s deputy attorney is criticizing the lack of information provided in documents of the meetings between U.S. Forest Service and Plum Creek Timber Company officials regarding road easements. The state department of revenue has pulled a proposed rule heightening restrictions on when microbrewers could serve beer in their taprooms. A new survey shows that very little separates Gov. Brian Schweitzer from his Republican opponent, Roy Brown, when it comes to gun rights. Three Democratic candidates for the state House in Missoula, Billings and Helena have withdrawn from their races, and three candidates chosen by local party committee have stepped up to fill the absence. U.S. Rep. Denny Rehberg, R-Mont., joined fellow Republicans on the House floor yesterday to push for a vote on a bill to allow more domestic drilling for oil. And in Montana’s small but growing Jewish community, Rabbi Allen Secher of Whitefish has retired from being the rabbi of the Beth Shalom congregation in Bozeman, but the congregation has since found a new rabbi, Ed Stafman of Florida.

And finally, a stunt by 26 cheerleaders in Texas to see how many could fit in an elevator went badly when the elevator broke down and the girls became stuck for more than an hour – luckily no one was injured.