Wednesday Buffet: Polebridge’s President, Unabomber Irked, Google’s Drunk Aussie

By Beacon Staff

Good morning and happy Left-Handers Day.

It’s a beautiful morning in the Flathead and there is a ton of news, locally and statewide, so strap-in for a hearty Buffet. Whitefish Marine Cpl. Stewart S. Trejo, 25, died Thursday in Iraq from injuries suffered in a vehicle supporting combat operations. Polebridge artist and bartender Peter Moore is running an extremely relaxed campaign for president. The remaining Stimson Lumber Co. employees in Montana were laid off yesterday in Libby. After Sept. 14, parts of Glacier Park’s Going-to-the-Sun road will be closed for the winter. The wildfire near Elmo has grown to 1,050 acres. Dutch Elm Disease is killing a portion of Kalispell’s city trees. The long-awaited technical downhill mountain biking trail at Whitefish Mountain Resort opens this weekend and it looks totally sickbird. And business columnist Mark Riffey offers advice on the right mindset for small business owners to take up in rough economic times.

The Missoulian reports that Plum Creek’s shareholders are blasting the timber giant’s back-room dealings with the U.S. Forest Service over road easements. Unabomber Ted Kaczynski is irked that his Lincoln cabin is being used as part of an exhibit at a Washington, D.C. museum. Montana’s wheat crop revenue this year could top $1 billion for the first time ever. State Superintendent of Public Instruction Linda McCulloch is panning the No Child Left Behind Act, as Montana faces a 20 percent drop in the number of schools that have passed the standards.

And finally, a new service by Google, its StreetView, inadvertently captured and immortalized an image of an Aussie who had a few too many and passed out on the curb. Have a great humpday.