Monday Buffet: Fair Slideshow, Gov. Ethics Investigation, Ugly Ducklings Welcome

By Beacon Staff

Good morning; on this day in 1920, the 19th Amendment was ratified, giving women the right to vote.

Upset that the fair has come and gone? Check out Lido’s audio slideshow and feel like Friday night is here on Monday morning. Glacier National Park’s visitor numbers are down about 9 percent for the first seven months of 2008, due mainly to the late opening of the Going-to-the-Sun road. A Columbia Falls artist has taken the old windows from the East Glacier lodge and turned them into unique photo frames and a lucrative side business. And the Bigfork dam releases, allowing for late-season whitewater kayaking look to be drawing to a close. And for an interesting perspective on fairs, check out Kitchen Guy Jim Gray on what its like to cook in front of an audience.

In state news, the Deep Draw Fire, between Elmo and Hot Springs, is just about wrapped up. An ongoing ethics investigation brought by Republicans accusing Gov. Brian Schweitzer of improperly featuring himself in a public service announcement during his re-election bid, took another turn last week, with news that Schweitzer’s chief counsel contacted the commissioner of political practices outside of official proceedings. The new president of NorthWestern Energy said he wants the company to eventually own its own power production facilities in Montana, to help stabilize prices. The Missoulian continues its look at how global warming is affecting Glacier Park. Missoula has been ranked the seventh skinniest city in the U.S.

And finally, the mayor of an Australian mining town is in trouble for encouraging, er, less attractive women to move to the town, assuring them they will find a man because of the shortage of women. Have a great Monday.