Monday Buffet: Timber Funding Restored, State Pension Losses, Bulletproof Fashions

By Beacon Staff

Good morning; on this date in 1945 Billy Sianis placed the curse of the billy goat on the Chicago Cubs. How fitting.

On the Beacon this morning, John Fraley, a spokesman for Montana’s Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks, has just finished his second book, about the history of the people who settled the Middle Fork drainage. The massive bailout bill for the financial sector passed by Congress last week ended up with a silver lining for the Flathead, restoring funding to the Secure Rural Schools act, which compensates for money lost from reduced logging. Flathead High’s Tyler Thomas, a lineman, will play football for Oregon State University. Candidates for state Senate District 2, Brittany MacLean and Ryan Zinke write about what they would do if elected to one of the most closely watched legislative seats in Montana. And Kitchen Guy Chef Jim Gray instructs on how to make a delicious and incredibly easy chocolate cake.

In state news, the Montana state pension fund lost $26 million when the stock market tanked in September. Today is the last day you can register early to vote in Montana – though you can register after today. Lee’s Chuck Johnson profiles Gov. Brian Schweitzer in his re-election bid, and yesterday wrote about Republican opponent Roy Brown on the stump in the Flathead. The Missoulian writes about Plum Creek’s possible plans to develop the north shore of Whitefish Lake. And Mike Dennison also profiles the candidates in the race for state auditor.

And finally, this is more sad than funny, but the latest trend in Mexico City? Bulletproof fashion. Have a great Monday.