Thursday Buffet: Costumes Galore, Anti-GOP Romanian Robo Calls, Sad Broom Store

By Beacon Staff

Good morning and happy 50th birthday to the Smurfs.

On the Beacon this morning, Myers Reece profiles a business that’s booming right now, Costumes Galore and More in Whitefish. A lawsuit between the state and a company that wants to lift decades-old logs from the bottom of Flathead Lake appear to have reached a settlement. Voters decide Nov. 4 whether to approve a $6.9 million-bond for a Flathead County 911 center. Homes with Zonolite insulation have until Oct. 31 to file a claim with W.R. Grace and Co. Nineteen Montana Rail Link cars derailed west of Plains yesterday dumping 37 tons of soybeans into the Clark Fork River. And Beacon columnist Wild Bill Schneider laments the long drought of Wilderness designation in Montana.

In state news, Gov. Brian Schweitzer has toned down his jokes a bit on the campaign trail. A massive 214-mile energy transmission line between Great Falls and Lethbridge, Alberta is poised for approval. Carroll College, Montana State University and the University of Montana all report multimillion-dollar losses to their endowments. Ralph Nader spoke to a crowd of 300 at the University of Montana Wednesday night. Anti-Republican robo calls in a Billings house district have been traced to Romania. And Lee’s Mike Dennison looks at how candidates in the state auditor race are using legislative voting records against each other.

And finally, check out this broom store in Japan that hasn’t had a customer since 1972. They’re unaffected by the world financial crisis. Have a smurfy day.