Tuesday: Lakefront Sales, Libby Fire, GI Bill

By Beacon Staff

Good morning; on the Beacon today, sales of homes on Flathead Lake have completely dried up. Lorna Coffman and her son, Montie McPherson, of Libby, died in a trailer fire over the weekend. Flathead National Forest officials are investigating a string of arson fires that were started earlier this month about 15 miles north of Columbia Falls, near the Big Creek campground on the North Fork.The drive to Bowman Lake from the northwest entrance to Glacier National Park may be a twisted six miles of dust, rivets and potholes, but it’s well worth the extra effort.

Eight colleges and universities across the state are allowing veterans to attend college for free, as part of the new GI Bill. Ammonium air pollution is increasing at 16 National Park Service sites across the West. The biggest wildfire in the state, near Anaconda, is holding steady at 300 acres. Some Montana farmers say the summer’s weather so far means a bumper wheat crop. Blackfeet historian Clarence “Curly Bear” Wagner died last Thursday in Browning.