Monday: Hobo Spiders, Baucus Pressure, Ty Gernant

By Beacon Staff

Good morning; on the Beacon today, August is the mating season for the mature male hobo spider, which is why some valley residents may be seeing more of them in or around their homes. At Dreadnought Paddles in Whitefish, Bill Tarr be crafting what could be the perfect paddle. Three years after the Whitefish City Council adopted an ordinance to reduce the amount light shining skyward, the city’s dark sky ordinance takes effect today. Whitefish Lake State Park is an awesome place to camp.

By making a rare presidential visit to Montana, Barack Obama has put even more pressure on the rural state’s senior senator, Max Baucus, and his panel to produce bipartisan health care legislation in just a month’s time. Obama is trailed by criticism from gun opponents and parks advocates for allowing firearms into national parks. Obama’s health secretary said Sunday a government alternative to private health insurance is “not the essential element” of the administration’s health care overhaul. Unsecured creditors of the Yellowstone Club should start seeing payments in the next week or so. The Missoulian’s Chelsi Moy has the best profile yet of Tyler Gernant, the young Missoula attorney challenging Republican Denny Rehberg for his House seat. Members of the Montana Air National Guard’s 120th Security Forces Squadronon arrived home Sunday.