Holiday: Libero, Anti-Abortion Initiative, Columbus Fire

By Beacon Staff

Good morning; on the Beacon today, Myers Reece writes about how the position of libero has changed the game of volleyball. The Glacier Woodturners Association transforms old logs into intricate bowls, platters, snowmen, whistles and even cowboy hats, using a machine called a lathe which spins the wood while homemade tools carve and design it. Authorities say that state Sen. Greg Barkus was driving his boat at least 40 miles per hour when it crashed into a rocky cliff on Flathead Lake last week, injuring U.S. Rep. Denny Rehberg and three other passengers. Helena Capital stomped the Flathead Braves 39-0 Thursday night. And Mick Holien wonders why the UM Griz home opener is against Western State.

The attorney general has approved ballot language for a proposed change to the constitution aimed at restricting abortions. The Bozeman police officer who wrote on his Facebook page that there should be a law allowing police to take people to jail for being “stupid” has resigned. The unemployment rate jumped almost half a point to 9.7 percent in August, the highest since 1983, reflecting a poor job market that will make it hard for the economy to begin a sustained recovery. Flathead County attorneys say a Polson man charged in the shooting death of his father is competent to stand trial. And a federal agency has approved using funds to help with firefighting costs for the Eagle Mountain fire burning west of Columbus in Stillwater County.

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