First, what caught our eye locally:
Let us be among the many fans to welcome Jill Valley back to the KPAX anchor chair. Our thoughts have been with her.
Don't miss Jay Stevens' post on how Sens. Tester and Baucus obstructed Senate reform. It's a great read.
Travis Kavulla at Electric City Weblog lays into a different Tester deal: Canada is closing its border at Whitetail. That's the same spot where Tester curiously secured $15 million to upgrade the U.S. side.
Timothy Alex Akimoff's excellent Grizzly Growler blog reports Flathead Lake Brewing Company is opening a downtown Missoula taproom in the space vacated by Higgins Alley. According to GG, the brewery will team with a local restaurant. (UPDATE: We have it on good authority the restaurant is The Mandolin from the Union Club. Preliminary plans call for Flathead Brewing to take over the upstairs, formerly known as The Loft, and Mandolin to run its restaurant downstairs. Mandolin, meanwhile, will be moving out of the Union Club as early as this weekend.)
Ed Quillen over at High Country News updates Christo's newest art installation idea: "to suspend translucent panels over the Arkansas River between Salida and Canon City [in Colorado] for a two-week period, perhaps in August of 2013." One problem, though: Environmental impact.
And from other alternative weeklies:
Willamette Week remembers cartoonist John Callahan.
Fast Forward Weekly (Calgary) unveils the horror of "big box babycare." It's basically the Wal-Mart of child care. Awesome.
The Indy's own Advice Goddess (well, we share her syndicated column with dozens of other alt weeklies) gets profiled by Illinois Times. Among the secrets she reveals: How she met her boyfriend at an Apple store.
When the crew was preparing a fantasy sequence in the council chambers at the top of the King County Courthouse in which I cameo as a councilperson fending off a polar bear attack with a stapler, Cedric [The Entertainer] incidentally quipped—straight-faced—"I was born with bear paws."
On that note, enjoy the weekend. Happiest Hour will be posted around quittin' time.