News Buffet: Weekend Sports Wrap-Up, Schweitzer Still Cruising, Sleeping Zombies

By Beacon Staff

Good morning, happy Monday and happy Republic Day to our Turkish readers.

The Beacon rounds up weekend Flathead sports this morning. Mark Riffey has loads of killer photos of Hamilton’s stomping of Columbia Falls. The Sports Buffet has just about everything else. An analysis by Lee Newspapers shows that Gov. Brian Schweitzer’s salary ranks 274th among state employees – well behind football and basketball coaches at the state’s universities. But another AP story reports that, even with that low ranking, Schweitzer is still unchallenged for re-election, with no Republicans declaring their candidacy against him. With Halloween coming on Wednesday, Whitefish contributor Becky Lomax reports on Dracula’s visit to the Flathead.

In other state news, Butte police have a 20-year-old male in custody after three teenage girls were the victims of a hit-and-run Sunday. One girl has died, a second is in “guarded” condition and the third girl is listed in “stable” condition. Plans to divide Montana into two different zones in an effort to mitigate the cattle disease brucellosis, has the Montana Board of Livestock and Stockgrowers Association locked in disagreement over the best way forward. The AP also reported that the Blackfeet Tribe fired its treasurer Joe Gervais after an audit cited poor management and possible criminal actions.

And finally, a German man’s zombie Halloween costume was so authentic, when he passed out on a train after a party, other passengers called the police because they thought he was a murder victim. So, try to stay awake if you’re dressed up as the undead. Have a tolerable Monday.

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