News Buffet: Post-Turkey Edition, Bank Fraudsters, Holiday Run Recaps

By Beacon Staff

Good morning and good luck on Black Friday. Happy bargain-hunting.

It’s the day after Thanksgiving, and the Flathead is collectively shrugging off its turkey-induced grogginess. I know I am looking forward to leftovers for breakfast, lunch and dinner. It’s a relatively slow news day, as is usually the case after a holiday, but there are still some interesting items out there, both on the Beacon and newspapers across Montana. Kalispell’s Lex Hilliard was named MVP and most inspiring player for the Griz. If you missed the profile of Hilliard by Myers Reece at the beginning of the season, check it out here. Wildlife expert Jack Hanna considers your questions on Flathead guidebooks and animal testing. Louise Albershardt, of Whitefish, is traveling with a scientific team through the Antarctic, drilling ice core samples.

The FBI is searching for a man and woman team traveling through the state defrauding banks – so far they’ve nabbed more than $60,000. In Madison County, authorities are investigating a deer carcass that had a pipe bomb hidden inside of it – an ordinance disposal team disarmed it yesterday. The Fort Benton City Council passed an ordinance affirming its opposition to a proposed coal-fired power plant expected to be built east of Great Falls. The wrangling in Helena over where and how to build a new Montana historical museum continues. And the Missoulian is reporting a four-part series detailing the decline of the timber industry in Montana – it’s an informative series so far.

I don’t know about you, but I spent Thanksgiving cooking, imbibing, eating, and reclining lethargically in an easy chair. But clearly not everyone shares my inclinations. My least favorite part of the day after a holiday? Reading about the fit folks who run long distances in Great Falls and Bozeman while I was putting the bird in the oven. Enjoy the rest of the long weekend.

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