News Buffet: Bigfork Bullying, Mourners for Knievel, Santa’s Going to the Ghetto

By Beacon Staff

Good morning; today is the 66th anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack.

Katrin Frye reports this morning that Bigfork schools are taking steps to reduce bullying after finding a disturbing note. In Columbia Falls, professionals network at “Business After Hours” events. Ski season is upon us, and Whitefish Mountain Resort is eying a strong opening weekend with some deep snow. And Editor Kellyn Brown mourns his inability to grow a thick beard.

Newspapers across the state are profiling the veterans in their communities who survived the Pearl Harbor attacks and fought valiantly in World War II. It’s inspiring to read about the heroes who still walk among us in the Bitterroot, Billings, and Helena. Democrats are still scrambling to find someone to challenge Republican U.S. Rep. Denny Rehberg in 2008; Billings lawmaker Kendall Van Dyk is the latest to decline the challenge. In the Senate, Democrats and Republicans are stripping out amendments to the Farm Bill and seem to be on track to reach a compromise. U.S. Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., took some heat in the U.S. House yesterday for earmarks he inserted into an energy bill that would provide millions to restore native fish habitats in the state. A tax expert reported yesterday that while Montana relies more heavily on property taxes for revenue than other states, that tax level remains about level with other states. And in Butte, celebrities from across the country are descending on the mining city to pay their respects to late daredevil Evel Knievel. Actor Matthew McConaughey and boxer “Smokin'” Joe Frazier are planning to be among the mourners this weekend.

And finally, I came across this video with a Christmas carol by Snoop Doggy Dogg. I guess everyone celebrates the holidays in their own way. Have a great weekend and hopefully I’ll see you on the hill tomorrow.

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