News Buffet: Sled Dogs Cometh, Paul Supporters Caucusing, Sphinx Copyright

By Beacon Staff

Good morning and happy National Whiner’s Day.

On the Beacon this morning, Dan Testa and Lido Vizzutti go mushing to get the lowdown on the first ever Flathead Sled Dog Days. Whitefish Mountain Resort has opened up most of its terrain following heavy snowfall – up to 30 inches has dumped in a week. Canadians are flocking to Montana to buy cars as a result of the weak dollar. Apparently, a Subaru Tribeca that costs $55,000 in Canada costs about $35,000 here. Warren Miller writes about getting stuck in a survival suit. And Ron Paul supporters are already securing caucus spots.

The Missoulian writes about U.S. Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., finding his rhythm after a year on the job. Montana’s unemployment rate inched higher in November. And, in Bozeman, a group of grinches has been stealing Christmas decorations around the city – everything from plastic reindeer to Nativity scenes have gone missing.

And finally, in Egypt, the government is expected to pass a law that would require royalties be paid whenever copies are made of its ancient monuments, such as the sphinx. The Luxor hotel in Las Vegas, however, would not be affected because it’s not an exact copy of a pyramid. For one, it’s made of glass.