News Buffet: Town Center Vote, Staph Infection, a Reason to Watch the Super Bowl

By Beacon Staff

Good morning and happy Answer Your Cat’s Question Day. Really.

It’s make-or-break time for the Glacier Town Center. Monday night, a national transportation planner and land-use expert proposed changes to the Wolford development during a public presentation. And tonight, after years of planning and controversy, the Kalispell City Council is expected to vote on the annexation and approval of the initial development. In other local news, I’m sure you’ve noticed that it’s been a bit chilly the past few days – a cold front that prompted me to whine a bit yesterday. Don’t worry. With the help of long johns, I’m over it today.

Big news for the science community coming out of the Treasure State this week. A Montana scientist and his team have unveiled findings showing that the staph infections, now killing more Americans than AIDS, are caused by a single, new strain of bacterium. A Helena Democrat kicked off his campaign for attorney general in GOP-friendly Billings, making him the fifth candidate to jump into the race. And, the Bozeman Chronicle profiles a Montana State University student and avid backcountry skier who was killed in an avalanche near Big Sky Sunday.

And finally, if you’re not a football fan, at least you can look forward to the commercials. Budweiser is running seven ads in this year’s Feb. 3 game and is promising – no big surprise here – to rely heavily on humor. Here’s hoping for the return of the Budweiser frogs. Or maybe this spoof on the “Wasssup” guys.

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