News Buffet: Man Exposes Himself at Hedges School, Caucus Analysis, Lawyer Punched

By Beacon Staff

Good morning and Happy Chinese New Year!

On the Beacon this morning, winter temperatures in the Flathead are as cold as it has been in a decade, and the amount of snowfall is dwarfing recent winters. Keriann Lynch examines where and how the county will make deep cuts when a federal rural schools funding program expires. The normally humorous Police Blotter has serious news today: A man has been exposing himself to children at Hedges Elementary School in Kalispell, and the school would like concerned parents and community members to attend a meeting Tuesday to ask questions and get more information. After voters narrowly turned it down last time, Bigfork is once again putting before voters an $11.1 million bond to update the high school. And columnist Dave Skinner gives his wry rundown of presidential candidates – and he’s not pleased with the offerings.

GOP officials are chalking up Mitt Romney’s victory in Tuesday night’s caucus to the candidate’s visit to the state and a superior grassroots organization. The Billings Gazette breaks down how different regions of the state went for different Republican candidates, with western Montana going for Romney, while the rest of the state went for Sen. John McCain, Rep. Ron Paul and Gov. Mike Huckabee. In Congress, Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., has been named to the Farm Bill Conference Committee, which is tasked with merging the House and Senate versions of the bill. And Montana State Auditor John Morrison is defending his ballot measure to extend health insurance to 30,000 kids against charges that it would throw the state budget out of whack.

And finally, no matter how frustrating the legal system might be, don’t act like this guy, and punch your attorney in the face. Have a great day.

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