News Buffet: Whitefish Senior Bowling, Glacier Budget, Helena Teen’s Snake Bite

By Beacon Staff

Good morning and happy birthday Thomas Edison.

In our top local story, a new report finds there were no mechanical problems involved in a May skydiving plane crash that killed five people. A final report could be issued in a few weeks. Ronald Petersen, of Bigfork, a suspect in the late December murder of a Ferndale man, has been extradited to Montana. For an excellent sports feature, Myers Reece chronicles the senior bowling league at Whitefish’s Pin & Cue. At Kalispell’s Hockaday Museum of Art, the painting of Bigfork’s Nancy Dunlop Cawdrey demonstrates bold work in a delicate and difficult medium. And Kellyn Brown questions the political calculations involved in Lt. Gov. John Bohlinger’s recent gambit to vote in the Republican caucus.

Michael Jamison of the Missoulian reports that Glacier National Park is still waiting on funds to study the environment of southwestern British Columbia – information that would likely prove useful in making the case against mining and drilling projects in the area. While Anaconda rescheduled its celebration, Butte is holding its St. Patrick’s Day festivities on March 17, despite a conflict with Holy Week. And the Race to the Sky sled dog race kicked off this weekend, with wet, heavy snow that is likely to be hard on the dogs.

And finally, a Helena teenager is not taking his right leg for granted, after being bitten by an exotic and highly poisonous snake in Costa Rica, that resulted in a 26-day struggle to recover and keep the limb. The photos are NOT for the squeamish, but what a wild story.

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