Weekend Buffet: BP Backs Down, Divisional Hoops Underway, ‘Hey Jude’ in Diapers

By Beacon Staff

Good morning and happy birthday George Washington.

Our top story this morning reports on BP’s decision to drop its plan to drill for coal-bed methane in the Canadian Flathead. U.S. Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., made the announcement yesterday at an informational meeting at FVCC. A teenager was hit by a train near Libby yesterday. And the state divisional basketball tournament is underway. Check out the Beacon’s Game Center for all the latest scores and photos from the action. In boys hoops, Whitefish defeated Libby and Ronan defeated Bigfork. In girls, Polson beat Ronan and Whitefish took down C-Falls.

In state news, federal officials took the gray wolf off the endangered species list in the Northern Rockies, leaving management of the predator in the hands of western states. Across Montana, mountain snowpack is running at average or above average, though it’s too early to tell what that will mean for water levels throughout the summer. Several motions and counter-motions have been filed recently in the case of an April 2006 homicide involving MSU football and basketball players.

And finally, I guess I don’t have a good reason for including this item in the Buffet, other than the fact that this 3-year-old Korean kid playing the Beatles is hilarious. Wait for the tot to hit the high note. Have a great weekend and stick with the Beacon for basketball action.