Tuesday Buffet: Bulldogs Head to State, Frustrated Schweitzer, Useless ‘Finger-Gun’

By Beacon Staff

Good morning. Today is Johnny Cash’s birthday and the anniversary of the establishment of Grand Canyon National Park.

In top local news, Whitefish boys basketball edged out C-Falls by two points in a nail-biter of a game, and the bulldogs now head to state. Flathead Travel Service Inc. is organizing groups to travel to New Orleans and help with ongoing reconstruction. The Forest Service is seeking comment on a 2,000-acre salvage logging project near Seeley Lake. And winter events of the state Special Olympics were held last week at Whitefish Mountain Resort.

A statewide push is underway to encourage voters to renew the higher education property tax, which has been approved every ten years since 1948. The search for a slain Missoula man has been temporarily halted after authorities couldn’t locate the body. Thousands of retired Park Service employees are opposed to a plan working its way through Congress to allow guns in national parks. Gov. Brian Schweitzer left a national governors’ forum in Washington feeling frustrated about the inability of the group to make greater progress on energy development, Real ID and National Guard support. Conflicts between animal rights supporters and the Dept. of Livestock continue over bison in Yellowstone, with a man blocking a bison trap yesterday.

And finally, a would-be robber in Florida was foiled after he pulled the old “finger-pointing like it’s a gun” – only he didn’t have his pointing finger in his pocket. When the clerk stepped out from behind the counter, the pointer took off. Have a great Tuesday.