Monday Buffet: Creston Standoff, Skiing Blacktail to Foys Trail, St. Pat’s Revelers

By Beacon Staff

Good morning and happy St. Patrick’s Day. This morning’s Buffet will be an Irish breakfast.

On the Beacon this morning, a Creston-area man has been in a standoff with police for almost 24 hours after his girlfriend was found killed. Reporter Keriann Lynch is on her way to the standoff and will be reporting on developments there as they surface. A Columbia Falls teen died this weekend, after spending a year in a coma from a two-vehicle crash. The Flathead County museum was burned to the ground, and used as a training exercise for rural fire districts Saturday. A day skiing on the Foys-to-Blacktail Trail corridor is an epic trip in the mountains, that’s happily still very close to home. And Editor Kellyn Brown contemplates the entrance of Bozeman Libertarian Stan Jones into the race for governor.

No one on Wall Street will buy bonds issued by the Montana Higher Education Student Assistance Corp. to finance student loans – over $230 million were put up for re-auction last week with no takers. Gov. Schweitzer is confident that Montanans will continue to be able to board airplanes with state driver’s licenses – even after the REAL ID act kicks in. Tourism officials say that despite gas prices already surpassing last year’s high, visitors will continue to stream into Montana and Wyoming this year. And in Butte, the St. Pat’s Day celebration is underway, with a group of Irish tourists arriving to party in the mining city.

Across the pond in Ireland, it looks like a beautiful day in Dublin, with deep blue skies and thousands in the streets. Have a great day and try not to get pinched.

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