Weekend Buffet: Forest Road Work, Black Gold and a Burglar’s Sweet Tooth

By Beacon Staff

Good morning and happy Barbershop Quartet Day.

Congress has opted to allocate thousands of dollars for roadwork in Flathead National Forest, a small dent in a hefty backlog. FWP in Kalispell is auctioning non-perishable wildlife parts to the highest bidder. Amtrak sees a ridership boost in Montana, although the numbers in Whitefish are down a bit. Warren Miller recalls the bizarre era when people skied at Chicago’s Soldier Field. And Dan Testa analyzes the good and bad of political satire.

In state news, MDT may limit large truck traffic on Highway 35 following last week’s tanker spill along the east shore of Flathead Lake. The U.S. Geological Survey is reporting that up to 4.3 billion barrels could be recovered in North Dakota and Eastern Montana. Billings teens have found a way to hide phone calls from their parents: high-pitched ring tones called mosquitoes.

Finally, an Ohio woman with her baby in tow burglarized a Cincinnati candy shop. Police caught her by following a trail of candy wrappers – seriously. It’s forecasted to be in the mid-60s the next two days. Cross your fingers.