Weekend Buffet: School Scheduling Friction, Timber Bill Dies, New Kids Reunite

By Beacon Staff

Good morning; today is the anniversary of D-Day, the Allied invasion of Normandy.

On the Beacon this morning, Flathead High parents are complaining that the scheduling of certain classes puts their kids at a disadvantage, and favors students at Glacier High. High gas prices are forcing auto dealers throughout the valley to adapt to a changing market, while scooter sales are skyrocketing. Keriann Lynch profiles a Kalispell singer who beat cancer and is now on her way to music school. Two members of a hotshot crew are recovering from a lightning strike last week while out on a prescribed burn southwest of Whitefish. Fish, Wildlife and Parks report that half of the bighorn sheep transported off of Wild Horse Island died in the Kootenai Falls sheep range.

In state news, the string of cool, rainy weather looks like its going to continue through the third week in June. The Hardin jail boondoggle finally caught a break after a Helena district judge overturned the attorney general’s opinion and ruled that the jail could house federal and out-of-state inmates. In Congress, a bill that would have provided payments to rural counties hurt by federal cutbacks in logging died in the House. And the Republican speaker of the Montana House, Rep. Scott Sales, R-Bozeman, is asking the attorney general to weigh in on whether state Sen. Jesse Laslovich, D-Anaconda, is a legal resident of the area he represents because he lives in Helena.

And finally, readers of a certain age will be overjoyed or dismayed to learn that 1990s boy band the New Kids on the Block are reuniting! Have a great weekend.