Monday Buffet: Meadow Gold Shuts Down, SUV Sales Plummet, Sudoku Jury Addicts

By Beacon Staff

Good morning and happy Bloomsday!

Our top story in the Flathead this morning looks at the decision by Whitefish High School officials to back away from random drug testing for students in favor of voluntary testing. Meadow Gold Dairy has shut down its production facility in Kalispell, laying off 43 workers. And in Bigfork, plans are underway to update and renovate the performing arts center. And food columnist, the Kitchen Guy, offers a few pointers on basic good service for waiters and chefs.

Montana gas prices hit a milestone last weekend with the cost of a gallon topping out at more than $4, as of Friday. Those high gas prices are killing SUV sales. Republican Rep. Mike Lange of Billings is continuing his bid for the U.S. Senate, despite finishing second in the GOP primary, by mounting a write-in campaign. Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribal employees could be returning to work at the National Bison Range soon, under a new agreement.

And finally, check out how a bunch of Sudoku addicts serving on a jury completely undermined a long-running trial by not paying attention. Have a great Monday and get outside this evening.

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