Tuesday Buffet: Federal Sting in Butte, GOP Disunity and Sports Bra Lifesaver

By Beacon Staff

Good morning, and happy anniversary to the first widely reported UFO sighting in the U.S. and the coining of the term “flying saucer.”

On the Beacon this morning, Keriann Lynch gives tribute to George Carlin. At the state GOP convention, party officials look for unity. Fire managers told Gov. Schweitzer that this summer’s fire season will be mellow. Canadian politicians are pushing for a polar bear hunt. The Supreme Court rejected an appeal by W.R. Grace in the Libby asbestos case. And Gov. Schweitzer still has a substantial lead over challenger Roy Brown in the campaign finance race.

Elsewhere in the state, the Billings City Council placed restrictions on nude establishments 24 hours after an exotic cabaret was open within city limits. The sheriff of Big Horn County has been charged with assault and bribery. A sting operation by Federal Marshals arrested 11 violent and sexual offenders in Butte. About 17,500 retirees and disabled veterans have yet to file for their economic stimulus payments. Large numbers of Montana firefighters are being sent to California to fight blazes there. A former Kalispell man has been convicted of murder in Texas. And a team led by three locals is currently in fifth place in the 500-mile endurance race Primal Quest.

And finally, an American hiker saves her own life in the German Alps with her sports bra.

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