Monday Buffet: Whitefish Griz Teammates, Teacher Shortage, Homer Simpson Euro

By Beacon Staff

Good morning and happy birthday Hulk Hogan!

On the Beacon this morning, two Whitefish cousins with sports scholarships will reunite as Griz at the University of Montana in the fall. Plum Creek Timber Company has been working with the state to widen its road easements and what it is allowed to do with them, essentially continuing its transition from a timber company to a real estate giant. Two wildfires are burning in Lake County. And if you’re looking for a mellow place to learn how to mountain bike, check out the Pig Farm trails, west of Whitefish.

Two single-engine planes collided in mid-air over Rock Springs, Wyo., Sunday, one of which had taken off in Polson. Three died in the crash. The state Board of Education said 30 percent of Montana’s schools are failing to meet accreditation, largely because so many of Montana’s teachers are teaching classes outside their areas of expertise. Three are dead after an apparent murder-suicide in Plains. Chuck Johnson, of the Lee Capitol Bureau, takes a look at the dispute over state spending between Gov. Brian Schweitzer and Republican challenger Roy Brown. The Missoulian’s Michael Jamison examines the bizarre question of whether there is a spy for the National Rifle Association hiding out in Glacier Park. More than 19,000 season tickets have already been sold for the upcoming University of Montana football season.

And finally, a Spanish shopkeeper got a surprise when he found the face of Homer Simpson etched into the euro coin, instead of the country’s king. Have a great day.