Weekend: Whitefish Drug Testing, Huggins Honored, Carbon Co. Chomping Chimp

By Beacon Staff

Good morning; on this date in 1851, “Moby Dick” was published.

On the Beacon today, with one semester almost finished under suspicion-based drug testing, Whitefish school officials say they are pleased with the policy so far. Storied Flathead Braves football player Mike Huggins, 50 years after his high school career, was honored for an incredible athletic career. Merrick Kacer, the new ski director at Whitefish Resort, is focused on boosting staffing to offer more lessons. Flathead County is poised to buy environmental insurance for the landfill after completing a costly cleanup. Ultrarich members of the Yellowstone Club are rejecting another loan to the cash-strapped private resort and demanding to know what happened to the hundreds of millions of dollars in past dues. The Montana Public Service Commission gave final approval to a new coal-fired power plant that will be owned by ratepayers of Northwestern Energy. The lead attorney for Montana public schools’ lawsuit against the state over school funding stepped down after being accused of misconduct for failing to pay his taxes.

And in Carbon County, a chomping chimp is in quarantine after biting a woman. No, the chimps are not native to Montana. Enjoy the weekend.