Monday: Ski Deals, Griz Advance, Pizza Punch

By Beacon Staff

Good morning; on this date in 1891 James Naismith invented the game of “basket ball” with two peach baskets nailed up in a gym.

On the Beacon this morning, frigid temps and victorious Griz football are the two top stories, with Montana’s thorough trouncing of James Madison University Friday night. Ski resorts across Montana are offering discounts on lodging and other expenses to entice skiers this winter. Angel Trees at Kalispell Center Mall allows you to purchase gifts for people in need by picking their request off of a tree. Evergreen resident Gloria Lehmann, better known as “Mrs. Santa,” makes hand-crafted wooden toys for children that are safe and all natural. Authorities have identified Jerome S. Dubiel as the Ronan man killed over the weekend when high winds toppled a tree on his car. Check out Lido’s pics of the Christmas at Our House dinner event by the National Guard over the weekend. And Kitchen Guy Chef Jim Gray offers up a mouth-watering recipe for potato latkes.

All three members of Montana’s federal delegation voted against a $14-billion bailout for the U.S. auto industry. Polson continues its search for a city manager. Gov. Brian Schweitzer is expected to release a new state budget proposal today, with cuts made to the proposed budget he released just one month ago. Burglars took some $20,000 in jewelry from a Helena consignment store over the weekend. Two men from Ronan and Trout Creek have been sentenced to prison on child pornography convictions. And state lawmakers are drafting bills as fast as they can as the 2009 Legislative session approaches.

Finally, check out this pizza deliveryman who fought off an attacker by smacking the would-be assailant in the face with a large, hot pie. And have a great start to your week. Stay warm!