Thursday: Tiny Fish, Stoltze Reopening, Deadly Grocery Spider

By Beacon Staff

Good morning and happy birthday Philip Roth.

On the Beacon today, a Kalispell man tied a state record for catching a big, very small, pygmy whitefish. A $10-million revolving loan fund is being set up to help the timber industry weather the recession, but will it be enough? The debate over law enforcement’s use of Tasers has made its way to the Flathead. The F.H. Stoltze Land & Lumber Co. sawmill plans to reopen Monday. The Grace trial recessed early Wednesday after a flu virus felled several members of the jury. Columbia Falls City Manager Bill Shaw has volunteered to take a $7,500 pay cut until the city’s financial situation improves. A body found near tracks in Evergreen has been identified as 20-year-old Dustin Lee Burlingham, who apparently died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

A bill to allow cities to adopt a local option sales tax has hit the Legislature. The Montana House has given initial approval to a tax credit for poor working families. Authorities searching for a downed plane and pilot received a lead from a Broadwater County rancher. And arrest numbers were down from Butte‘s St. Patrick’s Day celebrations.

And finally, the world’s deadliest spider turned up in an Oklahoma grocery store after hitchhiking in a crate of bananas. Have a great day.

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