Weekend: BNSF Inquiries, Malmstrom Misses Out, Lucky Golfer

By Beacon Staff

Good morning and happy 51st birthday to Alec Baldwin, “30 Rock’s” Jack Donaghy.

On the Beacon this morning, police have identified the victim of the crash of a single-engine aircraft on the ice of Hungry Horse Reservoir in northwestern Montana. Some property owners in Whitefish and Somers have been approached by Burlington Northern Santa Fe about purchasing their land. A Creston man was sentenced to 40 years in prison for fatally shooting his girlfriend. And tonight’s the last night to catch Flathead High School’s performance of “Treasure Island.”

In other news, Malmstrom Air Force Base failed to land the Global Strike Command, which will oversee the nation’s nuclear equipped bombers — the B-2s and B-52s — as well as intercontinental ballistic missiles. Gary Turcott, the most successful basketball coach in Carroll College history, is retiring. Billings is ranked No. 1 in the nation for expected 2009 housing price appreciation by HousingPredictor.com. And this late winter weather is good for something: Snowbowl, located near Missoula, is extending its ski season.

A West Virginia retiree, 70, aced consecutive holes this week. Carl Smith took up golf after retiring in 1999 and finding a full set of clubs at a discount store for $4.95. Have a good weekend, everyone.

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