By Beacon Staff

We’re high on Montana food banks and low on Montana Attorney General Steve Bullock in our weekly index of what’s up, down and in between …

MT DEPT. OF TRANSPORTATION – With one remaining property left to acquire in the southern part of the proposed U.S. 93 bypass, MDT Director Jim Lynch said construction could begin this spring.

BROCK OSWEILER – The former Flathead High phenom will be the backup quarterback at Arizona State University this fall.

UM GRIZ – Montana destroyed Western State in a 38-0 victory, though they looked shaky in the first half.

FOOD BANKS – The Montana Food Bank Network, Flathead Food Bank and the Flathead County Chapter of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans gear up for a Sept. 18 free food giveaway.

MAX BAUCUS – The Montana Democrat unveiled a long-awaited health care bill that would levy a new fee on insurance companies, but includes no government plan or “public option” – earning a huge thumbs down from lefty blogs already.

GREG BARKUS – In Seattle for surgery on a broken pelvis, the county attorney is weighing felony charges and said the Kalispell legislator was drinking the night of the boat crash.

STEVE BULLOCK – The GOP says the attorney general allowed Democratic Party staffers to work on his campaign without reporting their assistance, and the commissioner of political practices is looking into the complaint.

CODY ANDERSON – The Bozeman cop resigned after posting on his Facebook profile police ought to be able to arrest people for being “stupid” came to light.

LABOR DAY WEATHER – Low temps, wind and clouds made for poor conditions to barbecue or get out on the water. So long, summer.