By Beacon Staff

We’re high on Lex Hilliard and low on South Carolina Rep. Joe Wilson in our weekly index of what’s up, down and in between …


DUSTIN FROST – The Denny Rehberg staffer who suffered a brain injury in the Aug. 27 boat crash showed dramatic improvement last week and was transferred to Missoula for rehab.

FLATHEAD COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER – With stimulus money, this service is treating thousands of new patients, more than 70 percent of whom are uninsured.

SCOTT JOHNSTON – The owner of Creston’s Montana Radio Café was featured on the front page of the New York Times in a story about low-power radio stations.

LEX HILLIARD – The Kalispell native and former UM star is on a regular season NFL roster as a fourth-string running back for the Miami Dolphins.


CFAC – Columbia Falls Aluminum Co. says it will stay open through October, but with no long-term agreement with Bonneville Power Administration in place, how long can it maintain operations?

BARACK OBAMA – His health care address motivated Democrats to move on legislation and galvanized Republicans. What will it mean for the American people?


JOE WILSON – By screaming, “You lie!” at the president during the health care address, this South Carolina Republican has helped bring Washington’s political discourse to a new low. That’s no lie.

HARDIN JAIL – The Two Rivers Detention Center finally landed a deal for inmates, but an AP report questioning the legitimacy of the company it signed with raises major concerns.

SWINE FLU – Multiple cases turn up at MSU, and it’s here in the Flathead as well.

DRUGS – Agents nabbed 39 pounds of cocaine heading for Canada, and another 20 pounds of marijuana near Missoula, demonstrating a lot of narcotics passing through Montana.