Tuesday: Tester KRMC, C-Falls Elk Poaching, Great Falls Flu Death

By Beacon Staff

Good morning; on the Beacon today, U.S. Sen. Jon Tester sat down with administrators and physicians at Kalispell Regional Medical Center to discuss health care reform. We’re high on Flathead Electric and low on Mother Nature for deciding to skip autumn in our weekly index of what’s up, down and in between. State game wardens are looking for a poacher who shot a 6-point bull elk and left the animal to waste in the Blankenship Bridge area north of Columbia Falls last week. Planned Parenthood of Montana has announced it is closing its Kalispell clinic next month due to a decline in patients.

Eight white-supremacists wore bandanas to mask their faces while protesting earlier this week at the Gallatin County Courthouse in Bozeman. Wildlife officials in Montana will consider changes to the state’s inaugural wolf hunt after hunters killed nine of the predators in just three weeks along the border of Yellowstone National Park. There will be no more school this week in the Anaconda School District because of high absenteeism from the flu. A person with symptoms consistent with the H1N1 influenza died at Benefis Health System in Great Falls on Sunday, but health officials are waiting for lab results to confirm the cause. Positive diagnoses of AIDS, HIV and hepatitis C have trended steadily upward for more than two decades in Montana.