Weekend: Osweiler’s Start, Banff Fest, Rehberg Protests

By Beacon Staff

Good morning; on the Beacon today, a city councilman in Libby says the Environmental Protection Agency owes the asbestos-plagued Superfund community $2 million for the demolition of several contaminated buildings owned by the city. On Saturday, Flathead High School graduate Brock Osweiler will become the first quarterback to start as a true freshman for Arizona State University since Jake Plummer in 1993. The Banff Mountain Film Festival arrives in the Flathead again next week. The Hockaday Museum is expanding its offering of classes meant to broaden students’ art experiences, like a current class in mask-making. And Warren Miller talks about his experiences being stuck on chairlifts all over the world.

A federal judge approved a settlement in a class-action lawsuit Thursday that was filed against the Great Falls-based financial services company D.A. Davidson after a computer hacker broke into a database containing confidential client information. Environmental groups are asking Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer to push for changes in a pending regional power plan so that it reduces greenhouse gas emissions over the next 20 years. Groups all over the state protested outside the offices of Rep. Denny Rehberg, R-Mont., over his vote against health care overhaul legislation. Meanwhile Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., was in Bozeman making the case for how rural Montanans will benefit from the health care legislation. And Tom Lutey’s got a story on how the ag industry is faring better than many other sectors of the economy, but farmers aren’t immune from the recession either.