Tuesday: Teletech Jobs, Forest Discounts, Palin in Billings

By Beacon Staff

Good morning; on the Beacon today, at TeleTech’s job fair on Dec. 1-2, steady streams of people showed up to apply, test and interview for the 100 new positions. We’re high on Kalispell City Manager Jane Howington and low on Sen. Max Baucus in our weekly index of what’s up, down and in between. State wildlife officials have authorized the killing of the remaining members of the Mitchell Mountain wolf pack after a fourth guard dog was killed on private land north of Helena. And the U.S. Forest Service is proposing a plan that would reduce discounts given to senior citizens and disabled people who want to camp in national forests.

Montana Sen. Max Baucus’ live-in girlfriend had eyed the state’s U.S. attorney post for years before he nominated her for the job, her former colleagues said. Montana received one vote in the weekly AP poll of the best college football teams in the country, which is led by No. 1 Alabama. They may still call it a “public plan,” but private insurers — not the government — would offer coverage under a compromise Democrats are considering to win Senate passage of President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul. Some 350 people, some who waited since 9 p.m. Monday in sub-zero cold, were in line waiting for wristbands as Borders opened today hoping for a chance to meet Sarah Palin as she signs copies of her new book today. The Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Commission won’t consider whether to allow a bow hunt for wolves until next spring. As ski season fast approaches, a Butte bankruptcy judge was poised Monday to sign off on a $24 million loan to Moonlight Basin that would ensure the mountain resort stays open for the next year and a half.