Tuesday: Impact of Amtrak, Job Training Grant, Musberger Skeptical

By Beacon Staff

Good morning; on the Beacon today, we look at the impact of Amtrak on the Flathead economy. The Glacier Wolfpack are back in the Class AA state softball tournament, only this time they didn’t sneak in with a low seed. The Whitefish City Council voted to delay a decision on establishing conditional-use permit criteria and zoning regulations for medical marijuana at a May 17 public meeting. The U.S. Department of Labor has announced a $1.8 million grant to offering job training and other assistance to about 450 workers laid off by wood products companies in western Montana.

On Friday, Montana native and ABC and ESPN sports broadcaster Brent Musburger said the Griz moving up to the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision would be “economic suicide.” Missoula police say a 24-year-old man was arrested twice for drunken driving in the span of five hours. Congress is scoffing at a plan by President Obama to rein in pork barrel spending. Doctors who staff mass medical marijuana clinics could be disciplined by the Montana Board of Medical Examiners under a policy the board adopted last week. An even bigger set of oil refining equipment is planned to truck through Missoula. And Michael Garrity, executive director of the Alliance for the Wild Rockies, was, between 2006, the nation’s No. 1 appellant of Forest Service hazardous fuels reduction projects.