By Beacon Staff

The Columbians celebrate their 50th anniversary. Meanwhile, the “top kill” method failed to quell the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

FLATHEAD COUNTY COURTHOUSE: The 107-year-old building is on track for a $1.8-million renovation to protect its historic attributes and bring it up to Americans With Disabilities Act standards.
KAYLA CARLSON: A tough-as-nails runner from Bigfork, Carlson won the 1,600-meter race at the Class B state track meet and placed second in the 3,200-meter and 800-meter races, as well as the 1,600-meter relay.
COLUMBIANS: The jazz band tradition from Columbia Falls High School celebrates its 50th anniversary this year.
WHITEWATER FESTIVAL: Kayakers and crowds braved the chilly, drizzly weather to enjoy the rapids on the Wild Mile in Bigfork over Memorial Day weekend.

FLATHEAD ECONOMY: A new consultant hired to develop a marketing plan for the county thinks the only way out of the recession is a cohesive strategy. But can the Flathead’s cities and various economic development groups work together to create and promote one vision for the valley?

TOP KILL: British Petroleum is looking for another strategy to stop oil from gushing into the Gulf of Mexico after the “top kill” method failed to quell the spill.
BRAD JOHNSON: The former secretary of state and current candidate for the public service commission received a DUI after being pulled over near Helena and registering a .24 on the breath test.
SWAN CREST 100-MILE RUN: An environmental group is threatening legal action to stop this race over fears of endangering grizzly bear habitat.
JOSEPH M. JASPER: This 20-year-old Montana State University student from Bozeman has been charged with felony possession of explosives after a bobcat statue on campus was damaged by a “sparkler bomb.”

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