Weekend: ‘Barrymore’, Bartender Sentenced, Fatal Winds

By Beacon Staff

Good morning; on the Beacon today, the inebriated, destitute, yet ever-witty John Barrymore, played by David Ackroyd, is the only character featured on stage for the Beacon Report,” premiering June 17 and running through June 25. Choosing the top performers from the multitude of standout athletes in the Flathead is an impossible task, but the Beacon managed to pick a sampling for our Best of Preps feature. A 31-year-old Woods Bay bartender has pleaded no contest to serving alcohol to an intoxicated co-worker who later caused a crash that killed him and a Montana Highway Patrol trooper. And Mick Holien praises the late, great Coach John Wooden.

During his first visit to a medical marijuana clinic, Gov. Brian Schweitzer reaffirmed his support for the industry Thursday while repeating his view that new legislation governing it is imminent and necessary. U.S. Sen. Jon Tester released some changes Thursday to his logging and wilderness bill, beating back a Washington, D.C.-based rewrite of the carefully crafted Montana compromise. A northeastern Montana woman was killed and her husband injured when a severe thunderstorm spawned a violent wind burst that shattered their farmhouse near Froid, officials said Thursday. Lawyers representing Montana’s poor accused of crimes had strong words Thursday for the volunteer commission that runs the agency: There is too much work, not enough staff and not enough money for the four-year-old system to work. Today is the final day for registered voters to sign initiatives and the day for ballot measure sponsors to turn in their petitions to county election officials. Hailstones and a tornado attacked Absarokee Wednesday. The wet spring weather could lead to an increase in mosquitoes, while rain-soaked grasses could make it easier for ticks to latch on to passing people and pets.