Wednesday: Lauman’s Long Year, Wolf Hunts, Molt Murder Case

By Beacon Staff

Good morning; on the Beacon today, after being diagnosed with Type 2 non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma late last October and enduring six chemotherapy sessions through April, Flathead County Commissioner Dale Lauman’s doctors say his cancer is in remission. Lido’s got a gorgeous slide show of the Blue Moon Summer Series rodeo. A serious void was filled with the recent addition of a pair of volunteers to serve as chaplains for the Polson City Police Department. Lincoln County officials say two people died in a weekend house fire north of Libby.

State officials sought Tuesday to revive gray wolf hunts in the Northern Rockies, even as they entered talks with environmentalists whose lawsuit restored the endangered status of the animals. A conservation group is ending its program to compensate ranchers for livestock killed by wolves. Officials say a 2,000-acre wildfire northwest of Helena appears to have burned eight structures, though none were homes. University of Montana officials say Provost Royce Engstrom is the only finalist to replace outgoing president George Dennison, who announced his retirement in January after 20 years on the job. Stillwater County prosecutors rested their case against Jeffrey Hardman on Tuesday, the second day of the murder trial before Judge Blair Jones. A 21-year-old University of Montana football player, Josh Stuberg, has pleaded not guilty to driving under the influence. The quality of teachers, how they are paid and school funding are key issues facing public schools nationwide, according to a recent survey.

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