Monday: Hungry Horse Stabbing, Organic Pasta, Montana’s ‘Graying’

By Beacon Staff

Good morning; on the Beacon today, despite the death of Richard Swope will skiing Jan. 8, the Stoltze biomass project, of which he was a key architect, will continue. The Montana Supreme Court denied a request to disqualify the District Court judge scheduled to preside over the trial for an Evergreen teen charged with two counts of deliberate homicide, but her attorneys have asked that the decision be reconsidered. Jeff Russell opened the doors to Great Northern Pasta Company on Lupfer Avenue in Whitefish in November. A weekend stabbing has left one Hungry Horse man in jail and another in the hospital. The Glacier Nordic Center maintains 13 kilometers of cross-country ski trails looping across the serene landscape of Whitefish Lake Golf Course.

Now that lawmakers have convened in Helena, they are being asked to consider two competing physician-assisted suicide measures: one that would create rules for doctors who are asked to write a prescription for a lethal dose of medication and another that would ban assisted suicide altogether. Dozens of residents in Helena were awakened by an earthquake overnight. The Polson Police Department is seeking the public’s help in locating Shawn Douglas Sipes, a Polson resident who has been reported missing. Chuck Johnson writes that controversy in the Legislature’s “feed bill” amounts to chicken feed. By the year 2025, nearly one in four Montanans will have surpassed the age of 65. Helena Police Chief Troy McGee says he’s received many calls from residents wanting to know if riding a horse while under the influence is legal. McGee tells the Independent Record newspaper that it is. Montana Republicans’ assault on our federal health reform law, officially launched last week at the Legislature, sets up a game of chicken with the federal government, which is asking states to help implement parts of the law.

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