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8 | FEBRUARY 19, 2014 NEWS

Skiers ride the T- 
bar at Whiteish 
Mountain Resort.


“I said, ‘It’s none of 
your business what I 
do and, respectfully, 

you are not part of 
state government. I am 
the governor, and this 

is the decision that I 

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock 
on what he said to U.S. Senate 
Majority Leader Harry Reid 
when Reid called to give input 
on whom Bullock should 
choose to replace Sen. Max 

“I resigned (from the 
PAC) weeks before we 

announced. I wanted to 
make sure everything 
was aboveboard and 

squeaky clean.”
Skier Dies in Tree Well at Whiteish Mountain Resort
U.S. House hopeful Ryan 
Zinke on the political action 
committee he created, SOFA 
PAC, to back Mitt Romney Thomas Podivinsky of when the pair became separated around The holiday weekend was the second 
in 2012; the PAC has spent 12:30 p.m. After he failed to meet his par- busiest this winter, with more than 7,000 
$70,000 on advertising Calgary was found dead at ty the group reported him missing to the skiers on Saturday and roughly 6,400 on 
supporting Zinke’s current mountain’s ski patrol around 1 p.m. Po- Sunday, Polumbus said. The resort set a 
the base of a tree on the 
divinsky was discovered shortly after and daily record for total skiers near Christ- 
north side of Big Mountain
attempts to resuscitate him were unsuc- mas with 7,654 skiers on Dec. 30. There 
“A clean debt cessful, according to Curry.
were three days with more than 7,000 ski- 
ceiling is a complete “We are deeply saddened by this trag- ers between Dec. 28 and Dec. 31.
capitulation on the By DILLON TABISH of the Beacon
edy. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Last weekend’s death was the second 
family and friends as they cope during this this winter at the resort involving tree 
speaker’s part and  A 48-year-old Canadian man died in a diicult time,” the resort said in a state- wells, which are holes in the snow that 
demonstrates that tree well while skiing at Whiteish Moun- ment. “This accident is another unfortu- form around the base of a tree.
he has lost the ability 
tain Resort on Sunday, marking the sec- nate reminder that tree wells are an in- A 54-year-old California man died 
to lead the House of ond fatal accident this winter.
herent risk of the sport. We encourage our Jan. 11 in a tree well near the ski runs Gray 
Thomas Podivinsky, 48, of Calgary, guests to take extra caution when skiing Wolf and Bighorn on the north side of the 
Alberta was found dead at the base of a in the trees, ski with a partner, and call ski mountain. The death occurred almost ex- 
Jenny Beth Martin, co-founder tree on the north side of Big Mountain, ac- patrol immediately if someone is missing. actly three years after two other separate 
of the Tea Party Patriots, to cording to Flathead County Sherif Chuck We will continue to help our guests un- tragedies involving tree wells.
the New York Times on House Curry.
derstand the risks and encourage educat- The family of Niclas Waschle, who 
Speaking John Boehner and 
the House’s vote to raise the Resort spokesperson Riley Polumbus ing themselves on this subject. An excel- died in a tree well while skiing, iled a 
government’s borrowing limit said the fatality occurred in a steep, treed lent resource for learning more about tree lawsuit in late December in U.S. District 
until March 2015, without any area between the Hollywood and Silvertip wells and deep snow safety is the website Court against Whiteish Mountain Resort 
runs near Chair 7., which can be linked over the death.
Podivinsky was skiing with a friend
to from the tree well page of our website.”


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