BREAKING NEWS

UNCONFIRMED REPORTS THAT THERE HAS BEEN A SHOOTING AT CMR HIGH SCHOOL — THE SCHOOL IS NOW IN LOCKDOWN — ANY INFORMATION YOU CAN PROVIDE, ANY DETAILS THAT MAY HELP OTHERS IN THE COMMUNITY (CALM WORRIED PARENTS, ETC). PLEASE LEAVE COMMENTS BELOW IF YOU HAVE ANY INFORMATION.

UPDATE via the GF Tribune: “A high school junior died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound in a restroom near the principal’s office at C.M. Russell High School shortly after 8 a.m. this morning, school officials said. School officials initially told students there was a medical emergency; counselors broke the news of the youth’s death later. Some of the boy’s closest friends were allowed to leave school but classes resumed after the initial investigation was completed. CMR quickly assembled a team of counselors to help grieving students, teachers and staff, said Dick Kuntz, assistant superintendent for secondary grades.”

What’s Up?

Let’s take a look around the Great Falls blogosphere: Aaron points out some big-dollar savings in our local government; GeeGuy reminds us how some of those saved dollars will be spent. Keri provides a review of some new favorite beverages (and today is her birthday – go say hi!), and BestBuddie has a book review. The Raving Norseman is back (w00t!) with a brand-new look, and points out a humourous sign at a local eatery. He also notices some deceptive “advertising.” The York Street Bum is picking on the citizens of Great Falls yet again (in good humor, don’t hurt him!). ZenPanda reflects on the Challenger tragedy. And me? Well, I’ve got some thoughts about country music, and I’ve gotta provide a shoutout to the “Grassroots Gold” program that airs every Saturday morning on 104.9, “KIK-FM.”

Where’s My Snow?!

Sure has been an unusual winter so far, eh? Two weeks of winter right after Thanksgiving, and then…well, it’s been beautiful. Beautiful, that is, if you like mild temperatures, no snow, and clear blue skies. Don’t get me wrong — I love that nice weather, too, but come on…living in MONTANA in the month of JANUARY should evoke images of snow, sub-zero temps, shoveled driveways, and people wrapped in layers of sweaters, coats, mittens, hats, and scarves!