News Buffet: Church Buys Strand, Alleged Kalispell Rapist, Carving the Turkey

By Beacon Staff

Good morning and happy World Hello Day.

The turkeys are in Flathead refrigerators and the new Beacons are on the stands. This week we examine concerns by rural fire districts that Kalispell’s city borders and annexations are creating difficulties for firefighters. Myers Reece writes about Levi Lusko, the charismatic leader of the Fresh Life Church, which just purchased the Strand. Katrin Frye writes that neither elves nor rain could put a damper on the Bigfork Art Walk. National Geographic writer and wildlife biologist Douglas Chadwick gave a fascinating talk to the Boy Scouts in Columbia Falls, describing travels from the Antarctic to India. At the Flathead Invitational, Whitefish Speech and Debate took second place.

A Kalispell man, previously charged with raping a 15-year-old girl, has been charged with the rape of another 15-year-old girl. Gov. Brian Schweitzer, and Sens. Max Baucus and Jon Tester were in Helena yesterday with the heads of two companies to announce their plan to produce biodiesel with camelina seed, and are looking to sign up as many as fifty farmers for the venture. Due to the warm weather, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks is extending elk season. The state’s unemployment rate rose slightly in October, though it remains well below the national average. The Great Falls-Billings Catholic Diocese has a new bishop, Michael W. Warfel of Juneau, Alaska. The National Park Service has announced minor changes to snowmobile rules in Yellowstone.

And finally, we all know what’s coming up tomorrow, and in a deluge of turkey tips, I found this New York Times instructional story on how to butcher, instead of carve poultry, particularly enlightening – and sympathetic to carvers (like myself) lacking confidence. Have a great holiday.