News Buffet: Hungry Horse Shooting, Rehberg on Iraq, Led Zeppelin Returns

By Beacon Staff

Good morning and happy birthday to poet Emily Dickinson.

It’s a beautiful, snowy morning in the valley with lots of news coming out of the weekend. In Hungry Horse, police have the husband in custody of a woman found dead Sunday from multiple gunshot wounds. Whitefish Democratic Sen. Dan Weinberg announced he would not be seeking re-election next year. Editor Kellyn Brown muses on some of the more, er, exciting ways of settling the Whitefish city council tie. U.S. Rep. Dennis Rehberg, R-Mont., got real chatty over the weekend with AP reporter Matt Gouras, and weighed in on everything from troop levels in Iraq to his take on the present field of presidential contenders.

The W.R. Grace & Co., in a federal case over asbestos poisoning in Libby, lost its attempt to challenge a high court’s ruling that restored several charges in the criminal case against the chemical manufacturer. Two mining companies are attacking each other as they race to be the first to mine silver and copper from beneath the Cabinet Mountains. Butte is honoring late daredevil Evel Knievel; his body arrived at the civic center there Sunday night. Former Montana Republican Party Chairman John Brenden announced he would run for the state senate seat being vacated by Democrat Sam Kitzenberg.

And over in the UK, Led Zeppelin fans are getting an early Christmas present, as the legendary band reunites tonight for its first concert in decades.