News Buffet: Sled-Hating Moose, Burns Probe Ends, Deadly Porkchop

By Beacon Staff

Good morning and happy national Chocolate Covered Cherry Day.

The news cycle appears to be picking up speed after the holiday break. On the Beacon this morning, Myers Reece writes about Kalispell’s consideration of a parking garage downtown. Warren Miller writes about being a ski bum in the 1940s, and the opportunity he missed to purchase the Park City, Utah resort – which is now worth a decent chunk of change. FWP officials north of C-Falls are searching for a belligerent moose that has been kicking snowmobiles. Lake County Sheriff’s Department announced it is ruling the suspicious death of a Ferndale man a homicide. The suspicious death of a C-Falls man, however, is being ruled an accident. Flathead County sheriff’s office is also investigating the death of a man in Marion. And editor Kellyn Brown is all fired up, as am I, for the Iowa caucus tonight, and we’ll be throwing a little party to watch all the action.

Topping state news, former Sen. Conrad Burns has been cleared of any wrongdoing in the investigation into his relationship with disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff. In a decision yesterday, the state Supreme Court ruled against a police officer who began a traffic investigation after seeing people kissing in a car pulled over on the side of the road in a remote location. And in an interesting look back, the Great Falls Tribune remembers the open caucus attempted by Montana Democrats in the 1980s, and compares it to the modern Iowa caucus.

And finally, if you get caught up in a food fight, don’t let it get ugly, as it did for this Oklahoma man, stabbed in the neck with a pork chop bone. Have a sizzlin’ day.