News Buffet: Holiday Homicides, Presidential Picks, Time-Traveling Weirdo

By Beacon Staff

Good morning and happy birthday Grigori Yefimovich Rasputin.

Topping local news this morning, two bodies were found floating in Flathead Lake near Polson wearing life jackets. Those bodies turning up comes on the heels of a string of homicides in the area over the holiday season. Speaking in Kalispell to the Montana Contractors Association, Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., warned of the serious possibility of a national recession. The legal wrangling over a proposed development at the northern tip of Swan Lake has once again revved up in the wake of a recent state Supreme Court decision. Jack Hanna recounts his top ten animal experiences. And yesterday’s Police Blotter has some particularly ridiculous calls.

In state news, most of Montana’s top elected officials are keeping mum about their picks for president. Cash-strapped rural schools made an unusual plea for funds yesterday, saying they intended to apply for state-owned coal leases in the southeastern part of the state. After losing a court battle to keep coalbed methane drilling off his land, candy billionaire Forrest Mars Jr., had a gas rig drilling deep into his property last night.

And finally, I’ve decided to take some time off after being asked to participate in a dangerous mission with this dude. Wish me luck.