News Buffet: Avalanche Search Continues, Coal Controversy, Gasoline and Cigarettes

By Beacon Staff

Good morning and Happy Birthday Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

On the Beacon this morning, recovery efforts for two reported avalanche victims in the Canyon Creek area north of Whitefish Mountain Resort are being hindered by heavy snow and high winds. At a work session last night, Kalispell City Council continued to consider a land swap that might provide a site for a downtown parking garage. Keriann Lynch profiles a portrait artist in Bigfork who has rendered some of the biggest celebrities of our time. And, as always, the Police Blotter provides a moment of levity.

Statewide news is all about energy development, as state GOP lawmakers on the Environmental Quality Council expressed skepticism about global warming to the Climate Change Advisory Council yesterday. This, as environmental groups across the U.S. are pushing back hard against proposed coal-fired power plants. And while Dave Skinner may be salivating to bag a wolf, five members of Congress are pushing to keep wolves on the endangered species list.

And finally, a German man teaches us another important safety lesson: Don’t smoke while drinking gasoline.