News Buffet: Son of Ron Paul, Hate Literature Recycled, Real Snakes on a Plane

By Beacon Staff

Good morning and happy Martin Luther King day.

It’s a frigid morning in the Flathead, but there’s still news afoot. A Kalispell logging trucker received a refund after winning a dispute against the Teamsters Union in Butte. Conditions at Whitefish Mountain Resort were hellacious yesterday, due to cold and wind. Flathead boy scouts were undeterred by the plummeting temperatures, however, competing in the Klondike Derby in Coram. Becky Lomax writes about the growing sport of doggie skijoring – it’s canine-powered skiing. And Editor Kellyn Brown dissects the recent non-scandal over Whitefish City Councilor John Muhlfeld’s residency.

Lee’s Capitol bureau went big this weekend, previewing Montana’s 2008 elections, with a focus on tight legislative races. With those races coming up, political parties are already learning what a tangled web can be woven – particularly when culling campaign donor lists for political ammunition. The son of presidential candidate Ron Paul, Rand Paul is visiting Montana, though he is bypassing the Flathead. In Washington D.C., sparring continues between Congress and the White House over major aspects of the next farm bill. And on this Martin Luther King day, the Helena Independent-Record has a cool story about an art exhibit at the Holter Museum that turns the language of hate groups on its head.

And finally, Snakes On A Plane wasn’t just one of the greatest films in the history of American cinema. It’s a real phenomena, and one that keeps happening. Weird. Stay warm out there!