Weekend Buffet: Young Biofuel Farmer, Obama Tickets Gone, Pay-Per-View Funerals

By Beacon Staff

Good morning; today is the 40th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

There’s a lot of news in the Flathead this morning. The Creston man accused of shooting and killing his girlfriend before involving authorities in a day-long standoff pleaded not guilty in court yesterday. Crews spent all day cleaning up Montana 35 after a tanker spilled 5,000 to 6,000 gallons of gasoline. The new morning news team is taking shape at KOFI radio. The rise in commodity prices is a good thing for the state’s exporters, but local business owners are finding it harder to meet their bottom line. Gov. Schweitzer toured a local farm where a young agriculture producer is making biofuel. Senior track and field champs around the valley are facing their final season, and looking to make it a good one. And Beacon Columnist Warren Miller recounts a humorous crevasse rescue in the Alps.

Thousands of tickets to see Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama were snatched up in a few minutes yesterday – he arrives tomorrow and Myers Reece will be covering the event for our next edition. The American Civil Liberties Union of Montana is suing the state over its use of lethal injection for the death penalty. U.S. Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., told a trade group yesterday that national trade agreements can be devised that work for everyone. And health insurance provider Blue Cross/Blue Shield reported a tidy income for last year of $21.2 million, one of its best years ever.

And finally, while this may seem weird at first, it’s actually a great idea: A new service allows people who can’t attend to funerals to watch them on pay-per-view. Have a great weekend.

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