Thursday Buffet: Rollins Buff Beef, Lethal Injection Ruling, Ft. Belknap Bigfoot

By Beacon Staff

Good morning and happy National High Five Day!

In our top story this morning, Keriann Lynch looks at how a recent state Supreme Court ruling confuses Flathead County residents’ attempt to draw up binding neighborhood plans. A Rollins rancher is breeding a special kind of cattle that produces low-fat, low cholesterol beef. W.R. Grace & Co. is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review certain pretrial rulings in the government’s asbestos case against the company. The Columbia Falls High School speech and debate team celebrated winning its tenth state championship. And Beacon columnist Dave Skinner continues his explanation of how the formation of the Bob Marshall created the Wilderness movement in the U.S.

Yesterday’s U.S. Supreme Court decision affirming lethal injection is unlikely to prevent a state legal challenge by the American Civil Liberties Union from going forward, according to Attorney General Mike McGrath. The Montana filmmaker detained in Nigeria has been released. Agriculture Undersecretary Mark Rey is coming to Montana to answer questions about Plum Creek Timber Co.’s closed-door talks with U.S. Forest Service officials. In the rural West, gun rights advocates are skeptical of Democratic presidential candidates. NorthWestern Energy executives told public officials the utility’s future was difficult to forecast, in light of increasing energy costs and the potential for a carbon tax.

And finally, the search is on for a Sasquatch, a mile south of Hays. Check out the pics of some weird footprints. And have a great day.

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