Weekend Buffet: GOP Commission Race, Wolves, Bears and Untouched Tribes

By Beacon Staff

Good morning and happy anniversary of the first American daily newspaper ever published.

On the Beacon this morning, there’s a profile of the GOP candidates for county commissioner, Gary Hall and Jim Dupont. Speaking of that race, editor Kellyn Brown blogs about the tough choice many will face in the primary: choosing between voting on the Republican ballot for the county commission race, or in the last primary for the Democratic presidential candidates.

In Kalispell, a couple combines artistic touches with an industrial business to keep their fiber mill thriving. Two firefighters were injured in a lightning storm west of Whitefish. A Kalispell hunter shot a wolf near Olney in self defense. And a 50-year-old Hungry Horse man accused of fatally shooting his wife changed his plea Thursday to no contest.

In other news around the state, the Missoula Police Department is gearing up – and stocking up on pepper spray – for a Hells Angels rally. Conservationists who oppose the removal of wolves from under federal protection sought an emergency injunction Thursday in Missoula’s District Court to stop the animals’ killing. The Helena Independent has an interview with the lone survivor of a rafting accident on the Dearborn River last Sunday. And Bruno the bear, a transplant from a Tennessee zoo, gets used to his new digs in Billings.

Finally, these pictures were taken from the air of an uncontacted tribe of Amazon Indians. An international groups says more than 100 tribes like this still exist today, mostly in Brazil or Peru. Hard to imagine in our hyper-connected world, huh? Happy Friday, everyone. Have a great weekend!

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