Weekend Buffet: Main Street Shuffle, Wolf Attacks, Darth Vader in Bozeman

By Beacon Staff

Good morning, today is the anniversary of Thurgood Marshall’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court, the first African-American to serve on the court.

It’s a perfect, sunny morning in the Flathead (no sarcasm this time.) On the Beacon, we look at the shuffle taking place on Kalispell’s Main Street, as older businesses move on and new stores open. The Flathead had its fair share of legislative primary upsets, which will make for an interesting fall. The 75th anniversary celebration for Glacier Park’s Going-to-the-Sun Road has been relocated from Logan Pass to the Lake McDonald Lodge due to the heavy snow that fell on the pass earlier this week. Kalispell has reached a deal that allows it to hang onto the Conrad Complex sports facility. Whitefish Mountain Resort has reversed its previous decision, and will no longer charge hikers to ride the lift down from the summit of Big Mountain.

A jury is deadlocked in the trial of an Evergreen man accused of driving drunk and causing the 2006 death of a motorcyclist from California. Testifying in Washington, D.C., Gov. Brian Schweitzer told Congress Montana’s Iraq War veterans had difficulty receiving adequate healthcare, particularly in rural areas. Wolves killed 12 sheep near Dillon and a guard dog north of Helena. State officials endorsed a total quota of 75 for Montana’s wolf season in the fall. The Bush administration opposes legislation co-sponsored by Rep. Denny Rehberg, R-Mont., to provide healthcare to veterans exposed to dangerous chemical and biological agents. Federal officials announced a five-year, $8 million initiative to study asbestos risks in Libby.

And finally, the Museum of the Rockies in Bozeman will be displaying an exhibit of costumes from some of the greatest characters in film, including Darth Vader, Batman, Captain Kirk, and the Wicked Witch of the West – worth a trip. Enjoy the weekend.

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