Monday Buffet: Marion Racial Harassment, Using Landfill Gas, Rollerderby Bull Run

By Beacon Staff

Good morning, today is the anniversary of the first ascent of the Matterhorn in 1865.

On the Beacon this morning, the Flathead Electric Co-op is going to harness the power of methane gas emanating from the county landfill to produce electricity. Two Marion men were arrested for harassing and racially intimidating a group of Asian migrant mushroom pickers. Whitefish teen Phillip J. Wisnewski was convicted of negligent homicide and received a 10-year suspended sentence for causing the traffic death of a Columbia Falls woman last year. And Kalispell’s city skate camp is underway, which teaches kids about city safety ordinances, as well as helps young skaters improve their skills. Lido Vizzutti spent some time on the summit of Big Mountain, and recommends it as a fun way to spend an afternoon outdoors. Katrin Frye caught up with a kiteboarder on Flathead Lake this weekend. And Beacon food columnist, Chef Jim Gray offers advice on how to cook juicy chicken.

In state news, the comment period to allow loaded guns in some national parks has been extended to Aug. 8, due largely to the heated opposition the change is drawing. NorthWestern Energy has electric rates 20 percent higher than any other major utility in the region. Congressional approval, amazingly, has sunk even further, putting America’s legislative body on par, as one lawmaker describes it, with the popularity of bubonic plague and head lice. State wildlife officials killed two wolves that attacked cattle Friday, in the Bitterroot and west of Superior.

And finally, check out the running of the bulls, New Orleans style: roller-derby women chasing people through the French Quarter. Have a great day.