Wednesday Buffet: Crushed Car Parts, Impact Fees Held Up, Home Run Derby

By Beacon Staff

Good morning and happy birthday to popular comedian and actor Will Ferrell, 41.

The latest print edition of the Beacon is out on stands today. Our lead story details how, for the do-it-yourself mechanic, these are sparse times. As steel prices soar, more wrecking yards, which many home mechanics rely on for parts, have been crushing cars in the past year at an unprecedented rate, often without moving all the parts. Two Marion men were charged Tuesday with felony malicious intimidation after a weekend attack on migrant workers. And, frustrated with complex impact fee laws and incomplete information, the Frustrated with complex impact fee laws and incomplete information, the Flathead County Impact Fee Advisory Committee has suspended further work until at least next year.

In state news, Baucus and Rehberg continue to raise significant amounts of cash for their campaigns. Their opponents, both surprise winners in the state’s June primary, don’t have much chance of catching up. A divided state Public Service Commission voted Tuesday to seek a legal ruling on Commissioner Brad Molnar’s use of private donations to fund an energy conservation event. And the woman who drowned Monday in a rafting accident on the Stillwater River was identified as Rhonda Leslie of Morris, Ill. Also, check out this interesting guest opinion column in the New York Times about Montana’s Obama supporters.

The American League extended its unbeaten streak to 12 games, with a 4-3 win in the 15th inning of last night’s All-Star game. But, if you missed it the night before, check out this video of Josh Hamilton blowing through the first round of the 2008 Home Run Derby with a record-setting 28 home runs. Happy Wednesday everyone.