Weekend Buffet: Fly Fishing, GNP Blasting Denied, Robber Turned Jingle Rapper

By Beacon Staff

Good morning. Happy birthday to Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, who turns 90 today.

In local news, a third man was charged for his alleged role in a weekend attack on migrant workers. For five days, Whitefish will get a chance to be the fly fishing capital of the world, when the 43rd Annual International Fly Fishing Show and Conclave comes to town. Glacier National Park officials, citing concerns about wildlife habitat, have rejected a BNSF Railway proposal to use explosives for preventing avalanches that could send snow onto railroad tracks.

In state news, two Ohio companies plan to sink $450 million into a central Montana coal project, in a bid to dramatically increase production from an underground mine that has struggled for years. State officials said they haven’t found any more livestock with the disease brucellosis, as they near completion of their investigation into a single infected cow in the Paradise Valley. And the Missoula courts are unfortunately very busy: a man is charged with shooting his older brother; the defense requests immunity for a witness in the case of a Missoula teenager accused of killing a homeless man; and another former University of Montana football player has been sentenced for playing a role in an armed home invasion.

And, for your reading pleasure, one of the best headlines I’ve read in awhile: “McDonald’s robber is finalist in jingle contest — for McDonald’s.” Yep, that’s right. A man who held up a McDonald’s at gunpoint when he was 14 is one of two South Florida finalists in a contest to mix a new jingle for the fast-food giant. Something makes me want to root for the guy.

Have a great weekend everyone! The weather looks like it should be great, so get out and enjoy some of the great activities going on.