Monday Buffet: Rafting, Road Fatalities, Fishy Pedicures

By Beacon Staff

Good morning. Today was the birthday of famous novelist Ernest Hemingway.

In local news, a Kalispell teen accused of killing a 67-year-old man at the Sylvan Lake Campground, southeast of Libby told authorities the man’s death was linked to a dispute over money and sex. For the past 32 years, the Glacier Raft Company in West Glacier has been piloting a fleet of roughly 30 boats, carrying hundreds of rafters per day on full-, half-day or multi-day trips. Nature writer, and Yaak Valley Resident, Why I Came West, a memoir that tells the real-life story of his evolution from journalist-author to environmental activist.

In other news around the state, it was a deadly weekend on the state’s highways: four Denton teens were killed in a fiery one-vehicle rollover near Denton Sunday and another teen died in a motorcycle wreck near Seeley Lake. A roughly 100-acre wildfire burning 10 miles west of Whitehall prompted some voluntary evacuations Saturday. Wind turbines at the Judith Gap Wind Farm have taken a toll on bats and birds flying through the area. In a new report, the nonprofit Clark Fork Coalition tries to make climate change understandable at the local level – and to prompt policymakers and residents to take action.

And in Virginia, people are paying about $50 to dunk their feet in a tank of water and let tiny carp nibble away. Hope you all had a great weekend; only five more days ’til the next one!

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