Tuesday Buffet: C-Falls Swimmers Dominate, Red Lodge Fire Grows, Yeti DNA Test

By Beacon Staff

Good morning and happy birthday Alexis de Tocqueville.

On the Beacon this morning, A Ronan man is under investigation after crashing his boat into a Flathead Lake dock. The Columbia Falls swim team qualified 38 out of 42 swimmers at a meet in Conrad over the weekend. And on the Police Blotter, a bearded man in a dress and heels was out for an evening stroll in C-Falls, in the morning.

In state news, the Cascade canyon fire outside Red Lodge has spread to 5,800 acres, and Gov. Brian Schweitzer flew over the blaze to inspect its progress. The Montana Shooting Sports Association has endorsed Republican gubernatorial candidate Roy Brown, splitting from the National Rifle Association which endorsed Schweitzer. A Lewis and Clark County district judge is reconsidering his April ruling forcing the DEQ to issue gravel pit permits without environmental reviews. Motorists around the state are questioning the accuracy of gas pumps, though tests show only about 2 percent of Montana’s pumps failed accuracy tests last year. And the Helena IR did a fantastic feature about the life of a fire lookout tower caretaker in the Bob Marshall Wilderness.

And finally, British scientists are anxiously awaiting the results of a DNA test on hair collected in northern India which may belong to a Yeti. Have a great day.