Monday Buffet: Kootenai Logging Halted, Border Security, Playing for Hell’s Angels

By Beacon Staff

Good morning and happy birthday to the late, great Louis Armstrong.

On the Beacon this morning, a federal judge has halted helicopter logging on a portion of the Kootenai Forest out of concern over its potential effect on grizzly bear habitat. In Polson, Rich Hayes is preparing to travel the globe after winning the world championships of pigeon rolling – yep, pigeon rolling. Katrin Frye describes a typical night of Tuesday races with the North Flathead Yacht Club. Lido Vizzutti spent some time at the Armory Dirt Jumps in Whitefish. And Kellyn Brown questions the use of Whitefish’s sign ordinance to cover up a mural on the side of an ice cream parlor. Also, check out the video by Off the Grind on the new downhill mountain biking course at Whitefish Mountain Resort.

In state news, a Spokane, Wash., homicide suspect was arrested hiding out at the Rock Creek Lodge, east of Missoula. Lee’s Mike Dennison writes the first in an ongoing series on the campaign for governor, comparing the views of Gov. Brian Schweitzer and Republican opponent Roy Brown on energy development. As of this morning, the Cascade fire near Red Lodge is 44 percent contained. And the Helena Independent Record reprises its excellent series on security at the northern border, taking another look at improvements being made there.

And finally, the Hell’s Angels came to and went from Missoula this weekend with few major incidents, but check out Jamie Kelly’s humorous account of playing a show for the Hell’s Angels at their compound. Have a great Monday.