Tuesday Buffet: Standoff Ends, Hebgen Dam Break, Science Rap

By Beacon Staff

Good morning. On this day in 1945, World War II combat ended in the Pacific Theater when Japan’s surrender was accepted aboard the battleship USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay.

On the Beacon this morning, Montana Tom’s Chocolate Factory and Cannery in Columbia Falls sent 250 pounds of chocolate to the Democratic National Convention this year. The store’s chocolate is in high demand, no matter how bad the economic times are. A 48-hour standoff between a man and law enforcement officers near Polson ended last night with the man’s arrest after authorities subdued him with a stun gun. A motorcycle crash in the Flathead Valley has killed a Kalispell man.

In other news around the state, a crucial structure that regulates water flow from Hebgen Dam broke Sunday, sending water gushing from the dam at spring runoff levels, forcing evacuation of camping sites and closing the Madison River to recreation. It may not be game time yet, but Grizzly football players are already in the spotlight. Chisel Industries, a Bozeman-based film company, spent the Labor Day holiday filming the team to update their mini-movie on UM football. And Melstone, a century-old Montana town, is growing after several decades of dwindling employment and population.

Kate McAlpine is a rising star on YouTube for her rap performance – about high-energy particle physics. The 23-year-old Michigan State University graduate and science writer raps about the Large Hadron Collider, the groundbreaking particle accelerator that has been built in a 17-mile circular tunnel at the CERN laboratory near Geneva, Switzerland. Hope you all had a great holiday weekend. Happy Tuesday.