Monday Buffet: Crash Victims Identified, U.S. Senate Profiles, Unsociable Montanans

By Beacon Staff

Good morning; on this date in 1829 Scotland Yard was formed.

On the Beacon this morning, two Bigfork men who died in a vehicle rollover on Montana 209 over the weekend have been identified as 27-year-old Matthew Emslie and 26-year-old Sean Purcell. Former KOFI radio station employee Kent Etchison was sentenced to 60 days in prison and ordered to pay $815,000 for an office supply scam. The C-Falls Wildcats trounced Ronan over the weekend, winning 42-6. In Faces, Carly Lengstorf, a senior soccer scoring machine for Whitefish is profiled. And Kitchen Guy Chef Jim Gray instructs on the fine art of cooking with basil, as the growing season draws to a close.

A lawsuit against the Canadian government argues that the Conservative administration is playing politics with the life of Ronald Allen Smith, on death row for shooting two men on Marias Pass in 1982. A NorthWestern Energy spokeswoman is saying the spike in natural gas prices this winter won’t be as bad as was initially thought in August. The Missoulian’s Vince Devlin has two solid stories today about the fallout from the fuel spill on Highway 35, as the evacuated residents ponder when they may be able to return to their homes, and the state Department of Transportation considers placing restrictions on truck traffic along the east side of Flathead Lake. Lee’s Jennifer McKee profiles the two candidates in Montana’s U.S. Senate race this year, Max Baucus and Bob Kelleher – two men who have been around state politics for a long time, though in vastly differing capacities.

And finally, check out the results of this new survey, which shows Montanans are the least sociable Americans in the nation. And have a great day.