Monday: Old Steel Bridge, WInd Power, New Beatles Song

By Beacon Staff

Good morning and happy birthday Martin Scorsese!

On the Beacon this morning, a new bead shop in Kalispell will teach jewelry making. A man has purchased part of Kalispell’s Old Steel Bridge to span the Stillwater River for bicycle and pedestrian access. In Faces this week, we feature Kayla Smart, a senior defensive specialist on Glacier High’s volleyball team. And Kitchen Guy Chef Jim Gray writes about when its appropriate to share a recipe, and a dessert egg roll, the recipe of which he poached from an overprotective chef.

Gov. Brian Schweitzer released his proposed two-year budget Saturday, which reduces spending slightly by cutting out one-time expenses and introduces no new programs, but sets aside $250 million for cash reserves. A renewable energy expert said Montana must boost its wind power capacity, and the state’s greatest test in coming years will be how to accommodate the nation’s growing demand for fossil fuels. President-elect Barack Obama has picked Jim Messina, former chief of staff for Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., to be a deputy chief of staff in the new administration. And the credit crisis is causing big problems for power companies trying to finance longterm energy development projects, like the Highwood generating facility near Great Falls.

And finally, Paul McCartney may be attempting to release a new “mythical” Beatles song recorded 41 years ago. Have a great day.