Monday: Ethiopia Photos, Legislature Convenes, $100,000 Tuna

By Beacon Staff

Good morning and happy birthday Charlie Rose.

On the Beacon this morning, the Legislature kicks off this morning and in an Associate Press survey, lawmakers say the biggest issues facing Montana are low wages, lack of jobs and taxes. Democratic Gov. Brian Schweitzer’s approval rating appears to be rising with Republicans. But some legislative fiscal analysts believe Schweitzer’s proposed state budget could shortchange some public services. Photographer Andrew Geiger’s work on Ethiopia and Ethiopians is on display at Eastside Brick in Kalispell. The sledding at Dry Bridge Park in Kalispell is good and getting better.

Testifying at the Legislature isn’t just for lobbyists: Anyone can do it. And the recession may not be able to significantly slow down wind power development in Montana in 2009. And the Great Falls Tribune has an excellent story on a discrepancy between tribal and local governments regarding the extradition of convicted criminals.

And finally, check out this bluefin tuna, that sold to a pair of Japanese sushi chefs for more than $100,000. Mmmmmm. Have a great day and be safe if you’re on the roads.