MLK Day: Avalanches, Daycare Funding, Girls Marry Frogs

By Beacon Staff

Good morning and happy Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

On the Beacon this morning, three snowmobilers died from avalanches in separate accidents across Montana over the weekend. Pretrial arguments will be held this week in the federal criminal trial over Libby asbestos contamination against W.R. Grace & Co. And Flathead High students learned how to make Native American-themed art with modern materials through an innovative program with the Hockaday Museum. And Kitchen Guy Chef Jim Gray reports on the gastronomic scene on the Dutch side of Saint Marten’s island in the Caribbean.

Some daycare center owners around the state fear they could be forced to shut down if the Legislature implements a funding freeze, as has been suggested by Gov. Brian Schweitzer. The first homicide in more than a decade in Glasgow has rocked the northeast corner of the state. And while Walleyes Unlimited have introduced a bill in the Legislature to declare their namesake fish a native species in Montana, Trout Unlimited argues that the Walleye was introduced here. Sheep shearing season is underway!

And finally, two Indian seven-year-old girls were married to frogs in their rural village as a way to prevent disease. Have a great holiday.