Monday: Energy Pioneers, No Swine Flu, Budget Deal?

By Beacon Staff

Good morning. On the Beacon today, local energy pioneers gathered for a conference titled, “Repowering the Flathead for a New Energy Economy.” A group of Missoula opera singers are coming to Whitefish to offer opera for the common man over a few beers. Though it doesn’t look like a good day for it judging from today’s weather, Lido offers up a list of some of the best local golf courses. Editor Kellyn Brown says BNSF owes residents of Whitefish and Somers an explanation for why it’s trying to buy up land in certain neighborhoods. Kitchen Guy Chef Jim Gray sings the praises of honey, and offers up an amazing recipe for ribs with a honey glaze.

As of Sunday, officials say there are no confirmed cases of swine flu in Montana. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar was in Montana this weekend to announce that the nation’s wildlife refuges and fish hatcheries will receive $280 million in stimulus funds. In the Legislature, negotiators have reached a tentative deal on the budget, making for a likely end to the session tomorrow. And many lawmakers are blaming term limits for the budget stalemates in recent sessions. And in Missoula today, a federal judge will hear a motion on whether to end the W.R. Grace Libby asbestos trial.

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