Monday: Gulf Clean-up, Recycling Suffers, Bresnan Sale

By Beacon Staff

Good morning; on the Beacon today, Ecosphere Energy Services, a subsidiary of Florida-based Ecosphere Technologies, which both have Whitefish ties, recently announced a partnership with Mid-Gulf Recovery Services to use the Ecosphere Ozonix water treatment system in the cleanup of British Petroleum’s massive oil spill. The recession has made significant financial impacts across the valley, and the Flathead’s countywide recycling program is feeling the pains of a down market. Take a trip back in time while touring the Tobacco Valley Historical Village in Eureka. Two mountain goats died in Glacier National Park after being struck by researchers’ tranquilizer darts, and officials have halted a study of the animals until they can figure out what went wrong, a park spokeswoman said Friday. And Kitchen Guy Jim Gray recommends sending a meal you’ve ordered back to the kitchen if you don’t like it; it’s always worth it in the long run.

Cablevision said Monday it will pay $1.37 billion for mid-sized cable television provider Bresnan Communications, a move that will help the New York cable company expand into western states. Montana officials should slow the process for reviewing a power line through the southwest part of the state so residents can have more time to comment, U.S. Sen. Jon Tester says. Brett French reports on how the Otter Creek coal sale is reigniting hopes of a boom in Ashland. With the primary election in the books, Montana Democrats and Republicans are honing campaign messages and preparing for battle as they vie for control of the 2011 Legislature — and it’s expected to be close again. Some security companies are making some dubious sales claims as they go door-to-door in Billings. The wolves themselves may be the only ones who won’t be at the Russell Smith Courthouse on Tuesday morning when U.S. District Judge Don Molloy returns to arguments about the predator’s Endangered Species Act status.

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