News Buffet: Local Sports Stats, Legislative Term Limits, Chopper or Mini Sub?

By Beacon Staff

Good morning and happy National Custodial Workers Day,

Topping Flathead news on the Beacon this morning, Kalispell City Council (which has thankfully remained much more civil than Missoula City Council) met last night to approve a cash-in-lieu of parking fee for downtown development, and approved a 1,600 square-foot expansion to the new city hall. Whitefish contributor Becky Lomax reports on the pricey decision facing residents there of whether to levy funds to purchase shoreline on Whitefish Lake to expand the city beach. Keriann Lynch blogs on the graceful decision of a Missoula boy who struggled with a rare genetic disease to die. And check out our sports stat feature, By The Numbers for a breakdown of what Flathead Valley’s high school athletes have achieved so far.

It’s not a huge day for news statewide. State legislators, in the wake of a disastrous 2007 session, are meeting in Helena with leading political scholars to discuss what can be done to improve the legislative process to avoid a debacle like what happened this year. Chief topic of yesterday’s discussion: Term limits and how to get rid of them. Jennifer McKee of Lee newspapers also reports on the glut of mentally ill Montanans in the criminal justice system who lack mental health treatment options. The Great Falls Tribune reports on Montana’s federal delegation contemplating a new role for Malmstrom Air Force Base combining it with Montana’s Air National Guard.

And since I’ve been contemplating upgrading my yacht, I found this article in the New York Times very useful as I weigh purchasing a mini submarine versus a chopper. I may just get both. Enjoy the day.

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