News Buffet: Whitefish Brouhaha, DNRC Hires Democrat, Squirrel Pancakes

By Beacon Staff

Good morning and happy National Boss Day. We’ve been showering editor Kellyn Brown with expensive, lavish gifts all morning here in the newsroom.

It looks like clouds are moving back into the valley after three days of sunny bliss. Topping the Beacon this morning, Myers Reece hammered out a story on last night’s rowdy and passionate growth policy hearing in Whitefish. He’s got lots of good quotes. Keriann Lynch blogs on the New York Times weekend story about the development of timber land in the West, interviewing Bill Foley and focusing on the Flathead. Contributor Dave Reese reports on the first night’s performance of the Glacier Symphony and Chorale‘s 25th season. Reese also writes about 85 hunters preparing for big game season by descending on the Whitefish Rod and Gun Club to fire, tune and tweak their guns. Columbia Falls contributor Mark Riffey reports on the formation of a new committee to plan the city’s riverfront park – volunteers needed. And I wrote about suffering through a ski conditioning class at The Wave in Whitefish, a story that’s already garnering some lovely comments.

It’s not a huge day for statewide news – not yet anyway. The AP reports that the population of bison in Yellowstone National Park is thriving after the slaughter of 2005-2006. The Missoulian reports on the controversy over the development of a Wal-Mart supercenter in Polson. Jennifer McKee of Lee’s Helena bureau reports that the state Department of Natural Resources and Conservation has hired a longtime Democratic operative as its deputy director. The Great Falls Tribune reports that one of its former reporters, Jennifer Perez Cole, was hired as Gov. Brian Schweitzer’s new state coordinator of Indian Affairs.

And while I’m unsure what I’ll be having for lunch today, I’m fairly positive it won’t be squirrel pancakes. Maybe that’s what I’ll treat the boss to, though. Enjoy the day.