News Buffet: Wolford Clears Planning Board, STIP Scares, Matthew McConaughey’s Burger

By Beacon Staff

Good morning and happy day of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

It’s Wednesday and the weekly news cycle is hitting full tilt with new Beacons on the stands this morning. This week Myers Reece looks at the remaining independent booksellers in the Flathead hanging on in the age of box stores and the Internet. Lido Vizzutti’s audio slide show accompanies the story. Officials at the state Board of Investments are seeking to reassure lawmakers after municipalities withdrew millions from the state Short Term Investment Pool over sub-prime loan worries. For the Beacon, I examine the decisions made by local governments during the panic. After a marathon meeting last night, the Kalispell planning board voted to recommend Wolford Development’s Glacier Town Center development, but could not reach a consensus on traffic issues regarding stoplights on U.S. 93. Gil Jordan has thrown his hat into the ring, announcing his Democratic candidacy for the senate seat being vacated by Dan Weinberg. Myers Reece profiles Dylan McFarland, a Kalispell native back in Montana for law school after a career in the NFL.

In Whitefish, the saga of the barber pole at the Clip Joint continues. In Washington D.C., the Senate is moving to block a series of moves to slash subsidies from the Farm Bill. The city of Hardin is suing the state, trying to overturn the attorney general’s opinion and allow a prison there to house out-of-state inmates.

And finally, down in Butte, the town is recovering after the massive event of Evel Knievel’s funeral. And in one sports bar there, the women are recovering after bumping into Matthew McConaughey, who was eating a burger. Happy Humpday.

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