News Buffet: Flathead’s Fighter, Hell’s Angels Return?, Toilet Paper Wedding Gown

By Beacon Staff

Good morning. In the Islamic faith, today is Yawm al-Arafat.

On the Beacon this morning, Myers Reece profiles Flathead prize fighter Shelley Burton, one year after stepping into the ring with Laila Ali. Warren Miller’s got some very, very valuable advice to share: Quit your job and go skiing. City officials in Whitefish unveiled their plans for a downtown parking garage and improvements to Central Avenue. The Bigfork school board has selected a contractor to carry out renovations and expansions to the elementary and middle school. And the Canadian government has formally announced plans to conduct a review of the proposed Cline coal mine, north of Glacier National Park.

In state news, a Helena district court judge has promised a quick ruling in the lawsuit by a Republican lawmaker against Gov. Brian Schweitzer over whether the governor improperly administered a $140 tax cut. The Missoulian reports that ground-breaking is set to begin for the Rock Creek Mine, beneath the Cabinet Mountains Wilderness. Also in the Missoulian, economists predict Montana will avoid the economic slowdown and rising inflation that could afflict the rest of the country, and authorities are nervous about the possible return of the Hell’s Angels in July. A former employee with the state Department of Labor has pleaded guilty to possessing child porn. A top wind power executive says his firm plans to build four to six additional wind farms in Montana.

And finally, reporter Keriann Lynch points out a story about a wedding dress of which she does NOT approve: It’s made out of toilet paper and the venue is a public restroom. Perhaps Senator Larry Craig will be officiating. Have a great day.

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