News Buffet: City Councils’ New Year, Schweitzer’s Coal Critics, The Ninja Bandit

By Beacon Staff

Good morning and Merry Christmas to our readers in the Eastern Orthodox church.

Topping local news this morning, are two big city council meetings. In Kalispell, the council takes public comment on the proposed Glacier Town Center development, while in Whitefish, new council members are sworn in and selection of either Martin McGrew or Turner Askew is set to take place. Becky Lomax details the kids’ program at the Glacier Nordic Ski Center, espousing the benefits of getting the little ones out on some skinny skis. Snowmobilers got off to a late start this season, and while there are some new rules in place, sleds are now flying down the trail with regularity. And Kellyn Brown suggests some lofty resolutions for the Flathead’s local governments.

Lee’s Helena bureau was busy over the weekend, with stories detailing the uncertain future of Gov. Brian Schweitzer’s clean coal aspirations, and the price former Sen. Conrad Burns paid for his involvement with lobbyist Jack Abramoff. The Missoulian also details the tumult over the potential hire of an Islamic scholar at the University of Montana. And the Madison County Commission is considering setbacks along the Madison River.

And finally, while I realize I’ve been linking to New York City stories a lot, well, dang it, I just can’t help myself. What other city offers up stories as absurd as the ongoing one-man crime wave by the Staten Island Ninja Bandit? Have a great Monday.