Thursday Buffet: Family Land Transfer Abuse, BP Still in the Picture, Bird Boy

By Beacon Staff

Good morning and happy national Tooth Fairy Day.

The Beacon’s top story this morning covers a new electronic, improvisational group made up of members of the jam band String Cheese Incident coming to play at the Bierstube at Whitefish Mountain Resort. The abuse of county land family transfers continues in full force, two years after the controversial practice drew public attention two years ago. The Flathead’s Montessori schools are working together to build robots and pair older students with younger students. Last week’s rock climbing competition at the Summit drew some excellent, easy-going climbers. Beacon columnist Wild Bill thinks the best way to deal with urban deer is to set bowhunters loose on them.

The Missoulian’s Michael Jamison reports this morning that BP’s decision to back off of gas drilling in the Canadian Flathead is not as cut and dry as it appears, and the company may explore the area in the future, after it develops in the Elk Valley. Vermiculite poured out of the wall of a Libby elementary school after being clipped by a snowplow, a stark reminder of the environmental hazards continuing to plague the community. The GOP team running for governor are on a two-day tour of the state attacking Gov. Brian Schweitzer’s tax and economic policies. The coal industry is making a strong push to ensure that regardless of who becomes the next president, coal remains a large part of U.S. energy policy. In Missoula, a district judge backed down from throwing U.S. Agriculture Undersecretary Mark Rey in jail for using hazardous retardant on wildfires.

And finally, a “bird boy” was discovered in Russia who communicates by chirping and flapping his arms. Caveat: The “Sun” is far from the most reputable news source in the UK. Have a great Thursday.