Tuesday Buffet: Clinton Adds Missoula, Yellowstone Earthquake, Craigslist Hoax

By Beacon Staff

Good morning and happy Pecan Day.

It’s another cold morning in the Flathead. On the Beacon Mark Riffey opines about the fact that there are four Columbia Falls School Board seats open but, so far, just one applicant. The Montana State Hospital in Warm Springs is hoping to reduce its number of patients. Seeley Lake residents are pushing for a 3 percent resort tax to help pay for a water and sewer system. Glacier Park officials are seeking public comment on proposed upgrades to facilities at Logan Pass. And presidential candidate Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., plans a campaign stop in Missoula on April 6.

A fast-moving fire near Circle has destroyed structures and forced the evacuation of residents in northern McCone County. John Patrick McGuire, who associated with the anti-government Freemen militants in the 1990s, was released from prison. Michael Jamison of the Missoulian reports that the feds recently fined the Troy Mine for safety violations in response to last August’s accident when a miner was killed. And a minor earthquake was recorded in Yellowstone National Park.

Finally, photographer Lido Vizzutti forwarded me this sad story about an Oregon man who was scammed by Craigslist when someone posted a hoax advertisement on the Web site that said all his belongings were free for the taking. Someone even tried to load up the man’s horse. Happy Tuesday!