Thursday Buffet: Safe Havens to Close, Foreclosures Increase, Giant Guitar Bicycle

By Beacon Staff

Good morning and happy national Siblings Day.

A coalition of builders and Realtors is challenging Flathead County subdivision regulations as burdensome and, in some cases, illegal. The Nurturing Center’s Safe Havens program, which provides court-ordered supervised visits between parents and children, is closing due to lack of funds, leaving no options for supervised visits in the area. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has sided with a Whitefish man who lied to a probation officer about serving in the military. The Alpine Theatre Project has several great shows planned for the summer. And Wild Bill Schneider has a few afterthoughts on the disagreement between Wilderness advocacy groups.

In state news, foreclosures across Montana are expected to rise this year. Fatal highway crashes in Montana continued to rise last year. The ACLU is suing the state, arguing that Montana’s system for putting Independent and minority-party candidates on the ballot is burdensome and unconstitutional. Plum Creek Timber Co. may be eyeing a development in the headwaters of Whitefish Lake. Supporters and opponents of the Clean Water Restoration Act clashed sharply at yesterday’s Congressional hearing. A Great Falls woman accused of helping her son build pipe bombs pleaded guilty yesterday. And former U.S. senator Conrad Burns has registered as a lobbyist for the American Quarter Horse Association.

And finally, this German fanatic built a giant guitar-shaped bicycle. He seems like an interesting dude. Have a great day.

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