July 4 Holiday Buffet: Flathead Zoning Progress, Sun Road Open, Watermelon Viagra

By Beacon Staff

Good morning, on July 4, the founding fathers signed the Declaration of Independence.

On the Beacon this morning, another development in the Lord-of-the-Rings-like saga of the Whitefish planning doughnut, as the county begins to try to take back the doughnut area into its jurisdiction. Myers Reece takes a look at how county zoning is progressing around the state, compared to Flathead County. A celebration of the life of Columbia Falls teacher and coach Joe Greene will be held at the junior high football field Thursday. A gravel pit hearing provided a preview of how this debate will play out in the 2009 Legislature. The third issue of the Whitefish review has hit the stands.

The cars returned to Logan Pass, despite the snow yesterday as the Going-to-the-Sun Road opened for the season. In Missoula, the proposed Bitterroot Resort was once again denied a permit. Republican U.S. Senate candidate Bob Kelleher aired his personal faults yesterday, in an attempt to preempt and personal attacks from his opponent, Democratic incumbent Sen. Max Baucus. U.S. Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., held a field hearing in Havre yesterday on northern border security.

And finally, here’s a little tip for the holiday weekend: Scientists have discovered watermelon possesses some Viagra-like qualities. Have a safe, happy holiday.

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