Tuesday: Snow Expenses, Stream Access, Obama & Spider-Man

By Beacon Staff

Good morning; on this date in 1968 Johnny Cash performed at Folsom Prison.

On the Beacon today, the heavy early winter snow of the last few weeks could put a strain on the road maintenance budgets of the county and valley cities. Kalispell officials are looking far ahead for ways to improve the city’s urban core. The 47-year-old Creston man who engaged in a 31-hour standoff with police has entered a guilty plea in the shooting death of his girlfriend in March.

Much of the money problems endured by the ultra-exclusive Yellowstone Club can be traced back to a 2005 loan for $375 million, of which most of the funds have since disappeared. TransCanada is moving forward with its plans to build an energy transmission line from Montana to the Southwest. Reacting to the $58,000 in bonuses issued by outgoing Republican Secretary of State Brad Johnson to his employees, Democratic House Speaker Bob Bergren has introduced a bill to make such performance bonuses illegal. The Missoulian’s Michael Jamison reports on Flathead loggers and haulers being hit hard by the economic slump. Former Republican attorney general candidate Tim Fox is now the vice chairman of the Montana GOP. And the battle over stream access from bridges is once again on in the Montana Legislature.

Finally, the latest issue of The Amazing Spider-Man has the webcrawler saving Obama’s inauguration from villains. Have a great day.