Wednesday: Land Firm Bankrupt, Recreation Insurance, 26-Year Puzzle

By Beacon Staff

Good morning; on this date in 1967 the Human Be-In was held in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park.

On the Beacon today, an exclusive story: Oregon-based land exchange firm Summit 1031, with a branch in Kalispell, has closed and filed for bankruptcy, and it has emerged that the firm’s owners may have been using clients’ money to fund their own private deals. Jason Spring will take over as the new CEO of North Valley Hospital. After a nearly four-hour meeting Monday, Kalispell City Council remains unready to vote on traffic impact fees. Retiring Whitefish City Councilor Shirley Jacobson laments the decline in the civility of Whitefish’s political discourse. State officials are taking comments on the proposed removal of logs from the bottom of Flathead Lake.

A bill clarifying stream access from bridges has once again kicked up a perpetual debate over the issue in the Legislature. The state is cracking down on a Billings businessman who imports discounted prescription drugs from Canada. Hungry Horse Republican Rep. Dee Brown is pushing legislation to give recreation-based businesses better protection from lawsuits. Representatives of 15 separate groups showed up to oppose a bill that would end same-day voter registration, while no one supported it.

And finally, I think this might be the funniest news story I’ve read in at least five years: Witness the triumph of a man who finally solved the Rubik’s cube puzzle after 26 years! Congrats, dude. Have a great day.