Tuesday: Truck Ban Dropped, CHIP Passes, Samaritan Beating

By Beacon Staff

Good morning; on this date in 1959, The Music Died.

On the Beacon today, the Montana Department of Transportation has announced it won’t back a truck ban on Montana Highway 35 along the east shore of Flathead Lake. Lido has edited a beautiful multimedia slide show of Saturday’s Sled Hockey Classic at Kalispell’s Woodland Park rink. Donald Schwindt of Kalispell has been sentenced to nine years for shooting up a woman’s trailer in 2007. In just its second year, Glacier Boys basketball has surged to the top of the Western AA conference.

A Montana utility announced yesterday it was dropping its plans to develop a 250-megawatt coal-fired power plant near Great Falls, and in the Legislature, where permitting energy development projects is at the fore of the session, Democrats and Republicans disagree over what prompted SME to give up on coal. The state House yesterday passed the Children’s health Insurance Plan and it even picked up the votes of a few Republicans. And the federal stimulus bill currently in the U.S. Senate contains about $687 million in funding for Montana.

And finally, some well-intentioned New Yorkers beat up a cabdriver who looked like he was harassing some women – but they were fare jumpers and he was only trying to get the money rightly owed him. Have a great day.

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