Wednesday: Zinke & Steenson, Energy Bills, Topless Coffee

By Beacon Staff

Good morning and happy birthday George Harrison.

On the Beacon today, freshman Flathead lawmakers Ryan Zinke and Cheryl Steenson are taking on big issues in their first legislative session. Mickey Wolf, a 23-year-old Pablo man has been charged with felony criminal endangerment for a car chase that led to a fatal crash. Kalispell plans to set up a special revenue fund to relieve budgeting issues in the Parks and Recreation Department. Whitefish’s boys Colt Idol and girls Kate Klundt have taken the scoring titles for Northwestern A basketball.

In the Legislature, the Senate passed a measure that would require women under 18 to notify their parents when they have an abortion. A slew of bills aimed at easing the way for more rapid energy development in Montana are advancing in the House and Senate. The Senate also passed on second reading a bill to set up shortened, annual legislative sessions. And a bill to allow and encourage horse-slaughtering plants in Montana is gaining considerable support. In the W.R. Grace trial, attorneys called their first witnesses Tuesday.

Finally, a topless coffee shop in rural Maine is giving some nearby residents the jitters. Have a great day.

Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup.

Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox.