Thursday: Hoops Tourney!, Partisanship Ignites, Huge Stingray

By Beacon Staff

Good morning and happy birthday to my friend and yours, Johnny Cash!

On the Beacon today, the Northwest A Divisional Basketball tournament kicks off today. The judge in the W.R. Grace trial has agreed to allow a key witness, though their testimony will be limited to certain areas. Some community members are questioning whether a lobbyist for the Flathead Building Association serving on the Flathead County Planning board is a conflict of interest. A meeting to discuss a proposed pre-release center is on for this evening in Kalispell at 7 p.m. Local bank presidents maintain that despite the recession and banking crisis, their lending practices simply haven’t been altered all that much.

As unemployment increases in the Flathead, so does crime. Partisans tensions flared in the Legislature on the day before the midterm recess. Things continue to deteriorate at the Yellowstone Club, with a judge allowing seizure of the owner’s property after defaulting on a loan. Gov. Brian Schweitzer said he does not want legislators to wait until April to approve spending on stimulus-funded projects. And the body of Lt. Col. Garnet “Gary” Derby returned home from Iraq after he was killed by a roadside bomb in Mosul Feb. 9.

Finally, a British man hooked a massive sting ray in Thailand, the largest freshwater fish ever caught with a rod and reel. Have a great day.

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