Wednesday: Solar Power, Insurance Salaries, Pink Dolphin

By Beacon Staff

Good morning and happy birthday to General Casimir Pulaski.

On the Beacon today, some valley businesses are taking a second look at solar power. After a Monday night public hearing on transportation impact fees, Kalispell City Council is poised to vote on the issue Monday. In the W.R. Grace trial, defense attorneys questioned a key Environmental Protection Agency official yesterday. The state Department of Environmental Quality has indicated it may limit further approvals of development on Kalispell’s north side out of concern for the city’s sewer capacity.

U.S. Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., is pushing for a vote on health-care reform by the summer. State senators learned yesterday they will have much greater discretion over how the federal stimulus money is spent than they originally thought. The U.S. Forest Service may combine the resources of six national forests. A new report details the compensation of the top insurance executives in the state and they took home some tidy profits. The Legislative committee assigned to deal with property tax re-appraisal is analyzing five scenarios. A 21-year-old Deer Lodge man has pleaded guilty to branding a teenager with a letter opener as part of a gang initiation. And an Anaconda boxing legend has passed away.

And finally, a pink dolphin living in Louisiana is creating a sensation – the photo is pretty amazing. Have a great day.

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