Weekend: Roadless Moratorium, Exotic Dancing Scam, Tuition Vote

By Beacon Staff

Good morning; on the Beacon today, the Obama administration has ordered a one-year moratorium on road building and other development on 50 million acres of national forest land. Glacier Park rangers accidentally killed a black bear while trying to haze it. A Kalispell woman has pleaded guilty to fraud charges related to an exotic dancing business she ran out of her home. Whitefish tennis monster Matt Harris coasted to a Class A state singles title. And as spring sports wrap up, here’s a guide to the remaining softball and track competitions.

A company has invented a grizzly-proof cooler. Gov. Brian Schweitzer is urging the Board of Regents to enact a tuition freeze, though state university officials oppose it. Schweitzer’s last six vetoes cleared the legislative veto process. Union supporters in Missoula held a 24-hour rally in support of the Employee Free Choice Act. And the state Public Service Commission took steps yesterday to require Montana utilities to divulge the salaries of their top executives.