Thursday: Scuba, Property Taxes, Obama Visit

By Beacon Staff

Good morning; on the Beacon today, the landlocked members of the Flathead’s dedicated scuba community. A Kalispell police officer shot and killed a pit bull on the city’s west side after investigators say the dog aggressively approached an officer. Flathead County homeowners can expect new property value assessments in the mail in coming weeks with a majority of residences facing property tax increases. Glacier National Park officials say they are trying to locate and remove from the park’s population a 17-year-old female grizzly bear and her two yearlings because they have become too habituated to humans. And our new columnist and Polson reporter Mick Holien kicks off his first column on the Griz.

Stillwater Mine officials are traveling to Detroit to talk with officials with General Motors Co. Montana Attorney General Steve Bullock says the state is in the process of securing some refunds for consumers abruptly left without cell phone service when AirTEL Wireless closed its doors earlier this year. A woman who hid the body of her 2-year-old son in the trunk of her car for most of last summer was sentenced Wednesday to 55 years in prison. Groups that both oppose and favor health care reform are gearing up for President Obama’s Belgrade visit tomorrow. Thomas Power, former head of UM’s economy department, says development of a massive state-owned coal reserve would bring far less money into Montana’s coffers than has been claimed. The state commissioner of political practices has declined a request by the Montana Republican Party to investigate allegations that deputy state auditor Walt Schweitzer solicited campaign contributions from subordinates in his state office.

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