Thursday: No Taxis, Food Stamps, Stimulus Jobs

By Beacon Staff

Good morning; on the Beacon today, both Kalispell and Whitefish have lost their taxi services in the last few months, putting seniors, the disabled and bar patrons at a disadvantage. The Flathead County Office of Public Assistance has seen a massive increase in the number of applications for food stamps over the last several months. Troy Mine managers will meet Monday with government regulators before a Spokane, Wash., judge who will determine whether the copper and silver mine should pay a $60,000 fine after a worker was killed in a cave-in more than two years ago. And Dave Skinner breaks down the profit motives of Real Estate Investment Trusts like Plum Creek.

Gov. Brian Schweitzer says stimulus projects are so far employing about 1,000 people in Montana. The state’s 2009 graduating class earned marks above the national average on the ACT exam. A Bozeman police officer who wrote on his Facebook page that he thinks there should be a law allowing police to take people to jail for being “stupid” apologized Wednesday. Reappraisal revisions are delayed because the state Department of Revenue revised the forms midway through sending them out. Some $2.5 million in checks were sent out to Yellowstone Club creditors yesterday. Officials are investigating the shooting death of the second largest grizzly ever captured in Montana.

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