Monday: Whitefish Library, New Dinosaur, CIA Jet?

By Beacon Staff

Good morning; on the Beacon today, the rejection by voters of a $4.1 million-high school building reserve levy request in last Tuesday’s election came as something of a shock to local school officials. The Bigfork Stormwater Advisory Committee is beginning to accelerate its progress, installing two groundwater monitors. Construction is wrapping up for the winter on part of the major reconstruction of the Going to Sun Road in Glacier National Park. Flathead County has pulled its $35 million out of the state’s Short-term Investment Pool program. Several former Flathead County Library System Board trustees in Whitefish have publicly declared that they would like permission from the Whitefish City Council to research the possibility of changing the Whitefish branch’s relationship with the county, even if it means cutting ties all together. And Kitchen Guy Jim Gray goes off on the Montana’s antiquated liquor licensing laws.

The health care overhaul bill that passed the House over the weekend faces a much tougher road in the Senate. Montana kicker Brody McKnight’s 33-yard field goal on the final play sealed a 12-10 comeback win against Idaho State on Saturday, giving the Grizzlies their 12th Big Sky Conference title. Blayde Becksted and Everett Gilbert each scored a rushing touchdown as Montana State used a balanced offensive attack to post a 28-10 victory over Portland State on Saturday. A new dinosaur species has been lifted from the oblivion of a rock formation near Harlowton. Republican Public Service Commissioner Brad Molnar is feuding with Gov. Brian Schweitzer’s administration, demanding e-mail records related to a proposed power line that would transmit energy to southwestern markets. Mike Dennison questions whether the state’s aggressive public access laws are being violated when it comes to document requests. And Schweitzer orders a 35 percent cut in out-of-state travel by state agencies. Finally, a must-read story by John S. Adams on the mysterious uses of a Great Falls-based plane that may be used in illegal renditions by the CIA.

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