Monday: Missing Woman, Gun Rights, Whitefish Debate

By Beacon Staff

Good sunny morning; on the Beacon today, Lake County officials are seeking information that might help them locate a 52-year-old woman, Kathy Sammons, who has not been seen since leaving work last week in Polson. Home sales have fallen nationwide since federal tax incentives expired in April and lending activity is slow, even as mortgage rates hover below 5 percent. The candidates for Montana’s lone Congressional seat debated in Whitefish on Sunday, discussing everything from the oil spill in the gulf to immigration. Horse racing will make a return during the final two days of the Northwest Montana Fair this year, and the equine club sponsoring the event has plenty to do before then. The Flathead County Library System Board of Trustees agreed to extend the deadline for the City of Whitefish to decide whether to break from the county and form its own library.

The Montana Highway Patrol says a 20-year-old Kalispell woman was killed and an 18-year-old Havre woman was injured in a one-vehicle crash near Winifred. Goldman Sachs has agreed to buy back over $25.65 million in auction-rate securities sold to Montana investors, as part of a national settlement regarding the company’s sales of the investments. The Supreme Court ruled Monday that the Constitution’s “right to keep and bear arms” applies nationwide as a restraint on the ability of the federal, state and local governments to substantially limit its reach. L.A. Lakers coach Phil Jackson headlined the Western Governor’s Association conference in Whitefish on Sunday, and discussed his plans on whether to return next season with reporters. And Chef “Kitchen Guy” Jim Gray recounts his experiences after cooking dinner for 40 Army National Guardsmen last week.