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Wednesday: KGEZ Deal, Unemployment Rate, UM Threat

By Beacon Staff

Good morning; on the Beacon today, local conservative radio talk show host John Stokes will lose his station, the easement upon which his transmission towers stand and his federal broadcasting license as part of a bankruptcy settlement approved by a judge last week. The Montana Highway Patrol says a 26-year-old Whitefish woman, Amy K. Searles was killed in a two-vehicle collision on U.S. Highway 2 about 7 miles west of East Glacier Park. Flathead County’s unemployment rate continued to inch downward in June, dropping to 11.4 percent from 11.5 percent a month prior. Lolo National Forest officials say an abandoned campfire sparked a blaze about 10 miles southwest of Plains. The Flathead County Planning Board voted 7-2 to recommend approval for a proposed large-tract rural zoning classification, despite voiced and written opposition from the public at a July 14 hearing. And Mark Riffey has a bowl of clam chowder.

Tens of thousands of gray wolves would be returned to the woods of New England, the mountains of California, the wide open Great Plains and the desert West under a scientific petition filed Tuesday with the federal government. The Montana Grizzlies are heavily favored to win the Big Sky Conference football championship, according to preseason polls of both coaches and media that cover the league. China has overtaken the United States as the world’s largest energy consumer, the International Energy Agency said Tuesday. A California utility that had an agreement to buy electricity from a wind farm proposed for northern Montana is now offering to invest in the project. The Missoulian’s Chelsi Moy reports on a delay in the time it took for the University of Montana to alert students to a potential threat at the law school. An 18-year-old Montana State Prison inmate who claims he has been treated inhumanely is asking a District Court judge to step in to keep him from returning to a solitary cell and other treatment he and his lawyers say is deplorable and scarring.

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