An aquatics plan in Billings is drawing fire from critics who say it doesn't build the kinds of water facilities in parks that people want. Billings Gazette reporter Jaci Webb writes that the Billings City Council nearly abandoned the plan Monday night, and did decide to go against its recommendations and build a new spray park in Highland Park. Missoula's City Council is reviewing a similar aquatics plan to update its aging pools and water facilities.
The coming mosquito season has Havre residents talking about creating mosquito control districts to cut down on the clouds of flying pests. The Great Falls Tribune reports that West Nile Virus concerns are also driving interest in developing plans to kill the bugs. Although odds of people catching the virus are slim, it takes a larger toll on livestock.
A fortune in seized art and antiques goes up for sale today in Bozeman, now that a 1994 lawsuit has been settled. The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reports that Gallatin County officials confiscated the collection of Ron and Nancy Lurie's Bozeman home to pay part of a $1.1 million bankruptcy judgment against Ron Lurie's former Missouri law firm. The Luries fought the seizure in court for years. Among the things going to bid are paintings by Richard Earl Thompson and Bob Scriver and antique furniture. The auction begins at 11 a.m.
Also in the Chronicle, grizzly bear fans can see a documentary filmed mainly in and around Yellowstone National Park by Livingston filmmaker/journalist Bill Campbell. The program airs on the Animal Planet Network at 7 p.m.
The Archie Bray Foundation is planning a $2.5 million expansion to continue its 52-year run as one of the top ceramic arts facilities in the world, according to the Helena Independent Record. The money will help build a new resident studio facility for visiting artists, as well as other production facilities.
IR reporter Shawn White Wolf files a story on the new crowd in the state Capitol: the 2003 Montana YMCA Youth and Government Program. High school students from throughout the state are participating.
Hungry Horse Ranger District officials want to sell some Forest Service administrative land to pay for a new ranger station, according to the Kalispell Daily Interlake. The offerings include 89 acres just to the south and west of Canyon Elementary School - the remnants of the old Hungry Horse Village that existed between 1944 and 1953.