Montana AM Settles Road Dispute With State
November 10, 2005 at 7:06 AM (PT)
The longstanding dispute between KGEZ-A/KALISPELL, MT owner and host JOHN STOKES and the MONTANA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION has been settled before trial, with STOKES getting $400,000. and legal fees from the state in exchange for station land condemned by the state to expand U.S. Highway 93.
The state had previously stuck to an offer of $100,000., which STOKES refused, asking between $1 million and $4.7 million for the land and moving the station. STOKES' victory could be short-lived, as the MISSOULIAN reports that QUESTA MORTGAGE, which says STOKES is in default on the note covering the station, is pursuing foreclosure; a dispute is arising from STOKES' withdrawal of $750,000. from an escrow account funded by the state and who will be responsible for paying $350,000. back to the state.