NO MORE RVS? Williston may soon be taking a drastic step toward regulating its booming population. The Williston City Commission approved on first reading an ordinance that would make it illegal to live in an RV in city limits. The ordinance, if approved on second reading, would make living in an RV in city limits a Class B misdemeanor punishable by a $500 fine. Williston Police Chief James Lokken estimated that there are between 300 and 400 campers throughout the city. At a time when housing is at a premium, and in some western North Dakota cities virtually non-existent, Williston's action highlights the seriousness of the problem. Workers living in RVs around the city is certainly not an ideal situation, but it's also become a necessity since the ongoing oil boom and subsequent population growth have outpaced local efforts to build housing. It's unfortunate that the situation has gotten so far out of hand in Williston, but city officials there have little choice.
PETRINO FIRED Was there ever a question that Bobby Petrino deserved to be fired as head football coach at the University of Arkansas? The coach lied repeatedly to cover up his relationship with a 25-year-old former university volleyball player, hired her as part of his staff, had previously paid her $20,000 in cash for some reason, then lied some more after crashing his motorcycle while giving the woman a ride. Phone records show the two had been in contact almost daily since September, even while he was recovering from his injuries suffered in the motorcycle accident. The only reason we've heard for not firing Petrino is that he has turned the Arkansas football program into a national power. In the big picture, that shouldn't be given any merit whatsoever. Petrino's lack of morals was on display for everyone to see, and it's clear to us that university officials had no choice but to fire Petrino. And remember, he still has a wife and four children to face.