Republican U.S. Rep. Denny Rehberg’s proposed land swap to preserve a statue of Jesus at Whitefish Mountain Resort will get a congressional hearing on Friday.
The Knights of Columbus and members of the U.S. Army’s 10th Mountain Division placed the statue on a 25-by-25-foot square of U.S. Forest Service property in 1955. The Knights of Columbus has leased the spot ever since.
In addition to supporting the register listing, Rehberg has introduced a bill to swap an equal patch of land belonging to the resort for the Forest Service land where the statue rests. The hearing takes place at 7 a.m. on Friday before the House Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands. Rehberg and Kalispell resident Charlie Harball of the Knights of Columbus are expected to testify.