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Guest opinion: Heritage Act would protect Montana wilderness

Guest opinion: Heritage Act would protect Montana wilderness

Wilderness replenishes our soul. Our eyes get a little brighter after a few days in the backcountry. Our stresses slide off like April snowmelt. Traveling to wild country can be a challenging journey, but it’s a journey that changes us for the better.

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Atheist group appeals decision on Jesus statue

Atheist group appeals decision on Jesus statue

KALISPELL — A Wisconsin-based atheist and agnostic organization is appealing a federal judge's ruling that a 6-foot-tall statue of Jesus can remain on Forest Service land on a northwestern Montana ski hill.

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Bonner fire 100 percent contained; Superior fire holds at 6,300 acres

Bonner fire 100 percent contained; Superior fire holds at 6,300 acres

BONNER – Firefighters backed up by old burn scars put a quick halt to the Stimson fire across the Blackfoot River from Bonner on Tuesday.

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Jesus statue can stay on Montana mountain

Jesus statue can stay on Montana mountain

HELENA — A Jesus statue that has for six decades been a curiosity to skiers as they cruise down a popular run at a northwest Montana ski resort will not be evicted from federal land, a judge ruled Tuesday.

June 25, 2013 8:44 amLoading…

Helicopter makes hard landing, no one injured

KALISPELL — A private helicopter taking two Flathead County employees to do some work on a radio tower east of Kalispell made a hard landing near Mount Aenaes in the Jewel Basin.

April 25, 2013 2:38 pmLoading…

Kalispell woman's body found near Lake McDonald

MISSOULA — The body of a 28-year-old Kalispell woman was recovered Thursday from the head of Lake McDonald in Glacier National Park.

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Residents near Condon wildfire prepped for leaving

KALISPELL — Residents east of U.S. Highway 83 in the Condon area have been asked to prepare for possible evacuation as a lightning-caused fire moves closer to homes.

September 25, 2012 12:41 pmLoading…
Condon Mountain fire blows up after weeks of relative calm

Condon Mountain fire blows up after weeks of relative calm

The Condon Mountain fire flared up and grew to 2,396 acres on Wednesday following a weeks-long lull that had given firefighters cause to believe they had outflanked the lightning-caused blaze.

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Rehberg signs brief challenging efforts to remove Whitefish Jesus statue

Rehberg signs brief challenging efforts to remove Whitefish Jesus statue

WHITEFISH – U.S. Rep. Denny Rehberg, R-Mont., offered up his latest vote of support for the Jesus statue on Big Mountain this week by becoming the lead signer on a legal brief that challenges an atheist group’s efforts to have the historic statue removed.

August 31, 2012 9:55 am Photos

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Garnet Mountains fires put up smoke, close road near Bearmouth

Garnet Mountains fires put up smoke, close road near Bearmouth

Two fires in the Garnet Mountains north of Bearmouth put up a smoke column visible from Lincoln on Saturday after one of the fires jumped containment lines under stiff winds Friday evening. Cindy Super, fire information officer with the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservatio…

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Evacuations ordered in Lewis and Clark County due to Elbow Pass fire

Evacuations ordered in Lewis and Clark County due to Elbow Pass fire

Officials Tuesday afternoon ordered for the evacuation of about 50 structures, mostly cabins, in the Benchmark area due to growing Elbow Pass Complex fire.

July 31, 2012 5:38 pm Photos

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Rehberg promises continued support of Jesus statue

WHITEFISH – Swaddled in a robe of cerulean-blue epoxy, the Big Mountain Jesus statue endured the dry summer heat, just as it has every year for nearly six decades.

July 17, 2012 8:03 amLoading…

Groups seek to block forest thinning project

KALISPELL — Environmental groups have filed a lawsuit to halt pre-commercial thinning on 3,650 acres in the Flathead National Forest in western Montana.

June 09, 2012 8:03 pmLoading…

Lawsuit filed to halt Montana logging project

KALISPELL — Two conservation groups have filed a lawsuit seeking to halt a U.S. Forest Service logging project in the South Fork Flathead River corridor in western Montana.

April 21, 2012 1:48 pmLoading…

Drilling fees pay for new national forest lands in 15 states, including Montana

Offshore drilling fees are financing the purchase of $41.6 million worth of new national forest lands in 15 states, including Montana.

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Whitefish Mountain Resort skiers spot wolverine

KALISPELL — Skiers at Whitefish Mountain Resort received an additional thrill with the sighting of a wolverine on the slopes.

March 17, 2012 3:30 pm Related

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Body of missing skier recovered after avalanche near Bigfork

KALISPELL -- Flathead County authorities have recovered the body of a backcountry skier who was caught in an avalanche near Bigfork in northwestern Montana.

February 02, 2012 1:55 pmLoading…

Rescuers try to reach area where skier is missing after avalanche

UPDATE -- 9:40 A.M.: KALISPELL — Authorities say a skier is missing after being swept away by a large avalanche near Bigfork in northwestern Montana.

February 01, 2012 9:05 pmLoading…
Land swap for Whitefish's Jesus statue to get congressional hearing

Land swap for Whitefish's Jesus statue to get congressional hearing

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.

January 28, 2012 7:12 am Photos

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Public comment pouring in on mountain Jesus statue

Public comment pouring in on mountain Jesus statue

UPDATE -- 11:51 A.M.: KALISPELL -- Officials managing the Flathead National Forest have received more than 90,000 comments as they consider whether to renew a lease for a 25-square-foot parcel of federal land on Big Mountain that has been home to a statue of Jesus since 1955.

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