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KALISPELL — The sprawling, multiyear rehabilitation project on the Going-to-the-Sun Road continues this summer in Glacier National Park and, with the lion’s share of the work behind them, park officials are anticipating a completion date in early 2017.
KALISPELL — One day after edging boards at the recently reopened Plum Creek Timber Co. stud mill in Evergreen, working alongside millworkers in a Montana industry that flagged with the housing collapse and is now rebounding, U.S. Sen. Max Baucus plied members of the Kalispell Chamber of Comm…
WHITEFISH – As many as 3,000 residents in northwest Montana experienced power outages Monday brought on by high winds and downed power lines.
Days after announcing his retirement and, in doing so, promising a full-court press to protect some of Montana’s most pristine places, U.S. Sen. Max Baucus testified before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee to promote the North Fork Watershed Protection Act, a bill that would…
MISSOULA- A 42-year-old Salish Kootenai College student who was attacked and mauled by a grizzly bear Friday near campus continued to recover in a Kalispell hospital Monday, while the sow grizzly reportedly retreated into the mountains following the attack and has not been spotted since.
Having roamed Flathead Lake’s largest island for more than three decades, at one point upholding its name as the lone equine resident, the oldest gelding on Wild Horse Island has departed for greener pastures.
WHITEFISH – Whitefish Mountain Resort on Big Mountain will purchase a chairlift and begin clearing timber for new runs and a lift line this summer on the north side of the ski area.
WHITEFISH – More tourists flocked to Montana in 2012 than in any previous year in state history, according to recent research from the University of Montana, while the amount of money out-of-state visitors spent was also unprecedented.
KALISPELL — The Kootenai River, an international watershed encompassing 18,000 square miles of British Columbia, Montana and Idaho, was named among the nation’s most endangered waterways by a Washington, D.C.-based environmental group.
WEST GLACIER — Snowplow crews recently embarked on the monthslong task of carving a path along Glacier National Park’s famed Going-to-the-Sun Road, and in less than two weeks they have made it past The Loop, a hairpin turn west of the Continental Divide at about 4,400 feet, and are approachi…
KALISPELL – Glacier Park International’s lone air traffic control tower will remain open until at least June 15 following the Federal Aviation Administration’s decision to delay the closure of 149 air traffic control facilities at small airports nationwide.
COLUMBIA FALLS — U.S. Rep. Steve Daines is traveling across Western Montana to promote the state’s trove of natural resources this week, and on Thursday the Republican lawmaker met with plant managers at Plum Creek Timber Co.’s medium-density fiberboard mill in Columbia Falls, the largest of…
Republican U.S. Rep. Steve Daines, left, tours Plum Creek’s medium-density fiberboard mill in Columbia Falls on Thursday.
WEST GLACIER — Automatic federal budget cuts will not delay the opening of Glacier National Park’s Going-to-the-Sun Road, but campgrounds and visitor centers will close earlier in the season, trails will receive less maintenance and some full-time positions will not be filled, park administr…
CONDON – A compact disc dangling from the branch of a lodgepole pine catches the morning sunlight and mimics the flash of a snowshoe hare, while the hindquarters of a road-killed deer wired to a nearby bear-rub tree will lure in a suite of small, elusive carnivores that range in the Swan Valley.
Carly Lewis of the Lolo National Forest inspects the fur collected by gun bore brushes at a bait station near Condon.
WHITEFISH — A study by University of Montana researchers shows that pollutants leaching into the heavily mined Elk River drainage in southeastern British Columbia have reached alarming levels, particularly as a metal-like element called selenium threatens critical fish habitat in Canada, as …
MISSOULA — A Denver-based energy exploration company that has been searching for oil and gas on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation alongside Glacier National Park announced Tuesday that it would cease drilling and shut down the project.
MISSOULA — The body of a 28-year-old Kalispell woman was recovered Thursday from the head of Lake McDonald in Glacier National Park.
WEST GLACIER – Administrators at Glacier National Park say across-the-board federal budget cuts will mean fewer summer employees, a reduction that will compromise visitor services and likely delay the opening of Going-to-the-Sun Road.
COLUMBIA FALLS – Montana Sens. Jon Tester and Max Baucus have asked the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to evaluate contamination levels at the shuttered Columbia Falls Aluminum Co. plant.
WEST GLACIER — Marc Ankenbauer’s aqueous obsession has lured him into the frigid waters of exactly 158 lakes in Glacier and Waterton Lakes National Parks.
MISSOULA — National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis issued a memo Friday detailing the scope of a 5 percent across-the-board budget cut and the damaging effect it will have on the already beleaguered agency.
WHITEFISH — A West Glacier man on Thursday night shot and killed the host of the Sportsman Channel show “A Rifleman’s Journal” while the television personality was visiting the shooter’s wife at a Whitefish residence, police said Friday.
WHITEFISH — Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said automatic federal spending cuts set to take effect Friday will undermine visitor services at places like Glacier National Park, while gateway communities like Whitefish would be devastated.
WHITEFISH — Officials with Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway are drafting a plan to clean an isolated section of contaminated soil at its Whitefish rail yard, which is adjacent to downtown and the Whitefish River.
LIBBY – An out-of-state welding company that arrived in Libby promising much-needed economic development and more than 200 lucrative jobs is now “winding down” its operations in the beleaguered northwest Montana community, where a workforce of nearly 70 employees will be laid off by the end …
WHITEFISH — Montana U.S. Sens. Max Baucus and Jon Tester on Thursday reintroduced a bill that would bar mining and new oil and gas development on the North Fork of the Flathead River.
MISSOULA — After scaling back production and then shutting down in early December due to rockfall, the Troy Mine in northwestern Montana is tentatively scheduled to reopen this spring, officials with Revett Minerals Inc. said.
WHITEFISH — The town of Whitefish and its idyllic surroundings were showcased in an episode of “The Bachelor” on Monday night when ABC aired a segment of the hit reality television series that was filmed in Stumptown last October.
WEST GLACIER — A National Park Service memo leaked last week details how proposed budget cuts would require the already-beleaguered agency to furlough employees, reduce key visitor services, shorten visiting seasons, limit hours of operation, and possibly close park units this year at nearly…
WEST GLACIER — A 19-year-old hiker who died last summer in Glacier National Park was not killed in a fall, as was previously believed, but probably drowned or succumbed to hypothermia, officials said.
WEST GLACIER – The National Park Service will modify the terms of a concessions contract in Glacier National Park to clarify the park’s intent to retain its iconic fleet of 33 red tour buses, park officials said Wednesday.
WEST GLACIER — A mountain lion caught recently in a wolf foothold trap set on the southwestern boundary of Glacier National Park was turned loose by state wildlife officials, but the National Park Service employee who discovered the animal and reported it to game wardens was caught the follo…
SEELEY LAKE — The approaching din of a two-stroke internal combustion engine and the reek of gasoline clashed with our idyllic setting in the cold quiet of night. But it was a dissonance well-received as we hailed our welcome wagon to the woods.
Greg Franson makes fresh tracks on a powder face off of Morrell Mountain, its lookout tower bristling at the end of the ridgeline and the Seeley-Swan Valley spread out in the distance.
The group rests atop Morrell Mountain, sipping tea and studying potential ski lines.
Greg Franson turns into a sun-softened bowl of powder snow.
WEST GLACIER – An avalanche in Glacier National Park swept a skier 800 feet down Elk Mountain last week, burying the man up to his neck and breaking his arm and six ribs before a companion dug him out of the debris.
EUREKA – In the past year, the Ranch for Kids Project has come under scrutiny by top-ranking Russian government officials, who in June arrived at the respite care facility for troubled adopted children, many of them Russian, with a Moscow television crew in tow, criticizing the unlicensed bo…
WHITEFISH – A 26-year-old Kalispell man was arrested Thursday night after leading Flathead County authorities on a car chase, crashing into a patrol cruiser and attacking a man who attempted to detain him, only to be held at gunpoint by the man’s wife.
COLUMBIA FALLS – A state lawmaker in the Flathead Valley is proposing amendments to the U.S. Constitution to offset the effects of new firearms restrictions, which if passed, he says will erode civil liberties and infringe on state’s rights.
MISSOULA — A conservation project on 28,000 acres of prime wildlife habitat in northwest Montana’s lower Kootenai River valley offers permanent access and protection to tracts of land with high conservation values, while continuing to support recreation and local timber jobs.
Lincoln County authorities returned to the site of a fatal plane crash on Swede Mountain outside of Libby on Thursday morning and retrieved the remains of the pilot and passenger, who were traveling to the area for a company Christmas party.
KALISPELL — Police investigations into allegations of drug use and drug dealing by students at Glacier High led to the arrest of seven teenagers this week, according to school resource officer Jason Parce of the Kalispell Police Department.
WHITEFISH — Search and rescue officials on Wednesday night located a small private aircraft that went down on a mountainside outside of Libby, killing the two people on board.
KALISPELL — Rumors and threats of a school shooting in Kalispell were disseminated by students online and by text message Sunday and Monday, prompting police and school officials to investigate the rumors and determine they are likely without merit.
WHITEFISH — Even as much of rural America struggles with economic decline, the Flathead Valley is growing and vibrant, its pristine natural resources, open spaces and quality of life paying off in tangible economic benefits.
WHITEFISH — For Sam and Marissa Dauenhauer, owners of Sweet Peaks Homemade Ice Cream, the secret to sweet success has been as traditional as their ice cream flavors are avant-garde.
Sam and Marissa Dauenhauer, owners of Sweet Peaks Homemade Ice Cream, have grown their homemade ice cream shop into a small business franchise in the Flathead Valley by using good, local ingredients, experimenting with unique flavor combinations, and by fostering strong relationships in the …