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Glacier officials say most of Sun Road rehab complete, anticipate 2017 finish

Glacier officials say most of Sun Road rehab complete, anticipate 2017 finish

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.

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Baucus seeks ideas on economic growth from Flathead business leaders

Baucus seeks ideas on economic growth from Flathead business leaders

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…

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High winds topple power lines from Bigfork to Libby

WHITEFISH – As many as 3,000 residents in northwest Montana experienced power outages Monday brought on by high winds and downed power lines.

April 29, 2013 5:21 pmLoading…
Baucus testifies to promote North Fork Flathead protection

Baucus testifies to promote North Fork Flathead protection

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…

April 26, 2013 9:00 am Photos

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Bear that attacked Pablo man was defending cubs

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.

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Oldest horse on Flathead's Wild Horse Island dies

Oldest horse on Flathead's Wild Horse Island dies

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.

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Whitefish Mountain Resort to begin $1.4M chairlift project this summer

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.

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Record number of tourists, spending in Montana in 2012

Record number of tourists, spending in Montana in 2012

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.

April 21, 2013 11:05 am Photos

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Group says Kootenai River among most endangered in U.S.

Group says Kootenai River among most endangered in U.S.

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.

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Plow crews making progress in clearing Glacier's Going-to-the-Sun Road

Plow crews making progress in clearing Glacier's Going-to-the-Sun Road

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…

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FAA delays closure of Kalispell air traffic control tower, others

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.

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U.S. Rep. Daines touts jobs on tour of Plum Creek mill in Columbia Falls

U.S. Rep. Daines touts jobs on tour of Plum Creek mill in Columbia Falls

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…

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Republican U.S. Rep. Steve Daines, left, tours the Plum Creek mill

Republican U.S. Rep. Steve Daines, left, tours the Plum Creek mill

Republican U.S. Rep. Steve Daines, left, tours Plum Creek’s medium-density fiberboard mill in Columbia Falls on Thursday.

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Private dollars will pay to plow Glacier Park's Going-to-the-Sun Road

Private dollars will pay to plow Glacier Park's Going-to-the-Sun Road

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…

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Researchers, land managers track small carnivores

Researchers, land managers track small carnivores

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.

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Lolo National Forest

Lolo National Forest

Carly Lewis of the Lolo National Forest inspects the fur collected by gun bore brushes at a bait station near Condon.

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UM research: Mining pollutants entering Elk River drainage in southeast B.C.

UM research: Mining pollutants entering Elk River drainage in southeast B.C.

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 …

March 24, 2013 12:21 pmLoading…
Anschutz Exploration to halt oil, gas drilling on Blackfeet Reservation

Anschutz Exploration to halt oil, gas drilling on Blackfeet Reservation

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.

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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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Glacier acting superintendent says federal cuts will 'eat into muscle'

Glacier acting superintendent says federal cuts will 'eat into muscle'

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.

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Baucus, Tester ask EPA to evaluate contamination at Columbia Falls aluminum plant

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.

March 11, 2013 8:37 pmLoading…
Survivor raises money swimming in 158 Glacier, Waterton lakes

Survivor raises money swimming in 158 Glacier, Waterton lakes

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.

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National Park Service director details cuts, including leaving 900 jobs vacant

National Park Service director details cuts, including leaving 900 jobs vacant

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.

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Montana man kills Sportsman Channel host, then self

Montana man kills Sportsman Channel host, then self

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.

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Cuts will hurt park visitor services, gateway communities, Interior secretary says

Cuts will hurt park visitor services, gateway communities, Interior secretary says

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.

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BNSF working on plan to clean up contaminated soil in Whitefish rail yard

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.

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Welding company leaving Libby; 70 to lose jobs

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 …

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Montana senators reintroduce bill to protect North Fork Flathead River

Montana senators reintroduce bill to protect North Fork Flathead River

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.

February 08, 2013 7:51 am Photos

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Troy Mine could reopen this spring; miners work to solidify walls

Troy Mine could reopen this spring; miners work to solidify walls

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.

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Whitefish residents gather to watch 'Bachelor' episode shot around town

Whitefish residents gather to watch 'Bachelor' episode shot around town

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.

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Park Service memo details $2.5M in proposed budget cuts at Glacier, Yellowstone

Park Service memo details $2.5M in proposed budget cuts at Glacier, Yellowstone

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…

February 03, 2013 8:30 am Photos

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Drowning or hypothermia probably killed Glacier hiker

Drowning or hypothermia probably killed Glacier hiker

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.

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Glacier National Park will keep its 33 red buses on road

Glacier National Park will keep its 33 red buses on road

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.

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Traps catch lion, then ranger on Glacier Park boundary

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…

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Swan Mountain yurt offers access to backcountry skiers

Swan Mountain yurt offers access to backcountry skiers

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.

January 24, 2013 12:10 am Photos

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Run with a view

Run with a view

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.

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Picnic

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The group rests atop Morrell Mountain, sipping tea and studying potential ski lines.

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Soft snow

Soft snow

Greg Franson turns into a sun-softened bowl of powder snow.

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Avalanche in Glacier carried skier 800 feet down Elk Mountain, report says

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.

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Eureka ranch at center of debate over adoption of Russian children

Eureka ranch at center of debate over adoption of Russian children

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…

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Whitefish woman holds suspect at gunpoint after husband attacked

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.

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Montana legislator proposes constitutional amendments on gun rights

Montana legislator proposes constitutional amendments on gun rights

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.

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Stimson sells 28K acres in Kootenai River valley into conservation easement

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.

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Searchers retrieve bodies of 2 plane crash victims near Libby

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.

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7 teenagers arrested on drug charges at Kalispell's Glacier High

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.

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Plane found on mountainside near Libby; 2 men killed

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.

December 19, 2012 8:07 pmLoading…

School shooting rumors in Kalispell unfounded; students disciplined

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.

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Flathead Valley growth driven by tourism, recreation

Flathead Valley growth driven by tourism, recreation

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.

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Community support helps Flathead ice cream shops thrive

Community support helps Flathead ice cream shops thrive

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.

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Sam and Marissa Dauenhauer

Sam and Marissa Dauenhauer

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 …

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