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Premium EDITORIAL: Base 911 choice on need, not process

Not everyone will have a life-or-death emergency today, but chances are great that several people in Flathead County will, and when they do, they will want to be assured that the responding ambulance, fire truck, or police car will arrive promptly when they dial 911.

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The Conrad Mansion Museum's annual Christmas Plum Pudding waits in the dining hall for tour visitors. The sugar cubes encasing the pudding traditionally would have been drizzled in brandy and then lit on fire, melting the cubes down to a sweet coating.

Holidays are here at the Conrad Mansion Museum

Food is a holiday tradition for many families around the Flathead Valley. One of the region’s most famous families, the Conrads, were no exception.

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Bullock challenges Weyerhaeuser to continue Plum Creek legacy

In a letter dated Nov. 19, Governor Steve Bullock called on Wyerhaeuser Corporation CEO Doyle Simons to maintain jobs in Montana and the legacy of public access that Plum Creek Timber has established. The letter comes after news broke that Weyerhaeuser would be buying Plum Creek.

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Turkey shoots down Russian jet it says violated its airspace

MOSCOW — Turkey shot down a Russian warplane on Tuesday that it said ignored repeated warnings and crossed into its airspace from Syria, killing at least one of the two pilots in a long-feared escalation in tensions between Russia and NATO. Russian President Vladimir Putin denounced what he called a “stab in the back” and warned of “significant consequences.”

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Tuesday 11/24/2015
City to take look at one-way avenues
Posted: November 24, 2015

The Kalispell City Council on Monday heard a city engineering presentation on switching Third and Fourth avenues east to two-way streets.

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Kalispell outlines snowplow procedures
Posted: November 24, 2015

The first big snow of the season landed on Kalispell Tuesday, prompting the city of Kalispell to issue a reminder about the order of snowplowing routes.

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Missing hiker found dead near Polson
Posted: November 24, 2015

A 73-year-old Lake County man was found dead just after midnight on Wednesday on a trail off Hellroaring Road near Polson, just past a landmark known by locals as Hellroaring Cabin and landslide.

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Costco pulls chicken salad from shelves
Posted: November 24, 2015

HELENA (AP) — Health officials say chicken salad from Costco may be linked to several recent cases of food poisoning in four states, including Montana.

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Hunting harvest good heading into final week
Posted: November 24, 2015

With the final week of the general hunting season underway, deer harvest remains strong in Northwest Montana, according to check station data from Fish, Wildlife and Parks.

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Boulder project climbs closer to goal
Posted: November 24, 2015

With a $20,000 grant from the Kalispell Daybreak Rotary on Thursday, the Kalispell Boulder Project could be completed by early summer 2016.

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Monday 11/23/2015
Justine Winter free after four years
Updated: November 23, 2015 - 8:47 pm

An Evergreen woman convicted in 2011 of killing two people was freed on parole from a Billings pre-release center on Friday.

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U.S. plans to cancel Badger-Two Medicine lease
Updated: November 23, 2015 - 8:36 pm

The U.S. Department of the Interior on Monday announced it intends to cancel a controversial oil and gas drilling lease in the Badger-Two Medicine area east of Glacier National Park.

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Storm to bring cold, wind, snow
Updated: November 23, 2015 - 3:12 pm

The Flathead Valley is expected to receive a winter storm Tuesday as an arctic front from Alberta brings plummeting temperatures, high winds and an inch or two of snow beginning between 8 and 11 a.m.

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Premium OPINION: Commissioners failed to provide leadership on 911 board

Prior to the consolidation of the 911 Communications Center, all 911 calls went to the dispatch center located in the Justice Center and operated by the sheriff.

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