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Tuesday, March 31

Sheldon-Allen hopes he hasn’t run his last race
March 31, 2020 7:17 p.m.

Sheldon-Allen hopes he hasn’t run his last race

Once Chance Sheldon-Allen got on the track and field oval he quickly made his mark.

March 31, 2020 6:22 p.m.

Idaho earthquake felt in Flathead

A strong earthquake in Central Idaho on Tuesday evening was felt all across Western Montana, including the Flathead Valley.

Evictions, utility suspensions prohibited during order
March 31, 2020 4:11 p.m.

Evictions, utility suspensions prohibited during order

Gov. Steve Bullock issued a directive on Tuesday to help Montanans who are financially stressed while the state faces a stay-at-home order.

Businesses navigate definition of ‘essential’
March 31, 2020 4:10 p.m.

Businesses navigate definition of ‘essential’

Since Gov. Steve Bullock announced a statewide stay-at-home order last week, Montanans have been wondering which businesses are open, which are partially open and which are shuttered until April 10 – at the earliest.

March 31, 2020 8:14 a.m.

Flathead County up to 11 positive cases

Flathead County’s positive coronavirus cases crossed into double digits on Tuesday morning after two women in their 20s tested positive, bumping the valley’s total to 11 cases.

March 31, 2020 1 a.m.

Voting by mail only for June 2 primary

Flathead County officials decided on Monday to make the June 2 primary an all-mail election in an effort to protect voters during the COVID-19 pandemic.

March 31, 2020 1 a.m.

Hospital in Shelby in ‘dire need’ of more staff

Toole County is experiencing an increase in positive coronavirus cases and on Monday reported two fatalities from the virus, prompting the Montana Nurses Association to put out an urgent call for any available nurses and other health-care professionals to assist staff at the Marias Medical Center in Shelby.

Hot Springs hit with string of crimes
March 31, 2020 1 a.m.

Hot Springs hit with string of crimes

Even the small town of Hot Springs is not immune from the ravaging effects of dangerous drugs such as methamphetamine.

March 31, 2020 1 a.m.

Woman can’t seem to butt out

A bullheaded woman on U.S. 2 in Hungry Horse purportedly called 911 to get deputies to buy her cigarettes. Dispatchers provided her with the non-emergency phone number, but she supposedly didn’t have a pen to write it down. She reportedly called back on the non-emergency number to say she “wants a smoke.” She was told Flathead County Sheriff’s Office would not supply cigarettes for her. The persistent woman reportedly said Columbia Falls Police Department told her the same, so she is “now having her mother call from out of state to request an officer to take her daughter cigarettes.” The woman was again counseled that deputies would not buy her cigarettes.

March 31, 2020 1 a.m.

Postal Service extends hold period on mail

The U.S. Postal Service is extending the holding period for mail from 10 to 30 days for those impacted by COVID-19.

March 31, 2020 1 a.m.

Flathead asks visitors to stay away, for now

The beautiful Flathead Valley is a travel destination to many across the globe, and the local economy relies heavily on the tourism industry.

March 31, 2020 1 a.m.

Hospital in Shelby in ‘dire need’ of more staff

Toole County is experiencing an increase in positive coronavirus cases and on Monday reported two fatalities from the virus, prompting the Montana Nurses Association to put out an urgent call for any available nurses and other health-care professionals to assist staff at the Marias Medical Center in Shelby.

March 31, 2020 1 a.m.

Bears starting to emerge from dens

Bears in Northwest Montana are emerging from their dens, prompting officials with Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks to remind residents and visitors to “Be Bear Aware.”

March 31, 2020 midnight

Legals for March, 31 2020

Monday, March 30

Study: Social distancing seems to be helping in King County
March 30, 2020 4:21 p.m.

Study: Social distancing seems to be helping in King County

Public health officials and researchers say that social distancing appears to be helping slow the spread of COVID-19 in the Seattle area, where many of the first U.S. deaths occurred

March 30, 2020 4:19 p.m.

Montana governor imposes travel self-quarantine

Gov. Steve Bullock on Monday directed that travelers arriving from another state or country to Montana for non-work-related purposes undergo a 14-day self-quarantine.

March 30, 2020 11:49 a.m.

Montana’s COVID death toll hits four

As of Monday morning, four people in Montana have died from coronavirus — an announcement that comes as the number of positive cases has surpassed 170 individuals statewide and hospitals battle equipment shortages.

Firefighters quickly knock down Columbia Falls house fire
March 30, 2020 11:48 a.m.

Firefighters quickly knock down Columbia Falls house fire

Columbia Falls firefighters quickly knocked down a house fire Sunday about 5:46 p.m. on Ninth Avenue West.

March 30, 2020 1 a.m.

January KRMC births

Niko Baughan, son of Tory and Alena Baughan of Kalispell, was born Jan. 7, 2020, at Kalispell Regional Medical Center.

March 30, 2020 1 a.m.

Pair desperate for sleep and a deep clean

Kalispell Police Department received a report that a man and woman reportedly stole a shampooer, bunk bed and possibly a third item on Hutton Ranch Road.

March 30, 2020 1 a.m.

Ball fields set for construction in C-Falls

The Columbia Falls School Board last week got an update on the Ruder and Glacier Gateway Elementary School projects, set to begin construction this year.

March 30, 2020 midnight

Legals for March, 30 2020

Sunday, March 29

Local teen starts youth astronomy group
March 29, 2020 5:50 p.m.

Local teen starts youth astronomy group

Andrew Hawken is aiming for the stars.

March 29, 2020 4:52 p.m.

Madison County records state’s 2nd COVID-19 death

The Madison County Public Health Department and Gov. Steve Bullock’s Office on Sunday confirmed Montana’s second COVID-19-related death.

Trump adds 30 days to distancing guidelines as virus spreads
March 29, 2020 3:50 p.m.

Trump adds 30 days to distancing guidelines as virus spreads

President Donald Trump is extending the voluntary national shutdown for a month as sickness and death from the coronavirus pandemic rise in the U.S. The initial 15 days of social distancing urged by the federal government is expiring and Trump had expressed interest in relaxing the guidelines at least in parts of the country less afflicted by the pandemic

Local shelters offer adoptions by appointment
March 29, 2020 2:15 p.m.

Local shelters offer adoptions by appointment

Those looking for a quarantine companion better be serious if they plan on frequenting any of the animal shelters in the Flathead Valley.

Educators, professionals use 3D printers to make N95 masks
March 29, 2020 2:13 p.m.

Educators, professionals use 3D printers to make N95 masks

A small fleet of 3-D printers whir away in Todd Spangler’s garage, exuding a musical scritch-scratch as they methodically transform melted plastic into N95 masks.

March 29, 2020 1 a.m.

A problem more destructive than disease

A pastor once told me that, “Every generation has a 100 percent mortality rate.”

March 29, 2020 1 a.m.

Our wellbeing depends on one another

Now we enter the next chapter of the COVID-19 pandemic, and it will be equally challenging to what we’ve already been through. We stay home; we shelter in place, as our governor has directed.

History lives on through Bigfork gun store owner’s collection
March 29, 2020 1 a.m.

History lives on through Bigfork gun store owner’s collection

For Bigfork’s Richard “Short Colt” Cheney, firearms are a way of life.

March 29, 2020 1 a.m.

Letters to the editor March 29

This letter was written special for you. Thank you.

Christmas tree in Troy lit to boost spirits in time of uncertainty
March 29, 2020 1 a.m.

Christmas tree in Troy lit to boost spirits in time of uncertainty

The aroma of wood smoke pervaded the air and the setting sun blushed the clouds with a rosy hue and lit the hills with alpenglow.

Vacation rental data suggests visitors seeking shelter in Montana
March 29, 2020 1 a.m.

Vacation rental data suggests visitors seeking shelter in Montana

LIVINGSTON — One day late last week, Dan Vermillion, owner of Sweetwater Travel in Livingston, woke up to a flurry of emails.

Barbara Joyce Lengstorf, 81
March 29, 2020 1 a.m.

Barbara Joyce Lengstorf, 81

Barbara Joyce Lengstorf, 81, passed away March 7, 2020. She felt so much love, was surrounded by her family and passed away peacefully at home in Ridgefield, Washington.

Karen K. Reynen, 65
March 29, 2020 1 a.m.

Karen K. Reynen, 65

Karen K. Reynen, 65, passed away unexpectedly in her home on March 18, 2020.

Animal clinics remain open for pet emergencies
March 29, 2020 1 a.m.

Animal clinics remain open for pet emergencies

The veterinary community in the Flathead knows that even amid a virus outbreak affecting humans, the valley’s animals need treatment, too.

Ted Czochanski, 76
March 29, 2020 1 a.m.

Ted Czochanski, 76

Ted Czochanski, 76, of Kalispell, loved Jesus. After battling a long fight with several health issues, he went to be with his Lord on Monday, March 23, 2020, at Lake View Care Center in Bigfork.

March 29, 2020 1 a.m.

Gateway Community Center looking to fill space in old mall building

The Gateway Community Center could become a hub for community-minded organizations in Northwest Montana — but it still needs more tenants.

David Riegel, 81
March 29, 2020 1 a.m.

David Riegel, 81

David Riegel, age 81, of Whitefish, passed away on Thursday, March 26, 2020, at Bee Hive Homes in Columbia Falls.

Pamela Joy Corpron, 60
March 29, 2020 1 a.m.

Pamela Joy Corpron, 60

Our dear Pam passed away too soon on March 14, 2020 at the young age of 60.

Local crafters have homemade masks covered
March 29, 2020 1 a.m.

Local crafters have homemade masks covered

Some local crafters are going one step further to help out during the COVID-19 outbreak by creating homemade protective masks for medical workers.

Donna Lee Chapmon, 86
March 29, 2020 1 a.m.

Donna Lee Chapmon, 86

The world has lost one of the kindest, most selfless humans most of us will ever have the honor of knowing.

A poignant warning, direct from Italy
March 29, 2020 1 a.m.

A poignant warning, direct from Italy

Sixteen months ago, my wife and I traveled to Italy to see a concert and enjoy the sights. While in Genova, we got horribly lost — twice.

March 29, 2020 1 a.m.

Kalispell Regional seeks public’s help with protective equipment

Kalispell Regional Healthcare has launched Project PPE (personal protective equipment) and has supplied information about how the public can help KRH health-care workers.

March 29, 2020 1 a.m.

Schools and families lead through unprecedented circumstances

This week, I had a conversation with U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to discuss national responses to the COVID-19 outbreak and how the U.S. Department of Education can assist Montana schools. I encouraged flexibility for Montana schools. We also discussed equitable alternative education delivery and what that looks like in rural Montana, especially for special education and other at-risk student groups.

March 29, 2020 1 a.m.

Montana Rifle Company in Creston closes

Montana Rifle Company recently announced the immediate closure of the Creston-based firearms manufacturer.

Whitefish yarn store relocates, expands
March 29, 2020 1 a.m.

Whitefish yarn store relocates, expands

Polka Dot Sheep Fine Yarns has relocated and expanded its Whitefish store and dye studio to better serve the Flathead Valley’s knitting community.

March 29, 2020 1 a.m.

Loans available for small businesses in troubled times

In these chaotic, confusing times, one thing is crystal clear for businesses. They need help. And they need it now.

Kalispell company hopes to be model for remote work
March 29, 2020 1 a.m.

Kalispell company hopes to be model for remote work

At National Flood Services, they’re used to dealing with emergency situations, so the Kalispell company is leading the valley’s charge to stop the spread of coronavirus.

March 29, 2020 1 a.m.

MWED offers local emergency loans

In response to the COVID-19 crisis, Montana West Economic Development (MWED) in partnership with City of Columbia Falls, announces the COVID-19 Emergency Stabilization Loan Program to offer relief to affected businesses.

March 29, 2020 1 a.m.

Republican leadership on COVID-19 preparedness

Montanans should rest assured that their legislative leadership is doing all they can to ensure state government continues to effectively serve them as we all do our part to stop the spread of COVID-19. However, let us all remember that our greatest strengths lie in our families, businesses, and communities — not in government.

March 29, 2020 midnight

Legals for March, 29 2020

Saturday, March 28

March 28, 2020 7:36 p.m.

Lucky few spot Grand Teton grizzly days before park closes

Grizzly bears are emerging from their dens in Grand Teton National Park

Seattle Seahawks field to host military hospital amid virus
March 28, 2020 7:35 p.m.

Seattle Seahawks field to host military hospital amid virus

A military field hospital for people with medical issues that are not related to the coronavirus outbreak is being deployed at Seattle's CenturyLink Field Event Center, which is home to the Seahawks football team

March 28, 2020 1 a.m.

National Forest cabins, developed campgrounds closed

Fifteen rental cabins in Flathead National Forest have been closed indefinitely for the health and safety of visitors and staff due to COVID-19.

March 28, 2020 1 a.m.

Kalispell school board cancels elementary levy request

Kalispell Public Schools’ Board of Trustees has canceled putting a $300,000 elementary general fund levy request district on May ballots out of concern taxpayers may be experiencing financial hardships due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

March 28, 2020 1 a.m.

Deer, elk permit deadline is April 1

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks reminds hunters the deadline to apply for deer and elk licenses for nonresidents and deer and elk permits for everyone is Wednesday, April 1.

March 28, 2020 1 a.m.

ACT exams postponed until fall

The Montana Office of Public Instruction and Montana University System announced Tuesday that high school juniors still have the opportunity to take the ACT free of charge the fall semester of their senior year.

March 28, 2020 1 a.m.

She knows who lets the dog out

A Whitefish woman told the Flathead County Sheriff’s Office, “her neighbor lets the dog out and it poops in her yard.” She said this was an ongoing problem.

Popular Somers Beach could become state park
March 28, 2020 1 a.m.

Popular Somers Beach could become state park

Montana State Parks, the Flathead Land Trust and other stakeholders would like to convert the popular Somers Beach on Flathead Lake’s north shore into a state park and are asking for the public’s input on the matter.

March 28, 2020 midnight

Legals for March, 28 2020

Friday, March 27

Glacier Park starts spring plowing next week
March 27, 2020 4:35 p.m.

Glacier Park starts spring plowing next week

Glacier National Park plow crews will hit the roads starting next week, park officials confirmed via email.

Hospital guidelines on who gets testing priority
March 27, 2020 4:34 p.m.

Hospital guidelines on who gets testing priority

New details on the coronavirus and its local impacts seem to be emerging on an almost daily basis. The information comes in the form of state officials ordering residents to shelter in place, from local health leaders ordering businesses to temporarily shut down and from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on how to best quell the spread of the virus.

Glacier Park closes to visitors
March 27, 2020 3:43 p.m.

Glacier Park closes to visitors

Glacier National Park will be closed to visitors until further notice beginning Friday evening in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Trump signs $2.2T stimulus after swift congressional votes
March 27, 2020 2:53 p.m.

Trump signs $2.2T stimulus after swift congressional votes

President Donald Trump has signed an unprecedented $2.2 trillion economic rescue package into law, after swift and near-unanimous action by Congress this week

March 27, 2020 12:02 p.m.

Lincoln County man is first COVID-19 fatality in Montana

G. Scott Tomlin said he was not able to speak to his 77-year-old father, Jim Tomlin, in his final days, a reality that made the loss of his father to COVID-19 especially painful.

March 27, 2020 9:34 a.m.

Mack Days fishing tourney postponed

The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribal Council has decided to postpone the Spring Mack Days fishing tournament following Gov. Steve Bullock’s stay-at-home order issued Thursday.

Daisy (Burk) Yerian, 82
March 27, 2020 1 a.m.

Daisy (Burk) Yerian, 82

Daisy (Burk) Yerian, 82, passed away on March 2, 2020, at North Valley Hospital surrounded by her loved ones.

Hammer Nutrition helps local restaurants
March 27, 2020 1 a.m.

Hammer Nutrition helps local restaurants

In an effort to help out local restaurants pinched by the mandated dining-room closures due to the coronavirus, Hammer Nutrition of rural Whitefish is going the distance to help out.

March 27, 2020 1 a.m.

School action plans detail switch to off-site learning

The Kalispell Public Schools Board of Trustees has approved a plan of action school districts throughout the state are submitting to the Governor’s Office this week, summarizing how public schools provided instruction and services during the initial two-week school closure March 16-27, as a condition of continuing to receive state funding and waiving instructional hours spent in the classroom.

March 27, 2020 1 a.m.

Mass food shipments coming to Flathead Food Bank

Large amounts of produce and other food is on its way to the Flathead Food Bank, where it will be stored in a space in the Gateway Community Center and distributed as needed to other local food banks, senior-living communities, children’s programs and other programs.

March 27, 2020 1 a.m.

Governor gives counties all-mail option for primary election

Gov. Steve Bullock announced on Wednesday a directive that will give counties the choice to conduct all-mail ballot elections for Montana’s primary election on June 2, in an effort to contain the spread of COVID-19.

March 27, 2020 1 a.m.

Kalispell reports sewer blockages from non-flushable objects

Toilet paper has become a hot commodity due to the COVID-19 outbreak—so hot, in fact, that some have had to turn to alternatives such as wipes or paper towels to meet their needs. But Kalispell Public Works Director Susie Turner wants Flathead Valley residents to understand that toilet paper, and only toilet paper, can be flushed down the toilet. All other products, even those marketed as flushable, can create a different kind of crisis for local sewer systems.

Ship-bound couples back home, self-quarantined
March 27, 2020 1 a.m.

Ship-bound couples back home, self-quarantined

After spending an extra week aboard the cruise ship MS Marina, two couples with Whitefish connections stepped foot on dry ground Monday after their ship had been turned away from multiple South American ports due to the coronavirus pandemic.

March 27, 2020 1 a.m.

Free firewood cutting begins April 1

Personal firewood cutting will be free to the general public from April 1 through June 1 in Flathead National Forest.

March 27, 2020 midnight

Legals for March, 27 2020

Thursday, March 26

March 26, 2020 8:55 p.m.

First COVID-19 death reported in Montana

Montana recorded its first coronavirus-related death on Thursday, according to Gov. Steve Bullock’s Office.

March 26, 2020 6:14 p.m.

Glacier’s Rademacher All-State, Price, Engellant, Keller, Johnson on all-league squads

Glacier High School’s Aubrie Rademacher capped off her standout senior season by being selected to the Class AA All-State girls’ basketball team, released Wednesday by the Montana Coaches Association.

March 26, 2020 4:55 p.m.

Her ex has got her goats

Someone called the Flathead County Sheriff’s Office with a “goat issue.” He said his ex-wife’s goats are constantly on his property, and he can’t keep his business doors open because the goats wander inside.

March 26, 2020 4:55 p.m.

Homicide charge dropped in son-in-law’s shooting death

A 78-year-old Ronan man charged with shooting and killing his son-in-law in October 2019 has been found unfit to stand trial

March 26, 2020 4:54 p.m.

COVID-19 closures

• PacifiCorp’s recreation sites in Bigfork have temporary restrictions in response to the evolving COVID-19 situation. The Swan River Nature Trail is open, but restroom facilities are closed. The Pacific Park is closed, but the Powerhouse Park, South Shore River and Reservoir Access and Kearney Rapids Boat Launch remain open.

Governor orders immediate closure of Glacier Park
March 26, 2020 4:52 p.m.

Governor orders immediate closure of Glacier Park

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock on Tuesday sent a letter to the superintendent of Glacier National Park, requesting the immediate, temporary closure of the park as the state experiences a surge in positive coronavirus cases.

Bullock issues statewide stay-at-home order
March 26, 2020 3:53 p.m.

Bullock issues statewide stay-at-home order

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock issues statewide stay-at-home order to 1 million residents to fight coronavirus spread

March 26, 2020 2:10 p.m.

Montana unemployment claims surge as result of coronavirus

Montana's unemployment claims are surging as some businesses have closed and others have reduced services due to the coronavirus pandemic

March 26, 2020 12:39 p.m.

Flathead County orders more business closures

Flathead County’s Public Health Officer has ordered additional local businesses, including hair, cosmetic and nail salons, to close in an effort to curb the spread of coronavirus.

Appeals grow to close US national parks during pandemic
March 26, 2020 11:52 a.m.

Appeals grow to close US national parks during pandemic

The Trump administration is sticking with its crowd friendly waiver of entrance fees at national parks during the coronavirus outbreak

March 26, 2020 11:52 a.m.

Ex-tribal chair seeks light sentence in fraud, cites virus

A former Blackfeet Nation chairman who pleaded guilty to defrauding a tribal education program through an overtime pay scheme is asking for probation instead of prison due to the coronavirus

March 26, 2020 11:51 a.m.

Canada tells US not to put troops at border during pandemic

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says his government has told the Trump administration that it is not in favor of the U.S. putting troops at the U.S.-Canada border amid the pandemic

March 26, 2020 9:45 a.m.

COVID-19 Help For Businesses

For the past 25 years, Lake County Community Development Corporation has been here to help our great community weather many economic shocks. We were here with you through the 9-11 crisis and the Great Recession of 2008, and we will again be here for you through the initial shock and certain economic recovery from the current international health crisis.

March 26, 2020 9:45 a.m.

Sounding the alarm

I was born and raised in Mission. My family doesn’t know I’m writing.

Levi Kazio Pruchnik, 5 Liam Bradly Pruchnik, 7 Matthew Alan Pruchnik, 49
March 26, 2020 9:45 a.m.

Levi Kazio Pruchnik, 5 Liam Bradly Pruchnik, 7 Matthew Alan Pruchnik, 49

Levi Kazio Pruchnik, age 5, Liam Bradly Pruchnik, age 7, and Matthew Alan Pruchnik, age 49, all passed away at home in their sleep on March 13, 2020.

March 26, 2020 9:43 a.m.

PBS and Office of Public Instruction collaborate on programming during school closure

As schools and districts across Montana suspend classes to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, MontanaPBS and the Montana Office of Public Instruction have announced a plan to support home learning for students.

March 26, 2020 1 a.m.

Teachers ramp up for remote learning

Beginning Monday, households across the state will transform into classrooms as moms, dads, grandparents and siblings take on the role of teacher.

Air travel slows to a crawl amid virus outbreak
March 26, 2020 1 a.m.

Air travel slows to a crawl amid virus outbreak

Flights in and out of Glacier Park International Airport have nearly ground to a halt as the COVID-19 outbreak has tightened its grip on travelers across the country.

Officials urge fall burning due to COVID-19
March 26, 2020 1 a.m.

Officials urge fall burning due to COVID-19

While Flathead Valley residents are taking advantage of spring open burning season to get outside, fire experts suggest waiting until later this spring or fall to burn large piles of debris due to the amount of smoke they produce.

Ted Czochanski, 76
March 26, 2020 1 a.m.

Ted Czochanski, 76

Ted Czochanski, 76, of Kalispell, loved Jesus. After battling a long fight with several health issues, he went to be with the Lord on Monday, March 23, 2020, at Lake View Care Center in Bigfork. Arrangements are to be made at a future date to celebrate his life. Darlington Cremation and Burial Service is caring for his family.

Letters to the editor March 26
March 26, 2020 1 a.m.

Letters to the editor March 26

I recently read an editorial article in The Epoch Times newspaper entitled “Where Ties With Communist China Are Close, the Coronavirus Follows.” I find it interesting that the article pointed out that outside of China — Italy, Iran, South Korea, and Japan — they all have deep ties with the Chinese Communist Party and it is where the spread of the virus is most severe. Italy, who is the most affected, has recently expanded its close ties with the CCP in economic and geopolitical affairs; Iran has had a partnership with China since 2016; In South Korea, 1.4 million people have signed a petition calling for their president’s removal because of the countries close ties with the CCP; Japan, also has close economic ties to the CCP, with the number of infected there that keeps increasing.

March 26, 2020 1 a.m.

Man falls down, doesn’t get back up

It was clean up on aisle three when a purportedly intoxicated customer attempting to purchase more alcohol fell in a store on U.S. 2 in Kalispell and someone discovered him lying on the floor. The person calling in the report to Flathead County Sheriff’s Office wasn’t sure if the man hit his head and needed an ambulance because while he was breathing, he wasn’t talking, just lying there holding his head.

Alpine Theatre Project switches to ‘reimagined’ online platform
March 26, 2020 1 a.m.

Alpine Theatre Project switches to ‘reimagined’ online platform

Even though theater-goers can’t go out to see live performances right now during the COVID-19 outbreak, Whitefish-based Alpine Theatre Project is tapping into its creativity so the show can go on.

Bigfork author releases ‘The Lookout Woman’
March 26, 2020 1 a.m.

Bigfork author releases ‘The Lookout Woman’

Bigfork author Mae Schick has released her newest book, “The Lookout Woman,” a novel set on a mountain lookout near Glacier National Park.

Volunteers making gowns for hospital
March 26, 2020 1 a.m.

Volunteers making gowns for hospital

In response to the coronavirus outbreak, volunteers are sewing isolation gowns for North Valley Hospital. An isolation gown is typically a disposable paper gown that healthcare staff such as doctors and nurses wear when attending to a contagious patient.

March 26, 2020 midnight

Legals for March, 26 2020

Wednesday, March 25

March 25, 2020 5:24 p.m.

Column: Toughest duty: O’Connell again bides his time

You hate to paint with a broad brush, but this past St. Patrick’s Day had to be especially low-key for a guy named Patrick O’Connell.

March 25, 2020 4:41 p.m.

Businesses, organizations extend virus-related closures

• Soroptimist Thrift Haus in Whitefish has extended its store closure until April 11, in response to Gov. Steve Bullock’s extension of school, restaurant and bar closures until April 10.

March 25, 2020 4:41 p.m.

Eagle Transit changes routes, schedule

Flathead County residents can expect changes to local public transportation now through April 13. According to Eagle Transit’s website, these temporary changes are due to a shortage of drivers the department is experiencing amid the coronavirus outbreak.

Tiann D. Buker, 81
March 25, 2020 4:40 p.m.

Tiann D. Buker, 81

Tiann D. Buker, age 81, of Whitefish, entered fully into the presence of the Lord on March 4, 2020.

Landmark rural restaurant destroyed by fire
March 25, 2020 4:38 p.m.

Landmark rural restaurant destroyed by fire

A Northwest Montana landmark was destroyed in a fire Tuesday.

March 25, 2020 4:15 p.m.

Flathead County woman tests positive for virus

A woman in her 20s has tested positive for coronavirus in Flathead County, bringing the total number of people in the county with the disease to five, according to a Wednesday afternoon report from the Governor’s Coronavirus Task Force. No further information about the woman has been released yet.

Washington agrees on unrivaled $2 trillion virus rescue bill
March 25, 2020 10:29 a.m.

Washington agrees on unrivaled $2 trillion virus rescue bill

The White House and Senate leaders of both political parties have reached agreement on a $2 trillion measure to rush aid to businesses, workers and a health care system slammed by the coronavirus pandemic

March 25, 2020 10:28 a.m.

Montana grandmother pleads not guilty in boy's beating death

A Montana woman has pleaded not guilty to charges she beat and tortured her 12-year-old grandson to death at their home

March 25, 2020 10:28 a.m.

Montana Republicans bankrolled Green Party ballot access

Officials say the Montana Republican Party bankrolled the signature-gathering effort to get the Montana Green Party certified for the 2020 ballot

March 25, 2020 10:17 a.m.

2 arrested following high-speed pursuit in Lake County

Two men were apprehended early Wednesday morning in Lake County following a high-speed pursuit that began in Missoula County.

Dennis Swensgard
March 25, 2020 1 a.m.

Dennis Swensgard

Dennis Swensgard passed peacefully on March 16, 2020, only 11 days before his birthday of March 27, 1944.

March 25, 2020 1 a.m.

Libby’s urban chicken law comes home to roost

About a year-and-a-half after Libby officials allowed residents to keep chickens on their property, local authorities are raising concerns about how to house the poultry in instances of animal control enforcement.

Thelma ‘Tim’ Carter, 96
March 25, 2020 1 a.m.

Thelma ‘Tim’ Carter, 96

Tim passed away quietly and at peace on March 18, 2020.

Candidates forced to adapt as campaigning grinds to a halt
March 25, 2020 1 a.m.

Candidates forced to adapt as campaigning grinds to a halt

Montana Attorney General Tim Fox made a stop in Kalispell in late February as part of his campaign for governor, holding a press conference in front of the Flathead County Courthouse and courting voters over breakfast at Sykes Diner.

Charles ‘Chuck’ Goodwin Carda, 81
March 25, 2020 1 a.m.

Charles ‘Chuck’ Goodwin Carda, 81

Charles “Chuck” Goodwin Carda, 81 peacefully slipped away from this earthly world on March 20, 2020, at the Kalispell Regional Medical Center, surrounded by family, due to complications from pneumonia.

March 25, 2020 1 a.m.

Farm retreat planned in Bigfork

Owners of Ranger Spring Farm, a 470-acre property on Montana 35, have applied for a conditional-use permit for a camp-retreat designation that would allow them to host people of all ages for agricultural, educational and equestrian programs, application documents show.

March 25, 2020 1 a.m.

Parking lot party rattles wife

People were purportedly partying all night in a parking lot on U.S. 2 in Kalispell. The person calling in the report to Flathead County Sheriff’s Office said a camper with blacked-out windows and a tent had allegedly been in the area for more than two weeks. The caller also noted they were headed to work and his wife was nervous.

Leon Anthony Hoerner, 69
March 25, 2020 1 a.m.

Leon Anthony Hoerner, 69

Leon Hoerner, 69, was taken up by the angels on March 18 at 12:27 p.m. while in his home, surrounded by loved ones and while looking into his son’s eyes.

William Thomas Baird
March 25, 2020 1 a.m.

William Thomas Baird

William Thomas Baird was the first child of Mattie Morris Baird and Alva C. Baird of Missoula. He was born in 1925 in St. Patrick’s Hospital. Alva served in World War I, and then earned his law degree at the University in Missoula. When the IRS offered the young Montana attorney a position In Washington, the family headed East. Shortly after, Alva was transferred to Los Angeles where the family spent the rest of their lives. There a second boy, Thomas (now deceased) and a girl, Nan, were born.

March 25, 2020 midnight

Legals for March, 25 2020

Tuesday, March 24

Crews fight blaze at Point of Rocks restaurant
March 24, 2020 6:20 p.m.

Crews fight blaze at Point of Rocks restaurant

Firefighters responded to a structure Tuesday evening at the Point of Rocks Restaurant and Lounge about 25 miles north of Whitefish on U.S. 93.

Glacier standout Hill appreciates the challenges, friendships of cross country
March 24, 2020 4:48 p.m.

Glacier standout Hill appreciates the challenges, friendships of cross country

Simon Hill is a state champion in two disciplines – cross country and speech and debate. There’s no question which run-up to competition makes him more nervous.

March 24, 2020 4:48 p.m.

Flathead health center gets grant for coronavirus screening

The Flathead County Community Health Center will soon receive grant funding from the state to be put toward local coronavirus screening and testing, acquiring medical supplies and boosting telehealth capacity.

Yellowstone one of 3 parks closing gates
March 24, 2020 4:47 p.m.

Yellowstone one of 3 parks closing gates

Three of America's most well-known national parks _ Yellowstone, Grand Teton, and Smoky Mountains _ closed their gates Tuesday as people shut in because of the coronavirus lost more options for recreation

‘Contact’ investigations underway as 2nd employee tests positive for virus
March 24, 2020 4:45 p.m.

‘Contact’ investigations underway as 2nd employee tests positive for virus

As two of Flathead County’s four positive cases of coronavirus were detected in employees of Kalispell Regional Healthcare, many other hospital employees are now under quarantine as “contact investigations” are conducted by health-care officials.

March 24, 2020 2:26 p.m.

Bullock extends mandatory closures until April 10

Gov. Steve Bullock announced he was extending directives on closures of schools, bars and restaurants until at least April 10 during a press conference on Tuesday.

Coronavirus cases in Montana
March 24, 2020 12:20 p.m.

Coronavirus cases in Montana

This interactive map shows the location of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Montana. Data comes from the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services and the Office of the Governor. This infographic will be updated daily.

March 24, 2020 12:11 p.m.

Woman, police exchange gunfire in Bigfork

Shots fired in Bigfork after deputies locate driver of stolen vehicle

March 24, 2020 1 a.m.

From beer to tools, businesses deliver

Flathead Valley customers are getting more than a few special deliveries these days as local businesses adjust to limit the spread of COVID-19 throughout the community.

Bigfork businesses tap into sanitizer market
March 24, 2020 1 a.m.

Bigfork businesses tap into sanitizer market

Two Bigfork businesses have come up with an innovative way to meet the need for hand sanitizer as the COVID-19 outbreak continues.

March 24, 2020 1 a.m.

Kalispell man sentenced in Helena armed robbery

HELENA—A Kalispell man who admitted participating in a Helena armed home invasion of a couple involved in trafficking heroin was sentenced today to six and one-half years in prison and five years of supervised release, U.S. Attorney Kurt Alme said.

Tribal school is first to offer bachelor’s in nursing
March 24, 2020 1 a.m.

Tribal school is first to offer bachelor’s in nursing

The fall of 2020 marks a new era for the nursing department at Salish Kootenai College in Pablo.

March 24, 2020 1 a.m.

Kalispell students win at regional science fair

Kalispell Middle School students Dyson Linden and Keanu Ng are among six winners of the Montana Tech Regional Division II Science Fair held March 12.

Thelma Carter, 96
March 24, 2020 1 a.m.

Thelma Carter, 96

Thelma Carter, 96, of Columbia Falls, passed away at KRMC on March 18, 2020.

March 24, 2020 1 a.m.

Identity theft victim wants justice

A man called Whitefish Police Department claiming his identity was stolen 20 years ago, and since then, the identity thief has “gotten in trouble” with the law and “he has had to prove that he is not the person that should be charged in these situations due to identity theft,” because he was in another state at the time of all the incidents. When asked what exactly he wanted from law enforcement he reportedly kept saying, “I want justice.”

James A. Daley, 102
March 24, 2020 1 a.m.

James A. Daley, 102

James A. Daley passed away March 20, 2020, after a brief stay at Kalispell Regional Medical Center.

March 24, 2020 midnight

Legals for March, 24 2020

No. 26868 Montana Eleventh Judicial District Court Flathead County

Monday, March 23

Virus aid package stalls in Washington
March 23, 2020 4:54 p.m.

Virus aid package stalls in Washington

Washington is straining to respond to the worsening coronavirus outbreak

All signs point to Olympics being postponed
March 23, 2020 4:53 p.m.

All signs point to Olympics being postponed

IOC members, national Olympic committees and athletes were all racing to the same conclusion

Forest Service seeks comments on timber, fuels project
March 23, 2020 4:10 p.m.

Forest Service seeks comments on timber, fuels project

The Flathead National Forest is soliciting public input about a timber and fuels project 20 miles north of Whitefish in the Tally Lake District.

March 23, 2020 4 p.m.

Two more in county test positive for coronavirus

Kalispell Regional says one case involves an employee

Two additional individuals have tested positive for coronavirus in Flathead County, according to a press release sent Monday afternoon from the Flathead City-County Health Department.

MacKenzie River Pizza offers free kids meals during school closure
March 23, 2020 3:08 p.m.

MacKenzie River Pizza offers free kids meals during school closure

MacKenzie River Pizza offers free kids meals

March 23, 2020 3 p.m.

Gateway Community Center closed to the public

The Gateway Community Center in Kalispell is closed to the public until further notice in an effort to halt the spread of coronavirus.

March 23, 2020 2:33 p.m.

Montana high court asks judges to consider releasing inmates

The chief justice of the Montana Supreme Court is asking city and county judges to consider releasing from jail as many offenders as they can to prevent the spread of the coronavirus

Gianforte’s fundraising reaches $1.8M, plus loans of $550k
March 23, 2020 11:14 a.m.

Gianforte’s fundraising reaches $1.8M, plus loans of $550k

Republican U.S. Rep. Greg Gianforte is leading the way in fundraising among Montana candidates for governor

March 23, 2020 9:10 a.m.

Flathead reacts: Hoping for a spring sports season

It’s a strange sight.

March 23, 2020 1 a.m.

Temperatures rise despite missing furs

A woman allegedly returned home after being out of town to find two fur coats valued at $15,000 missing and the thermostat turned up to 90 degrees. She allegedly told Kalispell Police Department that her ex-boyfriend stole the coats because she “got word” he gave them to another woman.

Youth services librarian’s passion sparks children’s curiosity
March 23, 2020 1 a.m.

Youth services librarian’s passion sparks children’s curiosity

Children of all ages have an innate curiosity for the world around them.

March 23, 2020 1 a.m.

Many local banks close lobbies, see uptick in business

Local banks and credit unions are taking measures to mitigate the impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak, while the economic climate is causing business to increase in areas such as mortgage refinancing.

March 23, 2020 1 a.m.

C-Falls downtown project gets board OK

The Columbia Falls City-County Planning Board last week unanimously approved a $15 million planned-unit development for a mixed-use condominium, health club, restaurant and commercial complex on Nucleus Avenue, though some members raised reservations about the development.

March 23, 2020 1 a.m.

KRMC Births

Quinnly Homan, daughter of Sam Homan and Rebecca Sliter of Kalispell, was born Dec. 31, 2019, at Kalispell Regional Medical Center.

March 23, 2020 midnight

Legals for March, 23 2020

No. 26870 On Thursday, March 26, 2020 at 1:30 PM

Sunday, March 22

March 22, 2020 6:34 p.m.

Evidence of community spread in Gallatin County

Health officials are warning that the there is evidence that the coronavirus has been spreading within southwestern Montana's Gallatin County

National parks are free, but some oppose that amid the virus
March 22, 2020 12:30 p.m.

National parks are free, but some oppose that amid the virus

Most national parks are open as a refuge for Americans tired of being stuck at home because of the coronavirus

New York to shut down as it becomes next virus hot spot
March 22, 2020 12:14 p.m.

New York to shut down as it becomes next virus hot spot

New York City's 8.5 million people were preparing to go behind closed doors as the city quickly becomes one of the world's biggest coronavirus hot spots

Rand Paul is 1st senator to report positive test for virus
March 22, 2020 12:01 p.m.

Rand Paul is 1st senator to report positive test for virus

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul says he has tested positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by coronavirus

At a glance: Nearly $1.4 trillion coronavirus rescue package
March 22, 2020 12:01 p.m.

At a glance: Nearly $1.4 trillion coronavirus rescue package

Congress and the White House are negotiating a nearly $1.4 trillion rescue package of healthcare and economic aid amid the coronavirus outbreak and national shutdown

March 22, 2020 11:58 a.m.

More testing, stay-home warnings as Washington state fights virus

SEATTLE (AP) — First responders and other essential workers lined up at the Tacoma Dome for drive-thru COVID-19 testing, the Department of Corrections said inmates will start making hospital gowns, and Gov. Jay Inslee intervened to keep Target stores from selling face masks much needed by health workers Saturday as Washington kept up its fight against the coronavirus.

March 22, 2020 11:18 a.m.

Mood at Glacier: Hoping to coach

The Glacier coaching staff is staying optimistic, and that starts with activities director Mark Dennehy being hopeful of a positive outcome to the novel coronavirus CODIV-19 that has brought athletics in Montana to a standstill.

March 22, 2020 1 a.m.

Resiliency of Flathead folks will see us through crisis

So here we are, chest-deep in the uncharted waters of the novel coronavirus pandemic that seems to have flooded every crevasse of our daily lives.

March 22, 2020 1 a.m.

Letters to the editor March 22

The front page article of the March 18 edition of the Daily Inter Lake titled “serial hoarding” takes me back to my boyhood days of World War II. The word “hoarder” was deprecated by our citizens who were dedicated to supporting the efforts of our patriots, both military and civilian, who were giving their all in the conflict. Not exactly remembering the legality of committing the act of hoarding, I believe it may have been illegal.

New gallery a place for artists to connect
March 22, 2020 1 a.m.

New gallery a place for artists to connect

From the look of Tammy Phillips’ artwork, it’s easy to tell the local artist was born and raised in the Flathead Valley.

Tim McCracken, 59
March 22, 2020 1 a.m.

Tim McCracken, 59

Tim McCracken, 59, joined his Savior Jesus Christ peacefully in the early hours of Saturday, March 14 while surrounded by his loving family.

Ralph Victor Naumann, 91
March 22, 2020 1 a.m.

Ralph Victor Naumann, 91

Ralph Victor Naumann passed away on March 9 from natural causes.

March 22, 2020 1 a.m.

Protect yourself and others from COVID-19

The entire planet is facing the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus and now it is in Montana. Make no mistake, this is a very dangerous virus and it creates an extremely challenging and stressful time for all of us. We currently have two options: Shrink away from the challenge and give in give in to panic, or lean into the challenge and rise above our primal fears. Fortunately, your local public health system is built to take action in times of a pandemic. You are encouraged to follow their guidance as what we do today can have long lasting effects for all Montanans. We are not powerless, and we can exert control over the course of this disease outbreak.

March 22, 2020 1 a.m.

Rallying together as Montanans in times of crisis

Montanans are no strangers to challenging and unprecedented times. In 2017, we tackled the most expensive fire season on record and the largest since the big burn of 1910. Through economic downturns, we have made sacrifices in order to help neighbors in need and rebuilt again. Even dating back to the Granite Mountain mine disaster over a century ago, we made sure we came out of it a stronger community.

Fred Heim, 99
March 22, 2020 1 a.m.

Fred Heim, 99

Heaven welcomed Fred Heim, a kind and humble man on March 3, 2020. He was greeted with open arms at the gates of Heaven by his dance partner of 63 years, Dorothy June (Jo) Fox Heim. Fred lived a remarkable American life. In the span of his lifetime, he saw the age of horsepower change into space age and to the digital age.

Proposed Town Pump wins narrow approval
March 22, 2020 1 a.m.

Proposed Town Pump wins narrow approval

The Whitefish Planning Board on Thursday narrowly recommended approval of a conditional-use permit for a Town Pump gas station and convenience store at the northeast corner of U.S. 93 and Montana 40.

Vet gets medal, 68 years later
March 22, 2020 1 a.m.

Vet gets medal, 68 years later

Longtime North Forker Lee Downes got a surprise on Sunday — a medal for his military service in post-war Europe, 68 years after the fact.

Maxine Love Gates Robinson, 97
March 22, 2020 1 a.m.

Maxine Love Gates Robinson, 97

Maxine Love Gates Robinson passed away the evening of March 16, 2020 at the Lake View Care Center, where she had resided for almost two years.

Business closures leave thousands without jobs
March 22, 2020 1 a.m.

Business closures leave thousands without jobs

Emergency closures ordered by the state of Montana and Flathead County in connection with the threat of a novel coronavirus, or COVID-19 outbreak has left scores of workers across the Flathead Valley suddenly out of a job.

Columbia Falls High School theater program reborn
March 22, 2020 1 a.m.

Columbia Falls High School theater program reborn

After years in decline, the theater program at Columbia Falls High School is making a strong comeback.

March 22, 2020 1 a.m.

Border closure leaves Eureka in state of uncertainty

Border communities like Eureka are preparing for the economic consequences of the United States and Canadian governments closing the U.S.-Canada border to recreational travel.

Carter Worden Hardy, 84
March 22, 2020 1 a.m.

Carter Worden Hardy, 84

Carter Worden Hardy, born Dec. 16, 1935 in Kalispell, left this earthly life on March 17, 2020, at home in Kalispell, at the age of 84.

March 22, 2020 1 a.m.

Finding history in the closet

Every couple of weeks I duck into the storage closet in the conference room at the Daily Inter Lake and watch history come alive.

Laura Barrera-Lipe, 70
March 22, 2020 1 a.m.

Laura Barrera-Lipe, 70

Laura Barrera-Lipe, age 70, passed away on Saturday, March 14, 2020 after battling cancer for over a year, two aggressive leukemias.

March 22, 2020 1 a.m.

Local gun, ammo sales surge as virus crisis looms

Amid the uncertainty, it appears Flathead Valley residents are buying more guns and ammunition to prepare for any possible outcome as a cloudy future looms with the threat of COVID-19.

March 22, 2020 midnight

Legals for March, 22 2020

Saturday, March 21

Betty J. Schneider, 89
March 21, 2020 6:41 p.m.

Betty J. Schneider, 89

Betty Jane (Becker) McFadzen Schneider passed peacefully into the Spirit World on March 12, 2020, at the age of 89 in Kalispell.

March 21, 2020 6:40 p.m.

Flathead Electric suspends disconnects and late fees

To support their members financially impacted by the novel coronavirus pandemic, Flathead Electric Cooperative will suspend disconnects and waive late fees effective Monday, March 23, until further notice.

March 21, 2020 10:54 a.m.

Details emerge about local positive COVID-19 cases

One physician with Kalispell Regional Healthcare and an Illinois resident are currently in self-isolation in Flathead County after testing positive for coronavirus on Friday, according to local health-care leaders.

March 21, 2020 1 a.m.

Kalispell council approves Two Mile Drive zone change

The Kalispell City Council met virtually Monday evening to discuss a few items of business via conference calls. The city postponed its vote on updates to city utility rates and impact fees for tentative consideration on April 6. A work session scheduled for Monday, March 23, has been canceled.

March 21, 2020 1 a.m.

Flathead Electric offers ‘social distancing’ scholarships

Flathead Electric Cooperative holds a scholarship drawing each year for high school seniors who attend the co-op’s annual meeting. The meeting was canceled this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but Flathead Electric still wants to give local students a chance to win those scholarship dollars.

Hospitals in prep mode for ‘extremely likely’ onslaught
March 21, 2020 1 a.m.

Hospitals in prep mode for ‘extremely likely’ onslaught

Extensive preparatory measures, including the temporary cancellation of elective surgeries, are underway at local hospitals as health-care workers brace for the “extremely likely” scenario that coronavirus spreads to the Flathead Valley.

March 21, 2020 1 a.m.

De Kort honored with conservation award

Linda de Kort recently was honored with a Flathead Audubon Lifetime of Conservation Achievements Recognition March 9 at the organization’s monthly meeting.

March 21, 2020 1 a.m.

Where there’s smoke, there’s no fire

A man on Whitefish Stage Road told the Flathead County Sheriff’s Office he “may have [seen] something on fire” but it didn’t turn out to be any cause for alarm.

Blood donors asked to help out during crisis
March 21, 2020 1 a.m.

Blood donors asked to help out during crisis

The novel coronavirus pandemic has resulted in a shortage of blood supplies in the Flathead Valley and throughout the country.

March 21, 2020 1 a.m.

Libby school board hires superintendent

After a public questioning lasting more than an hour March 12, the Libby Public School Board offered former Principal Ron Goodman the position of superintendent.

March 21, 2020 midnight

Legals for March, 21 2020

Friday, March 20

Daily coronavirus briefing sign up
March 20, 2020 5:39 p.m.

Daily coronavirus briefing sign up

Join the Daily Inter Lake’s COVID-19 online newsletter, delivered to your inbox nightly.

March 20, 2020 5:34 p.m.

COVID-19 changes continue

• Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks closed its offices around the state to the public on Friday until further notice, including Region 1 with headquarters in Kalispell.

March 20, 2020 3:50 p.m.

2 COVID-19 cases confirmed in Flathead

Flathead County now has two positive cases of coronavirus, according an announcement from the Flathead City-County Health Department late Friday.

March 20, 2020 9:30 a.m.

State warns of COVID-19-related scams

Montana’s Aging Services Bureau is warning residents about a number of COVID-19 related scams circulating across the state.

Flathead National Forest plans prescribed burns
March 20, 2020 9:24 a.m.

Flathead National Forest plans prescribed burns

Flathead National Forest officials are planning spring prescribed fire projects when weather and air quality are favorable.

March 20, 2020 9:08 a.m.

Governor closes dine-in service, bars statewide

Directive permits food delivery and take-out

To curtail the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic in Montana, Gov. Steve Bullock today announced measures to close dine-in food service and alcoholic beverage businesses statewide, along with other activities that pose enhanced health risks, effective at 8 p.m. Friday, March 20.

Valley churches adapt to social distancing restrictions
March 20, 2020 1 a.m.

Valley churches adapt to social distancing restrictions

In the warm glow of stained-glass windows, a lone form occupies the pews at Saint Richard Catholic Church Thursday morning.

Swank picked to build FVCC College Center
March 20, 2020 1 a.m.

Swank picked to build FVCC College Center

The Flathead Valley Community College Board of Trustees last week voted to accept a $25.8 million bid from Kalispell-based commercial construction firm Swank Enterprises to build the Paul D. Wachholz College Center. A second bid of $29.7 million was also on the table.

March 20, 2020 1 a.m.

Woman claims she can ‘say what she wants’

A Whitefish woman who always carries a firearm was reported to the Flathead County Sheriff’s Office for yelling “obscenities” at her 7-year-old neighbor. The woman said her neighbors had been spraying chemicals and shooting lasers at her. She also stated she was on her property and “can say what she wants regardless of underage children.” She told the officers who responded, “if [you] want to talk with criminals then speak to [my] neighbors.”

Lana V. Robertson, 55
March 20, 2020 1 a.m.

Lana V. Robertson, 55

Lana V. Robertson, age 55, passed away on March 14, 2020.

March 20, 2020 midnight

Legals for March, 20 2020

March 20, 2020 midnight

Legals for March, 20 2020

Thursday, March 19

March 19, 2020 5:56 p.m.

C-Falls’ Windauer and Hill make Class A girls all-state

Columbia Falls’ Josie Windauer and LaKia Hill were two of the 18 players named All-State for Class A girls basketball this week.

March 19, 2020 5:55 p.m.

Libby’s Johnson and Polson’s Graham Class A all state hoops

Libby’s Keith Johnson and Polson’s Colton Graham were among 18 players chosen for the Class A All-State boys’ basketball that was released this week.

March 19, 2020 4:27 p.m.

Whitefish declares state of emergency

Whitefish Mayor John Muhlfeld on Thursday declared a state of emergency for the city of Whitefish related to the novel coronavirus.

March 19, 2020 4:27 p.m.

State applies for instructional time, testing waivers for schools

The Montana Office of Public Instruction has submitted state and federal waiver requests to ensure school districts do not have to make up lost hours due to school closures related to the COVID-19 outbreak. Additionally, waiver requests have been submitted to ensure districts do not have to complete mandated state standardized tests that are part of academic accountability as part of the federal Every Student Succeeds Act.

March 19, 2020 4:27 p.m.

Assisted-living facilities restrict access

Nursing homes, assisted-living facilities and other resources throughout Flathead Valley are on partial or complete lockdown in order to safeguard older adults from a potential coronavirus outbreak in the area.

March 19, 2020 4:27 p.m.

Flathead Warming Center halts operations

The Flathead Warming Center in Kalispell halted its usual services on Thursday until further notice in an effort to combat the spread of the coronavirus.

March 19, 2020 2:16 p.m.

Flathead County orders restaurants, bars to close

Flathead County’s Public Health Officer Hillary Hanson on Thursday afternoon issued an official order, requiring a countywide shutdown of restaurants, bars, casinos and other locations.

March 19, 2020 1:31 p.m.

Bullock: schools won’t have to make up time lost to virus

HELENA (AP) — Montana public school students won’t have to automatically make up class time lost to the corona virus, Gov. Steve Bullock announced Thursday.

March 19, 2020 11:43 a.m.

Additional COVID-19 cases in Missoula, Gallatin counties

Montana’s count of coronavirus cases hit a dozen on Thursday with two more cases confirmed in the state.

March 19, 2020 9:39 a.m.

Four arrested in Kalispell standoff

Flathead Valley law officers arrested five wanted individuals on numerous warrants following a standoff early Thursday morning in Kalispell.

Mack Days fishing tourney kicks off Saturday
March 19, 2020 1 a.m.

Mack Days fishing tourney kicks off Saturday

As the temperatures get warmer and the days longer, it is once again time for spring Mack Days on Flathead Lake.

March 19, 2020 1 a.m.

The Middle Ground…

As we approach the end of March, and don’t forget you need a new 2020 license, fishing can become a bit of a challenge as the transition from ice fishing to open water begins.

March 19, 2020 1 a.m.

Coronavirus threat affects local entertainment events, venues

• Due to recent recommendations concerning the coronavirus outbreak, Cypress Yard in Whitefish has postponed its Open Mic Nights on Thursdays and Trivia Night on Fridays until further notice. Call 897-4772 with questions and watch for updates on Facebook, Instagram or on the website: www.CypressYard.com.

March 19, 2020 1 a.m.

Man wants to know ‘if this is real’

A man left a message with Whitefish Police Department wanting to know “if this is real that on this beautiful day he can’t play on the playground with his kid,” after being told “by some lady” to leave. Whitefish School District has issued information to families that as part of the two-week school closures, playgrounds and the Whitefish Performing Arts Center are also closed.

Forest OKs Crystal Cedars Project
March 19, 2020 1 a.m.

Forest OKs Crystal Cedars Project

The Flathead National Forest Supervisor recently green-lighted a massive project near Columbia Falls that will construct approximately 25 miles of new trail, reduce fuel loads and more.

March 19, 2020 1 a.m.

Bozeman’s Sweet Pea juried show taking applications

Sweet Pea Festival in Bozeman is celebrating its 43rd festival Aug. 7-9, and is taking applications for a juried art show that runs July 10 to Aug. 9.

Whitefish couples on ship denied entry due to virus
March 19, 2020 1 a.m.

Whitefish couples on ship denied entry due to virus

Two couples with Whitefish connections are stranded at sea outside the Panama Canal after their cruise ship, MS Marina, was denied entry at two South American ports due to mounting concerns over the coronavirus pandemic.

March 19, 2020 1 a.m.

Red Ants Pants fest announces side stage lineup

White Sulphur Springs – For the first time in its 10-year run, the Red Ants Pants Music Festival is announcing its side stage lineup ahead of its main stage lineup in an effort to highlight the depth and talent of these up-and-coming performers.

March 19, 2020 1 a.m.

Facebook group helps with community needs

Thousands of Flathead Valley residents have joined the “Surplus Flathead Valley” group on Facebook, created to help get important goods to local residents during the COVID-19 outbreak.

March 19, 2020 1 a.m.

Hockaday announces changes, new ways of staying connected

The Hockaday Museum of Art museum galleries are closed to the public and all tours, classes, events and programs have been postponed through April 18.

March 19, 2020 1 a.m.

North Valley Music School offers free guitar program for veterans

A new guitar program that seeks to help veterans overcome the rigors of combat by using music as therapy to smooth those transitions, will be launched by North Valley Music School today, March 19, in Whitefish.

March 19, 2020 midnight

Legals for March, 19 2020

Wednesday, March 18

March 18, 2020 6:52 p.m.

Column: Here’s to 1-2 punches — the good kind

I was talking with an acquaintance Wednesday and I mentioned that – again, I’m old – I was in attendance the last time Flathead High School won a boys’ basketball championship, in 1989.

March 18, 2020 5:14 p.m.

Health officials urge caution, common sense

Public health officials are urging Montanans not to panic during the coronavirus outbreak, but to exercise caution and common sense.

March 18, 2020 5:11 p.m.

Elections chief says to wait and see about Montana primaries

HELENA (AP) — Montana Secretary of State Corey Stapleton plans to wait for more information about the coronavirus outbreak before deciding whether to change to the state’s June 2 primary elections

March 18, 2020 2:28 p.m.

Stores reserve hours for at-risk shoppers

Albertsons and Safeway grocery stores are reserving special shopping hours for those at high risk of the COVID-19 virus, such as senior citizens, pregnant women or people with compromised immune systems.

March 18, 2020 11:38 a.m.

Flathead County issues state of emergency

The Flathead County commissioners on Wednesday morning unanimously approved a declaration of emergency for Flathead County in order to gain access to emergency funding that will allow the county to prepare for and manage a possible local outbreak of the coronavirus.

Kalispell Regional eyes affiliation with Cut Bank hospital
March 18, 2020 11:24 a.m.

Kalispell Regional eyes affiliation with Cut Bank hospital

Northern Rockies Medical Center in Cut Bank and Kalispell Regional Healthcare announced today a pending affiliation of the two facilities, and the signing of a non-binding letter of intent to “enter into exclusive discussions to explore a deeper relationship.”

March 18, 2020 10:31 a.m.

Governor announces emergency aid for businesses, uninsured people

Gov. Steve Bullock has announced measures to help individuals and businesses address the economic fallout of the COVID-19 outbreak, in addition to covering testing and treatment for uninsured Montanans.

Eureka’s Kindel sparks interest of Idaho Vandals
March 18, 2020 10:08 a.m.

Eureka’s Kindel sparks interest of Idaho Vandals

It’s not Montana, but there are many Montana connections and either way Eureka standout Jake Kindel is stoked to be an Idaho Vandal.

Philip Lee Berger, 83
March 18, 2020 1 a.m.

Philip Lee Berger, 83

Following a successful surgery, recovery was difficult and he passed from this life into the hands of God on March 12, 2020. Phil was born December 7, 1936 to Lily Berger-Brash and Philip Snow Berger in Grand Forks, North Dakota. The family moved to the Great Falls area, and at age 11 they moved to Whitefish where he completed school.

Richard Lee Halverson, 66
March 18, 2020 1 a.m.

Richard Lee Halverson, 66

Richard Lee Halverson was born on Dec. 27, 1953, in Glasgow to Jarvis and Marketa (Opheim) Halverson.

William P. Slavish, 65
March 18, 2020 1 a.m.

William P. Slavish, 65

On March 17, 2020, after a fearless battle with cancer, William P. Slavish, 65, peacefully departed the place he called “the closest thing to heaven,” Montana, for heaven itself.

Carolyn Ann Pfrimmer, 87
March 18, 2020 1 a.m.

Carolyn Ann Pfrimmer, 87

Carolyn Ann Pfrimmer passed away in the evening of Saturday, March 14, 2020. She was surrounded by family when she left with God; and when she did so, it was with the same grace and peace that she was so well loved for in life.

March 18, 2020 1 a.m.

Census taker scared out of her wits

A frightened census taker called Flathead County Sheriff’s Office from Blackies Bay Road in Bigfork after reportedly being scared by a man who told her “to get the (expletive) off his property,” possibly banged on her vehicle window and took pictures of her license plate. Officers reportedly talked to both parties, who determined it was a “big misunderstanding.” The landowner was reportedly elderly, “almost deaf,” and he was confused about who she was and why she parked on the main road, partially blocking his gated road.

March 18, 2020 midnight

Legals for March, 18 2020

Tuesday, March 17

March 17, 2020 7:42 p.m.

Coronavirus dampens Montana’s St. Patrick’s Day celebration

BUTTE (AP) — The Irish flag flew over the Montana Capitol on Tuesday, keeping alive one St. Patrick’s Day tradition even as celebrations and parades were canceled across the state because of the coronovirus outbreak.

March 17, 2020 7:38 p.m.

National Forest offices limit access to public

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Flathead and Kootenai National Forest officials are limiting access to their offices.

Airport operations unaffected by virus
March 17, 2020 7:36 p.m.

Airport operations unaffected by virus

Many travelers are seeing plans disrupted by the COVID-19 outbreak, but planes, trains and automobiles are still coming in and out of the Flathead Valley.

March 17, 2020 7:33 p.m.

Flathead County has 30 submitted tests to state

As of Tuesday afternoon, Flathead County health-care officials had submitted 30 tests to the state health department in Helena to be checked for coronavirus.

Glacier Park to close Apgar Visitor Center
March 17, 2020 7:33 p.m.

Glacier Park to close Apgar Visitor Center

Glacier National Park will close Apgar Visitor Center and bookstore beginning Saturday, March 21.

March 17, 2020 3:31 p.m.

Sheriff’s Office, courts announce virus-related changes

Workers at the Flathead County Justice Center aren’t immune from the effects of COVID-19, or coronavirus, as they have implemented several measures to minimize potential exposure.

March 17, 2020 1:31 p.m.

Schools serve free meals; assess remote learning opportunities

Meal sites for children and teens are open for the remainder of the week as schools are closed by the Gov. Steve Bullock’s order in an attempt to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Serial hoarding affects food banks, shelters
March 17, 2020 1:13 p.m.

Serial hoarding affects food banks, shelters

Flathead County residents have now joined the masses by partaking in “serial hoarding” amid the coronavirus outbreak. And according to the leaders of organizations that offer resources to some of the community’s most vulnerable, it’s the homeless, older adults, at-risk youth and other fragile populations that will bear the brunt of panic buying.

March 17, 2020 11:55 a.m.

2 children, 1 man found dead in Polson

Two young children and a man were found dead inside a Polson home on Monday in what law officers said was a possible murder-suicide.

March 17, 2020 10:20 a.m.

County urges businesses to prepare for virus impacts

The Flathead County commissioners and City-County Board of Health are urging all businesses, including restaurants, bars and casinos, to begin immediate preparations for alternate ways of performing day-to-day activities as the coronavirus outbreak makes its way to Montana.

March 17, 2020 9:42 a.m.

Whitefish foundation activates emergency fund for nonprofits

Whitefish Community Foundation’s Board of Directors announced today the activation of a Community Emergency Response Fund to support local nonprofits that are helping those directly impacted by COVID-19.

Wind storm cleanup still underway
March 17, 2020 1 a.m.

Wind storm cleanup still underway

Hundreds of trees are still toppled throughout the Flathead Valley following Friday’s storm that left thousands without power.

March 17, 2020 1 a.m.

Lady’s lasagna just can’t wait

Someone accidentally called the Flathead County Sheriff’s Office while removing a lasagna from the oven. When the dispatcher tried to get more information from her, she said she needed to finish the lasagna and hung up.

March 17, 2020 1 a.m.

Businesses adjust to COVID-19

The arrival of COVID-19, or coronavirus, in Montana has already started to impact businesses around the Flathead Valley. Quarantine fears have driven large crowds to retail stores, while social distancing has reduced the number of people at bars and restaurants.

March 17, 2020 1 a.m.

List of local cancellations

The Daily Inter Lake will continue to compile a list of closures, postponements and other changes related to the coronavirus as the information becomes available. Here is the latest round:

Ruth Marie Satterlee, 64
March 17, 2020 1 a.m.

Ruth Marie Satterlee, 64

Ruth Marie Satterlee, age 64, of Shoreline, Washington, passed away March 8, 2020, of cancer.

March 17, 2020 1 a.m.

Inter Lake restricts walk-in traffic

In response to the growing concern of the COVID-19 pandemic, or coronoavirus, the Daily Inter Lake office at 727 E. Idaho St. in Kalispell will be closed to public walk-in traffic, effective today, Publisher Rick Weaver announced.

March 17, 2020 midnight

Legals for March, 17 2020

Monday, March 16

March 16, 2020 8 p.m.

Letters to the editor March 16

What scares me about the Covid-19 is not the actual virus. Most of us will recover the same as we would with a cold or flu, and certainly, we do not want to infect anyone who could die if infected with the virus.

March 16, 2020 7:51 p.m.

Two more coronavirus cases confirmed in Montana

The tally of COVID-19 cases in Montana hit eight on Monday after two more positive tests were confirmed in the state.

Tease photo
March 16, 2020 5 p.m.

Bullock outlines Montana’s response to virus

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock emphasized the seriousness of the state’s measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 on a conference call with Montana media on Monday.

March 16, 2020 3:54 p.m.

Most county services still open for business

Most Flathead County public services are operating as normal for now, but county staff is preparing to adjust as the situation surrounding the national COVID-19 outbreak develops.

March 16, 2020 noon

Coronavirus cancellations posted

The Daily Inter Lake will continue to compile a list of closures, postponements and other changes related to the coronavirus as the information becomes available. Here is the latest round:

Michael Stuart Myles, 61
March 16, 2020 11:24 a.m.

Michael Stuart Myles, 61

Michael Stuart Myles, 61, passed away at home after a short debilitating illness on March 6, 2020.

Don McSloy
March 16, 2020 11:23 a.m.

Don McSloy

Don, 69, passed away at home with his family and friends near him on March 7, 2020.

March 16, 2020 11:06 a.m.

MHSA indefinitely suspends all spring activities

All Montana high school spring activities have been canceled until at least April 13, according to a press release from the Montana High School Association sent Monday morning.

March 16, 2020 10:33 a.m.

Montana National Guard helps with return of cruise passengers

Gov. Steve Bullock said eight Montana Army National Guard Soldiers were activated for state activity duty on Sunday to assist in the arrival and transport of eight Montanans returning from quarantine at Dobbins Air Force Base in Georgia. The eight Montanans were quarantined at the Dobbins AFB due to being in proximity of an individual with COVID-19 on a cruise ship.

March 16, 2020 8:23 a.m.

Flathead Electric cancels annual meeting

Flathead Electric Cooperative has canceled its annual meeting that had been scheduled for March 21, in response to Governor Steve Bullock declaring a state of emergency in Montana and President Trump declaring a state of emergency in the nation due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

March 16, 2020 1 a.m.

Kalispell council to vote on utility rate increase

After months of deliberation, the Kalispell City Council tonight will vote on adopting new utility rates and impact fees.

March 16, 2020 1 a.m.

Births KRMC

Ruby Hanson, daughter of Kevin and Tereza Hanson of Polson, was born Dec. 16, 2019, at Kalispell Regional Medical Center.

Eclectic musician a regular at open mic nights
March 16, 2020 1 a.m.

Eclectic musician a regular at open mic nights

Colton Christensen finishes his breakfast around noon at Ceres Bakery, decked out in a newsboy cap, checkered pajama pants and slippers — “the most comfortable show ever created,” he says, grinning.

March 16, 2020 1 a.m.

Bigfork Independent Film Festival postponed until October

The fourth annual Bigfork Independent Film Festival scheduled for April 3-5 has been postponed until October 2-4 out of concerns related to the new coronavirus.

March 16, 2020 1 a.m.

Council to look at tourism management

The Whitefish City Council will review its Sustainable Tourism Management Plan draft during a work session tonight at 6 p.m.

March 16, 2020 1 a.m.

Boys and Girls Club mulls C-Falls plans

The Boys and Girls Club of Glacier Country continues to work out costs and logistics of building a new structure in Columbia Falls or using the old junior high for its programs, board President Justin Lee said last week.

March 16, 2020 1 a.m.

Cut ankle monitor found in paper goods aisle

Someone allegedly cut their ankle monitor off and left it in the paper goods aisle of a big-box store on Hutton Ranch Road.

March 16, 2020 midnight

Legals for March, 16 2020

Sunday, March 15

KRMC tightens visitor restrictions
March 15, 2020 5:19 p.m.

KRMC tightens visitor restrictions

Kalispell Regional Healthcare has expanded its visitor restrictions in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

March 15, 2020 4:16 p.m.

Governor orders two-week public school closure

Governor Steve Bullock directed Montana’s public K-12 schools to close March 16 through March 27.

Whitefish Mountain Resort ends winter season early in efforts to limit spread of COVID-19
March 15, 2020 2:24 p.m.

Whitefish Mountain Resort ends winter season early in efforts to limit spread of COVID-19

All events planned for the remainder of the season are canceled

Whitefish Mountain Resort will close for the season today in efforts to limit the spread of the new coronavirus.

March 15, 2020 12:58 p.m.

Lieutenant governor tests negative; commissioner for higher ed tests positive

Both officials were in attendance at the same meeting

Montana's lieutenant governor has put himself in quarantine after he attended a meeting in which one of the participants later tested positive for the new coronavirus

March 15, 2020 1 a.m.

Take time to participate in census count

Beginning in Montana later this month, our great country will engage in one of the most significant national activities created by our Founding Fathers: the United States census. While the census is important in allocating federal funds to our state and communities, its true significance lies in political representation, not funding.

March 15, 2020 1 a.m.

Legislature needs conservative leadership

The moderate “Conservative Solutions Caucus” of the Republican party are hinting at proposing a new state sales tax. Their proposal upsets me greatly. Once a sales tax is implemented it is never going away. How about we stop the automatic growth of Helena budgets? Use savings for tax relief. When is the last time government rescinded a form of taxation? Never? Our collective problem is property taxes. We as a Legislature should fix our budget needs without creating new taxes by reviewing the merits of our spending. State government has grown at a healthy pace for 16 years of Democratic administration in Helena. It’s time to change that. I will be working against the sales tax proposals by the moderates of my party if the people of Evergreen and Northeast Kalispell vote for me in the June 2 primary. Our state has the resources to thrive economically with better leadership in the Governor’s Office.

March 15, 2020 1 a.m.

Letters to the editor March 15

In your “Flathead Outdoors” column of the Daily Inter Lake of Feb. 27, Warren Illi wrote that he suspects that the Montana Fish and Wildlife Commission’s rejection of the expanded wolf hunting and trapping seasons was due to the fact that they wished to placate “politically correct” and “very vocal anti-hunters” in Montana. Mr. Illi further touts Idaho and Wyoming as states with nearly year-round or non-existent wolf hunting and trapping seasons.

March 15, 2020 1 a.m.

Public education system is failing our youth

What would be the fate of a baseball manager whose team had a record of 50 years of losing seasons with each succeeding year falling further down in the standings? Would you continue to not only fully fund, and also provide periodic raises, bonuses and other perks to include a generous retirement plan to the coaching staff? Americans have a low tolerance for perennial losers. There is one very glaring exception and that is America’s K-12 public education system whose effectiveness has dropped to poor and is well on the way to pathetic.

New Bigfork lawyers hoping for small-town success
March 15, 2020 1 a.m.

New Bigfork lawyers hoping for small-town success

New Bigfork lawyers hoping for small-town success

Swank programs training future tradespeople
March 15, 2020 1 a.m.

Swank programs training future tradespeople

Industry leaders and educators are hoping to teach the tools of the trades to the next generation of workers.

Irish dance group keeps things moving in the Flathead Valley
March 15, 2020 1 a.m.

Irish dance group keeps things moving in the Flathead Valley

One Kalispell group is looking to keep the tradition of Irish dancing alive in the Flathead Valley, one jump, step and ceili at a time.

March 15, 2020 1 a.m.

A day well spent playing with pasta dough

There’s been no dearth of fresh eggs in our fridge the past several weeks thanks to our generous neighbors and their healthy henhouse.

March 15, 2020 1 a.m.

Be proactive to limit virus’ spread

The COVID-19 pandemic had not yet made its way to Montana as of this writing, but experts suggest it’s only a matter of time before the virus is confirmed within the state.

March 15, 2020 1 a.m.

County mulls another levy attempt for 911 services

Flathead County is reconsidering another mill levy to help fund the 911 Emergency Communications Center, six years after a ballot measure fell short.

Pauline Linnell, 79
March 15, 2020 1 a.m.

Pauline Linnell, 79

Pauline Linnell, 79, of Bigfork passed away on March 9, 2020, surrounded by her loving family.

Robert ‘Bob’ Crismore
March 15, 2020 1 a.m.

Robert ‘Bob’ Crismore

Robert “Bob” Crismore has taken his final road trip, this time on heaven’s highway.

March 15, 2020 1 a.m.

Man throws tantrum when asked to leave

Kalispell Police Department responded to a report about a transient inside a building who allegedly became irate when asked to leave by security staff who wanted to close up in addition to becoming “very aggressive” to a maintenance employee. He reportedly began stomping his feet, yelling, swearing, slamming stuff and throwing items around as he made his grand exit outside with grocery cart of his belongings.

March 15, 2020 1 a.m.

ImagineIF cancels public services due to virus

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, ImagineIF Libraries has canceled all public services, such as early literacy classes, teen and adult programming and events, and Wired Wednesdays in Columbia Falls. Use of the meeting room at ImagineIF Kalispell is also suspended, as well as Job Service coaching, Book-a-Techie services, and class visits. This suspension is in effect at all locations for 30 days, the library system announced Friday evening.

Michael Floyd Darling, 72
March 15, 2020 1 a.m.

Michael Floyd Darling, 72

Michael Floyd Darling, 72, died due to complications following surgery on March 9, 2020, in Palm Springs, California.

Gerald Costanzo, 85
March 15, 2020 1 a.m.

Gerald Costanzo, 85

Gerald Costanzo, 85, of Lakeside, passed away in his home on March 12, 2020.

March 15, 2020 1 a.m.

Daybook

• Red Cross blood drive, 1-6 p.m., at the center, 126 N. Meridian Road, Kalispell.

New website brings local history into the modern age
March 15, 2020 1 a.m.

New website brings local history into the modern age

Local histories can be easily forgotten. The artifacts themselves might be stowed away in attics, never to see the light of day, while stories go untold as generations pass on without being asked what life was like, way back when.

Surgeons use robotic arm to assist in joint surgeries
March 15, 2020 1 a.m.

Surgeons use robotic arm to assist in joint surgeries

Janie Wagner says if she had a third knee she would go under the knife again for a total joint replacement surgery without blinking, assuming the procedure was performed at North Valley Hospital and with the assistance from the hospital’s new Stryker Mako Robotic Arm technology.

March 15, 2020 midnight

Legals for March, 15 2020

Saturday, March 14

March 14, 2020 8:59 p.m.

Two new coronavirus cases in Missoula

Two new cases of COVID-19 were found in Missoula County on Saturday. According to the Governor’s Office, the cases involve a woman in her 30s and a man in his 50s. Both of the patients were to be isolated or quarantined, and those who came into close contact with the individuals will be monitored for two weeks.

March 14, 2020 8:59 p.m.

NorthWestern Energy suspends service disconnections, closes facilities

NorthWestern Energy announced it will suspend service disconnections due to nonpayments “to help customers who may be financially impacted” as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak according to a press release.

Thousands without power due to blustery winds
March 14, 2020 8:59 p.m.

Thousands without power due to blustery winds

Flathead Electric Cooperative had “all hands on deck” to restore power when a blustery winter storm blew through the region Friday evening through Saturday.

Surreal scene as state tournament ends early
March 14, 2020 5:29 p.m.

Surreal scene as state tournament ends early

The unreal scene from Friday night at Montana’s state basketball tournaments – teams battled in the semifinals not knowing it was their final game – had given way to uncertainty Saturday morning.

March 14, 2020 2:34 p.m.

Two new coronavirus cases in Missoula

All four cases of COVID-19 detected in Montana on Friday were acquired from out of state, Montana Gov. Steve Bullock said in a press conference Saturday. Each of the patients are recovering at their homes, he added.

Visitation restrictions in place at KRH and VA facilities
March 14, 2020 9:56 a.m.

Visitation restrictions in place at KRH and VA facilities

Kalispell Regional Healthcare is limiting visitation at its hospitals due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

March 14, 2020 1 a.m.

GOP candidates for state offices court voters at Kalispell forum

GOP candidates for attorney general and state auditor made their cases to Flathead Republicans at a Thursday evening forum at the Red Lion Hotel in Kalispell.

March 14, 2020 1 a.m.

Ex-wife hightails it to Texas

A man told the Flathead County Sheriff’s Office he believed his ex-wife stole his vehicle and his firearm and he suspected she might now be in Texas.

March 14, 2020 1 a.m.

Prescribed burn at landfill will continue next week

Following a pause this weekend, residents can expect a prescribed burn at the Flathead County Landfill to last through at least the end of next week, according to Public Works Director Dave Prunty.

Vo-ag building poised for completion ahead of schedule
March 14, 2020 1 a.m.

Vo-ag building poised for completion ahead of schedule

Agriculture and vocational students from Glacier and Flathead high schools are set to return from spring break with construction finished on the H.E. Robinson Ag Education Center.

Patsy Marie (Bay) Powell, 74
March 14, 2020 1 a.m.

Patsy Marie (Bay) Powell, 74

Patsy Marie (Bay) Powell, 74, went home to be with our Heavenly father to listen to the birds sing and the music play on March 11, 2020. She was born Sept. 15, 1945, in Hemit, California.

March 14, 2020 midnight

Legals for March, 14 2020

Friday, March 13

March 13, 2020 10:05 p.m.

MHSA cancels state basketball tournaments

Shortly after Gov. Steve Bullock announced the first four cases of

March 13, 2020 6:33 p.m.

Montana announces first 4 cases of patients with coronavirus

Governor Steve Bullock on Friday evening confirmed four presumptively positive cases of coronavirus, or COVID-19, in Montana.

Pack dumps Bozeman; Bigfork, Polson bounced
March 13, 2020 6:18 p.m.

Pack dumps Bozeman; Bigfork, Polson bounced

The Glacier Wolfpack crashed the boards and crushed the ending, scoring seven straight points in the final 2:14 of a 43-38 win over Bozeman at the State AA girls basketball tournament Friday.

Local schools to remain open for now
March 13, 2020 4:02 p.m.

Local schools to remain open for now

Public schools in Flathead County will remain open “at this point” in time as school administrators continue to monitor the potential threat of a coronovirus outbreak.

54th annual Creston Auction canceled
March 13, 2020 2:40 p.m.

54th annual Creston Auction canceled

The Creston Fire Fighter’s Association announced Friday the cancellation of Creston Auction, scheduled for April 3–5, due to concerns over the COVID-19 outbreak.

March 13, 2020 1:38 p.m.

Health Officer named Flathead County’s ‘Incident Commander’

Flathead County’s Health Officer, Hillary Hanson, has been delegated to serve as the Incident Commander for coronavirus response efforts in the county.

March 13, 2020 1:38 p.m.

Brendan House now restricting all visitors

The Brendan House care facility in Kalispell is now restricting all visitors as a precautionary measure to protect residents from potential coronavirus exposure.

Bail set at $2M for man suspected of killing girlfriend, mom
March 13, 2020 1:08 p.m.

Bail set at $2M for man suspected of killing girlfriend, mom

HAMILTON, Mont. (AP) — Bail was set at $2 million for a western Montana man charged with killing his girlfriend and his mother and shooting his father in the arm hours after authorities say his parents confronted him about his apparent use of illegal drugs.

Butte cancels St. Patrick’s Day parade amid virus concerns
March 13, 2020 1:06 p.m.

Butte cancels St. Patrick’s Day parade amid virus concerns

BUTTE (AP) — The St. Patrick’s Day parade in Butte has been canceled because of concerns about the new coronavirus, based on the advice of the Butte-Silver Bow Health Department. However, Montana’s high school basketball tournaments will still be held this weekend as scheduled.

March 13, 2020 10:30 a.m.

Supreme Court rules BNSF ‘strictly liable’ for asbestos injury claims

Lower Court to determine if there are exceptions to ruling

The Montana Supreme Court filed an opinion earlier this week stating BNSF Railway is not protected from strict liability for hundreds of injury claims filed in the state’s Asbestos Claims Court alleging the railroad company had a hand in spreading toxic asbestos fibers from Libby’s shuttered vermiculite mine.

March 13, 2020 9:50 a.m.

Events canceled due to COVID-19 outbreak

The following events have been either canceled or postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak:

Dorothy Alettie Granfor Robison, 97
March 13, 2020 1 a.m.

Dorothy Alettie Granfor Robison, 97

Dorothy, a longtime resident of the Flathead Valley, died Thursday, March 5, 2020, at Kalispell Regional Medical Center.

Montana 206 upgrade may include sidewalk work
March 13, 2020 1 a.m.

Montana 206 upgrade may include sidewalk work

The Montana Department of Transportation is proposing the addition of upgraded sidewalks near the Montana 206 and U.S. 2 intersection.

Public access on Weyerhaeuser lands still uncertain
March 13, 2020 1 a.m.

Public access on Weyerhaeuser lands still uncertain

The property investment company poised to purchase Weyerhaeuser’s 630,000 acres of timberlands in Northwest Montana has yet to confirm or deny whether the company will participate in a program offered through Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks that would allow public access on the lands for hunting season.

Longtime hunter ed teacher turns 100
March 13, 2020 1 a.m.

Longtime hunter ed teacher turns 100

He was born Hollister Pat McVay 100 years ago.

Woman charged with criminal endangerment
March 13, 2020 1 a.m.

Woman charged with criminal endangerment

A Flathead Valley woman ended up in jail after allegedly firing a handgun during a fight with her boyfriend.

March 13, 2020 1 a.m.

Woman worried about cat invasion

A property manager told the Flathead County Sheriff’s Office she was “concerned about the many cats that seem to be taking over the neighborhood.” She added, “this is a nice neighborhood and they are being run over by the cat population.”

Jeanette Adele Hoxmer, 79
March 13, 2020 1 a.m.

Jeanette Adele Hoxmer, 79

Jeanette Adele Hoxmer passed away peacefully to the Lord on Feb. 4, 2020.

March 13, 2020 midnight

Legals for March, 13 2020

Thursday, March 12

West speeds past Glacier; Vals, Pirates fall at state
March 12, 2020 9:19 p.m.

West speeds past Glacier; Vals, Pirates fall at state

BOZEMAN – Billings West was as fast as advertised and used a big first half to defeat Glacier 53-31 Thursday at the State AA girls’ basketball tournament in Breeden Field House.

March 12, 2020 2:19 p.m.

Officers respond to false report of shooting in Whitefish

The Whitefish Police Department responded to a call Thursday afternoon of someone claiming he had shot and killed a person on Baker Avenue, but officers quickly determined the claim was not true, according to Flathead County Sheriff Brian Heino. Officers with the Whitefish Police Department, Columbia Falls Police Department and Flathead County Sheriff’s Office responded to the call and blockaded downtown Whitefish. However, they quickly made contact with the person who had allegedly been shot and learned that none of the incidents described on the call actually took place.

Montana declares state of emergency in anticipation of virus
March 12, 2020 12:45 p.m.

Montana declares state of emergency in anticipation of virus

The Montana University System is moving from in-class instruction to online instruction in every class where it's possible, due to coronavirus concerns

Wagner’s ‘The Flying Dutchman’ chronicles doomed sea captain
March 12, 2020 1 a.m.

Wagner’s ‘The Flying Dutchman’ chronicles doomed sea captain

The Metropolitan Opera’s Live in HD broadcast of Richard Wagner’s Der Fliegende Hollander (“The Flying Dutchman”) will be shown at the Whitefish Performing Arts Center at 10:55 a.m. Saturday, March 14. A new production by acclaimed filmmaker Francois Girard, it is the earliest of Wagner’s operas still frequently performed today. The total run time is 2 hours 30 minutes with no intermission — short for a Wagner opera. It is sung in German with English subtitles. Tickets are available at the door for $20 adults/$5 students/$10 college students.

March 12, 2020 1 a.m.

C.M. Russell Museum postpones annual Russell Exhibition & Sale

The C.M. Russell Museum has announced the postponement of its annual Western art event and auction, The Russell: An Exhibition & Sale to benefit the C.M. Russell Museum. Drawing art enthusiasts from around the United States and Canada to Great Falls and originally scheduled for March 19 to 21, the Russell Museum leadership and board of directors made the decision to postpone The Russell due to potential infectious risk regarding COVID-19 (Coronavirus) to attendees and the local community.

Community Band promises around the world musical journey
March 12, 2020 1 a.m.

Community Band promises around the world musical journey

The Flathead Valley Community Band will present its concert, “Music of the World” at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 18, in the Flathead High School auditorium in Kalispell.

Take a romp through the ‘70s sitcoms with Wolfpack Theatre
March 12, 2020 1 a.m.

Take a romp through the ‘70s sitcoms with Wolfpack Theatre

With a comedic mash-up of campy ‘70s sitcom parody and the tangled and sometimes bloody works of Shakespeare, the Wolfpack Theatre Company presents “The Bardy Bunch: The War of the Families Partridge and Brady” March 18, 19 and 20 at 6:33 p.m. in the Wolfpack Theatre at Glacier High School.

Mission Valley Has Talent competition takes place Friday
March 12, 2020 1 a.m.

Mission Valley Has Talent competition takes place Friday

The 20-plus voice Mission Valley Children’s Choir will open the Mission Valley Has Talent show, followed by Magician Ken Avison, at 7 p.m., Friday, March 13, at the Polson High School Auditorium.

March 12, 2020 1 a.m.

Weekly events

THURSDAY, MARCH 12

Mountainfilm on Tour documentaries inspire
March 12, 2020 1 a.m.

Mountainfilm on Tour documentaries inspire

Mountainfilm on Tour will screen new films today, March 12, O’Shaughnessy Cultural Arts Center in Whitefish.

Fiber art featured at Paint, Metal and Mud
March 12, 2020 1 a.m.

Fiber art featured at Paint, Metal and Mud

Karen Straight is the featured artist during March at Paint, Metal and Mud gallery in downtown Kalispell.

March 12, 2020 1 a.m.

Kalispell reconsidering proposed utility structure

Following a groundswell of opposition over proposed increases to Kalispell water and sewer rates, the Kalispell City Council is now reconsidering proposed changes to the city’s utility fee structure.

March 12, 2020 1 a.m.

Planning Board favors housing projects

The Kalispell Planning Board on Tuesday recommended approval of three major developments.

March 12, 2020 1 a.m.

Shortage of blood donors prompted by virus worries

Many Flathead County residents appear to be doing some soft doomsday-style prepping as grocery store outlets experience unusually high amounts of toilet paper, hand sanitizer and other products being purchased.

‘Crash trend’ drives Batavia Lane highway project
March 12, 2020 1 a.m.

‘Crash trend’ drives Batavia Lane highway project

The Montana Department of Transportation has its sights set on the crash-prone intersection of Batavia Lane and U.S. 2 West for a project to improve safety and traffic flow.

Stellar Brass hits the high notes
March 12, 2020 1 a.m.

Stellar Brass hits the high notes

49 states. 20 countries. 23 years.

March 12, 2020 1 a.m.

‘The Lady Pirates of Captain Bree’ at Bigfork Playhouse

Gangway, pirates of the Caribbean, here come “The Lady Pirates of Captain Bree!”— a swashbuckling high seas adventure and musical comedy!

March 12, 2020 1 a.m.

Landfill upgrades worth the investment

Anyone who has waited in long lines at the Flathead County Landfill to drop off their garbage and recyclables is bound to be tickled pink about the $3 million upgrade underway to streamline the entrance and make the entire operation more efficient and user-friendly.

Ronald Dean Skare, 85
March 12, 2020 1 a.m.

Ronald Dean Skare, 85

Ronald Dean Skare, 85, passed away surrounded by his loved ones on Sunday, March 8, 2020, at the Montana Veterans Home in Columbia Falls.

Summit Prep School to close this May
March 12, 2020 1 a.m.

Summit Prep School to close this May

Summit Preparatory School near Kalispell will close in May after providing therapeutic boarding services to teens for more than 15 years.

March 12, 2020 1 a.m.

Surly looks ward off confrontation

A man reportedly was upset about a neighbor racing around on a loud off-road vehicle that was “bigger than a quad” and told Kalispell Police Department he did not want to confront him because he “looks a little surly.” Officers made contact with a vehicle in a garage on East California St. and counseled the owner.

March 12, 2020 1 a.m.

Letters to the editor March 12

I’d like to address a recent letter written by Donna Maddux regarding public education.

Dorothy Alettie Granfor Robison, 97
March 12, 2020 1 a.m.

Dorothy Alettie Granfor Robison, 97

Dorothy, a longtime resident of the Flathead Valley, died Thursday, March 5, 2020, at Kalispell Regional Medical Center.

March 12, 2020 midnight

Legals for March, 12 2020

Wednesday, March 11

No ordinary player: Glacier’s Aubrie Rademacher leads on and off the court
March 11, 2020 5:07 p.m.

No ordinary player: Glacier’s Aubrie Rademacher leads on and off the court

If there was a game where Aubrie Rademacher was really going to bring the pain, it would have been last Saturday morning against Butte.

Interim superintendent chosen for Whitefish
March 11, 2020 5:02 p.m.

Interim superintendent chosen for Whitefish

Dave Means will serve as interim superintendent of Whitefish schools after a candidate who was offered the position declined, citing personal reasons, according board chairman Nick Polumbus.

March 11, 2020 5:02 p.m.

State Special Olympics Winter Games in Whitefish canceled

The Glacier Area Winter Games set to take place March 20 at Whitefish Mountain Resort have been canceled due to concerns around the spread of the coronavirus.

Richard Hayes, 73
March 11, 2020 3:40 p.m.

Richard Hayes, 73

Richard Hayes, 73, passed away at his home in Columbia Falls on Feb. 24, 2020.

March 11, 2020 1:21 p.m.

Lake County resident visiting Maryland tests positive for virus

Montana resident visiting Maryland tests positive for virus

March 11, 2020 12:01 p.m.

Consumer Counsel wants more info on Colstrip purchase

A legal team representing customers of Montana's utilities says NorthWestern Energy's proposal to purchase a larger portion of a coal-fired power plant in southeastern Montana for $1 doesn't include an analysis showing the acquisition is in the public interest or will result in reasonable electricty charges

March 11, 2020 12:01 p.m.

2 women killed, man shot; suspect in custody after chase

Two women were killed and a man was shot near the western Montana town of Stevensville and the suspect was arrested after a chase that ended in a crash in Missoula

March 11, 2020 12:01 p.m.

Yellowstone biologists report first grizzly sighting of 2020

Biologists have recorded a grizzly bear sighting in Yellowstone National Park, marking the first of the year in the park

March 11, 2020 1 a.m.

Flathead Dems optimistic, but realistic about 2020

Since the inauguration of President Trump in 2017, a group of Flathead Valley residents has gathered every Tuesday next to Depot Park to protest the president and bring attention to traditionally liberal causes.

Trego man strikes deal in domestic assault case
March 11, 2020 1 a.m.

Trego man strikes deal in domestic assault case

A Trego man accused of inflicting years of physical and mental abuse on his wife pleaded guilty to a single charge of assault with a weapon March 2 after striking a deal with prosecutors.

Nola (Bailey) Morey, 92
March 11, 2020 1 a.m.

Nola (Bailey) Morey, 92

Nola (Bailey) Morey, 92, from Columbia Falls, returned to her eternal home on March 4, 2020, after a short illness.

Jeffrey Clyde ‘Jeff’ Evans, 65
March 11, 2020 1 a.m.

Jeffrey Clyde ‘Jeff’ Evans, 65

Jeffrey Clyde “Jeff” Evans, 65, passed away suddenly of natural causes on March 3, 2020, at Kalispell Regional Medical Center.

March 11, 2020 1 a.m.

Cold shoulder given in heater hoopla

Someone was given the cold shoulder on Shady Lane when they allegedly told Flathead County Sheriff’s Office about a heater wand belonging to one tenant’s unit, was plugged into another tenant’s unit for the last week and when they talked to tenants no one was “owning up to it.”

Glacier’s Menssen named state Speech Coach of the Year
March 11, 2020 1 a.m.

Glacier’s Menssen named state Speech Coach of the Year

Sara Menssen’s path to AA Speech Coach of the Year has been articulated by encouraging words and opportunity from former coaches and mentors.

Dorothy Alettie Granfor Robison, 97
March 11, 2020 1 a.m.

Dorothy Alettie Granfor Robison, 97

Dorothy, a longtime resident of the Flathead Valley, died Thursday, March 5, 2020, at Kalispell Regional Medical Center.

Marjorie Lorraine Williams, 93
March 11, 2020 1 a.m.

Marjorie Lorraine Williams, 93

Marjorie Lorraine Williams, 93, of Kalispell, passed away on March 2, 2020.

March 11, 2020 1 a.m.

Ombudsman report details challenges, citizen concerns

Montana’s Office of the Child and Family Ombudsman, which works to prevent child abuse and neglect and increase safety, well-being and permanency for the state’s children, is tackling an overall caseload that is about five times the size of what the office was handling when it first launched in 2014.

March 11, 2020 midnight

Legals for March, 11 2020

Tuesday, March 10

Winter’s last hurrah to bring bitter cold, snow
March 10, 2020 4:33 p.m.

Winter’s last hurrah to bring bitter cold, snow

Winter isn’t done with Montana just yet. After a stretch of near-record warmth and scant snow, Western Montana will be flirting with record lows as an arctic front barges across the Continental Divide this weekend.

Potential contractors get input on bypass redesign
March 10, 2020 4:31 p.m.

Potential contractors get input on bypass redesign

The process to remove a roundabout is anything but straightforward, but the Montana Department of Transportation took a step closer to taking out the Foy’s Lake Roundabout Tuesday at a listening session with three potential contractor teams for the project.

North Valley Food Bank sees big jump in service
March 10, 2020 1 a.m.

North Valley Food Bank sees big jump in service

North Valley Food Bank last October expanded its service hours, hoping to serve more working people who couldn’t come by during the day, and that’s exactly what’s happened.

March 10, 2020 1 a.m.

Local races set as filing deadline passes

The stage is set for the 2020 primary elections after the final day of candidate filings on Monday produced a twist in a Kalispell house district.

March 10, 2020 1 a.m.

Open house today on potential Batavia roundabout

The Montana Department of Transportation will hold an open house from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Smith Valley School gymnasium for the Batavia intersection improvement project. The state is considering intersection improvements such as installing a roundabout at the intersection of Batavia Lane and U.S. 2 West to address safety issues there.

New Scout troop focuses on youth with special needs
March 10, 2020 1 a.m.

New Scout troop focuses on youth with special needs

A new Boy Scout troop for youth with special needs was recently established in Kalispell.

County mulls plans for Bigfork Community Center
March 10, 2020 1 a.m.

County mulls plans for Bigfork Community Center

Plans to improve the Bigfork Community Center and discussion about funding improvements was the focus of a recent meeting of representatives from the Flathead County/Area IX Agency on Aging and with the Flathead County commissioners.

March 10, 2020 midnight

Legals for March, 10 2020

Monday, March 9

March 9, 2020 4:24 p.m.

3 Dems drop out of Montana Senate race with Bullock joining

It didn't take long for the fallout to begin after Gov. Steve Bullock announced he was going to seek the Democratic nomination in Montana's U.S. Senate race

March 9, 2020 8:43 a.m.

Letters to the editor March 9

On the final day of the Constitutional Convention of 1787, delegate Benjamin Franklin was asked, “Well doctor, what have we got – a republic or a monarchy?” He responded, “A republic, if you can keep it.”

Bullock to run for Senate against Daines
March 9, 2020 8:41 a.m.

Bullock to run for Senate against Daines

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock says he'll run for the U.S. Senate “so we can make Washington work more like” his state

Voisin wins gold in X Games slopestyle
March 9, 2020 6:15 a.m.

Voisin wins gold in X Games slopestyle

HAFJELL RESORT, Norway — Two-time Olympian Maggie Voisin came away from this past weekend’s X Games Norway with a pair of medals.

March 9, 2020 1 a.m.

Daybook

• Daughters of the American Revolution, Chief Ignace Chapter, meet for a no-host lunch and business meeting, noon to 3 p.m. Scotty’s Restaurant conference room. Program follows. Call Cate, 755-6781.

March 9, 2020 1 a.m.

Ice arena still planned in Polson

Several years ago a group of Mission Valley locals put a plan into action to bring an ice arena to Polson.

March 9, 2020 1 a.m.

Locomotive, utility rates on work agenda

Potential changes to the city’s utility rates and impact fees continues at the Kalispell City Council work session tonight.

March 9, 2020 1 a.m.

Want some fries with that harassment?

Kalispell Police Department received a call from someone who reportedly said a vehicle behind them in a drive-thru was allegedly flashing their light bar and then pulled up to them, shining the light in their windows. The vehicle supposedly followed them all the way home while someone yelled profanities out the window and stopped at the edge of their driveway.

Planning director on front line of land-use issues
March 9, 2020 1 a.m.

Planning director on front line of land-use issues

Nearly 20 years into his career as a planner, Mark Mussman realizes how emotional people can become over land use in a place like Flathead County.

March 9, 2020 midnight

Legals for March, 9 2020

March 9, 2020 midnight

Legals for March, 9 2020

Sunday, March 8

March 8, 2020 1 a.m.

Marching through a no-good month

March, we’ve got to quit meeting like this. You’re a bad month and you know it. I want out of this relationship.

County landfill prepares for growth with $3M upgrade
March 8, 2020 1 a.m.

County landfill prepares for growth with $3M upgrade

On a busy day at the Flathead County Landfill last July, long lines of private vehicles and commercial trucks were forming as people tried to enter the landfill along U.S. 93 between Kalispell and Whitefish.

Whitefish ski museum gets grant for multi-media exhibit
March 8, 2020 1 a.m.

Whitefish ski museum gets grant for multi-media exhibit

The Whitefish Ski Heritage Center Museum recently was awarded a grant to help fund a new multi-media exhibit honoring the 10th Mountain Division from World War II and celebrating its impact on skiing history in the United States and here in the Flathead Valley.

March 8, 2020 1 a.m.

Cyclist injured in car crash on U.S. 2

A bicyclist was injured in a collision with a car around 8:38 p.m. Wednesday near Gateway Community Center, according to the Kalispell Police Department.

March 8, 2020 1 a.m.

Caller warns police about mean manager

Someone called Kalispell Police to “warn them” about a gas station manager who purportedly “tries to cheat people and is very mean to people.”

March 8, 2020 1 a.m.

Daybook

• Flathead Building Association Home and Garden Show, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Flathead County Fairgrounds, Kalispell. Discounted advance tickets at www.buildingflathead.com. Tickets $7 per person or $13 per family at door

March 8, 2020 1 a.m.

Neighbors in Need works to ‘refocus its mission’

When dialing the main phone number for Neighbors in Need, there’s a good chance you’ll hear a recorded voice after the fifth ring telling you the organization is unable to provide any services “until further notice.”

March 8, 2020 1 a.m.

Hearing set for hotel complex near West Glacier

A proposed hotel and restaurant complex outside of West Glacier is the focus of a public hearing Wednesday before the Flathead County Planning Board.

March 8, 2020 1 a.m.

Letters to the editor March 8

The front page announcement today in the Inter Lake about the passing of Dr. Jack Davis caused a flood of memories and emotion for me.

Interest accelerating in local racing group for RC vehicle enthusiasts
March 8, 2020 1 a.m.

Interest accelerating in local racing group for RC vehicle enthusiasts

The competitors check their tires and rev their engines. The course is full of hair-pin turns and treacherous jumps. It’s time for some serious car racing — only smaller.

Family brings deep roots to trade show
March 8, 2020 1 a.m.

Family brings deep roots to trade show

The Briney family takes the “Made in Montana” label pretty seriously.

March 8, 2020 1 a.m.

Public employees’ retirement funds at risk, again

The Association of Montana Retired Public Employees (AMRPE) is a group of 2,500 individuals whose sole purpose is to protect the retirement rights of public employees in Montana. Our organization went to court in 2013 to preserve Montana retirees’ Guaranteed Annual Benefit and prevailed. But once again, the retirement funds and benefits that Montanans have paid into, invested toward, and earned, are at risk from individuals and organizations using propaganda and partial information to influence decision-making by the Montana Legislature in 2021.

March 8, 2020 1 a.m.

Trump reverses course on conservation fund

After submitting a disappointing budget proposal last month that called for gutting the popular and bipartisan Land and Water Conservation Fund, President Trump appears ready to reverse course — and then some.

America is on a trade winning streak
March 8, 2020 1 a.m.

America is on a trade winning streak

Over the past five months, President Trump closed the deal on major trade agreements with our four largest trading partners – Canada, Mexico, Japan and China. These four countries alone make up half of America’s total trade, at nearly $2 trillion.

March 8, 2020 1 a.m.

When women were Republicans

Women were once Republicans. In this centennial year of women’s suffrage, it is interesting to see what a difference a century can make.

Saturday, March 7

March 7, 2020 9:21 p.m.

Western AA boys: Butte bounces Glacier in heartbreaker

MISSOULA — The Glacier boys didn’t figure on sitting out the State AA tournament but that’s what has happened – a hot-shooting bunch of Butte Bulldogs bounced them from Divisionals Saturday.

March 7, 2020 9:19 p.m.

Western AA girls: Wolfpack earn fourth straight trip to state

MISSOULA – A ticket to the State AA tournament in hand, the Glacier Wolfpack can be forgiven for looking a little flat in a 50-42 loss to Missoula Hellgate Saturday night.

Betty Jean McDowell, 86
March 7, 2020 9:15 p.m.

Betty Jean McDowell, 86

There’s a new set of wings in heaven as we write this obituary. In the arms and care of her savior Jesus Christ rests our wonderful wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother Betty McDowell, who passed away Feb. 23, 2020.

Paul Boss, 88
March 7, 2020 9:15 p.m.

Paul Boss, 88

Paul Boss, 88, formerly of Goshen, Indiana and Kalispell, died Sunday, March 1 at Primrose Retirement Community in Mishawaka, Indiana.

Katherine Joy ‘Katie’ Nelson-Lalum, 44
March 7, 2020 9:15 p.m.

Katherine Joy ‘Katie’ Nelson-Lalum, 44

Katie Nelson-Lalum, age 44, of Columbia Heights, Minnesota, passed away suddenly on Feb. 8, 2020 as a result of complications of Influenza A.

William Thomas Baird
March 7, 2020 9:14 p.m.

William Thomas Baird

William Thomas Baird was the first child of Mattie Morris Baird and Alva C. Baird of Missoula. He was born in 1925 in St. Patrick’s Hospital.

Jacqueline Ann Bain, 70
March 7, 2020 9:13 p.m.

Jacqueline Ann Bain, 70

Jacqueline Ann Bain, 70, of Yuma, Arizona, passed away Monday, March 2, 2020, in the loving presence of her husband Oakford and sons Jason and Robert.

Jack Davis
March 7, 2020 9:11 p.m.

Jack Davis

On Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020, Dr. Jack Davis made his exit from this world. It makes sense that he passed on a leap year, as Jack has always marched to the beat of his own drum. Jack was equal parts rancher and doctor; his love for the great outdoors matched by only by his passion for medicine.

Jeffrey Craig Davis, 72
March 7, 2020 9:07 p.m.

Jeffrey Craig Davis, 72

Jeffrey Craig Davis passed away Tuesday, Feb.18, 2020, while holding his son’s hand after an extended illness.

March 7, 2020 1 a.m.

Utah man convicted of trafficking meth in Kalispell sentenced

A Utah man convicted at trial of trafficking methamphetamine in the Kalispell area was sentenced Thursday to seven years in prison and five years of supervised release, U.S. Attorney Kurt Alme said in a press release.

Columbia Falls student honored for leadership, academics
March 7, 2020 1 a.m.

Columbia Falls student honored for leadership, academics

Columbia Falls High School junior Winslow Nichols is a “kind, thoughtful and driven achiever,” whose talents lie in leadership and academics, yet he is humble about his positive influence and achievements.

March 7, 2020 1 a.m.

Glacier Institute hires new executive director

The Glacier Institute has named Anthony Nelson, a Kalispell resident and former member of the organization’s board of directors, as its new executive director.

Help wanted — desperately
March 7, 2020 1 a.m.

Help wanted — desperately

With the busy summer season looming, many local businesses are gearing up to meet their seasonal staffing needs. Businesses ranging from Schellinger Construction, to Backslope Brewery, to Proof Research, turned out at the Columbia Falls Job Fair Thursday to find potential employees.

March 7, 2020 1 a.m.

Big Mountain firefighters get big grant for truck

A Texas couple has stepped forward to donate $600,000 to the Big Mountain Firefighters Association for the purchase of a fire truck and safety equipment.

Contractor chosen for school health clinic remodel
March 7, 2020 1 a.m.

Contractor chosen for school health clinic remodel

Martel Construction of Bigfork has been chosen to complete the remodel of a former vision clinic into a CareHere primary health care clinic at 340 W. Center St. in Kalispell.

March 7, 2020 1 a.m.

Four horses of the apocalypse?

Four horses showed up in a woman’s yard, and one of them was apparently wearing a blanket. She told the Flathead Country Sheriff’s Office she didn’t know who they belonged to.

March 7, 2020 1 a.m.

Polson woman sentenced for distributing meth

A Polson woman who admitted distributing methamphetamine in 2019 was sentenced Friday to one year and one day in prison and five years of supervised release, U.S. Attorney Kurt Alme said.

March 7, 2020 midnight

Legals for March, 7 2020

Friday, March 6

Snowpack recovery improves streamflow forecasts
March 6, 2020 3:59 p.m.

Snowpack recovery improves streamflow forecasts

State hydrologists are encouraged by the above-average snowpack that has stacked up in Montana’s mountain terrain this winter despite temperatures that have trended well above normal.

MudMan to reopen restaurants as for-profit businesses
March 6, 2020 3:59 p.m.

MudMan to reopen restaurants as for-profit businesses

MudMan Burgers is back — almost.

MudMan to reopen burger restaurants as for-profit businesses
March 6, 2020 11:15 a.m.

MudMan to reopen burger restaurants as for-profit businesses

Pottersfield founders will own eateries

MudMan Burgers is back — almost.

Faye E. Shrode, 81
March 6, 2020 1 a.m.

Faye E. Shrode, 81

Faye E. Shrode, 81, of Kalispell, passed away unexpectedly at Kalispell Regional Medical Center on Monday, March 2, 2020.

March 6, 2020 1 a.m.

Kalispell woman sentenced for meth dealing

A Kalispell woman who admitted bringing methamphetamine from Washington to distribute in Montana was sentenced Thursday to one year and one day in prison and five years of supervised release, U.S. Attorney Kurt Alme said.

March 6, 2020 1 a.m.

Weekend update

Bigfork Fun Day

Dream Adaptive Recreation hosts its Snow Ball Gala from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. today from at The Lodge at Whitefish Lake.

Glacier pitches cellular, internet upgrades
March 6, 2020 1 a.m.

Glacier pitches cellular, internet upgrades

Glacier National Park is asking for public input by March 9 on an ambitious plan that would improve telecommunications in the park for officials and visitors.

Troy students trade classroom for the outdoors
March 6, 2020 1 a.m.

Troy students trade classroom for the outdoors

A Canada goose in full-throated “honk” passed overhead and every single student immediately looked skyward.

Parolee allegedly threatens workers with gun
March 6, 2020 1 a.m.

Parolee allegedly threatens workers with gun

This time, it wasn’t a joke.

March 6, 2020 1 a.m.

Public weighs in on Kalispell utility rates

The Kalispell City Council heard dozens of public comments on proposed utility fee increases, impact fee decreases and potential apartment buildings at its meeting Monday.

Eagle Bend to open with makeshift facilities
March 6, 2020 1 a.m.

Eagle Bend to open with makeshift facilities

Golfers will still be able to tee off at Eagle Bend Golf Club this spring, despite a Feb. 16 fire that destroyed the clubhouse.

March 6, 2020 1 a.m.

Online jail roster now includes photos

The Flathead County Sheriff’s Office online jail roster has been updated to include photos of the inmates and other information.

Sentencing set for man charged with felony assault with weapon
March 6, 2020 1 a.m.

Sentencing set for man charged with felony assault with weapon

A Kalispell man accused of shooting at a trio of people last fall is scheduled to be sentenced next week in Flathead District Court.

March 6, 2020 midnight

Legals for March, 6 2020

Thursday, March 5

March 5, 2020 10:02 p.m.

Glacier girls rally vs. Helena High; Bravettes lose to Missoula Sentinel

MISSOULA — No trends were bucked on the girls’ side of the Western AA Divisional, where Glacier joined the other three higher-seeded teams as first-round winners Thursday.

March 5, 2020 9:59 p.m.

Glacier boys in Western AA semis; Flathead falls to Capital

MISSOULA — Weston Price was right on Thursday at the Western AA Divisional, powering the Glacier Wolfpack past Helena 42-35 in a first-round basketball game.

Glacier Principal Micah Hill tapped for superintendent job
March 5, 2020 2:26 p.m.

Glacier Principal Micah Hill tapped for superintendent job

Kalispell Public Schools has chosen Glacier High School Principal Micah Hill to be the next superindendent of schools.

March 5, 2020 2:25 p.m.

Indian Hall calls for Columbia Falls’ Knutson

To reach the Montana Indian Athletic Hall of Fame you need the obvious: A nomination; Native American ancestry; and accomplishments afield.

March 5, 2020 2:25 p.m.

A special March Madness

Well as March arrives (like a lion) we have lots to talk about!

March 5, 2020 2:24 p.m.

Western AA divisional hoops tip off today

It’s not just bad pennies that turn up, especially in the Western AA, where it seems like every school’s divisional opener is against the team they just played.

March 5, 2020 1 a.m.

Letters to the editor March 4

Attorney General Tim Fox testified for HB 86 during the 2019 legislative session and used his influence to push it through. HB 86 made it more difficult to obtain needed pain relief. Seniors and veterans are especially suffering. In-depth examination of the destructive repercussions of HB 86 are covered in a three-part series in Montana Senior News beginning this month.

Kalispell child killer has April parole hearing
March 5, 2020 1 a.m.

Kalispell child killer has April parole hearing

A child killer is up for parole next month.

Mountainfilm on Tour arrives in Whitefish March 12
March 5, 2020 1 a.m.

Mountainfilm on Tour arrives in Whitefish March 12

Mountainfilm on Tour will visit O’Shaughnessy Cultural Arts Center in Whitefish on Thursday, March 12, featuring films that explore themes connected to Mountainfilm’s mission of using the power of film, art and ideas to inspire audiences to create a better world.

‘All Bark, No Bite’ in its closing weekend
March 5, 2020 1 a.m.

‘All Bark, No Bite’ in its closing weekend

This is the final weekend to take in the Gypsy Theatre Guild’s romantic comedy “All Bark, No Bite.”

March 5, 2020 1 a.m.

‘The Lady Pirates of Captain Bree’ on stage in Bigfork

Gangway, pirates of the Caribbean, here come “The Lady Pirates of Captain Bree!”— a swashbuckling high seas adventure and musical comedy!

Jack Duwayne Jones, 83
March 5, 2020 1 a.m.

Jack Duwayne Jones, 83

March 3, 2020, marked the passing of Jack Duwayne Jones, 83, of Kalispell. Jack finally succumbed to lung cancer after a valiant, five-year struggle.

March 5, 2020 1 a.m.

Testing school water for lead is wise move

We’re of the mindset that when it comes to our children, every precaution should be taken to protect their health and wellbeing. The state of Montana has now mandated public schools across Montana to test drinking water for lead, and that is welcome news.

Enjoy a musical evening of peace and meditation
March 5, 2020 1 a.m.

Enjoy a musical evening of peace and meditation

Big Sky Alive! presents the Sound Reflections Trio at 7 p.m. Friday, March 6, at Community United Methodist Church, 750 Electric Ave. in Bigfork.

‘Snow White’ takes center stage for one more weekend
March 5, 2020 1 a.m.

‘Snow White’ takes center stage for one more weekend

The Whitefish Theatre Company’s captivating tale of “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” is in its final weekend at the O’Shaughnessy Center in Whitefish.

March 5, 2020 1 a.m.

Weekly events

THURSDAY, MARCH 5

March 5, 2020 1 a.m.

Fishing access at Elmo site closes

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks has decided not to renew its lease with the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation for the Elmo Fishing Access Site on Flathead Lake.

Documentary highlights Polson’s historic diner
March 5, 2020 1 a.m.

Documentary highlights Polson’s historic diner

Local filmmaker David W. King was enjoying a cheeseburger deluxe one day with his wife and son at the well-known Polson diner Richwine’s Burgerville, as they had many times before, when he really took notice of his surroundings. As a lover of a good, classic American tale, he looked around the restaurant at the many faces — people enjoying simple, delicious food, and a family that loves the opportunity to connect its customers — and knew there was a story to be told.

March 5, 2020 midnight

Legals for March, 5 2020

Wednesday, March 4

Montana Gov. Bullock considering Senate race
March 4, 2020 4:45 p.m.

Montana Gov. Bullock considering Senate race

Montana's governor, Steve Bullock, is poised to run for the U.S. Senate

March 4, 2020 4:45 p.m.

Man seeks clarity on rooftop

Kalispell Police Department responded to a report of a man on a roof near an apartment building on Third Avenue West when someone called out of concern for his safety, when the man supposedly slipped and almost fell. The man said he was OK and supposedly went out on the roof “to do some thinking.”

Forest OKs new lifts, runs in Hellroaring Basin
March 4, 2020 4:43 p.m.

Forest OKs new lifts, runs in Hellroaring Basin

Plans for a new ski lift and new ski runs on Big Mountain received the green light Wednesday in a U.S. Forest Service decision.

Bigfork approves $5.33M water tank bond
March 4, 2020 4:43 p.m.

Bigfork approves $5.33M water tank bond

Bigfork voters approved a $5.33 million general obligation bond to fund a new water tank and improve existing storage tanks on Feb. 26, with 63.5% of voters casting their ballots in favor of the new infrastructure.

Senators reach deal to boost conservation, national parks
March 4, 2020 12:30 p.m.

Senators reach deal to boost conservation, national parks

Senate leaders and the Trump administration have reached an election-year deal to double spending on a popular conservation program and devote more than a $1 billion a year to clear a growing maintenance backlog at national parks

Alfred ‘Al’ Victor Pennock, 91
March 4, 2020 1 a.m.

Alfred ‘Al’ Victor Pennock, 91

Alfred “Al” Victor Pennock of Libby passed away peacefully Thursday Feb. 27, 2020, at the age of 91.

March 4, 2020 1 a.m.

Downtown Whitefish highway study is focus of open house

The Montana Department of Transportation is launching the Downtown Whitefish Highway Study to study all possible options for improving traffic flow downtown.

Patrick Charles Rogers, 76
March 4, 2020 1 a.m.

Patrick Charles Rogers, 76

Patrick Charles Rogers passed away on Feb. 19, 2020, in Yuma, Arizona, at the age of 76. He was born in 1943 in Kalispell to Charles and Angela Rogers. He graduated from Flathead County High School. He then attended Western Montana College and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Education degree. While in college he married Ann Shea and upon graduation their paths took them to Idaho, Oregon and then back to Montana pursuing teaching, coaching and refereeing opportunities. During that time, they raised three children, Uri, Tyd and Adi.

March 4, 2020 1 a.m.

St. Patrick’s parade planned March 14

The Ancient Order of Hibernians and Kalispell Area Chamber of Commerce invites the public to the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Main Street in Kalispell.

Wauneta Fern Roth, 91
March 4, 2020 1 a.m.

Wauneta Fern Roth, 91

Wauneta Fern Roth, 91, passed away Feb. 29, 2020, at Edgewood Vista Care Facility in Kalispell.

FVCC cancels study abroad amid virus outbreak
March 4, 2020 1 a.m.

FVCC cancels study abroad amid virus outbreak

Flathead Valley Community College made the decision to cancel its study abroad program in Venice, Italy, this week due to the coronavirus outbreak.

March 4, 2020 1 a.m.

Racoons move into ‘weird’ part of town

A city sewer employee allegedly saw a “strange package in a weird area” he thought Kalispell Police Department might want to look at. It possibly turned out to be a “makeshift raccoon house.”

Robert ‘Bob’ Hafferman, 89
March 4, 2020 1 a.m.

Robert ‘Bob’ Hafferman, 89

Robert “Bob” Hafferman was born in Kalispell on Jan. 29, 1931, to William “Bill” and Ida Hafferman on a 10-acre farm Bob called Duffy’s Cow Pasture; the house and barn are still standing today behind Pacific Steel.

Settlement reached in United Way lawsuit
March 4, 2020 1 a.m.

Settlement reached in United Way lawsuit

Northwest Montana United Way and the organization’s former executive director have reached a settlement agreement with the founders of a nonprofit that sued United Way last fall, alleging United Way’s fiscal oversight over the nonprofit was abruptly terminated, among other allegations.

Mary Filiatreau, 99
March 4, 2020 1 a.m.

Mary Filiatreau, 99

Mary Filiatreau, 99, of Whitefish, passed away on Feb. 29, 2020, surrounded by love.

Burr ‘Bob’ Betts, 85
March 4, 2020 1 a.m.

Burr ‘Bob’ Betts, 85

F. Burr “Bob” Betts, 85, passed away in Green Valley, Arizona, on Feb. 21, 2020, from complications of Alzheimer’s disease.

March 4, 2020 1 a.m.

Sliters revives DreamBuilders Playhouse fundraiser

Longtime locally owned, Sliters Lumber & Building Supply is unveiling a custom DreamBuilders Playhouse at the Home & Garden Showcase Saturday and Sunday, March 7-8, reviving a 14-year tradition. The playhouse will be raffled off and all proceeds will be donated to four local children’s charities: The Nurturing Center, CASA for Kids of Flathead County, Bigfork ACES After School Program and the West Shore Food Bank Backpack Program.

March 4, 2020 1 a.m.

Man faces several charges following car chase

A Kalispell man is facing several charges after authorities said he led police on a high-speed chase in the Columbia Falls area before they used spike strips to halt his rampage last week.

Diane Lynn Yeats, 61
March 4, 2020 1 a.m.

Diane Lynn Yeats, 61

Diane Lynn Yeats was born May 1, 1958, in Whitefish to Albert and Helen (Garland) Yeats.

March 4, 2020 1 a.m.

Effort to change Libby TV station selection receives support from Daines

A group of residents spearheading an effort to bring more Montana-based television stations to Lincoln County got a boost from U.S. Sen. Steve Daines’ office last week.

ALERT pioneer Dr. Jack Davis dies
March 4, 2020 1 a.m.

ALERT pioneer Dr. Jack Davis dies

Dr. Jack Davis, who helped create the ALERT emergency helicopter service based at Kalispell Regional Medical Center and was integral in developing the hospital’s cardiology program, died Saturday in Tucson, Arizona.

March 4, 2020 midnight

Legals for March, 4 2020

Tuesday, March 3

PHOTOS: Glacier boys, girls sweep Flathead
March 3, 2020 8:44 p.m.

PHOTOS: Glacier boys, girls sweep Flathead

Photos from crosstown basketball as Glacier and Flathead squared off at Glacier High School on Friday night. The Wolfpack took home wins in both the girls’ and boys’ games, 59-39 and 70-64.

Two men arrested in West Valley standoff
March 3, 2020 8:42 p.m.

Two men arrested in West Valley standoff

Two Flathead Valley men are in custody after a standoff with law enforcement officers that ended early Tuesday morning.

March 3, 2020 midnight

Legals for March, 3 2020

Monday, March 2

March 2, 2020 9:17 a.m.

Price leads Glacier’s 48-41 comeback win over Bengals

Weston Price scored 15 points after halftime to lead Glacier’s comeback win over Helena Saturday at the Wolf Den.

State mandates schools to test drinking water for lead
March 2, 2020 9:14 a.m.

State mandates schools to test drinking water for lead

Montana schools are now mandated to test drinking water for lead, following state rule changes related to school health.

March 2, 2020 9:12 a.m.

Flathead sled dog race kicks off in Olney

OLNEY — The Flathead Sled Dog Race got started on Saturday morning at Dog Creek Lodge and Nordic Center with over 60 teams competing in eight categories.

March 2, 2020 9:12 a.m.

Breakers down Vals for Western B crown, Vikings lose to T-Falls

HAMILTON – Missoula’s Loyola Sacred Heart returned to its dominant form Saturday, building a 24-8 halftime lead on Bigfork on the way to 50-29 win over the Valkyries in the Western B girls basketball divisional championship.

March 2, 2020 9:12 a.m.

Polson boys punch ticket to state

RONAN — The Polson Pirates punched their ticket to the Class A State basketball tournament on Saturday, earning the fourth Western seed.

Capital pulls away from stubborn Braves
March 2, 2020 9:12 a.m.

Capital pulls away from stubborn Braves

For a quarter of their Western AA boys basketball tussle with Helena Capital Saturday, the Flathead Braves switched roles with the powerful Bruins.

Montana’s elk hunting traditions worth preserving
March 2, 2020 9:11 a.m.

Montana’s elk hunting traditions worth preserving

For decades Montana has been the envy of hunters who pursue elk. Our state has healthy elk herds because of our incredible habitat on public and private lands. We enjoy the longest season in the West – with a six week archery season and a five week rifle season. No other state comes even close.

March 2, 2020 9:11 a.m.

Letters to the editor March 1

I was glad to see that only eight to 10 people showed up at Tim Fox’s “race for governor” press conference in Kalispell last Thursday. That eight to 10 included Tim Fox, his lieutenant governor, Gas Tax Garner, the photographer and the interviewer. Pathetic showing of support, and that is a good sign that the locals have figured out that Tim Fox is not good for Montana.

March 2, 2020 9:11 a.m.

County needs long-term plan, not another Band-Aid

The Evergreen Chamber of Commerce has noticed a stark contrast in spending priorities by Flathead County that impacts the Evergreen community. In one week, the Daily Inter Lake reported on: (1) the county wanting to purchase the CenturyLink building to expand and relocate several departments, and (2) the county still needing a long-term solution for jail space, and (3) the county placing a moratorium on the construction of new pedestrian trails.

March 2, 2020 9:11 a.m.

Let’s emphasize the benefits of vaccinations

Once again, I was disappointed to read an extensive article in the Daily Inter Lake (Feb. 26) giving a local physician and now member of the Flathead County Board of Health the opportunity to emphasize the risks rather than the benefits of vaccination. At a time when the United States Center for Disease Control is racing to spin up a new vaccine for the COVID19 (Coronavirus) outbreak, as well as new drugs and screening tests, and being widely criticized for not responding fast enough, I find it ironic that we in Flathead County should be reading about the risks rather than the benefits of vaccination.

March 2, 2020 1 a.m.

Whitefish council to discuss advancing Depot Park project

The Whitefish City Council will consider awarding the bid for the final phase of the Depot Park improvement project at its meeting this evening at 7 p.m. at City Hall.

Recording major milestones
March 2, 2020 1 a.m.

Recording major milestones

impact on others

Duana DeReu is quietly responsible for some of the most important documents in Flathead County.

March 2, 2020 midnight

Legals for March, 2 2020

Sunday, March 1

Faye Reeves, 96
March 1, 2020 1 a.m.

Faye Reeves, 96

Faye Reeves, 96, passed away on Feb. 26, 2020, at The Health-Center.

Betty Jean McDowell, 86
March 1, 2020 1 a.m.

Betty Jean McDowell, 86

Betty Jean McDowell, 86, of Whitefish, passed away peacefully at home on Feb. 23, 2020.

Recreational vehicle franchise opens on U.S. 2 East
March 1, 2020 1 a.m.

Recreational vehicle franchise opens on U.S. 2 East

Blue Dog RV hopes to be the new top dog when it comes to recreational vehicle sales in Kalispell. The new dealership on U.S. 2 East opens Sunday (today) with a wide selection of vehicles and a full-service RV repair shop.

One family is heart of Kehoe’s Agate Shop for nearly 90 years
March 1, 2020 1 a.m.

One family is heart of Kehoe’s Agate Shop for nearly 90 years

Two-and-a-half miles from downtown Bigfork, well off the beaten path, a bright teal-colored shop stands out starkly from the drab winter foliage.

Mush! Hike! Let’s go!
March 1, 2020 1 a.m.

Mush! Hike! Let’s go!

March 1, 2020 1 a.m.

Groups aim to appeal bottling plant case to Supreme Court

In an effort to appeal their case to the Montana Supreme Court, Egan Slough Community and other plaintiffs in an ongoing case against several Flathead County officials and departments have asked Flathead County District Court for the final judgment on zoning matters related to a controversial water bottling plant in Creston.

Couple opens innovative medical spa
March 1, 2020 1 a.m.

Couple opens innovative medical spa

Dori and Rob Campbell are introducing patients young and old to some of the Flathead Valley’s most innovative treatments. The husband-and-wife-duo opened All About You Wellness and Aesthetics spa in December with a suite of unique technologies and services, some of which can’t be found anywhere else in the valley.

March 1, 2020 1 a.m.

Collaboration the right approach to homeless issues

For those of us who go to sleep each night in a warm bed and a roof over our head, it’s easy to ignore the problem of homelessness in the Flathead Valley. It’s also easy to dismiss this growing problem with the notion that in a robust economy and “help wanted” signs everywhere, anyone should be able to get a job and a place to live.

March 1, 2020 1 a.m.

Security sniffs out perfume thief

Mall security allegedly told Kalispell Police Department that person wearing a scarf on their head and cowboy boots stole perfume and clothing from a store. Kalispell Police Department gave them a citation for trespassing.

Dorothy (Butterfield) Potts, 93
March 1, 2020 1 a.m.

Dorothy (Butterfield) Potts, 93

Dorothy (Butterfield) Potts, 93, of Bigfork went to be with the Lord on Feb. 19, 2020, at Rising Mountains Assisted Living.

Betty Jean (Kahn) Farris, 84
March 1, 2020 1 a.m.

Betty Jean (Kahn) Farris, 84

Betty Jean (Kahn) Farris was born Sept. 30, 1935, in Kalispell to George Michael Kahn and Lillian Coretta Evenson.

Wilma Bell Schreier, 76
March 1, 2020 1 a.m.

Wilma Bell Schreier, 76

Wilma Bell Schreier, 76, passed away peacefully on the morning of Feb. 23, 2020, surrounded by her children and grandchildren. Wilma was a loving mother of five children.

Barbara J. Furnia, 86
March 1, 2020 1 a.m.

Barbara J. Furnia, 86

Barbara J. Furnia, 86, passed away peacefully at home in the presence of her husband Clarence in Martin City on Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020.

Joyce Edena Hedman Emmert, 82
March 1, 2020 1 a.m.

Joyce Edena Hedman Emmert, 82

Joyce Edena Hedman Emmert was a prayer warrior who loved Jesus Christ, music, babies and holiday meals with family. She prayed daily (and often into the night) for her family, friends and even the people she met on the street. She never knew a stranger because she loved to talk with everyone and learn their stories.

North Valley Hospital tallies numbers from a busy 2019
March 1, 2020 1 a.m.

North Valley Hospital tallies numbers from a busy 2019

North Valley Hospital last year recorded more than 45,600 outpatient visits.

March 1, 2020 midnight

Legals for March, 1 2020