Businesses, organizations extend virus-related closures

March 25, 2020 4:41 PM

• 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.

Until further notice, donations are not being accepted at the Thrift Haus, as there is currently no volunteer staffing to process the donations.

• ImagineIF Libraries facilities will be closed through Saturday, April 11, as a precautionary measure to slow the spread of COVID-19. Library customers should keep currently checked out materials at home, as book drops are closed and not accepting returns. The library will ensure that customers do not accrue fees for materials during the closure.

Although physical locations are closed, the virtual library is open. Librarians have prepared remote services on YouTube, Facebook and Instagram, such as virtual Early Literacy Classes and STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) activities.

For a full list of online services visit To access electronic services such as eBooks and databases, or to sign up for a library card online, go to:

Librarians will answer reference questions via e-mail daily; email Customers are also encouraged to monitor ImagineIF’s Facebook and Instagram pages for updates.

• Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation and Montana Department of Environmental Quality are now limiting access at their Kalispell offices.

While services provided at the Kalispell office locations are still available, the physical location will not be open to the public “until further notice.” Officials have asked that people reach staff by phone, email or other online resources instead. If absolutely necessary, an in-person appointment might be scheduled.

To contact the DNRC Northwest Land Office or the Kalispell Unit, call 406-751-2241 and for the department’s Water Rights and Resources office call 406-752-2288. The DEQ can be reached at 406-260-3381.