Editorial

Grizzly council needs more public input

January 26, 2020 at 12:22 pm

The next seven months will prove challenging for the Grizzly Bear Advisory Council as the 18-member team mulls over what recommendations to provide Gov. Steve Bullock regarding the long-term management of the state’s recovering grizzly bear...

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Census participation crucial for Montana

January 23, 2020 at 3:00 am

Once every 10 years the federal government takes on the monumental task of counting every person in the country and documenting where that person lives. The result of that count is used to determine each state’s share of federal funding ove...

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C-Falls resort tax would buffer tourist impact

January 19, 2020 at 8:41 am

Columbia Falls residents face a big decision this spring as the city prepares to ask voters to support a 3% resort tax largely to help offset the growing costs of police and emergency services.There’s no doubt taxation is a hot-button issue...

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Wings provides lift to cancer patients

January 16, 2020 at 3:00 am

An unexpected cancer diagnosis is often described as a “frightening” and “life-changing” event. Along with the physical and mental tolls the disease wields, it can also derail a household’s financial foothold as medical bills and associated...

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Now’s the time to tune in to 2020 election

January 12, 2020 at 3:00 am

The 2020 election season in Montana is officially off and running. On Thursday, the first day of filing, 100 candidates filed with the Montana Secretary of State’s office for both legislative and non-legislative races, indicating a high lev...

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Make smart choices in the backcountry

January 09, 2020 at 3:00 am

Powder-hounds are rejoicing this week after Old Man Winter’s long-awaited arrival in Northwest Montana. While it may be sloppy and suspiciously spring-like in the valley, area mountains are getting pummeled with deep, fluffy snow that has s...

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Hot market puts pressure on housing crisis

January 05, 2020 at 3:00 am

End-of-the-year reports indicate that a robust economy and low interest rates continue to power the local real-estate market to historic levels.According to statistics through November from the Northwest Montana Association of Realtors, the...

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Planning process keeps level playing field

January 02, 2020 at 3:00 am

As development keeps on rolling in the Flathead Valley, those who are concerned about what’s happening in the corridor leading to Glacier National Park may want to tune into a project on Lake Five that aims to create a resort with guest cab...

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Impacts of Weyerhaeuser deal loom large

December 29, 2019 at 3:00 am

Timber giant Weyerhaeuser made a surprising announcement last week that it plans to sell 1,000 square miles of its Montana forestland in the coming year. The proposed $145 million transaction would account for nearly all of the 1,375 square...

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Looking ahead to 2020’s top stories

December 26, 2019 at 3:00 am

It’s common for media outlets, including the Inter Lake, to take the week between Christmas and New Year’s to look back on the year that was. There’s always a dip in the news cycle around the holidays, allowing more time to reflect on the h...

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