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Kalispell couple pleads guilty to mail theft, identity theft charges

MISSOULA, Mont. — A Kalispell couple pleaded guilty to wire fraud, aggravated identity theft and theft of mail on Tuesday. Jennifer Don Smith, 37, and Michael Thomas Kullberg, 34, were accused of stealing mail in Lincoln and Flathead counties and using personal information from the stolen mail to shop at businesses. Both pleaded guilty.
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Kila man accused of using bear spray in attack

Prosecutors have brought a Kila man up on a felony assault with a weapon charge for allegedly discharging bear spray at another man in 2021. Randaell Charles Stilson, 18, was booked in the Flathead County Detention Center on May 10 and released on his own recognizance the same day. His arraignment in district court is set for June 2. Although an arrest warrant was issued March 30 of this year, authorities believe the attack occurred late in the evening of Aug. 4, 2021. They began investigating Stilson after another man reported the incident about 1:47 a.m. the next day. According...
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Daily Empire Builder Service Returns Next Week

Daily service on the Empire Builder, the only Amtrak line that traverses Montana, will resume May 23, the federally funded passenger rail service announced last week. The rail agency said that the hiring of an additional 1,500 employees and increased demand for travel has enabled the restoration of daily service to four long distance lines including the Empire Builder, which connects Chicago to the Pacific Northwest through Havre, Whitefish and other towns in Montana’s northern tier. Amtrak reduced — or paused entirely — trips on a number of long-distance lines in January, citing a pandemic-driven workforce shortage. The Empire Builder has been running five days a week since.
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Daily service on Amtrak's Empire Builder set to resume

Daily service on the Empire Builder, the only Amtrak line that traverses Montana, will resume May 23, the federally funded passenger rail service announced last week. The rail agency said that the hiring of an additional 1,500 employees and increased demand for travel has enabled the restoration of daily service to four long distance lines including the Empire Builder, which connects Chicago to the Pacific Northwest through Havre, Whitefish and other towns in Montana’s northern tier. Amtrak reduced — or paused entirely — trips on a number of long-distance lines in January, citing a pandemic-driven workforce shortage. The Empire Builder has...
WHITEFISH, MT

Robbery suspect back in jail after allegedly trying to buy a gun

A man facing state and federal charges for allegedly holding up an area pharmacy at gunpoint last month is back in the county jail after trying to to buy a firearm, authorities say. Grant Alan West, 38, of Columbia Falls is being held on a $250,000 bond after being booked in the Flathead County Detention Center on May 12. That same day, prosecutors had filed a petition to revoke, accusing West of violating the Gun Control Act. Included in the court documents is a copy of an ATF firearms transaction form purportedly filled out and signed by West dated May...
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Flathead Beacon

House District 8: South Kalispell’s Four-way Republican Primary

Because Republicans have held a solid majority in the Montana Legislature for more than a decade, and because Flathead County is tinged a deep shade of red, GOP primaries play an outsized role here in determining how next year’s legislative session plays out. But even though crowded primaries are...
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Kalispell Public Schools ask county to run future election

MISSOULA, Mont. — Kalispell Public Schools’ 2022 election faced a number of challenges -- from two candidates disqualified due to residency requirements to 1,700 ballots improperly sent out to residents. The school board drafted and passed a resolution asking the Flathead County Election Department to run the 2023...
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Flathead Beacon

Catalytic Converter Thefts Spike in the Flathead Valley

When Sue Vaughn showed up to work at Montana Coffee Traders’ south Whitefish location in early May, she and her employees noticed something hanging underneath the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter delivery van. Somebody had stolen the van’s catalytic converter a few hours earlier at about 2 a.m., according to surveillance footage....
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Nonprofit spearheading creation of large youth center with development

Aiming to provide year-round access to athletic, arts and other enrichment programs, a new youth center is the centerpiece of a larger commercial and housing development planned for the north end of Kalispell. The Flathead Valley Youth Center nonprofit is behind the effort to create a publicly accessible youth center planned for Church Drive just off U.S. 93 south of Majestic Valley Arena. Organizers say the center would provide children and teens access to several programs. Tawnya Bingham, board president of the nonprofit, says the goal is to build a space where the community’s youth can play, grow, learn and...
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North Valley Music School in Whitefish to hold event on music, mental health

MISSOULA, Mont. — The North Valley Music School is co-hosting an event with the Nate Chute Foundation on Tuesday. "The Music & Mental Health: Instruments of Resilience" discussion will explore the relationship between music and wellness at 6:30 p.m. at the Black Box Theater in Whitefish High School. Panelists...
WHITEFISH, MT
Flathead Beacon

JV Coach Tapped to Lead Braves Soccer

Alejandro Calderon will take over as head boys soccer coach for Flathead High School, according to a press release sent out by the school on Wednesday. Calderon has been the Braves’ head junior varsity coach since 2017, returning to a program he played for from 2006 to 2009. He also spent four years coaching at Glacier High School.
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Semiconductor Chip Manufacturer to Add 200 Jobs in Montana with Third Plant

Welcome to Thomas Insights — every day, we publish the latest news and analysis to keep our readers up to date on what’s happening in industry. Sign up here to get the day’s top stories delivered straight to your inbox. An advanced semiconductor manufacturing company is establishing...
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Perrin Claims First Big Sky Title

On the third day of the Big Sky Conference Track and Field Championships in Pocatello, Idaho, Ben Perrin pulled in 10 points for Montana State University with his win in the 10,000-meter run. The 25-lap event came down to the last lap for the Flathead High School graduate, as Perrin...
POCATELLO, ID
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Kalispell's newest student-built home hits the market

KALISPELL, Mont. — What started off as a pile of dirt in an empty lot is now a move-in ready four-bedroom home. Kalispell’s Student Built Homes completed their seventh build after 30 students invested around 7,500 hours for this year’s program. “This is their final project, per...
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