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Kalispell Man Recovered from Middle Fork Flathead River Identified

A Kalispell man who died after his raft flipped in whitewater rapids below Moccasin Creek on the Middle Fork of the Flathead River on June 21 has been identified as 43-year-old John Fitch, according to a Flathead County Sheriff’s Office press release. Last Tuesday, the sheriff’s office received a...
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Developer who proposed Mountain Gateway now looking to create large subdivision in CFalls

A developer is proposing a major subdivision on farmland east of the river just outside Columbia Falls. James Barnett, on behalf of Flathead Mountain River LLC is requesting a Planned Unit Development on the Loffler subdivision, the open farm fields that are just east of the river along River Road. The project consists of 65 attached single-family row houses, 390 apartment units and 10 row house units dedicated to the Northwest Montana Community Land Trust. The total unit count is 455 units on 49.1 acres gross for a density of 9.2 units per acre. The applicant is proposing 21.5 acres (43%) of the...
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Fourth of July events in Whitefish

Over the Independence Day holiday, Whitefish will again be host to a fun-filled weekend. Throughout July 1-3, the 43rd annual Whitefish Arts Festival will take over downtown in Depot Park. The event sponsored by the Whitefish Christian Academy is an annual favorite throughout the Northwest. Artists from across the country...
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Whitefish’s Barnes to compete in Miss Montana Competition

The Miss Montana competition will be held in Billings at Movement Montana, 925 Broadwater Avenue on Saturday, July 2, 2022, at 7 p.m. Five women will compete for the title. Bethany Barnes will represent her hometown of Whitefish in the competition. According to a press release, Barnes is studying at the College of Idaho, majoring in biomedical sciences. The talent she will present is ventriloquism, the act called “Anything You Can Do” and her social impact initiative is, Speak Up: Teaching public speaking skills. When attending Whitefish High School Barnes was an active participant on the Speech and Debate team. She graduated from WHS in 2021.

Sale, use of fireworks in Kalispell city limits prohibited

KALISPELL, MONT. — The sale and use of fireworks in Kalispell city limits is prohibited, anyone caught selling or using could face a citation and their inventory confiscated. The use of fireworks are prohibited due to safety hazard and potential fire risks within the city. If you’re looking to...

Whitefish FCU drops libel lawsuit against Hall

It appears Fellowship Baptist Church pastor Jordan Hall has eluded another lawsuit, this time a libel lawsuit filed by Whitefish Federal Credit Union (WFCU) against the Sidney, Montana minister. The lawsuit centered around a series of stories that appeared on the Montana Daily Gazette website which Hall oversees. The lawsuit was filed in the Montana Bankruptcy Court and asked the court not to discharge any future claims the credit union had against Hall and his online blog.

Parts of Flathead Co. under pre-evacuation

MISSOULA, Mont. — Wagner Lane and Leisure Island, just west of Kalispell, are under pre-evacuation due to flooding concerns of the Flathead River. These areas are restricted to local traffic only. The following was posted by Flathead County Sheriff's Office:. The Leisure Island area and Wagner Lane have been...
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Plows Reach Logan Pass in Glacier National Park

Visitors to Glacier National Park lamenting a late projected opening of the Going-to-the-Sun Road to Logan Pass might take comfort knowing that, of the three factors to have ever delayed the iconic alpine highway’s opening later than the Fourth of July — World War II, a global pandemic, and a deep, lingering mountain snowpack — their holiday plans this summer are being hampered by the latter.

Bigfork 4th of July festivities kick-off next Monday, volunteers still needed

Bigfork’s annual celebration of Independence Day is set to kick-off next Monday featuring a grand parade and a rubber duck race. Bigfork resident Walter Kuhn is going to be the Grand Marshall for the parade, which is set to begin at noon on the 4th. Preceding the parade, live music by the Fetveit Brothers starts at 10 a.m. in the parking lot on Grand Drive where area food trucks will also be set-up. After the parade, head down to the single lane bridge to catch the ‘Ducks for Bucks’ race, where hundreds of rubber ducks race down the Wild Mile....

Flathead Lake water levels remain high

KALISPELL, MONT. — After heavy rainfall and increasing temperatures, snowpack experts say high lake levels are here to stay for some time. “We had a big some pretty big snowpack from earlier in the winter and now it has to go somewhere. And so now it's coming down here, it's filling the lake up, and we just have to be patient and wait for levels to come down,” said Jim Elser Flathead Lake Biological Station Director.
Flathead Beacon

Falling Through the cracks

For the past three years, Jessica Culver’s boyfriend has regularly been admitted to Logan Health’s emergency room during episodes of psychosis. In between his chronic encounters with law enforcement in the Flathead Valley, he’s also sought treatment at numerous local mental health facilities. Diagnosed with schizophrenia and...

Flathead Sheriff's Office asking people to avoid rivers after fatal rafting incident

FLATHEAD RIVER, Mont. - Flathead County Sheriff's Office has released the identity of the man who died in last week's rafting accident. On June 21, a raft overturned at the Middle Fork of the Flathead River, in the rapids just below Moccasin Creek. Three people were inside, and 43-year-old John Fitch of Kalispell sadly lost his life. FCSO confirmed he was wearing a life jacket at the time of the...

Wellness retreat farm blends healing arts, medicinal herbs

A secret oasis near Whitefish is creating a space for visitors to slow down and reconnect with nature. Lindy (Carolyn) Dewey is the visionary behind SpiritWorks Trilogy and has recently rebranded to incorporate her three businesses: a wellness retreat, a healing arts practice, and a medicinal herb farm. When Dewey first opened the retreat in 2016, it received primarily vacation rental guests that had no interest in the wellness programs or the farm. “I felt like that was tragic,” she said. “Part of the stay is that people get a free tour of the farm and people weren’t taking advantage of that. So...

Water to be shut off around 2nd Ave. west in Kalispell

MISSOULA, Mont. — Water will be turned off on 2nd Ave. west in Kalispell on Wednesday for main water upgrades. Customers will be affected on 2nd St. west to 4th St. west, along 2nd Ave west. Water will be off from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. and more information...

Water Otters take sixth at Chester meet, next up - Columbia Falls

The Water Otters traveled to Chester last weekend with 16 swimmers. The Otters swam well and placed sixth as a team. Here are the results for the meet:. August Aikins: 50 meter free, 6th, 50 meter breast, 2nd, 100 meter free, 4th. Kolben Aikins: 50 meter free, 5th, 50 meter...