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Whitefish shooter released on own recognizance

The man accused of firing a gun in downtown Whitefish — leaving a bystander injured by a ricochet — has been released on his own recognizance. Wilson Dane Huyser, 33, of Rollins was being held in the county jail on a $75,000 bond for a felony criminal endangerment charge. He was released, with conditions, on May 24. Deputies with the Lake County Sheriff’s Office arrested Huyser at his home following the May 14 shooting after investigators in Whitefish identified him as the shooter. According to a press release issued by the Whitefish Police Department earlier this week, witnesses heard several gunshots...
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12 Best Things To Do During A Long Weekend In Beautiful Whitefish, Montana

My husband and I often want to get away from our busy lives in Missoula, Montana, but like many people, we don’t always have time for an extended vacation. Our perfect solution is a fun and relaxing weekend in Whitefish, a picturesque mountain town in the Flathead Valley about a 3-hour drive north of Missoula.
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Two Decades of Avalanche Forecasting on the Going-to-the-Sun Road

Every workday, Gabrielle Antonioli wakes up at 3:30 a.m. in her employee housing in West Glacier. She’s at her computer by 4 a.m. and looks at data and models from various weather stations in Glacier National Park. The National Park Service (NPS) hired Antonioli this year as a seasonal...

Martin City man accused of assaulting minor, strangling girlfriend

Prosecutors have brought a Martin City man up on multiple felony charges for allegedly lifting a child by his neck and later strangling his girlfriend earlier this month. Michael Thomas McNaught Jr. was briefly held in the Flathead County Detention Center on charges of strangulation and assault on a minor. He was released on his own recognizance on May 24. McNaught was arrested after deputies with the Flathead County Sheriff’s Office responded to several calls reporting a “loud physical disturbance” inside a camper located in Martin City about 11:03 p.m., court documents said. Neighbors described hearing yelling and screaming. Arriving deputies...

Whitefish Mountain Resort kicks off summer activities Memorial Day weekend

Whitefish Mountain Resort will kick off its summer operating season with Zip Line tours, Alpine Slides, scenic lift rides and other activities this Memorial Day weekend, May 28 to 30. As in past years, the resort will open gradually as the weather warms and snow continues to melt. After Memorial Day, the resort will close and reopen for the following weekend, June 4 to 5. The resort will run daily operations June 11 through Sept. 5 (Labor Day), then return to weekends only Sept. 9 to 11 and Sept. 16 to 18. “It’s going to be another fun summer up here on...

Corvettes on display in Whitefish for Memorial Day weekend

The Funseekers Corvette and Yacht Club officially started in Whitefish in 1986 and while the club’s members do have fun and they do have Corvettes, there is nary a boat to be seen. The name is a nautical nod to the small, fast naval vessel of the 18th and 19th centuries known as a corvette. This year, The Funseekers Corvette and Yacht Club hosts the 51st annual Big Sky Corvette Meet in Whitefish from May 27-30. The event attracts registrants from Idaho, Washington, Oregon, Wyoming and Canada. Some participants come to the event for the competition or to learn more about...
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Time to Get Wild

The nonstop Class IV stretch of the Swan River that runs into downtown Bigfork is known as the Wild Mile and is the setting for the 47th rendition of the Bigfork Whitewater Festival over Memorial Day Weekend. The three-day festival will feature races for kayaks, rafts, and stand-up paddleboards, as...

Whitefish Mountain Resort kicks off summer this weekend

MISSOULA, Mont. — Whitefish Mountain Resort will kick off summer recreation with zipline tours, alpine slides, scenic lift rides and other activities this weekend. The resort will run daily operations from early June through early September. Pricing and additional information can be found here. Whitefish Mountain Resort released the...

Heyka's Highs & Lows: Montana Weather Update May 26

It was a nice and warmer spring day for most of Montana. Temperatures were in the 70s to lower 80s, although upper 60s from Great Falls to Kalispell. Skies were sunny in the east with partly sunny skies central and west. A moist southwest flow will combine with surface heating...

Area students win statewide and divisional awards for wildfire prevention artwork

A Columbia Falls High School sophomore’s art was selected as the statewide winner of a wildfire prevention art contest. Sophomore Madysen Martin’s art encouraging Montana residents to do their part received first-place in Keep Montana Green Association’s 61st annual wildfire prevention contest. She will receive a cash award. Second and third place were awarded to students in Plains High School and Lewis and Clark Elementary. The top three entries were chosen from among more than 600 submissions from Montana students in grades K-12, according to a press release. The art contest is a time for educators, such as Columbia Falls High School art...

Alleged campground killer charged with deliberate homicide

The man arrested for allegedly killing one and wounding another in a campground shooting near Libby over the weekend made his first appearance Tuesday in Lincoln County Justice Court on deliberate and attempted deliberate homicide charges. Garry Douglas Seaman, 63, of Kalispell is being held without bond in the Lincoln County Detention Center following his extradition from Flathead County. He was arrested May 24 — a day after the slaying — near his home in the Flathead Valley following a manhunt involving multiple law enforcement agencies. Local authorities received word of a shooting at the Alexander Creek Campground near the Libby Dam...
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Fundraising to Save Farmland

As the founder and CEO of a fundraising software company, Scot Chisholm was exposed to a variety of nonprofit organizations before he left his position a year ago. After a decade in the business, he moved on to start his own nonprofit to pair with a dispensary and retail shop in Whitefish.

KALICO Art Center, North Valley Food Bank seek mural artist

MISSOULA, Mont. — KALICO Art Center and the North Valley Food Bank are searching for an artist to design and complete a mural at the new free grocery store at North Valley Food Bank. Mural submissions should incorporate food while being welcoming to people visiting the food bank. The...

Committee deems allegations against former KPD officer, commission candidate worth pursuing

A committee attached to the state agency charged with overseeing public safety officer certification ruled Tuesday that the allegations against former Kalispell Police officer and county commission candidate Jason Parce merited further action. Members of the Montana Public Safety Officer Standards and Training Council’s case status committee agreed to issue a letter to Parce after receiving an abbreviated run-down of the accusations against him. He is alleged to have issued discriminatory tickets to out-of-state vehicles and leaked confidential information to the media. Parce has made his lengthy career in law enforcement — most recently as Kalispell Police Department’s K-9 unit...

Exchange Club, Glacier High host Field of Honor over Memorial Day weekend

The Flathead Valley Exchange Club and Glacier High School are teaming up to give the community a chance to recognize their heroes this Memorial Day by hosting a Field of Honor at the school May 27-30. For four days, the Field of Honor at Glacier High School will include a display of 1,000 American flags, which community members can dedicate to a hero of their choice. “You can purchase a dedication for a flag for anyone deceased or alive who was a hero to the person making the dedication. It doesn’t necessarily have to be a member of the military,” organizer Kat...