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Kila man accused of abusing child takes Alford plea

A Kila man accused of abusing a special needs child with a belt in 2020 pleaded guilty to felony assault on a minor in Flathead County District Court on June 22. Skylar Nathaniel Fincher, 24, pleaded guilty by way of an Alford plea, meaning he maintains his innocence but acknowledges a jury likely would convict him if the case went to trial. The plea change, accepted by Judge Robert Allison, follows a deal Fincher struck with prosecutors shortly before a previously scheduled court hearing. Deputies with the Flathead County Sheriff’s Office booked Fincher just over a year ago, though the...
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PHOTOS: Lemonade Day in Kalispell

Lemonade Day returned to Kalispell for its third year as youths were out operating lemonade stands from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 25 as part of an initiative of WorkForce Flathead. The national Lemonade Day program helps youth learn about starting a business, via the one-day stands. Through guided lessons in their Lemonade Day booklet, they learn about budgeting, finance, site selection, product creation, supplies, staffing, and more. ...
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Swimming access at Riverside Park closing due to unsafe conditions

Due to the flooding in the region, Flathead Lake continues to rise causing swift currents in the Flathead River. The swimming access at Riverside Park is no longer safe to swim and recreate in due to swift water. The safety of everyone is of the utmost importance to the City of Polson.

Lawrence Park reopens in Kalispell

MISSOULA, Mont. — The city of Kalispell announced Lawrence Park is open again after a temporary closure. Officials say the bathrooms toward the back of the park are closed for the remainder of the season, but the bathrooms near the playground are available for use. Kalispell City Government shared...

Flathead Lake over full pool mark

Flathead Lake was more than half a foot over its full pool mark Friday, and was projected to stay at that level through the weekend. Energy Keepers Inc., the CSKT entity that runs the SKQ Dam in Polson, said Friday that the lake level had reached 2,893.55 feet in elevation, which is 0.55 feet above normal full pool. The lake has not reached that level since the historic floods of 1964, a press release from Energy Keepers stated. Flows into Flathead Lake from the Flathead, Swan and Whitefish rivers were pushing in more water than the naturally restricted outlet at the U.S. 93...

The Top 5 Must See Events at The Montana Renaissance Faire

Just once in my life, I've wanted to sit at the head of a giant table, covered in the blood of my enemies while I devour a huge leg of meat from what I can only assume came from a Dinosaur. You know the scene setup I'm talking about. It's in nearly every Renaissance-inspired film, and it's on my bucket list. Well, since time machines don't exist, I'll settle for the next best thing. The Montana Renaissance Faire. Here are my top 5 things I suggest you don't miss if you are to attend this badassery.
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Kalispell: Montana's Eden — Exhibit showcases history of town

Kalispell’s beginning as a railroad town shaped its early history. Eventually, not unlike today, the city became the trade and financial center of the Flathead Valley. The Northwest Montana History Museum is telling the story of Kalispell in a new permanent exhibition that aims to bring the early town to life. While much of the museum includes pieces of Kalispell’s history, this is the first time the museum has curated an entire exhibit focusing solely on Kalispell. Jacob Thomas, executive director of the museum, said the goal is to dive into the history of the town in a way that...
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Kalispell company offers document management

Haig Ermoian moved to Montana to retire. “Supposedly, I retired,” he says with a laugh. “But one or two years ago, I realized there was a real need for a service provider for records and repository.” Ermoian is the owner of Global Archives, a cloud-based data storage company in Kalispell, that is offering services to organizations in need of document management and storage. Ermoian said that the closest facility that provides similar services is in Missoula. “Most people were dependent on getting someone from Missoula to come up here,” he said. Global Archives initially started as a contractor for Xerox and...
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Flathead Business Newsmakers

• Members of the Northwest Montana Association of Realtors gathered recently to announce the winners of this year’s Realtor awards. Realtor of the Year went to Jeanie Deetz of Engel & Volkers Western Frontier in Bigfork. Brokers who qualify for the award are held to high criteria. They must achieve high levels of involvement in the Realtor Association and civic activities. The Rookie of the Year award went to Stephanie Thompson of RE/MAX Glacier Country in Kalispell. The award goes to an agent who has high levels of production in their first year, as well as association and civic involvement. The...

Sharon 'Lanell' Windham, 65

Lanell Windham, 65, passed away on Sunday, June 19, 2022, in Kalispell, with her husband, Greg, by her side. Born in 1956, to Lindell and Lenora Anderson in Lebanon, Missouri, Lanell was an Army brat, spending her childhood in Missouri, Kansas, Washington, Kentucky and Connecticut. She attended Belmont College in Nashville, Tennessee, for two years before transferring to Southwest Missouri State University in Springfield, where she would meet a Grizzly Adams lookalike named Greg and fall in love. She married Greg Windham on Aug. 22, 1980, and moved to Fort Worth, Texas, where they would spend the first 13 years of their...

A few showers today, nice weekend ahead

FLOOD WARNING for the Flathead River at Columbia Falls until further notice. The river will hover between 14 and 14.5 feet through Saturday. Rivers levels will begin to drop this weekend. Flood stage is 13.0 feet. At 14 feet, flooding of farmers crops adjacent to the Flathead River is likely. Sections of the Steel Bridge Road become inundated with water and are impassable. At 16.0 feet, Low lying buildings and roads in the vicinity of Kalispell, Creston, Columbia Falls and Foy`s Bend begin flooding. At 16.1 feet, a trailer and RV park located just north of Highway 35 in Evergreen may be flooded.

Riverside Park swim access closed to public

MISSOULA, Mont. — The Polson Police Department has closed the swimming access at Riverside Park starting Friday. Officials closed the swimming access due to swift currents on the Flathead River caused by rising water in Flathead Lake. The closure applies only to the swimming area of the park, and...