Kalispell, MT

Hungry Horse News

Yesterdays: Engineer killed in head-on train collision

The Hungry Horse Dam was expected to start backing up water this week. The diversion tunnel under the dam would be blocked off, then filled with concrete. By October, water behind the dam would be 125 feet deep and extend 10 miles upstream to Riverside. Eventually the dam inundated far more than that, obviously. William Mackin was adding a nine unit double motel in Apgar in addition to his Village Inn and 24 cabins that were already there.
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Hungry Horse News

Dixie Joan Wegner (Beebe) Riley

Dixie Joan Wegner (Beebe) Riley, 86, of Columbia Falls passed away at home on Thursday, Sept.16, 2021. She fought a long illness with courage and strength, often using humor to keep up the good fight until the Lord finally came calling. Dixie was born March 17, 1935 in Fort Dodge,...
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Hungry Horse News

Ruis offers school district $550,000 for old junior high; deal moving forward

Columbia Falls School District 6 is poised to go forward with a proposal by developer Mick Ruis to turn the old Columbia Falls junior high school into senior housing. Ruis envisions a multi-generational facility with housing for older folks. He said he wants to use the school’s gyms for his Ruis Wrestling Academy, which has more than 50 youth wrestlers, including girls, in its ranks.
Flathead Beacon

A Taste of Ramen in the Flathead

After opening a few Japanese steakhouses in Bozeman and Helena more than a decade ago, Hongyan Cai, a Chinese immigrant, saw a trend in ramen restaurants and traveled to Japan to learn the craft, returning to Montana with authentic recipes and opening Hokkaido Ramen House in Helena in 2018. In...

Kalispell man faces rape charge in Idaho

A Kalispell man accused of rape in Idaho is also facing federal charges for his alleged involvement in car theft and gun running conspiracies across the northwestern United States. Shane Bryan Johnson, 35, is currently locked up in the Cascade County Jail in Great Falls on federal charges. Johnson is...
Whitefish Pilot

Large housing project planned for Big Mountain Road

A team of developers has submitted plans to the City of Whitefish to build 318 housing units and a small "island" of commercial space at the base of Big Mountain. The proposed "Mountain Gateway" development would feature 270 apartments, 24 townhouses and 24 condominiums on about 30.5 acres straddling Big Mountain Road at East Lakeshore Drive. The city would have to annex and rezone the property, and the developers have proposed replacing the tight intersection with a roundabout to keep traffic moving freely during ski season.

EVENT: Dinosaurs invade western Montana!

MISSOULA, Mont. — Coming this Friday, Jurassic Empire is presenting the Dinosaur Drive-Thru Event. The Southgate Mall in Missoula will host Sept. 24, 25 & 26 then they are set to roam to the Kalispell Center Mall Sept. 30, Oct. 1, 2 & 3. The following is detailed event information:

Family, friends remember Kalispell shooting victim

A Kalispell man who died in a shooting at a fitness center last week will be remembered at a memorial service Wednesday in Missoula. Matthew David Hurley, 27, was killed by an as-of-yet to be named person on the morning of Thursday, Sept. 16, in the parking lot of Fuel Fitness and Nutrition, where Hurley was the general manager.
Flathead Beacon

Market Trends: Land Parcels Sold

Back in early July, we looked at the quantity of parcels sold (bars, using left axis range) by city, from May 31 back to June 1 the prior year (for May 31 of 2019, 2020 and 2021). Let’s refresh the data and shift the window, this time looking from Aug. 31 back to Sept. 1 the prior year. Sales quantities doubled, in the 1- to 5-acre range, in Bigfork and Polson (2021 vs 2020).

Daily Weather Forecast For Kalispell

Here’s the forecast for the next four days in Kalispell: Wednesday, September 22: Mostly sunny during the day; while partly cloudy then chance of rain showers overnight; Thursday, September 23: Mostly sunny during the day; while mostly clear overnight; Friday, September 24: Sunny during the day; while partly cloudy
Hungry Horse News

Cats hammer Loggers for Homecoming

Special teams. Defense.Offense. It was all clicking for the Columbia Falls football team Friday night as the Wildcats hammered Libby for homecoming, 48-0. The Wildcats held Libby to just 35 yards on offense in a dominant performance. Libby’s woes started on the opening kickoff, when the return man caught the...
Hungry Horse News

Spikers drop Browning and Bulldogs at home

The Columbia Falls volleyball team had a great week, dropping Browning Thursday at home in straight sets, 25-14, 25-22, 25-16 and rival Whitefish Saturday in straight sets as well, 25-15, 25-14,25-21. The student section came out of the stands to congratulate the team after the win against the Bulldogs. “There...

Powerlifting aids Kalispell Glacier's Jake Rendina on and off the field

KALISPELL — Kalispell Glacier running back Jake Rendina is picking up right where he left off after a first team all-state and all-conference selection last season. He's averaging 128.5 yards per game in 2021. But if he’s feeling any pressure, it’s because everyone is, not just him. "It is not...

Dennis Dwight Kimzey 1943-2021

Dennis Dwight Kimzey, 77, of Hamilton, Montana, died Sept. 16, 2021, at home with his faithful wife of 53 years by his side after a long and inspirational battle with Parkinson’s Disease. He was born to the late Dwight “Doc” and Orla Kimzey on Sept. 29, 1943 in Spokane, Washington, and grew up in Columbia Falls, Montana. He was a proud graduate of the Columbia Falls High School Class of 1962. Dennis, the third of four children, was an accomplished trumpet player in high school and college as well as an all-state football and track athlete. He played in the 1962 Montana Shriners all-star football game as a 300 pound lineman. Shortly afterward, he was a much leaner sprinter and javelin thrower at Lewis Clark State College in Lewiston, Idaho, where he holds the (now-retired) school record for the javelin throw.
Hungry Horse News

Columbia Falls businessman critical of high speed chase

A Columbia Falls businessman says that police in pursuits on Highway 2 should drive more slowly than they do now, particularly in the wake of a high speed chase a few weeks ago where a man stole a pickup and led Flathead County Sheriff’s Deputies through town. Vernon Kiser, a...