West Glacier, MT

Ruis Hotel gets a green light

BY CHRIS PETERSON Hungry Horse News The Columbia Falls City Council Monday night approved a new 65-unit hotel off Highway 2. Developer Mick Ruis is planning an extended stay hotel that will feature kitchenettes for guests at the Glacier Inn Motel site. The old motel will remain guest lodging as well. The new hotel will run parallel with Second Avenue East. Existing pine trees will be preserved and as a condition, more trees are required to be planted as a buffer between Second Avenue and the new hotel. The hotel will have Highway 2 access. The council approved a height variance of 50 feet...
Whitefish Pilot

New charge filed against man linked to Whitefish shooting last May

Prosecutors have filed an additional charge against a Rollins man accused of firing a gun in downtown Whitefish in May, allegedly connecting him to two other incidents involving gunfire that same night. Wilson Dane Huyser, 33, initially was brought up on a felony criminal endangerment charge following the May 14...
Flathead Beacon

Gianforte Announces Push to Reduce Business Equipment Tax Again

In a Wednesday appearance billed as the first in a series of events announcing policy priorities for next year’s legislative session, Gov. Greg Gianforte said he wants to raise the exemption threshold for Montana’s business equipment tax. Speaking at a John Deere dealership in Kalispell, surrounded by businessmen...
Flathead Beacon

An Evolving Parking Garage Proposal

Through a public and private partnership between the City of Kalispell and local developers, a proposal to build a $9.2 million, eight-story public parking garage that would include 78 multifamily housing units and 6,200 square feet of commercial space continues to see changes as it makes its way through city council.

Over 100 cats removed from animal-hoarding property on Edgewood

In early September, authorities and a handful of volunteers collected a large number of malnourished and neglected cats that were suffering with flea infestations and illnesses from a property in Whitefish. The Whitefish Police Department, Flathead Sheriff's Office and the County Animal Control executed a search warrant at a house on East Edgewood Drive on Sept. 7 and initiated the removal of over 130 cats and two dogs, all of whom were in bad condition. Currently, the Flathead Spay and Neuter Task Force is caring for 93 of the cats, KittyMOM’s Rescue Organization has 28 and the county shelter is...

Certified Nurse Aide (C.N.A.) Course

FVCC offers a Nurse’s Aide Training course that enables students to obtain a Certified Nurse Aide (C.N.A.) Certificate in 105 hours: NRSG 106 Nursing Assistant Course. Through hands-on clinical training, the intensive course teaches students the skills and applications required to address the needs of chronically-ill patients in long-term care facilities. Students also gain understanding of basic medical terminology, basic human anatomy and physiology, and the aging process.

Nursing: Registered Nursing, ASN

The Registered Nursing program prepares graduates to function as members and leaders of health care teams in various health care environments. Upon completion of the Associate of Science (ASN)-Registered Nursing curriculum, students will. Develop and lead programs of health promotion and disease prevention that is cost effective, comprehensive and coordinated;
Flathead Beacon

Reasons to Vote for Pam Holmquist for County Commissioner

Pam Holmquist is honest. During her term as county commissioner, Pam has put to use her financial acumen, protected and implemented property rights and made public safety a priority. She lobbied in Washington, D.C. to fund the Kalispell bypass and supported the Evergreen sidewalk project by creating an innovative way to address continued maintenance. Building and repairing roads is a continuing goal. She consistently supports pro-business legislation through testimony and correspondence with our legislators.

Pre-Pharmacy Transfer to The University of Montana – Missoula

The curriculum offered by the School of Pharmacy at The University of Montana – Missoula consists of a six-year program leading to the entry-level Doctor of Pharmacy degree. By earning the FVCC Associate of Science degree as prescribed below, students will be academically prepared to enter the professional pharmacy program. If accepted, students will complete the additional four years of year-round classes to complete the Doctor of Pharmacy degree.

City OK’s manager, Teamsters contract

Hungry Horse News The Columbia Falls City Council approved two key contracts at its Sept. 19 meeting. The council approved a new contract with city manager Susan Nicosia. Nicosia will earn $105,635 for the fiscal year, which runs from July 1, 2002 to June 30, 2023. She received a 5% increase in salary over last year. The remainder of the contract did not change from the previous year. The council also approved a new three-year collective bargaining agreement with the Teamster’s Union. Under the new payscale, an entry-level employee will start out at $20.43 per hour. The very highest hourly wage would be $46.19 per hour, for a lead employee at 30 steps. The city will also contribute to health insurance monthly for each employee under its insurance plan. For single coverage, the city will contribute $704; employee and spouse, $1,405; employee children, $1,237 and family coverage contribution of $1,944 per month. The city will also provide a uniform allowance of $925 the first year, $975 in 2023 and $1,025 in 2024.
Whitefish Pilot

Logan Health renames award after Winslow Nichols

Beginning this school year, Logan Health will be renaming their Today’s Achievers, Tomorrow’s Leaders program after Winslow Nichols, one of the program’s first award winners. Winslow, who was chosen as the winner in February of 2020 while a junior at Columbia Falls High School, tragically died on June 7 this year in a climbing accident on Mount Brown in Glacier National Park.
Flathead Beacon

Glacier Park Pitches Native Trout Preservation Project on Gunsight Lake

Glacier National Park fisheries managers are proposing a conservation project aimed at restoring genetically pure populations of native westslope cutthroat trout and bull trout to Gunsight Lake, an emerald-hued alpine gem located north of Mount Jackson at the headwaters of the St. Mary River, which is the last drainage east of the U.S. Continental Divide to support native bulls.

“Shades of Gray” adoption event

Flathead Spay and Neuter Task Force will hold an adoption event Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 8-9, from noon to 4 p.m. each day. The Task Force is at 3491 Trumble Creek Road in Columbia Falls. They range in age from 5 months to 3 yrs. They're now putting on weight and should continue to improve with time. The vast majority are ready for adoption now. The FIV cats should be indoor only and the only cat in your household. The adoption fee is $50 and new adopters need to bring a carrier.

Education: Secondary Education-Broadfield Science transfer to Salish Kootenai College

In Montana, those desiring to become secondary teachers (grades 5-12) must pursue a bachelor degree in a certifiable major, often with a minor, from a four-year college or university. Most four-year institutions in Montana offer secondary teaching degrees, but offerings for majors and minors vary from school to school. Secondary education students can complete two years of study at FVCC in most majors.

Welding Technology, CTS

The Welding Technology Certificate of Technical Studies provides students the minimum welding skills needed to be employable, including at least two AWS certifications. Upon successful completion of the program, students will. Describe and demonstrate safe use of each type of welding equipment;. Select and demonstrate various joining processes;. Demonstrate proper...

Woman recognized for wilderness mapping effort in Glacier

By CHRIS PETERSON Hungry Horse News Jillian McKenna has been visiting national parks since her youth. Her parents are both geologists and national parks were a top spot to visit growing up. In adult life, McKenna followed her family’s footsteps, obtaining a degree in earth science from Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia, Canada. That eventually led to a post as a GIS intern at Yosemite National Park and she also worked as a Wilderness Ranger in Olympic National Park. The GIS (Graphical Information System) work she did in Yosemite led to a position in Glacier National Park where she became a Scientists-in-Parks Wilderness Character...