Whitefish, MT

'Worst proposal ever': Columbia Falls board rejects 455-unit plan

COLUMBIA FALLS — Out of the approximately 300 people who poured into the Columbia Falls Junior High School Tuesday evening, two people cried and one was threatened with a disorderly conduct charge while the Columbia Falls Planning Board deliberated on an immense housing project with the potential to transform the small city.
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Columbia Falls housing development draws community opposition

KALISPELL, MONT. — Columbia Falls held a public comment session on the proposed River Highlands Apartments development Tuesday night. The development falls along the Flathead River along River Road in Columbia Falls. It looks to add 455 housing units on 49.1 acres of land with 21.5 acres of parking.

MSU nursing grant to boost Blackfeet health care

College receives $3.9 million to deliver health care in five rural communities. Montana State University’s nursing college has received a grant totaling $3.9 million that will enable MSU and its partners from across Montana to deliver quality medical, dental and behavioral health care to kids in rural and underserved areas while providing exceptional educational opportunities for MSU students. The four-year grant, which began July 1, is from the U.S. Health Resources Services Administration.

Whitefish library summer events wrap up

Summer Adventures 2022 at Whitefish Community Library ends with four events over the week of Aug. 11 to Aug. 17. Aug. 11,10:30 a.m. -Try some flying disc moves. Flathead Valley Disc Golf’s David Trussell will demonstrate. Participants will practice and then try shots on temporary holes set up in the library’s Big Back Yard. Aug. 13, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.- Fifth annual Edible Book Contest & Feast. The library is closed that day but join book and food lovers to enter an edible book, vote for the People’s Choice Award, or feast on edible books once the judging has ended. This is also the last chance for Summer Reading Challenge readers to turn in their reading logs for prize drawing tickets. Aug. 16, 10:30 a.m. - Preschoolers and their caregivers can sample North Valley Music School’s music class “Music Together.” Aug. 17 - Tickets for Summer Reading Challenge prizes will be drawn and the winners notified. Winners can pick up their prizes immediately whenever the library is open. For more details on any of these events, visit, or call Whitefish Community Library at 862-9914.

Hearing Tuesday night on proposed Columbia Falls subdivision

MISSOULA, Mont. — A public meeting to discuss a planned subdivision in Columbia Falls has been moved to the junior high cafeteria to accomodate more people. The meeting is set for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. The proposal would build 455 housing units on 49 acres near Highway 2 and River...
Flathead Beacon

Glacier Range Riders shut out Billings Mustangs

Brody Wofford socked a three-run homer in the bottom of the sixth inning and the Glacier Range Riders defeated the Billings Mustangs 5-0 in Pioneer Baseball League play on Sunday. With the win and Saturday’s 7-3 victory, the Range Riders swept the two-game series. Glacier (24-41) scored four of...

Stillwater Road in Kalispell closed for improvements

MISSOULA, Mont. — Stillwater Road in Kalispell is closed from Four Mile Drive north to Wolfpack Way for installation of underground utilities and road improvements. Closures began Monday and will continue for several weeks. Timberwolf Parkway will be accessible from the north. More information can be found here.

Forest finishes planning for Lake Five Project

Kalispell, MT August 9, 2022 –Flathead National Forest has approved the Lake Five Project, a fuels reduction and timber project, this week. The project is located between the towns of Coram and West Glacier, MT. The forest vegetation in the Lake Five Project area was heavily influenced by the...
Flathead Beacon

Nonprofit Glacier Institute Launches ‘Restoration’ Campaign

Postgraduate students of the outdoors will already understand why the Flathead Valley ranks so high in the geographic canon of Mother Nature’s most influential works, but teachers on a mission to reach a whole new freshman class are celebrating after the Glacier Institute announced its first major fundraising initiative last month.

Woman dies after falling through skylight onto gym floor

COLUMBIA FALLS, Mont., Aug. 1 (AP) – A 20-year-old woman has died after falling through a skylight and onto the floor of a high school gymnasium, police in Columbia Falls said. The woman and two others were on the roof of the gym at Columbia Falls High School at...

Tester announces Columbia Falls will receive $10 million grant

By CHRIS PETERSON Hungry Horse News Columbia Falls will see more than $10 million in federal funding to rebuild part of 13th Street West and Fourth Avenue West to better serve the high school and the new Glacier Gateway Elementary School. Sen. Jon Tester, a Democrat, announced Monday the city was successful in obtaining a Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) Grant through the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. Tester was the lone vote from Montana’s Congressional delegation to support the bipartisan infrastructure law. “As Columbia Falls continues to boom, it’s critical that the city has up to date infrastructure to support its rapid...

Protestors in Lakeside lambast proposed alpine coaster project

Concerned residents took to the streets for a second protest in Lakeside over the weekend to voice their opposition to a proposed alpine coaster development just down the road. Developers Torsten and Jessica Wedel are in the process of building the coaster, which is an amusement ride that sends bobsled-like carts down a track built into a hillside, after a failed attempt to erect one in Lake County last year. The couple’s efforts to build the coaster on a piece of property by mile marker 99 on U.S. 93 just north of Lakeside, unveiled earlier this year, have drawn strident opposition...