Editorial

Aquatic invader inspections must be improved

April 14, 2019 at 2:00 am

A new water-quality advocacy group has given the state a rather dismal grade of C- for its efforts to protect lakes and streams from aquatic invasive species. In this day and age, thatís just not good enough.After learning a boat launched i...

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Libby cleanup in the final stretch

April 11, 2019 at 2:00 am

Libby residents who were exposed to the toxic asbestos dust from the former W.R. Grace & Co. vermiculite mine will be dealing with asbestos-related disease for many years to come, perhaps even decades given the agonizingly long latency ...

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Interiorís Badger-Two Med decision troubling

April 07, 2019 at 2:00 am

In a disconcerting twist to the long-disputed battle over energy rights on the Badger-Two Medicine area, the federal government last week dropped its appeal of one of two oil and gas drilling leases on the land bordering Glacier National Pa...

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Take care with burn piles this spring

April 04, 2019 at 2:00 am

Residents off Spring Prairie Road between Whitefish and Kalispell had quite the scare Tuesday evening when a grass fire swept through their neighborhood.A debris pile got out of control and burned more than 30 acres in its path, including a...

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Montana looks at legal sports betting

March 31, 2019 at 2:00 am

Add Montana to the long list of states considering legalized sports betting.Kalispell Republican Sen. Mark Blasdel recently introduced a bill to the state Legislature that would legalize betting on college and professional sports at self-se...

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Flathead plays host to big summer events

March 28, 2019 at 2:00 am

When it comes to big, crowd-pleasing events, the hits just seem to keep on coming for the Flathead Valley.We learned last week a five-day powwow is planned in early June at the Flathead County Fairgrounds. This celebration of Native America...

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Bipartisan bills take aim at aquatic invaders

March 24, 2019 at 2:00 am

The prospect of an aquatic mussel invasion has drawn deep concern from Montana policy-makers for years, and for good reason.A recent study suggests that up to $500 million could be lost in property value in the state, should invasive mussel...

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Joyful homecoming for 495th troops

March 21, 2019 at 2:00 am

There were lots of cheers, tears and hugs as the Montana National Guard 495th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion arrived back in the Flathead Valley late Saturday night after a nine-month deployment in Afghanistan.Itís always heartwarming...

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Bill takes aim at foreign Ďdark moneyí

March 17, 2019 at 2:00 am

A bill has been introduced to the Montana Legislature that would ban spending and contributions in state elections by foreign entities. Missoula Democrat Sen. Nate McConnell is the sponsor of the bill that is being backed by Gov. Steve Bull...

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Foundationís work focused on suicide awareness

March 14, 2019 at 2:00 am

The first Nate Chute snowboard races were held 20 years ago on Big Mountain as a way to remember a friend who tragically took his own life. Today, the event is thriving in participation and has blossomed into a crucial funding mechanism for...

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