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April 27, 2022 8:30 a.m.

Authorities identify victim in Snow Slip Inn shooting

Authorities identified Jeremy McKenzie as the 36-year-old man killed in an alleged shooting at the Snow Slip Inn near Essex on April 16, saying he died after a fight with another man.

April 29, 2022 midnight

Red tape prevents old-growth forest restoration

In celebration of Earth Day last Friday, President Biden signed an executive order aimed at identifying and protecting old-growth forests. Old-growth forests sequester carbon, provide clean air and water and sustain wildlife populations. It’s certainly within human interest to promote the health of these forest ecosystems.

Authorities ID West Valley plane crash victims
May 19, 2022 1 p.m.

Authorities ID West Valley plane crash victims

Authorities on Thursday identified the two people who died in a small plane crash April 30 in the West Valley area.

Grizzly bear confirmed in central Montana mountains
May 3, 2022 9 a.m.

Grizzly bear confirmed in central Montana mountains

Montana wildlife officials on Tuesday confirmed recent evidence of a grizzly bear roaming in central Montana.

Kalispell OK’s grant application for West Reserve Drive
May 5, 2022 midnight

Kalispell OK’s grant application for West Reserve Drive

Council on Monday approved a resolution for the grant application to be submitted to the U.S. Department of Transportation Multimodal Project Discretionary Grant. The city is submitting the grant in cooperation with the Montana Department of Transportation.

May 1, 2022 midnight

How a $3.4 million federal grant is helping Montana chip away at youth homelessness

For decades, Montana’s system of resources for homeless youth and young adults has been devastatingly sparse.

May 14, 2022 midnight

Census undercount threatens federal food and health programs on reservations

The 2020 census missed nearly 1 of every 17 Native Americans who live on reservations, an undercount that could very well lead to insufficient federal funding for essential health, nutrition, and social programs in remote communities with high poverty rates and scarce access to services.

May 11, 2022 midnight

Man already facing felony theft charge accused of stealing vehicle

A man accused in April of stealing more than $6,000 in tools and equipment from a Kalispell shed is back in county jail after allegedly boosting a car while out on pretrial release. Nathaniel Ray Warner, 25, is being held in the Flathead County Detention Center on a $40,000 bond.

Caretaker arrested after allegedly planning to steal from dementia patient
April 28, 2022 midnight

Caretaker arrested after allegedly planning to steal from dementia patient

A Columbia Falls caretaker who planned to steal from his elderly dementia patient was foiled by a surveillance camera, prosecutors say.

Whitefish-raised UM grad succeeds with molecular biology, marching band
May 18, 2022 midnight

Whitefish-raised UM grad succeeds with molecular biology, marching band

Hunter Grimes played an important role in Dr. Stephen Lodmell’s on-campus research lab for three years, working to identify interactions of the protein RIOK3 with the cellular immune response to viruses like Rift Valley fever – a deadly mosquito-borne virus that spreads among livestock. But when asked if she could do anything before she graduates this month, Grimes said, “I’d love to run onto the football field with my piccolo one last time.”

New Montana state record longnose sucker
May 11, 2022 2 p.m.

New Montana state record longnose sucker

For the third time in less than 15 months, a Montana angler has caught a new state record longnose sucker.

Man arrested following barricade situation near Flathead River Bridge
April 26, 2022 2:55 p.m.

Man arrested following barricade situation near Flathead River Bridge

A transient man faces resisting arrest and obstructing a peace officer after a check on an illegally parked motor home on Montana 35 turned into a barricade situation April 26.

Man allegedly threatened to kill cannabis store employee during robbery
April 27, 2022 midnight

Man allegedly threatened to kill cannabis store employee during robbery

A man who allegedly threatened to kill a cannabis store employee in Evergreen unless she gave him marijuana earlier this month is being held in the county jail on a $77,000 bond.

April 27, 2022 midnight

Children removed from Polson homes during drug sweep

Multiple area law enforcement agencies converged on three Polson homes April 25 as part of a drug bust that netted 13 arrests and facilitated the removal of two children into state care.

April 28, 2022 midnight

Council seeks more information before moving on traffic calming policy

After discussing the draft policy on traffic calming measures during its work session meeting, Council asked city staff for additional information before moving forward. One area of concern from Council and the public seemed to be that the policy focuses on addressing vehicle speed, but not the volume of traffic on a street that can impact a neighborhood.

Man stole industrial vacuum from car wash, authorities say
April 21, 2022 midnight

Man stole industrial vacuum from car wash, authorities say

A man who allegedly stole an industrial vacuum cleaner from a Kalispell car wash April 14 faces a felony criminal mischief charge in Flathead County District Court.

Man accused of holding up C-Falls pharmacy brought up on federal charge
April 27, 2022 midnight

Man accused of holding up C-Falls pharmacy brought up on federal charge

The Columbia Falls man accused of holding up a pharmacy at gunpoint earlier this month made his first appearance in federal court this week.

Man accused of hitting pedestrian while driving under the influence
April 29, 2022 midnight

Man accused of hitting pedestrian while driving under the influence

A 21-year-old accused of striking a pedestrian while driving drunk near Somers on April 25 — leaving her in intensive care — now faces felony negligent vehicular assault and misdemeanor obstructing a peace officer charges.

Robbery suspect back in jail after allegedly trying to buy a gun
May 17, 2022 midnight

Robbery suspect back in jail after allegedly trying to buy a gun

A man facing state and federal charges for allegedly holding up an area pharmacy at gunpoint last month is back in the county jail after trying to to buy a firearm, authorities say.

$19.3M pegged for wildfire mitigation on Kootenai Forest
April 23, 2022 1 a.m.

$19.3M pegged for wildfire mitigation on Kootenai Forest

A swath of Northwest Montana pegged for forestry work aimed at reducing the risk of catastrophic wildfire is among a handful of similar projects across the West selected for an initial surge of federal dollars.