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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.

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.

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.”

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.

Ronan man charged with arson for Boulder 2700 fire, two others
May 17, 2022 12:30 p.m.

Ronan man charged with arson for Boulder 2700 fire, two others

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office announced Tuesday that a Ronan man suspected of igniting the Boulder 2700 fire that burned homes and private property last summer is in custody and has been brought up on arson charges.

Whitefish to require bear-resistant garbage containers
May 14, 2022 midnight

Whitefish to require bear-resistant garbage containers

Whitefish residents will slowly transition to using animal-resistant trash containers over the next few months. The new contract between the city and Republic Services means customers will now have individual 95-gallon bear-resistant containers picked up curbside and will see their garbage rates increase by $5.97 a month.

Man denies charges stemming from alleged pharmacy holdup
May 20, 2022 midnight

Man denies charges stemming from alleged pharmacy holdup

The man accused of knocking over a Columbia Falls pharmacy last month pleaded not guilty to multiple charges in district court Thursday and will remain in custody on a $250,000 bond after Judge Robert Allison denied a bail reduction request.

CSKT River Honoring teaches kids about the landscape
May 15, 2022 3 p.m.

CSKT River Honoring teaches kids about the landscape

MOIESE, Mont. (AP) — A sunlit field along the Flathead River outside of Moiese was home base for all kinds of student learning this week.

Biden forest plan stirs dispute over what counts as "old"
May 20, 2022 9 a.m.

Biden forest plan stirs dispute over what counts as "old"

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — President Joe Biden's order to protect the nation's oldest forests against climate change, wildfires and other problems devastating vast woodlands is raising a simple yet vexing question: When does a forest grow old?

Phone troubles leave Essex residents feeling isolated, especially in times of emergency
May 15, 2022 midnight

Phone troubles leave Essex residents feeling isolated, especially in times of emergency

For the better part of a decade, CenturyLink customers in Essex have dealt with everything from dropped calls and excessive static to ignored repair requests and complete lack of service for days and even weeks at a time. With cell phone coverage nearly nonexistent in the area, residents are often left with no way to reach the outside world.

‘Come Home Montana’ push collides with housing angst
May 14, 2022 midnight

‘Come Home Montana’ push collides with housing angst

Since Gov. Greg Gianforte took office, the commerce department has embarked on a massive “Come Home Montana” promotional campaign, launching a website last summer, buying social media ads, and sending out a series of mailers designed to entice former residents to return.