Bridgerton-themed soirée provides night of elegance and melody
July 18, 2024 midnight

Bridgerton-themed soirée provides night of elegance and melody

The Glacier Symphony Quartet and Conrad Mansion are hosting the soirée. The symphony's quartet will perform music from the historical fiction-romance television series “Bridgerton” at the mansion.

Whitefish Council talks potential change to resort tax rebate
July 15, 2024 midnight

Whitefish Council talks potential change to resort tax rebate

Whether to change the percentage of funds returned to property owners from resort tax collections will be the topic of discussion during a Whitefish City Council work session Monday.

Fee increase approved for Whitefish rural fire area
July 12, 2024 midnight

Fee increase approved for Whitefish rural fire area

Flathead County commissioners on a split vote Thursday approved a fee increase for the rural Whitefish fire area.

Proposed Somers subdivision back before county planning board
July 10, 2024 midnight

Proposed Somers subdivision back before county planning board

The Flathead County Planning Board on Wednesday will examine updates to a proposed subdivision located near Somers Middle School. The proposal calls for 252 residential units.

July 10, 2024 midnight

Rural Whitefish fire area seeks fee increase

The rural Whitefish fire area is seeking to increase its service fees to better keep up with increasing costs.

Kalispell author hopes to inspire perseverance through her stories
July 1, 2024 midnight

Kalispell author hopes to inspire perseverance through her stories

Author Lorrie Grosfield and Hallie, the turtle, the main character in her new children’s book, have something in common — both are devoted mothers.

Whitefish Council looks at hangar for airport
July 1, 2024 midnight

Whitefish Council looks at hangar for airport

Public comments on the proposal were split during the community development board meeting. Some thought the hangar would be an attribute for the airport while others were against adding a structure that would obstruct scenic views, particularly from the adjacent WAG dog park.

Wrangle up some seats – County fairgrounds grandstands expected to open after repairs
June 30, 2024 midnight

Wrangle up some seats – County fairgrounds grandstands expected to open after repairs

Fairgoers should be able to grab a seat at the rodeo or concerts during the Northwest Montana Fair in August after an analysis showed the grandstands needing immediate repairs are safe.

County preliminary budget keeps property taxes flat
June 28, 2024 midnight

County preliminary budget keeps property taxes flat

Flathead County commissioners on Thursday approved a preliminary budget for fiscal year 2025 that keeps county taxes even.

Whitefish updates tourism management plan
June 17, 2024 midnight

Whitefish updates tourism management plan

Whitefish City Council on Monday is poised to vote on an update to its Sustainable Tourism Management Plan that includes six action items.

June 12, 2024 midnight

Two requests before county Planning Board Wednesday

The Flathead County Planning Board on Wednesday will hold two public hearings.

County commissioners approve lower wage increase for employees
June 12, 2024 midnight

County commissioners approve lower wage increase for employees

Flathead County commissioners on Tuesday approved an increase in wages for elected officials, which in turn increases county employee wages at a matching rate of 3.2%.

County approves contract for fairgrounds grandstand inspection
June 12, 2024 midnight

County approves contract for fairgrounds grandstand inspection

Flathead County commissioners on Tuesday approved a contract with a company to provide an inspection for the grandstands at the county fairgrounds.

Whitefish's proposed budget calls for increase in property taxes
June 10, 2024 midnight

Whitefish's proposed budget calls for increase in property taxes

Owing to a decrease in resort tax collections and a need to increase employee wages, Whitefish’s proposed budget calls for an increase in property taxes.

Contingency plan forms as fairgrounds waits for grandstand inspection
June 9, 2024 midnight

Contingency plan forms as fairgrounds waits for grandstand inspection

Constructed in the 1930s, the grandstands at the Flathead County Fairgrounds have played host to thousands of spectators throughout the decades.

June 4, 2024 midnight

County board of adjustment considers recreation facilities, retreat

The Flathead County Board of Adjustment on Tuesday will look at two requests for recreational facilities and a retreat center.

Whitefish Council looks at senior housing expansion, subdivion requests
June 3, 2024 midnight

Whitefish Council looks at senior housing expansion, subdivion requests

Plans for the expansion of a senior housing development and a separate 73-lot housing subdivision both are before the Whitefish City Council on Monday.

Whitefish senior uses personal experience in pursuing medicine
May 28, 2024 midnight

Whitefish senior uses personal experience in pursuing medicine

When Brooke Osburn was a freshman, a long-lasting nosebleed sent her to the emergency room. To be safe, doctors ran tests and immediately flew her to Spokane.

Flathead County closes fairgrounds grandstand due to safety concerns
May 24, 2024 noon

Flathead County closes fairgrounds grandstand due to safety concerns

Safety concerns have forced the closure of the main seating structures in the arena at the Flathead County Fairgrounds and pushed events to alternate venues for the time being.

Flathead County administrator's contract renewed
May 23, 2024 midnight

Flathead County administrator's contract renewed

Flathead County commissioners on Tuesday approved extending the contract for the county administrator for another three years.

Settlement over Bigfork subdivision would allow developer to resubmit plan
May 12, 2024 midnight

Settlement over Bigfork subdivision would allow developer to resubmit plan

A lawsuit filed by the developer behind a proposed Bigfork subdivision against Flathead County following denial of the project appears to be headed for a settlement.

Steamboat Landing subdivision back before county board
May 8, 2024 midnight

Steamboat Landing subdivision back before county board

The board in March tabled the Steamboat Landing project asking the developer to investigate traffic mitigation options for the development planned for 63.79 acres adjacent to Somers Middle School.

May 7, 2024 midnight

Bigfork hotel, Whitefish school before county board of adjustment

The board has seven items scheduled for consideration during the meeting. The board meets at 6 p.m. in the South Campus Building at 40 11th St. W. in Kalispell.

Whitefish Council looks at apartment project
May 6, 2024 midnight

Whitefish Council looks at apartment project

A proposal to create a 21-unit multi-family development project on Iowa Avenue goes before Whitefish City Council on Monday.

Teen’s wish granted with refurbished pickup following cancer treatment
May 5, 2024 12:05 a.m.

Teen’s wish granted with refurbished pickup following cancer treatment

When Tanner Lair was in the hospital going through chemotherapy thoughts about refurbishing his 1996 Ford F-250 got him through the treatments.

Flathead County approves sale of property to Lakeside sewer district
April 17, 2024 midnight

Flathead County approves sale of property to Lakeside sewer district

Flathead County commissioners on Tuesday approved the sale of 36.9 acres to the Lakeside County Water and Sewer District.

Quilter uses colors to bring out the art in traditional patterns
April 15, 2024 midnight

Quilter uses colors to bring out the art in traditional patterns

Walking around Barb Taylor’s home her enthusiasm for art in many different mediums becomes apparent.

Whitefish looks to update affordable townhouse project agreement
April 15, 2024 midnight

Whitefish looks to update affordable townhouse project agreement

Whitefish City Council on Monday will consider updating the city’s agreement to allow for a greater range of purchase prices on homes in the Depot Park townhomes project.

April 10, 2024 midnight

County planning board returns to industrial subdivision south of Kalispell

The Flathead County Planning Board on Wednesday will again consider a request for a residential and commercial/industrial subdivision south of Kalispell.

Good Luck Gallery showcases contemporary art in historic Kalispell space
April 4, 2024 12:05 a.m.

Good Luck Gallery showcases contemporary art in historic Kalispell space

Good Luck Gallery in downtown Kalispell sits at a bit of a juxtaposition.

April 2, 2024 midnight

County board considers Evergreen RV park, event venue near Whitefish

A new RV park in Evergreen and a property wanting to host large events southwest of Whitefish have both applied for approval with Flathead County.

Whitefish looks at Karrow Ave. construction contract
April 1, 2024 midnight

Whitefish looks at Karrow Ave. construction contract

Whitefish City Council on Monday is set to approve a $2.39 million construction contract for the reconstruction of a section of Karrow Avenue.

Flathead County plans to sell property to Lakeside sewer district
March 31, 2024 midnight

Flathead County plans to sell property to Lakeside sewer district

Flathead County is looking to sell its 36.9 acres in Lower Valley originally purchased for a regional septage treatment facility to the Lakeside County Water and Sewer District.

Flathead County passes septage treatment facility to Lakeside district
March 21, 2024 midnight

Flathead County passes septage treatment facility to Lakeside district

Flathead County is handing over the construction and future operation of a regional septage treatment facility to the Lakeside County Water and Sewer District.

Whitefish considers recreation and trail agreements
March 18, 2024 midnight

Whitefish considers recreation and trail agreements

Whitefish City Council on Monday is being asked to approve three separate agreements pertaining to recreation in and outside of the city.

Flathead County planning board signals intent to recommend Somers subdivision
March 15, 2024 midnight

Flathead County planning board signals intent to recommend Somers subdivision

For want of more affordable housing the Flathead County Planning Board on Wednesday tabled the proposed Steamboat Landing subdivision, asking the developer to return with traffic mitigation measures so that it could support the project.

Brodehl has Democrat challenger for Flathead commission seat
March 13, 2024 noon

Brodehl has Democrat challenger for Flathead commission seat

Flathead County commissioner Republican Randy Brodehl will face challenger Democrat Jim Lockwood in this fall’s election.

March 12, 2024 midnight

Steamboat Landing subdivision calls for more than 250 units in Somers

A proposed subdivision adjacent to Somers Middle School could result in the development of 252 residential units.

March 10, 2024 midnight

Candidates file for election in county races

The list of candidates running for office in Flathead County remains short.

Meetings discuss roundabout planned for Woodland, Conrad Drive intersection
March 9, 2024 midnight

Meetings discuss roundabout planned for Woodland, Conrad Drive intersection

The purpose of the project is to enhance safety at the busy intersection and reduce the number and severity of crashes, according to the Montana Department of Transportation. Along with the roundabout, improved pedestrian crossings are planned.

Experienced fire manager looks to lead rural Whitefish fire area
March 4, 2024 midnight

Experienced fire manager looks to lead rural Whitefish fire area

D.C. Haas traded in climbing into black bear dens for fighting fires when he moved to Montana several decades ago.

Flathead County purchases property for potential jail
February 23, 2024 midnight

Flathead County purchases property for potential jail

Flathead County will purchase a large piece of property south of Kalispell as a potential location for a future jail.

Whitefish aims to join state property improvement loan program
February 19, 2024 midnight

Whitefish aims to join state property improvement loan program

Whitefish is looking to implement a program that would assist businesses and other organizations make improvements to their property through loans.

Whitefish Mountain Resort looks to create new subdivision
February 14, 2024 midnight

Whitefish Mountain Resort looks to create new subdivision

The company that owns Whitefish Mountain Resort is seeking to develop a small residential subdivision on Big Mountain.

February 13, 2024 midnight

Voters to decide fate of resort tax for Big Mountain

Voters who live on Big Mountain will get to decide whether the area should be allowed to collect a resort tax.

Whitefish considers affordable apartment project
February 5, 2024 midnight

Whitefish considers affordable apartment project

Whitefish City Council on Monday will consider approving a plan that looks to create 18 affordable apartments as part of the second phase of a complex on Edgewood Place.

Whitefish nonprofit denied full participation in housing lawsuit
February 4, 2024 midnight

Whitefish nonprofit denied full participation in housing lawsuit

The Montana Supreme Court has denied a Whitefish nonprofit’s request to intervene as a defendant in a lawsuit filed by a coalition of homeowners against the state.

Big Mountain neighborhoods look to create resort tax
February 4, 2024 midnight

Big Mountain neighborhoods look to create resort tax

A group of Big Mountain residents would like a resort tax implemented for the area as a way to pay for infrastructure needs.

Executive director would like to see United Way expand its services
January 29, 2024 midnight

Executive director would like to see United Way expand its services

A single mom who raised seven children while working as a nursing assistant, Jodie Cross knows what it's like to live on a tight budget. She also knows what it’s like to need a little help.

Kalispell boutique blends unique selections for all ages
January 28, 2024 midnight

Kalispell boutique blends unique selections for all ages

Melanie Wyckoff loves to spend time in toy stores. Even when her children are ready to leave, she wants to stay.