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Vaccine mandate could impact staffing at Flathead nursing homes
September 4, 2021 midnight

Vaccine mandate could impact staffing at Flathead nursing homes

Montana's long-term care facilities could face staffing challenges and financial uncertainty if the Biden administration moves forward with a plan to require Covid-19 vaccinations for staff at federally funded nursing homes.

Flathead Covid vaccination rate ticking upward
September 2, 2021 1 p.m.

Flathead Covid vaccination rate ticking upward

Health officials say Flathead County's Covid-19 vaccination rate is ticking upward by nearly 1% each week, a promising trend as the highly contagious delta variant continues to move through the valley's unvaccinated population.

Latest Flathead Covid surge strains hospital, health department
August 25, 2021 2:45 p.m.

Latest Flathead Covid surge strains hospital, health department

Flathead County continues to see an uptick in Covid-19 infections, hospitalizations and deaths. The county had 690 active cases on Wednesday — the highest number the area has seen since February, according to local health officials.

FWP seeks to bolster declining bighorn sheep population on Wild Horse Island
August 24, 2021 midnight

FWP seeks to bolster declining bighorn sheep population on Wild Horse Island

Wildlife officials are seeking public input on a proposal to augment the bighorn sheep population on Flathead Lake's Wild Horse Island after the Montana Fish and Wildlife Commission gave initial approval for the project to move forward during a public meeting Friday.

August 15, 2021 midnight

New project targets substance abuse, youth development

A new project spearheaded by the Flathead Prevention and Recovery Alliance aims to promote healthy youth development by targeting problem behaviors such as alcohol and tobacco abuse.

Logan Health exceeds adult acute-care bed capacity
August 13, 2021 12:23 p.m.

Logan Health exceeds adult acute-care bed capacity

Logan Health Medical Center surpassed its adult acute-care bed capacity this week after the hospital experienced a surge in both emergency-room activity and patients suffering from COVID-19.

More Flathead residents seek COVID tests amid surge in cases
August 11, 2021 2:30 p.m.

More Flathead residents seek COVID tests amid surge in cases

Flathead County COVID-19 testing sites have seen an uptick in activity in recent weeks as the number of active cases in the area continues to surge.

In Montana, unvaccinated patients make up 90% of hospitalizations
August 6, 2021 midnight

In Montana, unvaccinated patients make up 90% of hospitalizations

Nearly 90% of people hospitalized with COVID-19 in Montana over the past eight weeks have been unvaccinated, state officials said in a report released Thursday — a finding that comes as the state surpasses 1,800 active cases, roughly a quarter of which are in Flathead County.

Tree harvesting project near Swan Lake aims to curb disease, insects
August 5, 2021 1:14 p.m.

Tree harvesting project near Swan Lake aims to curb disease, insects

Flathead National Forest officials are seeking public input on a plan to harvest trees near Swan Lake that are infected with harmful diseases and insects.

Logan Health reopens COVID unit amid rising cases
July 29, 2021 2:46 p.m.

Logan Health reopens COVID unit amid rising cases

In preparation for what experts believe will be a large and lingering wave of COVID-19-related hospitalizations, Logan Health Medical Center in Kalispell has reopened an area of the hospital reserved for patients who test positive for the virus.

Weather, lack of resources exacerbate NW Montana fires
July 28, 2021 2:35 p.m.

Weather, lack of resources exacerbate NW Montana fires

Wildfire activity has worsened significantly in recent days across Sanders and Lincoln counties, where a lack of resources and dangerous fire weather have contributed to the rapid spread of several large fires.

County sees emerging crisis with addictive painkiller
July 25, 2021 midnight

County sees emerging crisis with addictive painkiller

Flathead County experts say illegally manufactured fentanyl is now prevalent throughout the greater valley, and that issues associated with the highly addictive painkiller may prove to be the most challenging leg yet in Montana’s battle against the ongoing opioid epidemic.

Flathead COVID cases, hospitalizations surge amid low vaccine rate
July 23, 2021 midnight

Flathead COVID cases, hospitalizations surge amid low vaccine rate

Flathead County has become Montana’s COVID-19 hot spot in recent weeks, with the area now reporting roughly 30% of the state’s active caseload.

Logan Health accuses union of 'smear campaign'
July 16, 2021 1 a.m.

Logan Health accuses union of 'smear campaign'

Several Logan Health executives have challenged a recent newspaper advertisement that criticized the hospital's CEO by comparing his involvement in the Kalispell nurses' union bargaining process to another CEO's actions at a Helena-based hospital where nurses also voted to unionize.

Nurses reach union contract at Logan Health clinic in Cut Bank
July 15, 2021 midnight

Nurses reach union contract at Logan Health clinic in Cut Bank

A union representing nurses at the Northern Rockies Medical Center, an acute-care hospital in Cut Bank recently acquired by Kalispell-based Logan Health, ratified a one-year contract Wednesday after successful collective bargaining negotiations.

Public asked to collaborate on Krause Basin recreation plan
July 10, 2021 midnight

Public asked to collaborate on Krause Basin recreation plan

Flathead National Forest officials are seeking public participants for a collaborative project that will focus on developing a recreation management strategy for the Krause Basin area in the Swan Lake Ranger District.

Report: Medicaid expansion bolsters state’s behavioral health system
July 8, 2021 midnight

Report: Medicaid expansion bolsters state’s behavioral health system

A new report from the Montana Healthcare Foundation underscores the important role Medicaid expansion plays in helping improve the state’s behavioral health system, including increasing its capacity to prevent and treat certain mental illnesses and substance use disorders.

Kalispell transportation plan goes to city Planning Board
July 7, 2021 midnight

Kalispell transportation plan goes to city Planning Board

A request from the city of Kalispell to amend its growth policy to include a new long-term plan focused on improving transportation in the area tops the Kalispell Planning Board's agenda for its July 13 meeting.

Agencies OK cleanup at grain elevator site
June 26, 2021 midnight

Agencies OK cleanup at grain elevator site

After several months of cleanup at the former CHS grain elevator site in Kalispell, environmental agencies have determined no further action is required at the property, where contamination from various hazardous substances had been found.

Blood shortage prompts widespread call for donations
June 24, 2021 midnight

Blood shortage prompts widespread call for donations

Facing a critical blood shortage, the nonprofit transfusion medicine organization that supplies dozens of hospitals and clinics throughout Montana, Idaho and Washington with blood products recently urged individuals to donate blood as soon as possible to their local clinic.

Study underscores economic significance of Montana hospitals
June 20, 2021 5 a.m.

Study underscores economic significance of Montana hospitals

A new study from the University of Montana underscores the economic significance of Montana hospitals

Effort underway to support domestic violence victim charged with homicide
April 28, 2021 4 p.m.

Effort underway to support domestic violence victim charged with homicide

The Abbie Shelter in Kalispell has launched a no-holds-barred activism effort to have the state dismiss, with prejudice, a deliberate homicide charge that was brought last October against Rachel Bellesen, a domestic violence advocate who shot her ex-husband after he allegedly attempted to rape her near a fishing hole in Paradise.

April 25, 2021 midnight

Forest considers numerous recreation, guiding permits

The Flathead National Forest is accepting public comment on 19 different recreation events and temporary outfitting and guiding activities that are expected to take place on public lands this year.

April 23, 2021 4 p.m.

Dayton forest project targets insect infestations, disease

The Swan Lake Ranger District is seeking feedback on a potential forest project near Dayton in an area that is considered highly susceptible to insect and disease infestations.

Flathead gets 'F' in air quality report
April 23, 2021 5 a.m.

Flathead gets 'F' in air quality report

A new report from the American Lung Association shows that Western Montana continues to suffer from particle pollution — a finding that aligns with air quality trends nationwide, and is something that experts largely attribute to wildfires and climate change.

Man credits A.L.E.R.T. helicopter, Bigfork Fire Department with saving his life
April 21, 2021 5 a.m.

Man credits A.L.E.R.T. helicopter, Bigfork Fire Department with saving his life

Man credits A.L.E.R.T. helicopter service and the Bigfork Fire Department with saving his life last March.

Park officials release details for spring operations
April 19, 2021 4 p.m.

Park officials release details for spring operations

Glacier National Park officials release details for spring operations

Officials OK North Fork forest project
April 19, 2021 3 p.m.

Officials OK North Fork forest project

Forest officials recently OK'd a large project on the Hungry Horse-Glacier View District that spans thousands of acres from Red Meadow Creek to the Candadian Border.

Former meth users interviewed for state report
April 18, 2021 5 a.m.

Former meth users interviewed for state report

Nearly 100 former meth users were interviewed for a Department of Justice report that remains unpublished

Shelby medical facilities and employees join KRH team
April 16, 2021 3 p.m.

Shelby medical facilities and employees join KRH team

Mergers with Conrad and Cut Bank centers still pending

Shelby medical facilities and employees join KRH team

Glacier superintendent to start detail in Alaska this month
April 15, 2021 2 p.m.

Glacier superintendent to start detail in Alaska this month

Glacier National Park Superintendent Jeff Mow will serve as acting director of the park service's Alaska region beginning April 25.

Health officer: Pause on J&J won’t dampen vaccination efforts
April 15, 2021 2 p.m.

Health officer: Pause on J&J won’t dampen vaccination efforts

Flathead County's health officer says the national pause on Johnson and Johnson doses won’t dampen local vaccine efforts

Health officials: More Flathead residents must sign up for vaccine
April 8, 2021 3 p.m.

Health officials: More Flathead residents must sign up for vaccine

Flathead Count health officials say more people must sign up to be vaccinated

Bunker Park cabin project put on hold
April 8, 2021 11 a.m.

Bunker Park cabin project put on hold

Bunker Cabin Project near the Bob placed on temporary hold by Flathead National Forest Service officials

Local group offers support, education for those living with Parkinson’s disease
April 6, 2021 midnight

Local group offers support, education for those living with Parkinson’s disease

Local group offers support, education and positivity for those living with Parkinson’s

Glacier struggles to teach park values to 'selfie generation'
April 4, 2021 1 a.m.

Glacier struggles to teach park values to 'selfie generation'

Influencing the influencer generation

April 4, 2021 midnight

Incoming advocates will bolster domestic violence response

Incoming advocates will bolster domestic violence response system

Groups launch fundraiser for Bad Rock project
April 2, 2021 midnight

Groups launch fundraiser for Bad Rock project

Organizations to launch online auction in effort to close funding gap for Bad Rock Conservation Project

Commission restricts motorized boats on Tepee Lake; tables drone fishing decision
April 1, 2021 6 p.m.

Commission restricts motorized boats on Tepee Lake; tables drone fishing decision

The Fish and Wildlife Commission voted to restrict motorized boats on Tepee Lake, tables request to ban drone fishing

River returned to natural channel near CFAC cleanup site
April 1, 2021 9:05 a.m.

River returned to natural channel near CFAC cleanup site

Flathead River returned to natural channel near CFAC cleanup site

Glacier Park finalizes ticketed entry system
March 31, 2021 3:01 p.m.

Glacier Park finalizes ticketed entry system

Glacier National Park officially shifts to ticketed entry for Going-to-the-Sun Road corridor

Glacier forms 'sister relationship' with park in Ireland
March 31, 2021 11 a.m.

Glacier forms 'sister relationship' with park in Ireland

Glacier National Park has formed a “sister relationship” with Killarney National Park in Ireland

Park Service seeks leasees for Lake McDonald properties in need of repairs
March 30, 2021 6 p.m.

Park Service seeks leasees for Lake McDonald properties in need of repairs

Park Service seeks leasees for Lake McDonald properties in need of repairs

Input sought on forest management project near Tally Lake
March 29, 2021 1 p.m.

Input sought on forest management project near Tally Lake

The Flathead Forest Service is seeking public comment on a forest management project near Tally Lake

Lake monitoring, research persevered despite pandemic
March 25, 2021 3 p.m.

Lake monitoring, research persevered despite pandemic

Lake monitoring program and research 2020 high points for bio station

Federal agency OKs Lost Trail Conservation Area
March 24, 2021 11 a.m.

Federal agency OKs Lost Trail Conservation Area

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service granted official OK to establish Lost Trail Conservation Area

Local clinic hours will expand to meet vaccine demand
March 23, 2021 2 p.m.

Local clinic hours will expand to meet vaccine demand

Flathead City-County Health Department to expand clinic hours to meet vaccine demand

New easement south of Kalispell to benefit migratory birds, waterfowl
March 23, 2021 9:42 a.m.

New easement south of Kalispell to benefit migratory birds, waterfowl

A new conservation easement south of Kalispell aims to benefit migratory birds, waterfowl

Hospital announces $11M in pay raises, benefits
March 22, 2021 2:10 p.m.

Hospital announces $11M in pay raises, benefits

Kalispell Regional Healthcare announces nearly $11 million in wage increases, benefit enhancements

March 22, 2021 10 a.m.

Forest Service tweaks documents for Bigfork project

Flathead National Forest Service officials update documents on large project near Bigfork