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Use Facts, Not Fear, to Save Columbia River Salmon
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It is sad to see the Flathead Electric Co-op, Kalispell and Whitefish Chambers of Commerce fall into a trap of misinformation on the topic of saving Columbia Basin salmon from extinction. It’s an important topic that deserves better. Instead, Lorraine Clarno and Erica Wirtala are repeating falsehoods that exploit fear. I know they probably...
Breakfast of Champions
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Squeezing into a restaurant booth crowded with champions last Saturday, an earlier version of myself might have felt like an impostor. But through the years I’ve learned to vanquish the nagging demons of inferiority — or at least lull them into complacency with liberal doses of endorphins — and in my post-race afterglow I accepted […] The...
Rhubarb-Apple Crisp
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Rhubarb was a staple of my childhood. My dad grew it in our garden from crowns split off my grandfather’s plants, which likely were transferred from my great-grandmother’s patch. My maternal grandmother also had a passion for the tart stalks, and one of my favorite after-school snacks at her house was freshly made rhubarb sauce. […] The post...
Fundraising to Save Farmland
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As the founder and CEO of a fundraising software company, Scot Chisholm was exposed to a variety of nonprofit organizations before he left his position a year ago. After a decade in the business, he moved on to start his own nonprofit to pair with a dispensary and retail shop in Whitefish. Chisholm and his […] The post Fundraising to Save...
How Cities in the West Have Water Amid Drought
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As drought and climate change tighten their grip on the American West, the sight of fountains, swimming pools, gardens and golf courses in cities like Phoenix, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Salt Lake City, Boise, and Albuquerque can be jarring at first glance. Western water experts, however, say they aren’t necessarily cause for concern. Over the […]...
Time to Get Wild
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The nonstop Class IV stretch of the Swan River that runs into downtown Bigfork is known as the Wild Mile and is the setting for the 47th rendition of the Bigfork Whitewater Festival over Memorial Day Weekend.  The three-day festival will feature races for kayaks, rafts, and stand-up paddleboards, as well as a multitude of […] The post Time to...
Don’t Stop…
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8:35 a.m. A stop sign was knocked down. 10:52 a.m. A man found a bike and wanted to know if he could take it and fix it up for kids in need as long as it wasn’t reported stolen.  11:12 a.m. Someone had questions about whether sex offenders were allowed to have Facebook accounts.  11:23 […] The post Don’t Stop… appeared first on Flathead...
Libby Campground Shooting Suspect Charged with Deliberate Homicide
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A Flathead County man suspected of fatally shooting a man and injuring a woman at a Libby-area campground on May 21 has been charged with a felony count of deliberate homicide and another felony count of attempted deliberate homicide. Garry Douglas Seaman, 63, made his initial appearance in Lincoln County Justice Court before Judge Jay […] The...
Farmers Markets Springing Back to Life
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Local farmers markets are back in the Flathead Valley, bringing with them a community-oriented mix of fresh produce, local artists, food vendors, and live music. For Columbia Falls Community Market Executive Director Melissa Ellis, there’s something particularly special about the market’s early season in that it typically offers a better chance...
The Blackfeet Nation’s Plight Underscores the Fentanyl Crisis on Reservations
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BROWNING – As the pandemic was setting in during summer 2020, Justin Lee Littledog called his mom to tell her he was moving from Texas back home to the Blackfeet Indian Reservation in Montana with his girlfriend, stepson, and son. They moved in with his mom, Marla Ollinger, on a 300-acre ranch on the rolling […] The post The Blackfeet...
Wildlife Management is Never Black and White
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Politics in our country increasingly entails a discussion between two groups, one which sees black as the only answer, the other convinced white is absolute truth. I’ve long viewed the ability of Montanans to recognize nuance, complication, and the value of compromise when it comes to wildlife management as a refreshing departure from our...
Market Trends: A Year in Flathead County Home Sales
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How many Flathead homes, of what style, sold from May 1, 2021 through April 30, 2022? Blue columns show the quantity, by style and by city. The printed Beacon has room for one chart, so we have shown the one for the above calendar period. However, the online Beacon will have an animated GIF, showing […] The post Market Trends: A Year in Flathead...
Don’t Vote Stupid
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Montana’s primary elections are coming up quick, June 7, a bit after Memorial Day. I hope the timing helps us remember those who made it possible. Our right and duty to wisely choose our leaders is a great and shockingly rare gift, paid for with too much blood and suffering. Freedom isn’t easy. Neither is […] The post Don’t Vote Stupid...
The Accomplishments of the Class of 2022
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Graduation season is upon us, and I always pause at this time of year to reflect on this year’s graduates as they transition into adulthood, otherwise known as “real life.”  The class of 2022, all 340 of them, will head off post June 3 to face the world on a diverse number of fronts. Some […] The post The Accomplishments of the Class of...
Return of the Buffalo
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Red Sleep Mountain rises 2,000 feet above the floor of the Mission Valley, one of the best vantage points to take in the dramatic expanse of the Mission Mountains that form the valley’s eastern border. The top of the mountain is only accessible via a one-way dirt road that winds through 18,524 fenced-off acres in […] The post Return of the...
Courts Stymie Abortion Bans in GOP-led States
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DES MOINES, Iowa – With a staunch anti-abortion Republican governor and large GOP legislative majorities, Iowa would seem poised to ban abortion if the U.S. Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade. There’s just one catch: a 2018 Iowa Supreme Court ruling that established the right to abortion under the state constitution. “I don’t know if the...
Rollins Man Suspected in Shooting Outside Whitefish Bar
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A Rollins man has been charged with a felony count of criminal endangerment after he allegedly shot toward patrons standing in an alley outside of the Remington Bar after 11 p.m. on May 14, injuring a woman who was struck by a ricochet. Wilson Dane Huyser, 33, was booked in Flathead County Detention Center on […] The post Rollins Man Suspected in...
Arntzen Draws Backlash Over Counseling Proposal
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Renee’ Schoening said she was “dumbfounded” this week when she read a proposal by Superintendent of Public Instruction Elsie Arntzen to eliminate a state-mandated ratio of school counselors to students in Montana’s K-12 public schools. As executive director of the Montana School Counselor Association, Schoening feared the change would...
Montana Needs Social Security Tax Relief
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Did you know that Montana is one of only 12 states that still taxes Social Security income?  Social Security provides a foundation of income security for over 172,000 Montana retirees. Yet, Montana continues to burden our middle-class retirees with taxation of their hard-earned Social Security benefits. If an individual Montana senior makes...
Health Care Reforms Benefitting Montanans
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The 2021 Montana Legislature passed major health care reforms to empower patients, reduce red tape for doctors, and provide access to more affordable care. We’re now seeing those changes have a major positive impact, and as the sponsors of the bills enabling this progress, we couldn’t be more excited. The bills we passed expanded telehealth,...
Vote for Bukacek for the PSC
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Dr. Annie Bukacek is an avid and skilled researcher and has used research in both her practice and long history of advocacy in Montana. This research experience is invaluable for her role on the Public Service Commission. Dr. Bukacek has a long historical record of tireless and proven advocacy for all Montanans, including the most […] The post...
Commodity Prices Spike as Fertilizer Supply Dwindles
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In the nearly two decades since Tryg Koch began producing commodity crops like canola and wheat with Heritage Custom Farming in Kalispell, he’s never seen fertilizer prices as high as they have been this year. Urea nitrogen fertilizer, which he uses for his grass hay and canola crops, costs about $1,100 per ton, which is […] The post Commodity...
Whitefish City Council Passes Accessory Dwelling Unit Ordinance
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The Whitefish City Council on May 16 voted to pass the second reading of a new accessory dwelling unit ordinance that will ease restrictions and create incentives for renting the so-called “mother-in-law” units to local residents through long-term rental leases. An accessory dwelling unit (ADU) is a unit that shares a single lot with a […]...
Pam Deserves Another Term
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Don’t listen to the lies! There is a group in Flathead County who are not happy with Pam Holmquist, and they are spreading malicious lies about her in an effort to get their candidate elected. Pam is neither deceitful nor incompetent. She makes her decisions based on research, facts, and thoughtful consideration. Pam has been […] The post Pam...
U.S. Highway 2 Roundabout’s Flawed Design
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I usually consider it a lost cause to complain about a completed project, but the roundabout on U.S. Highway 2 West is so terrible I need to speak up. When the highway department was proposing this roundabout, I wasn’t too concerned because I traveled on one on Highway 54 in Idaho between Athol and Farragut […] The post U.S. Highway 2...
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