KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — Glacier National Park officials plan to capture and mark 10 female grizzly bears as part of an ongoing effort to monitor the population in the Northern Continental Divide...
KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — A jury has awarded $1.7 million in damages to a former Marine in a stolen valor and fraud case.
The Daily Inter Lake reports a Flathead District Court on Tuesday...
KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — A Montana judge has set a $500,000 bond for a 31-year-old man accused of crashing his pickup into a house, killing a 15-year-old girl.
KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — A federal judge has ordered BNSF Railway to pay an additional $1 million after reaffirming a $2.1 million jury award in a Montana man's wrongful termination...
Plows make quick progress on Sun Road in Glacier Park
KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — Crews are making good progress in plowing open the Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier National Park.
The Flathead Beacon reports that plows advancing up the west side...
Montana high school student injured by thrown javelin
KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — A Montana high school student was injured after being struck in the chest by a javelin thrown by another student-athlete during track-and-field practice.
KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — Blacktail Mountain Ski Area will try to stay open as long as there's enough skiers and snow this spring.
Marketing director Arin Lever told the Daily Inter Lake that...
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Republican state Sen. Al Olszewski on Wednesday announced his candidacy for governor of Montana in 2020, joining a field that includes two statewide elected...
Montana judge overturns permit allowing bottling plant
KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — A Montana district judge has overturned a state permit allowing a Creston water-bottling facility to begin production near the Flathead River.
KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — Officials say a Montana man who was convicted of creating a sexually explicit video of a minor has been sentenced to the minimum mandatory 15 years in prison.
KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes have relaunched an effort to acquire a federal trust ownership agreement to manage National Bison Range in Montana.
Montana soldiers return home from Afghanistan deployment
KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — Dozens of Montana National Guard soldiers have returned home following a nine-month deployment to Afghanistan.
The Daily Inter Lake reports soldiers from the 495th...
Teen charged in fatal Montana shooting pleads not guilty
KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — A teenager accused of killing a man in northwest Montana during what investigators say was an argument over drugs has denied two felony charges.
Child dies after being hit by vehicle in northwest Montana
KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — A 5-year-old child in Flathead County has died after being struck by a vehicle driven by a family member in northwest Montana.
Court records: Fatal shooting in Coram linked to meth
KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — Court records say a fatal shooting in Coram followed an argument about methamphetamine.
The Daily Inter Lake reports authorities responded Thursday to a report of a...
Veterinarians revive cat that nearly froze in Montana
KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — Veterinarians in Montana revived a cat named Fluffy that nearly froze to death after being found in a snowbank covered from head to tail in ice and snow.
Dr. Jevon Clark of the Animal Clinic of Kalispell said Thursday that Fluffy was unresponsive and her body temperature didn't register on the clinic's thermometers when her owners brought her in a week earlier.
Glacier park records second-busiest year, despite fires
KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — Glacier National Park recorded its second-busiest year in 2018 despite wildfires that closed popular areas of the park during the peak season.
The Flathead Beacon reports that more than 2.9 million people visited Glacier last year. The data released by the National Park Service this week shows a 10.3 percent drop from 2017's record 3.3 million visitors.
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Kalispell man faces decade in prison for Ponzi scheme
GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — A 62-year-old northwestern Montana man who a federal judge once said was "dangerous to the money and property of others" faces more than a decade in federal prison for running a Ponzi scheme and illegally possessing firearms.
The sentence for John "Kevin" Moore of Kalispell included $2.2 million in restitution and a $1.9 million forfeiture.
Missing Montana man found dead
KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — The body of a 29-year-old man who was reported missing on Jan. 24 has been found in northwest Montana.
The Flathead County Sheriff's Office says it appears Brad Becker, of Kalispell, died of exposure but an official cause of death was still being investigated.
His body was found Wednesday afternoon a few miles from his vehicle near Marion after a hunter found Becker's vehicle on a side road on the Hubbard Reservoir.
Murder trial of Montana man delayed due to hospital backup
KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — A backlog at the Montana State Hospital may cause a delay in the case of a Whitefish man accused of stabbing his father to death last summer.
Tanner L. Hosek is charged with felony deliberate homicide in the death of Eric Hosek on July 9, 2018.
Hosek has pleaded not guilty and his trial set for November.
Horse euthanized after injury during Montana skijoring race
KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — A skijoring race in northwestern Montana was called off early after a horse was injured on the course and had to be euthanized.
Researchers warn of economic damage from invasive mussels
KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — Researchers are warning that invasive mussels could cost Montana's economy more than $230 million per year in three key economic sectors: recreation, infrastructure and irrigation.
The Montana Invasive Species Council commissioned the study by the University of Montana Flathead Biological Station.
Glacier Bancorp: 4Q Earnings Snapshot
KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) _ Glacier Bancorp Inc. (GBCI) on Thursday reported fourth-quarter net income of $49.6 million.
The bank, based in Kalispell, Montana, said it had earnings of 59 cents per share.
The results fell short of Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of five analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 61 cents per share.
Snowstorm closes schools, snarls traffic in Montana
KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — An overnight storm that dumped snow across large parts of Montana has snarled traffic and closed schools in the northwestern part of the state.
The Daily Inter Lake reports schools in Whitefish, Bigfork and Swan River were closed Wednesday after 6 to 8 inches (15 to 20 centimeters) of snow fell in the Flathead Valley.
Montana’s snowpack nears average despite mild winter
KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — Officials say snowpack in Montana remains close to average despite a mild winter.
The Flathead Beacon reports the close-to-normal snowpack is largely thanks to autumn snowfall.
Travelers to Montana decline but their spending increases
KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — The University of Montana says fewer people visited Montana in 2018 than the year before, but they spent more money.
The Flathead Beacon reported Friday that preliminary statistics compiled by the university show the number of out-of-state visitors declined by 2 percent from 2017 to 2018, but their spending increased by about 10 percent.
Bathing woman accused of punching deputy serving warrant
KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — Authorities in northwestern Montana say a bathing woman refused to get out of the tub for sheriff's deputies with an arrest warrant and punched one of them in the face.
The Daily Inter Lake reports 24-year-old Krystal Dawn Shears has been charged with assault on a peace officer. She is being held on $10,000 bond.
Judge dismisses deliberate homicide charge
KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — A northwestern Montana judge has dismissed a deliberate homicide charge in an April shooting in Hungry Horse.
The Flathead Beacon reports District Judge Heidi Ulbricht dismissed the charge Monday after a motion was filed by Flathead County Attorney Travis Ahner.
Montana prosecutor moves to dismiss homicide charge
KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — A Montana prosecutor moved to dismiss a deliberate homicide charge just days after a judge cited the defendant's criminal record in rejecting a plea agreement that recommended a 10-year suspended sentence for negligent homicide.
140 people evacuated from chairlift at Montana ski resort
KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — A Montana ski resort says it has safely evacuated 140 people from a chairlift after a mechanical problem prompted operators to stop the lift.
The Flathead Beacon reports it took 2½ hours to remove everyone from Whitefish Mountain Resort's Chair 5 on Saturday.
Judge rejects plea agreement in shooting death
KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — A northwestern Montana judge rejected a plea agreement that recommended a 10-year suspended sentence in a fatal shooting.
James William Quen of Martin City agreed to plead guilty to negligent homicide in the April 25 death of 33-year-old Bradley Allen Winters in exchange for the suspended sentence. However, District Judge Heidi Ulbricht of Kalispell rejected the sentencing recommendation Friday.
Montana man reaches plea agreement in shooting death
KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — A northwestern Montana man who claimed self-defense in a fatal shooting has reached a plea agreement on a lesser charge.
Glacier National Park plans to remain open during shutdown
KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — Glacier National Park planned to remain open during the federal government shutdown with limited services but officials warned conditions are subject to change.
A press release issued by the park on Saturday said facilities including visitor centers and restrooms will be closed and that plowing would be limited to areas that serve residential areas. Emergency and rescue services will also be limited.
Flathead tribes investigating grizzly bear shooting deaths
KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes and federal wildlife officials are investigating the shooting deaths of two female grizzly bears on the Flathead Indian Reservation in northwestern Montana.
Visits to Glacier National Park up significantly last month
KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — Figures show visits to Glacier National Park were up nearly 32.5 percent in November.
The Flathead Beacon reports more than 20,650 people passed through gates of the park last month compared with about 15,600 visits during the same month last year.
The November figures bring the total year-to-date visitation to 2,960,035, which is 10.52 percent fewer than last year at this time.
Officials identify victim of northwestern Montana car fire
KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — Officials have released the name of a 77-year-old man who died in a car fire in northwestern Montana earlier this month.
Flathead County Sheriff Chuck Curry says transient Conrad Peak had been living in his car in the Hungry Horse area for a couple of weeks when it caught fire on Dec. 8.
Curry says Peak's last residence was believed to be somewhere in Texas.
Family searches for grinch who stole Grinch costume
KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — A Montana family is looking for a grinch who stole a custom-made Grinch holiday costume.
The Daily Inter Lake reports the Kalispell Christmas parade on Saturday was the last time the costume, inspired by the Dr. Seuss classic story of "How the Grinch Stole Christmas," was seen before it went missing.
Overhaul planned for Hungry Horse Dam in northwest Montana
KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation is planning to spend between $150 million and $200 million to overhaul the 65-year-old Hungry Horse Dam in northwest Montana.
Glacier park plans to upgrade buses with hybrid engines
KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — Glacier National Park has announced plans for a major overhaul to its 33 red tour buses, including adding hybrid engines.
The buses, manufactured in the late 1930s, will be placed on a new chassis and get new V8 engines with an electric assist system.
The dashboard and gauges will be replaced with historic replicas and the buses will get new wheels and new paint.
Grant will help build senior facility for Blackfeet Tribe
KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — Officials say an $8 million loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture will help the Blackfeet Tribe build a long-term senior care facility to replace an outdated center.
The Daily Inter Lake reports that the center to be built in Browning will eventually offer 47 beds. The loan will be used for the first phase of the construction process.
Visitation at Glacier National Park increased last month
KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — Glacier National Park had more than 92,000 visitors last month, increasing by nearly 9 percent after a wildfire led to closures in August and September.
The Flathead Beacon reports the park recorded a year-to-date visitation of 2.9 million, down by about 10.8 percent to the nearly 3.3 million visitors recorded through the same period last year.
Montana hunter recovering after grizzly bear breaks arm
KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — A Montana elk hunter who was attacked by a grizzly bear is recovering at a hospital.
Anders Broste tells the Daily Inter Lake newspaper Monday that he thinks he surprised the bear Sunday morning.
The 36-year-old who lives north of Columbia Falls says he was trying to get his gun off his shoulder and was backpedaling when he fell. He says the bear "was on me in seconds."
Montana hunter attacked by bear northwest of Columbia Falls
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — A Montana man is recovering from a bear attack that occurred while he was hunting northwest of Columbia Falls.
KECI-TV reports the attack happened at about 9:25 Sunday morning.
Flathead County Sheriff Chuck Curry says the victim and a second man were hunting when one of them was attacked. The victim was airlifted to Kalispell Regional Medical Center where he was in stable condition. The nature of his injuries was unknown.
Montana man Wins $2.1M lawsuit against BNSF
KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — A federal court jury has awarded a Montana man more than $2.1 million in a wrongful termination lawsuit against BNSF Railway following an on-the-job injury.
Zachary Wooten, of Columbia Falls, sued BNSF alleging the company violated the Federal Rail Safety Act after he was injured in the Whitefish rail yard in July 2015.
Large wildfires cost Montana more than $95M this year
KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — Montana had 35 wildfires that each burned more than 100 acres (40 hectares), costing the state more than $95 million this year.
The Daily Inter Lake reports the Northern Rockies Coordination Center recorded 1,239 fire starts that accounted for the loss of about 150 square miles (388 square kilometers) during the state's fire season.
Montana man dies when boat capsizes on Flathead River
KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — Flathead County officials say a 79-year-old Montana man died when his boat capsized on the Flathead River.
Sheriff Chuck Curry tells the Flathead Beacon Michael Allen of Columbia Falls and another person were in an aluminum boat on Tuesday when it capsized, sending them both into the water near the Pressentine fishing access south of Columbia Falls.
Man dies 2 days after winning $2.6M verdict in mine lawsuit
KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — A man who fought for more than a decade to maintain his rights to a mining claim in northwestern Montana died two days after a jury awarded him nearly $2.6 million.
A Lincoln County jury awarded the money to Arnold Bakie for a mining company's use of Bakie's claims to access an estimated $8 billion worth of silver and copper claims beneath the Cabinet Mountain Wilderness.