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Green Box Sites Get Upgraded Security

Due to a “significant amount” of vandalism and other alleged criminal activity, the Flathead County Commission announced last week that there is now added security at the county’s green box disposal sites.


Standoff at Woodland Park in Kalispell ends with one dead

KALISPELL - Police say a man died of a self-inflicted gunshot after a standoff at Woodland Park. A release from the Kalispell Police Department says the call came in a little before noon of a 58-year-old man making suicidal statements.


Following Emotional Testimony, Whitefish School Board to Hold Special Meeting on Librarian Contract

Dozens of Whitefish High School students, staff and parents packed a standing-room only district board meeting this week and offered emotional testimony in support of renewing librarian Chani Craig’s contract after administrators opted to terminate it without cause.


Kalispell woman indicted on 'murder for hire' charges

A 66-year-old woman pleaded not guilty this week to a federal "murder for hire" charge in U.S. District Court. Judith Johanna Cossette, of Kalispell, was indicted on the charge April 4. Charging documents filed in federal court allege she promised payment to someone to kill another person, between t


School marshal bill passes Senate, heads to Montana governor

A bill that would create a "school marshal" program for training armed guards for schools passed the Montana Senate on Friday in a 29-21 near-party line vote. House Bill 567, sponsored by Rep. Derek Skees, a Whitefish Republican, lays out requirements for what would be included in a training program


Northeastern Montana receives first Red Flag warning of the year

GLASGOW - The National Weather Service issued a Red Flag Warning Friday for Northeastern Montana, meaning there is potential for wildfires in the area. According to NWS, the warning is meant for the Glasgow area due to low humidity and hot temperatures, with winds reaching a speed of up to 40 mph. O


Police arrest boyfriend after security footage shows him carrying heavy object consistent with body out of Montana home

After a six-month investigation, police have arrested a Nevada man for the murder of his girlfriend Laura Johnson. According to the affidavit, security footage shows Laura, 49, arriving at the Billings, Montana home she shared with boyfriend Gregg Green around 7:00 p.m. on September 13, 2018. While


Squash Championships This Weekend in Whitefish

The Montana State Squash Tournament will be held at The Wave Aquatic and Fitness Center in Whitefish on Friday, April 12 and Saturday, April 13, featuring competitors from throughout the state and across the border in Canada.


Music Issue 2019: Six Months of Sound

With new venues and an expanding stable of talent, the Flathead Valley’s music scene isn’t just expanding for local singers and songwriters, but it’s opening a window to a broad catalog of artists who are adding western Montana to their tours.


Wildfire reported in Southwest Montana

Madison County, Mont. - Crews are responding to a wildfire in Southwest Montana. A Facebook post from Madison County Emergency Management/ Fire Warden indicates crews from Madison County, Jefferson County and the forest service are battling a fire in the area of South Boulder Road.


Hi-Line Living - Watching the border in northern Montana

The presence of the U.S. Border Patrol in north-central Montana has changed since the Spokane District established a sub-office in Havre July 31, 1924, and since it became the Havre Sector Headquarters in 1933, but its role is the same - protecting the U.S. border.


University of Montana makes headway on budget shortfall

The University of Montana has shrunk a $10 million shortfall, and with prudent spending, the flagship may not need to dip as deeply into reserves as planned this fiscal year. Paul Lasiter, vice president of operations and finance, said he projects UM will close out the 2019 fiscal year in better sha


New Montana VA director named

Veteran's health care in Montana has a new leader. Judy Hayman is the new director of the VA Montana Healthcare System. She is expected to arrive in Montana within the next two months to assume her duties and leadership of more than 1,200 staff members at 17 different health care facilities.


Bill signed criminalizing sex between students, staff at teen treatment programs in Montana

Gov. Steve Bullock added a layer of protection for students in alternative residential treatment programs on Thursday when he signed a bill criminalizing sexual relationships between students and staff, regardless of the student’s age.


California 'house of horrors' parents sentenced to life in prison

The California “house of horrors” parents who abused and tortured 12 of their 13 children were sentenced to life in prison Friday with the possibility of parole after 25 years.


Montana Morning State News Headlines for Friday, April 19

Senator Steve Daines hosted a round table discussion in Missoula on Thursday about the meth crisis in Montana with numerous law enforcement agencies. Several law enforcement agencies were involved in a high speed chase late Wednesday that resulted in the arrest of a man and woman wanted for numerous


PBR photographer Andy Watson balances life away from Montana home

BILLINGS — Like many bull riding events, the Professional Bull Riders Billings Invitational features a “shark cage” — a covered area in the center of the arena where photographers and camera people can shoot the rides behind bull-proof bars.


Meeting scheduled for May 4 on reducing wolf numbers

There will be a meeting next month similar to one held in Kalispell in January sponsored by the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, the Foundation for Wildlife Management and Montana Sportsmen for Fish and Wildlife.


Why Are Legislators Considering Such a Harmful State Bill?

As a community manager for two homeowner associations (HOAs) in Whitefish, I am shocked that SB 300 legislation is being considered by our state legislators. SB 300 will negatively affect the residents of my communities. There are 375 property owners in the communities I manage, and I expect them to


Can Do: How Pat LaPointe Helps Montana's Early-Stage Tech Companies Grow

Today on Can Do: Lessons from Savvy Montana Entrepreneurs, angel funder Pat LaPointe drills into the details of accelerating the growth of early-stage tech companies in Montana, and why it matters.