Hear ye, hear ye, Flathead Valley residents. Summer is upon us, as evidenced by the official opening of Glacier National Park’s Going-to-the-Sun Road. And as if that’s not enough reason to celebrate, I, Tristan, present you with a veritable fete of other hand-picked links to kick off this beautifulĀ (albeit stormy) Thursday morning. Tuck in and illuminate your day before a long and glorious holiday weekend filled with pomp and parades.

Glacier's Going-to-the-Sun Road Opens

Glacier's Going-to-the-Sun Road Opens

Sweet, sweet harbinger of summer. All 50 miles of Glacier Park’s iconic Going-to-the-Sun Road has finally opened, just in time for the Fourth of July weekend. Not that we need any additional cause for celebration this Independence Day, but access to the Continental Divide on Logan Pass is a cherished rite in these hinterlands, so enjoy the views while you cruise this gorgeous stretch of highway.

Glacier Park Inc. Acquires West Glacier Holdings

Glacier Park Inc. Acquires West Glacier Holdings

Employees in West Glacier’s business district awoke Tuesday morning to new ownership, as the Lundgren family sold their holdings to Glacier Park Inc. after 68 years of family ownership. Some folks are worried that the sale means big changes for the relatively sleepy hollow that is West Glacier, but GPI officials say they’ll maintain the historic integrity of this gateway community. Stay tuned for updates to this story at FlatheadBeacon.com.

ThursdayFest! Commences with the New Wave Time Trippers!

ThursdayFest! Commences with the New Wave Time Trippers!

The exclamation point punctuating ThursdayFest! is not for naught, and tonight Kalispell’s end-of-week celebration kicks off with a blast from the past when the New Wave Time Trippers (previously 1985) storm downtown Kalispell. The Flathead Beacon will be on hand to talk about our new website as one of the event sponsors.

Fourth of July!

Fourth of July!

It’s Independence Day and in the Flathead Valley, that means having to divide your time amongĀ a suite of star-spangled celebrations. Here are some options to help guide you through the long weekend.

Thunder and Lightning, Very, Very Frightening

Thunder and Lightning, Very, Very Frightening

It’s a stormy morning in the Flathead Valley, but the light show won’t last long. Take a peek out your window and enjoy the show while it lasts. And if you’re a pet owner, it might be a good time to administer those canine firework sedatives a day early.