Good morning Flathead Valley! Tristan here. It’s good to be back in the groove after a long, relaxing weekend. Here are a few news bytes that caught my eye this morning. Stay tuned, and hopefully we can keep you vibin’ all week long.

Long-Distance Lupines

Long-Distance Lupines

Wolf management is a controversial issue in the western U.S., but no matter your opinion, it’s clear that studying these curious carnivores can only help inform our decisions moving into the future. Montana’s Fish, Wildlife and Parks has been tracking wolf packs for decades, and here’s some recent news from the field regarding wolf dispersal.

Maggie Rides Again

The Flathead Beacon has a glut of Maggie Voisin fans, as evidenced by the signed posters and magazine covers adorning our walls, so we were elated to see this happy news come across her Instagram feed:

“5 months to this day I broke my ankle in Russia and it was my first day back on snow since! I’ve never been so excited to be back doing what I love!”

Cheers, Maggie!

$900 Million Dam Deal

$900 Million Dam Deal

Montana regulators are looking to the public to determine whether NorthWestern Energy’s $900 million plan to purchase 11 hydroelectric dams, including Kerr Dam, from PPL Montana makes sense for the people.

Run with the Beacon

Run with the Beacon

We’ve been promoting the Flathead Beacon Running Club since January, when it was cold and icy and a handful of diehards regularly met for our weekly runs. Slush has turned to sun, and a ton of you have joined up and turned out for our group runs and races. But we know there are runners out there who haven’t clubbed with us, so come check us out tonight in advance of this weekend’s Flathead Beacon Lakeside Run and Swim.

Border Blues

Border Blues

We love our neighbors to the north, and we’re fortunate that our Canadian sojourns are so convenient. But long wait times at entry stations are impeding travel in both directions, and governments on both sides of the border are taking note.