Editor’s Picks

Meet the Joneses
Montana

Meet the Joneses

Since purchasing their dream property on Big Mountain, the self-made billionaires have expanded their land portfolio to include nearly one-fifth of all private land in Flathead County. Their aim isn’t to expand their business empire or build an inclusive resort, they say, but rather to create a family legacy and establish a reputation as good neighbors.

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Summer Preview

The 2021 Summer Preview

Your seasonal guide to all things summer in the Flathead: camping, rafting, visiting Glacier, upcoming events and more!

Infrastructure

On the Rise

Developers have bold plans for Kalispell’s core area, with an emphasis on mixed-use projects designed to create attainable housing and promote downtown commerce

Legislature

The New Frontier of Legal Marijuana

Six months after Montanans voted to legalize recreational cannabis, the Legislature has laid out its vision for implementation as communities and businesses prepare for shops to open in January 2022

Crime

A Matter of Life and Death

Four men have died at the hands of Flathead County law enforcement in the last 12 months, an unprecedented spree that’s left a trail of heartache and unanswered questions

Montana

Redrawing District Lines

For the first time in three decades, Montana is poised to gain a second seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, doubling its political representation in Congress and setting the stage for a historic political showdown

Education

Building a Grassroots Workforce

FVCC offers innovative programs tailored to meet the needs of local industries and demographics, including natural resources, firearms technologies and a unique welding partnership with Columbia Falls High School set to graduate its first class

Business

Now Hiring

As the economy recovers from the pandemic, employers continue to struggle filling job vacancies in nearly every sector, with the shortage most pronounced in the service industry

Montana

Community of Inclusion

As Flathead Valley lawmakers promote measures in the Montana Legislature targeting the rights of LGBTQ individuals, local advocates and faith-based communities are sending messages of support

Business

The 2021 Jobs Issue

A rapid economic recovery is illuminating old dilemmas: a tight job market, lack of childcare and expensive housing

Glacier Park

On the Road to a Record Year

As Glacier National Park braces for what experts anticipate may be the busiest summer on record, administrators are introducing new tools to navigate a complex set of challenges

Environment

The Grizzly Guru

For three decades, Tim Manley has been resolving conflicts between grizzly bears and people in Northwest Montana, in large part by forging relationships with landowners and shifting perceptions about how to coexist on a crowded landscape

Skiing

The Brothers Gelande

For decades, a trio of brothers from Whitefish has dominated the niche sport of alpine ski jumping by leaping to new heights

Education

Roadmap to Reopening

As most of the country grapples with how to get kids back into their classrooms, Flathead County offers a six-month working model with clues for other districts

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