Editor’s Picks

The 2021 Hunting Preview
Hunting Preview

The 2021 Hunting Preview

Prospects for bagging game in Northwest Montana are looking up as the season kicks off with more hunters heading afield

By Beacon Staff
Local

Saving the Mansion on the Hill

Somers native Jasmine Morton has always loved the mysterious yellow house overlooking Flathead Lake, and now she and her husband are restoring the historic Somers Mansion to its former glory

Education

Anticipation and Anxiety as Class Resumes

Schools enter the fall semester as flashpoints in a broader COVID-19 cultural debate, with education officials confronting complicated social dynamics and laws that contradict public-health guidance

Business

Transforming Transportation

Flathead Valley municipalities are drafting transportation plans for the next 20 years to address growth and create a logical transit network

Sports

Rose’s Redemption

After injuries sidelined her and forced a new perspective, Columbia Falls professional mountain biker and proud mother Rose Grant is back on top of the racing world, including a second straight title at the Leadville Trail 100 on Aug. 14

Drinks Issue

The 2021 Drinks Issue

Quench your summer thirst with everything from boba tea to small batch rum, local wine and iced coffee

Track and Field

The First Fosbury?

Five years before Dick Fosbury shocked the world by winning an Olympic gold medal using a new high jumping technique, an unknown boy from Flathead County High School was photographed using the same method

Glacier Park

Off the Grid and Overrun

Glacier National Park’s ticketed entry system is driving hordes of ill-equipped visitors up the North Fork, a rugged and remote segment of the park where self-reliance was once a prerequisite

Business

Priced Out

As demand for home rentals in the Flathead outpaces supply, many are forced into desperate situations while the threat of displacement looms

History

A Collection Like No Other

The late Ed Gilliland’s extraordinary historical photo collection will now be preserved forever at Northwest Montana History Museum and available to view online

Environment

Wild Horse’s Wild History

Over the decades, all sorts of plans were concocted for Wild Horse Island: resorts, a power plant, a large marina, farms, an Arabian and Thoroughbred horse operation, hundreds of homesites. But a much better idea won, and today it’s one of Montana’s largest state parks.

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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