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Healthcare

Local Abortion Providers Shift into New Reality

Abortion providers in Northwest Montana say their patients are scared, panicked and confused as they prepare for nationwide access restrictions following the Supreme Court draft leak that would overturn Roe v. Wade

Environment

Return of the Buffalo

Over three days the Salish and Kootenai celebrated the restoration of the Bison Range to tribal ownership allowing them to manage the resources and wildlife for the first time in 112 years

Books

Art, History, and the Atomic Bomb

Author, illustrator and Flathead resident Jonathan Fetter-Vorm reflects on the 10-year anniversary of his debut book, a graphic history of the first atomic bomb

Flathead County

County at a Crossroads

With no general election challenger, four Republican candidates square off in a primary for a seat as the highest elected official in Flathead County

Law Enforcement

Stretched Thin

The Flathead County Sheriff’s Office is operating with about the same number of resources it had a decade ago, even as the valley’s population, 911 call volume and violent crimes continue to spike

Construction

Reconstructing Kalispell

A five-story hotel, bars and restaurants and a variety of projects are underway in the city’s downtown as the Parkline Trail nears completion and developers focus their attention on the county seat

Environment

The Spaces Between

With modest beginnings as a surf-bum turned dolphin trainer, Jim Williams forged a distinct path to become chief of the state’s regional Fish, Wildlife and Parks office in Northwest Montana, where he leaves behind a lasting legacy of conservation and wildlife management

History

From the Ashes

Restoration work is still ongoing for items that were damaged in the 2020 People’s Center fire in Pablo. Even as items are saved, their return brings back complicated emotions for the museum’s staff.

Skiing

Vulnerability in the Backcountry

Local avalanche educators launched a new Community Fireside Chat series this year to promote an open dialogue between backcountry users and professionals, allowing people to share their traumatic avalanche accidents while passing on knowledge

Recreation

Pedaling for Pancakes

For the organizer of the Joe Cosley Pancake Ride, a no-frills, 150-plus-mile gravel bike race in northwest Montana, the ride’s epic dimensions are dwarfed by the caliber of its riders — and by the stacks of pancakes they eat along the way

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