Editor’s Picks


Beyond the Border

For more than a decade, tribal nations, scientists and diplomats spanning the U.S.-Canada border have lobbied for a closer examination of the contaminants spilling into their shared watershed from British Columbia coal mines. As that pressure intensifies, plans are underway for a sprawling coal-mine expansion in B.C.


Our Big Sky

Reflections on Montana's most precious resource


‘A Fresh Start’

Flathead Valley school districts have followed national trends of staff shortages, high teacher turnover and burnout throughout the pandemic, but the educators who weathered the storm are looking forward to a more normal school year


Fire Arrives

As crews report gains on Elmo Fire, seasonal outlook shows above normal fire potential

Glacier Park

The Last Mountain

Two of the most experienced mountaineers in Glacier National Park's history of alpinism died in a climbing accident last month, devastating a close-knit community of family, friends and fellow adventure-seekers who are still trying to unravel what happened


A Downtown Renaissance

The future of downtown Kalispell brims with possibility. With it come questions of what that future should look like, and who it should serve.


A Brewery Born Again

After sitting empty for two-and-a-half years, the newly renovated and reimagined Blackstar building in downtown Whitefish signals the rebirth of a cherished local institution — and a homecoming for craft brewer Jeremiah Johnson


Horseback Healing

The Two Bear Therapeutic Riding Center uses horses to help people. For the people and families that go there, the experience has been a source of joy and comfort.


Facing the Fire

A recent meeting in Whitefish brought together community members and fire experts to discuss ways to be prepared for wildfire


Falling Through the Cracks

As the mental health crisis ripples through the Flathead Valley, a desperate demand for resources outweighs availability, further straining law enforcement agencies and health care providers


Through the Lens of Kurt Markus

The late Flathead native became an internationally renowned photographer for his landscapes, depictions of cowboy life and high fashion


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

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