Editor’s Picks


Ten Years of Two Bear

Serving the Flathead Valley and beyond since 2014, Two Bear Air’s world-class search-and-rescue service and its suite of high-tech equipment has transformed the region into the last best place to get lost and found


Blackfeet Bring Bison Home to Chief Mountain

Tribal members hailed the return of wild free-roaming buffalo to Indigenous land as an expression of sovereignty and the beginning of a cultural and ecological renaissance


‘To a Clean and Healthful Environment’

When voters ratified Montana’s constitution in 1972, they enshrined a citizen’s right to a clean and healthful environment into the future. The youth-led climate change lawsuit Held v. Montana is predicated on this right and its interpretation through Montana’s courts.


The Crown of the Continent’s Pageant Queen

After nine years away from the pageant circuit, Kalispell’s Madyson Rigg was crowned Miss Montana USA. Now, the 26-year-old is balancing her work with the Glacier Institute, her deep civic ties, and the responsibilities of the state’s most coveted pageant title.

Music Issue

2023 Summer Concert Preview

Performers representing a wide range of music genres and sounds will be playing throughout the region

Glacier Park

To Pave or Not to Pave

Along the primitive and pot-holed North Fork Road, residents are split on how to address the wear and tear on an increasingly busy corridor bordering Glacier National Park


A New Water Quality Watchdog for Western Montana

Four decades after its creation, the Flathead Basin Commission is poised to integrate with a new region-wide commission. Despite concerns that the merger will dilute focus on the critical headwaters, state administrators describe the new commission as “leaner and meaner.”


A Constitution at a Crossroads

Republicans in the Montana Legislature introduced a record number of constitutional amendments this session. Nearly all of them are failing to make it on the ballot.


System in Neglect

As rising operating costs and chronic staffing shortages shutter mental health facilities locally and statewide, a decade of stagnant Medicaid reimbursement rates has forced state lawmakers to start crafting solutions


Henry’s Story

A local boy and his family share their experience with a pediatric cancer diagnosis and the lessons in living that came with it

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