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Editor’s Picks

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

Wildlife

The Wandering Wolf

Two decades ago, a research wolf from Banff, Alberta traveled 300 miles down the spine of the Rockies into Northwest Montana, where its tracking collar was recently recovered, shedding light on the natural dispersals of wolves as they move between places of protection and peril

Real Estate

Solving the Housing Crisis

As housing demand continues to outpace supply, nonprofit agencies are using creative financing and city officials are approving record multi-family housing developments

Music

A New Wave Goodbye

After a decade together and 100s of shows, the curtain falls on a celebrated cover band that specialized in New Wave songs from the ‘80s and left its imprint on the local music scene

Local

Reading Between the Lines

Over the last year ImagineIF Library staff has described a majority of trustees as creating a hostile environment that is antithetical to the organization’s philosophy

Healthcare

Forgotten on the Frontlines

Healthcare’s labor shortage amid the pandemic is leading to stress and burnout among nurses as they seek early retirement, accept temporary travel jobs or change careers

Skiing

Winter Wellness for the War Weary

Whitefish Veterans Support Team offers therapeutic retreat for paratroopers who assisted in withdrawal of forces from the War in Afghanistan, expands nonprofit stature on Big Mountain

Marijuana

‘An End to Prohibition’

Dispensary owners have been preparing for recreational marijuana sales since 2020, ramping up supply to prepare for at least a doubling in sales

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