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2021: Year in Photos

A selection of the Beacon's best news, sports and feature images from the past year

Giving Back

A Miracle on Ice

Moments after a 26-year-old hockey novice’s proudest sporting moment materialized with a game-defining goal in Whitefish’s adult hockey league, he was on his knees saving the life of a 67-year-old local legend


A Tree to Remember

Towering Whitefish tree once brought outsized Christmas joy to Viking Lodge


From Speed Queen to Head Coach

Olympic skiing silver medalist Hilary Lindh takes the helm as Flathead Valley Ski Education Foundation's head coach and program director at Whitefish Mountain Resort, following a successful career in downhill racing for the U.S. Ski Team


Battle Over Access

Having elected its first anti-abortion governor in 16 years, Montana has joined other states in passing laws to restrict abortion access while courts decide if they violate the Constitution


‘I am Leaving the School District I Love’

As local public school boards become ground zero for contentious battles over masking policies and teaching curriculum, some longtime leaders in education are leaving their communities

Glacier Park

Born to Climb

For 25 years, Jason Robertson has been quietly pursuing the most challenging routes to Glacier National Park’s 234 listed summits, ascending many of them solo and in winter. Yet amid the bluster of ‘peak-braggers’ on social media, his unparalleled feats have largely flown under the radar.


An Apple a Day

Rod McIver, a modern Johnny Appleseed, spends his days among the hundreds of apple trees he’s been cultivating for decades, searching for the perfect fruit to share with the world


Selling the Farm

The agricultural community is shrinking in the Flathead Valley as landowners sell to developers, impacting the farming culture and rural economy


Learning Through Loss

Following the deaths by suicide of eight teenagers in 16 months, prevention leaders, educators and mental health experts seek solutions in the Flathead Valley

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

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