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The Whitefish strategic housing plan aims to keep rent and mortgage payments to less than 30 percent of household incomes.
Josh Burnham

Whitefish city counselors adopted an affordable house “roadmap” last night to tackle growing demand in the resort town.

Rent and mortgage rates have been outstripping average incomes in Whitefish for years, effectively forcing year-round workers, like teachers, cooks and firefighters, to look for housing outside the city where they work.

Caption The US Forest Service has proposed several thinning projects this fall aimed at reducing fuels in dry pine forests like this in the Bitterroot National Forest.
Nora Saks

Montana lawmakers are scoring political points by blaming environmentalists for suing to shut down logging projects on public lands. But public lands logging is both feeding area sawmills and reducing wildfire risk. MTPR's Nora Saks reports on a couple of projects in the Bitterroot Valley.

Libby Lumber Company Destroyed By Fire

Nov 6, 2017

One of the last lumber companies in Libby burned to the ground Sunday. SK Fingerjoint employed about 30 people.

Lincoln County Undersheriff Brandon Huff says the fire was reported at about 2:30 p.m. By the time firefighters arrived, the building was fully engulfed in flames.

Downtown Whitefish, MT.
Josh Burnham

The Whitefish city council will hear the final draft of the city’s strategic housing plan at a regularly scheduled meeting tonight.

Montana Capitol.
William Marcus

Governor Steve Bullock Monday called for a special legislative session to convene later this month to balance the state's budget. Here's Bullock at a press conference Monday afternoon:

"I’m calling the Legislature back to Helena for a special session to begin with hearings convening next Monday, November 13, and for the full body to convene Tuesday the 14th at noon."