Katrin Frye

Flathead Reporter

Katrin Frye reports twice weekly on northwest Montana news from her native Flathead Valley. Frye is a graduate of the University Of Montana School Of Journalism and Davidson Honors College. Before coming on board with MTPR, she reported for the local CBS affiliate in the Flathead Valley, and worked as a contributing writer to the weekly paper the Flathead Beacon. Her reports covering the news of the Flathead Valley and northwest Montana have been heard on National Public Radio’s Evening Edition, NPR News and National Native News.

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FVCC Firearms Class
10:03 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Training A Gun Manufacturing Workforce

Instructor Lee Helgeland demonstrates "checkering" in one of FVCC's NRA Short-Term Gunsmith courses. The college has been offering these types of courses, but this fall it will offer a new for-credit Firearms Technology Certificate geared toward training a workforce for the gun manufacturing industry.
Credit Katrin Frye

Training a workforce for a growing gun manufacturing industry is the goal behind a new program at the Flathead Valley Community College. This fall, FVCC will offer a new Firearms Technology Certificate.

Fred Zeglin is coordinating the program. He said there are about 15-gun manufacturers in the Flathead, and he spoke with a number of them about what they’re looking for.

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Salish Kootenai College
10:00 am
Wed July 23, 2014

Tribal - NASA Project To Teach About Climate Change

The Salish Kootenai College is one of four tribal colleges or universities, nationwide, to receive a grant from NASA to develop climate change curriculum. The grants come from NASA’s Minority University Research and Education Project, and range from $413,000 to $1,009,000.

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Western Montana Family Residency
10:30 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Second Family Medicine Program In Montana Gets Its First Class

Dr. Kevin Kropp and Dr. TJ Sherry (left to right) are two of the first class of residents in the Family Medicine Residency of Western Montana.
Credit Katrin Frye

A new family-medicine residency program in western Montana aims to develop and keep a next generation of family physicians in the state.

Dr. Justin Buls is the Kalispell Site Director for the new Family Medicine Residency for Western Montana. This new program is a partnership between the University of Montana, two Missoula hospitals, Missoula’s Partnership Community Health Center, Kalispell Regional Medical Center, and the Flathead Community Health Center.

Buls said Montana ranks last in the country in graduating residents and training physicians.

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Glacier Park Incorporated
10:06 am
Wed July 16, 2014

West Glacier Businesses And Land Sold

Many of the businesses in West Glacier as well as 199 acres of undeveloped land owned by one family for 70 years, was sold recently to Glacier Park Incorporated.
Credit Katrin Frye

After 70 years the bulk of the businesses in West Glacier have changed hands from one family, to an Arizona-based Corporation. Glacier Park Incorporated runs several hotels and businesses in the area surrounding Glacier Park, and had been the concessions contractor for the in-Park hotels for thirty-plus years before losing the contract to Xanterra last year.

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North Fork Flathead River Valley
10:07 am
Fri July 11, 2014

What "Completing" A Canadian Park Would Mean For Glacier And The North Fork Flathead River

The North Fork of the Flathead River, with it's headwaters in the Canadian Flathead River Valley, borders the western edge of Glacier National Park.
Credit Katrin Frye

Waterton-Glacier International Peace park connects over the US-Canada border between Montana and Alberta. However, the two parks don’t match up in their cross-border boundary.

Glacier Park stretches west to encompass the North Fork Flathead River Valley, but the Canadian Flathead is not part of the Park. The Canadian Flathead is Provincial land, akin to state or forest service land in the US, and offering the potential for logging or mineral development. Conservationists have been angling to “Complete the Park” by expanding Waterton into the North Fork Valley.

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South Fork Flathead
10:47 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Cutthroat Conservation Project Nears Finish Line In The Flathead

Fisheries Biologist Matt Boyer holds a West Slope Cutthroat Trout caught in Blackfoot Lake in the Jewel Basin in the fall of 2008.
Credit Katrin Frye

A large scale conservation project to restore genetically pure west slope cutthroat trout in northwest Montana nears the finish line. Three of 21 lakes remain for Fish, Wildlife and Parks to treat as part of the South Fork West Slope Cutthroat Trout Project.

Fisheries Biologist Matt Boyer said this September they’ll be working on Koessler Lake in the Bob Marshall Wilderness. This lake they’ll be treating with a poison called Rotenone and re-stocking with genetically pure West Slope Cutthroat Trout.

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Vietnam Veterans of Northwest Montana
10:00 am
Fri July 4, 2014

Vietnam veterans helping others “come out of the woods”

Members of the 1087, Northwest Montana Chapter of the Vietnam Veterans of America. President John Burgess on the far left.
Credit Katrin Frye

On the hill outside a Somers home a group of men and one woman are working on a 1968 Kaiser military truck.

“The frame underneath; you can see the line of green is going to cross underneath there- that’ll be OD Green. And then the frame is going to be black,” Dale Cordell served in the Army in Vietnam between 1970 and 1971. Cordell is a member of the recently formed Chapter 1087 of the Vietnam Veterans.

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Flathead Work Force - Contractors
2:59 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Building picks up in the Flathead, but Bakken boom still a big draw

The boom surrounding the Baaken oil fields remains draw for Flathead area workers and businesses.
Credit Dan Boyce

Businesses are hiring and construction across the greater Flathead has been picking up, but many are still heading east and sending money home. Kramer Enterprises Incorporated of Evergreen, east of Kalispell is one of those companies. President and CEO Terry Kramer said his company handles commercial and heavy industrial projects mainly, as well as large residential or multi-use projects.

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Tester's Veterans' Listening Tour
2:54 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Veterans ask Tester to "work on crazy for us" with the VA

Credit Steve Corey/Flickr http://www.flickr.com/photos/stevecorey/6335951002/

You could say service is a tradition in Madeline Steeley’s family. She served in the US Air Force.

“Both of my daughters went into the Marine Corps, one just came out after 13 years, the other, after five. Both, heavily disabled. I have a son-in-law that came out of the Marine Corps, another son-in-law that came out of the Navy. My daughters’ father retired after 20 years Air Force. So, I have quite a bit of experience with the military,” Steeley said.

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NWS River Warning
9:58 am
Fri June 20, 2014

High, fast, muddy rivers expected through the weekend

Rock slide above the Loop on the Going to the Sun Highway in Glacier National Park. Recent wet weather caused slides and some flooding in Glacier Park.
Credit flickr/GlacierNPS

Record breaking rains in the Flathead keep the rivers high and caused the National Weather Service to call for caution. The National Weather Service is calling for the clearing skies of Thursday to continue over the next couple of days with a high pressure system coming in, and temperatures moving up from the 40’s of mid-week, to the 80’s. However, it is also calling for rivers and streams to remain high and muddy through the weekend with the greatest concern the North, Middle, and main stems of the Flathead River.

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