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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First Annual Care Farm Challenge
10:00 am
Fri August 8, 2014

Creating More Opportunities For People With Disabilities To Succeed

Medals for the first annual Care Farm Challenge at the Keller family "Centennial Farm" in the West Valley of the Flathead.
Credit Katrin Frye

The first of what organizers plan to be an annual race took place on Saturday, July 26th in the Flathead featuring a Spartan-style-obstacle race for people with disabilities. The race brought together several organizations including Special Olympics, Care Farms, the Lighthouse Christian Home, and the Special Friends Advocacy Program.

Rachel Grant works with the Care Farm Program through A-Plus-Home-Healthcare of Kalispell. Grant helped plan this “Farm-Style” Obstacle race.

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Flathead Fire Situation
10:00 am
Wed August 6, 2014

Hot And Dry Forecast Causing Concern For Wildfire Danger

Helicopter suppression effort on the Hay Creek Fire Complex.
Credit USFS

Lightning storms have kindled several fires in the greater Flathead area, but rain coming with those storms has kept fire danger in check.

Information Officer Wade Muehlhof for the Northwest Zone for Fire Restrictions says most activity has centered on the North Fork of the Flathead River.

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Bob Marshall Wilderness
10:00 am
Fri August 1, 2014

50 Years Of Wilderness

White River Pass in the Bob Marshall Wilderness.
Credit The Bob Marshall Wilderness Foundation

First, a clarification: the 1964 Wilderness Act provides for areas where “the earth and its community of life are untrammeled by man.” Executive Director of the Bob Marshall Wilderness Foundation Carol Treadwell said it’s commonly confused as untrampled.

“Untrammeled means uncontrolled. So, in a natural state, letting natural things take place and not being tweaked by human influences. It’s there for the wildlife, and so that we can have wild experiences,” Treadwell said.

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Aquatic Invasive Species
10:05 am
Wed July 30, 2014

Why Paddleboards, Kayaks, And Canoes Also Have To Stop At Boat Check Stations

Montana has had boat check stations for three years, but this is the first summer they've been mandatory.
Credit Katrin Frye

Boat check stations have been set up across the state for three years, but this is the first year stopping is mandatory. Region One Fish, Wildlife and Parks Game Warden Captain Lee Anderson says inspectors are looking for aquatic invasive species, and *everyone* has to stop.

“Whether it’s a motorized boat or a non motorized boat. If it’s an actual vessel, then they would. So, canoes, kayaks, paddleboards, rafts, all those have to stop, the only ones that wouldn’t would be like a pool toy,” Anderson said.

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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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