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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Mountain Goat Study
3:13 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Learning more about Glacier Park's iconic goats

Observing mountain goats at the Hidden Lake Overlook near Logan Pass.
Credit National Park Service

Visitors to Glacier Park’s Logan Pass have likely seen and perhaps been followed by the Parks iconic mountain goats. This summer you might notice something a little different, goats with radio collars. Natural Resources Program Manager Mark Biel with the Park says researchers are looking to find out where the goats go in the fall and winter, if the goats that hang at Logan Pass are the same few goats, or several different herds, and who’s driving the human-goat interactions.

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1964 Flood
2:57 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Remembering the flood, 50 years later

Credit Flathead Conservation District

On June 7th, 1964 a warm weather system swept into Montana, dropping 10-to-12-inches of rain over the course of two days. The rapid snowmelt combined with the heavy downpour led the rivers to quickly overflow. Long-time Columbia Falls resident Ron Buentemeier says there had been high water years and flooding in the past, but in 1964 the water came up much faster than anticipated.

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Flathead Reservation Water Rights
10:50 am
Fri May 30, 2014

The last water rights settlement on tribal land in Montana, still unsettled

View of the Mission Mountains on the Flathead Reservation.
Credit Katrin Frye

While water rights lawsuits bop around state and federal courthouses there is technically no legal method of drilling a well on the Flathead Reservation, and hasn’t been since 1996. However, new wells and water uses have been allowed on the reservation of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes since. Tribal Spokesman Robert McDonald said they didn’t want to halt progress or development, however, he says there isn’t a legally valid way to dig a new well. There’s no governing structure in place so no change of use permits or new well permits.

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Abortion Providers
2:15 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

Montana no longer an "oasis in the abortion desert"

The All Families Healthcare office was broken into in early March and vandalized to an extent that made it unable to reopen. This has been the only medical office in the Flathead Valley to offer abortion services.

The break-in prompted the Montana Human Rights Network and NARAL/ProChoice-Montana to raise funds to help Physicians Assistant Susan Cahill who runs the office, cover the costs of the damage.

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Bigfork Whitewater Festival
9:22 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Paddleboards, kayaks, and rafts, oh my

A kayaker paddles past the Big Rock on the Wild Mile of the Swan River.
Credit Mike Roessmann

Summer rushes in on the rising waters of the rivers around northwest Montana. Each year for 39 years in Bigfork it's also announced through the annual Whitewater Festival.

This years festival featured kayaks and rafts braving the Class IV rapids on the "Wild Mile" of the Swan River, as well as Stand Up Paddleboards.

The two-day event features beginner and expert slalom races judged by time and accuracy as paddlers maneuver down the river through specially market gates.

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Montana Lacrosse
7:17 am
Thu May 22, 2014

Lacrosse grows in the Big Sky state

Girls from the Missoula team watch as their teammates play Helena during the state lacrosse championship tournament.
Katrin Frye

Lacrosse is a common sport from elementary school on up through college on the east coast. In Montana it’s relatively new with high school aged boys teams and younger growing over the past decade, and girls teams just a couple of years old.

This past weekend the third ever state championship tournament was held in Whitefish. Flathead Boys Lacrosse Coach Matt Rizzolo is coaching the Valley-wide high school team.

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Montana News
5:25 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Teaching stewardship for the future by honoring the past

The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes Annual River Honoring this year brought more than 1,000 4th and 5th graders from across the reservation and beyond to the Lower Flathead River.
Credit Katrin Frye

Each May for about two decades the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes have held a River Honoring and invited children from across the reservation and beyond. The honoring started in 1986 in response to a push for additional dams below Kerr Dam, along the lower Flathead River.

Education Specialist Germaine White with the Division of Fish, Wildlife, Recreation and Conservation said the Tribal Culture Committee was very concerned about a disturbance to the river.

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Outdoors
2:40 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

Breaking down the barriers to becoming an “outdoorswoman”

Horses tied to a "high line" in the BOW Horse Packing Workshop.
Robin Mooring

Judy Breland has gone horse packing before, in fact, her husband Andy Breland is teaching the back country horse packing workshop she’s taking. Plus, the family has a store, Trailhead Supply, that sells horse packing equipment.

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Legacy Montanans
4:22 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

Tackling the challenges of spending your golden years in the Treasure State

Governor Steve Bullock presents Beulah Brown (100) with her Centenarian Certificate at the 46th Annual Governor's Conference on Aging.
Credit Katrin Frye

Montana is counted among the fastest growing states for an aging population. In a nod to the state’s aging demographic the 46th annual Governors Conference on Aging looked at issues specifically effecting seniors including transportation, health, and safety. The two-day event took place in Kalispell and Bozeman this week.

It also offers an opportunity to recognize Montana’s centenarians.

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Flathead Forestry Expo
10:26 am
Wed May 7, 2014

Finding common ground in the forest at the 25th Annual Forestry Expo

Forester Chris Damrow with FH Stolttoze Land & Lumber works with other volunteers to prep the Trumbell y Creek Educational Forest for the annual Forestry Expo.
Katrin Frye

Finding common ground in the forest is one of the key goals of the Family Forestry Expo in the Flathead, and it has been since the Expo first came together 25-years-ago. May 5-9, fifth graders from across the area head to a section of forest on the outskirts of Columbia Falls learning about fisheries, forest fire, back country camping and safety, logging, and more.

Spotted Bear District Ranger Deb Mucklow with the Flathead National Forest worked on the very first Forestry Expo in 1989. She said there was a lot of polarization on natural resources issues.

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