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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Summer Food Program
2:59 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

Kids eat free in Kalispell all summer long

A kick off event for Kalispell's Summer Food Program featured Zumba excercise and dancing fruit. A goal of the food program is teaching about healthy food.
Credit Katrin Frye / summer food program, kalispell free kids lunch

Making sure kids get fed healthy food is the goal behind “free meal” programs at school.

Making sure they continue getting healthy meals through the summer is the goal behind a federal grant that’s covering the cost of summertime free meal programs in communities across Montana.

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Flathead Lake Trout Suppression
4:51 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

Tribes say it's time for a more aggressive lake trout plan in Flathead Lake

Bull Trout.
Credit Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks

The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes recently released a Draft Environmental Impact Statement looking at netting, commercial fishing, and bounties to cut deeper into the invasive lake trout population in Flathead Lake.

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Native Games Conference
4:59 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

How reconnecting with traditional games is helping tribes heal

The Stone People game requires a steady hand, good memory, and storytelling. Hoop games involve throwing accuracy and eye-hand skills.
Credit Katrin Frye

The International Traditional Games Society was started when a group of native middle school students in Browning asked a simple question.

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Flathead Lake Biological Station
5:10 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

Scientific research, water samples, and a bottle of scotch

The 1967 time capsule was discovered behind the cornerstone of the Elrod Building, built in 1967, during recent renovations.
Katrin Frye

While remodeling the Elrod Building at the Yellow Bay Station workers found a time capsule in the wall behind the cornerstone. The Biological Station was founded in 1899. The Elrod lab was built in 1967 under the tenure of Dr. Richard Solberg as director.

“The first half of the life of the Biological Station focused primarily on teaching; the professors taught, the professors didn’t do research. They did some observations, and wrote a few papers and a book or two and so on, whereas now the primary focus of the station is research,” Solberg said.

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Tour Divide
4:19 pm
Thu June 20, 2013

Riding the Continental Divide, Canada to Mexico

Chris Schuler of Switzerland preps for a ride in the rain as he leaves Whitefish as part of the Tour Divide race from Canada to Mexico.
Credit Katrin Frye

Flathead Reporter Katrin Frye catches up with some Tour Divide racers in Whitefish.

Bikers are braving wind, rain, snow, mountain passes and desert plateau's as part of the Tour Divide mountain bike race.

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Glacier Park Corridor Management
1:05 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

Visitation is up in Glacier Park, and it's showing on the trail, and in the lack of bathrooms

Visitors on the Hidden Lake Trail at Logan Pass on July 13, 2011.
Credit flickr/GlacierNPS

Glacier National Park is working on a Road Corridor Management Plan to address some of the issues increased visitation is bringing to popular areas along the Going to the Sun Road and the trails that connect to it.

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"Pastured Poultry"
9:47 am
Fri June 7, 2013

Why it's hard to buy local when it comes to chickens

Flathead Reporter Katrin Frye talks with Jan Tusick and Jeff Schahczenski about pastured poultry an challenges to growing a chicken industry in the state.

“Pastured Poultry” is a method of raising chickens or turkeys by giving them free range over the ground and the most natural life possible. Agriculture Economist Jeff Schahczenski  with the National Center for Appropriate Technology, NCAT, said it’s a method gaining interest across the country.

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Outdoors
12:49 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

Keeping tabs on Montanas grizzly bears

Field biologists measure and monitor a tranquilized grizzly in Glacier National Park in 2005.
Credit GlacierNPS / Flickr

Spring and fall are both prime times for biologists to trap grizzly bears. Wildlife officials are trapping the bears as part of a long-term bear monitoring project spanning across the northern continental divide ecosystem.

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Glacier Institute
1:14 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

Solar panels to power, and teach -- in the North Fork of the Flathead

It took a contest from a company out of Maine, and a social media effort spanning across international borders for the Glacier Institute to get an alternative energy project installed on their off-grid campus. The Institute is a non-profit organization that offers educational opportunities for students and adults in and around Glacier National Park.

Executive Director Joyce Baltz said the Institute plans to have its alternative energy project be both functional, and educational.

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Outdoors
1:04 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

How Flathead Valley students are growing their own outdoor classroom

Students planting the first starts in the West Valley School Native Plant Garden.
Credit Katrin Frye

Several gardens at Flathead Valley schools are bringing the outdoor classroom a little bit closer to the indoor one. $16,000 in grant money received by Flathead National Forest in partnership with the Flathead Audubon Society is paying the way for native plant gardens at four area schools.

The grant comes through the US Forest Service “More Kids in the Woods” program.

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