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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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

“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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Flathead Lake
6:43 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

Beers for the Bio Station? Paying for water quality monitoring on Flathead Lake

One of two hi-tech buoys transmitting weather and water quality information to the Bio Station. The information is available to the public, updated every 15 minutes, through the FLBS website.
Credit Katrin Frye

Water temperature and the types of life it supports are some of the things scientists at the Flathead Lake Biological Station track to determine water quality in the Lake and its tributaries. The Bio Station has been monitoring water quality, and amassing information about the Flathead since its founding in 1899. But recently it went to the public to help cover costs.

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Forestry Expo
1:38 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

Bringing school work "alive" in the Flathead's annual Forestry Expo

A student helps firefighters demonstrate the equipment they carry during the Flathead Forestry Expo.
Credit Katrin Frye

All this week fifth graders from the Flathead Valley and beyond have been heading to a section of woods in Columbia Falls. It’s the Forestry Expo, and this Saturday it opens to the public.

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Politics
12:43 pm
Sat May 4, 2013

Flathead Legislators on the good, the bad, and the OK of the latest session

Flathead Legislators met with business and community leaders in Kalispell Thursday to give a wrap up of key changes from the latest legislative session. Four Republicans from the Flathead; Senators Jon Sonju and Bruce Tutvedt, and Representatives Mark Blasdel and Scott Reichner spoke of the goals they held going into the legislature. The legislature started off with a $500-million surplus that the representatives said people had many ideas of how best to use.

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