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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Freeskiing Phenom
12:01 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Whitefish's injured Olympian gets a warm welcome home

Olympian Maggie Voisin get a hometown welcome in Whitefish Tuesday afternooon.
Brian Schott/ Whitefish Visitors Bureau

An injury may have kept 15-year-old Maggie Voisin from competing in Sochi, but it did nothing to damper the enthusiasm of her hometown crowd.

Pe

ople of all ages line the street in Whitefish as Maggie Voisin and her family cruised through town on the top of a fire truck.

Among the onlookers was 12-year-old Libby Goldhirsch.

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Pond Hockey
10:16 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

How Kalispell hopes hockey will help with the "off season"

Workers prep the rink for Kalispell's first annual Pond Hockey Classic on Foys Lake.
Credit Katrin Frye

Most businesses in the Flathead count on winter as the slow season for tourism and visitation. Business and economic development leaders are hoping hockey will help take the sting out of the slow season. Rob Brisendine with the Kalispell Convention and Visitors Bureau says they’re hosting the first annual Pond Hockey Classic on Foys Lake this weekend.

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Pen Pals
12:44 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

Crayons and construction paper meets cursive and stationary

2nd graders from Kalispell's Edgerton Elementary meet with pen pals from the Buffalo Hill Terrace retirement community for the first time on Valentine's Day.
Credit Mike Kofford / Kalispell School District 5

Teachers of a second grade class in Kalispell found a fairly old-school way to get kids excited about writing.

Pen pals.

Shelly Kennedy and Suzanne Elliott’s class at Edgerton Elementary School started exchanging letters with residents at the Buffalo Hill Terrace retirement home at the beginning of the school year.

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Aquatic Invasive Species
7:45 am
Fri February 14, 2014

Why you may see dogs at boat check stations this summer

Pepin, a Working Dog for Conservation, sniffs for scat in a recent demonstration.
Credit Katrin Frye

Pepin is an 8-year-old Belgian Malinois trained to identify about 19 different scents.

In a demonstration at the Flathead National Forest office he’s finding wolverine scat Megan Parker placed out there earlier in the day. Parker is the Director for Research, and also a co-founder of Working Dogs for Conservation. The Missoula-based group is in the Flathead to talk with the Flathead Basin Commission about how dogs like Pepin could help in the effort to stop aquatic invasive mussels and weeds from getting into the area.

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Conrad Mansion
9:46 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

Why Kalispell first said "no" to owning the historic Conrad Mansion

Conrad Mansion, recent photo.
Karen Weyer Photography

Kalispell’s Conrad Mansion Museum is an east side institution, built by a city founder. School children take field trips there, brides have their pictures taken in the summertime gardens, and visitors from around the world take the tour. This year marks 40 years since the city took possession of the Mansion.

But, Conrad Mansion Museum Director Gennifer Sauter says Kalispell was not eager to take on the mansion at first.

Sauter described a picture of the home when the city first took charge of it.

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Flathead Foster Care
3:45 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

Why kids from the Flathead end up out of the area in an emergency

Kids with chaotic family situations, with behavior and mental health issues, as young as you can imagine, end up needing emergency housing. The need for foster families trained to help these kids is ever present.

Youth Dynamics is a non-profit organization operating across Montana. Katie Gerten works out of the Kalispell office licensing people to be foster parents. She said in the past six months she’s has about 20 children referred to her office to be placed in foster care that she had to turn down. She said it’s hard to find people up for becoming foster parents.

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Keystone XL Protest
3:51 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

Protesters say pipeline jobs not worth environmental costs

Protesters gather in Whitefish 2/3/14 to protest the Keystone XL Pipeline and push for renewable energy.
Credit Katrin Frye

Anti-Keystone X-L Pipeline protests popped up across the state and the country on Monday in response to a recent State Department report. The report came out last week and stated that the Pipeline itself would pose no significant increase to greenhouse gas emissions.         At a protest in Whitefish Steve Thompson with Glacier Climate Action said they wanted to send a clear message against building the Keystone X-L Pipeline.

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North Fork
8:10 am
Fri January 31, 2014

A major step towards protection of the North Fork Flathead River

The North Fork of the Flathead River runs down from Canada, forming the western border of Glacier National Park.
Credit Katrin Frye

A major element for protection of the North Fork Flathead River Valley moved forward this week. Representative Steve Daines announced a bill that retires many oil and gas leases in the area unanimously passed the House Natural Resources Committee. The North Fork Watershed Protection Act of 2013 would restrict new mineral development in the North Fork of the Flathead.

This House bill mirrors one introduced by Senators Jon Tester and Max Baucus.

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Direct Flights to the Flathead
12:27 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

Raising money to bring more flights to the Flathead

AERO is working to raise money to encourage airlines to invest in new, direct flights between the Flathead and major cities.
Credit Glacier Park International Airport

Competition is fierce to get airlines flying in and out of smaller communities. It’s especially tough to get direct flights from places like Kalispell to big cities like Chicago or Los Angeles. In the Flathead a non-profit group called Airline Enhancement and Retention Outreach, or AERO, is following in the footsteps of several other small communities to raise funds to bring in new routes. Chairman of AERO says it’s called a Minimum Revenue Guarantee or MRG.

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Tourism
2:14 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

Montana's got the scenery and the beer to lure cyclists. Now, about those roads...

Bikes line one of the walls at Montana Adventure Sports in Bigfork. The business has a bike focus, and is building a hostel catering to bike travelers.
Credit Katrin Frye

Beautiful scenery, hospitality, and beer are among the things that bicycle tourists like, and Montana has. The Institute for Tourism and Recreation Research recently came out with a study looking at the potential for the bicycle niche of the tourism industry. Wider highway shoulders and better rumble strip placement are what Executive Director Jim Sayer of Adventure Cycling called critical elements for the cyclo-tourists.

Adventure Cycling is a Missoula-based non-profit that’s worked over the last several decades to develop bike routes and encourage people to get out and peddle.

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