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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Demersville
4:53 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

A cemetery that lives on after its town died

Katrin Frye

Before the railroad came through and made Kalispell, Kalispell, there was Demersville (de-MARS-ville). The small community had an eatery, saloon, hotel, and mercantile, but died practically overnight when in 18-91 the railroad came through the Flathead several miles north of the fledgling town. Flathead Reporter Katrin Frye takes us to all that remains of Demersville, the cemetery.

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Conservation Economy
12:15 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

How hiking, fishing, Glacier Park, and Flathead Lake factor into the economic development question

Entrance at West Glacier.
Credit Katrin Frye

“This is a really good place to recruit to,” Dr. A. Craig Eddy works as the Chief Medical Officer at Kalispell Regional Medical Center, and is in charge of recruiting.

Eddy said the Flathead is a great place, but not because of the salary.

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Climate Week 2013
11:02 am
Wed October 23, 2013

Warming waters threaten cold water trout

The cold waters of the Middle Fork of the Flathead River are somewhat buffered from the effects of climate change, but temperatures here, too are rising.
Katrin Frye

As part of our ongoing series in Montana Public Media's "Climate Week", we focus on the impact of climate change on Montana's waters, and the native fish adapted to thrive in cold, glacier-fed streams.

Cold water fish like west slope cutthroat and bull trout call northwest Montana home. However, these native fish could be considered the canary in the coal mine in regard to the effects of climate change. Warming waters, changes in spring runoff, and mid-winter rainfall are among the issues affecting the habitat for these fish.

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Small Business Saturday
10:54 am
Wed October 23, 2013

You've heard of Black Friday, how about Small Business Saturday?

Plant Land of Evergreen and Beckman's Fine Furnishings of Kalispell (left to right) are among the local businesses signing on to a Chamber of Commerce led Small Business Saturday effort.
Credit Katrin Frye

Yes, it’s not quite Halloween yet, but businesses are already gearing up for Christmas. Over the past couple of years a buy local effort has been growing. While many people have heard of “Black Friday” as the big shopping day after Thanksgiving, Small Business Saturday is gaining traction. T

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Glacier Park Reopens
10:00 am
Fri October 18, 2013

Barricades down, gates reopened at Glacier National Park

Glacier Park employee Brenda Woll greets visitors as the Park reopens after a 16 day shutdown.
Credit Katrin Frye

Barricades came down, open signs switched on, and employees went back to work as Glacier National Park reopened. The partial government shutdown closed the national parks October first.

Public Affairs Officer Denise Germann says the Park had about 20 to 30 people working during the shutdown. As of Thursday about 250 employees were back on.

She said a lot of the work going on right now involves getting housing and lodging buttoned up for the winter.

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Senior Health and Wellness
4:27 pm
Tue October 15, 2013

Getting older doesn't mean you're "doomed to be depressed"

Credit Flathead County Agency on Aging

Montana’s population is aging, and the number of people aged 65-and older living in Montana is expected to keep growing.

A report from the state Department of Health and Human Services says in 2000 Montana ranked 14th in the nation in the percentage of its population aged 65 or older.

That rank is expected to jump to 5th by the year 20-25.

Connecting this population with the necessary health services is part of an effort that brings together several organizations for seniors.

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Glacier Park Shutdown
5:41 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

Local businesses talk of cancellations and early closure due to Glacier Park shutdown

West Entrance to Glacier Park
Katrin Frye

Businesses around the closed Glacier Park are feeling the pinch from the partial government shutdown. The fall is generally winding-down season as services in Glacier Park winterize. Many of the businesses have already shutdown for the season. Darwon Stoneman is owner, and one of the original founders of Glacier Raft Company in West Glacier, which started up in 1976. Stoneman says fishing and rafting are done this time of year, and they’ve closed up the retail shop, but they still offer cabin rentals.

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Avalanche Safety Workshop
6:02 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

Combating the rising trend of avalanche deaths

Credit Craig Moore, GlacierWorld

The number of people being killed in avalanches in Montana has been growing over the years. New avalanche education opportunities have been cropping up to combat this trend.         The Northern Rockies Avalanche Safety Workshop started up three years ago in the Flathead

The Workshop features a range of speakers presenting on weather conditions, avalanche safety, forecasting, and more as well as back country winter safety gear representatives.

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"Love Lives Here"
11:54 am
Fri October 4, 2013

Laying a foundation for peace, one tile at a time

The "Community Spirit Monument" features tiles created by 2,000 plus Flathead Valley residents.
Katrin Frye

A grassroots human rights organization in the Flathead is building upon its anti-hate message, literally. The group “Love Lives Here” teamed up with local artists and people from across the community created ceramic tiles spelling out messages of love and peace through words and pictures. The first step of this project happened with the construction of a tile-lined gazebo in 2008. This month the group is unveiling several tiled-lined benches as an addition to the monument.

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Park closure strands visitors
5:41 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

Glacier Park, closed for the shutdown

Blockade at West Glacier entrance to Glacier Park.
Katrin Frye

Arguably the most visible effect of the government shutdown is the closure of 401 National Parks, including Glacier Park. Glacier counts on an average of 50 to 60 thousand visitors in the month of October. Public Affairs Officer Denise Germann with the Park said there has been confusion, and surprise about the Park being closed.

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