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.


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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Stoltze Cogeneration Plant
10:42 am
Fri September 27, 2013

Using sawmill leftovers to power homes

Two silos hold fuel; dry planer chips and the sawdust and bark from the sawmill, to feed the biomass boiler of FH Stoltze cogeneration plant.
Credit Katrin Frye

After years of raising money, securing a buyer, and months of construction F-H Stoltze Land and Lumber’s cogeneration plant is running. The plant will be providing up to 2.5-megawatts of power to the Flathead Electric Co-op for 20-years. That boils down enough to power between 1,800 and 2,500 homes. Plant Manager Bryan O’Connor said the biomass boiler burns a mix of sawdust, bark, and wood chips produced from the sawmill to produce steam which then is used to dry lumber, and to turn a turbine which generates energy for the power grid.

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Glacier National Park
12:53 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

Young volunteers building trails, and résumés at Glacier Park

Montana Conservation Corps members finish up trail maintenance at Glacier Park's Rocky Point Trail. Their work is part of a new Youth Corps Partnership at Glacier.
Credit Katrin Frye

The Glacier Youth Corps Partnership just wrapped up the first of two summers of volunteer work at the Park. Volunteer Coordinator Jessica Kusky with Glacier said the Partnership is an opportunity for the Park to get different projects completed, and for the volunteers to learn about careers in the Park Service. Kusky said the project also aims to connect the next generation with Glacier Park.

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Flathead Lake Trout
10:55 am
Fri September 20, 2013

Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, state split over Flathead lake trout removal

Bull Trout are among the native species managers are looking to help by removing non-native lake trout.
Credit flickr/USFWS Headquarters

The Flathead Lake fishery has cultural, ecological, and economic significance for the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes on the south end of the lake, and for the non-tribal land around the north end. Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks and the Tribes have been co-managing the lake, but disagree over the best way to discourage non-native lake trout dominance over native trout.  

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2013 e-city
9:27 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

Why Google named Whitefish the "digital capital" of Montana

Google says its e-cities have a strong online presence with businesses across the community using websites, blogs, and social media to connect with their clients.
Credit flikr/twbuckner

Google annually recognizes one city from each state as that states “e-city.” An e-city has a strong presence online with businesses across the community using websites, blogs, and social media to connect with their clients. It’s also a community made up of businesses that show a strong likelihood of growth in the digital economy. For 2013 in Montana Google chose Whitefish. Chief Product Officer John Frandsen of Old Town Creative said he’s not so surprised Whitefish won out.

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Aquatic Invasie Species
6:19 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

Stopping the tiniest hitchhikers

FWP hopes it becomes second nature for people to inspect, clean, and dry their boats after use.
Credit Katrin Frye

Boaters traveling from water body to water body, and travelers passing through the state may have noticed something new this summer.

Mandatory boat check stations are not new to the state, but increased funding means there are more of them.

Aquatic Invasive Species Specialist Linnaea  Schroeer with Fish, Wildlife and Parks said the state set up 20-mandatory check stations this summer, up from 16 the year before.

She said Montana is one of only 5-states free of zebra and quagga mussels.

The others include Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Wyoming.

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Glacier National Park
10:49 am
Wed September 11, 2013

Glacier Park's new leader on budgets, community, and climate change

Superintendent Jeff Mow in November 2012 while working at Denali National Park.
Credit NPS Photo / Jay Elhard

Glacier National Park’s new leader says the Park is facing many challenges, and opportunities. New Superintendent Jeff Mow is heading south, to Glacier National Park after more than 20-years working in Alaska.

“I have actually had the northern-most duty station in the National Park Service which is in the small Eskimo village of Anaktuvuk Pass in the Brooks Range, I lived there for a couple years. So, anything is moving south in the National Park Service,” Mow said.

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Flathead Valley Community College
3:25 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

Mono, strep, pregnancy among the tests available to students at new clinic

Testing for mono and strep as well as pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases is a service available in-house to students at the new Flathead Valley Community College Student Health Clinic.
Credit Katrin Frye

The Flathead Valley Community College becomes the first stand-alone 2-year college in the state to offer a health clinic for students. The FVCC Student Health Clinic opened in the new Rebecca Chaney Broussard Center for Nursing and Health Sciences with the beginning of the fall semester.

Physicians Assistant Shelley Naomi said she can treat patients for a range of ailments from preventative care like well-woman annual exams to flu shots, treating the common cold, and sexually transmitted disease testing.

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Glacier National Park
10:42 am
Wed September 4, 2013

93 year old ranger celebrates 22 years at Glacier Park

Park Ranger Lyle Ruterbories on one of the final days of his 22nd season as a Glacier National Park Ranger.
Credit Katrin Frye

Glacier as a National Park was only 10-years-old when Lyle Ruterbories was born. When the first cars drove over the completed Going-to-the-Sun-Highway Ruterbories was 13.

In his 70’s he became a ranger, and his wife Marge a campground host at the remote Kintla Lake campground.

Now, at the age of 93-and-a-half he’s still the camp ranger.

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Trumpeter Swans
4:48 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

Tribes ask for "citizen scientists" to search for cygnets

Trumpeter Swans and Cygnets.
Credit CSKT Wildlife Program

The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes are calling their Trumpeter Swan reintroduction program a success. The Tribes have been releasing swans bred in captivity since 2002 on the Flathead Reservation in the Mission Valley.

Wildlife Program Manager for the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes Dale Becker says the swans were historically hunted for food and for marketable goods.

The population was wiped out. The Tribes have released 239 swans since 2002. They count 87 successful nesting attempts with 146 fledgling cygnets since the releases started.

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