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Nicky Ouellet

Flathead Valley Reporter

Nicky is MTPR's Flathead-area reporter. Nicky returns to the Flathead Valley after wrapping up her graduate studies at the University of Montana's environmental science journalism program.

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From left, Democratic U.S. House candidates Jared Pettinato, John Meyer, Kathleen Williams, Grant Kier, Blair Koch (sitting in for Lynda Moss), John Heenan and Libertarian candidate Elinor Swanson answered questions in Seeley Lake on April 11.
Nicky Ouellet

Nearly 100 people showed up at the Seeley Lake Community Center Wednesday night to meet the candidates vying to challenge Republican Greg Gianforte for Montana’s lone U.S. House seat.

The six Democrats and one Libertarian chatted with potential voters over pizza before settling in for a rapid fire forum.

A survivor of the Holocaust will share his story in Kalispell tonight.

Pete Metzelaar was seven years old when Nazis stormed his home in Amsterdam and took everyone except himself and his mother. Metzelaar will share his story of escape to Holland at a lecture sponsored by Flathead Valley Community College, the Holocaust Center for Humanity and the Glacier Jewish Community.

Grizzly bear.
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A conservation group has filed a lawsuit against two federal agencies for allegedly low-balling road mileage counts in grizzly bear habitat in the Kootenai National Forest.

Alliance for the Wild Rockies’ Executive Director Mike Garrity says roads in grizzly bear habitat tend to mean more poached bears.

Grant Miller, Braxton Shewalter and Cole Medhus stand in Kalispell's Depot Park April 4. The three high school students are planning a pro-gun rally here April 14.
Nicky Ouellet

Update: The March For Our Guns website is no longer listed as for sale. The site owners plan to hold onto the domain to advertise for future events.

An estimated 200 people turned out for a pro-Second Amendment rally in Billings over the weekend. This coming Saturday, a group of high school students in the Flathead Valley is hosting a similar event.

Missoula Independent sign.
Josh Burnham

Staff at the Missoula Independent weekly newspaper voted unanimously this afternoon to unionize.

A year ago, Lee Enterprises bought the Independent. Iowa-based Lee owns papers across 21 states, including in Billings, Butte, Helena and Missoula.

Derek Brouwer of the newly formed Missoula News Guild says unionizing will protect the Independent’s editorial and stylistic independence.

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