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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Kathleen Williams meets with Democrats in Kalispell, February 23, 2018. Williams made two stops in the Flathead this week that focused on health care.
Nicky Ouellet

Democratic candidate for U.S. Congress Kathleen Williams made a couple campaign stops in the Flathead at the end of February.

Williams spoke with Flathead Democrats at fundraising events in Whitefish and Kalispell. A couple dozen people showed up to each event to grill her with questions for more than an hour.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has officially joined the search for a missing Blackfeet woman last seen in Browning last June.

Recent flyovers show stabilization efforts put in place late last fall on the Sperry Chalet have been successful at keeping the outer stone walls of the scorched dormitory building standing. The extent of damage remains unknown.
Gravity Shots/Glacier National Park Conservancy

When the dormitory of Glacier National Park’s historic Sperry Chalet burned to its stone foundations in a wildfire last summer, people in the Flathead Valley and beyond mourned the loss like a family member. 

Now, six months later, park managers and fundraisers are unveiling their ideas to restore what they call the "Sperry Chalet experience" for the next hundred years.

Whitefish Middle School.
Josh Burnham

The superintendent of schools in Whitefish has come out against arming teachers. Not everyone in the community agrees.

Superintendent Heather Davis Schmidt doesn’t mince words in her latest column in the Whitefish Pilot.

Montana Department of Transportation crews clear roads north of Browning, MT on S-464, February 26, 2018.
Montana Department of Transportation

Schools and government offices on the Blackfeet Reservation were closed again Tuesday after another bout of winds buffeted the reservation, leaving roadways impassable, buried under snow drifts.

The reservation remains under a state of emergency and an Incident Command team is coordinating with the State of Montana, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and other state, tribal and non-government groups.